Characters: Iscariot Organization
Iscariot/Vatican Section XIII
The Iscariot Organization, also known as the Vatican's Special Section XIII is an organization that is operated by the Catholic Church. It is a top-secret section of the Vatican's operations, and officially, it doesn't exist. Much like Hellsing, Iscariot specialized in vampire slayings and consists of expert exorcists and fighters. They frequently butt heads violently with Hellsing both over territorial disputes and religious differences.
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Father Alexander Anderson
Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto
(JP), Steven Brand (EN)
"Hold your tongue. The dead don't speak. Do the dead dare walk the Earth before my eyes? Will the undead raise an army, fall in, and advance? Will those who would abandon God and embrace the heretical order DARE to presume to meet my gaze!? Iscariot will not allow it. I will not allow it."
A member of the Vatican black ops group the Iscariot Organization, Anderson is a Catholic priest trained to efficiently kill vampires. He has been genetically engineered to heal from any wound he receives, making him Alucard's equal in combat. His weapon of choice is blessed bayonets, which he carries in great quantities, throwing them with unerring accuracy in order to hit his target in as many places as possible. Both in and out of battle, he is a very compassionate and caring person, whether it is towards the orphans in his charge or his fellow members of Iscariot, many of whom he's raised himself. However, he shows no mercy to his opponents, but holds a special place in his heart for Alucard (presumably for his challenging nature) and Integra (whose bravery he finds impressive).
- Absurdly Sharp Bayonets: That cause a monster's skin to boil and burn upon contact. And they're blessed, too.
- A Father to His Men: Quite literally. Most of Anderson's followers were orphans that he raised and trained in the orphanage he operates back in Rome. Because of this, he treats many of them (most notable with Heinkel and Yumie) like his own children and they are equally devoted to him.
- Alliterative Name: Alexander Anderson.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Only when against vampires and other supernatural monsters, though. He firmly believes that harming or killing innocent humans and civilians, even Protestants, is an affront against God and the Vatican. Maxwell learns this the hard way.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Compared to Alucard, he's most definitely this. Anderson specifically targets vampires and heathens, believing them to be an affront against God and danger to the innocents of the world. Which they are. He takes it a little too far sometimes with his Ax-Crazy attacks and Blood Knight beliefs, but he also adores children, acts like a surrogate father to his Iscariot followers, respects Integra's principles and Nerves of Steel attitude, and takes a stand against Maxwell when he starts killing the innocent survivors of Protestant England.
- Arch-Enemy: To Alucard.
- Ass Kicking Pose: Forms a Holy Cross with his bayonets◊.
- Awesome Mc Cool Name: Alexander Anderson just has a kickass ring to it.
- Ax-Crazy: Whenever he sees a vampire. Poor Seras.
- Badass Longcoat: Just like Alucard, it's part of his signature ensemble and billows majestically in the wind whenever they fight each other.
- Badass Preacher: Oh so much. He's a devout Catholic priest, recites psalms and prayers before or during every fight, goes toe-to-toe with the strongest vampire in existence, and is likely the most powerful (living) human in the series. And he runs an orphanage that produces and fills most of Iscariot's ranks.
- Bayonet Ya: He uses a seemingly unlimited supply of blessed bayonets as weapons. They're not attached to guns, though.
- The Berserker: Despite being fairly calm around regular humans and especially children, Anderson transforms into a full-on berserker whenever he encounters vampires or any kind of monstrous heathen, as he likes to call them. His bloodlust becomes nigh-unstoppable and he can plow through huge swathes of enemies without a single fear for himself, which is definitely reinforced by his powerful Healing Factor, regenerative powers, and role as The Juggernaut of Iscariot's forces. It often turns into a berserk form of Ham-to-Ham Combat between Alucard and Anderson since both of them are rather high on the Blood Knight scale of Ax-Crazy hitmen.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted. In his first appearance, Anderson seems like a straight-up villain, but he's very much an Anti-Hero.
- This only applies in the animated versions. In the manga covers, Anderson is Ambiguously Brown with silver/graying hair and blue eyes. They have Maxwell and him swap colors for some unknown reason.
- Blood Knight: He enjoys slaughtering vampires just a little too much than is normal.
