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Monster Mash

"The zombies were having fun
The party had just begun
The guests included Wolf Man
Dracula and his son
The scene was rockin', all were digging the sounds
Igor on chains, backed by his baying hounds
The coffin-bangers were about to arrive
With their vocal group, the Crypt-Kicker Five"
Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, "The Monster Mash"

Hey, wouldn't it be cool if Dracula, the Wolf Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein's Monster, Gillman, and all those other classic monsters hung out?

Short version: Yes. Yes it would.

This is prevalent in a setting where the heroes live on World of Weirdness as part of a Fantasy Kitchen Sink with a sprawling Crossover Cosmology, especially if they themselves are supernatural. The creatures, rather than become shut-ins, never leaving their designated niche or dark corner of the world... socialize. The Vampires and Werewolves, though antagonistic, agree to hold up a mutual Masquerade against humans. Fairies and ghosts work together to scare local homeowners. And the wizards work with all of them to Save Both Worlds.

On a personal level, individuals of these groups might form loose bands (of Player Characters, usually) that work towards common goals, hang out, or terrorize humans for fun and profit. Or, if the setting permits, are all in on a secret, ancient conspiracy to control, manipulate, or convert humanity, eventually taking over and enslaving us all! Bla-hahahaha!

Common Guests

You can expect all this canoodling to result in a Hybrid Monster sooner or later.

A Sub-Trope of Massive Multiplayer Crossover.


Examples:

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  • The General Mills "Monster Cereals" - Count Chocula, Frankenberry, Boo Berry, and the lesser known Fruit Brute and Yummy Fruity Mummy.
  • Promotional material for the Disney Theme Parks during the Halloween season often features Mickey Mouse and his associates as classic monsters. Mickey as a vampire, Minnie as a witch, Donald Duck as a Wolf Duck or devil, and Goofy as a Frankenstein monster seem to be the most common.

    Anime and Manga 
  • Magical Pokaan has a vampire, a werewolf, a witch and a Robot Girl as flatmates. And they're Cute Monster Girls, to boot.
    • They also have a caretaker of sorts - an invisible ghost named Cammy. In one of the special episodes, she appears as a nurse wrapped in bandages, so possibly invoking The Mummy or The Invisible Man.
  • Rosario + Vampire has a vampire, two witches, an ice woman, and a succubus as part of the Unwanted Harem and a werewolf as their sempai, with just about every other monster you can think of as antagonists. There's even a Shout-Out to a famous monster hunter: at one point Unlucky Everydude Tsukune is given a whip that apparently was owned by Simon Belmont himself.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima! has a vampire, a Cute Ghost Girl, a Robot Girl, and a half-bird demon in Negi's class, as well as a half-dog demon as his closest male friend.
    • As of Chapter 294 you can add another half-demon and a demon.
  • The Thriller Bark of One Piece has a mansion filled with Zombies that do double duty as Frankenstein's Monsters, an invisible Mix and Match Critter, a Cute Ghost Girl who controls ghosts instead of being one, a Mad Scientist, and their leader, who bears a striking resemblance to a Vampire, has a special ability that renders its targets unable to touch sunlight without burning up.
    • The Punk Hazard arc adds a new roster of monsters: Centaurs, satyrs, dragons, a harpy and a Blob Monster.
  • Princess Resurrection has vampires, werewolves, robot girls and a demonic princess as the main cast. Most of the above are living in the same house.
  • With a name like Monster Soul, one would say it's about oh um...monsters? =P
  • Legendz is a Mons series where all the creatures are based on monsters of folklore, myth, and urban legend.
  • Cowa! by Akira Toriyama is set in a world where humans, monsters and Petting Zoo People coexist. The main characters are a half vampire/half koala-man hybrid, a shapeshifting ghost, another creature that resembles Gillman and a human sumo wrestler.
  • in Hellsing, Millennium — the bad guys — are a Nazi vampire army whose leadership includes a cyborg, a Mad Scientist, a werewolf, a catboy with quantum-related powers, and a Master of Illusion. Dracula is there too, but he's the good guy.
  • Magetsukan Kitan
  • Hell's Angels and its Animated Adaptation Hells are set, surprise surprise, in Hell, where the recently deceased (?) main character attends an All-Ghouls School. Among her classmates there are a vampire, a four-armed mummy, a gillwoman, a witch and a female Phantom of the Opera based upon Phantom of the Paradise.

    Card Games 
  • While Magic: The Gathering has always had its share of vampires, ghosts, zombies, and other things that go bump in the night, the Innistrad block takes place on a plane directly inspired by Gothic Horror.

