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Count Dracula was created by Bram Stoker in his 1897 novel of the same name. Stoker wasn't the first to introduce vampires into western literature (see the "penny dreadful" — emphasis on "dreadful" — novel Varney the Vampire for one precursor; also Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, which introduces lesbian vampires; and The Vampyre, which was written by Dr John Polidori at the suggestion of Lord Byron, for the same writing contest in which Mary Shelley created Frankenstein), but his Dracula was the first to enter popular culture — the one vampire known by people whether or not they're familiar with the book, or even the genre.
Stoker named his Count after the historical figure of Vlad III Drăculea (or Drăculești, depending upon the translation), voïvode of Wallachia (part of modern Romania) — or, as he is popularly known, Vlad the Impaler. Despite being similarly bloodthirsty, the latter was rather more prone to having his enemies impaled upon stakes than to biting their necks and drinking their blood. Still, in the novel the Count claims to be related to Vlad III and Van Helsing even conjectures that the two are one and the same. (Although, to be sure, given some of the historically-inaccurate details in the novel it seems fair to say that Stoker didn't actually know all that much about the historical Dracula beyond the name and a degree of the reputation, probably far less than today's fans do.) Because of this connection, "Vlad" is commonly used as a first name when Dracula appears in works that actually give him a first name, whether or not any historical reference is made.
Stoker invented some of the classic vampire traits, such as not casting a reflection, and popularised others, like shapeshifting into animal forms and an aversion to garlic and crucifixes. But Dracula does not follow the standard rules in the novel, largely because he predates most of them. Sunlight does not do any real harm to him, though his powers are diminished in daylight and it prevents him from shapeshifting. He also starts the novel as an old man and de-ages as he drinks blood, a tidbit kept in only a few of the adaptations.
Most series with vampires will eventually include either Dracula or a subversion, sometimes using a transparent alias. "Alucard", which despite sounding French is "Dracula" spelled backwards, is very common and has been used in several movies, most famously Son of Dracula. Some appearances of Dracula treat "Dracul" as another name for him, but they have distinct meanings. The name "Dracula" means "son of Dracul" in Romanian, literally "son of (the) dragon", but has come to mean "son of the Devil". As such, it fits the fictional vampire surprisingly well. "Dracul" was Vlad III's father, Vlad II, who was called that as a result of his association with the Order of the Dragon and his questionable — from an orthodox Wallachian point of view — architectural design choices regarding the churches he had built.
Despite providing the archetype for all modern vampires, Dracula was remarkably angst-free in the original novel, and operated simply as a vicious, sadistic, and distinctly creepy arch-villain (with a monobrow, rancid blood-breath, and hair on his palms, no less) whose only redeeming quality was his cunning (though there is some sympathy for Dracula the man, as opposed to Dracula the vampire, as it's established that the soul of a person who becomes a vampire is prevented from entering heaven until the vampire is destroyed, reflected by the look of peace on him as he crumbles). He never even bothered to seduce any of his female victims, simply entering their rooms and attacking them or using hypnosis to draw them to him. Subsequent versions, naturally, have Flanderized his sex appeal and added oodles of gothy melodrama. He did have some properly gothic angst, but that wasn't based on Mad Love or reluctant villainy — he was simply a very old, very tired Evil Overlord, bored with ruling a backwater area in Ruritania, who decided to Take Over the World or die trying, and would have been happy with either outcome. The entry for this story is here.
Dracula may live in a Haunted Castle, or at least own one in the old country. Usually has a Vampire's Harem of three or more women (likely past victims he turned) at his side as his minions. He also may have Ominous Pipe Organ as his Signature Instrument.
He has appeared in more films than any other character, fictional or otherwise, except for Sherlock Holmes — including films where both appear together. Dracula continues to be the subject of new films, books, comics, video games, etc. as there is a fascination with the character that has long since outlived his author and the first book.
See also Fight Dracula, for where Dracula turns up as a villain-of-the-week in somebody else's story.
- Count Chocula closely resembles him in terms of name and appearance.
- Drac (or another Classical Movie Vampire resembling him) briefly appears in this 1976 spot for Kawasaki motorcycles.
- The Energizer Bunny encounters him in this 1993 commercial.
- Speaking of battery ads, a toy Dracula shows up in this 1988 Duracell spot.
- This 2008 commercial for SunnyD orange drink.
- Appears in a 2013 GEICO insurance commercial, in which he volunteers at a blood drive.
- Appears in a 1996 commercial for Glad-Lock Zipper Bags (with the "yellow and blue make green" seal) as a skeptic of the product; the pitchman asks whether he'd prefer being near a bag of garlic soup with his brand of bag, or the Glad-Lock Zipper Bag ("so you know it's closed"). Naturally, Drac chooses the latter.
- A Physicians Mutual spot features a dentist who turns into Dracula upon learning his patient is about to turn 65:
Dentist: [in Dracula voice] You know what that means... MEDDDicare! It doesn't cover dental! What high bills you'll have...
- He's featured in this 2022 ad for Saatva mattresses.
- Something to note about anime's terminology in reference to vampires, especially with older anime, is that vampires are generically simply called "Dracula", as if that was the standard term for the sort of monster. This has mostly been fixed in more recent anime, some as early as JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Phantom Blood, released in 1987, which now gives "vampire" its own word: kyuuketsuki (lit. "blood-sucking demon").
- Dance in the Vampire Bund: One of the main characters is Mina Tepes, the Undead Child queen of all vampires. It's clearly meant to reference Vlad III and therefore Dracula, but author Nozumu Tamaki apparently mistook "Tepes" for his surname (it's actually Romanian for "the Impaler", the moniker Vlad III earned for his brutality fighting the Ottomans).
- Osamu Tezuka's Don Dracula, an amusing but short-lived parody where the count has a daughter named Chocola.
- Around the mid-70's, Monkey Punch worked on a one-shot parody manga called Dracula-kun. This version of Dracula (fully named Dracula Van Peel), besides being a total goofball, couldn't be killed in any way, though garlic and holy crosses do affect him. You think sunlight? No can do! Even though it does turn him to ashes, he could easily be brought back by pouring a drop of blood onto his ashes. His only true weakness may lie in his chastity; he has sworn never to have sex with any lady whatsoever. Ironically, he does like having sex. He just keeps himself from doing it because he doesn't want to risk begetting a child that could eventually kill him.
- The manga would later be adapted into a "Grand Stage" segment in Monkey Punch Manga Katsudou Daishashin (or Mankatsu, for short).
- In Ghost Sweeper Mikami, there's an arc featuring the heroes fighting a vampire named Count Bloodeau, who is explicitly a relative of Dracula himself.
- Alucard from Hellsing and Hellsing: Ultimate, is Count Dracula and Vlad III. In the manga backstory, he was portrayed as a Knight Templar, fiercely loyal to God, but was disappointed when He did not descend after all his fighting. Feeling forsaken and knowing he lost it all, he became a vampire by sheer willpower, after sucking the blood of the battlefield before he was executed by the Ottoman Empire. Centuries later, he came to England to seek the woman he desired, Mina Harker, and was defeated by Abraham van Helsing and his group. After this second defeat, he became the faithful servant of Abraham's descendants for generations. Of course, by the modern times, his powers have become immense, to the point where Alucard is less of a traditional vampire and more of an Undead Abomination containing the souls of millions of people he has slain, using them to fuel his extreme powers.
- In the Gonzo anime, this connection was merely implied with hints in episode 9 and 13, but supplemental material in the Japanese booklets confirm this. Although, his backstory might be different because his characterization was modified. From steadfast Bodyguard Crush-like loyalty on Integra (and a Berserk Button on people betraying her or insulting her) with a deep respect for humanity like in the manga, he becomes more of a rebellious Psycho Supporter with his own agenda who keeps testing her (but he's still angry when she's seriously injured) and without regard for humanity as whole, exhibiting arrogance and superiority for being a vampire. The OVA is more accurate to the manga.
