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Played By: Gary Oldman
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  • Adaptational Nice Guy: The original Dracula was devoid of sympathetic qualities beyond a superficial polite veneer. This Dracula has a sympathetic backstory exclusive to the movie and his original Evil Plan to spread vampirism to England is omitted entirely (though to be fair, it was never confirmed if that was his plan all along).
  • Animal Motifs: Bats, wolves and rats.
  • Antagonist Title: With the added author's name as bonus.
  • Anti-Villain: Drac only wants to be reunited with his old love - or rather, his old love's reincarnation.
  • Ax-Crazy: The only time he isn't trying to rape or murder people is around Mina.
  • Big Bad: He is the primary villain of the movie.
  • Blue Blood: Descended from a prestigious royal line, which he implies goes all the way back to Attila the Hun.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: Starts doing this after first biting Lucy. He's more stealthy in his second visit, but due to Mina breaking up with him, he forgoes all subtlety in his third. Killing one of the guards, knocking out Quincy, using his power to send Seward flying across the room, going full wolf and breaking through the bedroom window to finish feeding on Lucy.
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  • Church Militant: Portrayed as one in the movie's opening, due to being part of an knightly order dedicated to fight the enemies of Christ. When he discovers his wife was damned to Hell for committing suicide, he rebels and becomes a vampire.
  • Classy Cane: He has a gorgeous one in his youthful form.
  • Cross-Melting Aura: Burns a cross that Helsing tries to use against him.
  • Cry for the Devil: Despite his wanton rape and murder, you can't help but feel bad for Dracula, largely due to his tragic backstory and Gary Oldman's empathetic performance.
  • Dracula: Naturally.
  • Dying as Yourself: He reverts to his young self before dying.
  • Evil Makes You Monstrous: Along with his transformations, when he lets slip his glamor, it's an undeathly pale being with sunken eyes and bat like features.
  • Fallen Hero: From a Christian perspective at least, he was a stalwart defender of Christianity against the Ottomans before turning into an wretched undead.
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  • Fashion-Victim Villain: In his old man form his clothing is best described as...aberrant.
  • The Immodest Orgasm: When Mina is licking his blood from a wound on his chest.
  • Game Face: Naturally he has these when he vamps out.
  • Glamour Failure: Several times during his old man form, he lets his vampire nature runs wild to the viewer (though not to Jonathan), his shadow moves independently from his body, he knocks down objects without touching them, floats in the air and lets out a demonic roar when seeing a crucifix. Amusingly at one point after reading Mina's farewell letter to him, he doesn't even bother trying to keep his "young" face as he weeps.
  • Faux Affably Evil: In his old man form his relentless politeness does more to unsettle than reassure.
  • Kick the Dog: Despite his more sympathetic nature, he retains these moments from the books to remind the audience that he is the movie's villain.
    • Feeding a baby to his brides.
    • Locking up Jonathan and abandoning him to his Brides.
    • The first thing he does upon reaching England was attacking and seducing Lucy.
    • After learning that Mina had married Jonathan, he pays back by tearing out Lucy's throat.
    • He also kills Renfield in his cell for betraying him.
  • Large Ham: Most prominently when he is in his "old man" form.
  • Last of His Kind: Refers to himself as the last Dracul.
  • Love Makes You Evil: His love for his wife causes him to renounce God and become a servant of darkness out of vengeance for being told her soul is damned to Hell.
  • Man of Wealth and Taste: When in his youthful form.
  • Mayfly–December Romance: With Mina, who is he 400 years her senior and a vampire.
  • Nice Hat: In his youthful form he wears a top hat.
  • No Sense of Personal Space: Towards Jonathan in his old man form, to incredibly creepy effect.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite his truly monstrous nature, he has quite a few of these, mostly with Mina. He stops himself from biting her during this first encounter, protects her from a wolf that is harassing her and at first outright refuses to turn her into a vampire because he can't bear to see her damned as he is.
  • Power Of Hate: Vlad seemingly became a vampire this way. When he desecrated the chapel by stabbing the cross with his sword, blood started flowing out of it, which he proceeded to drink and become forever damned.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He claims to be descended to Attila the Hun and doesn't take kindly when Jonathan chuckles at his lineage.
    Dracula: We Draculs have a right to be proud! What devil or witch was ever so great as Attila, whose blood flows in these veins?
  • Rage Against the Heavens: After hearing his wife is doomed to Hell for committing suicide, he lashes out against the God whom he fought for in defense of his homeland.
  • Stalker with a Crush: He telepathically spies on Mina before arriving in England and once he does he then follows her when she is out shopping before finally approaching her.
  • Tears of Blood: Coupled with Broken Tears when he receives Mina's "Dear John" Letter.
  • Together in Death: Implied at the end of the movie which show a mural of him and his wife lighting up.
  • Tragic Monster: Being told his wife was damned to Hell by the same faith he had risked his life defending drove him to renouncing God and becoming a creature of darkness.
  • Wall Crawl: As in the novel, Johnathan spots him climbing down the castle wall after he visits his room.
  • Wicked Cultured: In his old man and young man forms he is this.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: As Mina can attest.
  • Villain Protagonist: Even though he is the Big Bad, the story ostensibly takes place from his point of view.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: We see that he can turn into a bat and werewolf like figure over the course of the movie.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He gives a baby for his brides to feast.
  • Yandere: When Mina marries Jonathan, Dracula murders Lucy in a fit of wrath.

