Characters / Tanz der Vampire

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Ein Mädchen das so lächeln kann, hab ich nie geseh'n.
Translation: A girl who can smile like that, I have never seen.

The assistant of Professor Abronsius, Alfred is a young, shy student from Königsberg. He reluctantly goes along with the Professor's plans, mostly out of respect. He becomes instantly infatuated with Sarah upon meeting her, and determines to rescue her from von Krolock's clutches.

  • And Then John Was a Zombie: And then Alfred was a vampire.
  • Bad Liar: Implied to be this, especially in his interaction with Herbert. When the latter observed that Alfred was trembling with fear, he responds with "No, I never tremble!". Needless to say, that fails to convince Herbert.
  • Break the Cutie: And how. If you don't feel sorry for this guy by the end of the first act, don't worry, you will soon.
  • Butt Monkey: Poor Alfred never seems to be able to catch a break from it. Most prominently when Sarah ignores his pleas to flee with him, then gets hit on (and nearly bitten) by Herbert and afterwards promptly berated by his savior and mentor Abronsius, who misinterpreted the scene he was entering.
  • Captain Obvious: Alfred has his moment, after Herbert discovers his book ("A Guide For Lovers").
    Herbert (after taking the book): Pray tell, what are you reading?
    Alfred: A book!
  • Counterpoint Duet: "Nie Geseh'n". He generally has the first line.
  • Determinator: For all his shyness, his determination to protect the people he cares about deserves some respect. His first scene has Alfred carrying the professor and their bags whilst in the middle of a blizzard.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Alfred is this towards Sarah.
  • The Dulcinea Effect: "Für Sarah" is the theme song of this trope.
  • The Ingenue: He's actually a better example of this trope than Sarah.
  • Nice Guy: A very compassionate and friendly, if a little shy, young fellow, who will go to great length to protect those he cares about. Infact, his kindness is what saves von Krolock and his son from having a stake driven through their hearts.
  • Oh Crap!: Has a hilarious one after he ran from Herbert (through the audience and to the other side of the stage), thinking he has lost him, only to find said vampire standing right behind him.
  • Tenor Boy
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Especially when they're given by your Love Interest.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: He acts like this throughout most of the show, only realizing the reality of the situation when Sarah is actually bitten.

Sarah Chagal

Draußen ist Freiheit. Dort, wo der Horizont beginnt, gibt es ein Land in dem alle Wunder möglich sind.
Translation: Outside is freedom. There, where the horizon begins, is a land in which all miracles are possible.

The daughter of Jewish innkeeper Yoine Chagal, Sarah is a restless young deconstruction of The Ingenue who longs for nothing more than freedom. Seeing the local vampiric count as her opportunity, she runs off to the castle just in time for the vampires' Midnight Ball.

  • Cute Monster Girl: At the end.
  • Damsel in Distress: Subverted - Sarah's perfectly happy in the castle.
  • Face-Revealing Turn: During the reprise of "Draußen Ist Freiheit".
  • Heroes Want Redheads: In several versions, most obviously the Hamburg production, she is redheaded.
  • The Ingenue: She absolutely tears this trope down - young and innocent, but also fully willing to manipulate others to get what she wants, and wanting to give herself over to corruption.
  • Innocent Fanservice Girl: Her first appearance has her completely naked. What? She's taking a bath!
  • Interspecies Romance
  • "I Want" Song: Her parts of "Nie Geseh'n" and ""Draußen Ist Freiheit", as well as "Die Roten Stiefel".
  • Kiss of the Vampire: What she spends the whole musical longing for.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: The blood red gown she wears to the ball.
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: Only seen in a nightgown or naked for most of the musical, she descends the staircase in "Tanzsaal" in a Pimped-Out Dress and hairstyle.
  • Tempting Fate: In the Broadway version.
    "And anyway, what's there to fear in a gloomy forest in deepest Transylvania three nights before Halloween?"
  • Too Dumb to Live: Really, Sarah? So, you've spent your whole life living among people who completely fear this vampire, said vampire practically tells you he's going to eat you for dinner, and yet you still go to him? And then you completely ignore the person trying to rescue you?
  • Vampire Bites Suck: Ouch...

Professor Abronsius

Logik! Logik! Wer fragt, dem sagt die logik: Wie und was und wer und wo und wann?
Translation: Logic! Logic! Who asks gets told by logic how and what and who and where and when?

Hailing from Königsberg, the professor ventures into Transylvania with his assistant Alfred to gather information on the bloodsucking fiends of the night. Mostly a Plucky Comic Relief character, he manages to exasperate almost everyone he meets, including Alfred.

