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The Maker of Monsters is a character, usually a villain, who is notable for creating monstrous creatures, whether ex nihilo or through breeding or mutation of preexisting beings. These monsters may be unique, one-off beings, but more commonly large numbers of similar creatures will be created together or over time. In either case, the Maker of Monsters will likely shape numerous creations over their career, instead of only making one or two beasts in isolation.

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This character's precise motivations for creating monsters can vary. In horror, pulp and science fiction settings, this is typically the province of the Mad Scientist, who will usually be pushing the limits of science a la Frankenstein just to see if he can or may be an Evilutionary Biologist seeking to create "perfect" lifeforms. In fantasy settings, this is often embodied in powerful wizards creating strange creatures through arcane research or dark lords breeding monsters for their armies. When the wizard and the dark lord are one and the same, it's almost a given that they'll be this as well.

Oftentimes, the creatures made by these characters will outlast their creators, breeding on their own and remaining a constant threat and presence in the world long after their makers' downfall.

Introducing such a character may serve a number of purposes. If they're active in the story's timeframe, they may serve as a way to keep the bad guy's army monstrous, diverse and constantly adaptive. If they're part of a more distant backstory, they may be used as a way to explain where a world's diversity of monsters originates from.

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See also Mother of a Thousand Young, where a creature literally births lesser horrors, Monster Progenitor, where a creature creates a single new species of its own kind through its progeny, and Evilutionary Biologist. Compare with Mook Maker, a video game variant where a device continuously spawns enemies for the player to fight until destroyed, which may overlap with this trope if the maker is an NPC. Compare also the Necromancer, who also specializes in the creation of less-than-presentable beings of a different sort. The products of these characters' work will often be Bioweapon Beasts.

Compare and contrast Robot Master.


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    Anime and Manga 
  • Fate/Apocrypha: Caster of Black/Avicebron has the Noble Phantasm "Golem Keter Malkuth: Royal Crown, the Light of Wisdom", which allows him to create golems using incredibly rare materials. Darnic has the means to obtain these materials en masse to allow Avicebron to mass produce his golems as an army for the Great Grail War. The "villain" aspect of this trope is downplayed as Grey-and-Gray Morality is in play and while a Misanthrope Supreme, Avicebron is a Cool Teacher to his Master, Roche. Or so it seems, as he later uses Roche as Human Resources for the creation of the golem Adam as part of his Evil Plan, which even he admits is something Roche should hate him for.
  • Fullmetal Alchemist: Both versions have a Big Bad who does this:
    • In the manga, Father creates the homunculi to make himself perfect and further his goals by having a group of sociopathic, super-powered immortals to carry out his will. Father created them by removing his own sins and personifying them, creating loyal followers, though there are only seven of them. While the majority are humanoid, several count as Eldritch Abominations and all take quite a while to get rid of.
    • In the 2003 series, Dante has been creating homunculi for centuries, and Envy implies that while there have only ever been seven at a time, Dante has created different iterations of the same sin. Unlike Father, Dante makes homunculi as experiments and to have foot soldiers to execute her plans. However, Dante only created Pride and Greed, as the homunculi are actually the result of failed human transmutations made by others she fed Red Stones to before they could perish.
  • My Hero Academia: Kyudai Garaki, the doctor associated with the League of Villains. In addition to being All for One's personal physician, he's also in charge of bioengineering the Nomu, monstrous Artificial Humans with multiple Quirks who serve as the villains' attack dogs. Efforts by the heroes uncover a massive lab where he creates them.
  • Servamp: The creator of the Servamps is (at least indirectly) responsible for creating all the world's vampires. While they only created the original eight, these eight all have the power to sire new, less powerful vampires; how exactly they created them has yet to be revealed, though the Servamps are strongly implied to have once been human.

    Comic Books 
  • Marvel Universe:
    • In Spider-Man and the X-Men #2, the heroes go up against a villain named Sauron who turned some people into dinosaurs and is planning to repeat the trick on a massive scale.
    • In Donny Cates' Venom, the symbiotes are revealed to have been created by an ancient dark god called Knull.

