|Land Without Color Character|
|Hair color:||Dirty blond|
|Portrayed by:||David Anders|
|First appearance:||"The Doctor"|
|Latest appearance:||"In the Name of the Brother"|
—Dr. Frankenstein. src
Doctor Victor Frankenstein is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the fifth episode of the second season. He is portrayed by guest star David Anders, and is the Land Without Color counterpart of Dr. Whale.
Victor Frankenstein is based on a character of the same name from the classic novel, Frankenstein.
Before the Curse
In the Land Without Color, Dr. Victor Frankenstein is celebrating Christmas with his father Alphonse and his brother Gerhardt. Alphonse gives a gift to each of his sons. To Gerhardt, he bestows a watch that had been his mother's, and Victor's gift is a commission to join the army as a physician. This will require Victor to abandon his scientific exploits, which have been funded by his father's money and housed in the family's summer home. Though Victor pleads, his father no longer supports him.
Victor is preparing to leave his father's home after being forced to abandon his scientific work and join the army instead. Gerhardt runs after him, and attempts to comfort him by giving him the watch. Victor tells Gerhardt to keep it, and he will find a way to complete his work. As the two depart, Rumplestiltskin watches from behind the shrubs.
Later, Victor is packing away his equipment when Rumplestiltskin appears before him. Rumplestiltskin tells Dr. Frankenstein he is interested in the scientists work; even though the funding is gone. As Dr. Frankenstein listens, Rumplestiltskin wants to know how the doctor restores life as the land he is from—the Enchanted Forest—that would not be possible to do with magic. He offers Victor a large sum of money in exchange for more details on how he resurrects the dead. Victor agrees to the deal just as his assistant Igor reenters the lab. Victor wants to introduce him to Rumplestiltskin, but the man is already gone. Dr. Frankenstein tells Igor to bring the equipment back so they can search for a body to experiment on.
Victor travels to a graveyard, where he goes digging for a body. He is approached by Gerhardt, who shows a negative opinion on Victor's strategies in his scientific work. They are caught by the graveyard guard who shoots at them. The two brothers hop into the carriage, but Gerhardt has substained a gunshot wound and dies. Victor takes his corpse to the lab, and prepares to bring him back to life via experimentation, but Gerhardt's heart can't handle the strain and burns to a blackened, charred state. Alphonse arrives and asks about the corpse Victor had brought with him. Noticing the corpse is actually Gerhardt's, Alphonse furiously blames Victor for his death. Despite trying to explain he wants to bring Gerhardt back so his father can have both his sons back, Alphonse angrily replies now he has no sons. ("In the Name of the Brother")
Dr. Frankenstein is brought from his world by the Mad Hatter, seemingly due to his immense knowledge, claims of being able to bring people back from the dead, and powers beyond magic. He meets the Queen, Regina, for the first time in the gardens of the palace. While Regina calls him a wizard, he corrects her for his preferred title—doctor. After requesting to see his patient, Regina escorts him to the glass coffin containing Daniel's body. As Jefferson and Regina look on, Dr. Frankenstein makes an incision in Daniel's hand, which draws fresh red blood; stating the body is in a perfect state to undergo the procedure. However, he requires a strong heart as he has tried to use hearts in his own world and they have not been successful in his procedures. Regina balks at this, but Jefferson reassures her.
She takes Dr. Frankenstein and Jefferson to Cora's abandoned home, and informs them her mother was a collector of hearts. Regina asks Dr. Frankenstein to listen closely, and a faint and distant heartbeat is heard. Upon approach towards the fireplace, Regina opens it to grant herself and the two men access into the vault. From top to bottom on the walls glowing, beating hearts pulse. She tells the doctor to pick any one of them. Dr. Frankenstein reaches into a box and takes out one he deems perfect.
