Anime / Hellsing

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Clockwise from top: Seras Victoria, Integra Hellsing, and Alucard.

"In the name of God, impure souls of the living dead shall be banished into eternal damnation. Amen."

In the jolly old land of Great Britain sits the Hellsing Organization. Led by Integra Hellsing, the clandestine group's mission is to protect Queen, country, and the Anglican Church from supernatural threats—mainly vampires. As the series begins, one such vampire has been ravaging the English village of Cheddar and turning its inhabitants into "ghouls". In response, Integra sends Hellsing’s most powerful operative—a powerful vampire named Alucard—to deal with things.

Alucard confronts the vampire as he is about to murder Seras Victoria, the last survivor of police forces sent to handle the situation. In order to kill the vampire, Alucard shoots through Seras, mortally wounding her as a result. As she bleeds out, she receives an offer from Alucard: He can save her life...but only if she agrees to become a vampire herself. Seras accepts, Alucard turns her, and she soon becomes the newest member of Hellsing. Alongside Integra, Alucard, and Hellsing’s human operatives, Seras ends up on the front line of the fight against mass-produced undead called FREAKs.

The Hellsing TV series (also called Hellsing: Impure Souls in media) explores Seras’s perspective as she adjusts to life as a vampire in the employ of Hellsing and helps unravel the mystery of the artificial vampires and the FREAK chips. The first half of the series stays generally faithful to the original Hellsing manga, but specific themes (e.g., what it means to be “human”) and character development are given more depth. The latter half of the show diverges wildly from its source material as a result of overtaking the manga.

For the original manga and OVA, see Hellsing. The TV series has its own characters page.


Hellsing contains the following tropes:

  • Adapted Out: Pip Bernadotte and the Wild Geese from the original manga. A mercenary group very similar to the Wild Geese shows up in the later episodes, but they don't get nearly the screentime or importance the Wild Geese had in the manga.
  • Adaptation Expansion: The series added in more Character Development in the first six episodes, especially for Seras.
  • Alas, Poor Yorick: Seras carrying Alucard’s head, twice.
  • Altum Videtur
  • Ambiguous Ending: At the end, Alucard visits Integra in her cell and offers to turn her into a vampire, and she just smiles before the camera fades to black, leaving open whether she will accept or not.
  • Ascended Extra: Fargason presumably dies as a Red Shirt in the Valentine brothers’ attack in the manga, but he survives it in the TV series and acts as a father-figure to Seras.
  • As the Good Book Says: Alexander Anderson, naturally.
  • Ate His Gun: In a flashback, Alexander is shown attempting this during his first encounter with Alucard. Obviously, either it didn't work or he stopped himself.
  • Badass Normal: Walter, Captain Pickman.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: By the end of the series, the surviving heroes are imprisoned as traitors, the conspirators have won and Hellsing's been disbanded. However, the final scene reveals that Alucard is still loose and loyal to Integra, leaving open the possibility of they continuing their mission on their own.
  • Batman Cold Open
  • Batman Gambit: Hellsing's plan to lure out Incognito to the Tower of London.
  • Big Bad: Incognito
  • Big Damn Heroes: Seras has most of them.
    • Alucard showing up just in time to prevent Father Anderson from ripping Seras apart. Twice.
    • Integra's flashback is built around Alucard getting in on this trope.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Hellsing is destroyed and their members outlawed, but it seems at least Hellsing and Integra will continue with their mission.
  • Bloodless Carnage: Most vampires and ghouls of the first arc turn to "ashes" when they die. The series gets bloodier towards the end though.
  • Body Horror: The sequence where an SAS member is turned into a monster.
    • Any scene which features Alucard's powers being used, or Incognito in general. Bonus points for both at once.
  • Bookends: The confrontation with the Vicar vampire takes place in a church. The last episode features Incognito and Alucard finishing their battle in a cathedral near the Tower of London.
  • Bound and Gagged: Integra, in a strange dream sequence brought on by Alucard.
  • Car Bomb: How Harry dies.
  • Character Development: Lots more, compared to the manga.
  • Cheeky Mouth: Only a few instances, fortunately.
  • Chiaki Konaka
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Averted, the Hellsing Organization is Anglican, and it does get into turf wars with the Catholic Iscariot Organization.
  • Church Shootout: In the first episode, Alucard confronts the vampire priest in a church.
  • Combat Sadomasochist: Incognito.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Fargason.
  • Cult Soundtrack: Yasushi Ishii's original score, the quality of which is the one thing the Broken Base can agree upon. Logos Naki World in particular is universally accepted as the theme for both anime adaptations.
  • Darker and Edgier: In a way. Although this series doesn't contain as many battles and deaths the manga and the Ultimate OVAs, its general atmosphere is darker, quieter and more psychological, and its conclusion is certainly more pessimistic.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Integra and Anderson.
  • Deconstructed Character Archetype: Alucard is this for the Invincible Hero archetype. He's an immortal Sociopathic Hero able to survive near-total bodily destruction and few if any situations ever credibly threaten him. At first, it appears that the Major's plan simply involves starting a war with London. However, it's eventually revealed that there's A LOT more to it than that. The point of his plan is to get Alucard down to a form where he's vulnerable enough to finally die. Starting a war and taking London down are pretty much just bonuses.
  • Demoted to Extra: Anderson and Maxwell.
  • Disposable Woman: Played with in the first episode. A fat, lecherous executive is groping a prostitute. Alucard shows up and calls out the vampire. It's the woman.
  • Distressed Damsel: Integra spends much more time in life-threatening danger than her manga and OVA counterparts.
  • Dramatic Shattering: Anderson's glasses.
    • Alucard's glasses after he's gunned down in the first episode.
  • Dull Surprise: In the English dub of the anime, Integra sounds rather bored instead of furious upon discovering that the Valentine brothers had invaded Hellsing Manor.
  • Fan Disservice: Integra gets partially undressed once, but it's creepy/squicky considering the circumstances.
  • Fanservice: The fetish club scene from "Brotherhood".
  • Finger Poke of Doom: Luke dispatches a Red Shirt this way.
  • Fisticuffs Boss: Seras VS the last SAS squadmember.
  • Freak Out: Seras when seeing that Hellsing's human personnel had been turned into ghouls.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Incognito.
  • Gecko Ending: Due to the original anime being produced 7 years before the manga reached its conclusion, their respective endings are radically different.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: Incognito's evil motives, backstory, or almost anything about him are never explored or explained. He's just there to be the Final Boss.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Integra orders Alucard to enter his Level 1 form once Incognito summons a god to destroy London.
  • Good Scars: Fargason
  • Gun Porn: There's a lot of pistol close-ups.
  • A House Divided: Honestly, at least half the bodycount on the good guys' side is caused by each other. Police, special forces, the army, various paramilitary groups, everybody treats them as anywhere from expendable through collateral damage all the way to mandatory targets.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Seras has her moments.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Integra's last encounter with Bubbancy brings this trope to mind...
  • Ima Humanitarian: Incognito eats Helena alive. Alucard also counts, especially when he kills Luke Valentine.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Incognito’s fate.
  • Invincible Hero: To a degree, Alucard is this. He's not completely invincible but being beheaded was only an inconvenience.
    • The Abridged series gives an excellent nod to this trope when Alucard and Integra talk on the phone. "Oh what are you going to do, call that guy that can stop me? What was his name? Michael McDoesn'tExist?"
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Kim
  • Kiss of the Vampire: In "Brotherhood", the victims are shown to have very...suggestive expressions.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Bubbancy