    Comicbooks 
  • In a parody one-shot story Illegal Aliens (not related by anyway to the book by the same name), a group of underemployed monsters from classic Universal Studios’ films forms an alliance to wipe out new amazingly popular alien creatures, because they took away their jobs in the movie industry. The comic ends with all monsters being smashed by... Godzilla.
  • Marvel Zombies 4 revolves around Morbius the Living Vampire, Werewolf by Night, Jennifer Kale, Daimon Hellstrom, Man-Thing, Dormammu, and eventually The Hood teaming up to fight against Pirahna, The Zombie, and Deadpool's severed head, which, by the way, is the most dangerous entity in the series. Yes, a severed head racks up one of the largest bodycounts in a Zombie Apocalypse.
  • The eponymous rock band in the DCU comic Scare Tactics had a vampire lead singer, a werewolf on lead guitar, a snake-boy on bass guitar, and a walking pile of sludge for a drummer.
  • DC also had several groups under the name The Creature Commandos: the first group (an extreme experiment in psychological warfare during World War II) was made up of Lt. Matthew Shrieve (normal), Warren Griffith (Werewolf), Sgt. Vincent Velcro (Vampire), Pvt. Elliot "Lucky" Taylor (Frankenstein's monster) and Dr. Myrra Rhodes (Medusa). They often teamed up with fellow Weird War Tales headliner GI Robot. Of some note is the fact that though Shrieve was "normal", he was quite explicitly the worst of the bunch. A reboot in 2000 also featured a gillman, and a new crew introduced in 2003 and never seen again finally added a mummy.
    • In the Flashpoint timeline, the equivalent group is headed by the Frankenstein monster himself, with Velcoro as the vampire (the spelling of his name changes in modern versions), Griffith as the werewolf, and Nina Mazursky as a gillwoman. Lt. Shrieve fights alongside them in the war.
    • DC's 2011 reboot has a modern-day version of the team, featuring Frankenstein, Velcoro, Griffith, Mazursky, Frankenstein's Bride, and Khalis, a mummy.
  • Urban Monsters stars a fishman, a zombie, a satyr, and a sasquatch, in a world with no apparent Masquerade.
  • Marvel Comics' Nick Fury's Howling Commandos featured a werewolf, a half-vampire and half-werewolf, a mummy, a clone of the Frankenstein monster, a gorilla with a human brain, and a zombie. Brother Voodoo and Satanna also join in on the fun. These are just the main, active members; the Howlers are indicated to employ just about every monster in the Marvel universe, including Lilith, daughter of Dracula, and both Abominable Snowmen (the cursed prospector and the representative of an entire yeti species, of course).
    • This is a bit of a tradition in Marvel, dating back to the original Legion of Monsters (swamp monster Man-Thing, demon Ghost Rider, vampire Morbius, and Werewolf by Night), and revived with the new Legion of Monsters (every original member but Ghost Rider returns, in addition to N'Kantu the Living Mummy, gillman Manphibian, Mole People-like Moloids, classic Marvel monster Orggo, etc. Oh, and of course, the Punisher as a Frankenstein's Monster.)
      • A later version of the Legion of Monsters appeared in Daredevil and featured Satanna, N'Kantu, Werewolf by Night, the original Frankenstein's Monster, and the zombie Simon Garth. The term "Monster Mash" is even used to describe them in the recap page of Daredevil #33.
    • And not to mention the Fin Fang Four, made up of classic Marvel monsters who represent cornerstones of giant monster movies. Fin Fang Foom (giant reptile/dragon), Googam (alien conqueror), Gorgilla (giant ape/gillman), and Elektro (giant robot).
      • The original Werewolf by Night letter column featured a fan post in which the author made a joke about a Nick Fury/Jack Russell team-up called "Sgt. Furry and His Growling Commandos". Funny how that joke later became reality, in some sense of the word: Nick Fury actually never appeared in Nick Fury's Howling Commandos; it was more a Mythology Gag name and a pun on the monstrous nature of the team.
  • This also fills out the rest of the cast of the Slave Labor Graphics comic (which ran also in Disney Adventures) called Little Gloomy (alternately titled "The Super Scary Monster Show")
  • The titular Monster Plus is a one-man Monster Mash, being a vampire werewolf mummy zombie Frankenstein's Monster witch doctor. One of his teen sidekicks happens to be Kid Dracula (the other two are normal humans).
  • Archie's Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Adventures comic had a one-off villain named Monsterex, who was a fusion of the Wolf Man, the Gill Man, Frankenstein's Monster, and a vampire.
  • I Hunt Monsters...what do you think?
  • Boneyard features a vampire, a gillwoman, a Frankenstein's monster, a werewolf, a demon, a skeleton, and some normal dude. Yeah.
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
  • Frequently used in British Humour Comics:
    • Used in the recently reprinted comic strip Number 13 in The Beano and in the one-off strip Phone-a-Fiend.
    • Fleetway comic strip Scream Inn and its later spinoff The Spooktacular 7 revolved around a vampiric innkeeper, a zombie maid, a witch, a ghost, a headless man, a skeleton, a devil and a talking spider.
  • All-Ghouls School
  • The Perhapanauts is set in a secret agency to deal with otherworldly things, and includes on the team we follow a super-intelligent sasquatch, a ghost, a mothman and a chupacabra.
  • Brazilian comic Bug-a-Booo is set in a graveyard inhabited by among others the title Bedsheet Ghost character, a clumsy vampire, and Lady McDeath.
  • Also from Brazil, A Turma do Arrepio.
  • The Bojeffries Saga:
  • Earth-666 in the Marvel multiverse, in which The Avengers comprise Capwolf, Frankencastle, Wolverine Lord of Vampires, Ice Mummy Thor, Big Creepy-Crawlies Spider-Man and Black Widow, Demonic Daredevil, hawkheaded Hawkeye and Brother Voodoo.

