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YMMV: Darkstalkers

  • Americans Love Jon Talbain: For many a year, fans have been clamoring to get this guy into one of the Vs. titles (it works for Americans, who view werewolves and Bruce Lee to be awesome things). Point in case: Ryota Niitsuma, the producer of Marvel vs. Capcom 3, notes that he wanted to add more characters from this series to the game, but couldn't due to time constraints. Jon would have been his pick. Unfortunately...
    • 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 (aside from a skin for Amaterasu, which admittedly isn't much, but...)
  • Awesome Art: Capcom really went all guns blazing on the animation in this series.
  • Awesome Music: Gonna be trouble, Baby I'm a trouble man....
    • As well as this song from Chronicle. Quite somber.
  • Best Known for the Fanservice: Rather literally. Although this may be because Darkstalkers never really took off, and of course sex sells, Morrigan and Felicia are the only people anyone seems to remember from the games. It's quite telling that in Marvel vs. Capcom 3, the three Darkstalkers include Morrigan, Felicia and Hsien-Ko.
  • Big Lipped Alligator Moment: Sasquatch's whole story.
  • Crazy Awesome: Wouldn't be the same without it.
    • Lilith, interestingly enough, has a move that may top them all. Who else has a possible One-Hit Kill super that forces your opponent to dance in a beatmania-type mini-game?
  • Designated Hero: A few.
    • 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.
  • Ensemble Darkstalkers:
  • Evil Is Cool and Sexy: Demitri (although he's more "Dark" than "Evil") treads between the character types of Anti-Hero and Anti-Villain, and is pretty damn close to Draco in Leather Pants territory, but still has his fair share of fans.
    • Also Morrigan (although she too subverts the "evil" part, and with much more certainty than Demitri).
    • Jedah, who—unlike Morrigan and (arguably) Demitri—plays the "evil" part straight. Mostly, anyway.
    • B.B. Hood and Lilith, for those who like their women young. Lilith, however, is only technically evil, being tricked by Jedah into serving as his Dragon.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • 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 updates Vampire 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 2 title was misleading due to the original Vampire Hunter being a fairly different game gameplay-wise. Even the fact that three 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.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In the Night Warriors OVA, Lord Raptor (voiced by Scott McNeil) has for a drummer a one-eyed monster that looks like a blue Suezo. McNeil would later go on to voice Suezo in the Monster Rancher anime.
  • 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.
  • Iconic Character, Forgotten Title: Morrigan, no thanks to the Vs. series. The mainstream knows she exists, but Darkstalkers remains a Cult Classic.
  • Iron Woobie:
    • Felicia. She suffers constant discrimination, abuse, and misunderstanding throughout the game franchise and the spin-off 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.
  • Jerkass Woobie: Bulleta/B.B Hood. Her grandmother was killed by a werewolf, but still...
  • Magnificent Bastard: Jedah. It should be noted that being Ozom's Unwitting Pawn via Phlebotinum Overload in his backstory is what gave him the idea for Makai's "salvation," which turned him into a Magnificent Bastard.
  • 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.
  • Memetic Sex God
    • Morrigan. Hardcore Gaming 101 put 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 with Iron Man, himself a Memetic Sex God. You can only imagine how that one's gonna turn out. note 
    • Rikuo. The western cartoon said it best: He's curiously attractive for a fish man.
    • Felicia and Lilith. Lesser examples compared to Morrigan, but still.
    • Hsien-Ko. She rounds out the above quartet of female examples. As the saying goes, "Everyone is Lord Raptor for Hsien-Ko."
  • Moe: Felicia. B.B. Hood, too, if you can look past the more disturbing elements of her personality.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • The "Fetus 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.
    • The Midnight Bliss move from Demitri can change guys to hot girls, and hot girls to hotter girls in most cases. But it's particularly disturbing to see that right afterwards, Demitri picks them up and literally sucks the life and blood out of them, leaving the girls a shriveled, skeletal corpse. The fact they explode and return to their normal forms right after can offset this, but the brief images are still a little disturbing, to say the least.
    • 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.
  • Older Than They Think: Morrigan's Darkness Illusion super was the first move to use the button press sequence (LP, LP, F, LK, HP) that is now associated with Akuma's Shun Goku Satsu.
    • 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).
  • The Scrappy:
  • 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 grayed out even after you link your Gamertag to your YouTube account.
  • Stoic Woobie:
    • 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.
  • The Woobie:
    • Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling. Poor girls.
    • Lilith. Just take a look at her backstory. Played straight in her ending (Morrigan's ending, despite Lilith losing, offers a more satisfactory conclusion as Morrigan welcomes Lilith back into her body, resulting in a win-win situation for both of them: Morrigan's power gets exponentially multiplied (possibly reaching full level), and Lilith's sense of existence is assured).

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