    Fan Works 
  • The Palaververse: The Mage-Lords of ancient Antlertis often dipped into this, especially in the later days of their civilization as their cultural sense of ethics started to fall by the wayside in favor of performing increasingly complex experiments upon magic and living things. They shaped terrible monsters in their laboratories to use weapons against one another or simply for the sake of seeing if they could, and many of these things endured imprisoned or in stasis long after Antlertis' fall to threaten future civilizations — the Sirens, Ahuizotl, Tirek, Scorpan and Discord, powerful chimeric villains from the show's canon, are all identified as Antlertean creations.
  • Warband of the Forsaken Sons: Jikaerus, former Apothecary of the Alpha Legion, released mutated monsters on a world already plunged into eternal night and manipulated entire bloodlines so that natural selection and careful breeding would create monstrous recruits for his master.

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    Film — Live-Action 
  • Alien: The movies and Expanded Universe heavily imply, if not outright state, that the Engineers created the Xenomorphs as living bioweapons, or at the very least had a hand in their creation via the same hyper-advanced biogenetic technology they used to seed terrestrial life throughout the universe.
  • Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed: The villain's scheme involves creating real-life versions of the fake monsters the gang had fought before. They destroy the city and wreak havoc for the gang, who can only defeat the villain by dealing with the monsters.

