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Characters who appear in the 2004 film Van Helsing and tropes associated with them.

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    Van Helsing
Portrayed by: Hugh Jackman

"To you, these monsters are just evil beings to be vanquished. I'm the one standing there when they die... and become the men they once were."

A monster hunter commanded by an ancient order at Vatican City and lacks of any past memories.

  • Absurdly Sharp Claws: As a werewolf, his claws leave slash marks in a stone statue.
  • Action Hero: Van Helsing is re-imagined as one such a character, going into fights against supernatural monsters and the like.
  • Adaptational Badass: One of the entire points to making the film was to reinvent the Van Helsing character into a younger, Action Hero type. For those who know Dracula, but not Stoker's Dracula: The original Abraham van Helsing was an Omnidisciplinary Scientist who spoke comically broken English. He was well built, but getting on in years, and did not perform any notable act of physical skill; he was purely The Smart Guy.
  • Adaptational Name Change: Abraham to Gabriel.
  • Amnesiac Hero: It's mentioned on several occasions that he lost his memory before showing up at the doorstep of the Knights of the Holy Order. Dracula also implies that this isn't the first time he's tangled with Van Helsing—related to Angel Unaware below, he all but confirms that Van Helsing is actually the archangel Gabriel and does directly say that the mysterious ring Van Helsing has is actually his and, among other things, wants it back.
  • Angel Unaware: He's implied to be this due to repeatedly being referred to by Dracula as "Gabriel" and, at one point, the "left hand of God". Van Helsing also early on mentions to Carl that he remembers fighting Romans at Masada in 72 AD. The Novelisation actually downright confirms this: Van Helsing is mentioned as having two large disfiguring scars between his shoulder blades, right where wings would be. The scars would seem to imply they were forcibly torn out.
  • Audible Sharpness: His werewolf claws extend with a Wolverine-like SNIKT.
  • Automatic Crossbows: His main weapon against the vampires is a gas-powered gatling gun-style crossbow.
  • Badass Longcoat: An inseparable black one made of leather.
  • Badass Normal: Easily manages to hold his own against the hulking Mr. Hyde, werewolves, and vampires.
  • Coat, Hat, Mask: Wears all three in his first scene, but quickly ditches the mask.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: He has almost none of his memories, and the Holy Order believes that this is in penance for a past sin. It's implied, but never confirmed, that he's the archangel Gabriel, who was Brought Down to Normal for some reason. What we do learn is that this isn't the first time he's fought with Dracula
    Van Helsing: [To Carl after insisting] I remember fighting the Romans at Masada.
  • Deadly Disc: He uses little handheld buzzsaw-like razor discs both as melee and thrown weapons. Notably, he cuts Mr. Hyde's arm with one, and pins Igor to a wall with another.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments. For example, after cutting off Mr. Hyde's arm, he quips, "I'll bet that's upsetting."
  • Destructive Saviour: In his first scene, he shatters Notre Dame's Rose Window while fighting Mr. Hyde, and is called out by Cardinal Jinette for his lack of subtlety.
  • Detect Evil: He explains to Anna that he can sense evil, telling her that, while Frankenstein's monster may have been created by evil, it isn't actually evil itself.
  • Empowered Badass Normal: After being bitten by Werewolf!Velkan, his lycanthropy starts to manifest, granting him such boons as Super Strength and Super Reflexes, which he fully uses to his advantage in the climax.
  • Experienced Protagonist: By the time of the film, he's already an accomplished monster hunter whose reputation precedes him even in the distant and remote Transylvania.
  • Genre Savvy: For starters, there's his knocking every door in Dracula's castle off its hinges to avoid any Ghost Butlers.
  • Grappling-Hook Pistol: He uses one to escape Frankenstein's castle, as well as offensively to impale Mr. Hyde in the chest.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: He is stated early on to be the most wanted man in Europe, due to his Destructive Saviour tendencies and the fact that many of the creatures he takes out revert to human upon death.
    Van Helsing: [To cardinal Jinette] Do you think I like being the most wanted man in Europe? Why don't you and the Order do something about it?
  • Hunter of Monsters: Van Helsing's stock in trade.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: He gives off this attitude early on, complaining about his negative public image and nearly walking out on the Cardinal out of disgust for the Knights of the Holy Order's unwillingness to go public and clear things up.
  • Made of Iron: He gets punched by Mr. Hyde, thrown through a roof, and slammed around by Dracula's brides, and just keeps getting up to keep fighting.
  • Mercy Kill Assignment: When he decides to use his Slow Transformation into a werewolf to his advantage against Dracula, he sends Anna and Carl to retrieve the cure, but also gives Carl a silver stake to kill him with in the event they don't get the cure to him in time.
  • Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: Strangely, with Hugh Jackman's English accent, some American pronunciations seep through at times as well. (Strange because Jackman is Australian.)
  • Religious Bruiser: He's part of a holy order, and constantly crosses himself and utters "Requiescat in pace" when he kills a monster.
  • Screw the Rules, I Have Supernatural Powers!: Whatever he is, he has no respect for any rules except his own.
    Van Helsing: The laws of men mean little to me.
  • Vampire Refugee: When he, infected with lycanthropy, discovers that Dracula can only be killed by a werewolf bite, he takes advantage of the situation to confront Dracula while Anna and Carl go Find the Cure!, ordering Carl to kill him if they don't get the cure to him in time.
  • Van Helsing Hate Crimes: Subverted; he refuses to kill Frankenstein's monster because he can see the monster isn't evil.
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: He's absolutely furious when his superiors order him to kill Frankenstein's monster simply because he's not human, even though he's not evil.

