The humanity in Hellsing through killing Alucard (2024)

The Hellsing series by Kouta Hirano is perhaps best known as a continuation’ of the original Dracula novel by Bram Stoker, where instead of being killed by Abraham Van Helsing and his team, Dracula instead becomes his loyal - and creatively named servant - Alucard. And 1999, one hundred years after the events of the novel Alucard is the most powerful weapon of Van Helsing’s descendant Integra Hellsing and the Hellsing Organisation.

What makes Alucard the most powerful weapon is not his strength or ability, but rather his durability. He lives by the motto that It takes a man to kill a monster” - As long as he believes himself to be a monster and his enemies to be nothing more than monsters like him - or dogs - he is fundamentally immortal. He refuses to die unless one he considers a man is a person to drive a stake through his heart - nothing divine, demonic, supernatural or anything in between. Until he takes the final stake through the heart by a human being, he will (un)live on.

And despite Hellsings ultraviolence and wacky humour, there’s a message that can be taken from Alucard’s talk of It takes a man to kill a monster”, that of humanity. And if we could somehow find the humanity in Alucard, could we use whatever sliver we found to kill him?

It’s unlikely you or I could ever get a shot at killing Alucard as Van Helsing or Alexander Anderson did. We normal human beings are unfortunately not what Alucard considers a man, we are dogs. A man’ is a being who has surmounted the pinnacle of what it means to be normal. Going as far as to face Alucard at his full power with no fear, traits shown only by the men who Alucard considers his nemesis; Abraham Van Helsing and Alexander Anderson, that is what makes you a man in the eyes of Alucard. The Archangel Gabriel or Lucifer could never hope to slay Alucard, he would not grant them the privilege.

On his life (Or his unlife) Alucard places the highest value not because it matters to him, but because his continued existence matters to humanity. He stands there, prodding us on, goading humanity to come to him and prove to ourselves that we have worth.

But we must be humans in order to end his life. Because if a monster is slain by another monster, what has humanity gained in the process. We have lost a monster and gained a monster for a net value of zero. As the Arbiter rather awesomely said in Halo 3: We trade one villain for another.”.

So, in discussing his monstrous qualities and how this benefits humanity I have been overlooking the most important aspect of this article, Alucard’s human qualities. For that, my friends, are how we will kill him.

So, how exactly do we know Alucard is a man himself, despite claiming over and over again that he is simply a monster. Our first hint is in Hellsing Ultimate Episode 8, where it becomes obvious that Alucard is clearly depressed at his choice to become what it is. When Anderson stood before him holding Helena’s nail in his right hand, prepared with all his might to impale himself Alucard pleaded with Anderson to not do it, to retain the good things about himself that made him human, to not surrender himself to the power. He later goes on to explain that he thinks of himself as a creature of such weakness that [he] could not bear the weight of a human life.” And finally: Don’t do it, human. Don’t become a monster. A monster like me.”

What I note that is special about Alucard’s final battle with Helena’s nail powered Anderson is the way it begins. For the first time in the entire series Alucard - in a rage and without any of the sad*stic giddiness he usually shows - attacked first. He moved with a single motive to shoot Anderson in the head with the Jackal, the only gun that can do permanent damage to the catholic priest.

Like a good cowboy of the West, Alucard has never shot first. With the Cheddar priest and the first wave of soldiers in Rio, it was not until he was riddled with bullets that he dare launch a retaliation. With his first battle with Anderson, it was after he was stabbed with the blades and after his fledgeling, Seras had been stabbed multiple times that he attempted to kill him. With Alhambra, he attacked first, but for the poor soldiers he sent in?

Alucard shoot first if Integra ordered him to do so. As Crispin Freeman said in an interview Even when people are coming to attack [Alucard] he’s like Can I kill them? Can I kill them? Can I kill them?’” Integra has complete and utter control over the way Alucard acts. While Alucard has power over some of his lower Control Art Restrictions, if he wants to engage his full power, and therefore take his most monstrous form he needs Integra’s order to do so.

