Alcina Dimitrescu, also known as Lady Dimitrescu, is a character from the Resident Evil series of survival horror games. She is an antagonist and boss in Resident Evil Village.

A mutant human countess and assumedly the matriarch of the Dimitrescu family, Alcina is resident to an Eastern European country where she inherited Castle Dimitrescu, a fortress controlled by the family since its Mediæval inception. For at least seventy years between the 1950s and 2020s she was tied to a series of violent homicides. Alcina is known to live with three women whom she considers her daughters.

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The game had been planned around the idea of castles and vampires, According to art director Tomonori Takano, Resident Evil Village was planned around the idea of castles and vampires but the development team wanted to avoid the stereotypical representation of vampires in popular culture. To develop a "bewitching vampire", they took references from the real-life 16th century Hungarian female murderer Elizabeth Báthory, the Japanese urban legend of Hasshaku-sama, and actress Anjelica Huston's portrayal of Morticia Addams from The Addams Family in creating Dimitrescu. Further, Takano wanted to move away from the typical gothic horror associated with past Resident Evil games, and gave Dimitrescu an appearance from the Great Depression era. Takano said this was part of the same trend that started with Resident Evil 7 in that they wanted to move away from simply using elements like zombies to scare players but created unique situations and characters that would create fear in new ways.[1]

One of the first pieces of concept art Takano drew of Lady Dimitrescu involved her imposing visage leaning down to step through a doorway and demonstrating her over nine-foot height, which he recognized needed to be a scene in the final game, as well as being present in the game's first trailer.[1]

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  • Alcina's last name, Dimitrescu, is a name of Greek origin, though using the Slavic version, with a Romanian patronym, -escu, so the name would be translated as 'son of Dimitr'.
    • Dimitr is a Slavic rendering of the Greek name Demetrios, which means 'follower of Demeter', Demeter being the Greek Goddess of the harvest and the fertility of the earth. The name is ironic because of the many serial killings Alcina commits and that she 'harvests' virgin females for their blood.
  • Dimitrescu's power dynamic with her daughters is comparable to Count Dracula and his three so-called "Brides", who consume kidnapped infants to maintain their youth for extended periods of time. Count Dracula was also a witch, and his vampiric activities were greatly aided by his ability to turn into animals.
  • Upon release of the first Resident Evil Viilage trailer and the Maiden demo in January 2021, fans took to Dimitrescu,[2] inspiring an outpouring of fan art,[3][4] cosplays,[5][6] and internet memes.[7] Fan interest was drawn by her unusual height, which Tomonori Takano confirmed was 2.9 metres (9 ft 6 in) tall (if her hat and high heels are included).[8][9] This led to further fan art and memes based on Takano's statement.[10][9][11][12][13]

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