The various public domain monsters of the Darkstalkers/Vampire series are compiled here for your convinence. While they're far fewer than the men, the ladies get far more publicity and prominence than their male counterpats. Names are listed as English/Japanese.
Before we get started, here are a few tropes that apply to (at least) most of the cast.
- Blue and Orange Morality: Due to most of the cast being monsters that exist separate from human society, many of their goals and morals are quite alien when viewed from our perspective.
- Cool vs. Awesome: The series' reputation for adhering to continuity aside, this trope is the backbone of the plot.
- Cute Monster Girl: Again, all of the playable females, barring B.B. Hood, who's a human (but a monster on the inside).
- Fanservice: And lots of it.
- Monster Lord: Makai's nobility, particularly the Class S ones, are considered this.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Some of these are blatantly obvious, but the more notable examples will be explained.
- Our Monsters Are Different/Our Demons Are Different: Demon is used as a synonym for monster. The demons of Makai are a mixed bag; some of them are classic takes on common monsters, while others stray from the norm. Overlaps with Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot in some cases.
- Power Levels: The characters of the series are gauged by their strength:
- Class S Darkstalkers are strong enough demons which can be considered Physical Gods. Their powers also tend to veer into Reality Warper territory. The Three High Nobles of Makai and Morrigan are all Class S, and Belial, one of the big three, was a Class S+.
- Class A Darkstalkers are the exceptionally strong demons (like Pyron and Demitri), most of them filling the ranks of the Eight Noble Families of Makai.
- Class B+ Darkstalkers are the more powerful demons with sufficient training and high-caliber superpowers.
- Class B Darkstalkers are the average demons, which make up the backbone of Makai; one can take down a small army of humans.
- Class C Darkstalkers are your run-of-the-mill humans and weaker demons on par with normal people, who are used as slaves and livestock by classes B and above.
- Class D Darkstalkers are the wild beasts of Makai who may reach the power of Class Bs or even B+, but are usually not civilized.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: The combination of the series' supernatural monster theme and its art style that plays to the strengths of hand-drawn animation leads to much of the cast displaying this ability in some manner. Whether it's Lord Raptor's chainsaws and machetes, Rikuo's crab claws and octopus tentacles, or Huitzil's drills and gatling guns, each character's shapeshifting fits their individual theme.
- This Is a Drill: The developers themselves have noted that drills and drill-like motifs in particular are a recurring theme in this series' attack animations. "The return of the drill era" is a phrase they have used on multiple occasions, likening these motifs to those that were popular in the mecha anime of decades past.
- Shout-Out: Most of the character's "birth dates" are tied to the legendary creatures they were based on.
- Morrigan: Morrigan's date of birth (1678) coincides with the first appearance of a succubus in Scotland.
- Felicia: She was born in Las Vegas, Nevada in 1967. This is most likely a reference to "Curse of the Catwoman," a poem written circa 1967 by Edward Field.
- Jon Talbain: His surname sounds similar to "Talbot," the surname of the main character from the 1941 film version of The Wolf Man. Talbain was born in 1940. While the titular Wolfman is named Lawrence (nicknamed "Larry"), the film also depicts his father: Sir John Talbot.
- Lord Raptor: In 1889, "The Country of the Comers-Back" (aka "Le Pays De Revenants") was an essay depicting zombies published in Harper's Magazine. The character was originally conceived as a dead WWI-era soldier, which made for plot oddities when his story was revised to make him a metal rockstar and thus had him start his human career a few decades too early.
- Victor: Mary Shelley's famous work, Frankenstein: A Modern Prometheus, was originally published in 1818. Its final revision was in 1830, the birth date of Victor. 101 years later, it was adapted into a film for the second time (the first film was made in 1910), which launched the career of Boris Karloff. This is the best-known adaptation.
- Rikuo: His birth date (1953) coincides with release date of the classic horror film Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954). The film is centered on an amphibious creature that besieges anyone foolish enough to go out to sea. The creature was played by actor Ricou Browning.
- Sasquatch: Whereas the typical yeti/Abominable Snowman/Sasquatch/Bigfoot was originally sighted in 1811, Sasquatch was born in 1903. This was the same date that Western scientists discovered Central Africa's breed of mountain gorillas. That same year, a newspaper printed the testimony of a man who said he watched as a man was killed by aborigines, which he said looked like a black man, but covered all over with gray hair. Concept art for Sasquatch had him originally resembling a gorilla.
- Stripperific: Most prominently seen with Morrigan, Felicia, and Lilith.
- Undeathly Pallor: Lord Raptor, Hsien-Ko, Victor, and Bishamon are all various shades of blue. Anakaris is sometimes depicted this way as well.
- World of Muscle Men: It's a Capcom fighting game, so naturally all the guys are buff. Some of the girls also have noticeable muscles in certain depictions.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Not just the grapplers, but every single playable character has at least one sort of throw among their special moves.
- You Sexy Beast: Everybody, especially Morrigan, Felicia, and Demitri.
So, without further ado...
Introduced in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors/Vampire
- Class: SuccubusOrigin: ScotlandVoiced by: Yayoi Jinguji (games, Japanese), Saffron Henderson (Western cartoon), Kathleen Barr (Night Warriors OVA), Yumi Touma (Dengeki Bunko drama CD), Rei Sakuma (Vampire Hunter OVA and drama CD, Gunbird 2), Erin Fitzgerald (Cross Edge, English), Rie Tanaka (Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Project X Zone, Japanese), Siobhan Flynn (Marvel vs. Capcom 3 & Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, English)"My victories, like my beauty, are eternal!"
The most recognizable, prominently featured, and iconic character of the series, she is the daughter of Belial Aensland, born with power that rivaled S class high nobles. Fearing that Morrigan would lose control of that power, Belial split her soul in half, taking part of her power. But since the two halves of her soul were trying to return to each other, Belial further split one half of her soul into two in order to weaken the drawing effect. And so Morrigan's soul was split into three: half of the soul was in herself, another 1/4 was sealed in Belial's body and the last 1/4 was sealed in a separate dimension, and it eventually materialized as her "sister," Lilith.
But Morrigan grew up not knowing anything about the above events. She spent her days as a Rebellious Princess and generally being the combat-crazy version of Paris Hilton. It's only after her father's death that she starts taking things seriously. While trying to end the power struggle in Makai, she was sucked into Jedah's Majigen dimension, where she met Lilith, and after some fighting, reunited with her and gained immense power.
Tropes associated with Morrigan Aensland:
- Absolute Cleavage: Her iconic outfit technically "only" possesses an Impossibly-Low Neckline and a cut-out right below said neckline that, combined, reveal her entire cleavage and the top part of her stomach.
- Adaptational Villainy:
- In the U.S. cartoon, she serves Pyron, albeit against her will, to take over the world. Even when she's not working for him, she once tried to drain the life force of a young drifter before being interrupted.
- In the UDON comics, she willingly kills men by draining their souls (she also stabs an innocent woman through the back to steal her form), whereas she hasn't killed a human in-canon, and her only mentions of soul-draining are in the context of self-defense against a defeated enemy (said enemy was Pyron, who was an alien plotting to destroy the planet). Plus she mentions dreams & excitement are her preferred food source, not souls.
- In the manga, she's willfully hunting down Lilith to force her into being absorbed into her without consent.
- Anime Chinese Girl: She dresses as one in one of her winning poses.
- Animal Motifs: Once again, bats. Her wings (themselves batlike on their own) and clothing are composed of a group of shapeshifting bats, her Soul Fist projectile is a glowing bat (or a giant glowing bat skull in the ES version), and she becomes a bat with green hair when hit by Anakaris's Royal Judgement. These are likely a holdover from her initial concept as a vampire, as she didn't become a succubus until late in development, after she had already been designed and animated. Her concept art and Soul Fist also have a snake motif, with the former showing an emblem for her in the form of an S-shaped snake (standing for Succubus), and the latter taking the form of a snake skull.
- Anything That Moves: She has the same suggestive win quotes against male, female and other characters. Subverted in later titles, where she says that machines 'aren't her thing', and expresses a desire specifically for 'men'.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: Subverted, she's a Makai high noble, but has been explicitly confirmed as Chaotic Neutral by Capcom.
- Battle Aura: It's a bit hard to notice, but Morrigan is usually surrounded by a circular blaze of white or green fire.
- Big Fancy Castle: Inherited from "daddy." Because of her thrill-seeking nature, Morrigan does not spend much time in it, considering her life in the castle boring and confining.
- Blood Knight: Combat and seduction are the only amusements of her endless life. She becomes less of this after merging with Lilith as she now seems more interested in taking her duty as heir to the Aensland clan seriously.
- Breakout Character: Her popularity with fans led to her being included in tons of spin-off and crossover games. By the turn of the century, she was more widely recognized than the entire Darkstalkers franchise!
- This has progressed to the point that she takes up the most space in the cover art for Darkstalkers Resurrection.
- Cape Wings: Her clothing can be changed into a multitude of forms at will
- Capcom Sequel Stagnation: The living embodiment and prime example of this trope. Her sprite and voice had remained the same in every single installment of the series. Even in her crossover appearances, it wasn't until (fighting game-wise) Tatsunoko vs. Capcom that she finally gets updated voicework and ditches the years' old sprite.
- Cool Chair: In one victory pose, she creates a throne out of bats which actually levitates.
- Combat Stilettos: Not that she walks much or kicks with them, due the changing nature of her clothing.
- Combat Tentacles: When she's not turning her wings into blades, Morrigan sometimes uses her bats as these. This is made much more explicit in the OVA.
- Comes Great Responsibility: The main reason Belial seals her powers is that he feels she will lack the maturity and control to use such strength and will become a danger to herself and the rest of Makai. Luckily, this is partially subverted when Morrigan does finally gain back some of her powers, even though Jedah's meddling did not make things go according to Belial's plan.
- Creepy Shadowed Undereyes: Had subtle shades of this in Darkstalkers and Night Warriors-era art, but it was pretty much gone by the time of Vampire Savior. Akiman briefly touches on this aspect and how it contributes to her gothic look in Darkstalkers Official Complete Works.
- Curtains Match the Window: Gorgeous green eyes to go along with her gorgeous green hair.
- Daddy's Girl: If the cancelled Darkstalkers comic is anything to go by, it was clear that Belial and Morrigan truly liked each other, even if she tended to be rather rebelious in her role as his succesor.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite wielding dark powers, she's not an evil demon, just immortal idle rich.
- Deuteragonist: She was supposed to be the second most important character, right after Demitri, but her popularity with fans made her the main character instead.
- Dimensional Traveler: The only means of travel between the Human World and Makai is a portal located roughly in the middle of Makai (The Gate). Morrigan is unique in that she is the only Darkstalker alive who can bypass this and directly travel to our world without the need to use The Gate.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Most of her victory quotes.
- Dominatrix: A picture is worth a thousand words...◊ While cut from the international version of MvC, it remains in the international version of MvC2. Um... Oops? This pose is absent in the original Darkstalkers franchise, although one of her winposes in those games has her swap out her gloves and leggings for long black boots.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Her Darkness Illusion super and Astral Vision Dark Force.
- Double Entendre/Getting Crap Past the Radar: The undisputed queen of this. Lilith, being a part of Morrigan herself, is no slouch in this department either.
- Dream Stealer: One of her powers, as well as a necessity to help keep herself alive. Thankfully, the results are harmless as to just have the dream merely fade out of the dreamer's memories.
- Early Installment Weirdness: In the first game, her quotes were more innocent and she seemed to be shy in contrast later games.
- Energy Ball: Her Soul Fist.
- Everyone Has Standards: Despite being a demon, she herself is not evil and does not kill humans.
- Everything's Better with Princesses: If only by a technicality. As Belial's handpicked heir, Morrigan is poised to take the throne and become Makai's ruler (what the revival of Jedah, the only remaining High Noble of Makai, entails is unknown). She might look dainty and frail, but Morrigan can and will kick your ass. Totally worth it, though.
- Evil Duo: She and Demitri were this in the American cartoon.
- Femme Fatale: A more benevolent version, taking cues from the Good Bad Girl and The Tease (or The Charmer for that matter). She's the closest you'll get to a heroic Vamp.
- The American cartoon, on the other hand, turns Morrigan into something of a typical female villain: she's extremely vain (even more so than in the games), is implied to actually eat her victims, and (with few exceptions; Rikuo is one of them) hates members of the opposite sex. There, she most definitely qualifies as a Vamp.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Most adaptations tend to forget that Morrigan doesn't kill humans. She may be seductive and feed off dreams, but the only character she has every drained the soul of was Pyron, an alien who tried to conquer the planet, in her non-canon ending.
- Fusion Dance: With Lilith, in both of their endings in Vampire Savior, with slightly different results in each. The original ending(s) implied Type 1 (Composite), but this was apparently retconned by Capcom in the pair's following appearances into a mix of Type 2 (Power Booster) and sort-of Type 3 (Switcher), in that while it's Morrigan who is dominant, Lilith has been shown to exist as some sort of Split Personality-like entity, and is able "come out and play" at her own discretion. It should be noted that the Vs. titles are non-canon, and Morrigan's appearances there are supposed to represent the full scale of her powers.
- Gratuitous English: Listen to her audio for Soul Fist and Shadow Blade.
- The Hedonist: It kinda comes with the territory. She is a succubus, after all.
- Hello, Nurse!: She makes a living (literally!) off of this. Special mention to the developer artwork and sculpture that literally depict her in a nurse outfit.
- Hidden Depths: Enjoys video games, though this is only seen in TvC (and, if you want to fudge things a bit, in MvC1, where she accepts Ryu's challenge in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo).
- Horny Devils: She was the page's formernote poster girl with Lilith for a reason.
- For bonus points, she is very much the Trope Codifier for how the Japanese imagine succubi, especially when it comes to them wearing leotards.
- Immortality Begins at 20: The succubus race lives roughly for 400 years. At age 10, they gain their curvy, voluptuous adult forms and retain their beauty even in death. The incubi, on the other hand, were (usually) never attractive to begin with, with 60% of them being gigantic mutant insectoid dragons and all.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: She and Felicia are the prime examples of this.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Justified, as she actually wears part of her own substance as clothes, thus explaining how it manages to not slip off with every breath she takes.
- Infamous Ancestor: Cartoon-only; she's descended from none other than Morgan le Fay.
- It Amused Me: Usually her reason for tagging along in the various Crossover games.
- Kiss of Death:
- In her non-canon ending to Vampire, she sucks out Pyron's soul (leaving a withered husk) with a kiss. It's implied that this is one of the many ways Morrigan is able to claim a human's soul.
- She attempts this on a drifter in the second episode of the cartoon, though Donovan Bane interrupts before she could drain him dry.
- She does this in the comics frequently. The first issue has her trick Jack, an unsuspecting Nice Guy who let her stay at his house, and then drain him dry. A later issue has her do this to one of Demitri's minions. In a crossover issue with the Street Fighter comic, she did this to a poor stranger whose death attract Chun-Li. She tries this on Chun-Li's chief, but gets interrupted, allowing him to live. She also does this to an unfortunate archeologist in the Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers comic book. Interesting, since she needed Akuma's help in that comic, she shows him a vision of why they need his help by kissing him. This suggests kissing her doesn't necessarily lead to death unless she wants it to.
- Life Drinker: A viable choice for a succubi like Morrigan, but being an Aensland makes them much more different. Aensland succubi are able to instead subsist off of a special secreted enzyme within their bodies when they are merely so much as physically and mentally stimulated, allowing them to avoid sucking life from beings dry as their only means to eat.
- Living Aphrodisiac: Being a member of the Succubi race, she's able to magically generate intense and spontaneous lust in mortal humans. Only those with strong enough wills can resist her charms. It is also confirmed canon that contact with a succubus' skin/sweat/saliva induces extreme lust in men.
- Lust: Personified, but a much more positive case, as she veers more toward Ethical Slut territory.
- Macross Missile Massacre: Finishing Shower.
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Named after a figure from Irish/Celtic mythology whose name can mean "great queen," "phantom queen," or "terror." While Morrigan wasn't born in Ireland (she was actually discovered in Scotland), she shares more than a few traits. For one, due to the death of adopted father Belial (as well as the lack of Jedah at the time), Morrigan is technically the ruler of Makai. (In the UDON comics, Belial is outright raising her to be the future leader of Makai.) The Morrigan is also a goddess of both fertility and war, not unlike Morrigan herself. In the UDON comics, it's also implied that if Belial hadn't sealed away her power, Morrigan might have evolved into a being similar to Pyron. She also can sustain herself by feeding on a person's dreams.
- Mecha Tropes: Between the drills, verniers, and missile volleys, she seems to have quite a few abilities that hearken back to classic mecha anime conventions. Even her Soul Fist involves a rather Rocket Punch-esque pose and her wings becoming something similar to the Zeta Gundam's tail fin. Her Soul Eraser move from the Vs. games also involves literal laser cannons.
- Mercury's Wings: While she does have a more traditional pair of bat wings, she has a second pair extending from the sides of her head.
- Ms. Fanservice: And proud of it.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: She's originally drawn by Pyron's presence, and later senses Lilith's sadness, prompting her to fuse with Lilith.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: One of her cosplays in Pocket Fighter.
- Nice Girl: She may lack responsibility at first, but she is consistently one of the friendliest, most outgoing, and kindest (in her own way) succubi you'll meet. It's a huge reason as to why she's so well-liked and well-known by many people (well, other than her looks, of course).
- Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Whenever Morrigan is given an English voiceover, she usually has an American accent instead of a Scottish one. To date, the only exceptions inside of the franchise has been the cartoon and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, where Morrigan clearly has a Scottish accent.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Siobahn Flynn (who is Welsh) does not do a good job of keeping a consistent accent as Morrigan in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Marvel vs. Capcom Infinite, her Scottish accent often slipping into an Irish one or disappearing into accentlessness.
- Out with a Bang: Her bodily fluids (produced by any form of pleasure) can cause instant death to humans. Granted, as Capcom only considers its games canon, and this never actually happens in the games (and is never canonically mentioned in them), this is more of a combat attribute than anything else.
