The various public domain monsters of the Darkstalkers/Vampire series are compiled here for your convinence. Names are listed as English/Japanese.Before we get started, here are a few tropes that apply to (at least) most of the cast.
Action Girl: Just about every female playable character.
Cool Versus Awesome: The series' reputation for actually adhering to continuity aside, this trope is the backbone of the plot.
Power Levels: The characters of the series are gauged by their strength:
Class S Darkstalkers are strong enough demons which can be considered Physical Gods. Their powers also tend to veer into Reality Warper territory. The Three High Nobles of Makai and Morrigan are all Class S, and Belial, one of the big three, was a Class S+.
Class A Darkstalkers are the exceptionally strong demons (like Pyron and Demitri), most of them filling the ranks of the Eight Noble Families of Makai.
Class B+ Darkstalkers are the more powerful demons with sufficient training and high-caliber superpowers.
Class B Darkstalkers are the average demons, which make up the backbone of Makai; one can take down a small army of humans.
Class C Darkstalkers are your run-of-the-mill human and weaker demons on par with normal people, who are used as slaves and livestock by classes B and above.
Class D Darkstalkers the wild beasts of Makai who may reach the power of Class Bs or even B+, but are usually not civilized.
Shout-Out: Most of the character's "birth dates" are tied to the legendary creatures they were based on.
Morrigan: Morrigan's date of birth (1678) coincides with the first appearance of a succubus in Scotland.
Felicia: She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1967. This is most likely a reference to "Curse of the Catwoman," a poem written circa 1967 by Edward Field.
Jon Talbain: His surname sounds similar to "Talbot," the surname of the main character from the 1941 film version of The Wolf Man (1941). Talbain was born in 1940. While the titular Wolfman is named Lawrence (nicknamed "Larry"), the film also depicts his father: Sir John Talbot.
Lord Raptor: In 1889, "The Country of the Comers-Back" (aka "Le Pays De Revenants") was an essay depicting zombies published in Harper's Magazine.
Victor: Mary Shelley's famous work, Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, was originally published in 1818. Its final revision was in 1830, the birth date of Victor. 101 years later, it was adapted into a film for the second time; the first film was made in 1910, which launched the career of Boris Karloff. This is the best-known adaptation.
Rikuo: His birth date (1953) date of birth coincides with release date of the classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The film is centered on an amphibious creature that besieges anyone foolish enough to go out to sea. The creature was played by actor Ricou Browning.
Sasquatch: Whereas the typical yeti/Abominable Snowman/Sasquatch/Bigfoot was originally sighted in 1811, Sasquatch was born in 1903. This was the same date that Western scientists discovered Central Africa's breed of mountain gorillas. That same year, a newspaper printed the testimony of a man who said he watched as a man was killed by aborigines, which he said looked like a black man, but covered all over with gray hair.
Stripperific: Most prominently seen with Morrigan, Felicia, and Lilith.
Undeathly Pallor: Lord Raptor, Hsien-Ko, Victor, and Bishamon are all various shades of blue. Anakaris is sometimes depicted this way as well.
The master of one of the seven noble families of Makai. One day he challenged Belial Aensland, Morrigan's father, one of the three high nobles, and the ruler of Makai, for the throne. The end result: he was defeated so badly that both he and his castle Zeltzereich were ripped through reality into the human world. For the next 100 years he was quietly restoring his lost powers all while drinking the blood of unlucky treasure hunters who dared to enter his castle. All of them became his servants.When he restored most of his powers, Pyron dropped in to conquer Earth, and Demitri used this opportunity to defeat him and absorb Pyron's power. When he felt that he was ready, he returned to Makai, only to find that Belial had died, and the result was a very serious power struggle. Before he could take advantage of it, he and his castle were sucked into the Majigen, the pocket dimension created by Jedah Dohma.Tropes associated with Demitri Maximoff:
Shoryuken: Demon Cradle, an attack in which he leaps upward while spinning, his arms crossed and cape transformed into a pair of bat wings. When used from a standstill he goes straight up, but when used during a dash, he leaps forward at an angle.
Worthy Opponent: Baraba Kreutz, the leader of the royal guardsmen of the Makai's Kreutz clan (as well as Jon Talbain's father). Demitri was said to have seen a certain beauty in his fighting style and even said, "He is my best rival in my life."
The daughter of Belial Aensland, she was born with power that rivaled S class high nobles. Fearing that Morrigan would lose control of that power, Belial split her soul in half, taking part of her power. But since the two halves of her soul were trying to return to each other, Belial further split one half of her soul into two in order to weaken the drawing effect. And so Morrigan's soul was split into three: half of the soul was in herself, another 1/4 was sealed in Belial's body and the last 1/4 was sealed in a separate dimension, and it eventually materialized as her "sister," Lilith.But Morrigan grew up not knowing anything about the above events. She spent her days as a Rebellious Princess and generally being the combat-crazy version of Paris Hilton. It's only after her father's death that she starts taking things seriously. While trying to end the power struggle in Makai, she was sucked into Jedah's Majigen dimension, where she met Lilith, and after some fighting, reunited with her and gained immense power.Tropes associated with Morrigan Aensland:
Absolute Cleavage: Her iconic outfit technically "only" possesses an Impossibly-Low Neckline and a cut-out right below said neckline that, combined, reveal her entire cleavage and the top part of her stomach.
Badass Princess: If only by a technicality. As Belial's handpicked heir, Morrigan is poised to take the throne and become Makai's ruler (what the revival of Jedah, the only remaining High Noble of Makai, entails is unknown). She might look dainty and frail, but Morrigan can and will kick your ass. Totallyworth it, though.
