* CharacterTiers: Sasquatch is infamous for being top tier in every game of the series, even as he received various nerfs along the way. He's a common pick in tournament play.
* ExecutiveMeddling: The creative teams at Creator/{{Capcom}} want to do a fourth one, but the suits won't let them. Why? Well, it's not ''Franchise/StreetFighter''. That's why.
** There have been some hints that fan response may be overturning this.
* FakeRussian: The cartoon version of Hsien-Ko, despite still being from China.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Demitri is voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama, in any game he was present. Even while voicing a character like him, this doesn't stop Hiyama from doing some {{hot blooded}} battle cries.\\
Creator/PaulDobson voices him in the ''Night Warriors'' OVA.\\
Creator/AkioOhtsuka voices Demitri in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.\\
Creator/RichardEpcar is his english voice in the ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'' dub.
** Morrigan is voiced by Yayoi Jinguji in most of the games where she was present. The only exceptions in Japanese are ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', where she was [[TheOtherDarrin darrin'd]] by Creator/RieTanaka, and her guest appearance in ''VideoGame/{{Gunbird}} 2'', where she was voiced by Creator/ReiSakuma, who also voiced her in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.\\
YumiTouma voiced her in the ''Dengeki Bunko'' drama CD.\\
Creator/KathleenBarr is her VA in the western cartoon and the English dub of the ''Night Warriors'' OVA. Her past roles include [[{{Reboot}} Dot Matrix]], [[WesternAnimation/MegaMan Roll]], [[WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy Kevin, Marie Kanker]], [[WesternAnimation/HeManAndTheMastersOfTheUniverse2002 Evil-Lyn]], [[JohnnyTest Mrs. Test]], [[{{Bionicle}} Gali, Roodaka and Gaaki]].\\
Creator/ErinFitzgerald voices her in the English dub of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''. You might currently recognize her as [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Mila-Rose and Mizuho Asano]], but her true claim to fame (and perhaps her most notable roles) were that of Nazz and May Kanker from ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy''.
** Felicia's main voice actor is Creator/KaeAraki, except in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', where she was [[TheOtherDarrin darrin'd]] by Creator/KanaAsumi.\\
Creator/LisaAnnBeley voices her in the western cartoon.\\
Creator/{{Yukana}} Nogami voices her in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.\\
Creator/JanyseJaud voices her in the ''Night Warriors'' OVA.\\
Creator/MelissaFahn voices her in the English dub of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', which makes her [[Anime/CowboyBebop Ed]], [[Anime/DigimonTamers Rika]], and [[WesternAnimation/InvaderZim Gaz]].\\
Creator/GinaBowes voices her in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''.
** Creator/YujiUeda voices Jon Talbain.\\
Creator/FumihikoTachiki is his ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA seiyuu.
** KanTokumaru is the voice of Bishamon.\\
DonBrown is his ''Night Warriors'' OVA voice.\\
Creator/MasashiEbara is his voice in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.
** Hannya (Bishamon's armor) is voiced by Creator/ShozoIizuka and Creator/MichaelDobson in the ''Vampire Hunter'' and ''Night Warriors'' OVA, respectively.
** Creator/YujiUeda is the voice of Lord Raptor.\\
Creator/KoichiYamadera is his seiyuu for the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.\\
[[Creator/ScottMcNeil Scott]] "[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Dinobot/Rattrap/Waspinator/Silverbolt]]" [[Creator/ScottMcNeil McNeil]] is his voice in the ''Night Warriors'' OVA, and is the only one to reprise their role from the cartoon. His Raptor voice is so well-received to this day that fans are practically demanding him back if Darkstalkers 4 is ever made.
** Creator/JurotaKosugi is the voice of Huitzil in the games.\\
In the ''Night Warriors'' OVA, he's voiced by WardPerry. You're listening to [[VideoGame/FatalFury Geese Howard]] ([[TheAnimeOfTheGame OVA only]]) and [[Anime/RoninWarriors Rowen of the Strata]]. [[ByThePowerOfGreyskull Armor of Strata!]]
