Fight Dracula

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Everyone knows how tough Dracula is. He's the biggest, meanest, and more importantly, most famous vampire in modern culture. So how do you show just how awesome your character is? Make them fight Dracula.

This trope occurs whenever a previously established character or characters are pitted against Dracula. If the characters who fight Dracula have never appeared before, that is not this trope. So if Dracula were to be pitted against Captain Planet, that would be this, but if a new Dracula movie with an original cast of characters were to come out, that would not count.

In some settings, this makes some sense, but in others, not so much. Note that this trope just involves the character fighting Dracula. They don't actually have to beat him (although in many cases, they find a way to do so).

Related to The Worf Effect. A subtrope of Cool vs. Awesome.


Examples:

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    Comic Books 

     Film  
  • Billy The Kid vs. Dracula: Yes, this is a real movie. Oddly enough, the vampire has a different name in the movie, making the title a little misleading.
  • Dracula is the Big Bad of Blade: Trinity. Fitting, since he was one of comic incarnation Blade's main adversaries.
  • Bonnie and Clyde vs. Dracula: After a heist goes wrong, outlaw couple Bonnie and Clyde crash a mansion inhabited by the recently revived Dracula.

    Literature 
  • Sherlock Holmes matches wits with Dracula in the 1978 novel Sherlock Holmes vs. Dracula; or the Adventure of the Sanguinary Count by Loren D. Estleman.
  • Another Holmes/Dracula clash is recored in Fred Saberhagen's The Holmes-Dracula File. Although it ends up being played with, since Dracula in this continuity is subject to Alternate Character Interpretation and is less evil than typically thought, and Holmes's antagonism rests mainly on a misunderstanding; once it's cleared up, the two end up working together.

     Live Action TV  
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In season five, Buffy fights Dracula. Neither of them really wins: Buffy is unable to kill him, but she does manage to shoo him out of Sunnydale.
  • Hercules: The Legendary Journeys sixth season episode "Darkness Visible" Hercules fights Dracula. Instead of time travel, the whole Dracula setting is moved to ancient Greece complete with Prince Vlad, strigoi, spooky castle, and Turks. Only references to God are replaced with Gods.
  • Penny Dreadful: (One of the) Big Bads of the entire series is Dracula. Vanessa, Ethan, and most of the main cast go up against him directly in Season Three, but no one manages to defeat him. Vanessa ultimately succumbs and gets bitten, the other characters get smacked around when they try to attack him, including Ethan. In the end, Dracula escapes London, unscathed.

     Video Games 
  • In Frankenstein: The Monster Returns, Dracula is the boss of the penultimate stage.
  • In King's Quest II, King Graham fights Dracula as his third trial. In the Fan Remake, Dracula is replaced by Caldaur and King Graham befriends him.
  • In Midnights Blessing, Dracula is after his missing soul, so he can hand it over to the Devil in exchange for true immortality. It's up to a mailgirl, a monster hunter, a vampire hunter and a werewolf to put a stop to him.
  • In NetHack, Dracula is a mandatory boss. Unfortunately, he's not much stronger than a normal vampire lord, a trivial enemy at this point, so many players sometimes just kill him with candy bars or other such "Vladsbanes", as they are called by the fanbase. Or just kill him in a single hit with cockatrice corpses or a blessed +7 Grayswandir.

     Web Comics 

     Western Animation 


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