Walter C. Dornez


Walter C. Dornez

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character_name = Walter C. Dornez
real_name = Walter C. Dornez
publisher = Young King OURs
debut = Hellsing volume 1
creators = Kouta Hirano
alliance_color = background:#ffc0c0
status = Active
alliances = Millennium
previous_alliances = Hellsing, British Crown
aliases = The Joker, Shinigami (Angel of Death in english translations)
relatives =
powers = Old Walter: wields high-velocity microfilament wires with incredible skill and precision, incredible speed, agility and reflexes, skilled tactician and knowledge of fighting supernatural creatures
As Millennium's Weapon "(so far)": restored (possibly eternal) youth, previous abilities restored to fullest potential, regeneration.

Nihongo|Walter C. Dornez|ウォルター・C(クム)・ドルネーズ |Worutā C. (kumu) Dorunēzu is a fictional character in the "Hellsing" anime and manga series created by Kouta Hirano. Walter is a member of a fictional organization called Millennium. He previously served as a member of the fictional Hellsing Organization, and also as the retainer of the Hellsing family. In the TV and OVA series, his seiyū is Motomu Kiyokawa, and the English dub is by Ralph Lister.

As a Hellsing operative

Walter has lived with the Hellsing family for perhaps his entire life. records Walter and Alucard (in the body of a little girl) storming Millennium's base during World War II in Warsaw, Poland, and putting an end to their first attempt at creating an army of artificial vampires. [http://www.bloodknight.net/Manga/Pictures/Walter35.jpg]

In modern times, Walter serves primarily as Integra's butler and also makes special weapons for use by Hellsing's vampires, Alucard and Seras Victoria. However, he is still one of the organization's most capable operatives, wielding high-velocity monomolecular wires with incredible skill and precision. Walter's efficiency and power was so great that he earned the nickname the "Angel of Death," and even at the age of 69, Walter can still rip his way through hordes of the undead. In the manga, he also helps Integra make numerous difficult choices that Alucard occasionally poses, such as whether or not to kill innocent humans in order to achieve mission objectives.

Some have also noticed that Walter possesses a somewhat vicious and possibly even sadistic attitude before being openly revealed as a Millennium operative. This is shown in the battle against Jan Valentine where Walter repeats Jan's end of life suggestions back to him and also chooses to inflict non-fatal and even superficial wounds instead of completely immobilizing or killing him. Examples of these less than necessary attacks are that in place of removing Jan's leg as a viable target, Walter instead takes off his arm and also for no apparent reason rips out one of Jan's lip piercings.Of course, this could also be an example of his loyalties toward Integra and Hellsing, expressing his rage at the fact that his Master's home has been invaded.

Also in his youth he displayed a similar attitude when insulting and mocking the Major and gleefully slicing up the Millennium soldiers. He even refers to the artificial vampires as "babies" when they threaten Integra.

As Millennium's secret weapon

In the latest developments of the main Hellsing storyline, Walter is captured by The Captain of the Millennium Organization during their invasion of England. He has gone through a similar process to the Major and the Doc's troops (although hastily conducted, according to the Doc), and now appears thirty or so years younger, serving as Millennium's new, brainwashed, secret weapon (when the Major sees the finished product, he remarks "It was determined 55 years ago that you would join us"). Whether or not this brainwashing is permanent remains to be seen. It is also currently unknown whether or not Walter's brainwashing was consensual, or if he was brainwashed against his will. In the one of the most recent chapters of Hellsing, Walter has leaped from his perch on one of Alucard's stakes to confront him, crushing what was left of Alexander Anderson underfoot, saying that people become trash once they are dead, and that trash should not be mourned for. He then tells everyone he was brainwashed and rejuvenated. Enraged by his desecration of Father Anderson's remains, Yumie attacks him, but is easily outmatched and cut into pieces in a single move. After listening as Walter explains himself, Alucard criticizes his decision, saying that his old, aged body was many times more beautiful than his new, unnaturally youthful one.