    Anna Valerious
Portrayed by: Kate Beckinsale

"And who will kill him if not me? Who will show courage if not me?"

Princess of the Gypsies and the last remaining Valerious family member.

  • Action Girl: Although she doesn't accomplish near as much as Van Helsing in practice (save for, most notably, staking Aleera through the heart,) she constantly throws herself into battle and makes it clear she could hold her own if only it weren't literal monsters attacking her.
  • Attack! Attack! Attack!: Her idea of a sensible solution when confronted with a horde of vampires is to grab a mace that was mounted on the wall, brandish it, and start to throw herself into the horde. Fortunately, Van Helsing is there to drag her out of harm's way.
  • Captive Date: Dracula takes Anna to his masquerade ball and forces her to dance with him while waiting for Van Helsing to arrive. No ropes used, but it's clear he's using some kind of mind control or muscle control.
  • Dies Wide Open: The shot of her dead body has her eyes wide open and sightless.
  • Everything's Better with Princesses: She's a Gypsy princess.
  • Guys Smash, Girls Shoot: Inverted during Anna and Velkan Valerious' first fight in the film (against a werewolf); Anna uses a sword, while Velkan uses a revolver loaded with silver bullets.
  • Last of Her Kind: She's the last Valerious after her brother is killed. With her death, the family is extinct.
  • Made of Iron: She's able to keep walking after being thrown through buildings. Tragically subverted when being tackled by the werewolf Van Helsing snaps her neck.
  • Overshadowed by Awesome: Her main problem in the action scenes is that she's way over her head fighting the vampires, as opposed to Van Helsing, who is experienced with killing monsters and is implied to even be an archangel with amnesia.
  • Together in Death: She brushes off Van Helsing's sympathy regarding her family being dead by saying she'll "see them again." The end of the movie shows this to be true, as all nine generations of the Valerious family have finally been allowed to enter heaven.

    Friar Carl
Portrayed by: David Wenham

"I'm actually just a friar."

Van Helsing's sidekick and gadgeteer genius.

