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An age-old adage was that, if you were bad in life, when you died [[FromBadToWorse it generally got worse]]. Nowhere is this idea more assaulted, mugged, curb-stomped and left for dead face-down in a rancid gutter than in the world of Résurrection, the brainchild of Pat Mills and [[SceneryGorn illustrated in excrutiatingly loving and gory detail]] by Olivier Ledroit, originally published in French by Nickel Editions and currently being translated into English and published in ''Heavy Metal'' magazine as ''RequiemVampireKnight''.

The comic begins in the real world. Enter Heinrich Augsburg, a young, suicidal and currently rather dying Nazi soldier on the Eastern Front facing the Soviet Army. Within about two or three pages of his introduction, he gets shot in the head. Exit Heinrich.

Only not, because our 'hero' is transported to Résurrection and promptly gets set upon by a gang of looting zombies. He blows them away with an [[ImpossiblyCoolWeapon impaling gun]] and earns the gratitude of the weapon's owner, Otto von Todt, who identifies Heinrich as a person guilty of terrible crimes and therefore now a member of the ruling class of this world (as is Otto himself): a vampire. And from there, it only gets better.

For some.

Because everything is inverted on Résurrection. Where the sea was on Earth there is now land, and likewise for the oceans. Instead of growing older, [[MerlinSickness people regress in age]], until they turn into foetuses and are then entirely forgotten. Technology from Earth, when discovered, is promptly buried or hidden away. And most important of all, the more cruel a person was in life, [[AHellOfATime the better they are rewarded in their reincarnation]], while the innocent are [[NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished outcasts at best and food or entertainment at worst.]] As such, [[CrapsackWorld morality and good feeling towards others is pretty much out the window]] - which is something of a problem for Heinrich, [[MeaningfulName now known as Requiem]], since for some reason he still possesses a conscience, a sense of honour and a disinterest in ripping little girls apart for kicks.

And because of that pesky conscience, he's pretty interested in finding out what happened to a certain love of his former life, name of Rebecca...
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!!Examples

* AbnormalAmmo: a Vampire Knight's standard firearm shoots stakes and goes [[ShoutOut TEPESSS]] when fired.
** The seraphic missile (a missile with an angel in the warhead) is described as being equivalent to an anti-matter explosion on Ressurection.
* AntiHero: While Requiem has morals and is desperate to find Rebecca again, to get to where he presently is he was obviously more than a bit of a bastard in his previous lives as Heinrich and [[spoiler:Thurim and Heinrich Barbarossa]].
* TheAtoner: Heinrich wishes he was this, but the business of simply surviving being a vampire with a conscience prevents him from doing much atoning.
* AwesomeMcCoolname: often overlaps with MeaningfulName. Requiem... Cryptus... Mortis...
* BadassMustache: Dracula.
* TheBeautifulElite: surprizingly averted with the vampires. While they are the ruling caste of Ressurrection, a lot of them, if not the majority, are butt-ugly. Those who are not have tatoos carved into their face to make them uglier. [[FridgeBrilliance Of course, since everything is inverted on Ressurrection, including the system of values...]]
** The Vampire Queen Bathory fits the trope to a T, though, as do Dame Holodomor and Claudia.
* BeautyIsNeverTarnished: averted. Beautiful/sexy creatures in Résurrection are just as likely to get their heads bitten in half or being brutally ripped apart as the others. Rebecca does look like a concentration camp victim at the time of her death, and has even lost her ebony curls at that point.
* BestialityIsDepraved: Black Sabbath (formerly one Creator/AleisterCrowley), whose girlfriend is a male mandrill most of the time, as he finds it more exciting. However, she turns back into her normal female form to seduce Thurim.
* BigfootSasquatchAndYeti: The ghouls have a yeti as the ship's quartermaster.
* BilingualBonus: Dame Holodomor. "Holodomor" means "extermination by hunger" in Russian, refer to [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holodomor this page]] of ThatOtherWiki.
* BizarroWorld: As stated above, almost everything in Résurrection is backwards from the real world.
* BlessedWithSuck: Thurim's gift regeneration turns against him when he is sentenced to be drawn and quartered forever.
* BloodMagic: Elizabeth Bathory pretty much exemplifies this [[spoiler:as she uses it to [[CurbStompBattle easily overpower and slaughter Mitra]].]]
* BodyHorror: The Hierophants, highest ranking of the Archaeologists, spend most of their time in sarcophagus-like tanks since they have no skin. When they ''do'' feel the need to stretch their legs, their servants promptly flay someone alive [[ReplicantSnatching so that they have a skin to wear]].