    Literature 
  • Chronicles of the Emerged World: Aster the Tyrant is quite proficient at breeding new species of minions and monsters into beings, and makes extensive use of such things in his armies. He has already created the orc-like fammin, the black dragons and fire-breathing birds by the start of the series, and is known to order to kidnapping of immense numbers of humans and gnomes to use as stock to create further monster races. Once the heroes breach his fortress, they are met with pale, hunched and highly aggressive humanoids implied to be the fruit of these experiments.
  • Frankenstein: Dr. Frankenstein is an unbuilt examples of this. In the novel, he does not try to create a monster — he attempted to simply restore a dead body to life, and created a man who was "wrong" in an unspecified way. That his creation went on to murder several people, including himself, is treated as a tragic outcome. However, later adaptations of the story often portray him as much more actively desiring to create an openly monstrous entity.
  • The Island of Doctor Moreau: The titular doctor turns animals into beast-men by grafting them human organs and surgically altering their bodies to be bipedal and anthropomorphic. Over the years he's been doing this, he's created enough such creatures for an entire village of half-man beasts to form in the forests of his island.
  • Joe Ledger: In Dragon Factory there are the Jacoby twins, the owners of the titular Factory, who create fantastic hybrids through genetic engineering. Some they sell to the highest bidder, some are used in hunts for the bored elite (a literal hunt for a unicorn plays an important part in the plot), and some are aimed to be perfect soldiers.
  • The Silmarillion:
    • Morgoth created multiple species of monsters in mockery of the creation wrought by God and by the Valar through God's aid and permission. However, as he could not create anything entirely new himself nor anything of beauty, he was limited to twisting and degrading preexisting creatures into monstrous servants. Morgoth's creations include the orcs, created from twisted and debased elves; trolls, made in mockery of the ents; and a variety of beasts made from lesser spirits fallen in his thrall, such as werewolves, vampires and most notably the dragons. All these creatures were bred and perfected over the millennia in Morgoth's fortresses — the dragons, for instance, began as landbound serpents and were later bred to become winged and fire-breathing — and remain in the world long after his defeat, scattering into the wilderness and continuing to threaten civilization in the ages to come.
    • Morgoth's successors such as Sauron and Saruman show traits of this as well, often breeding their orcs like cattle to create specialized breeds for their own use, such as Sauron's Black Uruks, created as a stronger and more vicious fighting breed, and Saruman's Uruk-Hai, bred from orcs and humans to create more disciplined orcs capable of fighting under the sun.
  • Star Wars Legends:
    • Sith Lords have a historic tendency to use a combination of the Dark Side and advanced biotechnology to create fearsome monsters known as Sithspawn, usually by mutating natural animals or people, which they use as slave soldiers, guardian beasts and terror weapons. These creatures tend to be killed off en masse in their masters' wars when they aren't one-off creations to begin with, but several strains endure long after the conflicts they were bred for as persistent threats to galactic safety.
    • Most prominent monster-makers lived long before the movie's time, counting Sith such as Naga Sadow, who created an immense wyrm from a space slug to serve as a guardian for his temple-lair; and Exar Kun, who engineered two-headed battle hydras and the Jedi-hunting terentateks; popular among several Sith were also the biomechanical technobeasts created by infecting living humanoids with an engineered virus.
    • Sith active much later in the timeline also dabble into this — Palpatine bred a strain of particularly aggressive rancors to serve as guard animals, while Darth Krayt's Sith servants created a soul-eating Sea Leviathan to use as a terror weapon against the Mon Calamari people.
  • Whateley Universe:
    • Dr. Macabre has a Monster Maker device he puts kids in to turn them into monsters such as witches, vampires, and zombies.
    • The Purple Witch, a.k.a Pandora, possesses a magic box from which she can conjure monsters to do her bidding.
  • The Wheel of Time: Aginor, one of the Forsaken, was skilled and entirely amoral geneticist and is revealed to have been personally responsible for the creation of all of the Big Bad's monstrous Mooks. He created the trollocs, for instance, by performing Mengele-esque experiments on his fellow human beings by the thousandfold in order to create ideal soldiers, although his general removal from combat meant he had little idea what made an ideal soldier beyond strength and aggressiveness — consequently, trollocs are little beyond savage, undisciplined killers.
  • Worlds of Shadow: Shadow has made a number of monstrous beasts as servants.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Monster Warriors: The Big Bad Klaus Von Steinhauer is a former B-list monster movie director who now creates real monsters that the protagonists fight in order to protect Capital City.
  • Super Sentai/Power Rangers: In certain series, there would be one member of the villains whose role is to create the Monster of the Week the heroes face. One notable example in the series would be Pleprechaun/Finster, who would shape monsters out of clay, and place the doll-sized figurine into a machine that would turn it into a human-sized monster.
  • Ultraman Ace: Yapool is the first Big Bad of the Ultra Series who actively creates enhanced monsters, called "chojus" (a sort of upgraded kaiju), which he unleashes in every episode of the show. More than once in the series, the show gives us a glimpse of Yapool's monster-creation facility in his very own dimension.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Several Demon Lords are associated with particular species of monster that plague the realms, and are said to be responsible for their creation. Some of the better known examples:
