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Western Animation: Monster Force

Not to be confused with the Game Boy Advance game of the same name. For that, see VideoGame.Monster Force.

A Monster of the Week cartoon about a scientist and three teenagers, including the (female and psychic) descendent of Doctor Frankenstein wearing Powered Armor and fighting classical Universal Monsters alongside Frankenstein's Monster and the teenage grandson of the Wolf Man. Produced by Universal Studios and Lacewood Productions in The Nineties. Recently, the first seven episodes have been released on DVD, so if you haven't heard of the show at the very least you can go look for it now. The show is also noticeable for having comic book writer Marv Wolfman as one of the show's writers which explains the quality behind some of the stories.

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  • Badass Longcoat: Doc and Frank both wear these.
  • Cut Short: Only 13 episodes, bah!
  • Dracula: The series' Big Bad.
  • Enemy Mine: In one ep, the heroes discover a ritual that Dracula wants to do to become all powerful. He gathers several powerful vampires for the attempt (with the premise that he'll share the power) and the heroes are virtually powerless to stop them. However, Shelley uses her Psychic Powers to show the vampires that the ritual will kill them to transform Dracula. They turn on him, distracting Drac long enough for the heroes to destroy the ritual ground and stop Drac's plan. After he flees, the vampires start to turn on the group, but withdraw as 1) the sun is coming up and 2) they presumably owe Monster Force for saving them. As one of the vampires says, "Just this one time".
  • Fish People: The original Creature from the Black Lagoon, in fact.
  • Five-Man Band
    • The Hero: Doc, as the oldest and most experienced monster hunter on the team.
    • The Big Guy: Trip, who is the largest of the teens and whose armor most supports direct combat, with energy-blaster fingers and extendable powered arms.
    • The Smart Guy: Luke, who is the most scholarly of the teens, though he also doubles as another Big Guy with his ability to transform into a Wolf Man.
    • The Lancer: Lance, whose main speciality is using the team's heavier artillery.
    • The Chick: Shelley, whose armor gives her levitation and enhances her Psychic Powers to grant her Mind over Matter and Telepathy.
    • The Sixth Ranger (and a bigger Big Guy): Frank, aka the Frankenstein's Monster.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: In this series, he does a Heel-Face Turn and joins the good guys.
    • Remember, this is based on the Universal version of Frankenstein. He was never really evil in those films, just dangerously naive.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Episode 12 which feature a mother-daughter duo. Throughout most of the episode it was just assumed that the mother was being forced to do the antagonist dirty work for fear of her daughter's life. Then near the climax as he about set his plan into motion tell the mother to "show her true colors". The woman reluctantly vamps out, showing she's been undead the whole time while apologizing to her daughter (who isn't a vampire, thankfully; more than likely the mother sacrificed her humanity to prevent this). Apparently this is her daughter's first time seeing it too but she claims she always knew and knows she's not evil. When the MF crew come looking for Frankenstein (who was captured by the antagonist), the mother prevents a vampire ambush. She's also a rather curious exception to other vampires in the series who turned evil upon being turned.
  • The Glasses Come Off: When Luke transforms into his Wolf Man self.
  • Heel-Face Turn: In this series, Frankenstein and the Wolfman are good guys.
  • The Igor: Renfield. Oddly enough, this troper thought it actually was Igor till he saw the show again on DVD.
  • Monster Mash: The baddies.
  • Monster of the Week: Quite literally.
  • Mummy: Im-Ho-Tep.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: Niles Lupon, alias Bela the Werewolf, the one who cursed Luke's grandfather, seems to be a harmless old man when in human form and becomes a hulking, red-furred humanoid wolf when he shifts forms. The more benevolent Luke, meanwhile, becomes a grayish-toned Wolf Man when he transforms, though whether or not this is due to his not being evil is never explained..
  • Powered Armor: The EMACS.
  • Shout-Out:
    • A surprising one in the Bride of Frankenstein episode, where the Leitmotifs for the Monster and the Bride from the original 1935 film show up in the soundtrack.
    • Im-ho-tep's introductory episode plot is practically a whole plot reference to the original film.
    • Dracula is served by a crazed, straitjacket-wearing Renfield, a reference to Renfield's fate in the original novel and film.
      • Renfield is also shown eagerly eating spiders, which references his madness in the novel.
    • Luke is stated to be the grandson of the protagonist from The Wolf Man 1941.
    • In one episode, the Monster Force team up with Doctor Van Helsing himself in an effort to destroy Dracula in his castle. Only it turns out Dracula killed the real Van Helsing years ago and was just wearing his form.
  • The Smurfette Principle: Shelley is the Monster Force's only female member.
  • The Something Force: The "Monster Force", to which the series owes its title.
  • Took a Level in Badass: The Creature from the Black Lagoon is not only more muscular here than in his original movie, but is presented as more or less a walking force of nature. He is said to have sunk an entire city and slaughtered its inhabitants single-handed, takes on four power-armored monster fighters and a Wolf Man with nothing but his bare claws — and wins, and shrugs off energy blasts that have killed vampires in one shot as though they were fleabites.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: The aptly titled "Dark City", which is more like Dark Town but whatever.

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