Series: My Babysitter's a Vampire
My Babysitter's a Vampire
is a TV movie and then later a TV series developed for Canadian television that was later brought to the Disney Channel
. It's made by Fresh TV
, the same people behind Sixteen
, Total Drama
The series follows the adventures of a geeky fourteen-year old boy named Ethan Morgan (Matthew Knight), his best friend Benny (Atticus Dean Mitchell), and his vampire Babysitter/Best Friend/Love Interest Sarah Fox (Vanessa Morgan
The show has similarities to Nick's The Troop
and (if you remember it) the '90s Fox Family
show Big Wolf on Campus
, but My Babysitter's a Vampire
is Darker and Edgier
in terms of content matter and what is shown.
Despite very high ratings, Teletoon has decided not to renew the show for a third season. However, Fresh TV is now exploring the possibility of making a second movie that will continue where the story left off at the end of Season 2.
- Action Girl: Sarah
- Action Survivor: Ethan
- Adorkable: Ethan; Rory; Benny
- Adults Are Useless: Averted with Benny's grandmother.
- Afraid of Needles: Ethan, and verging into Rule of Funny with it.
- A.I. Is a Crapshoot: combined with Gaia's Vengeance in "Die Pod".
- All Guys Want Cheerleaders: Ethan and Benny are more than happy that Sarah's the only one who can wear a cheerleader's uniform. The happiness fades, though, when the guys have to go along and "Suit up!" just like Sarah — when Rory shows up, and likes what he sees...
- All Part of the Show: In "Mirror/rorriM", everyone thinks that the group's actions to capture the episode's antagonist are all part of a creative reimagining of the school play.
- Almost Kiss: Between Ethan and Sarah in "Halloweird", though they would have been Kissing Under the Influence.
- Anti-Villain: Two of the main characters:
- Erica is a Type I, a restrained villain.
- Rory is a Type IV, a villain in name only.
- Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: "Most troublemakers clog toilets. You two rewire PAs, break office windows, talk about space demons..."
- Ascended Fangirl: Erica
- Badass Boast: Ethan's promise to Kurt in "Friday Night Frights": "Prepare to get Ethan-ized!"
- Bad Date: Ethan and Sarah's because of the Stern drama, and Erica sabotaging the date by sending them to a Vampire restaurant.
- Becoming the Costume: Pretty much the entire plot of "Halloweird".
- Betty and Veronica: Rory and Benny for Erica. It's hard to tell which is which though.
- Big Bad
- Jesse, in the movie, and season one, where he doubles as a Final Boss.
- Season two has Stern, the new Vice Principal of Whitechapel High School.
- The Blind Leading the Blind: Benny trying to give Ethan advise on how to ask Sarah out. It's pointed out by both, and played with by the bordering-on Dangerously Genre Savvy Benny, who mentions that he's got access to info because his dad's getting back into the dating scene.
- Boomerang Bigot: Erica despises and poorly treats people with a lower social status despite formerly being someone who was bullied before her transformation into a vampire.
- Break His Heart to Save Him
- British Brevity: The first two seasons only have 13 episodes each.
- But Not Too Black: Soundly averted, and in fact, is never, ever brought up.
- Canada, Eh?: Most characters have noticeable Canadian raising, and Ontario license plates are clearly visible.
- Car Fu: Inverted in "Fanged and Furious", when the gang tricks the Vampire Car into a trap, flip it over, and then stake it like any normal vampire.
- Casanova Wannabe: Ethan, Benny, and Rory all fit here. Though Ethan is generally much calmer, Benny and Rory play it pretty straight.
- Casual Danger Dialogue: It's not uncommon to hear the gang make conversation with each other while fighting off enemies. Subjects have included things like Star Wars, pizza, and once with a Mook, which season of Battlestar Galactica was the best.
- Cat Fight: Two good ones in "Smells Like Trouble", when the two girls from the martial-arts fight to see who gets to kill Benny — and then, the still entranced Erica and Sarah show up to beat them down before they move on to the boys...
