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''This page is about the character Dracula. For the novel by Bram Stoker, please see ''Literature/{{Dracula}}.

'''[[TropeCodifier The]]''' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampire]]. As Franchise/SherlockHolmes is to detectives, Franchise/JamesBond is to secret agents, and Franchise/{{Superman}} is to {{Superhero}}es, so Dracula is to vampires.

Bram Stoker was [[OlderThanTheyThink not the first]] to introduce vampires into western literature (see the "penny dreadful" -- emphasis on 'dreadful' -- novel ''Literature/VarneyTheVampire'' for one precursor; also ''Literature/{{Carmilla}}'', which introduces {{lesbian vampire}}s; additionally ''Literature/TheVampyre'', which Polidori wrote while hanging around with Mary Shelley and [[ByronicHero Lord Byron]]), but his Dracula is the first to enter popular culture -- the name known even by people not familiar with the book, [[PopculturalOsmosis or even the genre]].

Stoker [[NamesTheSame named the Count after the historical figure]] [[UsefulNotes/VladTheImpaler Vlad III Dracula]], vo´vode of Wallachia, who, despite being similarly bloodthirsty, was more prone to impaling his enemies than to biting their necks and drinking their blood. Indeed, in the novel, [[TheProfessor Van Helsing]] conjectures that the two were [[HistoricalVillainUpgrade one and the same]] (There's also a popular theory that the name is derivative of "Droch Fhola" ([[NoPronunciationGuide pronounced Druh-Uhlla]]), the gaelic for "bad blood"), though Bram Stoker did not actually know a lot about the historical Dracula, beyond the name and a degree of the reputation, probably less than modern fans do.

Surprisingly, while German, Russian, Hungarian, and Turkish literature and folklore all portray Dracul as a monster, he's considered a hero in Romania for his opposition to both Hungarian and Ottoman conquest, being voted among the 100 Greatest Romanians as recently as 2006. (Compare RichardTheLionHeart or NapoleonBonaparte.) People in Transylvania have been cashing in, as you can see if you watch ''Creator/MichaelPalin's New Europe'', and a Dracula theme park was considered, then dropped.

The name, by the way, originates from the word "Dracul" (lit. "the Devil" or "the Dragon"), that originally stuck to Vlad the [[ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice Impaler's]] father as a result of his association with the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Order_of_the_Dragon Order of the Dragon]]. As such, it fits the vampire surprisingly well.
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* Count Dracula -- the BigBad. He's AffablyEvil, at least at the beginning of the novel (though that might have been completely put-on for Harker's benefit).
* Renfield -- [[SycophanticServant Dracula's pathetic yes man]]. This is usually only in the films though. Stoker's novel has him act as a kind of 'sensor' for Dracula, but no real explanation is given to how this is achieved. Renfield is simply shown to be an inmate at the asylum in the book.
* Jonathan Harker -- TheHero, though often is downgraded to TheWatson for Van Helsing in adaptations. In the novel (and some adaptations), he [[TookALevelInBadass Takes A Level In Badass]], and spends the latter part of the story stalking Dracula through London ''with a [[KukrisAreKool Kukri knife]].''
** F.W. Murnau's ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' makes the Harker character ("Hutter") the DistressedDamsel and the Mina character ("Ellen") TheHero. This is accentuated in Creator/WernerHerzog's remake, where Harker is a ZombieInfectee who escapes in the end, [[DownerEnding probably spreading both the natural and supernatural plagues the Count has unleashed on the world]].
* Mina Harker (nee Murray) -- DistressedDamsel and VampireRefugee. She's the TropeMaker of the latter (but absent the vengefulness), which has been gradually turned UpToEleven in later works and some adaptations.
** TeamMom, who kept calming down the boys even after she was infected. She also had her moments of BadassBookworm, helping Van Helsing by organizing everything and even giving him strategic insights. She's also TheHeart, which is probably why most adaptations render her helpless.
* Lucy Westenra -- DistressedDamsel, played dead straight. She becomes the first victim of the count upon his arrival on London shores. The men try to save her, fail, and she becomes a vampire with a taste for children.
* Abraham Van Helsing -- HerrDoktor and TheProfessor, often promoted to BadassBookworm in adaptations. TropeCodifier of the modern VampireHunter.
* Jack Seward, Arthur Holmwood (later known as Lord Godalming), and Quincey Morris -- LoveInterests for Lucy who become secondary heroes following her distress. In adaptations, likely to be either dropped entirely or combined in some fashion with the Harker role. If not, they are TheLancer to Harker.
* The Brides -- Three beautiful and seductive HornyDevils who reside in Dracula's castle, desiring Jonathan's blood and welcoming Mina as their sister when's she's a VampireRefugee. Due to their short role, it's not made clear what their relationship to Dracula is, some theorizing they're his wife and daughters or simply past victims he keeps for company. Their portrayal in various forms of media tend to shift on their behavior. Sometimes they are simply coquetteish, while other times they are sexually forward. Often fall victim to AdaptationDyeJob.

Stoker invented some of the classic vampire traits, such as not having a reflection, and popularised others, but [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Dracula does not follow the standard rules]], largely because he [[UnbuiltTrope predates most of them]]. Sunlight does not do any harm to him (though it does [[ShapeshifterModeLock prevent him from shapeshifting]], according to Van Helsing: ''"The sun that rose on our sorrow this morning guards us in its course. Until it sets tonight, that monster must retain whatever form he now has. He is confined within the limitations of his earthly envelope. He cannot melt into thin air nor disappear through cracks or chinks or crannies. If he goes through a doorway, he must open the door like a mortal."''), and he is killed by [[spoiler:having his head chopped off with a Kukri knife and a Bowie knife]] driven through the heart rather than a stake (not that a stake wouldn't have worked, as at least one of his victims-turned-vampire does receive this treatment, though the beheading is still required). He also starts as an old man and de-ages as he drinks blood, a tidbit kept in only by a few of the adaptations. ''None'' of them kept his abilities to slip through knife-edge cracks in masonry (unless you count the turning to mist, which may pop up occasionally, such as a power of [[Franchise/{{Castlevania}} Alucard]], the son of Dracula) or turn into 'elemental dust in moonlight', however...

