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Gaming’s greatest Draculas

Karate Dracula

Spotted in: Nosferatu (SNES)

Habits: Floating around, choking and tossing intruders, turning into a huge bat, dealing out awesome kicks to the face.

Great because: Unlike the last two entries, this guy isn’t actually named Dracula, but he fits the part better than either of them. A key part of being Dracula is getting dolled up in a tuxedo and cape just so you can sort of hang around in a musty haunted castle, so this guy’s unnecessary sartorial splendor makes him a Dracula even if he prefers to go by Nosferatu.

While most other Draculas seem to prefer a hands-off approach, relying on bullshit magic to dispatch heroes, Nosferatu seems to relish a good fight, with his close-quarters attacks disrupted only by his need to float up near the ceiling and/or occasionally turn into a weird bat-thing.

He can also unleash a mean kick, something just out-of-character enough to justify us calling him out despite the shitty, abortive Prince of Persia-meets-Castlevania mess of a game he inhabits.

Surprisingly, though, he was the only vampire we’ve ever heard of who could be punched to death by one man, leaving us to wonder how in the hell he got to be so feared.


Hamburgercula

Spotted in: D (3DO, PSOne, PC, Saturn)

Habits: Being made of meat, infecting his progeny with a cannibalistic curse, forcing his descendants to eat their own daughters.

Great because: Just look at him. No suavity, no pretense of drinking blood – no clothes. This is a Dracula that gets right down to business, and we respect that. Over the course of the weird old adventure game D, protagonist Laura Harris learns that she’s a descendant of Dracula, and as such she’s the inheritor of a curse: all members of her family are, at some point in their lives, hijacked by the spirit of the old vampire and forced to attack and eat their loved ones. Get the bad ending, and Laura’s father does exactly that:


Wizard Dracula

Spotted in: Castlevania III (NES)

Habits: Summoning columns of flame, turning into really gross abominations, filling up the entire screen as an unmoving statue.

Great because: Look, no series has reinvented Dracula as many times as Castlevania, so be prepared to see it pop up on this list a few times. After his weirdly huge, inanimate, strangely Grim Reaper-like appearance at the end of Castlevania II, Castlevania III was a return to form for Dracula. Not only was he actually recognizable as Dracula this time, but instead of a weird parlor trick involving a mask and the floor, he greeted you the way a dark lord should – from his throne.

He then resorted to teleporting around the room, using a magic wand to conjure up columns of flame while you mercilessly whipped him in the face. This was actually kind of lame, but what came next made him one of the better Draculas on this list.


Above: DAMN WHAT THE HELL

Once you’d whipped the flesh off all his new faces, Dracula’s second form would die – but then the ridiculous third one appeared, which was a giant birdlike statue. A giant birdlike statue with lasers.

If you died here, you’d have to start the level all over again – so it was a lucky thing that medieval lasers moved slowly, and weren’t really that hard to dodge.


Tyrant Dracula

Spotted in: Final Fantasy XI (PC, PS2, Xbox 360)

Habits: Stomping around an ice cave, slashing at adventurers with one oversized claw, turning people into bats (!?).

Great because: Just look at that huge bastard. A powerful boss accessible to level-70 adventurers (in a Castlevania-referencing mission called Bloody Rondo), Dracula hangs out in the Leujoam Sanctum plotting various wicked deeds. He’s also the most un-Draculalike Dracula on this list, but his name checks out, and the batwings and Nosferatu face are clear signs that he’s an undead blood-drinker. We’re not sure what’s up with the fiddler crab-like claw and extremely tight armor, but admit it: if you saw the above image scribbled in a 14-year-old’s notebook, you’d think it was a pretty awesome Dracula.

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36 comments

  • brettjohnson - November 1, 2010 1:37 a.m.

