History YMMV / DarkStalkers

23rd Nov '17 12:44:05 PM UchuuFlamenco
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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Darkstalkers series often comes across as "just another 90s fighting game" to those who first experience it now, likely because so many of the new things it brought to the table such as [[{{Combos}} chain combos]], guard cancels, air blocking, ES specials, [[AwesomeArt improved]] [[DerangedAnimation animation]], and a cast full of something other than the same old martial arts archetypes have now been copied by so many other fighters (including its own predecessor, StreetFighter.)
** Apparently even some American game reviewers in the 90s didn't notice several of the mechanical differences from StreetFighter, so to some extent Darkstalkers was underappreciated in its time, too.

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* SeinfeldIsUnfunny: The Darkstalkers series often comes across as "just another 90s fighting game" to those who first experience it now, likely because so many of the new things it brought to the table such as [[{{Combos}} chain combos]], guard cancels, air blocking, ES specials, [[AwesomeArt improved]] [[DerangedAnimation animation]], and a cast full of something other than the same old martial arts archetypes have now been copied by so many other fighters (including its own predecessor, StreetFighter.''Franchise/StreetFighter''.)
** Apparently even some American game reviewers in the 90s didn't notice several of the mechanical differences from StreetFighter, ''Franchise/StreetFighter'', so to some extent Darkstalkers was underappreciated in its time, too.
22nd Sep '17 8:43:42 PM SutairuMasuta
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* MainstreamObscurity: Has a cult following over the years, but is solely known for Morrigan Aensland, the [[SexGod sexier-than-sex]] [[HornyDevils succubus]] who has [[WolverinePublicity appeared in more crossover games than her own]]. Good luck finding someone who can name any other characters besides maybe Lilith, her {{moe}} sister or Felicia, a near-nude CatGirl. Possibly Hsien-Ko as well due to her appearance in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. They probably won't know anything about the gameplay either. The series is BestKnownForTheFanservice, and not much else.

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* MainstreamObscurity: Has a cult following over the years, but is solely known for Morrigan Aensland, the [[SexGod sexier-than-sex]] [[HornyDevils succubus]] who has [[WolverinePublicity appeared in more crossover games than her own]]. Good luck finding someone who can name any other characters besides maybe Lilith, her {{moe}} sister sister, Jedah, an insane GrimReaper-styled demon who mutilates himself to attack people, or Felicia, a near-nude CatGirl. Possibly Hsien-Ko as well due to her appearance in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. They probably won't know anything about the gameplay either. The series is BestKnownForTheFanservice, and not much else.
12th Sep '17 9:37:17 PM Winner1
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* CriticalResearchFailure: The very idea that the ''Darkstalkers'' franchise was marketed towards kids has become one of the biggest criticisms against the show. Arguably, this applies to all the characters too since the show ended up being an InNameOnly product with little to no connection to the source material it was based on.



* IdiotPlot: The series finale involves Pyron's mean brother Terramon arriving to help his brother conquer the Earth since he's has failed at it himself. So instead of having Pyron tell his brother to get lost or challenge him over who gets the Earth, he instead invites all the Darkstalkers, both heroes and villains, to a fancy dinner party to prove to his brother that he's successfully conquered the planet by enslaving the other Darkstalkers opposing him in order to trick him into going away after his visit. Naturally, this doesn't work out.



* TheScrappy: Harry. He was not liked for being added as a KidAppealCharacter in a franchise that was never made for kids.

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* TheScrappy: NoYay: Anakaris develops a disturbing interest in Felicia after he brainwashes her into becoming his wife.
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Harry. He was not liked for being added as a KidAppealCharacter in a franchise that was never made for kids.kids to begin with.
** Hairball, the Sasquatch/Big Foot's son is equally disliked for being an annoying BrattyHalfPint that pisses off the other characters.


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* {{Squick}}: Anakaris, a centuries old, decaying mummy, brainwashes Felicia into becoming his wife and forces her to make out with him while his prisoners watch. It's as gross as it sounds.


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** Amanda (Anita's counterpart) as well due to her...[[OffModel bizarre facial expressions.]]
7th Sep '17 2:22:41 PM nendroid
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* HilariousInHindsight: In the ''[[Anime/NightWarriorsDarkstalkersRevenge Night Warriors]]'' OVA, Lord Raptor (voiced by Creator/ScottMcNeil) has for a drummer a one-eyed monster that looks like a blue [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher Suezo]]. [=McNeil=] would later go on to voice Suezo in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime.

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* HilariousInHindsight: HilariousInHindsight:
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In the ''[[Anime/NightWarriorsDarkstalkersRevenge Night Warriors]]'' OVA, Lord Raptor (voiced by Creator/ScottMcNeil) has for a drummer a one-eyed monster that looks like a blue [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher Suezo]]. [=McNeil=] would later go on to voice Suezo in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime.anime.
** Creator/DavidKaye voiced Pyron in the ''Night Warriors'' OVA. Now he's voicing Jedah Doma in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''.
25th Jul '17 10:15:54 AM superkeijikun
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** [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07gQlEiG37Y Dee's ending]] in the Japan-exclusive ''Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection'': [[spoiler:After killing Jedah, the game proceeds as though Dee (an evil version of Donovan) is about to fight a young woman who is not named, but is, in truth, an older Anita. The game fades to white before the fight begins, and as the credits roll, Anita is shown at a graveyard, suggesting that she ended the suffering of the man who once saved her soul.]]
24th Jul '17 1:31:32 PM NedZeppelin
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** Jedah: Another really popular character to Western fans due to the fact that he's [[DarkMessiah sort of an interesting take on]] [[{{Satan}} the devil]]. He's sexy, classy, [[AntiVillain semi-evil]], has the most bloody and brutal specials of everyone in the cast, and has an unforgettable maniacal laugh courtesy of the [[Creator/IsshinChiba voice]] of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]. Aside of a playable stint in ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'', he'd appear as one of the major villains in both ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' and ''Project X Zone''.

