-->''"He is right dear, that boy could never pass as a creature of the night".''

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[[caption-width-right:350:Clockwise from the top: Leechy (in bat form), Oskar, Ashley, Stoker, and Gothetta]]
'''''School for Vampires''''' (''Die Schule der Kleinen Vampire'') is a German/Italian animated TV series, which not surprisingly centers around a group of vampire children learning everything a vampire needs to know. Our hero Oskar might have been one of the best students at the Vampire Academy, if it was not for the fact he cannot stand the sight, let alone the taste, of blood; if he does, he faints. To make matters even worse, he is in love with a human girl named Sunshine whose grandfather is a vampire hunter!
!! This show provides examples of:
* ActionGirl: Gothetta
* AfraidOfBlood: Oskar, which is quite ironic considering he's a vampire.
* AllGhoulsSchool
* AlphaBitch: Nofre, a one-time character, is an Egyptian princess vampire that controls all the boys but downsizes Gothetta.
* ArtEvolution: The third season onwards features a cleaner art style with more vivid colors.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Count Alarich von Horrificus, with some overlap with NamesToRunAwayFromReallyFast.
* BoardingSchool/ ExtranormalInstitute
* BodySnatcher: Ashley takes over Oskar's body in the episode "Demon Within" and scares the hell out of their friends.
* BreakingTheFourthWall:
** In the episode "Superstition", the fortune-teller tells Gothetta that she blames too much television for children's bad behavior, upon which all characters look at the camera.
** In "The Vampire Hunter Hunter", the eponymous vampire hunter-hunter gets trapped in one of Polidori's traps. Oskar threatens to reveal the hunter-hunter's weakness to the world unless the hunter leaves Polidori alone. The hunter-hunter agrees to Oskar's conditions, but threatens to come and get him if he ends up reading about his weakness leaked somewhere or seeing it "in a film or, say, an animation show on TV."
* ButtMonkey: Stoker
* {{Cheerful Child}}: How else can you describe Klot?
** As a {{Moe}}, definitely!
* TheChick: Sunshine
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: The Vampire Hunter-Hunter sends vampire hunters to an always-sunny tropical island where there are no creepy castles for them to snoop around in or any vampires to hunt.
* CuteLittleFangs: All the vampire kids, except for Stoker (and arguably Leechy).
* CrustyCaretaker: Lenny, although he is to an large extent more of the OldRetainer of the school.
* DefangedHorrors (Fang pun not intended)
* DirtyCoward: Stoker, at his absolute worst.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: In the episode "Ashley in Love," Ashley meets a female vampire ash-pile named Asha. They both get trapped in a vacuum cleaner and some suggestive noises ensue.
* DubNameChange: Most characters have different names in the Italian, German, or English version of the show, except for Oskar and Klot.
** Lapidina = Gruftine = Gothetta
** Rotella = Tinto = Leechy
** Perfidius = Fletscher = Stoker
** Pulvirio = Ashley = Ashley
** Sole = Sunshine = Sunshine
** Mortimer = Nestor = Lenny
** Sanguinetti = Oxford = Oxblood
*** Justified, since they're all [[PunnyName Punny Names]].
* EverybodyLaughsEnding: For some episodes.
* FieryRedhead: Gothetta, although her hair is more of a deep crimson color.
* FiveManBand:
** TheHero: Oskar
** TheLancer: Stoker and Gothetta
** TheSmartGuy: Leechy
** The TagalongKid[=/=]TheChick: Klot
* ForbiddenFriendship: Oskar and Sunshine.
* FreakyFridayFlip: Happens between Oskar and Stoker in "Topsy Turvy".
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Mainly Oskar, but all of the vampire children are this to an extent.
* GadgeteerGenius: Leechy. Polidori as well, though his inventions are more likely to fail in the end.
* GenderBlenderName: Somewhat; Ashley's name, though technically unisex, is considered feminine with English speakers.