  • Adorkable: Very much so, with his nervous chatter and jerky mannerism.
  • Big Damn Heroes: To Anna when he throws her a silver stake just as Aleera finally decided to stop messing around.
  • Disguised in Drag: In the animated prequel he poses as a woman to fool Hyde into attacking him.
  • The Lancer: To Van Helsing, though he is not by any means a fighter, he serves as a nice Foil to our hero.
  • Lover, Not a Fighter: He outright says he's "not a field man."
  • Mr. Exposition: Lampshaded in the scene where he is explaining Dracula's backstory and he gets annoyed when Anna and Van Helsing fill parts of it in.
  • Properly Paranoid: When Anna and he find the werewolf cure in an ice like substance at the climax of the movie, Anna tells him to grab it. He counters if it's one thing he's learn, never stick your hand in a material you're not sure of. Sure enough when Aleera attacks them, the "ice" gets thrown at her and burns her face. Prompting an I Told You So to Anna.
  • Nun Too Holy: He has no problems cursing and having sex because, in his words, he's technically a friar, not an actual monk.
  • Rescue Sex: He saves a random townswoman from falling to her doom by making a diving catch. She's very grateful... and quite happy that he's not bound by vows of chastity. We don't see either of them again for some time...
  • The Smart Guy: He's especially skilled in manners of machinery, biology, history, and the supernatural, being the go-to guy for technical knowledge for Van Helsing. He even managed to help figure out the riddle behind the entrance to Dracula's castle when others could not for centuries.
    Anna Valerious: The suns sets in two hours, we've been looking for him for more than four hundred years!
    Friar Carl: Yes well, I wasn't around for those four hundred years, now was I?

    Frankenstein's Monster
Portrayed by: Shuler Hensley.

"'Monster?' Who's the monster here?! I have done nothing wrong, and yet you and your kind all wish me dead!"

A humanoid creature made of seven men (parts of them) by Victor Frankenstein.

  • Big Damn Heroes: Unintentional, but he ends up rescuing Anna when crashes into room Aleera and she are fighting in. He later manages to keep Aleera at bay while Anna goes to get the werewolf cure for Helsing.
  • The Big Guy: He is a very massive being, the result of many human bodies stitched together.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Sure, he may look monstrous, but Van Helsing can tell he is not evil and stops Anna from killing him.
    Van Helsing: This thing, man, whatever it is. Evil may have created it, my have left its mark on it, but evil does not rule it. So I cannot kill it.
  • Humans Are the Real Monsters: When Anna calls him a monster, he calls her out with the quote above.
  • Living MacGuffin: For a given value of "living" in any case, but it's very important that Dracula gets his hands on him since he can be used to power a battery for Dracula's children gaining ever-lasting life.
  • Knight In Sour Armor: While he's a strong believer that Humans Are the Real Monsters, he does everything he can to make sure Dracula doesn't get his claws on him in order to save mankind from Dracula's evil. When he gets busted, he allies with the party in order to stop Dracula from finishing his plan.
  • No Name Given: He is simply called the Frankenstein's monster rather than Adam.

Portrayed by: Kevin J. O’Connor

The sadistic assistant to Dr. Victor Frankenstein; he quickly betrays his old master to help Dracula, who pays better.

Portrayed by: Richard Roxburgh

"Let me reintroduce myself. I am Count Vladislaus Dragulia. Born 1422. Murdered 1462."

The dreaded king of vampires in Transylvania.

