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  • While he gets killed in the process, Dr. Frankenstein standing up to Dracula and drawing a sword to threaten him is pretty cool.
    • This is followed by the monster breaking loose from the tablet, throwing a huge piece of equipment across the room to knock Dracula into the fireplace, and then grabbing the body of his creator and charging out of the castle, severely delaying Dracula's plan.
      • Dracula then one-ups that when, a few moments later, he throws the lab equipment back across the room, walks out of the fireplace, and looks mildly annoyed as he reaches up to fix a strand of his hair. And while all this is happening, his scorched flesh regenerates until he looks normal again.
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    • Igor also gets a villainous, subtle moment by alerting the mob to the monsters flight (causing them to do the work of chasing him down) by loudly pretending to yell out luck and encouragement.
  • Van Helsing meets Dracula by stabbing a silver stage into his heart, causing him to stumble back a bit and stare in choking horror at the stake.
    Van Helsing: (spitefully) Requiescat in pace.
    Dracula: (stops choking and smiles at Van Helsing) Hello, Gabriel.
  • Despite spending most of the movie needing to be rescued, when she's been kidnapped by the last of Dracula's brides and is about to be sucked, Anna saves herself with this exchange.
    Aleera: Anna, my love. It is your blood that shall keep me beautiful. What do you think of that?
    [laughs triumphantly, then screams as Anna catches a silver stake Carl throws to her and impales her through the chest]
    Anna: I think if you're going to kill someone, kill them! Don't stand there talking about it!
    • During the fight fight with the vampires she also has a good moment of stabbing one in the leg to get it to drop her in midair, and managing to land on her feet (even in her heels) after a nasty fall through some tree branches.
  • Van Helsing's transformation into a werewolf. Even Dracula was freaked out.
    • The climactic werewolf vs vampire battle, especially the moment where Werewolf!Van Helsing sharpens his claws on a metal surface and shows them to Dracula with a glare that means business.
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  • A flying vampire bride vs Van Helsing armed with an Automatic Crossbow. Once it's been dipped in holy water, the fight becomes a whole lot shorter and one-sided.
  • The reveal of Dracula's true castle.
  • Frankenstein's Monster smashing in through a window, flattening the last of Dracula's brides as she's about to rip Anna's throat out, before holding her off to let Anna get to Van Helsing.
  • In the animated prequel, Carl gets an awesome moment when he throws his holy water gun into a pit of hellfire, cleansing it and destroying the undead threatening them.
    • He got a stealth MoA in the original film, by shoving the Bucharest party's fire-eater from behind, just enough that the unsuspecting performer set Dracula on fire. And did so discretely enough that Dracula apparently doesn't realize it's Carl's doing, but throws the fire-eater clear across the room for being so clumsy.
  • The light bomb. At the very beginning of the movie, just before Van Helsing sets out for Transylvania, Carl tells him he's just finished it and what it does—it creates a blast of light equal to the intensity of the Sun itself—but doesn't know what they can really use it for. At the end of the second act, as literally hundreds of vampires are closing in on them at Dracula's summer home in Bucharest, they find out exactly what they can use it for. Cue dropping the bomb on the ground, which creates enough light to clearly shine out of every opening in the entire building, and there's nothing left of the other vampires but bones.
    Van Helsing: Carl! You're a genius!
    Carl: A genius with access to unstable chemicals!
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  • The whole scene of Carl and the cardinal showing off their inventions in the basement (As You Know dialogue aside) feels like an affectionate James Bond homage, with some good Steampunk affects.
  • Aleera - who at this point is the last Bride after both her sisters were killed by Van Helsing - shows that the gloves have come off and captures Anna singlehandedly from right under Van Helsing's nose. She also seems Genre Savvy enough to fly high in the sky to avoid being shot at and wisely goes over a ravine to prevent them being able to follow her.
    • Van Helsing also pulls his gun on her in town and she doesn't bat an eyelid, and shuts him down with a wave of her finger - reminding him that if he kills her, Dracula still has Anna and can add her to their ranks easily.
    • It has to be said, Elena Anaya's entire performance as Aleera is brilliant - and she gave the role her all, even studying the movements of bats and persuading the director to incorporate many of her ideas. She's clearly having a ball playing her, and it's no surprise she's an Ensemble Dark Horse to many fans.

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