->''"In the heart of Transylvania''\\
''In the Vampire Hall of Fame, yeah''\\
''There's not a vampire zanier than'' '''''Duckula!'''''\\
''He won't bite beast or man,''\\
''Cause he's a vegetarian,''\\
''And things never run to plan for'' '''''Duckula!'''''\\
''If you're looking for some fun''\\
''You can always count upon''\\
''The wild and wacky one they call'' '''''Duckula!'''''\\
'''Count''' Duckula!"

''Count Duckula'' (1988-1993) was a SixtyFiveEpisodeCartoon by Creator/CosgroveHall, the creators of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse''. Indeed, the title character originally appeared as a bad guy on ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', but on his own show he was a fairly amiable vegetarian with aspirations of fame and world travel. As the opening sequence of each episode explains, there was a slip-up in the performance of a resurrection ceremony where tomato ketchup was mistakenly used instead of blood, thus raising the title character as a vegetarian instead of the typical blood sucking evil count.

And so, with his butler Igor (not TheIgor, but instead a sarcastic hunchbacked vulture who wished his master would act more like a traditional vampire) and his maid Nanny (a hulking, dim but loveable hen with a [[WeHaveTheKeys bad habit of going through doorways without opening them first]]) in tow, Count Duckula would travel the world, running afoul (excuse the pun) of all manner of folks, including Dr. Von Goosewing, a bumbling vampire hunter who refused to believe Duckula was anything but a threat.
!!This series provides examples of:
* AccentAdaptation: In the German dub of Count Duckula, the German accent of Dr. Von Goosewing is dubbed into modern Saxon dialect, which has always been the ButtMonkey of the German dialects. The pirate penguins talk in very strong low German from the regions where most major ports of Germany are located.
** In the Mexican Spanish dub, he does speak with a proper German accent.
* ArtifactOfDoom: Igor sometimes tries to get Duckula to find these in the hope that they'll bring him back to "The Good Old Days". (The Mystic Saxophone from the first episode being a good example.) They never work though.
* BerserkButton: Do not mention the E-word in front of the Egg. Don't even say anything that ''sounds'' like the E-word!
* BlackSheep: The eponymous Count.
* BlatantLies: The closing credits make Duckula out to be a traditional bloodsucking-type vampire, despite how the opening theme explicitly states his vegitarianism.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: (In "All In A Fog") Count Duckula saying "Cab!" just as a cab appears, then turns to the camera and says, "If only real life was like this!"
* {{Catchphrase}}: The {{Narrator}}'s closing remark "Good night out there...''whatever'' you are!"
** Nanny: I'll get it!
** Usually followed by Duckula saying "Igor, order another door," or "Close the wall behind you, Nanny."
** Nanny's archetypal cry of 'MY DUCKYBOOS' in reference to the eponymous vampire duck.
* CameBackWrong: {{Inverted|Trope}} - Count Duckula was an evil, murderous vampire who, after a botched resurrection ritual, came back ''right''. Although from ''[[BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad Igor]]'''s perspective the trope is played straight...
* CardCarryingVillain: Igor is definitely evil, to the point where Von Goosewing's Carpet Cleaner and Spot Removal Solution (which turns people opposite to how they usually act) turns him temporarily into a FriendToAllLivingThings.
* ComicBooksAreReal: The Count's hero Tremendous Terrence is a comic book star and cereal mascot but no-one shows any surprise when they meet him in person.
* ChristmasEpisode: "A Christmas Quacker", which, interestingly, aired ''on Christmas Eve 1990!''
* CreditsGag: Many episodes have these in the closing titles.
* DaywalkingVampire: The present-day Duckula is unharmed by daylight, in contrast to his traditional vampire incarnations which can be killed by sunlight. His relatives seem to be this as well.
* DeadpanSnarker: Igor. Duckula also has his moments.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Not the case with the pirate penguins.
* ExpositoryThemeTune
* FallingChandelierOfDoom: Too bad Igor relied upon Nanny to trigger it.
* FingerSnapLighter: Igor is capable of doing it.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Though the title character is as friendly as they come, the previous Counts most certainly were ''not''.
* FunnyForeigner: Used repeatedly in the traveling-the-world episodes, especially the Frenchmen...er, Frenchbirds, Gaston et Pierre.
* FurryConfusion: "The Count and the Pauper" featured non-anthropomorphic chickens.
** When Duckula found himself captive of a pair of Egyptian priests.
-->'''Hoomite:''' Our legends say that when the great god Ra has had his fill of HumanSacrifice, Upshi shall rise from the dead.
-->'''Count Duckula:''' Ah, ''[[ExactWords human]]'' sacrifice.
-->'''Yubi:''' Well, more of less human, give or take a feather.
* GentleGiant: Nanny. About as gentle as [[Literature/OfMiceAndMen Lenny]], anyway...
