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Vanessa Van Hellsing

Played by: Kelly Overton

  • Action Mom: Deconstructed with what we see of Vanessa in the second episode flashback. While she is a loving mother to Dylan, having "kick ass for great justice" be your first instinct is clearly not helping provide a stable environment for raising a child.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: She has dark hair can be quite rigid.
  • Bi the Way: While staying at the farm, Vanessa and Susan share a bed and a Big Damn Kiss. The very next episode has Vanessa hooking up with a male character, and both Vanessa and Susan previously had relationships with men.
  • Back from the Dead: Vanessa herself was technically dead for the three years between the Rising and the start of the series, being revived after she's bitten. Happens to her again in the last scene of Season 2 when she's revived by the First Elder's bite.
  • Fanservice: Her Shower Scene in the very first episode.
  • Healing Factor: Her wounds heal extremely quickly.
  • He Who Fights Monsters: The more time goes by, the more Vanessa starts acting more like a vampire herself, especially by Season 3 due to the First Elder reviving her with a bite.
  • The Immune: Vanessa is not only immune to vampire bites, but her blood can actually turn them back human and whoever she cures also becomes immune from ever being turned back.
  • Mama Bear: Vanessa is driven by her desire to find her missing daughter Dylan.
  • Wife-Basher Basher: In the first episode, Vanessa violently assaults Susan's abusive boyfriend. Somewhat unusually, this isn't portrayed as a particularly good thing, as it shows her violent side and anger issues. She even later admits it was more about hurting him than helping her.


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