Manga: Hellsing

aka: Hellsing Ultimate
The Bird of Hermes is my name, eating my wings to make me tame.

"There are many immortal monsters who roam this Earth. When I look at them, I wonder, were they created out of a desire for immortality? Many of them desire war. I've seen them roaming the bloodiest battlefields, but in their battle cries, I hear a craving. I think they cry out, for death. Nosferatu, the No-Life King. His castle, his kingdom, its people, his loved ones, even his very identity; everything was lost. All that remains is a pale shadow, wandering from battle to battle. I have come to believe that those frightening immortals are, in fact, frail, sobbing children."

The Hellsing Organization (officially, the Royal Order of Protestant Knights) exists to protect Great Britain from the ghouls who prey upon the living — and their chief operative is the ancient and powerful vampire "Alucard". Alucard doesn't have to use guns (that have Depleted Phlebotinum Shells, Improbable Aiming Skills, and near-Bottomless Magazines) to pulverise other vampires or anyone else who gets in his way...but he damn sure likes to do it.

Alucard faithfully serves the leader of Hellsing, Sir Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing. Her devotion to the Anglican Church and the Queen prompts her to swiftly erase any threats towards them from existence; she doesn't see a problem with employing the undead to destroy the undead. The same cannot be said of Hellsing's rival, the fanatical Section XIII Iscariot of the Catholic Church: the Iscariot consider Hellsing little better than the monsters they hunt, despise the Anglicans of England, and have a champion (the paladin Father Alexander Anderson) who is just as bloodthirsty and nigh-invincible as Alucard.

Into this blood feud stumbles Seras Victoria, the sole "surviving" member of a police squad killed by vampires. Alucard shoots Seras to save her from a fate worse than death — being turned into a vampire's ghoul — then offers her the choice of dying or becoming a vampire herself. Seras chooses the latter and lets Alucard turn her; as a consequence, she goes to work for Hellsing alongside Alucard. Although she mostly acts as comic relief (among other duties), Seras' weight as a character greatly increases in the second half of the story. Soon after Seras falls into the hellish nightmare of a war, Hellsing uncovers a plot of apocalyptic proportions hatched by a mysterious group called "Millennium" — one that threatens not just the United Kingdom, but the world as a whole.

Hellsing exists as the original manga (released by Dark Horse Comics in North America), an OVA series (Hellsing Ultimate), and a television series (simply Hellsing). The television series and the first three OVAs were originally released by Geneon before the rights went to Funimation. A prequel, Hellsing: The Dawn, focuses on Alucard and a young Walter during World War 2. (Did we mention Alucard is a girl in that prequel?)

This page deals with the manga and its OVA. There is a separate page for the TV series.

See also: Crossfire by the same artist.


The Hellsing manga and Hellsing Ultimate OVAs contain examples of the following tropes:

