Created By: stardust_rain on July 15, 2011 Last Edited By: stardust_rain on July 16, 2011

Patchwork People

A body made of other bodies.

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The Doctor: You have the eyes of a twenty-year-old.
Uncle: Thank you.
The Doctor: No, no, I mean it, literally, your eyes are thirty years younger than the rest of you. Your ears don't match, your right arm is two inches longer than your left, and how's your dancing? Cause you've got two left feet! Patchwork people. You've been patched up and repaired so often if doubt there's anything left of what used to be you.
-- The Doctor's Wife, Doctor Who.

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A body made of other bodies. Stitched together from leftover limbs, this character's existence cost somebody an arm and a leg. For that extra dose of horror, not all of it might be human.

A character like this might be Played for Laughs, extremely pragmatic, or a mess of existential horror.

Examples:

  • All Igors from the Discworld are examples of a pragmatic mindset. When an Igor is said to have their grandfather's eyes, it's not a metaphor, and there's always the saying that a good pair of hands is worth hanging on to.
  • Auntie and Uncle from Doctor Who episode The Doctor's Wife are played for horror, victims of the House's playthings.
  • Frankenstein's monster was originally made from other body parts.
Community Feedback Replies: 19
  • July 15, 2011
    Hadashi
    Possibly Frankenstein Monster although that's mainly about the actual character(s), really.
  • July 15, 2011
    TooBah
    Larry Niven's Known Space story "The Patchwork Girl" is about the highly sought-after organ banks, and a girl who ends up with... other parts than her own.
  • July 15, 2011
    Aminatep
    There is "Flesh Golem" YKTTW floating around and practically a ready trope.

    The idea of finally splitting Frankie's Monster into three tropes:

    1. Huh, that guy looks trustworthy so... oh wait are those stitches for real?
    2. OH GOD KILL IT KILL IT BEFORE IT STEALS MY LIMBS TOO
    3. Actual original character in other media.

    is curious, but there may be some difficulties with distinguishing Frankie's monster expies and simply patchwork people - like Franken Fran who's a homage because she is even named that way, but she's a blond-haired six-armed girl.
  • July 15, 2011
    LordCrayak
  • July 15, 2011
    Aminatep
    ^ No, that's genetic engineering, not vivisecting. Well it does have a paragraph about vivisecting but it's shoehorned and doesn't really have lots of supporting examples.
  • July 15, 2011
    ParadiscaCorbasi
    Webcomics

  • July 15, 2011
    Acebrock
    I think I remember reading that this happened to Hawke's mother in Dragon Age II. I don't know any of the details though.
  • July 15, 2011
    TonyG
    Frankenstein would definitely be the Trope Maker.
  • July 15, 2011
    Xtifr
    • In the Discworld series, the Igor clan (who are all named Igor) specialize in replacing body parts (and in assisting Mad Scientists). They primarily use the skill to help others, but routinely practice on themselves, and take pride in having as few original parts as possible. If an Igor says, "I've got my grandfather's eyes" -- believe him!
  • July 15, 2011
    Damr1990
  • July 15, 2011
    Goldenpelt
    The title character in Beck is a Patchwork Dog.
  • July 15, 2011
    Speedball
    Definitely Unity from Skin Horse. She's a Genki Girl with a half-black, half-white face and matching hairstyles, and various other parts of her all all other skin tones.
  • July 15, 2011
    ACarlssin
    Also from Doctor Who: The body Solon makes for Morbius in "The Brain of Morbius".
  • July 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    In Buffy The Vampire Slayer season 4 Big Bad Adam is a demon artificially created by The Initiative out of parts of other demons - the most deadly parts.
  • July 16, 2011
    Aminatep
    Soooooooooooo we are splitting this from Frankie certainly? Quit adding your examples, people, 'tis not what YKTTW be fer.
  • July 16, 2011
    packardcaribien
    There was an episode of Totally Spies that revolved around a modeling company that pieced together the best parts of several women to make 'perfect' ones.
  • July 16, 2011
    randomsurfer
    ^^'Tis perhaps not what this particular yttw be fer, but unless there's been a rules change recently, 'tis exactly what ykttw be fer.
  • July 16, 2011
    BraveHoratio
    For clarification on the proposed split of Frankie's monster up in Aminatep's post.

    1) People (not monsters) made from bits and pieces (that is, this trope) 2) ??? 3) Expies of the Mary Shelley character

    And monsters made from people is Flesh Golem? Is that right? We would turn over Frankensteins Monster just to category 3, this trope is category 1, and Flesh Golem is category 2.

    If we do that, the question is how we want to count things that are deliberate homages to Frankenstein but would otherwise go in a different category (such as the Morbius example).

    (There's another Buffy example where a nerd brings his dead football player brother back to life, and then goes about trying to construct him a "bride" similar to the Totally Spies example).

    Do we want to count Zaphod Beeblebrox, who has clearly been picking up extra body parts somewhere ?

    Do we count The Island Of Doctor Moreau (book version, which uses vivisection rather than genetic engineering)?

    Do we need to say anything about how this might interact with Evil Hand or Organ Autonomy? For instance, the Angel episode where Lindsey gets an Evil Hand is functionally the same as what's going on in "The Doctor's Wife" or with the Igors, just on a smaller scale and with a dash of Organ Autonomy.

    For that case, do we want to draw a distinction from people made up entirely of spare parts, versus people who simply have spare parts added?
  • July 16, 2011
    c0ry
    Technically the Daleks made from individual human cells from the Doctor Who New Series Season One finale - Doctor Who/The Parting Of The Ways and Doctor Who/Bad Wolf - count towards this trope. There is no genetic engineering involved, however; this is Patchwork Person on a microscopic scale.
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