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    Default Good psychiatrists, evil psychiatrists in comics

    The original Brain Wave was an evil psychiatrist as is Dr. Faustus. Doc Samson is a good psychiatrist. I don't know about Harley Quinn these days... Are there other headshrinkers in comics? Do the good outnumber the bad?

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    Harley Quinn very much depend on the writer.

    Original Wonder Woman had more than a bit of schooling in psychology, including reversing brainwashing.

    What kind of education Doctor Psycho has is a bit unknown, but in the Golden Age he went to medical school.
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    Hugo Strange, bad to the bone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Hugo Strange, bad to the bone.
    Played by a guy who was also a good psychiatrist on Law and Order: SVU. Although that isn't a comic book, it has sent more than one actor into a comic book role.
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    Dr. Karla Sofen - evil incarnate. She got her powers by manipulating the original Moonstone into killing himself as a patient and stealing his power source.



    Who has a rivalry with Doc Samson, her opposite.


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    Dr. Blink, superhero shrink, is more of a good guy.
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    Does Scarecrow in Batman Begins count?

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    I did some Google-fu and found a pile of them.

    Professor X has a PhD AND an MD in Psychology and Psychiatry.

    Doctor Druid and Brother Voodoo both have degrees in the field.

    On the DC side of things, Doctor Fate (Kent V Nelson, grandson of the original).

    Psychology is one of Mr. Terrific's whopping 14 PhD's.

    And although you'd never guess, Guy Gardner actually has a bachelor's in the subject.

    And for villains, Marvel has both Ahab and Sauron, while DC has Doctor Faust and Zoom (he was a profiler).

    Plus those already mentioned, and there are more outside the big two. Seems like it's a more common field of study than we first thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gray Lensman View Post
    I did some Google-fu and found a pile of them.

    Professor X has a PhD AND an MD in Psychology and Psychiatry.

    Doctor Druid and Brother Voodoo both have degrees in the field.

    On the DC side of things, Doctor Fate (Kent V Nelson, grandson of the original).

    Psychology is one of Mr. Terrific's whopping 14 PhD's.

    And although you'd never guess, Guy Gardner actually has a bachelor's in the subject.
    Seriously? Whoa! I can't imagine a knuckledragger like Guy being able to SPELL psychology, much less have a diploma in same! I'm flabbergasted!
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    These 3 are all credited as psychiatrists.

    Hypnos, from Atlas Comics’ TIGER-MAN...:



    Jack Serious. He appeared in SHE-HULK...:


    Phillip Nolan Voight (Overshadow). He’s a Paranormal in Marvel’s New Universe, and became President...:

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    Quote Originally Posted by WestPhillyPunisher View Post
    Seriously? Whoa! I can't imagine a knuckledragger like Guy being able to SPELL psychology, much less have a diploma in same! I'm flabbergasted!
    Wasn't he a college or high school counselor before he suffered brain damage that turned him into a jerk?
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    I don't know if this is appropriate, but a personal favorite would be...

    Dr. Malcolm Long

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    One of EC's ill-fated "New Direction" titles:

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    Good replies. He's not fictional, but I'm surprised old Doc Wertham wasn't brought up on the "bad" side...

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    Quote Originally Posted by williamtheday View Post
    Good replies. He's not fictional, but I'm surprised old Doc Wertham wasn't brought up on the "bad" side...
    ^^^He’s been fictionalized w. varying degrees of venom many times!
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