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             Doctor Emmett Lathrop "Doc" Brown            


"Doc", as he is referred to by his best friend, Marty McFly, was born in the early 1920s—the novelization says he was 65 (implying 1920), while The Animated Series gives 1922—in Hill Valley, California. A scientist by trade, Doc is a "student of all sciences" and spends much of his time inventing. He usually has a pet dog; in 1955, his dog was named Copernicus, and by 1985, he had a dog named Einstein. Doc's role models are scientists, as evidenced by the names of his dogs and the portraits of Isaac Newton, Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Edison, and Albert Einstein found in his laboratory (which were on a wall in his home in 1955).

Doc can be absent-minded at times, and despite getting around town due to his repair business (see below) he is regarded by many of Hill Valley's townsfolk as strange, eccentric, or crazy (see mad scientist). As such, he has few friends (the only friends of his we meet through the trilogy are his dogs, Marty, and Marty's girlfriend, Jennifer Parker). Because of this, Doc is often seen as a loner even though he cares about the people he is close to. However, it is not known when he would have originally met Marty. The first film does not specify their original first meeting; when Marty goes back in time to 1955, the first meeting is pushed back prior to Marty's birth. Later, after Marty was born and they met again, Doc presumably remembered, but kept this memory secret from the "new" Marty of the positively altered timeline until the "original" Marty returned to the altered 1985.

Doc does not believe in "love at first sight" until he ends up meeting his future wife Clara Clayton in 1885, since he does not see scientifically how such a feeling works.

Doc often works through the night on his inventions and can become obsessed with little things. He will always try to use a big word rather than a small one if one is available – for example, he refers to a dance as a "rhythmic ceremonial ritual". He often tends to enunciate his words with wide-eyed facial expressions and broad gestures. He is also known for his expression of the catch phrase "Great Scott!" He also likes jazz music, (a saxophone can be seen at Doc's house in 1955) Jules Verne and Westerns. Although he may like to gamble, he would never use time travel to gain an gambling advantage. Doc does not usually drink alcoholic beverages, since he has a tendency to pass out after just one drink. As stated in the original film, he is allergic to all synthetic fabrics.

Doc has been involved in illegal and criminal enterprises within the scope of the films, although only in so much as he needed to obtain items he could not purchase legally. He cheated Libyan terrorists out of an unspecified amount of stolen plutonium he tricked them into stealing for him ("They wanted me to build them a bomb, so I took their plutonium and, in turn, gave them a shoddy bomb casing full of used pinball machine parts!"), and would have died as a result had Marty not intervened.




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