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[[caption-width-right:350: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 [[TheWomanWearingTheQueenlyMask 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 [[RedShirt 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 [[AudienceSurrogate 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, although specific themes (e.g., what it means to be “human”) and character development are given more depth, while the latter half of the show diverges wildly from its source material as a result of [[OvertookTheManga overtaking the manga]].

Creator/ChiakiKonaka was a writer for the show, and it features his custom dark themes and Creator/HPLovecraft references.

'''For the original manga and OVA, see ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}''.''' The TV series has its own [[Characters/HellsingAnime characters page]].

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!! ''Hellsing'' contains the following tropes:

* AdaptedOut:
** 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.
** Tubalcain Alhambra had already shown in the manga when the anime was produced, but given that his storyline with Millennium wasn't cleared yet, he wasn't used for the series.
** Millennium itself is a strangely subverted example, as while the organization doesn't appear as itself, it is heavily implied to exist in the anime's universe and to be in fact the nameless group behind the actions of Incognito, his British master and the FREAK chips (which even retain the swastika design). The series's trailer actually shows the silouette of the Major clapping his hands at the action, which was his only scene in the manga at the time the anime was made. This hints he might have been considered to appear in the series at some point, perhaps as an UnknownCharacter and/or SequelHook, but if he was, these plans were abandoned in the final product.
* AdaptationExpansion: The series added in more CharacterDevelopment in the first six episodes, especially for Seras. It also adds a flashback for Anderson in a possible past encounter with Alucard or another great vampire before gaining his powers.
* AdaptationPersonalityChange: Anderson is considerably less hammy and more restrained here, even seeming more smug at times due to his seiyu's higher pitched voice compared to ''Ultimate'''s Creator/NorioWakamoto.
* AlasPoorYorick: Seras carrying Alucard's head, twice.
* AltumVidetur
* AmbiguousEnding: At the end, [[spoiler: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.]]
* AscendedExtra: Fargason presumably dies as a RedShirt in the Valentine brothers’ attack in the manga, but he survives it in the TV series and acts as a father-figure to Seras.
* AsTheGoodBookSays: Alexander Anderson, naturally.
* AteHisGun: [[spoiler:In a flashback, Alexander is shown attempting this during his first encounter with Alucard. Obviously, either it didn't work or he stopped himself.]]
* BadassNormal: Walter, Captain Pickman.
* TheBadGuyWins: [[spoiler:By the end of the series the conspirators have won, the surviving heroes are imprisoned as traitors and Hellsing's been disbanded. However, the final scene reveals that Alucard is still loose and loyal to Integra, leaving open the possibility that they will continue their task on their own.]]
* BaitAndSwitch: In the first episode, an older man and a woman with black hair are in a room together. The man's predetory actions with her (and centipedes falling in the room) make it seem as if he were a vampire about to feed on the woman. When Alucard arrives to elimate the target, it's the woman who's the vampire.
* BatmanColdOpen
* BatmanGambit: Hellsing's plan to lure out Incognito to the Tower of London.
* BigBad: Incognito
* BigDamnHeroes: Seras has most of them.
** Alucard showing up just in time to prevent Father Anderson from ripping Seras apart. Twice.
** [[spoiler: Integra's flashback is built around Alucard getting in on this trope.]]
* BittersweetEnding: [[spoiler:Hellsing is destroyed and their members outlawed, but it seems Hellsing and Integra will continue with their mission.]]
* BloodlessCarnage: Most vampires and ghouls of the first arc turn to "ashes" when they die. The series gets bloodier towards the end though.
* BodyHorror: 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.
* BoundAndGagged: Integra, in a strange dream sequence brought on by Alucard.
* CarBomb: How [[spoiler:Harry]] dies.
* CharacterDevelopment: Lots more, compared to the manga.
* CheekyMouth: Only a few instances, fortunately.
* ChristianityIsCatholic: Averted, the Hellsing Organization is Anglican, and it does get into turf wars with the Catholic Iscariot Organization.
* ChurchShootout: In the first episode, Alucard confronts the vampire priest in a church.
