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->''"Welcome to my house! Enter freely and of your own free will!"''
-->-- '''Count Dracula'''

The original Creator/BramStoker novel that the PublicDomainCharacter {{Dracula}} comes from. It was published in 1897.

Jonathan Harker, a young British solicitor about to be made partner, is sent out to Castle Dracula in Transylvania to see about a new client of his firm. Waiting at home for him is his young fiancee and secretary, Wilhelmina "Mina" Murray. Jonathan expects to be back home within a few weeks, but he doesn't know that Count Dracula is an ancient vampire, whose intentions of moving to England are nothing less than a plan to feast on the teeming crowds of London.

Meanwhile in England, a Dr. John Seward, keeper of an insane asylum, notices a strange habit of his patient Renfield: consuming live things so as to absorb their life energy. Renfield keeps trying to escape to the old abandoned house next to his asylum, which seems to be seeing a lot of activity all of a sudden. And Lucy Westenra, Mina's beautiful best friend with three potential husbands (including Dr. Seward), is beginning to fall ill...

Concerned about Lucy's health, Dr. Seward notifies his Dutch mentor, Dr. [[AuthorAvatar Abraham van Helsing]]. When Van Helsing recognizes Lucy's illness as the mark of the vampire, he gathers Lucy's loved ones around him to save the girl: her fiance Lord Arthur Godalming, her American former suitor Quincey Morris, Jonathan Harker (who was found severely traumatized by Dracula, but alive), and Mina. Knowing that Dracula's power doesn't work during the day -- although he can still move about, and ''fight'', quite well during these hours -- they form a plan to hunt him down and rid the world of him forever. Although the men initially try to keep Mina out of the loop to protect her feminine sensibilites, she quickly proves herself to be a strong and thoroughly clever investigator... which Dracula himself is just as quick to notice.

This book is now in the public domain, and can now be found [[http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/345 on Project Gutenberg]].
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!!This story provides examples of:

* AdmiringTheAbomination: According to van Helsing, the Count "must indeed have been that Voivode Dracula who won his name against the Turk, over the great river on the very frontier of Turkey-land. If it be so, then was he no common man: for in that time, and for centuries after, he was spoken of as the cleverest and the most cunning, as well as the bravest of the sons of the 'land beyond the forest'".
* AffablyEvil: Dracula is a most polite and charming host.
* AgentMulder: It doesn't take much to convince [[SeenItAll Quincey Morris]] that there are vampires about.
* AgentScully: Lord Arthur Godalming, on the other hand...
* AnimalMotifs: Howling wolves are a sign of Dracula's presence, and he's repeatedly associated with (and has power over) wolves, bats, rats, and at one point [[WallCrawl lizards]]. However, horses are terrified of vampires.
* {{Animorphism}}: Dracula has the power to shapeshift into wolves, bats, and smoke, and probably other things.
* AntagonistTitle
* ApocalypticLog: The journal of the captain on whose ship Dracula came over is ''chilling''.
* ArbitrarilyLargeBankAccount: Of the four men trying to track down Dracula, three of them are extremely wealthy by last act (two of them having inherited large estates, the other being a wealthy ranch owner), which means they can spend money and hand out bribes freely without having to worry about the expense.
* AristocratsAreEvil: Except for Lord Godalming, AKA Arthur, who is one of the protagonists, but not treated any differently from the rest. Dracula, however, is ''dead'' straight.
* AsLongAsItSoundsForeign:
** Stoker uses the word "nosferatu" as an appealingly foreign-sounding synonym for "vampire", and identified as his source a work that cited it as the Romanian translation of "not living". Unfortunately, the word doesn't exist in Romanian, and no alternative etymologies (a Greek word meaning "disease-bearing," a Latin word meaning "you are our wild beast," or a mis-transcription of a legitimate, but unknown, Romanian or Slavonic word) have gained anything like consensus.
** At times, Van Helsing's speech is just a random string of words without any resemblance to Dutch syntax. But every once in awhile, he sounds perfectly Dutch ("He infect you in such wise, that even if he do no more, you have only to live" is a very Dutch structure, for example). Less forgiveable are his occasional, very much not Dutch, very much ''German'', exclamations of shock or horror.
