History Literature / AnnoDracula

2nd Jun '16 1:57:15 AM PaulA
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%%* GreaterScopeVillain: Dracula, naturally.

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%%* * GreaterScopeVillain: Dracula, naturally.or at least his influence, is always present, but he's almost never the actual antagonist directly opposing the heroes.
1st Jun '16 9:09:51 PM 43110
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* BiggerBad: Dracula, naturally.


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%%* GreaterScopeVillain: Dracula, naturally.
31st May '16 8:20:48 AM Doug86
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* ''The Bloody Red Baron'': 1918. UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne devastates Europe. Vampires fight on both sides.

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* ''The Bloody Red Baron'': 1918. UsefulNotes/WorldWarOne UsefulNotes/WorldWarI devastates Europe. Vampires fight on both sides.
22nd May '16 9:51:15 PM PaulA
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* SilverBullets: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire, so silver bullets make an appearance; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".

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* SilverBullets: SilverBullet: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire, so silver bullets make an appearance; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".
22nd May '16 9:48:37 PM PaulA
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* AlienSpaceBats: History is changed forever because vampires.



* AllohistoricalAllusion: All over the place.
** The novel ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' exists exactly as it does in our universe, but it's wishful-thinking Alternate History about how the Count could have been stopped before he took the throne.
** ''Literature/ADanceToTheMusicOfTime'' also exists exactly as it does in our universe; it's wishful-thinking Alternate History about there not being any vampires at all.
** In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', someone speculates that if it weren't for all these vampires, maybe World War I wouldn't have happened.



* BadassCrew: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', the Baron himself leads a squad of German fliers who are all vampires and aces, much like the real life Jagdgeschwader 1 the Baron led. Except not only are they vampires (making them excellent night pilots) to match up to the Allies' slightly better squad of aces (which includes Expies of The Shadow, Biggles, and Captain Midnight, along with real life British ace Albert Ball) the squad is modified by science and elder vampire blood into giant bat fliers wearing machine-gun rigs.



* TheDogWasTheMastermind: ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' has some parallels to the James Bond series and the Bond character shoots the Blofeld character. However, Bond had misread the situation. The real villain was [[spoiler:a vampire shapeshifter. He was the cat and the Blofeld character carrying him around was just one of his minions]].



* EurekaMoment: In ''Anno Dracula'', Genevieve and Charles are struggling with their investigation into Jack the Ripper's murders. Genevieve wishes aloud that Dr. Seward were with them, as he treated all the victims and could have told them what they had in common. As soon as she says this, Charles realises something: [[spoiler:They had Seward in common. ''Jack'' Seward.]]



* FantasticDrug: In ''Johnny Alucard'', there's "drac", which is made from powdered vampire blood and temporarily grants superhuman abilities.



* FauxAffablyEvil: Dracula. "Dracula's smile was persuasive, but behind it were his teeth."



* GoodGriefAnotherPeanutsShoutOut: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', Baron von Richthofen has an inexplicable hatred toward a small white beagle.
* HerrDoktor: ''The Bloody Red Baron'' has a number of German Mad Scientists from film and literature, including Professor ten Brinken from the 1911 German novel ''Alraune'' and Dr. Caligari from ''Film/TheCabinetOfDrCaligari''.



* LawyerFriendlyCameo: For instance the unnamed gumshoe in "Castles In The Desert" - who just happens to have Literature/PhilipMarlowe's backstory, up to and including ''[[PosthumousCollaboration Poodle Springs]]''.
** Detective JustForFun/JohnMunch makes one of these appearances in the latter half of ''Johnny Alucard'', along with fellow ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' character Detective Meldrick Lewis.