  • Adaptational Badass: Van Helsing wasn't the only one who got a massive badass upgrade. This Dracula has the common powers as the original, only he is nearly invulnerable to every weakness such as wooden stakes and crosses.
  • Arch-Enemy: To Van Helsing, though it's more personal from Dracula's end...
  • Affably Evil: For a bloodsucking hellbeast, he's surprisingly pleasant and polite.
  • Badass Boast: "You can't kill me, Victor...I'm already dead!"
  • Big Bad: He is the primary threat of the movie. He wants the Valerious family to die off and dominate the world with his newborn breed with the help of Frankenstein's monster.
  • Cross-Melting Aura: Pulls this off when Van Helsing attacks him with a cross. He provides the current page image.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He has his moments.
    Dr. Frankenstein: Good God! I'd kill myself before helping in such a task!
  • Deal with the Devil: After dying he made such deal and became a blood-sucking undead. When his father locked him away, the Devil gave him a winged monster form.
  • Dracula: He's loosely based on the Dracula of the original novel, including having three brides.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Played with; he's shown to legitimately care about his three brides, desires their companionship, and appears devastated by Marishka's death. On the other hand he treats them like they're completely replaceable (trying to reassure Verona and Aleera by saying he'll find "another bride" after Marishka's death) and he claims to be incapable of feeling love.
  • Evil Is Hammy: Between snark, fake brooding, megalomania, and occasional bouts of No Indoor Voice, it's safe to say that this version of Dracula enjoys Chewing the Scenery as much as he enjoys drinking blood.
    [When he wakes up after Marishka's death.] "MARISHKAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!"
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Dr. Frankenstein impales him with a sword and later Van Helsing with a silver stake but they do nothing to him.
  • It's Personal: As it turns out, Gabriel was the one who killed Dracula while he was a human, and he has since nursed a vicious grudge against him.
  • Monster Delay: His demon form is at first glimpsed from the distance or in the shadows. It is not until Van Helsing comes into his castle when he gets pissed off and his monster self is finally shown to the audience.
  • No-Sell: He shrugs off being stabbed in the heart with a silver stake with "Hello, Gabriel".
  • One-Winged Angel: His bat form looks positively demonic.
  • We Can Rule Together: When he realizes he can't control Van Helsing in his werewolf form, he tries to convince him to join him.
  • Vampire Monarch: Not only is he the most powerful vampire around and lords over pretty much everyone else, it's implied he is the Monster Progenitor for vampirekind, being the first of its kind.
  • You Can't Kill What's Already Dead: Not only is he immune to traditional vampire weaknesses, he even voluntarily impales himself on a sword Dr. Frankenstein threatened him with to demonstrate as such.
    Dracula: You can't kill me, Victor. I'm already dead.

    Velkan Valerious 
Portrayed by: Will Kemp

"Anna... RUUUUUUUUN!!"

Anna's brother and a werewolf under Dracula's command.

  • Body Horror: As a werewolf, his transformations are a painful moment where he tears his skin and reveals the werewolf fur aside from the bones that suddenly grown into a canine form.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: A canine-humanoid monster whose transformation consists of ripping his skin off and is at the orders of Dracula after his first full moon.

    Dr. Frankenstein 
Portrayed by: Samuel West

"It's ALIVE!"

The creator of a reanimated human made of seven men body parts, grave robber and scientist allied to Dracula.

     Dracula's Brides 

Tropes applying to the Brides as a whole.

Dracula's female companions.

Portrayed by: Elena Anaya

"Anna, my love. It is your blood that shall keep me beautiful. What do you think of that?"

The redheaded bride and the last one to survive after Marishka and Verona's deaths.

