Public Domain Super Heroes
Count Dracula
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Real Name

Count Dracula

First Appearance

Dracula (1897)

Original Publisher

Archibald Constable and Company (UK)

Created by

Bram Stoker


Count Dracula is a centuries-old vampire, sorcerer, and Transylvanian nobleman. He claims to be a Székely descended from Attila the Hun and inhabits his decaying castle in the Carpathian Mountains near the Borgo Pass. Unlike the vampires of Eastern European folklore which are portrayed as repulsive, corpse-like creatures, Dracula exudes aristocratic charm to mask true evil. As a youth, Dracula studied the black arts at the academy of Scholomance in the Carpathian Mountains, overlooking the town of Sibiu, and became proficient in alchemy and sorcery. He later joined the military. He transformed into a vampire by using black magic and lived for several centuries in his castle with the Weird Sisters.

In the 19th century, he began to enact his plan for world domination, beginning with England. He summons Jonathan Harker to provide legal support for a real estate transaction overseen by Harker's employer. The Count keeps Harker alive and unaware of his true intentions. Dracula then leaves his castle and boards a Russian ship, the Demeter. During the voyage, he feasts on the ship's crew members. Dracula leaves the ship in the form of a wolf. Soon the Count goes after Harker's fiancée, Mina Murray, and her friend, Lucy Westenra. Also, there is a notable link between Dracula and Renfield, a resident of the asylum who is compelled to consume creatures in ascending order of size to absorb their "life force". He acts as a sort of Dracula detector, sensing the count's proximity.


The Count as illustrated in the first edition of the novel, crawling down a wall like a bat.

Dracula begins to visit Lucy on a nightly basis to drain her blood and simultaneously transform her into a vampire. Lucy's companions notice something is wrong and call upon the Dutch doctor Abraham Van Helsing who soon deduces her condition is supernatural in origin. Despite an attempt to use garlic to keep Dracula at bay, he entices Lucy out of her chamber and drains her completely of her blood which kills her. Van Helsing leads a group of men to enter Lucy's crypt and kill her reanimated corpse and then go to Dracula's residence at Carfax Abbey, destroy his boxes of earth, and deprive him of his ability to regenerate his powers. Count Dracula leaves England and returns to Transylvania, but he bites Mina before leaving.

Eventually, Lord Godalming, Van Helsing, Dr. Seward, Jonathan Harker, Mina, and Quincey Morris track the Count back to Transylvania and destroy him by cutting his throat with Jonathan Harker's kukri knife and piercing his heart with Quincey Morris's Bowie knife while his coffin was in transit. However, this is an omission of one of the proper rituals to destroy a vampire such as with a stake to the heart, decapitation, or dismemberment followed by cremation. The lack of proper disposal has suggested that Dracula may rise again.

Powers and Weaknesses[]

Dracula's powers include super strength, wall-crawling, hypnosis, mind control, control over nocturnal animals (such as wolves and rats), weather manipulation, shape-shifting, changing his size, transmitting his vampire curse to others, and limited invulnerability. His featured forms of shapeshifting in the novel include that of a bat, rat, wolf, vapor, and fog. He also can only be definitively killed by decapitation followed by impalement through the heart or shooting him with a sacred bullet. He also requires no other sustenance but fresh blood, which has the effect of rejuvenating him. Without it, he physically ages at an accelerated rate. Sunlight also weakens Dracula, but unlike other vampires does not destroy him. He also possesses an aversion to garlic and sacred objects such as a cross. Dracula cannot cross running water or enter a house uninvited.

Public Domain Appearances[]


  • Dracula (play)
    • Dracula (novel)
      • Bram Stoker's Dracula originally appeared as a stage play on May 18, 1897 (which only two people attended). The (much more famous) novel was released eight days later.
  • Dracula’s Guest and Other Weird Stories

Comic Book[]

  • Eerie #12: The story was an adaptation of the original.
  • Kid Eternity #4: Dracula is one of the fictional characters summoned by Kid Eternity.

Front cover to the first edition of the novel. At the time, yellow was the color of bruising and decay.


  • In 1901, the Icelandic version of the novel, Makt myrkranna, was published including many new characters.
  • When Nosferatu, the unauthorized film adaptation of Dracula, was made in 1922, Count Dracula was replaced by Count Orlok.

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