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->''"Franken Fran: Creator/MaryShelley wishes she's written something this scary."''
-->-- '''WebVideo/YRulerOfTime''', ''Website/ThatGuyWithTheGlasses'' manga reviewer

''Franken Fran'' is a horror-comedy manga by Kigitsu Katsuhisa that [[UpToEleven set new stakes]] in the BodyHorror category. A RadioDrama adaptation was released as well.

In a distant, rarely-visited part of Japan, the world's greatest surgeon, Naomitsu Madaraki, once lived in a large, Gothic-style mansion. However, he hasn't come home in ages. Instead, the professor's "daughter", Fran Madaraki, lives there with many of her own ghoulish creations and her "younger sister" Veronica. She's a very unusual girl, what with the stitch patterns on her face and the giant bolts on either side of her head. She's just as skilled at surgery as her father, and if you're willing to pay her price, she can do everything up to and including raising the dead.

Fran believes that a life should be saved ''no matter the cost''. Keep that in mind, since the results of her surgeries are rarely (if ever) pretty.

Creator/SevenSeasEntertainment [[http://www.crunchyroll.com/anime-news/2015/04/28/seven-seas-licenses-franken-fran-manga announced]] that it had acquired the rights to the series in April 2015, and the English omnibus editions began to be released in early 2016.

Not to be confused with [[Creator/AlFranken Fran Franken, the wife of the junior Senator from Minnesota]].

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!!This series provides examples of:

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* AbsoluteCleavage: Gavrill's standard (lack of) attire has her wearing an unzipped leather jacket with nothing underneath.
* AbusiveParents: Pops up often.
** The parents of the girl in chapter 3 are too poor to take her to a hospital, so they simply cut off the mutations growing on her body. When the mutations get too numerous to keep up, they simply abandon their daughter.
** In chapter six, the girl's parents kill her, then cook her and serve her up to guests as a birthday feast (her ''own'' birthday, no less!).
** The step-father of the girl in chapter 21 sexually abuses her.
* AcquiredSituationalNarcissism: The robotics developer in chapter 35 falls victim to this after the RobotGirl modeled after his late wife, brain patterns and all, becomes wildly popular and the fame and fortune (and women) go to his head. He eventually grows weary of his creations and tries to enter the dating pool again -- [[TooDumbToLive while surrounded by a bunch of the robots whose primary character trait is single-minded devotion to him]]. He eventually gets the same treatment his wife had at the request of the original brain uploaded robot, so he could be with her forever. He also gets to be exploited by his company to become the male model of the robot, for some added IronicHell.
* ActionGirl: Despite the series not really revolving on action/adventure, Veronica is sort of this depending of the situation. Chapter 46 for instance shows her doing spy stuff to steal an anti-fat medicine for Fran from a company that refused to let Fran use it to help a morbidly obese girl.
* AdaptationDecay: Invoked for Vol.4's extra chapter, as the story of the loyal dog in Ch.27 was adopted into a movie InNameOnly. Veronica's reaction is what one would expect: "What the hell is this crap!" *''SpitTake followed by throwing chair against the screen''* Fran seems to understand that the true story as it actually happened wouldn't make for a good movie, judging by her reactions to Veronica's dislike of the movie's changes.
--> '''Fran''': Well, it is a movie, so they were bound to change a few things.
* AdaptationDeviation: InUniverse. If the final bonus chapter is to be believed, the events as told in the manga are DarkerAndEdgier versions of true stories Fran really worked on. According to Fran, most of said true stories actually had ''happy'' endings.
* AdmiringTheAbomination: Fran's reaction to seeing a monstrous {{Kaiju}}: "[[ImTakingHerHomeWithMe I want one.]]"
* AdultFear: Chapter 29 makes this a focal point when the parents of the maggot babies learn how vulnerable they are to pretty much everything around them.
* AirventEscape: Fran tries this but her butt is too big. Solution? Cut off her legs and walk home on her hands.
* AlliterativeName: Spoofed in Chapter 30. The people all have alliterative names, from A.A. to E.E., mocking the convention of murder mysteries to usually name suspects as A, B, etc. Of course, our beloved lady doctor is called '''F'''ranken '''F'''ran (even if that's not her actual name)... .
* AllMenArePerverts: ZigZagged in one chapter where Fran comes up with a way to make the male students stop hitting on the girls. It seems to work, but then the girls start complaining that the guys are ignoring them completely, leading to the discovery of [[spoiler:a room full of a gelatinous mass that emits pheromones causing the guys to see it as a room of naked women, with whom they have sex]].
* AlternateHistory: In the first chapter on page 5, Dr. Noamitsu Madaraki, Fran's father, is said to have traveled after UsefulNotes/WorldWarI to the USA and ''Israel'' to further his research, despite Israel being established after UsefulNotes/WorldWarII in the [[RealLife Real World]]. So either in ''Franken Fran'', Israel [[AlternateHistory was established earlier than in]] RealLife or [[ArtisticLicenseHistory the author messed up with this historic detail]].
* AmusementParkOfDoom: One chapter has a Disney-like amusement park with mascots [[spoiler:that are actually real creatures created by Fran]]. All well and good... until they start running amok and actually killing off the patrons. [[spoiler:Turns out the music in the land was keeping them docile and when it went off due to a computer glitch they turned feral.]] That's not the real kicker though. After that whole ordeal is solved the manager actually re-opens the park again [[spoiler:[[ParanoiaFuel with the same creatures still patrolling the grounds!]]. Why? Hey good business is business.]] It takes a new spin in a later chapter when it's revealed that [[spoiler:the mascots are sometimes surgically altered to fit new appearance themes, outdated mascots are eliminated, and mascots that are violent toward customers are killed in front of the others]].
* AnachronicOrder: The creator makes it clear that certain later chapters occur before earlier chapters. It's easy to tell which ones come first because Veronica is absent from them. For instance, ch. 29 occurred over several years, so Veronica was there by the end.
* AndIMustScream: A lot of Fran's patients wind up in this boat, temporarily or permanently, whether they deserve it or not.
** The fate of the villain of chapter 15, [[spoiler:transformed into a heaving mass of immortal cancer cells]].
** In Chapter 43, a ten-year-old girl inherits a vast fortune, but can't technically spend it because she's so young. The remaining 24 members of her extended family, including some politicians and Yakuza members, try to get some of the money out of her in the form of donations to charities. [[spoiler:Due to a (self-inflicted) explosion, the girl's brain is transplanted into a clone of her which her mother had made in an attempt to replace her. Everyone else has their brains transplanted into stuffed animals, which in turn are all connected to the girl's original body. Fran says "unless they all agree on it, they can't even lift a finger." One of those brains is of her uncle, who has recently learned how crappy a life she had. It's hinted that he would purposefully disagree just to keep the rest of the relatives in the hell they've built.]]
** Chapter 47: [[spoiler:The "zombies" are actually still alive and completely conscious, they just can't do anything about it.]]
* AndTheAdventureContinues: In chapter 61, [[spoiler:after getting trapped in a sunken ship and dreaming about a party where every single previous character appears including the Professor, Fran gets rescued and goes back to the daily grind]].
* AntiVillain: The evil organization in Justice 2 actually [[spoiler:controls the whole world's charity organization and tries to make as much good as possible out of people's lives to cause overpopulation and destroy the world [[FridgeLogic (why this necessitates turning their members into monsters is unclear)]]. So our protagonist who found out the horrible truth is now WalkingTheEarth [[VillainProtagonist and burning orphanages.]] He eventually picks up help.]]
* AnyoneCanDie : No matter the species, no matter the gender, no matter the age (even kids and unborn babies), ANYONE can die, and suffer [[FateWorseThanDeath fates even worse than that]] if they don't, anyway.
%%* AppendageAssimilation
* ArsonMurderAndJaywalking: When Veronica goes to school and is bullied, she gets several papers taped to her back, like "DIE!" "I'm a dirty whore." "I'll do anyone as long as it's male. Even a dog!" and "Kick me."
** One chapter has Fran decide to go to school one day, and it gets out that she's a brilliant surgeon specializing in body mods. The kids go hog-wild for it, leading to such things as a couple who wanted to be stitched together, another couple who wanted to trade sexes, a guy who had her give him a SkullForAHead, a guy made to look like TheAhnold, and some girls who want [[BigBreastsBigDeal spine-crushingly big boobs]], among other disturbing modifications, [[BigFun there's this one guy who wants to be fat.]] Not grotesquely so, just a flabby belly.
* ArtEvolution: Fran's character design evolved as the manga progressed, gaining slightly larger eyes and noticeably larger bolts.
* ArtMajorBiology: The situations usually have a root in real science (plus some half-convincing TechnoBabble), then go for broke.
* ArtificialHuman: Most of the recurring cast appear to be this.
* ArtisticLicenseBiology: Fran states in "God and Dog" that there's no proof that dogs descended from wolves. Either she neglected to do her research or she's simply discarding it, as dogs and wolves have been proven to be the same species ''at the genetic level.''
