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->''"..Dis is my lucky stake. I have killed many vampires with it. I call it Mr. Pointy."''
-->-- '''Kendra''', ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''

The favorite weapon of the VampireHunter, and frequently the only thing capable of [[KilledOffForReal finishing them off for good]]. Because weirdly enough, only wood can kill a vampire, whereas sword impalement (short of [[RemovingTheHeadOrDestroyingTheBrain beheading]]) cannot. This may be because the wooden stake was a once living plant, much like the vampire was a once living human, unlike the sword which was never alive. Yes, this occasionally means that someone can be killed via pencil to the heart, or that a bow and arrow can be more effective [[ImmuneToBullets than a gun]].

In early vampire fiction, stakes were simply used to pin a "vampire" into its coffin while it slept, keeping it from waking back up and causing trouble. It was also a lot harder to get the stake in than it is in modern fiction -- you had to hammer the stake in with a mallet or a gravedigger's shovel to get through the vampire's ribcage. When it became [[{{Flanderization}} a bizarre all-purpose vampire-killing weapon]] is unclear.



[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* In ''Manga/MyMonsterSecret'', most of the traditional vampire weaknesses are PlayedForLaughs, even with a full-blooded vampire like Youko's father Genjirou. It's even suggested that a wooden stake to the heart isn't fatal, since Genjirou's wife Touko has brandished a stake and mallet in order to make him calm down and stop harassing Asahi.

[[folder:Card Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' include the [[http://gatherer.wizards.com/Pages/Card/Details.aspx?multiverseid=226880 Wooden Stake]] card, which is an artifact that destroy vampires automatically.

[[folder:Films -- Live-Action]]
* In ''Film/{{Vampyr}}'', the titular vampire is weak not to the traditional wooden stake, but to an iron one.
* In ''Film/VanHelsinki'', the eponymous character as well as Van and Fay Løren carry these. [[spoiler:Van uses his on his ArchNemesis the vampire Geoff, to fatal effect.]]

* ''Literature/TheVampireDiaries'': This is one of the weakness of the protagonist, Stefan Salvatore. If he's wounded by wood it will cause the vampire to become severely weak. However, if a wooden stake is penetrated through Stefan's heart, it will result in instant death.
* In ''Literature/TheGardellaVampireChronicles'', Victoria hides her wooden stake in her hair when she goes to fancy events.
* ''Magazine/WeirdTales'': Averted in "The Man Who Cast No Shadow" by Creator/SeaburyQuinn. On the other hand, "Restless Souls" goes with more traditional vampirism (must be invited in, fears holy relics, etc.).
* ''Literature/MasqueradeOfTheRedDeath'': Dire [=McCann=] crosses this trope with ImprobableAimingSkills. One of his special anti-vampire weapons is a set of sharp, thin wooden rods. He immobilizes several vampires by throwing one of those rods into the vamp's heart. [[note]]OK, there ''is'' a metal core in them so they don't just break when used, but the fact that he can stake vampires with a thrown weapon is a bit of a stretch.[[/note]]

[[folder:Live-Action TV]]
* The weapon of choice on ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. Kendra had a favourite stake she dubbed [[ICallItVera "Mr Pointy"]]. Buffy "adopted' Mr Pointy after Kendra was killed.
* ''Series/TheXFiles'': Mulder uses one to kill a vampire in "[[Recap/TheXFilesS05E12BadBlood Bad Blood]]". [[spoiler:It doesn't last]]
* ''Series/{{Ultraviolet}}'': Vampires are particularly susceptible to wounds inflicted with pointy bits of wood, which messes with their healing factor somehow. The team has moved on from stakes, however, and use guns loaded with carbon-compound "dum-dum" bullets -- though one still needs to aim for the heart. Vaughn also has, as his personal signature weapon, a device like a spring-loaded ice-pick with a spike made from the same compound.
* ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'':
** The pagan gods can be killed with evergreen stakes.
** A Trickster like Loki can be killed if impaled with a wooden stake. [[spoiler:An angel, however, cannot.]]
* When vampires in ''Series/TrueBlood'' are staked, they [[{{Squick}} dissolve in a puddle of blood]].

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
** Truer to form, a wooden stake through the heart won't destroy a vampire, but it will turn it into an immobile corpse and makes destruction of the body easy, usually by cutting of the head and filling it with holy wafers. Don't expect this to work during a fight, however; at best it can be done if you catch the vampire resting in its coffin.
** ''TabletopGame/{{Ravenloft}}'' added several vampire variants with their own stats in 2[-[[superscript:nd]]-] edition, including elf vampires, dwarf vampires, halfling vampires, etc. The wooden stake vulnerability was often changed to something else for each of them; for example, a dwarf vampire wouldn't be stopped by wood, but by a naturally formed stalactite through the heart.
* ''TabletopGame/TheDraculaDossier'':
** [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Telluric Vampires]] have several similarities to supernatural ones, but also have some important differences. Notably, wooden stakes have no effect, but stakes made from conductive materials ground out a vampire's telluric energies and paralyze it.
** That said, Edom is prepared for a [=GM=] who is using the default vampire build instead. The agency's standard-issue crossbow is designed to fire heavier-than-normal wooden quarrels, which can stake a vampire with a really good shot. They also provide a Stake Tube for those times when a vampire is caught sleeping in its coffin; instead of several hammer blows, a pneumatic piston drives the stake into place with a single shot.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/VampireTheMasqueradeRedemption'': Available as a weapon, it works like a dagger, deals pitiful damage but has a chance of impaling a vampire enemy in the heart, rendering him helpless for a while as you whale on him. Oddly enough, the same effect can be achieved with arrows and bolts (though it's rarer). Finally, the modern age brings up the a Stake Gun, which is a stake-shooting gun.
* In ''VideoGame/TownOfSalem'', this is the WeaponOfChoice of the {{Vampire Hunter}}s (at least until all the Vampire are dead and they pick up a gun). A cross-shaped stake is featured in their avatar, and they use it to kill vampires in their kill messages.
* An inversion in ''VideoGame/{{Timeslaughter}}'', where it is [[{{Dracula}} Vlad the Impaler]] himself who uses a wooden stake in his Slaughter Move.
* In ''VideoGame/{{Terraria}}'', the stake launcher fires, guess what. As one might expect, it has a huge damage bonus against vampires.
* ''VideoGame/{{Metaspace}}'': The Mage Hunter {{Mooks}} can fire wooden stakes at high speed. ''[[IncendiaryExponent Burning]] ones.
* In ''VideoGame/Infamous2'', after losing his Amp, Cole makes a makeshift wooden stake out of a large cross with a pointy bit of wood on the end from a broken coffin lid.
* ''VideoGame/CastlevaniaLordsOfShadow'': A stake extension is one of the upgrades of Gabriel Belmont's SwissArmyWeapon, the Combat Cross. It is used both as a weapon to kill vampires, and as a tool to get extra leverage for operating broken portcullis winches.
* In ''VideoGame/BaldursGateII'', following ''D&D'' rules, vampires need to be staked in their coffins after being defeated. Consequently, wooden stakes are an item you need to find/carry.

[[folder:Web Comics]]
* Zig-zagged in ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance''. Weaker vampires will croak from a stake. Stronger ones like those of the Lysinda clan can be withered and left immobile and powerless, but it can't kill them.