Vampire Academy is a series of Young Adult Vampire Fiction novels written by Richelle Mead. The story follows Rose Hathaway, a 17 year old Dhampir who is training to be the guardian to her best friend, Lissa Dragomir, a Moroi princess, with whom she shares a Psychic Link. They train at the Academy of Adventure called Saint Vladimir's Academy for young vampire children and their bodyguards. After spending two years on the run, Lissa and Rose are brought back to the school and are forced to re-acquaint themselves with the student body. They are soon joined by a new bodyguard named Dimitri, who is assigned to Lissa in place of Rose.Despite being Young Adult novels, the books are rather accurate in their portrayal of teenagers. They cuss, drink, make out, have sex or try to. There is very little whitewashing done of the teenaged experience and the book becomes a much more satisfying read due to the realism of the portrayal. While still kept within a PG-13 definition of edgy, the works have gained a substantial adult following in addition to their intended audience.Has a spinoff series, Bloodlines. The books, in order of publication:
Because her hands are tied down, and we only see her healing by touching or at least gesturing.
A Lighter Shade of Black - In-Universe, the Alchemists consider Stringoi, Moroi, and Dhampirs to be all "evil creatures of the night". But they are willing to concede that the latter two are a lighter shade of black. Allowing to covertly co-operate.
All Genes Are Codominant: The vampiric Moroi are physically frail (which is compensated for by their elemental magic and healing factors), so they interbreed with humans in order to create dhampirs- which have the strength of full humans and a slight healing factor- to protect themselves from the Strigoi. Dhampirs cannot procreate with humans, and do not have to drink blood like either vampiric races.
All Girls Want Bad Boys - Inna is the willing servant and love interest of Nathan, a handsome Stringoi. Her love interest happens to be evil.
Animals Hate Him - Animals dislike dhampirs, while having no problem with the Moroi.
Arbitrary Skepticism - When Rose starts seeing ghosts, she questions her sanity. Because as she puts: "while I believed in vampires and magic and psychic powers, I most certainly did not believe in ghosts".
Aristocrats Are Evil- There are notable exceptions, but the royals tend to be selfish and spoiled. Non-royal Moroi and Dhampires tend to suffer at their hands.
Artifact Title: The second, fourth, and sixth books take place primarily outside of the eponymous St. Vladimir's Academy.
Aura Vision - Nearly all spirit users in the series demonstrate the ability to see auras.
Back from the Dead - One becomes shadow kissed when a spirit user revives them. Essentially what happened to Rose, who died along with Lissa's parents and brother.
Another variation of this is spirit can bring Strigoi back from the dead. This happens with two characters. Dimitri and Mrs. Karp.
Badass Longcoat - Dimitri, lampshaded in Last Sacrifice, when Rose gives Dimitri a hard time about leaving his duster behind after the Guardians invade the Mastrano house, trying to capture Rose and Dimitri
Rose: Are you afraid of my possibly insane dark side coming out?
Dimitri: No, I’m afraid of your normal Rose Hathaway side coming out, the one that isn’t afraid to jump in without thinking when she believes something is right.
Rose: Is there a difference?
Dimitri: Yes. The second one scares me.
The Beautiful Elite - The Moroi, who all share the characteristic of looking like supermodels. Ironically, because being tall and slender is normal to them, they consider curvy girls and buff guys to be the ideal, which most dhampirs are.
Blessed with Suck - The shadow-kissed. They share a Psychic Link with their spirit users, which is very useful if the Shadow-kissed is a guardian, but because the nature of Spirit often drives the user crazy, the Shadow-kissed end up absorbing all of that negative energy. Oh, and being able to see ghosts isn't as wonderful as some people make it out to be.
Bond Villain Stupidity - Isaiah had Christian Ozera, Mia Rinaldi, Rose Hathaway, Mason Ashford, and Eddie Castile captured and chose to keep them alive for days. This allowed them to escape and fight back against him. Leading to his death.
Bowdlerization: In the film, Lissa's cutting had been changed to the effects of using Spirit rather than her using it to cope with her depression.
That might have been a late change after the censors complained, because several characters say things like "Wait, so she's cutting herself?"