Most series with vampires will eventually include either Count Dracula or a subversion, sometimes using a transparent alias. ("Alucard", which despite sounding French is [[{{Alucard}} "Dracula" spelled backwards,]] is very common. It has been used in several movies, most famously by [[http://us.imdb.com/title/tt0036376/ Lon Chaney Jr.]] in ''Film/SonOfDracula''.)

Despite being the archetype of all modern vampires, Dracula was remarkably angst-free in the original novel, and operated simply as a vicious, sadistic, and distinctly creepy archvillain (with a monobrow, rancid blood-breath, and [[ADateWithRosiePalms hair on his palms]], no less) whose only redeeming quality was his [[MagnificentBastard Magnificent Bastardry]] (though there is some sympathy for Dracula the man, as opposed to Dracula the vampire, as it's established that the soul of a person who becomes a vampire is prevented from entering heaven until the vampire is destroyed, reflected by the look of peace Mina notices on him as he crumbles). He never even bothered to seduce any of his female victims, simply entering their rooms and attacking them or using hypnosis to draw them to him. Subsequent versions, naturally, have [[{{Flanderization}} Flanderized]] his sex appeal and added oodles of [[{{Angst}} gothy melodrama]]. He had some properly [[{{Goth}} gothic]] angst, but it wasn't based on MadLove or [[WhatHaveIDone reluctant villainy]] -- he was simply a [[WhoWantsToLiveForever very old, very tired]] EvilOverlord, bored with ruling a backwater area in {{Ruritania}}, who decided to TakeOverTheWorld or die trying, and would be happy with either outcome. The entry for this story is [[Literature/{{Dracula}} here]].

Dracula may live in a HauntedCastle, or at least own one in the old country. Usually has three vampire women or more (likely past victims he turned) at his side as his minions.

He has also appeared in more films than any other character, fictional or otherwise, except for Franchise/SherlockHolmes -- including films where both appear ''together''. Well, unless you count the RealLife Chinese-Warrior [[Film/OnceUponATimeInChina Wong Fei-Hung]], who has 100 films (and counting) under his name.

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* Count Chocula closely resembles him.
* Appears in a 2013 [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7bYr_PoVpcY Geico commercial]].
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[[folder:Anime and Manga]]
* Alucard from ''{{Hellsing}}'' is Count Dracula and Vlad III. In the manga backstory, he was portrayed as a KnightTemplar, fiercely loyal to God, but was disappointed when He did not descend after all his fighting. Feeling forsaken and knowing he lost it all, he became a vampire by sheer willpower, after sucking the blood of the battlefield before he was executed by the Ottoman Empire. Centuries later, he came to England to seek the woman he desired, Mina Harker, and was defeated by Abraham van Helsing and his group. After this second defeat, he became the [[HunterOfHisOwnKind faithful servant]] of Abraham's descendants for generations.
** In the [[Anime/{{Hellsing}} Gonzo anime]], this connection was merely implied with hints in episode 9 and 13, but supplemental material in the Japanese booklets confirm this. Although, his backstory might be different because his characterization was modified. From steadfast BodyguardCrush-like loyalty on Integra (and a BerserkButton on people betraying her or insulting her) with a deep respect for humanity like in the manga, he becomes more of a rebellious PoisonousFriend with his own agenda who keeps testing her (but he's still angry when she's seriously injured) and without regard for humanity as whole, exhibiting arrogance and superiority for being a vampire. The OVA is more accurate to the manga.
* In ''VampireHunterD'', the Nobility worship Dracula as the Sacred Ancestor, although he is apparently long dead by 12,090 AD. D himself, though he never confirms it, is heavily implied to be Dracula's {{Dhampyr}} son (apparently as the result of a twisted game Dracula played late in his life).
** In the novels, not only was Dracula shown to be alive in the second book, but D actually had a showdown with a mental projection of the Sacred Ancestor after learning that Dracula had impregnated hundreds of thousands of women and destroyed all the offspring but D.
** Indeed, much of the novels seem to be Dracula WalkingTheEarth, having various experiments done to save the vampirekind or to create a hybrid race that combines the best of the humans and the Nobility, while D leisurely pursues him, and deals with the unfortunate aftermaths of those experiments.
* ''ShamanKing'' has Boris Tepes Dracula, a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, the original Dracula. Not actually a vampire, but his family has used shamanic powers granted by [[BigBad Hao]] to take revenge on humanity, who treated them like vampires since the time of Vlad.
* Around the mid-70's, Creator/MonkeyPunch worked on a one-shot parody manga called ''Dracula-kun''. This version of Dracula (fully named Dracula Van Peel), besides being a total goofball, couldn't be killed in any way possible, though garlic and holy crosses do affect him. You think sunlight? No can do! Even though it does turn him to ashes, he could easily be brought back by pouring a drop of blood onto his ashes. His only true weakness may lie behind his chastity; he swears never to have sex with any lady whatsoever. Ironically, [[spoiler:he does like having sex. He just keeps himself from doing that because he doesn't want to risk getting a child that can eventually kill him]].
** The manga would later be adapted into a "Grand Stage" segment in ''Monkey Punch Manga Katsudou Daishashin'' (or ''Mankatsu'', for short).
