Created By: RotparJune 24, 2012 Last Edited By: RotparFebruary 9, 2013
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Breaking and Bloodsucking

Vampires break into bedrooms to attack women

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There are several ways to fall prey to a vampire. Walking around alone at night is just asking for it. Picking up strangers at noisy clubs is the hip modern way. Then there is the traditional method: vampires are fond of using Enter Stage Window to get in the victim\'s bedroom. They might open the window, break it, turn into a mist to seep past, or even just seemingly teleport in. Then it\'s straight for the bed, leaning over the sleeper, and chomping down on the neck.

Sometimes the victim is awakened by the attempt or still up and about, often in lingerie for Fanservice, that\'s when the Hypnotic Eyes subdue her and she leads the sudden new lover to the bed. On following nights, a combination of Hemo Erotic and Vampires Are Sex Gods leave the victim eagerly waiting up and letting the vampire in for another night of deadly passion.

The victim is seemingly Always Female. A Vampire Invitation might ultimately be required before the vampire can make a midnight visit. They may not always succeed and sometimes they didn\'t come for a meal, but vampires don\'t believe in privacy or knocking on the front door.

While a hallmark of the Classical Movie Vampire, its fallen out of favor in modern times, as vampires are far too \'\'hip\'\' and \'\'sexy\'\' to waste time skulking outside windows. Keep this in mind and do not list every time a vampire attacks somebody outside a bedroom as an Aversion.

See also Kiss Of The Vampire and Vampire Bites Suck. In most cases, the vampire\'s feeding doesn\'t awaken the victim at all or they\'re enjoying it and so the bite leans toward Kiss. Sometimes they do awaken from the pain which places it in Bite territory.

Examples:

Anime and Manga
  • In Phantom Quest Corp, Makiko keeps finding excuses to wander the streets alone at night so Dracula can prey on her. The final time, he goes straight to her bedroom where he hypnotizes her, teleports her into his arms, and escapes to Tokyo Tower.
  • The Tsukihime anime inverts the trope. Shiki goes to his sister's bedroom unannounced and catches Akiha sucking Kohaku's blood: the maid effectively being her mistress' breakfast in bed.
  • In the Hellsing manga, Alucard decides the best way to announce his return, after decades of un-existence, is by trying to sink his mouthful of fangs into a sleeping Integra's neck. She empties a pistol into him before he can.

Comics
  • Used in The Tomb Of Dracula:
    • In "Day of Blood! Night of Redemption!", Lila has locked herself in her dorm and lies in bed mourning the death of her girlfriend. Dracula slips through her door as a mist and she's terrified because she recognizes him and had seen him kill before. A moment later his shirt comes off and his raw, primal sex appeal overpowers both her fear and her protests of being lesbian. He feeds during sex dooming her to become his obsessed slave.
    • In "the Savage Return of Dracula", an unconscious Jeanie is left as bait on a bed in Castle Dracula, a crucifix around her neck to protect her. Dracula returns from a hunt and finds her in one of his rooms. He attempts to attack her when Frank counterattacks, but he is overpowered and left for dead. Jeanie awakens and Dracula hypnotizes her to throw away the cross. Defenseless, Dracula drains her dry.

Film

  • A staple of the Hammer Horror vampires films and perhaps a major contribution to the trope becoming cliche. Also a great opportunity for a Lingerie Scene.
    • Dracula (1958) / Horror of Dracula, as usual, Dracula attacks Lucy. She is awake in bed, watching as Dracula appears on the balcony and waits for him to come to her.
    • Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Maria is standing at her balcony door when Dracula comes for her and she slowly retreats to her bed
    • Satanic Rites of Dracula, Jane was kidnapped by the cult and locked in a bedroom at their hideout. She was terrified by his ominous, unseen approach, but when the door flies open and he enters the room she welcomes him to her bed.
  • In Subspecies, Radu breaks into the girls' room to feed on Lilian's cut arm and he drains her over a few nights.
  • In Nosferatu, Ellen's plan to destroy Orlok is to wait for him to attack her in her bed and allow him to slowly feed to distract him from the lethal sunrise.
  • Shadow Of The Vampire plays with this. Schrek doesn't attack Greta in her room, it's a movie set, the bedroom from the climax of Nosferatu. Per the arrangement with Murnau, Schrek only receives his payment for playing "himself" in the movie in the scene were Orlok feeds on Ellen.
  • Played For Laughs in Dracula Dead And Loving It, of course.
    • Dracula in bat-form attempts to fly into Lucy's open window just in time for her to close it.
    • Dracula is lurking outside Mina's window, but she has an inconvenient nurse inside with her. He's got them both under his spell but they're mindlessly following his commands and Dracula can't get the nurse to leave the room and Mina to let him in.
  • The Lost Boys: Sam is hauling one of the creepy taxidermy animals into the closet. When he turns around, half-vampire Michael has come in the room by the second story window. After some arguing between the brothers, Star arrives, first yelling up to them then suddenly floating by the window.
  • In Cats Eye, a tiny troll lurks in the walls of a young Drew Barrymore's bedroom and steals her breath while she sleeps.
  • Bram Stokers Dracula, at first Dracula lures Lucy out of the mansion and into the over-large gardens of the estate for sex and blood. From then on, Lucy eagerly awaits him, writhing and moaning in her bed as he approaches. The final night he crashes through the window as a wolf, rips open her throat and laps up her blood, and she dies with cries of agonized pleasure.
  • In The Vampire Lovers, a young woman is asleep in her cottage. She's startled awake by Carmilla stroking her face but soon after is delighted to see her.