Battle Aura: It's a bit hard to notice, but Morrigan is usually surrounded by a circular blaze of white or green fire.
Breakout Character: Her popularity with fans led to her being included in tons of spinoff and crossover games. By the turn of the century, she was more widely recognized than the entire Darkstalkers franchise!
Combat Tentacles: When she's not turning her wings into blades, Morrigan sometimes uses her bats as these. This is made much more explicit in the OVA.
Comes Great Responsibility: The main reason Belial seals her powers is that he feels she will lack the maturity and control to use such strength and will turn into a Person of Mass Destruction. Luckily, this is subverted when Morrigan does finally gain back her full powers.
Dimensional Traveler: The only means of travel between the Human World and Makai is a portal located roughly in the middle of Makai (The Gate). Morrigan is unique in that she is the only Darkstalker alive who can bypass this and directly travel to our world without the need to use The Gate.
The American cartoon, on the other hand, turns Morrigan into something of a typical female villain: she's extremely vain (even more so than in the games), is implied to actually eat her victims, and (with few exceptions; the "curiously attractive" Rikuo is one of them) hates members of the opposite sex. There, she most definitely qualifies as a Vamp.
Fusion Dance: With Lilith, in both of their endings in Vampire Savior, with slightly different results in each. The original ending(s) implied Type 1 (Composite), but this was apparently retconnedby Capcom in the pair's following appearances into a mix of Type 2 (Power Booster) and sort-of Type 3 (Switcher), in that while it's Morrigan who is dominant, Lilith has been shown to exist as some sort of Split Personality-like entity, and is able "come out and play" at her own discretion. It should be noted that the Vs. titles are non-canon, and Morrigan's appearances there are supposed to represent the full scale of her powers.
Kiss of Death: In her non-canon ending to Vampire, she sucks out Pyron's soul (leaving a withered husk) with a kiss. It's implied that this is one of the many ways Morrigan is able to claim a human's soul.
Living Aphrodisiac: Being a member of the Succubi race, she's able to magically generate intense and spontaneous lust in mortal humans. Only those with strong enough wills can resist her charms.
Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away From Really Fast: Named after a figure from Irish/Celtic mythology whose name can mean "great queen," "phantom queen," or "terror." While Morrigan wasn't born in Ireland (she was actually discovered in Scotland), she shares more than a few traits. For one, due to the death of adopted father Belial (as well as the lack of Jedah at the time), Morrigan is technically the ruler of Makai. (In the UDON comics, Belial is outright raising her to be the future leader of Makai.) The Morrigan is also a goddess of both fertility and war, not unlike Morrigan herself. In the UDON comics, it's also implied that if Belial hadn't sealed away her power, Morrigan might have evolved into a being similar to Pyron. She also can sustain herself by feeding on a person's dreams.
This has changed as of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where Morrigan clearly has a Scottish accent.
Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Siobahn Flynn does not do a good job of keeping a consistent accent as Morrigan in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, her Scottish accent often slipping into an English one or disappearing into accentlessness.
Out with a Bang: Her bodily fluids (produced by any form of pleasure) can cause instant death.
Person of Mass Destruction: The reason why Belial sealed away part of her power when she was born was because of the fear that she might lose control of it and end up destroying the netherworld.
Physical Goddess: It's possible, given if her ending of the third game turns out to be Canon. When Morrigan was born, she was already a S-Class demon. Her power was hinted to be so great that Belial (a Physical God himself, considering that he was the strongest of the Three High Nobles of Makai and a Class S+ demon) split it into thirds. As of 3, Morrigan is presumably back at full strength, and might have actually become stronger due to her prior experiences.
Felicia was raised in an orphanage by a nun named Rose (not that one). After Rose passed away, Felicia decided to make a name for herself and left town. Meeting other cat-women along the way, they started a musical group which was a smash hit.Tropes associated with Felicia:
Battle Aura: During Rolling Buckler, Rolling Scratch, and Tumble Cat (kick throw) she has a green aura visible. If using an alternate palette, the color of this aura will change to match her eye color.
This is justified in her EX Charge move where she crouches and emits a battle aura, which manually fills up her Hyper Gauge.
Badass Adorable: Although the exact ratio of badass to adorable fluctuates, she's always got plenty of both.
Beware the Nice Ones: Just because she chose a pacifistic lifestyle, and just because her motto is always turning the other cheek, it doesn't means that she cannot punch your head off or cut you into ribbons if you piss her off enough.
Boisterous Bruiser: She has a bit of it. She is also fond of tossing horrible puns here and there.
Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Her victory portrait in Vampire Savior, which in turn was made into a win pose in MvC2.
Boobs of Steel: At 88cm, Felicia has the largest bust of all the Darkstalkers females, edging out Morrigan by 2cm (it should also be noted that she's bustier than the 87cm MaiShiranui). She also happens to be the most physically-oriented fighter on the female side and (Depending on the Artist) possesses a more muscular build than the other ladies.
Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of her win quotes, wherein she talks about how she starred in Darkstalkers, Night Warriors, and Puzzle Fighter.
Breakout Character: In Darkstalkers and Night Warriors, Felicia was just another monster. However, people latched on to her kind personality and attractive appearance as opposed to the unsympathetic Demitri. Alongside Morrigan, Felicia's popularity with fans led to her being included in tons of spin-off and crossover games.
Cat Smile: Naturally. Depending on the artist, Felicia will flash one from time to time.
