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Vampirella was created in 1969 by Forrest J. Ackerman and Trina Robbins for Warren Publishing's black and white horror anthology magazine of the same name. In her first series, Vampirella was an inhabitant of the planet Drakulon, which had blood instead of water, which gave rise to a race of vampiric HumanAliens. After arriving on Earth, Vampi devoted herself to fighting evil of all kinds, as well as falling in love with one Adam Van Helsing while trying to avoid the stake of his father Conrad. 112 Issues would be published of ''Vampirella Magazine'', which would print its last in 1983.

The series was revived in TheNineties by Harris Publications. This resulted in Vampirella's origin being changed to becoming the daughter of Lilith who had been brainwashed into believing she was an alien from Drakulon. Harris Publications would publish 46 issues of Vampirella across two volumes with the last years marked by a large number of crossovers.

Later, her license was acquired by Creator/DynamiteComics who put out a DarkerAndEdgier version for 2010 which lasted 38 issues only to reboot the character with author Nancy Collins. Dynamite's 1st volume (Vampirella's fourth) continued Vampirella's original continuity before a ''ComicBook/CrisisOnInfiniteEarths''-style event which resulted in Vampirella being banished to a new reality where she had a LighterAndSofter existence. They have since released a third volume (Vampirella's fifth) which debuted her under a new more conservative costume.

Dynamite Entertainment has also re-released the original Warren comics in archive editions.

[[http://unitedfederationofcharles.blogspot.com/2016/08/a-vampirella-retrospective.html A summary of the character's history can be found here]].

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[[folder: The comics as a whole]]
* CainAndAbel: A recurring theme across the several continuities is that most of the main protagonist's siblings tend to be evil monsters.
** Vampirella with her two older Lilin siblings in the Harris publication.
** This is elaborated on the Dynamite comic: [[spoiler:Its revealed that Vampirella's father is none other than Cain, the First Murderer himself. In addition to be cursed to walk the Earth forever, his children would always be twins, one dark-haired and the other blonde-haired, also be cursed as well, with the latter always slaying the former to emulate the pain that Adam suffered when Cain murdered his brother. Vampirella is the dark-haired child while her twin sister Draculina is the blonde-haired one and driven to murder her sister by Cain's curse]].
* CharacterizationMarchesOn: Vampirella has numerous personalities depending on her creators ranging from something akin to Creator/{{Elvira}}, Franchise/BuffyTheVampireSlayer, and ComicBook/{{Blade}}.
* ContinuitySnarl: Three different comic companies didn't make it better. If you haven't noticed yet, you probably were too busy staring at her costume.
** In the Warren years, the origin was that she was from another planet, Drakulon. In the Harris years this was changed to her being the daughter of [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lilith Lilith]] but there were multiple variations even during that one company which varied on such facts as whether Lilith repented, what her reason was for raising Vampirella as good assuming she didn't repent, whether Lilith was in the Garden of Eden or in Hell, and some minor details such as where Vampirella's costume comes from.
** It gets to ComicBook/{{Hawkman}} levels of snarl with the 2011 book as Vampirella is revealed to have two mutually contradictory sets of memories about being a HumanAliens vampire and the daughter of Lilith. There's also ample evidence of both being true spread throughout the series with the opening stating she has a ShroudedInMyth origin.
* CrapsackWorld: More like a Crapsack Universe since the conflict of OrderVersusChaos has filled the world with supernatural monsters which prey on humans. "Good" guys exist but even they tend to be DarkIsNotEvil types and KnightTemplar heroes at best.
* DependingOnTheArtist: Vampirella's outfit is sometimes drawn as a one-piece, form-fitting swimsuit with a massive CleavageWindow and [[SexyBack open back]], but other times as a tiny, physics-defying strip of fabric that pretty much only covers her nipples and crotch. Her body type also fluctuates between voluptuous and muscular, and some artists give her a very youthful, almost teenage appearance while others draw her as a grown woman.
* EldritchAbomination: Loads (at least in the Warren years), and they are no nice sight. (Random Example - Vampirella warns Pendragon that he may not look at the Djinn she just killed since he, as a mere mortal, will [[GoMadFromTheRevelation drop dead from the revelation.)]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Pretty much OnceAnEpisode, someone will make a DealWithTheDevil, only to find this out too late.
* FantasyKitchenSink: There are demons under the mad god Chaos, Aztec and Egyptian deities, Arabic djinn...
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Dracula and Father Jonas.]] Albeit, this is comic books so it should be expected.
