Count Duckula is an egotistical vegetarian vampire duck who lives in a castle that can travel anywhere he wants to go. He lives with his servants: Nanny, his large and stupid nanny who always has her arm in a sling, and Igor, his evil butler. While Nanny accidentally destroys furniture and Igor attempts to turn the broccoli chomping duck to the dark side, a vampire hunter lurks around with a wooden stake-in-a-gun and unattractive intentions. Although "Duckula" is a spin-off of "Dangermouse", the humor is of a completely different and original style.
Count Duckula is a short green duck with black parted hair and the traditional vampire evening wear complete with cape. Count Duckula himself is a deliberate send-up of many traditional vampire traits. As his name would suggest, he is an anthropomorphic duck. Besides his vegetarianism and aspirations of fame, he is very squeamish and often cowardly.
Nanny, as her name suggests, is Duckula's nanny, as well as housekeeper. She is an extremely large (in Alps-A-Daisy it's revealed she's 7') and clumsy hen, possessing incredible strength and inevitably messing up whatever task she is set to do. In particular, she has a blind spot regarding doors, and often crashes through a door without opening it first, or (more commonly) even walks right through the wall, especially a few feet off from the door's position. Not surprisingly, she is the one who mistook ketchup for blood in Duckula's current resurrection.
Igor, the Count's butler, is a traditional horror servant based on the stock character Igor, and adds a decidedly dark streak to some of the show's humour. He greatly dislikes his master's behaviour, and often encourages him to act in a far more ghastly manner. Although he will generally obey Duckula's specific orders- thwarting Duckula's attempt to stop the first Duckula becoming a vampire only because he wasn't explicitly ordered not to-, he remains convinced that, if he could only talk Duckula into biting, maiming, torturing and otherwise brutalising people, it would be a return to the "good old days" of the previous counts who behaved more like evil vampires. Igor also hates words such as: "bless you", "nice", "good" and "lovely", such words make him cringe, preferring the darker and sinister side of life.
Von Goosewing is a mad scientist and vampire hunter, who is a spoof of Abraham Van Helsing. He is a goose, as his name suggests, and speaks in a German accent. Von Goosewing wears an outfit not unlike that of Sherlock Holmes with a pair of spats. Von Goosewing often flies a dirigible with 'VG' written on it. He'll pursue Count Duckula relentlessly, never able to comprehend that he is actually completely harmless. When not inventing some new machine to hunt vampires with, he'll rely on an old fashioned blunderbuss which is loaded with a wooden stake (although, curiously, it'll sometimes actually fire laser beams). He is a terrible scientist, often getting maimed by his own crack-pot inventions. He is also supremely unobservant, and often bumps into Duckula and converses with him for several minutes without realising to whom he is talking.
Gaston and Pierre are a pair of French criminals who serve as occasional villains. Although, they are both undeniably incompetent, the arrogant Gaston is ostensibly the brains of the outfit.
[Castle Duckula, home for many centuries to a dreadful dynasty of vicious vampire ducks - The Counts of Duckula! Legend has it that these foul beings can be destroyed by a stake through the heart, or exposure to sunlight. This does not suffice however, for they may be brought back to life by means of a secret rite that can be performed once a century when the moon is in the eighth house of Aquarius. (Blood!) (I'll get it!) The latest reincarnation did not run according to plan... (Oooh!)]
In the heart of Transylvania,
In the Vampire Hall of Fame-yeah,
There's not a vampire zanier than...
He won't bite beast or man,
'Cos he's a vegetari-an. (Aagh!)
And things never run to plan for...
If you're looking for some fun,
You can always count upon,
The wild and wacky one they call,
Heh, heh! Count Duckula!
Heh, heh, heh, heh, heh, heh!