It’s Halloween tomorrow (YAY!) and we thought it would be fun to put together a “Top 5 Pop Culture Doctor Villains” list (in no particular order). If you think we got it wrong, drop us a line at email@example.com and we’ll give an honorable mention to your pick in next month’s newsletter.
Dr. Eggman (also referred to by his full name, Dr. Ivo Robotnik) debuted in the 1991 Mega Drive/Genesis platform game Sonic the Hedgehog. Dr. Eggman is a rotund mad scientist who plans to conquer the world in order to build his own Eggman Empire. He has appeared in almost every Sonic the Hedgehog video game since 1991 and is also a prominent character in other media, including comics, novels, an animated TV series, and an original video animation.
Dr. Hannibal Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer. Lecter does not fit any known psychological profile. He has no conscience and tortured animals as a child, but does not exhibit any of the other criteria traditionally associated with psychopathy; psychiatrists refer to Lecter as a sociopath because they don't know what else to call him. Dr. Lecter is intellectually brilliant, cultured, and sophisticated, with refined tastes in art, music, and cuisine. He is well-educated in anatomy, chemistry, and physics, and also speaks several languages, including Italian, German, Russian, Polish, French, Spanish, and, to some extent, Japanese. He is deeply offended by rudeness and frequently kills people who have bad manners.
Dr. Octopus (Otto Octavius) is a highly intelligent mad scientist and typically portrayed as a stocky, myopic man who utilizes four powerful, mechanical appendages and is obsessed with proving his own genius and destroying the superhero Spider-Man. Otto became a brilliant and respected nuclear physicist, atomic research consultant, inventor, and lecturer. He designed a set of highly advanced mechanical arms controlled via a brain-computer interface to assist him with his research into atomic physics. During an accidental radiation leak that ended in an explosion, the apparatus became fused to Otto Octavius' body. It was later revealed that the radiation (or possibly his own latent mutation) had mutated his brain so that he could control the movement of the arms with his thoughts alone. Though Dr. Octopus himself is portly, in poor physical shape, and near-sighted, with his harness attached, he is physically more than a match for Spider-Man.
Dr. Evil is Austin Powers' nemesis and routinely hatches schemes to terrorize and take over the world. He is typically accompanied by Number Two: an eye-patch wearing goon who fronts his evil corporation (Virtucon Industries), his cat Mr. Bigglesworth, and his sidekick Mini-Me, a dwarf clone of himself. He is an internationally-known criminal genius cryogenically frozen in 1967 and reawakened in 1997. He went to evil medical school at age 18 and also attended the British Intelligence Academy with Austin and is angered that Austin won the "International Man of Mystery" award while he, the academy's best student, was overlooked.
Orin Scrivello, DDS, is portrayed from the start as a troubled man who is likely insane, yet has managed to become a successful dentist. He takes delight in his job, where he is free to abuse staff and customers alike without care. "I am your dentist! And I enjoy the career that I picked. I'm your dentist! And I get off on the pain I inflict!" - Orin Scrivello, DDS
Well, there you have it! Our top 5 picks for “doctor villains”. Remember to have a fun and safe Halloween tomorrow!