"It's alive, it's alive, it's alive! It's alive!"An iconic product of mad science, the creature has lumbered through scores of films and TV series, monstrous yet also pitiful. In the original 1818 book by Mary Shelley, Victor Frankenstein creates the monster, then, repulsed by his creation, immediately throws it out. Later, it returns and demands that Victor make it a wife. He agrees, then reconsiders and destroys the half-completed bride. The monster retaliates by killing Victor's best friend and threatens more death should Victor ever marry. Victor marries his adoptive sister, who is also his cousin, Elizabeth, who is promptly killed while Victor is dutifully staying away from her thinking the threat was to him. Victor then chases the monster into the Arctic, but dies from the cold. The monster then goes off and kills himself (or at least he says that's what he's going to do). Few of this book's tropes were original — most were commonplace in Gothic novels of the eighteenth century — but they provide the oldest examples that are still widely read today. In it, the monster is created a blank slate, but is driven to evil by the way society mistreats it. The book was first filmed in 1910, but the 1931 Universal Pictures production was the most influential version. This film added several now familiar tropes to the story, including:
— Dr. Henry Frankenstein, Frankenstein (1931)
- The Mad Scientist Laboratory
- Grave Robbing to get the parts for the monster.
- Lightning Can Do Anything (Using Lightning to create life.)
- Torches and Pitchforks (The torch-wielding mob of peasants)
- Victor's death at the hands of his creation.
- Flesh Golem
- Hulk Speak
- Non-Malicious Monster (the monster is portrayed more sympathetic in modern media)
- If I Can't Have You...
- The Igor
- Kill It with Fire
- The "It's Alive!" quotation above.
- The "standard" appearance of the monster, usually consisting of a square head, greenish skin (despite the classic Universal films all being released in black and white), enormous proportions, a scarred or stitched forehead, and bolts (actually electrodes) on either side of the neck. (To contrast, the most monstrous features of the novel's creature were his proportions and his jaundiced, soulless eyes.) Nowadays this is a Discredited Trope, but can still be seen in spoofs and other comedic interpretations, or in intentional homages to the Universal version.
- Haunted Castle
- Gone Horribly Wrong
- Überwald (arguably the film and its sequels codified the setting)
- Creating Life
- Mighty Glacier
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- No such inventory is complete without the pastiche commercial Mascot Frankenberry.
- Frankenstein's monster has promoted
- The 2016 Apple iPhone Christmas commercial involves the monster recording There's No Place like Home for the Holidays on his smartphone, retrieving a box from his mail, and walking into town. His appearance at the local holiday festivities frightens the townsfolk, and he opens his box to reveal two lights, one red; one green, which he sockets into the electrodes on his neck. He begins singing along with the recording, only for one of the lights to burn out. This gets the locals even more upset, but a little girl beckons him over and fixes the bulb. She starts singing the carol; everyone takes it up. It then pans up to slogan "Open your heart to everyone".
Anime and Manga
- Soreike! Anpanman has Frankenrobo, which is a robot form of a Frankenstein's monster.
- Nobuhiro Watsuki (creator of Rurouni Kenshin and Busou Renkin) made a one-shot called Embalming: Corpse and Bride. The main character is a monster called John Doe, and other monsters are the bad guys. A modified version with new main characters (but with John lurking in the background) is now running under the title Embalming: The Another Tale of Frankenstein. The premise of both is that Frankenstein's notebooks survived his death, and a thriving underground corpse-raising industry has resulted.
- Speaking of Busou Renkin, that series has a character who has traits of both the good doctor and his creation- not as seen in the movies, but as presented in the original novel. The character Victor is a human alchemist-turned-hommunculus who is unstoppably destructive (against his control), and is a highly intellectual Tragic Monster.
- In Soul Eater Dr. Franken Stein (First name Franken, last name Stein) is a (barely) good guy who literally has a giant screw loose in his head; he constantly is tightening it. Obsessed with vivisection (he has taken his own body apart and stitched it back together), the very concept of insanity, and the nature of knowledge of man in respect to God; he's an amalgamation of Frankenstein's Monster and Dr. Frankenstein himself. Being clever, the writers eventually give him a partner named Mary (although this reference is debatable, as most translations render the name as "Marie" instead).
- Stein has had his own test-subject in his former Weapon, Spirit Albarn (himself descended from people experimented on by the witch Arachne). Franken also frequently expresses desire to cut up/dissect various characters, including child god Death the Kid. Which, given his issues with gods, is something that might be worth keeping an eye on. Maybe.
- In the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist, attempts to revive the dead with alchemy results in Homunculi, Frankensteinian monsters with special powers. Several of these monsters also feature the same kind of pathologies and relationships with its master as Frankenstein's original monster.
- From the same creator is Raiden 18, a recurring Black Comedy series about a girl who's favorite hobby is creating frankenstein monsters.
- The original Dragon Ball Goku befriends the Red Ribbon Army's Android #8, who was an obvious reference to the Monster. Strangely enough, he only plays a bit part in Z, although several other androids in the same line show up and play major roles in the storyline.
- The real Frankenstein's Monster is Cell, who was created from the cells of Goku, Piccolo, Vegeta, Frieza, and King Cold.
- The Mariages from StrikerS Sound Stage X. Also known as Corpse Weapons, these are mass-produced artificial soldiers created from corpses, courtesy of the technology from Ancient Belka.
- Franken Fran has... well, Fran. She's what would happen if Frankenstein had made a Cute Monster Girl and sent it to medical school. While skipping ethics class.
- There's a 1981 anime adaptation of Shelley's original novel. The monster never gets beyond inarticulate grunting, there's a poorly executed Christ metaphor, and to cap it all off, the ending is pure Trauma Conga Line as the monster, realizing that he's hurting people, throws himself off a cliff in front of the little girl he befriended. As she's mourning him, her father, one of the people who persecuted the monster, shoots himself. Poor little girl. The best place to find this is the Anime Hell panel of several American conventions.
- Junji Ito has done a manga adaptation. With his signature artistic style, it's quite creepy and notable for following Shelly's original story very faithfully.
- Zombies from The Voynich Hotel tend to look like this.
- Akim Papladon from Blood Lad is an artificial demon who is created by Doctor Franken who has screws in his head. Akim steals body parts he likes from other beings and attachs them on his body. His heart can be transplanted into other corpses.
