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     Count Dracula
Illustration by Sebastien Ecrosse

The eponymous villain of the story. A man (who may or may not be Vlad Tepes) who somehow became a walking undead cursed to drink blood. After ruling over his land for many years, he seeks to move to modern day cities for fresh blood and to make more undead like himself.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He's presented as intelligent but strangely mentally impaired. He is charismatic, good with languages and capable of planning, but also rigid in his thoughts, overly habitual, incapable of higher abstract thinking, selfish, and emotionally unbalanced, ranging from shallow affect to violent fits of rage. Professor Van Helsing speculatively characterizes him as a "criminal personality" in the novel, a now-obsolete diagnosis which is in some ways similar (but not equivalent) to the modern idea of sociopathy.
  • Archetypal Character: Obviously.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Even boasts to Jonathan about his great lineage. Likewise he has the castle, title and is pure evil.
  • Aw, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: Sort of a twisted version with the brides. The dialogue implies they were women he courted before turning them into vampires. After which the love was lost and he keeps them simply for company. They disobey him when it comes to Jonathan but otherwise there's a reason the vampire women stay in castle and serve Dracula (either from fear, respect for their "love", or just total control over them). Dracula bringing them a baby to eat shows he does somewhat still care for them.
  • Ax-Crazy: Zigzagged. He (almost) never acts like a true psychopathic murderer as he's more sophisticated and cunning. On the other hand he has an unconfirmed but surely large bodycount of men, women, and children which probably lasted for centuries.
  • Badass Cape: Described by Jonathan at one point, as akin to a bat's wings.
  • Badass Mustache: One of his most striking traits is his huge moustache.
  • Balkan Bastard: The Ur-Example. A malicious nobleman from Eastern Europe (Romania, to be more precise) who travels west to kill people. And he was possibly based on the historical Vlad the Impaler.
  • Batman Gambit: His master plan to infiltrate England and spread his vampire curse was only foiled by the Deus ex Machina of asylum doctor John Seward just happening to be the former student of Professor Van Helsing, the only person who'd recognise a vampire attack and know exactly what to do. Dracula's meticulous setup and coverup of his lairs and his later manipulation of Mina as a weapon against his pursuers was only matched by Van Helsing's counter-plan of hypnotising her to deduce the Count's location.
  • The Beastmaster: Displays the ability to control wolves during Jonathan's time at his castle, even using it at one point to dissuade him from leaving early. More disturbingly, he also uses it at some point to have them devour a mother who came at his castle's door after he took her baby.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: Averted. Despite it being a popular modern theory that Bram Stoker based the character on the historical Vlad Dracula the Impaler, in reality almost nobody in the whole of Western Europe had ever heard of the guy at this point in history, and the only loose connection was that Stoker came across the name "Dracula" in a book once and decided it sounded cool so changed his "Count Whampir" to Count Dracula. There were in fact several men called "Dracula" at that point in time (and many were indeed soldiers and warlords like Vlad), so we can't even say for sure that it was Vlad the Impaler he was based on and not another one.
  • Big Bad: Is responsible for everything evil that occurs during the story.
  • Big Fancy Castle: His castle used to be this, although traces of its ancient wealth could still be found in the sumptuous interior furnishings.
    • It is now more of a Haunted Castle, with broken battlements, few lights, and no residents except the Count himself and his brides.
  • Big Ol' Eyebrows: Jonathan Harker notes that the Count's eyebrows are:
    "very massive, almost meeting over the nose, and with bushy hair that seemed to curl in its own profusion."
  • Blood Lust: He goes from being a charming gentleman to a raging fiend with the flip of a switch — and the switch is Jonathan cutting himself shaving.
  • Cold Iron: Capable of being destroyed by this.
  • Combo Platter Powers: His powers include that of the Intangible Man, Mind Control, turning into Super Smoke, Super Strength, and Voluntary Shapeshifting, at the risk of Shapeshifter Mode Lock depending on time and location.
  • The Corrupter: A given being a vampire, anyone who dies under his bites turns into an evil monster. His three vampire brides are a foreshadowing of this. It comes into full play when Lucy falls victim to him and rises as a vampire.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: His black attire and long moustache give him this appearance.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Granted, he's weakened in the sunlight and can't use his powers (it's stated if he is in a certain form when the sun comes up, he's stuck till nightfall). But otherwise sunlight isn't fatal to him and just the equivalent of staying up past his bedtime.
  • Death Seeker: Somewhat implied by Mina, who thinks that secretly he just wants an end to his undead existence having lived so long unnaturally, but has gotten so used to his ways that he can't stop himself.
  • Depraved Bisexual: Also implied, but more strongly and overtly; while most of his victims are female, he all but openly flirts with Jonathan and at one point tells his brides that Jonathan "belongs to him and him alone" (though he probably meant he just still needed him at the moment. He had no qualms giving him up to the brides when he left for London).
  • Eats Babies: Implied though he mostly goes after women. He's willing to feed a child to others though, so no morality points here.
  • Evil Old Folks: Resembles an old man when first introduced.
  • Evil Overlord: He's the fearful vampiric count of Transylvania after all.
  • Evil Smells Bad: He has foul breath, almost certainly due to his diet, and areas where he stays are, well, to quote the book:
    But as to the odour itself, how shall I describe it? It was not alone that it was composed of all the ills of mortality and with the pungent, acrid smell of blood, but it seemed as though corruption had become itself corrupt.
  • Evil Sorcerer: He is said to have been a Solomonari, a dark wizard taught by the Devil himself at Scholomance. Its also heavily implied that dark magic was the source of his vampirism, rather than being bitten like all of his victims.
  • Famous Ancestor: Gives a very impassioned speech on his heritage to Harker over dinner, in which he claims to be descended from Attila the Hun.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Acts every inch the affable host while Harker is playing into his hands, but drops the act the second Harker turns against him.
  • Funny Foreigner: Very explicitly defied.
    Dracula: Well I know that, did I move and speak in your London, none there are who would not know me for a stranger. That is not enough for me. Here I am noble; I am boyar; the common people know me, and I am master. But a stranger in a strange land, he is no one; men know him not—-and to know not is to care not for. I am content if I am like the rest, so that no man stops if he see me, or pause in his speaking if he hear my words, ‘Ha, ha! a stranger!’ I have been so long master that I would be master still—-or at least that none other should be master of me.
  • Frozen Fashion Sense: Averted. His attempts to prepare himself for his move to England explicitly include acquiring clothes in the latest fashionable English style he can get his hands on in order to blend in better.
  • Hide Your Otherness: He poses as an ordinary human nobleman for most of the first half of the story, as part of his evil plot to get some Londoners to nosh on.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Inflicting Mina with vampirism as a way to see what the heroes are doing while slowly turning her into a vampire. However he didn't think Van Helsing (at Mina's own suggestion) would use it to track him.
  • Immune to Bullets: Not really shown, but Helsing states as much when prepping the hunters to go after him, citing since Dracula's pretty much a walking corpse, bullets will barely make him flinch.
  • Incest Subtext: Implied with two of his brides that have similar noses to him, but the story never elaborates.
