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Whoa-oa-oa, Vampirina!
We were normal vampires in Transylvania
Like the other monsters on every block
'Til we packed our things and we flapped our wings
And we got a case of human race culture shock!
The show's Expository Theme Tune

Vampirina is a Disney Junior show based on the Vampirina Ballerina children's books which premiered on October 1, 2017. Developed by Doc McStuffins creator Chris Nee, the show is about a young vampire girl named Vampirina Hauntley (nicknamed Vee) as she and her family move from Transylvania to Pennsylvania to open a bed and breakfast for visiting ghouls and goblins. Along the way, Vee navigates her way through the human world with help from her family and friends.


Vampirina contains examples of:

  • Absentee Actor: Of all the main characters, Vee is the only one to appear in every single episode.
  • Actually Not a Vampire: In "The Ghoul Next Door", the Bee, Edgar and Poppy get new neighbors, whom Edgar believes are vampires from Transylvania. Even the Hauntleys start to wonder if they might be. But it turns out they're humans.
  • Adaptational Dye Job: Vee's family has pale gray skin in the books, while their skin is light blue here.
  • A Day in the Limelight: "Frights, Camera, Action! " for Edgar,
  • Adorkable:
    • Demi the ghost is quite an excitable and nerdy little guy.
    • Vee is socially awkward, but she looks cute when doing so.
    • Even Mr. Gore gets in on this. "Vee Is For Valentine" and its partner episode show his nerdier side that makes him rather endearing.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Vee's full name is Vampirina Hauntley, but everyone calls her Vee.
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  • All-CGI Cartoon: Like with Doc McStuffins , the show is done in CGI provided by Brown Bag Films
  • Alliterative Name: Poppy Peepleson.
  • Alphabet News Network: Transylvania News Network.
  • Amazing Technicolor Population: Vampirina and her parents have light blue skin.
  • Ambiguously Brown: Edgar and Poppy's family. "Nanpire the Great" and Poppy's features imply they are half-Latino, half-black.
  • Art Shift: The Ghoul Girls Rock shorts are done in a flash/hand drawn style instead of CG.
  • Artistic License – Geography: "Look Who's Scared Now!" has the characters refer to Pennsylvania as a town, instead of a state; in addition, the town's color is said to be pink and official mascot is a bear; in reality, Pennsylvania's state colors are blue and gold and the official state mascot is the Nittany Lion.
    • Though Pennsylvania could also be the name of town the series takes place in, AND it's in the state of the same name. And pink and the bear could be the town's color and mascot respectively.
  • Babysitting Episode: "Little Terror" has Vee taking care of her baby cousin Nosy.
  • Birthday Episode: "Desserter Mystery" is about Nanpire's birthday.
  • Black Comedy: A considerably downplayed example considering its target demographic, but it's not uncommon for Vee to accidentally mention things like "I'm dying to try this out" or "Let's knock them dead" when she's really trying to say that she's excited for something.
  • Bowdlerise: An in-universe example occurs in "Two Heads Are Better Than One". The loser for each event during the Transylvanian Friendship Festival usually suffer some type of minor curse, one of which involves a dragon. Bridget is understandably freaked out, and Gregoria changes it to simply using a stopwatch to measure the time.
  • Competition Freak: Implied with Edna. In "Beast In Show", she's slightly insensitive to Vee when thinking she was going to watch the dog show with Wolfie instead of taking part in it. In "Hauntleyween", she does genuinely congratulate the family for winning the haunted house contest, though there's a slight tone in her voice that gives off the vibe of really wanting to win.
  • Cool Teacher: The first teacher we meet, Mr. Gore, is a nice fellow who reacts with startlement and sincere gratitude that Vee brought him a snapdragon which actually snaps. He makes genuine attempts to make Vee feel welcome and included.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: It's a show centering on a family of vampires, but given the demographic, they're naturally friendly.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Gregoria, one of the gargoyles in Vee's house.
  • Did You Get a New Haircut?: In "Vampire Weekend," after Vee and Poppy switch places in being a human and a vampire, Demi asks them this.