* BrainFood: zombies eat brains, as do ghouls.
* CardCarryingVillain: Pretty much anybody who's somebody in Resurrection's screwed-up social order.
* CatGirl: Or Leopard Women. Portrayed somewhat more accurately than is the norm for the female furry, since they have four breasts apiece.
* ChainsawGood: the weapon of choice of ghoul pirates is a sort of rapier-chainsaw.
* TheChewToy: poor Igor can't catch a break...
* ChickenWalker: Mitra's walking mecha tank.
* TheCollector: Mortis collects cursed weapons (the gun that shot JFK, the knife that stabbed Murat), Otto collects weapons from all ages, and begs Rebecca to avoid damaging them during their fight.
* CombatHandFan: Claudia uses a poison-tipped steel fan that can also be used as a PrecisionGuidedBoomerang
* CoolAirship: most high-ranked races have them. Vampires have gigantic flying warships decorated with [[NothingButSkulls skulls and skulls and more skulls]] (not to mention smaller skull-shaped ships [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment in the shape of skulls]]). Ghouls have war-zeppelins (a whole city made of them). Dystopians have dragons to fill this role.
* CoolAndUnusualPunishment: the whole of Résurrection is essentially Hell/Purgatory. Ironically, those who have committed minor sins suffer the worst, and some complete innocents get trapped there as well.
* CoolShades / SunglassesAtNight: Sabre.
* CoolSword: A vampire's sword can apparently serve as a crystal ball, speak, and remain loyal to its owner (at least, Requiem's does).
* CoolVsAwesome: Vampires on werewolves vs ghosts on centaurs, for starters.
** In the future, London becomes the site of a battle between [[WearingAFlagOnYourHead patriotic animal-bots]] and mutants (one of them an unkillable Film/KingKong ShoutOut).
** CombatByChampion with leonine dragon KingArthur vs Dracula.
* CorruptChurch: The Dystopians have an transdimansional "papal pipeline" that allows them to sell holy water to all the warring factions. Unfortunately, as it comes from the same church responsible for the Crusades, the Inquisition, the Borgias and the whole PedophilePriest and coverup, it needs to be substantially purified to be of any use.
* CostumePorn: the artist pays a lot of attention to details.
* CrapsackWorld: Man oh man, is Resurrection one of these...
* CuteMonsterGirl: Mostly averted, save for a few woman vampires (who usually compensate by being quite {{Fanservice}}-y) and arguably Rebecca.
* CycleOfRevenge: Of a sort. [[spoiler:See, Otto killed Rebecca, but then Rebecca's twin sister tracked him down and killed ''him'' in a RoaringRampageOfRevenge. So now Rebecca keeps inciting Requiem to kill Otto because she wants to escape Résurrection, and Otto wants to go on tormenting Rebecca in their afterlives because dying hasn't really changed his opinion of her.]]
* DeadlyDecadentCourt: But of course.
* DeadlyTrainingArea: The training for vampire knights is carried out in Hell. Not only that, but in a specifically malevolent branch of Hell. Most of the apprentices don't get out with their deaths.
* DeadpanSnarker: BlackSabbat has his moments. On one character exclaiming that he has a seraphic warhead in his throne room, he tells them "Oh yes, I was wondering what the large object containing an explosive angel was".
* DepravedBisexual: Claudia, [[FanService not like readers are complaining]]...
* DepravedHomosexual / SissyVillain: Taken to ridiculous levels with Nero, Dracula's right hand man. Looking like the bastard offspring of [[RockyHorrorPictureShow Frank-N-Furter]] and [[{{KISS}} Gene Simmons]], he struts around in lingerie and high-heeled shoes, makes constant and blatant overtures to other men, is sexually aroused by torture and bloodshed, and goes to the masquerade ball in a PimpedOutDress.
** According to Torquemada, the Dystopians are all this.
* DevilButNoGod: since very much good people end up in Ressurrection, it could be interpreted that there is either no God, or at least no Heaven. Though, the trope gets played with quite a bit. To begin with, there is no discernable Devil either. Black Sabbath makes mention of Lucifer [[spoiler:(the original owner of the hammer [[UnholyHolySword Thurim]],]] but he is nowhere to be found, and the top dogs of Ressurrection seem to be competing {{Eldritch Abomination}}s. In addition, [[OurAngelsAreDifferent angels]] ''do'' exist, and by extension heaven must as well... but horrifyingly enough, since Saint's heads are used as ammunition, horribly desecrated saints as shields, and a Seraph used as a weapon of mass destruction is shown, it appears that the forces of Hell have access into Heaven.
