YMMV: Hellsing

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    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.
  • Alternate 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.
    • 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 away 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.
  • Awesome Music: Oh, so many. Gradus Vita, Target Insight, A Thousand Tangs, Letzte Batallion, Magnolia, If You're Going To War, Fight With Bows, Spears And Swords!, (sigh)... I need to breath...
    • Especially Magnolia. Japanese Rock band Sulien did a rather remarkable job of singing it in English, along with the song Broken English.
    • Ireo, Ireo!, which is also used in OVA 6 as Maxwell laughs insanely at the helicopters departing for London. Incredibly oppressive and creepy. Serves to underscore the sheer inhumanity and facelessness of both Millennium and Iscariot.
  • 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 is defined by his love of war (despite not fighting himself). After surviving World War II (and commiting atrocities in that war), 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:
    • Alucard. Oh yes.
    • Most of the monsters in this series fall under this trope. Prepare to be creeped out and stare at the screen in awe, simultaneously.
  • Crosses the Line Twice/Narm Charm: 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:
    • Fans got very excited to see Pip in the OVA.
    • The Captain.
    • Rip Van Winkle.
    • 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 Paku sure helps.
  • Epileptic Trees
  • Evil Is Cool: Alucard, Anderson, and most of Millennium, especially the Major and Rip.
  • Evil Is Sexy:
    • Alucard.
    • 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.
    • Jan and Luke Valentine.
    • The Captain, though he's more of an Anti-Villain.
  • 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.
  • "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 her mother was killed and then raped right in front of Seras 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.
  • 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: Alexander Anderson has a small bara following.
  • 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.
  • Love to Hate: Jan.
    • The Major.
  • Magnificent Bastard:
  • Marty Stu: Alucard, specifically a God-Mode Sue. It's not necessarily a bad thing, though, and a good chunk of the plot comes from other people noticing this and working out roundabout ways to either put him out of action permanently or avoid having to fight him altogether.
  • Memetic Mutation: While all of Alucard's different outfits are extremely recognizable and popular in Cosplay, his usual one takes the cake.
  • Memetic Sex God: Alucard, no kiddin'. It alternates with his vampire-sex god title. Alucard achieved this status by the time we see him in his Bondagecardform. Also, if you bring up Rip Van Winkle, the subject will automatically go to her interesting "battle". Even Alucard's voice actor declared that he has never played a character with such a powerful sexuality.
    • Seras, since she designed with fanservice in mind, and is also a vampire.
  • Memetic Troll: Schrodinger 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 looot of pleasure in massacering 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 good 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 London To: Engelandlied, an actual World War II era song.
  • Narm: Anderson's Gratuitous English in the Japanese dub, particularly when he (badly) quotes 1 Corinthians 16:22.
  • Narm Charm:
    • In the second OVA, 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 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 fized that.
    • The Doktor has a lot of this.
    • 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.
    • This.
  • 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.
  • 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, Millenium. 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 VIII 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.
  • 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.
  • 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:
    • Pip...sort of.
    • 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 OV As 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 (all evil with the singular exception of Father Anderson) as borderline Always Chaotic Evil has raised a lot of eyebrows.
  • Viewer Gender Confusion: Rip Van Winkle in the manga. Schrödinger.
    • Zorin Blitz can be another.
      • And Heinkel.
    • It's very easy for new readers to mistake Integra for a feminine man.
  • 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. Because the numerous times the word fuck is used is considered mild.
    • Nevermind the use of words like "fuck" and "shit", theres scenes of extreme Gorn everywhere and two rape scenes.
  • The Woobie: Seras.
    • Heinkel really had it rough, even compared to the other characters. And in a series like this, that's really saying something. His 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 he tries to avenge Yumie, he gets half her face shot off by The Captain before getting one shot in. Then, as it seems The Captain is about to finish him off, to which he'd be much better off as at this point, he refuses to and pities Heinkel by giving him bandages to wrap his face in, which he took as a huge middle finger to his entire cause. So, all in all, he lost his teacher, his best friend, half his face, and his pride.
    • Ironically, given the type of person The Captain is, it probably wasn't pity.
    • Iron Woobie: Seras again and Pip Bernadotte.
      • The Geese in general. Mere Badass Normal doesn't get you far in this show.
    • Stoic Woobie: Integra Hellsing.
    • 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.
  • Woolseyism: Why does Jan have a more obvious American accent compared to Luke? Who cares, it's hilarious.

    The Series 
  • Alternative Character Interpretation:
    • The anime made Alucard more noble than his manga counterpart — he only turns Seras after explaining his entire plan to her, instead of shooting her first and then asking if she doesn't want to die afterwards; and his bond with Integra is much more voluntary on his part, submitting himself to her after she displays her courage rather than because of the blood pact with the Hellsing clan.
    • 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: The TV anime's soundtrack is one of its very few aspects that's still praised.
  • Broken Base: Some fans love the TV series, some think it sucks. Points in favor of the series are that it fleshes out Seras a lot more as a character and explores the method by which the artificial vamps are made. Points against it? Well, "Incognito" wasn't quite up to snuff compared to the manga-original villains.
  • 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, the Gonzo adaptation is mostly remembered for its soundtrack (and to some its Alternate Character Interpretation of Seras as the viewpoint character), while Ultimate has achieved an iconic status.
  • Fan Nickname: Incognito has been called "Vagina Head" because of the piercing and red zero on his forehead.
    • No love for Bubbancy?
  • 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 TV anime had some interesting ideas and takes on the story that were bogged down by writing and budget problems.