  • Easter Special: "The Great Egg Scramble" involves a dragon egg getting mixed up into an Easter egg hunt.
  • Epic Fail: Edgar once posted his goldfish at his web show. Even his grandma wouldn't give it a thumbs-up.
  • Expressive Hair: Vee’s bat wing pigtails droop whenever she’s sad or upset.
  • Masculine Girl, Feminine Boy: Gregoria and Demi.
  • Fingerless Gloves: Vee wears them. Even her pajamas have long sleeves with thumbholes to allude to such gloves.
  • Fish out of Water: The Hauntleys are trying to fit into human society.
  • Flying Car: The family car is a hearse with bat wings. It flew them from Transylvania to Pennsylvania.
  • Foil: Poppy and Bridget both act as foils to each other as Vee's friends. While both are doggedly nice girls, the former is confident, genre savvy, and slightly insensitive when trying to help out while the latter is more introverted and scared, yet still empathic, often acting as Vee's conscience.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Demi often forgets at times that as a ghost he can go through walls.
  • "Freaky Friday" Flip: "Vampire Weekend" has Vee and Poppy switch places, with the former becoming a human while the latter becomes a vampire, all through the use of a moon pendant. It also happened to Gregoria and Demi once, which she doesn't like talking about.
  • Friendly Ghost: Demi. That is all.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vampirina's family are actually vampires, including Vampirina herself, who were very friendly.
  • Genki Girl: Vee's a little ball of energy and optimism.
  • Golden Snitch: In "The Great Egg-Scramble", the kids enter an egg-hunting contest where the first prize goes to the contestant who finds more eggs unless a contestant finds the golden egg. If it's found, its finder is automatically declared the winner.
  • Good Parents: Vee has loving parents who support her endeavors.
  • Halloween Episode: "Hauntleyween" has Vee's family throw a Halloween party, and everyone thinks the monsters there are just people in costumes.
  • Hamster-Wheel Power: For a science fair, Edgar decides to power a light bulb using one of those with a lizard instead of a hamster.
  • Hartman Hips: Poppy's mom Edna Peepleson.
  • Hiccup Hijinks: The premise of the episode "Hiccupire" has Vee coming down with vampire hiccups, with Poppy and Bridget trying to cure her.
    • It turns out the reason Nanpire couldn't make Vee's concert in "Home Scream Home" was because she also had vampire hiccups.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Bridget is so afraid of spiders she's scared by a chalk-drawn one that, as Edgar points out, she drew.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Ghouls and goblins tell each other "hold your zombie horses." They also wish each other "nasty dreams."
    • In "Vampire Weekend", Gregoria said it's "raining bats and frogs".
  • Humanity Ensues: In "Vampire Weekend", the now-human Vee realizes how tiring being a human is when night approaches.
  • Inexplicably Identical Individuals: Vee's old friends in Transylvania resemble her human friends Poppy and Bridget. The Poppy look-alike is a werewolf and the Bridget look-alike is a Fish Person. And Vee's ghost friend resembles Edgar.
  • In Medias Res: The first episode starts with the Hauntleys having recently moved to Pennsylvania and settled into the B&B.
  • Innocently Insensitive:
    • Vee means well, but can sometimes do some rather careless things when helping others.
    • Poppy can also be this way. She's got a good heart and always means well, but can sometimes be unintentionally stubborn when trying to help Vee or anyone adjust to human culture.
  • Insane Troll Logic: In "Hide and Shriek", Vampirina finds Bridget, who takes advantage of having her back turned to Vampirina to pull an "if I don't see you, you don't see me" reasoning.
  • Insistent Terminology: In "Vee Goes Viral", Dragos the Dancer repeatedly corrects Vee and company when they only call him Dragos.
  • Instant Web Hit: In early installments, Edgar's paranormal-hunting web show is a bomb that only has six viewers and two of them are his grandma and her pet. But when he decides to break format and post a video of Vee and Poppy dancing a ghoulish hit, he ends up getting over a million views.
