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The stock portrayal of vampires for years, [[NewerThanTheyThink but no older than movies]], [[TropeCodifier made famous by]] Creator/BelaLugosi's stage portrayal of {{Dracula}}, adapted into the [[Film/Dracula1931 1931 film version]] made by [[Franchise/UniversalHorror Universal Pictures]]. Now a DeadHorseTrope, except for deliberate parodies. Many aspects of the 1931 film have become iconic to point that almost every male vampire prior to the 1970's was like this. His slicked hairstyle (along with a [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]]), his [[WickedCultured sinister yet gentlemanly demeanor]], his [[AwesomeAnachronisticApparel outdated yet suave clothes]] consisting of a [[EvilWearsBlack black]] OminousOperaCape with a HighCollarOfDoom, his occasional [[LargeHam dramatic flourish]] contrasting with a personality that is calm but menacing, and of course his thick Eastern European accent often peppered with VampireVords. Often his eyes are [[AllInTheEyes framed in a beam of light]]. Note that, although Dracula had a mustache in [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original novel]], the Classical Movie Vampire was often clean-shaven.

Occasionally, elements of the Classical Movie Vampire are also taken from Creator/ChristopherLee's more monstrous portrayal of the Count in Film/HammerHorror pictures. In such cases, the vampire is over six feet tall and has both [[RedEyesTakeWarning red eyes]] and more pronounced fangs. Lee's version (especially initially) hardly spoke at all.

A SubTrope of OurVampiresAreDifferent. A SuperTrope to VampireVords (about the way this character type usually speaks, an exaggeration of the way Lugosi really spoke English).

Compare LooksLikeOrlok.


* [[UsefulNotes/GeneralMills Count Chocula]]
* Recent commercials for Kelloggs Nutri-Grain bars feature the Mortons, a whole family of vampires who have learned to enjoy daylight. The dad, Stan, fits the trope best, wearing his evening clothes when mowing the lawn, practicing his golf swing, and jogging.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* Dracula himself in ''Comicbook/TheTombOfDracula''. His only minor departure from the trope is his mustache.
* ''Comicbook/{{Hellboy}}'' and ''Comicbook/{{BPRD}}''. The series likes to borrow from every vampire tradition imaginable, but the classic movie vampires show up ''The Sleeping and the Dead'', ''1946'', and ''1947''. Mignola also came up with an explanation for why Hellboy doesn't encounter these types of vampires more often: Vampires used to be a real epidemic in Europe, but humanity got too good at fighting back. So, in 1774, the heads of the European vampire families agreed to bide their time and go into hiding until humanity collectively forgot about them.
* Vlad Magnus, the BigBad of ''ComicBook/VonHerlingVampireHunter''. His design borrows elements of Lugosi, Christopher Lee and Frank Langella.
* In ''Masked Mayhem'', one of the ComicBook/AdventureTimeGraphicNovels, hipster vampire girl Marceline dresses as a {{Bifauxnen}} ClassicalMovieVampire at a fancy-dress party.

[[folder:Comic Strips]]
* A ''ComicStrip/SpiderMan'' arc in the newspaper strips had an heiress fear a vampire was after her, and he was like this. [[spoiler:It was a washed up actor trying to stage a stunt to revive his career.]]

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* Count von Krolock in ''Film/TheFearlessVampireKillers''.
* ''Film/CountYorga'', although he has a British accent (even though he claims to be from Bulgaria).
* Creator/ChristopherLee and others in the Film/HammerHorror movies. They opt out of the Eastern European accent for the most part.
* Lothos from TheMovie of ''Film/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'' is this trope through and through. He's so "classical," in fact, that he [[WickedCultured plays the violin]]! (All of his minions, however, have a much more "contemporary" look reminiscent of ''Film/TheLostBoys''.)
* Dracula from ''Film/DraculaDeadAndLovingIt'' is a parody of this.
* Dracula in ''WesternAnimation/HotelTransylvania''.
* Most portrayals of Dracula in the MaskedLuchador films starring Wrestling/ElSanto and his contemporaries. Aldo Monti played a very classical Dracula in both ''Film/SantoEnElTesoroDeDracula'' (which is, in part, a truncated and transplanted version of the 1931 Lugosi film) and ''Film/SantoYBlueDemonContraDraculaYElHombreLobo''
* ''Film/TheNightFlier'': Dwight Renfield looks like a gentleman in a big black and red cloak with a high collar. It subverts the trope in that he always morphs into a decidedly unpleasant-looking batlike monster when about to kill.
* Mexican actor German Robles made something of a career portraying this type of vampire in three different films in the 1950s: "El Vampiro" (1957), "El Autaud Del Vampiro" (1958) and "El Castillo De Los Monstruos" (1958)
* The 1988 Italian made for TV horror film "Dinner With A Vampire" has a GenreSavy variation on this vampire luring four actors to his castle by pretending to be a horror film director as an excuse for his appearance, although when released from his tomb earlier in the film his appearance is more a case of LooksLikeOrlok.