      • Baphomet the Horned King is said to experiment with the creation of new monsters in his personal fortress, the Tower of Science. His most well-known creations are the minotaurs and the buffalo-like demons known as goristro. If an orc tribe starts worshipping him and request he grant them a boon, he will corrupt a generation of their unborn children, causing them to be born as half-orc, half-demon monstrosities called tanarukks.
      • Demogorgon the Prince of Demons created the first chimera from beasts his cultists sacrificed to him, finding the offerings unworthy in their basic forms. He is also indirectly responsible for the existence of the two-headed ettins (who mutated from orcs that tried to worship at one of his altars) and the merrows, an evil sub-race of merfolk (born from a tribe of merfolk who were driven insane by one of his idols).
      • Graz'zt the Dark Prince is directly responsible for the existence of lamias, lion-like monsters he creates by transforming his favored cultists, and jackalweres, jackals he mutates into Beast Men and gives to his lamias as servants. It is also said that the demons known as babaus were born from drops of his blood, shed when the Archdevil Glasya tried to strike him with her sword.
      • Yeenoghu the Lord of Savagery is the one who created the gnolls and leucrottas, and unleashed them on the universe, their ceaseless hunger (which he caused) causing them to rampage around destroying and devouring everything and creating more gnolls from the offal. He exists entirely to destroy civilization, and uses the gnolls and leucrottas to do it.
    • The infernal duke Alloces, the Prince of Beasts and the Father of Monsters, was a sadistic torturer who became obsessed with shaping living flesh and became a skilled creator of monstrous beings. He takes no part in the politics of Hell outside of creating monsters for the armies, herds and kennels of the archdevils in exchange for victims and raw materials, although he won't sabotage or interfere with rival devils' beasts. His creations mainly include a variety of patchwork horrors crafted from various mixes of mortal souls, bodies and body parts, as well as improved breeds of Hellhound. He also taught mortals how to creat flesh golems and the reptilian, swarming kruthiks. Interestingly, he claims credit for the creation of monsters which are naturally occurring or were created by other beings, such as nightmares, chimeras, and manticores, to have bred the first cambions and to have infected the first lycanthropes. No scholars believe this, but the rumors persist. He is chiefly worshipped by amoral doctors and wizards, barbarians who revere strength and wild beasts, and some of the more intelligent monsters.
  • Games Workshop games:
    • Warhammer and Warhammer: Age of Sigmar: The Skaven of Clan Moulder specialize in the creation of horrific rat monsters through the use of selective breeding, alchemical and magical mutagens and Frankensteinian surgeries, coupled with weapon implants provided by the magitek engineers of Clan Skyre. These can range from "regular" Rodents of Unusual Size and hulking Rat Ogres to immense and bloated Brood Horrors or the horrific, writhing behemoths known as Hell Pit Abominations. All of these monstrous creations are then sold to other Skaven clans for hefty prices to be used as war animals and living siege engines.
    • Warhammer 40,000: The Haemonculi of the Drukhari habitually create horrific monstrosities through arcane and nightmarish processes designed to be as painful as possible. Their most common creations include Grotesques, hulking Frankensteinian horrors created from those that have crossed a Haemonculus; and the floating, biomechanical horrors known as the Engines of Pain that harvest raw materials for their creators.
  • Pathfinder:
    • Lamashtu, the Mother of Monsters, is a deity associated with monstrous things, mutation and deformed births, and creates new and horrific creatures as an end in and of itself. She's believed to be responsible for the creation of numerous monster species, including gnolls, chimeras, vavakia demons and the immense sea monsters know as Mothers of Oblivion.
    • The alghollthus believe that other forms of life exist for them to control for their own benefit, which combined with their considerable skill in shaping living flesh has led to them breeding numerous types of monsters as servants, soldiers and agents. The cloakers and the shapeshifting mimics and faceless stalkers were created as various flavors of infiltrators, spies and saboteurs, the immense deep walkers as guardians and the fishlike skum as expendable slave soldiers. As alghollthu influence receded or individual creations ceased to be of use, many of these creatures were left to their fates and continue to roam the world, acting on ingrained drives to infiltrate and sow discord or reverting to bestiality and barbarism.
    • Yamasoth, the Polymorph Plague, is a qlippoth lord concerned with vile experiments and mutation, and is obsessed with twisting and mutating captured creatures into new and monstrous shapes. His experiments have birthed countless horrors; many were one-off creations, but others resulted in the creation entire species of qlippoth.
    • Alaznist, one of the runelords of Thassilon, learned the art of fleshwarping from Yamasoth himself and used it to great effect to create monsters with which to bolster her armies. She was the creator of the sinspawn, humanoid monsters that would go on to become the runelords' favored shock troops, and of other terrors such as the swarming, spider-like shriezyx. Many of these creations lingered long after Thassilon's fall, haunting the ruins of her empire into the present day. She additionally created many other beasts as experiments, and players come across a fair few of these warped creatures in the closing acts of the Return of the Runelords adventure path.