* ArtisticLicenseStatistics: The conclusion of "An Extremely Lucky Man", centered on a man with phenomenal luck, relies on casting the GamblersFallacy as truth.
* TheAtoner: In chapter 52, [[spoiler:the cardinal that is candidate to be the next Pope]] used to be a mafia lord. After he was mortally wounded in the head and recovered by a surgery, he decided to pay for his sins by [[spoiler:devoting the rest of his life to the church]].
%%* AttemptedRape: Happens with disturbing frequency.
* AuthorTract: Chapter 5. People worship gods of all kinds, be it physical objects/people or spiritual beings. If there is no God, people will make one of their own.
* AwesomeButImpractical:
** The maggot/chrysalis birth method of Chapter 29. In theory it's really impressive and removes all of the hassle that comes with normal pregnancy. [[GoneHorriblyWrong In practice]]... well, one of the advantages of pregnancy is that it protects the developing fetus. So unless you have access to an airtight and relatively secure environment (you know, like a womb) you would have to put in just as much, if not ''more'' effort into keeping the fetus safe than if you just went through pregnancy normally. This being ''Franken Fran'', the chapter illustrates what happens when parents ''don't'' put in this kind of effort. Babies carried normally don't have to worry about [[spoiler:parasitic wasps laying eggs in them for one thing. Then it turns out stray cats find them tasty. Oh, and giant maggots are surprisingly squishy too]]. One of the squickier chapters, which is saying something.
** The entire manga more or less seems to be this, as whenever anyone asks Fran for surgery, it usually ends up going horribly wrong due to the unforeseen side effects. Fran seems to be fully aware of these side effects (unless it's an experimental procedure) but the patients more or less don't care.
* AxCrazy: Gavrill. Not only does she love tearing people to shreds, she also likes to ''[[ImAHumanitarian eat their corpses]]''. After [[MoralityPet Dr. Amatsuka]] prevented her from killing anyone during her time as a school teacher, she was absolutely delighted when the school was taken over by a group of kidnappers, allowing her to finally unleash her lust for bloodshed.
* BackForTheFinale: Basically every secondary or one-chapter-only character makes an appearance in Fran's dream in the last chapter.
* BackFromTheDead: On the twelfth page of the very first chapter, Fran explains that while reanimating dead bodies may be doable, properly resurrecting a person's mind with their personality and memories intact is an incredible challenge, virtually impossible. [[BlatantLies She proceeds to spend the entirety of the series easily reviving dead brains (and completely screwing up people's bodies).]]
* BadassTeacher: Of all people, [[spoiler:Gavrill]] becomes this in the chapter 49 when [[spoiler:Amatsuka asks her to become a high school teacher for a while]].
* BandageBabe: Adorea, in a suitably dark twist. She appears to be a tall, slender woman wrapped from head to toe in bandages...but her body is a living storehouse for organs and tissue for Fran, accessible through zippers in her skin, and her head is a mass of tentacles surrounding a maw-like orifice. One of the ways she can "store" bodyparts for Fran is by devouring patients whom Fran expects to die--though she must do so before they actually die, else the parts will spoil...
* BeachEpisode: Chapter 41... sort of.
-->'''Fran''': [...] one of the victims happened to be the grandson of an influential politician, so I've been asked to determine the exact cause of the deaths that occur here. But let's not worry too much about the whole DYING thing. We should think of this as a vacation and have a good time!
* BeastMan: Gavrill. Her body can distort into a giant wolf-like creature with double-rows of teeth.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: Fran's patients should ''really'' think a little harder about turning to her for help. This is played with in some cases, as in many cases the crap that happens to them is their own fault. In one case overdoing a youth treatment that Fran warned her against causes her to mutate into a blob of cancer cells. Another (a NeatFreak germophobe) rips off the transplanted skin that was perfectly fine because it was derived from cockroaches. In fact, a great deal of the problems that occur really aren't Fran's fault, and stem from stupid and/or shortsighted people stealing her work for their own purposes, or ignoring her advice.
* BerserkButton:
** Inverted. Fran is usually pretty happy to do operations, but when you want do it to impress someone you like, she starts breaking into TenderTears. It seems like she's really into ThePowerOfLove...
** In "Killing Impulse", [[spoiler:Gavrill goes on a violent rampage against a group of politicians who ordered Prof. Amatsuka attacked. Moreover, near the end of the same chapter, Fran also admits she would do the same thing if she found out who the culprits behind Amatsuka's assault were, except she would use her own methods instead simply killing them. It's strongly implied that she ''does'' know -- or at least suspects -- and is covertly threatening them against trying it again]].
* BewareTheNiceOnes:
** Irritated that Veronica keeps killing people (even if they are attacking the lab), Fran sends her to a girls' boarding school to learn to be sociable. Veronica is viciously bullied, but one timid girl tries to be friendly to her. [[spoiler:It turns out [[BigBadFriend the timid girl was actually the leader of the bullies]], who didn't know about the ''real'' plot, and gave their victims to ''pedophiles'' who export Japanese girls to overseas otaku. Veronica... puts a stop to it.]]
** Fran subtly shows that she's not one to be messed with. When she realized that someone was attempting to steal information from her and Dr. Amatsuka, she turned the spies into dog-human hybrids, along with their master. She also subtly threatened a senator after helping him evade a vengeful Gavrill, hinting that whatever Gavrill did is tiny compared to what she can do to him.
** More blatantly, in an extra chapter, after being conned into doing a {{Gorn}} movie that portrays both her and Professor Madaraki in an extremely negative light, she modifies another victim of the con -- at her own request -- into a horrific monster that kills the people responsible. It's very much implied that she knew that this would happen if she went through with the modifications, but is able to rationalize it as not against her code of ethics because she was just modifying the girl. Whether she decided to kill the porn-studio con artists or not was her own decision that had nothing to do with Fran.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: Insects are often used as an easy source of NauseaFuel and terror. [[HalfHumanHybrid Insect-human hybrids]], insects with a malevolent HiveMind, [[TheWormThatWalks people made of bugs]], human fetuses that go through giant maggot/chrysalis phases instead of normal pregnancy, [[spoiler:parasitic wasps and roaches preying on said fetuses]]...it's a long list. The artist is a little ''too'' good at drawing bugs.
* BladeBelowTheShoulder: Veronica's arsenal of hidden weapons. While she holds them in her hands at times, usually they're mounted on mechanical arms that pop out from under the cape of her coat.
* BlessedWithSuck: At the end of Chapter 10 Fran crafts a new layer of skin for [[NeatFreak Kouryuu]] that's much younger-looking than her previous one. [[spoiler:However it was made from the chitin found in cockroach exoskeletons, causing her to start tearing at her new skin in horrified disgust.]]
* BloodKnight: Gavrill relishes violence and bloodshed and will wade into combat without hesitation, as her abilities make her almost impervious to harm.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: Fran has a set of guidelines and rules regarding her behavior, but they are ''nothing'' like normal people's. She strongly opposes murder, but won't mind if she gets to steal your organs, or if you live in a FateWorseThanDeath. Put simply, comparing Fran's sense of medical ethics with that of the greater medical community is like comparing apples to bricks. [[{{Metaphorgotten}} Bricks that won't kill you, but won't particularly care if you spend the rest of your life in unimaginable torment.]]
* BodyDouble: The mobster in Chapter 9 makes use of this. This results in some...complications.
* BodyHorror: This is practically the premise of the manga. Fran's sense of medical ethics is more than a little warped, and her "surgeries" have this nasty habit of leaving her "patients" in some truly horrific bodily state. She does manage to avert this in some chapters, such as Chapter 45.
* BornLucky: Fran's explanation for the condemned man's HealingFactor in Chapter 28--he's simply impossibly lucky, and his indestructibility is a result. [[spoiler:However, because he defied the odds so many times, he hits the "death via being struck by lightning" jackpot.]]
* BoyMeetsGhoul: A half-blind painter approaches Fran for a new set of eyes, so she gives him ones that can see everything from radio waves to X-Rays. The painter stumbles out into the forest only to find it full of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. Terrified and disoriented, he falls off a cliff, then finds himself face-to-face with a beautiful young woman. It's one of the few HappilyEverAfter arcs in the manga, even if Okita's [[OhCrap reaction]] to a painting the artist made of his new lover indicates she is not what she appears to be. The artist's notes indicate that she was a variant on a [[{{Youkai}} Yuki-onna]].
* BreastExpansion: When Fran is handing out free plastic surgery at high school, one of the more 'sensible' patients (as in "did not get stitched to a friend" or "had their face changed to look like a disfigured skull") decides to get breast implants so big they make up the majority of her weight.
* BringMyBrownPants: One of the bonus chapters shows the reporter who got infected with the zombie virus in containment. It is noted that the disease makes her constantly hungry and she keeps crapping herself as fast as she can eat due to the disease loosening her sphincter.
* BrotherSisterIncest: [[spoiler:In "Octopus", Kusinoki has sex with a shape-shifting octopus-human hybrid who took the appearance of his recently-deceased sister Azusa, though he does mention he always wanted to do this with his real sister. [[KarmicDeath His body is used as nourishment for the hybrid's thousands of offspring.]]]]
