Strengths: Taming Doombats, Diplomacy, Good Judge of Character
Weaknessess: Lacks Power and Influence
First Appearance: TBFGK 22
Count Vinny Doombats is a noble Transylvito Vampire Warlord in the Transylvito faction. He is the Count of Duckula, which is a small city far from the capital. He was popped in Duckula, and was 200 turns old before he visited the city of Transylvito for the first time.Erf-b1.5-p17
Vinny appears to be of normal height for a man with grey skin, black hair with a widow's peak, red eyes, and fangs from the lower jaw. His right ear is rounded like a human's and his left ear is pointed. Vinny is a flying unit and can fly and hover as a natural ability. He can see through the eyes of his doombats.
During the Battle for Gobwin Knob, Vinny was Prince Ansom's closest aide, often aware of information at the moment Ansom received it. Vinny counseled conservative approaches to problems, and tried to curtail the more wasteful heroic impulses of the leader of the Royal Crown Coalition. Vinny survived the Battle by being assigned to the Choke Point Trap laid for Stanley the Tool along with Jillian Zamussels and other Transylvito Warlords and Units.
Vinny travels with doombats, the most common Unit of Transylvito. He sometimes keeps them inside his cape. Vinny, as other Transylvito Vampires, sleeps in his casket. This can be shrunk down and stored in his cape for easy travel.
Before Ansom was croaked and decrypted, the two were good friends and frequently confided in each other. Ansom seemed to completely trust Vinny's judgement and loyalty. Vinny considered Ansom stiff but forgave him for that. Vinny was able to provide Ansom with useful tactical advice, in large part because he tried to understand the enemy. When Ansom was croaked, Vinny was heartbroken and cried in Jillian's arms. The two have not interacted since Ansom's decryption.
Vinny did not visit the city of Transylvito until after his 200th turn, suggesting that Don did not originally regard him as vitally important. At some point, Don apparently realized that Vinny had some talent for diplomacy. (The two assignments we know Don has given to Vinny were to work with the Royal Crown Coalition, and to act as liaison with Queen Jillian. Both positions require diplomatic as well as military skills.) Don had a high enough opinion of Vinny to listen to his claim that Jillian knew where Stanley was going, but he also gave Chief Warlord Caesar orders which he did not share with Vinny.
Don's recent reappraisal of the importance of Royalty has probably raised Vinny's status somewhat. He is a Count, which means that, in terms of his position in the nobility, he outranks Viscount Caesar.
Vinny was originally unsure just how far his friend Ansom should trust Jillian. While Vinny had some doubts about Jillian's loyalty, they seem to have respected each other professionally, and fought well in combat together. Their mutual grief over the reported croaking of Ansom brought them together at a deeper emotional level, and Vinny worked hard to make sure that Jillian and Don King had favorable first impressions of one another. When Faq was rebuilt, Vinny was assigned as a diplomatic liaison.
At some unknown point the two became lovers. Vinny tried to persuade Don King not to demand that Jillian pop a heir, in part because he feared it would ruin their relationship. While their relationship has become increasingly strained due to Don King's demands and Jillian's secrets regarding her alliance with Charlie, it has so far remained intact.
While Jillian left to join the Siege of Spacerock, Vinny found himself growing increasingly bored with his Duty as an ambassador. The only parts of his job that he liked were Jillian, and a nice message hat that came in as a close second. Finding Jillian's report from the Siege of Spacerock to be suspiciously brief, Vinny contacted Bunny, discovering to his shock that Spacerock had fallen, and that Jillian had ditched the battle to grab Ansom. Caesar's letter to prepare intelligence for an invasion of Faq will have only increased the amount of strain on Vinny's relationship with Jillian.
Vinny continued to care about his friend, despite being mean and a little bit crazy. But his loyalty remained to his side, and he dutifully carried out Caesar's orders. When Jillian returned home, she refused to speak to him, and he experienced a moment of jealousy when he briefly mistook Vanna for Jillian when Vanna and Duncan were having nookie.
Vinny may have been the Transylvitian Liaison to Jetstone before the formation of the Royal Crown Coalition.
Real World References
- His name is a reference to Vinny Boombatz, a fictional character created by stand-up comedian Rodney Dangerfield.
- Some of his actions also reference The Fonz, from Happy DaysErf-b1-p073.
- Vinny's coffin has the livery of Transylvito, which is reminiscent of the Bacardi rum logo.
- Vinny is also a prototypical name for an Italian greaser or mobster, both attributes referenced in Transylvito characters and behaviors.
Vinny's name is frequently misspelled as "Vinnie" in both the comic and by the fanbase.
Vinny's Dwink is 3 Parts Sambuca, 2 Parts Frangelico, and 2 Parts Coke