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19th Sep '17 12:34:08 PM Vox
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Igor is the {{Sidekick}} and manservant to a MadScientist. He's an absolute [[SycophanticServant toady, loyal to a fault]], and has no problem doing unsanitary scut-work (such as GraveRobbing) for his genius master, who is always addressed as "[[TheMaster Master]]," sometimes with an impressive lisp. He'll typically be a hunchback, dwarf, or even some small variety of monster. {{Evil Sorcerer}}s can substitute a tiny imp or demon. A [[{{Main/Uberwald}} vague European accent]] and/or a Creator/PeterLorre impression (despite Lorre's not having played that sort of role until late in his dotage) round out the vocal category.

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Igor is the {{Sidekick}} and manservant to a MadScientist. He's an absolute [[SycophanticServant toady, loyal to a fault]], and has no problem doing unsanitary scut-work (such as GraveRobbing) for his [[EvilGenius genius master, master]], who is always addressed as "[[TheMaster Master]]," sometimes with an impressive lisp. He'll typically be a hunchback, dwarf, or even some small variety of monster. {{Evil Sorcerer}}s can substitute a tiny imp or demon. A [[{{Main/Uberwald}} vague European accent]] and/or a Creator/PeterLorre impression (despite Lorre's not having played that sort of role until late in his dotage) round out the vocal category.
8th Aug '17 1:09:26 PM bjex
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This character is [[TropeMaker completely defined]] by Fritz, a character who appears in the [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation]] of ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1911}}''. (He does not appear in the book; he was imported from an 1823 play adaptation, ''Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein''.) [[TropeNamer The name "Igor" comes from a similar character named Ygor]] (played by Creator/BelaLugosi) who appeared in the second and third sequels, ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein''. Most modern uses and references include at least a [[SubvertedTrope subtle twist]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for works set [[{{Steampunk}} during the Steam Age]] or earlier, as the logical choice of DumbMuscle for a MadScientist would be [[ValuesDissonance a deformed, despised and illiterate guy nobody would listen to if he decided to snitch his master]] and also who would be ''cheap''.

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This character is [[TropeMaker completely defined]] by Fritz, a character who appears in the [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation]] of ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1911}}''.''Film/{{Frankenstein|1910}}''. (He does not appear in the book; he was imported from an 1823 play adaptation, ''Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein''.) [[TropeNamer The name "Igor" comes from a similar character named Ygor]] (played by Creator/BelaLugosi) who appeared in the second and third sequels, ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein''. Most modern uses and references include at least a [[SubvertedTrope subtle twist]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for works set [[{{Steampunk}} during the Steam Age]] or earlier, as the logical choice of DumbMuscle for a MadScientist would be [[ValuesDissonance a deformed, despised and illiterate guy nobody would listen to if he decided to snitch his master]] and also who would be ''cheap''.
8th Aug '17 12:56:13 PM bjex
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* ''Film/WaxworkIILostInTime'' starts the adventure proper with a sequence based on ''Film/Frankenstein1931,'' and they did their homework, as the Doctor's assistant is named ''Fritz,'' not Igor.
1st Aug '17 5:21:37 AM SeptimusHeap
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This character is [[TropeMaker completely defined]] by Fritz, a character who appears in the [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation]] of ''{{Frankenstein}}''. (He does not appear in the book; he was imported from an 1823 play adaptation, ''Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein''.) [[TropeNamer The name "Igor" comes from a similar character named Ygor]] (played by Creator/BelaLugosi) who appeared in the second and third sequels, ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein''. Most modern uses and references include at least a [[SubvertedTrope subtle twist]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for works set [[{{Steampunk}} during the Steam Age]] or earlier, as the logical choice of DumbMuscle for a MadScientist would be [[ValuesDissonance a deformed, despised and illiterate guy nobody would listen to if he decided to snitch his master]] and also who would be ''cheap''.