* DidYouJustPunchOutCthulhu: Requiem routinely defeats opponents that should have by all means destroyed him, such as [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Charnel the Demonic.]] Justified because he [[spoiler: was [[TheChosenOne Thurim]] in his previous life.]]
* DisproportionateRetribution: The evilest people become vampires, rapists become centaurs, religious lunatics become werewolves, infanticidal mothers become harpies, and the suicidal become... [[AndIMustScream trees]]?
** Quite probably inspired by [[TheDivineComedy Dante's Inferno]]. ''My'' question is, what the hell did the poets do?
** Most likely spread thought, poetry and imagination around, and we can't have that in a CrapsackWorld, now can we?
** But the worse off by ''far'' are the lemures. Pitiable, weak ghost-things (although they ''can'' be dangerous when numerous enough, or against the specific target of their torment) whose biggest transgression was... dying due to another's evil. Death as one of those '''''[[FateWorseThanDeath SUCK]]'''''.
* {{Dracula}}: Ruler of the vampires, of course. And married to the Blood Countess ElizabethBathory.
* DragonRider: Sir Smegma of the Dystopians rides one, though he's defeated by Claudia riding her werewolf (not like [[BestialityIsDepraved that]], for once).
* EldritchAbomination: Dracula and his vampires serve/worship a group of those, who periodically war with another abomination faction using demons and dragons as shock troops.
* EmpathicWeapon: Requiem's sword, when ordered by Claudia to act against him, tells her to get screwed.
* EnemyMine: Otto catches up with Requiem during the ghoul raid, but spares him as he needs every available vampire to fight.
** Dragon and requiem take a break from watching their respective masters fight each other to change, feed and burp them.
* EverythingsBetterWithDinosaurs: Dystopians are reptile or dragon creatures, some of them being dinosaur-like. Special mention goes to Sire Smegma, "Noble and Honorable Raptor Knight", a velociraptor-man riding a dinosaur mount.
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Aiwass, or more exactly the "Queen of Dead Souls" who serves as his host. According to Black Sabbat, sex with Aiwass is better in this form as well.
* EvilBrit: the Dystopians are dishonest, money-grubbing reptiles, including QueenElizabeth (snake woman) and KingArthur (dragon).
** Arthur later reveals that he inspired every British conqueror in their dreams to get them to follow the maxim of "[[{{Greed}} enough is never enough]]".
* EvilerThanThou: Attila is at one point afraid that Requiem's 'goodness' is going to contaminate him. Nero reassures him that, as the Scourge of God, he is absolutely iredeemable.
* EvilVersusEvil: the whole thing is like this. The Lemures are the closest thing to a "white" faction, [[AntiHero Requiem]] himself is a spot of "grey", and the rest of it is just different kinds of "black". The [[EldritchAbomination Masters of Infinity]] are opposed to the [[OurDemonsAreDifferent Lords of Limbo]], but nobody is sure which of them are nicer. Ghouls, vampires, dystopians, archeologists, all of the important factions in Resurrection are all evil in their own way. Vampires are sometimes considered as the most evil, but really the only difference between them and ghouls, for instance, is that that ghouls are also hypocrites who fooled themselves into thinking they're doing good deeds.
* ExplosiveLeash: Dracula's berserkers are gigantic armored soldiers who kill everything in sight once woken up. As they're impossible to get back under control, each is fitted with a dynamite collar that's detonated once all enemies are dead.
* {{Fanservice}}: Lots of it. Nude and semi-nude women appear in every issue, and the comic doesn't shy away from full-frontal male nudity either. Then there's the bondage themes, S/M overtones, girl-on-girl action etc...
** FanDisservice: Mitra.
* FatBastard: Mitra, ''oh my god, Mitra.''
* FateWorseThanDeath: Seeing as death takes you to the world of Resurrection, and given what a CrapsackWorld it is...
* FamousFamousFictional: Dracula keeps the heads-in-a-jar of Creator/GaiusJuliusCaesar, NapoleonBonaparte, Saladin, AlexanderTheGreat and a Martian conqueror as tactical advisors.
* FantasticCasteSystem: As mentioned above, what kind of evil you did in life determines your place on Resurrection's social ladder.
* ForeverWar: In ''Claudia'', we see one between politicians and the people they lied to. However, the politicians have an intrinsic advantage, being more aggressive and more willing to do anything to get their side to win, so the proles are backed up by gigantic war machines. The tide has yet to significantly turn one way or another.
* {{Gendercide}}: Mother Venus was the 23rd century president of that planet. When cloning technology allowed for the viability of a OneGenderRace, she had every single male killed.