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* LawyerFriendlyCameo: For instance the The series includes a lot of characters who go unnamed but have familiar descriptions.
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unnamed gumshoe in "Castles In The Desert" - Desert", who just happens to have Literature/PhilipMarlowe's backstory, up to and including ''[[PosthumousCollaboration Poodle Springs]]''.
** Detective JustForFun/JohnMunch makes one of these appearances in the latter half of ''Johnny Alucard'', along with fellow ''Series/HomicideLifeOnTheStreet'' character Detective Meldrick Lewis. Lewis.
** In "A Concert for Transylvania", the two biggest vampire rock stars are only referred to by their stage names: the Short Lion and Timmy V. "Short Lion" is a literal translation of Lioncourt, as in [[Literature/TheVampireChronicles Lestat de Lioncourt]], and Timmy is Timmy Valentine from ''Vampire Junction'' by S.P. Somlow.
* LegionOfDoom: 'Anno Dracula'' features a Victorian Legion of Doom comprising Franchise/FuManchu, [[Literature/SherlockHolmes Professor Moriarty, Colonel Moran]], Literature/{{Raffles}}, Literature/TheInvisibleMan, [[Theatre/TheBeggarsOpera Macheath]] and [[Literature/OliverTwist Bill Sikes]]. In a twist, they [[EnemyMine join forces with the heroes]] to stop [[UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper the Silver Knife]], because EvenEvilHasStandards...or at least, good business practices.


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* LooksLikeOrlok: Orlok himself when he appears in ''Anno Dracula''.


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* OldDarkHouse: Mildew Manor in "Vampire Romance", complete with the requisite number of secret passages and occupants with dark pasts.


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* OutlawCouple: Kit and Holly (from the film ''Film/{{Badlands}}''), who [[CompositeCharacter also go by the names]] Film/BonnieAndClyde, [[Film/NaturalBornKillers Mickey and Mallory]], [[Film/GunCrazy Bart and Laurie]] and many others.


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* PuppetKing: Queen Victoria in ''Anno Dracula'', in thrall to her vampiric consort. [[spoiler:At the climax of the novel, she does a HeroicSacrifice, thereby removing Dracula's claim to the throne.]]


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* ShedTheFamilyName: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', the undead Creator/EdgarAllanPoe dubs himself simply "Edgar Poe", because the middle name is tied to his hated foster father.


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* ShutUpHannibal: At the climax of ''Anno Dracula'', Dracula attempts to persuade Genevieve that she should be siding with him instead of with the mortals. She's not swayed.
* SilverBullets: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire, so silver bullets make an appearance; in one of the books' many {{Shout Out}}s they're called "[[Series/TheLoneRanger the Reid design]]".
* SilverHasMysticPowers: Silver is one of the few guaranteed ways to harm a vampire. Under Dracula's rule of England, it's a restricted substance, subject to the same controls as poisons like arsenic. The serial killer in ''Anno Dracula'' uses a silver-edged knife to kill his victims, and is commonly called "the Silver Knife" before "Jack the Ripper" catches on.


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* StockUnsolvedMysteries: In "Vampire Romance", a vampire who is old enough to have been an eye witness reveals who really killed the Princes in the Tower.


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* SwordCane: In ''Anno Dracula'', Charles Beauregard uses one as an upper-class British gentleman. He eventually has it coated with silver so it will more effectively deal with vampires.


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* TuxedoAndMartini: Hamish Bond in ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha''.


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* VanHelsingHateCrimes:
** In ''Anno Dracula'', UsefulNotes/JackTheRipper is a vampire hunter, and seen in exactly the same way as the real Ripper was (that is, most people think he's a monster, but a handful don't see the women he kills as really being people).
** The sociopathic CaptainErsatz [[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]] in ''Johnny Alucard'', who turns out to be [[spoiler:being manipulated by an actually evil vampire posing as her Watcher-counterpart]].
* VillainousBreakdown: In the climax of '' Anno Dracula'', Genevieve and Charles gain an audience with Dracula. He acts [[FauxAffablyEvil welcoming but arrogantly self-assured]] in his power, boasting to Genevieve about how he has created a utopia for the undead. However, once Charles [[spoiler:assassinates Queen Victoria, thus dissolving Dracula's claim to the throne]], he devolves into a feral beast, "[spitting] rage and hate."
5th May '16 1:08:55 AM PaulA
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* TheBadGuyWins: The series starts out like this. Dracula manages to defeat the hunters, turns Mina into one of his brides and creates his vampire army as planned. The end of the series itself (or at least as of the publication of the various short stories and new material that makes up the book ''Johnny Alucard''), is effectively this as well.



