is a short lived cartoon series made by DiC Entertainment
for the USA Network
, and based on Capcom
's fighting game series Darkstalkers,
which is best known for Morrigan Aensland, the green haired succubus who appears in practically every crossover Capcom has ever made.
The plot is that fire elemental Pyron wants the Earth to collect. When he came 1,000 years earlier, the Earth had lots of monsters whom viewed him as a god. Now, Pyron is dissapointed by the billions of common, scrubby little beings with no powers, magic, or mutations. His ball asks him why Pyron 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 a success, the two suck up Morrigan, Anakaris, Bishamon, and Lord Raptor. However, Jon Talbain, Rikou, Sasquatch, Victor, and Felicia avoid the beam. In particular, Felicia partners up with Harry
. Ultimately, The escapees team up to stop Pyron. Things get bizzare when several neutral Darkstalkers, like Donovan, Lei-Lei, Huitzil, a huge dragon, and even Dracula himself show up and attack both sides. Ultimately, Pyron is defeated by the health inspector Terramon, who wants to destroy the Earth entirely, old races included.He is beaten by both sides and Morrigan presumably goes back to how she is in the games.
This series contains examples of:
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted with Morrigan of all people, and practically every other character except Felicia, who escaped unscathed, and Demitri, who was made less scary (in the games and OVA, his entire mouth is full of sharp teeth, but here he has teeth that are the norm for a vampire) than in Night Warriors: The Movie.
- Adaptational Villainy: Morrigan, Demitri and Anakaris. To some extent, Donovan.
- Alien Invasion: Pyron does this.
- Beam-O-War: This is all the characters do to fight.
- Black and White Morality: Unlike the game.
- Canon Foreigner: Harry, Hairball, Klaus, and Terramon.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: Sixth Ranger Hsien-Ko doesn't show up in the finale. Ironic as she's one of the most iconic characters now.
- Cloud Cuckoolander: Anakaris. There are apparently lizards in his pants.
- Death by Adaptation: Huitzil is blown to pieces.
- Disneyfication:All the violence and horror elements from the games were changed or toned down in order to made the series more kid-friendly.
- Dracula: Demitri's uncle, as shown in Darkest Before The Dawn. He is getting old and demands Demitri to give him the crystal skull. Van Helsing is mentioned as the reason.
- Eyecatch: The Darkstalkers firing beams.
- Fake Russian: Lei-Lei, despite being from China.
- Famous Ancestor: Morrigan is descended from Morgan Le Fay.
- Gonk: Morrigan. To solve this problem, she actually eats her victims.
- Grimmification: Morrigan is far closer to.the mythological succubus here, with her ugly appearance, inherent demonic evilness, and eating her victims.
- Lighter and Softer: The violence and horror elements from the games were toned down, being also more comedy oriented.
- Mighty Whitey: Felicia. Harry even more so.
- Neutral No Longer: Lei-Lei becomes good by the end of her debut.
- Phrase Catcher: Rikuo is curiously attractive for a fish man.
- Off Model
- Secret Keeper: Harry.
- Secret Mutant Hero Team
- The Sixth Ranger: Hsien-Ko promises only to hunt evil Darkstalkers after she is defeated.
- To Serve Man: It is said that Morrigan actually eats her victims.
- The Vamp: Morrigan is a straight example. She only seduces men to eat them.
- What Measure Is a Non-Cute?: Hit the series hard. The bad Darkstalkers were even made uglier than they were in-game.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Donovan's defining characteristic.