* OsamuTezuka's ''Manga/DonDracula'', an amusing but short-lived parody where the count has a daughter named Chocola.
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[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Creator/MarvelComics published a long-lived BronzeAge series called ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula'', which served as an official introduction of Dracula into the MarvelUniverse. Dracula was also the protagonist of the book's short-lived SpinOff ''Comicbook/DraculaLives''.
** It's later revealed that this universe's Dracula has had a centuries-long feud with Apocalypse, and has crossed paths with Comicbook/DoctorStrange and the Comicbook/{{X-Men}} several times. Also, he was a common vampire until he drank the blood of Varnae.
** He had many battles with Marvel's Comicbook/{{Blade}} over the years.
** The comic book was also the basis for ''Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned'', a made-for-TV anime movie which is infamous for, among other things, a scene where Dracula, after losing his powers and becoming mortal, [[http://i12.photobucket.com/albums/a234/TnAdct1/drac2.gif eats a hamburger]] as his first "mortal" meal.
** He's also the villain of the final arc of ''Captain Britain and [=MI13=]'', where he tries to conquer Britain from his [[Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja castle on the moon]].
** Dracula has had more than one encounter with Franchise/{{Spider-Man}}. In their first official encounter, each ran into the other, but had no true physical conflict and neither seemed even aware that the other was there. Their later meetings were often genuine combat related stories.
* Believe it or not, Creator/DellComics once published a comic featuring Dracula - as a {{Superhero}}! [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula_(Dell_Comics) It's true!]]
* Mina Murray appears as a main character in Creator/AlanMoore's ''Comicbook/TheLeagueOfExtraordinaryGentlemen'' after the events of the book (which have been slightly [[RetCon retconned]]; [[spoiler:Jonathan Harker divorced her because she was "unclean"]]), and Dracula himself is mentioned in the travel guide at the end of each of the installments of the second volume of the comic.
* With the "bat" motif, it's not surprising Franchise/{{Batman}} has gone up against Dracula. ''[[ComicBook/BatmanVampire Batman & Dracula: Red Rain]]'' is an {{Elseworld}} that pits a vampiric Dark Knight against Dracula.
* ''Requiem Vampire Knight'' (or ''RequiemChevalierVampire'' in the original French) has a Dracula who's the ruler of the highest social class, the Vampires, on the world of Resurrection. Interestingly, they make lots of references to the man Dracula was based off and in this universe used to be; Dracula has something of an obsession with impaling and decorates his ship the 'Satanik' with stakes covered with the bodies of those who've suffered the punishment, and an impaling gun has the sound effect of 'Tepes!' whenever it's fired. He also has the mask of the HighPriest of the Archaeologists ''nailed to his face'', because the priest hadn't removed it as a sign of respect for the vampire king (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. He even looks like the original Vlad, down to the BadassMustache.
* During the period of time when Lex Luthor was president of the USA, {{Superman}} and Lois Lane travelled to Transylvania and encountered a powerful vampire who may as well have been Dracula. Superman ends up defeating him in an interesting way, [[spoiler:by letting Dracula bite him. Every cell in Superman's body is filled-to-bursting with solar energy, and this version of Dracula is fatally allergic to sunlight. You can guess what happens]].
** Pre-Crisis in the SilverAge, Superman had also encountered Dracula, along with Frankenstein's monster, when they were inadvertedly released from the netherworld by a BlindSeer. Because of Superman's weakness to magic, he has to use his wits against the evil Count. [[spoiler:Using his heat-vision and some super-pressure on a hydrogen balloon, he creates a miniature sun that severely weakens the vampire. Dracula is not stopped, however, but the Phantom Stranger shows up to [[DeusExMachina cast him and the Monster back to the shadow realm from whence they came]].]]
* In the indie comicbook ''ComicBook/DraculaVsKingArthur'', Lucifer, wanting to one-up God, sends vampirized Dracula back in time to battle King Arthur in order to destroy his kingdom.
* Dracula met ''{{Planetary}}'''s Elijah Snow during the latter's youth, and ended up as the victim of the mother of all [[GroinAttack Groin Attacks]].
* ''[[Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer Buffy]]'''s Dracula returns in the season 8 and 10 comics, first helping the Slayer brigade deal with vampire sorcerers in Japan, later coming to San Francisco to investigate the new vampires' powers. Both take time to expand on his weird relationship with Xander.
* DCComics ''VictorianUndeadIISherlockHolmesVsDracula'': In which Sherlock Holmes is transplanted in the middle of the famous novel and helps the novel's protagonists hunt for Dracula.
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* Fanfic/MyImmortal has [[strike:Neville]] Navel changing his name to "Dracola" after going goth. The author most likely meant to say "Dracula".
** That's assuming she didn't misspell it on purpose...
* ''Fanfic/MyLittleCastlevania'' is about Dracula appearing in [[WesternAnimation/MyLittlePonyFriendshipIsMagic Equestria]]. Of course, since this is obviously based on the ''Castlevania'' interpretation of Dracula, he has legions of minions to do his bidding.
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[[folder:Film]]
* The Universal Studios [[Film/{{Dracula 1931}} version]] starring Creator/BelaLugosi (Number 79 on Bravo's OneHundredScariestMovieMoments), adapted from a stage play adaptation he had appeared in, is the most famous. Modern interpretations of the character and the story are more often based on it than the [[FilmOfTheBook book]].
** A Spanish version was filmed at the exact same time and used the same sets, but at the same time featured extended/extra dialogue and scenes, as well as more elaborate camera work. It was also not subject to as stringent censorship standards and it's generally less [[{{Narm}} narm-y]], save for the title Character. It actually garnered a higher rating from several critics.
