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Iscariot Organization

Iscariot/Vatican Section XIII, known as the Vatican's Special Section XIII, is an organization operated by the Catholic Church. It is a top-secret section of the Vatican's operations, and officially, it doesn't exist. Much like Hellsing, Iscariot specialized in vampire slayings and consists of expert exorcists and fighters. They frequently butt heads violently with Hellsing both over territorial disputes and religious differences.


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     Father Alexander Anderson

Voiced by: Norio Wakamoto (JP), Steven Brand (EN)

"Hold your tongue. The dead don't speak. Do the dead dare walk the Earth before my eyes? Will the undead raise an army, fall in, and advance? Will those who would abandon God and embrace the heretical order DARE to presume to meet my gaze!? Iscariot will not allow it. I will not allow it."

A member of the Iscariot Organization, the Vatican black ops group, Anderson is a Catholic priest trained to efficiently kill vampires. He has been genetically engineered to heal from any wound he receives, making him Alucard's equal in combat. His weapon of choice is blessed bayonets, which he carries in great quantities, throwing them with unerring accuracy in order to hit his target in as many places as possible. Both in and out of battle, he is a very compassionate and caring person, whether it is towards the orphans in his charge or his fellow members of Iscariot, many of whom he's raised himself. However, he shows no mercy to his opponents, but holds a special place in his heart for Alucard (presumably for his challenging nature) and Integra (whose bravery he finds impressive).

