Transylvania in popular culture

Largely as a result of the success of Bram Stoker's Dracula, Transylvania has become a popular setting for gothic horror fiction, and most particularly vampire fiction.[1] In some later books and movies Stoker's Count Dracula was conflated with the historical Vlad III Dracula, known as Vlad the Impaler (1431–1476), who though most likely born in the Transylvanian city of Sighișoara, ruled over neighboring Wallachia.[2]



Bela Lugosi as Dracula

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  • Transylvania is Count von Count's birthplace.
  • Transylvania is the main setting for the animated series Count Duckula.
  • Transylvania is one of the main settings for "Wizards vs. Werewolves", a Wizards of Waverly Place episode.
  • Transylvania is where Yakko, Wakko, and Dot stayed at Dracula's castle since they made a wrong turn in Animaniacs.
  • Transylvania is referenced in the classic Doctor Who episode "The Curse of Fenric".
  • Transylvania is the main setting for a two part episode of The Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew Mysteries, "Meet Dracula". The characters, posing as a rock group, go to Transylvania to attend a Rock Festival at the Counts Castle.
  • Transylvania is one of the main settings for the Disney Junior series Vampirina, the Hauntleys' birthplace.

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  • The webcomic Girl Genius takes place in a fictional version of Europe named Europa, one region of which seems to be named Transylvania as evidenced by the existence of a "Transylvania Polygnostic University" and also a "Pax Transylvania" across Europa maintained by an empire based out of the region, much like the Pax Romana.


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