Leatherface has his chainsaw, Ghostface has his knife, Freddy has his glove. That's just the way things are in slasher world. What you may not have known, however, is that Freddy's glove is slightly different in every movie.
The basic glove — and Freddy's primary weapon — is handmade. The A Nightmare on Elm Street mythology goes that Freddy constructed his knife glove from sheet metal, fishing knives and a leather glove used for working in the boiler room where he took his victims. You can get yourself a pretty cool replica if you're looking for a Halloween costume, based on Lou Carlucci's original design.
A Nightmare On Elm Street & Freddy's Revenge
The first two movies in the franchise actually used a very small glove in comparison to those that followed, and an extra-large rivet can be seen on the first finger.
A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
Bigger knives appeared on this glove, with an older-looking backplate. This glove is very similar to the glove in Freddy vs. Jason, only that one used super-enormous blades! Still, the most memorable adjustment to this one is the scene where the blades are replaced with hypodermic needles:
The Dream Master
The glove for The Dream Master got a little greener and messier, designed to look like Freddy had spilled solder (and blood!) on it.
The Dream Child
The blades were bigger and the glove redder, with fewer stains — maybe Freddy finally did some laundry!
Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare
The fingers are a bit thicker in The Final Nightmare, but the coolest scene glove-wise shows Katherine Krueger (Cassandra Rachel Friel) finding several gloves in the basement featuring different designs, including one with spikes along the back.
Wes Craven's New Nightmare
This is probably the most unusual glove in the franchise. It has a thumb blade for the first time, and the blades grew from Freddy's bones, showing his sinew and veins. It's the only glove in the series to feature five blades, and Robert Englund found it more difficult to work with for this reason.
In a marvelous scene in the opening episode of the Freddy's Nightmares TV show — which is amazing, by the way — Englund gleefully wields a glove with whirring dentist's drills and appliances for fingers!
Bonus: In the 2011 Mortal Kombat video game, Freddy has a glove on both hands, but his face is modeled on the Jackie Earle Haley remake version. Freddy's iconic glove also appears in Friday the 13th: Jason Goes to Hell, where his hand pulls Jason's mask down to the underworld.