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Frankenstein's Monster
Frankenstein'sMonster
Naming
Others Adam
Viktor (The Bride)
Personal information
Species Artificial human
Gender Male
Place of origin University of Ingolstadt, Germany
Relations Victor Frankenstein (creator)
Bride of Frankenstein's Monster (intended mate)
Current status Unknown
Biology
Body type Humanoid
Height Circa 2.4 meters
Intelligence
Sentience Sentient
Sapience Sapient
Behind the Scenes
Universe Frankenstein
Created by Mary Shelley
Performed by Various

Frankenstein's Monster is a tall humanoid created by Victor Frankenstein in the early 19th century. He was constructed from human body parts and brought to life by some occult technique involving alchemy and electric currents.

Name

While the monster never received an official name, he's often known unofficially as Adam due to a line of dialogue in which he refers to himself as "the Adam of [Frankenstein's] labors".

Additionally, the Monster himself is popularly known by the name "Frankenstein", although that tends to cause some confusion with his creator. Curiously, the 1985 film The Bride names the Monster as Viktor (his creator in this version is named Baron Charles Frankenstein), even though the title character is here named Eva, which should go along well with "Adam".

It is noteworthy that the scientist's name is also sometimes changed in adaptations. Universal names him Henry rather than Victor, whereas in The Bride he is named Charles, as mentioned above.

Biography

After being abandoned by his creator, the monster roamed through the German forests and eventually found shelter in a small cottage where he hid himself from the family who lived there and learned to talk by observing them. When he finally created courage to reveal himself, the family ran away in fear, leaving the monster frustrated. Whenever he went, he was invariably rejected and treated with fear and violence due to his frightful appearance.

Concluding that he would never be accepted by mankind, he went to his creator and tried to force him to build a female companion for him. Frankenstein concedes, but later changes his mind and destroys the unfinished creature, as he can't bear the thought of being responsible for the creation of a whole new species of such monsters. Furious that he'll never be allowed happiness, the creature vows to get revenge and kills Frankenstein's own fiancee. After that, Frankenstein pursues his creation to the Arctic Ocean to a final confrontation.

Sometime later, Frankenstein is found, almost frozen to death. He's rescued by Arctic explorer Captain Walton, but dies shortly afterwards. Walton relates an encounter with the monster, who expresses guilt and remorse for the deaths he caused, including that of Frankenstein. He vows to bring an end to his own life and is last seen disappearing into the Arctic ice.

Legacy

Several works have explored the idea of a descendant of Victor Frankenstein creating his or her own monster based on their ancestor's work. These include Frankenstein's Daughter (1958), Jesse James Meets Frankenstein's Daughter (1966), Lady Frankenstein (1971), Young Frankenstein (1974) and the Super Friends episode "The Superfriends Meet Frankenstein" (1979).

A variation of this theme was previously featured in the 1939 film Son of Frankenstein, and in the 1971 horror film Dracula vs. Frankenstein: in both of which a descendant of Dr. Frankenstein revives his ancestor's original creation. Conversely, the near opposite situation happens in the series of loosely-connected Hammer films - starring Peter Cushing as Baron Victor Frankenstein himself -, as many of them focus on the scientist continuing his experiments in reviving people and creating new monsters.

Johnny Bravo plays the part of Frankenstein’s Monster in the parody "Frankenbravo", in which he meets the mad scientist "Dr. F" and his creation, the lovely "Bride of F".

In The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh episode "The Monster Frankenpooh", Tigger invents a story about the eponymous creature, who is merely a daikaiju-sized Winnie-the-Pooh created by "Dr. Von Piglet".

Appearances

Literature

  • Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Shelley (1818)
  • Presumption, or The Fate of Frankenstein, by Richard Brinsley Peake (1823)

Comics

  • Angel vs. Frankenstein
  • Frankenstein Underground
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • Santa Vs Dracula

Films

  • Frankenstein (1910)
  • Frankenstein (1931)
  • Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
  • Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)
  • Son of Frankenstein (1939)
  • The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942)
  • Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943)
  • House of Frankenstein (1944)
  • House of Dracula (1945)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
  • Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965)
  • Casino Royale (1967)
  • The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
  • Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971)
  • Lady Frankenstein (1971)
  • Frankenstein: The True Story (1973)
  • Kyoufu Densetsu Kaiki! Frankenstein (1981)
  • Frankenstein (1984)
  • The Bride (1985)
  • The Monster Squad (1987)
  • Scooby-Doo and the Reluctant Werewolf (1988)
  • Frankenstein Unbound (1990)
  • Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
  • Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet Frankenstein (1999)
  • Van Helsing (2004)
  • Frankenstein vs. the Creature from Blood Cove (2005)
  • Hotel Transylvania (2012)
  • The Frankenstein Theory (2013)
  • Victor Frankenstein (2015)

TV Series

  • The New Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Show
  • The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries
  • Once Upon a Time
  • Rick and Morty
  • The Super Mario Bros. Super Show!
  • Vampirina

Gallery

Notes

  • As with King Kong, the Toho version of Frankenstein's Monster (referred to simply as "Frankenstein") is several times larger than the original, in order to be an adequate foe to fight Baragon. This 20-meters tall humanoid regenerated from the heart of the original Frankenstein's Monster and is portrayed as an immortal being whose severed parts might regenerate into new individuals.
  • Actor Javier Bardem is confirmed to play Frankenstein's Monster in the Dark Universe. However, due to the failure of the first film, The Mummy, the future of the Dark Universe is in question with Universal ultimately decided to postpone The Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Frankenstein's Monster was the main inspiration for several other characters. These include Lurch in The Addams Family, Herman Munster in The Munsters, "Adam" in Dark Shadows, Eddie Turner in Blackenstein, Frank Frankenstone in The Flintstones, Franklin Stein in the The New Scooby-Doo Mysteries episode "Scooby's Peephole Pandemonium", Android 8 in Dragon Ball, Torgo in the Timon and Pumbaa episode "Monster Massachusetts", the Great Mutato in The X-Files episode "The Post-Modern Prometheus", the Monster in the Duck Dodgers episode "Castle High", and Patrick Shelley in the Grimm episode "The Son Also Rises".

See also

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