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Victor, you did it!

—Igor to Victor Frankenstein src

Igor, also known as the Assistant, is a character on ABC's Once Upon a Time. He débuts in the fifth episode of the second season and is portrayed by co-star Yurij Kis.

Igor is based on the stock character lab assistant of the same name from popular culture.


Before the Curse

Igor carries a box up the stairs in Victor Frankenstein's laboratory in his family's summer home. While he is away, Rumplestiltskin appears to Victor and offers him gold. When Igor returns, Rumplestiltskin is gone. After the death of Gerhardt, Igor assists Victor in his experiments. ("In the Name of the Brother")

In his castle in his world, Victor Frankenstein enters and comes upon Igor and a body on the table, covered with a sheet. He tells Igor he got what he went for and pulls out the heart, glowing red. He then proceeds to insert the heart as lightning streaks down from the sky, and he and Igor wait to see if the heart transplant was a success. Suddenly, a stitched hand comes out from beneath the sheet. Frankenstein grabs it and states that it is alive. Igor states it is magic, but Frankenstein responds that it is science. ("The Doctor")


Popular Culture



  1. D'Angelo, Mike (November 24, 2015). Victor Frankenstein and his loyal assistant Igor get a boring revisionist remake. The A.V. Club. “There is no character named Igor in Mary Shelley's novel, however, nor does Victor Frankenstein have any sort of lab assistant, hunchbacked or otherwise.”
  2. Was the Assistant in Frankenstein Really Named Igor?. Entertainment Legends Revealed!. Retrieved on September 5, 2018. “The assistant character does not appear in Mary Shelley’s original novel, but first popped up in a stage adaptation a decade or so after the novel, Presumption: or the Fate of Frankenstein by Richard Brinsley Peake.”
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