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade: His blessed bayonets can cause a monster's durable skin to boil and burn upon contact as well as pierce through a tektite-reinforced glass box with ease.
  • A Father to His Men: Quite literally. Most of Anderson's followers were orphans that he raised and trained in the orphanage he operates back in Rome. Because of this, he treats many of them (most notable with Heinkel and Yumie) like his own children and they are equally devoted to him.
  • Affably Evil: He's one of the series' most dangerous and consistent antagonists, but he possesses a surprising degree of fondness and respect for Alucard, considering his religious beliefs and occupation. And despite his Ax-Crazy disposition in combat, seems like an easygoing, well-meaning guy when he's not killing vampires. He's also a Catholic priest who runs an orphanage and seems to care genuinely for children. His first appearance has him breaking up two squabbling orphans while gently discouraging fighting... and in the same breath advocates violence against non-believers.
  • Alliterative Name: Alexander Anderson.
  • Anti-Hero: As per usual for any good guy in this series. Anderson will gleefully slaughter any vampire, undead ghoul, or enemy to his cause that crosses his path, even a benign vampire like Seras, and his trademark Psychotic Smirk reveals a lot about his character; but he also runs an orphanage in Rome, actively avoids drawing innocent people into conflicts, and respects the Hellsing Organization for being a Worthy Opponent to Iscariot and the Vatican.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Alucard.
  • Ass-Kicking Pose: Forms a Holy Cross with his bayonets.
  • As the Good Book Says...: He has a tendency to recite Bible passages, especially before or even during a rampage.
  • "Awesome McCool" Name: Alexander Anderson just has a kickass ring to it.
  • Ax-Crazy: Whenever he sees a vampire. Poor Seras.
  • Badass Longcoat: Just like Alucard, it's part of his signature ensemble and billows majestically in the wind whenever they fight each other.
  • Badass Preacher: Oh so much. He's a devout Catholic priest, recites psalms and prayers before or during every fight, goes toe-to-toe with the strongest vampire in existence, and is likely the most powerful (living) human in the series. And he runs an orphanage that produces and fills most of Iscariot's ranks.
  • Bayonet Ya: He uses a seemingly unlimited supply of blessed bayonets as weapons. They're not attached to guns, though.
  • The Berserker: Despite being fairly calm around regular humans and especially children, Anderson transforms into a full-on berserker whenever he encounters vampires or any kind of monstrous heathen, as he likes to call them. His bloodlust becomes nigh-unstoppable and he can plow through huge swathes of enemies without a single fear for himself, which is definitely reinforced by his powerful Healing Factor, regenerative powers, and role as The Juggernaut of Iscariot's forces. It often turns into a berserk form of Ham-to-Ham Combat between Alucard and Anderson since both of them are rather high on the Blood Knight scale of Ax-Crazy hitmen.
  • Blood Knight: He enjoys slaughtering vampires just a little more than normal.
  • Brave Scot: Despite being human, albeit one with vast regenerative and supernatural abilities, Anderson goes toe-to-toe with the most powerful vampire in existence and even earns Alucard's nigh-impossible respect as his ultimate rival and a Worthy Opponent by the end.
  • Call-Back: An absolutely epic one in comparison to Luke Valentine. Against Luke, Alucard mockingly calls out against Luke to "Hurry" and fight him, demanding that he go against the odds and face him. Luke instead falls into tears, screams, and is ultimately told to shut up by Alucard, now seeing him as he truly is and ultimately killing him without a second thought and with no care.
    • Against Anderson, it is the priest, bloody and broken with his arm hanging by sinews who demands that Alucard "hurry" and attack him. He then storms through the Level Zero army, showing nothing more than determination to reach Alucard even when the odds are so heavily stacked against him. In this case, it is Alucard who is practically stunned into silence before expressing nothing more than the greatest praise and admiration for Alexander Anderson's determination, even comparing them to Dr. Van Helsing and his compatriots.
    Alucard: What kind of man is this? He reminds me so much, of those other men.
  • Calling Your Attacks: He tends to do this whenever he attacks, especially against Alucard, but it's mostly just religious excerpts and partial psalms that he believes will instill terror and awe into the hearts of his heathen opponents.
  • Catchphrase: "Amen", and by GOD does he get to say it a lot.
    • "It doesn't sit right with me" during Iscariot's siege of London. Some translations put it down as "I do not like this."
    • MARS!
  • Church Militant: He's a member of a secret militant branch of the Catholic church.
  • Climax Boss: He serves as this to Alucard in their final battle during the invasion of London, being easily Alucard's greatest foe (and the closest he comes to death in a pure fight) in the entire series, in terms of both pure difficulty and its emotional build-up, especially once Anderson uses Helena's Nail. This is the fight the entire series essentially boils down to for Alucard. However, it ends up being Walter who serves as his final enemy.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: Neon green and a darker shade of blue than Integra's to be Alucard's blue Oni.
  • Creepy Catholicism: A tall, scarred priest with a perpetual grin, superhuman regeneration and sociopathic disdain for non-Catholics who ominously recites entire Bible passages from memory while slaughtering vampires with deranged glee.
  • Curb-Stomp Battle: Any battle he takes place in, much like Alucard, is him murdering anything that comes his way and only finding a challenge in Alucard. Upon attaining his Monster of God form, the first half of the battle with Alucard is so one sided that Anderson takes him out with a single bayonet. Had he not attacked once before (twice accounting the OVA) it would've been a single stroke battle.
  • Deadly Upgrade: Helena's Nail transforms him into a monster made of thorns with little will of his own. He's only stopped when Alucard rips out Anderson's heart. Even if he hadn't, it's implied that the power would have eventually killed Anderson anyway.
  • The Determinator: Really stands out in his final fight with Alucard. His left arm ends up hanging by "a few strands of meat," and yet he just puts his arm in his mouth and keeps swinging.
  • Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: He walks straight up to Alucard, easily one of the most powerful beings in existence, and punches him hard enough to stagger him. This turns into a prolonged face-to-face slugfest where Alexander doesn't go down, despite heavy bleeding and the incomprehensible power of his opponent.