** The Lugosi version had several sequels: ''Film/DraculasDaughter'', ''Film/SonOfDracula'', ''Film/HouseOfFrankenstein'', ''Film/HouseOfDracula'', comedy spoof/crossover ''Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein'', and a miniseries remake of ''[[Series/HouseOfFrankenstein1997 House of Frankenstein]]'' in 1997.
** Universal Pictures made a second adaptation of ''Film/{{Dracula|1979}}'' in 1979. It's based on the same play as the 1931 film was, and like Bela Lugosi before him, Frank Langella came to the title role via his success playing it on stage. This version presents Dracula as a much more romantic figure, particularly where his relationship with Lucy -- whose story function is swapped with Mina's -- is concerned, than the novel and previous adaptations did, presaging a similar rethinking of the character in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''. (Other changes: this doomed Mina is also Van Helsing's daughter, and the temporal setting is 1913.)
* The 1922 film ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'' was an unauthorized adaptation of the then-copyrighted novel. The Stoker estate sued and won, the court ordering all the prints to be destroyed. It had already been distributed too widely for that and many copies survived.
** Since Stoker died in 1912, the novel is now public domain basically everywhere.
** Remade as Werner Herzog's ''Nosferatu the Vampyre'' in 1979.
* Numerous HammerHorror versions and adaptations starting with 1958 ''Film/HorrorOfDracula'', which cemented ChristopherLee as the second most famous Dracula after Lugosi.
** Popularized the term "Brides of Dracula" (the title of [[Film/TheBridesOfDracula a film]] that ''didn't'' include Big D himself) who are female minions he turned.
** The Hammer series was also the first to drag him into a contemporary setting, in 1972's ''Film/DraculaAD1972''.
* The title character of the classic {{Blaxploitation}} movie ''Film/{{Blacula}}'' was an African prince cursed to unlife by Count Dracula.
* ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' (1992) is another attempt at telling the tale. While it makes some effort to adhere more closely to the novel's events than most film adaptations, director Francis Ford Coppola couldn't resist giving him a bad case of {{Angst}} and turning the whole thing into a story about love, despite the original Dracula being essentially the personification of syphilis. On the other hand, it featured quite a few well-known actors and art design by [[ComicBook/{{Hellboy}} Mike Mignola]], it was perhaps GaryOldman's breakout role, and it was ''highly'' entertaining to watch TomWaits and AnthonyHopkins being batshit insane from start to finish.
* Dracula appears as the main villain in the film ''Film/VanHelsing'', as part of a MonsterMash with FrankensteinsMonster, [[WolfMan The Werewolf]], [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and]] [[TheIgor Igor]].
** ''Film/VanHelsing'' was originally planned as a direct prequel to ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' (with Anthony Hopkins reprising his role as Van Helsing) to set up the doctor's history with the vampire, but it never panned out.
* Main character in the Swedish direct-to-video musical adaptation, aptly named DraculaTheMusical
* The villain of ''Film/BladeTrinity'', Drake, is explicitly identified as Dracula.
* In ''Film/{{Dracula 2000}}'', they completely rewrite the origin of Dracula, as he turns out to be [[spoiler:Judas -- that's right, the Biblical one, hence the hatred for all things Christian]]. Also, although he isn't partial to stakes through the heart, going years without feeding on blood, being burned and being exposed to sunlight and silver, the only thing to kill him permanently is being hanged -- since that's how [[spoiler:Judas Iscariot]] originally died. His offspring, however, are vulnerable to all the usual vampire weaknesses.
** The movie also gained two straight to video sequels: ''Dracula II: Ascension'' and ''Dracula III: Legacy''.
* Spoofed in ''Film/LoveAtFirstBite'' (1979) and ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'' (1995).
* ''CountYorga '': MGM's somewhat 70's modern take on Dracula. The character name is different but the premise is roughly the same.
* ''Dracula 3000'', which is just Dracula [[RecycledInSpace IN SPACE]], and somehow manages the distinction of being even ''worse'' than it sounds. Probably most noteworthy for featuring Erika Eleniak as an android and the tagline [[ArtisticLicenseAstronomy "In Space There Is No Sunlight."]] Especially confusing is that the vampire featured in the film is named [[Film/{{Nosferatu}} Orlock]], not Dracula.
* In the sign-language film ''Film/{{Deafula}}'', Dracula is the father of the main character. He is also deaf.
* Dracula, played by a fantasically hammy Duncan Regehr (who seemed to have a ton of fun with the role), also serves as the head of a MonsterMash in the film ''Film/TheMonsterSquad''.
** In point of fact, Regehr's portrayal of Dracula in ''Film/TheMonsterSquad'' is considered one of the all time greatest portrayals of the character in the history of cinema.
* Perhaps the most sympathetic version of the Count is found in ''Film/BloodForDracula'', in which Udo Kier plays a weak and dying Dracula who must feast on the blood of virgins in order to survive.
* Dracula appears in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania'' where it too shows his more sympathetic side. And a daughter named Mavis to boot.
* In 1970, a movie called 'Count Dracula' (sometimes also called 'Nights When Dracula Wakes') was made, which starred Cristopher Lee, but wasn't a part of Hammer series. Other actors include Herbert Lom as van Helsing and Klaus Kinski as Renfield, and it was directed by Jesus Franco. It was very faithful to the novel, the only notable changes being merging Quincy and Arthur, Seward not being Lucy's suitor, and Harker ending up in Seward's hospital after his escape from Dracula's castle. The movie is notable for having Dracula look like he was described in the books (elderly man with moustache), and showing him getting younger as he drinks blood.