  • Intrigued by Humanity: Vee, to the point of wanting to be live a day as one in "Vampire Weekend". However, in "Fangless," she isn't so sure she wants to be human.
  • I Want My Mommy!: Edgar shouts this word-for-word when getting scared in "Vampirina's Surprise Party" and is caught on camera doing so. To his credit, he's the first to return after almost everyone freaks out and leaves.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: To paraphrase what Vee and Nanpire said about Gregoria the gargoyle: "She's tough on the outside, but sweet as pie on the inside". This is revealed through Gregoria's sharp bluntness, especially to Demi when he makes mistakes.
  • Jump Scare: Downplayed considering the show's target audience. When Vee and her family first move to Pennsylvania, they note that humans tend to get pretty jumpy and screamy around unfamiliar things. Indeed, in "Vee's Surprise Party," Vee's friends react badly at first to a scary surprise party. Bridget in particular tends to jump at the slightest bit of surprise or scare.
  • Locked Out of the Loop: Edgar is the only one in Vee's friendship circle who is unaware of her monster identity. Edna and all of Vee's class follow suit.
  • Lovable Coward: Bridget is an overall sweet and Adorkable girl. She just has a hard time adjusting to the whole vampire thing.
  • Malfunction Malady: As a monster trait, all vampires get "the batties" when nervous or freaked out. It means they temporarily lose control of their ability to turn into a bat, and shift back and forth at random until they can calm down.
  • Meganekko: Bridget.
  • Morphic Resonance: When Vee and her parents turn into bats, they retain their original faces on their bat bodies.
  • Nerd Glasses: Boris and Mr. Gore. Demi also dons glasses at times to look more intelligent.
  • Never Say "Die": Surprisingly averted—there are some instances where Vee says something to the effect of "I'm dying to try this out" at least a few times, and has to correct herself when she's trying to say that she's excited to do something.
  • Nice Girl: Vee, naturally.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: In "Oldie But a Ghoulie," Vampirina in her bat form pretends to be a collectible bat knick-knack in order to hide from the collector who has bought Gregoria. It works, but then a bit afterwards when she moves and talks, she gets caught.
  • Not So Above It All: In "Vee's Surprise Party", Edgar pretends that he wasn't scared of the haunted stuff in Vee's house, but his own video camera says otherwise.
  • The One Guy: Within Vee's circle of friends, she only has Edgar. Poppy and Bridget are both girls.
  • Our Gargoyles Rock: Gregoria the gargoyle is tiny, but has a grown up Sassy Black Woman voice. She tends to hang on the roof because it makes her back stiff to pretend to be a statue in the house.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Vampirina and her family are not only vampires but also can't drink blood nor be weakened or burnt by the sunlight. They do, however, still have an aversion to garlic.
    • And they can see their reflections.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The family pet, a Pekingese named Wolfie, is a werewolf. When either the sun sets or he either eats or drinks either milk or anything milk-related, the change happens, and anything like the morning sunlight (or a sun lamp) will reverse it. Wolfie is pretty harmless even in werewolf form. Just intimidatingly huge.
  • Perky Goth: Vee is a young vampire who has a love for all things spooky and creepy. At the same time, she's happy, upbeat, and loves playing with dolls.
  • Punny Name: The show has a few:
    • Oxana runs a Scare B & B for monsters.
    • One of Vee's dollies has her very own scream house.
    • One of Vee's favorite singers is a vampire named Justin Teether.
    • Hide and Shriek is obviously based on hide and seek.
    • Vee got her dollies from FAO Shrieks, a reference to FAO Schwarz.
    • "Spooktacular" is used frequently.
  • Race Against the Clock: In "Vampire Weekend", after Vee and Poppy switch lives and Wolfie steals the other half of the full moon pendants, they have to find the half and reconnect the pendants before the full moon rises in the sky and they’ll be forced to stay switched forever.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Boris and Oxana, apparently.
    Boris: [Oxana] doesn't look a day over 500.
    • Vee also notes she is 200 in "Countess Vee," implying this is very young for a vampire.
    • Vee's favorite board game from Transylvania is not for anyone under 300.