- The Halloween Episode from Bleach has Ichigo Kurosaki alias Franken Ichigo who was revived by his sisters Karin (the doctor) and Yuzu (the assistant).
- The Empire Of Corpses features a race against time for Victor Frankenstein's original notes, with a young med student named John Watson being caught up in it when he uses them to resurrect his colleague Friday.
- Magic: The Gathering tends to do this to the tougher zombies that you can play that aren't zombified version. Not to mention the monster himself.
- The Innistrad set takes this idea and runs with it with their Blue Zombie cycle. Skaab and Stitched creatures are made from the combined corpses of various other creatures, and this is represented in-game by how you must remove a number of creatures from your graveyard as an additional cost to summoning them. To drive the point home, the card Rooftop Storm, which resembles a mad scientist's laboratory, makes all zombies cost 0 mana, but you still need bodies to play them.
- Golden Age cartoonist Dick Briefer had a noteworthy run in the 1940’s/1950’s which went through three distinct changes in style. The first incarnation, beginning in Prize Comics #7 (1940) presented the creature as a Villain Protagonist of high intellect battling first his own creator and later the superheroic Bulldog Denny. (The monster was eventually defeated by a coalition of Prize Comics’ co-stars in one of the first superhero crossover stories). The tone shifted to humor in Frankenstein #1 (1945), with stories that could be considered precursors to The Munsters and The Addams Family. Finally, in the early 1950’s, with EC Comics dominating the market, Briefer returned the monster to his more horrific roots with a memorable re-imagining of the monster as a mute wanderer. Examples of Briefer’s work from all three periods can be found at these blogs: Early Horror. Humor. Later Horror.
- The latter of the two title characters in the comic book miniseries Doll And Creature is essentially a '50s greaser version of Frankenstein's monster from a freaky future world. Doll is a human woman, but she has the classic Bride of Frankenstein two-tone beehive hairdo.
- Appears as a (titanically badass) hero in Grant Morrison's comic Seven Soldiers of Victory. The name issue is resolved by stating that he's deliberately taken Dr. Frankenstein's name as his own. The Bride also features, not just with the classic hair-do, but also with an extra pair of arms.
- He goes on to get a Flashpoint miniseries and a subsequent ongoing, Frankenstein Agent Of Shade. Incidentally, in the former he ends World War II by killing Hitler.
- "All in a day's work...for FRANKENSTEIN!"
- A teenaged version of this character, Young Frankenstein, was briefly a member of the Teen Titans.
- The monster also featured in Hellboy, where he was forced by a Mexican Mad Scientist (who bought him) to fight Hellboy in a wrestling match. He got his own spinoff series in 2015.
- In a Howard the Duck comic from the '70s, Steve Gerber revived the story with two twists. One, the Dr. Frankenstein figure was a little girl. Two, the monster she created was a seven-foot walking gingerbread man.
- Little Gloomy has Frank, who is, well, the Monster. He's slightly dim (slightly), and parts of him occasionally fall off and need to be restitched. He's actually one of the main characters, with a crush on Gloomy herself (though eventually he gets a "bride", Shelley).
- The 'actual' Frankenstein's Monster has showed up many times over the years in comic books, but DC's Swamp Thing also had The Patchwork Man, a normal man who was 'repaired' (badly) by Swamp Thing's enemy the Mad Scientist Anton Arcane. Adding to the tragedy, the unfortunate in question was Anton's brother, and the father of Swamp Thing's human girlfriend.
- Volume 2 of Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen comic book includes a "bonus" world almanac of fantastical places, which reveals that after jumping off the ship at the end of the original novel, the creature found his way into Toyland, and married the queen.
- Bizarro, in incarnations where he is an imperfect clone of Superman created by Lex Luthor, such as on Superman: The Animated Series, is pretty much Frankenstein's Monster.
- Like Dracula, Dell Comics turned Frankenstein's Monster into an honest to goodness Super Hero.
- In Fables, Frakenstein's Monster was animated by Nazis during World War II. Bigby fought the monster (in a reference to the 1943 film Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man) when he and a squad of Allied soldiers stormed the castle where the experiment was being performed. The Monster's still-animated head is kept in the business office in the Woodlands building where Bigby chats with him from time to time. He often has phantom thirst and is given drinks by Bufkin, though the last time this happened, the bottom of his cage rusted out.
- In the Batman Elseworlds comic Castle of the Bat, set in 1819 Germany, Bruce Wayne's desire to bring back his father leads him to play out the role of Dr. Frankenstein: He constructs a patchwork body from corpses, and places Thomas Wayne's brain inside. Then he injects the reanimated Thomas with "essence of bat" to fix his brain injury, causing Thomas to mutate and gain the head of a bat.
- Superman himself in one of the Elseworlds titles, which retells the tale of Frankenstein, but with Lex as the doctor, Superman as the Monster, and the story is changed up a bit.
- Marvel 616 has had several analogues of Frankenstein's Creature walking about, made by in-universe scientists. One was a Hulk analogue (makes sense seeing as Hulk seems like a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde/Frankenstein's creature combi) and one led the Howling Commandos.
- In Dark Reign, Daken, son of Wolverine, killed Frank Castle, The Punisher, and he was resurrected as Franken-Castle, who led the new Monster Squad, with Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night and Man-Thing, into combat.
- The one and only Frankenstein's Monster is also part of the Marvel Universe, even getting his own book, and his creator's descendants have created several more.
- The monster features as a member of STAKE, AKA the Howling Commandos, SHIELD's team of monstrous operatives.
- Wolverine and the X-Men features the alleged original monster, but instead of the usual misunderstood brute, he's bitter and revenge-driven, and has spent the last few decades tracking down Frankensteins to kill, along with the help of a Satanic witch and a Circus of Fear.
- Fantastic Four: True Story, in which Marvel's first family was trying to save the world of fiction from Nightmare, featured the monster from the original book as one of their allies. Later, when the team had been stripped of their powers and attacked by Dracula, Ben was trying to summon him for help.
Ben Grimm: Actually, It's not so hard to imagine Frankenstein fighting Dracula.
(Doctor Frankenstein enters the room)
Frankenstein: Dear God, what are these monstrosities? Probably nothing I can deal with.
Ben: Oops, my mistake. I mean Frankenstein's monster fighting Dracula.
