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Dracula is the Big Bad for the Story Arc or Myth Arc

This trope has been Nuked
Proposed By:
Merseyuser1 on Dec 3rd 2018 at 4:09:47 AM
Last Edited By:
Arivne on Dec 6th 2018 at 7:30:17 AM
Name Space: Main
Page Type: trope

Dracula is often portrayed as the villain, mainly as Villain of the Week or as a competitor in a fight, or in a Vampire Episode.

However, if he's in a series on a longer-term basis, he can be the Big Bad (hence the title which is a Punny Name on Big Bad) or part of a Big Bad Duumvirate, or the Arc Villain.

This portrayal will often feature the following tropes:

This Dracula portrayal won't be a Generic Doomsday Villain, as he'll have a developed backstory and a motive that's complex.

Sometimes he can be a Vampire Monarch in other settings where it has a more supernatural bent.


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  • The 2005 The Movie adaptation of Batman & Dracula comics, The Batman vs. Dracula portrayed him as an Evil Counterpart to Batman. This was an obvious Elseworlds film that was not set in any other DC continuity (although Elseworlds is itself an Alternate Continuity) where Dracula is portrayed.

Feedback: 11 replies

Dec 3rd 2018 at 8:21:33 AM

I'm not saying this is a bad idea, but isn't this a more specific version of Main.Dracula?

Dec 3rd 2018 at 3:51:26 PM

@ LordGro:

This is a distinct trope, in the same way that we have Santa Claus, Badass Santa, Subbing For Santa and Bad Santa.

Dec 3rd 2018 at 6:39:35 PM

^ The thing is that Santa isn't usually badass, replaced, or a bad guy, by his nature.

Dracula, however, is a big villain (or at least that's how people make Vlad III to be) and so portraying him as a Big Bad is natural.

Dec 4th 2018 at 1:03:21 AM

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Dec 4th 2018 at 1:09:00 AM

The Adventures Of Dr Mc Ninja had Dracula as a Big Bad at one point before he was put into the background for a while (even being the Big Damn Villian at one point) and came back in the finale as an antagonist.

Dec 4th 2018 at 8:55:56 AM

I also agree with the above points: Dracula is usually portrayed as a major antagonist, so there's no need to split this from Dracula.

Dec 4th 2018 at 10:45:30 AM

I have to agree, this is redundant, Dracula is already a villainous character.

Dec 6th 2018 at 6:10:33 AM

OK, fair enough. My perception was a little colored by Dracula as Harmless Villain or Ineffectual Sympathetic Villain characters, which part-explains why this TLP exists.

Maybe this should be nuked then, consensus is that it's no good.

Dec 6th 2018 at 6:57:44 AM

^Drac was portrayed as a villain for quite a long time; those characterizations likely arose to subvert the idea of him as a terrifying vampire. I agree that we don’t need this.

Dec 6th 2018 at 7:30:17 AM

I too agree. If this were to say be a trope in which Dracula was portrayed as a good guy, then I'd possibly consider it. I could even think of two examples there.