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Frankenstein's Monster

"It's alive, it's alive, it's alive! It's alive!"
Dr. Henry Frankenstein note 

An iconic product of mad science, the creature has lumbered through scores of films and TV series, monstrous yet also pitiful.

*Warning: Spoilers Ahead!*

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 threatening to kill his wife, should he ever marry. Victor immediately marries his adoptive sister, who is also his cousin, Elizabeth, who is promptly killed. Victor then chases the monster into the Arctic, where the weather kills him. 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:

In the early films, the monster is evil because a criminal or damaged brain was used. Modern films and TV series often revert to the original idea, depicting the monster as an innocent trapped in a monstrous body, unaware of the damage he can do, rejected by a cruel world. When it starts out as an Evil Minion, it often does a Heel-Face Turn.

The name of the monster himself is up for debate. Popular culture and even a couple of the movies just go ahead and refer to him as "Frankenstein" because he's a sort of "offspring" of the doctor. Originally, his name is Adam, at least according to readings given by Shelley during her lifetime. In the text of the book itself, though, he is generally referred to as "the creature" or "the daemon" (Frankenstein didn't care about him enough to give him a name, and since the creature never made any friends, he didn't bother to name himself).

Part of the classic Monster Mash with Dracula, Mummy, and the Wolf Man. Compare also with the Flesh Golem.

Examples:

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    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.
    • 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.
    • Technically, unless fan translations are consistently wrong, Stein's partner is named 'Marie'. Just to clarify.
      • Because "Marie" Shelley wrote Frankenstein, right?
  • In the 2003 anime version of Fullmetal Alchemist, attempts to revive the dead with alchemy results in Homonculi, Frankenstenian 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 Magical Girl Lyrical Nanoha 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 a artifical 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).

    Card Games 
  • 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.

    Comic Books 
  • 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: [1]; Humor: [2]; Later Horror: [3]
  • 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 Bad Ass) 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.
  • 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 Frankenstein's Creatures walking about, though none were the actual original product but homages (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.
    • There is a Frankenstein Monster in the Marvel Universe; but his creator's descendants have created several more.
  • 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.

    Film 
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Young Frankenstein spoofs the Universal films and the monster has his head attached with zippers instead of bolts.
  • 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".
    • Also, the hero (or his Detect Evil power) is Genre Savvy enough to keep an open mind when first meeting the so-called monster rather than set up the expected Let's You and Him Fight scenario.
  • Tim Burton's early short film Frankenweenie is about a young boy who revives his pet dog. He also directed The Remake.
  • 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 scientist handler 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 Twenty 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

    Literature 
  • 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.
    • Deucalion has become The Atoner, while Victor is a monster himself. This reversal of roles is lampshaded.
  • 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 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.
  • Discworld:
    • Scraps, Igor's "mixed-breed" terrier in Carpe Jugulum is a Frankenstein's Dog.
    • Also alluded to in Thief of Time, when Jeremy Clockson comments that some people really come alive in thunderstorms, and Igor replies "Ah, that wath when I worked for Baron Finklethtein."
  • 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.

    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.
  • Adam in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Adam is also a cyborg, since he had machine and computer parts.
    • There was also a one-shot version of this plot in "Some Assembly Required".
  • 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 Frankenstein Monster is the Monster of the Week in the first Halloween Episode of Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers.
  • 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.

    Music 
  • 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.

    Newspaper Comics 
  • Abra Cadaver from The Wizard of Id.
  • Bizarro for October 27, 2012. The monster is trapped by a mob carrying Torches and Pitchforks, but they burst into derisive laughter when they see he's wearing a Hawaiian shirt and shorts.

     Professional Wrestling 
  • 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."

    Tabletop Games 
  • 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 role-playing game Promethean: The Created, artificial lifeforms 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 Dont 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.

    Theatre 
  • Frankenstein has been adapted into a Broadway musical.
  • There is a straight play called After Frankenstein that tells of the confrontation between the creator and the monster in the Arctic.
  • There is also a musical adaptation of Young Frankenstein.

    Toys 
  • Frankie Stein is the daughter of Frankenstein's Monster and his Bride in Mattel's franchise, Monster High.

    Video Games 
  • 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 I 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.
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Potentially the Player Character in Arcanum — Frankenstein's Monster and Bride of Frankenstein are both selectable backgrounds for humans.
  • 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.

    Web Comics 
  • 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.)
  • Gwynn's "Clutter Monster" from Sluggy Freelance, a magical golem created out of all the clutter filling her apartment.
  • 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 KA Mics
  • 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.

    Western Animation 

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