- Brave Scot: Despite being human, albeit one with vast regenerative and supernatural abilities, Anderson goes toe-to-toe with the most powerful vampire in existence and even earns Alucard's nigh-impossible respect as his ultimate rival and a Worthy Opponent by the end.
- Calling Your Attacks: He tends to do this whenever he attacks, especially against Alucard, but it's mostly just religious excerpts and partial psalms that he believes will instill terror and awe into the hearts of his heathen opponents.
- Catch Phrase: "Amen", and by GOD does he get to say it a lot.
- "It doesn't sit right with me" during Iscariot's siege of London. Some translations put it down as "I do not like this."
- Say it with me now. 3...2...1... MARS!!!
- Climax Boss: He serves as this to Alucard in their final battle during the invasion of London, this final battle being easily Alucard's toughest (and the closest where he comes to dying in a pure fight) in the entire series in terms of pure toughness and it's emotional buildup: especially once Anderson uses Helena's Nail. This is the fight the entire series essentially boils down to for Alucard. However, it ends up being Walter who serves as his final enemy.
- Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Neon Green and a darker shade of blue than Integra's to be Alucard's blue Oni.
- Deadly Upgrade: Helena's Nail.
- Death Glare: Pooooooor Seras...
- The Determinator: Really stands out in his final fight with Alucard.
- The Dragon: To Maxwell. This eventually turns around a bit though, with Anderson turning against Maxwell when he attempts to kill all of the innocent Protestant survivors of London. Many of Iscariot's most skilled fighters (who were stationed with and trained by Anderson, anyways) choose to follow their mentor as well, with this position shifting moreso to Heinkel and Yumie when Anderson becomes Iscariot's primary leader after Maxwell's death.
- The Dreaded: Aside from Alucard for obvious reasons, every other vampire or monster encountered by him is utterly terrified of Anderson. Both Integra and the Nazi vampires list off several of his nicknames, all of which hint to Anderson's past exploits of slaughtering vampires for the Vatican.
- Dual Wielding: His bayonets.
- Dub Name Change: Minimal example, in the original he was named Alexander Andersen.
- Dying as Yourself: Double subverted. After becoming a mindless plant monster through the use of Helena's Nail, Alucard removes and crushes his heart. What's left of Anderson reverts to a human appearance and slowly turns to dust. Anderson's last words show that his mind was his own in the end.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Any battle he takes place in, much like Alucard is him murdering anything that comes his way and only finding a challenge in Alucard. Upon attaining his Monster of God form, the first half of the battle with Alucard is so one sided that Anderson takes him out with a single bayonet. Had he not attacked once before (twice accounting the OVA) it would've been a single stroke battle.
- Enemy Mine: With Integra, when his boss Maxwell got drunk with power, attempted to finish London's population off and in so "betrayed God".
- Establishing Character Moment: When he's introduced, he breaks up a fight between two orphans and says that violence is never the answer. Except where heathens and monsters are concerned.
- Even Antagonists Have Standards: Anderson almost always follows his own set of rules, regardless of what Maxwell tells him. A notable example is when Anderson's unit is ordered to protect Integra during the attack on London. Most of the team members are itching for an excuse to kill her, but Anderson knows that keeping her alive is a one-way ticket to fighting Alucard, so he tells them to shut up, act polite, and guard her from Millenium's soldiers. And when Maxwell gives the order to kill Integra, Anderson looks like he's about to run towards Maxwell and rip him a new one for having the nerve to order the execution of the master of his greatest rival.
- What about when Maxwell went nuts and killed the survivors of the London attack for no reason other than their Protestant beliefs. Anderson believed he betrayed God and the Vatican for his actions and decided to waste him.
- He despises rapists as well. When Heinkel, Yumie, and his followers threaten Integra and refuse to escort her home, Anderson soundly scolds and reminds them that they're paladins, not rapists. Cue Anderson and a bunch of Iscariot Hell Seekers protecting the Hellsing heiress' virtue on her way to Hellsing Manor.
- Expy: A chemically enhanced Badass Preacher Friend to All Children with Perma Stubble who uses a Deadly Upgrade to push his body past its limits and Goes Out With A Smile thinking about the children at his orphanage? Sounds an awful lot like Nicholas D. Wolfwood.
