Western Animation: Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
Mary Shelley's Frankenhole
is a cartoon series on Cartoon Network
's [adult swim]
lineup, from Dino Stamatopoulos, the man behind Moral Orel
Dr. Victor Frankenstein
has mastered the secret of immortality, and has created wormholes across time (the titular Frankenholes) leading to his haunted Eastern European village, where he grants requests from historical figures and celebrities alike.
Potential viewers should be aware of the rather twisted humor in Stamatopoulos' works. The creator himself has stated that in a show aiming for all the major horror tropes, the real monsters are the humans who seek out Dr. Frankenstein's assistance. In a funny way
- Affectionate Parody: "Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!" of Cannonball Run right down to the late Dom De Luise as Dracula's racing partner.
- Anachronism Stew: Oh yes.
- Animation Bump: Inverted. Season 2 is choppier and more poorly lit.
- Ascended Extra: Joe The Vampire Hunter is a minor background character in season 1. Season 2 graduates him to full secondary status, eve getting a spot in the opening credits and an episode focused on him.
- Asexuality: Victor has shades of this, preferring to shoot off his own testicles to having sex with Elizabeth. Reportedly, he finds sex boring, and isn't thrilled when others come to him to improve their own sex lives.
"Terrific, another pervert."
- He actually admits in one episode that he "...never gets aroused..."
- Awesome McCoolname: Professor Sanguinaire Polidori.
- Back from the Dead: Nobody from the main cast, but many guest stars including Michael Jackson.
- Nobody but the Creation, anyway
- Barbie Doll Anatomy: Which gives the characters free range to run around naked, with no censors.
- Black Jesus: Discussed when Jesus sees a modern portrayal of him and constantly tries to argue against it
- Berserk Button: Don't call the Creation a 'Monster'...although he's more likely to go into a depression then a rage over it.
- Also, apparently Ron Howard's just barely dealing with no longer being "Ronny". Don't even think about calling him "Ronald".
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Thomas Jefferson's belief that black men benefit from this led him to try to steal Barack Obama's equipment.
- However, at the advisement of some of history's black men notorious for being abusive (Ike Turner and O.J. Simpson) in song, he decides that what really gets the ladies going is being a complete asshole to them.
- Black Comedy: What else would you expect from a show created by the same person who created Moral Orel?
- Black Comedy Rape: Thomas Jefferson doesn't know why his slaves don't like it when he has sex with them.
- Came Back Wrong: Many of the people who go to see Victor such as Thomas Jefferson having body parts of African Americans sewn onto him, Gandhi becoming a vampire and JFK (with LBJ's brain) turned into a werewolf to name a few.
- Cheerful Child: Igor has the voice of one.
- Cool Gate: The titular "Frankenholes" which link Victor's realm to various other points in time and space which are also Swirly Energy Thingies. Since Victor works several thousand years in the future, they also count as Portals To The Past. Potentially Our Wormholes Are Different and Our Time Travel Is Different apply here as well.
- Completely Missing the Point: When Thomas Jefferson has Frankenstein graft a black man's penis onto him that fails to woo the slaves on his plantation, President Brack Obama tries to tell him that charm is more than just being well endowed..
Obama: "Mr. Jefferson, perhaps it isn't the penis, perhaps you need additional black attributes to compliment the penis?"
Jefferson: "Yeah, like two penises!"
Obama: "No look, race is more than just a penis or two.."
Jefferson: "Three Penises!"
Obama: "No! Get past the penises!"
Frankenstein: "I think I know what President Obama is saying.. we need to dissect different specific features from several black men, and make you into a black equivalent of my multi-cadaver-ed creature!"
Jefferson: "Four penises!"
- Celebrity Impersonator: Wayne Newton. Both a real Wayne Newton impersonator and a fake one.
- Couch Gag: The visitor of the week looks into a hall mirror on their way to see Dr. Frankenstein.
- Deadpan Snarker: Victor and Polidori
- Death Is Cheap: Victor's opinion of it after achieving immortality. Death tried to change that by reaping his sons, not realizing that Victor hated them.
- Design Student's Orgasm: All the characters are made of almost entirely of paper instead of clay (which was used in Moral Orel) and have very ragdoll-like bodies.
- Deus ex Machina: A good deal of the first season episodes ended with the visiting character being turned into a vampire or werewolf.
- Dirty Old Man: Gandhi
- Dracula: Here, he's Victor's annoying neighbor who's having an affair with Elizabeth.
- Dramatic Thunder: So much of this that it punctuates nearly every scene.
- Driven to Suicide: At the beginning the Wolfman episode, the montage of Laurence's backstory reveals that when he was suddenly turned into a werewolf, his girlfriend attempted to kill him. She failed, he ripped her arm off and she turned the gun on herself out of desperation.
- The Wolfman attempts this, only to get better every time.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: "Love" is probably far too strong a word, but Victor does feel obligated to raise his mother whenever she dies.
