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''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' (''The Mystery of Greveholm'') is a Swedish ''[[{{Julekalender}} julkalender]]'' that originally aired in 1996. The series blends mystery, science fiction, fantasy, drama, romance and comedy, and, as of 2014, remains an audience and critic favourite. It is notable for using what at the time was a significant amount of {{CGI}}.

It's winter, the first day of December. A paperboy is doing his daily business; passing out the morning paper. When he arrives at an old castle, a by-passing man tells him that nobody lives there. The paperboy replies that there must be someone there, as he throws a paper inside the walls every morning and the next day it's gone. The man shrugs and says that he's decided to move away from the neighbour hood as he's had enough of all those weird things happening over at the castle. The paperboy promptly throws in the paper anyway... and is shell shocked when it suddenly levitates above the ground and flies out of his sight.

Cut to the ditzy Olsson family living in their small apartment in the city. Because of a miscalculation, the satellite that is supposed to provide Swedish television is out of orbit, which causes major noise in [=TVs=] all over the country, and the one being blamed for it is none other than the dad of the family. Tired of being ridiculed by the newspapers, the family decides to rent a house outside the city and get away from all the gossip.

However, due to a misunderstanding, the family accidentally rents the old castle named Greveholm and starts preparing for the best Christmas ever. The three children immediately start noticing strange events and spooky figures lurking the dark corridors, and they decide to investigate. And soon enough, it's revealed that there are bigger, darker secrets hidden behind the thick brick walls; some of them much more dangerous than they could ever imagine...

Like with any huge successes, merchandise was made to ride on the waves of the show's popularity. No fewer than three PC games were produced by Young Genius. A tabletop game was also made.

''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' has been re-aired several times as half-hour episodes consisting of three short episodes edited together. The original episodes can be purchased on DVD -- although only in Sweden.

In December 2012, a sequel aired as that year's Christmas Calendar and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. Almost everybody from the old cast returned to reprise their roles, with Jean, Staffan and Leif as part of the main cast. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel was successful.

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The characters are as follows:

* '''Daddy Leif: ''' The engineering dad who is blamed for the whole satellite screw-up. He might give a somewhat childish impression, but he is actually rather competent physician and mathematician.
* '''Mommy Astrid: ''' The brisk, [[GenkiGirl genki]] and educating mother who always seem to have a new project going on. Also a bit of a {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}} like her husband.
* '''Melitta: ''' The oldest of the kids. She is a typical bored teenager who thinks living in an old, stale castle just stinks. Especially if you're scared shitless by ghost [[ButtMonkey every five minutes]].
* '''Ivar: ''' The middle kid. He's an adventurer who spends most of his time day-dreaming of being a [[KnightInShiningArmor hero]], and living in a haunted castle is the perfect set-up for an adventure, isn't it?
* '''Lillan: ''' The youngest kid, but also the smartest. Like Ivar, she is greatly intrigued by the strange events in the castle, but unlike her brother, she approaches the situation with [[GeniusBookClub science and reason]].
* '''Jean and Staffan: ''' The two ghosts who LOVE scaring new inhabitants of the castle.
* '''Måns: ''' The paperboy, and the first regular character we are introduced to. He bonds with Melitta pretty early on and the two of them start their own investigation about what's really going on.
* '''Ralf and Rolf: ''' Two burglars who are [[IncrediblyLamePun dead-set]] on robbing the castle of all its [[AllThatGlitters supposed treasures]].

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'''Tropes used in ''Mysteriet på Greveholm'':'''