    Films — Animated 
  • Monsters vs. Aliens: Captain Ersatz versions of the Fifty-Foot Woman, The Fly, The Blob, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and Mothra are gathered together to whoop alien butt.
  • Hotel Transylvania. The main characters are Dracula and his daughter; their friends and guests include a mummy, a werewolf, Frankenstein, witches, an invisible man, a blob, and more. Justified by the title setting being, well, a hotel for monsters.
  • Mad Monster Party has Baron von Frankenstein inviting Dracula, the Werewolf, the Invisible Man, Quasimodo, Dr. Jekyll and the Creature from the Black Lagoon to his private island in order to announce his retirement and appoint his successor as head of the Worldwide Organization of Monsters.

    Films — Live-Action 

    Literature 
  • The Mercy Thompson series has both friendly and unfriendly fae, werewolves, vampires, witches, sorcerors and walkers (Native American shapeshifters) so far. Wizards, druids and angels are mentioned, and Charles' mother gave him Native American magic similiar to shamanism. The various species don't like each other — we are talking The Fair Folk and Always Chaotic Evil vamps whose best defector gleefully shoots and kicks the dog — but there are nastier things out in the night. Like demons or politicians.
  • Kitty Norville, likewise, features both friendly and unfriendly werewolves and vampires. As the ironically named main character is a werewolf, you'd expect most of the bloodsuckers to be villains, but she's allied to more than she's made enemies. The werewolf packs and nearest vampire families usually keep a cooperative connection.
    • The best example of a Monster Mash in this series is the latest book, Kitty's House of Horrors, where the premise is a reality show starring all the B-list celebrities who are or claim to be supernatural: Kitty the werewolf talk radio host, a werewolf pro wrestler, a were-seal state legislator, a TV medium and stage magician who are both the real thing, a vampire beauty pageant winner, and a psychic supernatural debunker TV show star.
  • As of I Shall Wear Midnight, the Ankh-Morpork Police Department has, in addition to various humans: a werewolf, a vampire, a zombie, some gargoyles, a golem, an imp-based PDA, a gnome, an Igor, a King Incognito, a Medusa, many trolls, many dwarves, a Nac Mac Feegle raised by gnomes and Cpl. Nobby Nobbs.
    • And for those of you who haven't read the books, Nobby really does deserve a place on that list. He carries a card, signed by the Patrician of Ankh-Morpork and a local midwife of some skill, stating that, on the balance of probability, Nobby really is a human being. That's all you really need to know about him.
    • In Reaper Man, before all the monsters started joining the Watch, the Fresh Start Club included two zombies, one banshee, one bogeyman, a vampire, the vampire's wife who isn't a vampire but insists on acting like one, a ghoul (retired), and a wolf who turns into a Wolf Man at full moon.
  • Tales of MU initially appears to be based on this to most readers, though it is not exactly on a voluntary basis - the Wizarding School, Magisterius University, has graciously established a separate dorm for the non-humans and part-humans, supposedly to make them feel less pressured to conform to human ways but in actuality at least in part to keep the freaks out of sight. The characters' foibles, both personal and racial, make up a significant part of the series.
  • The Dresden Files. The main character is a wizard and frequently teams up with an incubus, which in this setting is the most humanlike kind of vampire. Other occasional assistants/sidekicks include werewolves, faeries and Knights in Shining Armor.
  • Clive Barker's short novel Cabal, later filmed as Nightbreed. The monsters live in Midian in Canada. In the book Clive Barker's Nightbreed Chronicles, Barker explains the origins of many of these monsters, indicating that they did not share a common origin. One monster had its origin as a mutant engineered by the Central Powers during World War I (reminiscent of the G-8 series, which often featured paranormal entities devised by Central Powers researchers) and another a person mutated by a meteor (similar to Doc Savage's foe Mo-Gwei, Vandal Savage, Meteor Man, and L?Île aux trente cercueils by Maurice LeBlanc).
  • Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book not only features a boy raised by ghosts, but also an organisation called the Honour Guard consisting of a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy and some sort of djinn.
  • A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny features versions of Dracula, Frankenstein, The Wolf Man (1941) (who's American), Sherlock Holmes, Jack the Ripper, and Rasputin, as well as a Cute Witch, a pair of Evil Sorcerors, a Druid, a Sinister Minister, and their Talking Animal Familiars.
  • Department 19 features werewolves, vampires and Frankenstein's Monster.
  • The novel Family Bites by Lisa Williams is about a family of friendly neighbourhood werewolves whose new neighbours turn out to be Friendly Neighbourhood Vampires.
  • Kelley Armstrong wrote a novel with only werewolves. She then called the series Women of The Otherworld and included witches, demons, and other supernaturals to be able to not be stuck only writing about werewolves.
  • This was the entire idea behind Bruce Coville's stand-alone book, Monster of the Year.