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** Jedah: Another really popular character to Western fans due to the fact that he's [[DarkMessiah sort of an interesting take on]] [[{{Satan}} the devil]]. He's sexy, classy, [[AntiVillain semi-evil]], has the most bloody and brutal specials of everyone in the cast, and has an unforgettable maniacal laugh courtesy of the [[Creator/IsshinChiba voice]] of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]. Aside of a playable stint in ''VideoGame/CapcomFightingEvolution'', he'd appear as one of the major villains in both ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' and ''Project X Zone''.Zone'' as well as a playable character in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcomInfinite''.
4th Jul '17 12:08:41 PM Winner1
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* BileFascination: Some people only see the cartoon to see how bad it is.
* BrokenBase: Literally the only thing fans argue over is if the American cartoon is SoBadItsGood or SoBadItsHorrible. Of course, some people just say [[TakeAThirdOption it's plain bad]].



* EthnicScrappy:
** Morrigan got a super thick Scottish accent that soon became the MostAnnoyingSound.
** The show's incarnation of Hsien-Ko sadly became this thanks to her exaggerated accent.



* MemeticLoser: Pyron. His whole plan to conquer Earth ''is'' motivated out of gaining respect from his mother.

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* MemeticLoser: HeartwarmingInHindsight: Lord Raptor's voice actor Creator/ScottMcNeil being among one of the only highlights of the series becomes this since his performance earned him a RoleReprisal in the much better anime OVA where Lord Raptor's [[EvilIsCool popularity]] [[EnsembleDarkhorse skyrocketed]] thanks to him playing the role more seriously.
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Pyron. His whole plan to conquer Earth ''is'' motivated out of gaining respect from his mother.mother.
** Harry, who many of his haters classify as a FakeUltimateHero.



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%%* SnarkBait* SnarkBait: If anyone asks what's the worse videogame cartoon ever made, chances are that this show will come up.


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* VanillaProtagonist: Another major reason why Harry is so despised is that he has no interesting character depth compared to the iconic videogame characters. It doesn't help that he gets too much focus.
* VideoGameMoviesSuck: Well, video game ''cartoons'' suck. This cartoon was unfortunately one of the many failed attempts to make a show based on a popular videogame. ''WebSeries/ScrewAttack'' has listed it as one of the worst cartoons ever based on a videogame simply for making it unrecognizable to the source material entirely.
30th Jun '17 3:21:44 PM TitoMosquito
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* HilariousInHindsight:
** In the ''[[Anime/NightWarriorsDarkstalkersRevenge Night Warriors]]'' OVA, Lord Raptor (voiced by Creator/ScottMcNeil) has for a drummer a one-eyed monster that looks like a blue [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher Suezo]]. [=McNeil=] would later go on to voice Suezo in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime.
** The American cartoon features a [[Franchise/HarryPotter glasses-wearing preteen boy named Harry who's training to be a wizard]].

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* HilariousInHindsight:
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HilariousInHindsight: In the ''[[Anime/NightWarriorsDarkstalkersRevenge Night Warriors]]'' OVA, Lord Raptor (voiced by Creator/ScottMcNeil) has for a drummer a one-eyed monster that looks like a blue [[VideoGame/MonsterRancher Suezo]]. [=McNeil=] would later go on to voice Suezo in the ''Anime/MonsterRancher'' anime. \n** The American cartoon features a [[Franchise/HarryPotter glasses-wearing preteen boy named Harry who's training to be a wizard]].



** [[TheBadGuyWins Jedah's ending]]. The villain successfully massacres all life throughout the universe and his specially designed fetus awakens. We hear [[VoiceOfLegion a baby's cry]] as the [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou fetus looks straight at the screen]].

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** [[TheBadGuyWins Jedah's ending]]. The villain successfully massacres all life throughout the universe and his specially designed fetus awakens. We hear [[VoiceOfLegion [[VoiceOfTheLegion a baby's cry]] as the [[TheFourthWallWillNotProtectYou fetus looks straight at the screen]].



* EarWorm: ''We're the Darkstalkers!''



* HilariousInHindsight: [[Literature/HarryPotter A bespectacled child wizard named Harry.]]

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[[Literature/HarryPotter A bespectacled child wizard named Harry.]]
10th Apr '17 4:17:41 AM ChrisX
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** Jon Talbain. Both in-universe and OUT-universe, if you see how much misfortune Talbain is handled by game producers. Poor Jon.

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** Jon Talbain. Both in-universe and OUT-universe, if you see how much misfortune Talbain used to be a normal nobleman until the night it was revealed he turned into a werewolf, everyone then treat him as an outcast even if Jon didn't have a malicious heart, only trying to control his beast impulses via TrainingFromHell. Just when he thought he has controlled the impulses fully, the adults still refuse him. Children does, but time by time, Jon still had to leave them to train lest he brutalizes them with his beast fury. Despite this, he never gave in to angst and continued to be a fearsome werewolf doing what he feels is handled by game producers. Poor Jon.right for those he cares for. And if you want to get meta, this may apply with how he's never been featured in crossovers despite fan demand, but any cameos he had made sure that his 'fearsome werewolf' feel is still intact.
4th Jan '17 5:51:48 PM Amagicalbadger
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** Apparently even some American game reviewers in the 90s didn't notice several of the mechanical differences from StreetFighter, so to some extent Darkstalkers was underappreciated in its time, too.
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