* GhostlyGoals: Weaponized by Dracula: since the Lemures are bound to Ressurection until their killer is expired as well, he eliminates a huge chunk of them by killing the man responsible for their suffering in life. [[spoiler:A man with a very distinct mustache.]]
* GoodIsBadAndBadIsGood: Since being an evil asshole in life tends to get you a better and better form the worse you were, pretty much all the more powerful groups are like that.
* GoodIsDumb: Tolecnal appears to be the closest thing to a good character on the entire Dystopian side. Naturally, he has difficulty with treachery and still upholds the knightly ideals.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: Subverted with Thurim, who had the ability to regenerate, and so was sentenced to being drawn and quartered. [[FateWorseThanDeath Forever.]]
* GorgeousGorgon: Queen Perfidie of Dystopie reveals a swarming nest of snakes for hair when she gets ''really'' angry. She's more "gorgon" and less "gorgeous", though...
* {{Gorn}}: well, this is a very dark comic about vampires, so there are quite a few scenes of mangling of young naked girls and other such material.
* GovernmentDrugEnforcement: Many of the vampires are addicted to [[LaserGuidedAmnesia Black Opium]] which helps them to forget their past sins and generally sleep at night; it also makes it easier for Dracula to control them. A fair chunk of the story is about the trouble that occurs when the Opium supply is blocked.
* GratuitousGerman: unavoidable in a story where several of the characters are ThoseWackyNazis. "Mein gott!" is particularly popular.
* GratuitousRussian: either PlayedForLaughs or a CriticalResearchFailure, because contrarily to what he says, neither Sabre nor Eretica seems to mean "vampire" in Russian. The word would be "vampir" or "vurdalak."
* GroinAttack: the Sisters of Blood merely wish to prevent Sabre's ''urges'' by removing their source.
* HealingFactor: thurim has one, courtesy of Dracula. When he rebelled, Dracula put it to good use by having him drawn and quartered- forever.
* HeroesPreferSwords: averted. Yes, Requiem wields a sword (if one can even call him a hero), but all vampire knights wield runeblades, and pretty much all of them are evil. The closest thing vampires had to a "hero" of their kind (Thurim) wielded a [[DropTheHammer warhammer]] instead.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: This being Hell, you'd expect quite a lot of notorious people to end up here, and you'd be right. Understandably the vampires get most of the shout outs, but famous people do appear in the other camps from time to time:
** In the Vampire corner, we have {{Dracula}} and Countess Elizabeth Bathory ([[HistoricalVillainUpgrade although they've already had an upgrade in real life]], [[AristocratsAreEvil so they don't really count]]), Caligula, Nero, Creator/AleisterCrowley, [[TheFrenchRevolution Robespierre]], Atilla the Hun, possibly {{Rasputin|The Mad Monk}} and, of course, [[spoiler:AdolfHitler, who is possibly too evil to be a vampire and is a literal PersonOfMassDestruction]].
** The strongest of the werewolves is [[UsefulNotes/TheSpanishInquisition Tomás de Torquemada]].
** It's stated that the Arch-Hierophant, the leader of the Archaeologists, was infamous for his specialty in performing human vivisection, and was possibly a Nazi scientist (Mengele comes to mind).
** So far none of the ghouls we've seen are based on real people, but one of them does mention Blackbeard and having 'expired' him.
*** Mother Terror, one of the leaders of the ghouls' pirate fleet, is strongly hinted to have been Mother Teresa, reflecting various real-life controversies surrounding her, such as the poor care given in her hospitals and misappropriation of the donations she received.
*** Also, the identity of the queen of the ghouls, Mitra, was revealed recently. She's actually '''[[spoiler:J. Edgar Hoover]]'''.
** The Dystopian Queen, Perfidia, resembles Elizabeth I, and her entire race resembles England during the Golden Age. Oh, and during life they comitted evil in the name of empire.
** One of the ghoul's elite fighters is revealed to be... [[spoiler: Oppenheimer, Truman and the pilot who dropped the A-bomb]]. Their being transformed is explained by each [[NeverMyFault putting the blame]] for [[spoiler:dropping the atomic bomb]] on the others.
* HolyBurnsEvil: Which is why holy water imported straight from the Vatican is such a lucrative commodity. Unfortunately, see CorruptChurch above.
** The Dystopians have made a specialty of selling holy relics to various factions. But most of them are fake, though it remains to be seen if the canister containing a seraphim is indeed the equivalent of an antimatter nuke.
* HumongousMecha: the Archi-Hierophant's "sarcophagus" looks a lot like one at least, though it has yet to be used in combat.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Ghouls, in life, did as much harm as vampires but believed they were doing good.