Literature
  • The original Dracula would be the Trope Codifier with a helping hand from Pop Cultural Osmosis. Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotizes her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping Mina, he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave. .
  • Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark, features "the Window". A girl sees a monster lurking out her window and she's too frightened to do anything. She unfortunately gives it the time to smash its way in, grab her, and bite into her throat. Her screams allow her brothers to save her and chase it off. The police pass it off as an escaped lunatic who thinks he's a vampire. Months later, the vampire comes clawing at her window again, but she screams at the sight of it and her brothers are able to track and kill it.
  • The Bad Place uses this trope as Candy's introduction. Candy isn't an actual vampire but a teleporting super-human psycho who has a taste for blood, and blood drinking is the only sexual release he knows. He breaks into the teenage girl's room first. She awakens during the attack but his strength and size is overpowering, he bites her throat open and drinks until she dies. He attacks her older brother next and smothers him so he can't fight back before he feeds. Deciding to take his time with their mother, he climbs into bed with her, beats her unconscious before she recognizes him as a stranger, and then suckles from a bite in her palm.
  • In Stephen King's "The Night Flier", the eponymous Night Flier pays a visit to the elderly Sarche couple. The following day, the husband shuts down the airfield and the wife visits the beauty parlor. The husband is found with his head torn off on one end of the trailer. The wife is found, her blood completely drained, in bed; with new lingerie, a peaceful expression, and a copy of The Vampire Lestat.
  • In Twilight, Edward breaks into Bella's room at night. Infamously, he doesn't feed on her blood, he watches her sleep. A month before they met too.
  • The first chapter of Varney The Vampire has the eponymous bloodsucker break into Flora Bannerworth's bedroom. She sees him coming but is paralyzed with fear. He returns another night, but she shoots him.
  • Seen in Discworld:
    • Subverted in Witches Abroad where a vampire abjectly fails to get into the rooms at the inn where the three witches are staying. The youngest witch, Magrat, fails to get the point , declares the room too stuffy, and opens the heavy shutters. Concussing the vampire on the other side who is trying to get in.
    • Otto Chriek, a "black ribboner" vampire in The Truth, reminisces about his past experience doing this, preying on not-always-unwilling bosomy young ladies in negligees.

Live Action TV
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer:
    • Angelus broke into Buffy's room to draw her sleeping as a Break In Threat.
    • In "Buffy vs Dracula," Dracula wisps into Buffy's bedroom as a cloud of mist and then uses his hypnotic charm to get Buffy to let him bite her. She even assists him by moving her hair off of her neck when Dracula asks her to.
  • Subverted and parodied in "A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank" in Night Gallery. A vampire breaks into a woman's room and goes down to suck her blood. At the last second, she wakes up and says "I gave at the office". He apologizes, makes a note in his book, and flies off.

Theater
  • In the original Broadway play version of Dracula (which the 1931 film was based on) Drac does enter Lucy's bedroom, after it gets de-garliced by the maid under Dracula's influence. In the play Lucy's and Mina's parts are reversed: Lucy is Dr. Seward's daughter and the main girl, while Mina had already succumbed to Dracula before the first scene.