  • Adaptation Dye-Job: As far as the original Dracula novel goes. The third bride was said to be another brunette.
  • All There in the Manual: According to her actress, Aleera is the youngest of the brides. It does show in the film however due to her rather childish attitude.
  • Antagonist in Mourning: Sarcastically subverted as she's about to kill Anna.
    Aleera: Be happy in the knowledge that I shall weep over your dead body!
  • Arch-Enemy: Anna is hers.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Double subverted. When Anna spills a vat of some kind of acid substance, it splashes over Aleera's face. We see her face is horribly burned but it heals immediately.
  • Body Horror: Got a bit of acidic ice thrown on her which burned off half her face. Granted her regeneration healed it, but it wasn't at all pleasant to look at.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded by Anna after stabbing her with a stake. "If you're going to kill someone, kill them. Don't stand there talking about it."
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Implied by some of her dialogue and in the novel the main reason Aleera despises Anna is because she believes Dracula desires to make Anna one of his Brides (given some of his dialogue at the masquerade ball to Anna, she might be onto something) and Aleera has no intention of sharing.
  • Depraved Bisexual: A vicious vampire and married to Dracula, who also takes time to perv on Anna before trying to kill her.
  • The Dragon: Becomes this after Verona is killed.
  • Designated Girl Fight: Anna's is with her. Though she herself averts it, facing Van Helsing plenty of times too.
  • Evil Redhead: The only redheaded of the brides yet she is very cruel and crazy.
  • Fiery Redhead: Fiery as in friggin evil and crazy, as well as the usual aggression.
  • Giggling Villain: Indulges in this quite a bit.
  • Just Toying with Them: Even worse than Marishka, especially in her fight with Anna in the climax; she spends most of her time playing with Anna rather than going for the killing blow. It ultimately costs her when Anna kills her as soon as the opportunity presents itself.
  • Lady in Red: In her deleted scenes at least, specially since she tries to seduce Anna in there.
  • Lecherous Licking: Indulges in a spot of this with Anna during their final fight.
  • Nightmare Face: While all the brides do them in some form or another, she really seems to love doing them.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: She originally got a sparkly red one for the masquerade ball - but her scenes in that were sadly cut.
  • Princesses Prefer Pink: Her main gown is pink.
  • Psychopathic Womanchild: Aleera comes across a bit as this; she enjoys toying with her victims for her own amusement, then flies off the handle when they do things she doesn't want them to do ( i.e., fight back).
    Aleera: [after Anna pisses her off] You can't go until I say you can go...and I say you can go WHEN YOU'RE DEAD!!!!
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Aleera's eyes turn green when she's feeling demonic.
  • Slipknot Ponytail: For some reason her hair is partially up when she and Verona corner Anna. When they transform back, her hair comes down and remains that way.
  • The Vamp: The most sexual of the three Brides.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods: Though she seems to be the odd one out in this film. She's considerably more sexual than Dracula or her 'sisters'.

Portrayed by: Silvia Colloca

"I can feel fresh blood rushing through her veins."

The dark haired bride and the main leader.

  • All There in the Manual: According to her actress, Verona is the "Queen Bride". A bit of this is shown when Aleera and she corner Anna during the village attack and go to bite her. When Aleera demands first bite, Verona snarls at her and Aleera, though growling back herself, quickly shrinks back. Her name is also not mentioned in the movie.
  • Brainy Brunette: Gives various orders and battle plans to her 'sisters'.
  • Cleavage Window: On her default gown.
  • Creepy Blue Eyes: Her eyes are a light blue and help put her in the Uncanny Valley once or twice.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: As the Queen Bride (at least according to her actor) she's the main one of the brides to lord over Dracula's creatures alongside Dracula himself. This includes wanting to fill the world with her demonic offspring.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: She gets an arrow right through the ankle in the village. She later dies when an exploding carriage fires hundreds of stakes at her.
  • Lady Macbeth: To Dracula, in that his main quest is her insisting for a way to make her offspring live.
  • Mama Bear: Her offspring are demonic abominations, but she loves them, fights to protect them, and is genuinely heartbroken whenever Frankenstein's technology fails to animate them.
  • No-Nonsense Nemesis: Unlike the other two brides, she doesn't play around. Seen when she orders Marishka to stop messing with Helsing and finish him.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes the carriage is full of stakes.
  • Red Herring: Pulled off by the heroes nonetheless. The carriage Van Helsing is driving is a decoy. Verona falls for this and ends up killed.

Portrayed by: Josie Maran

"Too bad, so sad."

The blond bride.

