Trivia: Darkstalkers

  • Character Tiers: 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.
  • Executive Meddling: The creative teams at Capcom want to do a fourth one, but the suits won't let them. Why? Well, it's not Street Fighter. That's why.
    • There have been some hints that fan response may be overturning this.
  • Fake Russian: The cartoon version of Hsien-Ko, despite still being from China.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The OVA was initially released by Viz Media on VHS and DVD, but those releases are now out of print. Fortunately averted now that Discotek Media has picked up the license.
    • The american Darkstalkers cartoon, along with the Street Fighter and Mega Man cartoons, was distributed on DVD by ADV Films, 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.
  • No Export for You: 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.
  • Playing Against Type: Demitri's voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama. This doesn't stop him from having some hot blooded battle cries.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Nobuyuki Hiyama voices both Demitri and Pyron. In Night Warriors/Vampire Hunter he gets a third character in the form of Donovan.
    • Yuji Ueda voices Jon Talbain, Lord Raptor and Rikuo.
    • Kan Tokumaru voices Anakaris, Bishamon, Sasquatch, and Victor.
    • Jurota Kosugi voices both Huitzil and Donovan in Vampire Savior 2 and '"Darkstalkers 3''.
    • In the western cartoon, Scott McNeil voices both Rikuo and Lord Raptor.
    • Miyuki Matsushita voices both Q-Bee and B.B.Hood in Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior.
  • Un-Canceled: Well, not quite, but Yoshinori Ono of Street Fighter IV fame is pushing to do this with the series. 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.
  • What Could Have Been: 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 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 Cthulhu Mythos".
      • 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 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 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.