- Anderson is originally a very old, hentai character from Angel Dust.
- A Form You Are Comfortable With: Subverted because he loses control over this.
- Friend to All Children: He seems to genuinely love children, as seen in Volume 1, even though he tells them that it's okay to hurt heathens. In Volume 3, he asks Maxwell if it'd be alright for him to bring the orphans to the British Museum sometime in the future, simply because he thought they'd enjoy it.
- Gentle Giant: Around kids. Horribly averted otherwise.
- Gratuitous English: "If Anyone Does Not Love The Lord, Jesus Christ, Let Him Be Accused O Lord Come, AAAAMEEEN!!"
- Go Out with a Smile: After an epic battle with Alucard that pushes his body past the breaking point, Anderson regains his humanity and dies smiling, hearing the voices of children.
- Hammerspace: He holds a seemingly endless supply of bayonets on his person at all times. During his first encounter with Alucard and Seras, he pulled out no less than Fifty-four bayonets in the ensuing fight! On top of all that, he also carries a very long, bayonet-lined, exploding chain. He's also never seen picking any of his used bayonets up, which makes you wonder how many he went through throughout the series and how long it took to bless all of them.
- Healing Factor: Not as good as Alucard's, but it's still enough that Alucard's guns barely slow him down and he can even regenerate from losing chunks of his head. The only non-healing wounds he receives are from Jackal, the most powerful of Alucard's arsenal, and it's likely that Anderson would've eventually regenerated the blown out chuck of his arm if he'd only had more time to jumpstart the process.
- Hero Antagonist: Compared to Alucard, even though he is not spotless in his morality. He wants to kill Alucard for being a dangerous vampire. Which he is.
- He Who Fights Monsters: He sacrificed his human side for power in order to defeat Alucard.
- Holy Hitman: The Vatican's finest.
- Humanoid Abomination: After using the Nail, he turns into a mess of thorny roots that regenerates as quickly as Alucard and can only be killed by removing the Nail. That form manages to be even more horror-inducing than Alucard.
- Humble Hero: In stark contrast to Alucard's status as a Smug Super, Anderson views himself merely as "but a blade wielded from on high." Doesn't mean he can't still enjoy his job.
- I Have Many Names: Bayonet Anderson, Killing Judge Anderson, Angel Dust Anderson (a Mythology Gag to his origins), Paladin Anderson, just to name a few. Alucard gives him another one: "Judas Priest", which doubles as a joke to Iscariot itself.
- It's also implied that Anderson might not even be his real name, which ties into the mystery of what his national background is.
- Improbable Aiming Skills/Throwing Your Bayonets Always Works: This is his main attack, he almost never swings the same bayonet twice. Plus, his bayonets don't look that aerodynamic...
- I Was Just Passing Through: Anderson helps Integra because only ''they'' can defeat her.
- The Juggernaut: Not only is Anderson the Vatican's most powerful and effective combatant, it's very likely that he's the strongest human (currently) in existence. Alucard relishes their fights and openly wishes for Anderson to be the human who finally defeats and kills him. It doesn't happen, but he comes closer than any other human besides Abraham Van Hellsing.
- Kick the Dog: His introductory fight with Alucard had him do this to Seras.
- Kill It with Fire: In his God's Monster form, anything unholy that gets struck by his weapons or tendrils instantly bursts into flames and if weak enough, turns to dust.
- Kill the Ones You Love: Had to do it on Maxwell, who was one of the many children he had taken care of in his orphanage and risen like his own son, since he went nuts with power and ordered the genocide of London's population.
- Knight Templar: Downplayed. He is just a bit indiscriminate in his targeting of vampires, just ask Seras. Otherwise, not so much. And this is proven during Maxwell's Holy Crusade upon Protestant England; instead of backing up the genocidal Maxwell, Anderson is completely disgusted by his bloodlust and the killing of so many innocent Christians and readily assists Alucard in killing him.
- Knife Nut: Infinite supply of Holy Bayonets, because he's actually four-dimensional.
