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Vlad the Impaler himself, turned into a vampire after one fateful battle in 15th century. He is the Lord of Vampires and serves as primary antagonist to more supernatural oriented characters. His outside appearances vary by the timeline from his initial Classical Movie Vampire in the seventies to a "modern" long-haired Walking Shirtless Scene in 00s to an armor-clad warrior.
- Arch Nemesis Dad:
- For his daughter Lilith, who is cursed to forever oppose him.
- His son Xarus is also not very fond of him and tried to kill his father and take his place.
- The Beastmaster: He has control over rats, bats and wolves.
- Brought Down to Normal: He's turned back into a human for couple issues when the forces of hell decide to punish him for pretending to be Satan during his takeover of The Scion of Satan.
- Card-Carrying Villain: Dracula has referred to himself as "lord of evil".
- Composite Character: This Dracula has traits of both Bram Stoker's fictional creation (who is in Public Domain) and the actual historical figure.
- Death Is Cheap: He's killed a number of times throughout the series but it never sticks.
- Decapitation Required: Since he is more than your regular vampire, Dracula's head must be removed after a staking to kill him permanently. Lack of this knowledge or just plain circumstances around his defeat are the usual reason for his return after a while.
- Evil Is Hammy: Being the vampire, Dracula has no reason to be subtle in his presentation and appearance, and is prone to making a Badass Boast or two during combat.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Saves a woman from a rapist, kills an abusive father, and when one woman is mortally wounded by her asshole husband he vamps her so that she can avenge herself (and even asked first). He also repays debts to those who aid him. Generally, he disdains pettiness or acts unbecoming of a noble.
- Holy Burns Evil: He can't bear the sight of crosses and other holy symbols like the Star of David, and burns if he comes in contact with them.
- How the Mighty Have Fallen: He was subjected to this after being depowered, going as far as to beg his hated daughter to turn him so he could regain his powers (though she refused). A more comedic example in Deadpool: Til Death Do Us following his defeat at the hands of Old Man Logan, he became a reclusive Basement-Dweller who lives in a old lady's home and plays video-games all the time. Quite the shocking fall from grace from the Lord of Vampires who governed his own nation.
- Hurl It into the Sun: Old Man Logan tried to defy his Joker Immunity by having a Sentinel throw his decapitated head into the sun. It didn't take.
- Immortality: A combination of The Ageless with Resurrective Immortality. Like all vampires, Dracula is immune to aging and can only die through specific means. Unlike other vampires, he is much harder to permanently destroy. He has been killed several times throughout the course of his life only for someone to resurrect him each time. Lampshaded by Dracula several times that destroying him is pointless because someone with eventually resurrect him either by accident or a worshipper who wants something from him.
- Immune to Bullets: Unless they are made out of wood or silver.
- Joker Immunity: He has died so many times that superheroes wonder whether he will stay dead this time.
- Living Forever Is Awesome: Despite being cursed, Dracula mocks the idea of immortality being boring and despite existing for five hundred years has no intention of ever permanently dying.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He despises Muslims ever since he was at war with the Ottoman Empire.
- Pragmatic Villainy: In the more recent years, he has seemingly given up trying to take over the world like he used to do in the past when fighting Dr. Strange and Blade, and decided to keep vampirekind hidden in the shadows because he knows that they couldn't possibly rival other superhumans, with this being the reason why his son Xarus decides to overthrow him in Curse of the Mutants. However, it's shown that he is just biding his time before trying it all over again, as he tells Old Man Logan that after the Inhumans unleashed the Terrigen Mist, the world has been thrown into disarray leaving it unprepared for the vampires to attack.
- Pride: One of his defining characteristics. He will go out of his way to avenge perceived insults, challenges to his power, and refuses to acknowledge anyone as his master including God or Satan despite being a self-admitted creature of Hell.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: His eyes turn red when he's enraged or hungry.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: He didn't necessarily start out as any particular superhero's enemy, being an independent villain who happened to fight any hero that crossed his way his way such as Thor, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange. With that said, he became heavily involved with the X-Men and many related characters, having tried to turn Storm into his bride, fought with Old Man Logan and had a blood feud with Apocalypse and Deadpool on separate occasions. In addition, he was heavily involved in one major X-Men arc, Curse of the Mutants, where his own son Xarus tried to overthrow him requiring the X-Men to form an alliance with Dracula to beat him.
