The trope of using "Franken-" as a prefix to any other word, to indicate an unnatural abomination of the same. Particularly (but not always) one that involves re-animation of dead X, recycling of body parts from dead X, or combining parts of X and Y in a way that is considered wrong. May imply ScienceIsBad. Less common is naming the character "X-stein," but it has been known to happen.

Some blame the creators of the work for not realizing that {{Frankenstein|sMonster}} is [[IAmNotShazam the name of the creator/scientist who created the monster]], said monster's name being Adam [[note]]Though since Adam was created by Frankenstein and therefore his descendant, it does sort of make sense to call him Frankenstein[[/note]]. Others see "FrankenX" as meaning X combined in a manner like that used by Frankenstein. See DrFakenstein for when "Franken-X" and "X-stein" are accurately used to refer to the scientist instead of the creature.

No, this trope does not mean that "Frankenstein" is actually an unnatural abomination of lidded drink mugs.


[[AC:Anime and Manga]]
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'': While Fran herself is never called such in the manga (her name is Fran Madaraki), she spends her time performing Frankenstinian surgery on other people or even herself. She even has the classic head bolts.
* Limone's sewn-together plush in ''Anime/{{Simoun}}'' earned the FanNickname "Frankenplush" for its appearance.
* ''Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' has both Frankenrobo-kun and Hiyari-kenstein. Both are robots built for destruction, but are actually very friendly and not evil like intended (though Hiyari-kenstein had to have a [[HeelFaceTurn change of heart first]].)

* ''ComicBook/ThePunisher'': Franken-Castle. That is, until he was resurrected, after all, StatusQuoIsGod.
* ''ComicBook/RequiemChevalierVampire has a MadScientist stitching together a creature that can take on Dracula. Then he's given an EvilGenius' brain, to (sigh) "turn his monster into a veritable frank-Einstein!"

[[AC:Films -- Animated]]
* The very early Creator/TimBurton film ''WesternAnimation/{{Frankenweenie}}'' and its 2012 remake.

[[AC:Films -- Live-Action]]
* ''Film/{{Frankenhooker}}''
* ''Film/{{Frankenfish}}'' from the SciFi Channel.

[[AC:Live-Action TV]]
* ''Series/WizardsOfWaverlyPlace'': Frankengirl, Justin Russo's self-built robot roommate.
* ''Series/{{Beetleborgs}}'': [[JustForPun Frankenbeans]], the resident Frankenstein-analogue of Hillhurst Mansion's MonsterMash.

* Frankenstrat, Eddie Music/VanHalen's custom-made guitar.
* The Music/DeadKennedys album ''Music/{{Frankenchrist}}.''

[[AC:Tabletop Games]]
* In ''TabletopGame/BattleTech'', "[=FrankenMechs=]" are 'Mechs that have been jury-rigged from the parts of two or more 'Mechs.'

* Frankentetris: nickname for ''VideoGame/TetrisTheGrandMaster'' ACE, whose rules are a mix of traditional TGM rules and the Super Rotation System rules that TGM fans consider to be ExecutiveMeddling.
* ''VideoGame/{{Borderlands}}'': [=FrankenBill=]. A product of Dr. Ned's sinister experiments, he's a monster cobbled together from the remains of his dead assistants Frank and Bill. The result is what Dr. Ned referred to as "a... ''Frank'n'Bill''. Of note is the fact that he's a boss version of the Tankenstein {{Giant Mook}}s.
* VideoGame/TeamFortress2: One of the Heavy's (cosmetic) equippables turns him into "Franken-Heavy".
* ''VideoGame/{{Portal 2}}'': Wheatley produces mashups of Weighted Storage Cubes and Turrets, which players commonly refer to as "Frankenturrets".

[[AC:Web Original]]
* WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd once created Frankennerd for a Halloween Special. Eventually, the shitty games made him go crazy.
* Chuck Sonnenburg (''WebSite/SFDebris'') uses the X-Stein variant in his ''Film/DarkCity'' review. He tells the story of Daniel Schreber, a German writer who suffered mental illness and was hospitalized at an asylum called "Sonnenstein".
--> Chuck: "''Sonnenstein'' also being the name of the monster I brought to life in a lightning storm."

[[AC:Western Animation]]
* The ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'' episode "Frankendoodle" (although the character it refers to is called "[=DoodleBob=]").
* ''WesternAnimation/VeggieTales'' once featured a horror movie called "Franken-Celery" that caused Jr. Asparagus to lose sleep.
* Frankenchokey in ''WesternAnimation/InvaderZim'', although only briefly mentioned in passing. The Paranormal Investigator Dib was paired with for Career Day claimed he was "a real Franken-thingie."
* ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'': Mikey calls Baxter Stockman "Dr. Stockman-stein" after seeing his [[BodyHorror attempt to reassemble himself]].
* Similarly, [[WesternAnimation/TheVentureBros Doctor Venture's]] experiment at reanimating a mook killed by his bodyguard is called Venturestein.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheNewAdventuresOfWinnieThePooh'' has the episode "The Monster Frankenpooh", where the gang tells a story of a mad scientist (Piglet) who creates a giant monster (Pooh).
* ''WesternAnimation/Ben10Omniverse'': Of Ben's previously-unnamed horror monster-themed forms, the Frankenstein-like one is now dubbed "Frankenstrike". (In its one appearance in [[WesternAnimation/Ben10 the original series]], [[AllThereInTheScript its script name]] referred to the monster's creator and called it "Benviktor" instead.)

[[AC:Real Life]]
* "Frankenfood", a term used to describe food made from genetically modified organisms. Guess which side of the debate coined it.
* Frankenbike: a bicycle constructed from found and/or scavenged parts mainly so one has something to ride.
* Frankenputer: similar to Frankenbike, a computer made up of spare parts from dead computers and/or leftovers from upgrades of other computers. Often found in a HackerCave.
* [=FrankenPad=]: an IBM[=/=]Lenovo [=ThinkPad=] built out of the best parts of the [=T60=], [=T61=] and sometimes [=T400=] series, for example a 15.1" [=T60=] with a [=FlexView=] IPS panel equipped with a more powerful mainboard and CPU from a [=T61=] (which only came with inferior TN panels). Sometimes the leftover parts are pieced together to make another fully working laptop which is called "[=SchwabenPad=]" (after Swabians who are said to be cheap).
* Frankenbite: a sound bite created through QuoteMining. (Partly called such because, in particularly bad cases, you can actually hear the seems between splices, making the result sound like a cobbled-together mess.)
* The 2012 Hurricane Sandy was called "Frankenstorm" because it made landfall around Halloween and was the result of two different storms colliding and combining, until some news networks decided this was insensitive and it became "Superstorm."