  • With the possible exception of Godzilla, anything on the list above is likely to be found drinking in Strangefellows in one Nightside book or another.
  • Kevin J. Anderson's Dan Shamble novels take place in the Unnatural Quarter, a neighborhood set aside for undead, fairy-tale beings, and other supernatural folk generated by or emerged in the wake of the Big Uneasy.
  • City of Devils takes place in a world in which every Universal, b-movie, and legendary monster comprise the ordinary John and Jane Does of the world.
  • Daniel Gonzalez's Ravencraft series has Laura Talbot (a werewolf), Lucilla (a vampire), Abigail Valdemar (a zombie/Frankenstein-like creature) and Donovan Fort (a monster hunter) as main characters. Also Dracula, the Frankenstein Monster and other many evil werewolves, vampires and other monsters as villains.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The BBC 3 show Being Human has a vampire, a werewolf and a female ghost as flatmates.
  • Big Bad Beetleborgs had a mummy, a vampire, a frankenstein-style monster, a group of pixies, a ghoul, a living statue, and a "phantasm" all sharing a haunted house. Surprisingly, while they were real, the heroes and villains of the show were not: the Beetleborg powers were pulled out of the world of fiction by a spell the phantasm cast, and the villains were also pulled out of that world as a Gone Horribly Wrong side effect.
  • In Season 4 of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Adam attempts to create an alliance between vampires and demons to fight humans.
    Giles: ...And yet you say that the, the vampire went to the demon's aid. The two of them were working as a team?
    Buffy: Everything except giving each other little pats on the behind.
    • Buffy's own group of friends is a bit like a monster mash, too. There are Slayers (Buffy and Faith), vampires (Angel and Spike), witches (Willow, Tara and Giles), a werewolf (Oz), an ex-demon (Anya), a demon (Clem), with a couple of normal humans thrown in the mix.
  • The villains of Mahou Sentai Magiranger/Power Rangers Mystic Force had this kind of horror motif, starting with a Frankensteinish cyborg, a vampiress, a Wolf Man (actually a knight in wolf-themed armor, but the reference is there), and zombie-like Mooks. The Frankenstein later got replaced by a mummy, then a whole other group came in led by a gillman, and they all worked for an Eldritch Abomination.
  • A pilot for a failed TV show called 1313thAvenue aired in 1983 about a group of monsters and supernatural beings sharing an apartment building while trying to maintain a Masquerade.
  • The Munsters also combines this with some really weird genetics, what with a frankenstein and a vampiress having a werewolf for a son.
    • The kid could be adopted.
    • The series also establish that Sam Dracula (Lily’s father and Eddy’s grandfather) had at least one Werewolf son (he appears in an episode and looks much more werewolf-like than Eddy) so it could be consider that; the Dracula side of the family had lycanthropy as a common trait, Sam Dracula’s wife (and Eddy’s grandmother) could be a werewolf or Eddy could have been bitten by a werewolf member of the family in some point of his life.
    • They also had a perfectly normal, fairly attractive, blonde girl for a niece on the wife's side. The fact that she was a normal attractive girl was played for comedy value by having none of them realise that was the case, treating her appearance as a bit of a shameful black sheep issue.
  • A Chappelle's Show sketch had a mummy, werewolf, and Frankenstein's monster who were roommates and all victims of Fantastic Racism.
  • There was a short lived 70s TV series called The Monster Squad (unrelated to the movie pictured above) that is too campy to be believed. About a wax museum security guard whose "Crime Computer" brings the replicas of Frankenstein's Monster, Dracula and The Wolf Man to life. They Fight Crime to make up for their namesakes' past misdeeds.
  • Kamen Rider Kiva has an overall horror theme, specifically based on the Universal Monsters. As a result, the villains are vampires and the main character is a Dhampir whose Rider powers come from a talking bat and include alternate forms based on a werewolf, gillman and a Frankenstein's Monster, as well as a base of operations which is a dragon bonded to the mold of a castle. The Movie introduces two villainous Riders with powers based off of demons and Yeti, as well as anoter monster race whose members include a Gorgon, a Mandragora, a Gargoyle and a Mummy.
  • Supernatural is a veritable Fantasy Kitchen Sink, but this trope is explicitly invoked in one episode during Season 4, "Monster Movie", where the Winchesters investigate killings apparently perpetrated by the famous silver-screen monsters (See header picture above) themselves. It turns out to be a Shape Shifter who specifically tries to emulate them. The entire episode is a Shout-Out to classic horror movies.
  • From Mr. Show: Monster Parties: Fact or Fiction?
  • Dark Shadows had witches, vampires, a werewolf, a Frankenstein's Monster, ghosts, Captain Ersatzes of Dorian Gray and Jekyll and Hyde, and even an Eldritch Abomination. They managed to miss mummies, though.
    • If it had lasted long enough, they might have gotten mummies and a robot. Kolchak: The Night Stalker (original version, also produced by Dan Curtis) made up for the lack.

