Created By: zarpaulusOctober 9, 2012 Last Edited By: zarpaulusNovember 11, 2015

Technically Living Vampire

Vampires that are not Undead

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Similar to Technically Living Zombie, Technically Living Vampire is when a writer wants to have vampires without including the supernatural. Typically living vampires lack most of the traditional weaknesses of vampires, but their invulnerability is reduced to a simple Healing Factor making them easier to kill. It's also not uncommon for them to be simply Long Lived rather than immortal.

Anime & Manga
  • Chiropterans in Blood Plus are mostly humans infected with a "d-base" extracted from the blood of a queen. Chevaliers are humans fed blood from a queen. While the queens are the biological offspring of a queen and a chevalier, born as twins.
  • Methuselahs of Trinity Blood have a bacterium that feeds on red blood cells in their bloodstream. They typically live for 300 years and most are born with the bacteria, which kicks in sometime in their teens or twenties.
  • The True Ancestors of Nasu Verse, particularly, Tsukihime, are very much organic living beings. Vampires who became thus by being bitten by True Ancestors (or by other "second-generation" vampires), however, are regular undead.

Comic Books
  • Morbius was a vampire-esque superhuman designed to get around the Comics Code Authority's rules at the time.

Literature
  • The Saga Of Darren Shan, they just age at a tenth normal human rate, half-vampires a fifth. Though when Darren was turned he faked his death so he could leave without drawing suspicion.
  • The original I Am Legend described the infected as vampires.
  • In Scott Westerfeld's Peeps "vampires" are actually people infected with a parasite that makes them violently insane as well as extending their lifespan and increasing their strength. Except for "carriers" who have the benefits of the parasite without the insanity, and mostly hunt the ones who are.
  • In The Sanguine Chronicles vampirism and lycanthropy are caused by a virus and the infectee is perfectly alive. As Marko has to convince Aconite after her infection.
  • In Fevre Dream, vampires are a separate humanoid species, who although long-lived do live and die as normal, and reproduce in the usual way. (The thing about bite victims becoming vampires is explicitly stated to be a baseless superstition.)
  • In Peter Watts' Blindsight vampires were a Human Subspecies that evolved to prey on other humans. But went extinct hundreds of thousands of years ago because right angles gave them seizures. The myths about the living dead stemmed from their ability to hibernate for decades at a time while their slow-breeding prey repopulated. And while they're assumed to have been capable of breeding normally, the fact that they were recreated in the 21st century by giving retroviral gene therapy to autistics and sociopaths suggests that there may have once been a natural virus that could turn ordinary humans, or at least half-vampires, into vampires.

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Community Feedback Replies: 16
  • October 9, 2012
    Koveras
    Not sure is this is really worth splitting from Our Vampires Are Different...

    • The True Ancestors of Nasu Verse, particularly, Tsukihime, are very much organic living beings. Vampires who became thus by being bitten by True Ancestors (or by other "second-generation" vampires), however, are regular undead.
  • November 10, 2015
    zarpaulus
    ^ We have how many zombie subtype tropes now?
  • November 10, 2015
    DAN004
    Motion to broaden Technically Living Zombie to Technically Livibg Undead.
  • November 10, 2015
    MiinU
    Webcomic
  • November 10, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^Actually, I think they are different enough to warrant a separate trope. Technically Living Zombie basically refers to how recent Zombie interpretations are as victims of an incredibly infectious disease, and removes the supernatural aspect altogether from the story.

    On the other hand there is a trend in YA novels recently, possibly codified by Vampire Academy, wherein vampires are basically a Witch Species indistinguishable from elves who are perfectly alive and magical and only become 'evil' with typically vampire traits when they die or undergo a ritual or something.

    Also, vampires in Japanese Media are typically alive, since they aren't really considered undead, but as a type of youkai. Although this isn't always the case, there a lot of Japanese Media who also go for the European version of a vampire, too. There used to be a trope called Japanese Vampire, but it seems to was moved to this...place?: Anime And Manga and the trope name was redirected to Our Vampires Are Different.

    I don't know who did that, it's incredibly dumb and weird.
  • November 10, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ go to ATT then?

    We kinda need a Trope Talk for all these vampire tropes, it seems.
  • November 10, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    1) What does ATT have to do with anything?

    2) Why do we need a trope talk?
  • November 10, 2015
    DAN004
    Okay, skip that.

    So there are actually 2 things here: Vampire Species and Vampire Virus. The latter is closer to the classic undead vampires, though.
  • November 10, 2015
    PaulA
    • In Fevre Dream, vampires are a separate humanoid species, who although long-lived do live and die as normal, and reproduce in the usual way. (The thing about bite victims becoming vampires is explicitly stated to be a baseless superstition.)
  • November 11, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^^For the second part it might be better to just make a generic Supernatural Virus trope. Because the same thing happens to werewolves. Originally it was a 'curse' but now it's also common for it to be from a virus of some kind.
  • November 11, 2015
    DAN004
    ^ that'd be either Viral Transformation or The Virus
  • November 11, 2015
    zarpaulus
    I was thinking of a "Vampire Species" trope after that Ghost Species YKTTW. But then I remembered this one I started earlier.

    And abandoned because apparently no one had anything better to do than nitpick.
  • November 11, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ then in that case, the second version of the trope is redundant. Just "Vampires are a living species" is the trope needed.
  • November 11, 2015
    zarpaulus
    ^ Redundant with what?
  • November 11, 2015
    DAN004
  • November 11, 2015
    NoirGrimoir
    ^ "Vampirism is a Virus" is already covered under Viral Transformation, so I don't think it's necessary to make another trope for it.

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