- Parental Substitute: Belial adopted a young Morrigan (her parentage is unknown) when he discovered her in Scotland. Sadly, he too would soon pass away.
- Perpetual Smiler: Usually of the sensuous style.
- Person of Mass Destruction: The reason why Belial sealed away part of her power when she was born was because of the fear that she might lose control of it and end up destroying the netherworld.
- Physical Goddess: It's possible, given if her ending of the third game turns out to be Canon. When Morrigan was born, she was already a S-Class demon. Her power was hinted to be so great that Belial (a Physical God himself, considering that he was the strongest of the Three High Nobles of Makai and a Class S+ demon) split it into thirds. As of 3, Morrigan is presumably back at full strength, and might have actually become stronger due to her prior experiences.
- Pivotal Wake-up: With the aid of her bats.
- Power Floats: Unless she's dashing, Morrigan levitates to approach her opponents.
- Proud Beauty: Definitely.
- Played up extensively in Pocket Fighter. There, Morrigan's goal is to prove to the world that she's the strongest and most beautiful woman out there, so she challenges Chun-Li, the current title-holder for both claims, in a battle of female supremacy. In the end, Morrigan is victorious, but ultimately loses out to none other than Lilith, who unwittingly attracts the guys away from her sister. She eventually plans her revenge in the cliffhanger ending.
- Qipao: She wears one in a victory pose.
- Really 700 Years Old: Her official profile lists her birth year as 1678 AD.
- Really Gets Around: In the comics, much like a traditional succubus. It wasn't explored in the games, however, and the comics are seen as non-canon by Capcom, so there's that.
- Rocket Punch: One of her throws.
- Scotireland: Irish name, has elements characteristic of an Irish/Celtic goddess, Scottish ancestry, Scottish accent (and even then, only when they feel like giving her one).
- Regarding her accent, in the Darkstalkers Maleficarum manga, Jon Talbain remarks on Morrigan's "strong Glasgow accent". To confuse things a bit more, her English VA in Marvel vs. Capcom 3 is Welsh.
- Screw Yourself/Twin Sisters Incest: Depicted/implied with Lilith, although never confirmed in the canon, considering the remaster's removal of the famous image of them naked.
- Series Mascot: If not the main character.
- Sex Is Violence: Justified by the fact that Morrigan needs some sort of stimuli to keep herself alive (apparently, incubi and succubi can't survive for much longer than two full days without pleasure); of course she'll be enjoying the fight a little bit more than most.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: It's usually obscured by the wings, but yes.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Her wings.
- She-Fu: It's Distracted by the Sexy refined into an art form. A particularly lethal art form.
- She's Got Legs: Played up especially in the OVA.
- Shoryuken: Shadow Blade, an attack in which she leaps upward as one of her wings transforms into a scythe-like blade.
- Shotoclone: Soul Fist and Shadow Blade are your standard fare fireball and uppercut, though Morrigan normally lacks a Hurricane Kick, barring her Parasite Roll in Pocket Fighter. Twists include teleports, doppelgangers, and transmorphic wings, among other tricks.
- Soul Jar: A humanoid version of one, with shades of Many Spirits Inside of One and Heart Drive.
- The UDON comic (which is generally considered non-canon) claims that Morrigan's body is a host of sorts for the souls of the many humans she has sex with (her reasoning is that she's giving them pleasure and a reprieve from the hardships of the world; the souls aren't destroyed, but live on within Morrigan in eternal bliss, taking the form of the bats she wears as clothing and her wings).
- According to her game ending, she absorbs souls via kissing rather than having sex. One of her win quotes in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite confirms that she does enslave people, though.
- Split at Birth: Well, Lilith's birth was a result of Morrigan being split.
- Statuesque Stunner: Makes the cut at 172cm/5'8".
- Stripperiffic: Her standard outfit? It's made of bats that swarm around her and magically transform into a very skintight leotard and pantyhose/tights combination, with some nearly detached sleeves, go-go boots, and a feather-frilled, Absolute Cleavage-baring Impossibly-Low Neckline. And there is nothing underneath.
- Taken for Granite: She turns herself into stone to avoid becoming Demitri's slave in his ending.
- This Is a Drill: Some of her attacks uses her wings to form drills, most notably in her Shell Kick special and Valkyrie Turn super move.
- Toasted Buns: Sometimes turns her wings into rocket boosters or a Jet Pack, giving this visual impression.
- Upper-Class Twit: An insanely powerful demon who just wants to party. She also mixes this with shades of Rebellious Princess (she is the adopted daughter of the former ruler of Makai). For the most part, expect Morrigan to shirk her responsibilities and cause headaches for her caretakers. It isn't until her father dies and especially when she fuses with Lilith that Character Development rolls in and she begins to feel the need to be responsible.
- Violent Glaswegian: Especially in the cartoon.
- Wave Motion Gun: Her Vs. series-exclusive Soul Eraser as mentioned above. As of Tatsunoko vs. Capcom and Marvel vs. Capcom 3, she's reverted back to Finishing Shower.
- Wicked Witch: In the cartoon.
- Winged Humanoid: With an extra pair of miniaturized, presumably decorative ones on her head.
- Wolverine Publicity: Something Darkstalkers related? Morrigan will be there, in some shape or form.
- Wrestler in All of Us: Anyone else want to explain her Vector Drain special?
- You Gotta Have Green Hair: Seems to be her natural color
- The exact shade of green seems to vary a lot. Pale mint? Turquoise? Bright neon green?
- Class: VampireOrigin: RomaniaVoiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (games, Japanese), Akio Ohtsuka (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Michael Donovan (Western cartoon), Paul Dobson (Night Warriors OVA, English), Richard Epcar (Cross Edge, English)"Is your blood as thin and weak as you? Let's find out, shall we?"
The guy originally slated to be protagonist (hence the franchise's Japanese title Vampire), Demitri is the master of one of the seven noble families of Makai. One day he challenged Belial Aensland, Morrigan's father, one of the three high nobles, and the ruler of Makai, for the throne. The end result: he was defeated so badly that both he and his castle Zeltzereich were ripped through reality into the human world. For the next 100 years he was quietly restoring his lost powers all while drinking the blood of unlucky treasure hunters who dared to enter his castle. All of them became his servants.
When he restored most of his powers, Pyron dropped in to conquer Earth, and Demitri used this opportunity to defeat him and absorb Pyron's power, returning to full strength. When he felt that he was ready, he returned to Makai, only to find that Belial had died, and the result was a very serious power struggle. Before he could take advantage of it, he and his castle were sucked into the Majigen, the pocket dimension created by Jedah Dohma.
Tropes associated with Demitri Maximoff:
- Adaptational Villainy: In the cartoon, he's shown as a full-fledged antagonist.
- Animal Motifs: Bats, naturally, as per the traditional vampire association. His intro animation shows him transforming from a bat, Anakaris's Royal Judgement transforms him into a bat with an ascot, his Demon Blast and Demon Billion supers summon swarms of fiery bats, and the Darkstalkers 3 version of his Chaos Flare special launches a bat enveloped in a fireball. SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos and Capcom's own Darkstalkers Are Not Dead trailer both depict him materializing from a converging swarm of bats.
- Anything That Moves: Possibly because of his Midnight Bliss, which shows just how far he's willing to go to get some.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's high nobility and definitely dangerous to know. The "evil" part is subverted in that he's not as much evil as much simply has great ambitions.
- Arrogant Kung-Fu Guy: Likes to scare humans, since nothing they can do will hurt him
- Attack Drone: Dark side master produces two fire bats that act as them.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Midnight Bliss.
- Badass Arm-Fold: While gliding over the ground, as he performs a dash or attempts a Midnight Pleasure.
- Badass Baritone: In the OVA, both in Japanese and English dubs.
- Badass Cape: Which is capable of changing form
- Battle Aura: It's also used to protect him from sunlight as he recovers his powers.
- Blood Knight: Combat and seduction are the only amusements of his endless life.
- Cape Wings: His cape corresponds to the bat-like wings of his true form. The wings alone are revealed and used during certain attacks, such as Demon Cradle and Negative Stolen.
- Chick Magnet: Demitri's way with the ladies (with the exception of Morrigan) is positively supernatural. That's not even getting into the way his brides fawn over him...
- Classical Movie Vampire: Old-fashioned European clothing, dramatic flowing cape, slicked back hair complete with widow's peak, red eyes. His overall look is basically Classical Movie Vampire meets The Cape. The american cartoon takes this even further, giving him a Romanian accent and Dracula-style fangs.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Despite wielding dark powers (such as turning into a demon), he's not an evil demon, just immortal idle rich.
- The Dandy: Prides himself on his fashion, and he looks impeccably handsome no matter where he goes.
- Depending on the Artist: Pretty much everything about Demitri's appearance from the neck up varies greatly from depiction to depiction. His eyes can be relatively normal-looking with red irises or pupils or they can be completely red or completely white, he may or may not have Creepy Shadowed Undereyes, his facial features may be fairly soft or they may be craggy and angular, and his hair can be anything from a smooth, teardrop-shaped sweep back to a single point to a vertically-standing crown of spikes, with or without a prominent widow's peak. And this is all within official art.
- The Dragon: To Pyron in the American cartoon.
- Embarrassing Nickname: In games where he and Morrigan appear together (such as Project X Zone), Morrigan refers to him as "Demi-Demi." It's gotten to the point that he'll half-heartedly grumble, "Stop calling me that!" but otherwise let it slide.
- Everything's Better with Spinning: Demon Cradle, Bat Spin, Negative Stolen... much of Demitri's repertoire involves spinning. Even his jumping hard punch is a revolving lariat.
- Evil Duo: He and Morrigan were this in the American cartoon.
- Evil Sounds Deep: He has a particularly deep voice in the OVA.
- Fangs Are Evil: In the U.S. cartoon. In the movie and games, he has a whole mouth of sharp teeth.
- First Law of Gender-Bending: His Midnight Bliss attack will turn men into women and give women a sexier outfit (except for Morrigan). In some games outside the series proper, it can be hard to tell the difference.
- Flash Step: Has Akuma-styled dashes that make him disappear for a while.
- Form-Fitting Wardrobe: His European nobleman getup fits tight enough to show off every one of his rippling muscles. Might be Fridge Brilliance when you consider that the demonic form that occasionally shows through is his true form and the more human-like form is merely an illusion.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus: His gargoyle-like true form shows through for a split second during many of his animations.
- Gender Bender: Midnight Bliss, but only for males. It's actually averted in the Project X Zone games, as none of the enemies in the game are transformed — likely due to the extra work which would have gone into making new sprites for their alternate states.
- Killed Off for Real: In a drama CD based on Vampire Savior, it's implied Jedah killed him.
- Large Ham: In the OVA, he has his share of chewing the scenery.
- Leitmotif: Not only his theme is of the very few ones that was re-used in all the installments aside Morrigan's and Donovan's, but also played in the last bits of his ending in Vampire Savior.
- Magic Missile Storm: His Demon Blast EX special unleashes a swarm of fiery bats that fly across the screen.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Per his upbringing and social status
- Mondegreen: His "Get my rage!" voice clip shouted upon performing an ES Chaos Flare is very prone to being misheard, both by Japanese and English players. Examples include:
- "Gemnai rice!" note
- "San bai gaeshi!" note
- "Dekkai fire!" note
- "Grab my legs!"
- "Ham & fried eggs!"
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: To make it worse, they are all disgustingly rotten. Although, not in the cartoon.
- The Night That Never Ends: He causes this in the OVA. Then comes Pyron to make it all better.
- Picky Eater: He only feeds on beautiful women. Fortunately, he has Midnight Bliss.
- Playing with Fire: Chaos Flare, roughly on par with Pyron's heat when Demitri is at full power, storyline-wise anyway.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Especially apparent in his endings, where we get close ups of his scowling or fang baring face, red eyes all wide.
- Shoryuken: Demon Cradle, an attack in which he leaps upward while spinning, his arms crossed and cape transformed into a pair of bat wings. When used from a standstill he goes straight up, but when used during a dash, he leaps forward at an angle.
- Shotoclone: Has the requisite projectile and uppercut. Lacks a Hurricane Kick but does have Akuma-style dodges and special grapples.
- Shout-Out: Between the hair, the blue tights, the Battle Aura, and the high born pride, there is a fair chance Demitri was influenced by Vegeta. Before they changed it, the Chaos Flare even had the same posing from start to finish as his Final Flash.
- Slasher Smile: He remarkably does this in the OVA in a few scenes.
- Spell My Name with an "S":
- Demitri, Dimitri, or Dimitry? Even at this wiki, we have the same problem. The ROM of the first game even has "Demitori", his Japanese romanization. (In fact, the tiles even had to be overlapped to conceal the "o" due to development time constraints)
- The surname isn't safe: it's officially Maximoff, but SNK vs. Capcom: SVC Chaos had it spelled "Maximov."
- Supporting Protagonist: He's the main character of the series according to Capcom. That said, he has very little character development, doesn't really get to do anything that substantial in the grand scheme of things, and largely serves as an anchor for the real main character of the series - Morrigan. If the drama tracks are to be considered canon, his status as this has been cemented.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: Hardy har.
- Vampires Are Rich: He does belong to one of Makai's noble houses.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods: As evidenced by his positively enormous harem.
- He even manages to have Morrigan fall for him in the Night Warriors OVA.
- Vampire's Harem: He is accompanied by a large collection of concubines he gathered over the years and are present in his stage.
- Winged Humanoid: His demonic form.
- Worthy Opponent: Baraba Kreutz, the leader of the royal guardsmen of the Makai's Kreutz clan (as well as Jon Talbain's father). Demitri was said to have seen a certain beauty in his fighting style and even said, "He is my best rival in my life."
- Your Soul Is Mine: The Demitri VS Belial short story published in Gamest states that Demitri was actually able to succeed at what Jedah had died trying to do: boosting his power by absorbing souls from the portal to the human world. How did he manage to avoid Phlebotinum Overload? He absorbed them little by little over time rather than trying to absorb a whole bunch at once. This actually augmented his power enough that he became a serious threat to Belial, but it ended up backfiring on him when Belial tore away the part of Makai containing the portal and Demitri's castle and flung it into the human realm.
- Class: CatwomanOrigin: USAVoiced by: Kae Araki (games), Lisa Ann Beley (Western cartoon), Nogami (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Janyse Jaud (Night Warriors OVA, English), Melissa Fahn (Cross Edge, English), Kana Asumi (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, Japanese), G.K. Bowes (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, English)"You've lost to the rest, now you've lost to the best!"
Felicia was raised in an orphanage by a nun named Rose (not that one). After Rose passed away, Felicia decided to make a name for herself and left town. Meeting other cat-women along the way, they started a musical group which was a smash hit.
Tropes associated with Felicia:
- Absolute Cleavage: Very easy when her fur stripes barely even qualifies as coverage.
- Animal Motifs: Take a wild guess...
- Anime Chinese Girl: She dresses as one in her Pocket Fighter ending, in which she is inadvertently casted in a kung fu movie by Ken.
- Amazonian Beauty: Zig-zagged, although it varies from artist to artist. Her physique can range from a body type akin to Morrigan's to that of a gymnast/olympic swimmer to even that of a figure competitor, but she still remains gorgeous and a capable fighter.
- Anthropomorphic Shift: Compare her older official art◊ to how she looks now.
- Assist Character: The catgirls who appear in her Please Help Me special. They each even have names, home states, and a couple sentences worth of backstory.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Even if she's just won a fight that brought her within an inch of her life, she can't help but chase any butterflies or mice that happen to show up.
- Battle Aura: During Rolling Buckler, Rolling Scratch, and Tumble Cat (kick throw) she has a green aura visible. If using an alternate palette, the color of this aura will change to match her eye color.
- This is justified in her EX Charge move where she crouches and emits a battle aura, which manually fills up her Hyper Gauge.
- Badass Adorable: Although the exact ratio of badass to adorable fluctuates, she's always got plenty of both.
- Bare Your Midriff: Felicia bares this and a LOT more.
- Bathing Beauty: Her ending, and she pulls it off great!
- Bathtub Scene: Her ending in Darkstalkers and Night Warriors.
- Beastess: Her earlier design, which was more muscular, longer of tooth and fang, and generally more monstrous.
- Beauty Equals Goodness: A beautiful catwoman, and is possibly the kindest of the cast so far.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Just because she chose a pacifistic lifestyle, and just because her motto is always turning the other cheek, it doesn't means that she cannot punch your head off or cut you into ribbons if you piss her off enough.
- Big Damn Heroes: Felicia's "Please Help Me!" counts as this when it connects. If Felicia is in trouble, her Cat Girl friends will jump in and beat the crap out of her opponent.
- Blood Knight: Not an overt example, but she admits that she enjoys fighting a lot.
- Boisterous Bruiser: She has a bit of it. She is also fond of tossing horrible puns here and there.
- Boobs-and-Butt Pose: Her victory portrait in Vampire Savior, which in turn was made into a win pose in MvC2.
- Boobs of Steel: At 88cm, Felicia has the largest bust of all the Darkstalkers females, edging out Morrigan by 2cm (it should also be noted that she's bustier than the 87cm Mai Shiranui). She also happens to be the most physically-oriented fighter on the female side and (Depending on the Artist) possesses a more muscular build than the other ladies.
- Bowdlerise: Her concept art for Resurrection, pictured above. It has an alternate version used for promotional purposes where her underboobs are covered by her hair being repositioned, and her butt is covered with an image of her cat form.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: One of her win quotes, wherein she talks about how she starred in Darkstalkers, Night Warriors, and Puzzle Fighter.
- Breakout Character: In Darkstalkers and Night Warriors, Felicia was just another monster. However, people latched on to her kind personality and attractive appearance as opposed to the unsympathetic Demitri. Alongside Morrigan, Felicia's popularity with fans led to her being included in tons of spin-off and crossover games.
- Cat Girl: She is the living embodiment.
- Cat Folk
- Cats Hate Water: Averted, as her ending sequence in the first two games shows her enjoying a luxurious bubble bath.
- In Street Fighter Alpha 2, Ken's stage includes some guests taking a dip on his pool, Felicia being one of them.