* ButtMonkey:
** Veronica has lots of unpleasant things happen to her. She's been used as a guinea pig by Fran more than once (the first time Fran "experimented" on her, she just ripped her apart and left her disemboweled for a month); she bullied a lot when she went to school for the first time; Gavrill tore her to pieces in their first fight; and the first time she makes a real friend [[spoiler:said friend dies horribly]]. Also, in the final chapter, she gets cruelly teased by her sisters, to the point that they make her ''cry'' (although she gets a bone thrown at her at the end).
** Officer Kuhou, a young policewoman who often crosses paths with either Fran or the results of her work, losing some of her sanity in the process each time. She also has the bad luck of serving as Fran's test subject from time to time.
* CainAndAbel: Fran and Veronica vs Gavrill. [[spoiler:Although in the epilogue they seem to be at least on civil terms (although barely so on Veronica and Gavrill's part) suggesting that they reconciled offscreen to some extent.]]
* CatchPhrase: "Begin the operation!"
* ChainsawGood: In chapter 28, after hanging and lethal injection failed to kill a death row inmate, and Fran is denied the chance to study him, the prison officials give up on finding a humane way to execute him and violently dismember him instead...with chainsaws. [[spoiler:He is able to ''recover from this'' after Fran reassembles him.]]
* ChekhovsGun: The bomb Fran implanted in Veronica [[spoiler:is later used to blow up Gavrill]]. Even Fran is unconvinced that killed her, and she's proven right.
* CheshireCatGrin: Okita, fittingly enough.
* ChewToy:
** Poor, poor Officer Kuhou. Throughout the course of the series, she's been wrapped up in a case of more-than-possible severed body parts, [[spoiler:[[CloningBlues cloned to help kill off other clones]] and then had to kill off the clones of herself (though this is probably a dream sequence), tried to talk down a half-suicidal man transplanted into a theme park mascot protecting a little girl, [[{{Squick}} randomly been ejaculated upon]] for ''just being in the room'', and nearly raped by a RealityWarper]], and that's just what we've seen ''so far''; note that the majority of situations involving her are PlayedForLaughs. No wonder seeing Fran makes the woman [[FreakOut seriously trip her shit]].
:::In addition to that list,::: [[spoiler: Fran kidnaps and creates clones of her again, this time with the ability to divide asexually to create even more clones. She then drops more than 1000 of them off on an isolated island to fight Gavrill, figuring that the best way to handle Gavrill is to let her kill enough of them to calm herself down. The original Kuhou gets to go back home, physically no worse off than before]]. It then gets even worse: [[spoiler:Kuhou learns that a new batch of her clones is being used to fulfill the many fetishes of a slightly crazy rich man. She breaks down hard at this, before accidentally getting captured and surgically altered into a monster girl--who accidentally wins the full love and devotion of the man who had broken her brain.]]
* CloningBlues: In one chapter, Fran clones a girl using a method resembling cell division. However, she slightly botches it and the girl starts to endlessly duplicate. Later on the same thing happens to a police officer on the case of a serial killer [[spoiler:which is actually Fran cleaning up her mess by killing every copy of that girl. Fran also kills all the copies of the police officer, leaving one of them alive.]] She has post-traumatic stress flashbacks whenever she runs into Fran. They're played for comedy. Probably a dream sequence. ''Probably.''
* CloudCuckooLander: Fran is an ArtificialHuman with the brain of a really chipper five year old, and her decisions and ethics are sound... for what she knows. Fran has been programmed to never, ''ever'' take a life, no matter what, and lacks the maturity to really think past that singular thought. This results in monstrously poor judgment on her part. She's a child with the power to mutate someone else for fun and profit, and no one can stop her.
* ContemplateOurNavels: Fran is prone to meditating on the nature of humanity, ethics and everything in between...''after'' she's done the morally questionable and potentially unsafe operation, of course.
* ContinuityNod: In the last issue [[spoiler:Fran has a dream in which every person she ever treated throws a big party for her]].
* CoversAlwaysLie: Humorously (and somewhat cruelly) played on with the tankobon covers, [[ContemptibleCover which are loaded with]] FanService and LesYay. Often there's a [[FanDisservice horrific version of the same picture on the next page]], such as the cover of volume 3, which features a sexy picture of Adorea, complete with cute face -- despite the fact that her actual face is a mass of tentacles designed for swallowing people whole. The aforementioned horrific version reveals that the "cute face" was just a biological mask.
* CreepyCockroach: They have built a human-like society within Fran's mansion.
* CruelMercy: Veronica spares the leader of the boarding school kidnappers [[spoiler:because she was the only person who was nice to her, leaving her to explain the dead pile of pedophiles to the authorities]]. Although...
--> '''Adorea:''' Veronica, are you crying?\\
'''Veronica:''' No...!
* CruelTwistEnding: Quite a few of the chapters ''seem'' like they will be resolved in a relatively peaceful manner, only for it to twist the knife in the most horrifying manner possible. Chapter 2 is a particularly horrifying example, as [[spoiler:the girl turns into a human/insect hybrid and eats her boyfriend after they have sex]].
* {{Cult}}: Eventually leads to the birth of [[spoiler:an actual Flying Spaghetti Monster]].
* CuteMonsterGirl:
** Fran, to a certain definition of "cute"--she becomes remarkably less cute when performing surgeries and holding people's parts while those people scream in their heads about how they don't want her to do this to them.
** Adorea's gentle demeanor can very easily endear her to some people. [[HumanoidAbomination Even with the whole tentacles-for-a-face thing.]]
** Veronica, considering she has an adorable appearance despite being a patchwork girl with an assassin nature.
** In Chapter 55, [[spoiler:Officer Kuhou]] ends up with an insect-like face to give Matsumae a different opponent in his roleplaying. He ends up falling in love with her as she is.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Depending on how you interpret her character, Fran is either an example or a subversion -- she looks like a stereotypical horror monster (if a bit cuter), yet comes off as reasonable and nice at first glance. Then she starts dragging people off to her lab to use them as human experiments ForScience...
%%** Her various creations play this straight, however.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: The two tribes in "Amazon". Thanks to [[spoiler:both tribes being the result of many generations of parthenogenic births]], all their members have dark skin and blonde (if not white) hair.
* ADayInTheLimelight: While the focus is usually on Fran and her patients, some chapters instead focus on other characters like Gavrill, Veronica and Adorea.
* DeathBySex:
** Chapter 2 ends this way. [[spoiler:The girl whose body Fran remade by attaching her head to a huge caterpillar body that chrysalised? After she and her boyfriend do the deed, she starts turning into an insect and eats him.]]
** The assholes who [[spoiler:gangraped and killed Miyake]] in Chapter 59 are killed by [[spoiler:a deadly bacteria that was inoculated in her body by Fran]].
* DidntThinkThisThrough: A short girl asked for a height increase from Fran in Chapter 4. Due to the nature of the surgery (requiring her bones lengthened), she was confined to a wheelchair for 3 months after it. Her three dot expression at the fact (especially since every other girl that had their surgeries done came right out) showed that she probably regretted the decision.
* DownerEnding: A regular occurrence; the rare positive endings are actually surprises.
** The aforementioned DeathBySex end of Chapter 2.
** [[spoiler:Chapter 3]] ends on a remarkably nice note [[spoiler:for the girl. The police on the other hand now have to deal with a VW Bug-sized mass of cancer tumors]].
** [[spoiler:Chapter 41]] probably comes the closest to averting this trope entirely. All Nightmare Fuel and BodyHorror is kept to a minimum, and the character of the day [[spoiler:''isn't'' turned into some monstrous parody of humanity by Fran. Instead, the chapter ends on a "blowing things out of proportion" gag you'd expect from the likes of Manga/RanmaOneHalf]].
* DrFakenstein: While Fran is visually a reference to FrankensteinsMonster, her character is closer to Victor Frankenstein himself what with her ForScience attitude and tendency to create BodyHorror.
* DudeShesLikeInAComa: Apparently, ''everyone'' working on the movie in Chapter 20 came to this conclusion. The critical difference in this case was that [[spoiler:she wasn't sleeping; she had already died of the parasitic infection]]. Leading inexorably to the squicky twist ending...
* DyingDream: Chapter 48. [[spoiler:The girl who was cannibalizing people to fend off an autoimmune disease ends up with a brain-eating prion disease.]] The previous pages showing her succeeding in life and becoming happy are revealed to be a dream. Fran wonders what she's dreaming about to have such a beautiful smile on her face.
* EasySexChange: In one chapter Fran gives anyone and everyone in a school plastic surgery, from the mundane (epicanthoplasty) to the still mundane but getting goofy ('''giant''' breasts, a guy who's remade to look like an action hero star) to the completely ridiculous (human bobble head, demon horns). Ranging in the middle of the spectrum is [[spoiler:a boyfriend and girlfriend she switches the sex of - literally swapping their genitalia even - because the girlfriend was attacked once and is now afraid of men. No, sexuality doesn't work that way, but this is ''Franken Fran'']].