  • I Gave My Word: He promises his brides they can have Harker once his business transaction is concluded. And indeed, once Dracula heads to London, he locks Harker in the castle for the brides to do as they see fit with him the following night. Harker just narrowly escapes before the undead women can arise from their slumber to find him.
  • Informed Ability: Van Helsing mentions a number of powers Dracula never uses, like controlling corpses (though he might mean the people he's turned since they're technically corpses) and using the tombs of victims as alternative sanctuaries.
  • Kavorka Man: His physical description shows him as being rather ugly, even after he grows younger, and he has hairy palms. However, he has three vampire wives and manages to put several women into his hypnotic spell. He's more of a Dirty Old Man/sexual predator than the more modern Vampires Are Sex Gods trope.
    • It should be noted that aside from the women in his castle, there are no women interested in him. His 'hypnotic spell' is a violent assault that turns women into vampires.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Dracula's bite has some very sexual overtones to it, with the process described as "seduction" on more than one occasion.
  • Lean and Mean: For adding slimming power he could slip through the cracks of doors if necessary.
  • Liquid Assets: He starts off as an elderly man and becomes younger in appearance over time through drinking blood.
  • Manipulative Bastard: He gets very far on nothing but his charm. He's so good at it that its all but stated that he has some sort of hypnotic powers.
  • Missing Reflection: The Trope Maker. Soon after his arrival at Castle Dracula, Harker observes that the building is devoid of mirrors. When Dracula silently comes into Harker's room while he's shaving, Harker notices that Dracula, who is standing behind him, does not appear in the shaving mirror as he should. The Count reacts violently and flings the mirror out a window. The missing reflection is the first solid evidence of his vampiric nature that Harker directly observes.
  • Monster Lord: He's a count, and the other vampires mentioned in the book clearly view him as superior... but this may be less to do with his title and more to do with the fact he's implied to be their husband and/or father and also happens to be a badass.
  • Monster Misogyny: He feeds on men to survive, but the only new vampires he creates are women. Many critics note the sexualized nature of the violence between men and women throughout the story, with blood-sucking and stalking being seen as metaphors for sex. Then again the story never stays with him long enough to showcase him attacking others either.
  • Monster Progenitor: It's known he's the original vampire of his line of vampire, but not if he is the first vampire ever.
  • Mysterious Past: We don't know much about him other than that he's long lived, came from the medieval era, that his family were nobles (hence the castle) and that he studied the black arts. Past that, everything is very vague, he's implied to be Vlad Tepes but this is just speculation on the part of Van Helsing, never outright confirmed. Likewise how he became a vampire himself with the most implication that it was through said black arts that changed him.
  • Non-Action Big Bad: In the final showdown, due to being confined to his coffin. Justified, though, as Van Helsing states they could never take him while he's active and have to get him when he's weakened.
  • Obviously Evil: Looks and sounds the part; likewise his home is a big tip-off. However he is charming enough to honestly make it still a bit of a surprise just how evil he really is.
  • Old, Dark House: Carfax Abbey is essentially this for him and the London equivalent to his castle. Though it's not so much a house than a run down cathedral-like manor (was even said to have it's own lake). He specifically requested it because, not only was it big enough to hide his coffins, but because it was dark and derelict similar to his castle. Likewise it was a bit of ways from London, not too far but enough to venture there for his needs and still be in an isolated area, making it a perfect hideout while he worked to spread his curse. Really the only reason he targets Lucy was because the summer home Mina and she were staying in happened to be close by and Lucy had the misfortune of sleepwalking outside while he was starting his hunting, figuring "Hey lovely native girl with fresh blood who's wandering about unaware of what's goin on, might as well feed while it's a freebie and make a new bride while I'm at it".
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • Mostly because he predates a lot of other vampire fiction. Later stories Flanderized some of the details in this book, and blended them with the traditional folklore. For instance, Dracula sleeps during the day... but he can stay up all day if he wants, like a human staying up all night, and he doesn't burst into flames in direct sunlight.
    • Also the fact that his bites are indeed what infect people with vampirisim, no blood sharing involved. The only reason he did it to Mina was as revenge for killing vampire Lucy and as a means to spy on the hunters, as well as to curse Mina with vampirism meaning she'll turn regardless if she lives or dies unless he himself is killed.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Not to any malicious degree, and really only noticeable to modern readers, but he waxes philosophical about how his Proud Warrior Race Guy ancestors routed foreign invaders and insists that peasants need to be led by the nobles. This showcases how out of touch with the times he is due to having led an unnaturally long life and apparently having never attempted to leave his land before now. His attempt to spread his vampirisim is to keep his sense of monarchy alive.
  • Proud Warrior Race Guy: He boasts about his warrior heritage to Harker, saying how his family historically defeated the Turks in combat.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Mina Murray draws upon the new science of Criminology to profile him and describes him of being of the "typical" criminal mind- childish, in thought and behaviour.
  • Really 700 Years Old: Fairly obvious he's very long lived mentioning his conversation of meeting figures like Attila the Hun and citing that the land around the castle was much more grand in it's heyday. His vampirism allowing him to live a more than normal lifespan as a walking corpse.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: When he gets seriously angry, his eyes shift to red. Jonathan describes them as akin to a raging inferno.
  • Red Right Hand: Described as having a large nose, a uni-brow, a 'cruel-looking' mouth, and hairy palms. Hot! To elaborate the mouth-bit, he is described having unusually red lips and a mild overbite, emphasizing his ever so slightly sharp teeth. And giving Jonathan his first clue there is something inhuman about him.
  • Revenge by Proxy: He goes after Mina when he realizes her husband and friends are hunting him.
  • Shapeshifter Mode Lock: Unlike modern vampires, he is not killed by sunlight. However, he is unable to change shape from sunrise to noon, and from noon to sunset. He can only change shape at noon exactly and, of course, any time at night.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: He actually only appears "on screen" in a handful of scenes, but he dominates practically everything that happens in the book.
  • The Sociopath: He's a charming but nevertheless wicked vampire who feeds on human blood with no remorse at all and it's implied he plans to extend his reign of terror in other parts of the world.
  • Supreme Chef: When Harker is staying at Castle Dracula, he notes in his journal that the food is very good. Later, it's revealed that there are no servants (it would be tough to get people to work for a, y'know, vampire) and Dracula has been doing all the work, such as cooking. Apparently, when you're an undying abomination you have time to pick up a culinary hobby. Either him or his wives.
  • Surprisingly Good English: He not only speaks English very well, but also keeps Harker around for a long time in an effort to become fluent. He explains that if he doesn't speak English fluently he will be seen as just another Funny Foreigner, and he is far too proud to let that happen.
  • Take Over the World: Somewhat implied, though its possible he was just looking for a new hunting ground.
  • Terms of Endangerment: Unfailingly polite to all of the men, and downright tender with the women. In context, it comes off as extremely menacing.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Implied. Van Helsing presumes that he initially was looking into occult magic to help his country during the war and turned himself into an undead. But as time went on, he forgot the reason he did so, became corrupted by said power and now seeks to spread the vampirisim.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: He is said to have the strength of 20 men, but when placed in direct hand to hand combat, Renfield, an abnormally strong mental patient, is able to fight him evenly until he makes the mistake of looking into the count's eyes. Makes sense considering that with his powers, brides, and animal minions, he would rarely need to fight in hand to hand combat and thus felt no need to hone any real skill in it.