* TheIgor: Igor is actually a kobold, but otherwise fits the description perfectly.
** [[MadScientist Doctor Dippel's]] assistant, Vermicelli, fits perfectly too.
* ImpossiblyCoolWeapon: shows up occasionally. The Nuns of Blood are particularly fond of ludicrously overcomplicated weapons/instruments of torture, up to and including nunshakus (an already extremely impractical weapon) adorned with spikes and spiky chains.
** Vampires get rapid-fire stake-guns. That go TEPESSSSS! when fired.
* IncrediblyLamePun: Nunshakus are nunchucks... used by nuns.
* InfoDump: Dictionary, the handy talking shoulder pterodactyl who knows everything about everyone's sins and will tell you about them at great length! [[StopHelpingMe Especially if you don't want him to!]]
* InTheHood: The first time we meet Torquemada, he's wearing a hooded monk's robe that shows only his GlowingEyesOfDoom.
* InstantRunes: The series is huge on diverse magical symbols, so it's no big surprise those appear in the air every time vampire knights cast spells. They also appear for diverse other occasions and even in the margins, just for decoration.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Requiem is perfectly willing to let Rebecca AscendToAHigherPlaneOfExistence, leaving himself trapped on Ressurection. Such a noble sacrifice only causes disgust in Otto. [[spoiler: But then Requiem / Thurim notes that with Rebecca gone, so is his MoralityPet, allowing him to truly become a vampire knight.]]
* KarmaHoudini: Oh, where to ''begin'' with this one...
** Averted with, of all people, [[spoiler: AdolfHitler]]. He gets a grand total of four panels, one of which consists of getting his neck snapped and the remaining two of showing us who he was.
* KingArthur: is an evil, leonine dragon with a SdrawkcabName.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Subverted; while Tolecnal still believes that truth and justice are what the Knights of the Round Table fight for, Ruhtra corrects him and says their motivations are more along the lines of RapePillageAndBurn.
* LoveRedeems: Presumably, it's the vestiges of Heinrich's love for Rebecca that let him keep his conscience. Now he clings desperately to them.
** However, ultimately he claims that [[spoiler: by releasing her from this world, he will at last be freed from this last remnant of humanity, and truly become a vampire.]]
** Subverted in ''Claudia'', where Claudia's love for Elizabeth is [[spoiler:the result of Red Opium poisoning]].
* MadeOfExplodium: Dippel's oil is watered-down nitroglycerine, use extensively in his remote-controlled giant zombie.
* MadScientist: all Archeologists were those back in the real world, but Doctor Dippel is the most notable as of now.
* MagicHair: Lich's hair is ''steel chains'' and doubles as PrehensileHair.
* MerlinSickness: The people of Resurrection age in reverse. Instead of growing older, they grow younger, and if they aren't killed on the battlefield or some other way, they eventually turn into infants and disappear. Then everyone forgets they existed at all. (Maybe the ultimate reward for evil isn't quite so good after all...) Dracula's DarkKiss can prevent it from happening, but he doesn't do that often.
** Merlin himself appears. [[InstantAwesomeJustAddDragons As an egg]]. [[FunnyMoments Wearing a wizard hat.]]
* MiniMecha: Mother Superior of the Sisters of Blood is [[spoiler: a foetus (meaning she is extremely old by vampire standards)]] who rides in a [[SpikesOfVillainy spiked]] mecha with [[GrapplingHookPistol grappling claws in its breasts]]. It's not a HumongousMecha though, it's barely taller than a human being.
** Mitra also uses a walking mech.
* MotorMouth: Dictionary and Tengu.
* {{Mutants}}: A bunch of them, who rebelled against the humans who'd created them and took over Future!London before being nuked, suddenly pop on Resurrection. Dracula's forces gleefully mount a massive slave raid/blitzkrieg to crush them.
* NaughtyNuns: of all things, kind of averted with the Sisters of Blood. Even though they wear {{FetishFuel}}errific outfits (the guards at least, not the lowly workers which tend to be fat old hags) and slaughter intruders with extreme prejudice, they actually follow a strict code of vows and seek to preserve virginity (both in terms of sex and vampire bites), their own and that of the victims under their "care".
* NaziProtagonist: Heinrich Augsberg, a.k.a. Requiem.
* NeverSayDie: a surprising use of the trope in a mature comic. Usually the words "death" and "die" are replaced with "expiration", "expire" and similar equivalents, though the reason for that is the fact that everyone on Ressurrection is ''already dead''.
* NotSoDifferent: Requiem gets a moment with Dragon where they do the exact same thing (bottle-feeding their infantile masters and burping them).