- Cat Smile: Naturally. Depending on the artist, Felicia will flash one from time to time.
- Cool Big Sis: Felicia technically becomes this, albeit in an obverted sense of the trope: In her Darkstalkers 3 ending, Felicia becomes a nun and founds the orphanage "Felicity House," and all of the children look up to her.
- Cool Pet: Plays the role of one to Harry Grimoire in the cartoon, assuming the form of an actual cat to ward off suspicion. In one of the official mangas, Felicia was the "pet" and secret best friend of a rich (and lonely) kid, acting as his bodyguard when two bumbling kidnappers took the kid away. Some chapters later, Felicia meets Jon Talbain and retakes the pet charade after they start living together.
- Cosplay: Played for laughs but with a more adult tone in the 1996 manga version, where Jon Talbain and Felicia share a tiny apartment, with Jon posing as a plain (and antisocial) human, while Felicia stays in her cute kitty form to avoid attracting unwanted attention. One of their neighbors casually sees Felicia in her normal form, but she assumes Felicia is just a plain woman wearing a sexy cat costume, visiting Jon for some fetish sex.
- Cute Little Fangs: Some older artworks◊ are decidedly less cute about this.
- Dance Battler: Felicia's both a fighter and an exotic dancer.
- Does Not Like Shoes: As was shown in the UDON comic, the size and volume of Felicia's feet makes wearing shoes a painful and uncomfortable experience for her.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: Felicia's Rolling Buckler, Hellcat throw, Dancing Flash, hell, she's constantly spinning whenever she's in the air.
- Exposed to the Elements: Felicia can fight anywhere in her Fur Bikini, be it in the hot depths of the Makai, or the arctic regions of Canada/Japan.
- Fanservice: Felicia's entire race, being a race made of nothing but females (Word of God confirms this) who romp around naked all the time and, on top of that, are playful, open-minded beings who consider humans as an interesting race, rather than just seeing them as bastards or a food source as the other characters do. Word of God has said that whenever a Catwoman and a male of whatever species mate, the offspring is always a catgirl. That still doesn't explains the origin of Felicia's race, but it helps a little.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: Some of her victory poses involve Felicia attempting to strike a dramatic stance, and after a couple of seconds bursting into laughter, getting distracted by moving objects, or having the moment ruined by one of her kitty helpers photobombing out from nowhere.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: With Jon Talbain.
- For Happiness: Her outlook on life in a nutshell.
- Friend to All Children: Felicia loves children and wishes to take care of those who cannot defend themselves. In the UDON comic, she brings Jon to the orphanage she grew up in, and the children there were more than happy to see her. Jon also fell into this category after spending a night there.
- Fur Bikini: In the American cartoon. In everything else, she has nothing but her own naturally-grown fur barely covering certain parts.
- Genki Girl: Her eccentricities sometimes approach Cloudcuckoolander levels.
- Gorgeous Gaijin: She's an American and has the largest bust and hips of the Darkstalkers ladies.
- A Handful for an Eye: Although not intentionally, one of her specials involves kicking ki-infused sand at her opponent.
- Head Pet: She can actually jump on top of someone's head and they'll go into an idle pose.
- Idol Singer: What she aspired to be... or more specifically, her goal was to be the Western equivalent of it, a superstar diva.
- Impossible Hourglass Figure: She and Morrigan are the prime examples of this.
- Incorruptible Pure Pureness: The sole hero with pure good in her heart.
- Innocent Fanservice Girl: Unlike Morrigan, Felicia seems to be the type to use sex appeal without realizing it.
- Jiggle Physics: It's hard to notice at first, but she does indeed have very large breasts (the largest in the series, in spite of what the anime, Marvel vs. Capcom 3, and a lot of fanart and merchandise may suggest) and they are in fact the only ones that bounce. They are bigger than Mai Shiranui's by 1cm. Just think about it.
- Killer Rabbit: In one of her supers, Felicia calls for help. Four other catwomen (Pico, Alto, Grace, and Lucy) come to her aid and utterly wreck you for messing with Felicia.
- Kill It with Fire: In the OVA, a group of Dark Hunters try doing this to her while she was incapacitated. Fortunately for her, Lord Raptor took offense at this and saved her life by CurbStomping the Dark Hunters and devouring their souls.
- Kindhearted Cat Lover: Considering she can turn into a cat, part of it is to be expected.
- Little Bit Beastly: She's a human with cat ears, a tail, and hands and feet somewhere in between the two. Early on she also had slit shaped eye pupils like a cat too.
- Long Hair Is Feminine: A lot of it.
- Martial Pacifist: Felicia isn't as blood-thirsty as the rest of the cast, but that doesn't mean she can't put up a hard fight.
- Meaningful Name: Felicia (and male name counterpart Felix) means happiness. Fits well for Felicia since she wishes to coexist with humans in peace. There's also the obvious similarity with "feline," too.
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: In pre-Savior◊ official◊ art.◊
- Ms. Fanservice: Competes with Morrigan on this.
- Natural Weapon: Those claws of hers aren't just for show.
- Naughty Nuns: She becomes a nun in her ending in the third game, just like her foster parent Rose. Subverted, as while she's pretty much naked under that fur, she's merely a Innocent Fanservice Girl.
- Nice Girl: Felicia is definitely the kindest of the entire cast, only wishing for peaceful co-existence between Darkstalkers and humans. Doesn't mean she can't kick your ass if you push her too far.
- Not So Above It All: Her win quotes show that she's not above taunting her opponents.
- One-Gender Race: The Catwoman race. They're able to reproduce with humans (and have been given rights like ordinary human citizens), but the offspring is always another catgirl.
- Organic Bra: Felicia's fur covers her naughty bits up for her.
- Perpetual Smiler: The cheeriest if the cast, which is in stark contrast of the dark setting.
- The Power of Friendship: "PLEASE HELP ME!!!"
- Prehensile Tail: Felicia can use her tail to whip her opponents, or use it to hold her whole body up from her standing hard kick.
- Progressively Prettier: It would be a stretch to say Felicia was ever anything other than pretty, but over the years her teeth and claws have become less prominent while her fanserviceyness has been played up.
- Rapunzel Hair: Felicia's hair reaches past her waist, and it encircles her whenever she flip jumps or does her Rolling Buckler. Its general shape is also reminiscent of a lion's mane, which adds to her feline image.
- Sexy Backless Outfit: Like with the rest of her body, Felicia bares her back wholly, then again, she's technically naked. Her butt is always fully exposed.
- Sexy Cat Person: She's a Cat Girl and one of the biggest MsFanservices in the game. Provides the trope image.
- She-Fu: Combines fighting with her natural cat-grace and flexibility. Some of her moves even flash her butt.
- She's Got Legs
- Ship Tease: She seems to be involved a lot with Talbain—in the UDON comic, official manga adaptations and the OVA.
- In the Chinese manhua adaptation, seems to be involved with both Jon Talbain AND Demitri.
- Her Midnight Bliss form is a sultry poser similar to Marilyn Monroe.
- In her Darkstalkers 3 ending, the children at the orphanage ask her to sing a song. Felicia complies and begins with the words "Happy! Happy! Joy! Joy!"
- "I hope I can have Blanka for my leading man!"
- The building seen at the beginning of her Darkstalkers/Night Warriors ending sequence is blatantly modeled after Biff's Pleasure Paradise from Back to the Future Part II.
- Sleep-Mode Size: Her intro, as well both the cartoon and OVA, and one of her winposes, show Felicia having the ability to transform into a regular cat.
- Stepford Smiler: She makes it a rule to be optimistic all the time, suggesting that she's not as happy as she seems.
- Stripperiffic: Her thin fur stripes barely cover her private areas, and her butt is always exposed.
- Thong of Shielding: Present on her sprites (she has a barely-visible triangle of fur right over her butt, and some sprites make it look like she goes completely bare-assed) and on her Marvel vs. Capcom 3 model if you look hard enough.
- Token Good Teammate: The most unambiguously good character in the series.
- True Blue Femininity: Technically this as the only blue is in her hair.
- Underboobs: Some of her animation frames (such as her vertical kick) include this, purposely hiding her fur stripes.
- Vapor Wear: Just to reiterate what has already been mentioned a few times on this list already: She is in fact naked.
- Viva Las Vegas!: Although it's never stated outright, the look of her home stage and ending sequence in the first two games certainly imply that she is from Las Vegas, or a facsimile thereof.
- Walking Swimsuit Scene: She walks about everywhere in her Fur Bikini.
- Wall Jumper: In Night Warriors, she gained the ability to do a standard Chun-Li style wall jump. But in Vampire Savior, it gained a bit of a twist: she became able to jump off of or cling to walls, but if she stays put for too long, she'll slide back down in typical cat fashion.
- Woman in White: A catwoman in snow white fur.
- Womanchild: She's an adult, but she acts like a child.
- Wrestler in All of Us: In Namco × Capcom, Felicia is paired with Tekken's King. One of their tag supers (the terminology there being Multiple Assault) is a double Shining Wizard. In Pocket Fighter, one of her special grab moves is a Spinning Piledriver.
- You Gotta Have Blue Hair: She's got so much you could lose yourself in it.
- Class: WerewolfOrigin: EnglandVoiced by: Yuji Ueda (games), Fumihiko Tachiki (Night Warriors OVA, Japanese), Alvin Sanders (Night Warriors OVA, English), Lee Tockar (Western cartoon)"You have felt the fury of the beast! Go and lick your wounds!"
Jonathan Talbain was an orphan living peacefully in England until the night of the full moon, when he experienced his first transformation. He was quickly outcast from society. Thinking that in order to control his inner beast he must control his body, he subjected himself to intense Training from Hell. In time, he succeeded, and while the adults didn't accept him back, the children did.
With the creation of the Majigen, his soul was sucked in, and the beast he had tried for so long to control had resurfaced. In his ending, Talbain came face-to-face with his dark self, and concluding that he can't suppress the beast any longer, goes for another session of Training from Hell.
His Japanese name is actually pronounced "garou," as in the Japanese word for "hungry wolf," as opposed to "gallon," as in "ten-gallon hat."
Tropes associated with Jon Talbain / Gallon
- Anime Hair: In his human form, he has a bluish-white mane shaped kind of like Sonic's bristles.
- Balloon Belly: When on the receiving end of Jedah's Sangue Passare (Bloody Passing).
- Battle Strip: Whenever he transforms into his werewolf form.
- Bonus Boss: His evil side, which appears in the third game as a flickering palette swapped version with Talbain's moveset from the first game. This version has been unofficially named "Dark Talbain" or "Shadow Gallon" by fans.
- Bruce Lee Clone: He whips out nunchaku for some of his attacks and has a similar body type as Fei Long in his human form. Additionally, he has similar kicks, a variation of the one-inch punch, a dragon-themed technique, and howls that sound an awful lot like Bruce's famous high-pitched yells. In short, if Bruce Lee became a werewolf, he'd be Jon Talbain.
- Cool Old Guy: He was born in 1940. For a guy his age, Jon Talbain looks curiously attractive and can dish whole cans of whoop ass. Even in his human form, he looks like a man in his late 20s to early 30s. This may be due to his demonic heritage.
- Cursed with Awesome: Pinballs between this and Blessed with Suck when his werewolf form gets out of control.
- Dub Name Change: Gallon in Japan, Jon Talbain everywhere else.
- Female Feline, Male Mutt: With Felicia.
- Friend to All Children: He likes children, and in the UDON comic, it was a kid who made Talbain like the orphanage.
- He also takes two children under his wing in Vampire Savior. It is his concern for them that causes Jon to abandon the chance to reunite with his Disappeared Dad Baraba in his ending from this game.
- This trope is probably why he gets along pretty well with Felicia.
- Divergent Character Evolution: Talbain was a rather underdeveloped character in the original Darkstalkers game. His moveset lacked variety, his trademark Beast Cannon was only available as a super (and in its place as a special was the nearly-useless Beast Rush), and even visually he didn't quite stack up to the other characters, with many of his normal attacks looking identical in a game otherwise full of visual variety. Reception from players was lukewarm as a result. He was greatly improved in Night Warriors with some newly-animated normal attacks, the introduction of Beast Cannon as a special, the addition of nunchucks for some kung-fu flair, and two cool new supers in Mirage Body and Dragon Cannon. He became a much more interesting and popular character as a result.
- Half-Human Hybrid: The son of a human mother and the leader of the royal guardsmen of the Kreutz family (one of the seven noble families of Makai). In his Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior ending, Jon runs into a man believed to be his father, but passes up on the chance to meet him and instead returns to take care of two children he encountered during his journey.
- Ineffectual Loner: Having lived in isolation for most of his life, Jon believes that solitude suites him the best. It doesn't stick.
- Involuntary Shapeshifter: At first. He gets better, thanks to the aforementioned Training from Hell.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He tends to be a loner and dislikes humanity in general for their narrow-mindedness concerning Darkstalkers, but since meeting Felicia, he slowly changes his viewpoints.
- Ki Attacks: His feet glow during his Laser Climb attack and his Beast Cannon is basically using ki to push himself around. Finally, the Dragon Cannon is a blast across the screen while he holds his nunchaku to concentrate.
- Little Bit Beastly: His Midnight Bliss form.
- Meaningful Name/Bilingual Bonus: His Japanese name Gallon (or more accurately Garon) translates to "hungry wolf."
- Not Quite Flight: His beast cannon can be chained around to improve his aerial maneuverability or rack up combo hits.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: Quick and lithe martial artist werewolves are not too uncommon (see: the werewolves in the Castlevania series, Valkenhayn in BlazBlue), nor is the ability to change shape at will, but being born a werewolf due to one's father being a wolf demon related to a dragon from Makai? That's original.
- Noble Wolf/Savage Wolves: His inner wolf is the latter and the reason for all that Training from Hell, thus making him the former.
- Punny Name/Bilingual Bonus: Gallon is taken from the Japanese word garou (餓狼), which means "hungry wolf."
- Ship Tease: With Felicia in official art.
- Spell My Name with an "S": His given name is sometimes misspelled as John, while many others tend to accidentally misplace the "i" in his surname (i.e. Taliban as opposed to Talbain).
- Training from Hell: Self subjected training from hell
- Walking Shirtless Scene: All the time, but mostly noticeable in his human form
- Wolf Man: Or its stand-in, the way Demitri stands in for Dracula.
- You Gotta Have Blue Fur: Exactly how blue varies depending on the depiction. In-game it's closer to gray.
- Class: Demon SamuraiOrigin: JapanBishamon voiced by: Kan Tokumaru (games), Masashi Ebara (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Garry Chalk (Western cartoon), Don Brown (Night Warriors OVA, English)Hannya voiced by: Shozo Iizuka (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Michael Dobson (Night Warriors OVA, English)"There is no dishonor in falling before me. It is only natural."
In Feudal Japan, he came upon a cursed armor called Hannya and a forbidden sword called Kien in his friend's antique shop. The next thing he realizes, he is at home. After some looking around, he finds out that he forcefully took the set from the shop owner, but he doesn't remember, nor has any idea why he did it. For several weeks, Bishamon just stared at the armor, like he was in a trance, despite concerns from his wife. Then one day he donned the armor, and all hell broke loose. The armor possessed him, and started a massacre that continued for days. When Pyron came to Earth, the energies produced by him overloaded the armor and Bishamon was set free. Vowing to prevent Hannya from taking more lives, he hides the armor and the sword, and he and his wife become monks.
During the events of Darkstalkers 3, Hannya and Kien were sucked into the Majigen, where the overflowing spirit energies allowed Hannya to manifest itself once again. It took the form of Bishamon, as the armor had become accustomed to that form, but before it could begin another massacre, the real Bishamon sealed it away.
He has an alternate form in Darkstalkers 3 called "Oboro Bishamon," which is what would have happened if Bishamon had mastered controlling the cursed armor, and fights you as a Secret Final Boss if you get enough super finishes and perfects.
Tropes associated with Bishamon:
- Adaptational Villainy: In the cartoon, though he was basically an Anti-Villain who eventually pulls a HeelFace Turn (which, conversely, is Adaptational Heroism with regards to Hannya and Kien).
- And I Must Scream: It's implied that Bishamon has full knowledge of the atrocities he committed while under the influence of Hannya and Kien (the OVA suggests this further in a moment where he seems to come back into control long enough to desperately ask Donovan if he wants to take his soul), thus leading to...
- Animated Armor: In Vampire Savior.
- Ascended Glitch: Super Street Fighter II Turbo had a rather infamous glitch involving two super moves that were activated with the "Charge back, forward, back, forward + Button" command. The last forward could be held for an indefinite amount of time, and the subsequent button press would still activate the super allowing for "walk up supers." In the first Darkstalkers game, Bishamon's "Kassabaki" super used this same command, and at the moment the last forward was input, Bishamon would automatically start walking forward for one second. At any time during this second, the super would come out with a single button press, imitating the "walk up super" technique that was possible in Super Turbo.
- Belly Mouth: His armor has a face on the chestplate.
- Blood Knight: His armor, Hannya, is a jealous, hate-filled demon, while his sword Kien craves for blood.
- Bonus Boss: Oboro Bishamon, which depicts Bishamon if he didn't succumb to the armor's evil will.
- Canine Companion: Taro. Originally a mere background element in Bishamon's Darkstalkers/Night Warriors stage, the developers themselves have acknowledged that the this dancing Shiba Inu became something of a Breakout Character who eventually found his way into illustrations and was carried over to the Abaraya stage of Vampire Savior.
- Cool Helmet: With a molded face meant to intimidate.
- Death from Above: He can make bricks rain down on his foes.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Has a move where he turns into a ghostly figure, followed several more duplicates of it appearing to slash the enemy.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: In the OVA, when Donovan puts himself at risk to save human bystanders during their fight. Furthermore, when Donovan reveals that he uses his dark powers to destroy evil, Bishamon is unable to comprehend this to the point of degenerating into an insane screaming rage.
- Hitodama Light: Bishamon is accompanied by balls of flames; not only do they symbolize his own possession by the cursed armor, he can dispatch them as an attack to temporarily "possess" (paralyze) an opponent.
