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Frankenstein's Monster is "The Creature" who was created by Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein or the Modern Prometheus. While he was unnamed in the original novel, one passage refers to him metaphorically as Adam, which is also proposed as his name in a lost scene from Universal Pictures' 1931 film Frankenstein. In the 19th century, readers of the book took to the habit of referring to the monster as Frankenstein, a custom legitimized by a reference in the movie sequel Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and some of its successors, so that it is his most common name in popular culture today. A few adaptations call him Adam Frankenstein, based on these two semi-canonical references.

Modern Prometheus[]

"The Creature" is intelligent and articulate, relating his first days of life while living alone in the wilderness. He finds that people are afraid of him and hate him due to his appearance, which leads him to live in seclusion. While living in an abandoned structure connected to a cottage, he grew fond of the poor family living there, and discreetly collected firewood for them. Secretly living among the family for months, the Creature learned to speak by listening to them and he taught himself to read after discovering a lost satchel of books in the woods. When he saw his reflection in a pool, he realized his physical appearance was hideous, and it terrified him as it terrifies normal humans. Nevertheless, he approached the family in hopes of becoming their friend. Initially he was able to befriend the blind father figure of the family, but the rest of them were frightened and they all fled their home, resulting in the Creature leaving, disappointed. He traveled to Victor's family estate using details from Victor's journal, murdered William, and framed Justine Moritz.

The Creature demands that Victor create a female companion like himself. He argues that as a living being, he has a right to happiness. The Creature promises that he and his mate will vanish into the South American wilderness, never to reappear, if Victor grants his request. Should Victor refuse his request, The Creature also threatens to kill Victor's remaining friends and loved ones and not stop until he completely ruins him.

Fearing for his family, Victor reluctantly agrees. The Creature says he will watch over Victor's progress.

Universal Monsters (1931-1948)[]

Rocky Horror[]

In Richard O'Brien's play The Rocky Horror Show and its film adaptation The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Rocky Horror is built by Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Tall, blond, and muscular, Rocky comes to life with a melancholy pessimism about the future.

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