* LovecraftLite: Vampirella is a character who exists in a world filled with countless evil gods, eldritch abominations, supernatural horrors, and sci-fi creatures of the night. The gods of order and balance aren't much better either. Vampirella, however, will kick all of their ass.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Becomes a plot point in "Death's Dark Angel" where, being a Drakulonian rather than an Earth vampire, [[spoiler:Vampirella's bite doesn't infect Wade with vampirism but rather kills him.]] We later learn in "... And be a Bride of Chaos" that [[spoiler:the influence of Chaos is the reason why Dracula's brand of vampirism is different from the original Drakulonian.]]
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent: A plot point in "Isle of the Huntress". [[spoiler:Vivienne's lycanthropy is immune to silver, but Vampirella can still kill her by sucking her dry. Jean's, on the other hand, is not immune.]]
* OrderVersusChaos: There's a cosmic war between these two forces in the setting. Vampirella fights as a (reluctant) agent of Order.
* {{Retcon}}: Harris comics, in particular, really tried to get rid of all the sci-fi elements but never quite succeeded. They were then retconned away themselves.
* WhatTheHellHero: Often. Granted, Vampirella on bloodlust (or drugged with heroin) isn't herself, but...
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[[folder: Vampirella Magazine (Warren Comics)]]
* AffablyEvil: Vampirella in her first comic is a perky flirtatious vampire who murders a bunch of astronauts to steal her ship.
* AnthologyComic: The magazine's purpose, basically, was to be a ''Comic/TalesFromTheCrypt'' style horror comic like before the Comics Code Authority with Vampirella as host.
* AnOfferYouCantRefuse:
** In "Death's Dark Angel" a corrupt sheriff threatens the Van Helsings with trumped-up charges in order to get them to follow him to Wade's place.
** In "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou" the villains tell Conrad that Adam can be saved... if he helps them evoke the powers of Chaos.
** In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" Conrad presses a stake against the gut of a local guide about to chicken out.
* TheBadGuyWins: Happens all the time in the magazine.
* BoltOfDivineRetribution: Huitzilopochtli's are technically [[ThePowerOfTheSun concentrated sunlight]] but otherwise fit the trope.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Huitzilopochtli in "The Betrothed of the Sun-God" fries anyone who sets a lecherous eye on Vampirella. [[spoiler:But when Vampi decides not to go with him, he's stand-up enough to let her go.]]
* DisabilitySuperpower: Conrad is blind but has a psychic vision that can warn him about evil and his hearing is good enough for him to aim a gun with.
* DisproportionateRetribution: In "Into the Inferno" Granville decides to repay Pendragon's abandoning of his family by addicting Vampirella on cocaine.
* DoingInTheWizard: Averted. Vampirella is a science-fiction [[HumanAliens Human Alien]] but regularly fights supernatural opponents.
* DownerEnding: The majority of the comics ended with something terrible happening to the leads.
* EnemyWithout: In one episode, Vampirella battles the materialization of her evil side. She wins by giving her opponent a speech that her bloodlust is an integral part of her personality.
* EvilCripple: "The Running Red" has Jabez Kruger, an ArmsDealer who plays both revolutionaries and the governments they're fighting and has gamblers DrivenToSuicide by their losses.
** An even more brutal example is the megamech Vampirella has to fight in one episode. After winning, to her horror Vampirella realizes [[spoiler: inside the mech is the innocent daughter of the mad scientist who built the mech.]]
* ExactWords: In a Vampirella story, the sultan promised the sultana that he would never bodily harm her. Using this as a free ticket for adultery wasn't a good idea - the sultan [[spoiler: force-feeds her until she looks like Blobs sister.]]
* FaceHeelTurn: The demoness Astaroth once was a benign fertility goddess of the Demeter kind and somewhere took a wrong moral turn at Albuquerque.
* GenreAnthology: Very much a horror anthology series of comics collected in a magazine.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: Vampirella was a [[InsistentTerminology ''magazine'' rather than a comic]] so they didn't have to worry about the Comics Code Authority.
* HeelFaceTurn: Partly. When she [[DemonicPossession possessed]] the character Cryssie Collins, Cryssie kinda possessed her back, to the result that she allied with Vampirella. (Even in this form Astaroth still was a Bad Girl, rest assured...)
* HereWeGoAgain: At the end of "... And be a Bride of Chaos" a looter comes across a coffin and is tempted to lie in it... [[spoiler:which was how Dracula {{Body Surf}}ed his way between hosts.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: Big time in the early issues, much less later.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard:
** In "Slitherers of the Sand" [[spoiler:the monster is beaten when Vampirella lures it onto its own waste, which is toxic to it.]]