  • The Dreaded: Aside from Alucard for obvious reasons, every other vampire or monster encountered by him is utterly terrified of Anderson. Both Integra and the Nazi vampires list off several of his nicknames, all of which hint to Anderson's past exploits of slaughtering vampires for the Vatican.
  • Dual Wielding: His bayonets.
  • Dub Name Change: Minimal example, in the original he was named Alexander Andersen.
  • Dying as Yourself: Double subverted. After becoming a mindless plant monster through the use of Helena's Nail, Alucard removes and crushes his heart. What's left of Anderson reverts to a human appearance and slowly turns to dust. Anderson's last words show that his mind was his own in the end.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: In a series full of vampires and other weird creatures, Anderson's main talent is just being a badass with consecrated weapons. Sometime before the series, he was somehow given a Healing Factor by Iscariot, and can pull tricks like creating consecrated barriers and disappearing in a cloud of bible pages as a means of teleportation. And either he or his cloak are four-dimensional, which just seems to be Rule of Cool. Otherwise, he's a normal human being who can apparently cut down even the most powerful opponent in seconds unless they're Alucard or The Captain.
  • Enemy Mine: With Integra, when his boss Maxwell got drunk with power, attempted to finish London's population off and in so "betrayed God".
  • Establishing Character Moment: When he's introduced, he breaks up a fight between two orphans and says that violence is never the answer. Except where heathens and monsters are concerned.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Anderson almost always follows his own set of rules, regardless of what Maxwell tells him. A notable example is when Anderson's unit is ordered to protect Integra during the attack on London. Most of the team members are itching for an excuse to kill her, but Anderson knows that keeping her alive is a one-way ticket to fighting Alucard, so he tells them to shut up, act polite, and guard her from Millennium's soldiers. And when Maxwell gives the order to kill Integra, Anderson looks like he's about to run towards Maxwell and rip him a new one for having the nerve to order the execution of the master of his greatest rival.
    • Maxwell lets the power of his new position of Archbishop get to him and goes Drunk with Power, ordering the deaths the survivors of the London attack for no reason other than their Protestant beliefs. Anderson believed he betrayed God and the Vatican for his actions, and left Maxwell to die at the hands of Dracula's horde.
    • He despises rapists as well. When Heinkel, Yumie, and his followers threaten to gang up an attack Integra and refuse to escort her home, Anderson soundly scolds and reminds them that they're paladins, not rapists. Cue Anderson and a bunch of Iscariot Hell Seekers protecting the Hellsing heiress' virtue on her way to Hellsing Manor.
  • Evil Laugh: He's not evil, but he sure can laugh as though he is. He sounds a lot like Alucard, come to think of it... His best is in episode one, when he (and the viewers) thought he killed Alucard.
  • Expy: He's based on another Anderson from Hirano's previous work.
  • Famous Last Words: "Amen, children..."
  • Fighting Irish: His nationality is never establishednote  but he speaks in a heavy brogue and has a blast slaying vampires.
  • Friend to All Children: He seems to genuinely love children, as seen in Volume 1, even though he tells them that it's okay to hurt heathens and unbelievers. In Volume 3, he asks Maxwell if it'd be alright for him to bring the orphans to the British Museum sometime in the future, simply because he thought they'd enjoy it.
  • Good Scars, Evil Scars: Has a scar on his left cheek.
  • Good Shepherd: He's a humble Catholic priest that raises orphans, who adore him. Although he looks down on Protestants and unbelievers, he still considers them part of God's kingdom and worthy of his protection if needed.
  • Gentle Giant: Around kids. Horribly averted otherwise.
  • Gratuitous English: "If Anyone Does Not Love The Lord, Jesus Christ, Let Him Be Accused O Lord Come, AAAAMEEEN!!"
  • Go Out with a Smile: After an epic battle with Alucard that pushes his body past the breaking point, Anderson regains his humanity and dies smiling, hearing the voices of children.
  • Hammerspace: He holds a seemingly endless supply of bayonets on his person at all times. During his first encounter with Alucard and Seras, he pulled out no less than Fifty-four bayonets in the ensuing fight! On top of all that, he also carries a very long, bayonet-lined, exploding chain. He's also never seen picking any of his used bayonets up, which makes you wonder how many he went through throughout the series and how long it took to bless all of them.
  • Healing Factor: Not as good as Alucard's, but it's still enough that Alucard's guns barely slow him down and he can even regenerate from losing chunks of his head. The only non-healing wounds he receives are from the Jackal, the most powerful of Alucard's arsenal, and it's likely that Anderson would've eventually regenerated the blown out chuck of his arm if he'd only had more time to jumpstart the process.
  • Hero Antagonist: Compared to Alucard, even though he is not spotless in his morality. He wants to kill Alucard for being a dangerous vampire and horrendous monster. Which, you know, is actually what Alucard is, it's just... sort of complicated.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: He willingly sacrificed his humanity for power in order to defeat Alucard.
  • Hidden Depths: Despite his usually vicious and brutal demeanor towards the unholy and heretics, he possesses a deep level of compassion for those under his care like the children of his orphanage and his subordinates in Section XIII, even initially begging the latter to leave to survive in the battle against Alucard while he would face the vampire alone despite fully knowing he'd die in the attempt. He was also clever enough to instantly understand that the Major's entire attack on London revolved around everyone present, including Anderson himself, being sacrificed to force Alucard into releasing his familiars to make him vulnerable to death.
  • Holy Hitman: The Vatican's finest.
  • Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: Like Alucard with Seras, Anderson towers over his proteges, standing at least a full head taller than Yumie and Heinkel. Neither girl is particularly short, but Anderson is just really tall at over eight feet in height.
  • Humanoid Abomination: After using the Nail, he turns into a mess of thorny roots that regenerates as quickly as Alucard does, moving even faster than Alucard can, attacking relentlessly and mindlessly, strangling all that surrounds him with thorns that burn everything they touch with holy fire. He can only be killed by removing the Nail, whereupon he dies. That form manages to be even more horror-inducing than Alucard himself.