  • Vampire Monarch: He's described as the "King Vampire", with direct control over other vampires. While this nobleman only has three vampiric brides, it is beyond doubt all vampires in the story only answer to Count Dracula.
  • Vampire Vords: Subverted. He speaks excellent English, and has called Harker to his castle to, more than anything, help him get rid of his accent so that he won't be seen as another Funny Foreigner when he has moved to England.
  • Vampires Are Rich: He lives in a big castle and summons Jonathan Harker to Transylvania to help him buy land in England. Harker notes that Dracula doesn't have any servants, but we later find out that it's because no local will come near the place. (Least no human servants in the castle, he employs some loyal gypsies to help him load up his coffins for his move. You can kinda say the brides are somewhat servants of his, but he can barely control them and, unlike him, don't move about during the day.) Dracula's continuing source of income seems to be buried treasure that is marked by Will-o'-the-Wisps one night out of the year.
  • Villainous Incest: He has three companions called "sisters": one blonde and two brunettes. The two brunette vampires are described as having facial features similar to Count Dracula. Meanwhile, the blonde bride is described as having authority over the other two. Many readers have speculated that the blonde bride is the mother of the two brunettes, and that Dracula is the father.
  • Villainous Widow's Peak: He does have one, though it's given less attention than his other, more strange features.
  • The Virus: His vampirism "disease." Downplayed in that Dracula himself is the driving force behind its spread rather than the disease itself, but its effect on its victims drives them to turn others.
  • Wall Crawl: What confirms Harker's suspicions of him that he's not quite human when he spots him outside his room's window scaling a wall as if he was a lizard. The brides attacking him is just the icing on the cake.
  • Was Once a Man: Implied by Van Helsing that he turned himself into a vampire through occult and black magic.
  • Would Hurt a Child: One of his most monstrous actions in the book is feeding a child he has just abducted to his vampire brides. Said child is even kept in a sack.
  • Wound That Will Not Heal: The wound to the forehead that Harker gives him early in the novel never heals. Whether this is because Dracula, being already dead, cannot heal wounds, or simply because not enough time passes, or something else, is never made clear.

     Jonathan Harker 
A young solicitor sent to Transylvania to manage the legal and financial technicalities of Dracula's moving to London. Being from a 19th-Century Modern Day society, he isn't familiar of the supernatural of Transylvania, but quickly learns through his experiences.
  • Adaptational Jerkass: Many of the adaptations that try to show Dracula in a more positive light, or want Mina to be romantically involved with someone else, make Jonathan a stuffy 1800s caricature, who wants the schoolteacher Mina to stay at home, or even leaves her because she was practically-raped by Dracula. In the original novel, Jonathan never considers Mina anything less than the love of his life and is ready to join her in undeath if necessary so she won't suffer alone. Her having to quit her job as a teacher never comes up either.
  • All a Part of the Job: Discussed internally by Jonathan early in the novel. After beginning to pick up on the major red flags surrounding his situation, Jonathan internally debates whether to proceed into Dracula's castle or not and briefly wonders whether such bizarre circumstances are actually normal in the job of a solicitor called to manage transnational affairs in foreign lands. To be fair, Jonathan is still fairly green at his job, having only recently passed his bar exam right before being sent to Transylvania; up until just before the novel's start Jonathan was merely a clerk working at his surrogate father's law firm. He's also implicitly trying to rationalize away his fear since he has to go into the castle; with the wolves close by in the forest and the village miles away, there's really no safe way out of it at this point.
  • Author Avatar: Most critics believe he's this.
  • Beginner's Luck: Inverted. His coworkers and mentor all live perfectly ordinary, successful lives managing the legal and financial issues of their presumably ordinary, successful clients, but Jonathan's very first client as a full-fledged solicitor is Dracula, a being who entraps Jonathan, torments him, and proceeds thereafter to attack all of the women in his life.
  • Brain Fever: His nightmarish experiences in Dracula's castle result in a weeks-long mental and emotional breakdown bad enough to lead to actual physical illness, during which he was mostly incoherent. Mina helps snap him out of it, but he has brief reoccurring episodes up until Dr. Van Helsing validates that what Jonathan experienced at Castle Dracula was indeed real. Until then Jonathan had feared he was legitimately insane and thus did not trust his own perception of reality.
  • Clerk: A former clerk, having just passed his bar exam before heading to Transylvania. He's made a partner in the firm on his return.
  • Collateral Angst: Mina's condition causes him to angst out for quite some time. Fortunately, he more than rises to the occasion when he gets over it.
  • Death by Adaptation: There are a few versions where he never leaves Dracula's castle alive... not as a human anyway.
  • Determinator: Jonathan's most defining attribute is his surprisingly strong will and determination, though admittedly most of the time it's hidden under gentle and mild mannerisms.
  • Devoted to You: To Mina, his fiance and later wife, to the extent that he states he would willingly become a vampire himself if she were turned just so she wouldn't suffer alone. The devotion is reciprocated, and the two work hard to support and be strong for each other throughout the novel both as lovers and as partners.
  • Disease Bleach: His hair begins to go grey after his imprisonment at the Count's castle. It's believed by some to be another way in which he grows to mirror Dracula himself, similar to his personality change and growing fixation on his weapons. Of course, this gets even more patently ridiculous later on: after Mina explains all the deprivations the Count has been secretly putting her through and the fact that he's setting her up to become another vampire thrall, Jonathan's hair is explicitly stated as going stark white right then and there, grown hair and all.
  • Driven to Madness: The Count leaves him a complete psychological wreck, convinced that what he'd seen couldn't possibly be real. After some distance and recovery, his symptoms thereafter have been commonly discussed by literary scholars in the context of PTSD, though this disorder was not known at the time Bram Stoker wrote Dracula.
  • The Generic Guy: He doesn't have an interest in science like Van Helsing or Seward, tragedy like Lucy and Arthur, madness like Renfield, or a Heroic Sacrifice like Quincey Morris, so he's historically been written off as merely a generic handsome guy who serves as the Count's Chew Toy in the first part of the book and a Satellite Love Interest to Mina after she takes greater prominence in the conflict with the Count. Many adaptations either condense his part or remove him completely.
  • Happily Married: In the book he and Mina are the best examples of lovebirds you'll ever see.
  • The Hero: Of the novel, despite some later adaptations changing focus.
  • Kukris Are Kool: He wields a kukri and attacks with enough ferocity to force Dracula to retreat. Then decapitates the Count with it after Quincey Morris stabbed him in the heart with a Bowie knife.
  • Like a Son to Me: To his boss, the childless Mr. Hawkins, enough for Hawkins to functionally adopt Jonathan and his wife into his household after Jonathan's first trip to Transylvania and even makes the Harkers the sole beneficiaries of his will.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Starts the story as a simple solicitor on a business trip, unaware that the supernatural even exists. Naturally he's horrified that he practically gave Dracula a pass to spread his evil to modern day society.
  • Nerd Action Hero: Both he and his wife are this. Over the course of the novel Jonathan becomes more and more willing to do what it takes to stop Dracula, regardless of danger... but he's also the same guy who, when stuck in Dracula's castle under increasingly unnerving circumstances, feels gladdened and comforted by the presence of law books.
