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->'''Jimmy:''' She's a little scary to me, boss.\\
'''Perry:''' Not to me, son. She's the reason I've seen ''[[{{Film/TheReturnOfGodzilla}} Godzilla]]'' [[SawStarWarsTwentySevenTimes a hundred and sixteen times.]]
-->--''Series/LoisAndClark'', "Fly Hard"

When you hear the name "Elvira" only one person comes to mind... the quick witted [[ValleyGirl valley-girl]], Halloween icon, and quintessential symbol of all things spooky: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Back in 1981, Elvira (the alter-ego of actress and dancer Cassandra Peterson) became the first nationally syndicated HorrorHost, and emerged as one of the most original and outrageous characters in popular culture, with a large cult following. The movies featured on ''Elvira's Movie Macabre'', her first show, were always B grade (or lower) and Elvira often enjoyed interrupting the movie to lampoon the actors, the script, and the bad editing.

Elvira's reign as "Queen of Halloween" has now spanned over thirty years and includes two feature films, an IMAX film and 2 motion control rides. She has appeared in national ad campaigns for Pepsi and Coors, recorded 5 music [=CDs=], published 4 books and licensed over 400 products, including two [[Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters pinball]] [[Pinball/ScaredStiff machines]], [[VideoGame/{{Elvira}} two video games]], BC Rich guitars, three comic book series, Elvira’s ''Night Brew'' beer, ''Evil'' perfume (recently followed by ''Vamp'', ''Zombie'', and ''Black Roses'',) gourmet soft drinks, and a slot machine from IGT. Elvira also boasts the best selling female costume of all time.

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!!Mistress herself:

* AbsoluteCleavage / GagBoobs: Part of the costume, leading to such catchphrases as:
--> The sassy lassy with the classy chassis!
--> The girl who put the "boob" back in the "boob tube!"
--> The gal with the enormous... er, ratings!
--> The peace (piece) that everyone's dying to rest in!
* AnnoyingLaugh
* BeehiveHairdo
* {{Catchphrase}}: "Unpleasant dreams!"
* DistractedByTheSexy: Especially the men in her movies.
* DivineDate: Denies she worships the devil, but admits she ''dated'' him once.
* EeriePaleSkinnedBrunette
* FemmeFatalons
* HorrorHost
* HotWitch
* MsFanservice.
* OlderThanTheyLook: Cassandra Peterson is 62 years old as of 2014.
** One big advantage of playing a character who uses a ton of makeup is that you never show your age, however even out of costume, Cassandra Peterson is still looking pretty good.
* PerkyGoth: Pretty much the Ur-Example.
* RealSongThemeTune: As of ''Series/MovieMacabre (2012)'', it's [[http://youtu.be/mXNTQ-GmMkM "What Can I Do?"]] by The Black Belles.
* ShesGotLegs
* SpiritualSuccessor: To Vampira, a UsefulNotes/LosAngeles-based horror host of TheFifties best remembered for appearing in ''Film/Plan9FromOuterSpace''. Vampira actually tried to sue her for stealing the act.
* ValleyGirl
* WomanInBlack

!!The films have the examples of:

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[[folder: ''Elvira: Mistress of the Dark'' (1988) ]]