- Giant Hands of Doom: His Oni Kubi Hineri attack creates a giant phantom hand that grabs the opponent and squeezes the life out of them.
- Hungry Weapon: Due to a ritual used to keep the blade eternally sharp while crafting it, his Kien hungers for death and destruction.
- Implacable Man: Has a super where he attacks normally afterwards but glows yellow and does not flinch from attacks.
- Katanas Are Just Better: He only uses one kick and one punch (at close range). All of his other attacks are sword slashes. That said, not many people would find a blood-drinking sword "better."
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: His name is derived from Bishamonten, the Japanese god of war.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: One of his specials, where he forces his opponent to commit seppuku with his sword. It only sticks if used as a Finishing Move.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Only in the armor though. Amusingly, his sprite's eyes were recolored from red to white in Vampire Savior, presumably to make them stand out better from his red helmet.
- Samurai: An evil samurai armor and sword.
- Shoryuken: Kienzan, a leaping upward sword slash. Unique in that it cannot be used at just any time: it only comes out as a guard cancel, a reversal, or right after landing from a jump.
- Shout-Out: To various Go Nagai-isms. The armor looks like something in between a Mazinger Z and Devilman badguy, his human self has Hot Blooded Sideburns, and his Midnight Bliss is based on Yukiko-hime.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: One of his special moves in the first two games involves throwing his katana at the opponent. He can then call the sword back to his hand and pull the opponent along with it.
- Wouldn't Hurt a Child: Bishamon has been shown to hang out with a pair of young sisters in a small igloo built outside a house in a rural Japanese village. He'll venture out of the igloo to fight any other monsters that come along, but no sign of animosity between him and these girls exists, and in fact one of them seems to cheer him on as he fights. The developers themselves didn't give a particularly clear answer when asked about this seemingly uncharacteristic bond, but it could be assumed that one thing that Bishamon's will is simply too strong to be driven to do is the slaughter of innocent children. B.B. Hood, of course, is another story.
- Class: MummyOrigin: EgyptVoiced by: Kan Tokumaru (games) Scott McNeil (Western cartoon)"The power of Pharaoh Anakaris is as eternal as the desert sands!"
The former ruler of an Egyptian empire. Foreseeing his death, he orders his servants to build a pyramid that will resurrect himself. One year later after the pyramid was completed, the empire was invaded and Anakaris was killed in battle. His body was placed in the pyramid's chamber of revival as instructed.
Thousands of years later, Pyron's visit awakens Anakaris from his long slumber. He fights Pyron to restore his powers and using time-travel he goes back to his time, one year after his death, to resurrect himself and beat back the invaders. He succeeds and conquers them.
Some time later, he hears a voice from the future. Deciding to check it out, he travels there and enters Jedah's Majigen, where he learns that the destruction of his empire is unavoidable. He travels back, and the empire is erased from history, when in reality Anakaris transfers his entire empire into another dimension located somewhere under the Earth, to avoid wars above ground.
Tropes associated with Anakaris:
- Adaptational Villainy: In the cartoon.
- Ancient Egypt: From an empire of the geographic origin that was conquered and later "erased" from history.
- Animal Motifs: Snakes—as seen in his Cobra Blow attack, where his face and arms morph into a serpentine shape.
- Assist Character: Khaibit, the toothy-grinned restligeist who appears in several of Anakaris's attacks and animations. He also has a harem of mummy girls who help him as well in one of his Super Combos.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: A king who personally beats back invasions into his kingdom.
- Baleful Polymorph: His Royal Judgement and Pharaoh's Curse Super Combos temporarily transforms the opponent into a small, defenseless form. What exactly they are turned into depends on who the opponent is. Due to Marvel vs. Capcom 2's large roster, all members of the cast are instead turned into the same generic troll creature upon being hit.
- Bandage Babe: His lovely assistants.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: In one of his victory quotes from Vampire Savior, he delivers this:"This is the worst strategy I've seen! Go buy an official book!"
- The Caligula: In the American cartoon series.
- Catch and Return: He can swallow and shoot back his opponents' fireball attacks. In the first game, it was literally a simple Catch and Return; a single projectile could be caught and fired back. However in every subsequent game it ventured into Power Copying territory; upon catching a projectile, Anakaris would "learn" how to use it and could fire back as many as he wanted until either the round ended or it was overwritten by catching a different projectile.
- Cloudcuckoolander: Again, in the American cartoon.
- Detachment Combat: One of his specials allows him to attack with his top half flying and his legs walking and kicking. Also, one of his counter attacks involves him splitting and catching an opponent who tries to hit Anakaris after he has been knocked down.
- The Ditz: In the cartoon.
- Difficult, but Awesome: One of the series' most expert characters, his bizarre standard hits, ability to float and triple jump add to his overall complexity.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: His Pharaoh Magic EX special manages to combine all three of these into one attack.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: Using his sarcophagus.
- God-Emperor: All Pharaohs were, though Anakaris is a little more literal than most.
- Mechanically Unusual Fighter: Even among this zany, monstrous cast, Anakaris manages to stand out in terms of weirdness. He has no normal throw. His special throw is a strange sort of ranged attack. His vertical jump is a variable-altitude hover mode. His jumping kicks sprout from the ground below him. And so on.
- Mummy: Though rather than preserving himself for the next life, he was a mummy made specifically for him to return to this one.
- Mummy Wrap: Several of his attacks involve doing this to an opponent.
- No, I Am Behind You: Anakaris can back dash against the wall to exit out of the screen and appear on the other side.
- Power Echoes: All of his win quotes in the Japanese versions of the games feature this. For some reason, this did not carry over into the translations.
- Sorcerous Overlord: A just ruling one however, at least to his own people.
- Out of Focus: Downplayed Trope, but still present. While Anakaris is certainly a favorite to the developers team, being the star of a minigame released in Japan and one of the fourh Darkstalkers to appear in Marvel Vs Capcom 2, he is pretty ignored alongside Rikuo and Sasquatch when it comes to the overall plot in other mediums.
- Class: ZombieOrigin: AustraliaVoiced by: Yuji Ueda (games), Kōichi Yamadera (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Scott McNeil (Western cartoon and Night Warriors OVA)"You should thank me. That broken face is very becoming on you."
During his life, Raptor was a successful, if niche, rock star who captivated his audience with his enigmatic voice. Behind the curtains, he was a cultist who incorporated the cultic text into his songs, which influenced the audience. During his final live "Sacrifice" he took his own life and the lives of 100 fans. This caught Ozom's attention, who resurrected Raptor as his servant, but Raptor planned to overthrow Ozom when he got powerful enough. Ozom himself knows this and have sent Le Malta to keep an eye on him.
When he returns from another errand, Raptor discovers that Ozom's castle has disappeared (see Jedah's section below) and he was sucked into Majigen shortly after.
He has a thing for Hsien-Ko while Le Malta has a thing for B.B. Hood.
Tropes associated with Lord Raptor / Zabel Zarock:
- Abhorrent Admirer: Rare male example—in Hsien-Ko's eyes, at least. In this concern, he would rather think of himself as a Kavorka Man.
- Adaptational Heroism: The OVA makes him more of an Anti-Hero rather than a straight-up villain. He still devours the souls of the living, but he also saves Felicia's life.
- Adaptational Wimp: The cartoon downplays his strength a lot and makes him more of a loser rather than the sadistic monster he is.
- Alliterative Name: His name in the Japanese consoles, as you can see above.
- Assist Character: Le Malta, during Hell Dunk and Dark Force.
- Awesome Aussie: Turning people into basketballs good enough for ya, Bruce?
- Ax-Crazy: A more literal one than most, since he plays an ax. On the other hand, his cultist practices did pay off exactly how he wanted them to, so one could argue that, in spite of his violent ways, there was some basis to his crazy behavior.
- Be the Ball: Happens to the opponent during Raptor's Hell Dunk EX move. Le Malta, ever the faithful Swiss Army Knife-esque companion, serves as the basketball hoop.
- Chainsaw Good: Many of his attacks involve him transforming parts of his body into chainsaw blades. During his "Ultimate Undead" Dark Force, Le Malta turns into a chainsaw which Zabel wields in a more conventional fashion.
- Depending on the Writer: While Raptor's basic look, fighting style and backstory (and his attraction to Hsien-Ko) has for the most part remained consistent his role and to a lesser extent his alignment tends to differ. In the North American Animated series Lord Raptor was a Laughably Evil Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain minion of Pyron. In the Anime OVA, Lord Raptor was more of a charismatic dark Anti-Hero who saves Felicia while a bunch of killers from the Church tried to kill her. Though ironically enough in the Darkstalkers Manga that was released in about the same time as the OVA, Lord Raptor was a flat out villainous monster whom Felicia and Jon Talbain must stop. Though in the games while Lord Raptor is not exactly a good guy but he generally seems to be more fixated on trying to be powerful enough to overthrow Lord Ozom than anything else.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: His grab attacks look like he's raping his opponents while impaling them with his blade.
- Dub Name Change: Zabel Zarock in Japan, Lord Raptor everywhere else.
- Even Evil Has Standards: In the OVA. When a group of Dark Hunters tried to kill Felicia while she was down and unconscious, Lord Raptor took offense at this dishonorable act and proceeded to open a can of whoopass on the Dark Hunters by devouring their souls, saving Felicia in the process.
- Evil Diva: Another rare male example.
- Faux Affably Evil: He is a dangerously homicidal living dead, but that doesn't stop him from being one of the most hilarious characters in fighting game history.Lord Raptor: "What? Go to hell!? I just came from there!"
- Laughably Evil: Especially in the cartoon.
- Fingerless Gloves: Presumably they let him play the guitar better than full fingered ones. In his first life, anyway; now they just exist to show how there is no longer any skin on his fingers.
- Going Commando: See Wardrobe Malfunction below.
- Guttural Growler: Compare his original nonsensical English voice done by Yuuji Ueda in the older games, to his current voice still done by Ueda in both Namco × Capcom and Project X Zone. He speaks more coherent Japanese and growls a lot more akin to some of Ueda's other roles.
- I Was Quite a Looker: Really. Some winposes and artwork show his "living days" appearance, which is far more flattering than that of his current form.
- Land Down Under: His homeland.
- Laughing Mad: Most notably in Vampire Savior, when he does the Pursuit move or Death Hurricane in EX status.
- The Mirror Shows Your True Self: For a brief moment in the OVA.
- Musical Assassin: Especially in backstory, where he stole the souls of a hundred members of his audience during a concert. He also uses his guitar as a counter attack.
- No, I Am Behind You: Hell's Gate.
- Not Quite Flight: The first playable character in the series to have a midair dash, which gave him highly flexible aerial mobility.
- Older Than They Look: Material dating back from the first game states his birth-year is 1889; however, the heavy metal genre would only appear in the beginning of the 70s, and given he was a heavy metal rocker during his life and died relatively young, this throws a complete contradiction in his backstory. This birth-year was likely left over from when he was conceived as a World War I soldier and is probably a big reason why most birth-years of Capcom characters are now largely ignored.
- Our Zombies Are Different: A mix of Type V (voodoo) and Type R (revenant). He was resurrected to be a servant but is not explicitly a slave and retains his memories.
- Phlebotinum Overload: His Vampire Savior ending is a humorous take on this.
- The Power of Rock: Le Malta takes the form of a large amplifier during one of Zabel's Guard Cancel moves.
- Rock Me, Asmodeus!: Judging from his backstory alone, Raptor was a one man cult leader who used the curses and spells from the Chapter of Tolgaido, an ancient Hebrew book detailing the customs of Makai, to gain his backing with mind control and hypnotizing his followers to his whim. After his grand finale to gain ultimate power, he now receives backing from Ozom and Le Malta, one of the three empires of Makai. There is much Truth In Televsion in this interpretation of metal and rock music; back around the 1970's and 1980's, metal garnered a great deal of opposition by Christian morality groups for breaking from the norm and going into detail about darker subjects, including the negativity of life and satanism, which they came to claim that such bands were cultists who used music to spread their word. One famous urban rumor in that playing metal and rock records backwards reveals subliminal messages to worship the devil even plays into Raptor's backstory as well. Either way, Lord Raptor's got the last laugh in this regard, and still shreds a mean guitar into the distance.
- Shock and Awe: Evil Scream and Death Voltage.
- Shout-Out: In his Dark Force special, Raptor fuses Le Malta with his right hand and turns it into a chainsaw, looking just like Ash.
- The short jingle played upon the activation of his Dark Force sounds suspiciously like the intro to Michael Jackson's "Bad."
- When Midnight Bliss'd, Zabel resembles Naomi Armitage and even references a scene from the anime.
- Being a heavy metal-zombie often shown with the Union Flag (Although he's actually Australian), Raptor bears a close resemblance to Eddie the Head, mascot of the British heavy metal band Iron Maiden.
- Spell My Name with an "S": Some sources, even at this very wiki, refer to him as "Lord Rapter".
- Le Malta gets this too, as he's sometimes referred to as Le Marta or La Malta. Sources also flip flop between whether or not there's a space in his name (Le Malta vs. LeMalta).
- Spin Attack: Death Hurricane.
- This Is a Drill: His move (well, duh) Death Drill.
- Spikes of Villainy: His ribs are protruding from his decayed chest and he pushes other bones out of his body for some attacks.
- The Starscream: His ending in the first game states that he is just waiting the best opportunity to back-stab Ozom and take over his place. This is most prominent in the American cartoon, where he occasionally tries to double-cross Pyron.
- Surprisingly Good English: The few times he actually speaks English in-game tends to sound rather clear.
- Trouser Space: He keeps his guitar in there.
- Wardrobe Malfunction: When he "uncurls" for his intro animation, his pants have slipped down, and before he pulls them up you can briefly see his bare, bony behind.
- Wearing a Flag on Your Head: On his pants in this case.
- Zombie Gait: His air dash is a particularly ridiculous (and awesome) example.
- Class: Golem (based on Frankenstein's monster)Origin: GermanyVoiced by: Kan Tokumaru (games), Ian James Corlett (Western cartoon)"My power can overcome any challenger!"
He is a creation of a professor of the same name, who died some time after Victor's birth. Victor, not understanding the concept of death, thought that the professor was ignoring him, and decided that the best way for the professor to accept him was to become the strongest in the world. That failed, but that didn't matter since he had met his "older" sister, the prototype Emily. Emily wasn't supposed to be functioning due to her time-limited power problems, but Victor's self-generating electricity leaked enough power for her to be constantly activated. Afterward, they lived in peace for a time...
... until Emily suddenly stopped functioning from the strain of living for a longer amount of time than she was supposed to. When the Majigen appears, Victor decides that in order to bring her to life, he must gather the wandering souls and inject their spiritual energies into Emily. In his ending, he succeeds, but dies as his own soul was the last one that had to be implemented.
Tropes associated with Victor von Gerdenheim:
- Artificial Human: He's a biological version of this.
- Ass Kicks You: Victor is unfortunately very fond of this. He even uses his ass to squeeze and throw opponents. He is also capable of making his body parts grow to several times their normal size—including the aforementioned posterior.
- Creating Life: Victor and his "sister" Emily were created by Professor Victor von Gerdenheim.
- Dumb Muscle: As stated, he does not understand the concept of death.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: His one-sleeved jacket.
- Fingerless Gloves: Perhaps to better fit with his frequently shifting body mass.
- Frankenstein's Monster: An odd one, in that he can produce more electricity than the lightning bolt that supposedly animated him.
- Go Out with a Smile: His arcade ending in the third game, since he succeeds at reviving Emily which he openly states will make him happy despite it being at the cost of his life.
- Gentle Giant: Seriously. Despite his appearance, he fights to impress his creator and save his dead little sister Emily.
- Heroic Sacrifice: To keep his "sister" alive.
- High-Pressure Emotion: Turns red, spouts steam from his ears, and makes a whistling teakettle sound during one of his winposes in the first two games.
- Hulk Speak: Present in his original Japanese dialogue, complete with constant boasting of how he's the strongest. It's also emphasized in that all of his lines are written in hiragana only which gives them a simple, childlike quality.
- He also speaks like this in the short-lived UDON adaptation.
- Jaw Drop: His draw game animation.
- Killed Off for Real: In his Vampire Savior ending, he gives his life for Emily.
- Launcher Move/Meteor Move: His damaging Mega Spike command throw consists of grabbing the opponent, kneeing them into the air, then jumping up and spiking the midair opponent into the ground.
- Lightning Bruiser: Besides the obvious, he is not that slow on his feet, particularly since gaining a forward dash in Savior.
- Monochromatic Eyes: Solid white.
- Nose Nuggets: Has a habit of picking his nose, even as he attacks. It's been said that this might be a residual habit from the original owner of one of the bodies that he was he was built from.
- No Social Skills: The reason he isn't too bright socially is because his "father" died not too long after his "birth."
- Retcon: Emily is introduced in the first two games as a teenager, but for some bizarre reason she re-appears as a young child in Vampire Savior.
- Shaping Your Attacks: He can conjure up images of his creator through his electricity
- Shock and Awe: Most of his attacks have this effect and he is constantly giving off sparks
- Victor as in Victor Frankenstein.
- Also, one of his victory quotes from Vampire Savior:
- He can perform Sagat's Tiger Knee.
- Sizeshifter: Can change the size of the body parts he uses to attack with.
- Spin Attack: Has a Lariat-like move, much like fellow powerhouses Haggar and Zangief.
- Uncommon Time: His Darkstalkers theme is mostly in 7/8. His Night Warriors/Vampire Hunter theme is mostly in 3/4, but switches to 13/16 for two bars a couple times.
- Use Your Head: His Mega Forehead move in Vampire Savior.
- The Von Trope Family: For bonus points, he hails from Germany, where surnames of this type originate.
- Class: MermanOrigin: Brazil"You air-breathers wear defeat well. You must practice losing often!"
Rikuo was the ruler of a peaceful kingdom of merfolk, but the arrival of Pyron caused the underwater earthquakes and volcanoes that destroyed the kingdom. Believing that he was the last of his kind, he sets out for revenge until he meets a mermaid named Aqueria. Overjoyed, he marries her and sets aside his goal of revenge to start a new kingdom.
