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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 Creator/HannaBarbera cartoon premiered in 1990 on Creator/{{NBC}}, with the full title of ''Rick Moranis in Gravedale High'', featuring teacher Max Schneider (as the title suggests, [[InkSuitActor played]] by Creator/RickMoranis) as the sole human teacher in an AllGhoulsSchool, 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 [[MonsterMash 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 [[AnAesop Aesop-heavy]] answer.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* TheAce: 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 [[ChickMagnet all the girls can't keep their claws off of him]].
* AcronymAndAbbreviationOverload: Inspector Nitpicker from "Save Our School" had an odd habit of giving abbreviations for every single thing he talked about, subsequently clarifying what each abbreviation stood for. For example, when Max Schneider accuses him of being bribed by the Empress, he retorts that the accusation is a B.S.L., or "big stupid lie".
* TheAllegedSteed: 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, [[EvilBrit Liverpool]] (Hoover's trainer)'s, [[SmugSnake true colors are shown]], and the bet is that if Hoover wins the race, he's set free. [[spoiler: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]].
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Duzer is implied to have a crush on Vinnie Stoker, but she vehemently denies this.
* AlphaBitch: Duzer tends to be the most snooty and obnoxious of the students.
* AmazinglyEmbarrassingParents: Frankentyke thinks his dad is one, and builds a substitute father in his place. [[spoiler: 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.]]
* AndADietCoke: A fat guy orders a lot of snacks with a diet coke at a movie theater that Duzer was working at in "The Dress-Up Mess-Up".
* AnimalsHateHim: 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.
* AttractiveZombie: Blanche, the {{Goth}} SouthernBelle Zombie student, is [[http://gravedalehigh.wikia.com/wiki/Blanche?file=Blanche.jpg clearly an example]]. Downplayed, since she retains some of the trademark "monster zombie" traits (such as green skin).
* AwesomenessByAnalysis: Reggie. ''Especially'' during the climax of "Monster on Trial", where he points out how physics play in driving.
* BadassFingerSnap: Vinnie often snaps both fingers to activate his bat wings so he can fly.
* BeachEpisode: "Do The Rad Thing" had some scenes at a beach and featured the cast wearing swimsuits. The kids end up in their suits in quite a few other episodes too, though.
* BigBeautifulWoman: Cleofatra is attractive enough to land a monster celebrity. Frankentyke's older brother Big Frankie also finds her attractive.
* BigEater:
** Gill, especially if [[TrademarkFavoriteFood pizza]] is involved.
** Cleofatra also has a voracious appetite.
* BrattyHalfPint: Frankentyke is the smallest of the students and tends to be a troublesome brat.
* BrilliantButLazy: Vinnie has occasionally showed that he does have the intelligence and charisma to get good grades like Reggie or do extraordinary things, like rallying Gravedale High against a CorruptCorporateExecutive in "Save Our School". It's just that he dislikes putting in the actual effort.
* TheBully: Nardo the Gargoyle sometimes picks on Reggie.
* ButtMonkey: Busby the fly kid. Most of the time, he says "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help me!]]" as he is getting attacked by someone.
* {{Catchphrase}}: Duzer often says "Get a life!" or asks a rhetorical question ending with "Or what?"
* CelebCrush: Cleofatra has one on werewolf actor Billy Headstone from [[SoapWithinAShow the soap opera "Trudy and the Beast"]].
* CelebrityToons: The cartoon gives top billing to Creator/RickMoranis, who voices Max Schneider. It so happens that Schneider [[InkSuitActor looks a lot like Moranis]].
* ClassTrip: Taken almost anytime or anywhere when plot demands.
* CluelessChickMagnet: Max Schneider. Headmistress Crone states in "The Grave Intruder" that some female monsters have a thing for human men.
* CoolBigBro: Frankentyke certainly thinks that his older brother Big Frankie is the bee's knees. Given Big Frankie's reputation, his little brother's opinion on him isn't unjustified.
* CoolTeacher: Max Schneider, in spite of being a human, has the utmost respect of his class.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: In "Save Our School", a hotel owner who calls herself The Empress wants to put a chain of her hotel where the school is, and even hires a health inspector in order to condemn it so she can have it torn down.
* CuteMonsterGirl: Duzer, Blanche, and [[{{Adorkable}} especially Cleofatra]] all fit this trope.
* DeanBitterman: More or less subverted, as Headmistress Crone is still quite lenient and pretty encouraging both to students and teachers.
* DeathByGluttony: In "Goodbye Gravedale", the students get rid of their substitute teacher Mr. Gross by tricking him into overeating until he explodes.