* AuthorAvatar: Jonathan Harker is the character most critics believe is Stoker's AuthorAvatar. Van Helsing might be an avatar for Stoker's father, who was also named Abraham.
* BabiesEverAfter: And they call him [[spoiler:[[DeadGuyJunior Quincey]]]].
* BadassMustache: While it's often left out in adaptations, when Dracula's appearance is first described, he is clean-shaven except a long, white moustache. This is probably based on portraits of Vlad the Impaler.
* BeethovenWasAnAlienSpy: It's strongly implied that Dracula is Vlad the Impaler himself. Stoker changed his villain's name from "Lord Vampyr" to Dracula after researching Vlad's grim reputation as a torturer.
* BloodLust: Count Dracula goes from being a charming gentleman to a raging fiend with the flip of a switch -- and the switch is Jonathan cutting himself shaving.
* BloodMagic: In contrast to his animalistic thralls, Dracula was originally just as much a sorcerer as he was a vampire.
* BluntMetaphorsTrauma:
-->'''Van Helsing:''' Well, the milk that is spilt cries not out afterwards, as you say.
* BoisterousBruiser: Quincey Morris fills this trope to a T.
* BrainFever: Jonathan falls seriously ill after escaping from Dracula's castle.
* BreakTheCutie: Mina.
* BreakingAndBloodsucking: The TropeCodifier with a helping hand from PopCulturalOsmosis. Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotises her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping [[spoiler: Mina]], he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave. .
* BuffySpeak: How appropriate that this then-UnbuiltTrope still appears in the definitive vampire story!
-->'''Dr. Seward:''' [Renfield] seems so mixed up with the Count in an indexy kind of way...
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Vampire hunting expert Van Helsing has quite the disturbing sense of humour.
* TheCakeIsALie: Dracula's deal to get Renfield to invite him in. And the deal Dracula reneged on; he offered [[TheRenfield Renfield]] thousands of rats. To eat. Renfield's insanity was a fixation on eating living creatures to absorb their life. Dracula going back on this deal is part of what instigated Renfield's HeelFaceTurn.
* CannotCrossRunningWater: A stated weakness of vampires, except during "the slack or flood of the tide". It proves instrumental to slowing Dracula down near the end of the book.
* CassandraTruth:
** The peasants in Transylvania beg Jonathan not to go to the castle. He pretty much laughs them off.
** Averted by Professor Van Helsing, who doesn't tell anyone vampires are involved until they see incontrovertible proof, because he knows they'd never believe him.
* TheCavalry: This role is played by [[ItMakesSenseInContext three terrier dogs]] when our heroes are attacked by a horde of rats.
* CharacterTitle
* ChekhovsGun: Arthur's dog whistle.
* ChildEater: Dracula's vampire companions and Lucy after she turned, though the latter never really fully drained her victims because circumstances would force her to leave them behind before she could.
* ColdIron: Just as suitable as a wooden stake for destroying a vampire's heart.
* CollateralAngst: Dr. Seward observes several times that Jonathan seems to find Mina's metaphorical rape harder to bear than she does, and she, ironically, seems to be the one comforting ''him''.
* ComboPlatterPowers: [[OurVampiresAreDifferent This vampire]] can [[WallCrawl scale walls]] like {{Spiderman}}, control the weather, control wolves and rats, turn into a wolf and [[SuperSmoke a cloud of dust]] in addition to a bat, and has SuperStrength.
* ContrivedCoincidence:
** The boat that Dracula is on arrives at Whitby, where Mina Murray, the fiancée of the man who's unwittingly helped him, is by a strange coincidence on holiday at the time; in a twist of fate, his first victim is Lucy, Mina's best friend. What's more, one of Lucy's admirers, conveniently enough, runs the lunatic asylum ''right next door'' to Dracula's new house. He also has a friend and mentor who, while not a vampire hunter, certainly knows a ''lot'' about how to deal with them or ward them off.
** In Chapter 2, Harker notes that Whitby is circled on Dracula's map of England, implying that the Count's arrival there is not strictly coincidental; why he would have chosen that place, even before he learns of Mina, is a bit of a mystery.
* CueTheSun
* TheCutie: Lucy has three men ask for her hand in marriage in ''one day'', and they then all pledge to protect [[spoiler:and avenge]] her.
