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|“||We can defeat death! We can achieve every doctor's dream! We'd be famous! And live lifetimes!||„|
|~ Herbert West|
Herbert West is the main character in the Re-Animator series of films and comics, based on an early story by the late H.P. Lovecraft.
He is portrayed by Jeffrey Combs in the films.
Herbert West is a mad scientist who created a strange serum that allowed the dead to be brought back to life, at the cost of their humanity - often becoming violent zombies intent on murder and mayhem. Despite this, Herbert continually shows an obsession with overcoming the limits of life and death, thus he continued to raise the dead despite the horrible consequences.
Like many mad scientists, Herbert has also been tasked with defeating his own experiments on a few occasions - though his madness always seems to ensure he will make another batch of monsters in the future.
Herbert could arguably be considered a villain but he is not necessarily an evil character - in fact he seems to lack any sort of moral alignment - to him the important thing in life seems to be conquering death itself and he doesn't care what he has to do in order to achieve such goals.
Herbert deviates slightly from Lovecraft's original design in having brunette hair rather than blonde - the films also have Herbert West living in the modern age, other than these minor changes the character remains virtually the same in both the book and the movies-being a mad scientist whose actions in raising the dead trouble his colleague (the main character) and has disastrous consequences. Another difference is that Herbert is devoured by the zombies he resurected from an army serving in World War ll by the end of the book.