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This character is [[TropeMaker completely defined]] by Fritz, a character who appears in the [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} 1931 Universal Pictures adaptation]] of ''{{Frankenstein}}''.''Film/{{Frankenstein|1911}}''. (He does not appear in the book; he was imported from an 1823 play adaptation, ''Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein''.) [[TropeNamer The name "Igor" comes from a similar character named Ygor]] (played by Creator/BelaLugosi) who appeared in the second and third sequels, ''Film/SonOfFrankenstein'' and ''Film/TheGhostOfFrankenstein''. Most modern uses and references include at least a [[SubvertedTrope subtle twist]]. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]] for works set [[{{Steampunk}} during the Steam Age]] or earlier, as the logical choice of DumbMuscle for a MadScientist would be [[ValuesDissonance a deformed, despised and illiterate guy nobody would listen to if he decided to snitch his master]] and also who would be ''cheap''.



* In ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex'', there is a segment with a ''{{Frankenstein}}'' parody. The deformed assistant of the mad scientist is even named "Igor".

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* In ''Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Sex'', there is a segment with a ''{{Frankenstein}}'' ''Film/{{Frankenstein|1931}}'' parody. The deformed assistant of the mad scientist is even named "Igor".
28th Jul '17 5:02:29 AM SeptimusHeap
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* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' tale ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.

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* In Creator/AAPessimal's ''{{Discworld}}'' ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'' tale ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.
18th Jul '17 4:57:49 PM Hodor2
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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, Sethra Lavode's servant Tukko/Chaz (his full name is Dri'Chazik a Tukknaro) comes across as a parody/subversion of this. In the Vlad series, he's described as constantly shaking and walking with a pronounced stoop, but Vlad suspects that this is ObfuscatingStupidity because despite his seeming infirmity, he never spills food or drink. This reading is supported in the prequel books in which he is revealed to be a famous wizard.

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* In the ''Literature/{{Dragaera}}'' series, Sethra Lavode's servant Tukko/Chaz (his full name is Dri'Chazik a Tukknaro) comes across as a parody/subversion of this. In the Vlad series, he's described as constantly shaking and walking with a pronounced stoop, but Vlad suspects that this is ObfuscatingStupidity and ObfuscatingDisability because despite his seeming infirmity, he never spills food or drink. This reading is supported in the prequel books in which he is revealed to be a famous wizard.


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* In ''Literature/MalazanBookOfTheFallen'', Emancipor Reese serves as faithful manservant to the ThoseTwoBadGuys pairing of [[EvilSorcerer evil sorcerers]] Bauchelain and Korbal Broach. He's not so much loyal to them as completely terrified, and while revealed in his origin story to have began as a seasoned if weedy former soldier, he quickly falls into the shambling part of the equation as he becomes an AddledAddict to dull the horror of his work.
15th Jul '17 3:48:45 PM AgProv
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* In Creator/AAPessimal's {{Discworld}}'' ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.
* The Assassins' Guild School is given a replacment medical specialist to take over from the ineffectual doctor of ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. Matron Igorina snaps at the chance to work for methodically sane people, which she finds every bit as professionally fulfilling as working for homicidal psychopaths. The myriad ways in which a Guild student can damage themselves in the course of Education fully occupy her working day, and the fatality rate has dropped considerably. She takes every available opportunity to go out on Assassin missions as a non-combatant medical consultant, and even lectures Guild students in necessary areas such as Personal And Social Development. [[note]]Sex Education. all teachers at the School agree this is vitally necessary - so long as ''somebody else'' teaches it.[[/note]] Matron Igorina's sex education lectures are long, detailed, supported by graphic iconographic slides, remoselessly emphasise all the things that may not go according to plan in a sexual encounter, and tend to leave traumatised and impressionable teenage girls staggering out vowing they will never, ever, bump uglies with a male. Ever. As a result the Guild School has a practically zero rate of regrettable things like teen pregnancies and only the most adventurous students break the School rules to pursue assignations. The School management is quietly pleased with this.

