[[caption-width-right:328:One '''HOT''' vampire lady . . .]]

Vampirella was created in 1969 by Forrest J. Ackerman for Warren Publishing's black and white horror anthology magazine of the same name.

In her first tale, 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.

The series was revived in TheNineties by Harris Publications.

Now her adventures are published by Dynamite Entertainment.

!!Vampirella herself is an example of:

* ActionGirl: She is very athletic, possessing great stamina, reflexes, and agility beyond that of humans.
* BackFromTheDead: Completely absent in the Warren times (OK, she was wounded severely more than once). Often enough in the Harris run (up to the point that the last time the creators killed her, afterwards they didn't even bother to [[SarcasmMode properly]] [[HandWave revive her]]). Dynamite yet had no opinion on the matter.
* BrandNameTakeover: Somewhat YMMV, but it would suffice Vampirella biting any musician who called his song "Vampirella" (and meant any generic sexy female vampire) that she would never need her blood substitute again. (Offenders from Literature probably as frequent, but harder to google.)
* DarkIsNotEvil: Vampi may give off the vibe of a sexy, evil creature, but she only saves her rage for the bad guys.
* FailureHero: In her original magazine, Vampirella rarely saved the day. Often she was incapacitated until the end of the issue, only being revived to kill the bad guy. Most of her stories ether featured the problem resolving itself or a secondary character doing the majority of the work, and in some cases Vampirella was even the problem herself. This is not the case for the later series, where she takes a dominant role.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Vampirella is probably one of the earliest examples of a vampire protagonist, created well over twenty years before they became more common.
* HorrorHunger: She struggles with the need to take blood, which each dose of the substitute serum only holds off for 24 hours, and every story manages to contrive a way for her to not have enough serum, leaving her eternally fighting against her literally bloodthirsty desire.
* MagicPants: Never discussed in Warren times (except by the fanboys). In Harris times, a story explained that her bikini IS magic. In contrast, also in Warren times, her later sidekick Pantha could [[NakedOnArrival NOT]] take her clothes with her.
* MeaningfulName: Obvious. [[OurVampiresAreDifferent Nah, not really!]] Also used in-story: in the Warren classic "Death's Dark Angel", villain W. W. Wade composed a classical Xanatos selfmate when he supposed Vampirellas bite would make him immortal. [[OhCrap It didn't.]]
* MsFanservice: A sexy vampire with one of most famous {{Stripperific}} outfits in the comic world.
* {{Ladyella}}: "Vampire + Ella".
* LadyInRed: Her red outfit is her trademark. Her seductive manner is also her trademark.
* MostCommonSuperpower
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The heroine is a vampire, since she is the daughter of Lilith and needs blood to survive and has many of the typical vampiric powers, including superhuman physical abilities, shapeshifting into a bat, immortality, and a mesmeric stare. She is not prone to the race's traditional weaknesses, such as daylight, holy water, garlic, or crosses.
* {{Stripperific}}: She is almost always scantily clad in her signature red sling suit, complete with AbsoluteCleavage, with a white collar and wearing shiny black knee-high boots.
* VampiresAreSexGods: Her stare and even voice are hypnotic and seductive to humans, particularly males. She has been seen as having the ability to induce sexual arousal in men simply by being in their presence.
* WeirdnessCensor: Very few people seem to notice or remark on her omnipresent red outfit, and when they do it's quickly handwaved.

!!The comic contains:
* ActionSurvivor: Pendragon is just a stage magician with no fighting ability, but he keeps managing to get by.
* TheAlcoholic: Pendragon cannot resist the lure of alcohol.
* 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.
* 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.]]
* 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.
* 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.)
* 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.
* 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.)]]
* EnemyWithout: In one episode, Vampirella battles the materialization of her evil side. She wins by giving her opponent a pathetic 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.]]
* EvilIsNotAToy: Pretty much OnceAnEpisode, someone will make a DealWithTheDevil, only to find this out too late.
* 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.
* FantasyKitchenSink: There are demons under the mad god Chaos, Aztec and Egyptian deities, Arabic djinn...
* 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.]]
* 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.]]
* HurricaneOfPuns: Big time in the early issues, much less later.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: In "Into the Inferno" we learn that Pendragon agreed when his wife wanted a divorce because of this.
* 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.]]
* MemeticMutation: In-universe, Vampirella herself, Dynamite's "Second Coming" story arc. (How that works? Astonishingly well, you're welcome.)
* 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.]]
* 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?"
* NotQuiteDead: [[spoiler:Dracula and Father Jonas.]]
* 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.]]
* 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 extreme early Warren comics, 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). Dynamite by accident found the bus parked in a garage on Drakulon and [[TheBusCameBack reintroduced her into the story line.]]
* 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...)
* WhatTheHellHero: Often. Granted, Vampirella on bloodlust (or drugged with heroin) isn't herself, but...
* 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.]]
* YouHaveOutlivedYourUsefulness: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" [[spoiler:Dracula]] was going to feed on Pendragon. Fortunately, he was distracted.