Donovan Baine (ドノヴァン・ベイン Donovu~an bein) is a fictional character who first appeared in Capcom's video game, Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge. He was originally introduced along side the heroic Hsien-Ko. Both share similarities in story line as both hunt darkstalkers and are not entirely human. Donovan also watches over a young and emotionless girl named Anita.

In Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection a vampiric version of Donovan, named Dee, appears as a secret character, showing what he would be like if he lost control, as per his Night Warriors ending.


Donovan was a Dhampir, a half-vampire, half-human half-breed. During his childhood, something evil caused the vampire in him to awaken and as a result, he killed everyone in his village, including his mother, and drank their blood.

He cursed his blood and went out looking for peace. He devoted his goal to Buddhism, justice, and perfection with the help of monks and ninjas in Asia. During one of his travels, he met a girl named Anita with supernatural powers. Her heartless, empty eyes told him that she was the same as he. Wanting to save Anita's soul, he set off with her to hunt all the Darkstalkers in the world who attacked the innocent.

Donovan uses a torturing device called an Iron Maiden to seal any Darkstalker he hunts. He gave it the name Brad Abrude. Inside is also the severed head to the doll that Anita carries.

As he traveled with her, he found the Dhylec blade that give off supernatural powers in the Tibetan mountains that he could sense. This sword granted Donovan more power than ever before, but he also had to use large beads to contain this power as well. Using the powers of the Fire, Lighting and Ice Spirits, he hunts the Darkstalkers as a darkhunter.


Donovan is a wise, noble, serious, caring person who detests supernatural beings who attack innocent humans and those that seek to subjugate all things. Having the same essence as a vampire, he understands what it's like to be feared, hated, and to have dark temptations. It's because of this that he swears to protect humans no matter what. He views being a darkhunter as a symbol of justice, rather than for bloodsport like Baby Bonnie Hood.

He enjoys reading and spending time with Anita, and possibly knows her significance to Makai and the human world.

Powers and Abilities

Donovan has many supernatural abilities such as using his blade to fly in the air for traveling, he can control fire, air and water. Because Donovan himself is a Darkstalker, he also possesses a vampire form which he tries very hard to suppress and control, but may utilize in dire situations. As opposed to many Vampires like Demitri and Dracula who cannot not travel near sunlight, Donovan has the ability travel at sunlight due his Human-half, making him a daywalker.

Anita possesses a supernatural ability to suppress and seal away dark magic and dark powers from another that are tied to her emotions. It's because of this ability and her becoming a possible ruler of mankind, that Jedah sees her as a potential danger and a threat to his plans.

About real dhampirs


The name given by the Slavonic Gypsies to the child of a vampire. Dhampirs possess certain unique powers in combating their supernatural sires and relatives, though their title and characteristics change from region to region.

Traditionally, a vampire has an insatiable need to breed with their mate, doing this before anything else. It was possible that their mate could become pregnant, giving birth. The offspring was often called a dhampir but was also known to other Gypsy groups as the Vampir, if male, Vamuiera, if female, and Vampijerovic or Lampijerovic in either gender. Some believed that the child was always a male. Others claimed it was short-lived because of a jellylike body or that it could not come from the family of an Orthodox or Muslim cleric or that it was a normal human.

Dhampirs were known to be very effective in detecting and destroying their vampiric families. They were found in Serbia and elsewhere in parts of Yugoslavia, many making comfortable livings as vampire hunters. Only they could see the Nosferatu, Serbian undead being invisible and Dhampirs being allegedly the only people who were able to see invisible vampires.

They performed rituals, whistling, running about, undressing, and using shirtsleeves as a kind of telescope. Wrestling furiously with an invisible foe, the dhampir finally declared dramatically that the feared Vampire was destroyed. The last known dhampir ceremony was held in the 1950's in the Yugoslavian province of Kosovo.


Game Original plateform Release
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Arcade 1996
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters' Clash Neo Geo Pocket 1999
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters 2 Neo Geo Pocket Color 2001
SNK vs. Capcom: Card Fighters DS Nintendo DS 2006

Game Placement
Pocket Fighter Donovan and Anita appear on the Dhalsim's Toy Shop stage.
Marvel vs. Capcom: Clash of Super Heroes Appears in Anita's assist as a corpse or unconscious body.
Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 Appears in Doctor Strange's ending.
Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition Appears as a DLC costume for Urien.