Cool Big Sis: Felicia technically becomes this, albeit in an obverted sense of the trope: In her Darkstalkers 3 ending, Felicia becomes a nun and founds the orphanage "Felicity House," and all of the children look up to her.
Cool Pet: Plays the role of one to Harry Grimoire in the cartoon, assuming the formof an actual cat to ward off suspicion. In one of the official mangas, Felicia was the "pet" and secret best friend of a rich (and lonely) kid, acting as his bodyguard when two bumbling kidnappers took the kid away. Some chapters later, Felicia meets Jon Talbain and retakes the pet charade after they start living together.
Cosplay: Played for laughs but with a more adult tone in the 1996 manga version, where Jon Talbain and Felicia share a tiny apartment, with Jon posing as a plain (and antisocial) human, while Felicia stays in her cute kitty form to avoid attracting unwanted attention. One of their neighbors casually sees Felicia in her normal form, but she assumes Felicia is just a plain woman wearing a sexy cat costume, visiting Jon for some fetish sex.
Fanservice: Felicia's entire race, being a race made of nothing but females (Word of God confirms this) who romp around naked all the time and, on top of that, are playful, open-minded beings who consider humans as an interesting race, rather than just seeing them as bastards or a food source as the other characters do. Word of God has said that whenever a Catwoman and a male of whatever species mate, the offspring is always a catgirl. That still doesn't explains the origin of Felicia's race, but it helps a little.
Failed Attempt at Drama: Some of her victory poses involve Felicia attempting to strike a dramatic stance, and after a couple of seconds bursting into laughter, getting distracted by moving objects, or having the moment ruined by one of her kitty helpers photobombing out from nowhere.
Friend to All Children: Felicia loves children and wishes to take care of those who cannot defend themselves. In the UDON comic, she brings Jon to the orphanage she grew up in, and the children there were more than happy to see her. Jon also fell into this category after spending a night there.
Fur Bikini: In the American cartoon. In everything else, she has nothing but her own naturally-grown fur barely covering certain parts.
Jiggle Physics: It's hard to notice at first, but she does indeed have very large breasts (the largest in the series, in spite of what the anime, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and a lot of fanart and merchandise may suggest) and they are in fact the only ones that bounce. They are bigger than MaiShiranui's by 1cm. Just think about it.
Meaningful Name: Felicia (and male name counterpart Felix) means happiness. Fits well for Felicia since she wishes to coexist with humans in peace. There's also the obvious similarity with "feline" too.
Nice Girl: Felicia is definitely the kindest of the entire cast, only wishing for peaceful co-existence between Darkstalkers and humans. Doesn't mean she can't kick your ass if you push her too far.
One-Gender Race: The Catwoman race. They're able to reproduce with humans (and have been given rights like ordinary human citizens), but the offspring is always another catgirl.
Prehensile Tail: Felicia can use her tail to whip her opponents, or use it to hold her whole body up from her standing hard kick.
Rapunzel Hair: Felicia's hair reaches past her waist, and it encircles her whenever she flip jumps or does her Rolling Buckler. It also just so happens to cover her bare butt from being seen during certain stances or when she's shown from behind. Its general shape is also reminiscent of a lion's mane, which adds to her feline image.
Wall Jumper: In Night Warriors, she gained the ability to do a standard Chun-Li style wall jump. But in Vampire Savior, it gained a bit of a twist: she became able to jump off of or cling to walls, but if she stays put for too long, she'll slide back down in typical cat fashion.
Jonathan Talbain was an orphan living peacefully in England until the night of the full moon, when he experienced his first transformation. He was quickly outcast from society. Thinking that in order to control his inner beast he must control his body, he subjected himself to intense Training from Hell. In time, he succeeded, and while the adults didn't accept him back, the children did.With the creation of the Majigen, his soul was sucked in, and the beast he had tried for so long to control had resurfaced. In his ending, Talbain came face-to-face with his dark self, and concluding that he can't suppress the beast any longer, goes for another session of Training from Hell.His Japanese name is actually pronounced "garou," as in the Japanese word for "hungry wolf," as opposed to "gallon," as in "ten-gallon hat."Tropes associated with Jon Talbain/Gallon
Anime Hair: In his human form, he has a bluish-white mane shaped kind of like Sonic's bristles.
Bruce Lee Clone: He whips out nunchaku for some of his attacks and has a similar body type as Fei Long in his human form. Additionally, he has similar kicks, a variation of the one-inch punch, a dragon-themed technique, and howls that sound an awful lot like Bruce's famous high-pitched yells. In short, if Bruce Lee became a werewolf, he'd be Jon Talbain.
Friend to All Children: He likes children, and in the UDON comic, it was a kid who made Talbain like the orphanage.
He also takes two children under his wing in Vampire Savior. It is his concern for them that causes Jon to abandon the chance to reunite with his Disappeared Dad Baraba in his ending from this game.
Half-Human Hybrid: The son of a human mother and the leader of the royal guardsmen of the Kreutz family (one of the seven noble families of Makai). In his Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior ending, Jon runs into a man believed to be his father, but passes up on the chance to meet him and instead returns to take care of two children he encountered during his journey.
Ineffectual Loner: Having lived in isolation for most of his life, Jon believes that solitude suites him the best. It doesn't stick.