* EldritchAbomination: Pretty much half the things that Fran makes fit this. The other half is BodyHorror.
** [[spoiler:The brain eating/mind absorbing Flying Spaghetti Monster "god"]] that Fran helped create in chapter 26.
** Once the painter can see all strands of the Electromagnetic spectrum he sees {{eldritch abomination}}s and other horrible things.
* EveryoneHasStandards:
** The people of ''unusual tastes'' manage to out-creep Fran, though the argument could be, as a doctor, she has issues with people who obsessively cause themselves pain.
** Veronica has a moment where she is wondering why Fran is forcing people to live. However due to BlueAndOrangeMorality this is more of a case of Blue having heard of Quality of Life.
* EverythingsSquishierWithCephalopods: Chapter 53, "Octopus", revolves around an octopus-like creature that can mimic people's appearances. After Fran lost it, it was found by a boy who had recently lost his little sister; the octopus took on the form of said sister to fool him.
* EvilOldFolks: Chapter 50, "Longevity", is about a woman who has lived to an extreme old age all the while leeching off her family and making them miserable. [[spoiler:She turns out to be part of a growing group of people that can live extremely long in a blissful dream-like state of lowered metabolism, contributing nothing while their families are obliged to take care of them, and it's implied most of them share her enjoyment of basking in the misery of others.]]
* EnemyMine: A minor example, but Gavrill and Veronica do team up to fight (or rather, [[CurbStompBattle slaughter the living fuck out of]]) the kidnappers in chapter 49.
* ExpendableClone: Inverted. As long as there's ''a'' copy, Fran doesn't care whether it's the original or not.
* {{Expy}}: There's a movie director who resembles Ron Jeremy.
%%** Fran is basically a female version of ''Manga/BlackJack'' [[ThisIsYourPremiseOnDrugs on crack]].
%%** Mr "Steabe Jocks" from chapter 46.
* EyesDoNotBelongThere: [[spoiler:The Flying Spaghetti Monster]] shouldn't have ''that many'' eyes in one socket.
* FaceFullOfAlienWingWong: Hinted in ch. 53 as [[spoiler:"Azusa" shoves a tentacle down her "brother's" throat as "she"'s mating with him. Some cephalopods break off a sperm-filled tentacle so the females can fertilize themselves at their own pace, but "Azusa" is a shape-shifter...]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop: In-universe example. '''Gavrill''' becomes the de facto ''advice counselor'' while subbing at Fran and Veronica's school because she doesn't sugar-coat things for the students. Aside from telling her students to engage in illegal activities (how to rape a girl, how to buy your way into universities, and how to become a GoldDigger), her advice is actually ''good'':
--> '''Gavrill''': [''to a {{gonk}}y boy)''] You wanna be popular with the girls? Get plastic surgery and transfer to another school. Also, practice talking to people a lot. And if you need to, lie to women or buy them off with money.
* FanDisservice: There's a surprising amount of nudity... and every time it shows up it stops being erotic about three panels later. One of the horrifying and disgusting examples is in Chapter 19, "Lust", when Fran helps the girls deal with their boy problems by diverting the boys' sexual appetites. What the boys think is a pile of hot, young women ready to do the down and dirty is actually [[spoiler:a mass of tentacles and body parts emitting a pheromone]].
* FantasticAesop: [[OnceAnEpisode Practically every issue]] Fran observes a flaw of human nature and takes some bit of wisdom from it that the reader can share in. Things like, "Don't get so addicted to being revived from death by a maestro surgeon that you keep killing yourself over and over", or "Don't turn yourself into an anime character for love, or your skin will molt off and your lover will crush you to death trying to escape the alien you appear to be", or maybe "Inner beauty may shine through a layer of bandages, but those bandages are there to cover something ''horrifying''".
* FateWorseThanDeath: Those who go through Fran's surgery and do not end up outright killed will usually end up with one of these (only a few don't, lucky them) -- either courtesy of Fran's dedication to saving life '''no matter what''', or her ''questionable'' medical ethics. If they don't, someone else related probably will.
* TheFettered:
** When Gavrill is forced to becomes a high-school substitute her doctor/protector's only request is that she does not kill the students. She doesn't, but she does beat the shit out of them during a brawl with another school.
** In "Best Friend", Gavrill finds out what happened to Veronica's friend but will only tell her if she becomes her slave. Veronica agrees, but Gavrill orders her to not harm the perpetrators. [[LaserGuidedKarma What they got was a whole lot worse]] than what Veronica would've given them anyway.
* FinGore: Veronica has tiny needles sticking out of her fingertips for injecting venom.
* FireForgedFriends: The Sentinels after defeating the Sentinel 100 Corps.
* FleshGolem: Many various flavors of the trope appear, but a classic example is the golem Fran hastily made from the bodies of dead {{Mooks}} to fight Gavrill. [[CurbStompBattle It didn't last two seconds against her]].
* ForeheadOfDoom: Fran's forehead, in traditional FrankensteinsMonster style.
* ForScience: Basically Fran's reason for existence, and most of her MO for experiments and research.
* FrankensteinsMonster:
** Fran herself is built on that template. Interestingly, in this work [[IAmNotShazam the monster is also the doctor]].
** She also gives a stitched-up body to the cursed remains of [[spoiler:The Wandering Jew]].
* FunSize: What happens to Veronica after she's rescued by Fran after [[CurbStompBattle "fighting"]] Gavrill. The rest of the body... well... Gavrill's a [[IAmAHumanitarian "humanitarian"]]...
* GagDub: In the fan translations there is a little gag at the end of most chapters that involves editing one of the panels to make a joke. These have ranged to making fun of the Advertising/{{GEICO}} commercials, comparing [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Bronies]] to zombies and how they spread the same way, to the fact that ''Manga/{{Naruto}}'' causes brain damage. All in good fun though.
* GambitPileup: It starts off with a Mafia boss forcibly making a double out of an attempted assassin and quickly devolves to everyone remotely involved gunning down each other. Fran herself doesn't even know who is who.
* GainaxEnding: Neither the last chapter or the ending itself have any build-up or lead-in, and it's kinda hard to tell what actually happened in the end.
* GenericCuteness:
** In the plastic surgery episode, a girl wants "big eyes" (read: she wants an epicanthoplasty). It's near impossible to tell the difference in the before and after, and even the author admits the character designs gave the story some problems. Though, we only get one "before" shot of her--one eye seems to be squinting while she holds the other one open wider. It's possible the "squinting" look is natural, and what she wants to have altered.
** This trope caused problems in Ch 37, where an actress wants to look like an anime character. The difference, especially with the eyes, is small...at first.
* GiftOfTheMagiPlot: A bit of a... ''variation'', all right. A girl had a traumatic experience with men and now has a psychological aversion to them. Her boyfriend's response is to get Fran to change his gender by swapping his genitals for a woman's. The girlfriend has Fran do the opposite to her. And then they cheat on each other, assuming the omake pages are canon, at least.
* GlasgowGrin: Apparently, Fran's jaw didn't come with the rest of her head. She even provides the page image.
* GoneHorriblyRight: Boy, ''howdy''. A painter, losing his eyesight to a disease, asks for working eyes [[spoiler:and gets to see Cthulhu]]. Girls complain about the boys being too horny [[spoiler:and we find them in the embrace of... God-doesn't-want-to know-what]], and it's passed as comedy.
* {{Gorn}}: Lots and LOTS of it. In fact, in one episode Fran is (unknowingly) taking part in a TorturePorn movie. Then she realizes what it was and... well, the director's career ends.
* GroinAttack: Chapter 31, during the two-page depiction of the male and female tribes fighting each other. There's this slightly shadowed, but obvious pic of one of the female amazons cutting one of the male's genitals off. This is payback, because in the exact same page, there's a pic of some of the male tribe members raping the amazons (including the dead ones).
* GrotesqueCute: The humans in this story can be quite adorable, as long as they ''[[BodyHorror stay]]'' human.
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[[folder:H - N]]
* HalfTheManHeUsedToBe:
** Agito in Ch 18, who gets better thanks to his HealingFactor
** Fran herself in Ch 60, in which her solution to being sliced down the middle is to let both halves of her body develop and repair themselves individually and recombine them at a later date. However, prolonged separation causes Fran's right half to ''develop a proper moral code.'' This influences the right half to escape her property and become a successful doctor at a ''normal hospital.'' Sadly, she's too easily guilt-tripped into acting on the whims of her patients, and the resulting mess of corruption and bribery brings her work to a screeching halt.
* HarmfulHealing: Fran ''will'' save your life, [[FateWorseThanDeath whether you want her to or not]].
* HealingFactor:
** It's the best way to explain the girl in chapter 3's recovery: Fran cured her of a rather extreme disease that caused her body to randomly grow tumor-like limbs, faces and organs. Her legs and a good chunk of her arms had to be removed in the process, but at least the girl survived. From there, Fran expected the human body's natural regeneration process to eventually restore her limbs to normal, and planned to observe the process, but judging from her reaction, said process happened ''almost instantly''. Even Fran is stunned, though she speculates that the mind is more closely linked to the body than she thought, which basically means the girl is a huge {{Determinator}}.