* TheGhost: Von Goosewing's assistant, Heinrich.
** The show actually seems to imply that Heinrich doesn't exist at all, and Goosewing is delusional. The comic adaptation clears this up somewhat; he ''used'' to have an assistant named Heinrich, who was always threatening to quit. Apparently he did, and Goosewing didn't notice.
** In Heinrich's first 'appearance' Goosewing believes he has made him invisible with his 'invisibilitising ray'. The fact that there is no-one there in the first place and the doctor is wearing thick goggles may partially explain his ongoing confusion.
** Moreover, Towser, the castle's werewolf, WAS undeniably real, but was never seen onscreen, apart from once where we see his eyes.
* {{Hammerspace}}: Nanny's sling.
* HeroicBSOD: Duckula has a small one when he faces a group of sentient vegetables, and they start accusing him of hate crimes.
* HorrorHost: The narrator has shades of this.
* TheHunter: Von Goosewing.
* HypocriticalHumor: In the first episode, the head burglar scoffs at the idea of vampires, stating that they're just mentioned in the guide book to draw in tourists, but freaks out at the mention of a werewolf on the premises.
* InspectorJavert: Also Von Goosewing.
* IdiotBall: Why DID they keep the ketchup bottle right next to the blood in the resurrection room?
* KillerRabbit: The Fluffy Bunnies of Planet Cute.
* KnightTemplar: Von Goosewing refuses to believe that the current Count Duckula is essentially harmless.
* LamePunReaction: A juicy one from "The Vampire Strikes Back" has a space hero asking Duckula what the date is, to which he replies "May the 4th." The hero responds as he leaves "May the 4th be with you."
* LargeHam: The Phantom of the Opera and Dr. Von Goosewing when in his excitable mode.
* LawyerFriendlyCameo:
** Tremendous Terrance for ComicStrip/DanDare.
** Also, there's more than a bit of [[TheGoonShow Bluebottle]] in Pierre's character.
** One issue of the comic had an appearance by superspy [[Creator/IanFleming Ian Flamingo]], and another featured poet [[Creator/EdgarAllanPoe Edgar Allen Crow]].
** [[Disney/PeterPan Tick-Tock the Crocodile]] made a cameo appearance in "Jungle Duck".
* LimitedWardrobe:
** Notable in Nanny always wearing her arm in a medical sling for some reason.
** One newspaper comic gives the reason: she's hiding an EmbarrassingTattoo.
* LongTitle: One episode is titled, "Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy's Tomb Meets Franken Duckula's Monster..."
* MissedHimByThatMuch: The episode where Duckula boards a cruise ship that seems to be utterly empty; no matter where he, Igor and Nanny go, there's absolutely no passengers or crew. Igor even compares it to the [[StockUnsolvedMysteries Mary Celeste]]. Of course, as we viewers can see, everyone else is there -- they just keep going in entirely different directions to the Transylvanians. The episode ends with the three leaving the ship, looking back - and there is everyone waving them off.
** Or, if you're being uncharitable, having a party because Duckula and Co were gone. It's implied that they were so fed up that they faked the Mary Celeste thing to get them to leave.
* MonsterMash: One episode has Duckula and co. being chased by a mummy the Count inadvertently brought back to life, a Frankenstein's monster {{Expy}} accidentally resurrected by Igor, a werewolf who came to the castle to escape from the full moon but got exposed and transformed due to Nanny's interference, a space invader taking the form of a cabbage, and Goosewing. The episode is appropriately named "[[LongTitle The Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy's Tomb Meets Frankenduckula's Monster and the Wolf-Man and the Intergal-actic Cabbage...]]".
* MorallyAmbiguousDucktorate
* MouthfulOfPi: In "Igor's Busy Day", engaged Americans Scott and Laura take shelter in Castle Duckula after their car breaks down. Scott, a mathematician, tells Duckula he has memorised Pi to 15,000 decimal places; Duckula unwisely asks about this, and Scott begins demonstrating, entering an almost trance-like state as he spends most of the rest of the episode reciting numbers. (When Scott, Laura, and their extended family return for a holiday in the final scene, Scott begins reciting the largest known prime number in similar fashion, causing Duckula to wail in despair.)
* NeverSayDie: Averted right off the [[StealthPun bat]] in the pilot, when Duckula complains how Nanny could have '''killed''' him by smashing through the wall, and that her clumsiness with the tableware has already '''killed''' several of his servants.
* TheNthDoctor: Not with a replacement actor, but a few episodes revolved around the fact that Duckula's ancestors were actually ''him'', and he just comes back slightly different every time he is resurrected. This latest incarnation is just particularly unique due to the ketchup mishap.