* ActionDressRip: Happens off-screen during the climax as the BigBad chases Elvira.
* {{Bucket|BoobyTrap}} [[JustForPun Booby]] [[BucketBoobyTrap Trap]]: Elvira gets this she pulls one rope on the bucket and causes tar and feathers to fall down on her during her {{Flashdance}} to the song "Maniac".
* BurnTheWitch: Chastity Pariah's bunch (no thanks to Uncle Vincent) invoke this trope on Elvira.
* ChekhovsGun: Elvira's ring.
* CombatStilettos: Subverts the old trope about female victims running from slasher-movie villains, then tripping and falling (and then being killed) due to high heels... Elvira throws her stiletto heels as weapons.
* CoolCar: Elvira's Macabremobile.
* DarkIsNotEvil: Elvira is many things that '''may not''' correlate with goody-goody, but she's nowhere near a bad person... unlike the GossipyHens.
* DevelopingDoomedCharacters: Not in the film itself, but commented on during the beginning with the B movie.
* DistractedByTheSexy: every guy in town who sees Elvira!
* DeadpanSnarker: Makes up half of Elvira's dialogue.
** DoubleEntendre: The other half.
* EroticEating: As Elvira heads to Falwell, guess where the hot dog lands when it slides out of the bun...
** The picnic potluck scene.
* {{Familiar}}: Algonquin the poodle (aka Gonk) is revealed to be one.
* [[GiveHimANormalLife Give Her a Normal Life]]: In a flashback her mother is shown dropping the infant Elvira off at a convent to protect her from the convoluted magical politics in their family.
** Subverted: Elvira is many things, but ''normal''? Not so much.
* GreenEyedMonster: Patty, [[spoiler:who also suffers from ACupAngst]].
* GroinAttack: Elvira does this to a real estate broker who gets too grabby for his own good!
* HelpingHands: the teens of Falwell who help the voluptuous vamp rebuild her house.
* HenpeckedHusband: The hotel manager.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Elvira doesn't ''quite'' demolish it in this film, but she certainly leaves a sizable hole ([[DoubleEntendre or a pair of them]]). Probably most memorably in the scene in which she learns the truth of her heritage, and she finally has sex with her LoveInterest. During the FadeToBlack Elvira looks right at the audience smirks as she pulls Bob down with her.
* LoverTugOfWar: Bob in the middle between Elvira and Patty.
* MeaningfulName: Chastity Pariah.
* {{MST}}: Elvira and Bob play ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' for the kids one night at the theater, with Elvira lounging on a couch in front of the screen while riffing on the film live.
* MoralGuardians: Chastity Pariah, [[BigBad Uncle Vincent]], and the town council.
* NoodleIncident: What exactly Elvira did to that hitch-hiking axe murderer?
* PetsHomageName: This trope is used as one of many small gauges of Elvira's average smarts. Part of Elvira's Unexpected Inheritance is a poodle. Her great aunt, a powerful, savvy witch, named him Algonquin after the American Indian tribe. Elvira is much more Earthy and neither dumb or brainy, so she shortens his name to Gonk.
* StockFootage: ''Film/ItConqueredTheWorld'' and ''Film/AttackOfTheKillerTomatoes'' come to mind.
* StuffBlowingUp: Elvira accidentally blows up a gas station on her way to Falwell.
* TarAndFeathers: Elvira is tarred and feathered in a spoof of the movie ''Film/{{Flashdance}}''.
* ThatCameOutWrong: "Sure, I'll do it for 50 bucks!"
** "Well, here's to my big opening. I mean..."
* TransformationSequence: Gonk transforms itself from a punker poodle to a rat (and then a pit bull!) to chew through the ropes that had Elvira BoundAndGagged.
* UnexpectedInheritance: The trope is applied twice. First, when Elvira got an inheritance from her Grand-Aunt, whose existence Elvira was completely oblivious to; and Second, when [[spoiler:she inherited her [[EvilUncle Grand-Uncle's]] fortune. She had all reasons not to expect anything from him but, since she was his next of kin, and he never bothered with making a will, she inherited it all]].
* UnusualEuphemism: KICKASS
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Vincent transforms Chastity Pariah, Harold Glotter, and Calvin Cobb into pigs and we're never shown what exactly happens to them following Vincent's defeat.
* WhatsAHenway: ''Elvira, Mistress of the Dark'' is a HurricaneOfPuns, but one of the most memorable is after the [[IncrediblyLamePun tit]]ular character has gotten hit on the head with a falling movie marquee letter:
-->'''Bob:''' "How's your head?"\\
'''Elvira:''' "Well, I've never had any complaints..."

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[[folder: ''Elvira's Haunted Hills'' (2001) ]]


* HongKongDub: Everybody talks normally except for one badly-dubbed character. {{Lampshade|Hanging}}d when Elvira [[BreakingTheFourthWall turns to the camera]] to ask, "How does he do that?"
* RepetitiveName: Bradley Bradley.
* RunningGag: The screaming.

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