- Kung-Fu Jesus: He was specially designed and trained by the Vatican to go toe-to-toe with the strongest monsters in existence, including Hellsing's pet vampire. This makes Anderson much faster and stronger than an ordinary human, and he's shown to be capable of shattering walls, ripping apart metal piping, withstanding a barrage of bullets, healing vital organs after receiving what should be a fatal wound, running, jumping, and fighting at insanely high speeds, teleporting in a swirl of Bible pages, creating holy barriers that trap monsters within a certain radius, and staggering Physical God Alucard with a single punch.
- Large Ham: "AAAAAAAAMEEEEEEEN!"
- His Dynamic Entry rescue of Integra in Ultimate 5 was basically hand-crafted for Norio Wakamoto because it is oozing with so much ham and Narm, that only Wakamoto could pull it off while retaining the awesomeness of the moment. Steven Brand did a pretty fine job, too; his thick Scottish accent literally personifies the hamminess that often accompanies the Violent Glaswegian trope.
- Light Is Not Good: He is a Church Militant who really does want to kill off vampires, but his, um, Ax-Crazy moments make him border more this than on Light is Good.
- Lightning Bruiser: On top of being incredibly fast, Anderson's physical strength is immense, being able to stagger an immortal being such as Alucard with a single punch; especially considering Alucard takes high caliber bullets to the chest standing up and is unfazed.
- Taken Up to Eleven once he becomes God's Monster. He can literally speedblitz the likes of Alucard faster than the vampire can react.
- Meaningful Name: Alexander means "Protector of Men" while Anderson is likely a reference to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
- Mood Whiplash: Can act very polite and father-like one minute, and switch to a ruthless maniac the next. Norio Wakamoto makes the mood shifts even more jarring, but in a good way.
- Nice Guy: Outside of work, he's a pretty jovial fellow. As long as you don't happen to be undead...
- Noble Demon: More noble than the usual, considering he can hardly be called a villain. Anderson's hatred and wrath is focused exclusively on vampires and heathens, although the latter doesn't appear to include Protestants, despite his earlier claims of revulsion. He's visibly disgusted by the Holy Crusade's and Maxwell's actions, claiming that such arrogance, bloodlust, and genocide is an affront against God.
- The Paladin: This is his title.
- Parental Substitute: To Maxwell, Heinkel, Yumie, the rest of Iscariot, and the children at his orphanage in Rome. Anderson's most human and compassionate moments involve the children he's raised, which includes the majority of Iscariot's ranks. It's the main reason why they're so loyal to him.
- Physical God: Upon becoming God's Monster, his powers are so overwhelming that he nearly kills the other resident physical god Alucard.
- Perma Stubble: Seems to be his perpetual state of facial hair.
- Pet the Dog: He's nice to all those children back at the Catholic orphanage, and even asks Maxwell if he could bring them on a field trip to the British Museum sometime in the future. And in order to save their lives, Anderson orders his followers, most of whom he raised himself, to retreat and return to the Vatican.
- The Rival: To Alucard. And vice-versa. Due to Anderson's humanity, regenerator abilities, and ridiculous levels of determination, Alucard views him as a Worthy Opponent and relishes every fight they're able to engage in, sometimes even overlooking his primary mission in order to fight him. And although Alucard visibly breaks when Anderson forsakes his humanity in a bid to defeat him, he still respects the priest in the end and understands why Anderson made the choice that he did.
- Slasher Smile: Just about as much as Alucard.
- Sociopathic Hero: When he sees a vampire. Otherwise, not so much.
- The Starscream: To Maxwell, again. An anti-heroic one.
- Super Power Lottery: As God's Monster. In this form, Anderson's regeneration powers are in overdrive, capable of rivaling Alucard's own. His speed is now at a level that he can catch Alucard off guard and his power is at such a level that he nearly destroys Alucard, Seras and the entire Level Zero Army in a single move. He essentially becomes an anti-demon miracle who is specifically born to murder anything unholy...which happens to be about 95% of the enemies in the series. It's no wonder it takes everything Alucard has to defeat him.
- Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: Yes, this even includes Protestant muggles, Maxwell.
- He doesn't seem to have so much against killing civilians as long as they are "heathens", as Maxwell's motivation for doing so, to show off his power in his own glory, rather than God's.