Encouraged and believing that there are other survivors, he starts searching for them. This results in spending less time with his family. One day, one of his sons, Ricky/Alba, vanishes. He curses himself and contemplates how he could protect his own kingdom if he cannot protect his family. Believing that his son disappeared into the Majigen, he starts his search there. He eventually finds his son playing with another mermaid, and thus Rikuo's new kingdom began.
Tropes associated with Rikuo / Aulbath:
- Ascended Glitch: Rikuo had a rather infamous game breaking glitch in some versions of the first game. His crouching fierce punch (a.k.a. the "crab punch") could not be blocked while crouching. Upon hit it would trip the opponent, so in conjunction with his crouching hard kick, which also tripped the opponent and could not be blocked while standing, he had a frustrating 50/50 guessing game that was difficult to escape. It was alluded to in every game since in the form of his Direct Scissors EX special.
- Bishōnen: On his good days.
- Dub Name Change: Aulbath in Japan, Rikuo everywhere else.
- Elemental Shapeshifter: In the first two games his method of dashing involves partially liquefying his body and flowing across the ground, although this is hard to notice in motion. More noticeable is his time out loss animation in said games, in which his legs melts out from beneath him.
- Even the Guys Want Him: A recurring gag in the US cartoon was that he was repeatedly told that he was "curiously attractive for a Fishman." The thing is though that a large portion of these compliments came from the male Darkstalkers. By the last episode, Rikuo wearily replies to the comment with a sigh and "So I've been told."
- Fish People: Perfectly capable of surviving on land.
- Floating in a Bubble: His Water Jail Super Combo traps the opponent in a large floating bubble.
- Four-Fingered Hands: And four-toed feet as well.
- Gemstone Assault: Gem's Anger bombards the foe with pearls.
- Make Me Wanna Shout: His move Sonic Wave.
- Making a Splash: Some of his specials involve water, such as aqua Shepard, sea rage and ocean rage. He also produces water to increase his dashing speed.
- Metronomic Man Mashing: With his tongue, no less.
- Mid Boss: In the original game.
- Mix-and-Match Critter: Rikuo has attributes of seemingly every water-dwelling creature, from frogs to crabs to octopi to...
- Our Mermaids Are Different: Rikuo is a mishmash of "curiously attractive" mermen and "scary" mermen.
- Papa Wolf: The loss of his son is what leads to his involvement, regarding Jedah's scheme in Vampire Savior.
- Powerup Mount: A horseshoe crab in Ocean's Rage.
- Revenge: His goal in the first and second game.
- Royals Who Actually Do Something: He believes his royal duties include finding subjects and rebuilding their civilization and he acts out on them, to the exclusion of his immediate family.
- Poisonous Person: His Poison Breath special creates clouds of toxic gas that will temporarily stun opponents.
- Power Pincers: Both of his crouching hard punches (the first of which was later repurposed into an Ascended Glitch super) involve his hands becoming giant crab claws, with which he snaps at the opponent's ankles.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Rikuo has the ability to transform his body parts into those of assorted aquatic creatures, including crab claws, stingray stingers, and conch shells. This is stated to be a form of mimicry displayed by members of his species.
- Shout-Out: His name (in the Western versions) is a shout-out to Ricou Browning, the actor who played the titular monster in Creature from the Black Lagoon.
- Water-Geyser Volley: His Aqua Spread super generates a column of water that throws opponents high into the air.
- Class: BigfootOrigin: CanadaVoiced by: Kan Tokumaru (games), Dale Wilson (Western cartoon)"I've had knots in my hair that were harder to take out than you!"
Sasquatch is the most noble of his tribe. When Pyron comes down, Sasquatch's community starts to be constantly attacked by other Darkstalkers, making Sasquatch go on a journey to defend his fellow bigfeet from their enemies. After he defeats Pyron, he convinces his tribe to realize an invasion against the human civilization. However, the plan is aborted when they learn that humans have bananas in their food supplies. A friendly alliance was then formed between Sasquatch's tribe and the humans.
After returning from one journey to human civilization, Sasquatch finds a huge hole where his village is supposed to be. Believing that his friends were captured and taken to Makai, he goes into Majigen to rescue them. When he finds them, he discovers that his friends... willingly allowed themselves to be captured in exchange for a lot of bananas.
Tropes associated with Sasquatch:
- Adaptational Name Change: The western cartoon changes his name to Bigfoot.
- Abnormal Limb Rotation Range: Big Typhoon , appropriately enough, is a kick that displays this.
- An Ice Person: Many of his attacks, including Big Brunch, where he swallows the enemy, leave them frozen for a time.
- Ass Kicks You: Featured in his EX move Big Sledge.
- Assist Character: Let's see, he has a whale, explosive penguins, a pack of dogs...
- Awesome, but Impractical: Big Punch is, well, a big punch, making the move pretty telegraphed.
- Banana Peel: As laughable as it sounds, he really has a special move, Big Trap, where he damages one opponent by making them slip on a banana peel.
- Bigfoot, Sasquatch and Yeti: He is a big foot named Sasquatch and is associated with arctic climates like a yeti.
- Boisterous Bruiser: Actually a little smaller than most examples but loud and ready to engage in battle. This eventually leads him to try and rally his fellow bigfeet to start a war to take over the world. They rest of them are a peaceful people, though, so it probably would not have worked even if they did not reach a common agreement with the humans.
- Breath Weapon: His Big Breath and Big Snow attacks can freeze his enemies.
- Delicious Distraction: Bananas, and how. Jedah didn't even have a struggle to kidnap Sasquatch's tribe at all.
- Everything's Better with Penguins: A variation of his Dark Force summons exploding penguins.
- Finger Poke of Doom: Several of his normal attacks involve attacking with his fingers or toes, which are comparable in size to the limbs to most of the rest of the cast. His ending sequence in the first two games shows him breaking a tree in half with a two-toed kick.
- Four-Fingered Hands: But five-toed feet.
- Freeze Ray: One of the strongest shot attacks in the game, his Big Freeze has the highest priority among projectiles.
- Getting Crap Past the Radar: One of his victory lines, disturbingly enough.
- Human Hammer-Throw: Big Swing, which in true professional wrestling fashion, also leaves him dizzy.
- Hurricane Kick: His move Big Cyclone in Night Warriors.
- Instant Bandages: On his chin, when hit by a knockdown blow.
- The Juggernaut: The variant of his Dark Force, Big Resistor, gives him a super armor effect temporarily, so that he can take any hits without being stunned.
- Killer Rabbit: The aforementioned penguins.
- Lightning Bruiser: He can really move for someone so big. He has quick jumps and hop-style dashes that let him speedily apply pressure and break crouching opponents' guard. His unique combination of both speed and power is likely a big part what made him a top tier character throughout the entire course of the series.
- Mid Boss: In the original game.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted, he likes to fight, to the point of announcing and invasion on another civilization on a whim but he is actually a good guy who can be easily pacified, as long as you don't piss him off.
- Snowlems: One of his victory poses shows him being cheered up by a group of small snowmen. He is also turned into one when hit by Anakaris' Pharaoh Curse.
- Spikes of Doom: Big Towers produces these around him.
- Stout Strength: He's almost completely round, but packs a serious punch.
- Tail Slap: One his specials, Big Ice Burn, freezes the ground, which then becomes a deep pond the opponent will fall in and be ejected from by a whale's tail.
- Take Over the World: According to his ending in the first game, this is what he and his tribe planned to do after he defeated Pyron. The Freudian Excuse for this was that his people suffered attack from humans a long time, but fortunately the whole thing was settled down when they realized they could have a peaceful co-existence with humans as long the humans provided bananas for them. In the second game, it was changed to them being attacked by other Darkstalkers, making the human attack more of a means to an end rather than revenge.
- Theme Naming: Notice how many times the word "big" appears in his movelist?
- Trademark Favorite Food: Take a wild guess...
- Wipe the Floor with You: His Dog Sled special involves him being pulled by dogs, and using the opponent as the sled.
- Class: Robot (With a head shaped like a Dogu)Origin: MexicoVoiced by: Garry Chalk (western cartoon), Ward Perry (Night Warriors OVA, English)"Target destroyed. Mission completed."
Huitzil is one of many robots created by Pyron. Their main mission was to destroy all life forms on Earth, and so they killed all of the dinosaurs and went into hibernation. They were later found by the Mayans and were used by them. Shortly before Pyron came down, one Huitzil model was assigned the task of evaluating the situation on Earth, and in his ending the verdict is to cleanse Earth of any non-aboriginal human.
In Majigen, Huitzil was sucked in along with a child named Cecil, and a bug in its programming made it protect Cecil, but since everything in Majigen is potentially dangerous to Cecil it results in, to quote Hardcore Gaming 101: "basically going on a killing spree across Majigen while taking Cecil for the ride."
Tropes associated with Huitzil / Phobos:
- Adaptational Heroism: In the cartoon.
- Assist Character: In Vampire Savior 2, one of his specials consists of other three Huitzil units coming down to assist him with Beam Spam moves.
- A Boy and His X: A boy and his ancient weapon of mass destruction.
- Bamboo Technology: Although discovered by the Mayans and later sealed within Teotihuacan, it turns out that Huitzil and his kind were created by Pyron 65 million years ago.
- Beam Spam: As the only character with a laser move as a normal special, you're going to run into this quite a bit.
- Blue and Orange Morality: The fact that he has alternately been cast as both a weapon of genocide and a noble guardian may mean that his true purpose is simply incomprehensible to us.
- Combining Mecha: A scrapped variant of his Final Guardian super whose graphics◊ remain hidden in the released game's data involves him summoning and combining with a backup robot to form some heavy weaponry.
- Comm Links: Has a flip-up communicator built into his wrist which can be seen in one of his Night Warriors winposes. The animation is actually a leftover from an earlier version of his Final Guaridan super which involved using it to call in another robot.
- Cyber Cyclops: The backup unit he called in during the location test version of Final Guardian featured a single eye. One frame of this backup robot actually remains visible◊ in the finished game, Huitzil taking on its appearance for a split second during the beginning of the animation.
- Do-Anything Robot: Seems to be able to manipulate gravity and magnetism, in addition to having an impossible amount of gadgets on it.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: One of his attacks involve driving a nail into his opponents... coming from in-between its legs.
- The Dragon: To Pyron.
- Dub Name Change: Phobos in Japan, Huitzil everywhere else.
- Dummied Out: Hacking into the original arcade game reveals that he and Pyron are fully playable characters with their endings from the later released Night Warriors (their ending text wasn't finished however, leaving a row of As instead).
- He has an insane number of cut special and normal moves, likely because animating all of it would have taken up most of the original game's memory.
- Eyes Always Shut: As per the dogu motif, his eyes are closed by default. They occasionally open to reveal glowing, red lenses.
- Fantasy Metals: All About Vampire states that his shapeshifting capabilities are the result of being composed of a special alloy that cannot be forged on Earth.
- Freeze Ray: From his eyes, arms and feet.
- Friend to All Living Things: At least to birds, squirrels, descendants of Mayans and the ocassional lost little boy...
- Gravity Screw: Has an attack that causes the enemy to constantly move toward the top of the screen.
- Hard Light: He forms a glowing, rectangular force field in front of him to block attacks. He can even push this wall of light at the opponent as a guard cancel.
- HeelFace Turn: By the time of the third game, thanks to Cecil's influence. The OVA presents a better case, as Huitzil's sibling robots valiantly fight a losing struggle against Pyron to save mankind.
- High-Pressure Emotion: His victory portrait in the original Darkstalkers game has him spewing steam from his ears.
- Hollywood Magnetism: His method of grabbing opponents for throw attacks involves transforming his arms into archetypal U-shaped magnets, which draw all opponents in equally well regardless of whether they are made of metal, flesh and bone, fire, bandages, shapeshifting liquid, or spiritual ether.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Huitzil has a whole assortment of melee and long-range weaponry stored within his body. He's supposed to be an advanced robot, but this is taking it a bit too far.
- Idle Animation: In the first two games, if he stands still long enough to cycle through his stance animation twice, he'll clench his fists and vibrate a bit before restarting the stance cycle.
- Killer Robot: To varying degrees, depending on what backstory they're rolling with at the time.
- Laser Sight: His Genocide Vulcan special causes him to fire a laser sight upwards at a 45 degree angle. If the opponent crosses its path, they proceed to eat lead.
- Lightning Bruiser: He was originally a boss characters, so...
- Little Guy, Big Buddy: His relationship with Cecil.
- Mayincatec: Stated to be Mayan, but named after an Aztec god. Depending on what you read, his place of origin also varies from Tenochtitlan (Aztec), to Teotihuacan (the cultural background of which remains debated), to Chichen Itza (Mayan).
- Mecha-Mooks: Inverted in both the games and the OVA. In the former, Huitzil's final act is to activate the remainder of his brethren to protect Cecil. The pack of Huitzils in the OVA band together to stop Pyron, as they see the value in humanity's existence. Unfortunately, they're unable to defeat Pyron.
- Mini-Boss: In the first two games.
- More Dakka: Hoo boy... Huitzil has a gatling gun for an anti-air. He can also turn all four limbs into what are basically assault rifles.
- Morality Pet: Cecil.
- Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Huitzil, short for Huitzilopochtli ("Left-Handed Hummingbird"), was an Aztec warrior god known for killing most of his 400 siblings soon after he was born. Various human sacrifices were offered to his temple. Phobos, a figure from Greek mythology, was the son of Ares (god of war) and Aphrodite (goddess of love), as well as the personification of fear itself. He usually accompanied dear ol' dad onto the battlefield.
- Not Quite Flight: Huitzil has a very unusual "hover jump" that lets him float in place in midair for a variable amount of time, as well as change his trajectory mid-jump. Along with Lord Raptor, he was also one of the first characters in the series to have a midair dash. These two mechanics combine to give him a great amount of aerial mobility.
- One-Man Band: Does this during one of his winposes. Apparently he's full of musical instruments as well as weapons.
- Phlebotinum Killed the Dinosaurs: His initial Darkstalkers 1 backstory states that he and his brethren were sent to earth 65 million years ago and caused the K-T extinction event before going into hibernation.
- Retcon: His backstory changes a lot, even by Capcom fighting game standards. In the first game, he was said to be a killer robot sent to earth by unspecified aliens 65 million years ago, where he killed the dinosaurs before going into hibernation until Pyron's arrival. In the second game, he was said to have been a guardian robot created by the Mayans. And since then, the two stories have blended together: Now he is said to have originally been made by Pyron specifically (although the reason a being such as Pyron would need an army of killer robots is never really made clear), sent to Earth millions of years ago where he killed the dinosaurs, went into hibernation, and was then discovered and repurposed by the Mayans millions of years later.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Though they are usually closed.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Drills, wrecking balls, buzz saws, claws, gatling guns, missile launchers, giant magnets... you name it, he can turn a body part into it.
- Shoulders of Doom: Giant spherical shoulders decorated with some zig-zag lines reminiscent of design motifs seen in ancient sculpture. They transform nicely into wrecking balls or giant spiked wheels.
- Shout-Out: His laser-firing pose is lifted straight from Ultraseven.
- Sphere of Destruction: His Erasing Sphere EX move, which fires a small, slow-moving projectile that eventually explodes into a large, spherical blast.
- Splash Damage: His Might Launcher missiles cause large explosions that can damage the opponent even if the missile itself doesn't touch them.
- Theme Naming: The names of his normal attacks all end in a code letter. Examples include "Death Ball Q", "Metal Breaker V", and "Flying Saw W".
- This Is a Drill: Many of his attacks involve drills, including his crouching light punch in every game, his crouching medium punch, crouching hard punch, and close-range standing medium kick in the first two games, and his pursuit attack in the third game.
- Tron Lines: The hover sphere his lower body transforms into when he jumps is covered with rotating and changing patterns of glowing blue and green lines. He also has glowing red lines in rune-like patterns inside his shoulder and neck sockets, although you don't get to see those very often.
- Wave Motion Gun: His ES Plasma Beam.
- Wingding Eyes: The lights in his eyes form all sorts of patterns from animation to animation, from rather standard "pupils", to EKG-like graph lines, to rings, to static, to racing streaks of light reminiscent of Ideon.
- Class: AlienOrigin: Planet HellstormVoiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (games), Richard Newman (Western cartoon), Shinji Ogawa (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), David Kaye (Night Warriors OVA, English)"I have crushed stars! What chance have you against me?"
Coming from the planet Hellstorm, Pyron lived for millions of years and evolved into a cosmic being. He decides to consume planets/collect them as jewelry. He came to Earth during the time of the dinosaurs and created the Huitzil army to kill them. Why he didn't take Earth back then is not known, but 1 million years later he comes back to Earth, only to be defeated and consumed by Demitri.
Tropes associated with Pyron:
- Awesome Mc Coolname: See Meaningful Name below.
- Battle Aura: Pyron constantly oozes a literal FLAMING battle aura as he is LIVING FLAME. His Planet Burn throw surrounds whoever he is fighting in it.
- Big Bad: Of the first two games (since they had pretty much the same story with gameplay changes) and the OVA.
- Blood Knight: Returns to Earth on the off chance there might be creatures worth fighting on it, since Huitzil apparently did not kill everything and his own race is not into combat anymore. He does not find the Darkstalkers too strong, though until he is confused by Donovan and eaten by Demitri.
- The Collector: Of planets, which he sees as things of beauty. He sees the inhabitants of Earth (or at least the Darkstalkers) as tarnish on an otherwise lovely jewel.
- Cosmic Being: See his description. He's not the most powerful guy according to the story materials either. Gameplay-wise, however, he is tougher than the normal characters since he is a boss.
- Dummied Out: Much like Huitzil/Phobos, hacking into the original arcade game reveals that he's a fully playable character complete with his ending from the later released Night Warriors (the ending text wasn't finished however, leaving a row of As instead).
- Eldritch Location: Some console editions of Vampire Savior added him in with an ending where he considers Jedah's realm to be this. He was confused that its rules were different than the universe as he knows it and was upset it disappeared when Jedah went down, as he wanted it for himself. He gets over it and goes to the Andromeda Galaxy.