    Video Games 
  • Baldur’s Gate: Dark Alliance II: Luvia Bloodmire is an insane alchemist who has developed surgical techniques for transferring limbs and organs from one creature to another. Most of her Flesh Golem creations are fought in the Bloodmire Manor level, and another villain, Lady Arogazia, sometimes contracts her to make custom monsters to further her plans.
  • Borderlands 1: In The Zombie Island of Dr. Ned, the titular doctor's experiments are responsible for the zombies and few wereskags, a.k.a alien weredogs, of Jakob's Cove, which he uses to defend his lab.
  • Castlevania: Curse of Darkness: The Devil Forgemasters Hector and Isaac were once part of Dracula's army, using their talents to create monsters. In fact, it's hinted throughout the lore that Hector and Isaac (along with any heretofore unseen Forgemasters) were responsible for the entirety of the enemies that the player faces throughout the Franchise/Castlevania series, save for unique ones like bosses. Their method for doing so here is described as creating creatures out of "pure darkness", with the creatures forged being completely loyal to the Forgemaster.
  • In Dragon Age, the elven goddess Ghilan'nain is usually only considered the creator of the halla in modern stories, but older myths describe her as a creator of monsters in general, which were then hunted by Andruil, the Goddess of the Hunt because they were so violent. At Andruil's behest, Ghilan'nain undid all of her creations with the exception of a few flying monsters that she presented to Andruil as a gift, an unidentified sea creature that she considered too well-made to destroy, and the halla because she valued their grace. She was rewarded with ascension to godhood.
  • Dwarf Fortress: Necromancers can create Experiments out of sapients and livestock, with successful experiments being vertebrates and failed one being blobs.
  • Fallout:
    • Fallout: The Master is responsible for several of the Wasteland's more dangerous monsters, which he created as soldiers for his armies. The most notable examples are the Super Mutants, created by forcefully turning captured humans into dim-witted, violent Super Soldiers, but he also made the centaurs by fusing multiple humans and animals into monstrous wholes, created the floaters from flatworms and further experimented on and perfected the deathclaws.
    • Fallout: New Vegas: Dr. Borous, a scientist employed by the pre-War government, was very fond of genetically altering creatures into large, dangerous forms. He's directly responsible for the creation of both the giant wasps known as cazadores and the coyote/rattlesnake hybrid nightstalkers, the latter of which he apparently created on a dare.
  • Luigi's Mansion: The last portrait ghost Luigi encounters, named Vincent van Gore (based on the famous painter Vincent van Gogh), is revealed to be the one responsible for creating the mook ghosts that inhabit the Mansion, despite not being the Big Bad (that honor goes to King Boo). He dedicates the rest of his afterlife into making his creations, and the fight against him revolves around fighting wave after wave of ghosts that spawn from his paintings.
  • Resident Evil: The Umbrella Corporation is responsible for creating Bio Organic Weapons, animals and humans transformed into monstrous beasts. Some of their products include Cerberus, highly aggressive mutated dogs; the Hunters, hulking reptilian humanoids; and human-derived monsters such s the Lickers and the Tyrant, in addition to manufacturing different viruses such as the T and G strains which are used to create the monsters.
  • The Secret World: Over the course of her career, Lilith created vampires, werewolves, the Deathless, and countless other monstrous races through the blending of magic and science, and later went on to create her own special trio of assassins by extracting a troubled young woman's multiple personalities and giving them bodies of their own.
  • Sonic the Hedgehog: Just as Dr. Eggman specializes in building robots, his grandfather, Prof. Gerald Robotnik, specialized in creating organic lifeforms for war. He created the Biolizard, Shadow the Hedgehog, and a small army of Artificial Chaos; and everything Eggman himself knows about making living creatures, he learned from reverse-engineering Gerald's technology.
  • Spyro the Dragon (1998): It's mentioned in the intro cutscene that the Gnorcs that Spyro faces on his journey (and possibly other enemies as well) were created by Gnasty Gnorc from the treasure hoard he stole from the dragons prior to the start of the game to build his own army. This explains why they drop gems upon defeat.
  • Spyro: Year of the Dragon: The first boss, Buzz, is created by Bianca, one of the villains, turning a rabbit into said monster with sorcery. The next 2 bosses, Spike and Scorch, are created by the Big Bad Sorceress by transforming 2 of her Rhynoc subjects, again using sorcery.
  • String Tyrant Pygmalie made all of the dolls and traps in the manor. Most of the sequences where Mary is defeated involves a visit to Pygmalie to finish the transformation.
  • XCOM 2: The "Alien Hunters" DLC reveals that Dr Vahlen becomes one of these after finding an abandoned genetics laboratory at some point after the events of XCOM: Enemy Unknown. She finds three cryogenically frozen aliens within the lab and begins to perform unethical gene-splicing experiments on them, eventually mutating them into King Mook versions of some of the game's regular enemies: the Viper King, Berserker Queen and Archon King.
  • In World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, the Necrolords of Maldraxxus are adept at turning leftover bodies from allies and enemies alike into Flesh Golems to be inhabited by a new Maldraxxi soul. The House of Constructs are specialists in this art with scientists like Stitchflesh leading the efforts. None are more skilled at reshaping flesh than Margrave Gharmal. His talent is so great that after his death, his heart is given to the Kyrian of Bastion to use as a power source to create better Ascended.