* DaywalkingVampire: Dracula walks freely during the day, though he's more powerful at night. This is something that was eventually lost in vampire lore and did not return until recent years.
* DeadGuyJunior: Jonathan's and Mina's child is named after ''[[OverlyLongName all]]'' of the group, but goes by [[spoiler:Quincey]].
* DeadpanSnarker: The "laconic" Quincey Morris. Van Helsing gets his fair share as well, and Seward has his moments (especially when describing Renfield).
* DePower: This is the only effect of sunlight on Stoker's vampires.
* DistressedDamsel: Lucy and Mina. Mina, however, ''does'' something about it.
* DrivenToMadness: The Count leaves poor Jonathan a complete psychological wreck, [[{{Gaslighting}} convinced that what he'd seen couldn't possibly be real]].
* DroppedAbridgedOnIt: The 1901 Abridged Edition.
* DualAgeModes: Dracula appears much younger when he's recently fed. He apparently can change his appearance at will, since on the night that Jonathan Harker met him, he first appeared to have a long brown beard and then later appeared to have a long white mustache and no beard.
* DueToTheDead: What makes Seward so uneasy about investigating Lucy's vampirism.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything:
** The scene where [[spoiler:Dracula forces Mina to drink his blood]] reads like a rape scene.
** Vampirism in general. It's especially obvious in the situation when [[spoiler:Lucy]] has been ravished and drained by the monster, and the men who love her have one option to restore her purity: to inject their own precious bodily fluids into her.
*** This is lampshaded by one of the characters mocking the idea of the blood transfusion being a metaphorical sex act.
* EatsBabies: The three women in Dracula's Castle. [[spoiler:Lucy almost reaches this point.]]
* EmpathicEnvironment: Immediately after [[spoiler:vampire Lucy is slain]], the weather is described as sunny and pleasant.
* EpistolaryNovel: See also ScrapbookStory.
* EverythingIsBigInTexas: Quincey Morris. Lucy likes his funny turns of phrase, so when he proposes to her, he hams up the quaint cowboy-themed metaphors to an [[TastesLikeDiabetes almost sickening degree.]]
* EvilDetectingDog: Horses are disturbed by Dracula's presence.
* ExpositionOfImmortality: In chapter III, Jonathan Harker converses with the Count on Transylvanian history, and observes that the Count speaks of "things and people, and especially of battles, [...] as if he had been present at them all."
* FangsAreEvil: The better to drink your blood.
* FirstNameBasis
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Jonathan Harker (the first to encounter Dracula and instigator of the hunt).
** TheLancer: Lord Arthur Godalming ([[ItsPersonal Has a good reason to seek revenge]] and [[AgentScully is initially the most sceptical]])
** TheBigGuy: Quincey Morris (provides the firepower).
** TheSmartGuy: '''Dr.''' John Seward
** TheChick: Mina Harker (has to deal with [[StayInTheKitchen the prejudice of the times]]).
** [[{{Mentors}} The Mentor]]: Van Helsing (the experienced vampire hunter who trains the others in the art of slaying the Un-Dead)
* {{Foil}}: Van Helsing to Dracula: Both are confident, knowledgeable and affable, with a slight hint of a [[AsLongAsItSoundsForeign generic strange accent]], and refer to people as "friend".
* FoodPorn: Jonathan Harker devotes a lot of attention to what he's eating at the beginning of the book.
* ForgottenTrope: Dracula is described as having [[SelfAbuse hairs in the centre of his palms]] which is what happens to little boys who [[ADateWithRosiePalms go on dates with them.]]
** Alhough hairy palms are also associated with werewolves and/or vampires in folklore.
* FunetikAksent: The old Yorkshireman, various cockneys, and of course Van Helsing himself. Stoker prided himself (without much justification) on his ability to do these.
* FunnyForeigner: Van Helsing.
* GentlemanAndAScholar: Van Helsing.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Mina Harker's journal entry in chapter 23 paraphrases some sailors, and their obscenities. An example: "They say much of blood and bloom and of others which I comprehend not, though I guess what they mean" and "Whereupon the captain tell him that he had better be quick--with blood--for that his ship will leave the place--of blood-- before the turn of the tide--with blood."
* GhostShip: The ''Demeter'' is regarded as one of these when it runs aground at Whitby.
