Western Animation / Hellboy Animated


An animated adaptation of the Hellboy comicbook series. They're a distinct continuity, closer in spirit to the comics, but they feature actors (Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt) reprising their roles from the live-action film series, along with the addition of Peri Gilpin as Kate Corrigan.

Sword of Storms

Japanese folklorist Professor Sakai opens a forbidden scroll and becomes possessed by demons. While investigating Sakai's disappearance with a BPRD team (including folklorist Kate Corrigan), Hellboy touches a samurai sword left behind at the crime scene, and is suddenly transported into a Magical Land based on Japanese Mythology. There, Hellboy learns that the storm demons Thunder and Lightning are sealed within the sword. If freed, Thunder and Lightning will unleash a storm capable of loosing the dragon Ogdru Jahad and all its offspring, bringing about the end of the world. Hellboy also confronts a series of youkai (directed by the demon-possessed Sakai), nearly all of them intent on breaking the sword and freeing the storm demons.

Meanwhile, Kate Corrigan attempts to solve the mystery of Hellboy's disappearance, as massive storms begin forming (due to the weakening of Thunder and Lightning's prison) and the first wave of "dragons" are freed. Liz Sherman and Abe Sapien become trapped on a deserted ocean island, and must fight one of these dragons.

It's worth noting that the scene where Hellboy meets a group of nukekubi is adapted almost verbatim from the one-shot comic "Heads", which Mike Mignola cited as one of his favorite Hellboy stories.

Blood and Iron

Hotel mogul Oliver Trombolt requests that the BPRD investigate the supposed haunting of a house he's renovating into a resort. In spite of the fact that Trombolt is clearly doing this as a publicity stunt, Professor Bruttenholm takes an interest in the case and suspects that something genuinely supernatural is occurring. Bruttenholm leads a field team, including Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien, to investigate.

It soon becomes clear that the hotel truly is haunted... by the victims of Erzsebet Ondrushko, a countess who, decades ago, sold her soul to the witch-goddess Hecate, bathed in the blood of innocents, and was eventually killed by Bruttenholm himself. The BPRD team is assaulted by harpies, hell-hounds, and a werewolf, all servants of Ondrushko intent on raising their vampire mistress from the dead. Hecate herself takes an interest in the proceedings, using them as an opportunity to tempt Hellboy to join team evil.

The Blood And Iron DVD also includes an Animated Adaptation of the comics' "The Iron Shoes" story. In addition to the two films, several mini-comics were set in the Animated continuity. A third film (''The Phantom Claw'', the debut of Lobster Johnson) was planned but never came to fruition.

Provides examples of:

