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  • If Lily is a vampire and Herman is a Frankenstein (sic), how come Eddie is a werewolf?
    • Some old traditions say that if a person is a werewolf while alive they become a vampire after they die. Maybe it's a progressive thing, like a caterpillar becoming a moth; Eddie will develop a more liquid diet when he becomes an adult.
    • If werewolfism and vampirism are just conditions a human can "catch" in this universe, it all starts to make more sense. The common thread, in any case, is they're all some kind of part-human. Alternately: Herman's testicles came from the corpse of a werewolf. Or Eddie is a vampire/dhampir with lycanthropy, I mean look at his ears and widow's peak. Does anyone remember which side of the family Eddie's werewolf uncle was on?
      • The werewolf uncle Lester was Lily's brother. It's also established that Grandpa has the ability to transform into a wolf, like Dracula. It's entirely possible that the two conditions go hand in hand, or else Lily's mother was a traditional werewolf and Lily just happens to take more after her father.
  • The real question is, if Herman was "made from spare parts," how can he have an identical twin?
    • The body that Herman's head came from had an identical twin. The "spare parts" were more or less identical as a necessity of the Frankensteining process: they had to be larger than average in order to be viable for the new body and more or less the same size in order to all fit together.
    • Actually, there were three identical monsters: Herman, Charlie, and Johann.
      • Four if you count Herman's younger twin brother Frank introduced in The Munsters Today.
  • Why does Marilyn Munster have the last name of her mother's sister's husband instead of her father, whoever he was? Did Herman and Lily adopt her? What happened to her parents?
    • Or, her father could have come from another family with the last name "Munster." It happens.
    • Remember that Marilyn is Romanian and underage, they probably did adopted her for legal purposes to make easier her staying in the US as Hermand and Lily are also Romanian immigrants but they achieved citizenship long before.
    • While rather eccentric, it is a possibility she changed it upon her decision to live regularly with the Munsters. From a modern perspective where mixed families and living arrangements are more common this could be an artifact trope, but not beyond the realm of something someone might have done in Marilyn's position instead of having to constantly explain why she's Marilyn Whatever not Munster.
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  • Granted that Marilyn's suitors would be scared of the initial sight of her aunt and uncle, but doubly afraid that she'd turn into one of them.
  • Given that Marilyn is considered "ugly" and the family worries that she won't be able to find a husband - why don't they notice that all her would-be suitors (in other words, normal humans) are equally ugly?
    • Maybe but you still don’t expect ugly people to like other ugly people. Besides Marilyn is more good looking than average so, as their concept of beauty is proportionally inverted, then she’s even uglier for them that most of the normal humans they encounter.
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