* AGlassOfChianti: Dracula doesn't eat or drink, but Harker comments very favourably on the food and wine the Count serves.
* GoodScarsEvilScars: Mina gets an evil one that the Transylvanians recognise. Dracula gets one from Jonathan early on, but it's inconsistently described in the text.
* GoOutWithASmile:
** Vampirism is a curse, so vampires who are killed are implied to be relieved.
** [[spoiler:Quincey also seems remarkably chipper for one who has thirty seconds to live -- but he dies knowing the Dracula is dead and Mina is saved.]]
* GottaKillEmAll: The heroes have to track down and destroy Dracula's lairs so he will have no place to go to change shape or rest in his native soil.
* GraveRobbing
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Interesting variation. Lucy, befitting her treasured English Rose status, is described as blonde (Seward refers to her hair lying on her bed pillow in "sunny ripples"), but as a vampire, is described by eyewitnesses as having dark hair. Especially fitting as her childlike innocence before getting attacked by Dracula is absent from her vampire form.
* HaveAGayOldTime: "Holding his candle so that he could read the coffin plates, and so holding it that the sperm dropped in white patches which congealed as they touched the metal,". ... High-priced candles at the time were often made from spermaceti, the waxy effluence drawn from the head cavity of a sperm whale. It was not at all uncommon to refer to this substance simply as "sperm".
* TheHeart: Mina. Even Renfield is drawn to her.
* HeroicBSOD: An epic one for Harker.
* HeroicSacrifice: [[spoiler:Quincey Morris]].
* HypocriticalHumor: Mina mocks the "New Woman" a few times in her journal.
* HystericalWoman: There aren't any in the book, but Dr. Seward certainly believes in this trope. At one point he remarks, "Men and women are so different in manifestations of nervous strength or weakness!". Mina seems to exist to defy this trope, as no matter how distressed she gets, she has it together ''better'' than her husband. She does go into hysterics at one point, but it's for a ''very'' good reason and she gets over it with amazing quickness. Several of the men also have brief hysterical episodes.
* IdiotBall: [[spoiler:The main characters know that a vampire can only enter a house into which he is invited, but they still keep his victim in a house that they know Dracula can already enter. Also, they know that Lucy died and rose as a vampire after becoming paler and weaker over many days. When Mina's not feeling well and looking rather pale, they write it off as a simple illness.]]
* IDoNotDrinkWine: [[BeamMeUpScotty Never said in the book]], but Jonathan does note that the Count never eats with him. "I have dined already, and I do not sup."
* InformedAbility: Vampirism is really vague in this story and it's not really clear what it does besides what's shown. Most known is that it turns the victim into a monster, they gain a few powers and they drink blood. Okay fine, but outside that we only get hints that it's the worst thing ever for the victim, because apparently their souls are either trapped in their bodies or taken over by the monster they become. Or the person becomes corrupted and evil just from turning. Was Lucy truly evil just be-old monster? Outside of feeding on humans, it never really goes into too much detail on the specifics of what's causing the change. But that might just add to the mystique for the sake of horror.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Dr. Seward and Quincey lose to Arthur in wooing Lucy, but they're good sports about it. Both of them give blood to save Lucy without hesitation.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: When Dracula gets a hold of Mina in her bedroom, he ups the evulz by telling her "this isn't the first time" she's satisfied his... thirst.
* IllGirl: Lucy when Dracula starts feeding from her; her mother could also count.
* IMadeCopies: After Dracula attacks Mina, he trashes Seward's study and burns the ScrapbookStory the heroes are keeping. Unfortunately for him, they had another copy locked up in a safe.
* ImplacableMan: Van Helsing.
* KissOfTheVampire
* KnifeNut: Jonathan and Quincey wield a kukri and a Bowie knife, respectively, which come in handy for [[spoiler:finally killing Dracula]].
* KukrisAreKool: It's Jonathan's WeaponOfChoice.
* LiteraryAgentHypothesis
* LostInImitation
* LoveDodecahedron: Arthur and Lucy become engaged, but Dr. Seward and Quincey Morris are in love with her as well. Van Helsing seems to grow to love both Lucy and Mina, even though he's technically married to a madwoman, and there's plenty of HoYay between him and Dr. Seward. Mina marries Jonathan, and the surviving six form a [[TrueCompanions True Companionship]] where they all love everybody.