* ''Film/DraculaUntold'': An upcoming 2014 Action/Horror film exploring the origin story of how Vlad III became the Legendary Vampire Count Dracula. The films setting takes place during Vlad III war with the ottoman empire and how he became a vampire in order to save his family and country.
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[[folder:Literature]]
* ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'', by Bram Stoker. This Dracula has a big, bushy mustache, which almost never is depicted in adaptations.
* Creator/FredSaberhagen's novel ''The Dracula Tape'' offers an intriguing retelling of Stoker's novel entirely from Dracula's first-person point of view, including his anger over misinterpretations, distortions and outright lies perpetrated in the original story (though caveat lector: occasionally, the distortions are his own work).
* Hideyuki Kikuchi, author of the original ''VampireHunterD'' light novels, also wrote a novel about Dracula in Japan during the Meiji Restoration.
* NightHuntress does introduce Dracula in book 3. He prefers "Vlad".
* ''The New Annotated Dracula'' isn't, strictly speaking, a totally original work (it's just that, the complete text of the novel annotated) but it does take an interesting angle towards Bram Stoker's novel and its proceedings-- taking the statement in the beginning of the novel [[LiteraryAgentHypothesis that the story related is (mostly) factual and being related by a third party]] and building from there. Places where character names and origins have been changed, edits made in retrospect for later editions by the persons involved to make their behaviour a little more acceptable...
* ''Literature/AnnoDracula'' by Creator/KimNewman is set in an alternate history in which the first direct confrontation between Dracula and Van Helsing's group results in an easy victory for Dracula (Newman's Dracula is vulnerable to a smaller range of weapons than Stoker's), who goes on to become the de facto ruler of England. Followed by two more novels and a bunch of short stories carrying the timeline into and through the twentieth century.
* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', Dracula is said to be the son of Vlad Drakul, a monster of enormous power. Dracula is a member of the classically vampiric Black Court, but according to Kincaid joined as an act of youthful rebellion. The book ''Literature/{{Dracula}}'' was commissioned by the White Court to Bram Stoker, to act as a manual to explain to {{Muggles}} how to kill Black Court Vampires. It was very effective, and nowadays only the most badass Black Court Vampires survive. Whether Dracula is among them is unknown; the book might have also been an account of Dracula's death, or might have simply used a powerful Black Court member as an example.
* ''Literature/TheHistorian'' by Elizabeth Kostova is a novel that has the actual Vlad Dracula as a vampire, using books printed with a signature dragon with the word "Drakulya" to entice curious historians into finding his grave and, thereby, himself so that he can make them his minions. In this version, he is essentially an eternally undead BadassBookworm. However, he's still evil.
* Even though many vampires in ''TheSookieStackhouseMysteries'' are much older than the historical Dracula, a short story in the series established that in vampire culture he's viewed a little bit like a messiah because he showed them that they could have cultured, refined existences. Before him, presumably, vampires lived (so to speak) like animalistic ghouls.
** This reflects the way vampires were conceived in folklore and depicted in literature prior to Stoker's novel and its immediate precursors.
* Supposedly the first authorized sequel to Stoker's novel, ''Literature/{{Dracula the Un-Dead}}'' is set about 25 years after the original and was published in 2009. ''Dracula: the Un-Dead'' is co-authored by screenwriter Ian Holt and Dacre Stoker, Bram's great grand-nephew. It's something of an AnachronismStew as it combines very vague possible {{Sequel Hook}}s in the original with more connection to the historical Dracula, with all the accumulated vampire traditions from decades of movies and books, ''and'' with JackTheRipper. To accomplish this, the book {{Ret Con}}s some parts of the original novel as deliberate deceptions and other parts as errors or carelessness by Bram Stoker, who is a character in the novel himself, and simply changes still more details with no explanation. Despite all that, it mainly relies on [[AlternateCharacterInterpretation ambiguity in the original]], like Fred Saberhagen's version.
* Dracula is the OverprotectiveDad of Draculaura in the new MonsterHigh novel.
* DavidWeber's ''Literature/OutOfTheDark'' makes some oblique references to Dracula, with a significant part of the AlienInvasion story taking place in the woods and mountains of Transylvania, and a local resistance fighter seems to take inspiration from Vlad the Impaler by impaling alien invaders on stakes as a terror tactic. [[spoiler:He actually ''is'' Dracula and finally gets ''really'' pissed at the end of the book, leading to a CurbstompBattle when he takes the fight directly to the invaders.]]
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[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* As part of the series "Great Performances", BBC released a two-part miniseries in 1977 simply titled "Count Dracula" that was almost entirely faithful to the novel, save for the following alterations: Lucy and Mina were made sisters, Arthur Holmwood and Quincy Morris were merged into one character, The hypnosis scene was omitted, and certain elements were streamlined, such as Lucy's transfusions.
* Dracula appears in the ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' season five episode "Buffy vs. Dracula," bringing with him all the "classic" vampire tropes that ''Buffy'' [[OurVampiresAreDifferent usually doesn't truck with]]. The appearance of first season BigBad the Master, however, was [[LooksLikeOrlok evidently inspired by the makeup worn by Max Schrek]] in ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', as was that of the Turok-Hahn in the final season.
* The actual name of "Grandpa" Munster from ''TheMunsters'' is Sam Dracula.
* ''WesternAnimation/CountDuckula'' and the Count von Count in ''SesameStreet'' are parodies of the Bela Lugosi movie incarnations of Dracula.
* ''YoungDracula'' features the Count having been forced to flee Transylvania by a peasant mob and attempting to live in British suburbia with his two children, Ingrid and Vlad.
* Alexander Lucard, from [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dracula:_The_Series Dracula the Series]].