** In "Into the Inferno" [[spoiler:Granville is killed by Vampirella, who he had accidentally driven into a bloodthirsty madness by the drug he had ordered given to her.]]
* HotterAndSexier: The B&W comics were certainly this compared to anything else out at the time.
* HumanAliens: Vampirella's race is a collection of these. They're just vampires.
* KillItWithFire:
** In "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou", the zombiefied Papa Voudou cannot be harmed by bullets or melee attacks, so Vampirella kills him again with the fire on a brazier.
** In "She who Waits" the Cobra Queen is killed when Pendragon uses his brandy as fuel for a fire.
* LoopholeAbuse: In "Vampirella and the Sultana's Revenge" the eponymous Sultana had the Sultan promise to never harm her. [[spoiler:So when he catches her being unfaithful, he instead has her force-fed, ruining the slimness and beauty she took pride in.]]
* NiceJobBreakingItHero: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" we learn that [[spoiler:Dracula]] was a native of Drakulon who was supposed to be executed for his crimes, but the execution device was too powerful and instead of just disintegrating his body, it was sent into the dimension where Chaos was banished to.
* NiceJobFixingItVillain: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" [[spoiler:Lucretia, who wanted to become the Bride of Chaos and was jealous that Dracula had chosen Vampirella instead, freed Vampirella from her bonds to take over.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished: In "The Running Red" [[spoiler:the Traveller plays to beat Kruger for the sake of good rather than hedonism and loses his immortality for it. He dies shortly afterwards when Kruger's goons attack.]]
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: Strictly played for the lulz in "Stake Out". One SF bar buddy tells the other how they defeated the gruesome alien plant vampire (maybe [[ShaggyDogStory he made all up]]). The vampire can't be killed with a (wooden) stake. [[spoiler: So the heroes kill him with a [[IncrediblyLamePun steak]].]] (At this point of the story, intergalactic policemen storm the bar. Probably it's the MontyPython "This is silly!" police.)
* OuterLimitsTwist: Very common in the magazine. For example, in the first issue, a woman is trapped on a life raft with a dwindling number of survivors being killed off by a vampire. In the end, there's only her and the man she loves. [[spoiler: She kills him only to find out the ''boat'' is the shapeshifted vampire.]]
** The other stories in issue 1# included: [[spoiler: the origins for Vampirella, a father killing his own daughter after she is infected with lycanthropy, a man who rescues a GreenSkinnedSpaceBabe mer-woman only to discover she's actually a Deep One out to conquer the surface, a couple who has a gateway to hell as their nursery, and a man married to a monstrous Jabba the Hutt alien after hearing beautiful Amazon-like androids needed men.]]
* PerkyGoth: Pretty much Vampirella's personality before Perky Goths existed.
* PhonyPsychic: Amelie de Mort in "The Betrothed of the Sun-God" pretends to be a medium and cons people into thinking that their dead relatives want the will changed to benefit her, after which she has her victims killed for the inheritance money, though she gets more than she bargained for when Vampirella and Pendragon visit her and Huitzilopochtli speaks through her for real.
* PutOnABus: In the second issue, it was mentioned that Vampirella has a blonde twin named Draculina. She wasn't ever mentioned again (except in a retelling of Vampirella's origin, then under the name Vampyra). See the Dynamite (2010) series for TheBusCameBack.
* ScaledUp: In "She who Waits" the Cobra Queen can transform into a giant cobra.
* ShapeShifting: Vampirella into a bat (and Pantha into a panther, duh). A lot more exists (Dracula usually has the standard vampire abilities, "The Fox" is a classical Kitsune etc.).
* SinisterMinister: [[spoiler:Father Jonas, who is actually a servant of Chaos.]]
* SkunkStripe: Madame Dominique in "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou".
* SpannerInTheWorks: In "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou" [[spoiler:Paul Giraud manages to stagger into the ritual chamber, where he falls beside the altar. As a result, the spell intended to resurrect Papa Voudou splits its power between repairing the villain's mind and restoring Paul's body. Thus, Papa Voudou is raised as a sapient zombie but his body remains decayed.]]
* TentacleRope: Played seriously in the Warren times - those were horror comics after all, even if not under the restriction of the Comics Code. A [[EldritchAbomination monster]] is conjured to "handle" the witch Fleur, but due to plot twists, it gets the wrong girl and "handles" the butt-ugly brothel chief. Monster, bitterly complaining: [[PoliticallyIncorrectVillain "This is...girl?"]]