    Music 
  • The Trope Namer, the 1962 novelty song "The Monster Mash" by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers. Sung by a Mad Scientist, it mentions his monster, vampires (including Dracula and his son), the Wolf Man, Igor, zombies and ghouls. Pickett recorded several additional tunes in the same vein, most notably the Christmas-themed "Monster's Holiday".
    • In 1973 the all-female dance troupe Pan's People made a video to the original song in which they dressed as Cute Monster Girl versions of a vampire, a bat, a mummy, King Kong and an alien. Only one of these monsters was mentioned in the song, but top marks for originality.
    • More recently there's also Paul and Storm's "Lame Monster Party" which parodies the theme (but not the tune) of "The Monster Mash".
  • The music video of Backstreet Boys' song "Everybody (Backstreet's Back)" features each band member as a different monster.
  • Adam Warrock's "Zombie Girl"- It's implied that the titular character's friends are Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, and The Wolfman.
  • Die Ärzte has a song called 'Monsterparty' which has the protagonist attending a party at Dracula's castle where he meets The Invisible Man, King Kong, Frankenstein's Monster, The Wolfman, a skeleton, the Great White Shark, The Mummy and E.T.
  • China Anne McClain's music video "Calling All The Monsters" features all sorts of monsters.
  • The spoken preamble to "A Gorey Demise", by Creature Feature, is a group of undead monsters having a dinner party.
  • Ookla the Mok's "Bride of the Wolfman" starts out with the Wolf Man angsting about how he feels unloved. Then the mummy comes to cheer him up. Dracula and Frankenstein are mentioned as mutual acquaintances.
  • Buck Owens had a '60s single called "(It's a) Monster's Holiday" (no relation to the Bobby "Boris" Pickett Christmas tune mentioned above).
    Frankenstein was first in line
    And the Wolf Man came up next
    Dracula was doing his stuff
    Breathing down my neck...
  • The song "Crasher-vania" from Star Bomb, released by the Game Grumps, tells of Dracula throwing a big party for himself and all of his monster friends, when Simon Belmont crashes the party (twice) and kills everyone except Dracula under the misguided assumption that they were all up to no good. Although when Dracula asks what Simon's deal is, Simon admits that it was because he never gets invited to parties.

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    Pinball 
  • Elvira and the Party Monsters is centered around one of these, in the form of a barbecue party.
  • The pinball machine Monster Bash requires the player to gather the Universal Horror mainstays Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Bride of Frankenstein, the Wolfman, the Mummy, and the Creature From The Black Lagoon so they can re-form their rock band.

    Recorded and Stand-Up Comedy 
  • In the "9th Street Bridge" routine on his Revenge album, Bill Cosby describes going to the movies as a kid with his pal Old Weird Harold and seeing a film that had "Frankenstein, Wolf Man, Dracula, the Hunchback, the Mummy...everybody was in it."
    • Slight aversion in that we don't know whether the monsters actually teamed up since, despite sitting in the theater for several showings of the movie, Bill and Harold can't get up from hiding on the floor to see what actually happened.