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  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: Anderson's blessed bayonets.
    • Tubalcain Alhambra has absurdly sharp playing cards.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, Maxwell's hair is blond, but was changed to silver in both anime adaptions. Pip's hair is also blonde in the manga, and was changed to red in Ultimate. Opposite of Maxwell, Doc's hair went from silver to blonde.
  • Aerith and Bob: Integra, Seras Victoria, Alucard, and...Pip.
  • A Glass of Chianti: The Major, who toasts champagne before attacking London.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: Used by a young Integra and later by Seras and Walter.
  • All There in the Manual: Most of the backstory regarding Alucard, Abraham Van Helsing, and Mina Harker is left rather vague at best unless the audience is familiar with Bram Stoker's book (or the 1992 film that Hirano drew most of his inspiration from).
  • Alternate History: Apparently, the British Empire is not only still around but powerful enough to warrant the existence of Hellsing.
  • Alucard: Happens to be the name of the vampire that resurrected Seras as a vampire.
    • When he reveals his true form and unleashes his hell army, Alexander and Enrico call him Dracula.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Schrödinger the Nazi Cat-Boy-Scout (while there is his affection for the Major, there is also hint he found Seras attractive, based on his polite greeting of her). Possibly Rip van Winkle and Zorin Blitz, too. Which is heavily ironic, since the Nazis used to murder homosexuals for their sexual orientation.
  • America Wins the War: Averted. Which is surprising for a WWII fiction, although this is because America is never mentioned.
    • It is mentioned in passing in OVA that some of the higher ups of the U.S. government are vampires and that there is some chaos going on as a result. Mentioned again in the prequel.
    • And the war taking place would be better referred to as WWIII instead of WWII, which took place at least six decades prior to the series. Those Wacky Nazis are just the rising empire and primary enemy of the world again. And it's likely that America (or North America in general) has their own supernatural issues to deal with this time around, as noted above.
  • Ammunition Backpack: Taken Up to Eleven in Ultimate. For the final battle, Seras's anti-tank rifle gets upgraded to a fully automatic belt-fed version and she uses a pair of them (with the appropriate reserve of ammo, many times her weight) to go Guns Akimbo against the vampire Nazi zeppelin.
  • Anime Catholicism: There's no way in hell that the Church would allow an Organization such as Iscariot to exist, namely with their willingness to sin to fight all the nasty beasties that inhabit the Hellsing universe. It breaks from Catholic doctrine. It does, however, allow for truly epic displays of badassery.
  • Anti-Hero: Just about everyone.
  • Armor Is Useless: Hellsing's mauve shirts die by the dozen, to say nothing of the men of Millennium's military and police contacts and most notably the men of 9th Crusade. Though to be fair pretty much everyone with a name is a Badass Normal or stronger. When said 'stronger' folks are wielding weaponry than can punch through armored vehicles with pin-point accuracy it's not like body armor would be particularly useful anyway.
  • Art Evolution: There's a noticeable change in style as the series progresses. Hirano even comments on this in the omakes.
    • Alucard in particular gets a makeover after the early chapters. In the first volume, he actually looks more human and less pointy, and wears a more traditional style of greatcoat with a high collar which he keeps buttoned-up. Integra seems more feminine and has very wavy hair, and Seras just looks weird and badly-proportioned until the start of the 'Sword Dancer' mini-arc.
  • Artistic License – History: In the ninth episode of the Hellsing Ultimate OVA, a glimpse is shown into Alucard (Vlad the Impaler)'s past where he's shown being sexually abused by the Ottoman Sultan as a child. There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that either he or his brother were mistreated to such a great extent while a hostage of the empire. In fact, Vlad's brother, Radu cel Frumos, actually became a fast friend of the heir-apparent of then Ottoman Sultan Murad II, Mehmet the Conqueror, and became a high ranking Jannissary officer after converting to Islam. In fact, during the time Vlad was a hostage, Murad II was already fighting wars with the Holy Roman Empire and against Jonas Hunyadi, among other things. It's fairly unlikely he spent much time around the sons of Vlad II, who were in his custody.
    • In addition, they decide to show Vlad's death, beheaded by Ottomans who defeated him. Nope. While Vlad the Impaler was dealt a fairly crushing and decisive defeat by the Ottoman Empire in 1462, at the hands of the famed Jannissary battalions, he was not killed in ensuing battle, and in fact escaped, was thrown into prison in Hungary, escaped again, and returned to Wallachia. He was then assassinated during his short three month reign there. His head did leave its body however, and was sent to Istanbul as a trophy.
  • Art Shift: Characters will occasionally go super-deformed when odd stuff is happening in some parts of the manga. Ultimate has this as a Running Mythology Gag regarding Seras. She goes super-deformed at least Once an Episode, sometimes more often than that.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Most of Alucard's battles are like this on both sides. Many of the characters he fights seem to think that instead of running or trying to defend themselves, they should just keep attacking despite the fact that he's Nigh Invulnerable. Alucard usually doesn't defend himself, either.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: In her attack on the Hellsing manor, Zorin Blitz creates a gigantic illusion of herself and tricks Pip and The Wild Geese into believing said gigantic illusion is making mince meat out of them with her scythe, resulting in a Freak Out.
  • Attempted Rape: In the very first chapter/OVA by the vampire preacher holding Seras hostage, because he wanted her to become a ghoul under his control and not a free-willed vampire like himself.
  • Author Appeal: Not surprising, given that some of the characters are adapted from the author's earlier work in hentai. Frequently appearing fetishes include glasses, gloves, androgyny, very long hair, and incredibly large weapons. (Note that Rip fits all of these.)
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: Arguably everyone. Alucard, Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing, Zorin Blitz, Heinkel Wolfe, Rip Van Winkle...
  • Axe Crazy: Everyone except Integra, Seras, and Pip. And even Seras has her moments when she is pushed too far.
  • Badass: Lots of 'em. Most notably Alucard, Anderson, and Walter.
    • Badass Boast: When Alucard says he'll make Tubalcain Alhambra squeal like a pig.
    • Badass Creed: Please see Iscariot's chapter-long Pledge of Kickass. Also, Major's famous monologue about war is incredibly badass, being the textbook (if villainous) example of Crazy Awesome.
    • Badass in a Nice Suit: Integra and Alucard fit this trope the best.
    • Badass Longcoat: Over half of the characters wear these.
    • Badass Normal: Hellsing's ex-special forces red/mauve shirt field operatives. In hindsight, most of their deaths are avoidable, Alucard just can't seem to be bothered taking down the armies of ghouls which occasionally overwhelm them. Also, Integra vs. Anderson and Millennium mooks. Oh, and don't forget Pip and his Wild Geese!
      • Also, Integra and the Council of Twelve. They really do a number on Jan Valentine.
    • Let's Get Dangerous: Many, many times, most notably:
      • Walter when he reveals himself to be a Retired Badass and goes full Battle Butler mode, slicing through a squad of mooks with his Razor Floss.
      • When Zorin's army attacks Hellsing, Seras stands on a rooftop with a BFG. She strikes a Badass pose and then proceeds to shoot them out of the airship.
      • Integra pulling herself from a car crash relatively unscathed, decapitating the vampire who attacked her, mocking the rest as weaklings who couldn't bear humanity, and telling them to bring it on so she can kill them.
      • Anderson trash talking Millennium's mooks before slaughtering them all: "You will not die an easy death, I'LL CUT YOU ALL TO SHREDS! AAAAAAAMEN!"
      • If Alucard's form changes to that of him in a full-body leather suit with waist-length hair, you are even more screwed, and he will tear you apart with his bare hands.
    • Sealed Badass in a Can: Alucard was sealed in Hellsing Manor's basement dungeon for at least 20 years until Integra released him.
    • Took a Level in Badass: Seras. She goes from being terrified of almost anything vampire-related to pancaking a Nazi lunatic's face several meters down a long hallway. Seras even tells Anderson that she's getting stronger all the time and soon probably won't be afraid of anything.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: Technically speaking, the Major achieved everything he wanted. He annihilated London, caused an incredibly destructive war (London's entire population of 8 million people was wiped out in one night, not to mention all the damage occurring around the rest of the world), Alucard is defeated through his ingenuity and he dies in battle against a worthy opponent. But considering that all he really wanted to do was kill Alucard, he still fails, since Alucard eventually comes back.
    • Subverted. He just thinks he wins. London was rebuilt, Integra mocked that he thought this was a war (it was labelled a terrorist attack eventually and that's it). Unless you count Alucard as a bad guy who got his happy ending, keeping what it's told be destroyed in all his important battles. Twice.
  • Bathos: Regardless of how high the stakes might be, an Art Shift will generally cue a quick bit of this.
  • BFG: Seras's weapon(s) of choice, the Harkonnen series, especially the Harkonnen II. It has a gross weight of approx. 760 pounds, a max range of 4 km, has a pair of 30mm auto cannons belt-fed from two large ammunition boxes carried on her back, a can snipe high-speed missiles, shoot down Millennium airships, AND the two cannons double as grenade launchers, each barrel firing a single extremely powerful Vladmir incendiary grenade for the decimation of a large area.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Many times.
  • Bifauxnen and Lad-ette: Integra Hellsing, Rip Van Winkle, and Zorin Blitz are all masculine women with distinct and opposing personalities.
  • Big Fancy House: Hellsing Manor.
  • Bio-Augmentation: Used by Millennium to create vicious Nazi vampires.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Millennium is defeated, London rebuilds, Pip and Seras do finally end up together (in a way), Alucard returns, Walter redeems himself in death, Anderson dies happily knowing he is going to a much better place, Sir Penwood dies a hero, the Major dies a happy man and gets his war, all his men have their greatest wish (to die) fulfilled, and the final scene of the series sees Integra and Seras happily reunited with Alucard. Given all that's happened, it still really can't be considered a happy ending, but it's not all bad.
  • Bizarre and Improbable Ballistics: Rip Van Winkle. She can shoot down multiple fighter jets with a single bullet. Fired from a flintlock musket.
  • Black and Gray Morality: In Hellsing, there are three kinds of people: Antiheroes, Villains, and Seras.
  • Black Comedy: Quite a bit in the beginning. It gets toned down after the bombing of London, but doesn't quite vanish.
  • Bleached Underpants: Kohta Hirano's earlier work included hentai, with earlier versions of characters including Alucard, Integra, Seras, Pip, Anderson, Yumie, Captain, Doc, and the Major showing up.
  • "Blind Idiot" Translation: This series suffers from it on both sides of the Pacific. Some of the translations and the cultural references within them are enough to make Western audiences scratch their heads in puzzlement, especially those relating to Christianity and the honorifics that are used in daily life.
  • Blood Knight: Like with Axe Crazy, it'd be easier to list the characters that aren't.
  • Bloodstained Glass Windows: Quite a few battles take place in churches.