* TranslationWithAnAgenda: A strange thing occurred in the first German run of the series. In cases, the translation completely ignored the English text and mangled the plots to comply with the likings of puberty youth with an IQ of 50. The guilty are still at large.
** Also, just for the trope, they called her the [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses Blood Princess]]. (Hey, if Drac is a count...)
* WomanScorned: In "The Running Red" [[spoiler:after Kruger offers Droga as collateral in his bet only to lose, the humiliated woman pushes him to his doom.]]
* WouldntHitAGirl: In "Hit Six", the killer is very unconfortable with adding a woman to his hit list. He plays stalker while trying to make his mind up, but since this is a Vampirella comic, the women are spunky and she [[IncrediblyLamePun kinda hits on him.]] Things get very turbulent quickly. [[spoiler: For once, there is no downer ending and they can admire each other [[RunningGag ankles]] happily ever after.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" [[spoiler:Dracula]] was going to feed on Pendragon. Fortunately, he was distracted.
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[[folder: Harris Publications]]
* BigGood: Lilith is this when she's repented.
** Lilith is also the BigBad of the comic when she's revealed to have never done so.
* BroadStrokes: Vampirella has returned to her Drakulon HumanAliens origin, which renders a substantial number of these comics non-canon but they're still implied to have happened in some fashion.
* DoingInTheScientist: Vampirella isn't actually an alien from the planet Drakulon but the daughter of Lilith born in either Hell, the Garden of Eden, on Drakulon (which is now a part of Hell), or several other origins.
* DevilsJobOffer: Happens as a major plot point in the 1990's ''Vampirella'', where Vampirella is killed and ends up in Hell, which is fortunately ruled by her mother Lilith, who gives her a mission to fight vampires on Earth just before she is killed. (This was a mild retcon, since Lilith was killed, but this implied that she had been in Hell all along.)
* HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Lilith goes through this repeatedly in the comic as she is either a repentant remorseful demon living the Garden of Eden or a evil murderous monster who is enemy to God.
* HotterAndSexier: Despite already being one of the most provocatively dressed stars in comic books, Harris Comics began the process of making her costume more and more like "Dental Floss" as Trina Robbins said. Doubles as an UnnecessaryMakeover.
* IntercontinuityCrossover: Vampirella had a lot of these in hopes of propping up flagging sales. She had ones with Creator/ChaosComics, ComicBook/{{Shadowhawk}} and several ComicBook/{{Witchblade}} just for starters.
* NoPeriodsPeriod: Played strictly for the lulz (Vampirella of all would know, and Pantha is a werefeline, so Vampirella can't mean it seriously) in the issue with the ''Russ Meyer'' homage "Faster, Pussycat! Kill! Kill!" (yes, the title is identical) where Vampirella remarks to a raging Pantha "It's that time of the month, right?"
* SexSells: To the deterrent of the comic. Much of Harris' handling of the characters involved swimsuit calenders and cheesecake books over actual horror stories toward the end of their run with Vampirella. [[SubvertedTrope Notably, it didn't]].
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[[folder: Exclusive to the 2010 Dynamite series]]

* ActionSurvivor: Sofia Murray is just another innocent bystander saved by Vampirella but slowly becomes her sidekick.
* BigBad: The first arc had EldritchAbomination Yad-Ath Yermellus as this. Later arcs would share it between Dracula and [[spoiler: Von Kreist.]]
* BigBadWannabe: Le Fanu believes herself to be Vampirella's EvilCounterpart when she's just a SmugSnake.
* BattleInTheCenterOfTheMind: Vampirella has one of these in the first story arc, allowing her to become TheChosenOne.
* BodyHorror: The worm-infested vampires are definitely this.
* ChurchMilitant: The Cestus Dei are the Vatican's paramilitary monster-hunting organization that Vampirella has a friendly relationship with. [[SixthRangerTraitor Perhaps too friendly.]]
* ContinuityPorn: Brandon Jerwa's run on the title was absolutely full of characters who had, in many cases, not been seen in decades.
* DarkActionGirl: As part of the DarkerAndEdgier nature of the series, they turned Vampirella into one of these.
** Vampirella fights numerous ones throughout the series.
* DarkerAndEdgier: Vampirella loses all of her playful flirtiness and humor to become an angry Bad Grrl, a decade after the Nineties.
* EldritchAbomination: The Yad-Ath Yermellus is a giant worm god who created vampiredom.
* EnemyMine: Dracula and Vampirella team up to defeat Yad-Ath Yermellus.
* GainaxEnding: The series ended with Vampirella becoming Queen of the Monsters and an order of vampire knights due to oddball circumstances only to have an EldritchAbomination eat time due to a XanatosGambit by [[spoiler: Dracula]]. To save Vampirella, Lilith proceeds to banish her daughter to a new reality where she was originally a comic book character.
* KnightTemplar: [[spoiler: Herr Schuld is one of these as he wants to destroy his evil ancestor, Von Kreist, so much he ''resurrects him from the dead'' to do it.]]
* KudzuPlot: After the relatively straightforward plots of the first twenty issues, the series gradually started returning older elements of the series without bothering to explain where they came from or who they were. It climaxed with Vampirella journeying 100 years to the future with a cameo by the WesternAnimation/TheJetsons (!) in order to have an apocalyptic battle with Professor Quartermass and her adult son who is King of Hell. Oh and all from the perspective of her NiceGuy stalker Thomas Criswell with the help of a gigantic talking rabbit. This sets the ground rules for the comic's eventual GainaxEnding.
* MemeticMutation: In-universe, Vampirella herself, Dynamite's "Second Coming" story arc. (How that works? Astonishingly well, you're welcome.)
* NinetiesAntihero: What Vampirella morphs into for the duration of the volume.
* TheLostLenore: Adam Van Helsing is this to Vampirella.
* SixthRangerTraitor: [[spoiler: Herr Schuld betrays Vampirella in order to infect Sofia Murray with his demonic rapist ancestor.]]
* SmugSnake: Le Fanu is constantly owned by Vampirella despite her overwhelming confidence.
** [[spoiler: Herr Schuld recovers from his coma to try to recruit Vampirella. This is TooDumbToLive and gets him killed.]]
* StuffedInAFridge: [[spoiler: Sofia Murray is killed by Dracula to cause Vampirella more stress.]]
* XanatosGambit: [[spoiler: Herr Schuld is the descendant of Vampirella baddie Von Kreist and so ashamed of it that he manipulates Vampirella into coming to an ancient city's ruins so he can have her sidekick Sofia possessed by his ancestor. He distracts Vampirella with the monsters in the city while conducting the ritual so he can resurrect Von Kreist and kill him again. This requires setting up a plane massacre, summoning an ancient evil wizard, and Tarot cards. It also fails miserably as Vampirella interrupts him before he can kill a possessed Sofia.]]
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[[folder: Exclusive to the 2015 and 2016 Dynamite series]]
* AllPartOfTheShow: Slade uses real monsters for her creature features and has them kill the extras for food (and payment).
* BattleButler: Coleridge is Vampirella's. He'll do anything for her even though he's only human.
* BigBad: Slade is the villain of the first arc, "Hollywood Horror."
* BuryYourGays: Resoundingly averted with the supporting cast.
* TheBusCameBack: Dynamite the bus parked containing Vampirella's blonde sister Draculina in a garage on Drakulon and reintroduced her into the story line.
* CoolHouse: Vampirella owns one of these.
* CostumeEvolution: Vampirella goes from the thong bikini she normally wears to an outfit more suited for the Roller Derby.
* DealWithTheDevil: Genevieve's father made a deal with Slade, eventually making her effectively Slade's slave for life.
* DenserAndWackier: A series with Hollywood B-movie monsters, jokes, and oddballs.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Slade can't be killed by conventional means. [[spoiler: So Vampirella drains her dry and then pickles her.]]
* GayBestFriend: Averted as Juliette and later Genevieve are both three dimensional characters.
* HappilyMarried: Tristan and Vampirella in all but name.
* HorribleHollywood: The setting for the revived series is a supernatural afflicted Los Angeles.
* LighterAndSofter: A generally goofy tongue-in-cheek series versus the previous DarkerAndEdgier one.
* PeopleJars: [[spoiler: Slade ends up as one of these.]]
* TakeThatUs: Vampirella pokes fun at her former outfit, commenting its not terribly practical and attracts the wrong kind of attention (fanboys).
** A similar one is made at the comic book geeks when Vampirella attends Comic Con.
* VampiresOwnNightclubs: Vampirella visits one of these when she comes to Hollywood. It becomes a regular haunt.
* VegetarianVampire: Vampirella lives off a blood substitute in this series and is even called out as a "vegan."
* YourCheatingHeart: Juliette hooked up with her secretary and thus drove Genevieve away.
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