** They are actually similar in more than one way. They were both soldiers in life who slaughtered countless people, and they both have retained a certain sense of honor even in death and vampirism.
* NunTooHoly: pretty much ''all'' the Sisters of Blood.
* OldMaster: Cryptus to Requiem and Tengu to Dragon. Because of [[MerlinSickness the way people in Resurrection age]], both look (and often even behave) like toddlers.
* {{Otaku}}: There's one who got reincarnated as a [[NinjaZombiePirateRobot vampire samurai]].
** Actually, they use the literal translation of the word "otaku" (outcast). He was actually [[UsefulNotes/SecondSinoJapaneseWar a Japanese officer who participated in the killing competitions during the Rape of Nanking]]. He's referred to as an "outcast" because he's turned on his former allies, the vampires.
* OurMonstersAreDifferent: Harpies were mothers who knowingly caused the death of their children. It's not revealed what crimes kobolds did, but they usually show up as much-abused lower class service personnel (servants, peddlers, innkeepers...)
** OurCentaursAreDifferent: They're the reincarnations of rapists, used as cavalry against the vampires' werewolves.
** OurDemonsAreDifferent: And more gruesome. The original thing about them is that they DO NOT inhabit Resurrection / Hell, but are creatures from a different plane.
** OurGhostsAreDifferent: For one thing they're called Lamias, and are the victims of the various evil-doers who mistreated, tortured, raped, killed etc. them. The only way to escape their rather crummy existence is to 'expirate' whoever is responsible for their presence on Résurrection (whether the 'expiration' is at their own hands or someone else's; in the meantime they also torment their killers in their sleep, like Furies).
*** They're called Lemures in the original French, which follows the myths a lot closer.
** OurGhoulsAreDifferent: People who resurrect as ghouls are those who committed evil while pretending they were doing good; they have grey skin, often no hair or apparent noses, sharp teeth and crave brains. They live in a flying city called Aerophagia, and the higher ranking ones are captains of ''[[ZeppelinsFromAnotherWorld pirate airships]]''; basically it's undead steampunk.
** OurMummiesAreDifferent: The Archaeologists - scientists who created weapons of mass destruction or violated scientific ethics - are rather wizened and have no skin, so the lower ranking ones spend most of their time wrapped up in Egyptianesque robes or bandages. The higher ranking ones...[[BodyHorror have other methods]].
** OurVampiresAreDifferent: As per usual they're aristocratic, pale (mostly), beautiful (sometimes), proud, vulnerable to silver and just plain evil. As per unusual, they're often addicted to drugs to help them forget their past sins, and they're not immortal but are as susceptible to regression as anyone else in Résurrection; only receiving Dracula's [[FountainofYouth Dark Kiss]] makes you immune to rejuvenation, and that's pretty hard to come by. Rebirth as a vampire in Résurrection is reserved for the very worst of the worst among humans.
** OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: Résurrection's werewolves are religious fanatics who persecuted innocents of other faiths; they can transform at will or if they're being threatened, and also, oddly enough, by remote control [[spoiler:used and controlled by the rebelling Lamias]].
** OurZombiesAreDifferent: On Résurrection zombies form the lower classes. They either end up serving the vampires, being served ''to'' the vampires or scavenging the wastelands and forming deadly welcoming committees for any newly resurrected. The comic features an interesting subversion of zombies as they are capable of intelligence and even coherent speech, however they are usually simple-minded, and are hinted to be people [[KarmicPunishment who committed crimes out of ignorance and mindless obedience]], which [[FridgeBrilliance explains why there are so many of them...]]
* OutWithABang: Claudia was first dragged to Résurrection when one of the elderly participants in a ritual got a little overexcited and died, screwing up the ritual.
* OverlyLongTongue: at least one Sister of Blood has an extremely long tongue with blades on it; whether all Sisters have such a weapon or only her is unclear.
** Mitra's entire throat can be deployed as a toothed tentacle to catch prey that she then devours alive.
* PintSizedPowerhouse: remember that [[MerlinSickness extreme youth on Resurrection equivalates to extremely old age and therefore experience.]] Tengu can perfectly wield a pair of razor-clawed gauntlets of which every blade is attached onto a [[WhipSword whip chain]]. Only slightly less awesome is Cryptus, whose little infantile hands apparently pack an impressive punch and who wields a pair of short swords with enough skill to be an even match to the aforementioned Tengu.
* PragmaticVillainy: the use of [[spoiler:Adolf Hitler]] as a WeaponOfMassDestruction sure is the more time and cost efficient way to blow up a whole cloud of lemures. Not to mention the trouble he could have caused as a trained vampire knight, seeing how there seems to be a clear connection to the extent of evil during life and the capacity for evil during death.