- There is a comparison between the monster and Marv from Sin City. Both hulking near indestructible abominations who go to extreme lengths for love, and were 'created' in a sense.
- In a pre-Crisis story, Superman battled the Monster (and Dracula) though they may not have been the genuine creatures but rather creations of a dead writer's mind. The Phantom Stranger helped.
- Len Wein's Spawn of Frankenstein feature that ran as a back-up feature in The Phantom Stranger.
- Pvt. Elliot "Lucky" Taylor of the Creature Commandos in The DCU - Lucky barely survived stepping on a mine. He was stitched back together against his will so he resembles the Frankenstein monster and has damaged vocal cords.
- In Jingle Belle: Santa Claus VS. Frankenstein, it turns out the monster's plan of lighting a funeral pyre for himself at the North Pole only resulted in melting the ice and getting himself frozen in it. He's later de-thawed by the heroine, and brought to help out at Santa's toy factory. Hijinks ensue.
- TOPPS Comics came out with The Frankenstein/Dracula War miniseries, which is not so much a "war" as it is a setup for Dracula and the Monster to beat the crap out of each other after the deaths of their respective lady loves. Notable for the Monster having a female companion who is not afraid of him, and who keeps the relationship platonic due to personal trauma rather than the fact that he's ugly.
- Zombo: Zombo, kinda. He was specifically designed as a one-of-his-kind experiment to create a zombie that would obey human commands. He's far friendlier than the regular bunch, since he'll at least ask you if he can eat your brains.
- In the Pony POV Series, Chrysalis is one long shout out, with her Origins Episode even beginning with a quote from the original book. Chrysalis was created when Pandora, the Spirit of Imagination, found the remains of Cadence's original body (her soul having left to live a mortal life after being defeated at the dawn of time by Twilight's Alicorn while attempting to destroy magic in a misguided attempt to help mortals), and proceeded to reanimate it with her own power. Chrysalis' corpse-like appearance is due to having been a corpse. Chrysalis becomes aware of her existence as this trope and loathes both herself and her creator for it.
Films — Animated
- Tim Burton's early short film Frankenweenie is about a young boy who revives his pet dog. He also directed The Remake.
- Sally in The Nightmare Before Christmas is a ragdoll version of this trope, and can detach and reattach her limbs at will.
- Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein has a Universal Studios-style theme park hire Dr. Frankenstein to up the scare factor in their horror show, not realizing that he's brought real body parts to decorate. He immediately creates the monster, which breaks loose and runs away. He scares the Chipmunks at first, but then Theodore realizes he wasn't attacking and teaches him to be a good friend. Once they convince everyone else and teach him to talk, he's given a job at the park, and we last see him happily driving a tour trolley.
- Frank and his wife Eunice in Hotel Transylvania. Johnathan, the only human in the hotel, disguises himself as "Johnnystein", Frank's long lost cousin.
- The Monster makes a cameo in Yellow Submarine, inside one of the rooms in the Beatles' mansion. It wakes up, takes a potion and turns into John, who claims to have had the strangest dream.
- Both Frankenstein and his Monster figure prominently in the classic 1960's Rankin-Bass stop-motion feature Mad Monster Party. The portrayal is very much based on the earlier movie versions.
Films — Live-Action
- The first film adaptation was the 1910 silent short-film (16 minutes) [[Frankenstein (1910)
- The 1931 original (Number 27 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments) is the Trope Codifier.
- The monster goes on to appear in a series of franchise sequels, including three films of its own and four featuring other Universal monster properties. Four different actors would portray the monster for Universal.
- The 1987 Universal homage/pastiche film The Monster Squad features a Gentle Giant version of the monster who is forced into the role of an Evil Minion, befriends a five-year-old girl, and does a Heel–Face Turn.
- This might be an homage to Paul Wegener's The Golem in which the titular clay being befriends a little girl who, soon afterwards, accidentally kills him by removing the magic star from his chest.
- Young Frankenstein spoofs the Universal films and the monster has his head attached with zippers instead of bolts. It also pulls a Subverted Trope on the mythos because it's one of the only tellings where Frankenstein comes to realize he alone needs to take responsibility for his creation, guiding and protecting him. Therefore, it's also one of the only tellings that has a happy ending.
- Van Helsing featured Frankenstein's creature as a mixture of the 1930s Karloff version (his appearance, except with more mechanical parts) and Shelley's far more eloquent creation. He was also a sympathetic Gentle Giant created as part of Dracula's Evil Plan to resurrect his born-dead vampire children. What's more, he's just called "the monster" or "the creature" except for one moment where Van Helsing directly addresses him by the name Frankenstein.
- The title character in The Rocky Horror Picture Show is a Charles Atlas-ified version of this.
- The Kaiju film Frankenstein Conquers The World has the immortal heart of Frankenstein's monster get caught in the bombing of Hiroshima, growing first into a child-like body with the familiar forehead before becoming a massive giant in a caveman-ish outfit that fights the firebreathing dinosaur monster Baragon. Its sequel, War of the Gargantuas, has the title monsters growing from pieces left behind in the forest and in the sea, resulting in the kaiju equivalent of Cain and Abel.
- Saturn 3 transports the whole premise of this into space with Hector, who looks and acts like the creature right down to the mad
scientisthandler and mute pursuit of the Satellite Love Interest.
- The title character of the horror film May, after getting picked on and rejected one too many times, comes to the conclusion that nobody is perfect — only parts of them are. So she decides to build a "perfect friend" by killing people (mostly her friends and co-workers) and taking the parts of their bodies that she finds to be "perfect." She names her creation Amy, and she really does come to life at the end - unless one interprets it as being all in May's head.
- Kenneth Branagh directed and starred in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein in 1994, featuring Robert De Niro as the monster.
- Frankenstein Unbound is a 1990 movie directed by Roger Corman - and is pretty decent, in an episode-of- The Twilight Zone -kind of way. The premise is that Shelley's book was an account of real events that took place ... mostly ... but with the added bonus of a weapons scientist from 20 Minutes into the Future appearing in the story, whose story arc parallels that of Frankenstein himself.
- The killer in the Slasher Movie The Funhouse dresses as The Monster to hide his deformed features.
- The 1985 movie The Bride is a spinoff starring Sting... yeah the one from The Police... and Jennifer Beals as Charles Frankenstein and a female creature Eva respectively.
