Comic Book / Batman Vampire

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An Elseworld trilogy that involves Batman becoming a vampire. There are three parts to it:

Batman and Dracula: Red Rain

A 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.

Bloodstorm

Batman, 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 werecat. 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 Mist

Without 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. Tropes that already apply to Batman, such as The Cowl, don't go here.


The Batman Vampire trilogy provides examples of:

  • 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.
  • And Then John Was a Zombie: Batman opposed the vampires who killed humans, but by the end of the third book, he has become just as monstrous as them, only just hanging on to his sanity long enough to let his old allies destroy him.
  • Anyone Can Die: And they all do. Except for Dr. Arkham.
  • Arc Words: In Red Rain: "Vampires exist...but not all of them are evil."
  • 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.
  • Ascended Demon: As revealed in Bloodstorm, vampires who abstain from drinking human blood are immune to crosses and holy water. Joker finds this out the hard way when he lures Batman into a church filled with crosses.
  • Ax-Crazy: By the time of Crimson Mist, Batman has devolved into little more than a bloodthirsty monster who eagerly beheads his victims and drains them of blood. By the end of the story, he states that perhaps he's become an even bigger monster than Dracula himself.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: In Bloodstorm, Batman considers this the case after he succumbs to his bloodlust and kills the Joker, reflecting that the Joker has finally turned Batman into a killer like himself.
  • Became Their Own Antithesis: In Crimson Mist, Batman has gone from being a noble hero and a major practitioner of Thou Shalt Not Kill to a monster who eagerly kills his Rogues Gallery for their blood. Gordon even acknowledges it, citing it to Alfred as proof that the Batman they knew is gone.
  • 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.
  • Better the Devil You Know: Discussed between Alfred and Gordon in Crimson Mist, regarding the massive crime wave that has occurred since Batman's staking.
    Gordon: Sometimes I actually wonder if we did the right thing, Pennyworth, driving that stake through his heart. At least the devil we knew... was once a dark angel.
    Alfred: Indeed, sir.
  • Big Bad: Dracula in Red Rain, the Joker in Bloodstorm, and Batman himself in Crimson Mist.
  • Big "NO!": Both Batman and Alfred let out more than one over the course of the trilogy.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Batman manages to put an end to Dracula, his own Rogues Gallery, and the remaining vampires but at the heavy cost of his own life and his allies including Selena, Gordon and Alfred.
  • 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. Not even drinking blood will restore him to a more human like appearance.
    • Creach, Joker's Dragon in Bloodstorm, spent a long time crawling out of his grave; as a result, the flesh on his abdomen has decayed, exposing his stomach and intestines.
  • Breaking and Bloodsucking: A variation occurs in Red Rain. Tanya repeatedly visits Bruce in his sleep and bites him to infect him with vampirism, without actually drinking his blood. As a result, Batman gains vampire powers while still remaining essentially human, giving him the strength to fight Dracula.
  • Broke Your Arm Punching Out Cthulhu: In Red Rain, Batman succeeds in destroying Dracula once and for all, but not before Dracula completely drains his blood and turns him into a full-fledged vampire.
  • 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 incapacitates 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. Though in all fairness, he was also hit by lightning which would have been the possible cause, the point still remains for all staked vampires that weren't beheaded previously.
  • Couldn't Find a Pen:
    • In Red Rain, after being slashed across the chest by Dracula, Batman uses it to his advantage to draw the image of a cross on the wall in his own blood. Dracula is left at a stalemate, both drawn to the blood and unable to approach the cross, and is ultimately forced to flee when the sun rises.
    • In Crimson Mist, after slaughtering every homicidal inmate in Arkham Asylum, Batman leaves a note to Dr. Arkham in blood. The note reads, "Go home. Your work is done."
  • 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.
  • The Dark Side Will Make You Forget: Batman goes through this in Crimson Mist after succumbing to Sanity Slippage and his vampire nature. As he falls deeper and deeper into corruption, he reflects that he can no longer understand the Heroic Sacrifices of Tanya and Selina, now regarding them as foolish actions rather than selfless and noble.
  • 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 in Crimson Mist, 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:
    • In Bloodstorm, the Joker sets one up for Batman in the form of a church full of crosses. Since Batman hasn't drunk anybody's blood at that point, it totally fails to work... Until he kills the Joker and feeds on him.
    • In Crimson Mist, Gordon and Alfred, in an Enemy Mine with Two-Face's gang, set another one up for Batman in his new lair in the remnants of the Batcave, by planting explosives in the roof with the intention of setting them off and exposing Batman to the sun. After a struggle that ends in the deaths of Alfred and Two-Face's gang, Batman willingly convinces Gordon to continue with his plan and set off the bombs.
