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Anderson: Time the fuck out. If we're doing this — and we are doing this — I'm not gonna come swinging at Dracula. I'm killing Alucard!
Dracula: ... you do know that it's just my name spell backward—
Anderson: Of course I do! Shut up and bring him out!
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A Sdrawkcab Name commonly used by vampires that is definitely a Name to Run Away from Really Fast. It is also something of a Shout-Out to arguably the most famous vampire of all time.

When Alucard is Dracula, this is a subtrope of Sdrawkcab Alias. Otherwise, this is a subtrope of Sdrawkcab Name. Commonly, the Alucard turns out to be Dracula's son, though it's just as likely that Alucard and Dracula are not relatives.

Compare and contrast Louis Cypher where other dark creatures use similarly witty aliases and Hugh Mann where the creature posing as human also has a Paper-Thin Disguise. Related to Most Definitely Not a Villain.


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    Comic Books 
  • The bizarre Dell Comics superhero version of Dracula uses "Aloyisius Ulysses Card" as his secret identity.
  • A story with Mickey Mouse as a Hard Boiled Detective had him encounter a mysterious couple calling themselves "Alucard". They turned out to be the descendants of the real Count Dracula, who, unlike the real real "Dracula", had been a perfectly nice and ordinary guy who got a bad reputation for convoluted reasons involving an illness that caused vulnerability to sunlight and his efforts to cure it.
  • In a sixties Gold Key Comics Daffy Duck comic, "Daffy Duck Meets Duckula" (no connection to the later Count Duckula beyond the obvious), the vampire duck initially introduces himself as "Count Alukcud".
  • Scooby-Doo #25 (Gold Key) has the gang helping Sidney Ladacur, a mayoral candidate who says he is kin to Dracula (his great-great uncle was Vlad Dracula of Wallachia) as his name is an anagram for Dracula. Criminal elements with ties to the opposition tries to use this against him with a perp wearing a Drac costume and making appearances stating that Ladacur's kinship with the vampire makes him ineligible for office.
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    Fan Works 
  • According to The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, Dracula was one of Hogwarts's many evil Defence Professors a few years before the story begins. He went by Professor Vladimir Alucard (and chalked up his sunlight-intolerance to a "rare skin condition").
  • In Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, there's a slight distinction between Dracula and Alucard, even though they are the same person. Dracula is polite, friendly, erudite, and incredibly, monstrously cruel, while Alucard is a cheerful, petty, sex-crazed Troll who delights in screwing with people. It's a plot point that almost none of their enemies worked this out until the climax, and the ones who did are mildly embarrassed it took them so long to figure it out.

    Films — Animation 
  • In the animated Batman movie The Batman vs. Dracula, Dracula uses the false identity of "Mr. Alucard, anthropologist". It doesn't take that long for Bruce Wayne to see through this not-too-subtle disguise. Bruce reveals the truth to Alfred (and the audience) by writing "ALUCARD" with backwards letters on a serving tray and holding it up to a mirror.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The original use of "Alucard" as a vampire's alias was in the 1943 film Son of Dracula, starring Lon Chaney, Jr. It hits Unbuilt Trope territory in that every character in the movie figures out the obvious nature of the alias immediately.
  • In the Hammer Horror film Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), Dracula's minion is called Johnny Alucard. Dr. Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) notices the anagram only by writing it and drawing lines.
  • In The Monster Squad, a kid sees Alucard's name on a post-it note on his parents' refrigerator and plays with the letters until he gets Dracula.
  • In Santo en El Tesoro de Drácula, the count's reputation precedes him even in 19th century Mexico, so he introduces himself as "El Conde Alucard."
  • In the Mexican film Alucarda, which combines Satanism with vampirism and homosexuality, the protagonist is an orphan of the same name, however she has no relationship with Dracula and in fact the whole plot is more similar to that of the novel Carmilla.

    Literature 
  • In Victorian literature vampires were only slightly more creative with their aliases. Dracula once went by "Draco", while Carmilla used at least two different anagrams of her real name of "Mircalla".
  • In Dracula, Go Home by Kin Platt, the villain uses several aliases that are turn out to be anagrams of Dracula, including Alucard.
  • The Last Vampire by Willis Hall has a Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire descendant of Dracula who goes by "Count Alucard".
  • The title character in the Anno Dracula novel Johnny Alucard, who by the end of the book has become the new Dracula.
  • In The Lost Books series by Ted Dekker, there's a vampiric, bat-like demon named Alucard. He's said to be the inspiration for the Dracula legend.
  • Alluded to in Thud!—Vimes intercepts secret messages by someone named "Aicalas," just after caving into pressure to allow a vampire named Salacia onto the Watch. He wonders why vampires always think that they can get away with that trope.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In the Dracula TV series, Dracula went by the name of Alexander Lucard.
  • A vampire named "Alucard" also shows up on Wizards of Waverly Place.
  • Referenced in spirit, if not execution, in Scrubs. The script J.D. is constantly working on is for a film called "Dr. Acula". In case you didn't get it, he explains that the movie's ending will involve dropping the period and smooshing the letters together to spell "Dracula." Turk thinks that's an awesome ending.

    Music 
  • Gentle Giant recorded a song entitled "Alucard", with cryptic lyrics that presumably refer to Dracula.
  • Tech N9ne has a track called "Alucard" on his Seepage EP. The track is a Boastful Rap detailing exactly why Tech has managed to outlast other rappers, likening his staying power as an artist to a vampire's immortality. The rap ends with Tech shouting "A-L-U-C-A-R-D/Read it backwards!"

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    Web Comics 
  • Occurs in The Adventures of Dr. McNinja with the real Dracula. Doc thinks that Ben Franklin's a moron to fall for that name, complete with Head Desk reaction. Although Doc later notes that the use of his most obvious pseudonym was most likely to ensure they went looking for him.
  • In the webcomic Eerie Cuties, teen vampire Layla Delacroix has the middle name Alucardia.

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