Mina Murray/Harker

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Played By: Winona Ryder
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the novel, Mina was very strong willed before and after learning of vampires and Dracula, especially after being bitten, even offering to sacrifice herself to keep from turning (though Van Helsing stopped her since that would turn her regardless). Here though though she falls for Dracula hard, acts more like a sterotypical helpless woman and, though a bit aggressive in the final act, is only because the vampirism in her is talking and trying to aid Dracula rather then going against him.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She becomes downright dangerous at the end of the film nearly seducing Van Helsing, blotting out the sun with a bizarre incantation to assist Dracula, and aiming a gun at the team trying to stop him. Though this could also be due to her starting to turn and a healthy dose of Love Makes You Crazy.
  • The Chick: To the vampire hunters, as she keeps the group united into stopping Dracula.
  • Color Motif: Like Elisabeta Mina wears green in almost every scene, which traditionally was a color of love, sexuality and lust.
  • Distressed Damsel: Subverted. The heroes certainly think she is this, but she doesn't want to be "saved" from Dracula and is actually the only character never in any danger from him, being his Love Interest.
  • Flower Motifs: Mina and Elisabeta's gowns have leaf designs embroidered on them, seemingly rosemary which were symbolic of love and faithfulness as well as mourning and death.
  • The Ingenue: Mina seems to be this at first but when we see her looking at sexually explicit paintings in a copy of Arabian Nights it's hinted she's not as wholly innocent as she seems.
  • Lady in Red: When she and Dracula have a private dinner together, she wears a wine-red dress with a low neckline, both highly uncharacteristic of her previous Proper Lady attire.
  • Letting Her Hair Down: At her dinner with Dracula she wears her hair loose rather than the Prim and Proper Bun she usually wears in public and around men, according to the customs of the time, hinting at her sexual attraction to him.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: She is the "light" to Lucy's "dark".
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Her love for Dracula causes her to beg him to turn her so she can be with him forever, despite being married to Jonathan and knowing Dracula murdered her best friend. It also causes her to try and stop Van Helsing and the other men from killing Dracula.
  • Mercy Kill: She beheads Dracula herself to allow him to finally die as a man rather than a monster.
  • Morality Pet: To Dracula, who acts most humane around her.
  • Past-Life Memories: Mina has memories of Elisabeta's life, revealed when she describes Transylvania and even Elisabeta's death without being told about either.
  • Promoted to Love Interest: In this film she is the reincarnation of Dracula's beloved wife.
  • Reincarnation Romance: Mina is the reincarnation of Vlad's wife Elisabeta.
  • Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Lucy, Les Yay kiss included.
  • Sanity Slippage: After she begins to turn she grows more irrational, aggressive and feral.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Towards the very end, the poised and ladylike Mina shows some genuine ferocity when she holds off Van Helsing, Jonathan and Lucy's three suitors with a shotgun.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Played with; Mina seems to want to be the consummate Proper Lady but shows signs of a subtle rebellious nature, such as reading a racy and explicitly illustrated copy of Arabian Nights and curtly rebuffing Dracula's initial attempt to seduce her.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Dracula.
  • Transhuman Treachery: She practically begs to be turned into a vampire so she can be with Dracula.
  • Vampire Refugee: As with Lucy, she becomes weakened after being bitten and feeding on some of Dracula's blood. When Helsing puts her into a trance at one point to see Dracula's whereabouts and checks her mouth, she likewise has fangs forming and even lets out an inhuman growl. During the trip up the mountain, she tries to force Helsing to hurry so she can reach Dracula faster. When Helsing and she makes camp, she acts more aggressive, slapping away food offered to her and becoming susceptible to the brides' mind control. They nearly force her to seduce and bite Helsing before he manages to regain his senses and uses a wafer to bring Mina back to hers. And perhaps even more bizarrely, she manages to cast a spell to block out the sun, allowing Dracula to come out of his coffin.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Not exactly his girlfriend but Mina is clearly in love with Dracula at the end when she threatens the men who mean to kill him with a gun.
  • Yandere: Shows slight shades of this towards the end when she magically causes the sun to be hidden to allow Dracula strength to fight Van Helsing and his team off and even using a gun to keep the men, including her husband, from finishing Dracula off.
  • Your Cheating Heart: Despite being engaged, Mina falls for Dracula when he introduces himself as a "prince" from abroad. After hearing that her fiance is alive and well, she regrets that she will have to end her emotional affair with her "prince" so she can be married.

