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- Lightning Can Do Anything: Hells yes.
- Mix-and-Match Man: While the novel's process never mentions the stitching together of body parts, nearly every movie version features this method.
- Which really makes no sense. Surely it would be way more practical to find one intact corpse than to string together parts from different bodies.
- Silly Walk: A must for The Igor.
- Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Many film adaptations.
Universal movies (1931-1948)
The best known incarnation of the story. First film was released 1931 and it got seven sequels with various family members of the original Dr. Frankenstein meeting the Monster, with the last four being Monster Mash Crossovers featuring The Wolf Man, Dracula and the comedy duo Abbott and Costello.
- Frankenstein (1931)
- Bride of Frankenstein (1935)
- 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)
Other tropes in the series:
- I Am Not Spock: Boris Karloff subverts this, admitting that the Frankenstein movies are the only reason he became a successful actor.
- The Igor: The Trope Maker is Fritz from the 1931 movie, while the Trope Namer is Ygor from Son of Frankenstein.
- Suddenly Voiced: The Monster learns to speak in Bride of Frankenstein and The Ghost of Frankenstein. He is quickly reduced to his mute on both occasions.
- The X of Y
Hammer series (1957-1974)
After couple decades of producing films of various genres, Hammer's The Curse of Frankenstein started the company's famous gothic horror phase. Instead following the Monster as the Universal movies did, these films followed the exploits of the much more amoral Dr. Frankenstein. Peter Cushing plays the doctor in all movies, except in The Horror of Frankenstein which is a parodic remake of the first film with Ralf Bates as the doctor.
- The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
- The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
- The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
- Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
- Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
- The Horror of Frankenstein (1970)
- Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell (1974)
Tropes in the series:
- Deadly Doctor
- For Science!
- Revenge of the Sequel
- Sue Donym: Dr. Victor Frankenstein usually uses pseudonyms like Dr. Victor, Dr. Stein or Dr. Franck.
- The X of Y
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
A much more faithful adaptation of the book by Kenneth Branagh, who also plays Dr. Frankenstein and has Robert De Niro as the Monster.
- All-Star Cast
- In Case You Forgot Who Wrote It
- Necromantic: Touched upon. Frankenstein resurrects his dead bride, to horrific effect, as she is a stumbling, barely-aware reanimated corpse - and when she catches sight of her scarred reflection in the mirror, she commits suicide by setting herself on fire.
- Psycho Electric Eel: Used in the place of lightning.
Made for TV Movie based on books by Dean Koontz which was intended to be a pilot for series which never materialized. Mary Shelley's book is revealed to be based on real life events and two cops must team-up with the Monster (named Deucalion) to stop a serial killer created by the same mad scientist who created him.
- Celebrity Paradox: The story of Frankenstein is mentioned a few times. When asked about it, the original creature says that Mary Shelley's novel was actually Based on a True Story.
- Pilot Movie