Dr. Fakenstein

Being the Trope Codifier for the extremely popular Mad Scientist trope, it's not a wonder that Frankenstein's titular doctor would have his own share of Expies, but there are some that go as far as ripping off his name too. Apparently, it's a popular practice for writers to name Mad Scientist characters after the most famous one in fiction (either as an Homage or Parody, or to drive the point home that those characters are supposed to be MAD!).

Most of the time, it's an exotic-sounding surname starting with "Franken" or ending with "Stein". "Victor", despite being a fairly common name, may also count as this trope if the character in question is known for dabbling in dangerous, questionable science involving giving life to dead/inanimate beings (even more so if said character has a German-sounding surname or is German himself) as the reference to Victor Frankenstein becomes obvious in that case.

Sometimes a member of The Von Trope Family. Compare with Frankenstein's Monster, for the kind of experiment this character is probably into, and Franken-X, for when the name "Frankenstein" is used to refer to the creature Frankenstein created instead of Frankenstein himself.

See also Dr. Genericius, for a similar naming pattern used for Mad Scientist types. Subtrope of Names to Run Away from Really Fast.


Examples:

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     Anime And Manga  

  • Franken Fran has Fran Madaraki, a cute Frankenstein's Monster. While she was most likely (erroneously) named after the monster, she still fits the trope on virtue of being an expert surgeon that creates horrors of her own.
  • Soul Eater has Dr. Franken Stein, another deliberate Expy and a typical Mad Scientist, albeit a heroic one.
  • A more subtle example would be Franky from One Piece. After surviving a gruesome accident, he had to rebuild most of his body with mechanical parts from a ship, becoming a cyborg in the process (thus, following the theme of rebirth present in the Frankenstein novel).
  • Dr. Franken von Vogler, from the Giant Robo OVA, is actually a subversion. He was introduced as a classic Mad Scientist at first, but turned out to be just a victim of bad PR.
  • Blood Lad has a Dr. Franken who creates Akim Papladon, a demon that steals body parts of his liking.

     Comic Book  

  • Runaways: Chase Stein's parents, Victor and Janet Stein, are a pair of Mad Scientists whose inventions are used by their son. The father's name should tell you everything.
  • In Madman, the titular character's civilian identity is Frank Einstein. Supposedly, Doctors Flem and Boiffard named him for Frank Sinatra and Albert Einstein, but Frank is a resurrected dead man with a scarred face and bolts in the sides of his neck...
  • In a Rantanplan comic, the titular dog and Averell Dalton are kidnapped by two scientists named Frank and Stein (the latter also having Einstein Hair).
  • Professor Martin Stein is the man responsible for the reactor that created Firestorm. As such, he is often perceived this way (the 2004 run of the comic gives him Einstein Hair for good measure).
  • An Elseworlds Superman one-shot story called Superman Monster had a version of Lex Luthor called Viktor Luthor. He finds some Krypton techology from the rocket that brought Kal-El to Earth and uses it to help him give life to a reconstructed human being.
  • The main villain of the Madballs comic book published by now defunct Marvel Comics subsidiary Star Comics was a Mad Scientist named Dr. Viktor Frankenbeans.

     Film — Animation  

  • Tim Burton's Frankenweenie, a remake of the 1984 short film of the same name, is both a parody and homage to the 1931 film Frankenstein. Frankenweenie is about a young filmmaker and scientist named Victor Frankenstein (natch) who brings his dog back to life.
  • Dr. Finklestein from The Nightmare Before Christmas, Halloweentown's resident scientist and creator of Frankenstein's Monster-inspired Sally.
  • In Scooby Doo Frankencreepy, Velma's original family name is revealed to be "von Dinkenstein" (it was changed to just "Dinkle" during immigration). Turns out she is also the descendant of a Mad Scientist and even ends up becoming one herself, although through hypnosis.

     Film — Live-Action  

     Literature  

  • Franny K. Stein is about Franny, a seven year-old practicioner of mad science.
  • In Thief of Time, Jeremy Clockson says to The Igor that he's heard some people really come alive in thunderstorms, and Igor says yes, that used to happen when he worked for Dr Finklestein...

     Live-Action — TV  

  • The Hilarious House of Frightenstein had the eponymous Count Frightenstein, complete with a Igor sidekick. He even had his own monster creation, Brucie.
  • In Beetleborgs, Dr. Baron von Frankenbeans appears occasionally to check in on his creation (named simply "Frankenbeans").

     Music  

  • Helloween's "Dr. Stein" is a song about a monster-creating scientist.

     Video Games  

  • King K. Rool from the Donkey Kong Country series calls himself "Baron K. Roolenstein'' in the third game of the Rare trilogy.
  • The Wario Land series has Mad Scienstein. Two guesses to what he does.
  • Dr. Cranken from Viewtiful Joe 2 combines "Franken" with "Crank" and "Kraken", the creature he is based of.
  • League of Legends has Viktor, a scientist champion who turned himself into a cyborg.
  • Darkstalkers has Victor von Gerdenheim, the professor who created the series' playable Frankenstein's Monster that also shares the same name as his creator.
  • Decap Attack has Dr. Frank N. Stein, who creates Chuck, the headless mummy player character, to battle a demon.
  • Overwatch: Junkrat's mad scientist costume, "Doctor Junkenstein".

     Webcomics  

     Western Animation  

  • Runaway Brain features Dr. Frankenollie, a mad monkey scientist who swaps Mickey's brain with Julius', a Frankenstein's Monster that looks like Pete. He also ends up dying by crumbling into ash thanks to his experiment.
  • A Goof Troop episode once involved Goofy inheriting a castle from Frankengoof, a family member. Naturally, a Frankenstein's Monster came along with the castle.
  • Ben 10 has Dr. Viktor, a NASA scientist who is actually a Transylian, an alien race of Frankenstein's Monsters, working for Ghostfreak/Zs'Skayr, thus he ends up referencing both Frankenstein and his monster. When Ben turns into that race himself, the form was originally called Benviktor in the credits (alongside other unnamed monster forms "Benwolf" and "Benmummy") and later given the official name Frankenstrike.
  • The Phineas and Ferb episode "The Monster Of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" had Dr. Phineastein, an ancient Victorian scientist. He created his own monster, based on Perry The Platypus.
  • While Professor Frink from The Simpsons is not an example (He's named after John Frink), there is a Treehouse of Horror episode where he revives his dead father. The episode is called "Frinkenstein".
  • One of the last season episodes of Regular Show had minor character "Dr. Prankenstein'' ("Stein" was spelled as "Steen", but no one cared), a scientist who researched prank tools.


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