* Not Dracula himself, but an episode of ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'' has Indy (during his days as a spy in WWI), go on a mission to the castle of Transylvanian General Torgo, who is first revealed to mirror the tactics of Prince Vlad the Impaler, and is then ''explicitly'' revealed to be a vampire ([[NotUsingTheZWord not that any of the characters admit it]]).
* ''Series/{{Dracula}}'' is a revisionist take on the character with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role, playing Dracula as an AntiHero who comes to 19th century London, posing as an American and hoping to kick-start a RoaringRampageOfRevenge on those who made him a vampire in the first place.
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[[folder:Pinball]]
* He appears in Creator/WilliamsElectronics' ''Pinball/{{Taxi}}'' pinball as "Drac", one of the passengers to be picked up.
* Dracula is featured prominently in ''Pinball/ElviraAndThePartyMonsters''.
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[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* Count Strahd von Zarovich (of the legendary ''DungeonsAndDragons'' adventure and subsequent game setting ''{{Ravenloft}}'') started out as a renamed Count Dracula, drawing upon the movie portrayals more than the book. Similarities between the two persist to this day. To muddle the waters somewhat, though, the actual Count Dracula is used as a villain of the sub-setting ''TabletopGame/MasqueOfTheRedDeath'', where attempts are made to portray the character with Vlad III Tepes as a basis. As if to wring the most out of the concept, the accounts of Vlad III's infamy, taken to extremes, had in turn already been a large part of the basis for a non-vampiric villain of the main setting: Vlad Drakov.
** Interestingly, the character of Count Strahd was first sketched out as a villain in a standalone adventure module written in the early 80's. The release of the ''Realms of Terror'' campaign boxed set was the first, though, to detail his history and motivations in depth. As the campaign setting was released in 1990 and the ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' film in 1992, this makes the movie version of the good Count OlderThanTheyThink.
* In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'', Dracula's a member of the Tzimisce clan, a group of flesh-bending transcendentalists with little need for morals.
** And in ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', one of the major covenants (social groupings) in the game is the Ordo Dracul, a group devoted to transcending the vampiric condition that considers Dracula to be the first "true" vampire (and, interestingly, Dracula himself is completely AWOL).
** However, for [=STs=] that absolutely must play the bastard, three possible options are given in the Ordo Dracul supplement, in three tasty troperriffic flavors: BewareTheNiceOnes, BoisterousBruiser, and MagnificentBastard. As the Ordo Dracul is a runaway fan favorite covenant, expect more delineation of Dracula's influence as the series progresses.
** The Gangrel clanbook for ''Requiem'' also recently introduced "The Count," a BadassBiker who claims to be the grandchilde of ''the'' Count Dracula and who's quickly become a fan favorite. [[ThirdPersonPerson The Count is not one to be fucked with]].
** Both lines also do a lot with the Nosferatu variant. Each one has a Nosferatu clan made up of vampires who are... well, ''off.'' In ''Masquerade'', this meant they were all so grotesque that they literally couldn't go into public without risking the Masquerade; they made up for this by lurking to (and cloaking themselves in) the shadows and dealing in the info trade. In ''Requiem'', they might not necessarily be disfigured, but they at least cast an aura around them that puts an observer in the mind that something is ''not right'', and suffer socially because of it; they tend to be the brutes and the things that "even other monsters" fear.
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}}'' Vampire Counts have ''two'' bloodlines modeled on versions of Dracula. The Necrarchs resemble the character's portrayal in Nosferatu, but for the closest match, the von Carstein vampires tend to dress exactly like Bela Lugosi, and live in huge haunted castles beyond the forest. The character of Vlad von Carstein is probably the closest match to Dracula; though he is long (permanently) dead in the main storyline, his vampiric offspring (first Konrad and now Mannfred) continue the family tradition. Interestingly, all three take on different aspects of the Dracula archetype. Vlad is an artist, philosopher, and a genuine romantic who reluctantly made his dying wife a vampire so as to not be separated from her, and is Dracula as a charming, seductive noble. Konrad is a bloodthirsty, sadistic butcher, with no sense of subtlety, art, or manipulation, but takes a fierce glee in battle, and so is Dracula as Vlad the Impaler. Mannfred, finally, is a sociopathic MagnificentBastard (though, as the current one, he has been suffering VillainDecay and is now something of a GeneralFailure) who indirectly caused the defeats of the first two to satisfy his own ambition, and is possibly the closest to Stoker's original portrayal of Dracula. As of this edit, all three of them are 'permanently' dead, but there may be other spawns of Vlad's out there.
** A third bloodline, the [[BloodKnight Blood Dragons]], are battle-obsessed warriors that are frequently depicted wearing a "Flayed Hauberk," that resembles the distinctive armor worn by Dracula in the opening of Coppola's film.
** Games Workshop likes to play with the idea of Mannfred being dead or not. A passing mention in the Vampire Counts army book specifically mentions GotrekAndFelix actually having encountered him long after his reported death, casting into question whether he actually is dead or not, before claiming that Felix is a known fraud and a liar and then dismissing the idea.
* Interestingly, the ''IronKingdoms'' setting has a Vlad Tepes {{Expy}} that ''isn't'' a Dracula: Vladimir Tzepesci, the Dark Prince of Umbrey, complete with a spell called "Impaler."
* Steve Jackson's ''Car Wars'' had a car catalog that included a large American car with a spike on the front... 'Vlad the Impala'.
* The board game ''Fury of Dracula'' casts one player as Dracula and up to 4 other players cooperating against him as the novel's protagonists hunting the Count across Europe.
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[[folder:Theater]]
* The ''Dracula'' ballet is based off of the design of the movie, but it comes off as rather cheesy and funny instead of being remotely scary.