* TheBadGuyWins: The series starts out like this. Dracula manages to defeat the hunters, turns Mina into one of his brides and creates his vampire army as planned. The end of the series itself (or at least as of the publication of the various short stories and new material that makes up the book ''Johnny Alucard''), is effectively this as well.

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* TheBadGuyWins: The series starts out like this. Dracula manages to defeat BodyDouble: In ''The Bloody Red Baron'', [[spoiler:Dracula deploys a number of decoy body doubles during the hunters, turns Mina into one climactic battle (one of whom, in an AllohistoricalAllusion, is implied to be Creator/BelaLugosi). It backfires once the decoys start being killed, because the news that "Dracula's dead" travels faster than the news that there are decoys in play, and his troops are demoralized by their leader's apparent death (and then also bewildered by the arrival of multiple conflicting accounts of his brides and creates his vampire army as planned. The end of the series itself (or at least as of the publication of the various short stories and new material that makes up the book ''Johnny Alucard''), is effectively this as well. death)]].
25th Apr '16 10:11:42 AM Black_Diesel
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29th Mar '16 6:34:39 PM PaulA
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* GenreShift: Happens a few times. The Victorian murder mystery in the first book is interrupted (though only temporarily) by a Wuxia martial arts fight when a ChineseVampire cuts in.
** ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' starts out as one of the "romantic adventure in Europe" American films of the Fifties before it gets hijacked by a ''giallo'' slasher flick.
*** And then it becomes a [[SpyFiction Spy Thriller]]. Then a ''giallo'' again. [[GenreRoulette Then]] a ReligiousHorror film.

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* GenreShift: Happens a few times. The Victorian murder mystery in the first book is interrupted (though only temporarily) by a Wuxia martial arts fight when a ChineseVampire cuts in.
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GenreRoulette: ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' starts out as one of the "romantic adventure in Europe" American films of the Fifties before it gets hijacked by a ''giallo'' slasher flick.
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flick. And then it becomes a [[SpyFiction Spy Thriller]]. Then a ''giallo'' again. [[GenreRoulette Then]] Then a ReligiousHorror film. film.


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* OutOfGenreExperience: The Victorian murder mystery in the first book is temporarily interrupted by a {{Wuxia}} martial arts fight when a ChineseVampire cuts in.
28th Mar '16 3:44:13 AM WillBGood
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** ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' starts out as one of the "romantic adventure in Europe" American films of the Fifties before it gets hi-jacked by a ''giallo'' slasher flick.
*** And then it becomes a [[SpyFiction Spy Thriller]]. [[GenreRoulette Then a ''giallo'' again. Then a ReligiousHorror film.]]

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** ''Dracula Cha Cha Cha'' starts out as one of the "romantic adventure in Europe" American films of the Fifties before it gets hi-jacked hijacked by a ''giallo'' slasher flick.
*** And then it becomes a [[SpyFiction Spy Thriller]]. [[GenreRoulette Then a ''giallo'' again. Then [[GenreRoulette Then]] a ReligiousHorror film.]] film.
1st Nov '15 9:35:19 AM Gregzilla
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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Penelope paints a haunting portrait of Dracula after she kills him, as a relic of a lost world who cannot keep up with the faster, modern world, despite of Dracula's fondness for modernity. When she kills him, Dracula appears to welcome final death, even driving the silver knife further in. Or Penelope is just trying to make herself feel better.]] Hilariously, [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead He not only gets]]]] ''better'', he gets ''revenge'' in [[spoiler: Johnny Alucard]].

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* AlasPoorVillain: [[spoiler: Penelope paints a haunting portrait of Dracula after she kills him, as a relic of a lost world who cannot keep up with the faster, modern world, despite of Dracula's fondness for modernity. When she kills him, Dracula appears to welcome final death, even driving the silver knife further in. Or Penelope is just trying to make herself feel better.]] Hilariously, [[spoiler: [[NotQuiteDead He not only gets]]]] gets]] ''better'', he gets ''revenge'' in [[spoiler: Johnny Alucard]].
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