Outside the castle on a hill in the forest on a stormy night, Dr. Frankenstein sets up a tent with Daniel's body inside as Regina and Jefferson stand outside in wait. From inside, Dr. Frankenstein moves to insert the heart. After Dr. Frankenstein is finished, he comes out. Regina thinks the operation was a success, but he apologizes; stating the heart was not strong enough and Daniel can't be revived.
The next day, in the forest after the storm has passed, Dr. Frankenstein and Jefferson are walking and encounter Rumplestiltskin. He inquires if the terms of the bargain are satisfied, to which Dr. Frankenstein affirms it, and reveals the box containing the heart he took from Cora's vault; indicating he did not attempt to put it in Daniel at all. Dr. Frankenstein inquires whether Rumplestiltskin got what he wanted out of their deal. Rumplestiltskin details how Regina has changed, and wishes Dr. Frankenstein luck with creating his own "monster." They argue whether magic is the most dependable source of power with Rumplestltskin placing a wager as to whether or not Dr. Frankenstein will need magic in the future. Confidently, Dr. Frankenstein indicates he won't, but agrees nonetheless. Jefferson opens the portal to Dr. Frankenstein's world and as they jump in, Rumplestiltskin reminds him any magic comes with a price.
In Alphonse's summer home in the Land Without Color, Dr. Frankenstein enters to show Igor the glowing heart he received, and proceeds to insert it into Gerhardt's chest. They wait to see if the transplant is a success. Suddenly, a stitched hand comes out from beneath the sheet. Dr. Frankenstein grabs it and states that the creature is alive. Astonished, Igor is in awe of the magic, but Dr. Frankenstein states it is science that made this possible. ("The Doctor")
Excited by his accomplishment, Victor shows Gerhardt to Alphonse. Though Victor says Gerhardt is still adjusting, Alphonse examines him and realizes this person is not his son. In a fit of rage, Alphonse physically attacks Victor. Agitated by the commotion, Gerhardt pulls his father to the ground and beats him to death.
After the ordeal, Victor visits Gerhardt in a locked tower room. Armed with a pistol, Victor approaches his brother. When Gerhardt sees the gun, he grabs and aims it at his own head. Even so, Victor cannot bring himself to go through with it and leaves. ("In the Name of the Brother")
- Solid lines denote blood parent-child relationship
- Dashed lines denote marriage and adoption relationships
- † denotes the deceased
- The name of his Storybrooke counterpart refers to James Whale, who directed the movies Frankenstein and Bride of Frankenstein.
- Mary Shelley's 1994 film Frankenstein also sports a Dr. Frankenstein with the first name Victor. She was inspired in her husband, Percy Shelley, who was known to be a womanizer. Victor's Storybrooke counterpart is also a womanizer.
- The name "Victor" is of Latin origin that literally means "victor".
- The surname "Frankenstein" is of Germanic origin derived from surname bearers belonging to the knighthood class of Middle Rhine and Franconia regions of Germany with the origin being in Rhineland and Westphalia.
- When Frankenstein first appears, he is seen wearing rose tinted spectacles while sketching. This is a possible allusion to Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Picture Show, a musical spoof of Frankenstein which features a song called "Rose Tint My World".
- He's a business associate of both Rumplestiltskin and the Mad Hatter.
- Although the literary (and movie) Frankenstein is better known for reconstructing people from parts of different bodies, the Once Upon a Time version makes use of a magic heart to bring people back to life. That said, when his brother revives, he is clearly stitched together a la the classic Frankenstein monster.
- Victor Frankenstein is the first character to appear from a work of literature not written for children.
- Though the credits and the show's website spell his name "Victor", the commission he is given by his father spells his name "Viktor."
- It has been implied he lives in the Land Without Color equivalent of Austria. ("In the Name of the Brother")
|Once Upon a Time: Season Two|
- ↑ https://twitter.com/QuestionAnders/status/262717361801527298
- ↑ http://www.behindthename.com/name/victor
- ↑ http://www.houseofnames.com/frankenstein-family-crest