* PunnyName: The (French) names for the pirate leaders are all words starting with Mère (mother): Mercurochrome, etc.
* RedAndBlackAndEvilAllOver: Everything, including the scenery
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Lord Cryptos. Though he doesn't look any less disturbing than the rest of the cast.
** If anything, he looks MORE disturbing than the rest of the cast. What makes him even creepier is that he mentions that due to his age he can no longer feed on blood, and therefore feeds on pure pain and terror. Doesn't stop him from enjoying some blood on occasion, too.
* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: Torquemada gives one to the Dystopians.
* ReviveKillsZombie: Needless to say, the most feared weapons on Ressurrection are holy relics, starting from holy water weapons, to angel tears weapons, to priest's head and saint's head ammunition, to a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent gigantic missile with a ''seraph'' inside]] which Mitra calls the equivalent of an anti-matter bomb.
* ScarsAreForever: Both Requiem and Sean have red marks on their foreheads left from the shots that killed them.
* ScaryImpracticalArmor: As Señor Torquemada demonstrates. Some are even worse.
* SceneryGorn / SceneryPorn: both are quite abundant.
* ShoutOut: One of the Archaeologists is very enthusiastic about using [[Franchise/StarTrek photon torpedos]].
** Anthrax, the mutant's secret weapon, is a regenerating monster who ends up [[Film/KingKong climbing a skyscraper to strike at air forces before plummeting to the ground]].
** In one battle a number of [[Literature/TheWonderfulWizardOfOz winged baboon men]] are captured and cause Claudia some 'distress'.
** Red-armored berserkers who lash out at everything they see? [[Warhammer40K Where have we seen that befroe...]]
** Cryptos's design bears some resemblance to [[Film/{{Nosferatu}} another vampire...]]
** The annoying pterodactyl thing's name is DevilsDictionary.
** Thurim's world in the Limbo is an ''obvious'' shout-out to HyeronymusBosch.
** There is a shout-out to ''Film/TheExorcist'' in one comic, where a vampire possessed by a demon yells out, "Your mother sucks cocks in hell!" [[TalkToTheFist Though it doesn't provoke the reaction he hoped in the target.]]
** [[MultipleHeadcase Triad]], a three-faced ghoul, announces "Now I am become Death, destroyer of worlds." [[spoiler: Because he's actually Oppenheimer, who designed the atom bomb, Truman, who ordered it launched, and Tibbets, the pilot who dropped it. All in one, since none of them agreed to take the blame for it.]]
** Dragon pushes Tengu around [[LoneWolfAndCub in a little cart.]]
** An EstablishingCharacterMoment for Dracula is when an Archeologist refuses to remove his mask in Dracula's presence, so he has it nailed to the man's head, mirroring his treatment of Turkish diplomats (and their turbans) in RealLife.
* ShownTheirWork: At least when it comes to Dracula: it takes the historical Vlad Tepes's preference for impaling as a punishment and all but elopes with it. He decorates his ship the 'Satanik' with stakes covered with the bodies of the victims; and an impaling gun has the sound effect of 'Tepes!' whenever it's fired, a reference to his real name. He also has the mask of the High Priest of the Archaeologists ''nailed to his face,'' because the priest hadn't removed it as a sign of respect (and also because Dracula really doesn't like the Archaeologists): this pretty much echoes what Vlad allegedly did to a Turkish messenger who refused to remove his turban.
* SinkOrSwimMentor: Cryptus takes this UpToEleven as he proudly proclaims that the vast majority of vampire knights he trains don't survive the training, and by the sound of what they go through, he's probably saying the truth. It's likely that Tengu is also this, though not explicitely stated.
* SlidingScaleOfGenderInequality: Particularly noticeable concerning the ghouls; there are quite a lot of nuns amongst their ranks (who pimped out other nuns to priests), to say nothing of Venus the [[StrawFeminist trigger happy twenty-third century feminist]], but apparently not that many high ranking males at all. What, so the most evil hypocrites are all women? On the vampires' side only Claudia gets a prominent speaking role [[spoiler: at least until Aiwass comes along]] - what, so only men can be pure evil? And let's not even begin to consider the gender ratios of the werewolves and the archaeologists...
** Well, historically in RealLife most proactive religious fanatics (i.e. werewolves) and scientists, ethical or not (i.e. archeologists) were men. Doesn't quite explain vampires or ghouls though.