* ObstructiveBureaucrat: Chances are, younger viewers might not recognize such a trope in the information secretary in the "Town Hall Terrors" episode. She'll tell you that information for the Grants for Crumbling Castles Department is on Monday, Wednesday, Friday. So don't come on Tuesday, lest you need to know trivial info such as popes & funny fish.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Duckulas were all traditional vampires, but the present day one averts nearly every trope usually associated with vampires. He's fully vegetarian, can walk around in broad daylight with no problem and is immune to holy water.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: While we never see him onscreen, Towser apparently cannot convert people as he's attacked Igor and Goosewing and they've remained the same. "The Return of the Curse of the Secret of the Mummy's Tomb Meets Frankenduckula's Monster and the Wolf-Man and the Intergal-actic Cabbage..." featured a traditional wolf-man (or rather a wolf-bird) who transforms by the light of the full moon.
* ParodyNames: Obviously Duckula for Dracula, and Dr Von Goosewing for Van Helsing.
* PoirotSpeak: Gaston et Pierre speak as though applying French grammar to English:
--> '''Pierre:''' What is it that it is that you are referring to, mah Gaston?
* Really700YearsOld: Igor and Nanny are shown to serve Duckula even in the past, exactly the same. In fact Igor at one point refers to being dismissed "after seven and a half centuries of faithful service".
* RousingSpeech: In the "Town Hall Terrors" episode, after stumbling onto a meeting about extending a railroad, Duckula gets caught up in the moment & invokes the trope, thus accidentally parlaying his grant for the crumbling Castle Duckula to having that railroad extend through the castle.
* SecretUndergroundPassage: In the comics, Von Goosewing makes one of these into Duckula's castle. Subverted in that Igor and Duckula are fully aware of the fact that he's doing this and occasionally entertain themselves by watching him dig his 'secret' tunnel.
* ShaggyDogStory: One issue of the comic had Duckula's coffin go missing and Igor and Duckula running around trying to find who had stolen it. Ultimately finding themselves miles away from home without finding the coffin, they call Nanny at the castle and learn that she had removed it for cleaning.
* SignOffCatchPhrase: The narrator's "Goodnight out there... ''whatever'' you are!"
* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: Very, ''very'' friendly.
** In early episodes at least, Duckula was unaware that he ''was'' a vampire, or of what a vampire even ''is''.
--> '''Duckula:''' Hold on, how can I be my own father?
* SpinOff: The show was itself a SpinOff of ''WesternAnimation/DangerMouse'', but also Gaston et Pierre were modified slightly and given their own series as ''WesternAnimation/VictorAndHugo''. There was even a ''Duckula''[=/=]''Victor and Hugo'' crossover episode as well as a ''Danger Mouse''[=/=]''Victor & Hugo'' one.
* TastesLikeDiabetes: The in-universe reaction to Planet Cute, a planet that invokes every sickeningly sweet cute stereotype imaginable. In a very literal sense, the "Cute Surprise" sold at the food stand has such a high sugar content that one taste probably ''would'' induce diabetes.
* TeleportersAndTransporters: The castle is capable of teleporting itself around the world, but must return to Transylvania by dawn Transylvanian time. Some episodes revolve around Duckula trying to con people into buying it and the castle then vanishing.
* ThereWasADoor and WeHaveTheKeys: Nanny.
* ThievingMagpie: While technically crows, Ruffles and his gang fit the bill.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Dmitri and Sviatoslav, the clockwork bats.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: The cartoon disclaims any resemblance to persons "living, dead, or ''undead''".
* TrademarkFavoriteFood: Broccoli sandwiches for the Count. Also, hot cocoa and choccy biccies.
* {{Uberwald}}
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Von Goosewing is trying to kill a ''vegetarian'' vampire merely because he's a vampire.
** Though in Goosewing's defence he doesn't know Duckula poses no threat, believing his pleasant demeanor to be no more than a pose.
** Another reason which is revealed in the comics is that his niece, Vanna, [[DatingWhatDaddyHates is in a romantic relationship with Duckula]], making his hatred more personal.
* VegetarianVampire: Duh. One of the most blatantly literal uses of the trope.
** [[ImAHumanitarian I'm a vegetarian]], said to a group of intelligent vegetables.
* WhiteSheep
* WhosOnFirst: Hoomite Yubi?
** [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yAJH234JEn8 Who, Ra? And Upshi rises! Who, Ra? And Upshi rises! Who, Ra? And Upshi rises! Early in the mornin'!]] Cosgrove Hall cartoons were pretty adept at these exchanges.
* WhoWouldBeStupidEnough: Some jokes about Nanny along these lines.
* WorldOfFunnyAnimals: [[LionsAndTigersAndHumansOhMy Humans]] are implied to exist however.
* YouMonster:
-->'''Von Goosewing''': Duckula! YourDaysAreNumbered! [[YouHaveNoChanceToSurvive Soon, you monster, you will be no more!]]