* Frank Wildhorn's ''Dracula: the Musical'' played on Broadway for a few months in 2004, where it flopped massively. It has, however, had some success in Europe. For the most part it stuck very close to the plotline of the original novel, only to go off on another road completely for the last five minutes of the show, in which Dracula randomly decides that he is far too in love with Mina to take her from her mortal life. In the Broadway version, the story was kept in the Victorian era, but it was updated to the 1950's for the Swiss production.
* ''Dracula -- Entre l'amour et la mort'' is a Quebecois musical by Bruno Pelletier which has garnered a lot of international attention. It takes some elements of the Gary Oldman film and makes it ''way cooler.'' Including a scene where Dracula ''tangos.''
* One of the ''Theatre/SeraMyu'' stage musicals featured "Dracul" and his daughter as villains.
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[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' is one of the more well known video game series featuring Dracula, in this case as the EvilOverlord BigBad and sworn enemy of the [[BadassFamily Belmont clan]]. The series also features many elements of the Dracula mythology, including:
** The alias "Alucard" being used, in this version by Dracula's [[{{Dhampyr}} half-vampire son]] Adrian.
** Quincy Morris becomes a relative of the Belmont clan. Morris's son John and grandson Jonathan are even the protagonists in ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaBloodlines Bloodlines]]'' and ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin Portrait of Ruin]]'', respectively.
** Dracula has been made to look like Creator/BelaLugosi, Creator/GaryOldman, and Music/RobZombie, depending on the game.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLamentOfInnocence'' serves as a spin on Dracula's OriginsEpisode: [[spoiler:instead of Vlad Tepes, Dracula is the fictional Crusader Mathias Cronqvist, former friend of the Belmonts.]]
** The ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'' AlternateContinuity has another take on Dracula's OriginsEpisode [[spoiler:with founder of the Belmont clan, Gabriel Belmont, becoming Dracula.]]
*** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow2'' even lets you play the entire game as him.
* ''VideoGame/MeltyBlood'' has a vampire called the Night of Wallachia. No, that's not just a fancy title, he's actually a night, as in the period of time between sundown and sunrise. He was an alchemist who was obsessed with stopping the end of the world that he predicted for the distant future. However, he was mortal and didn't have enough time to figure out the solution, so he made a DealWithTheDevil and turned himself into both a vampire and a recurring phenomenon (likened to a hurricane, something that just happens whenever the conditions are right) wherein he would materialize local rumors. The first place where his night occurred was Wallachia, giving him the shape and personality of Dracula, which seems to have stuck with him for future occurrences.
** Well, it's a bit unclear, since the manga adaptation says that his form in the fighting games is how he looked like before becoming a phenomenon. Then again, the {{Nasuverse}} [[FlipFlopOfGod has never been consistent to begin with.]] Incidentally, his appearance is a reference to ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' - he's based off the concept art for Dracula in ''VideoGame/SuperCastlevaniaIV''.
** Interestingly, it's pretty conclusively stated that Vlad Tepes in the ''Nasuverse'' was ''not'' a vampire; rumors and legends of the vampire Dracula were just that: rumors and legends (although the Night of Wallachia appearing as a physical incarnation of those legends probably bolstered them quite a bit). A bit strange considering the heavy emphasis on vampires that ''VisualNovel/{{Tsukihime}}'' and its spinoffs take.
* Not exactly an appearance (yet...) but in ''VideoGame/TeamFortress2'''s "Meet the Spy", the base's light-up messages include 'Lost Dracula' and 'Found Dracula'. CrazyPrepared or {{Foreshadowing}}?
** One of the Medic's weapons is called "The Blutsauger". "Blutsauger" is German for "vampire" or literally "bloodsucker". The weapon drains your enemies' health and adds it to the Medic's by shooting a rapid stream of syringes at them. The Halloween special update included a "spooky" version of one of the maps complete with the ghost of one of the backstory characters. The Demoman's claymore is possessed by a vengeful spirit that actually whispers to the player when equipped. Dracula making an appearance in some future update is actually not too far-fetched.
** There's also the Halloween 2010 update, which repeatedly warned the reader that "there are draculas right behind you!"
* Oddly enough, in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyXI'''s third expansion, Treasures of Aht Urghan, there are 50 mini missions players can do. In the final five (First Lieutenant rank), one of them has the players fighting a bossfight against one Count Dracula, who is mentioned nowhere else in the game, nor are there any other monsters of his type. The quest is called "Bloody Rondo", in probable reference to the ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' title ''[[VideoGame/CastlevaniaRondoOfBlood Rondo of Blood]]''.
* Dracula appears as a boss monster in ''VideoGame/RagnarokOnline''.
* Appears at the end of the [[FullMotionVideo FMV]] game ''VideoGame/DraculaUnleashed'', which is considered a sequel to the original book.
* Likewise appeared in numerous computer adventure games bearing his name which include: ''Dracula Resurrection'', ''Dracula: The Last Sanctuary'', ''Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon'' (All these games are one trilogy FYI), and finally ''Dracula: Origin''
* In ''[[VideoGame/FateExtra Fate/Extra]]'', [[spoiler:Dracula becomes a Lancer class Servant, based on his other name Vlad the Impaler, in which his tendency to executing his enemies by impaling them with spears became the basis of his class selection as Lancer. Incidentally, he doesn't seem to be a vampire, since there's already Night of Wallachia for the Dracula stand-in and Vlad/Dracula's classic vampire attributes don't seem to match the established Nasuverse vampire attributes.]]