Video Games
  • In The Elder Scrolls IV Oblivion, once you've contracted vampirism, you can only feed on sleeping people. You can find bums sleeping around outside or you break in to homes and hope the psychic guards don't catch you with your fangs in a neck.
  • Dwarf Fortress vampires prey on your dwarves this way. When Vampires go on "break" they will hunt for a sleeping dwarf to feed on. Being Dwarf Fortress, the players have learned to make use of vampires, by sealing it away from any other dwarves. An entombed vampire can't feed on sleeping dwarves, won't die aside from ghost-related violence, and is doomed to an eternity of managing work orders or pulling levers.

Visual Novel
  • Tsukihime:
    • Inverted when Shiki and Arcueid first meet: it's the human stalking the vampire. Without knowing Arcueid is a vampire (or, for that matter, anything else about her), Shiki follows her home, breaks into her apartment, and kills her (she gets better). It makes sense in context.
    • Gender-flipped when when Tohno Shiki is unable to meet with the vampire Arcueid one night (with whom he is teaming up to fight a common enemy), she breaks into his room and watches him sleeping while she waits for him to wake up. Arcueid's behavior is more playful than predatory, although she does have urges to feed she needs to fight, and Shiki's response is neither fear nor attraction, but rather "what the heck is wrong with you?"

Western Animation
  • In the Nina And The Count shorts, a vampire breaks into the wrong girl's bedroom. She's 7 instead of 17.
  • The Simpsons did a parody of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Bart and his friends are flying outside Lisa's window, telling her the silly perks of being a vampire. Bart then tells her she has no choice, smashes through, and is about to bite her when Homer walks in and warns him about biting his sister.
Community Feedback Replies: 37
  • June 24, 2012
    Rotpar
    Some thoughts:

    • My first YTTKW, I read the guidelines so I think everything should be ok.
    • I'd like to list specific Hammer films Its been ages since I seen them and they tend to blur together.
    • Concerning Shadow of the Vampire. I know its Not A Subversion but not sure how the trope is being used there.
    • I have no clue what to name it. "Breaking And Bloodsucking" seems straightforward to me, but I'm very much on the losing side of naming policy.
    • The trope isn't about bringing the vampire home and going to the bedroom. It's when the vampire heads straight there. I've got a few examples that don't have actual vampires and a few were they don't actually attack. I think I've seen an AMV were the vampire broke into the bedroom and kidnapped the victim. Supposedly, Tropes Are Flexible. My time lurking in TRS suggests otherwise. Do we need additional tropes and subtropes for whatever reason?
    • The vampire often feeds over several nights, Lucy being the Ur Example. Part of the trope or some additional trope?
    • So far as I know, Always Female. Always Female doesn't actually mean "100% female in all media, since the dawn of time, NO EXCEPTIONS" nowadays does it? I'm positive there's probably a movie or story or two were it's a male victim, versus every other time when it's female.
  • June 24, 2012
    SKJAM
    • The first chapter of Varney The Vampire has the eponymous bloodsucker break into Flora Bannerworth's bedroom. She sees him coming but is paralyzed with fear. (He returns another night, but she shoots him,)
  • June 25, 2012
    Polarbear2217
    Subverted in "A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank" in "Night Gallery". A vampire breaks into a woman's room and goes down to suck her blood. At the last second, she wakes up and says "I gave at the office". He apologizes, makes a note in his book, and flies off.
  • June 25, 2012
    AgProv
    [[Discworld}} - subverted in Witches Abroad where a vampire abjectly fails to get into the rooms at the inn where the three witches are staying. The youngest witch, Magrat, fails to get the point , declares the room too stuffy, and opens the heavy shutters. Concussing the vampire on the other side who is trying to get in.
  • June 25, 2012
    chicagomel
    Re Buffy, Angelus actually does this at least twice. He also breaks into Willow's room as a Break In Threat and leaves her goldfish dead on a string. Although it depends on if the victim has to be there when the vamp breaks in...if so, it doesn't count.
  • June 26, 2012
    Nadamir
    If you're looking for a better name I have two suggestions: Vlad the Burglar Sparkling Burglar
  • June 26, 2012
    Rotpar
    As far as Buffy goes: was the fish in the bedroom? If so, I think it counts, "vampires bothering you were you sleep" is the general idea, plus or minus narrowing or broadening. Otherwise I guess Angel(us?) has a habit of Break In Threats.