- The Cheerleader: Played with. The head cheerleader is kind of bitchy, but it has more to do with the fact that she's an immortal witch planning to suck the souls of the student body then her being a cheerleader.
- Child Mage
- City of Adventure: Whitechapel. Justified by its history, events that have happened there, and the current and former residents.
- Cool Car
- Sarah's car.
- Played with in "Double Negative", with Benny's go-cart, and with the "Vampire Car" in "Fanged and Furious".
- Also, Grandma's '56 Chevy.
- Cool Big Sis: Sarah, for Jane.
- Cool Old Lady: Benny's grandmother
- Benny, who hides water guns filled with holy water in various places around the neighborhood.
- Both Ethan and Benny, who jury-rig the fire sprinklers at the theater with holy water.
- Benny has even sent a spell via e-mail to Ethan for Ethan to use on Benny in the event that he's ever Brainwashed and Crazy.
- Cursed with Awesome: Sarah
- Cute Little Fangs: Erica, and she knows it.
- Damsel out of Distress: Brie
- The two girls from the martial-arts club in "Smells Like Trouble" also qualify.
- Darker and Edgier: Than most of the shows aired on Disney Channel.
- Dark Is Evil: Vampires are kept alive with dark energy. This trope played straight with most vampires, but subverted with Sarah.
- Dating Catwoman: Benny's goal concerning Erica.
- Deadpan Snarker: In this show, everyone gets a turn on that carousel.
- Deal with the Devil: Ethan offering a pint of his blood to the nurse vampires, in exchange for Rory and Erica.
- Declaration of Protection: Sarah's feelings towards Ethan, when danger arises. Subverted in "Friday Night Frights", when she tells him that she can't fight a ghost, and specifically invoked by Sarah in "Welcome Back Dusker".
- Demonic Possession: Sarah ends up this way in "hree Geeks and a Demon", and possibly the origin of the "Breath of Death" in "Welcome Back Dusker".
- Designated Girl Fight: between Sarah and the vampire nurses, in "Blood Drive", and in "Smells Like Trouble", between the girls who were attracted to Benny/Ethan and Erica/Sarah. Guess who won.
- Deuteragonist: Sarah. In the prequel movie, however, she was the main character while Ethan and Benny acted as the Supporting Protagonists.
- The Ditz: Rory
- The Doll Episode: "Guys and Dolls"
- Downer Ending: "ReVamped". More like a Bittersweet Ending, because even though Sarah is a full vampire, the last shot (as she flies away) shows that she may get used to some of the benefits, and there's no doubt that both she and Ethan realize how much she cares for him. Also, it's not as if it'll change her life in the immediate future (she can still do the things she has before, like Rory and Erica still do), drink the blood substitute or animal blood as before...
- '80s Hair: Doug Falconhawk is rocking that mullet (even though it's only a wig).
- Either World Domination or Something about Bananas: In the season 2 episode "Hottie Ho-Tep", Mr. G is reading some hieroglyphics by a mummy, and says that it translates to a declaration that his spirit will never go to the afterlife without finding his true love... either that or it's cleaning instructions.
- Enemy Mine
- Ethan and the Vampire Council, as of "The Date to End All Dates, Part 1".
- And in "Part 2", Ethan, Benny, and Sarah team up with Jesse.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In "Friday Night Frights", Coach Ed specifically states that he isn't willing to get Ethan killed in his quest for a new trophy for the school.
- Everyone Can See It
- Played straight with most of the cast in relation to Ethan and Sarah and possibly the reason Jesse bit Ethan in the season one finale, in order to force her to become a full vampire.
- Specifically used by Coach Ed in "Friday Night Frights" to get Ethan to wrestle, as he shows him a Bad Future where Sarah is Happily Married to Kurt "The Hurt" Lochner.
