YMMV / Hellsing

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  • Superlative Dubbing: The original TV series is notable for rocket-launching Crispin Freeman's voice-acting career (though he was already known thanks to Slayers), and is also one of the first dubbed anime series to feature characters with convincing foreign accents, due in part to most key roles being voiced by actual UK expats. The OVAs would have the entire main cast of the TV series reprise their roles, while adding other talented actors to the roster. In short; Hellsing as a whole features one of the most exceptional dubs to ever come out.

    The Manga and OVA 
  • Acceptable Targets: Catholics. It doesn't help that the only representation the Catholic Church has in Hellsing is Iscariot, which seems to be made up of a bunch of murderous lunatics and complete bastards. Although to be honest, both Catholics and the Hellsing's Anglicans are portrayed here as fanatical, from a Japanese POV.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • Alucard. Is he a full-on sadistic, sociopathic Blood Knight with a Smug Super complex or is he a Death Seeker wanting to die at a superior's hands? The latter is hinted several times in the series.
      • Generally, the former is for artificial vampires who threw away their humanity simply to get stronger, something Alucard detests. They're generally rather arrogant themselves, so Alucard wants to knock them down a peg. The latter personality is reserved for the few who (initially) seem strong enough to actually kill him and justify their vampirism or humans like Anderson, who Alucard believes have the right to kill him until Anderson himself takes on supernatural power in an attempt to win, which leaves Alucard bitterly disappointed.
    • The Major:
      • The end-of-volume omakes usually portray the Major as a die-hard Otaku. And Shine Heaven Now took that interpretation and ran with it.
      • The Major may be a Death Seeker. He claims he wants to kick start another World War, starting with destroying London and then moving on to Paris, Rome, and the rest of the world. However, he clearly has no idea how to deal with Alucard and sends many ranked underlings to their death against him. He knows he can't attack London as long as Alucard is there to stop him, but his grand plan for dealing with him is put him on a boat to buy a few hours. His only effective gamble to actually be rid of him is Schrödinger who he doesn't use until the very end. It doesn't kill him either. In other words, he fully expects they are all going to die, but he doesn't want to bum his troops down with that info. His true goal then is not to start a new war, but to go out in a blaze of glory, since he's Genre Savvy enough to see that either Hellsing, Iscariot, or Alucard will ultimately defeat them, especially since Mina Harker has run dry as a source.
    • The Captain. On the one hand, a genuinely chivalrous man who, over the course of the series, never actually kills anyone. On the other, well... he is working for the Ghostapo. His highly symbolic death, and the fact that he seemingly engineered it, only raises more questions. And he never talks enough to shed light on his actions either.
  • Ass Pull: Walter's betrayal may seem like one, there was no foreshadowing other than some Fridge Logic Sir Islands points out in a later chapter.
  • Awesome Ego: The Valentine Brothers are Smug Snakes if there ever were, but Jan at least is one of, if not the, hammiest character the series has ever produced.
  • Cargo Ship: Alucard says: "GET AWAY FROM MY COFFIN!" Made even worse by the fact that the coffin is alive.
  • Complete Monster:
    • The Major, the psychotic leader of the "Last Battalion" of the Nazi remnant Millennium, is an unassuming, bespectacled, jovial fat little man who is defined by his love of war (despite not fighting himself). After surviving World War II, The Major consolidated his forces in South America, where they awaited their chance for one final, glorious combat. Acting behind the scenes, the Major had multiple humans turned into vampires, having them slaughter innocent people to slowly reveal himself to Hellsing. Finally taking center stage, the Major launched an attack on London, obliterating everything he saw and having his men slaughter every living thing in sight, including babies. The Major confesses there is no end goal; combat and war are their own end. The Major shows no hesitation in killing one of his own officers when he objects to the Major carelessly sacrificing their soldiers, and his ultimate goal is to die at the conclusion of his war, after having created one last great display of the carnage he so loves.
    • Zorin Blitz lays siege to the Hellsing mansion with her forces and mind rapes Seras by delving deep into her memories and forcing her to relive her painful childhood, where she had to watch her parents be murdered by gangsters and her mother's corpse being raped. While Seras is trapped in the illusion, the psychotic Zorin hacks off her arm, stabs her through the back, and cuts her eyes. Pip and his two remaining squad members arrive and manage to temporarily disable Zorin by shooting her multiple times. Pip tries to escape with the badly wounded Seras, but Zorin kills him by stabbing him through the back with her scythe. To top it all off, as Seras cradles his dead body and cries for him, Zorin mocks Pip, calling him an "insect," and prepares to kill Seras and her fellow soldiers.
