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The Munsters are a friendly Transylvanian-American family of monsters adjusting to life in California suburbs.

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The Munsters

  • Amazing Technicolor Population: All of the Munsters besides Marilyn. Grandpa, Lily and Eddie have bluish-mint green skin and Herman is pale green.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: They have arguments like any family and sometimes someone loses their temper, but they're incredibly tight-knit, protective of one another, and are shown to be very affectionate. It's extra touching that the whole family usually bands together when it comes to protecting Marilyn, who they believe will have a hard life due to her "unfortunate" looks.
  • Badass Family: Naturally. Count Dracula himself, his daughter, one of Frankenstein's creations, a werewolf, and the ordinary human that lives with them all completely unfazed.
  • Bizarre Taste in Food: Lily regularly cooks up meals made of shark, centipedes, and the like for them.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Every member of the family comes off as this to their neighbors, even Marilyn, due to how painfully unaware they are of how much they, their pets, and their home creep people out. But Herman is by the biggest example, being a naive Manchild who enjoys hopscotch and Mary Poppins.
  • Creepy Good: A famous example. While they find murder mysteries humorous and own a pet dragon, they're actually friendly people who try to get along with their "strange" neighbors, even befriending hippies and beatniks.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: All of the family members (except for Marilyn) dress in dark colors and have unsettling appearances, but they're all very friendly people who love their community and want to get along with others.
  • Fighter, Mage, Thief: The three adult members of the clan- tall, super-strong Bumbling Dad Herman is the fighter; Lily as the most rational, organized Only Sane Woman with vampiric abilities but with the most physically weak build (despite being able to cold cock Herman) makes the mage; and Mad Scientist Grandpa is the thief, given that he usually resorts to slyness and spells behind the others' backs to solve problems.
  • Funny Foreigner: The whole premise is that the Munsters are a quirky immigrant family who don't know how much they actually scare people.
  • Good Parents: Herman and Lily are very loving parents to Eddie and Marilyn (while she may technically be their niece, it's very clear she's more of a daughter to them since they've raised her since infanthood). Lily is very devoted and warm, and Herman works hard to set a good example for little Eddie. While they think Marilyn is the strange-looking one, they coddle and dote on her, believing her looks will make life a lot harder for her, and constantly try to help her find a worthy suitor.
  • Large Ham: Marilyn seems to be the only calm one of the family, with every other Munster being very passionate and chewing the scenery whenever they're angry or upset.
  • Monster Mash: Herman is Frankenstein's Monster, Lily is a vampire, Grandpa is Dracula, Eddie is a werewolf, and Marilyn is a normal human being.
  • Mr. Vice Guy: All of them are good people but they are flawed to various extents, mainly due to having a different set of values than the world around them, making them seem like shallow bigots at times. They often blame each other, act cowardly, act on impulse, scheme, and almost abandon the family among other things.
    • In one episode, when Herman is turned into a normal man by lightning, Eddie outright acts like he no longer has a father anymore, and Lily can't even allow her husband to kiss her on the cheek.
  • Quirky Household: A supernatural immigrant family from The Old Country:
    • Adorkable Frankenstein Monster Herman, the patriarch
    • Spunky Cute Monster Girl daughter of Dracula Lily, the matriarch
    • Mad Scientist and Doting Grandparent Grandpa, aka the Count
    • Eddie, the little All American Boy who howls at the moon and sleeps in random places in the house
    • Marilyn, the sweet and attractive adopted daughter whose normalcy not only highlights her relatives' own quirks but comes off as very odd on its own considering how she's a human who thinks haunted houses and dragon pets are ordinary
  • Shipper on Deck: The other members of the family are always quite excited when Marilyn snags a date (unfortunately, they usually end up unintentionally ruining it).
  • Thicker Than Water: They're incredibly close and have each other's backs, no matter what. As well they should, too, given how people in The Old Country were known to treat those with their kind of appearance (which is exactly what happens in the spoof of the Munsters in The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror opening!).
  • Women Are Wiser: Lily and Marilyn are usually more reasonable and practical than Herman and Grandpa (with Eddie just being a child).

