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Encyclopedia > Igor (Discworld)
Characters from
Terry Pratchett's Discworld series
Igor with dog as envisioned by Paul Kidby
Character details
Full name: Igor
Description: A group of gifted medical specialists / assistants with a remarkable drive for self-improvement of the most creative fashion.
Associations: Various, but noted assistants of mad scientists and, lately, the Ankh-Morpork City Watch.
Location: Überwald, Ankh-Morpork, Borogravia
Story appearances
First seen: Carpe Jugulum
Also in: The Fifth Elephant
The Truth
Thief of Time
Night Watch
Monstrous Regiment
Going Postal
Thud!
Making Money
Other details
Notes: Talented surgeons, but must be monitored, lest the patient awake with a few modifications the Igor in question thought would be nice to have.

The Igors are a recurring set of characters in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels. They are members of a clan of servants from the region of Überwald, all of which are named Igor. The Igors are based partially upon Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's Monster, and partially upon the hunchbacked assistants in Universal and Hammer's film versions. While they are born in the normal fashion, the clan's strong tradition of surgery usually means that by the time they would have grown to maturity in the natural way many of their body-parts have already been swapped around repeatedly, mostly within the clan. Image File history File links Emblem-important. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... In Terry Pratchetts fictional Discworld universe, Ãœberwald is a region located in near the foot of the Ramtops, farther from Ankh-Morpork than Lancre is. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Borogravia is a fictional country in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ... For the actual making of money, see Mint for the making of coins and Banknote concerning the production of paper money. ... Terence David John Pratchett OBE (born April 28, 1948, in Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire, England[1]) is an English fantasy author, best known for his Discworld series. ... This article is about the novels. ... In Terry Pratchetts fictional Discworld universe, Ãœberwald is a region located in near the foot of the Ramtops, farther from Ankh-Morpork than Lancre is. ... Igor is a given name derived from the Scandinavian name Ingyar, that was brought to ancient Russia by the Vikings (Ingvar or Yngvar). ... Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (née Godwin) (30 August 1797 – 1 February 1851) was an English romantic/gothic novelist and the author of Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus. ... Boris Karloff as Frankensteins Monster in Frankenstein (1931). ... This article is about the American media conglomerate. ... Hammer horror refers to a series of gothic horror films produced from the late 1950s until the 1970s by the British film production company Hammer Film Productions Ltd. ... “Surgeon” redirects here. ...


All Igors have stitches, but these appear to be more like clan markings than actual repairs. The male members of the Igor clan traditionally lisp (though sometimes some forget), are considered very good catches for any young lady (it is probably best not to wonder why), and their daughters tend to be very attractive ("Eyes on the same level, that sort of thing?" as Samuel Vimes once commented). In Making Money, it is shown by Herbert's Igor that their lisping is actually just for show, because people "expect it." The female members (Igorinas) tend to not show their stitches, but share the talent of the males. They also generally do not lisp as much. Samuel Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... For the actual making of money, see Mint for the making of coins and Banknote concerning the production of paper money. ...


While they are extremely diligent in using their surgical skills among themselves they are also careful to share them among the people around their homes, possibly in a bid to make sure that when the torch-bearing mob comes along to kill the latest freak of science the resident Igor will be spared. The tradition is that people helped by an Igor later allow it to have a "rummage around" for useful organs after they die. If the Igor is turned away from the house, no Igor will help that village again. The Igor clan motto is, "What goeth around, cometh around... or thtopth."


When an Igor suffers irreparable damage (which is hard to achieve in people who install back-up hearts and a lightning rod down their backs), they are usually "broken down for thpareth"; their functioning body-parts are distributed amongst those who need them and their brains are conserved until such time as another Igor finds a semi-willing patient with irreparable head-trauma, or manages to construct a suitable body from available parts.


Beyond surgery, Igors have an advanced knowledge of what they call "bio-artificing" (a kind of genetic engineering which, on the Discworld, involves "very small stitches") and often create "pets" for themselves, such as dogs made from various dog breeds and a rabbit with human ears growing out of it. A hamster created by such methods apparently broke out of its cage and chewed off a man's leg before flying away. An Igor's expertise in human surgery also extends to the veterinary world; there is known to be one horse in Ankh-Morpork, owned by Hobson's livery stables (which employs an Igor), with a longitudinal seam extending the entire circumference of the animal, sewn together from the remains of a particularly nasty collision. It is advisable, when asking an Igor about his job, not to allow your imagination to follow his answer all the way. Kenyans examining insect-resistant transgenic Bt corn. ...


They have a strange ability to be at your side (or just behind you) when you call them, and at a door before you knock. Their other ability, returning to a room unnoticed while having previously left through a door, is possibly a spoof of the common bloopers and mistakes in old horror movies. They also have a knack for making any door they open creak.


An Igor servant is considered a must by all members of the Überwald upper classes and, naturally, by any serious mad scientist. In recent years, they have increasingly been seen outside of Überwald, where their skills far outrank those of any non-Igor surgeon on the Disc. They LAUGHED at my theories at the institute! Fools! Ill destroy them all! Caucasian, male, aging, crooked teeth, messy hair, lab coat, spectacles/goggles, dramatic posing — one popular stereotype of mad scientist. ...