- Energy Beings: In his own words, he is lord of the living flame.
- Everything Is Better With Spinning: Orbital Blaze.
- Evil Is Burning Hot: Somewhat, but decides to spare the Earth after being Intrigued by Humanity.
- Evil Laugh: Coupled with Pyron turning into a pillar of a flame that sports his giant-sized, demonically howling face.
- Galactic Conqueror: Well, he is a collector and eater of planets who does not care much for conquering, but he comes off like this to the living creatures that happen to be on some of the planets he comes across.
- Gameplay and Story Segregation: His ending has him wearing the earth around his finger like a piece of jewelry. Pyron is classified as a "Rank A Darkstalker," the same rank as Demitri before he lost most of his power and a step below Morrigan's complete form and Jedah.
- Hand Blast: Sol Smasher, which can be shot at an angle in the air.
- Horned Humanoid: Not that he makes much use of them.
- Intrigued by Humanity: Whereas the first game established that his destruction of planets and devourment of life was For the Evulz, the port of Vampire Savior has Pyron seeing the potential of humans and deciding to spare them, completely skipping over Humanity on Trial.
- Killed Off for Real: In Night Warriors, explaining his absence from Vampire Savior. He returns as a non-canon character in Darkstalkers 3 for the PlayStation.
- An example of Serendipity Writes the Plot, as he and the other two characters removed in Savior were actually going to be there at first, but there wasn't enough memory on the arcade board to hold all 14 previously-existing characters plus new ones.
- Large Ham: Very much so in the OVA and even more so in the cartoon.
- Meaningful Name/Names to Run Away from Really Fast: Remove the "n" from his name. That's all the help you're getting.
- Nerf: Went from top tier in Night Warriors to bottom tier in Vampire Hunter 2/Vampire Savior 2.
- No Mouth: But seems to communicate just fine with Demitri and Donovan.
- Planet Eater: And stars, too!
- Playing with Fire: Enough to cook and consume a planet the size of the earth.
- Precursor: Creator of the Aztec bots.
- Rolling Attack: Zodiac Fire.
- SNK Boss: His Darkstalkers incarnation in particular boasts such features as chip damage on all of his normal attacks and the ability to use any of his specials as a Guard Cancel.
- Spam Attack: His Cosmo Disruption, luckily it has a delayed reaction but that can also play to Pryon's advantage by using it to set up combos.
- Teleport Spam: His "galaxy trip" teleport is one of the reasons why he is considered an SNK Boss.
- Theme Naming: His specials and supers combine various celestial bodies with a general fire motif.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Collecting the occasional beautiful planet and engaging in combat every few millennia are the only diversions in his eternal life as he drifts alone through the vast, empty void of the cosmos. His Night Warriors epilogue in particular paints this angle in a fairly sympathetic light.
Introduced in Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge/Vampire Hunter
- Class: DhampyrOrigin: UnknownDonovan voiced by: Nobuyuki Hiyama (Vampire Hunter), Jurota Kosugi (Vampire Hunter 2), Gary Chalk (Western cartoon), Unshou Ishizuka (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Ari Solomon (Vampire Hunter OVA, English)Anita voiced by: Akiko Yajima (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Andrea Libman (Vampire Hunter OVA, English)"Darkstalkers, now you will feel the wrath of my avenging blade!"
Donovan and his mother were outcast in the village they lived due to his cursed blood. One day something triggered his vampire form and he lost control of himself, killing many people including his mother. Stricken with grief and cursing his heritage, he goes into exile and devotes himself to Buddhism, but fails to achieve peace. During his travels, he makes a name for himself as a Vampire Hunter. He later meets Anita, an emotionless girl, and trying to restore her humanity, he slices the head of Anita's doll off. This awakened Anita's anger, and his plan succeeded. Taking her with him, he sets out to emotionally awaken her. Ironically, this is eventually achieved by him losing to his dark side, which prompted her to shed genuine tears. It's still unclear if he truly lost to his dark side or if he is fighting back.
That dark side is later represented as another, possibly non-canon character called Dee, who is basically just Donovan's head on Demitri's body with a combination of his and Demitri's moves. In his ending, he encounters a teenaged Anita, but the outcome of the encounter is not shown.
Tropes associated with Donovan Baine:
- Ambiguously Brown: One could easily assume he is Indian due to his skin tone and his Buddhist theme attire and abilities. However, it's vaguely implied that he is European due to his name having Irish origin.
- The Atoner: During Donovan's childhood, he and his mother were harassed by the other villagers who blamed their misfortunes on Don's heritage. At one point Donovan snapped, lost consciousness and woke up to find he had slaughtered everyone present — including his own mother.
- Badass Baritone: In the OVA, both Japanese and English dubs.
- Badass and Child Duo: He and Anita, who follows him around but does not take any hits, as she hangs out to Don's side in the midground.
- Bare-Fisted Monk: If push comes to shove, Donovan can simply plant his sword into the ground and let his fists do the talking.
- Cool Sword: Dhylec, which covers...
- BFS: It is almost as long as he is tall.
- Blade Across The Shoulder: One of his summoning poses.
- Evil Weapon: As Dee, the sword is red and more sinister looking, likely symbolic of his own corruption.
- Living Weapon: Dhylec can be seen complaining and falling asleep if left "planted" for too long.
- Summon Magic: When used in tandem with his prayer beads, Dhylec can summon several Buddhist deities to attack the opponent on Donovan's behalf.
- Difficult, but Awesome: An expert Donovan player is a master of mind games revolving around his "sword plant" trick. You had better hope that you don't face one in Tournament Play, because they are brutally efficient.
- Fashionable Asymmetry: One pants leg and one shirt sleeve.
- Fighting from the Inside: His Downer Ending implies that after some period of giving in to his vampiric nature, Donovan's good side is finally starting to regain control.
- Fire, Ice, Lightning: By way of his summons.
- Foil: To B.B. Hood. While she kills Darkstalkers only for money, Donovan does so to give himself a purpose for his cursed existence.
- Get a Hold of Yourself, Man!: In the game storyline and the OVA, Donovan chops off the head of Anita's doll to force her out of her emotionless shell. This causes Anita to show her anger in a brief but great display of power, the first sign of emotion from the girl in some time.
- Giant Foot of Stomping: One of his summons is a giant who stomps down.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Has vampire blood but is not a full vampire.
- Dhampyr: The dhampyr myth owes its origins to the Balkan States (Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia most prevalently). Dhampyr literally means "vampire's son."
- The Hero: Of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers II. After all, he is the Vampire Hunter. Doesn't stop him from being a bit of a Designated Hero, though.
- He Who Fights Monsters
- Hunk: Quite.
- Hunter of Monsters: Partially to save humans from the forces of the dark, partially to give a purpose to his cursed existence and/or cleanse his blood.
- Knight Templar: Many of his win quotes depict him as such.
- Large Ham: In the OVA, he's really full of Wangst about his Dark and Troubled Past.
- Mistaken Identity: A meta example. More than a few people in the past have mistaken him for Dan.
- Palette Swap: As many have noted, Dee is simply Donovan's (redesigned) head plastered on Demitri's body. It's pretty much Capcom's answer to M.U.G.E.N
- Papa Wolf: One prominent example is in the OVA, when a boy made off with Anita's doll. Anita used her Psychic Powers to retrieve her doll, inciting a large group of people to try kill her. Fortunately, Donovan made his presence known by standing in front of Anita and simply planting his BFS into the ground, as if daring the mob to attack him. As Donovan is a powerful fighter, this forces everyone to back off.
- Parental Substitute: For Anita.
- Parts Unknown
- His name offers little clues to his origins — "Donovan" is the anglicised spelling of "Donndubháin" (dark-haired), an Irish name which therefore seems to contradict his Buddhist/Asian look.
- Perpetual Frowner: The only image where he is at least smiling is on a very brief scene in the last episode of the OVA. And that's not saying much.
- Psychic Powers: Donovan wields powerful telekinetic abilities that allow him to manipulate Dhylec in battle. He also intercepts attacks by moving his prayer beads when he blocks.
- Religious Bruiser: Buddhist flavor.
- Religious Vampire: Half-vampire to be precise, but its his spiritual training that keeps him from fully transforming.
- Self-Made Orphan: Not on purpose, which leave him feeling guilty.
- Shout-Out: Mainly to Vampire Hunter D, due to his dhampyr status, profession, appearance and name.
- The Stoic: Donovan himself, but Anita was even more so, which is why he takes her with him, to get her to open up.
- Superpowered Evil Side: Dee.
- There's also his Change Immortal super, in which he temporarily unleashes his blazing inner demon and slams into the opponent.
- Sword Plant: Both to access his alternate stance and as a win pose.
- Tall, Dark, and Handsome: And he's not afraid to bare some skin either.
- Throwing Your Sword Always Works: It always comes back, anyway.
- Token Human: Averted in that while he was originally intended to be a Badass Normal vampire hunter, the developers decided that a normal human could never fight on even ground with the rest of the monstrous cast. (Note that they appear to have later recanted this viewpoint somewhat with B.B. Hood, but for different reasons.) Thus he was redesigned into a dhampyr and given a mystic sword and prayer beads to explain his spirit-summoning abilities.
- You Are What You Hate: Donovan's half-vampire, which makes him a Darkstalker in his own right, but his heritage has caused him so much pain that he seeks to rid himself of it by eliminating the Darkstalkers.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: Too bad, Vampire Savior makes him more vampire and less human. What's worse, it's implied that Anita may have had to kill Donovan to save him from himself.
- Class: Jiang-ShiOrigin: ChinaHsien-Ko voiced by: Michiko Neya (games), Lisa Ann Beley (Western cartoon), Yuko Miyamura (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese), Nicole Oliver (Night Warriors OVA, English), Saori Hayami (Marvel vs. Capcom 3 and Project X Zone, Japanese), Hunter MacKenzie Austin (Marvel vs. Capcom 3, English)Mei-Ling voiced by: Maya Okamoto (Vampire Hunter OVA, Japanese)"Have a pleasant journey through the Nine Courts of Judgement!"
The twins Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling (Lin-Lin in Japan) were born to a family of Senjutsushi spiritualists. One day their family was attacked and the twins' mother, in order to save them, banished the monsters by sacrificing herself, sealing her soul in the darkness. The twins wanted to save their mother's soul, and in order to do that they performed a magic spell that turned Hsien-Ko into a Kyon-Shi (the "hopping vampire" of Chinese folklore), and turned Mei-Ling into the sealing ward that prevents Hsien-Ko from going berserk, taking the form of a seal. They set out to hunt monsters and in general doing good deeds (to earn enough brownie points for their mother).
After releasing their mother's soul from darkness, they were reincarnated as normal girls. During their 16th birthday, their powers from their past life activated, gaining Jedah's attention and sucking them into Majigen. Their souls took the forms of their former bodies, and they fight for their survival with their newfound powers (they don't have memories from their past-life). In the end they returned to their normal lives.
Tropes associated with Hsien-Ko / Lei-Lei:
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She's blue.
- And Your Reward Is Infancy: She and Mei-Ling are given a chance to start their lives over at the end of Night Warriors thanks to their mother's actions.
- Animal Motifs: Pandas, apparently.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Both when subjected to Demitri's Midnight bliss
- Anvil on Head: Her Tenraiha super involves dropping a giant metal weight from her sleeve. It will flatten an opponent against the ground if it lands on them, but even if the weight itself misses the earthquake it generates as well as the following rain of spiked balls can still pose a threat.
- Attractive Zombie/Friendly Zombie: She is a beautiful and well-intentioned Chinese Vampire.
- Attack Reflector: Her move Henkyouki, in which she uses a gong, can reflect projectile attacks and even hit the opponent with a sonic wave.
- Blush Sticker: Since the third game, she's been given bright pink Pikachu-like spots on her cheeks.
- Building Swing: One of her specials is to swing back and forth while swinging a blade.
- Cartoon Bomb: Uses one of these as a special move since Vampire Savior.
- Cleavage Window: That's blue, too, in case you were wondering.
- Death by Adaptation: Mei-Ling in the American cartoon.
- Dub Name Change: Lei-Lei in Japan, Hsien-Ko everywhere else. Her sister: Lin-Lin in Japan, Mei-Ling everywhere else.
- Era-Specific Personality: The Hsien-Ko from Night Warriors is formal and quite serious in her determination to avenge her and Mei-Ling's mother, while the Hsien-Ko from all following games, who is the previous one's reincarnation, acts more like an average teenage girl who, even after realizing her destiny, sometimes does get freaked out with the bizarre occurrences around her. The same goes for Mei-Ling.
- Flash Step: Her dash makes her disappear and then re-appear right or behind the opponent if the dash is done near them.
- Fusion Dance: Power Booster type when they fight as one zombie + talisman.
- Giant Waist Ribbon: Probably supposed to be an obi.
- Hand-Hiding Sleeves: She wears a Cheongsam with long "funnel" sleeves that cover every part of her arms except the ends of her massive claws. And as if those weren't enough, she uses her sleeves to hide a number of other weapons.
- Hunter of Monsters: Of Darkstalkers, alongside Donovan. Technically a Darkstalker sent on the others by her transformed sister on her head.
- Hammerspace: Her sleeves, though it may be subverted in that a concept art in Darkstalkers Graphic File shows the insides of her sleeves completely packed with all the weapons she throws.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: Has an infinite amount of weapons hidden in her sleeves.
- Juggling Dangerously: Juggles knives in a win pose. Juggles even more sharp weapons in UMvC3.
- Marionette Motion: Just look how her head moves when she is standing still... Some people even find it to be unsettling.
- Morality Chain: Mei-Ling. Her soul exists inside the talisman on Hsien-Ko's head. If she were to be separated from her sister, Hsien-Ko would turn evil.
- Musical Assassin: The aforementioned gong.
- Nothing Up My Sleeve: Let's see... she's got bombs, knives, weights, flails, Akuma statues...
- Not Quite Flight: An air dash. It consists of Hsien-Ko literally walking on air, possibly a reference to flying Jiang-Shis.
- Our Zombies Are Different: Hsien-Ko is a Jiang-Shi, a Chinese zombie. But unlike regular ones, she's well-armed and controlled by her sister-turned-paper-talisman.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Somewhat averted. Unlike Donovan and B.B. Hood, she doesn't become ruthless and evil for hunting monsters. Then again, her sister is there as a talisman so she won't lose control of herself.
- Silk Hiding Steel: Literally. She hides loads of steel weaponry up her silk sleeves.
- Spike Balls of Doom: One of her trademark weapons.
- Supernatural Martial Arts: Igyo Tenshin no Jutsu.
- Theme Twin Naming: Lei-Lei and her sister Lin-Lin in the Japanese version.
- Wolverine Claws: Her main weapon (out of the millions in her sleeves) are gigantic bladed gauntlets/punching daggers.
- Yank the Dog's Chain: The sisters die in the second game, only to be reincarnated in another world so that they can live out their lives as ordinary children. Sixteen years later, the girls re-enter the world of Makai through their dreams, and find themselves back as a Jiang-shi. This is later subverted, as the end of 3 has the girls awaken from their dream back in the real world.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Not their original color.
- Younger Than They Look: Their transformed state look older than their original forms.
Introduced in Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire and its revisions
- Class: Demonic InsectOrigin: Makai (Hell)Voiced by: Miyuki Matsushita (games), Arisa Nishiguchi (Project X Zone)"(I can eat anything to survive, but you shall be a treat!)"
Q-Bee is a leader of the Soul Bee race that, obviously, feasts on souls in order to live. They live within the Dohma territories, but after Jedah's death, the lands began to die off. Souls became sparse, and the Soul Bees faced the danger of extinction. But then Jedah came back and used his Castle and nearby lands to create the Majigen, where many souls were gathered. Q-Bee, seeing one giant Soul Feast in Majigen, goes with her people to feed.
In her ending, the soul bee's numbers skyrocket, leading to them taking over the Makai, but it's suggested that their overpopulation may ironically result in their own extinction.
Tropes associated with Q-Bee:
- Adapted Out: Other than appearing in the artwork, Q-Bee surprisingly doesn't appear in Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers despite being loose adaptation of Vampire Savior, where her kin serve as Jedah' minions.
- Anything That Moves: An unintentional example, Q-Bee has the same suggestive win quotes against male and female characters. She's referring to eating them but some of those phrases are common innuendos.
- Authority Equals Asskicking: Regular soul bees are much smaller and less powerful than she is. Also, she's technically a noble of Makai, if not actually of the lineage, which means she might be on par with full power Demitri and Pyron!
- Bee Afraid: More so since this one sees any sentient being (including you) as food.
- Bee Bee Gun: One of Q-Bee's EX moves turns a regular opponent into one that is covered in bees.
- Bee People: Amongst the best known examples in gaming, she takes the form of a cute Queen bee.
- Beware My Stinger Tail: And since she is a queen bee, she can sting many times
- Big Eater: Q-Bee, always looking for souls to nourish her and the Soul Bee species, who are endangered. It's also been stated that she can literally eat anything, and that if she goes 48 hours without food, she'll die.
- Button Mashing: One of her moves where she swings her sting multiple times against the opponent.
- Chest Burster: One of Q-Bee's moves involves her injecting eggs into an opponent, cocooning them, dying, and then hatching back out of the opponent's body.
- The Dragon: To Jedah. More noticeable in the manga adaptation. The moment Jedah tries to asimilate her, however, she fights back.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Most of her victory quotes, though that is not her intention.
- Edible Ammunition: One of her attacks is to conjure a giant ball of honey and drop it on the foe, leaving them stuck in it.
- Extra Eyes: Wanna know the reason why she's hunched over? The "eyes" on her face are for show, with her real eyes being nested on the top of her head.
- Extreme Omnivore: According to an official character relationship chart from Capcom, she even views Huitzil as a potential meal.
- Hive Caste System: Obviously. Q-Bee is the queen, while the rest of the hive (the servants/workers) are simply P-Bees or Bees.