Broken Aesop: In Blood Promise, Dimitri is turned into an Always Chaotic Evil Strigoi, a Fate Worse Than Death. Rose is deeply hurt by this and abandons her education to trek through Russia so she can stake him, and thereby find closure. It's a long and dangerous journey that ends with Rose learning that she has to let go of Dimitri's memory and return to her friends and family, because mourning him in such a obsessive way sabotages her own life. It's a good lesson that is shot to hell by the book's closing chapter, which reveals that Spirit wielders have a completely unforeshadowed ability that allows them to resurrect Strigoi as the people they were, despite nothing else in the books even hinting that was possible. And after she learns this, Rose turns right back around and vows to get Dimitri resurrected this way, even planning to break a serial killer out of prison so it can happen!
Came Back Wrong: After Dimitri’s recovery from being a Strigori, he is convinced this is the case. He was wrong.
Can't Catch Up: In the first novel, having missed two years of training, Rose can't catch up to the rest of her classmates. That is why she needs extra training from Dimitri. Averted by the second book when she mostly catches up. She ends up graduating at the top of her class.
Including Bloodlines, the 10 books published so far cover a year and a half.
The Cuckoolander Was Right: Alice the supposedly crazy feeder is the first to note the sighting of ghosts as a sign that the protective wards around the Academy are failing. She is right. At least 50 Strigoi break through the weakened wards.
Cut Himself Shaving - Brandon Lazar and Brett Ozera explained their torture wounds by claiming they fell.
Damsel in Distress- Abby Badica when captured by Stringoi. Every one of her rescuers is tempted to leave the battle and comfort it.
Daywalking Vampire: Moroi vampires can go about in the sunlight, although it does weaken them. The Strigoi vampires, on the other hand, die in sunlight.
Deader Than Dead - All Strigoi. And the fact that even though they're dead, they can still be killed. Again.
Designated Girl Fight - In her prison escape, Rose faces three guardians. Dimitri takes on the two male ones, while Rose faces Meredith. Meredith being one of her few female classmates.
Dhampir - Ours Are Different Too. One is conceived when a Moroi has relations with a human or another dhampir. (They can't reproduce without Moroi for some reason.) They're tougher than both humans and Moroi, which is why the Moroi have fashioned them into their own personal bodyguards.
Disappeared Dad - This seems to be the most common result of male Moroi and female Dhampir relations. The dad takes off and the mother raises the children on her own.
“You should have told me,” She repeated, “I feel like you don’t trust me.”
“Of course I trust you.”
“Is that why you’re sneaking off?”
“That has nothing to do with trust,” I admitted, “It’s me...well, I didn’t want to tell you. I couldn’t bear to tell you I was leaving or explain why.”
Dream Weaver - Adrian Ivashkov, Robert Doru, and Sonya Karp all demonstrate the ability to enter the dreams of other people and shape them.
Driven to Suicide: Shadow-kissed Anna, the guardian and companion to Saint Vladimir, grew unstable following his death and commited suicide.
Easily Forgiven- Lissa Dragomir and Mia Rinaldi used to be bitter enemies. After Mia's mother is killed, Lissa has a change of heart and befriends her.
Elaborate University High: St. Vladimir's. Justified in that academies like St. Vladimir's are designed to house and protect its students their whole adolescent lives. Rose, for example, was pretty much raised by the Academy.
Enemy Mine - Rose teams up with Victor Dashkov against tme mysterious assassin of Tatiana Ivashkov.
Famed in Story - Arthur Schoenberg, "one of the greatest Strigoi killers in living guardian history".
Friendly Rivalry - Lissa Dragomir and Ariana Szelsky acted friendly while competing for the throne.
G-Rated Drug - Moroi and Strigoi release endorphins when they feed. This is treated as seriously as any other drug, however. There are three notable references to the drug-like qualities.
Those that are 'feeders' are perfect examples. They allow the Moroi to drink from them in return for the high. Those who have been a feeder for a long time are portrayed to be very out of it, almost constantly high.
Blood Whores are Dhampires that let Moroi feed on them. While feeders are treated with respect, Blood Whores, surprisingly, are not. Rose has to deal with something similar in the first book, as when she ran away with Lissa, she would allow Lissa to feed on her.
When Strigoi Dimitri captures Rose, he keeps her incapacitated by feeding off of her.
Hero of Another Story - Mikhail Tanner and his quest to locate and mercy kill his beloved Sonya Karp after she turned Stringoi. The quest is briefly mentioned but never fully described.