* AnnoyingArrows: One of them goes right through Staffan's head. But it's OnlyAFleshWound... [[AcheyScars or so he says]].
* BadAss: The elves. Yes, the same kind of elves that "[[SantaClaus work for the big guy with the beard]]".
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Count.]]
* CaptainObvious: It doesn't take until the second-to-last episode for Mommy and Daddy to realize that [[spoiler:the castle is haunted! D: D: D:]]
* ChekhovsGun: There's two of them:[[spoiler: a perfectly normal-looking rock (1) that can not only levitate, but also is the battery required to activate S.P.R.A.K. The robot in its turn is able to activate a spaceship that happens to be disguised as the castle's main tower (2).]] No wonder the Count hid them away!
** ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:S.P.R.A.K., for reasons explained above.]]
* ConspicuousCG: Sure, some of the CG used look pretty lousy by today's standards, but one must keep in mind that the show was made nearly 15 years ago. And to be honest, CG animations never were Swedish filmmakers' ace...
* CoolSword: The sword that is pierced right through Jean's body [[spoiler:for the first half of the show]]. Later dubbed "Excalibur" by Ivar. [[spoiler:Though it turns out to be completely useless against the Big Bad.]]
* CovertPervert: Jean, as revealed by the sequel. As the mother is preparing to put on a historical dress she found:
-->'''Staffan:''' Shouldn't we leave before she undresses completely?
-->'''Jean:''' No, I think we can stay for a while. *{{Beat}}* [[BlatantLies I want to see if the dress fits.]]
-->'''Staffan:''' But shouldn't we at least close our eyes?
-->'''Jean:''' Oh, alright, if you want to. But just so you know... My eyelids are transparent.
* CowardlyLion: The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].
* TheDeadCanDance: Parodied in the [[spoiler:last confrontation with the Count, in which Ivar, Lillan and Melitta together frequently hit the piano keys and chant "Dance, stupid Count, dance!" when the Count is seen falling over on the slippery floor]], but it ends with an OhCrap moment.
* DemBones: [[spoiler:The Count is an animated skeleton.]]
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Definitely Måns the paperboy. Also, girls who claim to have had their heart take a few extra beats for Jean are not uncommon either.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:As Dioda proves.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: In the sequel, Melitta and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino. Melitta is the name of a coffee filter brand, cappuccino is a type of coffee drink.
* FreakOut: Jean has one when [[spoiler:Ivar pulls the sword out of his body]]. Don't worry, he gets better. [[spoiler:Same goes for Staffan when his arrow recieves the same treatment]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Lillan could be considered one in the making (if she isn't one already).
* GenreSavvy: All three Olsson siblings, to varying degrees. When they are about to [[spoiler:make their last stand against the Count]], Melitta even points out to Ivar that unlike in his comic books, things almost never go as planned. And Ivar replies that that is exactly what makes it so funny.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There is a statuette of a naked (and flaunting it) woman in the backround in some shots.
** From the sequel, see CovertPervert.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]], Jean and Staffan tries to [[spoiler:convince the Count to let go of Dioda]]. We see the two of them enter a room, hear a few strangled cries and then see them walk out of the same room, now as the transparent shapes we are familiar with.
* HauntedCastle: ''Duh! ''
* HeelFaceTurn: The ghosts, though they weren't exactly evil or bad peop- err, ''souls'' to begin with.
* HeroicBastard: The sequel reveals that [[spoiler: Jean is the Count's bastard son.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jean and Staffan, seeing as they've been inseparable, scaring people together for 200-something years. Ralf and Rolf also qualify, to some extent.
* HumanAliens: [[spoiler:Dioda.]] When asked by Melitta, she also confirms the existence of LittleGreenMen ("But they only live on Mars").
** AlienAmongUs - [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s true nature is hidden from the parents at first, but not for very long.
* HumanityEnsues: A subversion occurs in the final episode; Jean and Staffan aren't turned 100 % human, but thanks to make-up and a change of clothing, they are able to interact with other characters unbeknownst of their undead nature. The ghosts themselves comment on how human they feel when during so.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The first thing you notice when you see Jean and Staffan is that you know ''exactly'' what they died of.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s signature dress.
** Not to mention what was ''under'' it...
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:The Count pretty much greet princess Dioda by proclaiming her as his wife. When she declines, he seals her spaceship away and imprisons her with the words "I won't let you out until you marry me!".]]
* JacobMarleyApparel: Jean and Staffan look exactly the same way they did when they died. ''That includes the weapons used to kill them. ''
* JerkAss: The main elf the kids are interracting with. His code name is "Happy Salmon".
** For those that aren't Swedish: "Happy as a salmon" is an expression for a generally happy and lively person.
* {{Kid Hero}}es: The three Olsson siblings (though Ivar and Melitta are technically teenagers).
* KnightInShiningArmor: Ivar often finds himself caught up in his own imaginations about being King Arthur. [[spoiler:He does actually get to be this exact trope, as he wears a shiny, golden armor during the last stand against the Count, and he is the one to finally unlock Princess Dioda from her prison.]]
-->"Do not fear, Milady, for I have come to save you!"
* LeitMotif: [[spoiler:Dioda]] has one in the form of an ethereal female chorus chant that can be heard whenever she makes an appearance.
** Not to mention the title music, "Greve Von Dys Menuett" ("Count Von Sludge's Menuet")
* LetsGetDangerous: "We can't just ignore S.P.R.A.K.!" and "We have a princess to resque!"
** The ghosts too. ''Twice'' in fact; [[spoiler: once in the past that failed miserably and killed them both, and once in present time where they ultimately bring down the Count for good]].
* MeaningfulName:
** Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day, on December 13) named "Staffan Stalledräng" ("Staffan Stableboy").
** The castle is named Greveholm. "Greve" means Count, the title of the main antagonist.
** The Count's full name is Count von Sludge. And his motives sure are dirty.
** Inverted with Melitta; she is named after a coffee filter, yet she is ''never'' shown drinking coffee or having any involvement with said hot drink at all.
* NostalgiaFilter: Averted: many viewers who did ''not'' watch the show as kids are still able to enjoy it as adults.
* TheNineties: Video tapes, parabolic aerials, references to Ace of Base and Red Hot Chili Peppers, cellphones the size of a brick...
* OfficialCouple: Melitta and Måns.
* OhCrap: "We have no Plan Four!", which causes Melitta to promptly run away screaming.
* OnceUponATime: The appropriately named [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Jean and Staffan's powers include;
** {{Invisibility}}, as we frequently see them fade in and out on-screen.
** {{Flight}}/[[PowerFloats Levitation]].
** Duplication, [[TakeOurWordForIt but we only hear them talk about it]].
-->'''Jean:''' "Staffan! You were supposed to keep an eye on the kids!"
-->'''Staffan:''' "That's easy for you to say! They went in opposite directions, it's not like I can divide in two!"
-->'''Jean:''' "You ''cannot?!" ''
-->'''Staffan:''' "No, because it makes my hips ache."
** [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]; Mom and Dad are seen talking about their (supposed) [[DemonicPossession ability to take over people's bodies]], but we never see Jean or Staffan either perform the act or mention it.
** VoluntaryShapeshifting. Thanks to this, they are able to physically enter a computer game!
** They also exude ectoplasma...
-->''"Ghost mucus?!"''
* POVCam: A video camera is placed on S.P.R.A.K.'s head and what he sees is broadcasted live on the kids TV. This leads to NightmareFuel - so much that it even affects Daddy in-series!
* PrecociousCrush: Ivar [[spoiler:pretty much gets infatuated with princess Dioda the very moment Jean and Staffan tells him about her. He stumbles with his feelings, but eventually accepts the fact that they can never be together. ]]
* PunchClockVillain: The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Begone... evil... SPIRIT!"
* PunnyName: The Count's name, "Von Dy", literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced the same as "Fondue" in Swedish. Likely aimed at [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Dioda.]]
* RobotBuddy: S.P.R.A.K.
* SantaClaus: Yep, he appears too. This is essentially a Christmas show, remember?
* SecondLove: ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest Maybe]]'', [[spoiler:Anna for Ivar.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum: PG Version. [[spoiler:The Count, to Melitta: "Sure, I'll let go of [the princess]... if YOU marry me in her place!"]]
* TheBeautifulElite: [[spoiler:Dioda]] is [[JustForPun unearthly]] beautiful in just about every way possible. Justified since [[spoiler:she's not a human to begin with]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: The show's theme song is heard several times in-show, including when it's played on the piano by a few characters. The piano version even has a name; "Count von Sludge's Minuet".
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Lillan is definitely the brain of the family.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Staffan has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostkaka ostkaka]].
* TeamPet: S.P.R.A.K., despite being a highly intellectual [[spoiler:alien]] robot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler:Dioda the alien princess was inprisoned on Earth against her will.]]
* TreasureMap: One that leads to one of the aforementioned [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]].
* VagueAge: Ivar is a case of this, as his age is stated to be both 12 ''and'' 13 (both times happened in an episode that focused on his birthday!). This is most likely an accidental blunder by the production team for never realizing the slip, rather than inconsistent writing.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Dioda and to a lesser extent The Count.]]
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''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' (''The Mystery of Greveholm'') is a Swedish ''[[{{Julekalender}} julkalender]]'' that originally aired in 1996. The series blends mystery, science fiction, fantasy, drama, romance and comedy, and, as of 2014, remains an audience and critic favourite. It is notable for using what at the time was a significant amount of {{CGI}}.