In Feudal Japan, he came upon a cursed armor called Hannya and a forbidden sword called Kien in his friend's antique shop. The next thing he realizes, he is at home. After some looking around, he finds out that he forcefully took the set from the shop owner, but he doesn't remember, nor has any idea why he did it. For several weeks, Bishamon just stared at the armor, like he was in a trance, despite concerns from his wife. Then one day he donned the armor, and all hell broke loose. The armor possessed him, and started a massacre that continued for days. When Pyron came to Earth, the energies produced by him overloaded the armor and Bishamon was set free. Vowing to prevent Hannya from taking more lives, he hides the armor and the sword, and he and his wife become monks.During the events of Darkstalkers 3, Hannya and Kien were sucked into the Majigen, where the overflowing spirit energies allowed Hannya to manifest itself once again. It took the form of Bishamon, as the armor had become accustomed to that form, but before it could begin another massacre, the real Bishamon sealed it away.He has an alternate form in Darkstalkers 3 called "Oboro Bishamon," which is what would have happened if Bishamon had mastered controlling the cursed armor, and fights you as a Secret Final Boss if you get enough super finishes and perfects.Tropes associated with Bishamon:
And I Must Scream: It's implied that Bishamon has full knowledge of the atrocities he committed while under the influence of Hannya and Kien (the OVA suggests this further in a moment where he seems to come back into control long enough to desperately ask Donovan if he wants to take his soul), thus leading to...
The Atoner: ... him becoming a monk alongside his wife O-rin after being freed from the armor by Pyron's death. He started a practice known as Roppoudou in order to cleanse his mind, and later ventures to seal away his now-Animated Armor to prevent anyone from experiencing the pain he went through.
Ascended Glitch: Super Street Fighter II Turbo had a rather infamous glitch involving two super moves that were activated with the "Charge back, forward, back, forward + Button" command. The last forward could be held for an indefinite amount of time, and the subsequent button press would still activate the super allowing for "walk up supers." In the first Darkstalkers game, Bishamon's "Kassabaki" super used this same command, and at the moment the last forward was input, Bishamon would automatically start walking forward for one second. At any time during this second, the super would come out with a single button press, imitating the "walk up super" technique that was possible in Super Turbo.
Extremity Extremist: He only uses one kick and one punch (at close range). All of his other attacks are sword slashes.
Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the OVA, when Donovan puts himself at risk to save human bystanders during their fight. Furthermore, when Donovan reveals that he uses his dark powers to destroy evil, Bishamon is unable to comprehend this to the point of degenerating into insane screaming rage.
Voiced by: Kan Tokumaru (games) Scott McNeil (Western cartoon)
The former ruler of an Egyptian empire. Foreseeing his death, he orders his servants to build a pyramid that will resurrect himself. One year later after the pyramid was completed, the empire was invaded and Anakaris was killed in battle. His body was placed in the pyramid's chamber of revival as instructed.Thousands of years later, Pyron's visit awakens Anakaris from his long slumber. He fights Pyron to restore his powers and using time-travel he goes back to his time, one year after his death, to resurrect himself and beat back the invaders. He succeeds and conquers them.Some time later, he hears a voice from the future. Deciding to check it out, he travels there and enters Jedah's Majigen, where he learns that the destruction of his empire is unavoidable. He travels back, and the empire is erased from history, when in reality Anakaris transfers his entire empire into another dimension located somewhere under the Earth, to avoid wars above ground.Tropes associated with Anakaris:
Baleful Polymorph: His Royal Judgement and Pharaoh's Curse Super Combos temporarily transforms the opponent into a small, defenseless form. What exactly they are turned into depends on who the opponent is.
During his life, Raptor was a successful, if niche, rock star who captivated his audience with his enigmatic voice. Behind the curtains, he was a cultist who incorporated the cultic text into his songs, which influenced the audience. During his final live "Sacrifice" he took his own life and the lives of 100 fans. This caught Ozom's attention, who resurrected Raptor as his servant, but Raptor planned to overthrow Ozom when he got powerful enough. Ozom himself knows this and have sent Le Malta to keep an eye on him.When he returns from another errand, Raptor discovers that Ozom's castle has disappeared (see Jedah's section below) and he was sucked into Majigen shortly after.He has a thing for Hsien-Ko while Le Malta has a thing for B.B. Hood.Tropes associated with Lord Raptor/Zabel Zarock:
Chainsaw Good: Many of his attacks involve him transforming parts of his body into chainsaw blades. During his "Ultimate Undead" Dark Force, Le Malta turns into a chainsaw which Zabel wields in a more conventional fashion.
Musical Assassin: Especially in backstory, where he stole the souls of a hundred members of his audience during a concert.
Not Quite Flight: The first playable character in the series to have a midair dash, which gave him highly flexible aerial mobility.
Older Than They Look: Material dating back from the first game states his birthdate is 1889; however, the heavy metal genre would only appear in the beginning of the 70's, and given he was a heavy metal rocker during his life and died relatively young, this throws a complete contradiction in his backstory. This birthdate was likely left over from when he was conceived as a World War I soldier and is probably a big reason why the birthdates are now largely ignored.
Le Malta gets this too, as he's sometimes referred to as Le Marta or La Malta. Sources also flip flop between whether or not there's a space in his name (Le Malta vs. LeMalta).
The Starscream: His ending in the first game states that he is just waiting the best opportunity to back-stab Ozom and take over his place. This is most prominent in the American cartoon, where he occasionally tries to double-cross Pyron.