In the TV series, Walter is never artificially rejuvenated, instead saving Integra and then crashing in a helicopter. He later appears on a stretcher and mentions Alucard as "the true immortal vampire." However, the TV series does not follow the plot of the manga, as the Major and Millennium do not exist in it.

Recent events

In chapter 75 of the Hellsing manga, Sir Hugh Islands, the acting leader of the Convention of Twelve, comes to the conclusion that Walter had in fact been betraying his superiors for quite some time, even before the second coming of Millennium and possibly even since the days of the World War II. He mentions that he foresaw Richard Hellsing's attempted coup of the Hellsing Foundation and also Richard's assassination attempt on Integra, and had quite specifically warned Walter of it, charging him with protecting her; and yet, despite his warning, Walter was nowhere to be found on that day. Therefore it is suggested that Alucard's awakening was also orchestrated by Walter; his convenient absence left Integra with no other choice but to release Alucard, whom Arthur Hellsing (Integra's father) had purposefully sealed away, thinking him to be too dangerous to use as a weapon.

Walter's motive for forcing the release of Alucard, if true, remains to be seen. Other bits of evidence suggesting that Walter is a traitor include the Valentine brothers' mysterious knowledge of the location of the Hellsing mansion, Walter's suspicious memory lapse when Millennium resurfaces (he does not seem to remember storming and destroying Millennium's base in World War II, but claims that he does after Alucard prods him), and the strange omission of the fight scene between Walter and his apparent rival, the Captain.

In chapter 78, the battle between Walter and Alucard begins. Alucard lunges at Walter amidst a flurry of bats, reaching out to grab his face, but Walter easily severs Alucard's arm with his wires. The wires then wrap around Alucard's leg, and Walter tosses him into a building. Alucard then attempts to shoot Walter with the Casull, but Walter deflects the bullets with square, mesh-like barriers, formed from his wires. Alucard summons his hellhound, which Walter calls Baskerville, and it is sliced in two. Finally, Alucard aims the Jackal at Walter, but it explodes and maims his remaining hand; Doc is shown holding his remote control, which has a button marked "JACAL" (sic). Although we do not know exactly how long Walter has been betraying Hellsing, we can confirm that Walter's betrayal occurred before the beginning of the manga storyline, since Walter gave the Jackal to Alucard in volume 2.

On the last page of chapter 78, Luke Valentine emerges from the remains of Baskerville.

In chapter 79, Walter, using his wires like puppet strings, gains control of both Alucard's Hellhound and Luke Valentine, and uses them to attack Alucard. Alucard makes short work of the two however, and we are then shown Walter falling to the ground and coughing up blood. His wires, for the first time, go slack. It is implied that Walter's time is short as his conversion was a rushed and flawed process.

In chapter 80, Walter summons up the last vestiges of his strength and uses his wires to sever Alucard's arms and legs, to cut his torso in half, and to suspend him helplessly in the air. Walter once again falls to the ground, seized by pain. When he stands up, his age has regressed, and he appears as he did during "Hellsing: The Dawn", as a 14-year-old boy. Walter then grabs a piece of rebar and attacks Alucard, impaling him through the chest. It is revealed that the Alucard that Walter had attacked was a decoy, created by Alucard from Luke Valentine's remains. Luke Valentine (supposedly) dies, and Alucard appears behind Walter. Alucard now appears as he did in "The Dawn" ("Girlycard"), although the reasons for this are as yet unclear (it is assumed that he assumed his form on his own accord, perhaps to psyche Walter out). Alucard punches Walter, and now appears to have the upper hand.

The battle continues with Alucard releasing his full strength, drinking up the blood of the entire city. As he does so, the manga spends a few chapters with other characters. Upon chapter 87, Alucard brags that he is victorious, and teases Walter about being the only servant to his mistress (Intrega) and having a servant of his own (Seras) which might be implied that Walter might be jealous of the lack of attention in the Hellsing Organization. Behind Alucard Schrödinger commits suicide, and drops his body into the blood that Alucard is drinking, the Major having stated that he planned to poison Alucard. After Alucard brags about Millennium's inability to defeat him, a voice states, "No, you lose, Alucard." Walter knows of this, and begs the Major to stop, to let him beat Alucard on his own, to no avail.

