Gaming's maddest mad doctors

Dr. Ned

From: Borderlands: The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned
Speciality: Bringing the dead back to life, totally not being related to Dr. Zed

Dr. Ned claims that he's just trying to help people, but the facade soon wears off when it becomes apparent that he's turned almost the entire population of Jakob's Cove into a race of violent, vomiting zombies. Dr. Ned tried to bring the dead back to life in an attempt to "extend the lives" of the island's workers, but carelessly ignored the possibility that his creations would grow powerful and hunger for human flesh. He accepted this might be mad, but that it didn't matter because at least he doesn't make popcorn when people are trying to work. Unlike his assistant Bill. Bill's corpse is now stitched to parts of Ned's other assistant, Frank. This is because Dr. Ned is nuts.

Dr. Wily

From: Mega Man
Speciality: Robotics, amazing hair

Dr. Wily is one of the original and most recognizable mad scientists in gaming. His notorious struggles against Mega Man, not to mention that inimitable hairdo, have made him a household name. He's also one of the least sane villains in gaming history, due to the fact that every plan he cooks up involves the creation of eight stupid robots with predictable patterns and weak spots. He designed Sheep Man. If that's not proof of insanity, then what is?

The Vykkers

From: Munch's Oddysee
Specialty: Animal testing, sadism

The Vykkers are an entire race of mad doctors, famed throughout Oddworld for pharmaceutical products created through intense animal testing. Their experiments aren't just driven by profit, however. They're also cruel sadists who delight in causing suffering to others, although they despise feeling pain themselves. Their scientific breakthroughs allow them to survive for a very long time, able to outlive their own bodies. The fact they'd want to keep living when they look like tripedal raisins is a rather solid confirmation of madness, too.

Dr. Robotnik

From: Sonic the Hedgehog
Speciality: Cyborgs, eggs

Dr. Robotnik (or Eggman if you prefer) is one bad prat. While clearly a gifted mind, his obsession with trapping innocent woodland critters inside murderous robotic sarcophagi is more than a little worrying. So is his alarmingly lush facial hair – what sane man thinks that’s a good fashion statement? That is to say nothing of his lust for all things egg-like in nature. Seriously, an egg is more aerodynamic than a brick, but its shape is nonetheless an unacceptable stencil when designing airborne vessels. Oh Robotnik, you maniac, when will you learn?

The Medic

From: Team Fortress 2
Speciality: Healing, hurting

To sign yourself up for Team Fortress, you'd already have to be pretty unstable, and the Medic does little to dissuade the assumption. The Medic is crucial to any successful team as a healer and protector, but he generally regards the healing process as an unintended side effect of his playing God. If anything, his many in-game quips indicate that he'd rather be hurting as opposed to helping. Years of medical training just for a chance to stick a bonesaw in someone's head? Yeah, the Medic is out of his German mind.

Dr. Steinman, Dr. Suchong, Dr. Alexander

From: BioShock, BioShock 2
Speciality: Being part of Rapture's 1,000-strong mad doctor population

Apparently, when Andrew Ryan was designing Rapture, his vision of an underwater utopia included as many moonstruck medical professionals as he could fit in a bathysphere. The BioShock games are crawling with mad Splicer doctors who scream about there being semen all over the place while firing revolvers at anything they don't like. However, the common delirious docs pale in comparison to Dr. Steinman, Dr. Suchong and Dr. Alexander, three men who compete only with other for the privilege of being called gaming's most psychotic practitioner.

Steinman is a plastic surgeon/reconstructive artist who became convinced he was blessed by Aphrodite and started to use unwilling human flesh as his canvas. Suchong was a guiltless monster with zero compassion and the lack of conscience needed to perform medical experiments on little girls. Meanwhile, Gilbert Alexander used himself as a guinea pig and tried to become a walking memory bank, only to turn instead into a pulsating mass of warped flesh and total, gibbering, incurable lunacy.

Suddenly, having a fetish for eggs doesn't seem so bad.

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  • Bravo315 - April 5, 2011 6:52 p.m.

    GR should make a part 2 of this lost and add Dr Salvador, Dr Mario, Dr Richtofen, Dr Breen, and The Dr from Assassin's Creed that experiments on his patients. Great idea and list though!
  • alfonso.hdez - April 1, 2011 9:04 a.m.

    OK Gamesradar, there are 3 comments regarding MDK & MDK2, how 'bout some love for that game? It's like my own personal Okami here.
  • alfonso.hdez - April 1, 2011 9:02 a.m.

    @JD_Method I thought I was the only one who played MDK and MDK2! absolutely loved those games, they were just brilliant
  • killtaculor - April 1, 2011 5:48 a.m.

    This is a great article. I love Dr. Nefarious and Neo Cortex. I was just on Ventrillo earlier with some friends and we were discussing how bad ass the original Crash Bandicoot games were.
  • AntmanG93 - April 1, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    how about Dr. Loboto from psychonaughts?
  • EwoksTasteLikeChicken - April 1, 2011 12:29 a.m.

    Where's the mad scientist from Stubbs the Zombie in Rebel Without a Pulse? I know not many people have heard of it, but the guy created all the zombies, experiments with normal humans, and flies around with a jetpack.
  • InfamousGamer - March 31, 2011 9:59 p.m.

    What about Edward Richtoften? I mean, for God's sake, he created ZOMBIES! How is he NOT on the list?
  • ChickenFillet5140 - March 31, 2011 4 p.m.

    Alex the Great seemed like a pretty cool guy so I denied myself the pleasure of frying his heavily mutated ass. Another Great article Jim.
  • Cleanser247 - March 31, 2011 3:38 p.m.

    GREAT article Jim! I agree with your choices : ) I'm glad you included Bioshock as well!
  • philipshaw - March 31, 2011 3:20 p.m.

    Articles like this is why I come to GR every day,great stuff
  • mothbanquet - March 31, 2011 2:34 p.m.

    And I was about to yell at you for neglecting Steinman; before I found you saved the best for last! An awesomely creepy character, really sent a shiver down my spine.
  • Imthedoctor - March 31, 2011 5:24 a.m.

  • NanoElite666 - March 31, 2011 5:07 a.m.

    DR. RICHTOFEN WANTS TO BATH NAKED IN YOUR BLOOD!!!! Also, do you have the time? Ha ha ha...
  • FreedomPhantom - March 31, 2011 4:07 a.m.

    I think the Bioshock (1) doctor was the craziest
  • JD_Method - March 31, 2011 3:38 a.m.

    @SacredZergling Haha. No problem. It's a great, fun game. I must dig it out and play it again sometime.
  • FlyinHawaiian13 - March 31, 2011 3:31 a.m.

    Richtofen: "Usually the voices in my head sound so angry." Probably a solid choice for this list.
  • bigmac515 - March 31, 2011 3:14 a.m.

    how about Richtofen from nazi zombies... he made hell hounds and the gas monkey things... WHO THE HELL ACTUALLY THOUGHT THAT GAS MONKEYS WERE A GOOD IDEA!!!
  • crazyj10 - March 31, 2011 2:32 a.m.

    Actually, the Medic isn't a doctor. He doesn't have a degree. But he is still a psycho.
  • Ashkael - March 31, 2011 1:56 a.m.

    Nothing on Dr. Breen from Half-Life 2? He sold out the whole planet to the Combine and then proceeded to forcefully sterilize all of humanity.
  • Yeager1122 - March 31, 2011 12:22 a.m.

    The medic awsome love me some team fortress gotta play zombie island of dr.ned to bad i sold borderlands maybe ill buy the game of the year edition.

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