- Token Good Teammate: Van Helsing Hate Crimes aside, he's not really a bad person, and actually spreads his influence on those beneath his command. This is in stark contrast with the higher-ups in Iscariot.
- Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Poor Seras... but considering what most of the vampires in the series are like, can you blame him?
- Violent Glaswegian: English language interpretations have conferred a Scottish accent on him even though he has no official nationality and works at an Italian orphanage. Then again, Anderson is a Scottish surname...
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although his methods are quite questionable at times, Anderson's primary goal in life is destroy all vampires and heathens to protect the Vatican and Catholics around the world. By the end of the series, it's clear that Protestants and innocent (possibly even non-Christian) civilians are sometimes included in this goal as well. But if you're a vampire? Yeah, you're dead. Permanently.
- Worthy Opponent: To Alucard. Reciprocated as well. Despite Anderson's hatred of all things vampire, he does have a certain amount of respect for Alucard, while the latter's respect is almost exclusively reserved for the few humans who Alucard believes have the right to kill him. Anderson is the only human opponent who manages to live up to his standards.
- Would Not Stab A Civilian: And thus why he leaves Maxwell to his just deserts.
Maxwell is the ambitious commander of Section XIII and an even more fanatically bloodthirsty Catholic than Anderson. While he does not do any fighting and killing in person, his orders are ruthless and he shows no mercy to Protestants, considering the "sinners" to be less than human. Maxwell can be viewed as Integra's rival, in the same way that Anderson is Alucard's rival.
Heinkel Wolfe and Yumiko "Yumie" Takagi
Heinkel and Yumie first appeared together in the Crossfire
extras at the end of Hellsing
Volumes 1, 2, and 3 as female Iscariot assassins, taking down various anti-Catholic terrorists. Heinkel, who cross-dresses as a priest, wields a pair of pistols. Yumie exists as the fanatical alternate personality of the meek nun Yumiko, the only Japanese character in Hellsing
. Both are considered among the best Iscariot has to offer.
The duo was reworked before they where reintroduced in Hellsing: Heinkel now looked much more androgynous
if not positively male
, with Word of God
stating that (s)he is "neither male nor female
, while Yumie lost her Yumiko persona and much of the Nuns Are Mikos
characteristics she embodied. Both characters also looks older and are played a lot straighter.Word of God
says that the Heinkel and Yumie in Crossfire
are different characters from the ones that appear in the main continuity, but they are almost identical in personality and appearance, anyways. The OVA has given both slightly more screentime
- A Day in the Limelight: The Crossfire side-stories focus on them.
- Action Girl: Yumie. Next to Anderson, she appears to be the strongest of Iscariot's ranks, cutting a bloody swath through Millennium's forces with her katana.
- Ambiguous Gender: It's unclear what gender Heinkel is in the main continuity. In the OVA, Heinkel's seiyuu and VA are female, but she speaks in a more masculine tone. It seems that the OVA series decided that Heinkel is male — the credit sequence for the 9th OVA focuses on Hellsing's female characters, but leaves Heinkel out.
- Badass Normal: Heinkel, at least. Yumie appears to be an ordinary human both in Crossfire and the Hellsing manga, but in the OVA, she is shown transforming into a purple, shadowy substance when attacking.
- Bandaged Face: Future Heinkel. It appears that becoming a regenerator doesn't repair any physical damage that was inflicted before the process itself. This can also be seen with Anderson's facial scars.
- Battle Couple: One possible interpretation.
- The Berserker: Yumie. She definitely takes after her mentor in this respect, and she absolutely loses it when Walter insults and crushes Anderson's ashes beneath his feet.
- Bifauxnen: Heinkel is female in the Crossfire extras.
- Break the Cutie or Break the Haughty: Heinkel lacks the innocence and arrogance of most examples, but she is the only member of the core team to make it out alive after the battle, and the shock of getting maimed and losing her closest friends and mentor, really show. In the Distant Finale, she's lost her more cool-headed nature and become more violent, implying a personality shift, or possibly insanity.
- Calling Your Attacks: Yumie.
- Charles Atlas Superpower: Yumie is ridiculously effective with her katana.
