[[caption-width-right:231:Rüdiger, the little vampire, as illustrated by Amelie Glienke]]

''The Little Vampire'' (original: ''Der kleine Vampir'') is a children's fantasy series by German author Angela Sommer-Bodenburg that follows the adventures of young Tony Peasbody and the child vampire Rudolph Sackville-Bagg (Anton Bohnsack and Rüdiger von Schlotterstein in the original, respectively). The first book was published in 1979 and has spawned 20 sequels up to 2015, when the final one came out.

It has sold over 12 million copies and has been translated into over 30 languages. Sommer-Bodenburg states that her "vampire is not a bloodthirsty monster, but an affectionate little vampire with fears and foibles who will perhaps help free children of their own fears."

The books have been adapted to theatre, radio dramas, two television series, a live-action movie, and an animated movie.
!! ''The Little Vampire'' series and its adaptations provide examples of:

* AgeLift: Slightly, but still. In the books, Anton is 9 and Rüdiger is 10. In the animated movie, they are both 13.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: Anna will occasionally play this role to Rüdiger, but she averts the trope just as often by being far more mature and reasonable.
* BettyAndVeronica: Anna (Betty) and Olga (Veronica) to Anton's Archie.
* BlondesAreEvil: Olga, [[spoiler: who wants to turn Anton into her slave and takes advantage of Rudiger's feelings for her.]]
* ClingyJealousGirl: Anna hates it when Anton interacts with other girls.
* DeadpanSnarker: Anton, usually as either a coping mechanism or to detract attention away from questions he doesn't want to answer.
* {{Foil}}: Olga to Anna. Olga has short, neat blonde hair and dresses nicely but is spoiled and shallow. Anna has long, messy dark hair, doesn't care about appearance as much as Olga and is very nice.
* HairTriggerTemper: Several of the vampires, though Lumpi is the worst case explained in-universe by the fact that he's an eternal teenager and will never grow out of puberty.
* JerkAss: Rudiger can be this.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Other times, he can be like this.
* JerkWithAHeartOfJerk: One difference between Lumpi and Rdiger is that Lumpi fits this trope better.
* JustWhistle: In the movie, Anna gives Tony a good luck charm (dead mouse), and tells him to whistle if he ever needs her help. He later does so when Rookery [[NightmareFuel shuts him in a coffin]], and Anna, as promised, shows up to let him out.
* NiceGirl: Anna, ''especially'' for a vampire. While she has a [[BlueAndOrangeMorality very different morality]] than a human, she's a lot more sweet-natured and considerate than any of the other vampires.
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Rüdiger, Anna and Lumpi will forever be the age they were made vampires. It doesn't seem like they actually agree with the trope namer, though. Desperately wanting to grow up is never an issue, even for Lumpi who became a vampire while in puberty and will ''never'' grow out of this difficult phase. Rüdiger and Anna, in contrast, still seem to be children at heart, despite the fact that they have been vampires for at least 150 years.
* OurVampiresAreDifferent: The vampires in this story drink human blood, but can survive on animal blood or if necessary eggs as well. They are afraid of the sun and it remains uncertain if sun light would kill them, since the psychologist's desensibilisation program is never tested in practice. A spear through the heart would kill these vampires (as well as any living creature) and they don't like garlic. They don't have any superhuman powers, save for the ability to fly, but even this power comes from their vampire capes (made from a special tissue, as Rüdiger said in one book), so Anton can use one too. Throughout the day, the vampires in this story are unable to move and look dead for the curious observer.
* PinkMeansFeminine: Olga always wears a large pink bow on her hair.
* PretendWereDead: Anton frequently disguises himself as a vampire to be able to attend the festivities of his vampire friends.
* PromotedToParent: Aunt Dorothee becomes Olga's guardian after her parents die.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld: Rüdiger and Anna were turned into vampires as children, but have been dead for more than 150 years.
* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: ''The Little Vampire'' falls somewhere on the friendly half of the scale, as Rudolph and Anna the Toothless are friends to Tony. Aunt Dorothee from the books, however, is quite the opposite.
* ThisIsMyNameOnForeign: When Rüdiger and Anton attend the festivities at the "Ruine im Jammertal", Rüdiger introduces Anton as "Antonio Bonsackio".
* UndeadChild: Rüdiger, Anna, Lumpi and Olga are this.
* VanHelsingHateCrimes: Geiermeier (English name: Rookery), who has previously killed one member of Rüdiger's family, and continues to pursue the rest.
* WhyDidItHaveToBeSnakes: Olga is afraid of the sound of someone knocking on a door since it reminds her of the night vampire hunters broke into her parents' castle.