** Pyron is voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama.\\
In the ''Night Warriors'' OVA, he's voiced by [[DavidKaye David]] "[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars Megatron]]" [[DavidKaye Kaye]], [[WesternAnimation/BeastWars yeeeeeeeeessssssss...]]\\
His voice actor in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA is ShinjiOgawa... [[OhCrap Oh dear]]... it's [[FistOfTheNorthStar Hyoh]]! (''[[YourHeadAsplode head asplodes]]'')\\
The cartoon iteration of Pyron [[WesternAnimation/StreetFighter once told Balrog not to get rid of those tapes until he sees those Darkstalkers pummeled to dust, which should be any moment now]].
** Donovan is voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama in ''Vampire Hunter''. In ''Vampire Savior 2'', he gets [[TheOtherDarrin darrin'd]] by Creator/JurotaKosugi, [[TalkingToHimself the voice of Huitzil]].\\
Creator/GaryChalk voices him in the cartoon. ''Darkstalkers, '''[[WesternAnimation/BeastWars trans]][[WesternAnimation/BeastMachines form]] [[TransformersArmada and]] [[TransformersEnergon roll]] [[TransformersCybertron out!]]'''''\\
Creator/UnshoIshizuka voices him in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.
** Creator/AkikoYajima is the voice of Anita in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.
** Creator/MichikoNeya voices Hsien-Ko in the games, except in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3'', where she's voiced by Creator/SaoriHayami.\\
Creator/YukoMiyamura and Creator/NicoleOliver voice her in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.\\
Creator/MayaOkamoto voices Mei-Ling in the ''Vampire Hunter'' OVA.
** Miyuki Matsushita, the voice of Q-Bee and B.B.Hood, has also voiced [[VideoGame/AdvancedVariableGeo Erina "Eririn" Goldsmith]] and [[VideoGame/ApeEscape Monkey Pink]].
** You might recognize the name Creator/HirokoKonishi, the voice of Lilith, as the voice of [[Anime/DigimonAdventure T.K.]] and ''VideoGame/GuiltyGear''[='s=] [[MemeticMutation most]] [[ViewerGenderConfusion infamous]] [[WholesomeCrossdresser character]]: Bridget.\\
Creator/StephanieSheh is her English VA in ''Cross Edge''.\\
Creator/YukaImai is her seiyuu for ''VideoGame/NamcoXCapcom'' and ''VideoGame/CrossEdge'', which counts as a case of TheOtherDarrin from the original series.
** Creator/IsshinChiba is the main voice of Jedah, which makes Jedah the Darkstalkers's version of [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure Dio Brando]]. So, expect a lot of '''[[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure WRYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!~]]'''-like [[EvilLaugh laughter]].\\
TravisWillingham is his voice in the English dub of ''VideoGame/CrossEdge''. Oddly enough, he delivers all his lines like Roy Mustang talking about making female officers wear tiny miniskirts.
** Two voice actors from ''Anime/NeonGenesisEvangelion'' also star here (in the OVA). [[Creator/FumihikoTachiki Gendo Ikari]] is Jon Talbain, and [[Creator/YukoMiyamura Asuka Langley Soryu]][[spoiler:/Shikinami]] is Lei-Lei/Hsien-Ko.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The OVA was initially released by Creator/VizMedia on VHS and DVD, but those releases are now out of print. Fortunately averted now that Creator/DiscotekMedia has picked up the license.
** The american ''Darkstalkers'' cartoon, along with the ''Street Fighter'' and ''Mega Man'' cartoons, was distributed on DVD by Creator/ADVFilms, before going out of print due to the company going under. Sadly, while the ''Street Fighter'' and ''Mega Man'' cartoons have been license-rescued by Discotek Media, the ''Darkstalkers'' cartoon has yet to be rescued, though Discotek license-rescuing the OVA as noted above has given rise to some hope.
* NoExportForYou: ''Vampire Hunter 2'' (Which features everyone in ''Vampire Savior'' sans the characters introduced in that game) and ''Vampire Savior 2'' (Which features everyone in ''Vampire Savior'' except Jon Talbain, Rikuo and Sasquatch; plus Pyron, Huitzil and Donovan) never left Japan. We ''did'' get ''Darkstalkers 3'' though, which is sort of a mash-up of the two.
* PlayingAgainstType: Demitri's voiced by Creator/NobuyukiHiyama. This doesn't stop him from having some {{hot blooded}} battle cries.