It's winter, the first day of December. A paperboy is doing his daily business; passing out the morning paper. When he arrives at an old castle, a by-passing man tells him that nobody lives there. The paperboy replies that there must be someone there, as he throws a paper inside the walls every morning and the next day it's gone. The man shrugs and says that he's decided to move away from the neighbour hood as he's had enough of all those weird things happening over at the castle. The paperboy promptly throws in the paper anyway... and is shell shocked when it suddenly levitates above the ground and flies out of his sight.

Cut to the ditzy Olsson family living in their small apartment in the city. Because of a miscalculation, the satellite that is supposed to provide Swedish television is out of orbit, which causes major noise in [=TVs=] all over the country, and the one being blamed for it is none other than the dad of the family. Tired of being ridiculed by the newspapers, the family decides to rent a house outside the city and get away from all the gossip.

However, due to a misunderstanding, the family accidentally rents the old castle named Greveholm and starts preparing for the best Christmas ever. The three children immediately start noticing strange events and spooky figures lurking the dark corridors, and they decide to investigate. And soon enough, it's revealed that there are bigger, darker secrets hidden behind the thick brick walls; some of them much more dangerous than they could ever imagine...

Like with any huge successes, merchandise was made to ride on the waves of the show's popularity. No fewer than three PC games were produced by Young Genius. A tabletop game was also made.

''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' has been re-aired several times as half-hour episodes consisting of three short episodes edited together. The original episodes can be purchased on DVD -- although only in Sweden.

In December 2012, a sequel aired as that year's Christmas Calendar and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. Almost everybody from the old cast returned to reprise their roles, with Jean, Staffan and Leif as part of the main cast. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel was successful.

----
The characters are as follows:

* '''Daddy Leif: ''' The engineering dad who is blamed for the whole satellite screw-up. He might give a somewhat childish impression, but he is actually rather competent physician and mathematician.
* '''Mommy Astrid: ''' The brisk, [[GenkiGirl genki]] and educating mother who always seem to have a new project going on. Also a bit of a {{Bunny Ears Lawyer}} like her husband.
* '''Melitta: ''' The oldest of the kids. She is a typical bored teenager who thinks living in an old, stale castle just stinks. Especially if you're scared shitless by ghost [[ButtMonkey every five minutes]].
* '''Ivar: ''' The middle kid. He's an adventurer who spends most of his time day-dreaming of being a [[KnightInShiningArmor hero]], and living in a haunted castle is the perfect set-up for an adventure, isn't it?
* '''Lillan: ''' The youngest kid, but also the smartest. Like Ivar, she is greatly intrigued by the strange events in the castle, but unlike her brother, she approaches the situation with [[GeniusBookClub science and reason]].
* '''Jean and Staffan: ''' The two ghosts who LOVE scaring new inhabitants of the castle.
* '''Måns: ''' The paperboy, and the first regular character we are introduced to. He bonds with Melitta pretty early on and the two of them start their own investigation about what's really going on.
* '''Ralf and Rolf: ''' Two burglars who are [[IncrediblyLamePun dead-set]] on robbing the castle of all its [[AllThatGlitters supposed treasures]].

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'''Tropes used in ''Mysteriet på Greveholm'':'''

