Isn’t working on the IT service desk a little like being a mad scientist? Making things work off a budget sure feels like your creating something out of nothing, all while making ugly systems sing with the grace and poise of Ella Fitzgerald. It’s almost like magic. Who are the ones who we watch and read and ponder about what makes them tick? Here’s a list of our favorite mad scientists, and TGIF!
Marty McFly has to be the luckiest teenager on the planet. Not only did he get to travel back into the past and fix his current situation, he also got to go into the future and fix that before it got out of hand. But most of all, Marty is lucky because he has the absolute awesomest pal ever — Doc. Who else could build the ultimate time machine, use it to benefit (after terrifying, of course) his loved ones, and keep everyone so entertained in the process? Pure genius, with just a tiny dab of madness in the mix.
Today’s youngsters might not look at the aging Jerry Lewis and see the utter madness that made the man. Few characters brought out Lewis’ ability to play the slapstick comedian like The Nutty Professor. In this 1960’s parody of the story of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Professor Kelp (Lewis) develops a way to turn himself from a nerdy science professor into a studly womanizer called Buddy Love. Through a series of adequately nutty shenanigans, the geeky professor eventually does find true love.
Though many people get confused and call the monster Frankenstein, the actual Frankenstein is Dr. Frankenstein, his creator. Using human body parts, he creates his monster, which due to the lack of availability of parts, ends up being eight feet tall. The monster eventually learns a lot and becomes quite human, but is never accepted by people and eventually kills the doctor’s one true love. The creature disappears in the end, leaving our nightmares to their own devices.
Will we ever quit missing the beloved Robin Williams? Not likely. If you want to visit him in one of his most creative parts, check out the movie Flubber. While searching for a new source of energy, Professor Brainard develops an uncontrollable substance that increases in speed each time it bounces. It results in all of the mayhem and havoc you’d expect, but ends happily ever after with Brainard defeating the bad guys, saving his beloved college from closure, and winning the girl of his dreams.
Dr. Jekyll of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Feeling a little boring? Dr. Jekyll was too. So, he developed a strange potion (when will people learn to stop doing that?) so he could morph into an evil fiend whenever he chose. He could indulge in criminal behavior as Mr. Hyde, and slip back into the gentle Dr. Jekyll to avoid prosecution. Eventually, he was unable to manufacture more of the potion that returned him to normalcy. He has to accept Jekyll’s fate of disappearance and learn to accept life as the evil Hyde, along with all of the repercussions.
Who’s your favorite mad scientist? Did he make the list?