Plotting things on a graph is maybe the most nerdy thing you can do, and naturally we do it all the time, but it’s the perfect thing when talking about one of the world’s most well-established fictional professions, the Mad Scientist.
In the realm of science, they’re about as unscientific (most of them) as possible, but they do offer enough sci-fi, horror, and comedy to have left-field things happen for seemingly no reason. But, whether or not their madness outweighs their brilliance, or if it leads to them being evil, is a problem the good folks at Dorkly came up with for their new graph which plots a number of famous Mads on an X-axis scale of intelligence and a Y-axis scale of sanity, staring from above average intelligence and mild mania all the way up to full-fledged crazed genius.
I like that they went as far as to give us the four extremes: Muppet professor Bunsen Honeydew is low on both the brilliance and madness scale, with Dr. Zoidberg being all the way crazy and only slightly intelligent. On the other side of things, we have Mr. Fantastic (a/k/a Dr. Reed Richards) who is super-mega smart but only a little mad (the graph starts with the assumption they’re a little nuts to begin with) and all the way at totally insane and unfathomably brilliant we have Rick Sanchez, who would be simultaneously the best and worst grandpa in the whole of the multiverse.
While I think they get most of the placements correct, or close to correct (it’s not an exact science, this), I’d certainly put Poison Ivy a lot higher in the intelligence and the a little higher on the crazy, while saying Doc Brown is a little more mad than Seth Brundle also seems pretty incorrect. But hey, a pretty great thing all things considered (on NPR).
Where would you place your favorite mad scientist? Are there any that were blatantly left off the graph? Tell us about it in the comments below.