  • Bond One-Liner: Alucard after his demon dog has devoured Luke Valentine.
    As a vampire, you were just a pathetic piece of shit. Now, you're nothing but dog shit.
  • Book Ends: At the end of the series, it's implied Heinkel has become the 'Anderson' to Seras' 'Alucard'. Alucard's first appearance and his "death" also both occur with Alucard admiring the sky.
  • Boom, Headshot: Alucard literally laughs them off.
    • Schrödinger get a couple of these.
    • Anyone who takes a headshot from one of the Jackal's explosive bullets tends to do exactly the opposite, however.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Practically every gun. Especially notable is Alucard's ridiculously enormous handgun the Jackal, which Walter says has a six shot magazine. Alucard tends to fire it in tandem with his other oversized gun, which holds more bullets. Neither gun runs out of bullets until Alucard is done shooting everybody.
    • Alucard is actually seen reloading sometimes, though. It's far more noticeable with Luke Valentine, who uses a pair of sawed-off M1 Garands, which in reality use 8-round en bloc clips.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Alucard decides the best way to announce his return, after decades of un-existence, is by trying to sink his mouthful of fangs into a sleeping Integra's neck. She empties a pistol into him before he can.
  • Break the Cutie: Throughout the first half of the series, Seras was very upbeat and happy. Then Zorin Blitz came along and forced Seras to re-experience her mother and father's brutal murders, her mother's corpse-rape, and then being shot by the guys who killed her parents. To make it worse, Zorin then proceeds to cut off Seras' arm and slice her eyes open. Finally, after Pip saves Seras from Zorin, gets shot and then stabbed in the back with a giant scythe, he kisses Seras and tells her to drink his blood. And then he dies in her arms. This is a Break the Cutie taken Up to Eleven.
  • Breast Expansion: Of uncertain veracity. Once Seras becomes a vampire and Hellsing agent, she has very large breasts, but it's never been made clear if this is due to a quirk of her transformation or if she was well-endowed beforehand and it wasn't noticeable due to her standard-issue ballistic vest. The dub producer for the OVA, Taliesin Jaffe (who's met and talked to Hirano personally), implied that their size in any given panel in the manga may correlate to how stressed Hirano was at the time of drawing said panel.
  • The Butler Did It: Not a murder mystery, but it's eventually revealed that the one who had betrayed Hellsing was Walter, already long ago.
  • Butt Monkey: Have you seen Heinkel in Volume 10? First, her teacher/surrogate father is killed, after which Yumie and all of Heinkel's Iscariot companions die on her, then she gets her mouth shot off, and that is followed by Walter chopping the poor girl's arm off.
  • Cannot Cross Running Water: Alucard makes a point of averting this (although via a plane) on one occasion. It's still a weakness, as traveling over water is dangerous for Seras, and even Alucard cannot do it without a vessel.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Integra's favorite command, "SEARCH AND DESTROY!"
    • Which she generally says in response to Alucard saying "Give me your orders!"
    • Alucard and Seras both have "Yes, my master."
    • Rip Van Winkle's "Tinker, tailor, soldier, sailor; my bullet punishes all without distinction!"
    • While he uses a variety of biblical quotes (of varying accuracy) either before a battle or just upon entrance, Anderson is most noted for ending them not with a docile "amen", but forming a cross from his bayonets, highlighting his crazy eyes and a Slasher Smile to rival Alucard's, and absolutely screaming AAAAAAMMMEEEENNNNNN!
    • Take a drink every time the Major says "war". Enjoy your subsequent liver failure.
  • Casual Danger Dialog: Used often, but Integra gives us this gem just before she and and the Council of Twelve shoot Jan full of holes:
    Integra: You made it. Congratulations.
    Jan Valentine: ...Oh, fuck me.
  • Cast of Snowflakes: While it's not a series with Loads and Loads of Characters per se, the main and secondary characters in it are all extremely stylized with completely unique outfits, hairstyles, facial features, weapons and poses that make them look entirely distinctive.
  • The Chains of Commanding: After the attack on Hellsing HQ is over, Sir Islands reinforces the fact that it was Integra's fault for not thinking of that contingency by telling her to put her former guards down, rather than Walter.
  • Child Soldier: Schrödinger looks like he is 14. Seras comments on this.
    • He is probably quite a bit older than he appears, and it's not even known if that's Schrödinger's true form or if it's just one that he assumes for personal reasons.
    • Walter definitely counts as this. He was barely 14-years-old when he fought against Millennium in WWII, cutting bloody swathes through Nazis and ghouls right alongside Hellsing's Juggernaut, Alucard. By the end of the series, it's shown that this experience had greatly effected him throughout his whole life, resulting in a resentful bitterness that ultimately caused him to turn traitor sometime prior to Millennium's reemergence in South America.
  • Christianity Is Catholic: Neatly averted. While some of the more zealous members of Iscariot would hope to make this a fact someday *ahem*, a major part of the friction between Hellsing and Iscariot is the fact that Christianity is NOT always Catholic due to Hellsing's Protestant roots. Though it wouldn't be hard to miss that little fact when all you see of Hellsing is Redshirts (with emphasis on the RED part) being led by an Eldritch Abomination.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The Jackal, but the twist is that it is not Alucard's Chekhov's gun but Walter's. When Walter fights Alucard, he turns the Jackal against him.
    • Schrödinger is Chekhov's Gunman. He appears relatively early on in the manga and OVA series, and has the interesting but passingly mentioned ability to be "everywhere and nowhere". His ability comes into full effect in the final volume of the manga, where he commits suicide and allows his body to fall into the river of blood Alucard is absorbing. The Major explains that Schrödinger's ability depends on his ability to perceive himself as an individual; if he becomes one of the many millions of souls within Alucard, however, he is unable to distinguish himself and is thus unable to truly exist. This quandary, in turn, causes Alucard to cease existing in the real world, which was the Major's Evil Plan all along.
  • Church Militant: Hellsing are Protestant; Iscariot are Catholic. Sometimes they're actually able to stop fighting each other long enough to fight vampires... sometimes. Climaxes with the Vatican's 9th Crusade against the Nazis and, eventually, all of Protestant England. Thankfully, Anderson does not agree with that last option.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: Anytime the Wild Geese are present, expect profane language to be commonplace.
    • Jan Valentine is also not shy about the potty mouth.
  • The Coats Are Off: Nigh Invulnerable Alucard gets stronger as he loses his coat.
    • As the various pieces of clothing he wears act as a means to restrict his vast and considerable power, it's a Justified Trope.
    • Integra dramatically rips hers off in response to the Major's "Come, let us make war!" It is truly a Mundane Made Awesome moment.
    • Also, the Captain in his fight against Seras. It's the first time we get to see his power as a werewolf. It's also the first time we find out that he wears no shirt under his jacket.
  • Collapsing Lair: The Nazi compound in Dawn. Also, the Hindenburg II/Deus Ex Machina super-Zeppelin, which took an awfully long time to collapse, burn, and ultimately explode after its forced landing. As is the case with many villain lairs, one has to wonder why they would use explosive building materials (in this case Hydrogen).
  • Contemplate Our Navels: Alucard likes to stand around and philosophise on occasion, usually about similarities between himself and his enemies.
  • Cool Chair: The Major's chair is totally sweet. What other chair can you think of that has a built-in shield of bulletproof glass?
  • Cooldown Hug: Integra does this to stop Seras' Unstoppable Rage during the Valentine brothers' attack on the Hellsing headquarters. Thankfully, it works, and Seras is instantly horrified of what she's just done.
  • Cool Plane: Alucard flies a SR-71 Blackbird at one point.
  • Cool vs. Awesome: A crazy Catholic paladin versus Dracula, also known as Alucard, versus a suped up exiled battalion of Nazi vampires that want to take over the world für der evulz.
  • Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: Opening scene of Volume 1.
  • Conservation of Ninjutsu: Used against ghouls, subverted with Alexander almost getting overrun by Alucard's familiar army; and then some more.
  • Continuity Creep: The first half the series takes place over months, the second half takes place over the course of a single night.
  • Corrupt Church: A very dim view of the Catholic Church and Protestant Church of England. The militant wing of the Protestants, the Hellsing Organization, uses many anti-Christian powers and creatures to achieve their goals, including the use of Alucard. Iscariot, a covert branch of the Vatican, knows Millennium is going to attack England. To help against a common enemy, the Pope sends a Ninth Holy Crusade, but instead of fighting Millennium as it was intended to, the commanding Bishop drunk with power decided to order an attack against the Protestant population of London instead, and is killed a short while later by Anderson.
  • Crapsack World: Are you a human? Enjoy getting killed by vampires and turned into a ghoul or killed by Millennium soldiers. Are you a vampire? Enjoy getting slaughtered by Anderson or getting gruesomely killed and possibly eaten by Alucard. And it does not stop there - a group of Vampire Nazis try to plunge the world into endless war and destruction For the Evulz, basically turning the world into a Death World that will eventually render humanity extinct because of the endless wars they cause.
    • The vampire Nazis don't manage to destroy the world, but they manage to completely destroy London, to the point that absolutely everyone other than Hellsing forces was killed. The political effects of that could not have been good.
  • Crazy Consumption: Alucard. It must be really helpful that one of his secondary powers is calling and absorbing blood that's been spilled, considering his feeding habits.
    • The Nazis basically spent an entire chapter messily devouring whatever the hell they could get their hands on. Including babies.
  • Creepy Cool Crosses: Most notably Anderson and his underlings. Alucard is sometimes seen with them as well, and they're a running theme in the series itself.
  • Cruel Mercy: The Major not giving Rip Van Winkle a Mercy Kill while she was being fed upon by Alucard falls under this. While he justifies it by saying she deserves "a Hunter's death", his sadistic tendencies hint strongly at an alternative reason, reinforced when Zorin is killed by Seras, where the Major makes the same decision with You Have Failed Me as the rationale instead.
  • Curse That Cures: Seras is being held hostage by an enemy vampire when she finds herself between her captor and the business end of Alucard's pistol. Alucard asks her if she will agree to help him. When she nods, he mortally wounds both Seras and her captor. Alucard keeps his word and converts Seras to save her.
  • Custom Uniform: Seras' uniform appears to be a one-off. Also The Wild Geese, being a mercenary band.
  • Cute Is Evil: Schrödinger. He's a cute little cat boy in a Hitler Youth uniform. And thoroughly evil, and a Beware the Silly Ones waiting to happen.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Anyone Alucard fights to the point of being a Running Gag. It went Up to Eleven when he invocated every single victim in the form of a ghoul to annihilate the entire Millennium battalion, Maxwell's Holy Crusade, and Walter. On the other hand, Alucard was subjected to one himself by Abraham Van Helsing, who not only defeated him at his strongest, but humbled him so thoroughly Alucard wound up a defender of humanity.
    • Yumie vs Walter.
    • And let's not forget about Seras vs Zorin Blitz after Seras drank Pip Bernedotte's blood.

