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->''"It's alive, it's alive, it's alive! It's '''alive!"'''''
-->-- '''Dr. Henry Frankenstein''', ''Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}}''

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

'''*Warning: Spoilers Ahead!*'''

In [[Literature/{{Frankenstein}} the original 1818 book]] by Creator/MaryShelley, 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 [[RevengeByProxy by killing Victor's best friend]] and threatens more death should Victor ever marry. Victor [[NotBloodSiblings marries his adoptive sister]], [[KissingCousins 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, 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 [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1910}} first filmed in 1910]], but the 1931 [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]] production was the most influential version. This film added several now familiar tropes to the story, including:

* The MadScientistLaboratory
* GraveRobbing to get the parts for the monster.
* LightningCanDoAnything (Using Lightning to create life.)
* TorchesAndPitchforks (The torch-wielding mob of peasants)
* Victor's death [[HoistByHisOwnPetard at the hands of his creation]].
* HulkSpeak
* NonMaliciousMonster (the monster is portrayed more sympathetic in modern media)
* IfICantHaveYou
* TheIgor
* KillItWithFire
* The "It's Alive!" quotation above.
* The "standard" appearance of the monster, usually consisting of a square head, greenish skin, enormous proportions, a scarred [[ScaryStitches 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 [[UncannyValley proportions and his jaundiced, soulless eyes]].) Nowadays, this is a DiscreditedTrope.
* HauntedCastle
* GoneHorriblyWrong
* {{Uberwald}} (arguably the film and its sequels codified the setting)
* CreatingLife
* MightyGlacier

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 [[GentleGiant innocent]] [[TorturedMonster trapped in a monstrous body]], [[DoesNotKnowHisOwnStrength unaware of the damage he can do]], [[HumansAreBastards rejected by a cruel world]]. When it starts out as an {{Evil Minion|s}}, it often does a HeelFaceTurn.

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 [[AllThereInTheManual 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). See also DrFakenstein for cases where this naming issue is [[AvertedTrope averted]].

Part of the classic MonsterMash with {{Dracula}}, {{Mummy}}, and the WolfMan. Compare also with the FleshGolem.


* No such inventory is complete without the pastiche commercial {{Mascot}} [[UsefulNotes/GeneralMills Frankenberry]].
* Frankenstein's monster has promoted
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mLQumEsxD1w Doritos and Pepsi]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YFAjT8eKfKs Hardee's]]
** [[https://youtu.be/hpHocYT5Gb0?t=14s Hershey Kiss]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_-qPP1q94Y Honey Nut Cheerios]]
** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6BZNNg5I3FI Orange Soda]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4W40AfbhYv8 Osteo Bi-Flex]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYFrX8Vp7ME Radio Shack]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hZpLhP91hMk Reese's Peanut Butter Cups]]
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HS0XceWlGAs Twix]]

[[folder:{{Anime}} and {{Manga}}]]
* ''Soreike! Franchise/{{Anpanman}}'' has Frankenrobo, which is a robot form of a Frankenstein's monster.
* Nobuhiro Watsuki (creator of ''Manga/RurouniKenshin'' and ''Manga/BusouRenkin'') made a one-shot called ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/{{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 ''Manga/BusouRenkin'', 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 ([[PowerIncontinence against his control]]), and is a highly intellectual TragicMonster.
* In ''Manga/SoulEater'' 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 [[Anime/FullmetalAlchemist the 2003 anime version]] of ''Manga/FullmetalAlchemist'', [[CameBackWrong 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 [[Creator/HiromuArakawa same creator]] is ''Raiden 18'', a recurring BlackComedy series about a girl who's favorite hobby is creating frankenstein monsters.
* The original ''Manga/DragonBall'' 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 ''Audioplay/StrikersSoundStageX''. Also known as Corpse Weapons, these are [[NightOfTheLivingMooks mass-produced]] [[SuperSoldier artificial soldiers]] created from corpses, [[LostTechnology courtesy of the technology from Ancient Belka]].
* ''Manga/FrankenFran'' has... well, Fran. She's what would happen if Frankenstein had made a CuteMonsterGirl 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 [[EveryoneIsJesusInPurgatory Christ metaphor]], and to cap it all off, the ending is pure TraumaCongaLine as [[spoiler: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.
* Creator/JunjiIto 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 ''Manga/TheVoynichHotel'' tend to look like this.
* Akim Papladon from ''Manga/BloodLad'' 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. [[spoiler:His heart can be transplanted into other corpses.]]
* The HalloweenEpisode from ''Manga/{{Bleach}}'' has Ichigo Kurosaki alias Franken Ichigo who was revived by his sisters Karin (the doctor) and Yuzu (the assistant).

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' tends to do this to the tougher zombies that you can play that aren't zombified version. Not to mention [[http://ww2.wizards.com/gatherer/CardDetails.aspx?&id=1734 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 [[http://magiccards.info/query?q=Rooftop+Storm&v=card&s=cname Rooftop Storm]], which resembles a mad scientist's laboratory, makes all zombies cost 0 mana, but you still need bodies to play them.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfComicBooks Golden Age]] cartoonist [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dick_Briefer Dick Briefer]] had a noteworthy run in the 1940ís/1950ís which went through three distinct changes in style. The first incarnation, beginning in ''Prize Comics'' #7 (1940) presented the creature as a VillainProtagonist of high intellect battling first his own creator and later the superheroic Bulldog Denny. (The monster was eventually defeated by a coalition of Prize Comicsí 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 ''Series/TheMunsters'' and ''Series/TheAddamsFamily''. Finally, in the early 1950ís, with Creator/ECComics 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 Brieferís work from all three periods can be found at these blogs: [[http://thehorrorsofitall.blogspot.com/2010/10/frightful-frankenstein-friday.html Early Horror.]] [[http://fourcolorshadows.blogspot.com/2010/10/frightful-frankenstein-friday.html Humor.]] [[http://allthingsger.blogspot.com/search/label/Frankenstein 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 Creator/GrantMorrison's comic ''[[Comicbook/SevenSoldiers 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 ''Comicbook/{{Flashpoint}}'' miniseries and a subsequent ongoing, ''Comicbook/FrankensteinAgentOfShade''. Incidentally, in the former he ends UsefulNotes/WorldWarII by ''killing Hitler''.
** "All in a day's work...for FRANKENSTEIN!"
** A teenaged version of this character, [[http://www.titanstower.com/young-frankenstein/ Young Frankenstein]], was briefly a member of the ''ComicBook/TeenTitans''.
* The monster also featured in Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}, where he was forced by a Mexican MadScientist (who bought him) to fight Hellboy in a [[MaskedLuchador wrestling match.]] He got his own spinoff series in 2015.
* In a ''ComicBook/HowardTheDuck'' 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 ''Comicbook/SwampThing'' also had The Patchwork Man, a normal man who was 'repaired' (badly) by Swamp Thing's enemy the MadScientist 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 Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' 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 Franchise/{{Superman}} created by ComicBook/LexLuthor, such as on ''WesternAnimation/SupermanTheAnimatedSeries'', is pretty much Frankenstein's Monster.
* Like {{Dracula}}, Creator/DellComics turned Frankenstein's Monster into an honest to goodness SuperHero.
* In ''Comicbook/{{Fables}}'', Frakenstein's Monster [[StupidJetpackHitler was animated by Nazis during World War II]]. Bigby fought the monster (in a reference to the 1943 film ''Film/FrankensteinMeetsTheWolfMan'') when he and a squad of Allied soldiers stormed the castle where the experiment was being performed. The Monster's [[LosingYourHead 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 Franchise/{{Batman}} {{Elseworld}}s 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