In chapter 90, after witnessing Alucard's defeat and disappearance, Walter is left alone on the battlefield, with his transformation eating away at his body. Shortly after, however, he's sniped and shot by Heinkel Wolfe from atop a building further away, in retaliation to him killing Heinkel's partner, Yumie, and desecrating Father Anderson's remains. The fourth chapter of Black Onyx sees Walter taking more hits from Heinkel's sniper rifle (one in the left eye) (in chapter 93,however,the eye is undamaged) until she runs out of ammunition and charges at him head on. Walter easily slices off her left forearm and right leg at the knee with unseen wires. Walter says he won't die by Heinkel's hand and, after bleeding profusely, sends two strands of his wires into the grounded Millennium zeppelin for an unknown purpose.In chapter 93,Walter is seen in Doc's lab sitting on the floor.He tells Doc he doesn't know when to give up and that he,and everything he's created is good-for-nothing,he includes himself in that statement.

Next in chapter 94 walter tells to Doc that all of the actions of the Millenium Order have culmanated in the cheap comedy that the evening has become. He says that all of it will come to an end, and he tries to stand up. He suceeds, but his right arm dissolves. Doc then rants on about how his research will some day lead him to surpass even Alucard, but Walter just tells him to stop dreaming, and that they will all die. Doc then tries to kill Walter with his remote, but Walter simply slices off his arm and leg, depriving him of the remote. Doc falls, but in mid fall he tears off the curtain covering the "SHI" and it unveils the skeleton of Mina Harker. Walter then reasons out that those remains have been the basis for all of the Doc's work, explaining that because Alucard (Dracula), was not killed, Mina was not cured of Alucard's curse, and a part of Alucard existed inside her. Mina was exhumed by the Doc, and researched until her remains were nothing but a ruin. Walter then tells Doc that all he has ever done was to bootleg coppies of Alucard's immitation (Mina), reinforcing his position that the Doc and all of his work are but a cheap comedy. The flames of the burning zepplin engulf Mina's corpse, and Doc is killed by a support beam falling from the wreakage of the zepplin. Walter then reflects good spiritedly on how much he wanted to defeat Alucard, closes his eyes in a similar manner to Alucard, bids farewell to Integra as Alucard had done, and at last, as an image of his aged human body is depicted, smiling and relaxed, he is engulfed by the fires of the zepplin. His passing is sensed by Integra and Seras, the former shouting out for him as he dies. He is momentarily grieved for by both, and then they leave the zepplin.

Powers and abilities

As a human, Walter possessed tremendous skill and speed. Even in his old age, he was able to easily dodge bullets from assault rifles at inhuman speeds. He was able to take out several low-ranked artificial vampires and a large amount of ghouls with ease. In his youth, Walter displayed great acrobatic skill and even as a senior citizen he still can perform exceptional feats of balance and coordination.

His primary weapons are a pair of razor-sharp wires, which he controls like an extension of his own body. These wires are shown to be able to cut through steel and easily slice through the Vatican helicopters.

He is so strong, that when the transformed Walter first appears in the manga, his micro-filaments wrap around several buildings and slice them in half, with no evidence of any physical strain on Walter's part.

Name

Walter's middle initial, C., is pronounced in full in the OVA series as "クム" (kumu). "クム" also accompanies the "C" as furigana in chapter 74, "Relics". This is the Japanese transliteration of the Latin word cum, which means "with". There is much disagreement over the romanization of his surname, with the most common variants being Dorne, Dornez, Dornes, Dolnez, and Dollneaz. This is confused even more by the addition of a second "d" in some variants of his name (i.e. Ddollneaz). But on the back cover of the original Japanese version of manga vol.4 Walter's name is written: "Walter Cumm Ddollneazz." The American manga release by Dark Horse reveals his name as "Walter C. Dornez" in Volume 2.


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