  • Contractual Immortality: Alucard's was more or less iron-clad.
  • Crazy Awesome: Seras Dual Wielding BFGs longer than she is tall.
  • Creepy Awesome:
    • Most of the monsters in this series fall under this trope. Prepare to be creeped out and stare at the screen in awe, simultaneously.
    • Alucard is basically a crowning example.
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Jan, just Jan. He's so over-the-top in the OVA that there's no other trope to describe his antics.
  • Die for Our Ship: Alucard/Seras militant fans take the cake with their treatment of Integra and Pip. The latter's existence is largely ignored or it's assumed he truly died when he didn't.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Alucard, Walter, even Major.
  • Ear Worm: From Volume 5 of the OVA, Akuma stockiiiiing/Doo-doo-bee-doo...
    • Don't say it in Russian, don't say in German, just say it in broken English...
  • Ending Fatigue: The battle with Millennium in London. They invaded in Volume 5, and the fight with them lasts the rest of the series till Volume 10.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse:
    • Luke and Jan. Jan's considered one of the funniest characters in the entire series.
    • Young Walter has a good amount of fans. For several reasons. Being voiced by Romi Park sure helps.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Full Draculina Seras (or Berserker Seras) suddenly seems a lot more, uh, looser than usual.
    • Walter's vampire form proves one thing: Walter was panties-meltingly hot as a young man. Oh my.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • The most popular couples are Alucard/Integra, Alucard/Seras, Pip/Seras and Alucard/Walter (the young or Dark Walter versions).
    • Walter/Girlycard. Sometimes, the fans make Alucard take his girl form (aka Girlycard) in Alucard/Walter stories.
    • Captain/Seras has a relatively small yet passionate following.
  • Foe Yay: There's quite a bit of it.
  • Friendly Fandoms: With Castlevania due in no small part to their shared motifs, characters (no, not the "Alucard"-based one), powers, and voice actors. It helps that two chapters of the manga are named "Castlevania" as a Shout-Out. Fans of Curse of Darkness probably got a kick out of seeing Crispin Freeman and Liam O'Brien go at it again in the 9th OVA.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Seras' embarrassment over Alucard asking if she's a virgin and comedic overreactions to Captain Bernadotte’s and the Wild Geese’s "Sexual Harassment" can become a lot less funny when it's revealed Seras' mother was killed and then raped right in front of her when she was a small child. She freaks out about sex due to childhood trauma.
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient: Like a certain other Madhouse/Satelight production, your jaw will be on the fucking floor by the end of the first Hellsing Ultimate OVA. It gets even more awesome at Episode 4. And then it gets Crazy Awesome at Episode 7.
  • Iron Woobie: Seras has gone through a lot of crap in her short life (and shorter afterlife).
  • Jerkass Woobie: Rip Van Winkle for some fans due to how cruel her death is, and the implication that whole reason she was sent was just to distract Alucard, otherwise she would have been just another villain.
  • Launcher of a Thousand Ships: Alucard is shipped with EVERYONE. Integra borrows his black dress in Spanish and Japanese fanbases, producing ships such as Integra/Penwood and Integra/Islands Junior.
  • Les Yay
    • OVA 4 has Integra purposely cutting her fingertip while asking Seras why she refused to drink blood - then tells her "Kiss it for me".
  • LGBT Fanbase:
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Did ANYONE seriously think Hirano would kill his main trio of Alucard, Seras, or Integra? Only them? Pip wasn't a goner, he returned with improvements. Every major character in the Hellsing organization except Walter, who was a traitor, survived.
  • Memetic Mutation: While all of Alucard's different outfits are extremely recognizable and popular in Cosplay, his usual one takes the cake.
    • "Meanwhile... Alucard is still on a boat." note 
    • After the Major shoots at Integra. "I finally hit something."
    • Anderson yelling "AMMMEEENN!!" when he usually gets to a fight.