  • Adaptation Distillation: Blood and Iron is "Wake the Devil" minus the bits that got adapted for the first movie- to wit, Rasputin and the Nazis. And with Elizabeth Bathory replacing Giurescu.
  • Alternate Continuity
  • Animate Inanimate Object: In Sword of Storms, a group of tsukumogami attacks Kate Corrigan.
  • Anachronic Order: Blood and Iron starts off with a flashback, then a scene in the current time, and splices in several flashbacks out of order as well.
  • Back from the Dead: Erzsebet, through the items she used to torture her victims to death with.
  • Batman Cold Open: Sword of Storms opens with Hellboy, Liz Sherman, and Abe Sapien taking down some kind of giant bat-monster (presumably Camazotz, the Mayan bat-god.) Blood and Iron starts with Hellboy and Abe Sapien taking down what seems to be a cybernetic Minotaur.
  • The Beast Master: Countess Erzsebet controls several demonic wolves.
  • Bigger Bad: Hecate in Blood and Iron.
  • Blood Bath: In Blood and Iron, Erzsebet Ondrushko (who's basically Elizabeth Bathory under a slightly different name) bathed in blood to preserve her youth.
  • Bloody Handprint: In Blood and Iron, a number of Ghosts collect at a window, Abe cannot see them, but when he turns around, he does see dozens of bloody hand-prints where their hands were.
  • Chekhov's Gun: The hip flask in Blood and Iron. And the room the Werewolf kicks Hellboy into has a very obvious set of deer antlers on the wall.
  • Co-Dragons: The Harpy Sisters in Blood and Iron.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: In Professor Bruttenholm's flashback at the beginning ofBlood and Iron, an unlucky Red Shirt gets drained of blood courtesy of Erszebet. Two others are Eaten Alive by the aforementioned demonic wolves shortly afterwards, though mercifully offscreen.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: The Ghosts in Blood and Iron.
  • Demonic Possession: Professor Sakai is on the receiving end by two Youkai, and the longer he's under their spell, the more monstrous he becomes.
  • Expy: In Blood and Iron, Oliver Trombolt bears a rather striking resemblance to David Xanatos, except he is nowhere near as big a Magnificent Bastard.
  • Fanservice: Erzsebet having a Blood Bath naked, going from monster to young lady, rubbing herself and moaning in slight pleasure.
  • Fan Disservice: When she undergoes the results of the tampered bath and returns to monster form.
  • Ghostly Goals: The Ghosts in Blood and Iron wish to be avenged. The Samurai's wife is waiting for her husband to return.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Only if the person believes in the holy though. Unfortunately, father Lupescu lost his...
  • Holy Hand Grenade: In Blood and Iron, the BPRD successfully weaponizes holy water to use against vampires.
  • Honor Before Reason: The Japanese daimyo in Sword of Storms, to the point of killing his own daughter to keep his promise to the demons Thunder and Lightning.
  • Hope Spot: In Blood and Iron, the newly revived Erzsebet closes in on Bruttenholm. Hellboy appears for what looks like a Big Damn Heroes moment, only to get pulled underground by Hecate.
  • Kappa: HB fights one of them in Sword of Storms.
  • Kitsune: One of these guides HB in Sword of Storms.
  • Like Brother and Sister: Rather than being portrayed as love interests like they were in the live-action films, Liz and Hellboy are portrayed as having more of a sibling-like relationship, which is actually more in-line with how the original comics portray them.
  • Mood Whiplash: In Blood and Iron after a climactic moment between Bruttenhulm and Countess Ondrushko, and a sad scene with the ghosts of the victims, the next scene in the film is Hellboy climbing out of a hole entangled in a giant snake and bashing its head into the floor.
  • Monster Mash: In Blood and Iron. Harpies, wolves, and a werewolf, all cooperating under the orders of a vampire.
  • Mundane Utility: Liz uses her powers to heat up coffee.
  • Noodle Incident: Hellboy, Abe, and Liz often talk about previous unseen adventures.
  • Off with Her Head!: In Sword of Storms, how the daimyo's daughter died.
  • Our Dragons Are Different: In Sword of Storms, "dragon" is apparently a title rather than a species. The Ogdru Jahad are referred to as "the dragon" (and the viewer never sees what they look likenote ), and their offspring range from humanoid ogres with thunder powers to squishy, underwater tentacle monsters.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: Erzsebet sold her soul to Hecate, the Witch Queen. She's in total monster form unless she's bathed in blood in which case it works as a Fountain of Youth for her. She does feed, but it's the bathing that's shown to be her rejuvenation.
  • Power Incontinence: Liz hasn't got her fire powers fully under control yet, and needs to be calmed down by Hellboy or Abe.
  • Quick Nip: Subverted in Blood and Iron. Bruttenholm, cornered by Ondrushko, reaches for his hip flask, prompting the vampire to snidely ask if he needs a drink to calm him in his last hours. The flask is actually filled with holy water, which he flings at the vampire.
  • Red Shirts: Unnamed BPRD agents have a rather low life expectancy.
  • Reluctant Hero: Liz, due to her Power Incontinence.
  • The Renfield: Father Lupescu turns into a mild version of this.
  • Retired Badass: Bruttenholm, especially in Blood and Iron where he is responsible for taking down the Big Bad. Twice.
  • Shout-Out:
  • Role Reprisal: As noted above, Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Doug Jones, and John Hurt reprise their respective roles from the live-action film series as Hellboy, Liz Sherman, Abe Sapien, and Professor Bruttenholm. In fact, as the movies were released before The Golden Army, this was the first time Jones's own voice was heard as Abe (having been dubbed over by David Hyde Pierce in the first movie). The only exception besides Pierce is Jeffrey Tambor as Tom Manning, having been replaced by Jim Cummings.
  • Spared by the Adaptation:
    • Even compared to his counterpart in the live-action movies, Professor Bruttenholm. He survives the events of Blood and Iron.
    • Also apparently Scott Clark, the Nick-Fury-looking BPRD agent from the beginning of Blood and Iron, who dies in his first appearance in the comics (though it's still possible he died while off on his B-mission this time around).
  • Timm Style
  • Top-Heavy Guy: HB has a massive upper body and normal human-sized legs.
  • Youkai: Besides the aforementioned kitsune and kappa, in Sword of Storms HB encounters rokurokubi, nukekubi, and jorogumo. Meanwhile, Kate Corrigan gets attacked by tsukumogami.