  • Took a Level in Badass: A variation. Despite the lackluster introduction, when he recovers from his ordeal, we get to see what's he made of.
  • Virginity Makes You Stupid: It doesn't help that every time he does get a chance to hop in bed with his wife, a certain somebody tends to interrupt. With blood-drinking.
  • Wall Crawl: How he escaped Dracula's castle.
  • You Are Worth Hell: Vows to allow himself to become a vampire if Mina can't be saved, knowing full well he'll become an evil undead creature of the night, just to be with her. Thankfully it doesn't come to that.

     Mina Harker 
Johnathan's fiancée and later wife and school teacher.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: It’s generally considered she had darker hair and most adaptations agree. However she was depicted with red hair in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, in the comic adaptation drawn by Dick Giorando she’s blonde and she’s also blonde in Hellsing... and a teenage girl.
  • Affectionate Nickname: Van Helsing takes to her in a very fatherly sort of way, and consistently refers to her as "our dear Madam Mina."
  • Ambiguously Bi: Downplayed (Obviously. Victorian Era, after all), but not even getting into her relationship with Lucy, the first time she sees Dracula, she mentions that they were admiring the same woman, whom Mina also describes as quite attractive.
  • Badass Bookworm: She's pretty smart and organized, not to mention she holds it together MUCH better than her husband and is determined to help.
  • Break the Cutie: A bit, her best friend dies, then she's attacked by Dracula and terrified of the possibility of becoming a vampire. But she eventually subverts it and stays strong for the sake of the hunters.
  • The Chick: After Lucy's death, she becomes the only female main character, and the dudesquad cares deeply about her.
  • Chickification: Arguably happens in many movie adaptations of the original source material. In the novel, she was a well-educated assistant schoolmistress who took care of Lucy early on and kept her from sleepwalking, nursed Jonathan back to health when he was sick and functioned as the secretary of the group, organizing the notes on Dracula. After being attacked, she uses her new-found psychic link to help the males keep track of what the Big Bad was doing. All this changed in the 1931 movie adaptation and many later versions in which she was turned into a weeping, hysterical Distressed Damsel who is on one occasion in love with Dracula.
  • Composite Character: With Lucy in several adaptations.
  • Devoted to You: Though few adaptations honor it, Mina of the books is in utterly devoted and completely reciprocated love with her husband Jonathan. The two work hard to support and be strong for each other throughout the novel both as lovers and as partners.
  • Distressed Damsel: While she is strong-willed in the book, the latter half of the story is trying to save her from becoming another of Dracula's undead servants.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: The wafer imprint on her forehead that Van Helsing blesses her with after Dracula's attack. An indication that half of her has become a vampire and she's still in danger of joining the undead (it could be argued she practically is undead at that point, it's just her mindset that hasn't converted to bloodlust yet). It goes away once Dracula is killed.
  • Happily Married: Is in a loving relationship with her husband Jonathan, and is not even remotely interested in Dracula though the two don't really meet in the book beyond Dracula's attack on her in retaliation for killing Lucy. Adaptations, of course, can't help screwing with this.
  • The Heart: She keeps the men's morale high and reminds them of why they're fighting.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Mina mocks the "New Woman" a few times in her journal. For those that don't know, "New Woman" at the time was when females were starting their movement for independence and becoming more assertive which was a big deal at the time. The reason it's ironic is because Mina becomes assertive after her encounter with Dracula and is both able to resist his influence (with some help) and coming up with the idea to use her newfound psychic link with Dracula to lead the hunters to him.
  • I Made Copies: After Dracula attacks Mina, he trashes Seward's study and burns the Scrapbook Story the heroes are keeping. Unfortunately for him, they had another copy locked up in a safe.
  • Nerd Action Hero: Both she and her husband arguably qualify. She doesn't engage in violence to the same extent as some of the male characters, but Mina is ready and willing to take action against Dracula and his female vampire cohorts in defense of her loved ones and arguably even leads the pursuit against them. She also gets super excited about the latest modern inventions and train schedules.
  • Psychic Link: Develops one with Dracula after he attacks her. While it's a sign that she's infected with vampirisim, in danger of turning and coming under control of Dracula, the hunters and she realize they may be able to track him through this link by putting Mina under hypnosis and figuring out where he is.
  • Rail Enthusiast: She describes herself as a "train fiend".
  • Red Right Hand: When Van Helsing tries to set a holy wafer to Mina's forehead, it burns her and leaves a red mark. When Dracula is defeated, the mark vanishes.
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: During the trip to Dracula's castle, she shows Van Helsing a shortcut trail towards it. When Van Helsing asks her how she knew, she claims it was in Jonathan's journal. But Van Helsing severely doubts that since Jonathan was in the castle most of the time and never took note of which specific way he went. And what's more the trail hardly seem used at all, leading Van Helsing to believe the vampire change is growing in her and giving her information to reach her "master".
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Well-intentioned example. The men don't let her in on what's going on for her safety and because they don't want to scare her. It becomes moot when Dracula focuses on her as his next target, and by then Mina is inflicted with vampirism and on the verge of suffering Lucy's fate.
  • Stockholm Syndrome: She doesn't develop Sympathy for the Devil until after he's bitten her, and after she previously decided that the Thing that did that to Lucy doesn't deserve a drop of pity. She still believes that he should be killed; not only to save mankind, but to save Dracula's own soul. She turns out to be right.
  • Sympathy for the Devil: Mentions that she does pity Dracula. Not the monster that he is, but rather for his soul and how it could be looking for peace from his curse.
  • Team Mom: It's a little muddled at times, what with her also being the Distressed Damsel, but it really shows at the beginning of the third act. With team morale failing, Mina talks to each of the men and convinces them to keep fighting, not just for her sake, but to avenge fallen friends and to cleanse the world of evil.
  • Token Super: She's the only member of Van Helsing's Vampire Hunter crew who has supernatural powers, due to an, uh, close encounter with the title villain half-way through the book. These allow her to "tune in" into Dracula's head, letting Van Helsing track his movement. Of course it's a double-edged sword since it's tied to the curse that is slowly changing her.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Tomboy to Lucy's Girly Girl.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Defied. The brides and Dracula try to force Mina to help them, but she refuses. Albeit with a little help from Van Helsing via his charms (she's still under Dracula's spell after all and the charms counteract his hold on her).
  • Vampire Hickey: Dracula bites her in conjuction with making her drink his blood, leaving the telltale puncture marks on her throat. It's a downplayed example though since Helsing explains that the blood exchange is the more important concern since it means Mina's already on the path to becoming a vampire. Though the hunters keeps tabs on it as well as wafer mark on her forhead to gauge how far along she is, with the fear that if the bite marks disapper before they kill Dracula, she'll turn.
  • Vampire Refugee: Unlike Lucy, she was fed Dracula's blood as well as bitten. Inflicting her with vampirism which, as long as Dracula's alive, will slowly turn her even if she dies (which would just bring the change on instantly). Though since she knows what's happening, she tries her best to fight against the change.