- Everyone Has Standards: Even the monsters of Somewhere in Eastern Europe are repulsed by Jim Belushi.
- Fake Crossover: At the end of the last bumper for Adult Swim's Frankenhole Halloween marathon in 2011 Victor reveals to the audience that he's not actually Victor but Orel of Moral Orel fame dressed as his favorite Adult Swim character. The clip ended with Victor doing a Shout-Out to Orel's dad Clay and Orel telling viewers to keep their eyes peeled for a Moral Oral special in the near future.
- Fascinating Eyebrow: Jim Belushi desperately tries to imitate John's trademark arched eyebrow to the point of tying a balloon to it.
- Also, Victor often sports one as can be seen in the above picture.
- Fate Worse Than Death: Victor's children, who he hates, while not proper immortals still won't die because Death refuses to take them, just to punish to Victor for mocking him. Have some irony.
- The trope is even refered to by name in this episode
- Frankenstein's Monster: Obviously. Acts more like a mopey teenager than a monster though.
- Flaming Hair: Victor replaced The Bride's hair with fire, to keep The Creature away from her.
- Hates Everyone Equally: Stated by Victor himself in the episode Death, but actually subverted when you consider he seems to enjoy Polidori's company when coming up with new experiments and then usually ending those experiments lives shortly after (ex.batshark). He even gives him a affectionate nickname (Polly Dolly).
- Michael Jackson due to him showing encouragement and awe towards Victor's ability in creating such interesting experiments. Unlike his father who wished he was normal.
- Other then that he seems to hate everybody; he even grew to hate his own family.
- Except for John Belushi. Victor admits he's Belushi's greatest fan.
- Historical-Domain Character: Most of the people who visit Victor are this or classic horror characters.
- I Call Him "Mr. Happy": Jefferson referred to his penis as his John Adams.
- In a more minor example, Victor refers to all genitalia by male pronouns, including his wife's vagina, refering to it as "Mr. Vagina" at one point.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: In Season 2, the episode names are "(19th century author)'s (whatever the plot is that week)!". For example, the premiere was "H. G. Wells' Scary Monster Contest!".
- Immortality: Victor, Elizabeth, and Polidori all are immortal.
(Victor slips the immortality potion into Elizabeth's drink at her wedding reception)
Henry: A long life! To the three of us!
Elizabeth: To the three of us!
Victor: Two out of three of us!
- Victor's sons are immortal as well, but only because Death refuses to take them in order to get back at the immortal Doctor.
- The Wolfman likewise has a weird case of this. He can die and stay dead as long as the silver bullet remains in his body. But since he decays, it'll eventually fall out and he'll revert back to normal as only a silver bullet from a true love can properly kill him.
- Immune to Drugs: Due to aforementioned immortality, Polidori drinks straight up poison because normal alcohol doesn't have any kick when you're immortal.
- Invisible Man: The Universal Horror version himself. His Invisible Streaking is discussed.
- It Amused Me Victor and Polidori spend most of their time bringing horrible hybrid beasts to life, only to shoot them moments later and laugh.
- Jekyll & Hyde: Berated by Victor for his work because "No one wants to become his own monster!" Dr Jekyll's formula is responsible for turning John Belushi into Jim Belushi.
- Jesus Was Way Cool: Jesus turns out to be jokey and amicable and while most visitors want some horrid surgical perversion performed on themselves, Jesus just wants some socks.
- Suspiciously Similar Song: Lampshaded when Jesus sings a Styx song with slightly changed lyrics and an entirely changed melody specifically to avoid paying royalties.
- Large Ham: Victor has his moments.
- Last Request: Victor's father specifically asked to never be brought back to life.
- and of course out of spite for never appreciating him Victor worked up the courage to do it anyway reviving his father for a full 5second to agree and immediately shoot him in the head.
- Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Of Count Chocula, The Count from Sesame Street and Blacula.
- Mad Scientist: Victor, of course, and his assistant Polidori.
- Man Child: Victor's sons are extremely old men who act like they're 7.
- Medium Awareness: Jesus calls Victor "Paperface".
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Victor apparently isn't a certified doctor.
- Mummy: There's one in "Robert Louis Stevenson's Belushi!" whose entire schtick is making 'wrapped up' puns.
- He appears in several other episodes, but never gets any new material. The only one who ever finds him funny is Ra.
- Ninja Zombie Pirate Robot: In the pilot, Michael Jackson is merged with The Elephant Man, then Blanket accidentally fuses with Michael. Finally, they scratch their hand on a werewolf skin rug and then turn into a rug too
- N-Word Privileges: Only Vampires are entitled to use the word 'Nightwalkers'.
- Older Sidekick: Possibly. Polidori certainly looks older than Victor, but both being immortal(And when Polidori became immortal being unknown) Victor could be chronologically older.
