The internet loves Lady Dimitrescu, Resident Evil Village’s principal villain. At this point, the world’s thirst for the extremely tall vampire woman has morphed into a nigh-inescapable meme, like a much hotter, more prolific version of ‘Mr. X Gon Give It to Ya‘ – and it seems Capcom couldn’t be happier that everybody’s talking about the new Resident Evil. Now the developers are breaking down the inspirations that brought Lady Dimitrescu to life.
The initial idea was to create a “bewitching vampire” whose depiction wouldn’t be “constrained by how vampires have been portrayed in various forms of popular entertainment,” art director Tomonori Takano tells IGN. Takano cites three specific sources of inspiration: a serial killer, a Japanese urban legend, and Morticia Addams.
Fans have already suspected the urban legend bit, at least, and yes, Lady Dimitrescu was inspired in part by Hasshaku-sama, a ghost story which originated on Japanese forum 2chan. The Hasshaku-sama is usually depicted as an extremely tall woman in a wide-brimmed hat and a white dress, just like our Lady D.