  • Depleted Phlebotinum Shells:
    • During the final showdown with Dracula in Red Rain, Batman attacks him with silver Batarangs. In Bloodstorm, his primary weapons are wooden throwing daggers weighted with silver.
    • In Bloodstorm, the gag flower on Joker's lapel squirts holy water, which he uses to keep the vampires at bay while convincing them to join him.
  • 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, having decayed for too long.
  • Eviler Than Thou: Invoked. At the end of Crimson Mist, Batman remarks that he's become worse than criminals like Two-Face, perhaps even worse than Dracula himself.
  • Fallen Hero: By the time of Crimson Mist, Batman has turned into a fiend who targets supervillains to sate his thirst for blood, but everyone else knows that it's only a matter of time before he runs out of criminals to kill and starts targeting innocents.
  • Femme Fatalons: Both the vampire Batman and Dracula have razor-sharp talons for nails. Batman uses his in Crimson Mist to rip Victor Zsasz's chest open, leaving the scar meant to represent Zsasz's own death before draining him.
  • Fight Dracula: The plot of Red Rain in a nutshell.
  • Fingore: The Scarecrow decorates his costume with the severed fingers of his victims.
  • Godzilla Threshold: Several during Crimson Mist:
    • With crime running rampant throughout Gotham since Batman's staking, Alfred becomes so desperate to give the city a savior again that he removes the stake from Bats' body, reviving him. Sadly, Batman has been driven completely insane by his bloodlust and his body's decay, and embarks on a rampage, killing nearly all of Gotham's villains.
    • After Batman kills most of his Rogues Gallery, including the inmates of Arkham Asylum, Gordon agrees to an Enemy Mine with Two-Face and Killer Croc to stop him.
  • Gone Horribly Right: Alfred revived Batman in Crimson Mist to give Gotham a savior and put an end to the crime wave. Batman does so... by killing all of Gotham's villains and draining them of their blood.
  • 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:
    • 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.
    • Tanya herself is later retconned to be a half-vampire herself in Crimson Mist.
  • 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.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard:
    • Batman beheads Scarecrow with his own sickle knife.
    • Gordon has the roof of the Batcave rigged to explode as part of a Death Trap to defeat Batman by exposing him to the sun. Unfortunately, Gordon miscalculates the explosive force necessary to blow the roof, and the resulting rockslide traps him in the cave and crushes him.
  • Hostile Weather: The red rain, which is acidic.
  • Humanoid Abomination: In Crimson Mist, Batman has been reduced to little more than a rotted skeleton enshrouded by his tattered costume, capable of transforming into mist and flying as a winged beast at will.
  • Hunter of His Own Kind: Batman acts as such in Bloodstorm, using his new vampire powers to hunt and kill other vampires.
  • I'm 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. Not just the Joker himself, but all of Batman's major enemies get killed off.
  • 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.
  • Legally Dead: At the end of Red Rain, in the wake of Wayne Manor's destruction and Batman being turned by Dracula, Bruce Wayne is declared dead, with one-tenth of his estate being willed to Alfred and the rest given to charity.
  • Madness Mantra: In Crimson Mist, Batman repeats the same phrase with each villain he hunts during his purge of Gotham.
    Batman: First your blood, then your head!
  • Make an Example of Them: What Batman does to Black Mask and his gang in Crimson Mist; he kills them all, and then mounts their severed heads on the fence of Blackgate Penitentiary as a warning to the prisoners.
  • Make Sure He's Dead: Throughout Bloodstorm, Batman comes across vampire victims, and stakes them in the heart to prevent them from rising as vampires themselves. In Crimson Mist, he also beheads his Rogues Gallery to ensure they don't rise once more.
  • 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!:
    • A key reason Dracula's killing spree goes largely unnoticed for so long in Red Rain is because the mayor largely covers it up out of fear of causing panic and giving himself, Gotham's first black mayor, a bad impression to the public. When the crisis is resolved, the mayor resigns from office and turns himself in on charges of criminal neglect in repentance.
    • 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. Though, 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.
  • Our Werebeasts Are Different: In Bloodstorm, Selina Kyle becomes a werecat after being bitten by a vampire in the shape of a wolf. She transforms during the full moon, but is killed by a conventional wooden arrow.
  • The Power of Love: The touch of a woman's love serves as replacement for drinking blood to a vampire that hasn't fed yet. This is used by Selina to keep Bruce sane... until the Joker kills her.
    • Alfred sacrificing himself to restore Bruce's strength gives Bruce enough control to allow Gordan to detonate the explosives in the Bat Cave, where he willingly walks into the sun, ending the threat he poses to Gotham and the world for good.
  • 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.