  • Absent-Minded Professor: He gets a little distracted when he discovers von Krolock's library. Also, he tends to forget the world around him when taking his notes. Even in the middle of a blizzard in darkest Transylvania. Lampshaded by Alfred.
    Alfred: Once the professor starts taking his notes, the world is dead to him. If only he's not dead already!
  • Beware the Silly Ones: He may be the main source of comedy but he doesn't share the qualms of his assistant when it comes to staking defenseless vampires during daylight. Also, he quickly came up with the idea to build a cross from candle-holders, wich gave him and Alfred a chance to escape a bunch of very hungry vampires.
  • Comically Missing the Point: Alfred is urgently telling him that he needs to know how to rescue Sarah. What advice does the Professor give? "Everything can be found in a book."
  • Insufferable Genius: His big solo "Wahrheit" is him singing about being an Insufferable Genius.
  • Large Ham: Especially during his solo, but he generally likes to ham things up.
  • Motor Mouth: Abronsius, almost every time he starts to sing. To emphasize it even more, Magda, Rebecca and Chagal suddenly begin doing their chores much faster, matching the Professor's singing pace during "Wahrheit".
  • Never My Fault: He blames basically every mistake he makes on Alfred.
  • Parasol of Pain: The Professor rescues Alfred from Herbert by whacking the vampire...with an umbrella.
  • Patter Song: "Wahrheit".
  • Plucky Comic Relief: He provides most of the humour for the musical.

Yoine Chagal

Eine schöne Tochter ist ein Segen, doch ein Segen, der meschugge macht...
Translation: A beautiful daughter is a blessing, but a blessing that drives me crazy...

The Jewish owner of the inn where Alfred and the Professor stay, Chagal is Sarah's father. He has grown tired of his wife, and busies himself chasing after inn maid Magda. He is also very protective of his daughter.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Magda.
  • Dirty Old Man
  • Expy: He's supposed to be played as, essentially, Tevye, but with concern for his daughter hiked up to ludicrous and hypocritical extremes and all the gentle charm taken out.
  • Fantastic Religious Weirdness: The cross that Magda tries to protect herself with has no effect on Mr. I'm A Jewish Vampire.
  • Fat Bastard: Sometimes played as having at least a hanging beer belly, though this isn't a de facto part of the character.
  • Hypocritical Humor: After singing an entire song about how men are perverted scum who will defile his daughter the first chance they get, he leaves his wife to go relentlessly hit on Magda.
  • Overprotective Dad: Going so far as to nail his daughter's door shut.
  • Papa Wolf: About the only trait (as a human, anyway) that made him at least somewhat sympathetic. After they discover Sarah gone, Chagal immediately chased after her to get her back (he fails, but still). Though the measures he took to keep her safe may have been a bit extreme, it's not like his concerns where pointless.
  • Vegetarian Vampire: What he promises to be to stop Alfred and the Professor from staking him.
  • Yiddish as a Second Language

Rebecca Chagal

Statt dem üblichen Gemecker, sagen alle "Es schmeckt lecker!"
Translation: Instead of the usual whining, everyone says "It [garlic] tastes delicious!"

The long-suffering wife of Chagal, Rebecca has to deal constantly with her husband's antics. Her refusal to stake her husband after the Professor warns her he'll turn into a vampire results in Magda's death.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: She's become one of sorts to her own husband, with the young, busty Magda in the inn.
  • Demoted to Extra:
    • She's never seen or heard from again once the first act ends.
    • This trope becomes pretty literal in productions where her actress spends all of Act II doubling as a chorus vampire.
  • Improbable Weapon User: Rebecca keeps a sausage the size of a baseball bat in her bedroom and she certainly knows how to use it. One hit sends Professor Abronsius stumbling down the staircase back into his bed and she can knock her husband out, too.


Tot zu sein ist komisch...
Translation: To be dead is strange...

The maid in the Chagal's inn, Magda is very bitter and cynical. She is turned into a vampire by Chagal and enters into a sexual relationship with him. Even then, she seems to be more fond of the sex than him, and by the end of the show she's implied to have fully come into her vampiric power on her own.

Her, er, most noticeable assets have elevated her to the status of handmaiden to Kara Zor-El, Goddess of Improbable Figures in the Pantheon.