* ''Literature/BaileySchoolKids'': Mrs. Jeepers shows every sign of this, being very suave and ladylike, with a widow's peak, a Eastern European accent, an air for the dramatic when she's not being calm and menacing, and outdated clothes.
* ''Literature/{{Discworld}}'':
** All vampires on the Discworld, except those who give up drinking blood. And even then, they retain most of the standard vampire features, such as not [[RunningGag drinking... vine]] and dressing in black. They don't technically have Eastern European accents. They have Uberwald accents, which written phonetically are pretty much indistinguishable from Eastern European accents. The word "Uberwald" is, more or less, "Transylvania" in German instead of Latin. It's implied to be the result of their compulsive personalities and the TheoryOfNarrativeCausality ganging up on them, which it takes an extreme effort of will to resist.
** Count von Magpyr, however, still drinks blood and is specifically described as ''not'' looking like this:
--->''For some reason a tiny part of Agnes was expecting a sombre looking man with an exciting [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]] hairstyle and an opera cloak. She couldn't think why.''
** In fact, the Magpyr portrait gallery in ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a bit of a history of vampirism. Vlad is a parody of modern "cool" vampires, the Old Count (Vlad's great-uncle) is a classical vampire, ''his'' father LooksLikeOrlok, there's a cross between Literature/{{Carmilla}} and [[BloodBath Elizabeth Bathory]], and a more distant ancestor is a beaked monster. Heck, ''Discworld/CarpeJugulum'' is a {{Reconstruction}} of the Genre, showing why a classical movie vampire (who doesn't pretend like he's not a monster, who respects tradition, and who generally comes across as a sporting guy and a WorthyOpponent) for will last longer than the "cool" new vampyres. Especially since he's got the decency to spend a bit of time pretending to be dead after being staked. Everyone calls him The Old Count, but his actual ''name'' is "Bela".
** There's also the character of Otto von Chriek, who is described as a "music-hall vampire" (which is the closest they have to stating outright that he is a classical vampire.) However, it is mentioned several times that he does this to make people laugh, because if people are laughing at him, then they don't see him as a threat. Otto gets peeved at least once in the books, whereupon he proves that he's perfectly capable of ''terrifying'' people if he really wants to.
--->'''Otto:''' I do not threaten. I am just a vorking stiff. And I make zem laff.\\
''Vimes stared at the man. But yes ... Little fussy Otto, in his red-lined black cloak with pockets for all his gear, his shiny black shoes, his carefully-cut [[VillainousWidowsPeak widow's peak]], and, not least, his ridiculous accent that grew thicker or thinner depending on who he was talking to, did not look like a threat. He looked funny, a joke, a music-hall vampire. It had never previously occurred to Vimes that, just possibly, the joke was on other people. Make them laugh, and they're not afraid.''
** Arthur Winkings (Count Notfaroutoe) dresses like this. He doesn't have the accent, but his wife Doreen (who is '''not''' a vampire) does. They're both Ankh-Morpork natives, so it's ''entirely'' affectation on Doreen's part (she makes him wear the opera cape, but he drew the line at the accent).
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'':
** Harry dresses up like this ''specifically to'' [[BerserkButton piss the vampires off]]. It nearly gets him killed. But it was [[FunnyMoments hilarious]].
** Black Court Vampires count, given that they are literally vampires straight out of Dracula. They share all the Dracula weaknesses, but with their rotten stench and corpse-like appearance, are more in looks-like-Orlok territory.
* Creator/StephenKing is notable for sometimes using this type of vampire in his stories and playing them perfectly straight (as in, that they are actually intended to be scary, and not humorous at all).
** The best example is in "Popsy", a short story where a man kidnaps a young child, and the child turns out to be a vampire. The child's grandfather shows up in the last few pages of the story and is specifically described as having a slicked hairstyle, pale skin, and wearing a large black cape.
** Kurt Barlow, the BigBad of ''Literature/SalemsLot'', is also one of these in the novel (although in the 1979 miniseries he LooksLikeOrlok).
* Arnold Dotson in ''Literature/TheTumbleweedDossier'' is a classical movie vampire, although he is not evil.
* In "Vampires of Nightworld" in David Bischoff's "Nightworld" series, it's established that vampires typically resemble Bela Lugosi right down to the pleats on their tuxedo pants, despite the setting being a fantasy world with no contact with our Earth's popular culture.
* Elizabeth Ann Scarborough's novel "The Goldcamp Vampire Or The Sanguinary Sourdough" has this variety of vampire, here named Count Vasily Vladovitch Bledinoff, trying to profit from the 1897 Klondike gold rush.
* BigBad Reiner Heydrich from the ''Literature/FightingFantasy'' series' gamebooks ''Literature/VaultOfTheVampire'' and ''Literature/RevengeOfTheVampire'' plays this trope straight, except for the accent. He even comes from the aptly named Mortvania, Titan's fantasy equivalent of Transylvania.