- Carry On Screaming! includes a pair of Frankenstein's monster style creatures who do the bidding of the resident Mad Scientist.
- The horror films Pieces and Resurrection involve characters attempting to imbue life into a mish-mash of body parts they've collected and crudely fused together.
- The Curse of Frankenstein, a 1957 Hammer Horror adaptation, starring Peter Cushing as Frankenstein and Christopher Lee as the monster. Here the monster has only a minor role and the film focuses primarily on the doctor. A sprawling series of sequels emerged, but the original monster appears in none of them (though Frankenstein is always cobbling something together).
- Frankenstein's Monster is one of the eight wrestlers in Monster Brawl.
- Flesh for Frankenstein is different in that it mostly focuses on Dr. Frankenstein as opposed to the monster. Or in this case, the monsters.
- Edward Scissorhands is a man-made creation, left lacking hands because his creator died before finishing him, hence the scissorhands of the title.
- X-Men: First Class: Erik Lehnsherr invokes this when a Nazi in hiding asks him What the Hell Are You?
"Let's just say I'm Frankenstein's Monster, and I'm looking for my creator."
- I, Frankenstein has an intelligent and cynical Adam caught up in a war between demons and divinely created gargoyles. In the same irony that the Trope Namer of I Am Not Shazam has changed his name to Shazam, Adam takes the name "Frankenstein" in the end via Title Drop.
- Crosses over with Artificial Zombie in the movie Frankenstein's Army. The monsters are undead cyborg super soldiers cooked up by the original Dr. Frankenstein's grandson.
- The Trope Namer and Maker: Mary Shelley's Frankenstein.
- David Bischoff's novel Mandala featured similar constructs known as "helter-skelters." They differ in being quite articulate, no bigger than the human average, and in being an odd mix of buffoonery and pathos.
- Subverted in "Dean Koontz's Frankenstein" novels, in that both the creature and Dr. Frankenstein have survived to modern times. Both characters have lived all over in the interim and taken new names; the creature calls himself Deucalion, while the Doctor is now known as Doctor Helios. In addition, Dr. Helios spent the intervening time figuring out what went 'wrong' with his first creation and has decided to replace all of humanity with his custom-designed 'much-better models'. Deucalion has decided to oppose him, aided by a pair of local police detectives. The only signature feature that Koontz has added to all of the synthetic beings he has made (back to and including the original) is the presence of two hearts.
- Fred Saberhagen's novel The Frankenstein Papers reveals that Frankenstein's monster was actually an alien observer who was curious about the deranged doctor's efforts, and who suffered traumatic amnesia after being shocked by the doctor's equipment while investigating the rotting patchwork Frankenstein had assembled; after destroying the original creation while convulsing, the alien passed out on the workbench and was mistaken for the newly-revived construct by the literally-mad doctor. Having no other memory, the alien accepted Frankenstein's explanation of his origins.
- In The Edge Chronicles "Curse of the Gloamglozer", the titular monster is revealed to be one: an unfortunately successful attempt at creating life from primal life particles.
- In President's Vampire the Frankenstein's Monster was Johann Konrad's (based on the real life inspiration for Shelley's work) first attempt at creating what would eventually become Unmanschensoldaten — restless monsters brought back to life by The Dark Arts with a singular purpose given to them by their creator and slaughtering everything that would stand in their way.
- In Frankensteins faster ("The Aunt of Frankenstein") and its sequel by Allan Rune Pettersson, the aunt of Dr Victor Frankenstein takes up residence in his old castle, determined to get rid of the shame that silly boy has attached to the family name. Her plans end up including resurrecting the Monster, but in a way that won't cause a scandal. This young adult novel is, as you can understand, an Affectionate Parody of old Universal Horror movies, including Monster Mash — both Count Dracula and Larry Talbot play a role.
- There's a short story about a father who tries to recreate his son by taking back the body parts the boy donated after dying.
- Chopfyt in The Tin Woodsman of Oz is arguably a Frankenstein's Monster, being constructed from the detached human bits of both the title character and the Tin Soldier.
- Fate/Apocrypha features a female version of Frankenstein's Monster, fully subject to the Fate universe's signature Artistic License.
- Camus "Cam" Comprix from Unwind is a "Rewind": the first person in a series about fugitive teenagers being walking transplants to be made entirely out of parts of other teens.
- Mister Creecher by Chris Priestly takes place while the Creature is following Victor all over England, making sure Victor upholds his promise to create a bride. Along the way he befriends a street urchin, who misinterprets the word "creature" as the titular surname.
- Frankenstein's Monster: A Novel by Susan Heyboer O'Keefe is but one unofficial sequel to the novel. The story is told through the Creature's POV, with Walton as the main antagonist.
- Monster Hunter International has Agent Franks, who is the inspiration for the Trope Namer and Trope Maker and actually met Mary Shelley. He disagrees with some of the novel's things though, saying it makes him sound emo. Although technically, he's a Fallen Angel who took over that body for himself when he found it empty.
- Old Man's War: The Special Forces soldiers are genetically engineered to be soldiers from birth, and are used to handle the missions that the regular Colonial Defense Forces troops can't or won't take on. The Special Forces see themselves as a modern day Frankenstein's Monster, and more than a few of them harbor a hatred of the CDF for creating them as such.
Live Action TV
- The Munsters featured a Gentle Giant version as a Bumbling Dad.
- Fantasy Island: Anne Frankenstein appeared in one episode.
- The Doctor Who story "The Brain of Morbius" was a clear Homage.
- And a robot version of the monster appeared in one episode of The Chase.
- The X-Files episode "Post-Modern Prometheus" was a parody right down to its title, which was a play on the original book's subtitle.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- Super Sentai/Power Rangers:
- The Frankenstein Monster is the Monster of the Week in the first Halloween Episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers. Funnily enough, due to how the source material was adapted (the original 'Monster' was the first form of a monster from the original Zyuranger whose later forms would be adapted into completely different monsters in future episodes), the throwaway reference gives the Rangers and their Zords one of their toughest fights in Season 1. The monster also has the odd distinction of being possibly the only Monster of the Week in either Power Rangers or Super Sentai to be played by a person in makeup rather than a rubber monster suit.