But Dracula is a monster!” I hear you cry Just look at how Bram Stoker wrote him”. And you would be right, but this also addresses my main problem with the novel and how I praise Kouta Hirano for his own writing. Stoker never wrote Dracula as anything more than an evil monster, with no motive for his goals beyond just being evil. In an age where Shelly was writing Frankenstein, we are presented with little less than a monster with the trappings of a man.”

And you would be right if Alucard and Dracula were the same person. But Alucard is not Dracula. After he has absorbed the essence of the Catboy Schrodinger (More on him later) he states that Every time I die, this is the vision that greets my eyes. And every time I think, how lovely that sunlight, which I forsook so many centuries ago.” When he died as the king and hero of Wallachia Vlad the Impaler, he saw the sunrise and was reborn as Dracula. And when Abraham Van Helsing defeated him and took Mina Harker back, Dracula was killed and Alucard was born. The transition from Dracula to Alucard was not a real’ death in the sense of the world, but rather it was a symbolic death. The great vampire count who took so many lives was killed, and in his place, the loyal servant of the Hellsing Organisation, Alucard, was born.

At the climax of the battle between Alucard and Anderson as the Monster of God, after ripping the source of evil our of Anderson’s chest he breaks down and starts crying, telling Anderson that:

YOU AND I ARE THE SAME! You are me… I was just the same! Don’t you understand, this is how I became what I am!

To which a near dead Anderson tells him not to cry, because monsters do not cry. People becomes monsters when their tears dry up and they can no longer cry anymore. Taken literally, this could imply the reason they both became monsters. Alucard to continue his fight against the Turks, Alexander to continue their fight against Alucard. Their mortal bodies could no longer allow them to continue, but they still had an enemy before them they needed to surmount. And the only way to do that was to become monsters. Taken metaphorically, Anderson is implying that Alucard, despite all these years still has his humanity inside him, repressed as it may be.

And he realises this, which inevitably brings his downfall. After Anderson fades away to dust (He literally went dust to dust Anderson) that he is a human underneath it all. In this moment he disregarded his motto of It takes a man to kill a monster”, which was what allowed the Catboy Schrodinger - a creature Alucard would not obviously regard as a man - to kill him by having Alucard drink his blood, and therefore gain part of his powers.

Cut off his head? That’s step one, but what about two, three, ten?” Integra asked in the brilliant first episode of Hellsing Ultimate Abridged. And while in the actual Hellsing series killing Alucard wouldn’t ever be that simple as a Ten steps to kill Alucard” guide, the result is much less complex than the vampire may make the task seem at first. He is Everest, a hurdle at first, but surmountable. What makes you a man, and what makes Alucard a monster is a subjective thing, and if we could see Alucard as human, and also make himself seem human, then piercing his heart with a stake is not as impossible a task as it first seems.

Of course, this would require you to sit down and have a chat with Alucard, and hope that Integra doesn’t see you telling Alucard about what a monster she is and have him kill you. Good luck with that. I’m going to go run in the opposite direction.

The humanity in Hellsing through killing Alucard (2024)


Why does Alucard want a human to kill him? ›

In the anime, he seemed concerned with finding a worthy opponent; in the manga, however, it is revealed that he wishes to find an opponent, a human opponent, whom he can let defeat him. All in all, Alucard is so powerful that he enjoys finding opponents who can face him in an equal standoff.

Does Alucard care about humanity? ›

In conjunction, Alucard also holds a great affinity for humans who take pride in themselves, often expressing his desire to die by a mere mortal. Despite his disgust for homicidal vampires, he is not entirely against becoming something above human.

Is it possible to kill Alucard? ›

Alucard CAN be killed, but his regeneration will last too long, as you're literally killing one out of millions of people at a time. Alucard simply cannot be beaten.

Why did they want to kill Alucard? ›

Their reasons to kill Alucard is because he did not reveal much of his secrets to them and they wanted to move Dracula's castle.