** The villain in Chapter 28. He survives and completely recovers from ''hanging'' and ''lethal injection'' on his own. He later recovers from [[spoiler:''dismemberment by chainsaw'' after Fran puts him back together]]. In the end, the HealingFactor [[spoiler:fails to save him from a lightning bolt]]. His healing factor has an unusual justification, [[OneInAMillionChance not unlike the tunnel effect]].
** In Chapter 51, the fourth Sentinel is given this instead of the usual superpowers [[spoiler:so Sentinel III can claim vengeance for him again and again]].
* HeelFaceTurn:
** The man in chapter 43 who originally wanted to swindle his niece's fortune. [[spoiler:After being forced to share her body, he realizes how awful her life is because everyone around her (including himself and her ''own mother'') resents her and wants the fortune for themselves. In the end, in an unusual variant of RedemptionEqualsDeath, he condemns himself to a FateWorseThanDeath to give her a chance to live free.]]
** Veronica. She started out wanting to kill Fran, probably due of jealousy as Fran was having a less sufferable life than hers. In the following chapters she starts to gradually develop concern and care for Fran, as well as revealing to be not exactly a bad person despite her violent tendencies and [[MurderIsTheBestSolution beliefs]], and eventually comes to love Fran in her own way.
* HeroicBSOD: In Chapter 20 Fran has a bit of one when she is unable to save the actress's life and her last words were about the movie. Fran's response? Make a giant puppet out of her skin to finish the movie.
* HeroicDog: Pudding may have been a dog in the body of an overweight middle-aged man, but that did nothing to prevent him from coming to his master's rescue after she was accosted by some thugs.
%%* HeroicSacrifice: There is a form of this in Chapter 43.
* HeroismAddict: Sentinel Vengeance is addicted to doing "good" and constantly cons people so he can appear as a hero as well as vanquish his thirst for revenge on the first two Sentinels.
* HiveMind: Chapter 10 implies that cockroaches possess one.
* HollywoodExorcism: Chapter 52 has a cardinal being possessed by a demon and the Vatican exorcist troops doing everything they can for him. [[spoiler:He's faking it so he can't become pope -- he was a gangster and if his enemies found him they could hurt his friends. This being ''Franken Fran'' there's also the fact that he's got ''a fully developed infant in his skull'' thanks to an untested stem cell treatment.]]
* {{Homage}}:
** "Her Pet Dog" is a homage to the story of UsefulNotes/{{Hachiko}}.
** The Sentinel chapters are an obvious homage/parody of the Showa ''Franchise/KamenRider'' series, with the four Sentinels corresponding to v1, v2, v3, and Riderman.
* HorrifyingTheHorror: Veronica tries to scare Fran by showing her how good she is at killing people. Then Fran shows he how good she is at keeping people ''alive...''
* HowManyFingers: Fran did it in the "Attempted Suicide" chapter.
* HumanoidAbomination:
** ''Many'' of Fran's (and her creator's) experiments end up creating nightmarish ''things'' who can only be considered human in the loosest sense of the word, Adorea being the most prominent.
** Gavrill "The Wolf" has a "transforming" body/skeleton that distorts her into a gigantic, nigh-invulnerable wolf-like creature.
* HypocriticalHumour: In chapter 4, a girl tells a boy who took Fran's offer of free cosmetic surgery to gain a tribal appearance that he lacked restraint, while she got breasts that hang down to her waist.
* ImAHumanitarian:
** In chapter 6, a group of party guests unknowingly, well... [[spoiler:[[{{Squick}} "Could everyone stop eating, please? You're eating the guest of honor."]]]] Cue the synchronized vomiting.
** Gavrill's favorite snacks are her victims.
* IncestSubtext: It's hinted more than once that Veronica loves Fran as more than just a sister. This gets lampshaded in the final extra chapter, but Fran shrugs it off as Veronica just being over-reliant on her. In chapter 36, Veronica becomes flustered over Fran asking her if she likes anyone. Veronica is about to boldly yell her answer (implied to be Fran) but is cutoff by Fran. It's also implied at the end of ch. 60, as [[spoiler:Veronica has Fran's mindless extra body in her room and spends a lot of time alone with it]].
* InfantImmortality: Well, let's just say that kids are ''not'' safe at all from the horrors of the manga. There are a few exceptions (Like the "Amazon" chapter), but most of the time, kids are not any safer from death than adults.
* IntrepidReporter: Ijuuin, the reporter girl who appears in the chapters "Piety", "Rolling World" and "Living Dead". [[spoiler:Unfortunately, she ends up being a victim of the zombie disease.]]
* KeepingSecretsSucks: Once again Veronica makes a friend and once again something horrible happens to them. Gavrill uses her super-senses to find out the truth but will only tell Veronica [[SadisticChoice if she'll be her slave]]. Veronica agrees but Gavrill's order is to not harm her friend's rapists/murderers. [[spoiler:Fortunately the victim already did something and gave ''all'' her rapists a nasty disease, thanks to Fran.]]
* KnightTemplar:
** Veronica. She was built to defend her target by killing any threat. The problem, as later chapters are making clear, is that her definition of "threat" is rather lower than it should be. Chapter 25 opens with her killing people for coming ''near'' Fran's mansion, and she's pulled her weapons for people just ''teasing'' Fran.
** All the Sentinels qualify as well. The first one to be introduced killed a guy who recently had left the prison because he didn't think that two years sentenced in prison was '''enough''' for him.
* LadyLand: The island in "Amazon", which has a corresponding [[OneGenderRace Man Land]]. Both are the result of [[spoiler:both tribes' members developing the ability to reproduce parthogenically]].
* LargeHam: The Sentinels, being parodies of Franchise/SuperSentai heroes, sometimes get like this. They frequent [[CallingYourAttacks call their attacks]] and melodramatically pontificate about Black Lotus.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Usually happens to either the person Fran operates on or whoever that person is closest to. It also has a strong chance of not helping at all, and just having a regular old DownerEnding when people die without deserving it. For an ideal example, the villain from Chapter 15 tries to have Fran killed (unsuccessfully) and has her anti-aging treatment stolen (successfully) the moment she has it working. [[spoiler:She acted prematurely -- the anti-aging treatment ''worked'', but she took it before Fran had the time to eliminate the potential side effect of it turning the user into a heaving puddle of cancerous tissue. It was her own greedy desire to get it as soon as possible and keep anyone else from having access to it that led to her downfall.]]
* LatexPerfection: Ssssssort of. [[spoiler:Less "latex", more "actual skin". A patient of Fran's dies from a parasite that destroys the body's interior, but leaves the skin unscathed.]] Fran uses this in order to fulfill her patient's dying wish to finish her recent acting job... [[spoiler:by wearing her skin as a disguise and pretending to be her]].
* LeavingAudience: What happens during Fran's lecture on her new childbirth method in chapter 29. It's a rare sympathetic moment for Fran as the fleeing of the other doctors brings her to tears.
* LesYay:
** InvokedTrope. Nothing solid in-universe so far, but not only do the {{Contemptible Cover}}s depict more...uh..."friendly" interactions between major female characters, but Veronica has a couple times gotten highly contemplative when the idea of "girls loving each other" or "girl on girl" was brought up.
** Fran at one point gives Veronica a hickey. Just to make a point. You know.
** Aaaand then there's Fran-M and L reuniting...
** The penultimate chapter results in a brainless but alive clone of Fran. For some reason, Veronica likes spending a lot of time alone in her room with her...
** The two best friends in chapter 22 have an unrequited love for each other, which ends in tragedy. Then Fran steps in and gives them [[WifeHusbandry another chance]]...[[{{Squick}} or]] [[CruelTwistEnding not]]. During the end of that chapter, Veronica just can't stop thinking about romantic relationships between two girls.
** In "Curtain Call", the interviewer asks Veronica about her rumored attraction to Fran.
%%* LethalKlutz: Fran is a rare non-comedic example.
* LittleMissBadass: Veronica looks and acts like a preteen, but is insanely good at tearing threats to shreds, and avoiding other threats.
* LockedRoomMystery: Invoked by Okita in Chapter 30. This being ''Franken Fran,'' the solution is squickier than mere murder. [[spoiler:They did it to themselves.]]
* {{Lolicon}}:
** Unlike most examples, played for drama. In chapter 21, the step-father of a girl abuses her. The ending of the chapter quickly becomes horrifying once you find out that [[spoiler:he ''requested'' Fran to turn him into a much loved children's mascot, and then goes to work in an amusement park teeming with kids]].
** In "Girls' School", [[spoiler:the bullies' victims are eventually shipped overseas to service otaku]].
* TheLongList: Matsumae explaining what kind of characters has been made out of the clones in "Panoramic Island 1".
