These are what we call the 'YMMV items.' Things that some people find in this work. We call them 'your mileage might vary' because not everyone sees these things in the same way. This starts discussions in the trope lists, a thing we don't want. Please use the discussion page if you'd like to discuss any of these items.
Japan Hates Gallon: Or, more accurately, Capcom Japan seems to, if their complete refusal to do ANYTHING with him is any indication. So they'll never pick up on all of the hints we've been giving them. Sadly, even despite Niitsuma's preference for him, Talbain STILL didn't make the cut for Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3.
Demitri: He won't stop at anything to achieve his revenge.
Morrigan: Her adoptive father wants her to be a legitimate hero for Makai, but she's just too "busy" shirking her responsibilities and having fun. However, she becomes less of this over time, especially after fusing with Lilith and feeling the need to actually be responsible. Her sister, Lilith, is slowly becoming one.
Donovan: He's more than a little of a Knight Templar, and his vampire side takes him over in his ending.
Morrigan. Although she is the most popular character in her series, she is shown to be among Capcom's most popular characters. To date, there are very few entries of the Capcom vs. Whatever series that she hasn't appeared in. This despite her being from a series that Capcom hadn't touched for 10 years, and since that point hadn't touched for 3 years.
Felicia. Though not to the level of Morrigan, she is very popular. Of all the cast, she's the one character most likely to appear alongside Morrigan in crossovers.
Lord Raptor/Zabel Zarock: his rock star nature and hilarious, hammy yet brutal quotes and fighting style have made him very popular amongst Western fans, many who want to see him in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as DLC.
Felicia and Jon Talbain. Almost every media adaptation has paired them up, or at least had them run into each other on a regular basis. Capcom does a suspicious amount of Ship Teasing with these two. Although there's nothing to suggest it in-game, in every Darkstalkers property outside of the games to which Capcom has given their stamp of approval, from the US cartoon series and OAV to the UDON comics, Jon and Felicia always share a bond of one variety or another; they're either friends, comrades in battle, traveling companions, or even living together. A manga from 1996 actually has the two sleeping together in the same bed.
Demitri and Morrigan. It's not nearly at the height of Felicia/Jon, but it does have a good share of vocal supporters.
You'd be surprised at how many times the pairing of Morrigan/Felicia pops up among the fandom. Morrigan's pet names for Felicia (apparently, Morrigan still calls Felicia "kitten" according to Cross Edge, and in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Morrigan tags out with Felicia with the call of "Kitty!") do not help in the slightest.
Donovan/Hsien-Ko was likely started due to their interactions in the anime.
Mixed with Crossover Ship, Morrigan is frequently paired with Dante of Devil May Cry fame (potentiated by Marvel vs. Capcom 3). Along with Dante/Bayonetta, this ship seems to be more popular than all of the actual pairings in-universe for both series.
Franchise Killer: The hastily-released Japan-only arcade updatesVampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2 are widely regarded as having heavily damaged public interest in the series. On top of being slightly modified versions of Vampire Savior (and said modifications being largely disliked), the roster was split between two separate games due to hardware limitations, and the Vampire Hunter 2title was misleading due to the original Vampire Hunter being a fairly different game gameplay-wise. Even the fact that 3 previously dropped characters were brought back into the mix wasn't enough to counter all the negatives, and series' remaining fans quickly abandoned these versions in favor of previous entries. Every Darkstalkers release since has been some kind of port of the existing entries in the series.
Game Breaker: In Vampire Savior, the Darkstalkers game still most played by the competitive fighting community, Q-Bee, Sasquatch, and Talbain are infamous for being three of the most powerful characters in the game whilst also being some of the easiest. B.B. Hood also gets some hate for her "unblockable" (it's not really, but let's not get too technical here), and Lord Raptor is also extremely good, but he's also very hard to play.
I Am Not Shazam: The Bishamon in Vampire Savior/Savior 2/Hunter 2 and one of the Bishamon in 3 (as noted on the Characters page) is not the man who was enslaved by the will of his armor, but the armor itself having gained its own sentience.
Felicia. She suffers constant discrimination, abuse, and misunderstanding throughout the game franchise and the spinoff series, but still manages to keeps her cheerful attitude and hopes of a better future.
Jon Talbain. Both in-universe and OUT-universe, if you see how much misfortune Talbain is handled by game producers. Poor Jon.
Victor. His story may even edge out Donovan's as the most tragic in the series. At first, he believes his deceased creator to be ignoring him for not being strong enough. Shortly after the jarring realization that the old man had actually passed on, his sister suddenly ceases to function, leaving him alone once more (which is even more heart-crushing in the text epilogue of Night Warriors). Eventually, he realizes that the only way to revive Emily is to give his own life, which he does without hesitation. Worst of all, he is ignorant of the fact that her body, being a "prototype" of sorts, will probably not be able to continuously generate electric "life force" and is thus likely to run out of power before long.
