Darkstalkers is a short lived cartoon series made by Graz Entertainment (the company behind The Tick and G.I. Joe Extreme) for the USA Network, and based on Capcom's fighting game series of the same name.The plot is that the fire elemental Pyron wants the Earth to collect. When he came 1,000 years earlier, the Earth had lots of monsters who viewed him as a god. Now, Pyron is disappointed by the billions of common, scrubby little beings with no powers, magic, or mutations. His ball asks him why he does not just kill all of man. Pyron says he wants the old races awakened, starting with Demitri Maximoff, the vampire lord. Once that proves to be a success, the two suck up Morrigan Aensland, Anakaris, Bishamon, and Lord Raptor. However, Jon Talbain, Rikuo, Sasquatch, Victor, and Felicia manage to avoid the beam. In addition, Felicia partners up with Harry Grimoire, a descendant of Merlin. Ultimately, the escapees team up to stop Pyron.
This series contains examples of:
Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted with Morrigan, of all people, and practically every other character except Felicia, who escaped unscathed. Demitri was made less scary (in the games and the Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge OVA, his entire mouth is full of sharp teeth, but here, he has teeth that are the norm for a vampire).
Hsien-Ko has mechanical hands instead of the oversized claws at the end of her sleeves (in the games, she does have real hands, as they are tucked inside her sleeves to hold said claws). As if that wasn't enough, the decision of to give Hsien-Ko a normal skin tone instead of her usual undead blue skin tone makes her blush stickers stand out much more than normal.
Adaptational Wimp: Pyron, who in this series seems to be a completely incompetent villain, especially compared with his video game counterpart. In "Aliens Keep Out", he even has to be saved from Huitzil. In general, every character is much weaker than its canon counterpart.
Death by Adaptation: Huitzil is blown to pieces. Subverted, as it starts to rebuild itself after everyone is gone.
Disneyfication: All the violence and horror elements from the games were changed or toned down in order to made the series more kid-friendly. Also Morrigan and Felicia were covered up in order to show less skin (Felicia is even drawn with a red brooch of sorts to join her breast fur patches together).
Dracula: He is Demitri's uncle, as shown in "Darkest Before the Dawn." He is getting old and being harried by Van Helsing, and tells Demitri to go after the crystal skull.
Enemy Civil War: Demitri and Morrigan's constant attempts at one-upping each other, which end up being one of the major impeding factors in the progress of Pyron's plans.
To Serve Man: It is said that Morrigan actually eats her victims.
Undeathly Pallor: Lord Raptor and Bishamon have different shades of blue skin, as in the games, while Demitri and Anakaris are gray. Bizarrely averted with Hsien-Ko, who doesn't look undead in any way.
The Vamp: Morrigan is a straight example. She only seduces men to eat them.