* CompleteMonster: Carmilla, the Blood Countess from the film ''Bloodlust'', was famed for [[TheCaligula her dark excesses]] when she lived, and was slain by [[EvenEvilHasStandards the Vampire King Dracula]] for her bloodlust and gluttony. However, Carmilla's ghost still haunts her old palace. She lures the [[StarCrossedLovers vampire Meier Link and his mortal lover Charlotte]] to her with promises of protection, only to use her illusions to separate them and [[HalfTheManHeUsedToBe slice Meier in half]] before feeding on Charlotte and using her blood to revive herself. When D himself and other vampire hunters enter her manor, Charlotte uses her illusions to MindRape them with visions of their pasts. She kills one hunter and turns him into a vampire so he'll kill D and the other hunter Leila, his own adopted sister. When she fights D himself, she tries to torture him out of fury that he, a {{Dhampyr}} himself, hunts her. Carmilla views herself as above any human being and when D bests her, she immediately tries to devour the rest of Charlotte's life, stopped only by the intervention of [[NotQuiteDead Meier]].
* GatewaySeries: The first movie was one of the first anime movies released outside of Japan.
* GrowingTheBeard: The First novel, quite frankly, actually sorta sucked. D is pretty much a GodModeSue and the plot is relatively straightforward. The next ones? Start to focus on world-building, remove some of the more blatant cheats the Nobles used, and it just works.
* EvilIsSexy: The Nobility, not to mention Rei-Ginsei.
* InternetBackdraft: Fans are not happy, to say the least, that Sentai Filmworks' rerelease of the original movie from the 80's will not include the english dub from Creator/StreamlinePictures, instead opting for a brand new english dub. (Rather ironically, the Streamline version was not well received by the Anime community in its 1992 debut, least of all Carl Mecak detractors.)
** {{Misblamed}}: Some have theorized that this is due to the Japanese licensors not allowing Sentai to include it, since the company has rereleased movies such as ''Manga/{{Appleseed}}'' and ''Anime/GraveOfTheFireflies'' before with brand new dubs ''and'' the original english dubs.
* MartyStu: D, an impossibly beautiful {{bishounen}} version.
** Vampires as a whole in the first book. One aspect that was thankfully discarded without a trace for later books: they've bred it into humanity that if any human discovers one of their weaknesses (like garlic), they'll automatically ''forget'' it - so humans can never get the upper hand.
* {{Squick}}: Too many to count. One scene in ''Journey to the Northern Seas'' ranks pretty high among fans.
* SurprisinglyImprovedSequel: The first movie is fairly cheesy, and not all that distinguishable from other [[{{Gorn}} Gorntastic]] 80's movies/[=OVAs=] of the era once you get down to it. ''Bloodlust'', however, is a lot better at atmosphere and storytelling, and the SchizoTech of the first movie meshes a lot better here.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids: Back in the 90's, the original movie was often aired on Saturday nights on Creator/CartoonNetwork, TNT, and Creator/{{TBS}}, usually in a triple feature with ''Robot Carnival'' and ''Twilight of the Cockroaches''. This is despite the loads of blood and violence that would've made this movie more suitable for, say, Creator/AdultSwim (though in fairness, [adult swim] didn't exist until 2001).
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