Dr. Abraham Van Helsing

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Played By: Anthony Hopkins

Jonathan Harker

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Played By: Keanu Reeves
  • Cuckold: While Mina doesn't necessarily have sex with Dracula behind Jonathan's back, it's evident that she would take the former over the latter anytime. By the end, it's unknown if their relationship will ever recover.
  • Decoy Protagonist: He is the first main character introduced to Dracula, as if the movie is setting him up as The Hero with Dracula as the antagonist. Alas, this is a love story between Drac and Mina, and Jonathan is shoved into the sideline.
  • Distressed Dude: Jonathan is imprisoned in Castle Dracula, left at the mercy of his brides.
  • Groin Attack: When he is seduced by Dracula's brides, he is actually bitten down there. Ouch.
  • Heroic BSoD: He has one when Dracula gives a little baby for his brides to feed.
  • Locked into Strangeness: His hair goes prematurely grey after his whole ordeal in Castle Dracula.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: He tries to keep a British accent for the first act, but then he no longer has it after subsequent appearences.
  • Took a Level in Badass: He eventually manages to get the strength needed to escape the castle. It's shorten in the main cut, but the deleted version saw him fight off the brides before falling into the waterway.
  • Weirdness Censor: At first anyways, he doesn't seem to notice the unusual traits regarding the Count like him floating him front of him, mirrors shattering in his presence or him letting out an inhuman roar upon glimpsing his crucifix. He snaps out of it when seeing the Count wall-crawling on the castle's walls.