* AnnoyingArrows: One of them goes right through Staffan's head. But it's OnlyAFleshWound... [[AcheyScars or so he says]].
* BadAss: The elves. Yes, the same kind of elves that "[[SantaClaus work for the big guy with the beard]]".
* BigBad: [[spoiler:The Count.]]
* CaptainObvious: It doesn't take until the second-to-last episode for Mommy and Daddy to realize that [[spoiler:the castle is haunted! D: D: D:]]
* ChekhovsGun: There's two of them:[[spoiler: a perfectly normal-looking rock (1) that can not only levitate, but also is the battery required to activate S.P.R.A.K. The robot in its turn is able to activate a spaceship that happens to be disguised as the castle's main tower (2).]] No wonder the Count hid them away!
** ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:S.P.R.A.K., for reasons explained above.]]
* ConspicuousCG: Sure, some of the CG used look pretty lousy by today's standards, but one must keep in mind that the show was made nearly 15 years ago. And to be honest, CG animations never were Swedish filmmakers' ace...
* CoolSword: The sword that is pierced right through Jean's body [[spoiler:for the first half of the show]]. Later dubbed "Excalibur" by Ivar. [[spoiler:Though it turns out to be completely useless against the Big Bad.]]
* CovertPervert: Jean, as revealed by the sequel. As the mother is preparing to put on a historical dress she found:
-->'''Staffan:''' Shouldn't we leave before she undresses completely?
-->'''Jean:''' No, I think we can stay for a while. *{{Beat}}* [[BlatantLies I want to see if the dress fits.]]
-->'''Staffan:''' But shouldn't we at least close our eyes?
-->'''Jean:''' Oh, alright, if you want to. But just so you know... My eyelids are transparent.
* CowardlyLion: The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].
* TheDeadCanDance: Parodied in the [[spoiler:last confrontation with the Count, in which Ivar, Lillan and Melitta together frequently hit the piano keys and chant "Dance, stupid Count, dance!" when the Count is seen falling over on the slippery floor]], but it ends with an OhCrap moment.
* DemBones: [[spoiler:The Count is an animated skeleton.]]
* EstrogenBrigadeBait: Definitely Måns the paperboy. Also, girls who claim to have had their heart take a few extra beats for Jean are not uncommon either.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:As Dioda proves.]]
* FamilyThemeNaming: In the sequel, Melitta and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino. Melitta is the name of a coffee filter brand, cappuccino is a type of coffee drink.
* FreakOut: Jean has one when [[spoiler:Ivar pulls the sword out of his body]]. Don't worry, he gets better. [[spoiler:Same goes for Staffan when his arrow recieves the same treatment]].
* GadgeteerGenius: Lillan could be considered one in the making (if she isn't one already).
* GenreSavvy: All three Olsson siblings, to varying degrees. When they are about to [[spoiler:make their last stand against the Count]], Melitta even points out to Ivar that unlike in his comic books, things almost never go as planned. And Ivar replies that that is exactly what makes it so funny.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: There is a statuette of a naked (and flaunting it) woman in the backround in some shots.
** From the sequel, see CovertPervert.
* GoryDiscretionShot: In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]], Jean and Staffan tries to [[spoiler:convince the Count to let go of Dioda]]. We see the two of them enter a room, hear a few strangled cries and then see them walk out of the same room, now as the transparent shapes we are familiar with.
* HauntedCastle: ''Duh! ''
* HeelFaceTurn: The ghosts, though they weren't exactly evil or bad peop- err, ''souls'' to begin with.
* HeroicBastard: The sequel reveals that [[spoiler: Jean is the Count's bastard son.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Jean and Staffan, seeing as they've been inseparable, scaring people together for 200-something years. Ralf and Rolf also qualify, to some extent.
* HumanAliens: [[spoiler:Dioda.]] When asked by Melitta, she also confirms the existence of LittleGreenMen ("But they only live on Mars").
** AlienAmongUs - [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s true nature is hidden from the parents at first, but not for very long.
* HumanityEnsues: A subversion occurs in the final episode; Jean and Staffan aren't turned 100 % human, but thanks to make-up and a change of clothing, they are able to interact with other characters unbeknownst of their undead nature. The ghosts themselves comment on how human they feel when during so.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The first thing you notice when you see Jean and Staffan is that you know ''exactly'' what they died of.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes: [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s signature dress.
** Not to mention what was ''under'' it...
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:The Count pretty much greet princess Dioda by proclaiming her as his wife. When she declines, he seals her spaceship away and imprisons her with the words "I won't let you out until you marry me!".]]
* JacobMarleyApparel: Jean and Staffan look exactly the same way they did when they died. ''That includes the weapons used to kill them. ''
* JerkAss: The main elf the kids are interracting with. His code name is "Happy Salmon".
** For those that aren't Swedish: "Happy as a salmon" is an expression for a generally happy and lively person.
* {{Kid Hero}}es: The three Olsson siblings (though Ivar and Melitta are technically teenagers).
* KnightInShiningArmor: Ivar often finds himself caught up in his own imaginations about being King Arthur. [[spoiler:He does actually get to be this exact trope, as he wears a shiny, golden armor during the last stand against the Count, and he is the one to finally unlock Princess Dioda from her prison.]]
-->"Do not fear, Milady, for I have come to save you!"
* LeitMotif: [[spoiler:Dioda]] has one in the form of an ethereal female chorus chant that can be heard whenever she makes an appearance.
** Not to mention the title music, "Greve Von Dys Menuett" ("Count Von Sludge's Menuet")
* LetsGetDangerous: "We can't just ignore S.P.R.A.K.!" and "We have a princess to resque!"
** The ghosts too. ''Twice'' in fact; [[spoiler: once in the past that failed miserably and killed them both, and once in present time where they ultimately bring down the Count for good]].
* MeaningfulName:
** Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day, on December 13) named "Staffan Stalledräng" ("Staffan Stableboy").
** The castle is named Greveholm. "Greve" means Count, the title of the main antagonist.
** The Count's full name is Count von Sludge. And his motives sure are dirty.
** Inverted with Melitta; she is named after a coffee filter, yet she is ''never'' shown drinking coffee or having any involvement with said hot drink at all.
* NostalgiaFilter: Averted: many viewers who did ''not'' watch the show as kids are still able to enjoy it as adults.
* TheNineties: Video tapes, parabolic aerials, references to Ace of Base and Red Hot Chili Peppers, cellphones the size of a brick...
* OfficialCouple: Melitta and Måns.
* OhCrap: "We have no Plan Four!", which causes Melitta to promptly run away screaming.
* OnceUponATime: The appropriately named [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent: Jean and Staffan's powers include;
** {{Invisibility}}, as we frequently see them fade in and out on-screen.
** {{Flight}}/[[PowerFloats Levitation]].
** Duplication, [[TakeOurWordForIt but we only hear them talk about it]].
-->'''Jean:''' "Staffan! You were supposed to keep an eye on the kids!"
-->'''Staffan:''' "That's easy for you to say! They went in opposite directions, it's not like I can divide in two!"
-->'''Jean:''' "You ''cannot?!" ''
-->'''Staffan:''' "No, because it makes my hips ache."
** [[SubvertedTrope Subversion]]; Mom and Dad are seen talking about their (supposed) [[DemonicPossession ability to take over people's bodies]], but we never see Jean or Staffan either perform the act or mention it.
** VoluntaryShapeshifting. Thanks to this, they are able to physically enter a computer game!
** They also exude ectoplasma...
-->''"Ghost mucus?!"''
* POVCam: A video camera is placed on S.P.R.A.K.'s head and what he sees is broadcasted live on the kids TV. This leads to NightmareFuel - so much that it even affects Daddy in-series!
* PrecociousCrush: Ivar [[spoiler:pretty much gets infatuated with princess Dioda the very moment Jean and Staffan tells him about her. He stumbles with his feelings, but eventually accepts the fact that they can never be together. ]]
* PunchClockVillain: The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Begone... evil... SPIRIT!"
* PunnyName: The Count's name, "Von Dy", literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced the same as "Fondue" in Swedish. Likely aimed at [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Dioda.]]
* RobotBuddy: S.P.R.A.K.
* SantaClaus: Yep, he appears too. This is essentially a Christmas show, remember?
* SecondLove: ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest Maybe]]'', [[spoiler:Anna for Ivar.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum: PG Version. [[spoiler:The Count, to Melitta: "Sure, I'll let go of [the princess]... if YOU marry me in her place!"]]
* TheBeautifulElite: [[spoiler:Dioda]] is [[JustForPun unearthly]] beautiful in just about every way possible. Justified since [[spoiler:she's not a human to begin with]].
* ThemeTuneCameo: The show's theme song is heard several times in-show, including when it's played on the piano by a few characters. The piano version even has a name; "Count von Sludge's Minuet".
* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]]: Lillan is definitely the brain of the family.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood: Staffan has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostkaka ostkaka]].
* TeamPet: S.P.R.A.K., despite being a highly intellectual [[spoiler:alien]] robot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler:Dioda the alien princess was inprisoned on Earth against her will.]]
* TreasureMap: One that leads to one of the aforementioned [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]].
* VagueAge: Ivar is a case of this, as his age is stated to be both 12 ''and'' 13 (both times happened in an episode that focused on his birthday!). This is most likely an accidental blunder by the production team for never realizing the slip, rather than inconsistent writing.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler:Dioda and to a lesser extent The Count.]]
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->''GHOOOSTS!!''

English title, "The Mystery of Count's Isle".

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->''GHOOOSTS!!''

English title, "The
''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' (''The Mystery of Count's Isle".
Greveholm'') is a Swedish ''[[{{Julekalender}} julkalender]]'' that originally aired in 1996. The series blends mystery, science fiction, fantasy, drama, romance and comedy, and, as of 2014, remains an audience and critic favourite. It is notable for using what at the time was a significant amount of {{CGI}}.