    Herman Munster
Played by: Fred Gwynne (original series), John Schuck (Munsters Today), Jerry O'Connell (Mockingbird Lane), Jeff Daniel Phillips (2022 film)
The man of the house. Husband of Lily and father of Eddie, son-in-law of Grandpa, and Marilyn's uncle by marriage. A Frankenstein's monster who works hard to support his family and has a big heart.
  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In Mockingbird Lane, he doesn't look like a Frankenstein monster and instead despite a few scars around his neck and forearms, looks like an otherwise handsome, normal man.
  • Birds of a Feather: He and Lily are more alike than they would first seem, both being very passionate people who are clingy towards each other, goofy and almost childlike in their affection towards each other. This is especially clear in "Happy 100th Anniversary" where they both secretly take night welding jobs to buy each other a special anniversary gift, befriend each other (not knowing who the other is beneath the welding masks), show the same sense of humor, and trade lunches that are exactly what the other likes.
  • Brains and Brawn: Not that Herman doesn't have bright moments, but he's definitely the Brawn to Grandpa's Brains, being super strong and often the one to do the dirty work.
  • Bumbling Dad: In all incarnations except Mockingbird Lane, where he is depicted as an intelligent and responsible father.
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Herman displays elements of this trope towards Lily in various episodes.
    • In "Herman's Rival", Lily takes a job as a tea-room fortune teller when she thinks the family has gone bankrupt, but keeps this from her husband. Herman becomes jealous, thinking his wife is cheating on him.
    • In "Lily Munster — Girl Model", Herman becomes jealous of Lily's taking a job as a model because he thinks men will start ogling her and indulge in "hanky panky". He decides to make her jealous, hoping to make her give up her new career.
    • In "Lily's Star Boarder", Herman becomes jealous of the new boarder Lily takes in.
  • Cloudcuckoolander: Herman is goofy, has bouts of silliness, and is shown to have a love of pop culture generally geared more towards that of children like Porky Pig and Mary Poppins, far more than you would think for Frankenstein's monster.
  • Fatal Flaw: His naivete, which gets him into trouble every other episode.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: He's considered to be the most successful of Dr. Frankenstein's many efforts—presumably since he didn't tear apart the countryside.
  • Friend to All Children: Due to being such a Manchild, he tends to get along well with kids... provided he doesn't accidentally scare them off when they first see him.
  • Gentle Giant: Looks like a terrifying, 7 foot tall monster, but can be quite meek around his wife, loves children, and dislikes angering people.
  • Happily Married: To Lily, in one of the most famous examples. They stand out as a fictional couple for having a pretty realistic romance, simultaneously shown to be deeply in love and very mutually affectionate while having occasional arguments and disagreements.
  • Hidden Depths: Herman enjoys hopscotch and is a huge fan of modern pop culture, referencing various shows, movies or cartoons often. He's shown to be a particular fan of Mary Poppins, Huckleberry Hound, and Porky Pig.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Lily's Tiny Girl.
  • Hulk Speak: Averted. Despite looking like Frankenstein's Monster, he's very articulate.
  • Lantern Jaw of Justice: Has a large, square jaw and is a pretty upstanding guy.
  • Manchild: In most incarnations, he acts rather childish, often throwing foundation-shaking tantrums and Grandpa at one point managing to get him to volunteer for an experiment by promising to give him candy when the experiment is done.
  • Nice Guy: Herman can be bumbling and impulsive but he is good-natured, lovable, and quite caring.
  • Odd Friendship: Herman, the creature brought to life by Dr. Frankenstein, was friends with his neighbor's child, young Gaven.
  • Phrase Catcher: Lily's Affectionate Nickname for him is "Pussycat".
    • And occasionally "Poopsie".
  • Really 700 Years Old: He was said to be married to Lily for 100 years in the original show (300 years in The Munsters Today).
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Red to Grandpa's Blue.
  • Rich Suitor, Poor Suitor: In the film, he's a working-class country boy next to rich aristocrat Count Orlok, both of whom fall for Lily.
  • Scary Stitches: On his wrists and neck.
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While he could be quite gullible to begin with, he became noticeably dumber in The Munsters Today.