* GenerationXerox: In a couple of {{Whole Episode Flashback}}s, Polidori's ancestors are always shown to be fanatical vampire hunters.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In the episode "Vampirates," Stoker, Leechy, and Oskar end up playing poker to pass the time after getting stuck on an abandoned pirate ship during a storm. In the next shot, Oskar is shown shirtless and Stoker asks him if he's going to bet his shoes or trousers next, meaning that the game was not only poker, but ''strip poker''.
* GiganticAdultsTinyBabies: In "Fluffy," Oskar adopts a strange-looking baby bird, only to learn [[CubCuesProtectiveParent the hard way]] that he's a ''Dragon Owl''.
* HarmlessVillain: VampireHunter Paulus Polidori.
* InterspeciesFriendship: Oskar and Sunshine, of course, with some overlap with InterspeciesRomance since they both like each other but never get into an actual romantic relationship. Gothetta has also made a few interspecies friendships with trolls and goblins.
* IronicFear: See AfraidOfBlood
* IWasQuiteALooker: In "The Portrait," the kids learn that Oxblood was very handsome as a young vampire, [[HairTodayGoneTomorrow with a full head of hair]].
* JerkAss: Stoker, sometimes entering TokenEvilTeammate territory.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Stoker has shown that he's not all bad.
* KissingUnderTheInfluence: Gothetta and Oskar work together to prevent this from happening between Sunshine and Stoker in "A Vampire's Kiss", as they had accidentally consumed a love potion whose effects would last forever if one kissed the other on the cheek.
* LadyOfWar: Whether in the best circumstances or when she has to get scrappy, Lady Kryptina is always an elegant and graceful vampiress. She's even the school's P.E. teacher.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Sunshine and Gothetta.
* LipLock: Happens more noticeably in the earlier dubbed episodes.
* LovePotion: Gothetta brews one in "A Vampire's Kiss" in order to get [[spoiler: Oskar]] to fall in love with her. Naturally, it ends up being consumed by the wrong people (Stoker and Sunshine) and HilarityEnsues.
* LoveTriangle: Oskar and Sunshine like each other, while [[spoiler: Gothetta has a crush on Oskar, and Stoker has a crush on Gothetta.]] A mild example since it doesn't get a lot of focus outside of a few episodes.
* LullDestruction: Occasionally, the English dub adds a few extra lines or vocal sound effects like giggling or grunting that weren't present in the German original. Happens most notably with Leechy.
* MilesGloriosus: Stoker talks big, but when the danger is real, he will cry and beg for his un-life.
* NiceGuy: Oskar
* OohMeAccentsSlipping: Happens occasionally with Stoker and Gothetta in the English dub.
* OhMyGods: Vampires swear by, who else, Dracula. Even funnier is the fact that Polidori swears by Van Helsing.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent:
** A human that has newly became a vampire (after being bitten by a vampire during a full moon) can become human again by replacing all his/her vampire blood with human blood in a blood transfusion.
** Also; a vampire that is exposed to sunlight does not die, but is instead reduced to a living/undead pile of ash that can still speak and retains the same personality. [[AndIMustScream Yikes]]!
** Apparently, in this universe, there are vampires that are born as vampires and those who were turned by [[TheVirus bite]]. Probably as a logical consequence, these vampires grow up and age. They are still immortal, though.
** Blood is not a necessity to the vampires, at least not the vampire children, who are not allowed to drink blood until they graduate the school for vampires. They eat all kinds of non-blood food; they even love human sweets.
** Other vampiric powers include hypnosis, [[LivingShadow bringing one's shadow to life]], and turning into bats (but retaining their human faces).
*** Besides some added idiosyncrasies though, the show tends to mostly follow the rules of the ClassicalMovieVampire in terms of powers (and occasionally, looks and demeanor).
* PapaWolf: Both Count Von Horrificus and Lenny are this towards the kids.
* ParentalAbandonment: It is unknown what happened to Sunshine's parents or if they are still alive.
* ParentalSubstitute: Count Von Horrificus is this for Oskar [[spoiler: and has probably has been for most of Oskar's life since the episode "All Work and No Play" reveals that Oskar was delivered to the count as a baby.]]