  • Memetic Troll: Schrödinger gets this treatment due being able to be everywhere and nowhere (including being in someone's mind), coming back completely uninjured after being gruesomely killed, and for being a snarker (including snarking at the Major).
  • Mind Game Ship: Alucardxanyone, really... but AlucardxIntegra and AlucardxSeras tend to be fan favorites.
    • AlucardxRip is nearly a canon one — what with him screwing around with her and then taking a lot of pleasure in massacring her.
  • Moe:
    • Seras is surprisingly adorable when she's not in badass mode. Surprisingly subverted when she was younger, though.
    • Integra as a child.
    • Rip van Winkle.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Chances are somebody in the series crossed it. Nazi vampire eating a baby? Alucard torturing Rip Van Winkle? Zorin mutilating Seras and killing her love interest? Maxwell ordering the deaths of innocent civilians? Take your pick.
    • Alucard's odd behavior while killing Rip Van Winkle may actually be farther away from a Moral Event Horizon than the other picks, because not only is this identifiable but when Alucard showed up again in Volume/OVA 8, we see his redeeming values.
    • If Zorin slaughtering the Wild Geese wasn't enough, she manages to cross it AGAIN with her Mind Rape of Seras with memories of her Nightmare Fuel past traumas and killing Pip. She paid for it though, dear god did she pay.
    • Maxwell slaughtering the survivors in London. Even Anderson couldn't stand him after it and actually helped Alucard kill him.
  • Music to Invade Poland To: Engelandlied, an actual World War II era song.
  • Narm:
    • Anderson's Gratuitous English in the Japanese dub of OVA 1, particularly when he (badly) quotes 1 Corinthians 16:22. Unsurprising considering his voice actor.
    • Sera's backstory. Okay, so her parents were murdered because her dad was a cop. Then Seras stabs one of the guy's eyes out with a fork that happens to be lying on the ground. Then the guy whose eye she just stabbed out less than a minute ago decides that this is a good time to have sex with her mother's dead body. It's supposed to be dramatic and tragic and etc. Instead it's just ridiculous.
  • Narm Charm:
    • In the English dub of OVA 2, right after shooting Jan Valentine, Integra pulls the line: "We'll have no more of that. I'm pissed off." Hilarious, yet still awesome.
      • Right afterwards, Jan laughs before saying "Ow." It's really hard not to laugh at once you notice it, but it only makes the scene better. In the commentary track, no one can keep it together at that point.
    • In the fourth OVA, one of Anderson's battle screams against Alucard sounds like he is screaming the word "hug". Then, there's his Bible quote from the first OVA. Steven Brand fixed that.
    • Enrico Maxwell's... unhinged behavior in the later OVAs is so bombastic and hammy, it's hard not to tear up from laughter. And most wouldn't have it any other way.
  • Nightmare Retardant: Sometimes the series is so over the top it's downright funny. Granted, most of the series' appeal for some people is the Narm Charm.
  • Older Than They Think: Due to its much greater success, it's not so easy to find people who know that Alucard's combination of handgun, red coat and round yellow sunglasses is a direct homage to Vash The Stampede from Trigun, a work which Hirano was a big fan of before writing Hellsing. You can even read the words "Trigun Maximum" in Zorin Blitz's tattoos as another homage.
  • One-Scene Wonder: The Valentine Brothers, but especially Jan. This was ramped up in the OVA to the point that he became an Ensemble Darkhorse, likely due to just how much he loves being a bad guy.
  • Paranoia Fuel: It might not be that obvious, but this series is oozing with Paranoia Fuel. Consider its three prominent organizations:
    • Iscariot: The supposedly nonexistent arm of the Catholic Church, they appear to have contacts everywhere in every country that is Catholic or has a Catholic population, as well being capable of raising an army to attack London and having enough scientific resources to make someone able to beat vampires. And all the relics they have like Helena's Nail...
    • The titular Hellsing organisation is surprisingly less paranoia-inducing, as their operations appear to be limited in Great Britain, but the sole fact that they can send someone like Alucard anywhere is quite scary.
    • And finally, Millennium. They have infiltrated the British military, and can transform anyone into a vampire; that means that if you're a soldier, anyone from your commanding officer to your best friend could be a horrifying killing machine just waiting a command from a guy who makes Colonel Kilgore look like a pacifist. Going From Bad to Worse, they can monitor the transformed and burn them alive if necessary to preserve their secrets and have a sniper who can shoot down jet fighters with an antique musket, a Master of Illusion, a werewolf and a catboy who cannot die and can go anywhere with no restrictions.
