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Dr. Henry Frankenstein is the main protagonist in the classic Universal adaptations of Mary Shelly's 1818 novel Frankenstein. He is a brilliant yet completely insane scientist who was responsible for the creation of Frankenstein's Monster.

He was portrayed by the late Colin Clive in arguably his most famous role.

Biography

Dr. Frankenstein's role in the Universal Frankenstein series was similar to his role in the book. His name was Henry instead of Victor, and he had a hunchbacked assistant named Fritz. Henry and Fritz stole bodies to make the Frankenstein Monster. Henry had separated himself from his friends and family to do his work. In his anticipation, Henry Frankenstein began to go insane.

On the night of the creature's resurrection, he and Fritz were visited by Victor Clerval, a professor who had taught Henry at the University, and Henry's fiance Elizabeth. He ignored their warnings and shot the creature full of lightning to give it life.

Henry was very excited about his creation and wanted to reveal it to the world. But his twisted assistant Fritz tormented the monster into insanity. The monster killed Fritz, attacked Henry, and escaped. Henry came to his senses after that and married Elizabeth. But on the wedding day, the monster murdered a child and terrified Elizabeth.

Henry led an angry mob after the monster. When the team is divided into groups, the monster caught Henry and took him an old windmill. Henry woke up and battled the monster at the top of the windmill, the villagers got to the windmill in time to see Dr. Frankenstein being thrown out of the topmost window and falling.

In the following movie, The Bride of Frankenstein, Henry is confronted by his old mentor, Dr. Septimus Praetorius, who is also studying the nature of life and death, and demands that he resume his work. Henry, however, renounced his former experiments.

Meanwhile, the Monster, who had also survived the windmill incident and was on the run from angry villagers, found Praetorius in an old crypt, where the latter tricked him into wanting a bride. Together, the two went to Henry Frankenstein and blackmailed him to create the eponymous "Bride Of Frankenstein".

Under the combined pressure of the monster and Praetorius, Henry was forced to accept. They began making a female from body parts that, unbeknownst to Henry, had been taken from living people.

On the final night, they succeeded in resurrecting a beautiful woman. But when the Bride rejected the Monster, he went mad with misery and allowed Henry and Elizabeth to flee whilst destroying the laboratory and the castle itself with him, the Bride, and Praetorius inside.

The Son of Frankenstein and the Ghost of Frankenstein revolved around the sons of Dr. Frankenstein, Wolf, and Ludwig respectively.

Personality

In terms of personality, Henry is much like his literary counterpart - a brilliant man who is obsessed with creating a living being from dead tissue. He appears to be slightly more noble than most versions of the character as well.

Appearance

Henry Frankenstein is a tall, skinny, well dressed man with pale skin, floppy dark hair and brown eyes.

Trivia

  • This incarnation of Dr. Frankenstein is by far the most popular.
    • In spite of his popularity this version of Frankenstein actually has a completely different name from his mainstream counterpart.

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