He is a creation of a professor of the same name, who died some time after Victor's birth. Victor, not understanding the concept of death, thought that the professor was ignoring him, and decided that the best way for the professor to accept him was to become the strongest in the world. That failed, but that didn't matter since he had met his "older" sister, the prototype Emily. Emily wasn't supposed to be functioning due to her time-limited power problems, but Victor's self-generating electricity leaked enough power for her to be constantly activated. Afterward, they lived in peace for a time...... until Emily suddenly stopped functioning from the strain of living for a longer amount of time than she was supposed to. When the Majigen appears, Victor decides that in order to bring her to life, he must gather the wandering souls and inject their spiritual energies into Emily. In his ending, he succeeds, but dies as his own soul was the last one that had to be implemented.Tropes associated with Victor von Gerdenheim:
Ass Kicks You: Victor is unfortunately very fond of this. He even uses his ass to squeeze and throw opponents. He is also capable of making his body parts grow to several times their normal size—including the aforementioned posterior.
Creating Life: Victor and his "sister" Emily were created by Professor Victor von Gerdenheim.
High-Pressure Emotion: Turns red, spouts steam from his ears, and makes a whistling teakettle sound during one of his winposes in the first two games.
Hulk Speak: Present in his original Japanese dialogue, complete with constant boasting of how he's the strongest. It's also emphasized in that all of his lines are written in hiragana only which gives them a simple, childlike quality.
Rikuo was the ruler of a peaceful kingdom of merfolk, but the arrival of Pyron caused the underwater earthquakes and volcanoes that destroyed the kingdom. Believing that he was the last of his kind, he sets out for revenge until he meets a mermaid named Aqueria. Overjoyed, he marries her and sets aside his goal of revenge to start a new kingdom.Encouraged and believing that there are other survivors, he starts searching for them. This results in spending less time with his family. One day, one of his sons, Ricky/Alba, vanishes. He curses himself and contemplates how he could protect his own kingdom if he cannot protect his family. Believing that his son disappeared into the Majigen, he starts his search there. He eventually finds his son playing with another mermaid, and thus Rikuo's new kingdom began.Tropes associated with Aulbath/Rikuo:
Ascended Glitch: Rikuo had a rather infamous game breaking glitch in some versions of the first game. His crouching fierce punch (a.k.a. the "crab punch") could not be blocked while crouching. Upon hit it would trip the opponent, so in conjunction with his crouching hard kick, which also tripped the opponent and could not be blocked while standing, he had a frustrating 50/50 guessing game that was difficult to escape. It was alluded to in every game since in the form of his Direct Scissors EX special.
Even the Guys Want Him: A recurring gag in the US cartoon was that he was repeatedly told that he was "curiously attractive for a Fishman." The thing is though that a large portion of these compliments came from the male Darkstalkers. By the last episode, Rikuo wearily replies to the comment with a sigh and "So I've been told."
Sasquatch is the most noble of his tribe. When Pyron comes down, Sasquatch's community starts to be constantly attacked by other Darkstalkers, making Sasquatch go on a journey to defend his fellow bigfeet from their enemies. After he defeats Pyron, he convinces his tribe to realize an invasion against the human civilization. However, the plan is aborted when they learn that humans have bananas in their food supplies. A friendly alliance was then formed between Sasquatch's tribe and the humans.After returning from one journey to human civilization, Sasquatch finds a huge hole where his village is supposed to be. Believing that his friends were captured and taken to Makai, he goes into Majigen to rescue them. When he finds them, he discovers that his friends... willingly allowed themselves to be captured in exchange for a lot of bananas.Tropes associated with Sasquatch:
Snowlems: One of his victory poses shows him being cheered up by a group of small snowmen. He is also turned into one when hit by Anakaris' Pharaoh Curse.
Stout Strength: He's almost completely round, but packs a serious punch.
Take Over the World: According to his ending in the first game, this is what he and his tribe planned to do after he defeated Pyron. The Freudian Excuse for this was that his people suffered attack from humans a long time, but fortunately the whole thing was settled down when they realized they could have a peaceful co-existence with humans as long the humans provided bananas for them.
Voiced by:Jurota Kosugi (games), Ward Perry (Night Warriors OVA, English)
Huitzil is one of many robots created by Pyron. Their main mission was to destroy all life forms on Earth, and so they killed all of the dinosaurs and went into hibernation. They were later found by the Mayans and were used by them. Shortly before Pyron came down, one Huitzil model was assigned the task of evaluating the situation on Earth, and in his ending the verdict is to cleanse Earth of any non-aboriginal human.In Majigen, Huitzil was sucked in along with a child named Cecil, and a bug in its programming made it protect Cecil, but since everything in Majigen is potentially dangerous to Cecil it results in, to quote Hardcore Gaming 101: "basically going on a killing spree across Majigen while taking Cecil for the ride."Tropes associated with Huitzil/Phobos:
Dummied Out: Hacking into the original arcade game reveals that he and Pyron are fully playable characters with their endings from the later released Night Warriors (their ending text wasn't finished however, leaving a row of A's instead).
Mecha-Mooks: Inverted in both the games and the OVA. In the former, Huitzil's final act is to activate the remainder of his brethren to protect Cecil. The pack of Huitzils in the OVA band together to stop Pyron, as they see the value in humanity's existence. Unfortunately, they're unable to defeat Pyron.
Not Quite Flight: Huitzil has a very unusual "hover jump" that lets him float in place in midair for a variable amount of time, as well as change his trajectory mid-jump. Along with Lord Raptor, he was also one of the first characters in the series to have a midair dash. These two mechanics combine to give him a great amount of aerial mobility.
One-Man Band: Does this during one of his winposes. Apparently he's full of musical instruments as well as weapons.
Retcon: His backstory changes a lot, even by Capcom fighting game standards. In the first game, he was said to be a killer robot sent to earth by unspecified aliens 65 million years ago, where he killed the dinosaurs before going into hibernation until Pyron's arrival. In the second game, he was said to have been a guardian robot created by the Mayans. And since then, the two stories have blended together: Now he is said to have originally been made by Pyron specifically (although the reason a being such as Pyron would need an army of killer robots is never really made clear), sent to Earth millions of years ago where he killed the dinosaurs, went into hibernation, and was then discovered and repurposed by the Mayans millions of years later.