  • Humble Hero: In stark contrast to Alucard's status as a Smug Super, Anderson is a zealot who views himself merely as "but a blade wielded from on high." Doesn't mean he can't still enjoy his job.
  • Hypercompetent Sidekick: He's much more of a threat than the less physically-imposing and unhinged Maxwell.
  • I Have Many Names: Bayonet Anderson, Killing Judge Anderson, Angel Dust Anderson (a Mythology Gag to his origins), Paladin Anderson, just to name a few. Alucard gives him another one: "Judas Priest", which doubles as a joke to Iscariot itself.
    • It's also implied that Anderson might not even be his real name, which ties into the mystery of what his national background is.
  • Irish Priest: His nationality is a bit ambiguous, but he Ax-Crazy tendencies aside he fits the bill.
  • I Was Just Passing Through: Anderson helps Integra because only ''they'' can defeat her.
  • The Juggernaut: His enhancements make him as unstoppable as Alucard himself in a straight-up charge, though he lacks Alucard's almost numberless "lives".
  • Kick the Dog: His introductory fight with Alucard had him do this to Seras.
  • Kill It with Fire: In his God's Monster form, anything unholy that gets struck by his weapons or tendrils instantly bursts into flames and, if weak enough, turns to dust.
  • Kill the Ones You Love: Had to do it on Maxwell, who was one of the many children he had taken care of in his orphanage and risen like his own son, since he went nuts with power and ordered the genocide of London's population.
  • Knight Templar: Downplayed. He is just a bit indiscriminate in his targeting of vampires. Ask Seras while she's pinned to the ground by holy bayonets. Not to mention him killing Integra's human bodyguards and trying to do the same to Integra for getting in his way. Otherwise, not so much. This is proven during Maxwell's Holy Crusade upon Protestant England; instead of backing up the genocidal Maxwell, Anderson is completely disgusted by his bloodlust and the pointless killing of so many innocent Christians and readily assists Alucard in killing him.
  • Knife Nut: Infinite supply of Holy Bayonets, because he's actually four-dimensional.
    • His Dynamic Entry rescue of Integra in Ultimate 5 was basically hand-crafted for Norio Wakamoto because it is oozing with so much ham and Narm, that only Wakamoto could pull it off while retaining the awesomeness of the moment. Steven Brand did a pretty fine job, too; his thick Scottish accent perfectly suits the hamminess that often accompanies the Violent Glaswegian trope.
  • The Leader: Despite Maxwell being the official head of Iscariot, Anderson is far more charismatic and morally right, so most Iscariots tend to follow his word as opposed to that of Maxwell.
  • Light Is Not Good: He is a Church Militant who really does want to kill off vampires, but his, um, Ax-Crazy moments make him border more this than on Light Is Good.
  • Lightning Bruiser: On top of being incredibly fast, Anderson's physical strength is immense, being able to stagger an immortal being such as Alucard with a single punch; especially considering Alucard takes high caliber bullets to the chest standing up and is unfazed.
    • Taken Up to Eleven once he becomes God's Monster. He can literally speedblitz the likes of Alucard faster than the vampire can react.
  • Magic Knight: As well as his staggering combat abilities, he has several more unusual tricks like pulling weapons out of nowhere or teleporting himself in a cloud of Bible pages.
  • Meaningful Name: Alexander means "Protector of Men" while Anderson is likely a reference to St. Andrew, the patron saint of Scotland.
  • Mood Whiplash: Can act very polite and father-like one minute, and switch to a ruthless maniac the next. Norio Wakamoto makes the mood shifts even more jarring, but in a good way.
  • Nice Guy: Outside of work, he's a pretty jovial fellow. As long as you don't happen to be undead...
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Only when against heathens, vampires, and other supernatural monsters, though. He firmly believes that harming or killing innocent humans and civilians not involved in Iscariot's business, even Protestants, is an affront against God and the Vatican. Maxwell learns this the hard way.
  • Noble Demon: More noble than the usual, considering he can hardly be called a villain. Anderson's hatred and wrath is focused exclusively on vampires and heathens, although the latter doesn't appear to always include Protestants, despite his earlier claims of revulsion. He's visibly disgusted by the Holy Crusade's and Maxwell's actions, claiming that such arrogance, bloodlust, and genocide for the purpose of flaunting one's power is an affront against God.
  • No Holds Barred Beat Down: Mostly averted surprisingly. Where as Alucard enjoys beating down his opponents into frail, crying maggots (for those he doesn't just blast away with his guns) Anderson's action are more to just finish off opponents at once, if not in similar bloodily ways.
    • However, once Anderson decides he's had enough of Alucard's shenanigans and empowers himself with Helena's Nail. Anderson proceeds to deliver a beatdown so bad it nearly puts an end to the Vampire King, Seras Victoria and the entirety of Level Zero.
    • Anderson himself suffers one when facing off against Alucard in the final round (before using Helena's Nail) He is ultimately beaten into a bloody pulp by the combination of Alucard's Jackal and familiars such as Rip Van Winkle and Alhambra and had it not been for the rest of Iscariot coming to his rescue, would have been overpowered by Alucard's familiars. The difference between this and the the others Alucard has beaten down is that this only enhances Anderson's determination to defeat Alucard, thus coming off as one of Anderson's greatest CMOA in the series.
  • Number Two: To Maxwell. This eventually gets subverted, however, with Anderson brazenly disobeying orders by getting involved in the London Blitz and protecting Integra Hellsing herself. From then on, Iscariot becomes its own faction separate from Maxwell, who tried to purge all Protestants and Catholics from London. Not a single soldier of Iscariot think to backstab Anderson after his betrayal either, because many of them were trained and raised by Anderson to begin with.
  • Offing the Offspring: In the adoptive sense. When Maxwell goes too far and starts to slaughter innocent people for no other reason than to assert his own power, an enraged and disgusted Anderson steps in and assists Alucard in ending Maxwell's reign of terror. It's ultimately Anderson's bayonet that allows Alucard's horde to kill him.
