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Tubalcain Alhambra
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The Dandy Man in Hellsing: Ultimate 3
Publication information
Publisher Young King OURs
First appearance Hellsing volume 3
Created by Kouta Hirano
In-story information
Alter ego Tubalcain Alhambra
Team affiliations Millennium
Notable aliases The Dandy; The Dandy Man (in the OVA)
Abilities Wields a variety of enchanted & razor-sharp exploding playing cards, Immortality, Telekinesis (to manipulate cards), Teleportation (utilizing his enchanted cards), Superhuman strength, Superhuman speed and reflexes, Regeneration (possibly, utilizing his enchanted cards), Illusions (possibly, using enchanted cards), defying gravity (can walk on walls), barriers (using enchanted cards)

Tubalcain Alhambra (トバルカイン・アルハンブラ Tobarukain Aruhanbura?) is a character from the anime and manga Hellsing. He is a member of the Nazi organisation Millennium. He is a namesake of Tubalcain, a biblical descendant of Cain who was said to be a metalworker.

Also known as "The Dandy" ("The Dandy Man" in the OVA), Tubalcain promised Brazilian police and military officers immortality through becoming vampires in exchange for killing Alucard and Seras Victoria, who were staying in a local hotel. Later it is revealed that his goal was to leave Alucard with less ammunition for their duel. His Japanese voice actor is Houchu Ohtsuka. His English voice is provided by Steve Wilcox. In the dub, Tubalcain is given a Spanish accent of unknown denomination. Physically, The Dandy Man is tall and thin, with goldish green eyes, light grey hair, and a thin brown moustache. He dresses in a brown suit, vest, and wide-brimmed fedora with a blue tie (the the suit, vest, and fedora are white in the manga while the tie is black). Like many Hellsing characters, Alhambra also wears white gloves.

According to the character descriptions in the Dark Horse version of Volume Four, Tubalcain was a First Lieutenant in Millennium. He justified his actions to the public by labeling Alucard and Seras as "terrorists". When Alucard demanded that he stop using pawns and fight directly, his attacks consisted of razor-sharp playing cards that could apparently cut through nearly anything. Furthermore, Alucard had great difficulty regenerating from the damage they dealt. This is slightly similar to the tactics used by Gambit in X-Men, especially considering Alhambra's cards are also explosive. When injured, he re-forms himself in a flurry of cards; they seem to be the equivalent of the masses of shadows and the pools of blood that appear when Alucard is shapeshifting or re-attaching limbs. This is a bit ambiguous, however, as it may have been an illusion or a doppelgänger used to distract Alucard. This is the most likely possibility considering that when Alucard destroyed the doppelgänger Tubalcain then attacked from behind while exclaiming that Alucard "fell into [his] trap". When shot at by Seras, Alhambra spins his cards in a circle around his body, creating some sort of shield from the bullets. In terms of his other vampiric abilities, Alhambra possesses a great deal of speed and strength. His running speed appears to rival Alucard's, and with effort he can dodge Alucard's bullets. Alhambra is also shown to be able to defy gravity, shown when he leaps a great height and nonchalantly walks up a wall in the OVA.

In the beginning of the duel, Tubalcain has the upper hand in the battle, as it seems that Alucard has been outmatched and is having difficulty healing from the wounds caused by Alhambra's cards. However, Seras intervenes, allowing Alucard to close the distance between them and get his level of restriction to level one. As Arthur Hellsing says in a flashback in the first chapter of volume 4 (the chapter preceding Alhambra's defeat), "Close range fighting with a vampire equals death".

After a power struggle in a huge eruption of power, Alucard tears through Alhambra's arm after kicking Alhambra's leg off at the knee, giving Alucard a chance to drink his blood, absorb his soul, and thus gain access to his memories. These memories, which contained a record of Millennium's plans, are later related by Alucard to a special session of the Round Table Conference. After Alucard drinks his blood, the Doctor burns him to death, just as he had done to Jan Valentine. His soul later reappears, along with all the others absorbed by Alucard over the ages, when Integra releases his control art restriction system to Level Zero in volume 8.[1] After helping shoot down Maxwell's helicopter and attacking Anderson, he is destroyed in a massive fire along with all the other familiars. This scene was not published in Young King OURs, but was added to volume 9.

ReferencesEdit

Hellsing
Manga: Hellsing | Hellsing: The Dawn
Anime: Hellsing | Hellsing Ultimate
Characters: Tubalcain Alhambra | Alucard | Alexander Anderson | Zorin Blitz | Captain, The | Doctor, The | Walter C. Dornez | Integra Hellsing | Montana Max | Enrico Maxwell | Schrödinger | Rip van Winkle | Seras Victoria | Pip Bernadotte | Heinkel Wolfe and Yumie Takagi
Organizations: Hellsing Organization | Iscariot (Vatican Section XIII) | Millennium

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