Shapeshifter Weapon: Drills, wrecking balls, buzz saws, claws, gatling guns, missile launchers, giant magnets... you name it, he can turn a body part into it.
Sphereof Destruction: His Erasing Sphere EX move, which fires a small, slow-moving projectile that eventually explodes into a large, spherical blast.
Splash Damage: His Might Launcher missiles cause large explosions that can damage the opponent even if the missile itself doesn't touch them. This property was removed in Hunter 2/Savior 2.
This Is a Drill: Many of his attacks involve drills, including his crouching light punch in every game, his crouching medium punch, crouching hard punch, and close-range standing medium kick in the first two games, and his pursuit attack in the third game.
Coming from the planet Hellstorm, Pyron lived for millions of years and evolved into a cosmic being. He decides to consume planets/collect them as jewelry. He came to Earth during the time of the dinosaurs and created the Huitzil army to kill them. Why he didn't take Earth back then is not known, but 1 million years later he comes back to Earth, only to be defeated and consumed by Demitri.Tropes associated with Pyron:
Battle Aura: Pyron constantly oozes a literal FLAMING battle aura as he is LIVING FLAME.
Big Bad: Of the first two games (since they had pretty much the same story with gameplay changes) and the OVA.
The Collector: Of planets, which he sees as things of beauty. He sees the inhabitants of Earth (or at least the Darkstalkers) as tarnish on an otherwise lovely jewel.
Cosmic Being: See his description. He's not the most powerful guy according to the story materials either. Gameplay wise, however, he is tougher than the normal characters since he is a boss.
Dummied Out: Much like Huitzil/Phobos, Hacking into the original arcade game reveals that he's a fully playable character complete with his ending from the later released Night Warriors (the ending text wasn't finished however, leaving a row of A's instead).
Eldritch Location: Some console additions of Vampire Savior added him in with an ending where he considers Jedah's realm to be this. He was confused that its rules were different than the universe as he knows it and was upset it disappeared when Jedah went down, as he wanted it for himself. He gets over it and goes to Andromeda.
Gameplay and Story Segregation: His ending has him wearing the earth around his finger like a piece of jewelry. Pyron is classified as a "Rank A Darkstalker," the same rank as Demitri before he lost most of his power and a step below Morrigan's complete form and Jedah.
Intrigued by Humanity: Whereas the first game established that his destruction of planets and devourment of life was For the Evulz, the port of Vampire Savior has Pyron seeing the potential of humans and deciding to spare them, completely skipping over Humanity on Trial.
Killed Off for Real: In Night Warriors, explaining his absence from Vampire Savior. He returns as a non-canon character in Darkstalkers 3 for PlayStation.
An example of Serendipity Writes The Plot, as he and the other two characters removed in Savior were actually going to be there at first, but there wasn't enough memory on the arcade board to hold all 14 previously-existing characters plus new ones.
Large Ham: Very much so in the OVA and even more so in the cartoon.
Donovan and his mother were outcast in the village they lived due to his cursed blood. One day something triggered his vampire form and he lost control of himself killing many people including his mother. Stricken with grief and cursing his heritage, he goes into exile and devotes himself to Buddhism, but fails to achieve peace. During his travels, he makes a name for himself as a Vampire Hunter. He later meets Anita, an emotionless girl, and trying to restore her humanity, he slices the head of Anita's doll off. This awakened Anita's anger, and his plan succeeded. Taking her with him, he sets out to emotionally awaken her. Ironically, this is eventually achieved by him losing to his dark side, which prompted her to shed genuine tears. It's still unclear if he truly lost to his dark side or if he is fighting back.That dark side is later represented as another, possibly non-canon character called Dee, who is basically just Donovan's head on Demitri's body with a combination of his and Demitri's moves. In his ending, he encounters a teenaged Anita, but the outcome of the encounter is not shown.Tropes associated with Donovan Baine:
Evil Weapon: As Dee, the sword is red and more sinister looking, likely symbolic of his own corruption.
Living Weapon: Dhylec can be seen complaining and falling asleep if left "planted" for too long.
Summon Magic: When used in tandem with his prayer beads, Dhylec can summon several Buddhist deities to attack the opponent on Donovan's behalf.
Difficult, But Awesome: An expert Donovan player is a master of mind games revolving around his "sword plant" trick. You had better hope that you don't face one in Tournament Play, because they are brutally efficient.
Dhampyr: The dhampyr myth owes its origins to the Balkan States (Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia most prevalently). Dhampyr literally means "vampire's son."
Token Human: Averted in that while he was originally intended to be a Badass Normal vampire hunter, the developers decided that a normal human could never fight on even ground with the rest of the monstrous cast. Thus he was redesigned into a dhampyr and given a mystic sword and prayer beads to explain his spirit-summoning abilities.