-->'''Matsumae:''' I have all sorts of women in my life here. [[CuteMonsterGirl Monster girls]], [[GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe alien girls]], [[{{Shinigami}} grim reaper girls]], [[HornyDevils devil girls]], [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angel girls]], [[RobotGirl android girls]], {{ninja}} girls, {{samurai}} girls, [[LivingWeapon human-weapon girls]], [[KingIncognito princesses who're hiding their identities]], [[MysteriousWaif girls who hold the key to unlocking world's secrets]], and so on and so on...
* LoopholeAbuse: When Fran is forbidden by the family to perform a simple heart operation due to what usually happens, she respects the wish even though the kid will die. However, they said nothing about modifying the surgeon that was going to do it and giving him extraordinary medical abilities. Unlike most cases it seems to have a happy ending, as the kid survived and the surgeon, while acting somewhat out of character, is now one of the best surgeons in the field.
* LosingYourHead: Seems to be a frequent occurrence among Fran's patients. Even Fran herself swaps bodies sometimes. However, in ch. 18 Fran is nearly decapitated by an assassin. She's able to stitch her neck back together but she doesn't completely recover for a bit.
* LotusEaterMachine: The girls were complaining that all the boys were all obsessed with sex, [[spoiler:so Fran creates a pheromone-based creature which all the boys can get their rocks off with. It works too well, causing all the boys to lose interest in sex with real girls]].
* LoveFreak: Fran is a self-described "lover of love" and frequently performs procedures that she believes will bring couples together. Although she's far from incompetent, she's extremely naive and her medical ethics are questionable at the very best.
* LoveHotels: At the end of Chapter 2, Tajima and Kaneda go to one to consummate their relationship. [[spoiler:Unfortunately for him, her insect side emerges and she eats him once they're done.]]
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: The patient in chapter 22 can't stand the fact [[LesYay her best friend/romantic interest]] seems happier without her, so she steals all of the friend's modelling assignments. Unfortunately [[spoiler:this causes the friend to go slightly crazy and [[DrivenToSuicide commit suicide]]]].
* LoveRedeems: The outcome of chapter 18, as [[spoiler:[[ProfessionalKiller Agito]] leaves [[TheSyndicate his old job]] to start a bioweapon family with the woman who nursed him back to health]].
* MacGuffinSuperPerson: A girl is this to a sect. The building of the sect becomes her ''body''. Then she gets pregnant. When the embryo awakens, [[MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext mother and child merge to become the Flying Spaghetti Monster]].
* MadScientist: Fran. She is actually ignorant of this fact, amusingly. When she was told that she basically was this in Chapter 11, she became saddened and confused... then she talked to her friend Okita about the matter, while ripping out a person's intestine.
* MadScientistsBeautifulDaughter:
** ''Averted.'' Fran, for all her smiley GenkiGirl nature, is probably ''more'' dangerous than her father, especially when she tries to "help" and ends up turning you into a grotesque mockery of life.
** Hilariously subverted if you consider Fran to be the Mad Scientist rather than the Daughter. Most of her creations can seem appealing at first...then the side effects kick in.
* MandatoryTwistEnding: Averted. That is, we do get a guaranteed twist at the end but sometimes the twist is a straight happy ending when we all expect something horrible. Thus, we can never be sure how it ends until the last panel. This is noticable in Chapter 2, where one page turned what would have been a happy Aesop about loving someone deep down into a biological booboo joke.
* MarionetteMotion: A subtle case. Fran is usually drawn with motion lines around her when she walks, as if she's not quite steady on her feet.
* MeatgrinderSurgery: Generally subverted. Fran does handle her operations with care, though the urgency of most of the operations she's about to perform, as well as their sometimes messy results, makes it look like this. However, some of them do qualify.
* {{Meido}}: Matsumae's island fantasy contains a whole team of these.
* MindScrew: In "Justice 2", an evil organization plans to destroy the world! By, um... [[spoiler:giving away free medicine, fixing world hunger, curing diseases, destroying poverty, helping developing countries, and settling disputes for the sake of causing over-population]]. Yep.
* MisterSeahorse: Well, sort of. [[spoiler:Because of an experimental stem cell surgery, a cardinal's brain developed into a fully developed infant. He convinced Fran to remove it so he could take his secret about his past life to the grave. The baby was given to the nuns that tried to exorcise the cardinal.]]
* MixAndMatchCritters: Okita is a cat with a human head. He has human intelligence but also has some feline traits; the manga never explains his origin.
* MonstrousHumanoid: Most of Fran's entourage, who are stiched-together creations like her and Veronica but are much less human in appearance. Adorea is the most human in form but she's one of the most monstrous under her bandadges.
* MorallyAmbiguousDoctorate: Is Fran even ''qualified''?! She is a genuinely skilled doctor (insanely skilled, at that) when it comes to most ''regular'' medical practice. It's just that many of the operations she's asked to perform are too crazy for us readers to usually remember it.
* MotherOfAThousandYoung: [[spoiler:"Azusa" the mutant mimic octopus. For bonus technical incest points, the father is "her" brother.]]
* MuggingTheMonster: The group kidnappers in chapter 49. Invading a high school while the Madaraki sisters are there isn't a very good idea, to say the least.
* MultiArmedMultitasking: Fran frequently acquires 2-3 extra pairs of arms when she's doing surgery.
* {{Mukokuseki}}: Deconstructed by showing the lengths idols will go to get that anime look... and what lengths it would actually take (like replacing the lower jaw with a plastic prosthetic and 'bathing in silicone''). It wasn't enough for just a simple epicanthoplasty. This is why it's important for art majors to take anatomy. Basically, it invokes an UncannyValley.
* MunchausenSyndrome: Fran has the [[TooKinkyToTorture five patients]] in "People of Unusual Tastes" that each kill themselves so that they can be treated and revived by Fran. They manage to even freak out ''Fran herself''.
* MusclesAreMeaningless: In chapter 38, the boy's first request for Fran was to have bigger muscles so he wouldn't be as easy to bully...but she didn't make him any ''stronger'', just bulkier.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: Veronica was built with this in mind. She becomes slightly less quick to resort to it as the series goes on, mostly thanks to her sister's upbringing.
* NiceHat: Veronica's fedora, which just adds a bit for her role as bodyguard/assassin.
* NightmareFace: While Gavrill is incapable of expressing joy other than via SlasherSmile, bringing her bad news is just as disturbing.
* NightmareFuelStationAttendant: Fran can produce ungodly amounts of {{Squick}} just by her mere presence. And that's before she starts ''acting''.
* NightmareFetishist:
** There are some people in-universe who find Fran attractive [[spoiler:since someone ''did'' want to make TorturePorn starring her]]. The assassin Agito even called her "cute" [[spoiler:after nearly decapitating her]].
** There's a bunch of people who once were saved by Fran from an almost dead state. They gathered together and called her for a party. [[spoiler:Then they played up a LockedRoomMystery so they could almost die and be saved by Fran again.]] ''Fran'' was {{squick}}ed by them.
** Fran herself is guilty of this from time to time. For instance, a [[RentAZilla giant monster]] HumanoidAbomination is ravaging the ocean in one chapter. Fran's reaction? "It sure is cute. I want one."
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The dickish executive from Chapter 46 has a disturbingly odd resemblance with Steve Jobs, so that his name is... Steabe Jocks.
* NoQuestionsAsked: Fran's policy. As long as you have the money, she'll perform whatever procedure you ask for. What you do afterwards is none of her concern.
* NotUsingTheZedWord: Invoked by Fran and subverted in Chapter 47. "Isn't that what a zombie is? How are we supposed to call them?"
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[[folder:O - Z]]
* ObliviouslyEvil: Fran does some pretty horrific things. Not only does she think she's doing good, she thinks everyone loves her for it. She is genuinely shocked and hurt during the few times someone calls her out on what she does.
* OldShame: InUniverse example. Fran is tricked into starring in a torture porn movie. A few issues later, it's shown that Veronica knows Fran was in a movie but hasn't been allowed to see it.
* OneGenderRace: The gender-segregated islands in "Amazon", which became that way thanks to Fran's dad. The two "tribes" want to get to know each other better [[spoiler:but they're so hyper-aggressive and clueless about relationships with the opposite sex that they wind up killing each other. ONE baby is born who survives the massacre, and it's a hermaphrodite.]]
* OneManArmy: Or rather, "One Girl Army":
** Veronica can literally slaughter dozens, if not hundreds of soldiers all by herself. Then again, considering she was built to serve as Professor Madaraki's bodyguard, it's not surprising.
** Gavrill is even deadlier. While she has an army of her own, she apparently took down thousands of trained military troops sent against her. It's noted that if she despises someone, his only hope of living is to send enough mooks for her to kill until she's bored and forgets the grudge.
* OnlySaneMan: Okita, the only sane ''cat-man'' (as in, a cat with a human head) among Fran's entourage, often acts as a snarky foil to Fran, especially before Veronica arrived.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Gavrill's overpowered form is very werewolf-like in design, to the point that it's part of the reason why she's nicknamed "the Wolf".