* DidNotDoTheBloodyResearch: In "Frankenjockey", Liverpool at one point calls Frankentyke a "bugger", which is considered a very rude term in Britain.
* ElvisImpersonator: Sid spends the entirety of "Night of the Living Dad" impersonating Elvis Presley.
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: In "Fear of Flying", Vinnie says to his psychiatrist that he's "batty" over his mother.
* ExtremeOmnivore: Gill isn't above eating dead bugs or basketballs.
* FantasticRacism:
** 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.
* FishOutOfWater: Averted as Max has little to no trouble fitting in or teaching.
* FishPeople: Gill is basically [[Film/CreatureFromTheBlackLagoon the Gill-Man]] as a SurferDude.
* FrankensteinsMonster: Frankentyke and his brother Big Frankie are both Frankenstein monsters.
* FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire: Vinnie is a vampire and is just as nice as the other monster students.
* FrivolousLawsuit: "Monster on Trial" has Miss Fresno falsely sue Max Schneider for injuring her when all he and Reggie did was lightly bump into her car. She ends up arrested for fraud when she tries to make a similar suit against Judge Killjoy.
* FurAgainstFang: Averted with vampire Vinnie and werewolf Reggie, who are best friends.
* GirlishPigtails: Cleofatra has pigtails in case it's hard to tell that she's a girl.
* GorgeousGorgon: Duzer, who might crack mirrors but is otherwise depicted as being 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.
* GreaserDelinquents: Vinnie, who is a vampire version of [[Series/HappyDays Fonzie]].
* HeadDesk: In "Monster on Trial", Max does this when [[spoiler: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.]]
* HeroicBSOD: 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 [[spoiler:he was challenged to a flying match called "Fly or Splat" against JerkJock gargoyle Nardo at 3:00 PM]].
* HellBentForLeather: Vinnie is never seen without his black leather jacket.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Frankentyke and Gill Waterman are shown to be very close friends.
* IllGirl: It is revealed in "Long Day's Gurney into Night" that Blanche died in a hospital, which is why she's a zombie.
-->'''Blanche''': The last time I was in a hospital, I died. Rally, I did.
* IllNeverTellYouWhatImTellingYou: Gill makes this mistake in "Night of the Living Dad" after he lets it slip that Marty isn't Frankentyke's real dad.
-->'''Gill''': I'm not telling you about the monster dad Frankentyke made because he was ashamed of his real dad.
* ImpossibleInsurance: In "Monster by Trial", Max Schneider is denied insurance because his policy doesn't cover his car being driven by werewolves.
* InkSuitActor: Max is basically Rick, but with red hair.
* {{Invisibility}}: Sid is an invisible teenager.
* InvisibleStreaker: Sid is invisible and wears everything ''except'' pants.
* IronicFear: [[spoiler:After he was struck by lightning while flying in "Fear of Flying", Vinnie developed a fear of heights]].
* ItRunsInTheFamily: In "Night of the Living Dad", Sid takes after both of his parents, and not just in invisibility. [[spoiler:Subverted with Frankentyke, who was created by a human scientist.]]
* ItsAllMyFault: Reggie [[RunningGag keeps saying this throughout]] "Monster on Trial".
* JerkJock:
** Nardo the gargoyle follows the character archetype of the jock who's mean to the other students.
** Gravedale's entire football team may qualify as jerk jocks, too.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Most of the teenage monsters are a bit rude, but ultimately aren't bad people and are capable of doing nice things for others. Frankentyke and Duzer are the most prominent examples.
* LateForSchool: Vinnie flies in late for class in most episodes.
* LethalChef: The cafeteria chef is named Sal Monella. At the very least, Max Schneider doesn't find his food appetizing.
* MeaningfulName: Miss Dirge's name is based on the word "dirge", which is a sad and mournful song.
** Cleofatra, considering she's a BigEater.
** Often borders on PunnyName since most things (and people) in Gravedale have macabre and death-based names, like Coach Cadaver (a cadaver is a dead body).
* {{Meganekko}}: Cleofatra is a girl with glasses.
* MetaphorIsMyMiddleName: In "Monster on Trial", Miss Fresno is approached by a lawyer claiming that whiplash is his middle name.
* MirrorCrackingUgly: Duzer manages to break her mirror just by looking at it in "Long Day's Gurney Into Night" since she is a Gorgon, but [[CuteMonsterGirl to the audience, she isn't drawn to look really ugly aesthetically]].
* MonsterMash: The very premise of the show is that it's about a human teacher who works at a school for monsters, his own class consisting of a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy, a zombie, a gorgon, an invisible kid, a Frankenstein monster, a SurferDude gill-man, and a Peter Lorre-esque boy.