  • Older Than They Look: It's easy to miss but in Maxwell's flashbacks he's a child when Anderson receives him, and Anderson looks exactly the same both in the flashback and in current time while Maxwell ages from a child to a 30/40 years old man. This would make Anderson at least 50. It can be inferred the same process that made him acquire a healing factor also made him age much slower (or not at all). It's also revealed by Alucard that they fought 500 years ago, implying that Alucard and Alexander fought for the first time when he was Dracula and Alexander was just a simple man with no regenerative powers.
  • One-Winged Angel: He becomes a powerful mass of thorns after stabbing himself with the Nail of Helena. A mass of thorns that's powerful enough to match — and perhaps destroy — Alucard.
  • Our Angels Are Different: While never explicitly named as an angel, the voiceover narration states him to have become something neither man nor demon... which in Hellsing were the options until then, because he'd stabbed himself with the Nail of Helena. Instead, he's described as a "Monster of God."
  • The Paladin: This is his title.
  • Parental Substitute: To Maxwell, Heinkel, Yumie, the rest of Iscariot, and the children at his orphanage in Rome. Anderson's most human and compassionate moments involve the children he's raised, which includes the majority of Iscariot's ranks. It's the main reason why they're so loyal to him.
  • Physical God: Upon becoming God's Monster, his powers are so overwhelming that he nearly kills the other resident physical god Alucard.
  • Perma-Stubble: Seems to be his perpetual state of facial hair.
  • Pet the Dog: He's nice to all those children back at the Catholic orphanage, and even asks Maxwell if he could bring them on a field trip to the British Museum sometime in the future. And in order to save their lives, Anderson orders his followers, most of whom he raised himself, to retreat and return to the Vatican.
  • Politically Incorrect Hero: His only truly villainous quality. He holds Protestants and heathens in the same contempt as literal monsters and will gladly kill them if permitted. His disgust with Maxwell massacring the Londoners who survived Millennium's rampage also has less to do with the wanton destruction of innocent life and more disgust at Maxwell getting Drunk with Power in general.
  • Real Men Love Jesus: He's a man of God through and through, and second only to Alucard in badassery.
  • The Rival: To Alucard. And vice-versa. Due to Anderson's humanity, regenerator abilities, and ridiculous levels of determination, Alucard views him as a Worthy Opponent and relishes every fight they're able to engage in, sometimes even overlooking his primary mission in order to fight him. And although Alucard visibly breaks when Anderson forsakes his humanity in a bid to defeat him, he still respects the priest in the end and understands why Anderson made the choice that he did.
  • The Scourge of God: He seems to pride himself and his unit on being this.
  • Skewed Priorities: During the London invasion, he's more insistent on destroying Alucard once and for all, rather than taking the fight to The Major and finishing off Millennium, despite the fact that they should both want to bring him down.
  • Slasher Smile: Just about as much as Alucard.
  • Sociopathic Hero: When he sees a vampire, a heathen, or an enemy of Iscariot. Otherwise, not so much.
  • The Starscream: To Maxwell, again. An anti-heroic one.
  • Super Power Lottery: As God's Monster. In this form, Anderson's regeneration powers are in overdrive, capable of rivaling Alucard's own. His speed is now at a level that he can catch Alucard off guard and his power is at such a level that he nearly destroys Alucard, Seras and the entire Level Zero Army in a single move. He essentially becomes an anti-demon miracle who is specifically born to murder anything unholy...which happens to be about 95% of the enemies in the series. It's no wonder it takes everything Alucard has to defeat him.
  • Thou Shalt Not Kill Muggles: Yes, this even includes Protestant muggles if they aren't involved in Iscariot affairs, Maxwell.
    • He doesn't seem to have so much against killing civilians as long as they are "heathens", so much as Maxwell's motivation for doing so, to show off his power in his own glory, rather than God's.
  • Throwing Your Sword Always Works: This is his main attack, he almost never swings the same bayonet twice. Plus, his bayonets don't look that aerodynamic...
  • Token Good Teammate: Van Helsing Hate Crimes and wanton murder aside, he's a much more principled and honorable person than his superiors, and actually spreads his influence on those beneath his command. This is in stark contrast with the higher-ups in Iscariot.
  • Turn Undead: Pulls off a truly epic one as God's Monster, causing the entire Level 0 army to burst into flames.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Compared to Alucard, he's most definitely this. Anderson specifically targets vampires and heathens, believing them to be an affront against God and danger to the innocents of the world. Which they are. He takes it a little too far sometimes with his Ax-Crazy attacks and Blood Knight beliefs, but he also adores children, acts like a surrogate father to his Iscariot followers, respects Integra's principles and Nerves of Steel attitude, and takes a stand against Maxwell when he starts killing the innocent survivors of Protestant England.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Anderson raised Yumie, Heinkel, and Maxwell to be the fanatical lunatics they would become in adulthood and to slaughter the faithless and demonic. Unfortunately, Maxwell took these lessons too far and eventually garnered enough power to cause the genocide that made it necessary for Anderson to kill him.
  • Violent Glaswegian: English language interpretations have conferred a Scottish accent on him, though he has no official nationality.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Although his methods are quite questionable at times, Anderson's primary goal in life is destroy all vampires and heathens to protect the Vatican and Catholics around the world. By the end of the series, it's clear that Protestants and innocent (possibly even non-Christian) civilians are sometimes included in this goal as well. But if you're a vampire? Yeah, you're dead. Permanently.
  • Worthy Opponent: To Alucard. Reciprocated as well. Despite Anderson's hatred of all things vampire, he does have a certain amount of respect for Alucard, while the latter's respect is almost exclusively reserved for the few humans who Alucard believes have the right to kill him. Anderson is the only human opponent who manages to live up to his standards.
  • Would Hit a Girl: If you're an enemy of Iscariot, he'll butcher you regardless of what sex you are. In his first appearance, he brutally impaled Seras with multiple bayonets and attacked Integra, vocally declaring he'd kill them both before Alucard caused him to retreat.
  • Would Not Shoot a Civilian: And thus why he leaves Maxwell to his just desserts.