* OurZombiesAreDifferent:
** In chapter 39 the [[HumanoidAbomination mascots]] of [[AmusementParkOfDoom Rolling World]] [[spoiler:who were modified by Fran to have organs and live and walk with functional bodies get infected by a parasite that lives on the mountain the park is built on and start eating humans. Oddly enough, the people that they do bite who survive turn into a flesh-eating mascot. In the end, they found out that they were infected from the beginning, but hadn't lashed out because music keeps them calm]].
** Chapter 47 has a Caribbean island where people killed by a disease of unknown origin come back from the dead to feast on the living. [[spoiler:As it turns out, the disease was caused by a brain parasite which causes feigned death then makes the host a cannibal [[AndIMustScream aware of their condition but unable to stop themselves]]. Worst of all, this is reversible ''but no one knows that.'']]
* ParentalIncest: Fran has a crush on her father/creator.
* PersonalityBloodTypes: The subject of Ch. 57. This causes problems for Adorea, whose blood type is in constant flux. [[spoiler:It eventually turns the school into a hellhole of blood type-based segregation and intolerance.]]
* PetTheDog:
** [[spoiler:Gavrill]], of all people, shows signs of this to [[spoiler:Prof. Amatsuka]].
** As a more literal example, Veronica to Paku in the extra chapter "Bloody Veronica".
** Veronica gets one in ch. 60 after Fran was split into two halves. After Fran's logical half sharply criticized her, Fran's emotional half gave her a hug and praise. She was also hugged in the epilogue of the series by both of her sisters.
* PettingZooPeople: Okita sort of parodies this. While the usual blend of human and animal elements are in place, the proportions are completely reversed. He has a human head and intelligence, but aside from that he's basically an ordinary cat.
* PowerLimiter: Gavrill has one that looks like an egg timer built into her head "bolts". It takes ''a lot'' of concentration to control her very complex body and it's implied that she would've quickly fallen apart if she lacked will power.
* ThePowerOfLove: Lampshaded in an in-universe movie based on one of Fran's adventures:
--> '''Actress:''' My leukemia has magically been cured, somehow! The doctors said it was the power of love!\\
'''Veronica:''' *''flings her chair through the screen''* What the hell is this crap!?
* RapePillageAndBurn: What Gavrill and her crew do on a regular basis.
* RealityWarpingIsNotAToy: In chapter 38, a boy gains shapeshifting powers thanks to Fran. However, they aren't just activated by conscious thoughts, but also impulses and emotions, so he finds it harder and harder to keep control over his body. For example, his sexual impulses upon seeing a beautiful young woman (namely, [[ButtMonkey officer Kuhou]]) turn him into a tentacled monster.
* RecursiveCanon: The hospital director in "Snow Light" refuses to let Fran do a surgery because of a book he's reading about her. It's the first tankobon.
-->'''Fran:''' Oh my, how embarrassing!
* RedBaron: Gavrill is nicknamed "The Wolf" due to her extreme brutality and the form she likes to transform into during battles. In a bit of a subversion, though, most people actually refer to her by her name.
* RestrainingBolt: Fran inserts one into Veronica in order to keep control over Veronica's violent tendencies, giving her electric shocks in her head.
* ReligionIsRight: Jesus existed and was able to work miracles, at least. The Flying Spaghetti Monster also exists, or at least does now.
* RevengeBeforeReason: Sentinel 3, AKA the "Avenging Sentinel" becomes addicted to vengeance, [[spoiler:even setting up his own non-combat allies to be killed just to have an excuse for it]] because the act of vengeance feels really good. It's not [[CombatSadomasochist like this]] or [[OrgasmicCombat like that]], it's just knowing you're avenging someone [[spoiler:even someone ''you set up to die in the first place'']] produces that same kind of high.
* RevisedEnding: WordOfGod is that Chapter 11 was originally going to be an omake in which Fran fails to save the girl's brother (because they won't let her near the operation due to her reputation), and instead fixes the girl's broken doll. In the full version that was published, the girl makes Fran realize that she can save her brother even without being allowed to perform the heart transplant -- by performing unauthorized surgery on the doctor that was chosen that enhances him to the point that he's up to the task. Instead, she can't fix the doll, as she just knows how to fix actual, living people.
* SeanConneryIsAboutToShootYou: In Chapter 54's cover, Fran Madaraki Is About To Shoot You. Interestingly enough, this chapter also contains [[Film/JamesBond a bald, scarred man]] with a RightHandCat...
* SeeYouInHell: Uttered by [[spoiler:Kuhou, of all people; right before she could kill Matsumae in chapter 55, she is shot and falls down the building she was standing atop, though she does manage to say the line]]. In a subversion, though [[spoiler:neither she nor Matsumae die]].
* SexySecretary: Professor Amatsuka gets one in chapter five, who is actually [[spoiler:a spy out to steal his and Fran's medical secrets]].
* ShamelessSelfPromoter: The hospital director in chapter 11 refuses to let Fran help a dying boy because he read the first volume of the manga.
* ShowWithinAShow: The Hachiko homage, shamelessly parodying some adaptation issues such as AdaptationDecay (it's a horrible rendition of what happened), AdaptationalAttractiveness (Pudding turned from a fat, homely middle-aged man to a handsome twenty-something), RelationshipUpgrade (Runa and Pudding end up...romantically involved), and [[spoiler:SparedByTheAdaptation (both Runa and Pudding survive)]].
* ShownTheirWork: The science behind Fran's work is often explained, and it's very impressive.
* SiblingYinYang:
** Initially Veronica and Fran. The "yin and yang" isn't Good/Evil, but Life/Death; Fran cannot end a life, while Veronica cannot spare one.
** Once Gavrill comes onto the scene, it becomes Death (Gavrill's a vicious psychopath who hates Fran and thinks nothing of bloody slaughter) vs. Life (Fran's aforementioned trait and Veronica's dedication to keeping her safe).
* SirSwearsALot: Gavrill has such a potty mouth that she swears in almost literally every sentence she speaks.
-->I can smell your rotting cunt, Fran!!
* SoundtrackDissonance: The ending of the CD drama adaptation of "Chrysalis" [[spoiler:wherein Kaneda ''eats'' her mutually loving boyfriend, Tajima, in the manner of many insects]] is accompanied by light, cheerful music.
* SlasherSmile: A common aspect to the Madaraki "family".
** Fran often sports on when she's about to commence surgery.
** Gavrill and Veronica often have one as they're fighting and killing.
* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVersusCynicism: When it's not being darkly humorous, it's being cynical. See the two Justice chapters, the latter of which [[spoiler:convinces the idealistic hero that charity is evil because it'll overpopulate the world and cause humans to destroy themselves, and forces him to kill a bunch of angry people who were hurt by the first Justice]].
* SmokingHotSex: Nezeru and Jenny in chapter 56. [[spoiler:They're escaped mascots from Rolling World.]]
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: Chapter 45 doesn't deal with weird surgeries. It deals with Veronica finding a city made by cockroaches, which includes technology, music, love, superheroes, supervillains, HumongousMecha, and a Super Saiyan cockroach. It really makes no sense, even in context.
* SpaceWhaleAesop: [[OnceAnEpisode Every issue]], though it doesn't take itself seriously.
* SpitTake: Veronica in chapter 53, when she learns the octopus creature was created from the genetic information of an octopus mixed with her own.
%%* StalkerWithACrush: Chapter 7.
* StockholmSyndrome: When Veronica is introduced, she terrorized Fran and even kills one of her subjects. Then Fran catches her and starts conducting horrible experiments offscreen. By the next chapter, she's Fran's doting little sis.
* StrictlyFormula:
** Someone comes to Fran for help. Fran "helps" them. It backfires. Fran shrugs it off.
** Fran invents some Nobel-worthy achievement in medicine to "fix" a "problem". Someone steals the idea. It backfires. Fran shrugs it off and moves to the next patient.
* SuperDeformed: Veronica in one chapter as she got cut in half and Fran only had limited part to rebuild her. Note Veronica is not happy and only has two shaolin spade blades for arms.
* SuperPoweredRobotMeterMaids:
** Not with robot, but artificial organism. For some reason Fran decided to give a living amusement park ''mascot'' 20 times the strength of a horse and teeth sharp enough to bite people's heads off.
** Fran's lab assistants tend to be about ten feet tall and half as broad across the shoulders. At least one of them has a remarkable HealingFactor and can serve as a decent assassin.
* SuperSenses: The wolf-like Gavrill has super-hearing and [[TheNoseKnows super-smelling]]. The latter makes her already torturous tenure as a high school sub unbearable because the students' body fluids are overwhelming. Veronica's senses are also much sharper than a normal human's, but pale in comparison to her sister's.
* SuperTeam:
** This time with cockroaches!
** Another one has popped up comprising of Sentinels I-IV.
* SympathyForTheDevil: For a brief moment in chapter 28, officer Kuhou actually expresses her condolences to the criminal, now that Fran is in the picture. [[SubvertedTrope All of that goes flying right out the window]] when he ejaculates on her, causing her to realize just how much of a lunatic he is.