Heterosexual Life-Partners: Lissa and Rose. The two are psychically bonded to each other for life. In the fourth book, Rose goes off to kill Dimitri, leaving Lissa behind. The separation leaves a toll on both, and at the end, when Rose comes back, Lissa tells her to not leave her behind again.
Lissa: I just wanted to say, after everything that's happened...well, I don't want us to ever have this kind of separation again. I mean, I know we can't be together every single second - and that's kind of creepy anyway - but we're bonded for a reason. We're meant to look out for each other and be there for each other.
Hopeless Suitor: There are a lot of them. First there’s Mason, then Adrian, then a boy in a ‘primitive’ vampire village.
Elemental Powers - All of the Moroi specialize in one of the four elements. Well, all except for those who specialize in spirit, which people used to think was not specializing at all.
Green Eyes - The Dashkov and Dragomir families share the genetic trait of jade green eyes. They are also both known for stronger connection to magic than many other royals.
Green Thumb - Sonya Karp, Oksana, Lissa Dragomir, and Adrian Ivashkov are all spirit users who can make plants grow.
Happiness in Slavery - The Dhampirs sacrifice their lives and livelihood for the sake of protecting moroi, and few give any of it a second thought. Non-angsty Dhampirs are refreshing, but this one's a bit on the other extreme.
Healing Factor - Stringoi heal from serious injuries, minutes after receiving them. Rose estimated that it would take five minutes for Dimitri to recover from a wooden stake piercing his heart.
Hemo Erotic: Drinking someone's blood is seen as the ultimate domination. Doing it during sex is just plain kinky and weird. One of the series' Fantastic Slurs, "bloodwhore" revolves around that fact.
In the Blood - Christian and Tasha Ozera are thought to be tainted due to Lucas and Moira Ozera being villains. They were respectively Christian's parents and Tasha's brother and sister-in-law. Tasha turns out to be a villain after all.
I Surrender, Suckers - Christian seemingly surrendered to Isaiah's sadistic choice and drunk the blood of Rose to turn Stringoi. He actually used the proximity to burn her restraints and release her, initiating an escape attempt.
I Uh You Too: Dimitri’s inability to say I love you made Rose realize that he just thought of her as a conquest now that he was a Strigoi. It was the main reason she finally decided to get off her drug-addled butt and try to kill him.
Kissing Under the Influence - Victor Dashkov gave Rose a necklace enchanted with earth, causing Rose and Dimitri to become overwhelmed by passion, which distracts them while he kidnaps Lissa. In book 4, Lissa was drunk when she made out with Aaron, her ex-boyfriend.
When Strigoi-Dimitri has Rose, he keeps her drugged up with his bites
Kiss of the Vampire: A vampire bite from the non-immortal Moroi vampires cause euphoria and can be addictive. So addictive that there are people who are volunteer feeders for them and are addicted to it the same way drug addicts are. A Dhampir letting a Moroi suck his/her blood during sex is the kinkiest thing imaginable in their world, and such Dhampirs are stigmatized and called "blood whores". In fact, any instance of a Dhampir giving blood to a Moroi is labeled like dirty by the public regardless of how non-sexual the context is.
Lady and Knight - With Lissa as the Bright Lady and Rose as her White Knight protector from all threats. Nothing romantic about it though.
More or less happens to Jill in Last Sacrifice when she finds out that Eric Dragomir is her father and she's royal. Subverted in that Eric knew about her and she never meets him due to finding out after his death.
Master of Illusion - Lissa exhibits such powers in certain moments. Her first notable feat is making Jesse Zeklos have the illusion of spiders crawling all over him.
Mentor Ship: Rose and Dimitri are this trope. He returns Rose's feelings, but doesn't act on them because she's a minor. (And they're both Lissa's bodyguards- he and Rose becoming a couple would interfere with their duty to protect Lissa.) The first book's Big Bad actually taunts him about this. They Do, and eventually earn their happy ending years after that. An unusually realistic example in that both characters act their age, and have arguments based on this.
Mercy Kill: When discussing what one would want if turned into a Strigoi, killing them could be interpreted as this, because if there was a shred of that person left, they would most likely want to be killed. Becomes a foreshadowing when Rose has to do this to Dimitri.
Mind over Matter- Robert Doru is the only spirit user to demonstrate this ability in the series.