Continuing the old Swedish tradition of the Christmas calendars made for TV, in which a show is aired one episode (usually about 10-15 minutes long) a day starting 1st of December and ending on Christmas Eve, ''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' is by far considered the best one ever made. Though the show aired in 1996, it's still popular and widely remembered by a good portion of the Swedish population. It has won at least two "Best Christmas Calendar" polls.

What makes the show so popular is its near-perfect blend of mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, romance and loads of ageless humour that appeals to both little kids and adults, all while retaining a genuine Christmas feeling. Genius script-writers Dan Zethraeus and Jesper Harrie have penned down a magic plot that has you hooked right off the bat, and while there are several subplots going on, nothing is left unsolved or draws your attention away from the big picture. The pacing is also excellent, with not even one second of filler while still giving you time to breathe. All the actors are fine, even the kids, and the acting is kept on a level that is easily digestible.

Something that really made this show stand out was the massive use of CG animations for its time. Some of Sweden's best animators were working on the series, and most of the time, it looks pretty smooth. The spooky soundtrack was provided by former pop/rock band The Creeps, which was among the last projects the band had before dissolving.

Like with any huge successes, merchandise was made to ride on the waves of the show's popularity. No fewer than three PC games were produced by Young Genius, of which the first one sold gold. A tabletop game was also made.

''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' has been re-aired several times, but now as half-hour episodes consisting of three short episodes edited together. While still hugely entertaining, hardcore fans of the show aren't particularly fond of this version as some of the funniest scenes have been deleted in order to make the episode fit the TV schedule's time slot. Fortunately, the original episodes can be purchased on DVD. ''Un''fortunately, only in Sweden.

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Continuing the old Swedish tradition of the Christmas calendars made for TV, in which a show is aired one episode (usually about 10-15 minutes long) a day starting 1st of December and ending on Christmas Eve, ''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' is by far considered the best one ever made. Though the show aired in 1996, it's still popular and widely remembered by a good portion of the Swedish population. It has won at least two "Best Christmas Calendar" polls.

What makes the show so popular is its near-perfect blend of mystery, sci-fi, fantasy, drama, romance and loads of ageless humour that appeals to both little kids and adults, all while retaining a genuine Christmas feeling. Genius script-writers Dan Zethraeus and Jesper Harrie have penned down a magic plot that has you hooked right off the bat, and while there are several subplots going on, nothing is left unsolved or draws your attention away from the big picture. The pacing is also excellent, with not even one second of filler while still giving you time to breathe. All the actors are fine, even the kids, and the acting is kept on a level that is easily digestible.

Something that really made this show stand out was the massive use of CG animations for its time. Some of Sweden's best animators were working on the series, and most of the time, it looks pretty smooth. The spooky soundtrack was provided by former pop/rock band The Creeps, which was among the last projects the band had before dissolving.

Like with any huge successes, merchandise was made to ride on the waves of the show's popularity. No fewer than three PC games were produced by Young Genius, of which the first one sold gold.Genius. A tabletop game was also made.

''Mysteriet på Greveholm'' has been re-aired several times, but now times as half-hour episodes consisting of three short episodes edited together. While still hugely entertaining, hardcore fans of the show aren't particularly fond of this version as some of the funniest scenes have been deleted in order to make the episode fit the TV schedule's time slot. Fortunately, the The original episodes can be purchased on DVD. ''Un''fortunately, DVD -- although only in Sweden.









* [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Lions]]: The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].

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* [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Lions]]: CowardlyLion: The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].



* DemBones: [[spoiler:The Count is an animated skeleton.]]



* FamilyThemeNaming: In the sequel, Melitta and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino. Melitta is the name of a coffee filter brand, cappuccino is a type of coffee drink.



* DemBones: [[spoiler:That fucking Count! And he's a rare non-{{Mook}} example too!]]



* MeaningfulName: Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day) named "Staffan the Stableman?".
** The castle is named Greveholm. "Greve" means Count. And guess what title the man who let build the castle had...?
*** Speaking of the Count, his full name was Count von Sludge. And [[MagnificentBastard his]] [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty motives]] [[JerkAss sure]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking were]] [[YouRebelScum as]] [[KickTheDog dirty]] [[InTheBack as mud]]...
*** His name also doubles as a [[PunnyName pun]] - "Von Dy" literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced as "Fondue". Likely aimed at [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".
** Averted with Melitta; she is named after a coffee filter, yet she is ''never'' shown drinking coffee or having any involvement with said hot drink ''at all. ''
*** ... But in the sequel, she and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino, making this a case of FamilyThemeNaming.

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* MeaningfulName: MeaningfulName:
**
Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day) Day, on December 13) named "Staffan the Stableman?".
Stalledräng" ("Staffan Stableboy").
** The castle is named Greveholm. "Greve" means Count. And guess what Count, the title the man who let build the castle had...?
*** Speaking
of the Count, his main antagonist.
** The Count's
full name was is Count von Sludge. And [[MagnificentBastard his]] [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty motives]] [[JerkAss sure]] [[AuthorityEqualsAsskicking were]] [[YouRebelScum as]] [[KickTheDog dirty]] [[InTheBack as mud]]...
*** His name also doubles as a [[PunnyName pun]] - "Von Dy" literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced as "Fondue". Likely aimed at [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves
his motives sure are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".
dirty.
** Averted Inverted with Melitta; she is named after a coffee filter, yet she is ''never'' shown drinking coffee or having any involvement with said hot drink ''at at all. ''
*** ... But in the sequel, she and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino, making this a case of FamilyThemeNaming.



-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Ghost mucus?!"]]

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-->[[CrowningMomentOfFunny "Ghost mucus?!"]]-->''"Ghost mucus?!"''



* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]]: The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]

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* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]]: PunchClockVillain: The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]



* PunnyName: The Count's name, "Von Dy", literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced the same as "Fondue" in Swedish. Likely aimed at [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".



* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: Dioda and to a lesser extent The Count.]]
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-->"My, what a horror flick! You're gonna get nightmares, kids!"

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* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: Dioda [[spoiler:Dioda and to a lesser extent The Count.]]
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-->"My, what a horror flick! You're gonna get nightmares, kids!"
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1st Mar '14 5:59:39 PM Iplewhelmed
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In December 2012, a sequel was aired and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. Almost everybody from the old cast returned to reprise their roles, with Jean, Staffan and Leif as part of the main cast. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel was successful.

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In December 2012, a sequel was aired as that year's Christmas Calendar and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. Almost everybody from the old cast returned to reprise their roles, with Jean, Staffan and Leif as part of the main cast. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel was successful.
1st Mar '14 5:54:48 PM Iplewhelmed
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In December 2012, a sequel was aired and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. The actors of Jean and Staffan returned to reprise their roles, while the rest of the old cast hade cameos and minor roles. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel as successful.