* TakeThat:
** Most folks are often too focused on the dark horror-humor to notice that the other half of the manga's comedy is firmly rooted in biting, snarky satire, often regarding Japanese culture and manga/anime tropes and cliches, mostly from taking whatever is being mocked at the time and bringing it to a twisted extreme. Examples include:
*** Japanese blood type superstition is mocked by depicting it leading to a segregationist, dictatorial caste system.
*** "Longevity", an entire chapter showcasing the horrific things one would have to do to themselves to look like an anime character in real life, and just how hideous that would actually look.
*** The chapter focusing on an impossibly old woman, and Fran discovering the secret to her supposed immortality. The chapter appears mostly serious, with very little in the way of jokes, until you're hit square in the face with the punchline of the entire chapter: [[spoiler:Ever have an extremely old relative who requires constant care and attention, and never seems to die? They're doing it on purpose, because they hate you, and your misery feeds them and makes them immortal. ''Old people hate you.'']]
** Chapter 17 has a small one against radical nature organisations like Green Peace.
* TearOffYourFace: Happens all the time.
* TerrifiedOfGerms: The client in chapter ten has this so bad that she asks Fran to create something that will kill off all cockroaches. [[spoiler:After she gets badly burned, her skin grafts are revealed to be made from the exoskeleton of cockroaches.]] Cue FreakOut, followed by the above trope.
* {{Toku}}: Twistedly deconstructed in "Justice".
* TookALevelInBadass: While your opinion may vary as to whether she became "badass" or not, you can't deny that officer Kuhou became a hell of a lot more serious after [[spoiler:she was transformed into a monster girl]].
* TooKinkyToTorture: The people of ''unusual tastes'', who [[spoiler:kill themselves so Fran can revive them]]. This even weirds out ''Fran''.
* TheTopicOfCancer: Used for karmic justice (and the compulsory BodyHorror)--a rich villain hires Fran to extend her life and tries to get her killed to steal her research (fortunately, Fran is AmbiguouslyUndead and can live through decapitation). Fran returns to the villain's mansion and finds her ShowingOffTheNewBody--the experimental formula allowed her teleomeres to regenerate indefinitely, making her cells immortal. However, just as the first side effects start to appear, Fran calmy explains that the only cells not programmed to die of old age are cancer cells. She then walks away, leaving her client "immortal"...as a gibbering pile of semi-liquid flesh.
* TorturePorn: The [[ShowWithinAShow movie]] Fran unknowingly starred in.
* TranquilFury: The above movie causes Fran to very calmly get revenge by doing her usual thing on one of the director's earlier victims.
* TrueSight: Fran outfits an artist who is going blind with eyes capable of seeing every spectrum at the same time. He's trapped in a nightmare world full of {{Eldritch Abomination}}s and flees in terror... until he runs into a perfectly normal-looking girl. They fall in love and he paints a picture of her to give to Fran. Okita is horrified.
* {{Tsundere}}: A highly stereotypical one shows up in Matsumae's island school fantasy.
* UncannyValleyGirl: Fran, between her visible stitch scars, bolts, her eyes occasionally falling out, and her tottering while she walks.
* TheUnreveal:
** In the last chapter, Fran has a dream where all her friend and former patients visit, but she's woken up just before we get to see [[HeWhoMustNotBeSeen Naomitsu]].
** In chapter 17, the reader never get to find out exactly what [[spoiler:the sea monster gives birth to]].
* UnusuallyUninterestingSight: Lampshaded in Chapter 30, where people explain to Okita that they don't find the sight of a cat with a man's head surprising because they're familiar with Fran's work. Okita hadn't even thought of it.
* VaginaDentata: The girl in chapter 3, sort of. Due to the mutations on her body, she has an ''actual'' mouth where her lady-parts would usually be.
* VisualPun: In the very first chapter, Fran is so moved by the client's story of fatherly love that she literally cries her eyes out.
* WanderingJew: The man himself appears, his body so far gone that ''[[TheWormThatWalks his organs have been replaced by hordes of insects]]''. Fran kindly rebuilds his body while Veronica thinks it's cruel to let him live after he says (well, writes) that he's very tired. [[spoiler: They both get their wish when the rebuilt wanderer spies Jesus On The Cross [[GeniusBonus in the Sun, remembers he was a Roman Soldier]] (he's been as far from visible light as possible to avoid people), rejoices at the sight of the one who can forgive him and instantly liquefies.]] [[UnreliableNarrator Although, according to Doctor Amatsuka, the identity and biography of this man may be partly or even completely different, since the Doctor reminisced on the unreliability of human memory in the same chapter]].
* WeCanRebuildHim: Multiple examples, but one of the most extreme is in Chapter 26, where [[spoiler:the cultists keep a young girl alive by converting her into a ''factory'' that somehow gets ''pregnant'']]. Even Fran is a little stumped about how that happened.
* WellIntentionedExtremist:
** Probably one of the oddest examples of this trope, as Fran is not of the typical "I do what is right, even if I have to do terrible things to do so." Thanks to Blue and Orange Morality, Fran is [[ObliviouslyEvil entirely incapable]] of seeing her extremism as anything wrong and doesn't take well to being called out on what she does. At most, she might see those solutions as not ideal.
** She also subverts this at times. Most chapters put her in a situation that requires extreme measures to be taken, but when faced with day-to-day concerns, she often suggests more rational courses of actions.
** Veronica wants to protect Fran. Unfortunately her first and only solution to anyone getting too close to Fran is "murder the crap out of them".
** A bizarre inversion would have to be the Black Lotus Syndicate. Their plan is the eradication of humanity...but they don't plan on killing even one person. [[spoiler:Instead, they plan on improving the human condition to the point that the number of human beings on the planet exceeds the number of resources available, which will incite World War 3, as every nation battles every other for the few remaining resources left. Naturally, their leader is an ActualPacifist, who tries to stop his minions and Sentinel 2 from fighting one another. He fails utterly, his minions too enraged by Sentinel 2 killing their family members, and Sentinel 2 not able to control his own strength.]]
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: A small example: Paku, the dog who accompanies Veronica in the extra chapter of volume 2. Veronica briefly mentions him in the beginning of "Her Pet Dog", but aside that he is never seen or mentioned again.
* WhatTheHellHero: Played with in the sequel to "Justice", when a new Sentinel discovers that the BigBad's plan to destroy the world is through ''charities'' (clean water and hospitals for everyone = population boom = [[HumansAreBastards overcrowded humanity will fight each other at the drop of a hat]] = Profit!). Nonetheless, the Big Bad is very upset at the deaths of his minions and allows their families to take revenge. [[spoiler:It doesn't work since they're normal humans against one of Fran's creations. The Sentinel goes on a bombing spree against anything remotely charitable and gets tagged as a terrorist.]]
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: In full effect here to mind-bending extremes. Between the stitched-up, slightly deranged sisters, the man-headed cat and the HumanoidAbomination BandageBabe, the cast seems tailor-made to provoke squeals of delight and horror from the readers.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Veronica, who has superhuman strength and won't hesitate to kill someone, is horribly scared of ghosts.
* WeWillMeetAgain: The villain of chapter 46 delivers this to Fran, in a very rare moment where she is actually defeated.
* WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs: In-universe example. When Veronica told Fran about Roach City, her first response was "Veronica...are you on drugs?".
* WifeHusbandry: A twisted version happens at the [[CruelTwistEnding end of chapter 22]]. [[spoiler:The patient requests Fran to fertilize her egg with the genes of her best friend (and love interest) so that they can have another chance together. However, Fran later states that the genes of the friend went into remission, so in effect the baby who the patient plans to court is not her best friend reborn, but rather her biological child.]]
* WrongGenreSavvy:
** Fran often seems to think of herself as a [[LoveFreak facilitator of happy endings]] [[TheMatchmaker and true love]], seemingly unaware of the barrels of horror she deals out anytime [[ObliviouslyEvil she tries to "help" people]].
** The islanders of chapter 47 immediately assume the revived dead are actually zombies and feel free to start shooting them [[spoiler:when it's actually possible for them to be cured]].
** The whole Sentinel arc pretty much runs on how completely misguided everyone that isn't Fran is.
* YouBastard: Chapter 47 serves as one to any readers who enjoy ZombieApocalypse stories.
* YourMindMakesItReal: In Chapter 38, Fran injects a teenager with an experimental batch of stem cells that respond to his thoughts, literally making him the man of his dreams. [[spoiler:However, they are highly unpredictable, causing the boy to change on a whim. In the end, the boy becomes despondent and mutates into a giant sea squirt. The reason why he became depressed was because the girl he loved had a boyfriend. In the end, it turns out she never did, and Fran gives her a perfume made from the musk of the boy. *sniff* (On the upside, the kid's musk makes his mom rich.)]]
* {{Yandere}}: Chapter 35, "Robot", where all the robots contain the emotions and memories of the creator's late wife, so guess what happens [[TooDumbToLive when the creator starts dating other women]].
* ZombieApocalypse: {{Deconstructed|Trope}} in Chapter 47. The "zombies" are actually victims of a parasite [[spoiler:and can be cured, although no one realizes this]].
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