- Only Sane Man: Polidori.
- Opposite-Sex Clone: Tom Hanks.
- Our Werewolves Are Different
- Our Vampires Are Different: Dracula. Also Nosferatu, Count Chocolaty, African-Americula, and several others.
- Parental Abandonment: Victor has grown to resent his sons, and actively tried to goad Death into reaping them. Becomes really depressing after seeing "Attack of the Were-Lawrence!", where Victor and Polidori laugh at one of his young son's gun-toting antics rather warmly.
Victor "What could be better than having your own children die before you?
Elizabeth "Maybe not everyone feels the way you do"
Victor "EVERYONE'S AN IDIOT!"
- Don't forget about Blanket Jackson.
- Patriotic Fervor: Joe, the Southern vampire hunter. This leads to some internal conflict when he's called to stake the Founding Fathers.
- People Puppets: Lyndon B. Johnson wants to take Jack Kennedy's appearance and identity.
- Put on a Bus: Victors kids vanish in season 2, not even netting a mention to their fates or whereabouts.
- Reality Is Unrealistic: Many characters who come to see Dr. Frankenstein are disappointed to learn that the Monster does not resemble his more famous Boris Karloff counterpart of film.
- Rule 63: Victor performs this on himself in one episode. A kind of unusual case considering he just gives himself female genitalia but adopts no changes to his gender expression.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: "I'm not that me, I'm a future you." "But I'M the future me!" "Well I'm... future-er."
- Screw Yourself: Ron Howard; Tom Hanks is implied; and Lawrence, in a way.
- Victor tries to penetrate himself with his own severed penis in one episode
- Servile Snarker: Polidori.
- Shout-Out: Lyndon B. Johnson's questionable manner of confirming JFK's death is likely a shout-out to a post-assassination piece by Paul Krassner in The Realist.
- Something Else Also Rises: Whenever Laurence is aroused by Elke Sommer, a thin mustache sprouts up. He even gives this explanation when she asks about it.
- Stable Time Loop: The Wolfman
- Stop Motion
- The Grim Reaper: Death himself. As Victor calls him, a bit of a goof. He wants Victor to respect him but Victor doesn't respect anyone.
- The Hunter: A drunken redneck named Joe. Mostly a Vampire Hunter but has Fantastic Racism for most creatures.
- The Igor: Ygor, who
speaks in a girlish childlike voice is voiced by a little girl and is generally there to supply tools.
- The Voiceless: Nosferatu speaks in old school silent movie subtitles, complete with dramatic pipe organ music.
- Strangely, it doesn't seem to prevent him from being an apparently hilarious ventriloquist.
- Those Wacky Nazis: An episode had Hitler visiting Frankenstein. He wanted to be able to tolerate the Jews.
"So ze Jews... Not so bad!"
- Truly Single Parent: Victor attempts to do this for a short time during one episode, but fails.
- Überwald: Victor's castle is in the town of Somewhere in Eastern Europe.
- Ugly Guy, Hot Wife: Not in a physical sense, per se; Victor's fine to look at, but Elizibeth is a much kinder and generally well-adjusted person than her Jerkass husband.
- Universal Horror: Heavily inspired the look of the show. Plus, a good deal of the recurring characters are versions of characters from them.
- Unusual Euphemism: In a show unafraid of very explicit language and scenes, we get LBJ describing his desires.
LBJ: I want to taste Jackie O's perfumey privates, feel her jiggly-wiggly jaglies, and then dingle my dongle in her hobbly wobbly.
Polidori (taking notes): ...'Jiggly-wiggly jublies'...
LBJ: That's 'jaglies'.
- Viewers Are Geniuses: Also a potential Historical-Domain Character, Victor's slightly older lab assistant Professor Polidori is a reference to John Williams Polidori, real life friend to Mary Shelley and the first western author to write vampire fiction.
- Virgin Power: Alluded to in one episode
- Wacky Racing: "Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!"
- Wanting Is Better Than Having: Victor spent years trying to get Elizabeth to marry him, spiking her drink so she'd become immortal. She finally agrees to marry him, when after at least two husbands, realizes she won't outlive him . . . and then he yawns immediately during their wedding, to her offense.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: While none of the main cast hold this belief in any way, there was an episode that featured the wolfman who desperately wanted to die. Since the curse not only requires a silver bullet, but for it to be shot by a lover in order for death to be permanent, dying was quite difficult for him.
- Wolfman: Somewhat inspired by Lon Chaney's The Wolfman 1941 but really whiny.
- Your Favorite: In "Jules Verne's Monster Rally Run!", Victor says its hot dogs for him; although he might have said it just so Dracula would think he was wasting his time having Dom DeLuis force feed them to Victor so Dracula could win the auto race. Makes Sense In Context. Kinda.
- Your Head Asplode: Victor becomes so frustrated with vampires talking during movies, that his head just explodes.