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YMMV / My Babysitter's a Vampire

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  • Badass Decay: Erica. To be honest, after the pilot movie, Erica immediately starts ending up being useless most of the time: she bares her fangs to the Monster of the Week and the next thing we see is that she's been knocked out, transformed into a doll or hypnotized. Or trapped in a van. Said decay is probably a consequence of The Worf Effect, though. It's more of a subversion of The Pirates Who Don't Do Anything, in that Erica makes it perfectly clear that she does feed on humans (and says as much in "Flushed" and "Village of the Darned"), but we just don't see her do this on screen.
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  • Complete Monster: "The Cloaked Man", the Big Bad of season 2—actually Vice Principal Stern—is an arrogant, cold-hearted, and genocidal wizard. Desiring to wipe out all vampires, despite knowing that they are not all evil—and that some are even his students—he starts his operations by summoning the breath of death, a demonic mist that drives all infected vampires mad and forces them to kill each other, before Ethan foils his plan. In retaliation The Cloaked Man stalks Ethan into an alternative dimension and tries to directly murder him and his friends. Upon finding out Ethan is a Seer, The Cloaked Man curses Ethan to hallucinate everyone is dead and that he’s failed them all, just to make sure he doesn't cross him as his plans near fruition. The Cloaked Man also gets his hands on the Lucifactor, an energy-draining weapon of incredible power, and goes on a killing spree before planning on using the Caller beacon to project the Lucifactor's energy, wiping out vampires en masse. During the climax, to prevent Ethan and Sarah interrupting him he uses his magic to force Ethan's friend Benny to try and kill them.
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  • Evil Is Sexy: Played straight with Erica and Jesse, toyed with in the cases of Sarah and 'Evil Benny', and averted outright with Rory (who thinks he's sexy and cool enough already).
  • Growing the Beard: Season 2 saw the show go through notable improvement, with some genuinely witty dialogue, subtle characterization, much improved acting across the board, and an even more post-modern, satirical sense of humor. There was still Narm, but now it worked and added to the fun. So of course it had to die.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Benny and Ethan calling themselves Betty and Veronica while disguised as girls in "Three Cheers for Evil" has become all the more amusing now that Vanessa Morgan, who played Sarah, is now part of the cast of Riverdale.
  • Hollywood Homely: Erica before being bitten.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Jesse crossed it when he bites Ethan to force Sarah to give up her last chance of humanity. Although he claims to have done much worse.
  • Nightmare Fuel - The first episode gave us the zombie animals...especially the dog
    • The episode Guys and Dolls has that doll that's turned into a 30 year+ woman obsessing (ala pedophilia) over the main character's little sister. Not to mention her falling apart and getting damaged and draining the life force out of humans (and vampires) and turning them into dolls.
      • Later at the end of the episode when Debbie Dazzle has been turned back into a doll, while all the characters are dancing, she turns her head and winks.
    • Possessed Rory in "Die Pod" (the special effects worked a little too well), and possessed Sarah in "Three Geeks and a Demon".
    • Evil Sarah in "Independence Daze", on a psychological rather than visual level. The idea of sweet, lovable Sarah turning evil is terrifying.
  • So Bad, It's Good: Mainly because it tries too hard to be dark, leading to a lot of Narm. That, and the special effects.
  • What an Idiot!: In the season 2 finale, Vice Principal Stern has the Lucifractor and is using it to mow down every vampire he sees at their council headquarters. There is a surplus of factors working against him at this time: he's a simple human being (or at most a Squishy Wizard), he's working alone, he's in an unfamiliar location, vampires have Super Speed, and they're all over the place.
    • You'd Expect: A pair of vampires would simply double-team him; one would attack him from behind (most likely by throwing something heavy at him) while the Lucifractor is absorbing the other. The latter vampire would be damaged, but at least Stern would be down and ripe for the picking.
    • Instead: They never make use of their numerical or physical superiority, usually attacking him one at a time. Also, apparently their Super Speed doesn't always come with Super Reflexes.
    • The Result: Every vampire that runs into him (except Sarah, Rory, and Jesse) is easily assimilated, contriving a way for the main heroes to have to face him. He was certainly right to be surprised that it was so easy.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: For a Disney Channel show, it can get pretty dark.

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