* TalkingToHimself:
** Creator/NobuyukiHiyama voices both Demitri and Pyron. In ''Night Warriors/Vampire Hunter'' he gets a third character in the form of Donovan.
** Creator/YujiUeda voices Jon Talbain, Lord Raptor and Rikuo.
** KanTokumaru voices Anakaris, Bishamon, Sasquatch, and Victor.
** Creator/JurotaKosugi voices both ''Huitzil'' and ''Donovan'' in ''Vampire Savior 2'' and '"Darkstalkers 3''.
** In the western cartoon, Creator/ScottMcNeil voices both Rikuo and Lord Raptor.
** MiyukiMatsushita voices both Q-Bee and B.B.Hood in ''Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior''.
* UnCanceled: Well, not quite, but Yoshinori Ono of ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIV'' fame is pushing to do this with the series. [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_skngJlTDg A teaser trailer was released affirming the possibility of it happening]], but he said it will only be greenlit as long as enough fan demand gets through to the higher-ups. This is part of the reason ''Darkstalkers Ressurrection'' was announced.
* WhatCouldHaveBeen: There were plans for a fourth title in development for the CPS-III system. It is said that Vampire Ace (or Vampire Soldier as it's been called in some places) would have had the core gameplay of Vampire Savior with CPS-III fluid characters. The reasons for the cancellation are unknown.
** Every character's final design and story is a far cry from the original intention:
*** Demitri had a much more minimalist, agile-looking design.
*** According to the ''[[WordOfGod Darkstalkers Graphic File]]'', Morrigan was originally going to be the "cute" character of the series, while all of the sex appeal would go to Felicia.
*** One of Morrigan's preliminary character designs eventually became Jedah, which is probably where they got the preliminary sibling relation from.
*** Lord Raptor was supposed to be a vengeful zombie soldier from WWI, hence his birthdate being stated to be in the 1800's--they forgot to change it to reflect the metal image.
*** Bishamon himself was going to be possessed and not wear any armor.
*** Rikuo looked "like something straight out of the CthulhuMythos".
*** Anakaris was a slender pyramid guardian.
*** John Talbain looked more man than wolf and had extremely long claws on one hand.
*** Sasquatch was an animalistic brute bound in chains.
*** Victor was a complete lift of Karloff's Monster before being modified into a robot.
*** Huitzil was a much more modern robot designed for labor. He also had an unfinished super in the first game that was abandoned and never brought back in any of the sequels.
*** Pyron's looks varied too wildly to do justice in such a small space as this.
*** Donovan underwent through a large amount of changes:\\
He was originally a stereotypical Caucasian Vampire Hunter with a broad-brimmed hat that covered his eyes, resembling a masculine Vampire Hunter D or Van Helsing. As designs changed some Asian martial artist themes were added with braided hair and a nunchaku like weapon. Finally we were given the Hinduism/Buddhism themed dhamphyr.\\
He was also much stronger in the location test build of ''Vampire Hunter'' than he was in the finished product. Some of his strengths that were lost include a completely different Blizzard Sword special that caused his ice-covered sword to come crashing down from the top of the screen, a Kill Shred special which had his sword spinning through the air vertically rather than horizontally, thus covering a much wider area, and a Change Immortal EX that would cause huge amounts of [[ScratchDamage chip damage]] when blocked.
*** Hsien-Ko's design, though consistent throughout the games, was originally going to be much younger.
*** In the early stages of development, Lilith was Morrigan's older sister who had the blood of angels mixed in her. She physically resembled Morrigan, the only exception being a pair of angel wings on her head that [[IAmAMonster she hid out of embarrassment]].
*** Q-Bee was a mutated insect with command over other bugs.
*** Early in development, Jedah was an angelic bishie called "Belial, Jr.", which would have made him Morrigan's adoptive brother.
*** Some rough animation concepts shown in ''Darkstalkers Official Complete Works'' give insight into ideas for moves that didn't make the cut. An anchor could have been among the many weapons Hsien-Ko produces from her sleeves, Huitzil's Confusioner could have involved him summoning a large radio-controlled drone with a grabber claw, and Demitri's Demon Billion seemingly could have been a utility super that allowed him to perform different moves while transformed into a cloud of bats, including jabs, uppercuts, and converging bites.