Fictional Character
"Father of the Groom"
Set in OTL
Type of Appearance: Direct (POV in one passage)
Nationality: United States of America, formerly Russia, born in the Soviet Union
Date of Birth: Late 1960s
Occupation: Lab assistant, former graduate student

Igor had been a graduate student at the University of Moscow when the Soviet Union imploded. He took off for greener pastures and ended up in Tarzana, California as an assistant to Professor Tesla Kidder, a mad scientist.[1]

Igor was present at the family gathering in the lead up to the wedding of Archimedes Kidder (his boss's son) and Kate. When Kidder heard his niece Stacey, who was one of Kate's bridesmaids, say aloud that Kate was "going Bridezilla", Kidder decided that the metaphor was worthy of reification. Igor tried to convince talk Kidder out of it, but Kidder angrily insisted it was a good idea. (Igor was present at the gathering because he was attracted to Stacey.)[2]

The next day, Kidder hooked into the surveillance system of Northridge Mall to watch Kate, Stacey, and the other bridesmaids. He once again pondered the reification of the Bridezilla metaphor against Igor's counsel. When Igor suggested that Kidder should make sure whatever he did could not be traced back to him, Kidder revealed that he'd been working on a long-range genetic recodifier, something Igor had no idea he was working on. After a quick test on a mouse, Kidder aimed it at Kate, and turned her into an actual Bridezilla monster. However, after his wife Kathy and son Archie pressed Kidder to stop this, Kidder relented and turned Kate back to normal.[3]

After the horror that resulted from his employer's actions, Igor considered briefly that it might have been safer to stay in Moscow, but quickly dismissed this thought.[4] At the wedding of Archimedes and Kate, Igor got to dance with Stacey.[5]

Literary comment[]

Igor is named after the character Ygor played by Bela Lugosi in the Universal Monsters films Son of Frankenstein (1939) and Ghost of Frankenstein (1942), who has entered pop culture under the copyright-friendly spelling Igor.


  1. See, e.g., We Install and Other Stories, loc. 16. ebook.
  2. Ibid., loc. 49-82.
  3. Ibid., loc. 105-185.
  4. Ibid., p. 11, TPB; loc. 185.
  5. Ibid. loc. 196.