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* In Creator/AAPessimal's {{Discworld}}'' ''{{Discworld}}'' tale ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.
* The Assassins' Guild School is given a replacment medical specialist to take over from the ineffectual doctor of ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. Matron Igorina snaps at the chance to work for methodically sane people, which she finds every bit as professionally fulfilling as working for homicidal psychopaths. The myriad ways in which a Guild student can damage themselves in the course of Education fully occupy her working day, and the fatality rate has dropped considerably. She takes every available opportunity to go out on Assassin missions as a non-combatant medical consultant, and even lectures Guild students in necessary areas such as Personal And Social Development. [[note]]Sex Education. all All teachers at the School agree this is vitally necessary - so long as ''somebody else'' teaches it.[[/note]] Matron Igorina's sex education lectures are long, detailed, supported by graphic iconographic slides, remoselessly emphasise all the things that may not go according to plan in a sexual encounter, and tend to leave traumatised and impressionable teenage girls staggering out vowing they will never, ever, bump uglies with a male. Ever. As a result the Guild School has a practically zero rate of regrettable things like teen pregnancies and only the most adventurous students break the School rules to pursue assignations. The School management is quietly pleased with this.



** Interestingly, the Barman at Biers ''is'' named Igor, but is ''not'' a member of the clan -- it's just a coincidence, which is odd as Biers is frequented mostly by the undead. He apparently finds [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore comments about the incongruity of this]] rather irritating.
** In ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.

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** Interestingly, the Barman at Biers ''is'' named Igor, but is ''not'' a member of the clan -- it's just a coincidence, which is odd as Biers is frequented mostly by the undead. He apparently finds [[NeverHeardThatOneBefore comments about the incongruity of this]] rather irritating.
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irritating.[[note]] In ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' see above - the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards. ''Rogi''.[[/note]]
15th Jul '17 3:44:35 PM AgProv
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* In Creator/AAPessimal's {{Discworld}}'' ''FanFic/SlippingBetweenWorlds'' the suggestion is made that in keeping with the Discworld principle that ''everything'' has its opposite quality, Biers' Igor is in fact a ''Rogi'' - the polar opposite of Igor-ness, one who is incredibly skilled at dismantling a living body, but not so hot at re-assembling it again afterwards.
* The Assassins' Guild School is given a replacment medical specialist to take over from the ineffectual doctor of ''Discworld/{{Pyramids}}''. Matron Igorina snaps at the chance to work for methodically sane people, which she finds every bit as professionally fulfilling as working for homicidal psychopaths. The myriad ways in which a Guild student can damage themselves in the course of Education fully occupy her working day, and the fatality rate has dropped considerably. She takes every available opportunity to go out on Assassin missions as a non-combatant medical consultant, and even lectures Guild students in necessary areas such as Personal And Social Development. [[note]]Sex Education. all teachers at the School agree this is vitally necessary - so long as ''somebody else'' teaches it.[[/note]] Matron Igorina's sex education lectures are long, detailed, supported by graphic iconographic slides, remoselessly emphasise all the things that may not go according to plan in a sexual encounter, and tend to leave traumatised and impressionable teenage girls staggering out vowing they will never, ever, bump uglies with a male. Ever. As a result the Guild School has a practically zero rate of regrettable things like teen pregnancies and only the most adventurous students break the School rules to pursue assignations. The School management is quietly pleased with this.
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28th Jun '17 8:40:00 PM erforce
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-->''"Honestly, I will have to hand it to this movie - it '''does''' explain how the doctor and his hunchbacked sidekick meet. In The Body Shop, The Astro Zombies, or hell, even Bloodsucking Freaks, the duos just sort of already knew each other for some reason. This movie at least shows us their humble beginnings... and it still sucks."''

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-->''"Honestly, I will have to hand it to this movie - it '''does''' explain how the doctor and his hunchbacked sidekick meet. In The ''The Body Shop, The Astro Zombies, Shop'', ''Film/TheAstroZombies'', or hell, even Bloodsucking Freaks, ''Film/BloodsuckingFreaks'', the duos just sort of already knew each other for some reason. This movie at least shows us their humble beginnings... and it still sucks."''
7th May '17 3:33:52 PM StarTropes
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* ''Film/RogueOne'' reveals that Darth Vader has one at his evil castle on [[LethalLavaland Mustafar]].
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