Take a look below for our list of 10 of the best and most notable Darkstalkers characters.
1. Jon Talbain
Jon Talbain, known as Gallon in Japan, first appeared in Capcom’s Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors, also known as Vampire: The Night Warriors in Japan. He has appeared in every game with the exception of Vampire Savior 2, from which he was omitted along with Rikuo and Sasquatch. He is notable in Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire (Darkstalkers 3) for having to face the unique character called Dark Talbain, a sinister version of himself.
Outside of the Darkstalkers series, Jon has made cameos in Pocket Fighter and Capcom Fighting Evolution. He appeared in the American Darkstalkers television series, and has made several appearances in UDON’s Darkstalkers series of comic books, in which he had his own standalone side story, “Talbain’s Bane.”
2. Lord Raptor
A charismatic young rock star who killed himself and 100 of his fans via ritualistic sacrifice. He became a supernatural being when Emperor Ozom took notice of his actions and revived him. After becoming Ozom’s personal assassin he was told that if he seeks to be stronger, he would have to defeat the Darkstalkers as well as collect their souls for the Emperor. Although Lord Raptor agreed, his true plans were to destroy Ozom and to take his spot as Emperor.
During the events of Vampire Savior, Ozom and his castle disappear, leaving Lord Raptor puzzled. However, when he arrives at the location where Ozom’s castle stood, he finds the entrance to the realm known as Majigen. This time, he intends to defeat the ruler of Majigen, Jedah Dohma, and take his role.
3. Jedah Dohma
Jedah Dohma first appeared in Vampire Savior/Darkstalkers 3 along with other newcomers, Lilith, Q-Bee and B.B.Hood who has similarities with the Grim Reaper and the Shinigami. Initially, he was designed to be Belial Jr., but this concept was changed during the development of the game. Jedah also appeared in crossover games such as Capcom Fighting Evolution, Cross Edge, Project × Zone and the universe and comic book of the Marvel vs. Capcom series known as Marvel vs. Capcom: Infinite.
Pyron is an alien and the original boss of Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (Vampire: The Night Warriors in Japan). He would also act as the boss character in Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge (Vampire: Darkstalkers’ Revenge in Japan) where he first appeared as a playable character. He was left out of the arcade version of Darkstalkers 3 (Vampire Savior in Japan) only to reappear in console versions of the game. Before the release of Darkstalkers 3 on home consoles, Pyron appeared as the boss of Vampire Hunter 2.
Huitzil, also known as Phobos in Japan, first appeared as a sub boss in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. He later reappeared in the same role in Japanese only games, Vampire Hunter 2 and Vampire Savior 2. He was first appeared as a playable character in Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge.
6. Morrigan Aensland
Morrigan Aensland is a fictional character in the video game series Darkstalkers. She first appeared in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (Vampire: The Night Warriors in Japan). She is an anti-hero and a main protagonist alongside Demitri Maximoff. In the series main canon, Morrigan’s father, Belial Aensland, had split her power into three.
Later in the events of Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire, Jedah Dohma would find part of this power and give it a body as Lilith. Morrigan was originally voice provided by Yayoi Jinguji through out the series and in various crossovers until Tatsunoko vs. Capcom. She would later be voice provided by Rie Tanaka in since Marvel vs. Capcom 3: Fate of Two Worlds onward in Japanese dub, just as her primary English voice provider is now Siobhan Flynn since Marvel vs. Capcom 3 as well.
Bishamon is a cursed samurai who first appeared in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors (Vampire: The Night Warriors in Japan). He dons the demonic armor Hannya and uses the blood thirsty sword Kien and has a wife named Orin who appears in his Darkstalkers ending.
A hidden alternate version of Bishamon, Oboro Bishamon is a hidden character and special boss in Vampire Savior. Oboro Bishamon is a controled version of Bishamon who is not bound by the dark magic of Hannya and Kien.
Outside of video game series, Bishamon has appeared in the American cartoon series Darkstalkers as well as the second episode of Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge – The Animated Series. Similarly to the Night Warriors Animated TV series, he appears in the UDON comics and fights against the Darkhunter, Donovan Baine.
Anakaris is a fictional character in Capcom’s Darkstalkers series. His first appearance was in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors and he has appeared in every Darkstalkers game since. He is the only character in the series without a regular throw and the ability to perform a push block in Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire and its updated titles. He is well known for his attack, Royal Judgement (originally Pharaoh’s Curse, also known as Royal Curse), that transforms characters into small, helpless versions of themselves.
Outside of the Darkstalkers series, Anakaris has appeared in Marvel vs. Capcom 2. He would also make an appearance in Capcom Fighting Evolution along side Demitri Maximoff, Felicia, Jedah Dohma and Pyron. In UDON Entertainment’s Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors issue one comic, he is seen fighting a Huitzil.
He was designed by Object and Effects designer Takenori Kimoto, also known as “Kimo-Kimo”. He would often create many sprites for Anakaris that gave trouble to the developers when trying to include them as attacks or poses. Nevertheless, practically all of these sprites appear in the last installment, Darkstalkers 3 as fan-service for the players.
Rikuo, or Aulbath in Japan, is a character in the Darkstalkers franchise of video games, debuting in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors. He is a merman based off the titular creature in the 1954 film Creature from the Black Lagoon. He has a wife named Aqueria with whom he has several children. He has made several cameo appearances in various other video games and media, as well as featuring in his own mobile phone game.
Felicia was first introduced in Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors as one of two female characters alongside Morrigan Aensland. She has appeared in every game in the series and in numerous cross overs including Marvel vs. Capcom 2: New Age of Heroes along with Morrigan, Baby Bonnie Hood and Anakaris.