* MadwomanInTheAttic: Doesn't appear, but Van Helsing reveals he's married to a madwoman. Well, [[{{Troperiffic}} what would a Gothic horror novel be without one?]]
* ManipulativeBastard: Dracula. Also shows signs of [[MagnificentBastard Magnificence]].
* MonsterProgenitor
* {{Motif}}: The imagery of red-against-white is repeated over and over again -- wolves with red tongues and white teeth, Dracula's red blood-stained lips against his pale white skin, a red wound on a [[WhiteShirtOfDeath white shirt]], etc..
* MindControl: Dracula intends to do this with Mina, [[spoiler:but it backfires on him once he realises that if she can show him whatever the heroes are up to, she can also show them whatever Dracula is up to.]]
* NameOrderConfusion: Dracula refers to Jonathan as "Harker Jonathan" at one point out of reflex.
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: Nice job telling the woman to StayInTheKitchen, heroes! [[SarcasmMode Worked out pretty well, didn't it?]]
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: Nice job giving the heroine a VIP pass to your mind, Dracula.
* NoImmortalInertia: The older vampires turn to dust shortly after being staked.
* NoOntologicalInertia: Killing the original vampire before its bitten victims die (and subsequently resurrect as vampires) returns said victims to normal. Otherwise its permanent.
* NoTimeToExplain: Prior to needing to stake [[spoiler:Lucy]], Van Helsing's answer for everyone's confused questions amounts to, "I can't explain now, just trust me. You'll know everything soon enough, but you'll wish you didn't. Did I mention within the last five seconds that you just need to trust me?".
* NotHimself: [[spoiler:Lucy when she becomes a vampire. It's implied she's even aware of it when the transformation nears completion and the vampire part of her briefly surfaces to try and seduce Arthur as she's dying.]]
* OffscreenMomentOfAwesome: In the novel, [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker's]] escape from [[spoiler:Dracula's castle]].
* OldSchoolChivalry: The results of making Mina StayInTheKitchen teach the men to toss Old School Chivalry out the window.
* OmnidisciplinaryScientist:
** Van Helsing is a doctor, scientist, occultist, detective, lawyer and holy man. This all comes in handy for hunting vampires. It's also stated that he has at least three doctoral degrees, one of which is an MD.
** Dr. Seward is a general practitioner, ''every'' type of surgeon and a psychiatrist to boot.
* OneDegreeOfSeparation: Dracula's first victim just happens to be Lucy Westenra, the best friend of the fiancée of Jonathan Harker, who is probably the only living human who's seen him for what he really is. Not only that, but Dr. Seward, one of Lucy's former suitors and the good friend of her husband, not only owns the mental institution ''right next door'' to Dracula's new house, but is also the protegé of Dr. Van Helsing, perhaps the only practitioner of modern medicine who can recognize vampirism and knows how to treat it. Also, one of Dr. Seward's patients, Renfield, happens to have a strange psychic connection to Dracula.
* OrientExpress: When Dracula escapes from England to Varna by sea, the cabal sworn to destroy him travels to Paris and takes the Orient Express, arriving in Varna ahead of him.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Dracula does not follow the standard rules, largely because he [[UnbuiltTrope predates most of them]].
* ParentalSubstitute: Mr. Hawkins for Mina and Jonathan.
* PoirotSpeak: Van Helsing.
* PoorCommunicationKills: Van Helsing is understandably reluctant to tell anyone his theory that Lucy is being attacked by a living corpse each night, but Mrs. Westenra surely wouldn't have tossed out the garlic had she known the [[IncrediblyLamePun stakes]]. Similarly, had the gang deemed fit to include Mina in their conferences, she might have been saved from Dracula's attacks. The moment she is included in the discussions, she puts the pieces together that leads the group to finally confronting Dracula. AnAesop on the importance of including women in important conversations?
* TheProfessor: Van Helsing.
* ThePowerOfBlood: Types A (binding), B (symbolic), and O (''disturbing'').
* ThePowerOfFriendship
* PsychicLink: Mina is the Literature/HarryPotter to Dracula's Voldemort after the latter forces her to drink his blood.
* PsychicRadar: And the above happening to Mina lets the protagonists use her as a sort of psychic divining rod to track the Count.