Is Alucard truly immortal? ›

So long as Alucard is aware of his own existence, he can appear wherever he wishes, whenever he wishes, and there is nothing that can be done to kill him, as he is already technically considered to be dead. At that point, until he chooses to remain dead or releases Schrodinger's Soul, nothing can kill him.

Is Alucard a good guy or bad guy? ›

He is a vampire hunter due to being the servant of the Hellsing family and has been modified to stand against his own kind. Although considered to be anti-hero, Alucard is a remorseless and pitiless vampire who has no qualms about being a monster and taking lives of innocent (even nonchalantly stated by himself).

Was Alucard actually a girl? ›

While often seen a male human, Alucard has a tendency to take other humanoid forms (among them being a young girl, a form he took while infiltrating the Nazi group Millennium during World War II).

Why did Alucard cry Hellsing? ›

As his enemy lays dying before him, Alucard doesn't taunt him or attempt to humiliate him. Instead, he cries for him while shouting “You're just like me!” He cries for the man Anderson used to be, for the man that he viewed as his equal and for what he's done himself.

Who is Alucard's love interest in Hellsing? ›

In the "Hellsing" manga and anime series, Alucard and Seras Victoria share a complex and multifaceted relationship. Alucard, a powerful vampire, is Seras's master and mentor in the series. While the nature of their connection is not explicitly romantic, there are elements of deep trust, loyalty, and care between them.

Why is Alucard so weak? ›

Enemies that have a strong CC: Alucard is vulnerable to CC since he has to be close to deal damage. It is a major weakness because Alucard is still Squishier than most fighter-type juggernauts, making it hard for him to survive and heal after getting CCed.

What is Alucard's weakness? ›

Weaknesses: Alucard's heart is his main weak point, destroying it will force Alucard to use one of his many souls to serve as an "extra life" so it may die in his place, extending his life in the process.

Who can beat Alucard? ›

Eren Yeager from Attack On Titan is incredibly powerful. He might have a harder time beating Alucard as a normal human, but if he transformed into his Titan form, he would be way too powerful for Alucard to beat.

Who did Alucard sleep with? ›

One night when Alucard is about to go to sleep, Sumi and Taka opened his bed chambers and approached him. They seduced him and had sex with him, then bound him to the bed and pulled out their daggers. They told him that he has taught them nothing and somehow lying to them.

Why did Alucard turn into a girl? ›

Due to how hasty the conversion process was, his body was very unstable, and degenerated throughout the fight into his 14 year old form. Alucard can take the form of anybody he has absorbed, he just prefers the appearance you most often see him with in the series.

How old was Alucard when Lisa died? ›

Nearly twenty years later, in 1475, Lisa was falsely accused of witchcraft and burned at the stake. Upon learning that Dracula had begun summoning an army from Hell, 19-year-old Alucard confronted his father, begging him not to kill innocent people for revenge.

What does Alucard hate? ›

Alucard Hated His Own Existence

Alucard's hatred towards his own nature and his isolation from the world spoke volumes about his own loneliness. He would find both peace, friendship, and community by the time the Castlevania series came to an end, but at this stage, he simply felt there was no other way.

Why is Alucard immune to the sun? ›

Due to his maternal human blood, Alucard was completely immune to the key weakness of the vampire race, sunlight. He could stay exposed to the sun indefinitely without any negative consequences. Additionally, he lacked the innate need to consume human blood and could sustain himself on human food.

Why does Alucard turn into a girl? ›

Due to how hasty the conversion process was, his body was very unstable, and degenerated throughout the fight into his 14 year old form. Alucard can take the form of anybody he has absorbed, he just prefers the appearance you most often see him with in the series.

Who is more powerful, Dracula or Alucard? ›

Alucard is the most powerful vampire with the exception of Dracula (and that's saying a lot, since he's only half-vampire). He's certainly among the most powerful player characters. Dracula trained him in dark magic, so he can use most of the Count's own spells, and can shapeshift into all the same forms.

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