  • Virus Victim Symptoms: After being bitten, she has a psychic connection to Dracula which Helsing uses to his advantage to track where Dracula is going. However As the trip to Dracula's castle goes on; she loses her appetite for regular food, becomes lethargic and falls asleep during the daytime with Van Helsing unable to wake her, yet disturbingly becomes more active and perky at night (at one point just staring at Van Helsing through the night to his nervousness), the hypnotic suggestion starts failing, she begins to showcase knowledge of routes to the castle that shouldn't be possible and, when Van Helsing makes a holy circle around her, she finds herself unable to leave it. All which are signs of changes from vampirism. Needless to say, Mina is terrified of this prospect, as not only will she be no longer human, but be corrupted by the undead curse whom Dracula can easily command. This is increased even more when Dracula's brides try to claim her, as she can sense them and a part of her wants to join them. Additionally some adaptations have fangs start forming in her mouth (it's left ambiguous in the book if this happens or not).

     Lucy Westenra 
Mina's childhood friend born to a wealthy family. Dracula targets her multiple times as his first modern day victim.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: She's implied to be blonde in the book by making mention of hair being “sunny ripples” on the pillow. Sadie Frost who played Lucy in Bram Stoker's Dracula had red hair.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In various adaptations she's portrayed as anything from a Femme Fatale to The Vamp (no pun intended) thus introducing a rather unfortunate Madonna/Whore comparison between herself and Mina, with Lucy as the silly flirt who "deserves" to be vamped and staked.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: What some interpret her vampire form as, albeit one that can't be reversed since she has been stripped of her humanity via her death and thus her free will, with the only things that matter to her now being to feed, spread vampirism and serve Dracula.
  • Came Back Wrong: Due to dying under vampirisim, the curse resurrects her as a vampire herself. But as the men see for themselves in the graveyard, she's nothing like the Lucy they know, only concerned with feeding on blood and more animal like than anything. While she does seem to have some familiarity with Arthur in this form, it's likely the corruption in her calling upon memories of her old life. It's noted that she never calls for Seward or Quincey.
    Vampire Lucy: Come to me, Arthur. Leave these others and come to me. My arms are hungry for you. Come, and we can rest together. Come, my husband, come!
  • Composite Character: With Mina in several adaptations.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: In life, a kind and sweet individual who wouldn't hurt anyone. As a vampire, a being who displays bits of lustful behavior and lures away children to feed on them.
  • The Corrupter: By association of having been turned into a vampire herself. Not long after she resurrects, she starts going after children and takes their blood little by little, infecting them with vampirism. While the children don't show any abnormal signs outside of a bite mark on their neck, Helsing noted if she was allowed to continue, it wouldn't be long until they eventually died of blood loss and rose as vampires themselves, perpetuating the undead curse.
  • The Cutie: Lucy has three men ask for her hand in marriage in one day, and they then all pledge to protect and avenge her. She was also written to be sweet initially so it would be more shocking when she does turn up as a vampire both to the reader and her suitors and tie back into to the brides from earlier, giving a very clear understanding what likely happened to them (and how close Johnathan was to becoming a vampire himself).
  • Damsel in Distress: A failed example. Despite the men's attempts, Dracula ultimately feeds on her enough that she dies and changes into a vampire under his command.
  • Eats Babies: As a vampire, she primarily goes after children. Though oddly never draining any of them fully, just enough to leave them dazed. It's still a danger, though, as she is inflicting them with vampirism and if they died as she did, they would turn into vampires themselves. Van Helsing surmises she's just testing the waters of her new powers and, if not stopped, she'll soon go into full draining.
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: For some odd reason, her hair darkens when she turns into a vampire. Added to her pale skin, she becomes this.
  • Empty Eyes: Just as she begins to turn on her deathbed, Seward notes her eyes look "dull and hard" when she tries to ask for a "kiss" from Arthur.
  • Fog Feet: Some adaptations have her vampire form follow this trope to make her more ethereal.
  • Game Face: Inverted in this case. When the men spot her vampire form, they notice how monstrous and feral she is. When they get her attention and she spots Arthur, her stance suddenly changes and she appears more beautiful to them.
  • Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: In the original novel, she's a blonde. Interestingly, eyewitnesses later describe vampire Lucy as having dark hair to signify more of her corruption.
  • I Am a Monster: Very briefly when she begins turning, as she somehow knows the vampirism in her is taking over. She uses the last of her humanity to ask Van Helsing to protect Arthur from her vampire self.
  • Ill Girl: Gradually as the story continues. Originally, she just suffered from sleepwalking. But as Dracula feeds on her more, she weakens considerably.
  • The Ingenue: She's an absolute sweetheart with the purest, most innocent heart imaginable. note  Which is why it's all the more shocking when she turns into a vampire as she's the complete opposite of her human personality: Cruel, lustful, and seductive.
  • "Join Us" Drone: When the hunters confront her, she tries to get Arthur to come to her so they can "rest together". Apparently it's hypnotic, as Arthur nearly does till Helsing flashes a cross at her.
  • Kill the Cutie: Twice over. The first time is her death at Dracula's hand; as it wasn't a natural death, however, she resurrects into a corrupted form. The second time is when the hunters kill her vampire form to free her from the undead curse.
  • Last Request: As the vampirism takes hold and she manages to snap out of the change after abruptly shifting into a seductive form for a brief moment. Her final request as a human has her ask Van Helsing to look after Arthur and give him closure after her death. Van Helsing makes good on his promise.
  • Liquid Assets: When Lucy becomes a vampire, she looks healthier "dead" in her coffin than she did alive.
  • Madness Makeover: She gets all slinky and sensual as she falls under Dracula's spell. Oddly, this is not considered an improvement by her faithful suitors, likely because it's not really in her personality and the vampirism is corrupting her.
  • Marry Them All: In a letter to Mina, Lucy wishes this were an option, as she hated having to turn away Seward and Quincey when she chose to be with Arthur. She's at least happy they can all still be friends.
  • Ms. Fanservice: In most adaptations despite never showing herself naked or else she's still a very beautiful and sensuous woman who loves to tease with suitors.
  • Not Herself: As the vampirism fully takes hold of her, she nearly tries to "kiss" Arthur before Van Helsing prevents her, with the others noticing how feral and seductive she's suddenly become. She briefly reverts to her usual demeanor and indicates she knows what she's becoming before dying. When the men later confront her in the graveyard, she's akin to a wild animal with only the lustful side of her present. Showing that the Lucy they know is indeed dead and is now just a supernatural monster acting on Dracula's will.
  • Power Floats: Implied just before the men confront her vampire form head on in the graveyard, Seward noting she seemed to be gliding through the area. Most likely floating thanks to her newfound power.
  • Really Gets Around: Averted, despite what most adaptations would have you think. She has attracted the attention of three suitors because she's so pure and innocent and sweet. She remarks that she wishes that she could marry multiple men, but that's because she loves them all deeply, and doesn't want to turn any of them away (she settles on Arthur), not because she's lustful.
  • Red Baron: Dubbed "The Bloofer Lady" by her child victims, which is just their way of saying "The Beautiful Lady".
  • Rubber Man: Slightly, when Helsing fends her back with the cross and forces her to flee back to her coffin. The others watch in awe as she slips through the doorway to her crypt via a small crack as if her body was made of putty.
