Created By: johnnye on August 9, 2009
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Everybody Wants To Be A Bat

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Alternative title - Thrall; Will You Be My Vampire Dad?

Vampires are cool. Vampires Are Sex Gods. Vampires are powerful. Who wouldn't want to be a vampire?

Vampires are surrounded by humans who, while they haven't been bitten, do their bidding in the hope that they will be. Sometimes they're under some sort of mind control, but often they're just willing vampire groupies.

Exact opposite of I Hate You, Vampire Dad, although one can become the other if the gig isn't all it was cracked up to be. Often Goths, at least in their minds, and always Les Collaborateurs.

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  • All the Blade films feature Scannable Man versions of these.
  • Lahmian vampires in Warhammer are a sect of Vamps so alluring they can control minds. Their army list includes mortal human characters fighting for their favour.
Community Feedback Replies: 22
  • August 9, 2009
    Ronka87
    I really appreciate the Aristocats joke, but I think the title needs to be more clear. But I really like the joke.

    You could add this to the list of Evil Minions when launched. Compare The Renfield
  • August 9, 2009
    Stardizzy
    Vampire Wannabe? unimaginative perhaps, but self-explanatory.
  • August 9, 2009
    halfmillennium
  • August 9, 2009
    Frodo Goofball CoTV
    In Vampire Hunter D, one of Count Lee's minions is in it for the goal of becoming a vampire himself one day.
  • August 9, 2009
    Bisected8
    An episode of Buffy The Vampire Slayer featured a group of vampire wannabes who thought they were going to be bitten. they were really going to be food, as a payment of sorts from the one character who was actually going to be turned (who was dying of cancer).
  • August 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    In the Darren Shan saga, Darren's friend was like this, to the point of blackmailing a vampire to try and get bitten.
  • August 9, 2009
    Tomtitan
    Played hilariously in South Park when a group of kids pretended to be vamires because it was the 'in-thing', and Butters got swept up in the fad, much to the annoyance of the local goth kids who everyone kept confusing for the 'vampires'. Of course, they weren't really vampires but it was still in the spirit of the trope.

    In Twilight the Volturi have a human secretary who is under the impression that they'll be turned. Really they're going to be snack food after a few months. Bella also wants to become a vampire. But let's face it, Meyer's vampires are basically sparkly, ridiculously overpowered, cold, immortal people. What was the downside again? A bloodlust that you can learn to control with enough training? Wow, that's really off-putting.
  • August 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Fangbangers in True Blood and The southern vampire mysteries fit this to a t. on the other hand the main character sookie is blatant subversion as she has repeatedly said she doesn't want to be a vampire. she just likes them because she can't hear their thoughts.
  • August 9, 2009
    the grene kni3t
    Parodied in this Wondermark strip.
  • August 9, 2009
    Earnest
    See also Transhuman Treachery.

    There's a guy in the Thirty Days Of Night comic (and movie) who paves the way for the vampire's by stealing and destroying the towns means of communication in exchange for being turned. They don't.
  • August 9, 2009
    Thom
    Also, there's an episode of Angel (Eternity, S 01 E 17), where an actress wants to become a vampire for the eternal youth.
  • August 9, 2009
    Unknown Troper
  • August 9, 2009
    Warlock
    Vampire Vannabe? Uses the joke about the transylvanian accent to provide allieration?
  • August 9, 2009
    TB Tabby
    "Wannabe Vampire" is a monster in Munchkin. Clerics can scare him off by saying "Ooga booga."
  • August 10, 2009
    aurora369
    TB Tabby, it was "booga booga".
  • August 10, 2009
    Ronka87
    Vampire Vanabe gets my vote.
  • August 10, 2009
    johnnye
    Ohh, I reeeally like this title... it's not that unclear is it? What's it gonna get confused with? We can always have a redirect for Vampire Wannabe.
  • August 10, 2009
    halfmillennium
    So this is vampires, not specifically bats?
  • August 10, 2009
    Unknown Troper
    Thirding Vampire Vannabe.
  • August 10, 2009
    Ryusui
    Vampire Vannabe, but the more intuitive Vampire Wannabe should be a redirect.
  • August 11, 2009
    BlackDragon
    Funetik Aksent makes it hard to search for tropes. Stick with Vampire Wannabe, though the Aristobats joke in the original title is, indeed, most excellent. ^_^

    Anyway, at the end of Interview With A Vampire, the journalist actually asks to be 'turned', which pisses Louis off to no end, since the entire POINT of him recounting his life-story was to show how being a vampire had made his 'life' a living (undead?) hell.
  • August 11, 2009
    Ronka87
    Johnnye, I'm mainly thinking in terms of search terms-- if someone's looking for this trope, they'll start by searching "vampire." "Bat" is less intuitive.

    Which is also the reason I like Vampire Vanabe: if they type in "vampire," they'll still get directed to the trope, even if it's an accent. It'll be like Vampire Vords, but with Vanabe. I do agree Wanabe should be a redirect.
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