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* "[[Recap/SupernaturalS04E05MonsterMovie Monster Movie]]", an episode of ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' where a crazy shapeshifter assumes the form of the Classical Movie Vampire (and [[MonsterMash other classic monsters]] later on). In a series where OurVampiresAreDifferent, the fact that ''all'' the witnesses explicitly described the culprit as a classical vampire is what convinced Dean and Sam that they were not actually dealing with a "real" one.
* ''Series/TheArmstrongAndMillerShow'' featured a series of sketches starring two classic style vampires struggling to adapt to a modern world filled with Twilight style vampires.
* Russell Edgington, Vampire King of Mississippi, from ''Series/TrueBlood'', to a tee. He is, however, perhaps the only classical vampire in the series.
* The titular "Night Stalker" in the original TV movie of ''Series/KolchakTheNightStalker'' was one of these.
* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' Season 3 serial "The Chase", the Doctor met Dracula who looked just like the stereotype. Although, [[spoiler:in fact, the Doctor had only met a Dracula android. Seriously.]] Later, in the Season 18 serial "State of Decay", the Doctor meets vampires who play the stereotype straight, though a more medieval version (fitting the setting) and without the accents.
* Mostly averted in ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer'', with one notable exception taking advantage of the ultimate GrandfatherClause: Dracula. He can shape-shift into animals and mist, can hypnotise people into [[TheRenfield willing minions]], he lives in a BigFancyHouse, and he's more focused on romance than just finding food. This is partly down to personal taste--he's seen as an eccentric celebrity by other vamps--and partly due to having unique and mysterious powers, which Spike attributes to "some kind of gypsy thing".
* Sam "Grandpa" Dracula in ''Series/TheMunsters'', naturally. He's based on the Bela Lugosi depiction of Dracula, albeit looking older, as he is supposed to be a grandfather.

