Western Animation / Gravedale High

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Well it's just like any other high school
You've got the same problems in your head
except their lockers are coffins
And the teachers...
Are the undead
Theme song

This short-lived Hanna-Barbera cartoon premiered in 1990 on NBC, with the full title of Rick Moranis in Gravedale High, featuring teacher Max Schneider (as the title suggests, played by Rick Moranis) as the sole human teacher in an All-Ghouls School, teaching a class of misfit students who, according to the headmistress, otherwise would have been booted out from the school (despite none of them showing any outrageously bad or different behavior, aside from maybe being lazy and distracted).

His class includes a greaser vampire, nerdy werewolf, fat mummy, surfer fishboy, valley girl gorgon and other stereotypical teenager versions (and adult, for the teachers) of classic horror movie monsters.

Many of the 13 episodes featured some sort of problem caused by immature or stupid actions of a student and were usually solved by teamwork or some other Aesop-heavy answer, making some of the episodes rather Anvilicious.


This show provides examples of:

  • The Ace: Frankentyke's bro Big Frankie. The minute he shows up on campus, all the faculty can't stop gushing over what a good student he was, and all the girls can't keep their claws off of him.
  • The Alleged Steed: In "Frankenjockey", a race horse named Hoover, who has never won a single race, escapes and befriends Frankentyke, who is annoyed at first, but warms up to him. However, when Max calls a hotline and reports Hoover's escape, Liverpool (Hoover's trainer)'s, true colors are shown, and the bet is that if Hoover wins the race, he's set free. Unfortunately, Hoover and Frankentyke lose by mugging in the photo finish, but Sid points out that the rival horse switched jockeys, which means Hoover wins in the end.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Duzer is implied to have a crush on Vinnie Stoker, but she vehemently denies this.
  • Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Frankentyke thinks his dad is one, and builds a substitute father in his place. It turns out this is because Frankentyke's "dad" is the mad scientist who made him, and thus a human, who aren't looked on too highly in the monster community.
  • And a Diet Coke: A fat guy orders a lot of snacks with that at a movie theater that Duzer was/ working at in "The Dress-Up Mess-Up".
  • Animals Hate Him: Frankentyke feels the same way, but in one episode, a horse takes a liking to him, but that's because Frankentyke's hair is made of horse hair.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Reggie. Especially during the climax of "Monster on Trial."
  • Badass Finger Snap: Vinnie often snaps both fingers to activate his bat wings so he can fly.
  • Beach Episode: "Do The Rad Thing". The kids end up in their suits in quite a few other episodes too, though.
  • Big Eater: Gill, especially if pizza is involved.
  • Class Trip: Taken almost anytime or anywhere when plot demands.
  • Clueless Chick Magnet: Max Schneider. Headmistress Crone states in "The Grave Intruder" that some female monsters have a thing for human men.
  • Cool Big Bro: Frankentyke's older brother Big Frankie.
  • Fantastic Racism: The monsters usually refer to non-monsters as "human dweebs." Though it could just be due to the fact that non-monsters have their own biases towards them.
    • Coach Cadaver defines this trope, as he constantly has a chip on his shoulder regarding Max Schneider being the only human teacher in Gravedale High.
  • Fish out of Water: Averted as Max has little to no trouble fitting in or teaching.
  • Gorgeous Gorgon: Duzer, who might crack mirrors but is otherwise depicted as being quite attractive. In "Cleo's Pen Pal" Cleofatra even sends a picture of Duzer to her celebrity crush instead of one of herself, figuring it'll make a better impression.
  • Greaser Delinquents: Vinnie, who is a monster version of Fonzie.
  • Head Desk: In "Monster on Trial", Max does this when the judge declares him guilty in favor of old lady Fresno, who faked whiplash after Reggie accidentally bumps into her while taking Driver's Ed.
  • Heroic B.S.O.D.: In "Fear of Flying", Vinnie gets a pretty bad one after being struck by lightning while retrieving Reggie's science project, and has trouble trying to fly again. Made worse by the fact that he was challenged to a flying match called "Fly or Splat" against Jerk Jock gargoyle Nardo at 3:00 PM.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Vinnie is never seen without his black leather jacket.
  • Ill Girl: Blanche died in a hospital, which is why she's a zombie.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Max is basically Rick, but with red hair.
  • Meaningful Name: Miss Dirge's name is based on the word "dirge", which is a sad and mournful song.
    • Cleofatra, considering she's a Big Eater.
    • Often borders on Punny Name since most things (and people) in Gravedale have macabre and death-based names, like Coach Cadaver (a cadaver is a dead body).
  • No Yay: In-universe; in "The Grave Intruder", Headmistress Crone reveals that she has a crush on Max Schneider, who is understandably disturbed by the prospect of them being a couple.
  • Odd Friendship: Vinnie and Reggie (see Fur Against Fang), as well as Frankentyke and Gill.
  • Off Model: This is a Hanna-Barbera series from the 80's and 90's after all. And especially bad in "Frankenjockey", where Hoover the horse switches between white (his actual color) and brown.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Reggie
  • Perky Goth: Blanche. Dressed in all black, but a romantic Southern Belle
  • Verbal Tic:
    • Hey yo, Vinnie has one! That's cool.
    • Frankentyke also has one, man!
    • Reggie's "Mr. Schneider, sir". The tic was even written down in one episode.
  • Where the Hell Is Springfield?: Gravedale High, as well as Gravedale itself, is supposedly located in an American cemetery, but its exact locations are unknown.

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