Memetic Mutation: Yoshinori Ono's DARKSTALKERS ARE NOT DEAD announcement seems to be working its way up. In the case of MvC3 (with the possibility of an all Darkstalkers team of Morrigan, Felicia, and Hsien-Ko being defeated) and Resurrection's unfortunate commercial failure, this is sometimes twisted into DARKSTALKERS ARE DEAD.
Morrigan. Hardcore Gaming 101put it the best: "If nothing else, Darkstalkers taught a generation what a succubus is." Many a man and woman would let Morrigan take them on a pleasure cruise without a second thought. Must be that purple spandex... And as of the unveiling of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, she has been shipped withIron Man, himself a Memetic Sex God. You can only imagine how that one's gonna turn out. note Here's a hint: it'll probably be mind-blowing sex.
The "Womb Of God" stage from the third game. Spoilered for the faint of heart: it's a rather realistic literal Womb Level, with a giant horned fetus with no skin, just covered by muscles and veins, in the background. It awakens and stares at you while pulsating at the end of the match.
Most of Jedah's moves involve extremely bloody self-mutilation, and one of his counters even involves decapitating himself and growing his head right back after spraying his blood all over the opponent. Also his laughter.
Demitri's Nightmare Face in the Night Warriors animated movie. It is full of more sharp, long, ROTTEN teeth than a vampire should have. No wonder people like Morrigan more. On the other side of the pacific, we have the ugly animation of the TV show.
Apparently the Shun Goku Satsu was even nicknamed "Goukiness Illusion" by some Japanese players at the time of its debut.
Despite what some may think, Dee, Donovan's evil form, was actually not something Capcom made just for the PS2 release. He was in fact an abandoned concept from the development of Vampire Savior. Producer Noritaka Funamizu specifically mentions this Demitri-headswap Donovan in the book All About Vampire Savior, and notes that he was "nearly finished."
One-Scene Wonder: Despite being in the first episode for all of ten minutes, Raptor's appearance was one of the highlights of the OVA.
Polished Port: The Sega Saturn port of Vampire Savior is not only arcade perfect, it even brings back the three missing characters from Night Warriors, complete with their own single-player endings. The PlayStation EX Edition port, while not as good by comparison, includes all 18 characters as well, plus both upgrades (Savior 2 and Hunter 2).
Porting Disaster: Vampire Chronicle, and its PSP Port Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower. The ancestor of Hyper Street Fighter II, this version tried to combine all of the previous installments in the series into one game through character and system mode selections, but in the end wasn't accurate to the source material.
One of Morrigan's special moves, Finishing Shower, is quite hated, especially in Tatsunoko vs. Capcom because it's almost impossible to combo into. That is until Marvel vs. Capcom 3 where she can combo into it, much to the delight of her fans.
Rikuo. It usually has absolutely nothing to do with the actual character or the way he plays, but simply because he's a fishman with transformation abilities.
"Apparently the last member of his disgusting aquatic race, Rikuo (Aulbath in Japan) desperately searches the world in hopes of finding a hideous mate so he can repropagate his loathsome species. Yes, I am biased."
Tier-Induced Scrappy: Part of the hatred towards Jon Talbain is because he's powerful and easy to use. Many players consider it cheesy to use him.
Scrappy Mechanic: In Resurrection, the YouTube upload function, since it only uploads in 360p resolution. Exclusive to the 360 version, however, is the high probability that your replay's audio will desync and a portion of the match will be cut off. And in some cases, the game won't let you upload replays at all. The option is permanently greyed out even after you link your Gamertag to your YouTube account.
Anita. Played straight in both accounts: According to her backstory, her parents were killed by a Darkstalker and the people from the orphanage where she stayed shunned her as a witch. To make things worse, the only person that actually cared for her (in this case Donovan) sacrificed his last remains of humanity to protect her.
Tear Jerker: Cecil's reaction to Huitzil/Phobos being defeated.
They Changed It, Now It Sucks: The third game in the series, Vampire Savior, received criticism from existing fans of the series at the time of its release. Complaints were made about many aspects of the game, including the changes to the system mechanics and movesets, the removal of characters from the previous games, and the addition of new characters who who many saw as out of place.
Ugly Cute: Sasquatch. He can be quite of a loveable dork despite his scary appearance. Just look at some of his poses and mannerisms.
Villain Decay:In the American cartoon, Pyron seems to be a completely incompetent villain, at least compared with his videogame counterpart. In the ninth episode of the series he even has to be saved from Huitzil.