    Lily Munster
Played by: Yvonne De Carlo (original), Lee Meriwether (Munsters Today), Portia de Rossi (Mockingbird Lane), Sheri Moon Zombie (2022 film)
Lady of the house. Wife of Herman and mother of Eddie. Grandpa's daughter and Marilyn's aunt. A vampiress who is protective of her family, doting to her husband but wears the pants in the family. Her character is a mix of the Bride of Frankenstein with her pale dress, skunk stripe and marriage to Frankenstein's creature, Lady Marya from Dracula's Daughter, and Luna of Mark of the Vampire with her long black hair, dark makeup and flowing white gown.
  • Adaptational Superpower Change: Lily was originally a nigh-indestructible vampire with super strength; the 2022 film also gives her the ability to shoot lightning from her fingers, the typical vampire hypnotism, and a scary voice she uses when she's really angry.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Played with, in that Lily is smitten seeing Herman in his punk rock attire singing with his band in a seedy club... but it's very obviously his big heart and sense of humour she loves best.
  • Badass Adorable: Don't let Lily's cute looks fool you. She can float, drink blood, and sock a man out cold.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She is usually the voice of reason, though the rest of the family know not to cross her when she becomes more sharp.
  • Birds of a Feather: She and Herman are more alike than they seem, both being very passionate people who are clingy towards each other, goofy and almost childlike in their affection towards each other. This is especially clear in "Happy 100th Anniversary" where they both secretly take night welding jobs to buy each other a special anniversary gift, befriend each other (not knowing who the other is beneath the welding masks), show the same sense of humor, and trade lunches that are exactly what the other likes.
  • Cheery Pink: Lily is as upbeat as June Cleaver or Donna Reed, and lots of official art and merchandise has her wearing a pale pink gown.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Lily displays elements of this trope towards Herman in various episodes.
    • In "Follow That Munster", Herman hopes to get a job moonlighting with a detective agency and goes out nights to practice his craft by shadowing people. Lily think he's cheating on her and hires the same detective agency to follow Herman. Herman is subsequently hired by the agency and assigned to follow himself!
    • In "Love Locked Out", Lily angrily locks Herman out of the bedroom when he returns late from the office Christmas party, thinking the worst of him and making him sleep on the couch. They go to couples therapy to resolve the situation.
    • In "Herman's Child Psychology", Lily gets extremely jealous when Herman dances with Olga the Dancing Bear. She drives the beast off, calling her a shameless hussy.
    • Lily's jealousy is more justifiable in "Big Heap Herman" when her husband seriously considers an Indian tribe's offer to marry a young woman of said tribe (the Indians think he's an ancient spirit because he looks like one of their totem-pole deities, and want to keep Herman around as a tribal member).
  • Cool Aunt: She's one to Marilyn, particularly in season 2 when Marilyn becomes more of a companion to her. Lily is supporting of Marilyn, whether it's cheering on her attempts to land a boyfriend or encouraging her to not drop out of college when money is tight, and it's clear Marilyn thinks highly of Lily.
  • Cute Monster Girl: She's actually quite pretty for a vampire.
  • Daddy's Girl: Not touched on much in the original series, but more obvious in the 2022 film where the Count is very protective of her and it's obvious they're quite close.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: The Count makes it clear he disapproves of Lily's choice in a boyfriend, almost crying in despair after their wedding; although later in America, when the family has to stick together in a rough situation, he does act much friendlier to Herman.
  • Daywalking Vampire: She has the ability to go outside, although she does usually carry a parasol, presumably for extra protection.
  • Dude Magnet: Several men have been attracted to her. While some of it is because Lily is clearly beautiful, it may also be part of her vampiric nature to charm people.
  • Fatal Flaw: Her temper. Lily can get pretty angry when her father or husband screw up and sometimes it leads her to assume the worst, wrongly.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Is a vampire like her father but is a very nice lady, and often tries to discourage his antics.
  • Genki Girl: The modern remake depicts her as somewhat flighty and more hyper in her youth compared to how more mellow and proper she is in the 1960s series as a married mother.
  • Happily Married: To Herman, in one of the most famous examples.
  • Harp of Femininity: She plays one occasionally.
  • Hidden Depths:
    • 1960s Lily is shown to be Not So Above It All when she feels Herman and Grandpa have taken their antics too far, and will sometimes teach them a lesson with a taste of their own medicine.
    • 2022 Lily is shown to speak fluent French and enjoys immersing herself in a foreign culture.
  • Housewife: Lily is usually content to keep the house in (dis)order. Typically she only goes out to get a job if the plot demands it - such as if she finds out the family is tight on money.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Tiny Girl to Herman's Huge Guy.
  • Jewish American Princess: Her father is Ambiguously Jewish in the original show and considerably more so in the Rob Zombie remake, making Spoiled Sweet aristocratic Lily a downplayed version of this trope.
  • Mama Bear: Is very protective towards her niece and young son.
  • Nice Girl: Quite nice and kind, and is quick to call out Grandpa or Herman when she thinks they're being unfair or mean to someone.
  • Not So Above It All: Lily is generally the most level-headed adult, but if she feels her husband or father have gone too far with their pranks or fighting, she's not afraid to get back at them to put a stop to their behavior.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: She occasionally carries one outside to avoid harsh sunlight as well as emphasize her elegance.
  • Pink Means Feminine: In color, her iconic gown is shown to be a purplish-pink, and she several feminine-coded hobbies (playing the harp, baking, embroidery) and is a housewife.
  • Really 700 Years Old: In a second season episode, Grandpa shows Herman a photo album that includes his wedding photo with Lily, and that their 100th anniversary is coming up soon.
  • Shock and Awe: Her rebooted version can shoot blasts of lightning from her fingertips.
  • Shout-Out: Her appearance is inspired by Luna, daughter of Count Mora in Mark of the Vampire, and the white streak in her black hair and iconic light-colored gown, and in addition to her being married to a creation of Dr. Frankenstein, is a clear homage to the titular Bride of Frankenstein.
  • Spoiled Sweet: In the 2022 film, Lily is depicted as a pampered noblewoman but has none of the bratty qualities of a rich girl.
  • Textile Work Is Feminine: She is shown to enjoy embroidery on the show, knits in the comics, and sews up Eddie's stuffed wolf doll when he needs it.
  • Ugly Slavic Women: Played with. All the various women who have played Lily (from Yvonne de Carlo to Portia de Rossi to Sheri Moon Zombie) are gorgeous, and in the Mockingbird Lane her beauty has outright has vampiric charm, but in most versions she is still depicted as able to frighten people off with her looks despite being objectively pretty in all adaptations.
  • Vocal Dissonance: Sheri Moon Zombie has a high, sweet voice as Lily, but when she's upset, it hilariously turns deeper and more menacing.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Has shades of this when a couple times she suspects Herman might be seeing another woman.
  • Women Are Wiser: Lily is pretty clearly the most rational and level-headed of the family, besides her niece Marilyn.

