Comicbook: Batman Vampire
An Elseworld trilogy that involves Batman becoming a vampire. There are three parts to it:
Batman and Dracula: Red RainA bunch of deaths are occurring in Gotham where the victims are found drained of blood with their throats slashed. As it turns out, the slashes are to hide the puncture wounds from vampires. Between his time investigating, Batman has dreams of a woman appearing to him as mist and then materializing. As it turns out, she is a vampire named Tanya (later changed to half vampire) that has spent a good while turning other vamps away from real blood and towards fighting Dracula. She visits Batman in the night and secretly bites him, infecting him with the vampire virus without actually drinking from him, to give him the strength to defeat Dracula, and she later sacrifices herself to destroy Dracula's horde by drawing them into the batcave as Wayne Manor is destroyed to rain sunlight into the cave. Batman faces Dracula and defeats him, but at the cost of the last of his humanity as Dracula bites and drains him in the process.
BloodstormBatman, with his new powers, continues to fight for Gotham. However, he begins to feel bloodlust and struggles with refraining from drinking anyone's blood. Cue The Joker who steps in to boss Dracula's remaining mooks around. He begins a spree of killing Gotham's wealthier criminals and taking their belongings. Selina Kyle makes an appearance as a normal person, but is bitten and becomes a Were Cat. She meets Batman and provides her company, which curbs his bloodlust. In a later fight with the Joker, she is killed, infuriating Batman. He succumbs to his bloodlust and sucks the Joker dry. Horrified by what he has done, Batman orders Gordon and Alfred to stake him.
Crimson MistWithout its Dark Knight, Gotham has fallen prey to its villains. Fearing what may become, Alfred removes the stake from Batman, which, since he wasn't beheaded, allows for him to be revived. Now a vicious monster, however, Batman takes to the skies, killing all of his rogues. He then enters Arkham and kills every inmate. Gordon and Alfred decide to team up with Two-Face and Killer Croc to stop Batman. In the end everybody dies.Also apparently set in the Red Rain Verse, but not necessarily canon to the original trilogy, are "Red Rain: Blood Lust" in DC Infinite Halloween Special, in which Batman kills the Graysons, and Countdown Presents: The Search for Ray Palmer: Red Rain, in which the Challengers of Beyond meet Dick Grayson, Vampire Hunter, only for Batman to turn him into a vampiric Robin.Elements of these story appeared in The Batman vs. Dracula and a version of this world is set in the Infinite Crisis game.Please only list Tropes that are unique to this particular Batman story. As such Tropes that already apply to Batman, such as The Cowl, don't go here.
Tropes used in the Batman Vampire trilogy
- Alternate Universe: Before Crisis on Infinite Earths, this world was listed as Earth-1191. Following Infinite Crisis it's been designated as Earth-43. According to The Multiversity, Earth-43 is home to an entire Vampire Justice League, which implies Bruce had managed to turn Superman, Wonder Woman, and many other heroes.
- And I Must Scream: Batman's fate in-between Bloodstorm and Crimson Mist. As Batman was not decapitated after he was staked, he was only kept in a death-like state, fully conscious and aware of his body's decay and his rampant bloodlust. Needless to say, he's not pleased when Alfred removes the stake.
- And Show It to You: Selina tears out the heart of the vampire that turned her.
- Anyone Can Die: And they all do. Except for Dr. Arkham.
- Arrow Catch: Batman easily catches crossbow bolts fired at him by the Joker in Bloodstorm (after Catwoman dies Taking the Bullet for him) and Two-Face in Crimson Mist.
- Art Shift: Crimson Mist is smoothly colored, whereas the first two where inked.
- Bee People: In Bloodstorm, the remnants of Dracula's horde are unable to think beyond their next victim with their master's death... which helps the Joker to convince them to join him.
- Big "NO!": Both Batman and Alfred let out more than one over the course of the trilogy.
- Body Horror: As a direct result of his body's decay in Crimson Mist, Batman is little more than a walking skeleton with piercing red eyes.
- Cannot Cross Running Water: In Bloodstorm, Selina escapes from a vampire by falling into a river.
- Cat Girl: Selina Kyle becomes a were-cat in Bloodstorm after being bitten by a vampire in wolf form.
- Cessation of Existence: According to Dracula, this is the end result for someone who dies and doesn't turn into a vampire. Gordon refuses to believe it.
- Children Are Innocent: To the extent that the mere sight of Dracula about to attack an innocent child allowed Tanya to break free of his control and escape.
- Continuity Snarl: Crimson Mist states that stakes to the heart only incapacitate the vampire in a death-like state unless the head is also removed, whereas Dracula was completely dusted and Killed Off for Real after Batman ran him through on a splintered utility pole.
- Crapsack World: Gotham, as per usual. When Dracula comes to town, his murder spree goes largely unnoticed under its already high crime rate.
- Crossover: Between Batman and Dracula.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Batman and Dracula's fight. Batman finds himself unable to match Dracula's strength even with his own vampiric powers and relies on silver Batarangs to do any damage.
- Darker and Edgier: Invoked and Lampshaded with the Riddler, who has gone from extortion and robbery to drug trafficking and murder, combining the two by using a murder victim's body to store heroin. Within the work itself, both Bloodstorm and Crimson Mist are much darker than Red Rain, both ending on near-complete downers compared to Red Rain's Bittersweet Ending.