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In December 2012, a sequel was aired and revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. The actors of Jean and Staffan Almost everybody from the old cast returned to reprise their roles, while the rest with Jean, Staffan and Leif as part of the old cast hade cameos and minor roles. main cast. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel as was successful.
1st Mar '14 5:48:06 PM Iplewhelmed
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In May 2011, [[http://www.sydsvenskan.se/kultur-och-nojen/article1404600/Favorit-gor-comeback.html a sequel was announced]] (the link is in Swedish). Supposedly, it will air in December 2012 and revolve around a new family moving to castle. The production team is more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. The actors of Jean and Staffan are also going to reprise their roles from the original series.

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In May 2011, [[http://www.sydsvenskan.se/kultur-och-nojen/article1404600/Favorit-gor-comeback.html December 2012, a sequel was announced]] (the link is in Swedish). Supposedly, it will air in December 2012 aired and revolve revolved around a new family moving to castle. The production team is was more or less the same as before, with Dan Zetraeus (scriptwriter) and Jesper Harrie (director and co-scriptwriter) joining forces once again. The actors of Jean and Staffan are also going returned to reprise their roles from roles, while the original series. rest of the old cast hade cameos and minor roles. The audience response was mixed, but on the whole, the sequel as successful.



* AnnoyingArrows - One of them goes right through Staffan's head. But it's OnlyAFleshWound... [[AcheyScars or so he says]].
* BadAss - The elves. Yes, the same kind of elves that "[[SantaClaus work for the big guy with the beard]]".
* BigBad - [[spoiler:The Count.]]
* CaptainObvious - It doesn't take until the second-to-last episode for Mommy and Daddy to realize that [[spoiler:the castle is haunted! D: D: D:]]
* ChekhovsGun - There's two of them:[[spoiler: a perfectly normal-looking rock (1) that can not only levitate, but also is the battery required to activate S.P.R.A.K. The robot in its turn is able to activate a spaceship that happens to be disguised as the castle's main tower (2).]] No wonder the Count hid them away!
** ChekhovsGunman - [[spoiler:S.P.R.A.K., for reasons explained above.]]
* ConspicuousCG - Sure, some of the CG used look pretty lousy by today's standards, but one must keep in mind that the show was made nearly 15 years ago. And to be honest, CG animations never were Swedish filmmakers' ace...
* CoolSword - The sword that is pierced right through Jean's body [[spoiler:for the first half of the show]]. Later dubbed "Excalibur" by Ivar. [[spoiler:Though it turns out to be completely useless against the Big Bad.]]

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* AnnoyingArrows - AnnoyingArrows: One of them goes right through Staffan's head. But it's OnlyAFleshWound... [[AcheyScars or so he says]].
* BadAss - BadAss: The elves. Yes, the same kind of elves that "[[SantaClaus work for the big guy with the beard]]".
* BigBad - BigBad: [[spoiler:The Count.]]
* CaptainObvious - CaptainObvious: It doesn't take until the second-to-last episode for Mommy and Daddy to realize that [[spoiler:the castle is haunted! D: D: D:]]
* ChekhovsGun - ChekhovsGun: There's two of them:[[spoiler: a perfectly normal-looking rock (1) that can not only levitate, but also is the battery required to activate S.P.R.A.K. The robot in its turn is able to activate a spaceship that happens to be disguised as the castle's main tower (2).]] No wonder the Count hid them away!
** ChekhovsGunman - ChekhovsGunman: [[spoiler:S.P.R.A.K., for reasons explained above.]]
* ConspicuousCG - ConspicuousCG: Sure, some of the CG used look pretty lousy by today's standards, but one must keep in mind that the show was made nearly 15 years ago. And to be honest, CG animations never were Swedish filmmakers' ace...
* CoolSword - CoolSword: The sword that is pierced right through Jean's body [[spoiler:for the first half of the show]]. Later dubbed "Excalibur" by Ivar. [[spoiler:Though it turns out to be completely useless against the Big Bad.]]



* [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Lions]] - The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].
* TheDeadCanDance - Parodied in the [[spoiler:last confrontation with the Count, in which Ivar, Lillan and Melitta together frequently hit the piano keys and chant "Dance, stupid Count, dance!" when the Count is seen falling over on the slippery floor]], but it ends with an OhCrap moment.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait - Definitely Måns the paperboy. Also, girls who claim to have had their heart take a few extra beats for Jean are not uncommon either.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses - [[spoiler:As Dioda proves.]]
* FreakOut - Jean has one when [[spoiler:Ivar pulls the sword out of his body]]. Don't worry, he gets better. [[spoiler:Same goes for Staffan when his arrow recieves the same treatment]].
* DemBones - [[spoiler:That fucking Count! And he's a rare non-{{Mook}} example too!]]
* GadgeteerGenius - Lillan could be considered one in the making (if she isn't one already).
* GenreSavvy - All three Olsson siblings, to varying degrees. When they are about to [[spoiler:make their last stand against the Count]], Melitta even points out to Ivar that unlike in his comic books, things almost never go as planned. And Ivar replies that that is exactly what makes it so funny.

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* [[CowardlyLion Cowardly Lions]] - Lions]]: The ghosts flee the castle when they know [[spoiler:the final battle with the Count]] is near, [[spoiler:but they come to their senses later on and return just in time to save the kids by taking on the Count by themselves]]. Earlier during this event, we also have [[spoiler:Melitta, who just a few minutes ago ran away screaming in terror... but comes back and scolds the Count ''magnificently'' for what he's done to her siblings and the princess]].
* TheDeadCanDance - TheDeadCanDance: Parodied in the [[spoiler:last confrontation with the Count, in which Ivar, Lillan and Melitta together frequently hit the piano keys and chant "Dance, stupid Count, dance!" when the Count is seen falling over on the slippery floor]], but it ends with an OhCrap moment.
* EstrogenBrigadeBait - EstrogenBrigadeBait: Definitely Måns the paperboy. Also, girls who claim to have had their heart take a few extra beats for Jean are not uncommon either.
* EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses - EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses: [[spoiler:As Dioda proves.]]
* FreakOut - FreakOut: Jean has one when [[spoiler:Ivar pulls the sword out of his body]]. Don't worry, he gets better. [[spoiler:Same goes for Staffan when his arrow recieves the same treatment]].
* DemBones - DemBones: [[spoiler:That fucking Count! And he's a rare non-{{Mook}} example too!]]
* GadgeteerGenius - GadgeteerGenius: Lillan could be considered one in the making (if she isn't one already).
* GenreSavvy - GenreSavvy: All three Olsson siblings, to varying degrees. When they are about to [[spoiler:make their last stand against the Count]], Melitta even points out to Ivar that unlike in his comic books, things almost never go as planned. And Ivar replies that that is exactly what makes it so funny.