  • Sacrificial Lion: Killed to show the effects of vampirism on a fully drained victim. As well as to show the curse isn't limited to Transylvania and does not exempt the innocent: anyone can become undead and the danger Dracula poses for modern day society who're unaware of the supernatural threat is real enough. As far as it's known, Lucy is the first non-Transylvanian, English-born vampire.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: One of the main reasons she accepts Arthur's proposal is because he's such a Nice Guy.
  • Sleepwalking: Said to suffer from it now and then, which makes her an easy target for Dracula once he reaches London's shores. It's implied all the time afterward to be Dracula mind-controlling her after he manages to first bite her.
  • Spoiled Sweet: She comes from a high class Victorian Era family, and enjoys all the perks and privileges that come with being of this class, yet still is a kind and sweet individual who treats her lower class best friend Mina, with the same respect and decency she shows the Lords and Ladies in her life. The Maven of the Eventide compares her directly to Charlotte "Lottie" LaBouffe, the Tropes Pictured representation, when reviewing her.
  • Super Senses: After being bitten the second time, she notes how her eyesight and hearing have gotten oddly better to the point she can see specks of dusts in the air and hear her servants in other rooms and mice moving around the walls. While fascinated by it, it likewise scares her a bit since she isn't sure why it happening to her and it ties in with the nightmares she keeps having.
  • Tomboy and Girly Girl: The Girly Girl to Mina's Tomboy.
  • Too Dumb to Live: For some odd reason, her vampire form flees to her crypt after Van Helsing repels her rather then just fleeing the cemetery entirely and finding another place to hole up. This could also be a consequence of her vampirism, similar to how Dracula needs his boxes of earth, and her vampire form is not free to flee the cemetery after Van Helsing repels her.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Depends on the adaptation. In many she's mostly just animal-like due to the vampirism (usually implied she is still a newborn and hasn't got control of her powers yet). But in a few others, she seems fully aware what she's doing once turned and goes along with it willingly.
  • The Vamp: The only time she speaks as a vampire, she tries to seduce Arthur before trying to go for his neck. Van Helsing stops her just as she about to reach him.
  • Vampire Hickey: After Dracula first bites her, there are two notable puncture wounds on her neck. Mina thinks she pricked her with a pin, but Lucy states she oddly doesn't feel it. As her health declines, Seward does find them but can't make the connection that it's linked to her illness until Van Helsing arrives and eventually points this out as the cause of a vampire attack. After Dracula's third attack and the doctor's attempt at a blood tranfusion, the wounds suddenly disappear, to Van Helsing's grim realization that Lucy's beyond saving.
  • Virus Victim Symptoms: It's through her we see the process of vampirism at work. After she's bitten, she becomes more susceptible to Dracula's control and is controlled into opening the window so he can feed on her more. She becomes more pale and weak, plus she keeps having nightmares. But it's noted her senses becoming more enhanced that she can hear her servants in other rooms beyond her bedroom and even mice in the walls. And of course, her canines are noted to have gotten oddly sharper. She also reacts negatively to sunlight and has the blinds closed. By the third bite, the curse has progressed enough that blood transfusions no longer work, she looks stronger while sleeping at night than she does awake, and at one point she rips up a note she was writing in a trance and, when it's taken from her, keeps doing the motion. Ultimately, the men see the bite wounds on her neck suddenly close up on their own and briefly her personality becomes seductive as she calls for Arthur to kiss her. When Helsing denies her, she reacts in a feral manner before going back to normal. After some final words, she dies and the corruption completes the transformation.
  • Would Hurt a Child: Goes after children after turning into a vampire, largely to show how corrupted she is now.

     Dr. Abraham Van Helsing 
Dr. Seward's former medical teacher. He's called in when Seward can't find the cause of Lucy's sudden illness.
  • Agent Mulder: Perfectly amenable to the idea that vampires are real, and in one chapter he seems amused when Seward expresses his own skepticism about various psychic phenomena.
  • Ascended Fanboy: He's either this or Retired Badass, depending on how one reads the hints in his backstory. A "metaphysician and philosopher" who has spent a good chunk of his life gathering arcane knowledge on vampires, then throws himself enthusiastically at the chance to put that knowledge to practical use.
  • Awful Wedded Life: In a throwaway line, he says his wife is "dead to [him]", but that his Catholic sensibilities prevent them from getting a divorce. Leonard Wolf's annotated edition of the book puts forth the theory that she went mad after a case of Outliving One's Offspring.
  • Badass Bookworm: Has much information on vampires, which he relates to the group, and personally kills Dracula's Brides.
  • Badass Unintentional: He isn't a Vampire Hunter or even an adventurer, but rather just some Dutch scholar who's knowledgeable enough about the natural world to come up with a way to defeat Dracula.
  • Big Good: The viewpoint characters do much of the action themselves, but it's clear that Helsing leads the fight against Drac and they would be helpless without him.
  • Blunt Metaphors Trauma: As a result of his diffuclties with English, his attempts at figurative speech are rather... interesting.
    Well, the milk that is spilt cries not out afterwards, as you say.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Summed up rather nicely by Dr. Seward:
    He is a seemingly arbitrary man, this is because he knows what he is talking about better than any one else.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
  • Eloquent in My Native Tongue: Downplayed. He speaks English with a deeply broken syntax, but his vocabulary is suitably immense for someone with three doctoral degrees.
  • Foil: To Dracula. They're both foreigners, one from Eastern Europe, one from Western Europe. Dracula works hard to make sure his English is fluent, and couldn't take being a Funny Foreigner, while Helsing speaks in a clear accent. Dracula relies on people refusing to believe in the supernatural, while Helsing is open to anything. Helsing is a man of God, and may be an ordained priest, while Dracula is a man without God.
  • Funny Foreigner: Apparently he's Dutch, which comes with a bunch of strange mannerisms. He's a notable contrast to the only other notable foreigners in the story — Dracula, who flawlessly adopts English manners, and Quincey, who has apparently spent enough time in England before the start of the story to already know how to get along.
  • Genre Savvy: He's a scientist, but having recognized that they were fighting a monster out of legend, he goes to those legends to learn how to fight it.
  • Gentleman and a Scholar: Naturally; his fancy education means he's well-read as well as brilliant, a doctor of both medicine and letters. He's also a gentleman in the more literal sense of the word.
  • Herr Doktor: He's actually Dutch, but constantly peppers his English with German. (Yes, Bram Stoker did, in fact, do the research — German was a lingua franca in that area of Europe.)
    • Also, Dutch is a Germanic language closely related to German.
    • And German was the language of science in the 19th century — a (non-German) scientist tossing around German words would be like a musician casually using Italian words.
  • Implacable Man: He tracks Dracula down with an almost inhuman single-mindedness. He's beat out only by Jonathan Harker in this regard.
  • Madwoman in the Attic: Mentions he has a wife who is "dead to him" (in other words, she is mad to the point of not knowing him), but is not willing to divorce her due to his Catholic upbringing.
  • Malaproper: His English, while certainly not terrible, is hard to understand at times.
  • The Mentor: To the other hunters, being the most knowledgeable about vampires.