* CombatSadomasochist: Incognito.
* CrucifiedHeroShot: [[spoiler:Fargason]].
* CultSoundtrack: Yasushi Ishii's original score, the quality of which is the one thing the BrokenBase can agree upon. ''Logos Naki World'' in particular is universally accepted as the theme for ''both'' anime adaptations.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Although this series doesn't contain as many battles and deaths as the manga and the ''Ultimate'' [=OVA=]s, its atmosphere is generally darker, quieter and more psychological, and its conclusion is much more pessimistic.
* DarkSkinnedBlond: Integra and Anderson.
* DeconstructedCharacterArchetype: Alucard is this for the InvincibleHero archetype. He's an immortal SociopathicHero 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 [[spoiler: 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.]]
* DemotedToExtra: Anderson and Maxwell.
* DisposableWoman: Played with in the first episode. A fat, lecherous executive is groping a prostitute. Alucard shows up and calls out the vampire. [[spoiler:It's the woman.]]
* DistressedDamsel: Integra spends much more time in life-threatening danger than her manga and OVA counterparts.
* DramaticShattering: Anderson's glasses.
** Alucard's glasses after he's gunned down in the first episode.
* DullSurprise: In the English dub of the [[Anime/{{Hellsing}} anime]], Integra sounds rather bored instead of furious upon discovering that the Valentine brothers had invaded Hellsing Manor.
* EvilLaugh: Seriously, this anime is full of characters (good and bad) who love to laugh like they're evil maniacs.
* FanDisservice: Integra gets partially undressed once, but it's creepy/squicky [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty considering the circumstances]].
* {{Fanservice}}: The fetish club scene from "Brotherhood".
* FingerPokeOfDoom: Luke dispatches a RedShirt this way.
* FisticuffsBoss: Seras VS the last SAS squadmember.
* FreakOut: Seras when seeing that Hellsing's human personnel had been turned into ghouls.
* FullFrontalAssault: Incognito.
* GeckoEnding: Due to the original anime being produced 7 years before the manga reached its conclusion, their respective endings are radically different.
* GenericDoomsdayVillain: Incognito's evil motives, backstory, or almost anything about him are never explored or explained. He's just there to be the FinalBoss.
* GodzillaThreshold: Integra orders Alucard to enter his Level 1 form once Incognito [[spoiler:''summons a god'' to destroy London]].
* [[GoodScarsEvilScars Good Scars]]: Fargason
* GunPorn: There's a lot of pistol close-ups.
* AHouseDivided: Honestly, at least half the bodycount on the good guys' side is caused by each other. [[JurisdictionFriction Police]], [[LetsYouAndHimFight special forces]], [[InterServiceRivalry the army]], [[WeAREStrugglingTogether various paramilitary groups]], [[AHouseDivided everybody]] treats them as anywhere from [[WeHaveReserves expendable]] through [[KillEmAll collateral damage]] all the way to mandatory targets.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Seras has her moments.
* IHaveYouNowMyPretty: Integra's last encounter with [[spoiler:Bubbancy]] brings this trope to mind...
* ImaHumanitarian: [[spoiler:Incognito]] eats [[spoiler:Helena]] alive. Alucard also counts, especially when he kills [[spoiler:Luke Valentine]].
* ImpaledWithExtremePrejudice: [[spoiler:Incognito’s fate.]]
* InvincibleHero: 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?"
* KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade: [[spoiler:Kim]]
* KissOfTheVampire: In "Brotherhood", the victims are shown to have [[DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything very...suggestive]] [[LooksLikeSheIsEnjoyingIt expressions]].
* LesbianVampire: [[spoiler:Laura]]
* LighterAndSofter: Partly due to the anime's departure from the original storyline, Alucard’s sadism is toned down and his [[MoralityPet relationships with Integra and Seras]] are emphasized.
* LimitedWardrobe: Actually averted in the case of Seras. When she's not in her [[IconicOutfit blue uniform]], she has a variety of civilian clothes. Played straight with everyone else, though.
* UsefulNotes/TheLondonUnderground: In "Duel".
* MakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext: How Incognito dodges a gunshot in Episode 13.
* MasochismTango: Integra and Alucard. Their dynamics (and characterizations) changed from BodyguardCrush in the Manga to MasochismTango in the TV series.
* TheMasquerade: Keeping supernatural activities secret is emphasized in the TV series.
* MauveShirt: Fargason.
* MurderDotCom: In "Innocent as a Human".
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: [[spoiler:Walter]], after he is hypnotized into nearly killing Seras.