  • June 27, 2012
    NightNymph
    Also from Buffy The Vampire Slayer:
    • In "Buffy vs Dracula," Dracula wisps into Buffy's bedroom as a cloud of mist and then uses his hypnotic charm to get Buffy to let him bite her. She even assists him by moving her hair off of her neck when Dracula asks her to.
  • June 28, 2012
    BokhuraBurnes
    • There's a gender-flipped version in the visual novel Tsukihime; when Tohno Shiki is unable to meet with the vampire Arcueid one night (with whom he is teaming up to fight a common enemy), she breaks into his room and watches him sleeping while she waits for him to wake up. Somewhat different than other examples in that Arcueid's behavior is more playful than predatory (although she does have urges to feed she needs to fight), and Shiki's response is neither fear nor attraction, but rather "what the heck is wrong with you?"
      • In fact, the first meeting of the two characters is an interesting subversion of the trope, where it's the human stalking the vampire. Without knowing Arcueid is a vampire (or, for that matter, anything else about her), Shiki follows her home, breaks into her apartment, and kills her (she gets better). It makes sense in context.
  • June 28, 2012
    Rotpar
    That's interesting. I've only seen the anime were she just jumps him in a park and is promptly killed for her trouble. Any real reason why he follows her home and murders her? I thought he was trying to live normally and avoid dealing with his crazy death vision.

    Again from the anime, Shiki goes to Akiha's bedroom and sees her drinking Kohaku's blood. Is Kohaku normally breakfast in bed for her? Or was that a failed attempt at keeping it secret from her brother?

    Also, I think their meeting would be an inversion, human attacking the vampire at home, rather then a subversion. Unless the reader thinks Shiki is a vampire until he breaks in to hack Arc to death rather then drink her.
  • June 28, 2012
    BokhuraBurnes
    I've never seen the Tsukihime anime (because there is no Tsukihime anime), but I take it that it doesn't go into any of the Far Side of the Moon stuff (about Shiki's and Akiha's respective bloodlines)? There's a lot of things going on that aren't apparent in the first playthrough (the Arcueid route).

    I would highly recommend that, if you are at all interested in the topic, you go out and get the visual novel (or at least read through the excellent Let's Play of it) instead of reading further: Tohno Shiki is the natural descendent of a family of killers, the Nanayas. In times of danger, his assassin instincts take over and cause him to attack the threat to his well-being (i.e. a vampire walking around).

    Also, when SHIKI tried to kill Shiki as children, Akiha used her Tohno life force to protect Shiki from the fatal wound, thereby donating him half her vitality. As a result, she needs to take life force from others in order to keep two people alive, and the easiest way to do this is to get blood from Kohaku, something she does regularly. She's not a vampire, though.
  • June 28, 2012
    Rotpar
    I've read examples for Tsukihime across the wiki in the past, so I am aware of the gist of the real secrets in the story. I don't like visual novels but then I forgot about Lets Play recaps, will look into that.

    At any rate, the It Makes Sense In Context part of their first meeting, does make sense in context, thanks for providing the specifics on that.

    Does the visual novel go into any specific details on Akiha's feeding habits? You see it the once in the anime and I think it'll count as an inversion, the "prey" going to the vampire's bedroom to feed her, but was it a regular thing?

    ...now I have this image of Kohaku cheerfully doing the dishes when suddenly she's got Akiha clinging to her and sucking on her neck. So now she's cheerfully, awkwardly doing dishes with her head at an angle and carrying the other girl's weight until she's drank her fill. And plotting horrible revenge.
  • September 17, 2012
    Rotpar
    Finally added some slowly gathered examples. Hellsing refuses to wick for some reason, made like six goddamn edits to fix it. If you know the Eldritch Magick Rites of FUCKINGWICKHELLSING, please edit so it works, because copy-paste Namespace/Title isn't working.

    Edit: Dunno why it refused, but forcing a Wiki Word worked.
  • September 17, 2012
    abk0100
    • In the Nina And The Count shorts, a vampire breaks into the wrong girl's bedroom. She's 7 instead of 17.
  • September 17, 2012
    captainsandwich
  • September 17, 2012
    Rotpar
    I made mention of it in the description. They're related, I think the antics in the Dracula: Dead and Loving It example was due to him needing an invitation to come in. And thinking about it, I want to say that 'Salem's Lot involved a vampire hovering by the window, asking to come in...and The Simpsons? Will look into that.
  • September 17, 2012
    Jordan
    RE Discworld, Otto Chriek, a "black ribboner" vampire in The Truth reminisces about his past experience doing this, preying on not-always-unwilling bosomy young ladies in negligees.
  • September 17, 2012
    Generality
    Re Dracula:
    • Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotises her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping Mina, he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave.
  • September 18, 2012
    Rotpar
    Thanks for the correction, Pop Cultural Osmosis strikes again. I just found a copy the other day to and was going to read it for the first time.
  • September 21, 2012
    randomsurfer
    In the original Broadway play version of Dracula (which the 1931 film was based on) Drac does enter Lucy's bedroom, after it gets de-garliced by the maid under Dracula's influence. But note though that in the play Lucy's and Mina's parts are reversed: Lucy is Dr. Sweard's daughter and the main girl, while Mina had already succumbed to Dracula before the first scene.
  • September 21, 2012
    Rotpar
    Looking good and the hats are coming. Anything that needs to be done with the description? I'll put this in the Vampire Tropes index, anywhere else it may fit? Any sibling or super-tropes it falls under?

