The legend of the Frankenstein monster doesn’t stop with Mary Shelley’s novel. Here are 13 examples of the monster trend that keeps going.
Homunculi (Fullmetal Alchemist)
The Homunculi are constructs, leftovers of attempts to resurrect lost loved ones. Eventually, enough homunculi band together to take revenge on humanity, each with their own motives, and these motives are why I love this anime so much.
The Pokémon series is concerned with man’s interaction with monstrous creatures called Pokémon, but even in the first generation of games, humans couldn’t help but fudge around with this monstrous creature’s DNA. They created the legendary Pokémon Mew in a more humanoid image, with hyper intelligence and unrivaled psychic power. As the Pokédex says:
“Mewtwo is a Pokémon that was created by genetic manipulation. However, even though the scientific power of humans created this Pokémon’s body, they failed to endow Mew two with a compassionate heart.”
Smurfette (The Smurfs)
This is a bit of a subversion of the Frankenstein story, as the creator of Smurfette, Gargamel, was evil himself. His creation turning on him means turning good, but it no less counts as created life leading to the disappointment of the creator.
He’s got Superman’s powers, but he ain’t Superman. He’s pale, slack-jawed, and grody — he’s Bizarro, flawed clone of Superman created out of spite by Lex Luthor. Bizarro’s speech is stilted, not unlike many versions of a Frankenstein until they get a better grasp of language.
Sally (The Nightmare Before Christmas)
I’m not exactly sure what purpose the Frankenstein character Dr. Finklestein in Nightmare Before Christmas created Sally for. A helper, a daughter, a sex slave, who knows, but either way, in classic Frankenstein fashion she continuously escapes his grasp to go fawn over senpai Jack Skellington.
Indominus Rex (Jurassic World)
The newest of dinosaurs cooked up by the scientists over at InGen is an albino mixture of snake, cuttlefish, T-rex, and another dinosaur that I guess is a spoiler, all of which form a vicious monstrosity that’s deadly smart and just wants to kill.
Lemongrab (Adventure Time)
Lemongrab from Adventure Time, a deeply flawed creation of Princess Bubblegum, fits the Frankenstein mold perfectly. In his debut episode, he confronts Bubblegum screaming, “No one… No one understands! I am alone… and you made me like this!”
Doc Benton (Supernatural)
Doc Benton is sort of an inversion of Frankenstein. He’s both the doctor and the creature, made up of an assemblage of various other humans parts meant to extend his life as a patchwork man.
Cell (Dragon Ball Z)
The villain of the second arc of Dragon Ball Z, Cell was created by the mad scientist Dr. Gero of the Red Ribbon Army using DNA from Goku, Frieza, and company, with the only objective of becoming the perfect being. In a world where punching and shooting energy blasts at one another is normal, of course he’s going to get in on that. What’s interesting about Cell is how weak he is in the beginning, having to absorb normal humans like soup in horrific fashion, able to use techniques of those he’s made of.
Evas are the giant robot pet projects of Gendo Ikari and the organization Nerve, used to combat the invading “angels” out to destroy the earth (or are they?). Under each Eva armor lies a fleshy monstrous artificial angel created by Nerve, and within that sack of meat the literal soul of the pilot’s mother is hosted. Existential crises, mother issues, daddy issues, repressed or misguided emotions — the essence of a Frankenstein story.
What if Frankenstein was a boy and his monster was his dog? That’s about it. The movie is a nice send-up of the classic Universal monster film.
The Frankenstein (Penny Dreadful)
Honestly, I hate this version of the creature. In many ways, he’s very similar to the book version. But in other fan fiction-y ways, he’s a pudgy, idiotic Hot Topic emo baby, although a lot of Penny Dreadful’s plot and characters diverge from what you think you know.
Venturestein (The Venture Bros)
Who doesn’t love the reanimated corpse of one of the many henchmen who unfortunately had to take meet Brock Sampson’s rampaging gaze? Venture Bros is great, guys. Watch it.
Article by contributor Cody Stovall.