    Samuel "Grandpa" Vladimir Dracula
Played by: Al Lewis (original), Howard Morton (Munsters Today), Eddie Izzard (Mockingbird Lane), Daniel Roebuck (2022 film)
Lily's father and Herman's father-in-law, grandfather of Eddie and Marilyn. An elderly vampire who is either Dracula himself or an Expy thereof (though he is explicitly called 'Count Dracula' at least twice in the original series). Has a Self-Demonstrating page.
  • Adaptational Villainy: He is downright evil in Mockingbird Lane.
  • Ambiguously Jewish: Implied with actually Jewish actor Al Lewis in the original series and played a bit straighter with Dan Roebuck in the 2022 remake.
  • Doting Grandparent: He's shown to be very close to his grandkids and enjoys fixing up devices or potions to make them happy.
  • Brains and Brawn: While Grandpa can be as naive as other members of the family, he is usually the Brains to his son-in-law's Brawn, being the one who concocts schemes.
  • Daywalking Vampire: He has no problem going outside without getting harmed, although in Mockingbird Lane, he does use a parasol and sunglasses.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He often makes witty remarks about the situation.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In Mockingbird Lane, he acts like a nice old man but actually tries to kill a few people.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Is a vampire but an overall nice guy.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Any side of jerkiness mainly comes from aging. He is a lovable character and can be a nice guy.
  • Mad Scientist: He often creates magic potions and bizarre inventions. This ends up a catalyst for Munsters Today.
  • Obnoxious In-Laws: Downplayed. He's rarely antagonistic per se, but he is rather acerbic towards Herman, especially in Munsters Today.
  • Oops! I Forgot I Was Married: One episode features this, where a woman claims to be his ex wife and Grandpa can't remember her at all, as he's been married so many times. Averted in that it was a stranger trying to con him.
    • Played straight with Zoya Krupp in the Rob Zombie film.
  • Perky Goth: Wears mostly all black, lives primarily in his dark, spooky, cobweb filled dungeon- and is a very chipper guy.
  • Really 700 Years Old: If his daughter and Herman have been married for a century, he can only be older than most living people himself.
    • In "Hot Rod Herman", it's established that he was born in 1367.
  • Serial Spouse: He claims to have had over a hundred wives (which would explain why at least two of his children are different species from each other).
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: Was meaner to Herman than he usually was in The Munsters Today.
  • Troll: He tends to cause mischief for the fun if it.
    Herman: Grandpa... you're not writing crank letters to 'Dear Abby' again?
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He can turn into a variety of people and animals, but usually assumes the form of the traditional bat.
  • Villain Protagonist/Token Evil Teammate: In Mockingbird Lane, he's the most mean-spirited of the family and attempts to kill one of their neighbors.

