10 October 2011

MANic Monday - Double Trouble

There are TWO (yes, two) Alucards in the world who hold me captivated. Today, I'm doing a double-shot. Daylight and dark (ironic since they're both vampires), yin and yang... One is the son of Dracula, while the other IS Dracula (also, Alucard is Dracula spelled backwards). 

It is only when you refuse to give in with all your heart that you begin to transcend your humanity. 
OK. So y'all know how I like my men all broody and morose? Well, there's another kind of man who, for some unknown reason, gets my blood boiling. That would be the complete psychopath. The crazier they are, the better. And for my money, there's no one better at making total psychopath hot than Hellsing's Alucard. Oh. Sweet. God. This man is a pile of out-of-his-mind lunacy.

Also, he's Dracula. Vlad Tepes. Turned vampire (somehow) and now *ironically* a servant of the Van Hellsing family. He's sired a fledgling he cares for greatly, and now he uses his awesome vampire gifts to help the Van Hellsings hunt vampires. 

Nothing I shoot gets back up again. 
Also, he's a fabulous dresser. Obviously, he got the "Red is awesome" memo, because he simply rocks it. I don't know of many men, vampire or not, who can do what he does while wearing a long red duster and wide-brimmed floppy red hat. Sounds odd, yes, but with an attitude like his (the You Do NOT **** with ME), you'll still be begging for mercy no matter what. 

What I love about Alucard is his complete bad-assery. Though he sometimes regrets his decision to become a vampire, he doesn't dwell on it, really. He doesn't turn all emo and lament his life and blah blah blah. No. Not this guy. He. Kills. Everything. EVERYTHING. 

And no, he doesn't sparkle. In fact, sunlight has no effect on him at all. AT ALL.

Now, to the other side of the coin: Alucard of Castlevania fame. Admittedly, I have only played Symphony of the Night (because I need to get a freaking Wii and DS and play the others), but considering SOTN is one of the BEST EVER 2-D side-scrolling games in existence, I think I'm okay. 

This incarnation of my beloved Alucard (AKA Adrian) is the son of Lord Dracula, menace to all farmland communities in Europe and incredibly over-dramatic lord of the most insane castle ever. In SOTN he wakes from a centuries-long slumber to take down Dracula one. More. Time. Dracula's like Cher, you just can't get rid of him, and he'll somehow live through nuclear winter just to feast on the survivors. 

Alucard couldn't be more different if he tried. He's only half-vampire, and his attitude belies the humanity he clings to. He is the ultimate Momma's Boy, but considering he basically hands Death the ass-kicking of an eternity, he's allowed.
This Alucard is also a snappy dresser. One of my favorite parts of the game is messing with the color of his cape. Yes, I'm a dork like that. However, destroying everything in a hot pink cape is AWESOME. And it looks great with Alucard's coloring ;) 

This guy goes through not one castle, but TWO to put an end to his father's reign of terror (and the second one? UPSIDE DOWN). His abilities are similar to the above Alucard's. He can transform into a wolf, bat, or mist, and can use familiars like bat, fairy, and imp (I love the imp; he's funny). 

Alucard spends most of his time detached. Focused. He always has a plan (something we share) and is willing to do whatever he must to see his plans to fruition, no matter the danger it puts him in. He sees his vampirism as a curse as well, saying his blood is tainted, but he uses the abilities it grants him to bring an end to what he sees as the ultimate evil. Also, he kills an evil priest named Shaft. How hilariously awesome is that? *Shaft!*

Whichever your preference, deliciously evil Alucard or almost saintly Alucard (sans that whole blood-sucking thing), they both rock pretty hardcore. For me, it's difficult to choose. So, I say, both! :D


Lisa Fox said...

This is an excellent post! I have a whole new respect for whin- I mean *good* Alucard now.

And of course, you know how much I LOVE Hellsing Alucard. Bring on the evil! So sexy!

lexcade said...

Haha, I'm glad I could alter your perception of "good" Alucard. But I still get dibs. You can have "bad" Alucard ;)