    • To top it all off, it's a tough world for Muggles in this universe if they're not Badass Normal. If they catch a vampire's fancy and happen to be a virgin, the vampire is not above raping them before turning them into a ghoul, and it is implied that virgin blood is desirable and they might just end up as dinner. If you aren't a virgin and are turned, you become a mindless ghoul under the vampire's command and will go after any humans, including your loved ones, if not put out of your misery. Hope that the vampire who finds you isn't going on a bloody rampage and will just shoot you in the head instead of slowly crushing your head with their foot until it explodes from the pressure.
  • Ron the Death Eater: Iscariot members are over villainous in fanfiction. Mostly due to Shipping: Anderson sometimes is turned into a rapist to create Wangst for the Alucard pairing of choice (even in canon, Anderson was disgusted to the idea of even manhandling Integra against her will). Integra is also victim of this in the hands of Alucard/Seras shippers, when she's not assumed dead in the beginning (or married to someone else), she's made a Soap Opera villain. Pip is sometimes pictured as a Romantic False Lead.
  • Rooting for the Empire: Some fans wanted Anderson or Walter to defeat Alucard, if only because of the enormous amount of effort they go through to match his strength. Anderson throws away his humanity and sacrifices his followers only to lose when Seras causes Alucard's second wind. While Walter becomes a vampire, goes through an operation to make himself younger, and attacks relentlessly to keep Alucard from regenerating, only to be fooled by Alucard's shapeshifting abilities.
  • Ship Mates: Some fans will pair off the entire cast like it's Noah's Ark.
  • Shocking Swerve: A couple things, namely Walter becoming a vampire and betraying Integra.
  • Slash Fic: Most commonly with Integra/Seras, Alucard/Anderson, and Alucard/Walter.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the actual animation is top-notch, some of the CGI used in the OVA is less than stellar. Some shots of the Millennium troopers and Alucard's army of familiars in OVA 8 look awful.
  • Squick: Seras' flashback has one of the robbers (in the manga, they were either hired by dirty cops being investigated by Seras' father, or were the dirty cops themselves) that murdered her parents proceed to rape her mother's corpse. That's wrong on any possible level and extremely disturbing.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some readers felt this way about the revelation that the artificial vampires were made from Mina Harker. It was ripe for exploration given how monumental she was in Alucard's past and the formation of the Hellsing Organization, yet it's discovered near the very end of the series after Alucard is gone, very briefly and vaguely exposited on (raising more questions than it answered), then destroyed to uphold the masquerade.
  • Too Cool to Live:
    • Anderson is killed right before the final showdown with The Major and The Captain.
    • Most of the evil characters who die within the first five OVAs are this. Many of them have some really interesting power mixed with a really unique appearance. And many of them die simply because they aren't Alucard, Anderson, or Walter.
  • Unfortunate Implications: The portrayal of the Catholic Church (shown as fanatic, fundamentalist, corrupt, genocidal megalomaniacs who literally are pals with Nazis) and Catholics in general as borderline Always Chaotic Evil (with the singular exception of Father Anderson) has raised a lot of eyebrows.
  • The Untwist: The Major being a robot. Mostly because we're supposed to be surprised that he's not human, when in reality, at least in the OVA, the audience generally already assumed this due to the fact that his humanity is never actually explicitly stated until the last couple episodes, he commands the loyalty of countless powerful vampires, and he's still alive and relatively young despite the fact that he was apparently an adult during WWII. So while it's legitimately a surprise that he's a robot, most people who just watched the OVA assumed that he was a vampire, and few realized he was supposed to be seen as a human.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion:
    • Zorin Blitz can be another, that is if you can fail to notice her ridiculous Boobs of Steel.
    • Heinkel as well, due to being extremely adnrogynous.
    • It's very easy for new readers to mistake Integra for a feminine man. Which ironically some still keep thinking she's a man, even when there's a cover which shows a VERY busty Integra. It doesn't help that she insists on referring to herself with a male title.
    • Schrödinger could easily be mistaken for a girl, a problem that isn't helped by his great resemblance to Seras.