The twins Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling (Lin-Lin in Japan) were born to a family of Senjutsushi spiritualists. One day their family was attacked and the twins' mother, in order to save them, banished the monsters by sacrificing herself, sealing her soul in the darkness. The twins wanted to save their mother's soul, and in order to do that they performed a magic spell that turned Hsien-Ko into a Kyong-Shi, and turned Mei-Ling into the sealing ward that prevents Hsien-Ko from going berserk, taking the form of a seal. They set out to hunt monsters and in general doing good deeds (to earn enough brownie points for their mother — Hardcore Gaming 101).After releasing their mother's soul from darkness, they were reincarnated as normal girls. During their 16th birthday, their powers from their past life activated, gaining Jedah's attention and sucking them into Majigen. Their souls took the forms of their former bodies, and they fight for their survival with their new-found powers (they don't have memories from their past-life). In the end they returned to their normal lives.Tropes associated with Hsien-Ko/Lei-Lei:
Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She wears a Cheongsam with long "funnel" sleeves that cover every part of her arms except the ends of her massive claws. And as if those weren't enough, she uses her sleeves to hide a number of other weapons.
Not Quite Flight: An air dash. It consists of Hsien-Ko literally walking on air, possibly a reference to flying Jiang-Shis.
Our Zombies Are Different: Hsien-Ko is a Jiang-Shi, a Chinese zombie. But unlike regular ones, she's well-armed and controlled by her sister-turned-paper-talisman.
She Who Fights Monsters: Somewhat averted. Unlike Donovan and B.B. Hood, she doesn't become ruthless and evil for hunting monsters. Then again, her sister is there as a talisman so she won't lose control of herself.
Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon (out of the millions in her sleeves) are gigantic bladed gauntlets/punching daggers.
Yank the Dog's Chain: The sisters die in the second game, only to be reincarnated in another world so that they can live out their lives as ordinary children. Sounds like a happy ending, right? WRONG!Sixteen years later, the girls re-enter the world of Makai through their dreams, and find themselves back as a Jiang-shi. This is later subverted, as the end of 3 has the girls awaken from their dream back in the real world.
Q-Bee is a leader of the Soul Bee race that, obviously, feasts on souls in order to live. They live within the Dohma territories, but after Jedah's death, the lands began to die off. Souls became sparse, and the Soul Bees faced the danger of extinction. But then Jedah came back and used his Castle and nearby lands to create the Majigen, where many souls were gathered. Q-Bee, seeing one giant Soul Feast in Majigen, goes with her people to feed.In her ending, the soul bee's numbers skyrocket, leading to them taking over the Makai, but it's suggested that their overpopulation may ironically result in their own extinction.Tropes associated with Q-Bee:
Anything That Moves: Possibly unintentional, but she has the same suggestive win quotes against male and female characters.
Big Eater: Q-Bee, always looking for souls to nourish her and the Soul Bee species, who are endangered. It's also been stated that she can literally eat anything, and that if she goes 48 hours without food, she'll die.
Button Mashing: One of her moves where she swings her sting multiple times against the opponent.
Non-Mammal Mammaries: Justified in her case. Soul Bees can mate with other races to reproduce, so having the breasts naturally helps to attract prospective mates. This also explains the eyes mentioned above.
Out of Focus: She makes her sole appearance in Vampire Savior, rarely appears in artworks, and was not featured in any crossover games aside of Namco × Capcom and Project × Zone (and only then as a enemy/Rival unit, and not even one that joins the heroes' side). This minimal exposure is unlike any other of the series' females and is perhaps due to the fact that as a humanoid insect, her appearance is rather more bestial (her compound eyes, for instance), with less potential for Fanservice than the other females.
The Speechless: While she does have a voice actress, the only sounds Q-Bee produces are buzzes.
Too Dumb to Live/Hoist by Their Own Petard: Her Vampire Savior ending has her and her race turning on Jedah so their race would reign supreme. However, without Jedah to keep the souls coming in, the soul bees eventually ran out of food and their race doomed to overpopulation. Apparently, they only think with their stomachs...
There are many monsters who came from Makai to the Human world, and in the Human world there are those who want these creatures dead or captured for their own purposes. The Hunters Guild was established to meet the demand of this clients. Among those Dark Hunters, there is B.B. Hood, a Special S Class hunter, a human with such darkness in her heart that even lower level Makai monsters shake in fear from meeting her gaze. This gained Jedah's interest and she was sucked into Majigen, where a normal human would die instantly, but her reaction: "It's been a long time since I had a job this big."Her dog's name is Harry, which funnily enough was the name of the main character of the American cartoon adaptation.Tropes associated with B.B. Hood/Bulleta:
Friend to All Living Things: Bizarrely, given her personality. Includes her dog Harry, three butterflies, a mole, and a ring of daisy-like pink flowers that sprout when she wins. Completely subverts this trope when monsters are involved.
Little Red Riding Hood: Her look. She's very likely inspired by Roald Dahl's take on this classic fairy tale character (see extract below), who repeatedly shot the wolf and made a coat out of his hide.
The small girl smiles.
One eyelid flickers.
She whips a pistol from her knickers.
She aims it at the creature's head,
And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
Make It Look Like an Accident: Some of her standard hits look completely unintentional. For example trying to grab one of her butterflies, which acts as a punch, reclining happily which trips the opponent, turning to call Harry whilst kicking her leg up behind her, sneezing so her foot kicks up from the reflex, kneeing the opponent as she leaps away in surprise from a cute mole that burrows up underneath her feet and doing a mock-curtsy to drop a landmine from inside her dress.
Parts Unknown: Unlike most other characters in the series, her country of origin is never specified in Capcom's officialDarkstalkers Graphic File, and is simply listed as "Northern Europe" in her bio, which could be anywhere from Finland, Denmark, the U.K., Norway, etc. The anglicised nature of her name (Bonnie Hood) implies a U.K. origin as being the most likely, as does the likely design inspiration being Roald Dahl's version of the Red Riding Hood story. All that, and the fact that her fairy-tale counterpart and in-universe "Wolf" is Jon Talbain, a native Brit himself.
