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The Munsters are a family of monsters in the famous television series of the same name.

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The Munsters

  • Dark Is Not Evil: While they are monsters, they are actually very nice and friendly people.
  • 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.
    • They constantly talk behind Marilyn's back when talking about how she looks, stating that she's homely at best (particularly when she gains a love interest). As a result she also looks down on herself and others.
    • In one episode, Herman is turned into a normal man by lightning, Eddie outright acts like he has no father anymore, and Lilly can't even allow her husband to kiss her on the cheek.

    Herman Munster
Played by: Fred Gwynne (original series) and John Schuck (Munsters Today)

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: In Mockingbird Lane, he doesn't look like a Frankenstein monster and instead looks like a handsome man with a few scars around his neck and forearms.
  • Bumbling Dad: In all incarnations except Mockingbird Lane, where he is depicted as an intelligent and responsible father.
  • Frankenstein's Monster: Duh.
  • 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.
  • Happily Married: To Lily, in one of the most famous examples.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Huge Guy to Lily's Tiny Girl.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • Took a Level in Dumbass: While he wasn't very bright to begin with, he became noticeably dumber in The Munsters Today.

    Lily Munster
Played by: Yvonne DeCarlo (original) and Lee Meriwether (Munsters Today)

    "Grandpa" Vladimir Munster
Played by: Al Lewis (original) and Howard Morton (Munsters Today)

    Eddie Munster
Played by: Butch Patrick (original) and Jason Marsden (Munsters Today)

  • 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.
  • 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 first by: Beverly Owen and Pat Priest in the original series
Played by: Hillary Van Dyke on Munsters Today

  • Alliterative Name: Marilyn Munster.
  • Butt-Monkey: Her whole family, including she herself, thinks she's ugly, and most of her boyfriends are either scared off by the Munsters or lost in some other way.
  • Dumb Blonde: Was Flanderized into one in The Munsters Today.
  • The Generic Girl: the joke is that because she live in a family of monsters, they see her as "weird" for being this.
  • The Ghost: Her parents are never seen.
  • Informed Deformity: She is beautiful, but her family believe her to be ugly. Justified in that the Munsters have different standards of beauty.

The Munster's Friends and Co-Workers

    Mr. Gateman
  • 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)



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