Vlad the Impaler
Vlad the Impaler: In Search of Dracula, Vlad’s father (Dracul) was toppled from power in 1442 by factions allied with Hungary. He was forced to pay a tax to the Ottomans to secure their support for his return to power. As part of the deal, Vlad Tepes and his brother Radu who were only young boys were sent to the Ottoman royal court as effective hostages. Vlad especially was treated badly and never forgot this... hence his revenge was powerful.. and bloody.
As his talent for torture and sadism became known, the name "Dracula" came to be interpreted more and more as the son of the Devil (instead of the originary the son of the Dragon). Because of the way he was punishing his enemies, Vlad Dracul got the nickname "Tepes". The Romanian word teapã means impaler. The historians named him Vlad Tepes but he used to sign with his father's name, "Dracula".