    When Satan showed up in Lords of Shadow I was convinced he was Dracula. Disappointed when he wasn't :(
  • TyeTheCzar - October 30, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    Hear me out, GR! Say, if you're going to do one about "normal" vampires, which I implore that you do, then you will include the following: First, the vampire sisters Remilia and Flandre Scarlet; these centuries-old tykes have enough power to wipe out any of the Draculas on this list. The first girl, is a spoiled brat who has her own mansion and can turn the air into red mist; the littler sister, Flandre, is so powerful that she had to be locked in the basement(but doesn't mind it), and is more than a bit wacky in the head. Arcueid Brunestud, from the plot-with-the-occasional-porn Visual Novel Tsukihime and the why-the-hell-hasn't-this-come-over-here-yet fighter Melty Blood, is just as powerful as the aforementioned Scarlets; however, if you've played the Visual Novel or read the manga, she's an extremely well-written and sympathetic character with an unusually lighthearted personality for a vampire in spite of her tragic backstory. From the same games, Nero "Nrvnqsr" Chaos. If you aren't the kind of guy who can see a monsters "lines" and cut them, then you'll be dead the minute he sees you. I assume you'd want to know how terrifying he is, so copy-paste this if you dare: http://media.giantbomb.com/uploads/0/208/405240-nero.jpg
  • cronoman66 - October 30, 2010 7:35 p.m.

    That Darkstalkers video for me sums up exactly why it won't be remade/have a sequel unless its rebooted or something, Darkstalkers is a great game but its insanely werid and contains a lot of stuff on par with that video
  • R_U_Guys_From_British - October 30, 2010 1:50 p.m.

    Another great read!
  • DRAKULAxx - October 30, 2010 2:03 a.m.

    Really Mikel? No mention of me? BLASPHEMY!
  • NinjaJamez - October 29, 2010 10:47 p.m.

    i LMAO with the i wanna be the guy video xD. but seriously, SOTN dracula is by far the best i've seen
  • batmanboy11 - October 29, 2010 7:37 p.m.

    Good stuff.
  • purple_omlet - October 29, 2010 6:46 p.m.

    I'm slightly upset to not see The Count of Ground-soaking Blood from Boktai. There is no way he doesn't immediately remind you of Dracula.
  • BarbwireTino - October 29, 2010 5:34 p.m.

    I am so pleased that you mentioned the "Vampire Trophy" as something that vampires have. It made my day. I am going to go watch some Venture Bros in celebration.
  • Cleanser247 - October 29, 2010 5:15 p.m.

    Very nice feature Mr. Reparaz! I really enjoyed it : D Casltevania's dracula fight really was a creepy final battle!
  • bonerachieved - October 29, 2010 3:04 p.m.

    YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA DAR CULAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
  • Stahlbrand - October 29, 2010 2:42 p.m.

    Fuck yeah, SotN Dracula wins all. He is the Dracula by which I measure draculas.
  • PhantomDave - October 29, 2010 1:40 p.m.

    God I remember D....if you played it right, as in beat the game, it took all of 2 hours...cuz you were timed. LOL With zero replay value. That's what's called not your money's worth. Plus you could theoretically make it a pretty brutal drinking game if you drank every time they uttered the name Laura...which was about every 30 seconds.
  • OnyxOblivion - October 29, 2010 12:56 p.m.

    Soma...Thank god you have Soma.
  • ThatSkinnyGuy - October 29, 2010 12:03 p.m.

    Ahh Mikel, you forgot the greatest Dracula in ALL of gaming... Cliff Blezinski, The Shitting Dracula.
  • Clovin64 - October 29, 2010 11:21 a.m.

    That Midnight Bliss video made me fell...weird. Time to watch it again...
  • Yaro - October 29, 2010 10:13 a.m.

    Antista's Ring?
  • philipshaw - October 29, 2010 10:11 a.m.

    Great article and some quality SOTN dialogue
  • wladodragovic - October 29, 2010 9:06 a.m.

    Around the third page I already thought "Hm, what about Neclord, he was a total Dracula... Nah, you guys haven't played Suikoden" And then you won me over with the fourth page. I'm still in mild delirium.
  • sepirothpk - October 29, 2010 8:59 a.m.

    @ventanger You mean awesome! OT: The opening you gave, if I didn't have the article title already, I would have thought you meant Hitler and his Nazis

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