  • Mr. Exposition: Explains a lot about vampires and what they can do, telling the hunters (and the readers) what they're up against. Given how long some of his dialogue is, he almost could be considered a borderline Infodump.
  • Not That Kind of Doctor: He is that kind of doctor (and a professor of medicine), and not a vampire hunter, as adaptations often turn him into; he's just smart enough to know enough about them to improvise.
  • Occult Detective: The Trope Codifier. Although he doesn't start this way, he quickly becomes one. Yet while most adaptations portray Helsing as an adventuresome monster hunter, in the book he is just a doctor with very eclectic experience, who approaches vampirism as he would any other disease, albeit one that has symptoms including supernatural belligerence and fantastic powers and weaknesses.
  • Oh, Crap!: Gets this reaction after Lucy is attacked the third time and he sees that her bite wound has closed up — indicating that it's too late to save her and she's going to turn into a vampire.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: We're first introduced to Van Helsing in a letter from John Seward to Arthur Holmwood. Seward mentions his mentor's many talents. The very next letter is from Van Helsing to Seward, and is titled 'Letter, Abraham Van Helsing, MD, DPh, D. Lit, Etc, Etc, to Dr. Seward'.
  • Poor Communication Kills: When he first treats Lucy, he tries to hide the vampire protection as "remedies" to help her get better without informing Seward and the others what's going on. As such, when the maids (or Lucy's mother — it depends on the adaptation) take down the garlic to at least ease up on Lucy's treatment, it allows Dracula to continue visiting and feeding on her. By the time Van Helsing finally comes forward with the truth, it's far too late for Lucy, who dies and becomes a vampire.
  • Poirot Speak: Some gratuitous German phrases are peppered into his dialogue as one more reminder that yes, indeed he is a foreigner.
  • The Professor: Dr. Seward's professor, more precisely. He presumably teaches medicine, but he's qualified in an uncountable number of other disciplines.
  • Science Hero: An eminent scientist and a makeshift Vampire Hunter. Rather than the action-hero he's portrayed as in other media, he approaches the conflict like a clinician encountering a new disease.
  • Spanner in the Works: Almost bordering on Contrived Coincidence. He just happens to be the one doctor who knows about vampires and how to combat them and his former student is a friend of one of the victims which in turn leads him into confrontation with Dracula. If Dracula had chosen anyone else as his first victim, it's likely they would've met sooner or later but at least by then he would've built up his undead army a bit. But since he attacks Lucy first, Dracula's plot for a new hunting ground/kingdom ends before it even begins.
  • Team Dad: It helps that he's the oldest by a fair bit.
  • Vampire Hunter: Er... averted, despite what later media would have you believe. Although he has a wealth of folkloric knowledge which lets him deduce the source of Lucy's affliction, he certainly doesn't guess it on sight and spends a few months experimenting with garlic and other herbs before he's sure, implying he has no more personal experience with vampires than Seward or Holmwood.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Decapitates Lucy's vampire form and Dracula's brides later on. Justified since they're monsters that are a threat to humanity and he sees it as a Mercy Kill.

     Quincey Morris 
A young man from Texas who's visiting his friend Arthur and becomes smitten with Lucy.
  • Adapted Out: He's frequently left out of adaptations.
  • Agent Mulder: Unlike the others, it doesn't take much to convince Quincey Morris there are vampires about.
  • Americans Are Cowboys: Hails from Texas and visiting London since he's friends with Arthur.
  • The Big Guy: He's the Class 4 Big Guy for Professor Van Hellsing's Vampire hunting team.
  • Due to the Dead: Harker and Mina name their son after him in honor of his heroics.
  • Eagleland: Type 1. He's presented as a cowboy-type who hails from Texas, informal but friendly and honorable.
  • Everything Is Big in Texas: Lucy likes his funny turns of phrase, so when he proposes to her, he hams up the quaint cowboy-themed metaphors to an almost sickening degree.
  • Funny Foreigner: Since the story is set in London, he's viewed as this since he's American.
  • Genre Refugee: Nothing like the presence of an American cowboy in a Gothic Horror story set in Britain to make you go "Say again?"
  • Go Out with a Smile: Dies happily upon seeing the wafer imprint disappear from Mina's forehead, meaning the threat of her becoming a vampire is over.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Depends on the adaptation, but he's either mortally wounded fighting the gypsies or Dracula himself. Either way, it gives the other hunters the opening they need to get to Dracula and deliver the final blow.
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: One of the suitors to Lucy, but he gladly steps down when she picks Arthur.
  • Knife Nut: He wields a Bowie knife when facing Dracula and manages to, with Jonathan's help, kill him with it.
  • Shoot the Dog: He mentions that he had to shoot his horse when he was in Pampas when vampire bats drained its blood.
  • Southern Gentleman: Again, hails from Texas, and a very positively portrayed American; typical in British works of the day but surprising today.
  • Wacky Americans Have Wacky Names: Although he isn't exactly comic, he is a rootin', tootin' and shootin' American man of action.

     Arthur Holmwood, Lord Godalming 
One of Lucy's suitors and a friend of Quincey's.
  • Adapted Out: He's frequently left out of adaptations.
  • Agent Scully: As with Seward, he doesn't really believe in the vampire story. At least until the confrontation with the vampirized Lucy later on.
  • The Lancer: He has one of the best motivations for going after Dracula and is the most questioning and skeptical.
  • Nice Guy: Lucy's primary reason for choosing him over Seward or Quincey is that Arthur falls into this trope.
  • Staking the Loved One: Van Helsing has him stake Lucy personally since he feels the one that loved her the most should be the one to free her from the vampire curse.
  • The Team Benefactor: He aids in funding the hunt for Dracula by providing transportation, lodging, and the like. While Abraham van Helsing helps with his knowledge of vampire lore.
  • Trauma Conga Line: Played with, sort of. He loses both his fiancée and his father within a very short time, and he has to witness said fiancée's actions as a horrific monster, some of which seem to be targeted at him specifically. And then at the climax, his best friend is killed as well. However, Arthur actually takes all of this pretty well.

     Dr. John Seward 
The third of Lucy's suitors and the local doctor of the nearby mental institution.
  • Agent Scully: Originally disbelieving of vampires since it sounds pretty fantastical. Van Helsing personally shows him first-hand by visiting Lucy's grave before showing the others.

     R. M. Renfield 
One of the residents of the mental institution who somehow falls under Dracula's power.
  • Adaptational Villainy: In many adaptations, he's a willing slave to Dracula. In the original book, while Renfield is under Dracula's control, he isn't so happy about it. He even tries to kill Dracula at one point to protect Mina, although unsuccessfully.
  • Because You Were Nice to Me: Mina showing him some genuine concern and kindness prompts him to warn her of Dracula.
  • Brainwashed and Crazy: In some adaptations, he was the previous real estate agent who went to Dracula's castle and fell under Dracula's spell, going mad in the process.
  • The Cassandra: The night before Dracula's attack on Mina, Renfield tries to get Seward to discharge him from the hospital, so that he can't be compelled to help Dracula. When that doesn't work, he asks to at least be placed in another room. Seward and Helsing assume it's some trick by either Renfield or Dracula, and ignore him.
