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This is about the Freddy Krueger's Glove of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. If you are looking for one or more other versions of Freddy Krueger's Glove, please check Freddy Krueger's Glove (disambiguation)

Freddy Krueger's Glove is a complex subject, because there is technically more than one.


Freddy Krueger's Glove

This bladed-glove is the main weapon of Freddy Krueger, which he uses all throughout the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series.


Wes Craven came up with the idea of the glove after he was partially inspired by his own pet cat, as he watched it one night clawing on the side of his couch. In an interview, Craven stated that part of Freddy's glove was an objective goal to make Freddy a memorable character, since he claimed that every character that is successful has to have a unique weapon. Wes Craven further stated that he was looking for a primal fear that is embedded in the subconsciousness of people, with one of them being the claw of an animal, such as that of a saber-toothed tiger reaching out with "tremendous hooks", which he transposed into a human hand. According to the original script for the first A Nightmare on Elm Street film, the blades of Freddy's glove were originally fishing knives.


Approaching Jim Doyle, who made Freddy's bladed-glove, Wes Craven gave him the description of the glove's blades;"It's kind of like really long fingernails, I want the glove to look like something that someone could make who has the skills of a boilermaker". Doyle explained that they went out to look for knives to use in developing the glove before picking up a steak knife with a bizarre-looking design. He further explained that he and Wes Craven though it looks cool and that it looked cooler if turned and used upside down, however, they have to remove the knife's back edge and add another edge on it as they were going to use it upside down. Jim Doyle later made three duplicates of Freddy's bladed-glove, in which two of them were used in long shots as stunt gloves.



Concept art of the glove.

The glove consists of fourteen parts: the glove, the backplate, and the four finger blades. Part of the glove's creation was seen in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Most of the fingertips have sharp blades except for the thumb, which was excluded.

Previous Designs


Freddy Krueger's old gloves

Freddy Krueger's prototype gloves

...in the basement.

As shown in Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, Freddy Krueger had made several other gloves in the past, in which they were designed in various ways. Before the claw-like blade, which will be used in the near-future, nails, curved blades and razors were used in the creation of those gloves. However, Krueger was unsatisfied with these designs. The current fate of these gloves is unknown as of the present day.

In the comic version of the same name, the gloves appeared to be have completely alternate designs, though some of them are similar to the ones that appear in the film. All of them only consist of curved blades and metal spikes, and two of them even have a blade on the thumb.

Prototype Gloves (Freddy's Dead-The Final Nightmare comic)

Freddy's old gloves as they appear in the comic.

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The designs of some of the gloves in both the film and the comic bear a resemblance to claws/talons of different kinds of animals and birds such as eagles, hawks, bears, sloths, and cats.

Original Glove

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The glove before its turned into a bladed glove.

The original claw-like glove was made by Krueger himself prior to being burned to death. The contents used in the glove's creation consists of sheet metal, pipes, fishing knives, rivets, and an old leather work glove. Freddy Krueger created his glove for the sole purpose of killing his pre-death victims. It's creation was shown at the beginning of A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 film).

Freddy Krueger's original glove

Freddy's original glove.

Freddy Krueger's glove with Marge Thompson

The original glove in Marge Thompson's possession.

Marge Thompson confiscated this glove. Logically, she would have done it before gasoline was poured around the Boiler Room. She then wrapped it in cloth and stored the glove in the furnace in the basement of her home of 1428 Elm Street. A few years later Marge Thompson took it out and showed it to her daughter Nancy while revealing the truth about Freddy Krueger.

Five years later, Freddy finds the glove in a dream and took it out of the furnace. Later, Jesse Walsh, who moved into Nancy's house, finds it in the same furnace that he saw in his dream and was coaxed by Freddy to try it on, which caused a refusing Jesse to drop it. When he tried to run but slipped and fell, he finds the glove laying on the floor beside him.

Second Glove

Since Marge Thompson confiscated the original glove, the one Freddy used in the Dream World from A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984 film) to Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare and in the physical world at the end of the latter film, is obviously a different glove, so when Freddy has been pulled out of a dream, two gloves are in the physical world at the same time, and could hypothetically come into contact with each other.

This glove was destroyed by a pipe bomb at the end of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare.

Third Glove

Since the second glove was destroyed at the end of Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare, the one Freddy Krueger used in Freddy vs. Jason (film) was apparently a third glove.

Other Gloves

A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (film)

This glove featured hypodermic needles and syringes in place of the blades in one scene, but overall, the blades were larger and the backplate was weathered in color. The glove was used to forcibly inject massive amounts of heroin into Taryn White, which made her go through a slow but agonizing death.

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child (film)

This version of the glove has two of its blades fused with the bowl of a spoon. Freddy used this glove to overfeed Greta Gibson with her own organs as well as forcibly scoop them out of her stomach.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (film)

This version of the bladed glove is called the power glove, given its similar design to that of the power glove for the Nintendo Entertainment System. Freddy used this glove to automatically lock himself in a security room as well as control a game sprite version of himself to kill Spencer Lewis, both in the video game and in the Physical World.

Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare (comic)

In the comic adaption of Freddy's Dead, the power glove now appears to have a Sci-Fi-like design. Rather than being a controller accessory, it is based on a remote control, though Freddy is still capable of controlling his game sprite, much like in the film. However, as the occurring event in the comic took place in a living room rather than a security room, its unknown if this version of the power glove can automatically close doors.

Freddy vs. Jason (film)

The design of this glove is closer to the one from Dream Warriors, but is mostly yellow and grey in color while the blades are slightly bigger in size.