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Straddling the line between "short" and "TV series" lies ''Mina and The Count''.

Originally created in 1995 by [[WesternAnimation/MyLifeAsATeenageRobot Rob Renzetti]] with Creator/FrederatorStudios (the same people behind toons such as ''WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddparents'' and ''WesternAnimation/AdventureTime''), it was originally created as part of Creator/CartoonNetwork's WesternAnimation/WhatACartoonShow. In the original short, ''Interlude With a Vampire'', the titular Count, a vampire, accidentally stumbles into the room of one Mina Harper, age 7. (He was looking for Nina Parker, age 17.) Mina quickly proves her formidity when she abruptly [[ClingyJealousGirl turns herself into his leg accessory]], and despite being dragged into every manner of girly game by Mina, the Count quickly finds himself enjoying it and becomes her friend. The following shorts detailed their various goofy and spooky adventures. During its run of shorts, it migrated from Cartoon Network to Creator/{{Nickelodeon}}'s ''Oh Yeah! Cartoons.''

Among the other shorts on the various Frederator shorts shows, ''Mina and The Count'' was highly unusual. While most cartoons only saw either one or two episodes and then [[PoorlyDisguisedPilot a full series]], or one episode and then vanishing obscurity, ''Mina'' saw a full six shorts released throughout its run, making it a kind of cartoon MiniSeries. It even built up a small fanbase throughout the years. But despite fans' vocal interest, it never has been--[[WordOfGod and probably never will be]]--expanded to a full show. Not to mention, [[KeepCirculatingTheTapes good luck finding the shorts on DVD]].

!!This miniseries features examples of:
* AllMenArePerverts: Everyone wants to seem to hit on Mrs. Frankenstein.
* BadIsGoodAndGoodIsBad: Seems to be the usual monster mindset. "It's monsters like you who give us all a GOOD NAME!"
* BloodLust: Well, the count is a ''vampire,'' after all. However, in one short, he's also shown eating other, "weirder" things. Just so long as it's not "mortal" food.
%%* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Mina's older sister, Lucy.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: How the Count meets Mina.
* TheBully: Nick, complete with his two nearly-identical henchmen.
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: In the first short, Mina barely said anything and Igor was fairly dumb. Mina started speaking more consistently in the second short, while Igor is shown to be somewhat more intelligent in the third.
* DarkIsNotEvil: The titular Count (one of two people of the title) has blue skin, wears black and is a vampire. He's also a very good individual.
* DeadpanSnarker: Igor. The Count has his moments, too.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: The Count's first attempt to... ahem... "seduce" Mina. To be fair, [[CrossingTheLineTwice he thought she was 17 years old at first]].
* DinnerAndAShow: The fourth episode, where the Count comes to dinner at Mina's house. And her sister Lucy becomes his InstantFanClub.
* EveryoneHasStandards: The Count may be a vampire who feeds off of young women, but he draws the line at children.
* FreeTheFrogs: Done in quite possibly the ''weirdest fashion ever'' in "Frankenfrog." The frog's already dead; Mina just brings it back with MadScience!
%%* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: The Count appears to take on this role after becoming friends with Mina the first episode.
%%* GenkiGirl: ''Mina.'' Mina Mina Mina Mina Mina Mina Mina!
* HartmanHips: Lucy, who is meant to be an older teen, sports a pair.
* HeroicMime: Mina very nearly was one in the first short; her only line was "He's my best friend!" She got more talkative in the later shorts, though.
* HypnoFool: One of the Count's vampire powers.
* TheIgor: The Count's assistant matches this trope in terms of role and outward appearance. Surprise! His name's Igor.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: She's 7, he's [[ReallySevenHundredYearsOld about 700]].
* LethalChef: Mina's culinary prowess in the fourth episode is surprising for a little girl, but still, [[spoiler: garlic souffle]] is probably not one of her better ideas.
* LightningCanDoAnything: It can bring a dead frog to life [[spoiler:as well as Mina's doll]].
* TheMasquerade: The Count does his best to stay out of the limelight. When he has to, he parades as Mina's violin teacher.
* MeaningfulName: The Count is obviously an Expy of Count Dracula. But Mina Harper is named after Mina Harker of the original Dracula novel and her bratty older sister, Lucy, is no doubt named after Lucy Westenra who ironically was Mina's best friend in the novel and in most adaptions of the tale.
* MiniSeries: A cartoon one, but it still kind of fits.
* MissingMom: Mina's. In the first episode, a picture on her wall seems to suggest she ''does'' have a mom, but in a later short, it's revealed that that might just be her older sister.
* MonsterMash: In episode 5, The Count's monster buddies -- which more or less include [[Film/TheMummysHand Kharis]], [[Film/CreatureFromtheBlackLagoon the Gill-man]], and [[Film/{{Frankenstein 1931}} the Creature]] and [[Film/BrideOfFrankenstein the Missus]] -- come over for their monthly card night.
* MoralityPet: Mina for the Count.
* OhCrap: The Count has a pretty fanastic moment of this in "The Vampire Who Came to Dinner."
--> '''Count:''' (thinking) "Well, Vlad, it looks as if you'll actually have to eat some mortal food. Ah well, it ''is'' disgusting, [[TemptingFate but as long as it's not-]]"
--> (Mina reveals her dish)
--> '''Mina:''' "[[spoiler:Garlic Souffle]]!"
--> '''Count:''' "[[ThisIsGonnaSuck ... My favorite...]]"
* OffscreenTeleportation: Mina's game of peekaboo in "The Ghoul's Tribunal".
* OnlyOneName: In later episodes, the Count's name is revealed to be Vlad.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The Count more-or-less hits most of the ClassicalMovieVampire traits spot-on.
%%* PapaWolf: The Count is this towards Mina.
* ServileSnarker: Igor comes off as kind of a dunce in the first episode, but in the later shorts, it becomes more questionable as to just who's in charge in that castle...
* ShoutOut: Mina and Lucy's names are shout-outs to Mina Harker and Lucy Westenra from the original {{Dracula}} novel.
** From Episode 4, "[[Film/GhostbustersII There's always room for gelatine]]".
* SiblingRivalry: Mina and Lucy
* SpiritualSuccessor: According to Wiki/TheOtherWiki, these shorts inspired ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. It shows.
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: Nick's cronies, who look identically, dress identically, and even ''move'' directly in-step at all times.
* VampireVords: Played straight with the way the Count speaks.
* VeinOVision: The Count sees Lucy like this in "The Vampire Who Came to Dinner".