- Confirmed in "Welcome Back Dusker", when a vampire sent by the Vampire Council specifically points out that they'll go after Sarah's 'vampire-hunter boyfriend' (namely, Ethan) if the vamp-on-vamp attacks continue. Also, one of the seniors in "Flushed" tells Ethan that "his girlfriend is polluting the bathroom" (because Sarah is still feeling the effects of drinking too much blood).
- In "The Date to End All Dates, Part 1", Jesse seems mildly impressed (and not angry) when he finds out that Ethan is out on his first actual date with Sarah.
- Evil Costume Switch: Erica's clothing choices after she's bitten in the pilot movie. She even lampshades this as a reason for wanting to become a cheerleader and wear the uniform.
- Eye Scream: The reporter in "Lawn of the Dead", when Tiberius attacks him on-camera.
- Family-Unfriendly Violence: It's rated TV-PG-V for a reason.
- Fake Ultimate Hero: Doug Falconhawk
- Family-Unfriendly Death: In the pilot movie, Jesse actually sucks an Innocent Bystander's blood dry and collects her soul in a Soul Jar, with most of the act being shown onscreen. Kate (the freshman girl in "Flushed") has a particularly gruesome end in the girl's bathroom.
- Erica, over Dusk — and as "Smells Like Trouble" and "Welcome Back Ducker" show, even becoming an Ascended Fangirl hasn't lessened her Squee moments over anything associated with the franchise.
- In "Three Geeks and a Demon", it's revealed that Sarah is a Justin Bieber fan.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Sarah. And how. She's probably has the strongest moral compass on the show, is often referenced as a wet blanket, and always sticks up for the little guy. Also played with in Rory's case.
- Freudian Excuse: Before being turned Erica was a Hollywood Nerd who took a lot of crap. Afterwards she decided that this justifies her being a bitch.
- Fully-Embraced Fiend: Erica
- Fur Against Fang: Werewolves and Vampires are ancestral enemies, they have an almost instinctual dislike of each other. Erica subverts this by trying to imitate a Twilight expy.
- Gaia's Vengeance: In "Die Pod".
- Gainax Ending: The Season 2 finale.
- Gasshole: Vampires who drink too much blood have plentiful farts whose smell has been described as burning tire and skunk.
- Genius Ditz: Rory is a complete buffoon in common sense, but he has his moments of intelligence (such as in "Three Geeks and a Demon" and "Fanged and Furious").
Rory: Did you try the on switch?
- Genre Savvy: Ethan, Benny, and Rory, especially given that all three are nerds. Benny's grandmother also qualifies, and Sarah is starting to pick up on things.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: "Radar?" Try "Getting crap pass the sleeping guard who has an acute hearing loss!" There is now a page for this.
- Glory Days: Benny's Grandma touches upon this in the movie, when she says that after living in Whitechapel for almost a century, one learns a few things.
- Heartbroken Badass: Sarah, as of the end of the season one finale. She gets better, though.
- Hell-Bent for Leather: The only way we could tell Evil!Benny from Benny prime was the evil clone's leather jacket. Mostly, it's an aversion though — Sarah and Erica have leather jackets but don't wear them often and they wouldn't fit the boys' Hollywood Nerd image, making this one of the few supernatural-themed teen shows that doesn't drape the whole main cast in black leather.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Ethan and Benny.
- Hollywood Nerd: Ethan and Benny of the Type 2 variety.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: The usual outcome of many of the boys' misadventures, and the way a surprising number of the bad folks end up in the show. Subverted by Jesse, who's now Back from the Dead — although, although being already undead, counts more as a 10-Minute Retirement.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: A variation from the Pilot Movie:
Sarah: If I wanted to eat you, I would have. I just want to talk.
- I Hate You, Vampire Boyfriend: Sarah's attitude toward Jesse.
- In Medias Res: "The Brewed" begins this way.
- Innocent Bystander: Plenty of them in the pilot movie, not so many in the series.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The reason Sarah sucked the venom from Ethan. She chose to become a full vampire so that Ethan could have a normal life.
