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[[caption-width-right:269: It doesn't look like it, but this man is one of the most dangerous Universal Monsters of all time.]]

''The Invisible Man'' is a 1933 UniversalHorror film, directed by James Whale and starring Creator/ClaudeRains. It is based on [[Literature/TheInvisibleMan the novel]] by Creator/HGWells.

''The Invisible Man'' tells the story of an encounter the people of a sleepy town have with a mysterious newcomer who conceals himself entirely with bandages. The townspeople grow ever curious at the secretive, dangerously short-tempered man and his experiments. Frustrated by the inquisitive nature of the locals, the man goes into a rage, tears away his bandages, and reveals to the people that he is in fact completely invisible.

From this point on, the story follows the invisible man's trail of destruction and terror across the land as he attempts to either find a cure for his condition or take over the country (whichever is more likely).

A {{sequel}}, called ''The Invisible Man Returns'' and starring Creator/VincentPrice in the title role, was produced in 1940. That same year Universal would also release the more comedic film ''The Invisible Woman''.

The 1933 Invisible Man is one of the 8 Major Universal Monsters.

!!This film provides examples of:
* AdaptationExpansion: The movie adds a subplot about Griffin's girlfriend (played by a very young Gloria Stewart, now better known as the old Rose from ''Film/{{Titanic}}'').
* AdaptationalHeroism: Quoth TheOtherWiki:
-->The film portrays Griffin more sympathetically than does the novel. The novel's Griffin is callous and cruel from the beginning, and only pursues the experiment for wealth and his ego. The movie shows Griffin as an honorable man who is misguided. His insanity is purely a side-effect of the invisibility drug, and his motivation for the experiment was a misguided desire to do good for science and mankind, born primarily out of his love for his fiancée.
* AxCrazy: Griffin.
* BandagedFace: Griffin's disguise.
* CanonForeigner: Flora and her father Dr. Cranley have no counterparts in Wells' novel.
* CompositeCharacter: Dr. Kemp shares many of the characteristics and story roles as Thomas Marvel.
* ChemistryCanDoAnything
* ConspicuousGloves: The 1933 film is set in winter, so gloves don't really look that odd until Griffin goes indoors and '''doesn't take them off''', or later on when he's wearing them with pajamas and a robe. The Vincent Price sequel (1940's ''The Invisible Man Returns'') is set in warmer weather, so it looks a bit stranger for him to wear them in most instances. The title character of ''The Invisible Woman'' (also released in 1940) can get by with it more considering the social customs of the period included women wearing gloves (and hats, for that matter), so it doesn't stand out so much.
* DancingPants
* DeathByAdaptation: [[spoiler:Dr. Kemp.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Dr. Kemp.
* {{Determinator}}: Griffin goes 15 miles, on foot, through the snow, ''naked'' to get to Kemp's house. When he finally gets there, he wants to sit down, and says he'll want food and sleep, but first he wants to go back to the inn he was staying at and get his notes. So they hop in the car and he prepares to get go naked in the snow ''again''. (While they're driving, he at least has a blanket.) Not to mention the fact that he spent ''five years'' working all night every night on his invisibility serum. Apparently for Griffin, sleep is for the dead.
* DirtyCoward: Kemp.
* DyingAsYourself: Griffin's sanity returns as he dies, and he also becomes visible again.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[spoiler:Kemp's]] car explodes when it goes over a cliff.
* GenreSavvy: Most of the people who hunt Griffin or suggest ways to look for him.
* HairTriggerTemper: Griffin.
* HarbingerOfImpendingDoom
* InvisibleStreaker
* {{Invisibility}}
* LargeHam: Griffin, so very much.
* LaughingMad: When Griffin reveals his invisibility to the villagers of Iping, he adds some laughter to it to truly shock them.
* LiteralAssKicking: When the police try to capture Griffin at Kemp's house, he gives one of them a kick on the rear.
* OutsideRide
* ProfessorGuineaPig
* PsychoSerum: Monocane, a drug used in Griffin's invisibility process.
* RunawayTrain: Griffin has the highest amount of deaths caused out of all the Universal Monsters, due to a train wreck he causes that sends the train off a cliff and kills a hundred people.
* ScreamingWoman: Any excuse and Mrs. Hall is screaming like crazy.
* ThisWasHisTrueForm: Griffin becomes visible again upon his death.
* WeCanRuleTogether: Griffin’s grandiose plans for his “reign of terror” involve bullying Kemp into becoming his number two.
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity
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