    Is there any character limit for titles nowdays? The YKTTW form has a limit so I had to shorten the name.
  • October 8, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    And there's your hat. I think a better name would be good. Surely there's a pun you can make. Or something catchier?
  • October 8, 2012
    shimaspawn
    <Moderator Note>

    This trope can not be launched with the current name. It needs a name. Not a laconic for a title. Otherwise it looks good to go.
  • October 8, 2012
    Rotpar
    I was probably going to launch as Vampires Break Into Bedrooms To Attack Prey, as I figured what I had due to the character limit wasn't descriptive enough.

    Now, I have no idea what to call it. I had no intention of making a pun or trying to be clever since clear has proven to be the only naming criteria that matters.

    At any rate, I wasn't planning on launching until I fixed the Dracula examples and had given the launch guidelines a read-through. If anybody can suggest a name, I'm all ears. I just hadn't put much thought into anything besides Exactly What It Says On The Tin.

    I forgot, I had briefly considered Breaking And Bloodsucking but figured it didn't explain the trope well enough.

    Anyway, launch on hold until it's properly ready. Or until we scrub because TV Tropes is no longer in the right orbit for this mission.
  • October 8, 2012
    Rotpar
    Any rate, if Breaking And Bloodsucking is functional, we can launch with that. And thanks for giving it a general thumbs up Shimaspawn, trying not to make one of those TRS->Cutlist->YTTKW messes.

    Think we have some contradictory info here. The YKTTW guidelines say to launch the YKTTW then edit the page. The Launching YKTTW guidelines say to make the page first then launch the YKTTW. Is there some I'm not understanding or some old info?
  • October 8, 2012
    shimaspawn
    You should do the initial launch and edit pretty much simultaneously. Exact order isn't high up there on list of things we care about.

    Breaking And Bloodsucking is certainly more memorable as a title.
  • October 10, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    One thing, if it's also about bloodsucking, wouldn't the examples where there is no bloodsucking have to be removed or you explain that they're notable because there's no bloodsucking involved?
  • October 10, 2012
    Rotpar
    This is why I figured that name was no good, it's not clear enough.

    The trope should be about vampires having a thing for going straight to people's bedrooms. It really shouldn't matter what they do, it's usually to attack people, but vampires like to just show up in the bedrooms. Unless Vampires Visit People In Their Bedrooms To Chat should be a separate trope. Which means most of the example are no good.
  • October 10, 2012
    m8e
    Titles don't have to be literal.

    Just write in the desciption that this infact doesn't requires any bloodsucking. The vampire might be interrupted, repelled, just be there for a visit etc.
  • October 11, 2012
    shimaspawn
    We need to stop people from feeling like they need stupid overly literal names. These doom tropes. The current name is fine. Just give it a clear description.
  • October 11, 2012
    norsicnumber2nd
    Or Vampire In The Bedroom, I think that's catchy.
  • October 13, 2012
    m8e
  • October 13, 2012
    Rotpar
    Description seems quite clear to me, made mention that the vampires don't always attack but that they just let themselves anyway.
  • October 23, 2012
    Rotpar
    I removed the Word Cruft. This seems like a simple concept to me, I'm not sure how to make it any clearer than this.
  • December 18, 2012
    Rotpar
    Reverted to the original description as the new one wasn't helping.
  • February 9, 2013
    MiinU
    Correction to the Phantom Quest Corp example: Makiko never made excuses to go out. Each instance was a matter of circumstance as, each time, she appears to have either been out shopping (judging from the contents of her bag), or she was simply out for the evening, judging by the way she was dressed.

    Simply put: she was in in the wrong place at the right time, each time it happened. It was repeat interference from Ayaka and Bosco, that finally caused the vampire to go after Makiko in her bedroom.
  • February 9, 2013
    Rotpar
    Point taken. I was being a little snarky with that example, the girl picks the worst places to be alone at night. I'll adjust later tonight.

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