- The Jail Bait Wait: Implied, and a rare male example (although since the age of consent in Canada is sixteen, it's only two years). Come season three, when Ethan turns sixteen...
- Jumped at the Call
- Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: Sarah's greatest fear, as demonstrated in "Independence Daze".
- Kill It with Ice: How the boys stop the zombie epidemic in "The Brewed".
- Kissing Cousins: Ethan apparently, but he didn't know.
- Laser Hallway: One is set up at Ethan's house in "Doug the Vampire Hunter".
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Erica, Rory, and Jesse's view on being Vampires.
- Logic Bomb: In "Independence Daze", Ethan and Benny use several of these to confuse a cyberdonist long enough for Sarah to simply flip his off switch.
- Lovable Alpha Bitch: Erica
- Love Potion: In "Smells Like Trouble", Benny creates one to make Erica and Sarah fall in love with him and Ethan, but ends up having all the girls in the school be affected as well... before going Ax-Crazy on them moments later.
- Meaningful Name
- Kurt "The Hurt" Lochner is a championship heavyweight wrestler.
- Also, "Whitechapel" is the name of a Victorian London district where a certain fellow used to do business...
- It's probably no coincidence that Benny Weir is just one letter away from being "weird."
- Meganekko: Both Erica and Rory start out like this, then both quit the glasses after they're bitten.
- Ms Fan Service: Erica and Sarah are made of this trope.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Rory
- Mistaken for Gay: Ethan, after his dad walks in on his web chat with Benny.
- Monster of the Week: Lampshaded in Part One of the Season 2 finale:
Benny: It took you a full year to get one date. This happens every week.
- Most Definitely Not a Villain: Benny pretending he's a vampire at the party.
- Muggle Best Friend: Soundly averted, as both of Ethan's best friends have powers, too!
- My God, What Have I Done?: The look on Sarah's face in "ReVamped", after sucking the venom from Ethan.
- Never Say "Die": Averted.
- No Name Given: Benny's grandmother, at least until "Independence Daze", which casually reveals her name to be Evelyn.
- Not a Date: Sarah unconvincingly tries to tell Erica that the date with Ethan isn't really a date. Even though Sarah knows it's a date.
- Not What It Looks Like
Sarah: Whatever you saw, it's not what it looks like!
Ethan: You're a freakin' vampire, who eats animals and drinks their blood!
Sarah: Okay, so it is kinda what it looks like.
- Played straight in "Smells Like Trouble", when Ethan's father listens in on Ethan and Benny's webchat.
- Oh, Crap: Ethan's reaction when he realized that Doug knows Sarah's a vampire in "Doug the Vampire Hunter.
- Our Ghosts Are Different: Coach Ed (the deceased Whitechapel wrestling coach in "Friday Night Frights") acts as a Spirit Advisor to Ethan, in order to win a sports trophy for the school — and shows him a Bad Future in order to make him comply.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Zombiefication works here in much the way vampirism works in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer universe: once a person dies, the soul moves on, and a demon enters the revived body.
- Picky Eater: Erica. According to Sarah, she once refused to feed from someone simply because she didn't like what they were wearing.
Erica: People with bad taste taste bad.
- Pilot Movie: A Made-for-TV Movie about how they met Sarah.
- Power Trio
- Pre-Mortem One-Liner: "You wanna raise the stakes? Fine, we can do that."
- Seers: Ethan (and it's insinuated in The Movie that that it's a familial trait, so his children might have the same gift). As of the end of Season 2, Ethan's powers have evolved to outright Telepathy by touch.
- Socially-Awkward Hero: Ethan. Benny and Rory as well, but they're much more out going than shy little Ethan.
- Spiritual Successor: Arguably, to Wizards of Waverly Place, albeit Darker and Edgier than its TV-G predecessor.
- Stealth Mentor: Benny's grandmother qualifies as of "Independence Daze", considering that she sent Benny, Ethan, and Sarah into alternate dimensions to face their individual worst fears, all to teach them a lesson about working together.