* NoYay: 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.
* OddFriendship: Vinnie and Reggie (see FurAgainstFang), as well as Frankentyke and Gill.
* OffModel: This is a Creator/HannaBarbera 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.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Reggie appears to be the kind of werewolf who doesn't have a human form.
* PerkyGoth: Blanche is dressed in all black, but a romantic SouthernBelle
* PettingZooPeople: Three of the students at Gravedale High happen to be anthropomorphic animals who look human from the neck down. They are a dog boy named Dog-Faced Boy, an elephant boy named Elephant Boy, and a pig girl named Suey.
* PlayingCyrano: A variation in "Cleo's Pen Pal", where Cleofatra asks Duzer to pose as her on a date with werewolf actor Billy Headstone, who Cleo has a crush on.
* PunnyName: Cleofatra the fat mummy girl, Seymour the cyclops, etc...
* RuleAbidingRebel: Vinnie, who (aside from his best friend, Reggie) is probably the nicest and most level-headed of the class.
* SadistTeacher: Mr. Gross and Miss Burns in "Goodbye Gravedale" prove to be considerably harsher and meaner than Max Schneider. The latter even attempts to make the class take twelve tests in the same day.
* SchoolNewspaperNewsHound: The episode "The Grave Intruder" had Duzer take over the school newspaper and use it to spread fabricated stories that resulted in a lot of trouble at the school, such as Dog-Faced Boy having rabies and Coach Cadaver having a human brain.
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: In "Night of the Living Dad", after Marty is revealed to not be Frankentyke's real father, but a fake one made to try and hide the fact that his dad was human, Marty decides to immediately leave before he can face repercussions for impersonating Frankentyke's dad.
* SeductiveMummy: Averted with Cleofatra: she's actually a fatty nerdy girl, unlike other female students like Blanch (an AttractiveZombie) and Duzer (a GorgeousGorgon). Yet in one episode Cleo does manage to seduce a [[Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987 Vincent-like]] monster celebrity.
* SesquipedalianLoquaciousness: Reggie tends to use big words, being the brainiest of Max Schneider's class.
* ShoutOut:
** Several, but the one that stands out is a fly monster kid getting taken by [[Film/{{Them}} Giant Ants]] while shouting "[[Film/TheFly1958 Help meeee! Help meeeee!]]
** "Fear of Flying" features a receptionist [[Film/TheExorcist whose head rotates 180 degrees and projectile vomits slime]].
** In "Frankenjockey", the main characters briefly visit a town called [[Series/TwinPeaks Thin Peaks]] and Max Schneider at one point addresses Hoover as "Series/MisterEd".
** Sid is prone to these, being an aspiring comedian. One example is when he tells someone "I'm invisible...[[Creator/ChevyChase and you're not]].
* SleepyHead: Vinnie, due to being a vampire.
* SoapWithinAShow: "Trudy and the Beast", a parody of ''Series/BeautyAndTheBeast1987''. Somewhat amusingly the star's shown to be a heartthrob among both monster and human girls even though that's not a mask, considering [[Film/{{Hellboy}} some of the things]] that Creator/RonPerlman's gotten up to since then.
* StoutStrength: Despite looking out of shape Cleo has no problem throwing muscular bouncers out of her way if need be.
* SouthernBelle: Blanche speaks in a Southern accent.
* SpinningPaper: The episode "Monster Gumbo" features a montage of newspapers spinning into view and featuring headlines indicating how well Blanche's Monster Gumbo is selling.
* SurferDude: Gill has a fondness for surfing and even addresses others as "dude".
* TokenHuman: Max Schneider is the only human main character in a show that takes place at a school for monsters.
* TheTonsillitisEpisode: Sid the Invisible Kid ends up having his tonsils removed in "Long Days' Gurney Into Night".
* TrueCompanions: The monster students are all rather close.
* UnfortunateNames: Cleo'''fat'''ra? Really?
* ValleyGirl: Duzer, to the point that "The Dress-Up Mess-Up" had her prioritize buying a new dress over chipping in with the other student's efforts of giving Schneider dinner reservations at a fancy French restaurant for his birthday.
* VerbalTic:
** 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.
* WackyHomeroom: All the students have different personality traits and quirks that create a comical dynamic.
* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: Gravedale High, as well as Gravedale itself, is supposedly located in an American cemetery, but its exact locations are unknown.
* WhoEvenNeedsABrain: In "The Grave Intruder", Coach Cadaver at one point removes his own brain and is able to function without it.
* XRaySparks: "He Ain't Scary, He's My Brother" ended with Frankentyke and his brother Big Frankie having their skeletons made visible after being struck by lightning.
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