Igors have a particular code of honour, which makes them very loyal and hard-working. The code is explicit on certain matters: Never quethtion the marthter ("No, thur, that'th an artery"); never path judgement ("What do you want a hundred virginth for?"); never grumble ("Where am I going to find a brain at thith time of night?"). If an Igor spent any time in making value judgements, he would never get anything done. They will continue their servitude even if they disapprove of their master's work, but their faith is merely strong, not boundless; in the words of one of the founding Igors: "We belong dead? Excuthe me? Where doeth it thay 'we'?"


Igors are well-known for knowing exactly which Igor a person is talking about, despite the facts that they are all named Igor and that the speaker hasn't yet told them which Igor they are referring to. Igor-recognition by sight takes some practice but is quite possible to do: the key is the stitch pattern.


Appearances

One Igor went with Samuel Vimes to Ankh-Morpork. He now works for the Ankh-Morpork City Watch and is a prominent bio-artificing specialist. This Igor appears in The Fifth Elephant, The Truth, Night Watch and Thud!. He shows a disregard and scorn for traditions of Igors, such as lisping, which he sometimes forgets or neglects to do. Interestingly, young Igor's father admitted that young Igor was too modern for Überwald, but respected his skills (saying he's never known anyone as good at "really tiny thtitching"). Samuel Sam Vimes is a fictional policeman from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... Ankh-Morpork is a fictional city-state which prominently features in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of fantasy novels. ... Coat of arms of the Ankh-Morpork City Watch. ... The Fifth Elephant is the 24th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... This article or section should include material from [[{{{1}}}]]. Mr. ... Night Watch is the 29th novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series, published in 2002. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ... In Terry Pratchetts fictional Discworld universe, Ãœberwald is a region located in near the foot of the Ramtops, farther from Ankh-Morpork than Lancre is. ...


When the Magpyr family went to Lancre they naturally brought along their Igor, who is more traditionally minded than his employers and has a dog named Scraps (or "Thcrapth") that he built himself. See Carpe Jugulum. This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... Carpe Jugulum is a comic fantasy novel by Terry Pratchett, the twenty third in the Discworld series. ...


Another Igor shipped himself to Ankh-Morpork to assist Jeremy Clockson in building a glass clock, as told in Thief of Time. This Igor is a member of an organisation called We R Igors (slogan: "A Spare Hand Where Needed", c-mail: yethmarthter@uberwald). Jeremy Clockson is a character from the Discworld novel, Thief of Time. ... Thief of Time is the 26th Discworld novel written by Terry Pratchett. ... The clacks in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels is a network of semaphore towers stretching along the Sto Plains, into the Ramtops and across the Unnamed Continent to Genua. ...


A (female) Borogravian member of the clan served in the Cheesemongers with Private Perks, in the book Monstrous Regiment. Borogravia is a fictional country in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series of novels. ... This article details minor Discworld characters; characters from the Discworld novels by Terry Pratchett who only appear in the background, or who have only had a brief starring role. ... Monstrous Regiment is the 31st novel in Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


Reacher Gilt, Chairman of the Grand Trunk Company in Going Postal employed an Igor, as does the horse dealer Willie Hobson. This article contains brief biographies for characters from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ... The clacks in Terry Pratchetts Discworld novels is a network of semaphore towers stretching along the Sto Plains, into the Ramtops and across the Unnamed Continent to Genua. ... Memorial of the 1986 post office incident in Edmond, Oklahoma. ... This article contains brief biographies for characters from Terry Pratchetts Discworld series. ...


There are supposedly several Igors at the Free Hospital.


Confusingly, the barman at Biers (a pub in Ankh-Morpork catering to the undead) is named Igor, but is not an Igor, and reacts poorly when this suggestion is made. He appears in Feet of Clay, Hogfather and Thud!. The Fresh Start Club, a society of the undead. ... Feet of Clay is the nineteenth Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett, and a parody of detective novels. ... Hogfather is the 20th Discworld novel by Terry Pratchett. ... Thud! is Terry Pratchetts 34th Discworld novel, released in the United States of America and the United Kingdom on September 13, and it may have been released already in other countries, such as Norway [1] and Denmark. ...


  Results from FactBites:
 
The Igor - Television Tropes & Idioms (313 words)
Igor is the sidekick and manservant to a Mad Scientist.
Igor can't fight, usually, and if encountered by the hero in a combat situation, will high-tail it out along with his master, unless the master tries to sacrifice him to enhance his own chances.
Literary example: Terry Pratchett's Discworld features an entire clan of these types, all named Igor (except the women, who are named Igorina), all with their own unique pattern of scars and deformities, and all of them incredibly skilled surgeons.
Igor (Discworld) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (813 words)
Igor is a recurring set of characters in Terry Pratchett's Discworld series of novels.
The Igors are based partially upon Mary Shelley's Frankenstein's Monster, and partially upon the hunchbacked assistants in Universal and Hammer's film versions.
The male members of the Igor clan traditionally lisp, are considered very good catches for any young lady, and their daughters tend to be very attractive ("Eyes on the same level, that sort of thing?" as Samuel Vimes once commented).
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