Roughly ten years after 1/3 of Morrigan's soul was sealed in an isolated space, it became self-aware. For the next 300 years its awareness and feelings grew, and eventually, so did its instinct to return home. When Jedah created the Majigen, it also drew in this soul. When Jedah noticed it, he struck a deal with it: the soul would gain a physical form and in return it must lure Morrigan and the other Darkstalkers to him. And thus Lilith was born, the childish, cheerful, flat chested version of Morrigan, who goes to find her "sister."After meeting Morrigan, she becomes a part of her sister.As she (for the most part) physically resembles Morrigan (being her "sister" and all), several of the tropes found in Morrigan's entry apply to Lilith as well.Tropes associated with Lilith:
A-Cup Angst: More so due to her feelings as an incomplete Morrigan than any actual "deficiencies"; she could make herself just as pneumatic as her sister, but doesn't choose to do so. Oddly enough, in Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix (the Super-Deformedcousin of Street Fighter), Lilith seems to attract all the men, making Morrigan (to whom this ending belongs) jealous.
Creating Life: Albeit serendipitously; originally 1/3 of Morrigan's power, she developed self-awareness after being sealed away by Belial for so long. Jedah, discovering this, created a body for her and convinced her to work for him. See Cloning Blues above.
Dark Is Not Evil: Think Morrigan, but even more benevolent. The only reason she was following Jedah in 3 was due to Jedah's manipulation.
Meaningful Name: Lilith, originally appearing in myths as a Mesopotamian storm demon who was associated with the element of wind and a bearer of disease, illness, and death, is known in Jewish folklore as Adam's first wife (apparently, Eve was his Second Love) who refused to become subservient to him. She is usually referred to as a succubus herself.
The Vampire Savior, The Distressed Lord of Death. The youngest of the three high nobles, Jedah was the one most concerned about the future of Makai. Believing that under the rule of Belial it would be stagnant, Jedah sought every chance he could that would help in overthrowing Belial. Ozom, his adviser, suggested to absorb the leaking energy of the Gate, a distortion that connects Makai with the human world. While Jedah was absorbing the leaked energy, Ozom discovered that if he opened the gate further, it would leak so much energy that it would overload Jedah and kill him. So he decided to overthrow him right then and there, and just like he predicted Jedah couldn't handle it. Ozom then collected what was left of Jedah's power and proclaimed himself Emperor of Makai.100 years later, Jedah managed to revive himself. Seeing the state of Makai at the peak of a power struggle, he decided that in order to save it he must cleanse all the souls in Makai, and for this he created the Majigen (using Ozom and the his Castle—formerly Jedah's—as a foundation), the pocket dimension where the strongest of souls will gather.Tropes associated with Jedah Dohma:
Gorn: As cool as it might be, the graphic elements of his attacks are also the one thing holding Jedah back from being in some of Capcom's later games; animating his techniques in 3D would make Mortal Kombat look like Clayfighter by comparison.
Evil Is Visceral: Jedah fights by mutilating himself and using his tissues and blood as weapons(for example, he'll make claws by cutting the joints of his fingers and stretching them in lines of blood, as well as attack with a spray of blood by DECAPITATING HIMSELF). His stage is the inside of a giant womb, complete with giant demonic fetus in the background.
Physical God: All of the Three High Nobles were at least Class S-level Darkstalkers, qualifying for this status. Jedah is no exception. Aside from Morrigan (when her soul is whole again), and maybe Dee and Anita, Jedah is the strongest living member of the cast.
Pop Goes The Human: The Sangue Passare throw, where he fills his opponent with blood. Exactly what part of them is filled up depends on the character, some of which have become somewhat infamous (with the most infamous and popular being Lilith's impromptu boobjob).
Marionette is a rag doll-like toy (a puppet) creature, resembling a woman in a leaf-like dress, jester hat, and heels with short hair and a wind up key on her back. It is said that a evil phantom Shadow made a young woman his slave, turning her into a puppet in order to fulfill his task. Like Shadow, she can transform into other characters, but transforms into the opponent that she is currently fighting.Tropes associated with Shadow:
When She Smiles: At the very end of the OVA, and it is adorable (not to mention heartwarming). Her teenaged self from Donovan's ending in Night Warriors' is also shown to be more cheerful.
The dude who resurrected Lord Raptor. He is as powerful as Demitri and Pyron.Tropes associated with Ozom:
Devour The Dragon: Ozom's reason for resurrecting and recruiting Lord Raptor was to eventually eat his soul. By commanding Lord Raptor to commit more and more vicious acts, his soul would become more and more evil, and thus more delicious. But before Ozom could enjoy his meal, he was destroyed by Jedah in the creation of his new dimension.
A woman coming from a clan of Chinese spiritualists, she sacrificed herself to save her twin daughters Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling from a powerful Darkstalker. The twins now fight to win her freedom from the dark. When the girls collapse in Hsien-Ko's Night Warriors ending, she uses her remaining spiritual powers to fetch their souls and allow them to be reborn. In Hsien-Ko's Vampire Savior ending, she also aids them to leave the Majingen in time.Tropes associated with Hsien-Ko's Mother:
Mama Bear: Not even death will stop her from protecting her children in two different lives.
Victor's older sister. More exactly she was a Frankenstein prototype that should have stopped functioning a long time ago, but was still sorta alive by the time Victor was created. Victor himself sees Emily as his Cool Big Sis, and his self-generating electricity keeps her alive... until Savior, where she stops functioning. Therefore, he seeks for a way to revive her.Tropes associated with Emily: