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19th Jan '17 6:10:35 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* When vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' are staked, they [[Squick dissolve in a puddle of blood]].

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* When vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' are staked, they [[Squick [[{{Squick}} dissolve in a puddle of blood]].
12th Nov '16 3:21:44 PM Dravencour
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In early vampire fiction, stakes were simply used to pin a "vampire" into its coffin while it slept, keeping it from waking back up and causing trouble. When it became [[{{Flanderization}} a bizarre all-purpose vampire-killing weapon]] is unclear.

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In early vampire fiction, stakes were simply used to pin a "vampire" into its coffin while it slept, keeping it from waking back up and causing trouble. It was also a lot harder to get the stake in than it is in modern fiction -- you had to hammer the stake in with a mallet or a gravedigger's shovel to get through the vampire's ribcage. When it became [[{{Flanderization}} a bizarre all-purpose vampire-killing weapon]] is unclear.
12th Nov '16 3:20:25 PM Dravencour
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The favorite weapon of the vampire slayer, and frequently the only thing capable of [[KilledOffForReal finishing them off for good]]. Because weirdly enough, only wood can kill a vampire, whereas sword impalement (short of [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain beheading]]) cannot. This may be because the wooden stake was a once living plant, much like the vampire was a once living human, unlike the sword which was never alive. Yes, this occasionally means that someone can be killed via pencil to the heart, or that a bow and arrow can be more effective [[ImmuneToBullets than a gun]].

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The favorite weapon of the vampire slayer, VampireHunter, and frequently the only thing capable of [[KilledOffForReal finishing them off for good]]. Because weirdly enough, only wood can kill a vampire, whereas sword impalement (short of [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain beheading]]) cannot. This may be because the wooden stake was a once living plant, much like the vampire was a once living human, unlike the sword which was never alive. Yes, this occasionally means that someone can be killed via pencil to the heart, or that a bow and arrow can be more effective [[ImmuneToBullets than a gun]].
20th Oct '16 1:55:06 AM StFan
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* In ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'', [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Telluric Vampires]] have several similarities to supernatural ones, but also have some important differences. Notably, wooden stakes have no effect, but stakes made from conductive materials ground out a vampire's telluric energies and paralyze it.
** That said, Edom is prepared for a [=GM=] who is using the default vampire build instead. The agency's standard-issue crossbow is designed to fire heavier than normal wooden quarrels, which could stake a vampire with a really good shot. They also provide a Stake Tube for those times when a vampire is caught sleeping in its coffin; instead of several hammer blows, a pneumatic piston drives the stake into place with a single shot.

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* In ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'', ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'':
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[[OurVampiresAreDifferent Telluric Vampires]] have several similarities to supernatural ones, but also have some important differences. Notably, wooden stakes have no effect, but stakes made from conductive materials ground out a vampire's telluric energies and paralyze it.
** That said, Edom is prepared for a [=GM=] who is using the default vampire build instead. The agency's standard-issue crossbow is designed to fire heavier than normal heavier-than-normal wooden quarrels, which could can stake a vampire with a really good shot. They also provide a Stake Tube for those times when a vampire is caught sleeping in its coffin; instead of several hammer blows, a pneumatic piston drives the stake into place with a single shot.
20th Oct '16 1:24:02 AM I_love_dragons
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* When vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' are staked, they [[Squick dissolve in a puddle of blood]].
28th Sep '16 11:19:52 AM Antigone3
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* ''Literature/MasqueradeOfTheRedDeath'': Dire [=McCann=] crosses this trope with ImprobableAimingSkills. One of his special anti-vampire weapons is a set of sharp, thin wooden rods. He immobilizes several vampires by throwing one of those rods into the vamp's heart. [[note]]OK, there ''is'' a metal core in them so they don't just break when used, but the fact that he can stake vampires with a thrown weapon is a bit of a stretch.[[/note]]


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** That said, Edom is prepared for a [=GM=] who is using the default vampire build instead. The agency's standard-issue crossbow is designed to fire heavier than normal wooden quarrels, which could stake a vampire with a really good shot. They also provide a Stake Tube for those times when a vampire is caught sleeping in its coffin; instead of several hammer blows, a pneumatic piston drives the stake into place with a single shot.
7th Sep '16 1:21:41 PM Jacob175
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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'': Avaible as a weapon, it works like a dagger, deals pitiful damage but has a chance of impaling a vampire enemy in the heart, rendering him helpless for a while as you whale on him. Oddly enough, the same effect can be achieved with arrows and bolts (though it's rarer). Finally, the modern age brings up the a Stake Gun, which is a stake-shooting gun.

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* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'': Avaible Available as a weapon, it works like a dagger, deals pitiful damage but has a chance of impaling a vampire enemy in the heart, rendering him helpless for a while as you whale on him. Oddly enough, the same effect can be achieved with arrows and bolts (though it's rarer). Finally, the modern age brings up the a Stake Gun, which is a stake-shooting gun.


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* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Weaker vampires will croak from a stake. Stronger ones like those of the Lysinda clan can be withered and left immobile and powerless, but it can't kill them.
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19th Jul '16 3:33:19 PM StFan
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* In ''VideoGame/InFamous2'', after losing his Amp, Cole makes a makeshift wooden stake out of a large cross with a pointy bit of wood on the end from a broken coffin lid.

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* In ''VideoGame/InFamous2'', ''VideoGame/Infamous2'', after losing his Amp, Cole makes a makeshift wooden stake out of a large cross with a pointy bit of wood on the end from a broken coffin lid.
19th Jul '16 2:13:03 PM I_love_dragons
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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder uses one to kill a vampire in "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]".

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* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder uses one to kill a vampire in "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]". [[spoiler:It doesn't last]]



* An inversion in ''VideoGame/{{Timeslaughter}}'', where it is [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] himslef who use a wooden stake in his Slaughter Move.

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* An inversion in ''VideoGame/{{Timeslaughter}}'', where it is [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] himslef himself who use uses a wooden stake in his Slaughter Move.
22nd Jun '16 10:00:26 AM StFan
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** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' added several vampire variants with their own stats in 2[-[[superscript:nd]]-] edition, including elf vampires, dwarf vampires, halfling vampires, etc. The wooden stake vulnerability was often be changed to something else for each of them; for example, a dwarf vampire wouldn't be stopped by wood, but by a naturally formed stalactite through the heart.

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** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' added several vampire variants with their own stats in 2[-[[superscript:nd]]-] edition, including elf vampires, dwarf vampires, halfling vampires, etc. The wooden stake vulnerability was often be changed to something else for each of them; for example, a dwarf vampire wouldn't be stopped by wood, but by a naturally formed stalactite through the heart.
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