Van Helsing Inspired Dog Names In Pop Culture
Another prominent canine character that's associated with Dracula, and by proxy Van Helsing, mythos is much less friendly and far more terrifying than Razor. This dog's alignment could best be described as neutral, it can change its shape on a whim, and it has a mean appetite for human (and inhuman) flesh. We're speaking about none other than the ravenous hellhound familiar from Hellsing - Baskerville.
Baskerville is a really interesting case - this fiendish beast seemingly belongs to the Hellsing franchise's iteration of Dracula - Alucard. We're hard pressed to say that Baskerville even belongs to Alucard though, as the creature very much seems to be a part of the Son of the Dragon; Baskerville typically manifests out of Alucard's body, extending from his arms and charging at foes full tilt. Baskerville possesses an ungodly amount of strength and is only unleashed by Alucard against foes that the vampire lord considers to be truly challenging. Another factor that makes Baskerville so terrifying is the fact that the demon seems to lack all semblance of a personality - it never shows any signs of being tired, scared, or happy - it always possesses the same frenzied disposition whenever it appears.
The last dog we'd like to talk about has an admittedly tenuous relationship with the Van Helsing mythos but it's nonetheless a relationship we think is noteworthy. President Abraham Lincoln once cared for a dog named Fido (the 16th President of the United States was said to have been a very forward man in life.) While there are no dogs named Fido that are directly a part of Van Helsing lore, it's been suggested by certain pundits that Bram Stoker based some of Abraham Van Helsing's traits off of Abraham Lincoln. If that's true, then Fido could be considered to be Prof. Van Helsing's dog in a very quasi-spiritual, roundabout way.
Van Helsing Inspired Dog Name Considerations
Abraham Van Helsing also had a rendition of his character star as the main hero, a self titled 2004 action horror film that was directed by Stephen Sommers. It was this movie that first introduced the name Van Helsing to an entirely new generation of filmgoers, offering cinephiles a more action packed take on the character and the Dracula mythos as a whole. Though the film wasn't as wildly successful from a commercial standpoint, it spawned a cult following among fans of Dracula and Professor Abraham Van Helsing as well.