  • Big Bra to Fill: Petite, flat-chested actresses who play her are usually padded up and have their cleavage shaded with makeup to create the effect of extreme voluptuousness.
  • Buxom Is Better: What gets her the attention of Chagal and occasionally Alfred.
  • Cute Monster Girl: Usually, in the second act.
  • Death Is Such an Odd Thing: Well, duh!
  • Fiery Redhead: In pretty much every production except the Polish, Hungarian, Ronacher, Russian and Finnish which inexplicably turn her into a whimsy blonde girl.
  • French Maid: Her outfit in the first act appears to be the ancient-Transylvanian equivalent of this outfit.
  • Gag Boobs
  • Impossibly-Low Neckline: No wonder Alfred can't help but be distracted.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: Her braid is gone by the second act, and her hair's gathered into a messy half-updo instead.
  • Meaningful Name: "Mägd" is the German word for "maidservant". (Her full name might be Magdalein, but it's uncertain- "lein" is a common German diminutive on its own, so Chagal may just be appending it onto "Magda."
  • Ms. Fanservice: Wears very revealing outfits throughout the musical, which gets her the attention of nearly every male around. Whether she wants it or not.
  • Shiksa Goddess


Translation: (None needed)

Count von Krolock's faithful servant, Koukol is the first sign that Professor Abronsius is right about the vampires - he arrives to buy some candles, trying to communicate something to Sarah all the while.

Graf von Krolock

Gott ist tot. Nach ihm wird nicht mehr gesucht.
Translation: God is dead. He is sought after no more.

The dark, seductive vampire lord with a (possible) crush on Sarah, von Krolock lives his life in an old castle in the wilderness. He welcomes Sarah to his home, and later Alfred and the Professor, knowing at least one of them will become vampire chow at his Midnight Ball.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Went from a sharp-dressed but otherwise plain aristocrat to Mr. Fanservice extraordinaire. Getting played by a variety of handsome musical actors certainly helps.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil
  • Badass Bookworm: He owns an impressively vast private library, of which he is rather proud.
  • Badass Longcoat: He gets one in the new ending's finale.
  • Being Evil Sucks
  • Big Bad: The dark and very deadly undead leader of the Vampire Ensemble.
  • Broken Ace: Elegant, intelligent, seductive lord of the night. Except that he's also harboring loads of guilt and despair, culminating in the Villainous Lament "Die Unstillbare Gier", where he practically melts in his own misery.
  • Cape Swish: This is required of every single actor in the role.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Except with long, ragged hair instead of a Bela Lugosi-style sleek coif.
  • Dark Is Evil: This should go without saying.
  • Deadpan Snarker: On occasion.
  • Disney Villain Death: He appears to be crushed in the collapse of the ballroom, but appears again in the finale.
  • Dissonant Laughter: Toward the end of Act I.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Unsurprisingly, since being a vampire requires a certain amount of eeriness and paleness by default. Complete with long, flowing, black hair (albeit with grey streaks).
  • The Eleven O'Clock Number: "Die Unstillbare Gier".
  • Evil Sorcerer: He appears to be able to teleport short distances, at least, and self-describes himself as a mage toward the end of Act I.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Obviously.
  • Faux Affably Evil: He's an impeccably polite and talkative host when Alfred and the Professor arrive at the castle, but he pretty much throws Alfred to Herbert as a plaything and viciously mocks the Professor before the ball.
  • High Collar of Doom: Not in every performance, but in most of them he has this.
  • Interspecies Romance
  • Lean and Mean: He's made up to look extraordinarily gaunt regardless of his actor's build.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: Usually accompanied by the high collar, he will always have a heavy lined cape, which is of particular use in "Gott ist tot" (a song lit using a spotlight from below) as he can swirl it to block out the light and vanish.
  • Our Vampires Are Different
  • Pretty Boy: Played with. Between his long hair, slender hands, and costumes intended to make his legs appear to go on forever, it's a fair guess to assume he used to be one of these. However, his face is now heavily lined, said hair is now gray-streaked, ragged and just the slightest bit receded, and his hands are clawlike and arthritic in their thinness.
  • Really 700 Years Old: At least 300 or so.
  • Romantic Vampire Boy: for a given value of "romantic" and "boy". The heroine falls hard for him, he doesn't use mind control to get her to that point, but he's also far from young, physically speaking (let's not even get into his real age) and is torn between loving her back and seeing her as a Happy Meal.
  • Scary Flashlight Face: "Gott ist tot" plays this up using lighting from below. It's the first song he has, and it establishes him as dark and scary.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Tragic Monster: Very much so. Look at Broken Ace for more details.
  • Villainous Breakdown: At the end of the ball. "Nein! Nein!"
  • Villainous Lament: The above-mentioned "Die Unstillbare Gier", von Krolock reminiscing about all the lovers he's killed during his time as one of the undead.
  • Villain Love Song: "Totale Finsternis". Actually, it goes for any of his musical parts with Sarah.
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: The Eleven O'Clock Number is essentially Von Krolock saying, "Don't live forever, you'll kill everyone you love." It includes recitations of dates from 300 years back, lamenting how he still can't forgive himself for killing people way back then.
  • Wicked Cultured: His extensive library makes Prof. Abronsius Squee!.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds

Herbert von Krolock

Du mußt zu mir nett sein, ich will dich verstehen.
Translation: You must be nice to me — I want to understand you.

