Dr. Scarab, originally Wilmer Sharp, Ph.D, was a brilliant pioneer of bionics, though not as great as his brother, Amadeus. Dr Scarab had no intention of using his genius to help people, however: All he wants for himself is immortality and one day world domination. While Amadeus saved the Bennett family with his bionics tech, Scarab wrangled up a group of minions and augmented them with his own, somewhat inferior devices. So nothing new there, he's your typical scientist bad guy, right?
Not really - because this guy's kinda cool. Just like how Doc Terror didn't seem to fit the scientist mold by being a deep-voiced power-hungry bastard, Dr. Scarab here breaks the mold as well by being... pretty awesome. He plays around, like when he's spinning his bionic implant scrambler on his finger, while pretending to be a radio DJ. Hell, I'd listen to his broadcast, he's actually funny. He's got the usual repertoire of insults for his goons, mainly for the scheming Glove and idiotic Mechanic, and he's not above punishing them for doing something right because as he says, he's "unpredictable." I'll admit, it got a laugh out of me.
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So how does this guy rate?
Effectiveness - 3. He does have some interesting plots and they do seem to get some traction as well. In the first episode, he's able to steal the power source from the Valley of Shadows before IQ tricks him into losing it. And when he's using the bionics jamming radio waves, he manages to get Rock-1 hurt, and by her brother no less. This guy isn't a slouch, but he does suffer from traitorous lieutenants, something he doesn't do much to deter either. I just wish I could see him use some of his own bionic powers.