  • Lighter and Softer: Partly due to the anime's departure from the original storyline, Alucard’s sadism is toned down and his relationships with Integra and Seras are emphasized.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Actually averted in the case of Seras. When she's not in her blue uniform, she has a variety of civilian clothes. Played straight with everyone else, though.
  • The London Underground: In "Duel".
  • Makes Just as Much Sense in Context: How Incognito dodges a gunshot in Episode 13.
  • Masochism Tango: Integra and Alucard. Their dynamics (and characterizations) changed from Bodyguard Crush in the Manga to Masochism Tango in the TV series.
  • The Masquerade: Keeping supernatural activities secret is emphasized in the TV series.
  • Mauve Shirt: Fargason.
  • Murder.com: In "Innocent as a Human".
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Walter, after he is hypnotized into nearly killing Seras.
  • Never Trust a Trailer: This is the original Japanese trailer for the TV series, featuring stellar animation (save for a couple of shots) and plenty of violence. In addition to half of the animation from the trailer being cut from the final product, most of the remaining bits were only used in the show's opening. The rest of the animation that did make it into the show was edited beyond recognition.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Holy Knights Templar Dracula with Guns Akimbo!
  • No Swastikas: Avoids the issue entirely by excluding the later Millennium arc, but this is due to production timing rather than censorship (but the shape of the circuitry in the FREAK chips in the series is pretty suggestive).
  • Not Quite Dead: Alucard pulls this off twice.
    • Incognito does this as well, also twice, and both after being shot by a gun that should have killed him.
  • Now That's Using Your Teeth: Anderson briefly wields a bayonet with his teeth.
    • Alucard also uses his teeth to cock his gun once.
  • Off with His Head!
  • Old Soldier: Fargason.
  • Ominous Latin Chanting: Part of the soundtrack.
  • One-Winged Angel: Alucard’s Level 1, his most powerful state (in the anime only).
  • Our Ghouls Are Creepier: "Ghoul", in this setting, refers to a shambling, ravenous, flesh-eating zombie that a vampire can create from the corpse of someone they completely drained of blood. Ghouls are bestial creatures, but can clumsily use tools, including guns, as shown when the Valentine Brothers attack the Hellsing Estate.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: In fact, with the existence of Truebloods and FREAKS, they're even different from each other!
    • Trueblood Vampires more closely resemble the Gothic Vampire archetype; they have powers like regenerating, turning into animals or banks of mist, Super Strength, Super Senses, and the like. It's hard to judge just how powerful they are, especially seeing as how Alucard has been experimented upon to make him more than an ordinary vampire, but it's implied that age plays a part in their potency. Truebloods reproduce in the standard method of drinking blood from a human and willing them to change.
    • FREAK Vampires are artificial vampires, created through the implantation of special body-altering microchips. They are vastly inferior to Truebloods, lacking their more supernatural powers and failing to attain similar levels of physical potency. There is a shown discrepency between the power levels of FREAKS, which may have something to do with how many chips are implanted. They do have the ability to raise their dead victims as Ghouls, which is implied to be a trait present in Truebloods as well, but don't have the ability to create other vampires.
  • Out-Gambitted: Integra's Batman Gambit technically succeeds, but Incognito outmaneuvers her.
  • Overtook the Manga
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Shine", the ending theme of the television series. Performed by Mr. Big.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Integra, Fargason.
  • Shout-Out: Possibly to the Wilmarth Foundation in the Cthulhu Mythos, which may have influenced the portrayal of the Hellsing Organization. The show's writer is known for being a fan of the Mythos, and often adds Lovecraftian themes or references to his works.
    • Take That, too - The dub of Episode Four of the anime references The Sun, a British tabloid, when a newscaster is being chewed out over a broadcast of Hellsing operatives.
    • When Alucard confronts Anderson in episode 7 he calls him Judas Priest.
  • Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: Hard to categorize. Traditional vampirism is not massively contagious (it takes deliberate decision to make a new vampire), nor does it cause morality shifts, and the Horror Hunger is so subdued that Seras could go a good long while without feeding and never lost control due to hunger. FREAK vampires seem to be either more vulnerable to moral decay or just awful people to begin with, since they all become monsters.
    • This is mentioned as why the FREAK vampires are so dangerous. True Nosferatu are terrifyingly powerful, but have their own goals and motivations pretty far removed from human concerns. A FREAK is also powerful, but retains a human capacity for evil and a very pressing reason to indulge it.
  • Snuff Film: The plot of "Innocent As a Human" revolves around these being distributed on the internet — the fact that they involving filming humans being eaten by vampires is what gets Hellsing involved.
  • Spared by the Adaptation: In more ways than one - Walter not only survives thanks to the series quickly overtaking the manga's storyline, he also never has a Face–Heel Turn.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: Seras goes through most of them.
  • State Sec: The paramilitary aspects of the Hellsing Organization is played up more in the Anime. Here, the Red Shirt Army actually goes around and take out vampires.
  • Supporting Protagonist: Seras becomes this as well as an Audience Surrogate in this series. She's actually quite a bit more well-rounded than in either the manga or the OVA, surprisingly.
  • Time Bomb: One of the many dangers Hellsing's Red Shirt Army faces.
  • Undead Child: Helena, the world-weary vampire in the body of a little girl.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: There seems to be even more of it between Alucard and Integra in the anime. Emphasis on "sexual".
  • Vampires Own Night Clubs: The Valentine brothers.
  • What the Hell Are You?: Said to Alucard a couple of times. Just before his death, Incogneto gets an answer, as Alucard's half-shadowed face reveals the mustachioed face of Vlad Ţepeș.
  • Whole Episode Flashback: Episode 10 depicts Integra and Alucard's first encounter.
  • Wolf Man: The SAS squadmembers, once turned into monsters, gain the ability to transform into these.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: 'The World Without Logos', the catchy opening theme, is (almostnote ) entirely in English, NONE of which makes any sense.
  • You Monster!:
    Alexander Anderson: You monster.
    Alucard: I get that a lot.


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