- Super Loser: Rory. Slightly subverted in his "Vampire Ninja" phase, where he verged into Let's Get Dangerous territory.
- Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious: Ethan, who has a rare blood type that is especially appealing to vampires, as revealed in "Blood Drive".
- Take That
- Dusk is a major satire on Twilight. It's even a somewhat-major plot point in the TV movie pilot, which also includes an Edward Cullen expy.
- Also, during Ethan, Benny and Rory's seance:
Benny: Will the world end near 2012 as the mayans predicted? No? Dang it.
- Ethan, when discovering plant material in the school's computer wiring:
It's like it's half-alive, half-plastic! Kinda like Heidi Montag
- Ten Minutes in the Closet: Rory and Erica, in the bloodmobile. This leads to a "Shut Up" Kiss session that Erica doesn't seem all too angry about, after they are released.
- Thinks Like a Romance Novel: Erica thinks like a Vampire Werewolf Paranormal Romance novel in "Blue Moon".
- Title Drop: In the TV movie pilot, by Ethan after he and Benny see recently vamped Sarah sucking the blood of an animal.
- Token Evil Teammate: Subverted by Erica. She's got both the general disregard for the well-being of others and the willingness to use her powers selfishly, but her friendship with Sarah prevents her from going over the edge, as does the fact that Sarah is Genre Savvy enough to keep an eye on Erica whenever she suspects she might be up to something.
- Too Dumb to Live: Rory sometimes verges into this zone.
- Translate The Loan Words Too: Sort of. When Benny gets transformed into his costume, El Merlo Loco, in the halloween episode, the subtitles refer to him as "The Crazy Merlo," which is what "El Merlo Loco" means, even though even in English he's referred to as "El Merlo Loco".
- Vampire Bites Suck: The one time we see someone bitten onscreen, Ethan ends up writhing on the floor in agony until the venom is sucked out.
- Wake Up, Go to School, Save the World: The school itself isn't without its cursed artifacts either.
- Weirdness Censor: You'd think that Ethan's parents would have noticed and commented of some of the ongoing weirdness. Also, the local news and the school's administration haven't seemed to catch on to the weirdness.
- Wham Episode
- "ReVamped". Jesse returns from the dead, brainwashes Erica, and bites Ethan to force Sarah to become a true vampire by sucking out the venom.
- "The Date to End All Dates, Part 1". Ethan and Sarah go out on their first date, Ethan works with both Jesse and the Vampire Council, the Vice Principal is revealed to be the being that attacked the kids in "Independence Daze", and he gets hold of a device that can kill all of the vampires in Whitechapel.
- "The Date to End All Dates Part 2". Ethan, Benny, and Sarah team up with Jesse to stop Vice Principal Stern, the Vampire Council evacuates the city, Ethan and Sarah may or may not of gotten a Relationship Upgrade, and the Lucifractor explodes, possibly taking the whole city with it, leaving the fates of our heroes (and Jesse) up in the air.
- "What Do They Fear?" Episode: "Independence Daze". In order: Sarah — a version of herself who feeds at will, without restraint or conscience. Benny — A cyborg dentist from one of his favorite movies. Ethan — Losing the people he cares about.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Ethan and Sarah to Erica, at least insofar as she can be considered a hero, in "The Date to End All Dates, Part 1", when it's revealed that she set up their first date at a vampire restaurant where standard procedure is to have any humans present become the main course.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Sarah's view on being a vampire. Half the season is her trying to find a way to regain her humanity through magical means. Other vampires actually taunt her on this, with one vampire specifically mentioning that she'll probably forget about Ethan and Benny after a couple of centuries, and Sarah herself saying that they will move on, get married and live fulfilling lives, while she will be 17 forever.
- World of Snark
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: Doll-turned-human Debbie Dazzle from "Guys and Dolls".
- Your Vampires Suck: See Take That above.
- Zombie Apocalypse:
- "The Brewed"
- Also, the pilot episode.
- Implied to be the end goal of the Big Bad in "Die Pod".