- Staying Alive: Dracula returned to life so many times, including his demise in Bram Stoker's novel where the events actually happened, the complete annihilation with the Montesi Formula, being struck down by Excalibur and even having his own head hurled into the sun.
- Super Smoke: His usual form of dodging projectiles is turning into a mist.
- Undeathly Pallor: First few volumes of The Tomb of Dracula depicted him like this. His subsequent appearances has him going back and forth with pale and normal skin tone.
- Unexplained Recovery: Usually, he has the excuse of being brought back to life by his loyal servants or simply because his enemies did not use the proper tools to kill him. Other times, he just appears alive without explanation.
- Unholy Matrimony: His female companions from Stoker's novel are identified as his concubines that he had turned over the years. Dracula also attempted to marry the succubus princess Shiklah just so they could unite the monster races under a single banner, but she fell for Deadpool instead (to be fair, he courted her more for political reasons rather than any genuine romantic feelings). He gets a second chance after they divorce in Deadpool: Til Death Do Us Part.
- Vampire Monarch: He's the king of vampires and is often challenged for that title.
- Villainous Crush: Dracula has coveted some superheroines to be his brides. The most well-known is Storm from the X-Men, but he also had eyes on Sif in one occasion◊. That is not even counting the normal women he desired in his series.
- Villainous Valor: One of the more positive traits he shows time to time such as in Fear Itself when the Hulk was transformed into Nul the Breaker of Worlds and rampaged over Romania, Dracula and his armies attempted one last stand after throwing every possible measure they could find, knowing full well they couldn't possibly come out alive against such a beast.
- Villain Protagonist: He's the protagonist and the Big Bad in his own right in The Tomb of Dracula and Dracula Lives.
- Villainous Widow's Peak: Prominent in his original appearance in the seventies.
- Warrior Prince: When he was a mortal.
- Weakened by the Light: Of course.
- White Hair, Black Heart: His most recent incarnation following Curse of the Mutants onwards depicts him with long white hair.
Vampire Hunters and other supporting cast
- Dead Guy Junior: He was named after Quincy Morris, who died in the original Bram Stoker novel.
- Genius Cripple: Also a Handicapped Badass.
- I Let Gwen Stacy Die: Is out to avenge the death of his wife and later his daughter.
- Vampire Hunter
- Empty Shell: Frank tries to give his life to destroy Varnae, and survives the experience—but with major scars physically and mentally leaving him permanently bed-ridden and a shell of his former self.
- Fights Like a Normal: He is a descendant of Dracula's bloodline, but far enough removed that any power or supernatural strength that might normally come with that connection is absent—leaving him no different in skill set than his fellow hunters.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He tries to give one when he detonates his own gun in an attempt to take Varnae with him; he survives but as a bed-ridden vegetable.
- I Call It "Vera": His exorcist gun, which he named Linda.
- Vampire Hunter: Not initially, but he is recruited into the fold by van Helsing and Harker and becomes one of the core hunters in the series.
- Will They or Won't They?: With Rachel for much of the series. They don't, and Frank ultimately marries someone else.
Rachel van Helsing
- Badass Family: She comes from a long line of Vampire and Monster hunters, started by the famous Abraham van Helsing himself.
- Improbable Aiming Skills: She is a master shot with a bow; expertly hitting targets even with hands literally tied behind her back.
- Mercy Kill: She is transformed into a Vampire, and begs Wolverine to put her down—he complies.
- Vampire Hunter: Naturally
- Will They or Won't They?: With Frank for much of the series. They don't.
- Afro Asskicker: He rocked a pretty awesome one back in the day.
- Breakout Character: Along with Hannibal King.
- Captain Ethnic: In his early appearances.
- Dating Cat Woman: Currently dating Spitfire, who while a vampire, is also a hero.
- Dhampyr: Back in the day, Blade was tainted by vampirism, being immune to being turned, but largely human. Nowadays he is half and half.
- Jive Turkey: Is from the UK but uses slang he picked up from Americans.
- Knife Nut: He preferred to use wooden knives made of teak back in the 70s.
- The nineties saw Blade growing up in Brooklyn, when before he had been British. Because all Marvel heroes have to be somehow American. (Or, more likely, because Blade was played in movies by Wesley Snipes and not Idris Elba...)
- The Guggenheim run made a few changes to his backstory, many of which were incredibly unpopular and tend to not be acknowledged by either fans or writers.
- Son of a Whore
- Sunglasses at Night: Back in the day he wore goggles, but in modern appearances, it's always sunglasses.