- In Mahou Sentai Magiranger, the Big Bad employed several Dragons inspired by classic horror monsters throughout the series run. The first one is called Branken and is inspired by Frankenstein's monster. But instead of a lumbering Gentle Giant Tortured Monster, he is a short-tempered demonic cyborg bent on conquering the surface world.
- Kamen Rider Kiva has Dogga/Riki, the Last of His Kind of an entire race of Frankenstein's Monster-like beings with immense strength who feed on human souls. Thanks to a pact with the hero's father, he can loan his power to Kiva, turning Wataru into a Mighty Glacier who grunts rather than speaking, swings a giant hammer, and has a lightning theme (matching up with the method of the Monster's creation).
- Both the good doctor and his creation turned up as ghosts in The Ghost Busters; there, Dr. Frankenstein tried to make his idiotic monster obedient by giving it "the brain of the world's most gullible fool." And guess what? Ghostbuster Spenser fits the bill quite nicely...
- In the Weird Science episode, "In Search of Boris Karloff," Lisa takes Wyatt and Gary into the world of Frankenstein. In this version, the Creature (specifically referred to as not Frankenstein himself) lives with his creator. He is portrayed as quite dimwitted and prone to anger (the latter a result of constantly being mistreated), but he is a Gentle Giant to Lisa, as she showed him nothing but kindness.
- The Criminal Minds episode "There's No Place Like Home" featured a lunatic who was convinced he could bring his older brother back by making him a new body, and exposing it to a tornado (the thing that killed his brother). Frankenstein is brought up by Reid when they finally discern the motive.
- The Monster of the Week in the My Babysitter's a Vampire episode "Jockenstein" is an obvious Homage to Frankenstein's Monster.
- Dr. Frankenstein and his creation have appeared on Once Upon a Time.
- There's the unusually-named 1970's made-for-TV movie Frankenstein: The True Story, which features a very handsome Creature who is beloved by Victor, only for their relationship to disintegrate as the Creature's good looks begin to decay. As you can expect, contains varying amounts of Ho Yay and camp.
- In 2004, The Hallmark Channel (of all channels) produced a faithful, if dull, miniseries adaptation of the novel, starring Luke Goss as the Creature.
- Penny Dreadful features both Dr. Victor Frankenstein and his Creature, who within the series is named by his theatrical employer as "Caliban", and later adopts the name "John Clare" after the poet. Despite differences in the story, the characterisation and physical appearance of Caliban, played by Rory Kinnear, are among the closest of any adaptation to those of the Creature in the original novel. Even the yellow eyes are included, although they are interpreted as golden-yellow irises instead of jaundiced whites.
- MADtv had a series of sketches featuring 'Funkenstein' in parodies of Blaxploitation films.
- Phil Hartman played the monster regularly during his tenure on Saturday Night Live, featuring it in contexts as varying as game shows and Christmas carol sing-a-longs. He generally only communicated with grunts except for the phrase "Fire bad!"
- The Mountain in Game of Thrones it's been compare to this as after almost dying in the duel against the Viper, he is taken by Qyburn (a rogue maester suspected of performing necromancy and black arts) and is experimented upon. Qyburn turns him in some sort of zombie-like red-eyed monster with greenish skin. The fandom gives him the nickname Frankenmountain.
- British series The Frankenstein Chronicles with Sean Bean takes the Frankenstein myth into a police drama: A police inspector is investigating a series of murders apparently made in order to collect human body parts to recreate a creature.
- The definitive Frankensteinian pop song was, is, and will remain, Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers immortal Monster Mash
- The Insane Clown Posse song Mad Professor features Violent J creating Shaggy this way because he is lonely.
- There is a guy made up as Frankenstein's Monster in David Lee Roth's "Just a Gigolo/I Ain't Got Nobody" video.
- The musician Richard Campbell made a Rock Opera album titled "Frankenstein" which tells the original story in song form.
- The Vocaloid characters Big Al and Sweet Ann are based on this trope.
- The Drunk and The Ugly: In Mrs. Frieda's, one of the kid's monsters is a Frankenstein's monster with hammers for hands. Aptly named Hammerstein.
- The dying days of the old Los Angeles territory featured a Frankenstein's Monster gimmick called "The Monster."
- In Memphis, Eddie Marlin did the gimmick under the name "Frankenstein."
- The October 26, 1998 issue of New York Magazine contained an article about Vince McMahon and the then-WWF which described The Undertaker as "the WWF's gothic, Frankensteinian wrestler."
- Killer Khan was managed by Mr. Fuji during his final WWE run, in 1987. During his Squash of Rick Hunter on the May 16 (taped April 23), 1987, WWF Superstars, there was an inset promo from his stablemates Don Muraco and "Cowboy" Bob Orton Jr., in which Muraco said, "The evil genius of Mr. Fuji has reincarnated the monster of Frankenstein himself."
- In the role-playing game Promethean: The Created, artificial lifeforms (typically made from corpses) are called Prometheans, after the Titan who gave mankind the gift of fire; their goal, and thus the player's goal, is To Become Human — a possible (but exceedingly hard) task, thanks to the Divine Fire that animates them. One Lineage is called the Frankensteins, and the first of their number is explicitly identified as Victor Frankenstein's monster (aka. Adam Frankenstein, aka. the corebook's narrator 'Mr. Verney') (which still exists in this world).
- This is all derived straight from the original novel, to boot - the alternate title to Shelley's classic is The Modern Prometheus.
- The New World of Darkness book "Antagonists" has the imbued. Like the Prometheans, they're artificial lifeforms made from corpses, but they lack a soul, or indeed any capacity to become human.
- Werewolf: The Forsaken book "Tribes of the Moon" tells the tale of a pack of World War II-era American werewolves who stumbled across a Nazi project to create Frankensteins.
- In the original Sons of Ether splatbook for Mage: The Ascension, the inspiration for the novel was an Etherite mage called Waldman and his creation (again from the original book, where Waldman inspired Victor Frankenstein). The creation took the name Elias Waldman, and became a mage, joining the Etherites; he apparently lives to this day. He isn't the only one, either; one of the splatbook's character templates is a modern-day construct.
- In the Revised Storytellers' Handbook, the early 19th century sees quite a few scientific mages create their own humanoid constructs, which become known as Prometheans. While they're playable, they can't become mages, unlike the splatbook.