  • Cool Old Guy: Dr. Seward recorded the poor guy was 59 when admitted to the asylum and spent some time inside before the events of the novel unfurled. He's physically strong enough to fight a few burly attendants at once and wrestled Dracula himself in his strongest form at midnight.
  • Power Born of Madness: He tries to invoke this. "It is said that madmen have incredible strength. I am mad, or was, and I resolved to use all of my mad strength to attack him".
  • Redemption Equals Death: Dracula kills him in response to his warning the others about him. In the book, and some adaptations, Renfield even tries to fight him.
  • The Renfield: Trope Namer, but is actually an Unbuilt Trope here, seeing as he attempts to foil Dracula twice, the second ending with the loss of his own life. While he certainly seems willing to become Dracula's slave, being locked in at Dr. Seward's sanatorium rather limits his options and the Count seems to more or less ignore him throughout. (Until he finally visits him in his cell and kills him.) Renfield at one point demands that he be moved so that Dracula will not compel him to let him into the house to attack Mina. When this fails, the second time Dracula enters, he grabs Dracula and tries to kill him with his bare hands, while the Count is in mist form. He would have succeeded, too, if Dracula hadn't used his Hypnotic Eyes.
  • Vampire Vannabe: Desperately wants to be a vampire and tries to mimic their style by eating bugs and wanting to eat bigger things like cats and dogs.

     Lady Westenra 
Lucy's mother.
  • Hollywood Heart Attack: How she dies in the story; as Dracula bursts into the house in a wolf form (or sending a wolf), the shock of the attack gets to her heart. Lucy tries to get help, but the maids have been drugged and Dracula soon descends on her. Curiously, he doesn't try to bite Mrs. Westenra, though it's possible she died before he could or he was not interested in making someone so elderly into a vampire.
  • No Name Given: Isn't named in the story, just known as Lucy's mother or Mrs. Westenra.
  • Satellite Character: Has a very short role and it's mostly with Lucy and sometimes Mina. Some adaptations even adapt her out for this reason.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: In the book, she accidentally pulls off the ring of garlic around Lucy's neck from shock from her heart attack. A few adaptations have her remove the garlic in order to ease Lucy of her treatment. But this is exactly what Dracula was waiting for and he bursts in on them that night, allowing him to drain and turn Lucy. Not her fault, though, since Van Helsing never disclosed the true reason for the garlic.

     The Brides 
Dracula's three un-named and undead female servants who live with him in his castle.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the book, they're described as two brunettes and one blonde, though in various film and television depictions, the brides are depicted with varying hair colors or shades. Usually depicted as a trio consisting of one blonde, one brunette, and one redhead, one adaptation depicts them as two blondes and a redhead!
  • Amazon Brigade: As short a role they had in the book, they certainly show they're fearsome creatures. It's only because of Dracula that they're prevented from feeding on Harker; it's clear if they had the chance, Harker would've been drained instantly and most likely turned into a vampire. And it's only due to Van Helsing's wafers that they were kept at bay from taking Mina. And even then, they don't give up on trying to get her till the sun rises, even killing the pair's horses. If it was anyone else looking after Mina, the Brides would've most likely overpowered her protectors and claimed Mina easily.
  • Blonde, Brunette, Redhead: How they are depicted sometimes in certain adaptations.
  • Corrupt the Cutie: A foreshadowing of such; whoever they were as humans has long since died with their humanity once Dracula took their blood, leaving walking corpses that, while beautiful and eternally young, thrive on their bloodlust and sexuality.
  • Does Not Like Shoes: Many adaptations portray them as barefoot. Being vampires with supernatural powers, they wouldn't have much need for them anyway.
  • Eats Babies: In many adaptations, after stopping them from feeding on Jonathan, Dracula appeases them with a sack that's wriggling. It's never really stated what was in it, but many versions assume it's a baby. Jonathan blacks out just as the brides crowd around the sack to spare us the details (though depending on what you're reading or watching, you'll probably see a Gory Discretion Shot or a short aftermath of the feeding with the brides smiling contently as blood dribbles from their lips).
  • Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette: The two dark-haired brides, being undead and all.
  • Foreshadowing: They're more than likely Dracula's previous victims and a preview of what happens if his vampirisim is completed without interruption. Though neither Harker or the reader knows that when we first meet them. Some speculate that the blonde bride, being viewed as the youngest of the three, was Dracula's previous turning before Lucy due to the fact her features aren't the same as her fellow brides.
  • Horny Devils: Very sexually active, if only to subdue their prey.
  • Incest Subtext: The dark haired women have "high aquiline noses, like the Count's", implying they're blood related to him.
  • "Join Us" Drone: When they come across Van Helsing and Mina's camp near Dracula's castle. A makeshift holy barrier prevents them from reaching the two, but doesn't stop them from trying to beckon Mina to join them, citing her as their "sister". Mina even admits to Van Helsing that she feels an urge to actually heed their call, the barrier just barely allowing her to keep her sense of self and keep her from going to them.
  • Mysterious Past: Nothing is really known about them; the most we get in the story is a vague implication that they had relations with Dracula in the past at some point where he truly did "love" them before turning them into vampires. Most readers speculate that due to the two brunettes having similar noses to Dracula, that they're related to him in some fashion, and the blonde, having different features, was likely an outsider of the country that became either Dracula's wife or lover. The best evidence for her being Dracula's wife is her tomb, which is the biggest and most opulent besides Dracula's, as if made for someone greatly beloved.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: While Jonathan saw Dracula scaling the walls of the castle, he chalked it up to fatigue from his trip and his eyes playing tricks on him. Then they had to try and prematurely feed on him before his paperwork with Dracula is done. Needless to say, it's all the proof Jonathan needed to realize the count wasn't human and make the effort to escape. The stupid thing too is that Drac was gonna give Jonathan to them once the business was conducted and if they had waited, he would have been none the wiser.
  • No Name Given: We never learn their names or much of anything about them other them other than being Dracula's servants.
  • Red Eyes, Take Warning: The two dark-haired brides.
  • Rule of Three: In the book, there are only three of them, though some adaptations will either reduce the number to one or have as many as twelve of them.
  • Uncanny Valley: Invoked. Jonathan describes them as genuinely beautiful and seducing in his journal, but he also notices there's something off about this beauty.
  • We Can Rule Together: Once Mina and Van Helsing are near the castle, they sense how near vampiric Mina's become and go to collect her, beckoning her to join their fold since she is Dracula's latest bride, even calling her their "sister". A good thing Van Helsing decided to look after her or the brides would've become a foursome, as Mina's clearly feeling the urge to join them.
  • The Undead: As with their master, they're essentially moving corpses that have never aged once they were turned.
  • The Vamp: All three of them.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Since their morality has long since gone, they're quite lustful and use it to subdue their victims. The 'fair' blonde one in particular stands out as this trope for Jonathan, who pays her special focus and is noticeably enticed by her. Van Helsing notes this effect when staking one of the brunettes at the climax, concluding that men who came to stake them would fall under their spell until sunset, unable to go through with the staking, and then be bitten by the awakened vampire. He only snaps out of it when he hears Mina's (imagined?) scream, and takes care to not look directly at the other two vampires' faces when staking them.
  • Vampire's Harem: Pretty much serve this function to the count.


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