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  • Actor-Shared Background: Scott McNeil, Lord Raptor's voice actor in the cartoon adaptation and the English dub of Night Warriors: Darkstalker's Revenge, is an Australian voicing an Australian character.
  • Divorced Installment: The original game was supposed to be a licensed Universal Horror fighting game, much like how Star Gladiator was going to be a licensed Star Wars fighting game.
  • Dummied Out:
    • Huitzil and Pyron's endings from Night Warriors are actually in the first game but mostly go unused since they aren't playable. Hacking the game to play as them and beat the game as them will play their endings but with garbage text reading "AAAAAAAAAAA." They also have alternate player colors if selected with a different button.
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    • Vampire Hunter 2 was made using Vampire Savior's engine, but with the Night Warriors cast. However, the new characters from VS remain as residual data, only their portraits remain except Lilith's, whose sprites and animations are all still present and functional. She can be selected by hacking and the game can be completed just fine if you use her, the only drawback being her lack of voice, victory BGM and that there's a chance the game might pit you against another Dummied Out vs. character in arcade mode.
  • Executive Meddling:
    • The creative teams at Capcom want to do a fourth one (Yoshinori Ono in particular is interested in making the project happen), but the suits won't let them, even despite A) the massive fan demand for one, and B) Capcom constantly including the series' characters in crossover games.
      • This came to a head when Capcom released Darkstalkers Resurrection, effectively the arcade builds of Night Warriors and Vampire Savior with a minor use of HD graphics and no real unlockables. note . To say the fandom was pissed when Capcom declared its failure meant a full fourth game release was cancelled is understating it.
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  • Fake Russian: The cartoon version of Hsien-Ko, despite still being from China.
  • Franchise Killer:
    • The hastily-released Japan-only arcade updates Vampire Savior 2 and Vampire Hunter 2 are widely regarded as having heavily damaged public interest in the series. On top of being slightly modified versions of Vampire Savior (and said modifications being largely disliked), the roster was split between two separate games due to hardware limitations, and the Vampire Hunter 2 title was misleading due to the original Vampire Hunter being a fairly different game gameplay-wise. Even the fact that three previously dropped characters were brought back into the mix wasn't enough to counter all the negatives, and series' remaining fans quickly abandoned these versions in favor of previous entries. Every Darkstalkers release since has been some kind of port of the existing entries in the series.
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    • Darkstalkers Resurrection, a decently-featured but still overpriced port of Vampire Hunter and Vampire Savior. It failed to meet its projected sales. Unfortunately, Capcom took that as a sign that interest in the franchise was overestimated, and as a result decided against making a new Darkstalkers game.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes:
    • The OVA was initially released by Viz Media on VHS and DVD, but those releases are now out of print. Fortunately averted now that Discotek Media has picked up the license.
    • The American Darkstalkers cartoon, along with the Street Fighter and Mega Man cartoons, was distributed on DVD by ADV Films, before going out of print due to the company going under. Sadly, while the Street Fighter and Mega Man cartoons have been license-rescued by Discotek Media, the Darkstalkers cartoon has yet to be rescued, though Discotek license-rescuing the OVA as noted above has given rise to some hope.
  • No Export for You:
    • Vampire Hunter 2 (Which features everyone in Vampire Savior sans the characters introduced in that game) and Vampire Savior 2 (Which features everyone in Vampire Savior except Jon Talbain, Rikuo and Sasquatch; plus Pyron, Huitzil and Donovan) never left Japan. We did get Darkstalkers 3 though, which is sort of a mash-up of the two.
      • Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2 are set to be included in the Capcom Fighting Collection, but it still falls victim of No Localization For You
    • There's also Vampire Chronicle for Matching Service for the Dreamcast (though the PlayStation Portable port known as Darkstalkers Chronicle: The Chaos Tower was brought over to the States) and Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection for the PlayStation 2.
  • Old Shame: Frank Brunner, who did animation for the American cartoon, openly called it "mindless garbage".
  • Playing Against Type: Demitri's voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama. This doesn't stop him from having some Hot-Blooded battle cries.
  • Polished Port: The Sega Saturn port of Vampire Savior is widely considered to be arcade-perfect, if not better than the arcade version due to re-adding fan favorites that were cut from the original release like Donovan, Huitzil and Pyron.
  • Talking to Himself:
    • Nobuyuki Hiyama voices both Demitri and Pyron. In Night Warriors/Vampire Hunter he gets a third character in the form of Donovan.
    • Yuji Ueda voices Jon Talbain, Lord Raptor and Rikuo.
    • Kan Tokumaru voices Anakaris, Bishamon, Sasquatch, and Victor.
    • In the western cartoon, Scott McNeil voices both Rikuo and Lord Raptor. He later adds Anakaris to his list of roles.
    • Miyuki Matsushita voices both Q-Bee and B.B.Hood in Darkstalkers 3/Vampire Savior.
  • What Could Have Been: Udon proposed to do an HD remake of the original series, similar to Street Fighter II and even drew up some concept sprites of Morrigan. Capcom turned them down however, citing that, unlike the SFII, Darkstalkers had more animation spites and just saw it as too much work to put into.
    • Reportedly, work was underway on a fourth installment that either would have ran on CPS-3 or NAOMI hardware before it was silently cancelled. Rumors have since spread that the potential game was to have been the debut of Amingo, who ultimately appears in Marvel vs. Capcom 2. Though Capcom has yet to confirm the validity of those rumors.
  • The Wiki Rule: Darkstalkopedia.

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