- Insect Queen: She is a queen in more ways than one, actually leading the Soul Bees as well as giving birth to them.
- Naughty Nurse Outfit: The Midnight Bliss version of her.
- Non-Mammal Mammaries: Justified in her case. All her human traits are a form of mimicry used to trick potential meals. Soul Bees can also mate with other races to reproduce, so having the breasts naturally helps to attract prospective mates. This also explains the eyes mentioned above.
- Not Quite Flight: A similar ability to Hsien-Ko. She is always floating above the ground though and can activate a flight mode.
- Out of Focus: She makes her sole appearance in Vampire Savior, rarely appears in artworks, and was not featured in any crossover games aside of Namco × Capcom and Project X Zone (and only then as a enemy/Rival unit, and not even one that joins the heroes' side). This minimal exposure is unlike any other of the series' females and is perhaps due to the fact that as a humanoid insect, her appearance is rather more bestial (her compound eyes, for instance), with less potential for Fanservice than the other females.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Her actual "human" body can sprout spikes and such.
- Shout-Out: Like many anime and video game bee girls, her design takes heavily after Honey the Bug.
- The Speechless: While she does have a voice actress, the only sounds Q-Bee produces are buzzes.
- Too Dumb to Live/Hoist by Their Own Petard: Her Vampire Savior ending has her and her race turning on Jedah so their race would reign supreme. However, without Jedah to keep the souls coming in, the soul bees eventually ran out of food and their race is doomed to extinction. Apparently, they only think with their stomachs...
- Turned Against Their Masters: Her ending in Vampire Savior. See directly above.
- Wall Jump: To press off of for a stronger sting.
- Winged Humanoid: Bee winged humanoid, only the "humanoid" part is a ruse.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: The hair on her "head" is just for show, though.
- Non-Mammalian Hair: Bees really do have hair, it is how they collect pollen. Does not serve too much purpose here, though the plants of Makai might get some use out of them during her Vampire Savior ending.
- Class: Human DarkhunterOrigin: Northern EuropeVoiced by: Miyuki Matsushita (games)"I'll feel great after I kill everything in this world!"
There are many monsters who came from Makai to the Human world, and in the Human world there are those who want these creatures dead or captured for their own purposes. The Hunters Guild was established to meet the demand of this clients. Among those Dark Hunters, there is B.B. Hood, a Special S Class hunter, a human with such darkness in her heart that even lower level Makai monsters shake in fear from meeting her gaze. This gained Jedah's interest and she was sucked into Majigen, where a normal human would die instantly, but her reaction: "It's been a long time since I had a job this big."
Tropes associated with B.B. Hood / Bulleta:
- Arch-Enemy: Word of God states that she despises Jon Talbain because a werewolf killed her grandmother.
- Ax-Crazy: It is implied that is actually her extreme malevolence that allows her to damage Darkstalkers rather than the weaponry alone.
- Assist Character: John and Arthur, the two bulky hunters that appear in her Dark Hunt Super Combo. (Fans often give them the last names Smith and Wesson, but they have no last names in-game.) There's also a guy who appears in her winning poses named Mr. K.
- Badass Adorable: She is adorable looking, and is considered a S-class hunter, meaning she can fight against monsters way beyond a normal human league. Her aura was so dark Jedah found her creepy.
- Badass Normal: The only things about her that aren't of perfectly normal human caliber are what a ruthless sociopath she is, her impossible ammo storage, and her inexplicable ability to Double Jump.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing/The Fake Cutie: The current poster girl for the latter. One of her attacks is to hand the enemy an apple, which turns out to be a bomb.
- Bounty Hunter: She's a Special S-Class Darkhunter, a bounty hunter that specializes in chasing things that go bump in the night. Very, very evil.
- Break the Cutie: She's stated to be some Grimmified depiction of Little Red Riding Hood who suffered due to the death of her grandmother (see her Sweet Memory super), thus giving her a Freudian Excuse for her actions.
- Canine Companion: Harry, who is a literal example of Pet the Dog.
- Creepy Child: Her official bio lists her birth year as "unknown" but also suggests her age to be "10-14 years old". 12 seems about right.
- Cute and Psycho: Declared a psycho by werewolves just trying to live in peace. It's not unjustified.
- Cute, but Cacophonic: In one of her end poses, a microphone drops down and she raps a strange little tune using samples from her in-game speech.B.B. Hood: "Dok dok, do-do-dok, do-kaaan!!"—("dokkaan" is a Japanese onomatopoeic word for an explosion — literally "Ka-Boom!")
- Dark Action Girl: In a stark contrast to all the other females, she is the only one who is outright evil, rather than slightly immoral or following their nature.
- Dub Name Change: Bulleta in Japan, Baby Bonnie Hood everywhere else.
- Even Bad Men Love Their Mamas: Often visits her grandma and does errands.
- Evil Sounds Deep/Contralto of Danger: Her voice changes instantaneously between super cute and innocent to incredibly gruff and guttural, depending on the action performed.
- Face of an Angel, Mind of a Demon: Could be the poster-gal for this, as she's more evil than most of the monsters.
- The Fake Cutie: Also the poster girl for this.
- Fantastic Racism: She hates all monsters in general but wolf ones most of all due to a werewolf killing her grandmother according to Word of God.
- Faux Affably Evil: According to her Darkstalkers Resurrection trailer, she purposefully puts on a nice girl facade to lure in victims.
- Fire-Breathing Weapon: Produces a stream of fire from a wine bottle for her anti-air.
- Flung Clothing: Combined with Hammerspace. In her Good Hunting super, she's hiding two burly woodsmen armed to the teeth under her clothes.
- Foil: To Donovan. He hunts Darkstalkers to affirm some kind of meaning to his cursed existence. She does so simply to make a quick buck.
- Fragile Speedster: Which is good because B.B. Hood is fairly hard to hit already, being of short stature. However, she takes a lot of damage when hit.
- Friend to All Living Things: Bizarrely, given her personality. Includes her dog Harry, three butterflies, a mole, and a ring of daisy-like pink flowers that sprout when she wins. Completely subverts this trope when monsters are involved.
- Freudian Excuse: In the manga, she witnessed a werewolf kill her parents in front of her, she was only spared because the werewolf didn't bother to check the carriage. Her mother managed to slash one of his eyes before being beheaded... remolding the silver from the same necklace, B.B. Hood ultimately returns the favor.
- Girl with Psycho Weapon: Most commonly seen with an Uzi.
- Grimmification: Of Little Red Riding Hood, who seems to be a popular target for altered portrayals in general.
- The Gunslinger: Part of a team of them.
- Humans Are Cthulhu: Her ending in the third game.
- Humans Are the Real Monsters: Word of God says the entire point of her character was to show that humans can be far more terrifying, destructive and bloodthirsty than any fictional monster. She even was already that evil when she was just only a little girl.
- Hyperspace Arsenal: The only way that she can fit an entire armory into her picnic basket.
- In the Hood: Given her inspiration, this was to be expected, but B.B. Hood manages to downplay the mysterious, enigmatic angle of the trope and instead cranks up its more sinister connotations.
- Killing Intent: So intense and malevolent, it caught Jedah's eye.
- Knife Nut: One of her grapples involve slitting the throat.
- Little Dead Riding Hood: Inverted: she kills you... unless you did manage to beat her in battle, one presumes.
- Little Miss Badass: A lot younger than you would expect any "special class" hunter to be.
- Little Red Fighting Hood: The trope image.
- Little Red Riding Hood: Her look. She's very likely inspired by Roald Dahl's take on this classic fairy tale character (see extract below), who repeatedly shot the wolf and made a coat out of his hide.The small girl smiles.One eyelid flickers.She whips a pistol from her knickers.She aims it at the creature's head,And bang bang bang, she shoots him dead.
- Make It Look Like an Accident: Some of her standard hits look completely unintentional. For example trying to grab one of her butterflies, which acts as a punch, reclining happily which trips the opponent, turning to call Harry whilst kicking her leg up behind her, sneezing so her foot kicks up from the reflex, kneeing the opponent as she leaps away in surprise from a cute mole that burrows up underneath her feet and doing a mock-curtsy to drop a landmine from inside her dress.
- Meaningful Name: Baby Bonnie Hood.
- Additionally, "Baby Bonnie" isn't the only thing that B.B. can stand for. In other words, she's The Big Bad Hood.
- Macross Missile Massacre: A larger amount but slower rate of fire than Morrigan's Finishing Shower, straight out of Baby Bonnie Hood's picnic basket.
- Making a Splash: One of her attacks involves her crying, and then trying to drown the opponent in the resulting pool her tears leave behind.
- Morality Pet/Pet the Dog: Her dog Harry is probably the only thing she cares about other than killing and making money.
- More Dakka: Her Cool Hunting special.
- Parts Unknown: Unlike most other characters in the series, her country of origin is never specified in Capcom's official Darkstalkers Graphic File, and is simply listed as "Northern Europe" in her bio, which could be anywhere from Finland, Denmark, the U.K., Norway, etc. The anglicised nature of her name (Bonnie Hood) implies a U.K. origin as being the most likely, as does the likely design inspiration being Roald Dahl's version of the Red Riding Hood story. All that, and the fact that her fairy-tale counterpart and in-universe "Wolf" is Jon Talbain, a native Brit himself.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's only 4'8", and this is a game where some fighters are over seven feet tall and she is capable of lifting them all during one of her specials.
- Psycho for Hire: She's not just killing monsters for the sake of it, she's getting paid to.
- Punny Name: It'd be complete if B.B. Hood used a B.B. gun.
- She Who Fights Monsters: Inverted, being evil is what gives her the nerves for monster fighting in the first place and could be the only reason she can even hurt them.
- Shout-Out: Her special intro with Jon:
- Her arsenal and fighting style are fashioned after Desperado, down to sticking one foot to the side while launching a rocket from her basket. The creators were not sure how to make guns work in a fighting game but realized the movie's flashy poses would make them behave appropriate to the series' mechanics.
- One of her win quotes is a line from the No Doubt song "Just a Girl".
- Skip of Innocence: This is her forward movement, even though she's anything but innocent.
- Slashed Throat: Her standard throw. Thank God it doesn't stick.
- Slasher Smile: When she decides to go gung ho on whatever's ahead of her.
- Spin Attack: One of her grabs spins her and the other fighter around until it creates a dust devil.
- Spy Satellite: Has access to one.
- Stepford Smiler: Type C. As in, she's smiling because she's crazy.
- Token Human: What Donovan was going to be before it was decided Darkstalkers were too powerful for a regular guy to be taking on. But there was a strong desire to show a human has far more potential for evil than a monster ever could, so we eventually got our human hunter.
- Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: Shooting an Uzi, pistol style, for starters.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: To the extreme. Especially in her ending, where she prepares to brutally murder a family of innocent werewolves.
- Villain Song: She has a series of winposes where she does some odd little rap.
- Villains Out Shopping: Whenever she goes to town for food and clothing, and visiting her grandmother.
- Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Her back dash, where she runs away screaming in B-movie heroine mock-horror. Also, her Beautiful Memory move, where she cries her eyes out in order to lure her opponent close, grabbing him and slamming him to the ground if he falls for it; if it hits, it does a lot of damage.
- Class: SuccubusOrigin: Sealed DimensionVoiced by: Hiroko Konishi (games), Yuka Imai (Namco × Capcom and Cross Edge), Stephanie Sheh (Cross Edge, English)"I don't like to be alone. Will you play with me forever?"
Roughly ten years after 1/3 of Morrigan's soul was sealed in an isolated space, it became self-aware. For the next 300 years its awareness and feelings grew, and eventually, so did its instinct to return home. When Jedah created the Majigen, it also drew in this soul. When Jedah noticed it, he struck a deal with it: the soul would gain a physical form and in return it must lure Morrigan and the other Darkstalkers to him. And thus Lilith was born, the childish, cheerful, flat-chested version of Morrigan, who goes to find her "sister."
After meeting Morrigan, she becomes a part of her sister.
As she (for the most part) physically resembles Morrigan (being her "sister" and all), several of the tropes found in Morrigan's entry apply to Lilith as well.
Tropes associated with Lilith:
- A-Cup Angst: More so due to her feelings as an incomplete Morrigan than any actual "deficiencies"; she could make herself just as pneumatic as her sister, but doesn't choose to do so. Oddly enough, in Pocket Fighter/Super Gem Fighter: Mini Mix (the Super-Deformed cousin of Street Fighter), Lilith seems to attract all the men, making Morrigan (to whom this ending belongs) jealous.
- Adaptational Villainy: Like Morrigan in the UDON comics, she's a lot more willing to murder and unfeeling towards humans. An example is when she attacks a group of monks. One of them she kisses and reduces into a skeleton after consuming his soul, the others she gleefully kills.
- Anything That Moves: She has the same suggestive win quotes against male, female and "other" characters.
- Artificial Succubus: She has a soul, or part of one, but her body is artificial.
- Badass Adorable: Still strong enough to count as a Makai noble, despite being less powerful and younger looking than Morrigan.
- Breast Expansion: What happens when she's on the receiving end of Jedah's Sangue Passare.
- Can't Live Without You: In the single player mode, Lilith passes out when she knocks out Morrigan, who acts as her final boss.
- Cloning Blues: When Lilith finds out she is derivative of another being and that her body—created by Jedah—will not last, she desperately tries to find Morrigan to inhabit, to survive.
- Clothing Damage: Self-inflicted, no less! One attack of hers sends all of the bats that make up her clothing into a whirlwind to attack her opponent. The end result is what you'd expect.
- Combat Stilettos: Not that she uses them much for this effect or that they would even act as much hindrance to a flier like herself.
- Creating Life: Albeit serendipitously; originally 1/3 of Morrigan's power, she developed self-awareness after being sealed away by Belial for so long. Jedah, discovering this, created a body for her and convinced her to work for him. See Cloning Blues above.
- Depending on the Writer: While not as bad as Lord Raptor, Lilith has different interpretations to her character regarding the medium she is.
- In Vampire Savior, she is a cute succubus. She is an Anti-Villain, and she hardly has any animation that potray her as malicious.
- Due to this, she is potrayed as The Cutie in the manga adaptation, and as a heroic character who is looking for the meaning of her existence, defending her human Love Interest John. She can't really count as evil in this version compared with Morrigan.
- In the Udon adaptation of Street Fighter vs. Darkstalkers, however, while she is still an Anti-Villain, she is more openly malicious, with evil grins and commiting evil acts.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Most of her victory quotes.
- Doppelgänger Attack: Her Luminous Illusion super and Mirror Doll Dark Force.
- Dummied Out: Her graphics and code are intact in Vampire Hunter 2, making her perfectly playable via hacking aside from having no voice.
- The Dragon: To Jedah, as strange as it may seem. She's the one who lures most of the others to Majigen.
- Enemy Without/Shadow Archetype: As she is a part of Morrigan's soul that was separated from her by Belial, this is the logical conclusion of her self-awareness, though she only got to go all the way thanks to Jedah.
- Fallen Angel: Think Morrigan, but even more benevolent. The only reason she was following Jedah in 3 was due to Jedah's manipulation.
- One of her early designs was that she was a half-angel, which carried over to the fact many of her move names are light-themed, while Morrigan's are darkness-themed.
- Fille Fatale: She's essentially a younger version of Morrigan, so this was to be expected.
- Fusion Dance: See Morrigan's entry.
- Genki Girl: In fact, her behavior sometimes boarders on infantile
- Horny Devils: She is just a part of Morrigan, and a succubus, so it was inevitable. See the main article's entry for more details.
- Friendly Neighborhood Succubi: Same deal as Morrigan, if not more so.
- Impossibly-Low Neckline: Since it is a copy of her "sister's" outfit.
- Involuntary Dance: Gloomy Puppet Show forces the enemy onto as stage, where they dance until electrocuted
- Little Miss Badass: Technically speaking...
- Meaningful Name: Lilith, originally appearing in myths as a Mesopotamian storm demon who was associated with the element of wind and a bearer of disease, illness, and death, is known in Jewish folklore as Adam's first wife (apparently, Eve was his Second Love) who refused to become subservient to him. She is usually referred to as a succubus herself.
- Ms. Fanservice: Though underdeveloped and projecting an underage appearance, she still shows off a lot.
- Playboy Bunny: She dresses like one during her Gloomy Puppet Show EX move.
- Really Three Hundred Years Old: Just a little younger than Morrigan, who was born in the 1600s.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Subverted. She's a cheery, happy-go-lucky girl who is being misguided by Jedah.
- Sense Freak: Lilith is overwhelmed by suddenly having a body.
- Screw Yourself/Twin Sisters Incest: With Morrigan.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: Her wings.
- Shoryuken: Shining Blade. Much like Morrigan's Shadow Blade, Lilith leaps upward and swings one of her wings as it transforms into an axe-like blade.
- Shotoclone: Sakura variant. Actually has that Hurricane Kick equivalent Morrigan and Demitri do not but has a slow moving, short-ranged projectile.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Despite being a succubus who can drain him dry, she falls in love with the human John Stately in the Darkstalkers manga, since he doesn't fear her and tells her to be her own person.
- Sitch Sexuality: Lilith's body is not permanently set as a female, and can possibly switch between both. Her appearance is primarily just because of her being Morrigan's clone.
- Spin Attack: Merry Turn, an attack in which Lilith spins through the air as her wings transform into a scythe-like blade. Functions much like a Hurricane Kick.
- Split at Birth: Her birth was the split, actually.
- Stripperiffic: Basically a lolita-style version of Morrigan's outfit with a different colour scheme. She is technically a loli version of Morrigan, after all.
- Winged Humanoid: Similar to Morrigan.
- You Gotta Have Purple Hair: Even though she was cloned from someone with green.
- Zettai Ryouiki: One of her post-match poses has her wearing a grade B, with striped socks and a leather skirt and jacket.
- Class: Demon Lord/Resurrected as Dark MessiahOrigin: Makai (Hell)Voiced by: Isshin Chiba (games, Japanese), Travis Willingham (Cross Edge, English), David Kaye (Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, English)"Your soul can only be saved by death. It doesn't contradict!"
