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A scientist is the image of knowledge.
One who peers deep into the secrets of our universe to find reasons why things happen, and methods to use this new knowledge. These people are also the archetypes of madness.
The people that would overstep any moral boundaries to conduct experiments and tests! In life, science is a forward force. In media, however, these are the people who’ll create a super-weapon to conquer this realm.
But how about anime? Yes, there’s even quite a few scientists in anime too. So let’s have a peek at some of the best ones!
Whether it’s a mad doctor or a kind researcher, we have them all.
16. Kurisu Makise
A serious and sensible young lady we have here! No madness or evil yet, just a normal researcher. Although Kurisu died once.
She was found killed at the very beginning of the show, and the characters used some time traveling hijinks to, eh, revive her?
I’m not sure, but some time later she was found alive again, denying any allegations about time travel.
She was recruited (well, not quite) into Future Gadgets and given a lab coat which she liked.
Kurisu is very, very sarcastic. Especially when talking to Okabe – she seems to dislike him quite strongly, I wonder why?
15. Lloyd Asplund
Anime: Code Geass
This one is crazy. A self-proclaimed sociopath (although he isn’t one).
Lloyd believes that people aren’t beings worth anything. That they’re just parts of a machine. And yet, he truly cares for his comrades!
He also loves pudding. And honestly, that gives him a lot of extra points here.
Lloyd is deeply immersed in science and studying/constructing mechs with revolutionary technology. He’s so deeply immersed, in fact, that he’ll gladly sacrifice multiple hundred people to further his research.
14. Akagi Ritsuko
Anime: Neon Genesis Evangelion
Shinji, get in the robot!
Now that that’s out of my system, Ritsuko is the head scientist at NERV. She has a complicated family relation, living in the shadow of her mother Naoko.
Her mother is a brilliant researcher and creator of the Magi supercomputer, which she used to immortalize her consciousness by copying her mind into it.
Yeah, I get Ritsuko. She’s got quite a high bar to pass!
13. Caesar Clown
Anime: One Piece
Oh my god, I love this design! Don ‘t you?
Caesar is a mad and antagonistic scientist, the villain of a whole arc.
One with a bounty of 300000000 berries, which is still about 264 Million USD.
I… well, calculated that with cabbages.
Now, Caesar is certainly a scientist. A Nuclear Physicist and chemist, to be exact.
The primary types to turn evil and take over the world. He’s also a bit, er, gassy.
12. Shou Tucker
Anime: Fullmetal Alchemist
I hate him, you hate him, no one likes him.
Shou is objectively a horrible person, and that’s great!
Shou was written to be terrible, and the writers nailed it. Nothing makes you hate someone faster than killing your child and a dog at once!
The horrid creation that is the chimera made us all instantly hate Shau with every fiber of our beings.
Now, his research was, well, a complete hoax! His talking chimera was supposed to be a creation of intelligence, yet he wasted human life to that end, in turn destroying intelligent life for a semblance of a talking animal that can’t even sustain its own life.
In conclusion, screw him, thanks for coming to my Ted talk!
11. Harumi Kiyama
Anime: A Certain Scientific Railgun
She looks so sleep-deprived. Mood goals.
Kiyama is an ex-teacher and a current researcher.
She was an antagonist, to later become a member of the supporting cast Naruto- style.
Kiyama is a great scientist, even developing the “Level Upper” – a technology that can be used to grant or power-up supernatural abilities.
Just imagine that in real life!
We’d have people using powers to make sandwiches. Don’t ask why, it’s just the truth.
10. Dr. Genus
Anime: One Punch Man
Ooh, cloning is cool. And giant beetles are, by the will of the council, not.
Genus is a genius researcher and creator of a method to clone himself for a pseudo-immortality.
His goal was actually quite noble, to create a race of superhumans that would match his intelligence – what a narcissist!
Genus failed, even with the monster that he created since… well, Saitama was late to a sale…
So of course he wrapped everything up quickly!
Orochimaru, the one who yearns for your body, and perhaps the most sacred of your family techniques.
He’s also partially a snake!
Which is an interesting thing, like a demonic being from the legends…
He’s also a researcher. One who searches for the forbidden knowledge.
He tried and failed to acquire full immortality, resorting to jumping from body to body, searching for a path to erase death! What a hefty goal, though he does fail. Like every great anime scientist.
Anime: Full Metal Panic
This one is directly insane, just crazy evil.
He would easily murder any of his subordinates for the barest mistakes.
He’s ferocious and relentless, highly unreliable and fickle. Also a hyper-genius able to deduct military tactics based on the most conventional information.
He’s also the antagonist of the second raid, a dirty weirdo – an overall horrible person I suppose.
He also looks like he has a heavy American accent, probably a southern one. No offense just throwing it out there.
7. Franken Stein
Anime: Soul Eater
Here we have a crazed doctor who would almost kill his students just to teach them a lesson.
And no, I don’t mean to “teach them a lesson”. I mean literally, a lesson on soul resonance.
And for good reason: he’s mad!
The man is based on the chimera creator from the film Frankenstein – one who revived ( well, not exactly ) his own brother with parts he robbed from graves.
The man is insane to the name, he even stuck a bolt into his brain, to… uhh, “help him think”.
6. Professor Oak
Pokémon! Gotta catch them all, with science!
Oak is a vital part of all our childhoods.
He was the first-ever Pokémon professor in both the show and the games.
He made a deep impact on the series as a whole, and was a continuous presence in the show. I can still hear “welcome back” from that damn Pokémon Snap lab.
He’s a researcher. One whose goal is to fill out the encyclop- uhh, the Pokedex. Not sure if he ever really accomplished that goal since we seem to keep finding more and more…
5. Hange Zoe
Anime: Attack on Titan!
Researching your enemy is an important part of any war. And in the case of war against the titans, this role befell on to Zoe.
Zoe is a crazed researcher, whose sole purpose is torturing – I mean, researching titans to find ways to defeat them.
And she does it with a happy glint in her eyes!
Her infatuation with titans is so deep that she would use Erin to her ends – be it torture or just forcing him to transform, all means are good if it reveals more knowledge!
4. Shinra Kishitani
An unlicensed, underground doctor is a great image for insanity.
Yet for some odd reason, Shinra is perfectly normal.
Odd, yes, but still sane!
He has a psychotic obsession with the supernatural. His main purpose is to find ways to explain their abilities.
He also has an incredible ability to tell what emotion Celty is experiencing, even though she has no face. Science, folks.
3. Rintaro Okabe
Okabe! The great scientist(?) who discovered/created the PhoneWave (Temporary Name), a microwave with a phone attached to it that somehow could send messages to the past.
He’s also the source of our main entertainment in the show – the hilarious Engrish for example!
Rintaro is the main plot-moving character with a unique ability and incredible intellect. Also, a crazy goof.
Anime: Dr. Stone
This man counted seconds for 3715 years.
This is not just dedication, this is resilience. Or insanity.
He’s also such a hyper-genius that he can build a rocketship at 16 years old!
I never had such high achievements at 16, this guy’s making me look lazy.
1. Kisuke Urahara
My undoubtedly favorite character here.
A great researcher and an overall mystery, Kisuke dabbles in the black market business. And in all sorts of underhanded business.
He’s an enigma!
He was a captain in the Gotei 13 before, and is Mayuri Kurotsuchi’s teacher.
He also founded the research and development facility, naturally.
Kisuke trained Ichigo, he made the Hogyoku – probably the greatest creation ever, and he’s the reason for the Vizard’s existence.
He’s extremely powerful and has such incredible connections that he would destroy you without even touching you. Scary guy, brilliant scientist.