    Tabletop Games 
  • The World of Darkness: Depending on the game, PCs are any one of a number of horror movie mainstays, including Vampires, Frankensteins, and Werewolves, and at the behest of the Storyteller, can encounter and (most likely) try to kill each other.
    • By extension, After Sundown started as a homebrew fix to the World of Darkness tailored to allow players to actually play Monster Mash type games (WoD was specifically built to make crossover games a bad idea). After finishing the rules set, the author decided to strip out the IP for public domain stuff and make it a stand alone game.
  • In The Trail of Cthulhu adventure book Shadows Over Filmland, the player characters have the opportunity to battle Captain Ersatz versions of Frankenstein ('Doctor Gravenhurst'), the Invisible Man ('the Non-Euclidean Man'), and Dracula (a vampiric dream-spirit of the historical Vlad the Impaler) in individual adventures. In the the adventure "The Preserve", all three are lured to an island where they can face off against their old foes, the player characters, in exchange for the Necronomicon.
  • Even plain ol' Dungeons & Dragons has the potential for this.
    • Especially Ravenloft, the gothic horror setting. And especially "Ravenloft: Masque Of The Red Death", set in 19th century Earth, complete with stats for Dracula and Frankenstein.
    • The Mystara supplement Night Howlers, while it focused specifically on lycanthropes, had more than enough different strains of werebeast in it to constitute a Monster Mash.
  • This is basically the entire premise behind the game NightLife, which features a bewildering array of monsters (many of them usable as player characters) trying to maintain a common masquerade viz. a humanity that still has them horribly outnumbered while also keeping themselves both fed and sane.
  • Creature Feature, a supplement for the Chill RPG, may have been the first to do this for player characters. Unlike WoD or NightLife, it kept the monsters as inherently evil, and gave points for killing heroes and scaring the crap out of hapless human victims.
  • Big Eyes, Small Mouth had a sourcebook more or less revolving around this: "Cold Hands, Dark Hearts". In a twist rather like Buffy the Vampire Slayer, almost all modern monsters are actually 'watered down' descendents of the real big nasties who once dominated the world before being sealed away. Vampires, Ghosts, Oni (the descendents of humans who bred with demons), Nephelim (their angelic counterparts), several types of animal spirit (including Minotaurs and Tengu) and Revenents (basic "dead body walking" type monsters that could, among others, resemble zombies, liches, or Frankenstein's Monster) are some of the creatures covered. For an extra twist, these were your player races.
  • Must Be Tuesday has a list of 20 playable monsters. Vampires? Yup. Angels? Sure. Robots? Cool. Blob Monsters? Go wild.
  • In chess, the Frankenstein-Dracula Variation of the Vienna Game was named by Tim Harding as the answer to the question, "If the Frankenstein Monster and Count Dracula were to sit down to a game of chess, what would happen?" This is an insanely unorthodox opening in which a White Knight fork forces Black to sacrifice a whole Rook. The December 1978 issue of Chess included a Frankenstein-Dracula game supposedly from a deleted chapter of Dracula (which followed the Real Life game of Hansen-Nunn, Students' Olympiad, Teesside 1974).

    Theatre 
  • Older Than Radio: The Ghost Sonata (1907) includes a mummy, two vampires, a ghost, and a walking dead man.
  • House of Frankenstein by Martin Downing has this as its central premise. Dracula, the Wolfman, and the latest girl stalked by the Phantom of the Opera come to Dr. Frankenstein to have their problems solved by him. Hilarity Ensues.
    • This is really the template for most of the scripts he's put out.