- White Wolf really loves this trope. In Exalted, the Chernozem ('Liminal Exalted') are almost-Prometheans IN CREATION!. Available starting from the Third Edition.
- Dungeons & Dragons have creatures known as Flesh Golems, which are effectively Frankenstein's Monsters.
- Actually, Flesh Golems are near mindless, so they don't fit this trope as well as one would think. A closer fit would be the Blasphemes, stitched together undead with full sentience.
- In Ravenloft making any golem is a bad idea — but making these is easier and mad scientists do, frequently out of desperation. The monster Adam is a very close copy of the concept, drawing more upon Shelley than movies. However, the monster is here explained as a case of its creator having been punished by the gods for seeking to create life, and as such the creature was Always Chaotic Evil, despite its vigorous claims to the contrary.
- In the setting Masque of the Red Death the actual monster of Frankenstein is used as one of many villains.
- A throwaway line in the corebook for Don't Rest Your Head indicates that the original has become one of the Nightmares.
- In Halt Evil Doer, Frankenstein's Monster serves as a Public-Domain Character Captain Ersatz of the Incredible Hulk ... with Victor as a sort of evil Bruce Banner.
- Cryxian Stitch Thralls from the Iron Kingdoms.
- Frankenstein has been adapted into an Off-Broadway musical.
- There is a straight play called After Frankenstein that tells of the confrontation between the creator and the monster in the Arctic.
- "Frankenstein" was presented by The National Theatre, starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Jonny Lee Miller, the leads alternating the roles of Frankenstein and "The Creature" nightly. Both versions were presented in live simulcasts to movie theaters.
- There is also a musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein.
- Frankie Stein is the daughter of Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride in Mattel's franchise, Monster High.
- In Fable II the quest "Love Hurts" is an allusion to Victor Frankenstein, as the gravekeeper, Victor, is trying to bring Lady Grey back to life; this is further reinforced by the name of the dungeon in the proximity of the mansion. The name of the dungeon is "Shelley Crypt"; Mary Shelley was the author of Frankenstein.
- Victor von Gerdenheim from Darkstalkers is the monster with a different name and story, as well as the ability to generate electricity. Victor sets out to resurrect his creator's daughter Emily, and in the end does so by sacrificing his own life to "power" her. His name could be considered an inversion of the I Am Not Shazam issue the monster often faces.
- A common boss (later on a Degraded Boss) in the Castlevania games is the Creature. He usually has electricity based powers and brute strength, although the Portrait of Ruin version has one with a machine gun and rocket launcher hidden in his arms. Interestingly enough, while he was called Frankenstein in a number of games including the original, the later games had been consistent in using the name "The Creature," even to the point that his incarnation based on Castlevania in Castlevania: Harmony of Despair is called "R. The Creature" when every other enemy in the game had reverted to their name from the original game including Dracula being called "R. The Count."
- It gets confusing when you note the dates of some of the games he's appeared in: for instance, Castlevania is set in 1691, Symphony of the Night in 1797, and Portrait of Ruin in 1944.
- You know except for the fact that Victor 'discovered' how to animate corpses, and did not invent, which makes it sort of a brilliant moment considering that the 'discovered' secret could easily have been possessed by Dracula, explaining his undead armies.
- It gets confusing when you note the dates of some of the games he's appeared in: for instance, Castlevania is set in 1691, Symphony of the Night in 1797, and Portrait of Ruin in 1944.
- In Operation Darkness one of your squad members, Frank Gaunt, is the creature himself. He's intelligent, well-spoken, and can summon giant fists of lightning to come out of the sky to blow up Panzer tanks. Oh and the Doctor's not left out either, his descendant is helping the Nazis develop an atomic bomb.
- City of Heroes has an entire enemy faction styled after Dr. Frankenstein and his creation — The Vahzilok, followers of the surgeon turned evil Mad Scientist, complete with butcher-like followers, horrifying technologically reanimated monsters made of corpses (the bigger ones are made with parts from fallen superheroes), and custom model leather-clad intelligent zombies with supernatural powers. And you fight these guys from level one...
- Final Fantasy
- In Final Fantasy VII, Vincent Valentine's second Limit Break Death Gigas transforms him into a form strongly resembling Frankenstein's monster, which fights with strong physical blows and a lightning-based attack.
- Three installments ago, Final Fantasy IV had Barnabas, a towering Frankestein-esque creature created by the evil Dr. Lugae.
- The Warcraft universe has undead abominations. They're huge lumbering creatures made from stitched up corpses and reanimated with dark magic. In World of Warcraft there are other similar creatures as well. One particularly noteworthy is Thaddius, a boss in the necropolis Naxxramas, who looks a lot like an enormous Frankenstein's monster and has lightning-based powers (the gimmick of the fight is his ability to "polarise" the raid, giving half of the players a positive charge and the other half a negative charge. Going too close to an opposite charge results in heavy damages to the players). Other types include more techno-chemical monstruosities fond of spewing disease at enemies, and even gigantic undead monster dogs.
- A Frankenstein's Monster is the boss of the Dungeon level in MadWorld. Frank, as he's called, tends to be That One Boss — he's huge, can electrify himself, is a Lightning Bruiser, the ground level is covered in water, you have to manually unscrew five huge bolts in his back to beat him, the timing to pull that off is damn tricky, and he can heal himself repeatedly.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion's Shivering Isles expansion introduces the Gatekeeper, a monster made of stitched together body parts given life through magic, with its "mother" Relmyna Verenim playing the role of Frankenstein.
- The Magician in the House of the Dead series. In the third installment, Curien himself becomes one.
- Arisen from Allods Online. Corpses reanimated by inserting cyborg implants in them (their arms from slightly above the elbows down to the hands, their legs from slightly above their knees down to the feet and possibly the head too since they use a mask (and there must be a way to carry their soul in a dead corpse, as they have presumably still have the soul of the person the corpse belonged to). These aren't outright evil (apart from the Tep), as they basically have human souls, but on dead + cyborg bodies.
- Frankenstein: Through The Eyes Of The Monster, a first person adventure game that puts you in the shoes of the monster itself. The monster is established as having the brain of a brilliant doctor whom Frankenstein admired and who was hanged after being wrongfully accused of murdering his daughter. The game has you exploring Castle Frankenstein, learning about the Doctor's sinister activities, attempting to escape the castle, and- ultimately- recreating the doctor's process of creating life to resurrect your daughter, who was kidnapped and then killed by a bomb
- The monster is one of the two protagonists of the Monster in My Pocket Licensed Game.