    Webcomics 
  • Champions of Far'aus: Mr.X spirit melds spirits, objects, creatures, and people to create his “experiments”. Karla initially notes that such combinations should be impossible to pull off, but Mr.X is one part of an unreasonably powerful ancient summoning staff turned sentient, and is so far, the only one known to be able to pull off such a feat.
  • Girl Genius: Most Sparks (i.e. Mad Scientists) end up transforming wildlife and/or people into monsters with which to terrorize the local populace, unless they spend their time making terrible machines instead. The most talented do both.
  • One-Punch Man: Dr. Genus is an Evilutionary Biologist with a god complex who creates all kinds of monsters, making powerful Bioweapon Beasts that can easily destroy an entire city. He could probably have been able to Take Over the World easily if Saitama hadn't crossed his way.

    Western Animation 
  • Batman: The Animated Series: In "Critters", the city is attacked by a villain who has mutated farm animals and common mantises into monstrous beasts.
  • Castlevania (2017): Like in the games, Hector and Isaac are Devil Forgemasters who join (and lead) Dracula's war against humanity, creating the vast army of creatures that Dracula requires for the effort. Unlike in the games, however, their methods are more fleshed-out and distinct here: Hector is seen using surgical tools to bring once-living things back to life with full memories and personality intact, while Isaac is shown using a magical dagger to tear the souls of the damned out of Hell itself to occupy the body of someone or something that was once alive — immediately mutating them into twisted abominations. These methods double as Personality Powers: Hector is the nicer and meeker of the two, and wants to use his abilities to give those who died a second chance at life, while Isaac is a devout Muslim who took the prophet Muhammad's teachings that "one day there will be no human beings left in Hell" literally and believes his abilities to be the key to fulfilling that prophecy while also punishing the wickedness of mankind on Earth.
  • Creepy Crawlers: This is the MO of Professor Googengrim. He uses the Magic Maker to create the Crime-Grimes that help him in his schemes, usually using a recipe held by his assistant to get the type of monster he needs. Notable in that the same machine was also responsible for the creation of the heroic Goop-Mandos, but Googengrime stole it from the hero.
  • Cyber Six: Von Riktor's bio-engineered forces pose a regular danger to Meridianna. In addition to his normal Mooks, the Fixed Ideas and the Technos, Von Riktor also makes hyper-sonic gargoyles, a deadly werewolf, a living wave of mud, and other monstrosities to take out the heroine. In fact, Cyber Six herself and her ally Data Seven are also creations if Von Riktor's that went rogue.
  • Kim Possible: DNAmy was a geneticist who loved "Cuddle Buddies", a "Beanie Baby"-like set of collectible toys that featured mixes of animals. She loved them so much that she spliced animal DNA to make her own live Cuddle Buddies.
  • Making Fiends: Vendetta is a wicked young girl who makes monsters, called "fiends", by literally baking them into existence from a recipe book, and uses them to control of the town of Clamburg and turn into a bleak and forbidding place. The premise of the show is a new girl called Charlotte comes to town and is oblivious to this, leading Vendetta to make more and more fiends to try and kill Charlotte only to fail over and over.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: Grogar is referred to as the Father of Monsters, and states that during his reign he gave life to foul, monstrous creatures and set them loose upon the world.
  • Patrol 03: Each episode, Professor Molo creates a new monster to aid in Pamela's latest plan to Take Over the City.

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