Lucy Westenra

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Played By: Sadie Frost
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Originally a blonde in the novel, she is a Fiery Redhead in the movie.
  • Ambiguously Bi: She most definitely likes men, but some Les Yay with Mina takes place most notably when they kiss during a heavy storm in the gardens.
  • Animal Motifs: Reptiles in general: she wears an evening gown with snake embroidering and has a hairdo that resembles coiled snakes, the nightgown she wears when attacked by Dracula resembles a snake's belly, and her wedding/funeral dress was inspired by frill-necked lizards.
  • Blood from the Mouth: Taken to the most literal sense possible when she actually vomits blood onto Helsing after being forced into her coffin.
  • Break the Cutie: Starts the movie as a happy, carefree young woman about to be married. Then Dracula rapes, turns her and she becomes an undead monstrosity.
  • Broken Bird: After she has been attacked and is beginning to turn into a vampire.
  • Distressed Damsel: The very first woman victimized by Dracula upon landing on England. She doesn't get saved.
  • The Ditz: She seems to be rather flighty and silly, if sweet.
  • Dude Magnet: She's got no less than three men in love with her simultaneously at the start of the movie. And then Dracula comes along...
  • Establishing Character Moment: In her introductory scene, she teases her friend about her sex life with her future husband. Despite this, she is shown to be genuinely nice and friendly to Mina, despite their differences in class.
  • Heroes Want Redheads: Her three suitors were all valiant men willing to lay their lives for her, and to avenge her death after Dracula turns her.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Unlike most examples in the movie where the vampire warded off crosses. When one is thrusted in front of her face, she quickly backs off while screaming inhumanly at him.
  • Informed Attribute: Mina claims that Lucy is a pure and virtuous girl... while Lucy is flirting with three men in the same room. Though it could be she is speaking of Lucy's heart, which does seem to be a kind one, as evidenced when she encourages Mina to go to Romania to reunite and marry Jonathan rather than stay by her side, despite being clearly deathly ill.
  • Hotter and Sexier: In the books, Lucy was portrayed as essentially The Cutie, pure, sweet and chaste. While the movie keeps her kindness, it throws chastity out of the window by turning her into a Ms. Fanservice that embraces her sexuality wholeheartedly.
  • Lady in Red: Lucy wears a red gown when she is attacked by Dracula. The sexual nature is heavily emphasized in that scene.
    • Little Dead Riding Hood: All three times she is bitten, she is wearing red clothing and she is believed to perish in her final attack.
  • Light Feminine Dark Feminine: She is the "dark" to Mina's "light".
  • Light Is Not Good: As a vampire, she is a completely pale Woman in White ready to chew on an innocent child.
  • Mind Rape: Along with literal rape, it's clear Dracula is inflicting this on her as well.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Not only she has the attitude of being generally flirty and seductive, she is prone to getting topless every time Dracula feeds on her.
  • Off with Her Head!: Not shortly after being staked, Helsing cuts off her head to keep Dracula from reclaiming her.
  • Rape as Drama: During her first attack, Lucy is sleepwalking while Dracula arrives in England using his mind-control powers to lead her to a garden and take her quite forcibly.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She is a wealthy young lady whose best friend is a humble school teacher.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Much moreso than the other vampires in the movie. She's completely white as a sheet when she turns into a vampire.
  • Unlimited Wardrobe: Lucy has an extensive collection of fine dresses throughout the movie.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Lucy's greatest concerns seem to simply be flirting with her three suitors.
  • Vampire Refugee: Not long after she's bitten, she mentions how her senses have improved to the point she can even hear the mice in the wall, but in the process keeps having nightmares. When she's bitten a second time and some garlic drops near her bed, she becomes more aggressive while trying to get it off. When Helsing and Quincy try to calm her down, she becomes suddenly seductive to the latter before suddenly sprouting fangs and nearly biting him. Helsing manages to pull Quincy away in time and sedate Lucy, but upon inspecting her mouth, sees the fangs forming from her upper gums, signifying her worsening condition.
  • Wardrobe Malfunction: She gets topless everytime she is bitten by Dracula.
  • Wight in a Wedding Dress: The burial dress Lucy wears as a vampire was purposefully meant to look similar to a wedding dress.
  • Woman in White: After being vamped. Justified, since she was buried with her wedding gown.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After being vamped, she nearly feasts on a little girl before the heroes stop her. And even when they do, she promptly drops the child to the floor with no regard for it.

R.M. Renfield

Played By: Tom Waits
  • Adaptational Wimp: In the books, he physically struggles with Dracula and comes close to killing him, while in mist form no less. He dies in the movie without putting up any resistance.
  • I Die Free: In the deleted scene, Seward and Val Helsing find him mortally wounded in his jail, who tells them that Mina's salvation means Dracula's destruction and he is now freed in death.
  • Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: Of sorts. While its not clear what role he played as Dracula's minion, he was promised immortality in exchange of his service. He ends up locked up in a madhouse without being much use for Dracula and complains how his master is willing to make Mina immortal, but not him, so he tries to alert Mina of his presence.
  • The Renfield: Tecnically, yeah. Although in contrast to the trope's spirit and very much like in the source material, Renfield doesn't get to do anything useful or helpful to his master, since he is locked up inside an asylum.
  • You Have Failed Me: He is in the receiving end of this trope, since he warned Mina of Dracula's arrival.