* GoryDiscretionShot - In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]], Jean and Staffan tries to [[spoiler:convince the Count to let go of Dioda]]. We see the two of them enter a room, hear a few strangled cries and then see them walk out through the same door, now as the transparent shapes we are familiar with.
* HauntedCastle - ''Duh! ''
* HeelFaceTurn - The ghosts, though they weren't exactly evil or bad peop- err, ''souls'' to begin with.
* HeroicBastard - [[spoiler: Jean is the Count's bastard son.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners - Jean and Staffan, seeing as they've been inseparable, scaring people together for 200-something years. Ralf and Rolf also qualify, to some extent.
* HumanAliens - [[spoiler:Dioda.]] When asked by Melitta, she also confirms the existence of LittleGreenMen ("But they only live on Mars").

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* GoryDiscretionShot - GoryDiscretionShot: In the [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]], Jean and Staffan tries to [[spoiler:convince the Count to let go of Dioda]]. We see the two of them enter a room, hear a few strangled cries and then see them walk out through of the same door, room, now as the transparent shapes we are familiar with.
* HauntedCastle - HauntedCastle: ''Duh! ''
* HeelFaceTurn - HeelFaceTurn: The ghosts, though they weren't exactly evil or bad peop- err, ''souls'' to begin with.
* HeroicBastard - HeroicBastard: The sequel reveals that [[spoiler: Jean is the Count's bastard son.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners - HeterosexualLifePartners: Jean and Staffan, seeing as they've been inseparable, scaring people together for 200-something years. Ralf and Rolf also qualify, to some extent.
* HumanAliens - HumanAliens: [[spoiler:Dioda.]] When asked by Melitta, she also confirms the existence of LittleGreenMen ("But they only live on Mars").



* HumanityEnsues - A subversion occurs in the final episode; Jean and Staffan aren't turned 100 % human, but thanks to make-up and a change of clothing, they are able to interact with other characters unbeknownst of their undead nature. The ghosts themselves comment on how human they feel when during so.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice - The first thing you notice when you see Jean and Staffan is that you know ''exactly'' what they died of.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes - [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s signature dress.

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* HumanityEnsues - HumanityEnsues: A subversion occurs in the final episode; Jean and Staffan aren't turned 100 % human, but thanks to make-up and a change of clothing, they are able to interact with other characters unbeknownst of their undead nature. The ghosts themselves comment on how human they feel when during so.
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice - ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: The first thing you notice when you see Jean and Staffan is that you know ''exactly'' what they died of.
* ImpossiblyCoolClothes - ImpossiblyCoolClothes: [[spoiler:Dioda]]'s signature dress.



* IHaveYouNowMyPretty - [[spoiler:The Count pretty much greet princess Dioda by proclaiming her as his wife. When she declines, he seals her spaceship away and imprisons her with the words "I won't let you out until you marry me!".]]
* JacobMarleyApparel - Jean and Staffan look exactly the same way they did when they died [[strike:plus a skirt]]. ''That includes the weapons used to kill them. ''
* JerkAss - The main elf the kids are interracting with. His code name is "Happy Salmon".

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* IHaveYouNowMyPretty - IHaveYouNowMyPretty: [[spoiler:The Count pretty much greet princess Dioda by proclaiming her as his wife. When she declines, he seals her spaceship away and imprisons her with the words "I won't let you out until you marry me!".]]
* JacobMarleyApparel - JacobMarleyApparel: Jean and Staffan look exactly the same way they did when they died [[strike:plus a skirt]].died. ''That includes the weapons used to kill them. ''
* JerkAss - JerkAss: The main elf the kids are interracting with. His code name is "Happy Salmon".



* {{Kid Hero}}es - The three Olsson siblings (though Melitta is technically a teenager, and Ivar, well, we don't know for sure).
* KnightInShiningArmor - Ivar often finds himself caught up in his own imaginations about being King Arthur. [[spoiler:He does actually get to be this exact trope, as he wears a shiny, golden armor during the last stand against the Count, and he is the one to finally unlock Princess Dioda from her prison.]]

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* {{Kid Hero}}es - Hero}}es: The three Olsson siblings (though Ivar and Melitta is are technically a teenager, and Ivar, well, we don't know for sure).
teenagers).
* KnightInShiningArmor - KnightInShiningArmor: Ivar often finds himself caught up in his own imaginations about being King Arthur. [[spoiler:He does actually get to be this exact trope, as he wears a shiny, golden armor during the last stand against the Count, and he is the one to finally unlock Princess Dioda from her prison.]]



* LeitMotif - [[spoiler:Dioda]] has one in the form of an ethereal female chorus chant that can be heard whenever she makes an appearance.

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* LeitMotif - LeitMotif: [[spoiler:Dioda]] has one in the form of an ethereal female chorus chant that can be heard whenever she makes an appearance.



* LetsGetDangerous - "We can't just ignore S.P.R.A.K.!" and "We have a princess to resque!"

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* LetsGetDangerous - LetsGetDangerous: "We can't just ignore S.P.R.A.K.!" and "We have a princess to resque!"



* MeaningfulName - Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day) named "Staffan the Stableman?".

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* MeaningfulName - MeaningfulName: Staffan worked as a stableman when he was alive. Incidentally, there is a Swedish song (traditionally sung during Saint Lucy's Day) named "Staffan the Stableman?".



