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Gabriel Van Helsing is the titular main protagonist of the Van Helsing franchise.

An amnesiac monster hunter sent from Vatican City. Van is already an accomplished monster hunter whose reputation precedes him even in the distant and remote Transylvania.

In the AWA fics, Gabriel is set to appear in a future AWA storyline.

Appearance

Gabriel is a tall man with a muscular physique. He has a neck-length messy brown hair and has black eyes. He wears a black long coat over a black buttoned shirt and black turtleneck, black pants, boots and a cowboy hat. He occasionally wears a red mask covering his mouth.

Personality

Van Helsing is a lonely and silent man, always expecting something to happen, as prey expects an ambush. He has fought many battles (though he lost his memories so he doesn't remember) and hunted countless monsters for years. Even though he hunts without question, he is always asking the church for forgiveness, as he sees them becoming who they used to be. Besides, no matter how many monsters he kills, he is seen as a murderer to the eyes of the people (mainly because the general public doesn't know that monsters exist). He often works alone, but can be a good partner or a powerful ally.

Despite his slight contempt for the church, Gabriel is a devout man who does God's work.

Abilities

Archangel Powers

Gabriel, in his true form, is an archangel of immense power. He possessed incredible destructive power, enough to destroy whole cities. However, because he is inhabiting living human flesh, he is both mortal and virtually powerless.

  • Immortality - As an archangel, Gabriel is immortal.
  • Flight - Gabriel could fly through the heavens with his large swan-like wings.
  • Self-Incarnation - Gabriel can create a living human vessel for himself to inhabit.
  • Atmokinesis - Gabriel had the power to influence the weather.

Monster Hunter Skills

Though he is an incarnate archangel, Van Helsing has no verifiable supernatural powers, but his human abilities make up for it, as they are on a greater scale than a normal man:

  • Longevity - Gabriel is somewhere around 2000 years old in 1888, the year he's in Transylvania in the Van Helsing film (In his second scene with Carl, he mentions remembering the Siege of Masada). Further, it was Van Helsing who killed Dracula more than 400 years before, yet he retains the appearance and health of a fit man in his prime.
  • Enhanced Strength - While not superhuman, his physical strength can easily allow him to lift or press his own weight. During his fight with Mr. Hyde, he was almost able to pull him off a building (but Hyde was able to counterattack).
  • Enhanced Speed - Van Helsing has shown to be extremely agile as well as having great reflexes. His reflexes can stand up against creatures likes vampires or werewolves.
  • Enhanced Durability - He can withstand attacks that would normally kill a man. He survived hits from Dracula's brides and Dracula himself and other creatures and the bite of a werewolf. After being bitten by a werewolf he was far more durable, even as a human, allowing him to survive a lightning strike (though he didn't receive the full impact) and surviving a fall from a tower.
  • Detect Evil - Van Helsing refused to kill Frankenstein's Monster or allow it to be killed because he detects no evil in it. He explained to Anna Valerious that detecting evil in his prey is one of his abilities.
  • Master Combatant - Van Helsing is a skilled warrior trained in combat for centuries by monks from different countries (as stated by Dracula).
  • Hunter Instincts - Due to the fact that he has been hunting for years, Van Helsing developed an instinctive reaction on how to react when hunting, also to warn himself of any danger.
  • Weaponry Expert - He has shown to be extremely proficient in handling almost every gun he used. These include dual spinning razor-sharp saws, dual pistols, silver stakes, a crucifix, and his most important weapon, his repeater crossbow. He is also a very good aim, though he is not to be an expert.

Werewolf Powers

After being bitten by the werewolf Velkan he gained new abilities, also improving his old abilities.

  • Superhuman Strength - He is far stronger than his human form, able to fight Dracula's vampiric form and overpower him. Even while in human form, he could bend thick iron bars, throw a power cell, and climb up a chain.
  • Superhuman Stamina - He can fight longer than any human.
  • Superhuman Durability - He was able to withstand all of Dracula's attacks.
  • Superhuman Senses - His senses are far greater than any human.
  • Superhuman Agility - Allows him to jump great distances and heights.
  • Werewolf Venom - His fangs produced venom that could turn other humans into werewolves and also kill Dracula.

Trivia

  • One of the entire points to making the film was to reinvent the Van Helsing character into a younger, action hero type. For those who know Dracula, but not Stoker's Dracula: The original Abraham van Helsing was an Omnidisciplinary Scientist who spoke comically broken English. He was well built, but getting on in years, and did not perform any notable act of physical skill; he was purely the Smart Guy.
  • He is stated early on to be the most wanted man in Europe, due to his destructive saviour tendencies and the fact that many of the creatures he takes out revert to human upon death.

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