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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Most of the cast.
    • Integra was nearly killed by her uncle for control of the family business, and then activated Alucard to kill him.
    • Seras watched two thugs kill her parents and one then rape her mother's corpse after being shot.
    • Alucard was raped as a child.
    • The vast majority of Iscariot, which is almost exclusively composed of orphans that the Catholic Church indoctrinated and trained to despise all vampires and heathens.
  • Darkest Hour: The Nazi attack on London is as dark as it gets.
  • Dark-Skinned Blond: Integra and Anderson.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Alucard dislikes sunlight, but he is not harmed by it.
  • Death Seeker: One possible interpretation of Alucard's character. Also explicitly the motivation of the Major and the Last Battalion, plus the majority of vampires.
  • Declaration of Protection: Alucard for Integra (though it's all part of the contract), and to a lesser extent, Pip for Seras.
  • Determinator: Alexander Anderson gets one arm so mangled by Alucard's Jackal that it's literally hanging on by skin and maybe a handful of tendons. He proceeds to grip his hand, which is somehow still holding on to a bayonet, with his teeth and charge headlong into Alucard's thousands-strong undead army.
  • Deus Exit Machina: Anderson and Alucard are killed off (temporarily in Alucard's case) right before the climactic confrontation with the Major.
    • Also, when Alucard is stuck on the ship while the 'war' starts in London.
  • Deus ex Machina: The name of Millennium's main zeppelin.
  • Die Laughing: This happens to several characters.
    • Jan dies laughing like a maniac.
    • So do several of Millennium's soldiers during the final assault.
    • The Captain dies smiling like a happy child.
    • Schrödinger cackles as he decapitates himself and his head, as it falls, still has an expression of glee.
  • Distant Finale: The final chapter's epilogue.
  • Do Androids Dream?: Questioned with the Major.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?:
    • When one of Anderson's school pupils interrupts him while he's watching news broadcasts of the South American massacre, it's played for comedy as if he was interrupted doing something else.
    • Alucard's Curb-Stomp Battle with Rip is incredibly evocative of rape, although the prime example is the Japanese dub of the OVA.
    • Upon discovering that Seras has yet to drink blood from a live human and her on-field performance is declining as a result, Integra slices her finger with a knife and orders Seras to lick it. The whole thing plays out like a d/s forced blowjob scene, especially as Integra reminds Seras not to bite down.
  • Do Not Go Gentle: "Let's go die like mangy dogs."
  • Doom Troops: Iscariot Organization soldiers, who dress in Spanish capirotes (pointy-hooded Catholic priest robes that were made infamous during the Inquisition and worn to this day), although outside of Spain would be probably mistaken for Klansmen robes. Bonus points for one of the four commanders wearing a beak mask under his hood, which was common among plague doctors in the Middle Ages as a crude breathing mask.
  • Dracula: Alucard, obviously.
  • Dramatic Shattering: The glass at the beginning of Alucard's and Luke's fight, and the Major's champagne glass upon the invasion of London.
  • Dream Sequence: Alucard has a few, and Seras has one. They're pretty damn trippy.
  • Dub Name Change: a minimal example with father Alexander Anderson, who in the original Japanese was actually called Alexander Andersen.
  • Dysfunction Junction: In a big way.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Anyone who came to the early chapters after watching the anime/OVA probably wondered why all of the characters look so different. Also, in the early chapters (especially the first), Alucard's coat has a habit of buttoning and unbuttoning itself between panels.
  • Eat Me: Schrödinger against Alucard. And it actually works.
  • Eats Babies: Millennium's vampires.
  • Eldritch Abomination: Alucard's release states tend to look like this.
    • Seras' arm-tentacle-darkness thingy.
    • Anderson becomes one when he stabs himself with Helena's Nail.
    • The Captain. He's the only werewolf featured or mentioned in the series.
  • Elevator Action Sequence: Happens in the forth novel/OVA, but considering Alucard's the perpetrator, it's more of an Elevator Massacre Sequence. The chapter arc in which this happens is even called "Elevator Action".
    • Elevator Escape: Bonus points for one of the poor SWAT mooks desperately mashing the "close doors" button as Alucard approaches, only for another mook to get hypnotised into mashing the "open doors" button. The hypnotised mook gets thrown from the elevator and riddled with lead, but by that point, Alucard's close enough to jam his pistols between the closing doors, wrench them open, announce "Open Sesame!" and do his thing.
  • Emergency Transformation: The series opens with Seras' emergency vamping after she's shot through the chest to hit the vampire using her as a shield. It's very ambiguous how necessary this was - Alucard's only question before he opens fire is whether or not she's a virgin, and he asks if she wants to be turned when she's lying on the ground with a punctured lung. He does, at least, hold her hand as she dies in all versions. It is later revealed the Major was saved from a fatal gunshot of his own by being turned into a cyborg.
  • Empathic Environment: Several of them.
    • It Always Rains at Funerals: Volume 2.
    • Dramatic Wind: Volume 8, Volume 9, and Volume 10 are full of examples. Mostly involves Alucard and/or Integra posing.
    • Cue the Sun: Volume 7 onwards.
    • Ominous Fog: Volume 7's ending.
    • Weird Moon: Series begin with full moon and ends that way (not to mention the night of the battle happened during a full moon night, in 1999 and 1944).
    • Cherry Blossoms: Not literally cherry blossoms, because this isn't set in Japan, but there are instances of Dramatic Wind indoors that inexplicably carries dainty leaves that serves to emphasize an emotional moment. Some examples could be seen in Volume 7, during the battle against Zorin (when it wasn't just debris) and another in Volume 10: After Alucard returns in the epilogue, during his exchange with Integra. Curiously, the windows appear closed to let these fluttering leaves sneak in when she bites her ring finger.
  • Enemy Mine: Anderson and Co. with Integra Hellsing, very briefly, when Maxwell attempted to annihilate what remained of London.
    • Also, in Ultimate VIII, Millennium and Vatican forces gang up on Alucard when his Control Arts Restriction Zero is lifted. Which is not really ganging up as much shooting at something that scares the shit out of you. With very good reason.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Even if the Millennium is a bunch of nutcases who will do everything to win, they too look down on traitors who would betray their own kind for selfish needs. That's why they reward the traitors as they deserve. That said, earlier that same episode, they killed several higher ranking Nazi war criminals who they milked for funding with the promise of turning them into vampires.
    • It's okay to commit acts of violence, but it damn well better be in the name of God and not to increase your own power. That was when Maxwell went too far in Anderson's eyes.
  • Everyone Calls Him Barkeep: Captain, Doc, and the Major. There is some fanon about giving them names, but nothing officially out of the manga.
  • Evil Laugh: Something of a staple in the series, but Alucard and Anderson do it the most. Alucard typically engages in this when he's been shot to pieces, literally, and indulges in this as he's pulling himself together to scare the shit out of whoever is there. A textbook example of how to use this trope if there ever was one.
    • There's even an example of duelling evil laughter. In the first Volume (and the first OVA), the vampire priest has his ghouls rip Alucard to shreds with gunfire. Then he laughs evilly. Then he's surprised upon hearing a deeper, softer and far more sinister chuckle as Alucard pulls himself back together and returns fire, to rather more effect.
  • Evil Uncle: Richard Hellsing, who tried to murder 12-year-old Integra.
  • Evil Minions: The majority of Millennium is this, although some arguments could also be made for Maxwell's fanatical crusaders, too.
  • Exposition of Immortality: As a part of the series backstory; Alucard is Dracula, after all. The anime series show the audience how events went after the end of Bram Stoker's novel, explaining that the Count became the van Helsing's loyal servant and that was over a hundred years ago.
  • Eye Scream:
    • In a flashback, Seras attempts to defend her mother's corpse by putting a fork through an attacker's eye. Also, Zorin cuts Seras' eyes out after forcing her to experience said flashback.
    • A less gross example is when the Major shoots Integra in the eye as she make the move to kill him. It barely fazes her.
  • Expy:
    • Almost all of the cast is based from Hirano's old and obscure Hentai works. Anderson, The Major, The Captain and The Doktor are the exact same with no glaring changes; Alucard, Seras and The Valentine brothers appear as themselves in The Legend of the Vampire Hunter, a one-shot erotic doujinshi of what it would turn into this series much later.
    • Pip, Shrödinger, and Renaldo are also taken from older hentai works, while Integra, Yumie, Walter, and Heinkel are from two non-hentai action mangas (Hi-And-Low and Daidojin Monogatari).
    • It has been discussed as to whether or not Alucard is a expy of Vash The Stampede. Supposedly the author copped to being inspired by the black and silver handguns, sunglasses, and red longcoat.
  • Face Framed in Shadow: The manga absolutely adores this.
  • Face-Heel Turn: Walter.
  • Facepalm Of Doom: Seras and Zorin exchange some in their fight.
  • Fangs Are Evil: Subverted, as some human characters appear to have prominent canines due to the art style. But yeah, with vampires and werewolves it's standard business. Except for Seras, who will always be adorable. The fangs just add to it.
  • Fanservice
  • Fear Is the Appropriate Response: Subverted by pretty much every villain who faces Alucard, with the exception of Rip Van Winkle.
    • When Seras realises what the Captain actually is.
  • Fingerpoke Of Doom: Seras pulls this off in her introduction to the Wild Geese - she lays Pip out flat with nothing but flicks of her finger.
  • First Episode Resurrection: Seras, of course.
  • First Episode Spoiler
  • Five-Bad Band: Millennium's officers and hired help:
  • Iscariot's Five Bad Band
    • The Big Bad: Enrico Maxwell, later succeeded by M'quive
    • The Dragon: Alexander Anderson, later succeeded by Heinkel
    • The Evil Genius: Renaldo
    • The Brute: Heinkel Wolfe, later the new Dragon.
    • The Dark Chick: Yumie Takagi
  • Hellsing's Five-Man Band: More or less...
  • Foe-Tossing Charge: Anderson performs an absolutely epic one against Alucard's hoards, with Alucard goading him on all the way.
  • Food Chain of Evil: Alucard eats other vampires. Literally. (Though not exclusively. Normal humans are fine too.)
  • For the Evulz: Millennium. Unlike Hellsing and the Vatican, they have no purpose behind their genocidal misdeeds besides war, power, and mass slaughter. They happily admit to it, too.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Compared to everyone else in the entire series, Seras is an absolute saint.
  • Freudian Excuse: Alucard's father handed him and his brother over to the Ottoman Turks, which resulted in Alucard's being raped by an Arab as a young boy. It ultimately jump-started a lot of his issues and heavily influenced Alucard's vampirism and his crimes, both in the past and in the present.
  • Freudian Trio: Alucard, Integra, and Seras.
  • From Bad to Worse: The progression of the storyline in a nutshell. If you think that the enemies can't get any more homicidal or the battles any more brutal or the weapons involved any more overpowered, prepare to be amazed.
  • Funetik Aksent: Anderson's dialogue in the Darkhorse translations.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Her loyal English Legion of Legitimate Supernatural and Immortal Night Guards.
  • Ghost Ship: How Alucard returns to London - alone, aboard a ship full of corpses. Just as Dracula arrived aboard the Demeter in Bram Stoker's novel.
  • Ghostapo: Millennium.
  • Glass Cannon: Releasing Alucard's restraints completely turns him into one, releasing all the souls under his service as an entire army to command, but in return meaning he can't shrug his injuries onto them instead of himself (though that just means he goes from Nigh Invulnerable to having the durability of your average super-powered vampire).
  • Glowing Eyes of Doom: Used and abused, to great effect. Played with in most cases as it's not the eyes glowing, but the glasses: Alucard and Anderson.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Releasing Alucard from his bonds in the final arc, only after London is completely overrun by Millennium and the Iscariot Order.
  • Go Out with a Smile: Several characters Anderson, Walter, Major, the Captain, Jan, Schrödinger, several Millennium soldiers, and Alucard.
    • Alucard gives his sanest, most sincere smile in the entire series as he fades away after absorbing Schrödinger.
    • The Major dies smiling, his face a look of peace, such as one never could have imagined might have rested there.
    • Anderson dies smiling, hearing the voices of children.
    • Walter.
  • Gorn: Much like Berserk, this series is dripping with it.
  • Gory Discretion Shot: This was common in the TV series, but the Ultimate OVAs do not bother.
  • Government Agency of Fiction
  • Gratuitous English: "SAACHI ANDO DESUTOROI!"
    • THIS
    • "If anyone does not love the lowd, Jezzus Chrwiss, let him be accused, oh Lord come, AAAMEN!"
  • Gratuitous German: Lots of German and German accents in the English dub; the Major and Rip Van Winkle in particular frequently pepper their speech with German words or even sing entire songs. The accuracy of the pronunciation...varies widely.
  • Grave Robbing: "She" is Mina Harker's remains, exhumed by Millennium.
  • Guns Akimbo: Casull + Jackal = badass double BFG action.
    • Using of dual pistols seems to be standard tactics of Iscariot Organisation.
    • Apart of this, Hellsing also provides examples of Mauser C96 Carbines Akimbo, sawed-off M1 Garands Akimbo, FN P90s Akimbo, and MG-42 Heavy Machineguns Akimbo. And Harkonnen Cannons Akimbo, of course.