- Vampire Hunter: Blade has a mad on against the occult in general, but he has a special hatred towards vampires in particular.
Harold H. HaroldA clumsy freelance writer from Boston.
DominiA woman Dracula saves from being sacrificed and marries
- Badass Normal
- Second Love: Is implied to be the first woman Drac has truly loved since Maria.
- Silk Hiding Steel
Janus DraculaDomini's son she had with Dracula.
- Death of a Child: Janus was prematurely murdered when he was just a baby by Anton Lupeski. He was resurrected after having his soul merged with an angel.
- Decoy Protagonist: He serves as the point of view character in Curse of the Mutants prologue, seeing first hand his father's murder by Xarus' hand and tries to stop his brother from taking power for himself. Since this is an X-Men storyline, he fades from the spotlight after the prologue and only returns to briefly assist the heroes at one point in their quest.
- Dhampyr: Subverted. Despite having a human mother and a vampire father, Janus is actually a pure-blooded vampire instead of dhampyr like Blade, and as such, shares all their common weaknesses such as aversion to sunlight.
- Enemy Mine: With the X-Men during Curse of the Mutants. He isn't necessarily hostile with them personally, but he is loyal to his father who most certainly is, but both need to join forces in order to stop Xarus by resurrecting Dracula, so this trope still qualifies.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: He very personable and affable with others and doesn't come across as evil like every other vampire in the story.
- The Dutiful Son: He is the only Dracula offspring to be loyal to their father instead of trying to kill him like Lilith or Xarus.
- Out of Focus: He doesn't have a big presence in the Marvel Universe. After being brought back to life during the original Tomb of Dracula comic, he disappeared and wouldn't appear again in comics until Curse of the Mutants.
- Our Angels Are Different: After being killed as a baby, he had his soul merged with a spirit of light that turned him into a powerful angelic being.
Sheila WhittierA woman Dracula intended to kill but wound up saving. Temporarily served as his minion
- Driven to Suicide
- Human Sacrifice: What her father had planned for her
- Minion with an F in Evil: The one time she spies on someone for Dracula she develops doubts pretty quickly
- Spanner in the Works: Ruins Dracula's plan to use the Chimera. Considering that none of Dracula's enemies knew about it/weren't in a position to stop him, it's actually impressive
A 19th century scientist whose experiments with vampire blood resulted in him becoming an unusual type of vampire, Frost was the one who vampirized Blade's mother decades ago, leaving Blade a dhampir. While lacking the powers of a Varnae or Dracula, Frost has the unique ability to transform his victims into doppelgangers of himself and used this power to challenge Dracula for the title of Lord of the Vampires.
- Ambition Is Evil: Frost is defined by his status as a social climber.
- Archenemy: To Blade. He might have more powerful enemies, but there's none he hates more than Frost.
- Evil Old Folks: Appeared to be an older man with snowy white hair and beard.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: On the receiving end of this from Blade.
- Immortality Immorality: Was conducting human experiments in order to try and unlock the key to immortality. He ultimately hit upon the idea of using vampire blood and the rest is history.
- It's Personal: With Blade, something they both acknowledge.
- Lack of Empathy: To the point of thinking that Blade should be grateful to him for ruining his life.
- Mad Scientist: No one who experiments with vampire blood can be up to anything good.
- Manipulative Bastard: Attempted to manipulate Blade and Dracula towards mutual destruction so he could claim the title Lord of the Vampires.
- Me's a Crowd: What separates Frost from other vampires was his power to create doppelgangers out of his victims.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Holds decidedly racist views about black people, insisting that without him Blade would be dead in the ghetto of drug addiction or rotting in jail. One of his doppelgangers even favoured a Confederate Army uniform just to drive the point home.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Glowing red eyes, like most vampires.
- Smug Snake: While clever and a good planner, Frost was never quite as smart as he thought he was, and he was never really a match for Dracula.
- The Sociopath: Frost was a psychopath before he was vampirized, and the process did nothing to improve him.
Doctor SunDr. Sun was a scientist whose brain was removed from his body and hooked up into a computer system after his loyalty to the Chinese government was called into question. The project ended up Gone Horribly Right, as he took over the computers which in turn gave him "absolute power", and a craving for more.
- Big Bad: Of two thirds of The Tomb of Dracula, as his machinations forced the desperate vampire hunters to join with Dracula to stop him from taking over the world.
