'''''Darkstalkers''''' is a short lived cartoon series made by Graz Entertainment (the company behind ''WesternAnimation/TheTick'' and ''WesternAnimation/GIJoeExtreme'') for the Creator/USANetwork, and based on Creator/{{Capcom}}'s fighting game series [[VideoGame/{{Darkstalkers}} of the same name]].

The plot is that the fire elemental Pyron wants the Earth to collect. When he came 1,000 years earlier, the Earth had lots of monsters who viewed him as a god. Now, Pyron is disappointed by the billions of common, scrubby little beings with no powers, magic, or mutations. His ball asks him why he does not just kill all of man. Pyron says he wants the old races awakened, starting with Demitri Maximoff, the vampire lord. Once that proves to be a success, the two suck up Morrigan Aensland, Anakaris, Bishamon, and Lord Raptor. However, Jon Talbain, Rikuo, Sasquatch, Victor, and Felicia avoid the beam. In addition, Felicia partners up with [[MightyWhitey Harry Grimoire.]] Ultimately, the escapees team up to stop Pyron.

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!!This series contains examples of:
* AdaptationalAttractiveness: Inverted with Morrigan, of all people, and practically every other character except Felicia, who escaped unscathed. Demitri was made ''less'' scary (in the games and the ''Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge'' OVA, his entire mouth is full of sharp teeth, but here, he has teeth that are the norm for a vampire).
** Hsien-Ko has mechanical hands instead of the oversized claws at the end of her sleeves (in the games, she ''does'' have real hands, as they are tucked inside her sleeves to hold said claws). As if that wasn't enough, the decision of to give her a normal skin tone instead of the usual [[UndeathlyPallor undead blue skin tone]] makes her {{blush sticker}}s stand out much more than normal.
* AdaptationalVillainy: Morrigan, Demitri and Anakaris. To some extent, Donovan as well.
* AdaptationalWimp: Pyron, who in this series seems to be a completely incompetent villain, especially compared with his video game counterpart. In the ninth episode of the series, he even [[SaveTheVillain has to be saved]] from Huitzil.
* AlienInvasion: Pyron does this.
* BeamOWar: This is what all the characters do in a fight.
* BlackAndWhiteMorality: Unlike the games.
* CanonForeigner: Harry, Hairball, Klaus, and Terramon.
* CaptainErsatz: Subverted. Despite looking like a blatant Franchise/HarryPotter ripoff at first glance, Harry Grimoire actually ''[[OlderThanTheyThink predates]]'' J.K. Rowling's work.
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: SixthRanger Hsien-Ko doesn't show up in the finale. This is ironic considering she's one of the most iconic characters now.
* CloudCuckoolander: Anakaris. There are apparently lizards in his pants.
* CrystalSkull: Demitri acquires one with the ability to imprison people in a pocket dimension.
* CulturalTranslation: Hsien-Ko is referred to as a ghost rather than a [[ChineseVampire jiangshi]], presumably because the latter is more obscure in the West.
* DeathByAdaptation: Huitzil is blown to pieces.
* {{Disneyfication}}: All the violence and horror elements from the games were changed or toned down in order to made the series more kid-friendly. Also Morrigan and Felicia were covered up in order to show less skin.
* {{Dracula}}: He is Demitri's uncle, as shown in "Darkest Before the Dawn." He is getting old and being harried by Van Helsing, and tells Demitri to go after the crystal skull.
* {{Eyecatch}}: The Darkstalkers firing beams.
* FakeRussian: Hsien-Ko, despite being from China.
* FamousAncestor: Morrigan is descended from Morgan Le Fay, and Harry from Merlin.
* {{Gonk}}: Morrigan. To solve this problem, she actually eats her victims.
* {{Grimmification}}: Morrigan is far closer to the mythological succubus here, with her ugly appearance, inherent demonic evilness, and eating her victims.
* LighterAndSofter: The violence and horror elements from the games were toned down. It was also more comedy oriented.
* MightyWhitey: Felicia. Harry even more so.
* NeutralNoLonger: Hsien-Ko becomes good by the end of her debut.
* PhraseCatcher: Rikuo is curiously attractive for a fish man.
* PissTakeRap: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdO-yO-bfrU Lord Raptor's demo tape.]]
* PlanetOfHats: [[ImpliedTrope Implied.]] Pyron mentions "the Great Collector" as the leader of his civilization, suggesting that stockpiling valuable objects and territory is fundamental to their culture.
* PunchClockVillain: Bishamon, to the point that he eventually makes a full HeelFaceTurn.
* OffModel
* SecretKeeper: Harry.
* SecretMutantHeroTeam
* TheSixthRanger: Hsien-Ko promises only to hunt evil Darkstalkers after she is defeated.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Lord Raptor fancies himself a RenaissanceMan, when in fact he's terrible at just about every artistic pursuit he tries.
* TheStarscream: Morrigan spends much of the series trying to usurp Demitri's position as Pyron's general. To a lesser extent, both she and Demitri sometimes attempt to usurp Pyron himself.
* ToServeMan: It is said that Morrigan actually eats her victims.
* UndeathlyPallor: Lord Raptor and Bishamon have different shades of blue skin, as in the games, while Demitri and Anakaris are gray. Bizarrely averted with Hsien-Ko, who doesn't look undead in any way.
* TheVamp: Morrigan is a straight example. She only seduces men to eat them.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Donovan's defining characteristic.
* WhatMeasureIsANonCute: This hits the series hard. The bad Darkstalkers were even made uglier than they were in-game.
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