Igor (character)

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Igor, or sometimes Ygor, is a stock character assistant to many types of Gothic villains, such as Count Dracula or Dr. Victor Frankenstein, familiar from many horror movies and horror movie parodies. Although Dr. Frankenstein had a hunchback assistant in the 1931 film Frankenstein, his name was Fritz. However, in the original Mary Shelley novel, Dr. Frankenstein has no lab assistant nor does a character named Igor appear.


Dwight Frye's hunch-backed lab assistant in the first film of the Frankenstein series (1931) is the main source for the "Igor" of public imagination, 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 Bela Lugosi. This character, however, is neither a hunchback nor a lab assistant, but a blacksmith with a broken neck and twisted back. He reanimates the Monster as an instrument of vengeance against the townspeople who attempted to hang him for grave-robbing. He survives a near-fatal gunshot and appears in the next film in which his brain is placed in the Monster's body.

Universal Pictures would actively cement the idea of the hunchbacked assistant to the "mad scientist" in the Frankenstein film series House of Frankenstein (1944) with J. Carrol Naish playing a hunch backed lab assistant named Daniel.

In the 1933 horror film Mystery of the Wax Museum, "Ivan Igor" is the name of the mad wax museum curator. The film was remade as House of Wax in 1953, but the name "Igor" was given to the curator's henchman (played by a young Charles Bronson) rather than the curator himself. Not a hunchback, the character is deaf and mute, and is portrayed as an unconditionally devoted servant.

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  • In the 1946 Three Stooges short "A Bird in the Head," a mad scientist has a gorilla named Igor as well as an assistant named Nico who regularly uses the phrase, "Yes, master."
  • In the 1971 Canadian sketch show The Hilarious House of Frightenstein, Igor is the burly, bumbling, green-skinned assistant of Count Frightenstein played by Fishka Rais. His catchphrases are "Yes Master" and "I'd rather not get involved".
  • The cartoon series Count Duckula features the titular character's faithful old family retainer named 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.
  • The 2004 movie Van Helsing included a deformed character named Igor, played by Kevin J. O'Connor. In the film, he is the former assistant of Victor Frankenstein and the current assistant of Count Dracula. He is a spiteful, hate-filled creature who takes pleasure in harming others.
  • Igor appears in the animated series Frankenhole, a cartoon show which is a modern update of the Frankenstein mythos.
  • In Igor (2008), the main character of the film (voiced by John Cusack) is the former assistant of a now-deceased mad scientist. He takes over his master's research and dreams of becoming the most famous scientist in the world.
  • Igor makes a cameo appearance in an episode of the fairy tale television series Once Upon a Time portrayed by Yurij Kis. Once again, he's Dr. Frankenstein's assistant and helps him to reanimate his brother Gerhardt into the infamous monster.


  • The comic book story "Transilvane" (Legends of the DC Universe #22–23, written by Jean-Marc Lofficier and drawn by José Ladrönn) depicts Dabney Donovan, a mad scientist who has created a whole world based on old horror movie characters. In that world, Igor is the servant of the vampire leader, Count Dragorin.
  • A hunchbacked character named Igor is a recurring character in The Far Side comics, in typical mad scientist or other horror situations.

Video games[edit]

  • In the video game Quest for Glory IV, Igor is the local gravekeeper and the lab assistant to Dr. Cranium.
  • In the Persona video game series, Igor is a recurring character who assists the main characters by helping them create new Personas.


Sometimes[5] a clue such as "lab assistant" might be used when the crossword puzzle contains a word such as "IGOR", or a clue such as "IGOR" might be used when the crossword puzzle contains a word such as "ASST", or "AIDE", or "LABASSISTANT"[5] ...based upon (or, as an allusion to) the "hunch-backed lab assistant" mentioned in the "Origins" section of this article.

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  1. ^ http://www.scifiscripts.com/cartoon/nightmare.txt
  2. ^ Hello Igor... Daniel Radcliffe gets into character on the set of the brand new Frankenstein movie, The Daily Mail
  3. ^ "Daniel Radcliffe Talks 'Frankenstein' and Igor". ScreenCrush. 
  4. ^ "Against the Trumpets – a Monstrous Regiment fansite". Hyel.thedanamark.net. Retrieved 2009-08-28. [dead link]
  5. ^ a b "Potential answers for "Igor, for one"". Crossword Nexus -- a collection of crossword resources of various types. ("such as" crossword hints and clues) (see http://www.crosswordnexus.com/FAQ also). Archived from the original on November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 

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