Lucy's Suitors

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From left to right: Quincey Morris, Arthur Holmwood and Dr. Jack Seward
Played By: Billy Campbell (Quincey Morris), Cary Elwes (Arthur Holmwood), Richard E. Grant (Jack Seward)
  • Chekhov's Gun: In the first scene they are introduced together, Lucy makes note of Quincey's bowie knife. That blade is used to kill Dracula at the end of the movie.
  • Demoted to Extra: Much of their prominence from the books is diminished: Jack, in particular, takes over Jonathan as main protagonist after the latter is trapped inside Dracula's castle with his survival uncertain and the narrative following Jack's point of view as Lucy's health deteriorates. Also Quincey's experience with vampires is omitted.
  • Eagle Land: Quincey is most definitely American and firmly on Type I territory.
  • Everyone Has Standards: While Quincey might not make the most appropriate comments about Lucy (which Arthur reproaches him for), he is completely appalled by Van Helsing's tirades against her, calling him a "sick old buzzard".
  • Hero Antagonist: Fine, splendid men fighting to avenge the woman they loved, it just happens they are in the wrong end of the narrative.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Quincey pulls one at the end of the movie, after being mortally stabbed by Dracula's minions, he spends the last of his strength to plunge his bowie knife into Dracula's heart.
  • Last Guy Wins: Arthur is the last man that appears in the party with the other two men and the one whom Lucy picks.
  • Noble Male, Roguish Male: Arthur (the son/heir of a British aristocrat) and Quincey (a Texan cowboy) are a literal straightforward example.
  • Power Trio:
    • Jack Seward is The Smart Guy (the doctor who treats Lucy)
    • Quincey Morris is The Big Guy (he provides the firepower)
    • Arthur Holmwood is The Lancer (he is a Foil to Jonathan, representing someone who lost the woman he loved to the vampire)
  • Satellite Character: Although all three have their distinctive characteristics, they are all defined for their love to Lucy.
  • Sensitive Guy and Manly Man: Jack and Quincey also fits this dynamic quite nicely.
  • Vampire Hunter: All three men turn into this following Lucy's turning.

Dracula's Brides

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Played By: Monica Bellucci, Michaela Bercu, Florina Kendrick

  • Animal Motif: Bugs and snakes roughly. When they meet Johnathan, they slither out from the covers like snakes and one of the brides has a few snakes in her hair. When Dracula discovers them, the one he throws into a wall flees like a cockroach while the other two form into a weird beetle formation of sorts and likewise backing away in an unnatural manner.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Their lines are completely in Romanian which makes sense due to their land of nature.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: Not long after Dracula leaves Jonathan with the brides, he notes that the brides take care not to completely drain him in order to keep him weak so they can feed off him later. He manages to muster up enough strength to escape anyway however.
  • Cross-Melting Aura: When the first bride unbuttons Jonathan's shirt. She reels at the sight of the cross necklace that was given to him by one of the passengers on his couch. However, she eventually recovers and uses her powers to melt it into nothing.
  • Eats Babies: They are fed a live baby to eat in place of Harker.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: Two of them are dark-haired and indeed pale due to being walking corpses.
  • Feet-First Introduction: Sort of. When Johnathan comes into their chambers and they coax him to lay down. We see invisible footprints form on the bed making their way to him.
  • Groin Attack: One of the brides does this to Jonathan by biting in his crotch when the brides seduce him.
  • Holy Burns Evil: Somewhat, depending how big the religious symbol is. One of them manages to ward off Jonathan's cross since it was a little trinket but, in a deleted scene, when he escapes, he uses two candle sticks to form a cross which manages to drive them back. Near the end of the film, they try to hypnotize Mina into attacking Helsing. But he retaliates with a ring of fire and proclaims it holy ground. Indeed, this proves too powerful for them and they're forced to flee, but not without killing Helsing and Mina's horses to impede their travel.
  • Missing Reflection: Oddly they have a mirror above their bed in their parlor. During the scene where they seduce Harker, it cuts to the mirror to show only him laying there (since vampires can't cast reflections) but we see imprints on the bed and invisible forces pulling at his clothes.
  • Ms. Fanservice: The Brides are topless in their first appearance and one of them is played by Monica Bellucci in her prime.
  • No Name Given: Much like the novels, their names are unmentioned.
  • Off with His Head!: After the attack on the camp, Helsing finds their resting chambers and beheads them in their sleep before throwing their severed heads off a cliff.
  • Slasher Smile: The one with snakes in her hair sports a few. Particularly when she arrives to feed on Johnathan and, during the camp attack, lets one out despite Helsing waving fire at them to ward them off.
  • Undeathly Pallor: Their skin is quite glossy, adding to their ethereal nature.
  • Undead Barefooter: They don't wear shoes of any kind.
  • The Vamp: Both literally and figuratively speaking.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: They pretty much seduce Jonathan when they find him in their parlor.
  • Vampire's Harem: Serve this function to Dracula more or less.
  • Wall Crawl: When Dracula flings one of the brides into a wall after catching them feeding off of Jonathan. She manages to avoid harm by sticking to it and crawling away. She even remains on the ceiling when she calls out Dracula for "never loving".
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