* PerkyGoth: Gothetta, and arguably the rest of the vampire kids too.
* ThePiratesWhoDontDoAnything: Played straight with the kids, subverted however with the adult vampires who can be, as shown in some episodes, [[NotSoHarmlessVillain an actual threat to humans]]. [[FailureIsTheOnlyOption They are however always stopped by the interfering kids or bad luck.]]
* PrinceCharmingWannabe: Stoker. In the episode "Superstition," a fortune-teller predicts for Gothetta that she'll meet a tall, dark man that looks like a young Johnny Depp. Stoker naturally assumes that means him.
* PuppyLove: Oskar and Sunshine, who have shown mutual feelings for each other. Also, Leechy and Ravena.
* ReluctantMonster: Oskar, who doesn't have much interest in terrorizing humans and sucking their blood.
* ShoutOut:
** Count von Horrificus and Lady Kryptina are dressed in the same way as Dracula and Lucy in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
** Professor Archibald Oxblood [[LooksLikeOrlock looks like Count Orlock]] from ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' and Lenny is a dead ringer (pun not intended) for Riff Raff from ''TheRockyHorrorPictureShow''.
** Vampire hunter Paulus Polidori shares his last name with John William Polidori, author of ''Literature/TheVampyre''.
** Maxine Schreck, a one-time vampire character, is named after Max Schreck, the actor portraying Count Orlock in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''. She also bears some resemblance to Morticia Addams from [[Series/TheAddamsFamily The Addams Family]].
** Arnie, a one-time human character who plays a vampire for a carnival show, dresses in red robes and a hairstyle similar to the infamous costume from ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
** Ravena, Oxblood's niece featured in "Dr. Leechy and Mr. Cool", is dressed in an outfit that strongly resembles Mina Harker's green dress from ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.
** In "Super Klot", Stoker says that he wants to do his class presentation on [[UsefulNotes/VladtheImpaler Vlad the Impaler]], one of the major historical influences behind the original {{Dracula}}.
** Orlock Nosferatu, another one-time vampire character, is also named and designed after the titular character in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}''.
* ShowWithinAShow: "Vampire Town", a human show based on Stoker's diary.
* SmallNameBigEgo: Stoker.
* StatusQuoIsGod: Almost always the case with each episode.
* StealthPun: In the English dub of "Dr. Leechy and Mr. Cool", Stoker is shown whistling to the tune of the song "You are My Sunshine". The following sister episode "A Vampire's Kiss" features Stoker accidentally consuming a love potion and falling in love with Sunshine. May also count as a {{Woolseyism}}.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Count Von Horrificus. He usually appears as a cold, stoic, and somewhat terrifying headmaster, but he has his moments of kindness and humour, especially towards the kids.
* ThoseTwoGuys: Klot and Ashley occasionally fall under this. Because Ashley travels around in a bassinet for Klot's dolls and due to Klot's age and Ashley's state of being, they often cannot keep up with the other vampire kids.
* TwoTeacherSchool: Oxblood and Kryptina are the only two teachers at the school. Justified since there are only six students attending.
* UnreliableNarrator: Ashley tells his classmates that he was reduced to ash because he lost track of time while battling the wolfman, a hunchback, and Dr. Frankenstein and his monster. What really happened was that he was dancing at a party, then fell down the stairs and through a door into the daylight.
* UnusualEuphemism: Stoker has, on occasion, said "Stake you!" or "Go stake yourself!" to other vampires. Also counts as a hilarious example of GettingCrapPastTheRadar.
* UnwittingMuggleFriend: Sunshine falls squarely into this trope. She even dresses Oskar up as a vampire in one episode.
* WeaksauceWeakness: The Vampire Hunter Hunter's only weakness is [[spoiler:cheesecake, of all things!]]
* WhatTheHellIsThatAccent: Gothetta's accent in the English dub sounds like a mixture of British, Texan, German, and Romanian.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Count von Horrificus' only fear is [[spoiler:clowns]].
* WorldOfHam
* WouldHurtAChild: Klot barely being out of toddlerhood doesn't stop Polidori from trying to stake him.
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