- Body Surf: Displays this skill when he merges his consciousness with alien computers, and later with Reed Richards' robotic helper HERBIE in the pages of Fantastic Four.
- Brain in a Jar: Initially, he'd later have a robot body.
- Evil Genius: Brilliant scientist when he had his body, Sun is just as brilliant as a scheming brain.
- Evil Gloating: Revels in this. When Dracula is temporarily defeated and reduced to ashes, he specifically demands the ashes to be preserved so that he can gloat over them anytime he feels like it.
- Killed Off for Real: Died for good when HERBIE sacrificed itself to destroy them both.
- Morally Ambiguous Doctorate
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: After he was defeated by Dracula, he went to antagonize Nova and Fantastic Four.
- Take Over the World: Dr. Sun seeks more power in order to rule the world.
- Villain Teleportation: He can teleport his physical self anywhere he pleases, it is also what saved him from death at Dracula's hands. In Nova, he easily transports himself to space.
LilithDracula's daughter, who is possibly even worse than him.
- Best Served Cold: Subverted. The first thing she does after reincarnating for the first tim in 28 years is to promptly try to kill Quincy Harker aka the guy who staked her.
- Jerkass: She's... not a very nice person.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Hates her father. A lot.
- Tragic Villain: Dracula was a terrible father to put it mildly.
The original Lord of the Vampires, Varnae was an Atlantean sorcerer and Darkholder who became the first vampire as a result of a spell gone wrong. He ruled Earth's vampires for millennia, before growing weary of life and committing suicide, though not before passing the title on to Dracula. He was later resurrected, and became a foe of both his successor, and vampire hunters like Blade.
- A God Am I: Has taken on the identities of numerous gods over the eons, gathering worshipers to him as Ba'al, Tsathoggua, and Croatoan among others.
- The Archmage: Once had ambitions of becoming Sorcerer Supreme and still has the magical clout to back it up.
- Archnemesis Dad: To Dracula, his figurative son and successor as Lord of the Vampires.
- Bald of Evil: Has almost no hair anywhere on his body.
- The Beastmaster: Like Dracula, he can control animals.
- Driven to Suicide: Killed himself after growing weary of the long centuries of boredom.
- Evil Sorcerer: Was an evil Atlantean sorcerer before becoming the first vampire.
- Foil: A physical and mental foil to his successor, Dracula. While Dracula views himself as an aristocrat and dresses and comports himself accordingly, Varnae is a primitive savage who wears no clothing and prefers the form of a giant, vampiric ape.
- Frazetta Man: Varnae is a hulking ape-man, with bat-like features grafted on as a result of his vampiric status.
- Full-Frontal Assault: Disdains clothing.
- Genius Bruiser: Varnae is far, far smarter than his bestial countenance would suggest, being, among other things, one of the most learned sorcerers of his era.
- Giant Flyer: Complete with a thirty foot wingspan when he needs it.
- I Have Many Names: Ba'al, Tsathoggua, and Croatoan, to name a few.
- Monster Lord: Even with Dracula holding the current title of Lord of the Vampires, Varnae retains this status and can control most lesser vampires.
- Monster Progenitor: All vampires are descended from Varnae, including Dracula.
- Nigh Invulnerable: It takes a physical god, or someone armed with one of his weaknesses to harm Varnae.
- Physical God: At his peak he had the raw power to match Thor in a fist fight, convincing those watching the fight that he was a dark god. Thor actually had to resort to exploiting Varnae's weakness to sunlight to come out on top.
- Rogues-Gallery Transplant: Over the millennia, Varnae has fought King Kull, Conan the Barbarian and Red Sonja, Thor, and Doctor Strange, in addition to Dracula and Blade.
- Shapeshifter: Can transform into almost any shape he cares to, from living mist, to a wolf or bat, and many more. Even the giant monster that he normally appears to be may not be his real form.
- Size Shifter: Can shift from his normal height of ten feet to over twenty-five.
- Skeletons in the Coat Closet: Wears bone earrings as his one bit of adornment.
- Super Strength: Sufficient to harm the likes of Thor.
- Time Abyss: More than 50,000 years old.
- Vampire Monarch: The original Lord of the Vampires.
- Was Once a Man: Varnae looked much more human during his mortal days, becoming the twisted thing he is now after the fall of Atlantis and his own rise as the first vampire.
- Weaksauce Weakness: Has all the standard vampiric weaknesses, which is what lets people like Blade stand a chance against him.
- Worthy Opponent: Sees Doctor Strange as one.