    Toys 

    Videogames 
  • The Undead Scourge from Warcraft has waking skeletons, zombies, mummies, vampiric demons, Frankensteins Monsterish abominations armed with hooks and meat cleavers, magic devourers, gargoyles, undead dragons, necromancers, cultists, and fallen paladins make up its ranks.
  • Castlevania practically runs on this trope, with demons and mythical monsters thrown in for extra variety.
    • Hell, even Cthulhu makes an appearance, as does Leatherface (in Castlevania: Order of Ecclesia). The first game had almost all of the Universal Studios monsters (Wolfman didn't show up until Castlevania II Simons Quest).
    • The last four paintings in Castlevania: Portrait of Ruin all feature the classic movie monsters as the bosses of each area: a buried pyramid for Mummy Man, a chaotic circus for Medusa, the streets of London for the Werewolf, and a haunted academy for Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Darkstalkers is essentially a Monster Mash in fighting game form. Many classic Universal monsters are represented, including Felicia as one of the fairly obscure Cat People, in addition to later horror movie mainstays like Lord Raptor (zombie), Bishamon (ghostly samurai) and Pyron (alien).
  • The Disgaea series include a variety of fantasy staples like succubi, dragons, zombies, ghosts, and cat girls, many of which have class ranks named after various mythological creatures. Made more amusing in Disgaea 3 and Disgaea 4, where said monsters can be your school classmates or members of your political party, respectively.
  • The Council in City of Heroes have scientifically created (somehow) vampires and werewolves that can work together (though are rarely seen together at the same time). During the Halloween event, generic vampires, werewolves, zombies, ghosts, witches and pumpkin people are all about as likely to spawn from Trick or Treating. Really.
  • Gensokyo, being pretty much the definition of a Fantasy Kitchen Sink, hosts plenty of tea parties bewteen witches, vampires, miko, ghosts, fairies, aliens, oni, goddesses, and more.
  • The band Deuil from Pop N Music consists of a vampire, a werewolf and a mummy.
  • MadWorld has the Mad Castle level for this. The Mooks are zombies (but bandaged up like mummies); the first area's bosses are the Shamans, a pack of werewolves; the second area's boss is Frank, Frankenstein's Monster; and the last area's boss is Elise, somewhere between a succubus and a vampire.
  • The PC game Monster Bash features several different horror-themed mooks, including but not limited to zombies, skeletons, severed hands, possessed rocking horses...
  • The Sega coin-op Monster Bash (unrelated to either of the above two) has the hero using the power of a magic sword to defeat first Dracula, then Frankenstein's Monster, and finally Chameleon Man; defeat all three, and you get to do it again, at increased difficulty...
  • Planescape: Torment has a party that includes a hideously scarred immortal/regenerating human, a floating talking skull which is actually a damned soul, a part-demon girl with a tail, a succubus with pink bat wings, a githzerai (tall, thin, pointy-eared extraplanar humanoid), a malfunctioning clockwork robot, a perpetually burning man who is a living conduit to the Elemental Plane of Fire, and a ghost in a suit of armor.
  • The Edutainment Game Math Blaster Mystery: The Great Brain Robbery has a Mad Scientist named Big Bad Dr. Dabble as the Big Bad. His mansion contains monsters who give you puzzles and word problems to solve. They include a bald vampire named Fang, an an Igor-esque hunchback technician, a witch known as Granny, a Creature from the Black Lagoon knockoff named Scales, a hooded fellow who looks like The Grim Reaper and two characters called Mummy Lady and Frankenbunny.
    • Reading Blaster Mystery has a cycloptic alien (?) hero trying to foil Dr. Dabble's plot with the help of a ghost.
  • With the right expansion packs(particularly the Supernatural pack), you can turn The Sims into this. Your Sim family can be populated with vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies, and even mermaids.
  • In the Kingdom Hearts series, Sora, Donald and Goofy take on the form of monsters in Halloween Town. Of the trio, Sora becomes a vampire, Donald becomes a mummy, and Goofy becomes a parody of Frankenstein's Monster. Their forms are very popular with the fandom.
  • Urban Rivals: The Nightmare clan is are expy's on half of the examples above, others are based off horror movie characters.
  • During a Solar Eclipse in Terraria, hordes of classical monsters attack on the surface, such as Reapers, Swamp Things, Frankenstein's Monsters, Vampires, and Cyclops Zombies. Pity there are no werewolves or skeletons, as they can only appear at night or underground respectively.
  • In Muppet Monster Adventure, The Muppets are transformed into classic monsters. Gonzo becomes Nose-feratu the Vampire, Kermit becomes Ker-Monster (Frankenstein's Monster), Piggy becomes the Ghoulfriend of Ker-Monster (the Bride), Fozzie becomes a Wocka-Wocka Werebear and Clifford becomes a Muck Monster.

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  • The pilot of The Fear Hole has the classic universal monsters as the first creatures to come out of the titular hole. Well, them and THE CREEPING COLON!. Whose film was shot into the sun.

    Webcomics 
  • During the Storm of Souls arc in Dominic Deegan, the main characters are witness to a fight between an infernomancer and a werewolf. Donovan Deegan mentions that, in his day, they had a name for such fights: A Monster Mash.
  • The original concept of the comic Charby the Vampirate was to play with this particular trope. Living in the same cabin in the woods are a vampire, a werewolf, two zombies (one is a witch, the other a hoodoo practitioner) a bipedal merboy (basically a Gillman), a wizard, a demon and a patchwork monster pet/servant.
  • Gunnerkrigg Court features a fox demon, a Living Shadow, a ghost, and a Minotaur.
  • Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name has thus far had a zombie Supporting Protagonist, a werewolf, some vampires, a half-selkie, and a ghost. And it's barely into its third chapter.
    • Pretty much every main character seems to have something paranormal about them. We don't even know what's up with Hanna or Ples yet, but at best even they are only Ambiguously Human.
      • Coin toss says that even CA$H is going to turn out to be a Pwca or a necromancer or something.
  • In The Inexplicable Adventures of Bob!, it turns out that reclusive Bigfeet like to ride Unicorns because Bigfeet leave big obvious tracks, while Unicorns leave no tracks at all.
  • Sluggy Freelance. The main character is currently a mook in the service of a supervillain, and has a sword powered by the blood of the innocent. He's good friends with an alien from a species that reproduces by destroying the host planet, a vampire, a witch, a psychotic Killer Rabbit, and a mad scientist. He also owns a zombie head on a stick. And he's one of the good guys. Ostensibly.
  • Eerie Cuties has a mismash of different monsters going to an All-Ghouls School.
  • Monsterful has a world full of monsters of all kinds, from classic undead ones (zombies, vampires, ghosts) to mythological ones (gorgons, Loch Ness monsters, mummies), uncommon ones like ragdolls, golems and homunculi, and even some hybrid monsters (Zombpyre). The first chapter focuses on the Addams High All-Ghouls School.
  • Ow, my sanity is a pastiche of the Unwanted Harem set in the Chtulhu mythos, with the hapless guy getting the attention of several lovecraftian ladies. So far he has encountered the Kuudere Servitor Nancy, an unnamed shoggoth in the form of a young girl with hand mouths, the Sleeper of N'Kai (a Yandere frog-girl) and Cool Big Sis neighbour "Shubby".