** Actually, this also makes sense, since most of the prominent evil figures in history were men, if only because men historically had more influence. Besides, there are female vampires (the Sisters of Blood and Countess Bathory, for instance). It's just that there probably are not a lot of female vampire ''knights'', [[FridgeBrilliance which makes sense when you consider that Ressurrection has mostly a medieval-level society and therefore women are most likely rarely allowed into the military,]] barring special cases like the incredibly cruel Claudia.
* SmokingIsCool: Requiem and Tengu light up while their respective masters are dueling, for absolutely no reason than to look badass.
* SoBadItsGood: Invoked: Various metal fans in Ressurection learn of the "Relics of Rock" including the one that gave rise to nu-metal (good and bad are reversed on Ressurection)...
* SoundOnlyDeath: Usually ignored, but thankfully employed when the Hierophants are having new suits made, possibly because there's really no way to show everything inside someone's skin getting sucked out of them in one picture.
* SortingAlgorithmOfEvil: Averted. Hitler appears and is killed off in three panels early in the series, while the likes of Nero, Robespierre and Alister Crowley are still running around.
* StatusQuoIsGod: the Archeologists exist to prevent adavanced technology from falling into the hands of the lower classes, upsetting the vampire's dominion.
* SpinOff: Claudia Chevalier Vampire, which goes into Claudia's backstory.
* StrawFeminist: Mother Venus was the leader of 23rd century Venus; having succesfully found a way to reproduce without men, she then purged her planet of all males. Speaks in permanent PoliticallyCorrect: ("[[AssShove Rectify their intestinal transit]]!" and "[[MostCommonSuperpower Proteic-fluid containers]]").
* SwordAndGun: ghouls wield guns and chainswords.
* TattooedCrook: Almost all the vampires have cross tattos on their faces, and the knights have more tattos all over their bodies as a mark of their training; Attila and Black Sabbat have upside down pentacles. About the only vampires who ''don't'' have any markings are Dracula and Bathory.
* TalkingSword: though Requiems' only line so far has been to tell Claudia to get screwed.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Due to Captain Salem's power. Sabre leaves his three victims disappointed, but when Requiem kills Salem:
--> "Oh, Sabre! What an ''enormous'' improvement!"
* TheTeutonicKnights: Thurim was part of their order (though already evil). His using the magic hammer caused the knights to lose the Battle of the Ice.
* ThoseWackyNazis: Some of the vampires were Nazis in life, including Requiem himself, his friend Otto Von Todt, and [[spoiler:Hitler, who's expired shortly after his first appearance.]]
* TooKinkyToTorture: Claudia. One of her ex-victims tries to strangle her with chains, she just gets off on it. She also isn't addicted to black opium like most vampires because she doen't need it; other vampires use it to forget their sins and to prevent their victim lemures from tormenting them, but not only does she enjoy remembering her sordid past, her lemures eventually quit tormenting her because ''she got off on that too.''
* TorturedMonster: Anthrax is a humongous mutant who's essentially unkillable as he regenerates all wounds. However, when Requiem uses a spell on him that reveals his deepest desires, he proceeds to jump off a skyscraper.
* TrainingFromHell: Quite literally in order to become a vampire knight:
-->"Scream twice if you can still hear me."
* UnholyHolySword: [[spoiler: Thurim, though it's a hammer.]]
* UnholyMatrimony: Dracula and Bathory.
* UnusualEuphemism: Venus the ghoul is probably the reigning Empress of this trope. Even being a politician and a feminist does not justify the concentration of euphemisms she employs. She doesn't merely ''use'' euphemisms, she ''speaks in them'', each euphemism more unusual then the other. She has euphemisms for sensitive subjects, less sensitive subjects, and completely trivial subjects (such as the word "Mother".)
** "Proteic fluid containers" for "tits" comes to mind.
* VillainousCrossdresser: [[spoiler: J. Edgar Hoover, before he became Mitra]].
* TheWormThatWalks: Vermicelli, the assistant of Doctor Dippel, is full of [[NauseaFuel maggots]] that move his otherwise inanimate carcass. Unfortunately, he needs to be [[ShockAndAwe recharged]] every so often.
* WrittenSoundEffect: The Impaler, the cool-as-hell stake gun that Heinrich uses to save Otto's life, goes "TEPES!" when it's fired.
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: once Dr. Dippel finishes the creation of his titanic FrankensteinsMonster, the Arch-Hierophant commands said monster to brutally slaughter its creator. His "justification" is that if worst comes to worst, he can blame the creation of the monster entirely on Dippel (being expired, the doctor couldn't really say anything in his defense) and pretend he never had anything at all to do with the attempt to overthrow Dracula.
* YouFightLikeACow: Tengu, Tengu, Tengu. And Cryptus. So when they fight each other...
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