     Enrico Maxwell

Voiced by: Show Hayami (adult) / Risa Hayamizu (young) (JP), JB Blanc (adult) / Yuri Lowenthal (young) (EN)

"The only good Protestant is a dead Protestant!"

Maxwell is the ambitious commander of Section XIII and an even more fanatically bloodthirsty Catholic than Anderson. While he does not do any fighting and killing in person, his orders are ruthless and he shows no mercy to Protestants, considering the "sinners" to be less than human. Maxwell can be viewed as Integra's rival, in the same way that Anderson is Alucard's rival.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: In the manga, his hair is blonde and has blue eyes. In the tv series and OVA adaptations, his hair is silver and his eyes are green and purple, respectively.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: For a man with so few redeeming qualities, Maxwell's terrified pleads as he is brutally torn apart are oddly pitiable. Anderson simultaneously chides his corpse and mourns him.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: His backstory reveals that as a child he was an outcast for being the son of a prostitute.
  • Ambition Is Evil: During Millennium's attack on London, he plans to kill both the civilians and vampires and had an image of taking over Britain as a deliverer of divine punishment.
  • Ax-Crazy: More so than many of the vampires in the series. In the 2001 series, he tried to have Anderson kill off vampires as well as the Hellsing Organization human agents in his missions since both were deemed as sinful in his eyes.
  • Bastard Bastard: As a child, he was ridiculed for being the son of a mistress and abandoned to the church. When he grew up, he became a religious extremist and a genocidal sociopath.
  • Beta Test Baddie: His ambition comes from an inferiority complex.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: For a while it looks like he'll be forming an ensemble with The Major, as both of their forces assault London and battle the Hellsing Organization but he's completely unprepared to deal with Alucard's Zero Release state and his army gets absolutely crushed before he himself is unceremoniously killed off when Anderson decides to betray him.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: For most of the series, Maxwell appears to be much more sensible and less fanatical than Anderson and his most loyal followers in Iscariot. Nevertheless, in his very first appearance, he admits he couldn't care less about killing a couple Protestants and says he's only working with Integra because of the Pope ordering him to do so. He also gives absolutely no fucks over Millennium's massacres of non-Catholic London and Washington, reasoning that they are facing God's wrath. By the 8th episode in the OVA, it's shown that Maxwell has no qualms about killing millions of innocent British civilians in the name of God and the Catholic Church. Anderson is so disgusted by this that he assists Alucard in putting Maxwell and the rest of his forces down.
  • Born in the Wrong Century: He lives in the late 20th century, yet his disdain for Protestants is decidedly 17th Century in its potency. During the London invasion arc, he even goes as far as to murder the surviving Londoners on the grounds that most of them are Protestant anyway and thus worthy only of butchering.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Sure, Maxwell. Go ahead and taunt Alucard of all people and insult Integra in front of him. That’s going to end well. Later in the manga, he quickly regrets being so successful during his second taunting after Alucard’s powers as Dracula awaken.
  • Cavalry Betrayal: It was his idea to "purify" England by killing not only the vampires attacking the citizens but also any Protestants in sight. And considering England's significant Catholic minority, it's safe to assume that many of them were indiscriminately targeted, too.
  • Drunk with Power: Lampshaded by Anderson. It's the reason he's offed by the latter.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Maxwell is a fundamentalist asshole, but he seems pretty appalled that Alucard consumed his own men and is thoroughly disgusted by the Major and his presentation of the devouring of his Nazi superiors by his vampire soldiers.
  • Evil Albino: The 2001 anime and OVA series give him silver hair and purple eyes, and his skin is borderline pale.
  • Evil Laugh: After we learn of his betrayal, he sure gets going with this...
  • Faux Affably Evil: He can seem pretty affable and sensible, but it ends up being a facade for the lunatic beneath.
  • Foil: To Integra. Both are strong commanders and vampire hunters, but Maxwell has an unstable side that Integra lacks. It will be the cause of his downfall.
  • For the Evulz: He had no real reason for his attack on the surviving civilians of London other than to show he could do so.
  • Freudian Excuse: His mother was a prostitute, and he was emotionally abused by the other children at the orphanage because of it.