    Eddie Munster
Played by: Butch Patrick (original), Jason Marsden (Munsters Today) and Mason Cook (Mockingbird Lane)
Youngest member of the family. Herman and Lily's son, Marilyn's cousin. A werewolf, and a jovial, athletic little boy who just wants to make his parents proud, but is occasionally prone to mischief.
  • The All-American Boy: A parody of chipper, rambunctious boy characters of the 50s and 60s like Beaver Cleaver.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Eddie is generally a nice kid, but throws a tantrum when kids at school give him a nickname he hates.
  • Butt-Monkey: All sorts of unfortunate or embarrassing things happen to him, like getting a whole baseball stuck in his mouth.
  • Cheerful Child: Eddie is a pretty upbeat, good-natured child, howling at the moon aside.
  • Embarrassing Nickname: Kids at school start calling him "Shorty" in one episode, which angers him.
  • Informed Attribute: The number of times in the entire franchise that Eddie actually transforms into a werewolf on-screen can be counted on one hand.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: In Mockingbird Lane, he is depicted as a normal boy who turns into a savage wolf-like beast during the full moon like a traditional werewolf. He is very unhappy about his condition.
  • Like Father, Like Son: Is shown to share Herman's sensitive emotions and throws tantrums in a very similar way.
  • Random Species Offspring: The werewolf son of a vampire and Frankenstein's monster. Though Lily's brother is a werewolf, meaning it quite easily could run in the family on her side.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: He takes more after his mother and maternal grandfather than his father despite Eddie himself being a werewolf, like his pointed widow's peak and angular looks.
  • Verbal Tic: Says "gee" a lot.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: He was able to change into a wolf-like monster at will in "Here Come the Munsters" and "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas".