Mooks - Isaiah the Stringoi employed Mooks to capture his Moroi and dhampir enemies, and keep watch over them.
Must Have Nicotine - Adrian Ivashkov is addicted to nicotine. He is often seen searching for a cigarette.
My Girl Is Not a Slut - In-universe, Mason Ashford protects Rose's reputation by forcing Jezze Zeklos and Ralf Sarcozy to admit they never slept with her.
Never Split the Party - When Rose leads her own group of Stringoi hunters in Novosibirsk, this is the tactic she employs. When Denis, one of the group, protests that they usually split up, she answers: "which is why you get killed...".
Nobody Thinks It Will Work: Rose and Dimitri do eventually get together, but their concerns set out in the first book are never resolved, and are probably more pressing by the last book.
One Steve Limit- Averted. There are two Nathans in the story. One is Nathan Ivashkov, Adrian's father. The second one is the Stringoi who awakened Dimitri.
Our Ghosts Are Different- They are drawn to the shadow-kissed, hate the Stringoi, and typically can not speak. Mason Ashford is the only exception, managing to warn Rose about Stringo coming to the Academy.
Our Vampires Are Different - For one thing, there are three species of them. The Moroi are living vampires (meaning they are born, not made) who can subsist on human food, drink blood about once or twice a day, are susceptible to sunlight, and have Elemental Powers. The Dhampir are half-Moroi, half-Dhampir (or half-Moroi, half-human), can go out in the sunlight, do not need to drink blood at all, can't have children with their own kind, and the majority of them are BadAsses. The Strigoi are pretty much your traditional vampires, with pale skin, red eyes, no reflections, and are Always Chaotic Evil.
Parental Abandonment - It's common for Dhampir's to have a Disappeared Dad, but Rose's mother dumped her at St. Vladimir's when she was 2 in order to continue her guardian duties. Lissa's parents and brother died in a car crash.
Eventually averted. Both Rose's mother and father begin to take a decent part in her life by the last book. Her father more than her mother.
Playing with Fire- Moroi using fire magic include Tasha and Christian Ozera, and Ms. Carmack. The latter two effectively used their powers to fight and kill Stringoi.
Poisonous Friend - Avery, who encouraged Lissa to drink, party, and do other sorts of reckless behavior so she could get her killed, then revive her with spirit so they could be bonded.
Pre-Climax Climax: In Shadow Kiss, Dimitri and Rose get it on before the final battle with the Strigoi.
Psychic Link: Best friends Rose and Lissa have a one-sided mental bond through which Rose can see through Lissa's eyes at will. This comes from the fact that Lissa used her rare ability to control the element Spirit to unknowingly bring Rose back to life after a car accident. Lissa's power is also Power at a Price and can make her very depressed or downright insane with overuse, and Rose can take the effects away from Lissa and suffer them herself.
Quickly Demoted Woman- Following the battle at her Academy, Ellen Kirova is demoted from heamistress to mere teacher. Replaced by Eugene Lazar, a royal.
Reasonable Authority Figure: Alberta Petrov, Captain of the St. Vladimir's Academy's Guardians. She works well with Rose and convinces to resume her studies and graduate.
Red Herring - Adrian's mother was believed to be the Queen's murderer, turns out it was Tasha.
Romantic False Lead: Adrian was developed as a romantic lead almost as long as Dimitri was. Rose even convincingly seems like she’ll choose him until Dimitri comes back to life again, where it's immediately obvious she prefers him over Adrian
The series has a unique take on the idea of Royal Blood. The Vampire race, the Moroi, have an elected Monarch. The Moroi elect their leader from a pool of 12 royal families. The King or Queen then presides over a council made up of one member from each of the 12 families. Lissa, one of the main characters from the series, is the last in her family line, the Dragomirs, which causes tension as she cannot serve on the council or be elected Queen if she doesn't have at least one living family member, causing tension as her voice is not allowed to be heard.
In the last books it is revealed that Lissa's father had an illegitimate child, meaning their is another Dragomir. The plot is a race to find the child in order to give Lissa the support she needs. Similarly, once the child is found, they are put in extreme danger as people opposed to Lissa just need to kill them in order to invalidate her. The spin-off series, Bloodlines is all about preventing that from happening and keeping them safe.
The way the family lines work in this series is also based on blood rather than name. Lissa's future partner has to be able to provide her with enough Dragomir blood in order to add them to her family line, rather than simply take their father's name.
Sadistic Choice: In Frostbite, Isaiah the Strigoi gave his captive Moroi, Christian Ozera and Mia Rinaldi, a sadistic choice. They could starve to death or drain the blood of their dhampir friends and turn into a strigoi. In addition the one who chose this path condemned the other Moroi to death.
Safety In Muggles: Rose and Dimitri use this in Last Sacrifice, after breaking Rose out of the Court prison. They go into a large mall and meet up outside to lose their pursuers. They correctly assume that if they were seen, the guardians would hesitate before shooting or capturing them in front of so many witnesses, especially considering that they would both be able to put up a fight that could endanger civilians.
Secret Circle of Secrets: In Shadow Kiss, Mână (the Hand) was a secret society of royals who attempted to use forbidden compulsion techniques to get their way. Their initiation ritual was torturing potential members with magic until compelled to stop.
Seers: Yeva Belikova from Blood Promise, has precognitive dreams.
Sexy Mentor: Dimitri is this to Rose. Dimitri is seven years older than Rose, and most of the series plays off their troubles in getting together. By the end, they do. The main reason that they're able to get together publicly in the finale is because Rose has finished her education (both mundane and combat-wise) and he's no longer her teacher. Before this occurs, their illicit attraction is only consummated once, and the subject of blackmail from the Big Bad.
Space Amish: The Keepers live in secluded, old-fashioned areas and consider the rest of Moroi and dhampirs to be "Tainted" for accepting the modern world.
Strong Family Resemblance: Paul Belikov from Blood Promise, is the nephew of Dimitri and looks like a ten-year-old version of his uncle.
Super Strength: Strigoi have super strength which increases with age and the consumption of Moroi and dhampir blood. Isaiah, an ancient Moroi, was observed giving a light push which packed the force of a small car.
Suspiciously Similar Substitute: In-universe example. When Dimitri turned into a Stringoi and Rose quit her training, Lissa needed new guardians. Grant was a seasoned guardian and trainer, similar to Dimitri. Serena was a girl close to Lissa's age, similar to Rose.
Take Me Instead: In Frostbite, Rose volunteered to let Isaiah drink her blood, rather than let him drink from Mason Ashford and Eddie Castile. She argued that she had experience having her blood offered to Moroi.
Taking the Heat: Lissa made Wade Voda use a baseball bat to trash his own room. When he came to his senses he blamed Rose and she willingly took the heat to protect Lissa.
Talkative Loon: Alice, the oldest human feeder in the Academy, tends to ramble on and is thought to be crazy.
Teacher/Student Romance: Rose and Dimitri. He takes the high road and insists they can't pursue the attraction, but that obviously doesn't work. He thinks her mom finding out is scarier than facing strigoi.
Their First Time: Rose got a dose of Squick when she happened to wander into Lissa's mind as she and Christian were about to have theirs. Then in Shadow Kiss, Rose and Dimitri do it in a cabin. The afterglow is promptly overshadowed by a Strigoi attack on the school in which they lose Dimitri.
There Are No Therapists: Averted. At first, Rose, Eddie, Christian and Mia just resume normal life after watching Mason die, but then Rose is sent to therapy after she starts seeing Mason's ghost. She discovers that it's not PTSD, as she was told, but a side effect of being shadow-kissed.
Vampire Vannabe: The series has humans who willingly help the Strigoi in hopes of being turned.
We Can Rule Together: Considering Dimitri’s high status among Strigoi he has this to offer to Rose. It wouldn’t hurt that she would definetly be a decent Strigoi on her own, and the two of them together as Strigoi…
the world would be doomed. There has been fanfictions written about this.
The school is mentioned to have Psi-Hounds. They are never brought up again after the first book.
Rose's Strigoi hunters in Novosibirsk never appear again after she is abducted by Strigoi-Dimitri.
With Great Power Comes Great Insanity - Spirit users. Some, like Adrian, turn to smoking and alcohol to numb its effects. Others, like Ms. Karp, turn Strigoi. Those with bond mates have it considerably better, since the other absorbs all of their negative energy.
Would Hurt a Child: The Strigoi who invaded the Badica household slaughtered the children found there.
Youngest Child Wins: Averted. Among Moroi royals, the eldest person usually acts as head of the House.