A series of point and click/role playing computer games based loosely around the Cassandra Peterson character Creator/{{Elvira|MistressOfTheDark}}. In 1990, HorrorSoft Games released the first installment, ''Elvira: Mistress of the Dark''. The game was surprisingly well received by critics and adventure/horror fans, and in 1992 the follow-up, ''Elvira II: The Jaws of Cerburus'' was released to even better reviews than the original. In addition to being surprisingly good, the games were also known for being [[TrialAndErrorGameplay ridiculously]] [[NintendoHard challenging]] and ridiculously frightening, while maintaining a dark, tongue-in-cheek sense of humor. Not surprisingly, the majority of laughs came from Elvira's [[DeadpanSnarker comments]].

An almost identical IP from the same company, ''WaxWorks'', was released in 1992.

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!!Tropes within the game include:

* AbsoluteCleavage:
* TheChewToy: If you are a gore fan, the protagonist, as you can let him die in a lot of gruesome ways.
* EyeScream: You can die with your eyes torn out by a hawk, you can get them fried, you can get one of them burned by acid...
* FanDisservice: At one point in the haunted house, you can join a lovely young woman in bed. Is it sexy? At the beginning, yes. At the end? '''''HELL NO.''''' [[spoiler: There's a reason one Website/YouTube comment referred to the woman as "Lamprey head"...]]
* GiantSpider: There's a gigantic black widow in ''Elvira II''.
* HaveANiceDeath: The games seemed to take a sadistic pleasure in showing the player gruesome death screens depending on how and where they were killed.
* TheManyDeathsOfYou: '''''Boy howdy.'''''
* NintendoHard
* NonCombatEXP: ''Elvira 2: Jaws of Cerberus'' grants you experience for going into unexplored map squares and casting spells. Technically, you could get unlimited experience by preparing and casting a lot of free spells (but you'd have to wait for your Power Points to regenerate, so it would take a ''long'' time.)
* PotionBrewingMechanic: In ''Mistress of the Dark'', you can create magical potions by combining various ingredients you found. For example, consuming Herbal Honey gives you knowledge of the true names of all plants and eating Alphabet Soup gave you knowledge of Runes.
* RegeneratingMana: ''Elvira II: Jaws of Cerberus''. Power points replenish themselves automatically over time, though very slowly.
* SavageWolves: That can eat your neck.
* SchrodingersGun: In the second game there are three places where Elvira may be hidden; no matter in what order you reach them, the first two Elviras will be fake and transform into monsters.
* TrialAndErrorGameplay
* UnwinnableByDesign / UnwinnableByMistake: Even if you ''do'' avoid the many, many pitfalls, you might still lose something vital in a fireball trap.
* YourHeadAsplode: The witch you encounter early on in ''The Jaws of Cerberus'' goes down like this. Complete with her one eyeball flying toward the screen!
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