- Death Seeker: During one of his private monologues, Batman remarks that he isn't sure if he's killing people to sate his bloodlust or to provoke Gordon and Alfred into taking action against and killing him.
- Death Trap: The Joker sets one up for Batman in the form of a church full of crosses. Since Batman hasn't drank anybody's blood at that point, it totally fails to work.
- Empowered Badass Normal: Batman becomes one after being turned.
- Enemy Mine: Two-Face and Killer Croc's gang join forces with Commissioner Gordon and Alfred to stop Batman in Crimson Mist. As soon as Batman appears to have been killed, Two-Face and Croc end the alliance and try to kill Gordon and Alfred.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: As Batman becomes increasingly corrupted, he reflects that while once saw Tanya and Selina's heroic sacrifices as noble, he now sees them as foolish.
- The Joker whines that Batman should have already gone on a killing spree ever since he became a vampire, failing to take his moral fibre into account.
- Evil Is Petty: The Scarecrow is shown stalking and killing the former Jerk Jocks who tormented him in high school.
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Batman in Crimson Mist barely resembles anything human.
- Fallen Hero: Batman by the time of Crimson Mist.
- Fingore: The Scarecrow decorates his costume with the severed fingers of his victims.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: The Riddler bears two noticeable question mark-shaped scars, one on his face and the other on his torso.
- Guns Are Worthless: Against vampires, anyway.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Of a sort. In Red Rain, Tanya bites Batman to infect him with vampirism while not actually drinking from him, thus giving Batman vampire powers while still remaining essentially human. He becomes a full vampire during the final showdown with Dracula.
- Heroic Sacrifice: Selina and Tanya both sacrifice themselves to save Batman and stop Dracula, respectively, while Alfred willingly lets Batman drink from him to give him the strength needed to save Gordon from Two-Face.
- Honor Before Reason: Gordon initially refuses to work with Two-Face because he's a crook. After Batman slaughters Black Mask's gang, mounts their heads on Blackgate Prison's fence as a warning to the prisoners inside, and then butchers all the inmates in Arkham Asylum, he changes his mind.
- Hostile Weather: The red rain, which is acidic.
- I Am A Humanitarian: Killer Croc.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Tanya isn't exactly thankful to Dracula for vampirizing her.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice:
- In Red Rain, Batman defeats Dracula by pushing him down onto a splintered utility pole.
- In Crimson Mist, he kills Killer Croc by running him through with a stalactite, and then sticks two crossbow bolts in either side of Two-Face's head.
- Joker Immunity: Averted
- Kill 'em All: In Crimson Mist, Batman has been so consumed by bloodlust and insanity that he makes it his duty to kill every last member of his Rogues Gallery.
- Muscles Are Meaningless: Batman in Crimson Mist. He's little more than a skeleton, but easily overpowers Killer Croc in a straight-up fight.
- Neck Snap: During their confrontation, Batman punches Joker in the face with enough force to snap his neck, but this doesn't immediately kill him: Bats drains him dry.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: Batman's rampage in Crimson Mist was all caused because Alfred has the bright idea to take the stake out of his corpse to deal with Gotham's massive crime wave.
- Under the circumstances—said massive crime wave in the absence of Batman or anyone else capable of curbing the tide of crime and sin—this could just as easily fall under Godzilla Threshold.
- Off with His Head!: Apparently, the only way to permanently kill a vampire is to stake them and then chop their heads off, as revealed in Crimson Mist. After draining his victims, Batman always makes sure to take their heads so they won't come back as vamps.
- Our Vampires Are Different: The vampires are of the old-school style, being that Dracula is involved.
- Psychic-Assisted Suicide: When Dracula first reveals himself to Batman and Tanya's pack, he orders Tanya's pack to their knees, and then to stake themselves. Batman breaks the spell by attacking Dracula before they can carry out the latter.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Batman's eyes turn red when his blood cravings flare up. In Crimson Mist, his eyes are permanently red.
- Rogues Gallery: The most well known Batman foes are in it.
- Senseless Sacrifice: Alfred lets Batman drain him so he can be strong enough to save James Gordon from Two-Face and Killer Croc, but Gordon winds up getting killed almost immediately after anyway by falling rubble from the destroyed batcave.
- Suicide by Sunlight: Done by both Tanya and Batman himself.
- Taking the Bullet: Selina takes a crossbow bolt for Batman.
- That Man Is Dead:
Batman: Bruce Wayne may be gone... but the Batman will go on... forever.
- This line from the final panel of Red Rain:
- In Crimson Mist, everyone in the story, including Batman himself, openly acknowledge that Batman is no longer the man he was, because Batman, no matter what, would never take a human life.
- The Power of Love: Used by Selina to keep Bruce sane... until the Joker kills her.
- Undying Loyalty: Even after everything the corrupted Batman has done over the course of Crimson Mist, Alfred refuses to abandon or give up on him.
- Vegetarian Vampire: Tanya and her pack survive on a specially made artificial blood substitute. Batman initially survives on it as well, but his bloodlust soon overtakes it.
- What the Hell Are You?: Riddler asks Batman as such after shooting him has no effect. Batman's response:Batman: "The answer to life's every riddle: death and hungry darkness."
- Winged Humanoid: Both Batman and Dracula manifest wings while transformed.
- You Can't Go Home Again: Near the end of Red Rain, Batman and Alfred sacrifice Wayne Manor and most of the Batcave to ensure the destruction of Dracula's horde and that Batman's Secret Identity remains a secret.