|Hahaha! That was easier than I thought. I guess there's a reason I'm such an expert on monster kind.|
|—Van Hellscream in "Fright On!"|
Administrator Van Hellscream is the main villain of the Monster High Halloween special, "Fright On!", a human famous for his work in monster-human relationships and research into various aspects of monster culture. He is seen as somewhat of a hero and bringer of peace, but the truth is that he is only looking out for the humans' interests. From his many travels across the world, he has acquired an impressive collection of charms, totems, potions, and powders with a diverse range of uses.
Van Hellscream is, above all, a misguided mind. He is convinced that monsters could only do harm to humans and that the only reason the humans are still a thriving species is that the monsters have been too busy fighting one another to bother attacking humans. To this end, he has infiltrated monster communities around the world to learn their weaknesses and stir up whatever conflict still lingers between them. This he managed to do all under the pretense of being a hero that tried to bring monsters and humans together. Of course, in his own mind he is a hero, one of the few in existence that can protect the human race.
He has long blonde hair, light skin, blue eyes, and a scar over one of his eyes. He wears a green safari like outfit, a white button up shirt, a tiger print scarf, and boots. In his jacket he carries around things that can help monsters but he also has any item that can stop a monster.
Van Hellscream is the uncle of an aspiring monster hunter named Lilith Van Hellscream.
Despite Van Hellscream's beliefs that the monsters would turn against the humans the moment they'd stop fighting one another, his own assistant, Ms. Crabgrass, is a monster and he seems to correctly trust her unconditionally. That said, neither would give their life for the other.
Van Hellscream was alerted by Ms. Crabgrass when it seemed that Monster High's plan to expand the school and bring two groups of werewolves and vampires together to prove the two species didn't have to be enemies was going to be a success. Getting Headless Headmistress Bloodgood alone, he used gorgon powder to turn her into a statue and had Crabgrass change shape to take the headmistress's place. Authority now his, his first act was to have Frankie Stein's welcoming committee disbanded. Next, he engaged the student body, handing out gifts and giving out compliments, all the while sowing dissent between the werewolves and vampires. The one flaw in his plan, aside from that he wasn't exactly subtle in some attempts to get werewolves and vampires to hate each other, was that Crabgrass's imitation of Bloodgood wasn't flawless and that Bloodgood's horse, Nightmare, had witnessed what had happened to its true master.
Several clues led Frankie to realize the Bloodgood supporting Van Hellscream's behavior wasn't the real Bloodgood and that the real Bloodgood had been turned into a statue. With Deuce Gorgon's help, Frankie understood she needed the powder in a little box she had seen on Bloodgood's desk earlier and set out to steal it. However, displaying the same level of subtlety as Van Hellscream, he quickly understood what she was trying to do and arranged a counter plan that saw her, Abbey Bominable, Bloodgood, Howleen Wolf and Draculaura captured. After bringing them to the catacombs, he explained his intention to see that monsters keep fighting one another to keep the humans safe. His plan for ultimate chaos was to make the vampires believe the werewolves had caused Draculaura's disappearance and the werewolves believe the vampires had abducted Howleen, so that the plan to unite monster schools would be ended forever and Monster High closed.
Van Hellscream almost was successful, but his prisoners managed to escape from the catacombs and end the werewolf-vampire fight before it began, explaining to them that they had been manipulated. To thwart Van Hellscream's plans, the students quickly arranged for a grand party that evening, so that when the Skullastic Superintendents would arrive, they'd see that different kinds of monsters could get along. Van Hellscream and Crabgrass were left stupefied at the sudden recovery of community spirit among the student body, leaving them open for an attack by those same students. Though Van Hellscream possessed the means to fight them all off, he and Crabgrass were caught offguard by Deuce's petrification beam, leaving them statues just as they had done to Bloodgood.
Van Hellscream was a famous and notorious monster hunter and therefore part of the Halloween warning video played at Monster High. His niece, Lilith Van Hellscream, lived in New Salem nearby Monster High and to the example of and in honor of her uncle worked hard to keep the monsters in their place.
Van Hellscream is based on the character of Professor Abraham Van Helsing from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula. Van Helsing is an aged Dutch professor who teaches hemotology (the study of blood) and who has a history of studying and fighting the paranormal. Van Helsing is brought into conflict with Count Dracula when Dracula turns a woman named Lucy Westenra into a vampire, with Lucy having been close with Van Helsing's friend Dr. John Seward. This leads to Van Helsing hunting Dracula with the aid of Lucy's suitors, her best friend Mina and Mina's fiancée Jack Harker. Eventually they chase Dracula back to Transylvania where they ambush and defeat him.
- Van Hellscream is based on Van Helsing, a character from Bram Stoker's novel Dracula.
- Based on the "van" part of his name, which is Dutch for "from", and the fact Van Helsing is Dutch, Van Hellscream probably is Dutch too. However, whereas "Helsing" is a realistically sounding name for a Dutch place or person, "Hellscream" is not.