* RealMenLoveJesus
* RedEyesTakeWarning
* RedRightHand: [[spoiler:When Van Helsing tries to set a holy wafer to Mina's forehead, it burns her and leaves a red mark. When Dracula is defeated, the mark vanishes.]]
* TheRenfield: TropeNamer, but is actually an UnbuiltTrope here, seeing as he attempts to foil Dracula twice, the second ending with the loss of his own life.
* RevengeByProxy: Dracula goes after Mina when he realises her husband and friends are hunting him.
* ScienceHero: Van Helsing, especially compared to modern portrayals.
* ScienceMarchesOn:
** When Van Helsing realizes that Lucy is anaemic because her blood is being drained by Dracula, he orders that her three suitors give her blood transfusions to save her life. Transfusions were performed during this time period, but blood types had yet to be discovered. Depending on the blood-types of the parties involved, Lucy's transfusions could have been fatal in their own right. In the story, they are only unsuccessful because Dracula keeps preying on her.
** Dracula's appearance is compiled based on Victorian ideas of physiognomy, which hold that criminals are racially degenerate and atavistically regressive. Dracula's features in particular paint him as a thug and sexual deviant. All of these principles have since been thoroughly discredited.
* ScrapbookStory: Compiled by Mina.
* ShapedLikeItself:
-->'''Dr.Seward:''' I am satisfied that Lucy's body is not in that coffin, but that only proves one thing.
-->'''Van Helsing:''' And what is that, friend John?
-->'''Dr. Seward:''' That it is not there.
-->'''Van Helsing:''' That is good logic, so far as it goes.
* ShovelStrike: Jonathan Harker strikes The Count with a workman's shovel while he is in his coffin. This prove ineffective at slaying the vampire, merely creating a large scar on Dracula's forehead.
* SouthernGentleman: Quincey Morris, [[EverythingIsBigInTexas Texan]], and a very positively portrayed American; typical in British works of the day but surprising today.
* SpiritualSuccessor: Has been compared to ''{{Literature/Frankenstein}}'' from the time it was released, as both of them are [[ScrapbookStory Scrapbook Stories]] that took old-school horror tropes and placed them in modern (at the time) settings with modern (at the time) technologies, to great effect. This comparison, as well as [[UniversalHorror Universal's]] and [[HammerHorror Hammer's]] movies, have ensured that the two works remain widely associated with each other to this day.
* StakingTheLovedOne: May be the first widely known example -- the vampire formerly known as [[spoiler:Lucy Westenra]] is destroyed by [[spoiler:Arthur]] under Van Helsing's direction.
* StayInTheKitchen: Deconstructed, as leaving Mina out of the action turns out to be the worst thing the men can do for her. When they do include her in planning sessions she's competent to the point of OnlySaneWoman.
* StockholmSyndrome: Mina doesn't develop SympathyForTheDevil until ''after'' he's bitten her, and after she previously decided that the Thing that did that to Lucy doesn't deserve a drop of pity. She still believes that he should be killed; not only to save mankind, but to save Dracula's own soul. She turns out to be ''right''.
* SuperSmoke
* SympathyForTheDevil: Mina expresses this in the later chapters.
* TheTeamBenefactor: Lord Arthur Godalming adds in funding the hunt for Dracula by providing transportation, lodging,and the like. While Abraham van Helsing helps with his knowledge of vampire lore.
* TeamDad: Van Helsing.
* TeamMom: Mina.
* TeamSpirit
* TermsOfEndangerment: Even when threatening him, Dracula refers to Jonathan as "my friend".
* TooDumbToLive: The Heroes (See UnwittingPawn).
* TookALevelInBadass: [[spoiler:Jonathan goes from terrified vampire victim to hunting Dracula with a [[KukrisAreKool kukri]].]]
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Mina is a "New Woman" of the times of emerging feminism, while Lucy is far more sweet and girly. They're best friends.
* TongueTied: One of the things Dracula does to Mina through their PsychicLink.
* ToThePain: Dracula's speech to Mina.
