|Austin Powers character|
Mindy Sterling as Frau Farbissina
|First appearance||Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery|
|Created by||Mike Myers|
|Portrayed by||Mindy Sterling|
Frau Farbissina is a fictional character from the Austin Powers series of movies portrayed by Mindy Sterling. She is the attack and defence specialist of Dr. Evil and the founder of "the militant wing of the Salvation Army". Though in the present she identifies as a lesbian, Farbissina conceived her son Scott with Dr. Evil earlier in her career.
Parodying several female villains from early James Bond films, including From Russia with Love's Rosa Klebb, On Her Majesty's Secret Service's Irma Bunt, and particularly the character of Frau Hoffner (played by Anna Quayle) in the 1967 Bond spoof Casino Royale, Farbissina's look and demeanour are also homages to the female Nazi officer in the castle scene of Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade , and Frau Blücher in the Mel Brooks comedy Young Frankenstein. Her surname is a pun on the Yiddish word פאַרביסן "farbissen" ("verbissen" in German), or "embittered"; a "farbissiner" is an angry, bitter, vocal person. "Frau", German for "Mrs." or "woman", is apparently her given name.
In Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, when Dr. Evil goes back in time to 1969, he sleeps with Frau (who looks the same as her 1999 counterpart) before she decides that she is homosexual; however, she admits Dr. Evil is the only man she will ever love. Her child is Scott Evil, who was previously thought to be a test-tube baby. Unlike Doctor Evil, she actually loves Scott and only wants him to be happy. At the end of the second film, she makes a surprise guest appearance with Scott on Jerry Springer and tells him that she is his mother, but she never told him because she didn't want him to be hurt; Scott forgives her and declares he loves her.
Though she usually speaks in a normal tone of voice, Frau Farbissina is notorious for screaming her orders: "Bring in the FemBOTS!", "SCOTT!", "Laser ON!", "Lower the GLOBE!", "Arming the laSER!", "Begin Laser IgniTION!", "Bring in the GUARDS!", "Lies. ALL LIES!", "Send in the CLONE!", "GO!", "Open the TANK!" and "Fire the laSER!". Particular emphasis is placed on the last syllable, it being shouted the loudest, causing Dr. Evil to wince every time.
In popular culture
In Comedy Central's Canned Ham: The Doctor Evil Story, a half-hour long preview special of The Spy Who Shagged Me, Dr. Evil states that he met Farbissina "at gymnasia in Baden-Baden at a street corner next to the McDonald's." Farbissina asserts that she would eventually like to get out of the criminal mastermind business and open a boarding school for girls. This is another reference to Anna Quayle's "Frau Hoffner" role in the 1967 film Casino Royale, in which Hoffner heads an international spy school in East Berlin known as the "Mata Hari School of Dancing", where she boards and trains young women to be agents for both sides of the Cold War. In praising Dr. Evil, Farbissina comments, "Dr. Evil is a man of great intelligence - able to step on a bug and say 'too bad!'"
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