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 Human Aliens
. 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 The Nineties
by Harris Publications.
Now her adventures are published by Dynamite Entertainment.
Vampirella herself is an example of:
- Action Girl / Dark Action Girl
- Back from the Dead: 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 properly revive her). Dynamite yet had no opinion on the matter.
- Brand Name Takeover: 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.)
- Dark Is Not Evil: Vampi may give off the vibe of a sexy, evil creature, but she only saves her rage for the bad guys.
- Failure Hero: 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, 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.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Vampirella is probably one of the earliest examples of a vampire protagonist, created well over twenty years before they became more common.
- Horror Hunger: 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.
- Magic Pants: 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 NOT take her clothes with her.
- Meaningful Name: Obvious. Nah, not really! Also used in-story: In the Warren classic "Deaths Dark Angel", villain W.W.Wade composed a classical Xanatos selfmate when he supposed Vampirellas bite would make him immortal. It didn't.
- Ms. Fanservice
- Lady in Red: Her red outfit is her trademark. Her seductive manner is also her trademark.
- Most Common Superpower
- Stripperific: Her signature red outfit, complete with Absolute Cleavage.
- Vampires Are Sex Gods
- Weirdness Censor: Very few people seem to notice or remark on her omnipresent red outfit, and when they do it's quickly handwaved.
The comic contains:
- Action Survivor: Pendragon is just a stage magician with no fighting ability, but he keeps managing to get by.
- The Alcoholic: Pendragon cannot resist the lure of alcohol.
- An Offer You Can't Refuse:
- 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.
- Bolt of Divine Retribution: Huitzilopochtli's are technically concentrated sunlight but otherwise fit the trope.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Huitzilopochtli in "The Betrothed of the Sun-God" fries anyone who sets a lecherous eye on Vampirella. But when Vampi decides not to go with him, he's stand-up enough to let her go.
- Continuity Snarl: 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 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.
- Disability Superpower: 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.
- Disproportionate Retribution: In "Into the Inferno" Granville decides to repay Pendragon's abandoning of his family by addicting Vampirella on cocaine.
- Eldritch Abomination: 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 drop dead from the revelation.)
- Enemy Without: 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.
- Evil Cripple: "The Running Red" has Jabez Kruger, an Arms Dealer who plays both revolutionaries and the governments they're fighting and has gamblers Driven to Suicide 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 inside the mech is the innocent daughter of the mad scientist who built the mech.
- Evil Is Not a Toy: Pretty much Once an Episode, someone will make a Deal with the Devil, only to find this out too late.
- Exact Words: 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 force-feeds her until she looks like Blobs sister.
- Face-Heel Turn: The demoness Astaroth once was a benign fertility goddess of the Demeter kind and somewhere took a wrong moral turn at Albuquerque.
- Fantasy Kitchen Sink: There are demons under the mad god Chaos, Aztec and Egyptian deities, Arabic djinn...
- Heel-Face Turn: Partly. When she 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...)
- Here We Go Again: At the end of "... And be a Bride of Chaos" a looter comes across a coffin and is tempted to lie in it... which was how Dracula Body Surfed his way between hosts.
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- In "Slitherers of the Sand" the monster is beaten when Vampirella lures it onto its own waste, which is toxic to it.
- In "Into the Inferno" Granville is killed by Vampirella, who he had accidentally driven into a bloodthirsty madness by the drug he had ordered given to her.
- Hurricane of Puns: Big time in the early issues, much less later.
- I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: In "Into the Inferno" we learn that Pendragon agreed when his wife wanted a divorce because of this.
- Kill It with Fire:
- 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.
- Loophole Abuse: In "Vampirella and the Sultana's Revenge" the eponymous Sultana had the Sultan promise to never harm her. So when he catches her being unfaithful, he instead has her force-fed, ruining the slimness and beauty she took pride in.
- Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" we learn that 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.
- Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" 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.
- No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: In "The Running Red" 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.
- No Periods, Period: 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?"
- Not Quite Dead: Dracula and Father Jonas.
- Our Vampires Are Different: Becomes a plot point in "Death's Dark Angel" where, being a Drakulonian rather than an Earth vampire, Vampirella's bite doesn't infect Wade with vampirism but rather kills him. We later learn in "... And be a Bride of Chaos" that the influence of Chaos is the reason why Dracula's brand of vampirism is different from the original Drakulonian.
- Our Werewolves Are Different: A plot point in "Isle of the Huntress". 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.
- Phony Psychic: 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.
- Put on a Bus: 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 reintroduced her into the story line.
- Scaled Up: In "She who Waits" the Cobra Queen can transform into a giant cobra.
- Shape Shifter: 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.).
- Sinister Minister: Father Jonas, who is actually a servant of Chaos.
- Skunk Stripe: Madame Dominique in "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou".
- Spanner in the Works: In "The Resurrection of Papa Voudou" 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.
- Tentacle Rope: Played seriously in the Warren times - those were horror comics after all, even if not under the restriction of the Comics Code. A 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: "This is...girl?"
- Translation with an Agenda: 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 Blood Princess. (Hey, if Drac is a count...)
- What the Hell, Hero?: Often. Granted, Vampirella on bloodlust (or drugged with heroin) isn't herself, but...
- Woman Scorned: In "The Running Red" after Kruger offers Droga as collateral in his bet only to lose, the humiliated woman pushes him to his doom.
- You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: In "... And be a Bride of Chaos" Dracula was going to feed on Pendragon. Fortunately, he was distracted.