Count von Krolock's son, the Camp Gay Herbert becomes infatuated with Alfred as quickly as Alfred does with Sarah. Unfortunately, what could have been a beautiful romance is ruined when the vampire tries to sink his teeth into our hero's neck, and his humorous exterior may be hiding someone even more dangerous than his father.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: Of the homosexual male variety, to Alfred.
  • Agent Peacock: Word of God says that his flamboyance is at least partially a front, and that he has some ability to control minds. "Carpe Noctem" is his doing.
  • Bi the Way: Sometimes, believe it or not. Pay attention to all the flirting he does with some of the prettier female vampires at the ball in some productions (Tim Reichwein can be spotted doing this on the Hamburg proshot and apparently did it at the 10th anniversary concert performances too). In the Japanese finale, he also had a clear sexual fascination with Sarah himself.
  • Camp Gay: Newer productions keep making him more and more flamboyant. The Broadway version made him into a borderline Crossdresser. And the fans love him for it.
  • Depraved Homosexual: Obviously. He flirts awkwardly with Alfred making a charming compliment about his...backside. And he grabs it while dancing with him.
  • Double Entendre: He makes great use of them in the Broadway production, stringing together one after another...and then he doesn't even bother.
    You wanna see my balls?
  • Everything Sounds Sexier in French: Herbert calls Alfred "mon chéri".
  • Mr. Fanservice: You bet.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fanservice: What his dancing with Alfred easily is, upped drastically from the original film where all they do is sit together. And then there's some of his shining tight leather costumes over gyrating hips in the finale...
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Completely averted. From what we can see, he and his father have a perfectly functional relationship.
  • Lesbian Vampire: Herbert is a gender flipped version of this trope.
  • Lonely Rich Kid: Possibly. His family's wealth is never directly addressed, but the castle and the impeccable taste when it comes to clothes suggest that the von Krolocks weren't exactly poor people (that said, the count doesn't bother to pay any of his bills). And if Herbert's first line is anything to go by, the viscount has been bored out of his mind until Alfred came along.
  • Long-Haired Pretty Boy: Older productions had him with a shoulder-length ponytail, but almost everything after the Hamburg production gives him long, loose, flowing blond hair.
  • Ominous Opera Cape: Like father, like son.
  • Pretty Boy: The actor's makeup almost always makes him into this. Of particular note are: Tim Reichwein's portrayal, Máté Kamarás' portrayal, Kirill Gordeev's portrayal in the Russian production, Dávid Pirgel's portrayal in the Hungarian production and Sinan Bertrand's portrayal in the French production. Probably runs in the family, seeing as his father looks like "pretty boy + a lot of aging".
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Has shades of this. Herbert is basically the princess of the castle and can do whatever he wants. But there's a certain unpredictability to him. One minute he pulls of "Carpe Noctem", next he's pining after Alfred like a teenager would. Likewise "When love is inside you" first comes off as funny, but harmless (if highly uncomfortable for Alfred), until he tries to bite Alfred. After the latter makes it clear that he doesn't return Herbert's affections by trying to run away from him, it becomes obvious that Herbert isn't used to not getting what he wants and becomes a little more, er, demanding.
  • Sissy Villain: While the degree of his villainy is debatable and highly dependent on the actor, Herbert still remains a bloodthirsty vampire. A very, very flamboyant bloodthirsty vampire.
  • Villain Love Song: His part in "Wenn Liebe In Dir Ist", though the villain part is really depending on the actor. Sometimes his part of comes off more as a Poorly Socialized Ball of Woob Love Song.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Fits this trope to a T. Woobieness and giddy teenager-behaviour aside, he is one of the few undead who thoroughly enjoys being a vampire. And Herbert did tackle Alfred to the ground after the latter didn't comply with his wishes.

The Vampire Ensemble

Translation: Be prepared!

The ancient fiends of the night who awaken, eager to attend the Midnight Ball and see what's on the menu this year.

    Characters Indigenous To The Broadway Production 

Nadja And Zsa Zsa

Hi, Sarah...

Sarah's best friends, who are abducted by vampires two minutes into the show.


Just trying to be helpful.

A worker in Chagal's inn, Boris is bitten by Bat!Krolock and runs off to his castle, replacing Koukol's role.