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As Dracula's legion descends upon Gresit and slaughters the bishop, Trevor continues to fight his way through the streets. With the aid of Sypha, who is a powerful magician, Trevor manages to convince the people of Gresit of the church's corruption and turn them against the priests before commanding them to fight against Dracula's legion, using pikes to stun them, Sypha's magic to confine them, salted swords to cut them down, and Trevor's consecrated Vampire Killer whip to destroy them.

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The ground beneath Trevor and Sypha gives out, and the two fall into a deeper level of the catacombs than the cyclops's chamber, one with ancient traps and arcane technology. Deep within, they find a chamber containing a stone coffin, and contained inside, the rumored "sleeping soldier", who is actually a vampire. The vampire and Trevor fight one another to a standstill, after which the vampire reveals his identity as the son of Dracula: Adrian Tepes, better known as Alucard. Alucard explains that he was resting in his coffin to recover after a prior fight with his father, and offers his aid to Trevor and Sypha in their fight against Dracula.


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Tropes for this episode include:

  • Baddie Flattery: Before eating him, Blue Fangs tells the Bishop that he and his fellow demons love him since it was his act of murdering Lisa that led Dracula to bring them to Earth. Even worse, they brag about how his actions disgusted God to the point of letting the demons into the church so that they could kill him.
  • Boss Battle: Trevor's battle with Alucard can be considered one for the episode. After battling various demons who die in one hit with the help of the village, Trevor has to battle a considerably-more-powerful Alucard on his own with Sypha as a witness.
  • Defeat Means Respect: After a long battle, Alucard manages to pin Trevor to the floor. While it appears that Alucard was the victor, he finds out that Trevor has a knife just above his heart, with Sypha ready to blast him with a fire-ball if he tries anything. Realizing what kind of people they are, Alucard calls off the fight, instantly heals his wounds, tells them who he really is and joins their group.
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  • Elemental Powers: Sypha reveals that she practices elemental magic, using ice, fire and lightning to defend Trevor and vanquish the monsters.
  • Holy Burns Evil:
    • The Vampire Killer has been consecrated in the past, making it an effective demon-killing weapon.
    • A single low-level clergyman is still good and uncorrupted. He is able to make holy water.
  • I Fell for Hours: Not hours, but for the better part of 4 minutes Trevor and Sypha fall/climb down further and further into the catacombs. Every time they think they have safe footing, the ground beneath them crumbles.
    Trevor: (As the metal scaffolding they just climbed on starts to fall apart) Oh, for God's sake.
  • Karmic Death:
    • The Bishop gets his face bitten off by Blue Fangs less than four minutes into the episode.
    • Later on, Trevor turns the mob against a corrupt priest whose finger he whipped off two episodes earlier by revealing the truth about Lisa's death. He gets stabbed to death by several angry villagers as a result.
  • No-Sell: Trevor tries a Groin Attack on Alucard like he did with the bar patrons. Not only does Alucard not even flinch, he shames Trevor for using such a cheap tactic.
  • "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Blue Fangs explains in slow detail how the Bishop's corrupt actions have lead God to forsaking him and desanctified the hallowed grounds of the church, calling it just a stone box, and thus permitted Blue Fangs and his crew to enter to kill the Bishop.
  • Sealed Good in a Can: Alucard tried to stop Dracula from unleashing Hell on the world, an attempt that left him mortally wounded. He sealed himself in a coffin for a year to sleep off the injuries. Trevor accidentally steps on the switch that releases him. After a quick battle to test their strength and resolve, Alucard joins the cause.
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