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  • Hindenburg: The ridiculously gargantuan "air battleship's" name in the Manga is ''Hindenburg II."
  • Hollywood Darkness: In Ultimate, Seras mentions how it's pitch-black, and yet the audience can clearly see the full moon in the background, along with everything else.
  • Holy Hitman: The Iscariot agency.
  • Home Sweet Home: "Welcome home, Count". "I'm home, Countess."
  • Hope Spot: Alucard loves doing this to his opponents before destroying them.
  • Horrifying the Horror: Similar to Hope Spot, Alucard delights in letting an opponent get the upper-hand before showing them that he's far worse than they are, typically through use of his One-Winged Angel form.
    • Episode 7 of the OVA when Seras drinks Pip's blood and unlocks her own One-Winged Angel form is even lampshaded by Zorin's statement about her own troops being ready to piss themselves over what they're now facing.
  • Humans Are Special: "That which defeats a monster...is always a man." Alucard, as a monster, will not be defeated by another monster. The manga makes a point to differentiate between "human dogs", "humans who become monsters" and "real humans". Specifically, it has to be a fairly ordinary human, willingly and knowingly. No cyborgs, no vampires, no supernatural upgrades, no hapless soldiers attacking something they don't understand - just a person of great resolve. A group of knowing and willing true humans is also acceptable.
  • Hypocrite: Rip Van Winkle chastises the turncoat officers on the HMS Eagle for turning their crewmates into ghouls and pays them accordingly, despite the fact that she and her battalion murdered elderly SS officers who they strung along for money and support and not following through on their promises to turn them into vampires.
  • I Am Not Left-Handed: Control Art Restriction System.
  • I Just Want to Be Special / I Just Want to Be Normal : Beneath all the supernatural trappings of the series, Alucard and Alexander embody both sides of this dichotomy.
  • I Call It "Vera": Jackal, Casull, Harkonnen. And Harkonnen II's incendiary grenades are named Vladimir.
  • Identical Stranger: Seras and Schrodinger, if she were several years younger and a Cat Girl.
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: Most are named for video games.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Seras seems to have this attitude towards Alucard sometimes. It doesn't help the fact that he mocks her, acts like a downright jerk and enjoys scaring the hell out of her, especially in the manga. Ultimate softened the relationship a bit, making him brusque and impatient but not actually cruel.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The entire Leztzes Battalion. And Alucard himself.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: You...do remember who the main character really is, right? Vlad Tepes? Vlad the Impaler? Yeah, he hasn't lost his touch. At all. If anything, he's only improved with practice.
  • Implacable Man: Almost all non-humans and Alexander Anderson.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Subverted, for all the good it does. Enemies tend to hit what they aim at. Unless they're the Major.
  • Insult of Endearment: Alucard generally calls Seras "Police Girl" as a way of mocking her youth and inexperience (as well as the fact that she was a rookie police officer). He only refers to her by her actual name during serious situations, and she rarely insists that he use it. After she becomes a true vampire, he proudly uses her name.
  • Interspecies Romance: Pip and Seras.
  • In the Name of the Moon: "The Bird of Hermes is my name..."
    • A particularly weird phrase since it's taken from the Ripley Scroll, an alchemical recipe for the Philosopher's Stone.
    • Anderson is also guilty of this with his Bible verses.
  • I Shall Taunt You: Alucard likes doing this to try and get the best out of his opponent. Jan Valentine is just an asshole.
  • Inverse Dialogue Death Rule: Followed repeatedly.
  • Irony: A few rather interesting examples:
    • The Major, the ultimate warmonger, never personally kills anyone.
    • Millennium has some very quirky individuals from groups that, as a Nazi organisation, they once attempted to destroy.
    • Two of the Nazi's biggest foes - Integra Fairbrook Wingates Hellsing and Seras Victoria - are blue-eyed blondes, thus the epitome of "Aryan" according to Adolf Hitler.
  • Ironic Echo: "I highly recommend pissing yourself, followed by a course of praying to your impotent god."
  • It's Raining Nazi Vampires: During the attack on London.
  • I Will Wait for You In Volume 10, after she kills Major and even if Alucard said farewell to her, Integra insists Alucard will return. She sourly waits for him, with the cheerful support of Seras Victoria who keeps her from losing her patience, for the next thirty years.
  • Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: Used by Walter and Integra on Jan. Unsuccessfully.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Bastard that he was, Richard was right that Integra shouldn't have had control of Hellsing when Arthur died; she was only 12, after all. Too bad he tried to kill her instead of anything more subtle.
  • Jesus Taboo: GLORIOUSLY averted. Jesus Christ gets called by name a number of times.
    Anderson: If anyone does not love our Lord in Heaven, Jesus Christ... let him be accosted where he stand. God save you from his fate. Amen...
  • Jumped at the Call: If Alucard gets to participate in bloody slaughter, Stuff Blowing Up, among other things, he'll do it — as long as it's Integra's wish. Several times, he has back-and-forths with her that amount to begging for a massacre the way a kid might beg for chocolate.
  • Kick Them While They Are Down: Zorin is just sadistic.
  • Kill 'em All: By the time the series is over thirty years in the future, only Integra, Seras, Pip, Heinkel, and Sir Rob Walsh are still around without counting the descendants of Islands, Penwood and new Iscariot characters. Of course, Alucard finally came back, but it's still only him and none of his familiars.
  • Killed Off for Real: Everyone who died. Except Alucard, Pip, and Seras.
  • Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Millennium does this with several of its Mooks and lower-ranked beasties in the early episodes.
  • Knight in Shining Armor: Subverted by Alucard. He was a knight once, sort of, he's still a terrifyingly dangerous combatant, and he's bound to protect his order, but he certainly doesn't shine. Also, he doesn't care at all about chivalry. Except when he's around Integra (who explicitly wished for such a knight when they met) or the Queen.
  • Knight Templar: The Iscariot Division and Alucard when he was Vlad.
  • Kubrick Stare: EVERYONE.
  • Lady and Knight: Alucard and Integra. A rather warped version, but still there.
  • Large Ham: Many, but the Major stands out with all his dramatic speeches about WAR!
  • Last Kiss: Pip gives a surprise one to Seras when she's blinded and he's already dying.
  • Last Stand: The entire second half of the series is one big last stand after another.
  • The Law of Diminishing Defensive Effort: Alucard can regenerate from most damage, so he usually lets enemies do a number on him first; anytime he doesn't...
  • Lawyer-Friendly Cameo: Spirits of Bruce "Jackal" Willis and Harkonnen from the 1980s Dune movie, complete with Sting in the background.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: This is the plan of the Catholic Church - to let the Nazis and Hellsing organization beat the tar out of each other so they can step in and finish off the survivor.
  • Limited Special Collector's Ultimate Edition: Partly subverted with the release of the DVD/Blu-ray combo packs. Plenty of Special Features, but lacking the final two OVA volumes due to some licensing issues. These have, as of late 2014, been sorted out.
  • Lightning Bruiser: This series actually has tiers of this. Compared to a normal human, anyone whose either a vampire or a regenerator is one by default, with the most powerful being natural vampires like Alucard and Seras. The "chipped" artificial vampires are very tough, but lack a true vampire's regenerative powers. All vampires are vulnerable to weapons that are blessed or silver (or even both), making them Fragile Speedsters/Glass Cannons against a prepared opponent. However, the more powerful the vampire, the less effect these weapons have, and properly destroying any vampire requires putting such a weapon through its head or its heart.
  • Limited Wardrobe: Subverted in Pip's case, he's been seen in at least three different outfits besides his mercenary apparel.
  • Looming Silhouette of Rage: Alucard, particularly when he changes forms. Anderson is a big man, so he gets to do this, too.
  • Love Hurts: If the couple consists of a vampire and a mercenary, then yeah.
  • Made of Iron: Played with in that almost everyone getting shot fatally, even if they heal afterwards, which falls under Hollywood Healing or Healing Factor.
    • Played straight with the Captain, who shrugs off high caliber bullets even in human form.
    • Part of Alucard's schtick is to allow his enemies to shoot him literally to pieces...before reforming and returning the favor. Not many people can stand up from that.
    • Anderson can take an insane amount of damage compared to every other human appearing in the series. Even major organ damage, such as a direct shot to the head or arm, doesn't stop him for more than a few moments. Only the Jackal seems to have any effect on his regenerating abilities, and he even charges through an army of undead souls after that.
  • Made of Plasticine: Played with and possibly justified.
  • Mask Power: Averted with Alucard using his powers after losing his shades.
  • Masquerade: Millennium does this for decades until they're finally ready to wage the Major's long-anticipated war, infiltrating numerous governments through their own people with the promise of vampirism and immortality.
  • Meaningful Name: Schrödinger. His status as a living Schrödinger's Catboy allows him to kill Alucard. However temporarily.
  • Mêlée à Trois: It becomes a four-way war between Hellsing, Millennium, Iscariot (led by Anderson), and Section 13 (led by Maxwell, who leads an enormous coalition of Catholic Knights into battle against the wishes of the Vatican and completely loses Anderson's respect).
  • Mercy Kill: Once a person becomes a ghoul, there is no going back. The only way out of such an existence is total death.
  • Missing Backblast: Zigzagged. It's most visible in the OVA. The characters' guns often but don't always visibly recoil.
  • Missing Mom: We know what happened to Integra's father, but no one ever says a word about her mother.
  • Mind Rape: Zorin's specialty. She doesn't hesitate to use it on The Wild Geese and Seras.
  • The Mole: Walter.
  • Mood Dissonance: The OVA will often segue very abruptly between the dramatic, gory story-lines, and the goofy chibi-style sequences that take place between events.
  • Mood Whiplash: Quite a few times, most notably the "conference call" with the Major, which goes from wacky hijinks involving Schrödinger hitting on Seras and trying to get the camera working to a declaration of war accompanied by the sounds of an elderly man getting ripped limb-from-limb and devoured by vampires.
    • The start of the 5th OVA runs on this, swapping from the 4th's ending (The Major's Speech) to Alucard's bizarre dream about "Willis-Space," then back to the Nazi invasion... who are all instructed to take out their booklets to review their orders, with Schrödinger having misplaced his.
  • Mooks: Too many to count, although not for long considering how fast the heroes chew through them.
  • Monster Mash: Millennium contains vampires, a werewolf, a catboy, a witch, a magical sharpshooter, a Mad Scientist, and a cyborg.
  • Mordor: What London becomes after the Millennium invasion. In one night, the city gets reduced to a borderline ghost town where bodies of humans, ghouls and vampires pile across the streets, and many of its buildings are destroyed. Fortunately, the city ultimately rebuilds and life continues on like normal.
  • More Dakka: The series just loves showing how utterly useless this trope is against vampires. Especially Alucard and Seras.
  • My Name Is Inigo Montoya: Seras's big fights tend to go like this, as well as Alucard vs Anderson final round.
  • Mysterious Mist: Makes sense, Alucard is implied to have control over weather. Occasionally Overlaps with Ominous Fog.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Seras, all the way.
  • Names To Run Away From Very Fast: While Father Anderson is a tame name, his various labels put dread into the hearts of Nazi vampires in episode 5 of the OVA.
  • Nature Adores a Virgin: Alucard was only able to transform Seras because of it.
    • Played straight with Integra.
  • The Needs of the Many: Unlike the other members of Millennium, the Josef Mengele/Frankenstein-esque "Doc" genuinely believes that his inventions will bring great benefit to all of mankind.
  • Nice Hat: Who wouldn't want Alucard's hat?
  • Nightmare Fetishist: While everyone else is justifiably horrified at seeing Alucard's final form, Herr Doktor's response is simply "This is magnificent! I must have one!"
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Synthetic vampire Nazis! A gunslinging super-powered vampire bound by Hermetic Magic (Which he can release himself, if he needs to in battle, in other words, he's only serving Hellsing, because he wants to)! A regenerating warrior priest who has nigh-infinite bayonets! A literal Schrödinger's Cat-Boy!
  • Noble Demon: The Captain. Anderson and his most loyal followers could count as well. And maybe Alucard. Maybe.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Alucard's calling card, however it does happen to him once as well; he takes such a beating from Anderson's 'monster of God' form he flashes back to his death, has his whole undead army set on fire, and needs Seras to rescue him for the rematch.
  • No New Fashions in the Future: The final chapter takes place 30 years in the future. Everyone's outfits are exactly the same.
  • No Ontological Inertia: Killing a true vampire will also kill any ghouls they've made... or at least, it's supposed to work that way. This is the first clue that the recent surge in vampiric attacks has something bigger and nastier behind it. Millennium's artificial vampires only create ghouls, and the ghouls will persist after the death of the vampire that made them.
  • Normally, I Would Be Dead Now: They don't call Alucard the "No-Life King" for nothing.
  • Noodle Incident: It's never explained or even glimpsed (for all the massive Flashback) of how Abraham managed to defeat and enslave Alucard. All that is stated is that Alucard went all out, was imprisoned, and Abraham managed to put such fear (and respect) in Alucard that he haunted his nightmares for hundreds of years and made him weep blood.
    • It's also never revealed exactly what Alucard did to warrant being locked up in the cellar for years, until Integra comes along and frees him. In the TV series, it shows him being restrained by supernatural means after he slaughters a whole bunch of soldiers in Hellsing's employ, implying he was getting out of control, but there's nothing like that here.
  • No Swastikas: Gloriously averted in Ultimate and the manga.
  • Not Brainwashed: Walter.
  • Not Even Human: The Major is a cyborg! Not that we would regret killing him anyway...
    • Alucard takes great offence when Anderson becomes a monster because he wanted to be defeated by a human.
  • Not So Different: Played straight with Alucard and Anderson, to the point where Alucard cries Manly Tears because their lives are so similar. A more direct parallel is drawn between Alucard and the Major (by Alucard himself, no less), where Alucard notes that they are both the types who would sacrifice and destroy everything around them, whether enemies or allies, in pursuit of their mad ambitions. It goes so far as to show the Major on the verge of being executed when he was an SS officer in Russia in the middle of Alucard's flashback to his own battlefield execution by the Turks. The major difference between them turns out to be that whereas Alucard embraced vampirism in order to escape death, the Major rejected it out of the desire to preserve his humanity. Or at least his ego.
  • Nothing Is the Same Anymore: The ending and its aftermath. It takes thirty years for things to take on some semblance of normality again.
  • Not Worth Killing: This appears to be the Captain's motivation behind not finishing Heinkel off, instead throwing her a roll of bandages to patch up the mangled side of her face.
  • Now It's My Turn: Alucard does this all the time. Usually, he likes to let the enemy shoot him to pieces first just so he can terrify them more.
  • Nuke 'em: Sir Islands threatens to do this.
  • Nuns N' Rosaries: Yumie. What a Japanese katana-wielding Catholic nun is doing in the mix is anyone's guess.
  • Obi-Wan Moment: There's quite a few of these, but the most prominent is between Anderson and his students before and after his battle with Alucard. As he is dying in the latter, Anderson tells Heinkel, Yumie, and the rest of Iscariot's soldiers not to cry for him, instead requesting that they say a prayer each night before sleep.
  • Of Course I'm Not A Virgin: Inverted with Integra in a scene where she forces Sera to lick some of her blood to get her more comfortable with it. She specifically tells Sera that her blood is 100% virgin blood, and therefore extra tasty.
  • Offhand Backhand: The shoot-in-two-different-directions-at-the-same-time variety.
  • Officer and a Gentleman: Pip Bernadotte.
    • The Captain counts, too. He shoots Heinkel in the face, but non-lethally and provides her with a first aid kit. Then he fights Seras and by extension allows her to kill him.
  • Off with His Head!: Anderson tried this on Alucard in their first fight. It bought him a few minutes.
  • Oh, Crap: Happens a lot.
    • The reveal of The Captain's lycanthropy and Alucard's return to London are the biggest.
    • Maxwell really should've known better than to call on Anderson when Alucard's right there in front of him. And in a fragile, easily breakable British museum, no less.
  • Ominous Walk: All the time. It's a series with vampires in it. And not just any vampires, but FUCKING DRACULA HIMSELF. It would seems a bit incomplete without someone indulging in this at least once or twice.
  • The Omnipresent: Schrödinger is a sort of self-observation with will. Self-described as "everywhere and nowhere," if he wills himself as being in any place at any time, he appears there, including in people's thoughts (as was seen in Zorin Blitz's last moments). This became Alucard's downfall, as his very existence relies on being aware of himself, and once that self was absorbed into Alucard, who exists beside millions of consciousnesses in a single being, he was no longer able to recognize himself as alive or dead (and neither, by extension, could Alucard). This erased a once-thought immortal, unstoppable vampire from the series, all the way until the epilogue.
  • One-Hit Polykill: In the 2nd episode of Hellsing Ultimate, Seras fires on a column of ghouls wielding bullet-proof shields. One bullet takes out 6 or 7, and it's followed up with an explosive round.
  • The Only One Allowed to Defeat You: Anderson believes himself to be this in regards to Alucard, as does vampire Walter. In the end, only the former manages to retain any level of respect in Alucard's eyes.
  • Only Sane Woman: Seras is the only character in the series with a fully functional moral compass.
    • The nameless Marine officer in Millennium. He is one of the few non-SS members and speaks up to the Major when he orders the remaining soldiers to prepare for a full frontal attack on Alucard.
  • Oral Fixation: Lots of it, given that half of the characters in this series are smokers and the ones that aren't are probably vampires (and some are both). In one scene, it's basically just a shot of Alucard's tongue dragging across the bloody floor with everything else blackened out. Another time he uses his teeth to reload his pistol.
    • Anderson, who is neither a smoker nor a vampire, often holds his bayonets with his teeth.
  • Orphaned Series: Hellsing: The Dawn, six chapters since 2007, not enough to release a single collected volume.
  • Our Souls Are Different: In the limbo sense. Any person whose blood Alucard consumes becomes a part of his massive army of undead, essentially acting as spare lives that he can use in combat. It's the main reason why he's practically impossible to kill, although Schrödinger manages to work around it.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Despite various rules mentioned that vampires have to follow, few in this series do so. Seras, however, is bound to most traditional limitations. Alucard even comments how he can walk under the sun, but doesn't do so often because it's "exhausting". Justified with Alucard, as the Hellsing organization spent pretty much the entire century they've had him in their custody experimenting on him so he won't have the same weaknesses of other vampires.
    • Crossing large bodies of water is an issue, as addressed in Stoker's novel. He certainly can't be immersed in it, and most of the travel must be done within his coffin. Seems to apply directly to the water, as flying over in a plane has less of an effect on him. Seras gets stuffed in her coffin, partly out of this and partly Rule of Funny.
    • In the eighth volume, it's revealed that Alucard's Nigh-Invulnerability stems from the fact that he has inside of him the souls of every person he's ever devoured and that it essentially acts as spare lives for him.
    • Also, creating new vampires is based on the victim's gender and virginity. Only a virgin of the opposite sex to to the "sire" feeding upon them will become a new vampire (so female vampires can only create male vampires, and vice-versa). Anyone else is turned into a ghoul.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The Captain. He can absorb high-caliber bullet fire without ill effect in his 'human' form, can transform into mist at any time, and the closest thing he has to a traditional werewolf form is an Animalistic Abomination.