* NeverTrustATrailer: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Hbhtq9ugPg This]] is the original Japanese trailer for the TV series, featuring stellar animation (save for a couple of shots) and plenty of violence, as well as the Major. 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.
* NinjaPirateZombieRobot: Holy Knights Templar {{Dracula}} with GunsAkimbo!
** Incognito takes it further: African Black Magic [[LooksLikeOrlok Nosferatu]].
** Anderson: An AxCrazy {{Cyborg}} assassin BadassPreacher with [[BottomlessMagazines endless]] [[BladeSpam projectile]] [[ThrowingYourSwordAlwaysWorks bayonets]] and ImplausibleFencingPowers.
* NonActionBigBad: Incognito's master is [[TheGhost never seen]], let alone ever fighting the heroes. S-/He let's [[DragonInChief Incognito]] do all the heavy lifting and are left [[spoiler:defenceless to be taken out as soon as Incognito is killed]].
* NoSwastikas: Avoids the issue entirely by excluding the later Millennium arc, but this is due to production timing rather than censorship. However, the shape of the circuitry in the FREAK chips in the series is still an obscured swastika.
* NotQuiteDead: 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.
* NowThatsUsingYourTeeth: Anderson briefly wields a bayonet with his teeth.
** Alucard also uses his teeth to cock his gun once.
* OffWithHisHead
* OldSoldier: Fargason.
* OminousLatinChanting: Part of the soundtrack.
* OneWingedAngel: Alucard's Level 1, his most powerful state (in the anime only).
* OurGhoulsAreCreepier: "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.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: 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 [[{{Animorphism}} animals]] or [[SuperSmoke banks of mist]], SuperStrength, SuperSenses, 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.
* OutGambitted: [[spoiler:Integra's BatmanGambit technically succeeds, but Incognito outmaneuvers her.]]
* OvertookTheManga
* RealSongThemeTune: "Shine", the ending theme of the television series. Performed by Music/MrBig.
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: Integra, Fargason.
* ShoutOut: Possibly to the ''Wilmarth Foundation'' in the Franchise/CthulhuMythos, which may have influenced the portrayal of the ''Hellsing Organization''. [[Creator/ChiakiKonaka The show's writer]] is known for being a fan of the Mythos, and often adds Lovecraftian themes or references to his works.
** TakeThat, 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 Music/JudasPriest.
* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: 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 HorrorHunger 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 [[TranshumanTreachery 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.
* SnuffFilm: 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.
* SparedByTheAdaptation: In more ways than one - [[spoiler:Walter]] not only survives thanks to the series quickly [[OvertookTheManga overtaking the manga's storyline]], [[spoiler:he also never has a FaceHeelTurn]].
** [[spoiler: Anderson and Maxwell survive as well, mostly thanks to them [[DemotedToExtra not participating in the final battle]].]]
* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Seras goes through most of them.
* StateSec: The paramilitary aspects of the Hellsing Organization is played up more in the Anime. Here, the RedShirtArmy actually goes around and take out vampires.
* SupportingProtagonist: Seras becomes this as well as an AudienceSurrogate in this series. She's actually quite a bit more well-rounded than in either the manga or the OVA, surprisingly.
* TimeBomb: One of the many dangers Hellsing's RedShirtArmy faces.
* UndeadChild: Helena, the world-weary vampire in the body of a little girl.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: There seems to be even more of it between Alucard and Integra in the anime. Emphasis on "sexual".
** OfficialCouple, if you take into account [[WordOfGod Studio Gonzo's statements and interviews.]]
* VampiresOwnNightClubs: The Valentine brothers.
* WhatTheHellAreYou: Said to Alucard a couple of times. [[spoiler:Just before his death, Incogneto gets an answer, as Alucard's half-shadowed face reveals the mustachioed face of Vlad Ţepeș.]]
* WholeEpisodeFlashback: Episode 10 depicts Integra and Alucard's first encounter.
* WolfMan: The SAS squadmembers, once turned into monsters, gain the ability to transform into these.
* WordSaladLyrics: 'The World Without Logos', the catchy opening theme, is (almost[[note]]there's a single Japanese word in the second verse[[/note]]) entirely in English, NONE of which makes any sense.
* YouMonster:
-->'''Alexander Anderson''': You monster.
-->'''Alucard''': I get that a lot.

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