  • Donovan's iron maiden makes an appearance in the Pocket Fighter stage, Demitri's Moving Castle.
  • Donovan is the only main character whose voice has never been the same in any two given incarnations. He is voiced by Nobuyuki Hiyama in Night Warriors: Darkstalkers' Revenge, Ryotaro Okiayu for the Vampire Hunter dramas, Tetsuya Iwanaga in Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo, Jurota Kosugi in Vampire Savior, Garry Chalk in the Animated Series, and Unsho Ishizuka and Ari Solomon in the respective Japanese and English versions of the OVA.
  • Donovan is the only character in the game that cannot be dismembered at all, whether sideways or vertical, even in mirror matches. He is however capable of doing so when it comes to other characters, including his dark side. In standing slashes, it's Dhylec that instead shows being sliced.
  • Dismembering opponents using the ES version of his homing killshread attack has been much harder since Vampire Savior, whereas in Night Warriors, being killed by it always results in dismemberment. To guarantee the enemy being sliced, the attack has to be done while under Dark Force.
  • In the UDON Comics, Donovan's blade Dhylec has a connection to the Satsui no Hado, it is also revealed that not only it has affected Ryu and Akuma's body, it has also affected their blood too. Dhylec carried immense energy that it energizes Akuma's alter ego, Oni.
  • Donovan's transformation into a Vampire in the comics is actually an incomplete transformation, as he has yet to master his inner supernatural power, something he is not willing to do and actually loathes, being the cause of the deaths of innocents, including his own mother.
  • Donovan and Anita's fate is meant to only be up to the fan's interpretations and that the two characters don't have a confirmed definite fate but that there are multiple possibilities. This means that him becoming a vampire as Dee, and dying at Anita's hands are not canon events at all.
  • In addition, his proposed endings (both as Donovan and Dee) that were unused had more dire outcomes awaiting him;
    • He would've sent Anita back to the human world while his corruption progresses.
    • In another proposed ending, his vampire blood nearly consumes him totally, stopping himself before he could harm Anita with Dhylec. Fortunately, this encounter made him regain his senses and power.
    • Used as the staff roll sequence in Vampire: Darkstalkers Collection, this ending had him, as Dee, confront Anita and is slain as a result, with Anita seemingly developing a power that appears to be sinister in nature.
    • A darker fate awaits Dee in another unimplemented ending; Jedah defeats Dee and assimilates Anita into his being, eliminating the threat he hinted at in his own ending.


Donovan-anim Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo Donovan sprite
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo

SVC CCF card Donovan SVC CCF2 Donovan SVC CCF DS Donovan
Card Fighters' Clash
Card Fighters 2
Card Fighters DS

Official artwork

Donovan Night Warriors Darkstalkers Revenge Donovan Anita Night Warriors Saturn artwork Darkstalkers 3 Donovan and Baby Bonnie Hood DonovanBaine UCDS issue two cover 02
The full image gallery for Donovan Baine may be viewed here.



Darkstalkers cast
Main cast
AnitaAnakarisBaby Bonnie HoodBishamonDeeDemitri MaximoffDonovan BaineFeliciaHsien-KoHuitzil
Jedah Dohma Jon TalbainLilithLord RaptorMorrigan AenslandPyronQ-BeeRikuoSasquatch
Victor von Gerdenheim
Secondary cast
Belial AenslandDark TalbainLe MaltaMei-LingOboro BishamonOzom
Other cast
ComputerDracula DragonElijah Grimoire & MerlinHairballHarry GrimoireHendrick FarrIrving I. IrvingJackJohn StatelyKlaus SchmendrickLexMajorette/ThomasMarionetteMorgan le FayMrs. GrimoireShadowTerramon

External links


  1. 1.0 1.1 Capcom, (2008). Darkstalkers Graphic File. Udon Entertainment Corp, pg. 100. ISBN 1897-37604-9