[[folder:Puppet Shows]]
* Count Von Count from ''Series/SesameStreet''.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* One ''TabletopGame/TheWorldOfDarkness'' 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.
** In ''TabletopGame/VampireTheRequiem'', one of the elder vampires claiming to be ''the'' {{Dracula}} is nicknamed "Hollywood Drac." He looks like a cross between Lugosi and Creator/ChristopherLee, and is pictured wearing an outfit identical to the one in the picture above.
** On a less serious note, ''TabletopGame/VampireTheMasquerade'' had the "Stereotype" flaw. In short, any character with this flaw, upon realizing that they were a vampire, immediately decided that they needed to dress the part, usually involving a long black cape and going "[[VampireVords Blah! I vant to sahk yoor blahd!]]" a whole lot.
** On a more serious note, Clan Tzimisce (generally believed to be Dracula's clan) is generally the more sophisticated variant of this. They live in old castles in the stormy mountains of Eastern Europe, show exceptional hospitality to travelers looking to stay the night, and generally call themselves Viscount or Baron or ''Voivode'' or what have you. They just also happen to be masters of BodyHorror, and may or may not turn you into a hideously deformed freak or a living piece of furniture if you offend their delicate, old-fashioned sensibilities.
* ''[[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer}} Warhammer Fantasy]]'''s Von Carstein vampire bloodline have traditionally exhibited all the classic movie vampire traits, and most of the older model range is heavily inspired by the classic movie vampire look. More recent model incarnations have given them a harsher, more militaristic aesthetic, with heavy fluted armour and bat designs highly prominent. According to the designers, however, this is because the newer models are meant to represent the Von Carsteins on the battlefield, where it would be considered foolhardy at worst and very unseemly at best to dress in formal evening wear. Presumably they still dress like Bela Lugosi at home.
* In ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'', the vampires of the GothicHorror-inspired world of Innistrad are very much this. This was actually a plot point in the preceding ''Zendikar'' block, where Zendikar-native planeswalker Nissa Revane didn't realise Innistradi planeswalker Sorin Markov was a vampire until near the end of the block's storyline, because the vampires on Zendikar [[OurVampiresAreDifferent don't fit this trope at all]].
* Strahd von Zarovich, the vampiric BigBad of the ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' setting.
* Dracul class vampires in ''TabletopGame/BleakWorld'' are this. They can turn into bats and get bonuses to seducing young women in [[OfCorsetsSexy tight fitting evening wear]]. They are also better at magic than the other classes.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* Some of the earlier ''Franchise/{{Castlevania}}'' games made Dracula look like this. Since ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaSymphonyOfTheNight'', however, he's typically depicted as looking closer to [[Literature/{{Dracula}} Bram Stoker's original description]], with long hair and a moustache.
** As does ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaOrderOfEcclesia''.
** ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaPortraitOfRuin'' however goes for the [[http://images2.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20080227221739/castlevania/images/thumb/a/aa/DraculaPortrait.jpg/542px-DraculaPortrait.jpg classical look.]]
** Alucard shares the classic look in ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaIIIDraculasCurse''.
* Vampires and Vampire lords in ''VideoGame/HeroesOfMightAndMagic II''. Complete with 'blah!' sound effects when they attack.
* Valvatorez of ''VideoGame/{{Disgaea 4| A Promise Unforgotten}}'' had the classic vampire look during his days as Tyrant. He still maintains most of it, but with some more modern touches (the cravat was replaced by a CleavageWindow, for example).
* In ''VideoGame/TheSims2'', the male vampire {{NPC}}, whose name usually starts with "Count", looks like this.
* The Vampire costume in ''VideoGame/CostumeQuest''.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* ''Webcomic/TheAdventuresOfDrMcNinja'' 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. And Hitler.
%%* ''Webcomic/NichtLustig'' ... well, sort of.
* ''Webcomic/{{Nosfera}}'s'' Bram is this; the title character, slightly less so, but still has some aspects of it.

[[folder:Web Original]]
* While generally not using VampireVords, stylistically, ''Vamp You'', a vampire porn site, generally uses vampire like this. At least some elements are always kept. One artist especially focuses on the capes.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
%%* Thatch from ''WesternAnimation/CaspersScareSchool''.
* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'':
** A [[WesternAnimation/TreehouseOfHorror Halloween episode]] has a this type of vampire be a father and contrast to a younger, [[Literature/{{Twilight}} Edward Cullen]] style vampire.
** An earlier Halloween episode featured Mr. Burns as a vampire living in Pennsylvania. (He LooksLikeOrlock, though, because, well, he does anyway. The episode also gave him the weird winged hairdo Gary Oldman sported in ''Film/BramStokersDracula''.)
--->'''Kent Brockman:''' Another local peasant has been found dead, drained of his blood with two teeth marks on his neck. This black cape was found at the scene, ''[shows cape that reads DRACULA]'' Police are baffled.
* Pretty much any vampire appearing in the ''Franchise/ScoobyDoo'' franchise.
* This is how Dracula appears in one story arc of ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2012.''
* One episode of the Nelvana ''Franchise/CareBears'' cartoon features the villainous green-skinned Dr. Fright, who literally draws power from his victims' fear by terrifying them with an elaborate mechanical death trap, and collaborates with the evil sorcerer No Heart in his plan to destroy all caring and create "an unfeeling, scary world". While it's not clear whether or not he's actually a vampire, he comes equipped with the requisite tuxedo, high-collared cape and widow's peak, and even greets his victims with a Lugosian "Gooood eeeeeveniiiiinnng".
* Subverted in ''WesternAnimation/TheRealGhostbusters'' episode "Transylvania Homesick Blues". At first glance, Count Vostok fits the bill perfectly, having the appearance and voice to a tee, living in the fictional Slavic country of Boldavia, and in a stock sinister castle on a mountaintop. However, the Count is revealed to be a benevolent entity who survives on artificial blood, and also the victim of a plot by his Van Helsing-esque rival to turn the stereotypical angry torch-wielding Mitteleuropean peasants in the nearby village against him. (Furthermore, he reveals that the novel "Dracula" was apparently based on the historical rivalry between the families of the count and the vampire hunter who pursues him.)
* Several such vampires appear in episodes of ''WesternAnimation/TalesFromTheCryptKeeper''.