** In another light novel from [[TypeMoon the same creator]], ''[[LightNovel/FateApocrypha Fate/Apocrypha]]'', [[spoiler:Vlad the Impaler is once again a Lancer class Servant. However, this incarnation is a different character than his ''Fate/Extra'' counterpart, and is actually rather upset about the whole "Dracula" thing. He's still not a vampire, as within the established rules of Nasuverse vampires, though he has a Noble Phantasm that turns him into the common depiction of Dracula.]]
* The Vibora Bay expansion for ''VideoGame/ChampionsOnline'' includes, as the leader for the vampiric New Shadows faction, Vladic Dracul. Wearing blood red armor that resembles a more fantastic variant of the armor worn at the beginning of ''Film/BramStokersDracula'' , his face is also inhuman, like Count Orlock's taken to an even greater extreme.
* FirstPersonShooter ''Bram Stoker's Dracula'' is set in the haunted castle of Dracula, but it retains little to none relevance to the novel's plot.
* Kairn, the BigBad of the ''Veil of Darkness'' adventure game is an {{Expy}} of Lugosiesque Count Dracula. The game is even set in Transylvania.
* Vlad Tepes, while presumably not possessing any special powers is a member of TheKnightsTemplar in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedI''. He's also one of the multiplayer characters in ''VideoGame/AssassinsCreedRevelations'' though he doesn't appear in person, having been killed by the Ottomans a while ago.
* Remilia Scarlet from ''[[VideoGame/{{Touhou}} Touhou Project]]'' is a vampire that claims to be the descendant of Vlad Tepes or the original Dracula. As every character (and fan) knows, this is an [[BlatantLies obvious lie.]]
* The final few areas in ''VideoGame/TheSecretWorld'' are set in Romania, where a army of vampires are trying to TakeOverTheWorld. Despite having been dead for centuries, Vlad Dracul is an important character in the backstory. [[spoiler: He was a vampire '''hunter''', and his followers are still battling his estranged vampire wife's minions.]]
* ''VideoGame/TheLastResurrection'' uses Dracula, alongside Hitler, as a servant of the main villain: Jesus.
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[[folder:Webcomics]]
* ''Manga/DraculaEverlasting'': Nicholas Harker is an average teen who has just lost his parents in a tragic accident. But when he learns he is the sole heir to a vast estate from a mysterious ancestor he never knew he had, it's eventually revealed that Lord Dracula is that ancestor.
* The BigBad in ''ClanOfTheCats''. He is primarily modeled after Bram Stoker's version, and has long hair and a mustache, much like his historical counterpart.
* Dracula is behind the events in an entire arc of ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja''. Also, he has a moon base, complete with a gigantic [[KillSat moon laser.]] He also chills with [[AdolfHitler Hitler]] and has Paul [=McCartney=], Michael Jackson, and Tupac making music together. (Elvis doesn't do [=****=].)
** And he has [[ActuallyADoombot Draculabots]].
* Artist Tod Wills has a [[http://draculacomic.net/comic.php?comicID=0 furry webcomic adaptation]] of the novel which has been running for several years now. Dracula is a wolf, Prof. Van Helsing is a raccoon, Renfield is a rat, etc.
* Mentioned but not seen in ''Webcomic/TheOrderOfTheStick'' where he was apparently voted "Sexiest Man Undead".
* Talked about a lot in ''[[http://twiststreet.livejournal.com/921.html Abhay Khosla's Bram Stoker's Dracula]]''. [[spoiler: He never appears in the actual comic]].
* In [[http://www.beaverandsteve.com/index.php?comic=141 this]] strip of ''BeaverAndSteve'', Steve mistakes Dracula for SantaClaus. [[TheDitz Really.]]
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[[folder:Web Original]]
* Dracula's [[TheAtoner atoning]], [[VegetarianVampire vegan]] daughter Draculaura is one of the main characters in ''Franchise/MonsterHigh''. She's a PerkyGoth who prefers to wear pink.
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[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/TheBatman'' had a MadeForTVMovie, ''WesternAnimation/TheBatmanVsDracula'', where Dracula appeared in the present day. The Penguin became TheRenfield, while SelfDemonstrating/TheJoker became a vampire.
* Dracula is a recurring character on ''WesternAnimation/TheGrimAdventuresOfBillyAndMandy''. This version resembles Redd Foxx for some reason. He's black, seemingly has dementia, and is fond of speaking of himself in the third person. Grim is his biggest fan but it often becomes a case of "not meeting your heroes". It's interesting to note that incarnation looks somewhat like Dracula's description in the early chapters of the novel. Claims the whole 'sucking blood' thing is a myth and that he scrapes and licks, like a vampire bat would. [[spoiler: Irwin's grandfather on his father's side.]]
* The Count--explicitly the Universal version, but looking and sounding, not like Lugosi, but a PoorMansSubstitute for Creator/DavidWarner--was the BigBad of the short-lived ''WesternAnimation/MonsterForce''.
* The ''WesternAnimation/{{Centurions}}'' encounter Dracula in the episode "Night on Terror Mountain". The Count uses MindControl instead of his vampire powers to turn hero Max Ray and villain Doc Terror into his mental slaves, but is defeated when the other Centurions use the old "exposure to sunlight" ploy.
* ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheReluctantWerewolf'' features Dracula as well. He also shows up in ''WesternAnimation/ScoobyDooAndTheGhoulSchool'' as the [[OverprotectiveDad father]] of CuteMonsterGirl Sibella.
* A recurring character in ''WesternAnimation/MaryShelleysFrankenhole''. More of a doofy jerk that Victor's wife is having an affair with than an actual threat. He has [[DeusExMachina turned some of the visiting characters into vampires]] though.
* He appears as a Jack Bauer like government agent in ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'''s parody of ''Series/TwentyFour''.
* Showed up as Demitri's uncle in one epsiode of ''WesternAnimation/{{Darkstalkers}}''.
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