    • Grandpop says he's 689.
    • Nanpire becomes 995 years old in "Desserter Mystery".
    • Gregoria is 473 years old.
  • Ridiculously Cute Critter: Buttons.
  • Scout-Out: The episode "Woodchuck Woodsies" has Vee joining Poppy and Bridget in the titular group. Said episode also said that she was in the "Ghoulie Guides" back in Transylvania.
  • Secret Chaser: Edgar. In the first segment of the first episode, Going Batty, he claims that he has his own webshow called "Weekly Weirdness", and almost finds out about Vee being a vampire, but fails thanks to Poppy.
  • Secret Identity: Outside of Poppy and Bridget, Vee tries to keep her vampire identity a secret from other humans because Boris states humans can be “jumpy” around monsters and she doesn’t want to scare them.
  • Secret Keeper: Poppy keeps her own twin brother out of the loop because he wants to become famous finding supernatural creatures. Bridget also keeps her secret. Edgar eventually finds out as well, as revealed by the "Bat Chat" shorts.
  • Send in the Clones: The plot of the episode "Mirror Mirror" has Vee create a clone of herself using a magic mirror so that she can be in two places at one. In an interesting take on this plot, none of the clones can talk. Not only that, more clones are accidentally created after Vee got through her day, not during it.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Vampires get stuck in their bat forms as a symptom of vampire fever.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The episode "Vampirina Ballerina" was named after what the books were originally titled.
    • In "The Sleepover", Poppy draws a bunny wearing a tutu that looks quite a bit like Lambie .
    • In "TNN", Vampirina is hosting a movie night and allows her friends to choose one of the following options: Vampablanca, Dial "V" for Vampire and Citizen Vamp.
  • Sick Episode: "Batty Fever" has Vee getting the titular disease, where she has common cold symptoms, turns into a bat, and can't change back until she's given a special potion that will cure her. The trouble lies in how Boris and Oxana also get it since the disease is contagious, leaving Demi and Gregoria to whip up the cure for all three of them.
  • Silly Spook: Demi is "silly and sincere", as one line sung by Gregoria says.
  • Skirt over Slacks: Bridget
  • Strange Minds Think Alike: In the first episode, Boris gives his family orange sweaters to help themfit their new environment. Later, when they and the audience first see Edna, she's wearing an identical sweater.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Boris and Vampirina tend to do this, either because they are bad liars or because they're simply unaware that some things are not normal for humans.
  • Super Speed: The Hauntleys can run super fast.
  • Tempting Fate: In "Vampire Weekend", the now-vampire Poppy got the Batties, making it difficult for her to fly. Demi said it couldn't get any worse. Just then, Poppy fell on Wolfie's cage, setting him free to drink some milk Poppy accidentally spilled while flying, turning him into a werewolf.
    Demi: Why can't I keep my adorable mouth shut? At least Wolfie can't open the— [the door opens] And there he goes.
  • Those Two Guys: Demi and Gregoria qualify as these.
    • Poppy and Bridget may also apply, with Poppy as the "brave one," and Bridget as the "scared one."
  • Title, Please!: Starting in Season 2, title cards do not appear onscreen, yet Vee still announces them.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: None of the residents of Pennsylvania seem to think it's strange that the Hauntleys all have blue skin, pointy ears and fangs.
  • Vampire Vords: Nanpire, Oxana, and Boris talk like this. Averted for Vampirina herself, despite being born in Transylvania.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Demi and Gregoria may get on each other's nerves at times, but they still care for each other.
  • What Is This Thing You Call "Fear"?: The Hauntley experience non-pleasant, human-like fear for the first time in "Look Who's Scared Now!" after witnessing pink sparkly fireworks that reminded them of a wicked troll attack.
  • The Voiceless: The episode "Mirror, Mirror" features a mirror that creates duplicates of Vampirina. The duplicates are voiceless.
  • Witch Species: Desmond, Alice and Phoebe Ravenson are all referred to as "witches". The three have green skin and the ability to turn into cats.
  • X Meets Y: Hotel Transylvania meets Ready Jet Go!.

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