Characters: Iscariot Organization
Iscariot/Vatican Section XIII
The Iscariot Organization, also known as the Vatican's Special Sextion 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. However he shows no mercy to his opponents, but holds special place in his heart for Alucard (presumably for his challenging nature) and Integra (whose bravery he finds impressive).
- Absurdly Sharp Bayonets
- Alliterative Name
- 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.
- Bayonet Ya
- The Berserker
- Blond Guys Are Evil: Subverted. In his first appearance he 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.
- Calling Your Attacks
- 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!!!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 Has 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.
- 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.
- Fan Nickname: "Anderplant" after getting the Nail.
- A Father to His Men
- 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 says to them that itīs okay to hurt heathens.
- 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
- 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 Alucards, but it's still enough that Alucard's gun's barely slow him down and he can even regenerate from losing chunks of his head.
- 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
- Humanoid Abomination: After using the Nail, he turns into a mess of thorny roots that regenerates as quickly as Alucard that can only be killed by removing the Nail. That form manages by more horror than Alucard.
- 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
- 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.
- Kung-Fu Jesus
- 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.
- 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
- Kick the Dog: His introductory fight with Alucard had him do this to Seras.
- Knight Templar: Downplayed. He is just a bit indiscriminate in his targeting of vampires, just ask Seras. Otherwise not so much.
- Knife Nut: Infinite supply of Holy Bayonets, because he's actually four-dimensional.
- 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.
- Noble Demon: More noble than the usual, considering he can hardly be called a villain.
- The Paladin: This is his title.
- Perma Stubble
- Pet the Dog: He's nice to all those children back at the catholic orphanage.
- The Rival: To Alucard.
- 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.
- 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
- Worthy Opponent: To Alucard. Reciprocated as well.
- 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 anyway. The OVA has given both slightly more screentime
- A Day in the Limelight: The Crossfire side-stories focus on them.
- Action Girl: Yumie.
- 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 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.
- Battle Couple: One possible interpretation.
- The Berserker: Yumie.
- 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, Andersen, her best friend, Yumie, getting half her face shot off, and her pride, she's left as a broken wreck on the ground, 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.
- Guns Akimbo: Heinkel.
- Implausible Fencing Powers: Yumie.
- Hero Antagonist
- Katanas Are Just Better: Yumie.
- Lovely Angels
- Madness Makeover: Having Yumie die in front of her and getting her face mangled did wonders for Heinkel's personality.
- Mauve Shirt
- Meganekko: Yumiko.
- Nineties Anti-Hero
- Nuns Are Mikos: Yumiko/Yumie
- Panty Shot: Yumie, a couple times
- Red Oni, Blue Oni
- 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.
- 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. It's unclear if the Yumiko persona exists in the main continuity.
- Super Speed: Yumie in the OVA.
- Unscrupulous Hero