* TropeMaker[=/=]TropeCodifier: Defined most of the standard vampire tropes; vampire folklore varies wildly throughout the world, but Stoker's winnowing of these inconsistent myths results in the standard set of vampire powers and weaknesses. However, some of Dracula's attributes didn't catch on, most notably his unhandsome appearance and weakness to ColdIron (probably cribbed from Irish vampire-like [[TheFairFolk fey]] the dearg-due).
* TrueCompanions: The Harkers, Lucy's three suitors and Van Helsing.
* TykeBomb: [[spoiler: When one thinks about vampire Lucy's attacks, considering she's now a servant of Dracula by that point, her biting kids can be seen as this. If she had continued unopposed, they would've eventually died with no one the wiser on what was truly happening other then a mysterious sickness (Since unlike Translyvania, London is unaware of vampries. Something Dracula is banking on) The children would then arise as vampires and spread more of the vampirism and building up Dracula's undead forces.]]
* {{Uberwald}}, with tastes of {{Ruritania}}, and even a bit of {{Oireland}}.
* TheVamp: Dracula's three vampire companions, and [[spoiler: Lucy when she becomes a vampire.]]
* VampireInvitation
* VampireRefugee: [[spoiler:Mina.]]
* VampiresAreSexGods:
** Well, that's the ''subtext''. Dracula is actually described as fairly creepy from the outset, with rotten breath to boot.
** Female vampires, on the other hand, seem to become impossibly beautiful and [[TheVamp seductive]].
* VampireVannabe: Renfield seems to be trying to emulate vampirism, though with less understanding of the mechanics as we know it today... [[NauseaFuel by eating flies, spiders, and small birds]]. [[KickTheDog And at one point he asks for a kitten...]]
* VampireVords: Subverted: Dracula speaks excellent English, and has called Harker to his castle to, more than anything, help him get rid of his accent so that he won't be seen as another FunnyForeigner when he has moved to England.
* VictorianBritain
* VictorianNovelDisease: Parodied, or PlayedForDrama, or used as a RedHerring, depending on how you read the novel. In classic literature, tuberculosis was used as a stock disease. It was rarely referred to by name, but the symptoms were always the same: a young lady would become pale and sleepy, and a blush would show on her sickly face. When Van Helsing refuses to name Lucy's illness, the reader of the era would have assumed that she has tuberculosis. [[spoiler:But actually, Van Helsing realizes that she's becoming a vampire.]]
* ViewersAreGeniuses: Stoker seemingly overestimated widespread knowledge of vampire lore, creating a situation where the fandom rather than the author is widely SadlyMythtaken. Dracula is destroyed by a knife through the heart rather than a stake. [[ColdIron Sharp steel or iron objects like needles or knives]] are effective vampire kryptonite in Slavic mythology, yet adaptations, sequels, and even "scholarly" annotated versions of the novel jump on the lack of a wooden stake as proof that Dracula is NotQuiteDead.
* VasquezAlwaysDies: Inverted. The sexually curious yet feminine Lucy is killed by the eponymous villain. However, [[LoveInterest Mina]], the maternal yet logical wife of Jonathan Harker, survives. Indeed, Van Helsing even describes Mina as having a [[AuthorTract 'man's brain']].
* VirusVictimSymptoms: We see it gradully with Lucy as more of her blood is taken. Starting with becoming weak and pale, then becoming susceptible to Dracula's power. [[spoiler: And finally, as she dies the first time, the bite marks on her neck suddenly heal, her canines become sharper and her demeanor suddenly becomes more lustful.]]
* WallCrawl: Dracula. [[spoiler:Also how Jonathan escapes the castle.]]
* WineIsClassy: Dracula [[IDoNotDrinkWine does not drink... wine.]] He does serve it to his guests, however.
* WoobieDestroyerOfWorlds: All the vampires, whose souls are unable to find peace until their bodies are destroyed, and who are described as bearing tranquil expressions once they have been "purified". Mina even grows to pity Dracula, and to consider his destruction a mercy.
* WritersCannotDoMath: Save yourself a major headache -- ''do not'' try to make the dates make sense. It's corrected in some editions.
* YouAreWorthHell: To Jonathan, Mina is worth vampirism. [[spoiler:Fortunately, it doesn't come to that.]] He even theorizes this is how vampirism has spread in the past. All the other men are willing to die for her, as well.
* YouCalledMeXItMustBeSerious: Mina knows something is wrong when Jonathan calls her Wilhelmina.
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