  • All There in the Manual: Her actress says she is the middle Bride and a former gypsy.
  • Annoying Arrows: Van Helsing shoots her with several and she just pulls them out without batting an eyelid. Since the wounds heal almost immediately, this is pretty justified. Least until Helsing doses the arrows in holy water.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: At first played straight, as any injuries Van Helsing hits her with disappear when she transforms. But averted when she suffers the most unglamorous death out of the three Brides.
  • Bare Your Midriff: In contrast to the flowing gowns the other two wear.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Lampshaded when Verona orders her to stop teasing and actually kill Van Helsing.
  • Demoted to Extra: In a sense. In the novel, the blonde was the leader of the Brides.
  • Dying as Yourself: She is killed while in her 'vampire' form. She then fades to her human form...before disintegrating into dust.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: She has a bit more jewellery than Aleera or Verona.
  • Evil Laugh: When she throws Van Helsing around for a bit, she flies through the air cackling like the Wicked Witch of the West.
  • Flat Character: Has the least characterisation out of the three brides, since she's killed off fairly early on.
  • Hot Gypsy Woman: She's apparently a former gypsy. However, she averts any other physical stereotypes associated with gypsies - being blonde haired and fair skinned.
  • Just Toying with Them: During her fight with Van Helsing, she mostly just throws him around while laughing wickedly. Verona even has to tell her to knock it off and go for the kill.
  • Light Is Not Good: She's blonde haired, fair skinned, dresses in a white and yellow outfit and wears a lot of gold jewellery. She's also a vampire and insanely blood thirsty.
  • Middle Child Syndrome: She's the middle Bride and she's the first one killed off. In her second scene no less.
  • Oh, Crap!: When she realizes that she's just flown right at Van Helsing when he's loaded the crossbow with holy water. Before that, she also has a moment when she realises that her tossing him around like a rag doll has deposited him within easy reach of his crossbow.
  • Slasher Smile: Tosses one of these at Van Helsing when she realises he intends to try and race her to get to his crossbow before she can get him.
  • Supernatural Gold Eyes: Her eyes turn this colour when she bares her fangs.
  • The Tease: Spends a lot of time posing and baring her teeth at Van Helsing.

    Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde 
Portrayed by: Stephen H. Fisher (Jekyll, movie), Dwight Schultz (Jekyll, London Assignment), Robbie Coltrane (Hyde)

"You are a big one. You'll be hard to digest."

A vicious and large murderer with double personality disorder.

  • Adaptational Attractiveness: Inverted. In the book Hyde was apelike and ugly, and his evil made people sense something off without knowing why. Here he's essentially the Victorian Hulk, looking truly inhuman and monstrous. Jekyll is also elderly and sickly-looking in the prequel, while in the book he was middle-aged but handsome.
  • Adaptational Badass: In the prequel Jekyll keeps Van Helsing at bay with well-tossed potions, setting his lair on fire as he escapes.
  • Adaptational Villainy: Dr. Jekyll in The London Assignment. Mr. Hyde is collecting souls as part of his plan to seduce Queen Victoria.
  • Big Bad: Of The London Assignment prequel film. He is also the Starter Villain at the film's beginning when Van Helsing chases him in Paris.
  • Dying as Yourself: Hyde reverts to his human form as he's dying, which causes the police to mistakenly think Van Helsing murdered an innocent man.
  • Jack the Ripper: The animated prequel, The London Assignment, reveals that he's the Ripper.
  • Race Lift: Mr Hyde goes from English to Scottish in this version. Possibly a mythology gag, as the author of the book, Robert Louis Stevenson, was Scottish.
  • Shout-Out: Similar to his depiction in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen, Hyde's depicted here as a Hulk-like beast with Super Strength.
    • Hyde's cry of "The bells!" during his fight with Van Helsing in Paris may be an in-Verse example, as Jekyll was well-educated and may have read The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Jekyll's evil plan in the The London Assignment centers around using a combination of science and unholy magics to rejuvenate, brainwash and marry Queen Victoria. Like a typical stalker, the doctor had long ago deluded himself into believing that Her Majesty shared his affections as far back as her coronation.
  • Torso with a View: Hyde has a hole right through his right arm from his face off with Van Helsing in London.

    Top Hat 
Portrayed by: Tom Fisher

The undertaker of Anna's village.

  • Asshole Victim: Rude towards Van Helsing and attacks him from behind, leads the village to kill both Frankenstein and his creation, he gets killed by Velkan-werewolf.
  • Dirty Coward: He tries to attack from behind Van Helsing with a shovel, but the hero stops him. He then gets scared and justifies that it's his nature.
  • Smug Snake: He insults Van Helsing despite his reputation and gets a proper retribution at the fangs of Velkan.


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