- Elvira II: Jaws of Cerberus, full of horror homages, has the haunted house basement with an inanimate Frankenstein's Monster in the basement. You even have to animate it for sake of solving a puzzle, and do it the classic way by summoning a thunderstorm. Upon coming to life, however, the monster just kills you if you don't stop it in time.
- Frank Jr., the final boss of Punch-Out!! spinoff Arm Wrestling.
- The Super Mutants in the Fallout series. In Fallout 3, Three Dog occasionally refers to them as "the Frankensteins". The Big Bad of Fallout 2, Frank Horrigan, is a Cyber Super Mutant.
- Spear of Destiny, the sequel to Wolfenstein 3D, has Dr. Schabbs's Uber-Mutant, a four-armed Frankenstein-type monster with a minigun implanted in its chest.
- The Uber Soldat in Return to Castle Wolfenstein.
- In Arcanum: Of Steamworks & Magick Obscura, two possible character backgrounds are "Frankenstein's Monster" and "Bride of Frankenstein". With both backgrounds, you can take more damage than normal people, have a dexterity penalty, and talk in Hulk Speak. The difference between the backgrounds is that the male version gives you a bonus to strength and the female version gives you a bonus to beauty.
- In the Kingdom Hearts series, whenever he is in Halloween Town, Goofy will take on an appearance similar to Frankenstein's Monster, including a screw coming out of his head. This fits the tune of popular monsters that the trio become, since in this world, Sora is a vampire and Donald is wrapped like a mummy.
- The arcade fighter Daraku Tenshi has Taro, who resembles a short, stout Frankenstein's Monster in overalls.
- Everybody Edits has the Frankenstein Smiley added in the Halloween of 2011, along with the Ghost and Vampire.
- One of the early bosses in Mystik Belle, brought to life through lightning and everything!
- Kanji's Halloween outfit in Persona 4 resembles this trope.
- The Ultimate Haunted House has one, also referred to as The Ultimate Monster. You can create him in the monster laboratory in the basement using the right parts. Unusually, this version of the Frankenstein monster speaks in complete sentences. If you create him, he will be friendly, though if Gahan creates him instead, he won't be.
- Keith Courage In Alpha Zones's second boss, Stitch, is a Frankensteinian Cephalothorax.
- In Wonder Boy III Monster Lair, the Stage 9 boss is a cross between Frankenstein's Monster and a vampire.
- For the 2016 Halloween event of Overwatch, Roadhog was given a 'Junkenstein's Monster' skin, which makes him look like one of these creatures.
- Girl Genius has the entire class of artificial people made by Mad Scientists sometimes from scratch or corpses and sometimes by modifying normal humans and/or other animals, called "constructs", with most of them having at least a passing, and sometimes a very close, resemblance to the original Frankenstein's creation.
- The two constructs that raised Agatha were named Adam and Lilith Clay (in reality, Punch and Judy). (In case you don't get it, in some versions of the creation myth, Lilith was the first wife of created-out-of-clay Adam, deposed because she preferred the female superior position. It seems that "Lilith" in this case refers to Lilith being the equal of her husband rather than submissive as Eve was).
- Some of the Jägermonsters (a Proud Warrior Race of "modified human" constructs) resemble The Creature closely, with greenish skin and intimidating proportions. Others sport claws, fangs, horns, and varying degrees of hair, and an assortment of skin tones.
- Krosp, a talking cat with the brain of a general... or most of it, anyway.
- Klaus Wulfenbach himself has a lot of nasty stitches. Implied to have been both brought back after being messed up and heavily modified (nearly impossible to kill or incapacitate, superhumanly strong).
- In the Flashback Universe, the monster's "son," Victor, is part of the League of Monsters. And the monster himself ended up becoming Paladin, an Alternate Company Equivalent of Captain America. No, really.
- The Order of the Stick has a classic setup of this, complete with The Igor, the lightning (provided by Celia), and the "IT'S ALIVE!" quote, with the exception that the Mad Scientist is turning Roy into a bone golem. He also has a standard Frankenstein's Monster. (Which is a golem. Not an undead, honest.)
- Sociopathic Hero Unity from Skin Horse.
- In Bibliography, one of the five Main Chapters is mentioned in passing to be the Frankenstein Codex, in charge of surgeries at St. Jerome's hospital.
- Apparently Dr. Frankenstein was quite busy in The KAMics
- One of the main characters of Frankie and Stein is one of these, created by the other.
- In Sinfest, Slick thinks, from God's puppets, that he's this.
- Bloody Urban brings us Eric Lastname, a parody of this trope, he's a marketing exec/medical Frankenstinian creature with two left hands, Lego teeth, a hunchback and one eye that's a golf ball.
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, in the story "Why a Gorilla?", a young Dr. McNinja acting travels to a jungle village called Gagibuzo to hunt a vampire gorilla. It turns out that the whole village is inhabited by gorillas. It also turns out that the gorilla vampire was destroyed long ago, and the Serial Killer pretending to be him is a gorilla doctor who steals parts of gorilla bodies in an effort to keep his dead wife alive. The result is a creature with all too many body parts that Dr. McNinja refers to as "a Frankenstein"; she's supposedly powered by a car battery, but Dr. McNinja heavily suspects she only lives because of Clap Your Hands If You Believe.
- In Void Domain, the necromancer Sawyer is fond of this trope. He stitches together demon parts with human parts in a mass of Body Horror. His own daughter is a patchwork of flesh and organs that don't quite fit together properly, leading one character to liken her to someone that had a fight with a blender.
- In Twig, it is heavily implied that, rather than write Frankenstein, Mary Shelley instead outlined the principles by which the monster would have functioned. A century later, reanimated corpses known as "Stitched" are commonplace, and Gordon, one of the protagonists, is a Mix-and-Match Man based on the concept.
- In Mortasheen, Victrossus is definitely created with this trope in mind. It deals with the "brain" aspect a bit interestingly, as Victrossus is normally mostly brainless, with a neural "ladder" controlling its basic functions. But, it is meant to have a brain put in it, and enslaved by said neural "ladder" for their master to control it for their whims.