* NostalgiaFilter - Averted: many viewers who did ''not'' watch the show as kids are still able to enjoy it as adults.
* TheNineties - Video tapes, parabolic aerials, references to Ace of Base and Red Hot Chili Peppers, cellphones the size of a brick...
* OfficialCouple - Melitta and Måns.
* OhCrap - "We have no Plan Four!", which causes Melitta to promptly run away screaming.
* OnceUponATime - The appropriately named [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent - Jean and Staffan's powers include;

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* NostalgiaFilter - NostalgiaFilter: Averted: many viewers who did ''not'' watch the show as kids are still able to enjoy it as adults.
* TheNineties - TheNineties: Video tapes, parabolic aerials, references to Ace of Base and Red Hot Chili Peppers, cellphones the size of a brick...
* OfficialCouple - OfficialCouple: Melitta and Måns.
* OhCrap - OhCrap: "We have no Plan Four!", which causes Melitta to promptly run away screaming.
* OnceUponATime - OnceUponATime: The appropriately named [[WholeEpisodeFlashback flashback episode]].
* OurGhostsAreDifferent - OurGhostsAreDifferent: Jean and Staffan's powers include;



* POVCam - A video camera is placed on S.P.R.A.K.'s head and what he sees is broadcasted live on the kids TV. This leads to NightmareFuel - so much that it even affects Daddy in-series!
* PrecociousCrush - Ivar [[spoiler:pretty much gets infatuated with princess Dioda the very moment Jean and Staffan tells him about her. He stumbles with his feelings, but eventually accepts the fact that they can never be together. ]]
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] - The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - "Begone... evil... SPIRIT!"
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - [[spoiler:Dioda.]]
* RobotBuddy - S.P.R.A.K.
* SantaClaus - Yep, he appears too. This is essentially a Christmas show, remember?
* SecondLove - ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest Maybe]]'', [[spoiler:Anna for Ivar.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum - PG Version. [[spoiler:The Count, to Melitta: "Sure, I'll let go of [the princess]... if YOU marry me in her place!"]]
* TheBeautifulElite - [[spoiler:Dioda]] is [[JustForPun unearthly]] beautiful in just about every way possible. Justified since [[spoiler:she's not a human to begin with]].

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* POVCam - POVCam: A video camera is placed on S.P.R.A.K.'s head and what he sees is broadcasted live on the kids TV. This leads to NightmareFuel - so much that it even affects Daddy in-series!
* PrecociousCrush - PrecociousCrush: Ivar [[spoiler:pretty much gets infatuated with princess Dioda the very moment Jean and Staffan tells him about her. He stumbles with his feelings, but eventually accepts the fact that they can never be together. ]]
* [[PunchClockVillain Punch Clock Villains]] - Villains]]: The ghosts. When befriending Ivar and Lillan, they are asked why they scare the inhabitants of the castle away in the first place, whereupon they just shrug and say that they don't have anything else to do. Because haunting is what ghosts are supposed to do, right? [[spoiler:It later turns out that they have indeed been guarding the several mysteries of Greveholm, as well as preventing people from disturbing the slumbering Count. It is also implied that they did it because there was no other way for them to withstand the [[AcheyScars pain of having a sword and an arrow, respectively, stuck through their bodies]].]]
* PunctuatedForEmphasis - PunctuatedForEmphasis: "Begone... evil... SPIRIT!"
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld - ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: [[spoiler:Dioda.]]
* RobotBuddy - RobotBuddy: S.P.R.A.K.
* SantaClaus - SantaClaus: Yep, he appears too. This is essentially a Christmas show, remember?
* SecondLove - SecondLove: ''[[ImpliedLoveInterest Maybe]]'', [[spoiler:Anna for Ivar.]]
* ScarpiaUltimatum - ScarpiaUltimatum: PG Version. [[spoiler:The Count, to Melitta: "Sure, I'll let go of [the princess]... if YOU marry me in her place!"]]
* TheBeautifulElite - TheBeautifulElite: [[spoiler:Dioda]] is [[JustForPun unearthly]] beautiful in just about every way possible. Justified since [[spoiler:she's not a human to begin with]].



* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]] - Lillan is definitely the brain of the family.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood - Staffan has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostkaka ostkaka]].
* TeamPet - S.P.R.A.K., despite being a highly intellectual [[spoiler:alien]] robot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld - [[spoiler:Dioda the alien princess was inprisoned on Earth against her will.]]
* TreasureMap - One that leads to one of the aforementioned [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]].
* VagueAge - Ivar is a case of this, as his age is stated to be both 12 ''and'' 13 (both times happened in an episode that focused on his birthday!). This is most likely an accidental blunder by the production team for never realizing the slip, rather than inconsistent writing.

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* [[TheSmartGuy The Smart Girl]] - Girl]]: Lillan is definitely the brain of the family.
* TrademarkFavouriteFood - TrademarkFavouriteFood: Staffan has [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ostkaka ostkaka]].
* TeamPet - TeamPet: S.P.R.A.K., despite being a highly intellectual [[spoiler:alien]] robot.
* TrappedInAnotherWorld - TrappedInAnotherWorld: [[spoiler:Dioda the alien princess was inprisoned on Earth against her will.]]
* TreasureMap - TreasureMap: One that leads to one of the aforementioned [[ChekhovsGun Chekhov's Guns]].
* VagueAge - VagueAge: Ivar is a case of this, as his age is stated to be both 12 ''and'' 13 (both times happened in an episode that focused on his birthday!). This is most likely an accidental blunder by the production team for never realizing the slip, rather than inconsistent writing.writing.
* WalkingSpoiler: [[spoiler: Dioda and to a lesser extent The Count.]]
1st Mar '14 5:33:34 PM Iplewhelmed
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*** His name also doubles as a [[PunnyName pun]] - "Von Dy" literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced as "Fondue". Likely aimed at [[ParentBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".

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*** His name also doubles as a [[PunnyName pun]] - "Von Dy" literally means "Von Sludge", but is pronounced as "Fondue". Likely aimed at [[ParentBonus [[ParentalBonus parents watching with their kids]], as the kids themselves are unlikely to be aware that there is a dish called "Fondue".


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*** ... But in the sequel, she and Måns's baby son is named Cappuccino, making this a case of FamilyThemeNaming.
6th Feb '14 1:37:06 PM erforce
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* HeyItsThatGuy - Anna-Lena Brundin (Astrid), is a reasonably famous comedic and performer, and Pierre Lindstedt (Staffan) can be seen and [[HeyItsThatVoice heard]] in various films and stage plays.
** Not to mention the ''legendary '' Swedish TV profile Arne Weise guest appearing as himself in the last episode. Makes you remember [[RetiredBadass the good ol' days when he was still SVT's Christmas host...]]
** Let's not forget the neigbour in the first episode, he went on to play the lead villian vampire in {{Frostbite}}.
25th Nov '13 4:55:21 PM johnnye
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* SomeoneHasToDoIt - [[spoiler:Someone has to go up to the extremely dangerous Count's tower and save one of the TrueCompanions.]]
7th May '13 7:56:04 AM AgentSniff
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** Let's not forget the neigbour in the first episode, he went on to play the lead villian vampire in {{Frostbite}}.
21st Dec '12 11:56:37 PM sotnosen95
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* HeroicBastard - [[spoiler: Jean is the Count's bastard son.]]
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