- Cluster F-Bomb: After Heinkel loses her teacher and father-figure, Anderson, her best friend, Yumie, gets half her face shot off, and her pride completely destroyed, she's left as a broken wreck on the street, punching the ground and cursing at herself out of anger and sadness. Understandable, in retrospect.
- Cool Shades: Heinkel.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Yumiko's a pacifistic, harmless nun, but when the glasses come off you're screwed.
- Cute and Psycho: Yumiko is a sweet, gentle soul who will go off her fucking gourd if her glasses are taken off.
- Deadpan Snarker: Heinkel.
- Gangsta Style: Heinkel tends to hold her guns this way. Justified since she's much stronger and well-trained than the average human.
- Guns Akimbo: Heinkel.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Yumie. She's skilled enough to kill her victims from outside the room they're standing in, and is capable of smashing heads into walls with her bare hands. Her overall fighting style is very reminiscent of Anderson's, who likely trained Yumie himself.
- Hero Antagonist: Just like their mentor, Heinkel and Yumie fall squarely into this trope when compared to Alucard, Millennium, and their other monstrous enemies. They are not spotless in their morality by any means, but placing themselves in extreme danger to kill bloodthirsty vampires and Nazis would place anyone into the public's good graces.
- Katanas Are Just Better: Yumie.
- Lovely Angels: With strong religious connotations at that. They are Action Girl best friends who were raised by a Holy Hitman and appear numerous times on either side of Anderson's shoulders, seeming to represent a figurative version of fallen angels for Iscariot and the Catholic Church.
- Madness Makeover: Having Yumie die in front of her and getting her face mangled did wonders for Heinkel's personality.
- Mauve Shirt: Played straight in everything except the OVA, where they're given more extensive scenes that expand upon their individual personalities, fighting abilities/styles, and relationship with their mentor.
- Meganekko: Yumiko.
- Nineties Anti-Hero: Just like their mentor, both Heinkel and Yumie are willing to do almost anything to complete their missions, including killing those who are stupid enough to get in their way. However, also just like Anderson, they don't agree with the senseless killing of innocents and are visibly disturbed by Maxwell's slaughter of the London survivors.
- Nuns Are Mikos: Yumiko/Yumie. Downplayed in the OVA, where Yumie behaves much more like a Catholic nun and her only noticeably Japanese traits are her first and last names and penchant for wielding katanas. She even has a Welsh (or sometimes Scottish)-sounding accent, which is likely the result of being raised by a Scottish priest.
- Panty Shot: Yumie, a couple times.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yumie is full-on red while Heinkel is blue. The former's raw strength, fearlessness, and ruthless katana skills make her the ideal partner to Heinkel, who is cool-headed, gun-totting, and analytical.
- The Rival: In the Distant Finale, Heinkel and Seras have a relationship similar to Alucard and Anderson's.
- Samus Is a Girl: Heinkel inspires this reaction in Crossfire.
- Scars Are Forever: For Heinkel, even with regenerator powers.
- Slasher Smile: Yumie. It's almost as disturbing as Father Anderson's, which is saying quite a bit.
- Smoking Is Cool: Heinkel.
- Sociopathic Hero: Not as bad as most other characters in Hellsing, but they're still pretty violent, Yumie especially.
- Split Personality: Yumiko/Yumie in Crossfire. She often commented about how hard it is for her to "get Yumie to sleep" after she has been provoked into action. It's unclear if the Yumiko persona exists in the main continuity.
- Super Speed: Yumie in the OVA.
- Undying Loyalty: To Anderson. When Maxwell orders a Holy Crusade against all of the innocent survivors, it only takes a few words from the completely disgusted Anderson to convince Heinkel, Yumie, and their compatriots to turn against Maxwell's forces. And later, when Anderson orders them to retreat and return to Rome for their own safety, all of his followers remain to assist and die for Anderson in his battle against Alucard.
- Unscrupulous Hero: Both of them, although Yumie is much more violent and unpredictable. She shows no fear of anything, prefers to negotiate using the sharp end of her katana, genuinely seems to enjoy killing people, and has almost superhuman strength, reflexes, and speed. However, since they mainly follow Anderson and his orders, they're usually kept on a tight leash and do not harm innocents unless absolutely necessary, something that Maxwell learns the hard way.