  • Psychopathic Manchild: Scarecrow has shades of this in Crimson Mist, since his primary victims are former Jerk Jocks who bullied him in school, which he still holds a grudge over. When Batman confronts him over it, Scarecrow whines that contrary to Batman's statements, his victims are not innocent and they tormented and terrified him.
  • The Purge: During Crimson Mist, Batman hunts down every major criminal and supervillain in Gotham, culminating in breaking into Arkham Asylum and slaughtering all the inmates.
  • 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.
  • Sanity Slippage: Starting in Bloodstorm, Batman begins to lose his mind as he becomes increasingly tempted by his new need for human blood, culminating in the former hero ranting about how he will drain the blood of his old friend James Gordon if Gordon won't kill him.
  • 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.
  • Shut Up, Hannibal!: Batman gives one to Scarecrow when he insists that his victims aren't innocent, and that they tormented and terrified him, while crushing his hand, exposing him to fear gas, and beheading him with his own sickle.
    Batman: You think you know fear, Crane? You think you know true terror? You know NOTHING!
  • Suicide by Sunlight: Done by both Tanya and Batman himself.
  • Taking the Bullet: Selina takes a crossbow bolt for Batman.
  • That Man Is Dead:
    • This line from the final panel of Red Rain:
    Batman: Bruce Wayne may be gone... but the Batman will go on... forever.
    • 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.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: In this comic, Dracula looks like a plain and average man instead of a Classical Movie Vampire or resembling Vlad the Impaler like in most stories. He can take a more demonic form for sure, but in his normal form, he could easily disappear into a crowd.
  • Tear Off Your Face: In Bloodstorm, Creach rips off the face of one of his victims with his teeth.
  • Tragic Monster: Batman eventually becomes as such over the course of the second and third parts. He repeatedly struggles with his bloodlust, and briefly finds solace from it in his relationship with Selina Kyle... until Joker kills her. In a fit of grief and rage, Batman finally succumbs to his bloodlust and drains the Joker's blood; immediately horrified by what he has done, Batman arranges for Gordon and Alfred to stake him so he doesn't commit further murders. Sadly, Gordon and Alfred neglected to behead him after the staking, so Batman was paralyzed in a death-like state, fully conscious and aware of his body's decay and his rampant bloodlust. In the midst of a massive crime wave, Alfred becomes desperate enough to remove the stake in an effort to give Gotham a savior once more, but Batman has gone completely insane from the experience, and while he's lucid enough to be tormented by grief and guilt over the monster he has become, he's now nothing more than a slave to his vampire nature.
  • 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. When Alfred is forced to work reluctantly with Two-Face to stop Batman only to be double-crossed, Alfred offers his own blood to give Batman the necessary strength to finish his enemy.
  • Vampire Refugee: Batman fits the bill in Bloodstorm, using his vampire powers to fight crime and the remnants of Dracula's brood while resisting the urge to drink blood, initially surviving on an artificial blood substitute.
  • 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.
  • Villainous Legacy: Dracula is dead by the end of Red Rain, but his legacy continues throughout the remainder of the trilogy. In Bloodstorm, Joker takes control of the remnants of his pack, and Batman's fall to villainy and madness is entirely due to Dracula's bite.
  • Walking Wasteland: Only shown once, but in Crimson Mist, when Batman attacks Poison Ivy, his mere presence causes her plants to wither and die.
  • What If?: Batman became a vampire?
  • What Measure Is a Non-Human?: Discussed in Bloodstorm, between Batman and the newly vampiric Cardona:
    Cardona: The old Batman never killed! Now you're a one-man Holocaust, killing every night!
    Batman: Eliminating you from Gotham is not killing. You're not even alive.
  • 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."
  • Who Wants to Live Forever?: In Crimson Mist, Batman ponders over this trope during one of his private monologues, reflecting upon the certainty that he will eventually run out of criminals to kill, and like Dracula before him, he will create his own vampire brood to escape the loneliness of eternity:
    Batman: How long before I can no longer bear the loneliness? How long before I stop taking their heads? How long before I start taking brides?
  • Winged Humanoid: Both Batman and Dracula manifest wings while transformed.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Batman's tragic situation in Crimson Mist. Restored from a paralyzed state as little more than a shambling, ravenous corpse, he barely maintains enough consciousness to direct his vicious bloodthirst toward the super-villains of Gotham, all the while knowing that eventually he will run out of criminal victims to gorge himself on and turn instead on the innocent. He knows what a monster he has become, but no longer is capable of fighting it.
  • 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.
  • You Fool!: Batman's first words to Alfred upon being restored in Crimson Mist.
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