    P-Z 
  • Paint the Town Red: Most of the time it's done for dramatic irony. A vampire couple roams England in an early episode, killing Christian families and painting upside-down (Satanic) crosses with their blood. When the boy is shot to pieces, his blood splatter forms... a traditional cross as Alucard grins. Likewise, when Anderson goes berserk on a group of Nazi vampires, his Axe Crazy hacking erases a previously painted swastika of blood on the walls... with more blood. Seras forgoes symbolism against Zorin and redecorates Hellsing manor... with her face.
    • Rip also paints a Nazi Swastika on a captured boat of the British Navy. She ran out of paint and had to improvise...
  • Panty Shot: Despite Seras and her ever-changing breast size, her short skirt never shows anything until the final chapter's epilogue, where we see her underwear briefly as she kicks a door open.
  • Parental Abandonment: Integra and Seras were both orphaned in their youth. Pip was too, apparently — he lived with his grandfather. Maxwell was abandoned by his parents into an orphanage, and all Iscariot members are hinted to have been raised by Anderson. Alucard, if going by his historical background, was sent as political hostage to the Ottoman Empire along with his brother Radu by his father.
  • Parental Substitute: Anderson is this to Maxwell, Heinkel, Yumie, the rest of Iscariot, and the children at his orphanage in Rome. He genuinely loves children and has the Undying Loyalty and great respect of his followers, all of whom are willing to die for him and are later devastated by Anderson's death.
  • Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Death: Alucard comments on the sunrise during his final moments.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: This is basically Hellsing's motto and reasoning for using characters like Alucard and Walter.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Vampires, though they do weaken without blood.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Alucard.
  • Pet the Dog:
    • In Volume 5, a Nazi mook laments his inability to feed pigeons in the park.
    • Alucard is generally cruel and mocking towards Seras (although he is privately fond and respectful of her), but when he genuinely upsets her, he usually relents or makes slight apologies. He also shows concern when she is injured, and offered her his blood so she could defend herself from Anderson. When he meets her after she becomes a true vampire, he literally pets her on the head, looking genuinely proud of her and calling her by her proper name.
    • Despite being a bloodthirsty Knight Templar, Anderson adores children and personally cares for dozens of orphans in Rome. He even asks Maxwell if he could bring some of the children to visit the British Museum, simply because he thought they'd enjoy it.
    • The Captain spares Heinkel's life and gives her a first-aid kit to treat her wounds.
  • Pinned to the Wall: Alucard impales Rip van Winkle with her musket right before eating her.
  • Please Don't Leave Me: A variant of this in Volume 10: when Integra cries out to Alucard "Don't disappear!"
  • Pointless Band-Aid: Pip always wears one on his (apparently broken) nose.
  • Post Modern Magick: The series is a massive exercise in this trope. It starts with crosses being melted down for guns and ammunition, military equipped zombies, and goes into surgically created vampires, with everything in between.
  • Power Gives You Wings: Alucard and Seras are both capable of sprouting shadowy wings when they wish to quickly move from point A to point B without interference. However, they still can't cross running water without help.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: Both used straight and subverted.
  • Pro-Human Transhuman: Seras.
  • Psychic Powers: Alucard can hypnotise people and at the end of Volume 5 of the OVAs, he seems to move the damaged aircraft carrier by force of will alone.
  • Psychotic Smirk: Alucard, Anderson, Jan, Rip...
  • Pulling Themselves Together: Minor vampires are capable of this, but Alucard demonstrates it to a ridiculous degree, being able to rebuild his body in seconds when reduced to a bloody smear. Also Anderson after installing Helena's Nail.
  • Public Domain Artifact: Helena's Nail. Alucard also mentions the Shroud of Turin, the Holy Grail and Longinus' Lance.
  • Pun: In the OVA dub, Alucard seems to enjoy making them just after Seras is done freaking about something. For instance, after she sees him decapitated, as he reassembles himself he tells her, cheerfully, "This is no time to lose your head." In the final battle against God Monster Anderson, when Alucard hears her calling to him and resolves to win the fight, he jokes that she's making enough noise to "wake the dead." And everybody starts making dog puns whenever the Captain or Alucard's Baskerville Hound show up.
  • Pyrrhic Villainy: The Major succeeds in defeating Alucard, even though Integra kills him in the end. Also, London ultimately rebuilds and life continues on like normal. Both Hellsing and Iscariot are rebuilding themselves while also maintaining a firm (if temporary) truce, which could very well last decades or even centuries. And just like the last time he was soundly beaten, Alucard is never truly out of the game; he comes back eventually.
  • Quirky Miniboss Squad: Millennium's officers.
  • Ramming Always Works: Attempted against Seras with a zeppelin in OVA 6 — it fails since she is able to shoot the zeppelin down before it reaches her.
  • Rape Is a Special Kind of Evil: Anderson believes this. When his followers mistreat, threaten, and refuse to escort Integra back to Hellsing Manor, he scolds and reminds them that they're paladins, not rapists. Heinkel and Yumie cower in shame like small children being reprimanded by their father.
  • Rated M for Manly: Tons of action and vampires and explosions and everything else that a manly show could want, along with several characters who would put the action stars of the 70s and 80s to shame. Alucard, Anderson, and the Captain are just the most obvious male examples, but the show also features Action Girls galore.
  • Razor Floss: Walter's wires.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Luke and Tulbacain get one, both courtesy of Alucard.
  • Red and Black and Evil All Over: Alucard. The guy wears a red coat and hat over a black suit.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: Alucard is blatantly obvious, but Seras' eyes only turn red when she's actively calling on her vampiric abilities. Once she fully embraces her vampiric nature by drinking Pip's blood, her eyes turn red and stay that way.
  • Red Herring Twist: Quite a few. Most viewers were not expecting Walter to turn traitor or for Schrödinger to be the one to ultimately take down Alucard. There are a handful of tiny hints given throughout the series, but the majority of viewers will be focusing their attention on the more obvious enemies, such as Iscariot and Millennium's actual elites.
  • Redshirt Army: Joining Hellsing is an excellent career move for those lacking in retirement plans.
  • Reflective Eyes: Happens quite often, although the main culprit tends to be Anderson's and Iscariot's incredibly reflective glasses. Alucard's red eyes have a tendency to glow and reflect whoever he's looking at, too.
  • Refuge in Audacity: Where to begin?
    • The premise. See that vampire? He fights Nazis. For England. Oh, and he hits on the Queen. And takes orders from Integra, starting when she's just a little girl.
    • Schrödinger. Named for the cat. Even has the same "powers" as the thought experiment/protest, with himself as the observer.
    • In universe, Integra pulls this on Anderson. And hundreds of Iscariot soldiers.
    • A nail from the cross that Jesus was crucified on? It turns Anderson into a thorn monster.
    • Alucard's immortality. The series finds increasingly unbelievable injuries he can regenerate from.
      • And then kills him. Temporarily.
    • The entire Gorn aspect.
    • Jan Valentine. Period.
    • Virtually any time the Major opens his mouth. He really likes war, and could go on about it for eight minutes (and does). And then sit back and eat a filet mignon while his Nazi troops destroy all of London...and eat babies. Though baby-eating was in what one might call the original.
    • Alucard coming back from death/purgatory/non-existence by killing all 3 million souls he had taken as his own, except Schrödinger. It takes him thirty years and it's never explained how he did it, but he got it done!
  • The Remnant: The current Millennium, although they've got a whole new army of zombie vampires!
  • Religion Is Magic: Anderson's Bible-Fu.
  • The Reveal: The Major is revealed to be an android, a vessel for his soul/will. And in Chapter 94, it was revealed that Millennium's vampires are created from Mina Harker's remains, who still had Dracula's power dormant inside her after Abraham Van Helsing saved her. This means that all of Millennium's vampires are actually defective clones of Alucard's power.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: The traitor on the aircraft carrier who'd killed the rest of the crew was given such a treatment.
  • Right-Hand Cat: Played with via the Major and Schrödinger.
  • Rivers Of Blood: Part of the finale involve the streets of London being filled with rivers of blood that Alucard uses for his healing power.
  • Robotic Reveal: What happens when Seras shoots the Major. Though he's probably not 100% robotic.
  • Role Reprisal: The entire cast of the original anime series returned to their respective roles for the OVA series.
  • Roofhopping: Seems to be how Iscariot are getting around in Volume 6.
  • Rousing Speech: Maxwell likes broadcasting these, with plenty of Milking the Giant Cow. The Major too, once or twice. Anderson gives one to his band of Iscariot soldiers right before they start massacring Nazi vampires. And Alucard certainly finds Integra's speeches... rousing.
  • Royals Who Actually Do Something: The queen is behind Hellsing 100%.
  • Rule of Cool: In multiple interviews, it's been admitted that all the symbolism and whatnot is blatantly there for the purpose of being cool rather than having much of a higher meaning. Hellsing is about a Bad Ass Longcoat Dracula fighting superpowered Inquisitors and an army of Nazi vampires. Who fly around in Zeppelins loaded with V1 rockets. Arguably, the only reason for anything occurring in Hellsing is pure Rule of Cool.
  • Rule of Drama: A lot of scenes, most especially those that involve an epic battle, are dragged out for the sake of high-octane drama and suspense. Not that that's a bad thing, of course.
  • Rule of Symbolism: While most of it falls under Rule of Cool due to Word of God, Rip Van Winkle's death falls squarely into here - the SR-71 Blackbird forms the shape of a burning cross, and a flashback has The Major detailing how the Opera Der Freischutz ends before sending Van Winkle on her mission.
    The Major: Caspar, having trifled with the huntsman, Samiel, is whisked away to Hell for his sins. His corpse is then thrown into the bottom of a ravine, to be eaten by wolves. Prepare yourself, First Lieutenant, for now Samiel comes to collect you.
    • Even Alucard's line in the dub sounds like something you'd hear in a fairy tale.
    Alucard: I just caught you... Rip Van Winkle.
  • Rule of Three:
    • Seras was offered blood three times before she became a true vampire. First Alucard, whose offer she rejected; secondly Integra, from whom she simply licked a few drops; and finally Pip, who she drank from after he told her to.
    • Alucard was defeated twice before the main storyline and after those, he had nothing left. Once 500 years ago, another time 100 years ago. The third time he fought he wasn't defeated and returned home. At the same time during the third time, there were three attempts to defeat him one by Anderson, one by Walter and finally the one that seemed successful by Major, but it backfired in the end.
    • When their minions failed in their missions but survived, Millennium used a remote device to burn them into ash before they could give anything away. They did that with Jan and Tulbacain, but the Major decided to not do this with the third, Rip Van Winkle, because her mission was a success: to bait Alucard into the middle of the ocean, stuck miles away from London.
    • The Major was finally killed by the third time Hellsing attacks him. First by Integra, secondly by Seras, and finally Integra again.
  • Say My Name: "ALUCARD!" "ANDERSON!" "SERAS VICTORIA!" "SIR INTEGRA FAIRBROOK WINGATES HELLSING!"
  • Scale of Scientific Sins: Doc must be so proud. He's checked off almost every one of them.
  • Scary Shiny Glasses: Pretty much every character with glasses will make them shine. Monocles too!
    • In several cases, the glasses shine even when their lenses have shattered.
  • Scenery Gorn: Starts with the Nazis firebombing London in the shape of a Swastika, until in the end we have Walter slicing skyscrapers in half.
  • Schroedingers Cat: Quite literally. Schrödinger himself is this, and frequently makes observations about it.
  • Sexy Discretion Shot: The last page performs a variant where the sex is metaphorical and subtextual, mostly, sort of, when Alucard and Integra finally reunite and she bites her ring finger to let him suck her blood. There's a shot to the blood dripping, his mouth opens, then the droplet of blood falls and fades to the moon outside the Mansion.
  • Shirtless Scene: Captain has no shirt under his coat, as revealed from Chapter 82 on.
  • Shout-Out
  • Showy Invincible Hero: Alucard (inasmuch as he can be called a "hero"). The result of almost every confrontation he has with, well, anyone is a foregone conclusion. Even the situations where he puts any actual, visible effort into slaughtering all his enemies are rare. In short, Alucard is incredibly powerful to the degree that he's functionally unstoppable. But he sure abuses his powers with style.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: When Integra shoots the Major.
  • Shown Their Work: For a Japanese anime/manga series, the author and other creators managed to depict Protestantism, Catholicism, western cultures, vampire mythology, military structure, and accents (Scottish, Italian, British, etc.) far more accurately than 99% of other animated series with eastern roots. It's one of the few animes that averts Anime Catholicism, instead planting the series solidly into the category of Fantastic Catholicism, which is quite common in Hollywood and much more palatable to western audiences. Even the slang and insults are fairly accurate to the time period, religions, and nationality of the characters.