  • What an Idiot: Maxwell's entire crusade to destroy Millennium and (going against the Pope's orders) slaughtering England's Protestant population and "mass conversion". If he had just kept his fanaticism in check and had the Papal Knights keep to the original mission of only fighting Millennium and rescuing civilians, they would have A.) Been the saviors of London and make the Hellsing Organization look incompetent, and B.) Would have no doubt inspired many British Civilians to convert to the religion of their saviors due to them swooping in and killing unholy Nazi Vampires. But no, instead they became cannon fodder for Alucard's Level 0, lost almost all of their fighting force, pretty much made themselves eternal enemies of the UK (and elsewhere, assuming word of their atrocious actions got out), and are still reeling from the loss far into the epilogue.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not for Kids?: For some unknown reason, the Dark Horse publication rated it as T for mild language and violence. Nevermind the use of words like "fuck" and "shit", there are scenes of extreme Gorn everywhere and two rape scenes.
  • The Woobie:
    • Heinkel really had it rough, even compared to the other characters. And in a series like this, that's really saying something. Her teacher, Alexander Anderson, gave up his life, in vain nonetheless, to try to defeat Alucard. Then, after his corpse was stomped on by Vampire!Walter, Yumie, in a blind rage, tried to rush him, only to get cut to pieces. Then, as she tries to avenge Yumie, she gets half her face shot off by The Captain before getting one shot in. Then, as it seems The Captain is about to finish her off, to which she'd be much better off as at this point, he refuses to and pities Heinkel by giving her bandages to wrap her face in, which she took as a huge middle finger to her entire cause. So, all in all, she lost her teacher and surrogate father, her best friend, half her face, and her pride.
    • Seras. As a kid, she witnessed her mother get murdered and raped (yes, in that order). Years later, she watches all of her fellow cops get turned into ghouls by a vampire, then she's shot through the chest and turned into a vampire herself. When she seems to have finally found a little bit of happiness, the man she's fallen for is murdered and she loses her arm. Is it any wonder she snaps?
  • Woolseyism: Why does Jan have a more obvious American accent compared to Luke? Who cares? It's hilarious.

    The Series 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: There's some hints in briefest moments of a single flashback that implies Anderson didn't willingly become a regenerator, but it's never expounded upon.
  • Awesome Music: Has its own page
  • Base-Breaking Character: Incognito, the Big Bad. Some consider it a genuinely, otherwordly scary villain, specially when compared to the more mundane antagonists from Millennium, while others believe he is bland fellow who fails at making any impact and whose character and background are too weird for the context of Hellsing.
  • Deader Than Disco: Much like with original the original Fullmetal Alchemist 2003 series, the original Hellsing adaptation from Gonzo underwent something similar against the later Hellsing Ultimate. The original was an underground phenomenon in America, praised for its excellent dub, interesting take on vampires, and badass fight scenes. Then Ultimate came along, got the dub voice cast back, explored the mythology, and took the fight scenes Up to Eleven. It also increased interest in the original manga, and then people realized just how much the Gonzo series had overtaken it. Cue people picking it apart for the usual Gonzo sins, including cheap animation and an abrupt Gecko Ending. Today, while the Gonzo adaptation is still remembered for its soundtrack as well as other traits (see Love Ir Or Hate Ir below), Ultimate has achieved an iconic status.
  • Love It or Hate It: The state of the Gonzo series nowadays. People hate it for being a failed adaptation with weak plots and uncharismatic original characters or love it for fleshing out Seras and featuring the unique style common to Chiaki Konaka's works.
  • Narm: The redesign of Anderson's bayonets. Badass as he could be while using them, the animation style makes his weapons look an unfortunate lot like palette knifes.
  • They Changed It, Now It Sucks: Why some Hellsing fans dislike the TV series. It goes both ways, since some fans who saw the TV series first prefer it to the manga and OVA.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Some fans believe the anime had some interesting ideas and takes on the story that were bogged down by writing and budget problems.
  • WTH, Casting Agency?: Tasio Alonso's casting and performance as Alucard in the Spanish dub are huge points of discussion in the country. His intensely gruff, raspy tone, completely different to Joji Nakata's booming voice, is considered to be either a better choice for a character like him or a ridiculous source of narm.

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