    Marilyn Munster
Played by: Beverly Owen, Pat Priest (original series), Hillary Van Dyke (Munsters Today) and Charity Wakefield (Mockingbird Lane)
Daughter of Lily's sister; Marilyn's parents are still in Europe and she lives with her Grandpa, Aunt Lily, Uncle Herman and Cousin Eddie in America. Unlike the rest of the family, Marilyn is to all appearances an ordinary human being with blonde hair and a peaches-and-cream complexion, which makes the other Munsters consider her frightfully plain.
  • Alliterative Name: Marilyn Munster.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Toward Eddie, her little cousin.
  • Black Sheep: Marilyn stands out with stark contrast to her monster relatives, looking like a normal and conventionally beautiful human girl. It should also be noted that Marilyn is basically the goth child; while her family dress in mostly dark colors and look scary, Marilyn could choose to do the same to try to fit in with them more; but she doesn't, preferring instead to wear fashionable 1950s dresses and a stylish short bob. Who knew Marilyn Munster was such a rebel?
  • Book Smart: The few times we see her in college, it is clear that her professors and classmates consider her rather intelligent. She is also the most sensible and perceptive member of the family in the original series (though not the sequel series), often given by the script the "leading questions" to ask the others (and set up their humorous answers).
  • Butt-Monkey: Her whole family, including she herself, thinks she's ugly. The Running Gag about Marilyn is that most of her would-be paramours aren't scared of her, but rather her monstrous-looking family, but she thinks it's her looks that scare them off.
  • Cheery Pink: Some promotional shots or vintage merchandise have her in pink, and she's easily the most upbeat member of the family.
  • Consistent Clothing Style: The only member of the family to regularly wear different outfits. She prefers classic early 60s a-line dresses, florals, cardigans, midi skirts, and bright colors.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Eddie (though they're technically cousins), whom she gets along very well with.
  • The Cutie: Is a perky, sweet blonde who loves her family dearly, and always offers support for them.
  • Dumb Blonde: Was Flanderized into one in The Munsters Today.
  • Expy: While she is named after Marilyn Monroe, her actual hair and clothing style as well as demeanor seem much more based on teen icon Sandra Dee, a beauty icon in her own right who starred in many beach movies and rom-coms.
  • The Generic Girl: The joke is that because she lives in a family of monsters, they see her as "weird" for being this.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: A blonde-haired young woman who is incredibly lovable.
  • I Am Not Pretty: Marilyn believes she's ugly because she looks nothing like her creepy family.
  • Informed Deformity: She is beautiful, but her family believes her to be ugly. Justified in that the Munsters have different standards of beauty.
  • Mad Scientist's Beautiful Daughter: It has been implied a few times that Marilyn is the offspring of both a son in the Munster family that adopted Herman and Lily's vampire sister, though this implication has never been officially confirmed.
  • Nice Girl: Is easily the kindest person in the family, who she loves very much and is very loyal to. She even tells off one suitor for thinking her family is creepy.
  • Obliviously Beautiful: She's unaware of how beautiful she actually is.
  • Raised by the Supernatural: An ordinary human girl adopted and raised by her monster relatives.
  • Random Species Offspring: While we don't know who (or what) Marilyn's father was, her mother was presumably a vampire like her aunt and grandfather, who somehow had a normal human child like Marilyn.
  • Shipper on Deck: She very much supports her aunt and uncle's relationship.
  • Shout-Out: She's named after the film icon famous for her blonde locks, Marilyn Monroe.
  • Sickeningly Sweet: Her frilly, girly bedroom invokes this.
  • Straight Man: Unfortunately, most of her dialogue consisted of feeding straight lines to the rest of the family.
  • The Team Normal: In a family of supernatural creatures with special abilities, Marilyn is never shown to have any.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Due to having been raised by a family of monsters, she's just as into the macabre and surreal as they are, mistaking all of her human dates as being scared of her appearance rather than theirs.

