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Igor (or sometimes Ygor) is the traditional stock character or cliché hunchbacked assistant or butler to many types of villain, such as Count Dracula or Dr. Frankenstein, familiar from many horror movies and horror movie parodies, the Frankenstein series and the Van Helsing films in particular.


Dwight Frye's hunchbacked lab assistant in the first film of the Frankenstein series (1931) became associated with the name "Igor", though this character was actually named "Fritz". The sequels Son of Frankenstein (1939) and The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) featured a character named "Ygor", played by the late Bela Lugosi; however, this character is neither a hunchback nor a lab assistant, but an insane

Mel Brooks's 1974 parody of the genre, Young Frankenstein, put a comedic spin on the character with a hunchbacked assistant who claimed his name was pronounced "Eye-gor" in response to Frankenstein claiming his name was pronounced "Fronkensteen". In 2004 Igor returned to the screen in Universal Studios' big-budget monster film Van Helsing.

In other media

Film and television

Count Dracula had Igor as his butler for the first time in ABC's 1979 holiday telefilm The Halloween That Almost Wasn't (aka The Night Dracula Saved the World).

The cartoon series Count Duckula features the titular character's faithful old family retainer, Igor, who is portrayed as an anthropomorphic vulture (hence the hunchback). Igor is a traditionalist and often schemes to convert his vegetarian master to a diet of blood, as was the case with Duckula's previous incarnations.

Igor is featured in Once Upon a Time as Dr. Frankenstein's assistant.

Igor appears as the P.E. teacher in Monster High.

Igor as as Dr. Frankenstein's assistant in Mad Monster Party.


In the Canadian sketch show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein Igor is the burly, bumbling, green-skinned assistant of Count Frightenstein played by Fishka Rais. His taglines are "Yes Master" and "I'd rather not get involved".


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