- Shaman King has Boris Tepes Dracula, a descendant of Vlad the Impaler, the original Dracula. Not actually a vampire, but his family has used shamanic powers granted by Hao to take revenge on humanity, who treated them like vampires since the time of Vlad.
- In Vampire Hunter D, the Nobility worship Dracula as the Sacred Ancestor, although he is apparently long dead by 12,090 AD. D himself, though he never confirms it, is heavily implied to be Dracula's Dhampyr son (apparently as the result of a twisted game Dracula played late in his life).
- In the novels, not only was Dracula shown to be alive in the second book, but D actually had a showdown with a mental projection of the Sacred Ancestor after learning that Dracula had impregnated hundreds of thousands of women and destroyed all the offspring but D. Much of the novels seem to be Dracula Walking the Earth, having various experiments done to save the vampirekind or to create a hybrid race that combines the best of the humans and the Nobility, while D leisurely pursues him, and deals with the unfortunate aftermaths of those experiments.
- The anime adaptation is ambiguous in regards to who Dracula is, and whether he is or not alive.
- Dracula is featured in American Vampire limited series Survival of the Fittest, as the creator of the Carpathian vampire bloodline and considered one of the most powerful vampires in the world. The events of the novel are true up until he sailed to England where he was captured en route and locked beneath Tower Bridge in a Tailor-Made Prison.
- With the "bat" motif, it's not surprising Batman has gone up against Dracula. Batman & Dracula: Red Rain is an Elseworld that pits a vampiric Dark Knight against Dracula.
- Believe it or not, Dell Comics once published a comic featuring Dracula - as a Superhero! It's true!
- Buffy's Dracula returns in the season 8 and 10 comics, first helping the Slayer brigade deal with vampire sorcerers in Japan, later coming to San Francisco to investigate the new vampires' powers. Both take time to expand on his weird relationship with Xander.
- Dracula, Motherf**ker! has Dracula reanimating in 1970s Los Angeles after his Brides, in the late 19th century, tired of his abuse and trapped him in his coffin.
- In the indie comicbook Dracula vs. King Arthur, Lucifer, wanting to one-up God, sends vampirized Dracula back in time to battle King Arthur in order to destroy his kingdom.
- Fables has "The Count", a Magnificent Bastard who is neither a vampire nor responsible for the brutal killings in Transylvania (that would be Bigby Wolf), but was happy to take the blame since it also got him fame.
- Mina Murray appears as a main character in Alan Moore's The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen after the events of the book (which have been slightly retconned; Jonathan Harker divorced her because she was "unclean"), and Dracula himself is mentioned in the travel guide at the end of each of the installments of the second volume of the comic.
- Dracula (Marvel Comics): Marvel Comics published a long-lived Bronze Age series called The Tomb of Dracula, which served as an official introduction of Dracula into the Marvel Universe. Dracula was also the protagonist of the book's short-lived Spin-Off Dracula Lives!.
- It's later revealed that this universe's Dracula has had a centuries-long feud with Apocalypse, and has crossed paths with Doctor Strange and the X-Men several times. Also, he was a common vampire until he drank the blood of Varnae.
- He had many battles with Marvel's Blade over the years.
- The comic book was also the basis for Dracula: Sovereign of the Damned, a made-for-TV anime movie which is infamous for, among other things, a scene where Dracula, after losing his powers and becoming mortal, eats a hamburger◊ as his first "mortal" meal.
- He's also the villain of the final arc of Captain Britain and MI13, where he tries to conquer Britain from his castle on the moon.
- Dracula has had more than one encounter with Spider-Man. In their first official encounter, they each ran into the other but had no true physical conflict and neither seemed even aware that the other was there. Their later meetings were often genuine combat-related stories.
- 'Mickey Mouse Comic Universe'': In 2012, an Italian adaptation was released starring the Phantom Blot as Dracula, Mickey Mouse as Jonathan Ratker, Minnie Mouse as Mina, Clarabelle Cow as Lucy, Pete as Renfield and Goofy as Professor Van Helsing. As a result of censorship, blood sucking vampirification has been replaced with transformation into red beet people, hence the need for Dracula to rest in his native soil.
- Dracula met Planetary's Elijah Snow during the latter's youth, and ended up as the victim of the mother of all Groin Attacks.
- Requiem Vampire Knight (or Requiem Chevalier Vampire in the original French) has a Dracula who's the ruler of the highest social class, the Vampires, on the world of Resurrection. Interestingly, they make lots of references to the man Dracula was based off and in this universe used to be; Dracula has something of an obsession with impaling and decorates his ship the 'Satanik' with stakes covered with the bodies of those who've suffered the punishment, and an impaling gun has the sound effect of 'Tepes!' whenever it's fired. He also has the mask of the High Priest of the Archaeologists nailed to his face, because the priest hadn't removed it as a sign of respect for the vampire king (and also because Dracula really doesn't like the Archaeologists): this pretty much echoes what Vlad allegedly did to a Turkish messenger who refused to remove his turban. He even looks like the original Vlad, down to the mustache. In addition he's the leader of the royal family of Draconia that bears his name, which also includes Atilla, Nero, Caligula, and his wife Elizabeth Bathory.
- Santa Versus Dracula in which he's the main Big Bad intent on taking over Santa's job so he can go into any houses that he pleases without needing an invitation.
- The Dracula of the Scooby-Doo story "The Ghost of Dracula" (Gold Key issue #25) is, naturally, part of a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax. The gang meets Sidney Ladacur, a mayoral candidate that is intimidated by Dracula into withdrawing from the race as his name is an anagram for the Dracula name and thus is kin to the vampire lineage.
- In Silverblade, actor Jonathan Lord played Dracula in three movies, although Milestone notes that he hated the role. Miss Hothgard and the Executioner trick him into assuming the form (a Classical Movie Vampire) so they can kill him using Dracula's weaknesses.
- During the period of time when Lex Luthor was president of the USA, Superman and Lois Lane traveled to Transylvania and encountered a powerful vampire who may as well have been Dracula. Superman ends up defeating him in an interesting way, by letting Dracula bite him. Every cell in Superman's body is filled-to-bursting with solar energy, and this version of Dracula is fatally allergic to sunlight. You can guess what happens.
- Pre-Crisis in the Silver Age, Superman had also encountered Dracula, along with Frankenstein's monster, when they were inadvertently released from the netherworld by a Blind Seer. Because of Superman's weakness to magic, he has to use his wits against the evil Count. Using his heat-vision and some super-pressure on a hydrogen balloon, he creates a miniature sun that severely weakens the vampire. Dracula is not stopped, however, but the Phantom Stranger shows up to cast him and the Monster back to the shadow realm from whence they came.
- In Vampirella, Dracula is a recurring villain, though his origin is vastly different; he is a Human Alien from the planet Drakulon, the same world the titular heroine came from.
- DC Comics' Victorian Undead II: Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula: In which Sherlock Holmes is transplanted into the middle of the famous novel and helps the novel's protagonists hunt for Dracula.
- He appears as part of the Big Bad Ensemble in the second book of Child of the Storm. Honorable (in his way), very powerful, and most definitely not someone you want to mess with - he's fought Thor before and only barely lost, before going out of his way to hunt down and kill Perun, another Physical God (specifically, thunder-god), just to make the point that he hadn't become an easy mark. Thor also states that any rematch between them would be 50/50. When he turns up, he effortlessly crushes Harry twice, the first time while shrugging off a Cerebro enhanced attack from Charles Xavier and an enchanted bullet from Bucky Barnes, before leaving him pinned to the street with his own sword. Word of God has it that he's fancast as Charles Dance, and was created to avert the "easily defeated sex god" cliche — this is someone who earned the title "Lord Impaler" long before he even became a vampire.
- Hellsing Ultimate Abridged plays with this. Alucard and Dracula are the same person, but they have distinctly different personalities. Alucard is a vicious, gleeful Blood Knight and unrepentant Troll who adores screwing with people, being dickishly petty, and being crude and obnoxious just to anger Integra, his allies, and his enemies. Dracula, however, is a polite, calm, and erudite figure who shows honor and devotion to Integra, pride in his "daughter" Seras, and respect to Alexander Anderson, even calling him a Worthy Opponent.
- My Immortal has
NevilleNavel changing his name to "Dracola" after going goth. Jury's still out on whether it's a genuine misspelling, an intentional misspelling, or a hilariously bad "pun" on "Coca-Cola" that went nowhere.
- My Little Castlevania is about Dracula appearing in Equestria. Of course, since this is obviously based on the Castlevania interpretation of Dracula, he has legions of minions to do his bidding.
- In The Parselmouth of Gryffindor, he was apparently one of Hogwarts's long list of evil Defence Professors. (He went by Professor Vladimir Alucard).
- The Piratesverse installment "An Adventure with Dracula" sees the pirates track down Dracula after the Pirate Captain makes a drunken bet about whether or not he could beat a shark in a straight fight.
- The Batman had a Made-for-TV Movie, The Batman vs. Dracula, where Dracula appeared in the present day. The Penguin became The Renfield, while The Joker became a vampire.
- Dracula appears in Hotel Transylvania, where we're shown his more sympathetic side. And he gets a daughter named Mavis to boot.
- The eponymous Mad Monster Party? has Dracula as one of the guests.
- Minions: Dracula was one of the minions' previous bosses. They end up killing him on his 357th birthday when they try wake him up in his coffin and open the curtains to let in the sunlight, which immediately turns him to ashes.
- Dracula appears as the main antagonist of Monster Family.
- Dracula is one of the main characters of Monster Mash (2000).
- He also shows up in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School (unrelated to the above movie) as the father of Cute Monster Girl Sibella.
- Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf features Dracula as well where he's the main antagonist.
- The title character of the classic Blaxploitation movie Blacula was an African prince cursed to unlife by Count Dracula.
- Blade: Trinity: Drake, the first vampire, is said to have used many aliases over the years, with Dracula being one of them.
- Perhaps the most sympathetic version of the Count is found in Blood for Dracula, in which Udo Kier plays a weak and dying Dracula who must feast on the blood of virgins in order to survive.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992) is another attempt at telling the tale. While it makes some effort to adhere more closely to the novel's events than most film adaptations, director Francis Ford Coppola couldn't resist giving him a bad case of Angst and turning the whole thing into a story about love, despite the original Dracula being essentially the personification of syphilis. On the other hand, it featured quite a few well-known actors, fantastic costumes by Eiko Ishioka (who won an Academy Award for Best Costume Design) and art design by Mike Mignola, it was perhaps Gary Oldman's breakout role, and it was highly entertaining to watch Tom Waits and Anthony Hopkins being batshit insane from start to finish.
- In 1970, a movie called Count Dracula (sometimes also called 'Nights When Dracula Wakes') was made, which starred Cristopher Lee, but wasn't a part of the Hammer series. Other actors include Herbert Lom as van Helsing and Klaus Kinski (who'd later play the Count in Herzog's Nosferatu) as Renfield, and it was directed by Jesus Franco. It was very faithful to the novel, the only notable changes being merging Quincy and Arthur, Seward not being Lucy's suitor, and Harker ending up in Seward's hospital after his escape from Dracula's castle. The movie is notable for having Dracula look like he was described in the books (elderly man with moustache), and showing him getting younger as he drinks blood.
- Count Yorga: MGM's somewhat 70's modern take on Dracula. The character name is different but the premise is roughly the same.
- The Creeps: Dr. Berber uses a machine called the Archetype Inducer to bring Dracula into the real world alongside Frankenstein's Monster, the mummy, and the wolf man. However, because the process was incomplete when it happened, they're all three feet tall when they manifest.
- In the sign-language film Deafula, Dracula is the father of the main character. He is also deaf.
- Dracula (1979), directed by John Badham and starring Frank Langella, offers a more romantic interpretation of the character.
- In Dracula 2000, they completely rewrite the origin of Dracula (Gerard Butler), as he turns out to be Judas — that's right, the Biblical one, hence the hatred for all things Christian. Also, although he isn't partial to stakes through the heart, going years without feeding on blood, being burned and being exposed to sunlight and silver, the only way to kill him permanently is being hanged — since that's how Judas Iscariot originally died. His offspring, however, are vulnerable to all the usual vampire weaknesses. The movie also gained two straight to video sequels: Dracula II: Ascension and Dracula III: Legacy.
- Dracula 3000, which is just Dracula IN SPACE, and somehow manages the distinction of being even worse than it sounds. Probably most noteworthy for featuring Erika Eleniak as an android and the tagline "In Space There Is No Sunlight." Especially confusing is that the vampire featured in the film is named Orlock, not Dracula.
- Main character in the Swedish direct-to-video musical adaptation, aptly named Dracula: the Musical.
- Dracula Untold: A 2014 Action Horror film exploring the origin story of how Vlad III, portrayed by Luke Evans, became the legendary vampire. The film is set during Vlad III's war with the Ottoman Empire and shows that he became a vampire in order to save his family and country.
- Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) Dracula conspires with a mad doctor to resurrect the Frankenstein Monster.
- Numerous Hammer Horror versions and adaptations, starting with 1958 Horror of Dracula, which cemented Christopher Lee as the second most famous Dracula after Lugosi. The Hammer series was also the first to drag him into a contemporary setting, in 1972's Dracula A.D. 1972.
- Dracula is one of the monsters who infiltrates the costume party and spikes the punch in House on Bare Mountain.
- Kiss Me Quick!: For no reason except Rule of Funny, Dracula also lives in Dr. Breedlove's castle. Several times when Breedlove goes to show Sterilox one of the girls via CCTV, he finds Dracula about to feed on her. Later, Dracula attempts to feed on Sterilox.
- The Last Voyage of the Demeter is an expanded adaptation of "The Captain's Log", a single chapter of the original Dracula novel.
- Spoofed in Love at First Bite (1979) and Dracula: Dead and Loving It (1995).
- Count Dracula is one of the monsters featured in Monster Mash (1995), as the film is partially based on the song The Monster Mash and Dracula was one of the monsters mentioned in the original song.
- Dracula, played by a fantasically hammy Duncan Regehr (who seemed to have a ton of fun with the role), also serves as the head of a Monster Mash in the film The Monster Squad.
- F. W. Murnau's 1922 film Nosferatu was an unauthorized adaptation of the then-copyrighted novel. The characters have all different names (Max Schreck's hideously repulsive vampire is called "Count Orlok"), and it takes place in Germany rather than England. The Stoker estate nonetheless sued and won, with the court ordering all prints to be destroyed. However, it had already been distributed too widely for that and many copies survived.
- Werner Herzog remade Murnau's film as Nosferatu the Vampyre in 1979, this time using the original names and starring Klaus Kinski as Dracula.
- Renfield is a modern-set Dracula comedy starring Nicolas Cage as Dracula and Nicholas Hoult as his titular beleaguered servant, who comes to realize his "relationship" with the Count is abusive while also getting caught up in a mob war. Flashback sequences use footage from Dracula with Cage and Hoult's faces edited in digitally.
- Universal Pictures' 1931 version starring Bela Lugosi (Number 79 on Bravo's 100 Scariest Movie Moments), adapted from a stage play adaptation that he'd appeared in, is the most famous. Lugosi's performance as the Count became the template for the Classical Movie Vampire, and modern interpretations of the character and story are more often based on it than the original novel.
- A Spanish-language version was filmed at the exact same time and used the same sets, but at the same time featured extended/extra dialogue and scenes, as well as more elaborate camera work. It was also not subject to as stringent censorship standards and it's generally less narm-y, save for the title character. It actually garnered a higher rating from some critics.
- The Lugosi version had several sequels: Dracula's Daughter, Son of Dracula, House of Frankenstein, House of Dracula, the comedy spoof/crossover Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (the only one where Lugosi himself reprised the character), and a miniseries remake of House of Frankenstein in 1997.
- Universal Pictures made a second adaptation of Dracula in 1979. It's based on the same play as the 1931 film was, and like Bela Lugosi before him, Frank Langella came to the title role via his success playing it on stage. This version presents Dracula as a much more romantic figure, particularly where his relationship with Lucy — whose story function is swapped with Mina's — is concerned, than the novel and previous adaptations did, presaging a similar rethinking of the character in Bram Stoker's Dracula. (Other changes: this doomed Mina is also Van Helsing's daughter, and the temporal setting is 1913.)
- Dracula appears as the main villain in the film Van Helsing, as part of a Monster Mash with Frankenstein's Monster, The Werewolf, and Igor.
- Zoltan, Hound of Dracula. Exactly What It Says on the Tin.
- The Scholomance, in Romanian mythology, is an evil school for dark wizards and witches which is said to be where Dracula studied, and even where he learned to become a vampire.
- Dracula, by Bram Stoker. This Dracula has a big, bushy mustache, which almost never is depicted in adaptations.
- Mentioned briefly in the Anita Blake novels. Vampires only ever have one name, and the vampire council keeps track of them all so no one has the same names. "Dracula" was a name used by only a few vampires, who all went completely bonkers and had to be put down as menaces to society. The council has since retired the name, and no other vampire is allowed to claim it.
- Anno Dracula by Kim Newman is set in an alternate history in which the first direct confrontation between Dracula and Van Helsing's group results in an easy victory for Dracula (Newman's Dracula is vulnerable to a smaller range of weapons than Stoker's), who goes on to become the de facto ruler of England. Followed by two more novels and a bunch of short stories carrying the timeline into and through the twentieth century.
- Department 19 runs with the conceit that the events of Bram Stoker's novel were mostly true, and that the men responsible for vanquishing Dracula founded the vampire-hunting Blacklight organization. Dracula in this case is explicitly Vlad the Impaler, and his turned warlords are the most powerful remaining vampires in the world. Until Dracula himself is resurrected at the end of the first book, becoming the Big Bad of the series.
- A Dowry of Blood: Dracula is the main antagonist of the book. He's depicted as thousands of years old and a brutal, if philosophical, monster who loves killing as well as seeking more and more knowledge. He also charms his lovers (of both genders) before he slaughters them.
- Fred Saberhagen's novel The Dracula Tape offers an intriguing retelling of Stoker's novel entirely from Dracula's first-person point of view, including his anger over misinterpretations, distortions and outright lies perpetrated in the original story (though caveat lector: occasionally, the distortions are his own work).
- Supposedly the first authorized sequel to Stoker's novel, Dracula the Un-Dead is set about 25 years after the original and was published in 2009. The novel is co-authored by screenwriter Ian Holt and Dacre Stoker, Bram's great grand-nephew. It's something of an Anachronism Stew as it combines very vague possible Sequel Hooks in the original with more connection to the historical Dracula, with all the accumulated vampire traditions from decades of movies and books, and with Jack the Ripper. To accomplish this, the book Retcons some parts of the original novel as deliberate deceptions and other parts as errors or carelessness by Bram Stoker, who is a character in the novel himself, and simply changes still more details with no explanation. Despite all that, it mainly relies on ambiguity in the original, like Fred Saberhagen's version.
- In The Dresden Files, Dracula is said to be the son of Vlad Drakul, an immortal monster of enormous power. Dracula is a member of the classically vampiric Black Court, but according to Ebenezer McCoy joined as an act of youthful rebellion. The book Dracula was commissioned by the White Court to Bram Stoker, to act as a manual to explain to Muggles how to kill Black Court vampires. It was very effective, and nowadays only the most badass Black Court vampires survive. Whether Dracula is among them is unknown; the book might have also been an account of Dracula's death, or might have simply used a powerful Black Court member as an example. Book 3 has Harry mention that "Drakul" is still in Eastern Europe, though it's unclear whether he meant him or his father. Word of God is that Dracula didn't join the Black Court, as much as make them as a means to prove himself to his father. The Black Court vampires are failed versions of what he was trying to make. Further information from the author reveals Dracula is alive, for a given value of it. He went to Queen Mab, the Winter Queen of the Fae, and asked for her help in making Dracula and his human lover live forever. This is granted by making them into ice statues. Mab keeps them in her courtyard as decorations.
- Mentioned in Dr. Greta Helsing: He's the namesake of the "classic Draculine" vampire variety, but prefers to keep to his ancestral castle with his bride these days, and takes a violently dim view of trespassers and sightseers.
- Type Moon's Fate/Apocrypha sees Vlad III summoned as a servant in its variant of the 5th Holy Grail War. Dracula is one of his Noble Phantasms in the form of transformation. The Myth has skewed the image of Vlad so much that he despises the legend of Dracula, so he hates using it. If forced to do so, he changes into the being from the legend.
- The Historian by Elizabeth Kostova is a novel that has the actual Vlad Dracula as a vampire, using books printed with a signature dragon with the word "Drakulya" to entice curious historians into finding his grave and, thereby, himself so that he can make them his minions. In this version, he is essentially an eternally undead Badass Bookworm. However, he's still evil.
- Dracula is the overprotective dad of Draculaura in the Monster High novel.
- The New Annotated Dracula isn't, strictly speaking, a totally original work (it's just that, the complete text of the novel annotated) but it does take an interesting angle towards Bram Stoker's novel and its proceedings— taking the statement in the beginning of the novel that the story related is (mostly) factual and being related by a third party and building from there. Places where character names and origins have been changed, edits made in retrospect for later editions by the persons involved to make their behaviour a little more acceptable...
- Night Huntress does introduce Dracula in book 3. He prefers "Vlad" and finds the fictional version annoying. Here, he's a bog-standard vampire, although as a master, he has a couple of semi-unique abilities, namely pyrokinesis and the power to read humans' minds.
- David Weber's Out of the Dark makes some oblique references to Dracula, with a significant part of the Alien Invasion story taking place in the woods and mountains of Transylvania, and a local resistance fighter seems to take inspiration from Vlad the Impaler by impaling alien invaders on stakes as a terror tactic. He actually is Dracula and finally gets really pissed at the end of the book, leading to a Curbstomp Battle when he takes the fight directly to the invaders.
- Even though many vampires in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries are much older than the historical Dracula, a short story in the series established that in vampire culture he's viewed a little bit like a messiah because he showed them that they could have cultured, refined existences. Before him, presumably, vampires lived (so to speak) like animalistic ghouls.
- This reflects the way vampires were conceived in folklore and depicted in literature prior to Stoker's novel and its immediate precursors.
- The Twilight Saga: Vladimir and Stefan of the Romanian coven are some of the oldest vampires in the world, and allude to their Glory Days of presiding over the vampire world from a huge castle in Transylvania, which was destroyed by the Volturi during their rise. They're jokingly called "Dracula 1" and "Dracula 2."
- In Vampire High, Dracula is a real person who is best known for trusting Bram Stoker and being open with him about vampire lifestyles, only for Stoker to choose to write a book portraying vampires as evil monsters. Dracula still offered his protection to Stoker though, so no vampire was ever able to kill him (curiously, the book Dracula seems to be very popular amongst the vampires. There's an entire wall of the high school library with nothing but different copies of it). The end of the first book also reveals that Dracula is an ancestor of Ilena and has been keeping an eye on her, disguised as the principal's pet wolf. He reveals himself to Cody and Elliot at the end of the book, gives his blessing for their relationship, and goes back to Europe for a vacation. In the sequel, he returns to America just late enough that he misses the climax and reveals that he had once been in love with the queen of a rival vampire clan (Mercy Ann Warner) but had to abandon her when her clan's treasures went missing and he was blamed.
- Hideyuki Kikuchi, author of the original Vampire Hunter D light novels, also wrote a novel about Dracula in Japan during the Meiji Restoration.
- In Beetleborgs, the kids were somewhat friendly with a gang of monsters in the local haunted house (usually - the monsters would still attempt to eat them from time to time). The vampire of the group was Count Fangula.
- Dracula appears in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer season five episode "Buffy vs. Dracula," bringing with him all the "classic" vampire tropes that Buffy usually doesn't truck with. The appearance of first season Big Bad the Master, however, was evidently inspired by the makeup worn by Max Schrek in Nosferatu, as was that of the Turok-Hahn in the final season.
- The short-lived 1979 series Cliffhangers! was an attempt to bring '40s & '50s movie serials to television. Each week, the show featured a chapter from three different thrillers, all of which ended in cliffhangers. One of the stories, "Curse of Dracula," featured Michael Nouri as the Count living undercover as a college professor in San Francisco and seeking to become mortal.
- Dan Curtis, of Dark Shadows fame, directed a 1973 TV movie version called Bram Stoker's Dracula and starring Jack Palance as the Count.
- Count Dracula (1977): A BBC produced two-part that was almost entirely faithful to the novel, save for the following alterations: Lucy and Mina were made sisters, Arthur Holmwood and Quincy Morris were merged into one character, the hypnosis scene was omitted, and certain elements were streamlined, such as Lucy's transfusions.
- Da Vinci's Demons first season features an episode with Da Vinci searching for an Ottoman cartographer, who was captured by Vlad the Impaler. Vlad is shown not directly as an vampire, but has a pact with the devil and seems very hard to kill. After being impaled, burned and thrown out of the highest tower of his castle, his corpse has apparently vanished when Da Vinci and his friends later come to the place where it should be.
- He returns alive in the third season, this time as an ally against the Ottomans. In the last episode he is killed by the Ottoman commander (his own brother), but appears alive again after the end of the battle.
- Dracula (2013) is a revisionist take on the character with Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the lead role, playing Dracula as an Anti-Hero who comes to 19th century London, posing as an American and hoping to kick-start a Roaring Rampage of Revenge on those who made him a vampire in the first place.
- Dracula (2020) is a three part miniseries from The BBC, with Claes Bang as the titular Count and a female Van Helsing.
- Alexander Lucard, from Dracula the Series.
- The Electric Company (1971) the last verse of the song "L-Y" by no less than Tom Lehrer:
You enter a very dark room
And sitting there in the gloom
Now how do you say goodbye?
Immediately! Immediately! Immediate L-Y!
- The actual name of "Grandpa" Munster from The Munsters is Sam Dracula.
- The Season 2 Night Gallery segment "The Devil Is Not Mocked" (1971) has a gang of Nazis encountering Dracula in his castle during World War II.
- In Penny Dreadful, Dracula is the brother of Lucifer, a fallen angel banished to earth instead of Hell.
- Count von Count, of Sesame Street, is clearly patterned after the Lugosi version of Dracula.
- Van Helsing (2016): The Dark One, the Monster Progenitor of all vampires, is revealed in Season 4 to be Dracula... and a woman. Though Season 5 reveals that this woman, Countess Olivia van Dracula, is just being possessed by the actual Dark One entity and is freed in the Grand Finale when Vanessa traps the Dark One inside herself.
- Young Dracula features the Count having been forced to flee Transylvania by a peasant mob and attempting to live in British suburbia with his two children, Ingrid and Vlad.
- Not Dracula himself, but an episode of The Young Indiana Jones Chronicles has Indy (during his days as a spy in WWI), go on a mission to the castle of Transylvanian General Torgo, who is first revealed to mirror the tactics of Prince Vlad the Impaler, and is then explicitly revealed to be a vampire (not that any of the characters admit it).
- He's mentioned in the classic novelty hit "Monster Mash" (1962) by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers, and even gets a single, brief-but-memorable line:
"Whatever happened to my Transylvania Twist?"
- Then there's "Dinner with Drac" (1958), a spoken-word ditty by Horror Host John Zacherle (aka "The Cool Ghoul"):
A dinner was served for three
At Dracula's house by the sea
The hors d'oeurves were fine
But I choked on my wine
When I learned that the main course was me!
- A game based off the 1992 movie, Bram Stoker's Dracula.
- Dracula is featured prominently in Elvira and the Party Monsters .
- Leader of the Monster Band in Monster Bash
- Also shows up in The Party Zone when activating the Party Monsters mode and promptly failing to pick up a chick when she complains his hands are cold.
- He appears in Williams Electronics' Taxi pinball as "Drac", one of the passengers to be picked up.
- Re: Dracula is an audio dramatization of the original novel. Each episode consists of letters, diary entries, etc. dated on the days each episode is released. As such, some episodes can be as long as 45 minutes, and some as short as a few minutes.
- BBC Radio aired adaptations in 1975, 1991 and 2016.
- CBS Radio Mystery Theater adapted the story in its first season (1974).
- The Mercury Theatre on the Air had an adaptation of Dracula as its inaugural episode (1938), with Orson Welles portraying the Count.
- A 2023 Newfoundland production aired in three episodes with two bonus episodes.
- Steve Jackson's Car Wars had a car catalog that included a large American car with a spike on the front... 'Vlad the Impala'.
- Chill had a few high-level adventures of the players taking on Dracula, and stories about other encounters with him in the lore of the early editions.
- The Dracula Dossier is a campaign for Night's Black Agents based on the premise that Stoker's novel was actually a censored version of the truth: British intelligence's attempt to recruit Dracula as an asset. An "unredacted" version of Stoker's novel is available both on its own and as part of the campaign.
- Count Strahd von Zarovich (of the legendary Dungeons & Dragons adventure and subsequent game setting Ravenloft) started out as a renamed Count Dracula, drawing upon the movie portrayals more than the book. Similarities between the two persist to this day. To muddle the waters somewhat, though, the actual Count Dracula is used as a villain of the sub-setting Masque of the Red Death, where attempts are made to portray the character with Vlad III Tepes as a basis. As if to wring the most out of the concept, the accounts of Vlad III's infamy, taken to extremes, had in turn already been a large part of the basis for a non-vampiric villain of the main setting: Vlad Drakov.
- Interestingly, the character of Count Strahd was first sketched out as a villain in a standalone adventure module written in the early 80's. The release of the Realms of Terror campaign boxed set was the first, though, to detail his history and motivations in depth. As the campaign setting was released in 1990 and the Bram Stoker's Dracula film in 1992, this makes the movie version of the good Count Older Than They Think.
- The board game Fury of Dracula casts one player as Dracula and up to 4 other players cooperating against him as the novel's protagonists hunting the Count across Europe.
- Interestingly, the Iron Kingdoms setting has a Vlad Tepes Expy that isn't a Dracula: Vladimir Tzepesci, the Dark Prince of Umbrey, complete with a spell called "Impaler."
- Mutants & Masterminds, 3E, has two different versions of Dracula as a villain: a comics-style version ("Dracula, Lord of Vampires") in their Threat Report sourcebook, and a far more sinister version in their Supernatural Handbook. The latter even mentions the two different versions and delves into the repercussions of multiple incarnations of one legendary horror:
Perhaps “Dracula” is really the mythic idea of the suave vampire lord, and actually manifests in different forms and identities in the world. Truly destroying him would require actually destroying the very concept of Dracula, otherwise, he will return again and again. How do you fight and per-manently destroy a legend?
- The Stake And The Hammer: After World War I, Dracula has become the Fascist dictator of Romania and Hungary (now combined into Greater Hungary). Most of the population have been reduced to semi-serfdom and work to support and feed Dracula and the other vampires who rule them. The players are members of alliance of socialists groups working to overthrow the regime.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade, Dracula's a member of the Tzimisce clan, a group of flesh-bending transcendentalists with little need for morals.
- In an earlier edition of the rulebook, a long preface is written as an in-universe letter, explaining the basics of vampire strengths, weaknesses, and motivations, basically outlining for new players how Our Vampires Are Different. Clever readers will note a few similarities to certain popular work of vampire fiction, clinched when you see the letter is written to "WH" from "VT." (In case you haven't figured it out, it's to "Wilhelmina (Mina) Harker" from "Vlad Tepes.")
- And in Vampire: The Requiem, one of the major covenants (social groupings) in the game is the Ordo Dracul, a group devoted to transcending the vampiric condition that considers Dracula to be the first "true" vampire (and, interestingly, Dracula himself is completely AWOL).
- However, for STs that absolutely must play the bastard, three possible options are given in the Ordo Dracul supplement, in three tasty troperriffic flavors: Beware the Nice Ones, Boisterous Bruiser, and Magnificent Bastard. As the Ordo Dracul is a runaway fan favorite covenant, expect more delineation of Dracula's influence as the series progresses.
- The Gangrel clanbook for Requiem also introduced "The Count," a Badass Biker who claims to be the grandchilde of the Count Dracula and who's quickly become a fan favorite. The Count is not one to be fucked with.
- Both lines also do a lot with the Nosferatu variant. Each one has a Nosferatu clan made up of vampires who are... well, off. In Masquerade, this means they're all so grotesque that they literally can't go into public without risking the Masquerade; they make up for this by keeping to (and cloaking themselves in) the shadows and dealing in the info trade. In Requiem, they might not necessarily be disfigured, but they at least cast an aura around them that puts an observer in the mind that something is not right, and suffer socially because of it; they tend to be the brutes and the things that "even other monsters" fear.
- The Warhammer Vampire Counts have two bloodlines modeled on versions of Dracula. The Necrarchs resemble the character's portrayal in Nosferatu, but for the closest match, the von Carstein vampires tend to dress exactly like Bela Lugosi, and live in huge haunted castles beyond the forest. The character of Vlad von Carstein is probably the closest match to Dracula; though he is long (permanently) dead in the main storyline, his vampiric offspring (first Konrad and now Mannfred) continue the family tradition. Interestingly, all three take on different aspects of the Dracula archetype. Vlad is an artist, philosopher, and a genuine romantic who reluctantly made his dying wife a vampire so as to not be separated from her, and is Dracula as a charming, seductive noble. Konrad is a bloodthirsty, sadistic butcher, with no sense of subtlety, art, or manipulation, but takes a fierce glee in battle, and so is Dracula as Vlad the Impaler. Mannfred, finally, is a sociopathic Magnificent Bastard (though, as the current one, he has been suffering Villain Decay and is now something of a General Failure) who indirectly caused the defeats of the first two to satisfy his own ambition, and is possibly the closest to Stoker's original portrayal of Dracula. Though they were initially thought to have died permanently, Vlad and Mannfred have re-emerged again during the the End Times as Nagash's Co-Dragons. Vlad has apparently become Deader than Dead while Mannfred is seemingly the last surviving Von Carstein.
- A third bloodline, the Blood Dragons, are battle-obsessed warriors that are frequently depicted wearing a "Flayed Hauberk," that resembles the distinctive armor worn by Dracula in the opening of Coppola's film.
- Before Mannfred was confirmed to be alive, Games Workshop liked to play with the idea of him being dead or not. A passing mention in the Vampire Counts army book specifically mentions Gotrek & Felix actually having encountered him long after his reported death, casting into question whether he actually is dead or not, before claiming that Felix is a known fraud and a liar and then dismissing the idea.
- Dracula (1924), by Irish playwright Hamilton Deane, was the first authorized adaptation of the novel. The 1927 Broadway production, further revised by John L. Balderston and featuring Bela Lugosi in the title role, was a significant influence on the 1931 film version. It was revived in 1977 with Frank Langella starring as Dracula.
- The Dracula ballet is based off of the design of the movie, but it comes off as rather cheesy and funny instead of being remotely scary.
- Frank Wildhorn's Dracula: the Musical played on Broadway for a few months in 2004, where it flopped massively. It has, however, had some success in Europe. For the most part it stuck very close to the plotline of the original novel, only to go off on another road completely for the last five minutes of the show, in which Dracula randomly decides that he is far too in love with Mina to take her from her mortal life. In the Broadway version, the story was kept in the Victorian era, but it was updated to the 1950s for the Swiss production. And there are a few visions were Mina is implied to have been turned into a vampire.
- Dracula — Entre l'amour et la mort is a Quebecois musical by Bruno Pelletier which has garnered a lot of international attention. It takes some elements of the Gary Oldman film and makes it way cooler. Including a scene where Dracula tangos.
- One of the Sera Myu stage musicals featured "Dracul" and his daughter as villains.
- Monster High: Dracula is the father and namesake of main character Draculaura. His exact depiction varies depending on the generation (he's a more serious/largely unseen figure in G1, a bit of a Large Ham in G2, and a Bumbling Dad in G3), but he's always portrayed as an important figure in the monster world and a good dad to his daughter.
- One of the main bosses in the arcade game After Dark.
- Vlad Tepes, while presumably not possessing any special powers, is a member of The Knights Templar in Assassin's Creed. He's also one of the multiplayer characters in Assassin's Creed: Revelations, though he doesn't appear in person, having been killed by the Ottomans a while ago.
- There's also a mission in the same game that leads the players in the Impaler's tomb, ending with finding his grave and his swords.
- First-Person Shooter Bram Stoker's Dracula is set in the haunted castle of Dracula, but it retains little to no relevance to the novel's plot.
- The franchise is perhaps the most renowned video game series to feature Dracula, in this case as the Evil Overlord Big Bad, and sworn enemy of the Belmont Clan. He's a Sorcerous Overlord with much more in common with Sauron and Ganon than other interpretations of Dracula. Castlevania: Lament of Innocence reveals that he was once a shrewd strategist named Mathias Cronqvist who befriended the founder of the Clan, Leon Belmont. However that friendship did not stop him from using Leon in his scheme to spite God Himself for letting his wife Elisabetha die while he was away. After duping Leon into slaughtering Walter Bernhard, Mathias traps his soul with the help of the Crimson Stone, and uses it to transform himself into a vampire, thus defying God and His decree of limited life. Mathias would later escape Leon's wrath and re-brand himself Dracula. He would fight the Belmonts and humanity as a whole until the year 1999.
- Dracula is also present in the Castlevania: Lords of Shadow Alternate Continuity trilogy, but this time he's none other than the founder of the Belmont Clan, Gabriel. Originally a pious Classical Anti-Hero who slid down the slope following the death of his childhood sweetheart – in addition to a handful of destroyed hopes, betrayals, and resurgence of Satan. After Gabriel realizes that all of his struggles were pointless, he decides to cast his humanity aside by letting Laura turn him into a vampire. He then humiliates the Forgotten One by stealing the demon's power. Gabriel seals his fall-from-grace some years later by waging a war on all of humankind, thinking it had abandoned him. It is also worth noting that, unlike the original continuity, the Lords of Shadow Dracula initially chose the name “Dracul” to distinguish himself; the tweaked “Dracula” moniker was given to him by the Brotherhood of Light. Dracula is the Big Bad of the interquel, and the Player Character of the sequel game.
- The Castlevania version of Dracula also appears as a boss in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, where his look is taken straight from Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. On top of being the final Classic Mode opponent of Simon and Richter Belmont, he's also the final opponent for Luigi and Pac-Man, referencing how those two have also fought ghosts. His castle also serves as a dungeon in World of Light, with Dracula himself waiting at the end.
- The Vibora Bay expansion for Champions Online includes, as the leader for the vampiric New Shadows faction, Vladic Dracul. Wearing blood red armor that resembles a more fantastic variant of the armor worn at the beginning of Bram Stoker's Dracula, his face is also inhuman, like Count Orlock's taken to an even greater extreme.
- Darkstalkers has Demitri Maximoff who's the universe's equivalent to Dracula. Demitri is tall, dark, ripped and handsome and an incredibly dangerous and powerful vampire count who enjoys drinking the blood of virgin girls like it's wine. Demitri is an Anti-Hero at the best of times, often joining the Darkstalker cast to fight bigger evils, and is attracted to the Ms. Fanservice and Femme Fatale of the series Morrigan Aensland.
- In gameplay his moveset is strikingly similar to Ryu and Ken from Street Fighter and his special "Midnight Bliss" move can transform any male characters into attractive female versions of themselves or make them hotter if they're already ladies.
- In 2008 an adventure game called Dracula: Origin was released. It takes a different approach to the story, closer to the storyline of the first Dracula movie with Christopher Lee, so that Jonathan Harker was a friend of Van Helsing, traveling to Transylvania to kill Dracula, but failed. In the role of Van Helsing, the player visits different places, like London, Egypt and Transylvania.
- In 2011 followed a sequel Dracula Love Kills, this time as a hidden object puzzle-adventure. This time the player took the part of Dracula, trying to save Mina from dying and fighting the Queen of Vampires. In part of the games, Van Helsing helps him with his plans. The game has two endings: in one Dracula saves Mina and lets her live, while in the other Dracula makes her a vampire and kills Van Helsing. It even has an Collector's edition that added an extra chapter, again with a nice and a bad ending.
- There is an adventure game series called Dracula: Resurrection, starting with the game of the same name in 2000. The story takes place after the end of the novel, when Mina is captured again and Jonathan Harker follows her back to Transylvania to free her.
- Dracula: The Last Sanctuary followed in the same year, taking place right after the end of the first part, settled this time mostly in London.
- Dracula 3: The Path of the Dragon followed in 2008. It is handled as a sequel, but has an unrelated storyline, taking place between the two World Wars, with a priest sent to the village of Vladoviste in Transylvania to investigate a candidate for sainthood.
- A loose sequel to the former part followed in 2013, released in two parts: Dracula 4: The Shadow of the Dragon and Dracula 5: The Blood Legacy, both taking place in the present day.
- Appears at the end of the FMV Game Dracula Unleashed, which is considered a sequel to the original book.
- Oddly enough, in Final Fantasy XI's third expansion, Treasures of Aht Urghan, there are 50 mini missions players can do. In the final five (First Lieutenant rank), one of them has the players fighting a bossfight against one Count Dracula, who is mentioned nowhere else in the game, nor are there any other monsters of his type. The quest is called "Bloody Rondo", no doubt in reference to the Castlevania title Rondo of Blood.
- The Last Resurrection uses Dracula, alongside Hitler, as a servant of the main villain: Jesus.
- Master of Darkness is another video game that notably features Dracula. Though instead of fighting him directly, you battle the vampiric Count Massen, who is channeling Dracula's power. The game itself is a complete Castlevania clone in story and gameplay, designed for the Sega Master System and Game Gear, which did not receive actual Castlevania titles.
- The good Count is the main antagonist in the RPG Maker game, Midnight's Blessing, seeking to regain his soul to give it to the Devil in exchange for true immortality. His soul having been devoured seventeen years earlier in an attempt to save the life of an infant girl.
- Melty Blood has a vampire called the Night of Wallachia. No, that's not just a fancy title, he's actually a night, as in the period of time between sundown and sunrise. He was an alchemist who was obsessed with stopping the end of the world that he predicted for the distant future. However, he was mortal and didn't have enough time to figure out the solution, so he made a Deal with the Devil and turned himself into both a vampire and a recurring phenomenon (likened to a hurricane, something that just happens whenever the conditions are right) wherein he would materialize local rumors. The first place where his night occurred was Wallachia, giving him stereotypical vampire traits like those of the legendary Dracula, which seems to have stuck for his future appearances.
- Interestingly, it's pretty conclusively stated that Vlad Tepes in the Nasuverse was not a vampire; rumors and legends of the vampire Dracula were just that: rumors and legends (although the Night of Wallachia appearing as a physical incarnation of those legends probably bolstered them quite a bit). A bit strange considering the heavy emphasis on vampires that Tsukihime and its spinoffs take. In Nasuverse installments like Fate/Apocrypha and Fate/EXTRA, Vlad Tepes can be summoned as a Servant, but since Servants are affected by how the general public perceives them, he gains vampire traits despite never having them in his actual life. He hates this, though, in one story promising his Master that if he ever orders Vlad to use his vampiric powers, Vlad will kill him immediately.
- In Night Hunter, the player controls Dracula, who can transform from a bloodsucking vampire into a werewolf or a bat. Professor Van Helsing is trying to kill him.
- In Omen of Sorrow, he is one of the 12 playable characters available at launch. In this continuity, he was Vlad III but was afflicted with an blood illness and his father was so desperate to save him that he used the Book of Tears to grant him immortality, but ended up turning Vlad into an vampire. He is portrayed as an Tragic Monster in search for a way to restore his humanity.
- Dracula appears as a boss monster in Ragnarok Online.
- In the German RPG Maker game Die Reise ins All (The journey into space) the player visits at one point Transylvania, mostly to visit Doktor Frankenstein. Nevertheless, he can find a cave in the mountains that holds the rather suspicious grave of Dracula.
- The final few areas in The Secret World are set in Romania, where an army of vampires are trying to Take Over the World. Despite having been dead for centuries, Vlad Dracul is an important character in the backstory. He was a vampire hunter, and his followers are still battling his estranged vampire wife's minions.
- Dracula is a minor NPC in Space Funeral. You can have an...interesting conversation with him if you find him:
Dracula: Good evenink. I am COUNT DRACULA.Player: How are things DraculaDracula: Things are...very good! Yes!Player: Would you like some wine?Dracula: I do not drink...vine.Player: Is that your piano DraculaDracula: Yes. I haff...many pianos! I like to...play them...in the evenink.Player: Do you know many songs DraculaDracula: No. I simply...make it up, ha ha ha!Player: I guess you could say you "vamp"Dracula: Ha ha ha ha ha! Very good! Yes!Player: What do you do DraculaDracula: I am DRACULA.Player: What do you do DraculaDracula: I like to drink the blood.Player: Anything else?Dracula: Well...Player: Do you like to smoke weedDracula: Yes! Ha ha ha! Very good! Yes!Player: What do you do DraculaDracula: I like to drink blood...and smoke the weed!Player: That's superDracula: Ha ha ha! I am DRACULA!
- Not exactly an appearance (yet...) but in Team Fortress 2's "Meet the Spy", the base's light-up messages include 'Lost Dracula' and 'Found Dracula'. Crazy-Prepared or Foreshadowing?
- One of the Medic's weapons is called "The Blutsauger". "Blutsauger" is German for "vampire" or literally "bloodsucker". The weapon drains your enemies' health and adds it to the Medic's by shooting a rapid stream of syringes at them. The Halloween special update included a "spooky" version of one of the maps complete with the ghost of one of the backstory characters. The Demoman's claymore is possessed by a vengeful spirit that actually whispers to the player when equipped. Dracula making an appearance in some future update is actually not too far-fetched.
- There's also the Halloween 2010 update, which repeatedly warned the reader that "there are draculas right behind you!"
- Remilia Scarlet from Touhou Project is a vampire that claims to be the descendant of Vlad Tepes or the original Dracula. As every character (and fan) knows, this is an obvious lie.
- Kairn, the Big Bad of the Veil Of Darkness adventure game is an Expy of Lugosiesque Count Dracula. The game is even set in Transylvania.
- Talked about a lot in Abhay Khosla's Bram Stoker's Dracula. He never appears in the actual comic.
- Dracula is behind the events in an entire arc of The Adventures of Dr. McNinja. Also, he has a moon base, complete with a gigantic moon laser. He also chills with Hitler and has Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson (pre-1985), and Tupac making music together (Elvis doesn't do s***).
- And he has Draculabots.
- In this strip of Beaver and Steve, Steve mistakes Dracula for Santa Claus. Really.
- In Bram & Vlad, the title characters are the descendents of Van Helsing and Dracula, respectively. The big D himself hasn't appeared in the actual comic, but there are plenty of spin-off strips with him. In one of them, he claims that his favourite portrait of himself in the media is Dracula: Dead and Loving It.
- The Big Bad in Clan of the Cats. He is primarily modeled after Bram Stoker's version, and has long hair and a mustache, much like his historical counterpart.
- Was one of Duck's summer camp bullies in Dead Duck. Here he's portrayed as a lizard like creature (since his name also means "Dragon").
- He's the Big Bad in the Deep Dive Daredevils story "Pitch Black Day". But there are indications he was working for a Greater-Scope Villain. Stay tuned.
- Artist Tod Wills has a furry webcomic adaptation of the novel which has been running for several years now. Dracula is a wolf, Prof. Van Helsing is a raccoon, Renfield is a rat, etc.
- Dracula Everlasting: Nicholas Harker is an average teen who has just lost his parents in a tragic accident. But when he learns he is the sole heir to a vast estate from a mysterious ancestor he never knew he had, it's eventually revealed that Lord Dracula is that ancestor.
- Dracula: Ruler of the Night which is a comic re-telling of the original story, naturally features him. This version has a bit more foresight in his plans. To wit, he calls for his Brides to come to London and infiltrate the Westenra household as maids when Helsing starts treating Lucy, saves the newly vamped Lucy from being staked before the hunters can kill her, having Lucy's mother, Minerva being kidnapped and made into elderly bride for him and even claiming Helsing's wife, Milly, to use against him.
- Fafnir The Dragon has Vlad the Impaler as the star in its second arc, having contracted the dragon's services to eradicate Meyer-esque vampires from the face of the earth. He makes it clear, when Edward asks, that he is utterly disgusted at what they did to the reputation of vampires everywhere.
- Monstra has him as a character called "Lil D" and stuck in the body of a child due to his former wife, Lilith, casting a spell on him for trying to take over the world and putting her in a long deep sleep when she objected. She'll only remove it after he's learned his lesson and given up the conquest since monsters have long since evolved with human society, but he's rather stubborn to admit it.
- He's one of the main characters in Nightmarish, portrayed as a Jerkass gamer who moved to the Headless Horseman's castle after his home in Transylvania was destroyed by an angry mob.
- Mentioned but not seen in The Order of the Stick where he was apparently voted "Sexiest Man Undead".
- Count Dracula appears on Epic Rap Battles of History where he faces off against Vlad the Impaler. Nice Peter (who portrays him here) describes this Dracula as being based on the Christopher Lee version in appearance but with a voice based on the Bela Lugosi incarnation.
- Dracula's atoning, vegan daughter Draculaura is one of the main characters in Monster High. She's a Perky Goth who prefers to wear pink. He shows up in the 2015 remake, having settled down to raise Draculaura properly and even helping to found Monster High (it's pretty much his home converted into a school) so she can have others to interact with.
- The Animaniacs segment "Draculee, Draculaa" has the Warners encountering — and, naturally, harassing — the Count.
- Dracula haunts the Picadilly district of London and hides out in a wax museum in The Beatles episode "Misery." As the boys see what they think is a wax statue of him:
George: I wonder if he's any relative of the vampire that's spooking London right now?
Ringo: A kissing cousin, maybe?
- In Castlevania (2017), he's the main antagonist (voiced by Graham Mctavish), and his overall design takes strong inspiration from Kojima's art and the old Hammer Horror movies. This Dracula starts off acting like his usual gothic-self, creeping on alchemist Lisa when she enters his abode, but his demeanor changes when Lisa claims she wants to learn from him. He would then fall in love with Lisa and eventually marries her. He even walks the earth and lives as man at Lisa's request, until he discovers that the Catholic Church had burned her at stake, thinking she was a witch and consorted with Satan. When the Church refuses to change their ways, he plunges the world into chaos for taking away what he treasured most, despite his own son Alucard trying to dissuade him. By the end of season 2, it's quite clear that this version of Dracula's love for Lisa was so great, he is essentially attempting to commit suicide by killing every human on the planet then starve rather than live in a world without her in it.
- The Centurions encounter Dracula in the episode "Night on Terror Mountain". The Count uses Mind Control instead of his vampire powers to turn hero Max Ray and villain Doc Terror into his mental slaves, but is defeated when the other Centurions use the old "exposure to sunlight" ploy.
- Count Duckula is a vegetarian duck version of the count. He started as a bloodlust antagonist on Danger Mouse.
- Showed up as Demitri's uncle in one epsiode of Darkstalkers.
- Drak Pack: Dracula, also known as "Big D", is the mentor for the title characters, including his many times great-nephew Drak Jr. and his friends Frankie (descendant of a Frankenstein's Monster) and Howler (a werewolf).
- Dracula is a recurring character on The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy. This version is a cross between Blacula and Fred Sanford; he's black, seemingly has dementia, and is fond of speaking of himself in the third person and calling people "dummy". Grim is his biggest fan but it often becomes a case of "not meeting your heroes". It's interesting to note that incarnation looks somewhat like Dracula's description in the early chapters of the novel. Claims the whole 'sucking blood' thing is a myth and that he scrapes and licks, like a vampire bat would. He's also Irwin's grandfather on his father's side.
- Drac ("This place is driving me batty!") of the Groovie Goolies is a comedic take who sounds like Mr. Whoopee from Tennessee Tuxedo and His Tales (as he's voiced by Larry Storch).
- In the Looney Tunes Bugs Bunny cartoon "Hair-Raising Hare," Bugs calls Gossamer, the big red hairy monster, Dracula.
- A recurring character in Mary Shelley's Frankenhole. More of a doofy jerk that Victor's wife is having an affair with than an actual threat. He has turned some of the visiting characters into vampires though.
- The Count—explicitly the Universal version, but looking and sounding, not like Lugosi, but a Poor Man's Substitute for David Warner—was the Big Bad of the short-lived Monster Force.
- According to Count Vostak in episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues" of The Real Ghostbusters, Bram Stoker's book is based on the story of his family and the fight with the Van Heldens.
- He appears as a Jack Bauer like government agent in Robot Chicken's parody of 24.
- The Simpsons episode "Treehouse of Horror IV" has a parody of Bram Stoker's Dracula as its third segment, with Mr. Burns appearing as the Count.
- He appeared in an episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends where he hypnotized Angelica/Firestar and took her back to Transylvania with the intent of making her his bride.
- Dracula's a recurring character in The Strange Chores, being (appropriately enough) the most prominent and dangerous of the monsters that Helsing and the main trio deal with. However, his appearance in the show is more reminiscent of Nosferatu.
- A recurring antagonist in Monster Loving Maniacs. He's first seen in suspended animation in Arthur Van Alten's monster prison, but events lead to him being freed and escaping. He's depicted as the Affably Evil type, treating the Van Altens as much acquaintances as he does Worthy Opponents; in particular, he has a sort of Friendly Rivalry with Edith that manifests mainly in a prank war between the two.
- He is the villain in the Super Friends episode "Attack of the Vampire".
But enough talk, have at you!