  • Sideways Smile: Not played for comedy at all. The mangaka seems to consider this the best way to display a Slasher Smile or Psychotic Smirk.
  • Single-Stroke Battle: If it's not a serious battle or they're not toying with their prey, this tends to be how most fights end for Alucard and Anderson. They're just too powerful for most enemies to last longer than it takes to make a single shot or bayonet stroke.
  • Slap-Slap-Kiss: Integra and Alucard could be seen as an extreme example. Pip got beaten up by Seras when they first met.
  • Slasher Smile: Mostly Alucard and Anderson, but seriously, everyone in the manga and OVA does this at some point. EVERYONE.
  • Small Girl, Big Gun: Seras wields a number of examples of firepower way too big for normal humans to handle. Her Harkonnen Assault Cannon, for example, can take out tanks. Rip Van Winkle, on the other hand, uses an enormous, if lighter, musket of disproportionate firepower.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Integra and Pip really love their cigarettes and cigars. Seras even scolds the latter for smoking inside of her, even if he's only in shadow form at that point.
  • Sniper Pistol: Alucard uses his Casull to snipe a kilometre-distant target early on in the manga.
  • Snuff Film: Obviously not actually an example, but several deaths have a sexual feeling or component to them, although Rip Van Winkle's is by far the most blatant.
  • Spell My Name with an "S": "Seras"/"Ceres"/"Celes"? There is even some argument about how her name should be arranged, since either way works, and "Victoria Seras" would make marginally more sense even though both name orders work. Hirano has admitted in interviews that he never came up with a decent Westernization of Seras' name. The title quote about Hermes gets this treatment as well. In the TV series, it was translated: "I am Hermes. I become tamed by devouring my own wings." In the OVA, it's "Here standeth the Bird of Hermes, eating my own wings to keep myself tame."
  • Smug Snake: EVERYONE is prone to underestimating Alucard's abilities, except those personally familiar with him. He never, ever cuts them any slack.
  • So Proud of You: "Seras. My Seras Victoria."
  • Soul Jar: Alucard's coffin is heavily implied to act as one.
  • Spit-Trail Kiss: Done with blood instead, in what turns out to be a really touching scene.
  • Stealth Pun: The Major loves war, and he's a cyborg. The Major is a war machine.
  • Stepping-Stone Sword: Nazi vampires cross a minefield this way.
  • Strange Bedfellows: Whenever Hellsing and Iscariot appear to cooperate.
  • Stupid Jetpack Hitler: Millennium, complete with Gundam-esque launchers for their paratroopers.
  • Super Loser: Every Villain of the Week dealt with before the main antagonists appear thinks they're a match for Alucard and use their vampirism to slaughter hundreds. Hellsing just sees them as nuisances. Alucard sees them as hilarious.
    • The only exception to this is Rip Van Wrinkle, who was the only one Genre Savvy enough to know she was fucked.
  • Super Soldier: Zombie. Vampires.
  • Super Strength: Apparently standard for all vampires/werewolves/immortal priests.
  • Taking You with Me: Sir Penwood in an uncharacteristic moment of badassery.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: Anderson reels off whole Bible passages before he actually starts fighting his opponent. Said opponent usually waits patiently for him to walk over and engage them. Of course, a lot of the time, it's Alucard doing the waiting.
  • Tear Off Your Face: Seras finishes off Zorin by grinding her face against a wall until all that's left is a shredded mess of blood and bone.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: And HOW!
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Section XIII Iscariot.
  • This Cannot Be!: Luke Valentine during his Villainous Breakdown. Many mooks experience this when coming in contact with Alucard's powers.
  • This Is Unforgivable!: For referring to Pip as an insect, Zorin gets "No forgiveness! Ever!"
    • Integra felt the same way about Millennium and Maxwell slaughtering her people.
  • This Is Your Brain on Evil: Walter toward the end.
  • This Means War!: Pip, when Millennium attacks London. He and Seras vow to avenge the civilians who perished in the attack.
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Millennium.
  • Throwing Down the Gauntlet: Unlike the more Friendly Enemy fights and challenges between Anderson and himself, Alucard does this with very nasty intentions to Luke Valentine, whom he views as a disgusting piece of trash because of his artificial vampirism and the meaningless massacres that Luke and Jan revel in. Between the imagery and Crispin Freeman's voice acting, the scene approaches being totally nightmarish.
  • Title Drop: Although the title is taken from the organisation, the Major describes Alucard unlocking his Level Zero powers as if "the dead shall dance, and all of Hell shall sing."
  • To Create A Playground For Evil: The Major wants a world of perpetual warfare.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Ghouls don't have a choice, being enslaved to the will of their sire, but true vampires and powerful FREAKs do.
    • Walter - but subverted in that he was The Mole since much earlier.
  • Translation Convention: Apparently all Germans, Italians, and French speak English 95% of the time. Or, you know, Japanese.
  • Truer To The Text: The manga got a more faithful adaptation in the form of the OVA series, titled Hellsing Ultimate.
  • Try Not to Die: Integra orders Walter to 'come back alive at any cost'. Unfortunately, he did.
    • She also gives a variant of this to Alucard just before he vanishes.
  • Tsundere: There are times Integra acts like one. Her exchange with Penwood as a teen for instance, or her attitude in Volume 1 around Alucard and Seras, when Alucard teases her, or towards the end.
  • Unexplained Recovery: Played twice with Pip first in Volume 9's ending and then Alucard in Volume 10's ending.
  • Unflinching Walk: Pip shows how badass he is by stopping to lighting a smoke right at the moment a bomb explodes in a tent in the background...a bomb he installed.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: The series' earlier vampires, like the transformed couple and the Valentine brothers, rely primarily on their newfound enhanced strength, with the more powerful abilities like enhanced regeneration, familiars, and becoming smoke unavailable. This comes back to bite them when they go up against Alucard, who has over five centuries of fighting experience.
  • Unstoppable Rage: Seras after Pip dies.
  • Urban Fantasy: One of the most violent and gory vampire-based ones in recent years.
  • Vampire Bites Suck: The series' vampires typically have whole mouths full of fangs and generally make a huge mess. Alucard in particular has a habit of ripping heads off with his teeth or devouring his foes completely, if he feels like it.
    • When Seras drains Pip's blood, she has a whole mess of fangs and chomps down hard enough to make blood spurt out. However, when she pulls away from his neck, the only mark is the classic pair of fang holes. Also, her teeth look like perfectly normal human teeth most of the time, rather than the conical fangs shown when biting. A Vampire Did It?
  • Vampire Hunter: The Hellsing Organization and Iscariot Section XIII. Alucard and Anderson are their respective trump cards.
  • Vampire Vannabe: All of the artificial vampires and ghouls that Millennium employs, which Alucard absolutely despises for being pathetic replicas of true vampires like Seras and himself.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Okay, Alucard is a Sociopathic Hero at best. But is running Seras through with holy bayonets twenty-odd times and intentionally missing the heart so she would lie there in agony really needful, Anderson?
  • Verbal Tic: The spirit of the Jackal really likes ending sentences with his own surname... Willis.
  • Viewers Are Geniuses: While perfectly enjoyable without any such knowledge, only those familiar with Catholicism, Protestantism, the Reformation, and the cultural and religious conflicts between the two Christian branches will understand all of the references and subplots that litter the storyline. The same could also be said of the characters' backgrounds, which involve everything from the Ottoman Turks and collapse of the Byzantine Empire to the Nazis of World War II and the continued disputes about Northern Ireland. It literally requires viewers to possess at least a decent working knowledge of European history to grasp anywhere near all of the allusions that are made to real-life historical figures, their peoples, their religions, and their possible connection to supernatural creatures like vampires, werewolves, and other monsters.
    • Many of the characters' and agency's names give hints about their nationality and roles in the plot, but yet again, only those who are well-acquainted with European culture, Judeo-Christian religions, and fictional works would be able to deduce or identify the reasons behind their significance.
    • Not to mention Schrödinger, who is based on a thought concept of quantum physics that baffles even those in the sciences from time to time. Many viewers may never have even heard of the concept, which the show doesn't explain in great detail, either.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Alucard's opponents tend to have a huge Oh, Crap moment right before their defeat. Rip's starts when she realizes that Alucard is within twenty miles of her.
  • Villainous Glutton: The Major. Additionally, some of the vampire characters straight up gorge themselves during the series (they simply don't get fatter for it).
  • Violence Is the Only Option: Well, they are fighting Nazis and vampires, so negotiations aren't likely to work with their particular brand of evil. Walter lampshades it when Seras are Alucard are under attack by a SWAT team - if Alucard perceives an obstacle (which he does), it's easy to guess from historical precedent what his solution will be (and it is).
  • Violent Glaswegian: Dub/translated Anderson.
  • Virgin Power: While not a power, per se, virginity is prerequisite for becoming a vampire instead of being simply ghouled. Also, apparently virgin blood is super tasty and nutritious. The first half of this aspect is removed from the original anime version; there, it seems to be a combination of the "sire" being a True Vampire (FREAK Vampires can't change people into vampires by biting them; they need to install FREAK Chips), the sire wanting the "childe" to change, and the childe being willing to be turned into a new vampire.
  • Vocal Evolution: Just watch the English dub of the original series and compare it to the more recent OVAs...
  • War for Fun and Profit: The Major and company. Mostly the former.
  • We Can Rebuild Him: A dying Major gets this treatment between the prequel and the series proper.
  • Weird Moon: It's always full. And red. But it's somewhat plausible if not Justified Trope because more than half of the series takes place over one night, while the other half spans a couple of months.
  • Wicked Cultured: The Major.
  • Will They or Won't They?: Alucard and Integra.
  • What Have I Become?: Seras agonizes over this a few times throughout the series.
  • Who You Gonna Call?: The Hellsing Organization for Protestants and Iscariot Section XIII for Catholics. It's unknown if there are similar organizations in other countries like the United States, China, Australia, etc.
  • The Woman Wearing the Queenly Mask: Integra shows this, even though she isn't the ruler of a country.
  • World of Badass/World of Ham: It's a series based on Rule of Cool with a whole lot of Large Hams, what do you expect? Particularly the OVAs, which at times seem to be nothing more than epic fight scenes followed by hammy speeches followed by even more epic fight scenes.
  • Worthy Opponent: Luke believes he is this to Alucard — right before he gets scared out of his wits by Alucard's familiars.
    • This seemed to be the relationship of Alucard and Abraham Van Helsing, who, after defeating him, decided to use him as a weapon instead of destroying him.
    • Alucard acknowledged Anderson as such in their final fight... right before Anderson used the Nail of Helena and "became a monster". He does still hold a great deal of respect for him after Anderson reverts back to his human form and dies peacefully. Alucard even gives him a genuine smile and quiet "Amen" after the priest's passing, something that he hasn't done for any other opponent in the series.
    • Similarly, this is why Anderson disobeyed orders from Maxwell to just observe as the Nazis and Hellsing fought each other — seeing Integra make her Badass Boast motivated even him into action.
      Anderson: No doubt about it. This — woman. These people — who else could be worthy to be our sworn enemies? Our archenemies... What was I supposed to do? Just sit back and watch? We will be the ones who will crush them! We, are the only ones who deserve to crush them!
    • In contrast, vampire Walter thinks he is this to Alucard. However, during their final fight, Alucard taunts his former friend by stating that if Anderson couldn't defeat him, then a "brat" like Walter never could.
  • You Have Failed Me: Tends to happen amongst Millennium's ranks, with several underlings being offed when they outlive their usefulness or lose a fight. The exception is Zorin Blitz, who Schrödinger notes the Major and the Doktor would normally have incinerated much earlier for defying orders and attacking Hellsing headquarters, getting her men and herself killed in the process, were they not preoccupied with a new project.
  • Your Vampires Suck: More traditional vampires are featured in this series...and are promptly mocked and killed by Alucard.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Valentine brothers.
  • Xanatos Gambit: Depends on how you view the Major's motives. If you take him at face value, that all he really does want is some krieg, the Major wins whether or not Millennium and himself are killed off. He gets his glorious war and a shot at taking out Alucard. However, it can also be interpreted that the Major's war was just an elaborate plan to destroy Alucard, which was his true goal all along. Ultimately, after 30 years, his plan failed.
  • Your Head Asplode: Any time a non-vampire gets shot in the head.
  • Zettai Ryouiki: Seras does it right, grade A.