  • Holier Than Thou: Than Hellsing and the Protestants. To the point that he's willing to kill them all.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gets this treatment courtesy of Alucard's familiars after Anderson breaks his reinforced glass box, getting impaled by half a dozen spears. Couldn't happen to a nicer guy.
  • In-Series Nickname: Catholic Swine (briefly used by Integra).
  • Jumping Off the Slippery Slope: In his first appearance, he is actually quite friendly and affable, and seems to be the Only Sane Man in regards to Anderson and his henchwomens' fanaticism. However, as the invasion of London reaches its peak, he reveals his true colors, being perfectly willing to sit back, watch, and laugh as the "filthy Protestants" get slaughtered by Millennium before ultimately ordering his men not only to forget the vampires and focus solely on murdering Protestants, but also to butcher any Catholic who refused to do so. Anderson was not amused.
  • Karmic Death: Gets ripped to pieces by the familiars that Alucard, a former Knight Templar that turned his back on God and is likened to the devil, unleashed.
  • Knight Templar: Even more so than Anderson, which is truly amazing. Unlike his mentor, Maxwell is willing to kill millions of innocent civilians just to satisfy his own Drunk with Power ego. And that is just the most obvious of the atrocities that he supposedly commits in the name of God and his own reputation.
  • Large Ham: Once he goes off the deep end. The Major even humorously comments that "He's not bad when he puts his mind to it."
  • Laughing Mad: His Evil Laugh sounds pretty crazy.
  • Light Is Not Good: A Holier Than Thou Evil Albino.
  • Mask of Sanity: Despite him completely snapping in the London attack it's implied that he wasn't sane to begin with and only managed to hide this part of himself, admittedly quite well.
  • Multi-Ethnic Name: "Maxwell" is a very English surname, despite him apparently being completely Italian- no explanation is given for this. It may have something to do with his illegitimacy.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has an epic Oh, Crap! reaction when he realizes just who Alucard really is.
    "Wallachia... it can't be! You consumed them! Your own soldiers! Your own subjects! You're a fiend! A monster! A devil! You... DRACULA!"
    • This moment is only topped by the one on his face after Anderson shatters the glass box protecting him from Alucard's familiars, just before he suffers his very Karmic Death.
  • Only Sane Man: Comes off as this in his introduction. While he's just as bigoted as everyone else in Iscariot, he is nevertheless quite friendly and reasonable and not nearly as fanatical as Yumie, Heinkel, and (especially) Anderson. In fact, he actually tries (and fails) to restrain Anderson when a fight threatens to break out between him and Alucard in a public museum. It doesn't last.
  • Parental Abandonment: Like the rest of Iscariot, Maxwell was left in a Catholic orphanage by his mother (nothing is known about his father) where he was then raised by Father Anderson.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Ironic, given that the other antagonists are Nazis. As the quote above shows, Maxwell isn't fond of Protestants and even goes so far to open fire on the London citizens since he assumes the bulk of them aren't Catholic.
  • Purple Eyes: In the OVA.
  • Sanity Slippage: He spends the second half of the OVA gradually descending into this. It all comes to a head when Maxwell decides to not only target the Nazi vampires with his Crusade, but the innocent Protestant survivors as well. Anderson has to assist Alucard in wasting him to stop the senseless carnage.
    • The OVA even goes out of its way to show a woman crossing herself when the Vatican troops arrive to reminder the viewer that Maxwell's orders to only kill Protestants are basically meaningless.
  • Sissy Villain: Somewhat more noticeable in the OVA. Admittedly, compared to Yumie and Heinkel, Maxwell was not trained for battle and relies heavily on his Juggernaut mentor and childhood friends to fight the physical battles for him.
  • Smug Snake: Oh so much. His smirks become more and more disturbed as the series progresses, eventually showing that Maxwell's about as far from being Iscariot's Only Sane Man as possible. He doesn't hesitate to lord his power and victories over Integra, and rejoices in the mass slaughter of Protestant heathens that he managed to orchestrate from behind the scenes.
  • Son of a Whore: His mother was a prostitute, which led to Maxwell being bullied by the other children at the orphanage.
  • Villainous Breakdown: He has two of them in quick order: first, when Alucard releases his enormous army of undead souls and obliterates the Crusaders; second, when Anderson refuses to come to his aid against Alucard's army of familiars and even assists in killing Maxwell himself.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: In both the 2001 series and the OVA.

