Created By: DragonQuestZSeptember 26, 2009
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Our Vampires Are Different... except for these guys. It's the classical vampire (but only recently) made famous by Bela Lugosi. The hair, the clothes, the occasional dramatic flourish contrasting with a demeanor that is calm but menacing, and a thick Eastern European accent.

Usually this is more a stock reference than an actual portrayal of vampires. If you have a Monster Mash, then Dracula will be like this.
  • Count Chocula
  • Some of the earlier Castlevania games made Dracula look like this.
  • A Spider Man arc in the news strips had an heiress fear a vampire was after her, and he was like this. It was a washed up actor trying to stage a stunt to revive his career.
Community Feedback Replies: 25
  • July 11, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    Actually Bela Lugosi's portrayal of Count Dracula started off the modern vampires. The classic version are different. For example Dracula did not speak English with a accent.

    Also Vampire Vords.
  • July 11, 2009
    Koveras
    You know, I have serious trouble acquiring the definition of a "classical vampire". The reason why Our Vampires Are Different is so popular is IMO because there's very little "canon" elements of vampirism (except drinking blood). ^^
  • July 11, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    You think you have a better title, let's see them.
  • July 11, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    The Count in Sesame Street
  • July 11, 2009
    MetaFour
    Bela Lugosi Vampire? Seeing as his portrayal of Dracula is the Trope Maker for what you're proposing.

    The Adventures of Dr McNinja plays with this. Dracula's appearance is pure Lugosi, but he lives in a fortress on the moon, staffed with Dracula-bots and various presumed-dead celebrities.
  • July 11, 2009
    TB Tabby
    Slayer from Guilty Gear.
  • July 11, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    Alright, why isn't this Vampire Vords?
  • July 11, 2009
    arromdee
    Because Vampire Vords is only about words. It starts out talking about all sorts of things being iconic, but it's basically saying "there are a lot of iconic things about vampires, but especially the way they speak". It's not actually about iconic vampires in general.
  • July 12, 2009
    calronmoonflower
    Very well, Classical Movie Vampire could be a good name.
  • September 11, 2009
    random surfer
    Dracula as he appeared in Buffy The Vampire Slayer
  • September 11, 2009
    Shini
    The Bela Vamp?

    but that might confuse Twilight fans thinking it's a typo.

    Universal Horror Vampire?
  • September 12, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    One World Of Darkness adventure featured a vampire living in a film studio. (He used to do Bela Lugosi impressions for a living when he was still human) He went mad during the transformation and was convinced he was Dracula, to the point of manifesting all 'traditional' vampire powers.
  • September 24, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    You know, the description of that trope is basically this, just the name is not intuitive at all.

    EDIT: Never mind. I misread a couple parts. This is definitely the Super Trope for it.
  • September 24, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • September 24, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    GARARRARARARRR

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  • September 24, 2009
    adam_grif
    Test Post.

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    Working now. Sigh.
  • September 24, 2009
    Arilou
    Don't we already have this? Or at least a YKKTW of this?
  • September 24, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    As far as I know, the ykttw is this one. It's just been here for a while.
  • September 25, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In The Dresden Files Harry dresses up like this specifically to piss the vampires off. It nearly gets him killed. But it was hilarious.
  • September 25, 2009
    Madrugada
    Count Chocula is really a combination of the Lugosi vampire and the Nosferatu vampire. His fingers are longer than normal and end in clawlike fingernails, his fangs are placed side-by-side where the main incisors are on a human, rather than where the canines are, and his nose is almost beaklike. All of these are characteristic of Looks Like Orlok. The Lugosi aspects are the dark hair with a widow's peak, and the elegant clothing. He doesn't have much of an accent.

    Since this is the sister trope to Looks Like Orlok, why not Looks Like Lugosi?
  • September 25, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ I guess, if other tropers think that works.
  • September 25, 2009
    Floria
    The old Count (I can't remember his name of the top of my head) in Carpe Jugulum, who's specifically a traditionalist vampire, in contrast to the modern Magpyrs.
  • September 26, 2009
    Chabal 2
    All vampires in Disc World, apparently, except those who give up drinking blood. And even then, they retain most of the standard vampire features, such as not drinking... vine and dressing in black.
  • September 26, 2009
    Sligh
    Subverted in "Monster Movie" an episode of Supernatural where a crazy doppleganger assume the form of the Classical Movie Vampire (and other classic monsters later on).

    The Trope should be called "The Dracula".
  • September 26, 2009
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ No, because they would just confuse that for the character Count Dracula.

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