The Munsters' Extended Family, Friends and Co-Workers

    Mr. Gateman
Played by: John Carradine

  • Benevolent Boss: Most of the time, he is shown as fair and polite to Herman.
  • Berserk Button: Being asked for a raise during the Christmas season in "The Munsters' Scary Little Christmas". He hates Christmas because the holiday season has a very low mortality rate, which is obviously bad for business when you work for a funeral parlor.

    Mr. Goodbury 

    Mr. Graves 

    Dr. Dudley
Played by: Paul Lynde, Dom DeLuise (1 episode in Season 2)

     Uncle Lester 

  • Con Man: In the movie, basically tricks Herman into giving him Lester's own father's and sister's money, to pay back a huge debt he owes Zoya.
  • Game Show Host: His flashy suits make him look like one in the film.
  • Get-Rich-Quick Scheme: Lester in both the show and the remake film get suckered into these, sometimes leaving him totally broke.
  • The Unfavorite: In the Rob Zombie film, it's clear the Count finds his son and his terrible money management skills disappointing, and all but tells him so to his face. It stands out in contrast to how protective over his daughter he is to his son.

Munster, Go Home!

    Lady Effigie Munster
Played by: Hermione Gingold
Herman's english aunt who runs a secret money forging operation in Munster Hall.
  • Big Bad: Of the first movie.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: By virtue of being an old lady, she leaves the physical part of her villainy to her henchmen.

    Cousin Freddie Munster
Played by: Terry-Thomas
Herman's villainous cousin who aids his mother with her evil plans.
  • Ax-Crazy: Of the movies villains he is the one who is most prone to violence.
  • Co-Dragons: Together with his sister Grace for their mother Lady Effigie.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Even more than the rest of his family.

    Cousin Grace Munster
Played by: Jeanne Arnold
Herman's villainous cousin who aids her mother with her evil plans.
  • Co-Dragons: Together with her brother Freddie for their mother Lady Effigie.

    Butler Cruikshank
Played by: John Carradine
Munster Hall's crazy and sinister butler.

2022 Film

     Dr. Henry Augustus Wolfgang 
'Played by: Richard Brake

  • Bad Boss: He regularly talks down to his henchman Floop and ignores his pleas to stop the clearly dangerous experiment they're performing.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rarely a scene goes by that doesn't feature him offering a sarcastic quip.
  • Drown My Sorrows: He's so miserable with how his greatest experiment, Herman, turned out that he just gets drunk at his and Lily's wedding.
  • Jerkass: He's dismissive to his assistant Floop and exploits his labor. Later on, he's completely cold to Herman once Herman makes it clear he's no genius and would rather pursue a music career. Herman is essentially this guy's son, and he gets ''drunk'' at his as Lily's wedding.
  • Mad Scientist: A hammy genius who is determined to create the most physically and intellectually perfect specimen.
  • Large Ham: His reaction upon seeing his own success of creating life is about what you'd expect from a Dr. Frankenstein Expy.
  • Rude To The Waiter: He's unkind to his assistant Floop, insulting his intelligence (which admittedly is kind of low), and treating him like a pack mule.

     Count Orlok 

     Zoya and Bela Krupp 

  • Evil Debt Collector: Played with. Zoya and her husband threaten Lester's life if he can't repay them, but up till this point, it's implied they've given him a lot of time to pay them back.
  • Fortune Teller: Zoya has the aesthetic and get-up for this trope, but doesn't actually do the magic that goes with it.
  • Loan Shark: She's this to Lester, who owes her BIG MONEY, which is what helps kick off the plot of the film.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Not truly psychotic, but justifiably angry. The Count truly did hurt Zoya and seems completely unrepentant of it, to the point that he actually forgot they were married once. However, whether or not heartbreak excuses how she manipulates Lester into losing all his family's money and assets are a totally different story.
  • Romani
    • Roguish Romani: Subverted. Zoya is cunning and a shrewd busineswoman, but she never actually swindles innocent people out of their money, only the money-hungry Lester Dracula.
  • Woman Scorned: Her whole motivation for ruining the Count.