Characters: The Tomb of Dracula
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Vlad the Impaler
himself, turned into a vampire after one fateful battle in 15th century. He is 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 cursed to forever oppose him.
- Badass: Notably when he manages to singlehandedly thwart a ritual to resurrect some ancient gods all while hallucinating and thinking he's reliving his wife's murder.
- 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 make 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.
- Immortality: A combination of The Ageless with Resurrective Immortaility. 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.
- 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 every permanently dying.
- 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.
- 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.
- Vampire Monarch: He's the king of vampires and is often challenged for that title.
- 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
- Warrior Prince: When he was a mortal.
- Weakened by the Light: Of course.
Vampire Hunters and other supporting cast
Eric Brooks was born to a London whore in the mid-twenties. After his mother was killed by a vampire he was taken in by his mother's coworkers. He learned the skills needed to hunt vampires from an old trumpet playing jazzman, Afari. Soon he set off around the world, eventually making an enemy out of Dracula himself.
Harold H. Harold
A clumsy freelance writer from Boston.
Dr. 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 put 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 consciouness with alien computers, and later with Reed Richard's 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.