    OVA Only Tropes 
  • Adaptation Distillation: The OVA condenses and shuffles around several scenes to give the series a more discernible arc, smooth the pacing and tweak away some Early Installment Weirdness. The most effective and noticeable change is probably moving the Major's "I Love War" speech from the conclusion of events in Rio de Janeiro to shortly before the attack on London.
  • Adaptation-Induced Plot Hole: In his fight with Alucard, Luke Valentine is shown to have a strong Healing Factor, surviving after getting shot in the head by Alucard's specialized gun. However, he is unable to regenerate his legs. In the manga, there was no headshot. He was instead shot in the stomach by the Casull, while his legs were shot off by Jackal. In the OVA, Jackal was the cause of all three wounds.
    • This was rectified in the FUNimation re-release, where Luke's initial injuries are now caused by the Casull.
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Heinkel and Yumie in episode V.
  • Brick Joke: In the OVA, Alucard gave us the line "Nothing I shoot ever gets back up again." Later in the episode, he shoots Father Anderson in the head, only for the latter to get back up and stab him.
    Alucard: What?!
  • Catapult Nightmare: Seras in the first episode.
  • Country Matters: Anderson says it in the background during Episode 5. According to Taliesin Jaffe, Steven Brand pleaded that he get say it. "I'm Scottish, I've said since I was 12-years-old, I don't know a man alive in Scotland who hasn't said it, I need to say it at least once!"
  • Cross-Popping Veins/Sweat Drop: During the Super-Deformed segments.
  • "Facing the Bullets" One-Liner: Jan Valentine.
  • Funny Background Event: At the end of the third OVA, as Pip is yelling for Seras and Alucard to get in the helicopter, you may or may not notice he's also holding the terrified pilot at gunpoint. It's only visible in one shot.
  • Historical In-Joke: A passing reference by Integra about Bram Stoker and Pip about vampire stereotypes implies Dracula was published as an exaggerated chronicle of the actual events that led to Alucard's capture.
  • Konami Code: In episode II, Jan yells out part of the code while firing his dual sub-machine-guns.
  • Not Even Bothering with the Accent: Jan is supposed to speak like a typical English chav, but he and his brother both have American accents on account of their voice actors being from there, and Crispin uses his normal tone of voice as Alucard. Then again, who cares?
    • Averted when Alucard has a dream of back when he was still Dracula/"Vladycard". He speaks in a very believable Romanian accent. In the commentary for the first OVA, Crispin Freeman mentions that he did practice his Romanian accent a lot and was going to use it, but it just ended up sounding corny and his (Romanian) language teacher chewed him out over it. That isn't apparent in the flashback because he only has one line, which is spoken very quietly.
    Crispin's Teacher: Creespin, vot you are doing, it is terrible!
    • He finally uses said accent in present time in Episode 8.
    • In Brazil, very few individuals speak with a Brazilian accent, save a news anchor and one major character. And even then, it comes across as more Spanish than Portuguese. Everyone else is either American or Seras.
    • Yumie is voiced by Siobhan Flynn in the dub, who uses her normal Welsh accent. This is addressed in the commentary for the fifth and sixth OVAs, where Taliesin Jaffe jokes that he went with the "Doctor Who theory" for Yumie's voice: if you don't know where they're from, they're Welsh. In the commentary for the sixth OVA, after discussing it with Yuri, he suggests that she was raised in a Welsh orphanage.
  • Precision F-Strike: English dub. While strong language is nothing new for this series, it can be a bit surprising to hear Nice Girl Seras drop the F-bomb not once, but twice, once while the Nazis invade Hellsing Manor, and again while cheesegrating Zorin's face.
  • Screaming Warrior: Anderson breaks the decibel scale during OVA 8 with his suicidal charge through Alucard's army.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Played straight in the fourth OVA at the part where Alucard brutally slays Rip Van Winkle. A scene almost bordering on Gorn (much like the entire anime, really), made only more disturbing by the cheerful German music playing in the background. The opera is Der Freischütz; but since the whole Rip's episode is Freischütz-flavoured (and -sounded), and both music and lyrics are rather appropriate, it bein' a first major German Romanticism opera.
    • The opera ends with the Marksman being dragged to Hell by the Devil. Rip considers Alucard the devil come to claim her, as modeled on the opera.
    • And on OVA 5, elevator music plays during a car chase!
    • Speaking of OVA 5, the dramatically-appropriate and percussive but oddly upbeat "Broken English" by Schaft plays while London is burned to the ground and people are immolated.
  • The Rival: Anderson to Alucard, Alucard to Anderson. Need we go on?
  • Take That: From the English version OVAs. Yes, they really make fun of Twilight on the back of the Hellsing disc collections, and they were almost certainly inspired by Hellsing Ultimate Abridged.
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  • This Is for Emphasis, Bitch!: This occurs in the English dub when Seras kills Zorin.
    "How does it feel having somebody fuck with your head?! How does it feel, you BITCH?!"
  • Trigger Happy: Alucard. Jan has his moments, too.
  • Your Soul Is Mine: This is how vampirism works if a true vampire kills their victim using it, as fully revealed in Episode 8.
  • Vocal Dissonance: The 9th OVA features a WWII-era Alucard, who looks like a teenage girl. He keeps his original deep voice, though.


Hold yer tongue, the dead don't speak. Do the dead dare walk the Earth before mine eyes? Will the undead raise an army, fall in, and advance with those who would abandon God and embrace the heretical order dare presume to meet mine gaze? Iscariot will not allow it! I will not allow it! You will be cut down like straw, trembling before my wrath! AAAAAMEEEEEEENNNNNN!!

Alternative Title(s):

Hellsing Ultimate