No vampire is worth his or her blood without a great adversary, and that’s why through the years vampires have done battle against stalwart vampire hunters. From the venerable Abraham Van Helsing and Peter Vincent to Jack Crow and Harry Keogh, these vampire hunters have stood toe-to-toe against some of the most evil and bloodthirsty vampires ever put to paper or celluloid.
Although many vampire hunters lack supernatural abilities, more and more of them have started to acquire their own “superpowered” capabilities. For example, Harry Keogh (of Brian Lumley’s Necroscope series of books) can communicate with the dead and also possesses other psychic abilities.
Even vampires can become vampire hunters. One classic example is Hannibal King, who first appeared in Marvel’s Tomb of Dracula. King is turned into a vampire, but he is horrified by this and vows never to pass on his “disease” to another soul. Thus, he drinks blood from blood banks or feeds on corpses or animals. As a private detective, he tracked down and slayed fellow vampires and other evil supernatural creatures.
Although there are many vampire hunters in fiction, movies, video games, and even real life, there are several that come to mind right away. The following list chronicles the top 5 vampire hunters ever.