- In "The Super Friends Meet Frankenstein", Dr. Frankenstein transferred the powers of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman to a "featureless target body". Even though Batman's abilities can hardly be called "powers".
- In Gargoyles, Demona and Xanatos use a set-up much like the classic Mad Scientist Laboratory where they use both magic and technology to create the cyborg Coldstone out of the parts of three Gargoyles. When it moves, Xanatos screams: "It's alive, ALIVE!" then calmly turns to Demona and says: "I Always Wanted to Say That".
- The animated series Ben 10 revealed that Frankenstein's monster, along with werewolves, mummies, and ghosts were actually species of alien that sometimes visit earth — with Frankenstein's monsters being a species of extra-terrestrial cyborg. The titular character later gains the ability to transform into one.
- The alien in question, incidentally, is very true to Shelley's original portrayal, looks aside. He's fast and dexterous in addition to being strong and resilient, and he's extremely intelligent as well, being the chief organizer of the Big Bad's plot.
- In Transformers: Beast Wars, the character of Rampage doesn't fall far from the smarter and more vengeful incarnations of this monster, vengeful against those who cursed him with his freakish existence, against those who caged him like a beast, and driven by a cruel and sadistic nature, he frightens in a very Shelleyan way.
From the tempest fury, the spark ignites! To sire new life! Transmetal 2 life!
- This explains Rampage up to a point, but he seems to also just be a psychopathic sadist in his own right.
- He is vengeful and sadistic towards the main characters but he befriended Transmutate and was in mental anguish when it was destroyed. His comment to Blackarachnea ("I regret ''everything'', my sweet") and his welcoming of death at the hands of Depthcharge (knowing it would kill both of them) also indicate that he isn't exactly happy with what he is and reacts to that with sadistic violence.
- Done more traditionally with the creation of Dinobot II, with Megatron playing the part of the Doctor and Waspinator as his Igor.
- This explains Rampage up to a point, but he seems to also just be a psychopathic sadist in his own right.
- Also, in the original 80s The Transformers show, there was an early 2nd season episode where Spike was mortally wounded, and his father Sparkplug and Autobot Mad Scientist Wheeljack decided the logical solution was to build a robot body out of spare parts and transfer Spike's mind to it. This eventually led to Spike wangsting out about being a "freak," and he went berserk and started shooting everyone. Just in case you didn't get it, the episode began with Spike watching a black-and-white version of Frankenstein, and referenced it several more times throughout.
- Frankenstein's Cat is an animated series about Dr Frankenstein's first creation: a cat named Nine, stitched together out of nine different cats.
- Frankenstein's Monster is one of the good guys in Monster Force, referred to as "Franky". This is evidently sort of a family nickname, as the granddaughter of Dr. Frankenstein (Shelly Frankenstein) is also part of the team.
- Frankie, one of the members of Drak Pack, was a descendant of the Frankenstein monster.
- Frankie from Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies.
- A Halloween episode of Celebrity Deathmatch actually had Frankenstein's monster fight a Wolfman. Bonus points for them ACTUALLY calling it "Frankenstein's monster", and not just "Frankenstein", like many other people...
- In an episode of The Venture Bros., Dr. Venture resurrects on of the Monarch's fallen minions and names the result "Venturestein". Venturestein is actually kind of scrawny, but he's got the requisite Hulk Speak, stitched-together head, and neck bolts.
- Timewarp Trio had the eponymous trio travel back to Lake Geneva in 1818, where they not only encountered Mary and Percy Shelley, Lord Byron and John Palidori, but also the Frankenstein's Monster himself (It Makes Sense in Context).
- The champion of Monster Truck Wrestling as revealed at the end of Monster Truck Mater is actually Doctor Frankenwagen's Monster.
- The Duck Dodgers episode "Castle High" has Dodgers doing everything by the book.
- Johnny Bravo fell for a Bride of Frankenstein-esque female in "Frankenbravo". By the end of the episode he's a Frankenstein monster too.
- The Emmy nominated "The Monster Of Phineas-n-Ferbenstein" has Phineas and Ferb's ancestors creating a Frankenstein version of Perry.
- Igor has the title character create a giant female Frankenstein monster named Eva. Unfortunately for him she turns out to be good and wants to be an actress.
- Mary Shelley's Frankenhole has one that's fairly close to the book's version (not the Boris Karloff one though, as many characters point out). He's more like a mopey teenager than a monster though.
- Robot Chicken fell into the I Am Not Shazam predicament when a father had to deal with his daughter being in a relationship with Frankenstein. The father finally comes to terms with the pairing until he realizes she married Frankenstein and chased after the monster because he's Jewish.
- In the Looney Tunes short "Hollywood Capers", Beans accidentally awakens and is chased by a Frankenstein monster in the film studio.
- The Monster has also apapeared in such shorts as "Have You Any Castles?", "Sniffles and the Bookworm", and "Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare", the later having him being created by Bugs Bunny. Bugs briefly impersonates him in "Hare Tonic".
- In one episode of Goof Troop, Goofy inherits a castle from a distant relative called Dr. FrankenGoof, who had a created a monster that bore a striking resemblance to Pete. The episode also portrays the monster as a good-natured and helpful being, with Peg even calling out the angry mob that was chasing him, demanding to know what it ever did to them, which they realized was nothing.
- In the Animaniacs episode, "Phranken-Runt" a female mad scientist (with Bride of a Frankenstein harido) creates a monster Frankenstein dog and tries to give it Runt's brain. She also has a Frankenstein monster rat assiting her.
- Steven Universe: "Keeping It Together" introduced the "Frankengems", monsters created by Homeworld experiments made from the forcibly-fused shards of fallen Gem warriors. The result tends to take the form of hideous amalgamations of random arms and legs.
- Frankentyke in Gravedale High is described in The Other Wiki as a mix between the Frankenstein monster and Bart Simpson.
- The Frankenstein monster never actually appears in The Real Ghostbusters (except as an illusion alongside other book characters made by Proteus in "Janine Melnitz, Ghostbuster") but a Frankenstein-like dog artificially made by a kid appears in episode "Loathe Thy Neighbor" as the family pet of an Addams Family expy the Micawb.
- Beetlejuice's Id looks like the Frankenstein Monster and is called Prankenstein, as we learn in an episode inside Beetlejuice's head.