    Web Originals 

    Western Animation 
  • Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies.
  • At least two Scooby-Doo TV movies do this. In Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf, Shaggy is turned into a werewolf against his will to take Wolf Man's place in a monster race organized by Dracula. Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School has Scooby and Shaggy becoming gym teachers for the daughters of Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, Wolf Man and the Phantom. Godzilla, the Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a random alien, along with their daughters, show up at the end and convince Shaggy and Scooby to move on.
    • And once again one of the later series has the cast teach a bunch of monsters how to act monstrous, so they can stand up to a powerful sorceress who's trying to steal their powers. By the end their efforts turn out to be way more successful than originally intended.
  • Drak Pack, a short-lived Saturday Morning Cartoon from the 80s, features the teenaged descendants of Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster and the Wolf Man joining forces to fight a Vincent Price-esque criminal mastermind and his henchpersons: a female vampire, a mummy, a toad-like hunchback and a fly/human hybrid.
  • The short-lived series Gravedale High had a vampire, a werewolf, a zombie, a gorgon, a mummy, a Frankenstein's monster, and some sort of Igor-type being going to a monsters' high-school where one of the teachers is a human. Humorously enough, the vampire's name is Vinnie Stoker (His last name being a Shout-Out to Dracula author Bram Stoker) and the gorgon's name is Doozer (Short for "Medusa").
  • In the third season of Ben 10 we are introduced to monster-themed alien villains: a mummy, a werewolf, a Frankenstein monster, and a ghost. Of course, Ben gained the ability to turn into each of these himself (he actually had the ghost all along, but this was when the others debuted and were all made a group). These guys are all from the same star system - and at the end of Secret of the Omnitrix zombies from another planet in the same system (Anur Ormeron) are mentioned.
    • Ben 10: Omniverse devotes a plot arc to revisiting the premise, with the return of the Anurian villains and Ben's alien versions (including a new fifth monster alien, a vampire), unrelated horror villains and shoutouts to additional works.
  • Camp Mini-Mon, in the show Mini Monsters (part of the Animated Anthology The Comic Strip), is filled with kids of various monsters, ghosts and ghouls.
  • The Dingbat and the Creeps segments of The Heathcliff And Dingbat Show feature a vampire dog, a living skeleton and a talking jack o'lantern.
  • The groovy Rankin/Bass film Mad Monster Party. Tim Burton claims it as an influence.
  • The latter-day Looney Tunes cartoon "Night of the Living Duck" had Daffy Duck dreaming that he was a lounge singer in a club full of classic movie monsters, including Dracula, Frankestein's monster (with Bride), Wolfman, the Mummy, the Fly and Godzilla (all names changed to protect copyright, of course). He ends up singing (with the voice of Mel Torme) "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives".
  • The Buzz Lightyear of Star Command episode "Revenge of the Monsters" featured a team-up between robotic vampire NOS-4-A2, cyborg werewolf the Wirewolf, and the Frankenstein's Monster-esque Psycho Prototype XL.
  • Casper Scare School featured an Academy of Adventure filled with all sorts of different monsters, including a werewolf, a zombie, a mummy, and of course a ghost.
  • An animated special based on The Monster Mash had the Universal Monsters, as well as a group of antagonistic creatures composed of a slasher, an alien, and an Enfant Terrible.
  • DuckTales had an episode with a collection of classic monsters (Wolfman, Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and Bride, Igor, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, The Mummy, and King Pong) booking a get-together at Scrooge's mansion before protesting a movie theater that Scrooge owned which played monster movies, saying that the movies gave them a bad name. Fortunately it turned out that the movies instead made them popular, and they happily accepted jobs as actors in more monster movies.
  • One episode of Count Duckula has the titular Count and co. being chased by a mummy he 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 "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...".


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