The Vampire Savior, The Distressed Lord of Death. The youngest of the three high nobles, Jedah was the one most concerned about the future of Makai. Believing that under the rule of Belial it would be stagnant, Jedah sought every chance he could that would help in overthrowing Belial. Ozom, his adviser, suggested to absorb the leaking energy of the Gate, a distortion that connects Makai with the human world. While Jedah was absorbing the leaked energy, Ozom discovered that if he opened the gate further, it would leak so much energy that it would overload Jedah and kill him. So he decided to overthrow him right then and there, and just like he predicted Jedah couldn't handle it. Ozom then collected what was left of Jedah's power and proclaimed himself Emperor of Makai.
100 years later, Jedah managed to revive himself. Seeing the state of Makai at the peak of a power struggle, he decided that in order to save it he must cleanse all the souls in Makai, and for this he created the Majigen (using Ozom and the his Castle—formerly Jedah's—as a foundation), the pocket dimension where the strongest of souls will gather.
Tropes associated with Jedah Dohma:
- Anti-Villain: Of the well-intentioned variety. He has good intentions but could stand to think up some better methods.
- Aristocrats Are Evil: He's only remaining member of Makai's Three High Nobles.
- Ascended Extra: Jedah as a character actually existed prior to Vampire Savior as a minor footnote you'd only know about if you read a lot of official books. He even had an official illustration which depicted him as a reptilian-insectoid-looking creature rather than the Grim Reaper/Devil figure he is now.
- Ambiguous Innocence: Played with and inverted. While an all powerful demonic overlord feared by all within the Makai, he's personally scared shitless by the presence of Anita. The fabled She who will awaken as the ultimate savior and matriarchal leader of human kind in the future.
- Assimilation Plot: His ultimate goal in order to stop the constant wars plaguing Makai is to unite all of the demonic souls within himself, reset reality, and create one perfect being (the Shintai, which appears to take the form of a deranged, monstrous fetus).
- Ax-Crazy: He laughs after killing his opponents with axes.
- Balloon Belly: His Sangue Passare (Bloody Passing) does this to Jon and, in a mirror match, himself.
- Black Blood: He specializes in this, since he uses his own blood as a weapon.
- Big Bad: Of 3. He created the world in which everyone else is fighting in and is the reason they are all there in the first place.
- Bishōnen: Well, he is supposed to be the young one and does rapidly regenerate, anyway.
- Bloody Murder: A good deal of his attacks involve tearing himself apart and instantly regenerating while bleeding all over the place.
- Gorn: As cool as it might be, the graphic elements of his attacks are also likely the thing that kept him out of the Marvel vs. Capcom and SNK vs. Capcom (not counting the card games) series for so long. When he did finally make his first 3D playable appearance in Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite, his blood was changed from red to purple.
- Dark Messiah: Among the residents of Makai, a popular belief is that it is the body of God. So, think back about what Jedah plans to do to it again? A plan that basically involves creating a giant Antichrist. Many characters in Marvel Vs. Capcom Infinite outright call him this trope.
- Death from Above: His unique Ira Spinta (Wrath Thrust) command grab attack, and also his air throw, Mesto Spinta (Sadness Thrust). Both involve him forming a sword-tip out of his wings to dive-plummet at his opponent with it. The former is known for both his insane laughter and him drilling through his foe with the sword-formation instead.
- Drowning Pit: Makes one out of his own blood via his Finale Rosso (Finale Red) move, then begins cutting at the enemy when they take too long to drown.
- Evil Laugh: Mostly as a beginning to his Laughing Mad moments.
- Evil Is Visceral: Jedah fights by mutilating himself and using his tissues and blood as weapons(for example, he'll make claws by cutting the joints of his fingers and stretching them in lines of blood, as well as attack with a spray of blood by decapitating himself). His stage is the inside of a giant womb, complete with giant demonic fetus in the background.
- Extremity Extremist: He never kicks, although he uses scythe-wings as substitutes.
- Femme Fatalons: And he's a dude.
- Floating in a Bubble: Of blood.
- Giant Hand of Doom: His Prova di Servo (Proof of Servant) super has him grab his foe with a giant hand of blood, smashing and sprawling them all around before slapping them literally onto an actual giant paper contract, allowing Jedah to absorb a portion of their soul.
- Gratuitous Italian: The names of his moves, including his normal attacks in many in-depth Japanese sources.
- The Grim Reaper: Though he makes the iconic scythe by ripping off his own wings, he is known as the lord of death.
- High-Pressure Blood: Weaponized by cutting himself and spraying the enemy.
- Hope Crusher: His win quotes have him belittling his fallen enemies by telling them there is no hope left in the world.
- Japanese Delinquents: Aside from the coat with gakuran elements, his idling and various stances are based on their common pose with pocketed hands. By floating he makes it look refined rather than out of place.
- Kill All Humans: After his plan to save the demon world is complete, step two is to get rid of Earth before humanity's leader awakens and becomes a potential threat to his new world.
- Knight Templar: He is going to destroy the demon world and all sense of individuality in it, in order to bring an end to both war and "stagnation."
- Laughing Mad: During many of his attacks he is absolutely giddy.
- Losing Your Head: One of his moves, Spregio (Defiance), has him doing this to himself!
- Man of Wealth and Taste: He is one of the three highest nobles of Makai, so it would be stranger if he was not.
- Mood-Swinger: A subtle example. He's generally depicted as The Stoic, but in battle he often goes Laughing Mad. Like this. One gets the impression Jedah isn't exactly sane.
- My Significance Sense Is Tingling: He can sense the powers of other beings on a cosmic scale.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot He's a dismembered Devilman mixed with The Grim Reaper wearing a punk Japanese school uniform crossed with clergy garb. Even out of this cast, he is made of some disparate elements that bizarrely come together.
- Not Quite Flight: An ability similar to one of Hsien-Ko's and a full on flight mode like Q-Bee, via his Dark Force, Santuario (Sanctuary). He is also able to air dash via a unique move named Balzo Perdono (Bounding Pardon) where he is able to chain the next normal jump attack during mid-dash into a special.
- Off with His Head!: His Spregio (Contempt), which is his Guard Cancel move where he uses an elongated thumb-claw to sever his own head to invoke a High-Pressure Blood blood splash at his foe. Needless to say, his head regenerates soon after.
- Older Than They Look: He could pass for a young man. Yet, he is actually six thousand years old.
- Ominous Latin Chanting: Played during his intro in the last stage of the third game.
- Phlebotinum Overload: His background story, caused by a Treacherous Advisor named Ozom.
- Physical God: All of the Three High Nobles were at least Class S-level Darkstalkers, qualifying for this status. Jedah is no exception. Aside from Morrigan (when her soul is whole again), and maybe Dee and Anita, Jedah is the strongest living member of the cast.
- He even has a move called Dio Sega (God Saw) and Dark Force called Santuario (Sanctuary).
- "Pop!" Goes the Human: The Sangue Passare (Bloody Passing) throw, where he fills his opponent with blood. Exactly what part of them is filled up depends on the character, some of which have become somewhat infamous (with the most infamous and popular being Lilith's impromptu boobjob).
- Power Echoes: Jedah's voice is iconic for having a voice filter (which makes him sound a lot like Isshin Chiba's take on Dio Brando), but he discards it in both Cross Edge and Project X Zone despite having Chiba reprise his role in Japanese.
- Razor Wings: Jedah has sickle-like wings.
- Really 700 Years Old: He's the youngest of the Three High Nobles of Makai, which means that his age is at least in quadruple figures.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: An appropriate warning, too, considering his fighting style.
- Rolling Attack: The followup from his Ira Spinta known as Ira Piano (Wrath Plane), and his pursuit attack, Rasare Sega (Saving Saw).
- Shout-Out: Devilman is Jedah's most prominent design influence, down to the shoulder markings. Specifically Yasushi Nirasawa's take on the character, with the lanky, muscular build and prominent claws.
- Sinister Scythe: He produces them from his body. His standing HK (named as Falce Morte/Scythe Death in Cross Edge) is a clear example of this, and during his Nero Fatica (Black/Dark Fatigue).
- Shapeshifting: Has a liquid body. Doesn't help much when you see his head come off.
- Shapeshifter Weapon: His wings mostly. His entire body in the storyline.
- The Stoic: Until he goes Laughing Mad, that is.
- Treacherous Advisor: To Lilith. Ozom was one to him.
- Vocal Evolution: Compare Jedah's voice in Vampire Savior to his voice in either the Japanese version of Cross Edge or Project X Zone; it almost sounds like they have different voice actors due to Isshin Chiba using his more normal tone of range. Basically, he went from Dio to Devil Jinnote .
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Jedah really wants to save the planet... by resetting all of creation.
- Winged Humanoid: To an extent; Jedah's wings are actually not attached to his body.
- Womb Level: His stage, the Fetus of God, is literally a fleshy structure, complete with an actual fetus resting in the background. It provides the trope picture, by the way, so click at your own risk.
- Species: Phantom
Shadow is a malevolent blue phantom-like creature that jumps from body to body, allowing him to use the opponent he just defeated.
Tropes associated with Shadow:
- Body Surf
- Ditto Fighter Of previously defeated foes.
- Living Shadow: The name should be a dead giveaway.
- Fake Longevity: For "sequels."
- Victor Gains Loser's Powers: Does not keep them, though.
- Species: Puppet (Possibly Human)
Marionette is a rag doll-like toy (a puppet) creature, resembling a woman in a leaf-like dress, jester hat, and heels with short hair and a wind up key on her back. It is said that a evil phantom Shadow made a young woman his slave, turning her into a puppet in order to fulfill his task. Like Shadow, she can transform into other characters, but transforms into the opponent that she is currently fighting.
Tropes associated with Marionette:
- Species: Demon LordHomeland: Makai (Hell)
Morrigan's deceased (adoptive) father and former ruler of Makai. He is the most powerful demon known.
Tropes associated with Belial Aensland:
- Killed Off for Real: Belial is stated in official material related to Vampire Savior to have died between games two and three.
- Large and in Charge: His true form is the size of a building. Even in his more humanoid form, he still stands nearly twice as tall as his daughter.
- Multi-Armed and Dangerous: Had at least two extra arms.
- Posthumous Character: Plays an important role even after his death.
- Power Levels: The very top of the food chain.
- Physical God: Albeit, an aging one. This does not make him weaker but limited his time left on Makai.
- The Unseen: Though his true form has been used in some concept art, depicting him as a gargantuan devil with four arms, his Willfully Weak and more humanoid form was never fully seen outside of some shades.
- Willfully Weak: Kept himself bound most of the time to prevent Makai's destruction.
- Species: Human Esper
The young girl whom Donovan protects.
Tropes associated with Anita:
- Adaptational Name Change: Named "Amanda" in the western cartoon, following the second game as noted below under Dub Name Change.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Because of her powerful psychic abilities, Anita was shunned from normal society.
- Break the Cutie: Seeing Donovan lose himself to evil for her sake caused her to cry for the first time in her life.
- Anita's backstory may indicate this. Having her parents die at the hands of a Darkstalker and then being shunned by everyone else because of her powers made Anita shut off her own emotions, so she won't feel pain ever again.
- Bullying a Dragon: Happens to her in the OVA, when a couple of kids throw insults on her despite knowing she has supernatural powers.
- The Chosen One: She's prophesied to fight against Jedah and Dee.
- Creepy Child: Something Donovan plans to "fix."
- Dub Name Change: In Donovan's ending of the second game, she is named as "Amanda."
- Emotionless Girl: Justified as the traumas Anita suffered caused her pain, so she shut off her emotions to avoid feeling pain again. Until the emotions were forcibly brought out of her, that is.
- Forehead of Doom
- I Am Who?: Jedah hints her true destiny to both Anita and her guardian when they meet him in his secret arena. It is widely believed she will be Earth's saving grace who'll grow to become queen of the human race in the future.
- Morality Pet: Played with. In teaching Anita how to open up, Donovan comes to show compassion and care for the girl, a bond that eventually leads to him sacrificing his humanity at the end of his quest to vanquish the Darkstalkers.
- Nice Hat: Her teenaged version sports one, although only in Dee's storyline. Her cameo in Donovan's Night Warriors ending has Anita bareheaded.
- Parental Abandonment: Her parents died when a Darkstalker attacked Anita's village, killing off everyone but her. The sheer trauma led to her becoming an Emotionless Girl.
- Promoted to Playable: Averted in that she was at one point considered to be included as a playable character in Vampire Savior, but didn't make the final cut. The only traces that remain in the finished game are a pair of small portraits that lurk unused in the game's data. The design intended for this older incarnation of Anita finally saw the light of day as part of Dee's ending sequence in the PlayStation 2 Darkstalkers Collection.
- Psychic Powers: Implied to have them.
- Shout-Out: The concept of a silent, slightly creepy young girl who carries around a headless doll was likely inspired by Lucio Fulci's Don't Torture a Duckling.
- The Stoic
- Tragic Keepsake: The (headless) doll Anita carries around seems to be a memento of her dead mother.
- When She Smiles: At the very end of the OVA, and it is adorable (not to mention heartwarming). Her teenaged self from Donovan's ending in Night Warriors' is also shown to be more cheerful.
- Species: UnknownHomeland: Makai
The dude who resurrected Lord Raptor. He is as powerful as Demitri and Pyron.
Tropes associated with Ozom:
- Devour the Dragon: Ozom's reason for resurrecting and recruiting Lord Raptor was to eventually eat his soul. By commanding Lord Raptor to commit more and more vicious acts, his soul would become more and more evil, and thus more delicious. But before Ozom could enjoy his meal, he was destroyed by Jedah in the creation of his new dimension.
- The Emperor: A self proclaimed example, but is not actually strong enough to command rule of Makai, since he is merely an A class even after taking some of Jedah's power.
- Hollywood Voodoo: Used to resurrect Lord Raptor.
- The Usurper: After tricking Jedah into dimensional portal-induced self-destruction and the passing of Belial, Ozom more or less became the head honcho of Makai. That didn't last long, of course.
- Your Soul Is Mine: He loves to eat souls; the eviller, the tastier.
The Nobles of Makai
- Species: VariousHomeland: Makai (The Demon World)
These are Demitri and Pyron's equals in Makai. They rule over the land.
Tropes associated with them:
- Our Dragons Are Different: Xell Kreutz.
- Species: HumanHomeland: China
A woman coming from a clan of Chinese spiritualists, she sacrificed herself to save her twin daughters Hsien-Ko and Mei-Ling from a powerful Darkstalker. The twins now fight to win her freedom from the dark. When the girls collapse in Hsien-Ko's Night Warriors ending, she uses her remaining spiritual powers to fetch their souls and allow them to be reborn. In Hsien-Ko's Vampire Savior ending, she also aids them to leave the Majingen in time.
Tropes associated with Hsien-Ko's Mother:
- Action Mom: Defeated several monsters from another world.
- Parents in Distress: Upon saving the twins, she herself was imprisoned in the Dark. Now the girls want to release her to return the favor.
- Anime Chinese Girl: Older and Wiser version.
- Heroic Sacrifice: For her two girls.
- Mama Bear: Not even death will stop her from protecting her children in two different lives.
- Species: FrankenstienHomeland: Germany
Victor's older sister. More exactly she was a Frankenstein prototype that should have stopped functioning a long time ago, but was still sorta alive by the time Victor was created. Victor himself sees Emily as his Cool Big Sis, and his self-generating electricity keeps her alive... until Savior, where she stops functioning. Therefore, he seeks for a way to revive her.
Tropes associated with Emily:
- Species: BigfootHomeland: Canada
The elder of Sasquatch's village. He's prone to falling asleep at a moment's notice.
Tropes associated with Tundrad:
Vampire Savior manga
- ''We were born so that we can live". That's what he would say.
John is a young artist who decided to give Lilith a home. He was inspired by Robin Hood, who he personally considers his hero.
- Canon Foreigner: Doesn't exist in the videogames nor is he inspired anyone in particular.
- Nice Guy: He is a nice fellow. Him being gentle made Lilith fall for him.
- Non-Action Guy: He doesn't take part in any of the fights, and is up to Lilith to defend him if he is in danger.
Udon comic book series
A green-skinned witch with a disdain for cats that aren't black. Her black cat, Thomas, is a unique Cat-man.
- Amazing Technicolor Population: She is a green-skinned witch, no doubt inspired by the wicked witch of the west from The Wizard of Oz.
- Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in the videogames, but she does look like she could be part of it, being inspired by the Wicked Witch. Possibly lampshaded by Jon and Felicia.Jon Talbain: Who... the bloody hell was that?
Felicia: I have no idea.
- Giant Space Flea from Nowhere: She just appears in one issue to attack a train where Felicia and Jon were at. She is a darkstalker, but still.
- Hot Witch: She is drawn as attractive and is a witch, there is nothing much to add.
- Wicked Witch: Clearly inspired by the archetype, like all Darkstalkers are inspired by a movie monster. She is a green-skinned witch with a petty disdain for cats that aren't black and rides a broom, but she is not an old woman.
A black cat-man who is with Majorette. Deadly afraid of wolves.
- Canon Foreigner: Doesn't exist in the videogames, and the games themselves state his existence is impossible.
- Continuity Snarl: In the series lore, there are only cat-girls, with no chance of males ones ever existing.
- Satellite Character: He doesn't have much characterization beyond hating wolves, he is simply Majorette's cat.
- Mr. Fanservice: Possibly not intended, but he is easy on the eyes thanks to the art-style.
- The One Guy: He only known cat-man in existence.
- Species: Vampire
Dracula himself. He is Demitri's uncle, and demands the crystal skull.
Tropes associated with Dracula:
- Classical Movie Vampire
- More Teeth than the Osmond Family: Averted, unlike his nephew.
- Old Master
- Public-Domain Character
- Species: HumanHomeland: USA
A kid wizard who travels with Felicia. He has to defeat Pyron.
Tropes associated with Harry:
- Species: HumanHomeland: Germany
Tropes associated with Klaus:
- Species: SasquatchHomeland: Canada
Tropes associated with Hairball:
The health inspector, and Pyron's brother.
Tropes associated with Terramon: