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|Real name:||Vladimir Tepes Dracula III|
|Aliases:|| Dr. Alucard|
King of All Vampires
|Affiliation:|| The Penguin - Slave |
The Lost Ones - Slaves/Victims
Carmilla - Bride
|Characteristics:|| Gender - Male|
Hair - Black
Eyes - Pale blue
|Portrayed by:||Peter Stormare (voice)|
|Appearances:||The Batman vs. Dracula|
Dracula (Vlad Dracula III) was the King of the Vampires, based on Bram Stoker's iconic character and a small bit of Bela Lugosi's portrayal in the 1930s. After being stabbed in the heart and temporarily vanquished, his corpse came to Gotham City.
Aside from his beloved bride Carmilla Karnstein, much of Dracula's origins in the movie match the origins described in Stoker's original novel. Originating from Transylvania, he was eventually vanquished by a gentleman (probably professor Van Helsing himself), and his remains were moved at an undetermined time to Gotham City.
Here, while buried in Gotham Cemetery, he was accidentally revived by the Penguin, whom he hypnotized into acting as his Igor-like servant. He soon became obsessed with remodelling Gotham City in his own image, turning hordes of citizens into vampires like himself, with he as their King and Carmilla as their Queen. He seemed unable to tolerate Bruce Wayne being the ruler of Gotham City's elite, and became intrigued by the Batman, believing that his legacy had an influence on the latter's existence.
He successfully hypnotized Bruce Wayne for a short period while acting as Dr. Alucard, but this cover was soon blown. He seems to have a growing attraction to Vicky Vale, who appears to vaguely resemble his bride Carmilla when she was still alive. In an attempt to resurrect his true bride, he hypnotized and kidnapped Vicky, drawing the life energy out of her soul and into Carmilla. However, the Batman managed to interrupt the ritual, saving Vicky and curing the 'Lost Ones' of their vampirism, as Dracula turned his attention to finally killing the Batman. Eventually blowing his way into the Batcave after a prolonged chase through the city's underground tunnels, a badly wounded Batman managed to blast Dracula with a device from Wayne Industries that can store pure sunlight, destroying the vampire.
Powers and Abilities
- Healing Factor
- Superhuman Strength
- Superhuman Speed
- Dr. Alucard, the namesake Dracula uses when incognito among humans, as well as being Dracula's real name reversed (which is how Bruce Wayne pieced together that Dr. Alucard was Dracula in disguise), is also a name that has been used in various fiction and media several times as the name of a powerful vampire (which is often a vampire related in some way to Dracula).
- Dracula cannot be rendered human by the vampire cure that the Batman located for restoring the vampiric Lost Ones' humanity, although exposure to the cure does still cause Dracula to suffer a brief flash of pain. Dracula explained that his vampirism is incurable because his is a truly supernatural condition that cannot be undone by any earthly means, whereas the Lost Ones Dracula had turned were essentially just vampirism-diseased humans.
- Interestingly, Dracula himself stated in the film that being exposed to sunlight was "an almost permanent death" for his kind (as he was describing Carmilla's demise), and so while he appears to have been killed at the end of the film, there is still a chance that one day he might be resurrected again. However, it appears that the resurrection requires a second vampire to extract the soul. However, in Bram Stoker's original story, sunlight does not kill a vampire. Rather, like all nocturnal animals, vampires are perfectly capable of functioning during the day, albeit in a diminished capacity.
- In addition to his usual liking of blood as sustenance, Dracula also enjoys eating flesh. This is shown at the Wayne Manor party when he eats the beef steak tartar offered as hors d'oeuvres, much to Vicky's disgust. It is implied again that vampires also eat flesh when Dracula states that after Carmilla has fed on Vicky's soul, he would give her Batman's corpse as a gift.
- His appearance resembles that of Ra's al Ghul.