Created By: JohnnyElRed on December 6, 2017 Last Edited By: JohnnyElRed on December 8, 2017

Vampiric Coif

The older the vampire, the smoother the hair.

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Most modern vampires are handsome and fashionable (re: Vampire Sex God). Many use their looks to lure their preys, others take care of their appearance for simple vanity, and others simply are supernaturally handsome, and make nothing of it.

There is also the other kind. Those that don't have the gift of good looks, and take a more monstruos appeareance, in tone with the old medieval legends about them.

But for some reason, all of them have a thing in common. They like to let their hair grow long and smooth.

This actually serves the purpose of reinforcing their aristocratic demeanor, for those invested in their appearances. If it goes accompanied by a goatee, makes an evil vampire look more evil. It also works to give the handsome variety a certain kind of feminine beauty that steals the heart of women, but it's most of the time just accidental. Lastly, those who are in the other side of the spectrum, and actualy look like the disfigured undead creatures that are supossed to be, usually let their pale like snow hair grow wild, and give them a more terrifying and spectral appeareance.

And whether they take proper care of their mane or not, and whether it is dark as the night or pale as the moon, some kind of vampire magic keeps it always clean, smooth, and even in a imperturbable ponytail.

This specific goth/Victorian/insert-third-adjective cut has become synonymous with vampires. Capes and even overt fangs are perhaps less mandatory than this specific genre of hairstyle.


Examples:

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     Anime and Manga 
  • D, from Vampire Hunter D . Even though he is a post-apocalyptic Vampire Hunter in a world full of ruins and complete lack of proper hygiene, he manages to keep that impractical mane of dark hair smooth and shiny.

     Comic Books 
  • In 2011, the Dracula from Marvel Comics dropped his classic Bela Lugosi appereance. Now, he looks more like a medieval undead knight. Ivony skin included, and with a mane wrapped in a ponytail, whose hair is as pale as his skin.

     Film 

     Literature 
  • As good representatives of the vampire government, most of the Volturi in Literature/Twilight take proper care of their manes, as good aristocrats they are.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Vlad von Carnstein, from the Tabletop Game/Warhammer Fantasy series. While being a disfigured undead abomination that drinks the blood of those he slains in battle at the command of his undead armies, where long hair becomes a clear disadvantage in close combat, he still let's loose his unnatural white mane.

     Videogames 


Community Feedback Replies: 4
  • December 6, 2017
    tioseafj
    sounds a bit like Long Haired Pretty Boy, but specific for vampires
  • December 6, 2017
    LB7979
    Needs a better title; this one's misleading as trope seems to be about long hair more than about straightening it.

    All examples except the first are Zero Context Examples and need context.

    Also, you need to sort the examples according to medium with either headings or folders: "Film", "Literature", "VideoGame" etc.
  • December 6, 2017
    Synchronicity
    Still just sounds like Vampires Are Sex Gods or Long Haired Pretty Boy but with great hair. What does the great hair tell us about them?
  • December 7, 2017
    Arivne
    • Corrected spelling (apearence, appereances, postapocalyptic, keeped, shinny, vampire -> vampiric, cared -> cared-for, notoriously -> particularly).
    • Examples section
      • Re-wrote the phrasing in several examples to make them better English.
      • Changed verb tenses as per How To Write An Example - Write in Historical Present Tense.
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