     Heinkel Wolfe and Yumiko "Yumie" Takagi

Voiced by: Mitsuki Saiga (Heinkel, JP) and Yuko Kaida (Yumie, JP), Karen Strassman (Heinkel, EN) and Siobhan Flynn (Yumie, EN)

"We are the soldiers of Iscariot! We are Judas Iscariot!"

Heinkel and Yumie first appeared together in the Crossfire extras at the end of Hellsing Volumes 1, 2, and 3 as female Iscariot assassins, taking down various anti-Catholic terrorists. Heinkel, who cross-dresses as a priest, wields a pair of pistols. Yumie exists as the fanatical alternate personality of the meek nun Yumiko, the only Japanese character in Hellsing. Both are considered among the best Iscariot has to offer.

The duo was reworked before they where reintroduced in Hellsing: Heinkel now looked much more androgynous if not positively male, with Word of God stating that (s)he is "neither male nor female", while Yumie lost her Yumiko persona and much of the Nuns Are Mikos characteristics she embodied. Both characters also look older and are played a lot straighter.

Word of God says that the Heinkel and Yumie in Crossfire are different characters from the ones that appear in the main continuity, but they are almost identical in personality and appearance, anyways. The OVA has given both slightly more screentime.

  • A Day in the Limelight: The Crossfire side-stories focus on versions of them.
  • Action Girl: Yumie. Next to Anderson, she appears to be the strongest of Iscariot's ranks, cutting a bloody swath through Millennium's forces with her katana.
  • Ambiguous Gender: Heinkel's gender... varies by depiction. In the OVA, Heinkel's seiyuu and VA are female, but she speaks in a more masculine tone. However, the series otherwise treats Heinkel as male or nonbinary — the credit sequence for the 9th OVA focuses on Hellsing's female characters, but leaves Heinkel out. The English dub muddies the waters further when Integra calls Heinkel "Miss Burn It All" and Heinkel doesn't correct her. Hirano, for his part, has alternated between referring to them as non-binary and as female, depending on his mood.
  • Badass Normal: Heinkel, at least. Yumie may be another level up. Both leap from a multistory building without blinking an eye and display high degrees of proficiency with their weapons of choice, but Yumie achieves true superspeed during one instance in the manga and a couple in the OVA.
  • Bandaged Face: Future Heinkel.
  • Battle Couple: One possible interpretation. They're both Catholic Clerics, but since Iscariots believe themselves already damned...
  • The Berserker: Yumie. She definitely takes after her mentor in this respect, and she absolutely loses it when Walter insults and crushes Anderson's ashes beneath his feet.
  • Bifauxnen: Heinkel is female in the Crossfire extras.
  • Break the Cutie or Break the Haughty: Heinkel lacks the innocence and arrogance of most examples, but she is the only member of the core team to make it out alive after the battle, and the shock of getting maimed and losing her closest friends and mentor, really show. In the Distant Finale, she's lost her more cool-headed nature and become more violent, implying a personality shift, or possibly insanity.
  • Calling Your Attacks: Yumie.
  • Charles Atlas Superpower: Yumie is ridiculously effective with her katana and manages to move at superspeed during a couple of occasions.
  • Cluster F-Bomb: After Heinkel loses her teacher and father-figure, Anderson, her best friend, Yumie, gets half her face shot off, and her pride completely destroyed, she's left as a broken wreck on the street, punching the ground and cursing at herself out of anger and sadness. Understandable, in retrospect.
  • Cool Shades: Heinkel.
  • Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Crossfire's Yumiko is a pacifistic, harmless nun, but when the glasses come off you're screwed.
  • Cute and Psycho: Yumiko of Crossfire is a sweet, gentle soul who will go off her fucking gourd if her glasses are taken off.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Heinkel.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Her: After the climactic battle between Alucard and Anderson draws to a close, Walter and the Captain promptly appear to remind us who the real villains are - the former killing Yumiko nigh-effortlessly, and the latter almost killing Heinkel with a shot to the head. It's like a twisted Shoo Out the Clowns.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: Yumie reacts very negatively to Walter's Face–Heel Turn. Given how Ax-Crazy Yumie is and considering she and Walter both had a shot at a weakened Alucard, that she beelines for Walter instead is quite a statement.
  • Evil Counterpart: The epilogue seems to put Heinkel as this to Seras.
  • Facial Horror: The Captain shoots a hole through Heinkel's face, blowing her cheeks apart and leaving her with a horrifying constant grin.
  • Gangsta Style: Heinkel tends to hold her guns this way. Justified since she's much stronger and well-trained than the average human.
  • Guns Akimbo: Heinkel.
  • Implausible Fencing Powers: Yumie. She's skilled enough to kill her victims from outside the room they're standing in, and is capable of smashing heads into walls with her bare hands. Her overall fighting style is very reminiscent of Anderson's, who likely trained Yumie himself.
  • Hero Antagonist: Just like their mentor, Heinkel and Yumie fall squarely into this trope when compared to Alucard, Millennium, and their other monstrous enemies. They are not spotless in their morality by any means, but placing themselves in extreme danger to kill bloodthirsty vampires and Nazis would place anyone into the public's good graces.
  • Katanas Are Just Better: Yumie.
  • Lovely Angels: With strong religious connotations at that. They are Action Girl best friends who were raised by a Holy Hitman and appear numerous times on either side of Anderson's shoulders, seeming to represent a figurative version of fallen angels for Iscariot and the Catholic Church.
  • Madness Makeover: Having Yumie die in front of her and getting her face mangled did wonders for Heinkel's personality.
  • Mauve Shirt: Played straight in everything except the OVA, where they're given more extensive scenes that expand upon their individual personalities, fighting abilities/styles, and relationship with their mentor.
  • Meganekko: Yumiko, in Crossfire.
  • '90s Anti-Hero: Just like their mentor, both Heinkel and Yumie are willing to do almost anything to complete their missions, including killing those who are stupid enough to get in their way. However, also just like Anderson, they don't agree with the senseless killing of innocents and are visibly disturbed by Maxwell's slaughter of the London survivors.
  • Nuns Are Mikos: Yumiko/Yumie, in Crossfire. Downplayed in the Hellsing manga and OVA, where Yumie behaves much more like a Catholic nun and her only noticeably Japanese traits are her first and last names and penchant for wielding katanas. She even has a Welsh (or sometimes Scottish)-sounding accent, which is likely the result of being raised by a Scottish priest.
  • Panty Shot: Yumie, a couple times.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Yumie is full-on red while Heinkel is blue. The former's raw strength, fearlessness, and ruthless katana skills make her the ideal partner to Heinkel, who is cool-headed, gun-toting, and analytical.
  • The Rival: In the Distant Finale, Heinkel and Seras exchange looks possibly suggesting a relationship similar to Alucard and Anderson's.
  • Samus Is a Girl: Heinkel inspires this reaction in Crossfire.
  • Scars Are Forever: For Heinkel.
  • Slasher Smile: Yumie. It's almost as disturbing as Father Anderson's, which is saying quite a bit.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Heinkel.
  • Sociopathic Hero: Not as bad as most other characters in Hellsing, but they're still pretty violent, Yumie especially.
  • Split Personality: Yumiko/Yumie in Crossfire. She often commented about how hard it is for her to "get Yumie to sleep" after she has been provoked into action. It's unclear if the Yumiko persona exists in the main continuity.
  • Super Speed: Yumie in the OVA and one instance in the manga while attacking Walter.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Anderson. When Maxwell orders a Holy Crusade against all of the innocent survivors, it only takes a few words from the completely disgusted Anderson to convince Heinkel, Yumie, and their compatriots to turn against Maxwell's forces. And later, when Anderson orders them to retreat and return to Rome for their own safety, all of his followers remain to assist and die for Anderson in his battle against Alucard.
  • Unscrupulous Hero: Both of them, although Yumie is much more violent and unpredictable. She shows no fear of anything, prefers to negotiate using the sharp end of her katana, genuinely seems to enjoy killing people, and has almost superhuman strength, reflexes, and speed. However, since they mainly follow Anderson and his orders, they're usually kept on a tight leash and do not harm innocents unless absolutely necessary, something that Maxwell learns the hard way.
  • Why Don't You Just Shoot Him?: Heinkel insists several times to just kill Integra and be done with it. Anderson insists otherwise because he knows keeping Integra around will draw out Alucard.

Alternative Title(s): Iscariot Organization


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