[[caption-width-right:334:''"[[SigningOffCatchphrase Unpleasant dreams!]]"'']]

->''"You'll always be my mistress\\
The Queen of Halloween\\
Haunting every midnight\\
On my TV screen\\
If I die tomorrow\\
Or a zombie eats my brain\\
I'll raise myself up from the dead\\
Just to sing your name!"''
-->-- '''Ghoultown''', "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SVC7UbuWGRc Mistress of the Dark]]"

When you hear the name "Elvira", one thing immediately comes to mind:[[note]](Well, other than Music/TheOakRidgeBoys' song...)[[/note]] the quick-witted [[ValleyGirl valley girl]], [[AllHallowsEve Halloween]] icon, and quintessential symbol of all things spooky: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark.

Back in 1981, Elvira (born Cassandra Peterson, September 17, 1951) 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. In 1995, TNBC had her star in ''Attack of the Killer B Movies'', which followed suit but also had co-stars such as [[Series/SavedByTheBell Dustin Diamond]] joining her in the riffing in an attempt to attract younger viewers. The movies, themselves, were also greatly cut for time and colorized.

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.

[[TheAgeless She doesn't age.]]
!!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... [[LastSecondWordSwap er, ratings]]!
--> The peace (piece) that everyone's dying to rest in!
* {{Adorkable}}: Part of her popularity is that despite her sultry appearance she's as dorky as the fans tuning in.
* AnnoyingLaugh: She's a snorter.
* BawdySong: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vS7c41AbjQI 2 Big Pumpkins]]. So big!
* BigBraToFill: Out of costume, Cassandra Peterson's chest is not as large as her Elvira costume makes it out to be, or as popular perception would lead you to believe. Peterson herself has actually commented that it's easy for more...."endowed" women to look ridiculous in an Elvira costume because they're too busty for the illusion to work.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Especially the men in her movies.
* DivineDate: Denies she worships the devil, but admits she ''dated'' him once.
* HorrorHost: The [[TropeCodifier first nationally syndicated one]].
* OlderThanTheyLook: Cassandra Peterson was born on September 17, 1951.
** 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 [[GrandmaWhatMassiveHotnessYouHave still looking pretty good]].
* PerkyGoth: Pretty much the UrExample.
* RealSongThemeTune: As of ''Movie Macabre (2012)'', it's [[http://youtu.be/mXNTQ-GmMkM "What Can I Do?"]] by The Black Belles.
* ShesGotLegs
* SigningOffCatchphrase: "So, until next time... unpleasant dreams!"

!!The films have the examples of:


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

* ActionDressRip: Happens off-screen during the climax as the BigBad chases Elvira.
* BettyAndVeronica: Mean girl Patty (Betty) and newcomer Elvira (Veronica) are this when both women compete for the affections of Bob (Archie), who takes a liking to Elvira.
* 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 {{Love Interest|s}}. During the FadeToBlack Elvira looks right at the audience smirks as she pulls Bob down with her.
* {{Bucket|BoobyTrap}} [[JustForPun Booby]] [[BucketBoobyTrap Trap]]: Elvira gets this when she pulls one rope on the bucket and causes tar and feathers to fall down on her during her Film/{{Flashdance}} to the song "Maniac".
* BurnTheWitch: Chastity Pariah's bunch (no thanks to Uncle Vincent) invoke this trope on Elvira.
* ChekhovsGun: Elvira's ring.
* ClingyJealousGirl: Patty is this to Bob despite the fact that they're not even dating each other nor is he interested in her.
* 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. Later reappears on ''Series/CountingCars''.
* 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, [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything guess where the hot dog lands when it slides out of the bun]]...
** The picnic potluck scene.
* EvenTheGirlsWantHer: Well one teenage girl, Robin, couldn't help but stare at Elvira from legs to chest. Elvira doesn't seem to mind.
* EvilUncle: Elvira's material uncle, Vincent Talbot.
* {{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, Leslie.
* LoverTugOfWar: Bob in the middle between Elvira and Patty.
* MeaningfulName: Chastity Pariah.
* MoralGuardians: Chastity Pariah, [[BigBad Uncle Vincent]], and the town council.
* {{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.
* 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.
* ShamefulStrip: Elvira rips Patty's top off when she punches her - and exposes Patty as being flat chested to the entire town.
* 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: The license plate on Elvira's automobile reads 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 [[JustForPun 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..."
* YankTheDogsChain: When the town's sheriff prepares with the rest of the townspeople to burn Elvira at the stake, Patty stops him, telling him that what he's doing is wrong...and even Elvira's surprised that her rival wants to help save her. Unfortunately, Patty then tells them "It'll catch faster if you light it in several places..." and proceeds to speed up the lighting of the fire by moving her torch all over it, much to Elvira's shock! Patty then finishes and as the townspeople join in, yells to her "BURN IN HELL, WITCH!" and smiles evilly.


[[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.