There are several ways to fall prey to a vampire. Walking around alone at night is just asking for it. Picking up strangers at noisy clubs is the hip modern way. Then there is the traditional method: vampires are fond of using Enter Stage Window to get in the victim's bedroom. They might open the window, break it, turn into a mist to seep past, or even just seemingly teleport in. Then it's straight for the bed, leaning over the sleeper, and chomping down on the neck. Sometimes the victim is awakened by the attempt or still up and about, often in lingerie for Fanservice, that's when the Hypnotic Eyes subdue her and she leads the sudden new lover to the bed. On following nights, a combination of Hemo Erotic and Vampires Are Sex Gods leave the victim eagerly waiting up and letting the vampire in for another night of deadly passion. The victim is seemingly Always Female. Must Be Invited might ultimately be required before the vampire can make a midnight visit. They may not always succeed and sometimes they didn't come for a meal, but vampires don't believe in privacy or knocking on the front door. While a hallmark of the Classical Movie Vampire, it's fallen out of favor in modern times, as vampires are far too hip and sexy to waste time skulking outside windows. Keep this in mind and do not list every time a vampire attacks somebody outside a bedroom as an aversion. See also Kiss of the Vampire and Vampire Bites Suck. In most cases, the vampire's feeding doesn't awaken the victim at all or they're enjoying it and so the bite leans toward Kiss. Sometimes they do awaken from the pain which places it in Bite territory.
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- In Phantom Quest Corp., Dracula initially preys on Makiko when she steps out at night. The final time, he goes straight to her bedroom where he hypnotizes her. But Karino's interference causes him to teleport Makiko into his arms and flee with her, to Tokyo Tower.
- The Tsukihime anime inverts the trope. Shiki goes to his sister's bedroom unannounced and catches Akiha sucking Kohaku's blood: the maid effectively being her mistress' breakfast in bed.
- In the Hellsing manga, Alucard decides the best way to announce his return, after decades of un-existence, is by trying to sink his mouthful of fangs into a sleeping Integra's neck. She empties a pistol into him before he can.
- Played straight and subverted in Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust. In the opening scene, Meier Link breaks into Charlotte's bedroom window as is par for the course, but their actual relationship is quite different.
- While he's not technically a vampire, Shuu Tsukiyama from Tokyo Ghoul is introduced in a manner that invokes this trope. The wealthy predator climbs through the window of an attractive young woman, complimenting her on her beautiful eyes while she cowers in fear. We next see her wandering the streets, screaming for help.....with empty, bloody sockets. He's later seen dining on the stolen eyeballs, while enjoying a glass of blood.
- Shiki, a number of the vampires are created like this. One noteable example is Megumi, the first to fall prey to the shiki and rises as one herself, invades Natsuno (Even being polite enough to take her shoes off. It's Japan, a custom and all) and walks up the stairs. Natsuno hears her coming but can't move due to some kinda spell on him. Megumi seemingly stops and he thinks she left. Only for her to somehow appear underneath the bed of where his friend is sleeping before sliding out from underneath it like a snake. Subverted though in that she doesn't bite him, rather she goes after said friend, Tohru, as she's jealous of the attention Natsuno gives him.
- Used in The Tomb of Dracula:
- In "Day of Blood! Night of Redemption!", Lila has locked herself in her dorm and lies in bed mourning the death of her girlfriend. Dracula slips through her door as a mist and she's terrified because she recognizes him and had seen him kill before. A moment later his shirt comes off and his raw, primal sex appeal overpowers both her fear and her protests of being lesbian. He feeds during sex dooming her to become his obsessed slave.
- In "the Savage Return of Dracula", an unconscious Jeanie is left as bait on a bed in Castle Dracula, a crucifix around her neck to protect her. Dracula returns from a hunt and finds her in one of his rooms. He attempts to attack her when Frank counterattacks, but he is overpowered and left for dead. Jeanie awakens and Dracula hypnotizes her to throw away the cross. Now that she is defenseless, Dracula drains her dry.
- Dracula Lives in the first part in Pit of Death, Dracula targets the blind wife of a man that's trying to rally the villagers to attack him. Since she's blind, she unaware of Dracula slipping into their home and he quickly seduces and feeds on her.
- Batman Vampire: 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.
- Bara No Toge: Shizuku does this often. She waits at the window of the Lily class dorm rooms, sings to draw them out to her, bites them, and sends them back to bed before leaving. Since the girls she feeds from are under hypnosis, they have little to no memories of the event.
Films — Live-Action
- A staple of the Hammer Horror vampires films and perhaps a major contribution to the trope becoming cliché. Also a great opportunity for a Lingerie Scene.
- Horror of Dracula, as usual, Dracula attacks Lucy. She is awake in bed, watching as Dracula appears on the balcony and waits for him to come to her.
- The Brides of Dracula, Baron Meinster does this when Gina is by herself after Marianne leaves her room after they talk, coming in silently through an open window while she's looking at a mirror. By the time she senses he's there and turns to, he quickly mesmerizes her before going to feed on her. Later in the film, he pulls this with Marianne. But, unlike Gina and despite having ample opportunity to feed on Marianne right then and there with no resistance, he decides to kidnap her and bring her in front of Helsing so he can turn her in front of the hunter as a final insult.
- Dracula Has Risen from the Grave, Maria is standing at her balcony door when Dracula comes for her and she slowly retreats to her bed
- The Satanic Rites of Dracula, Jane was kidnapped by the cult and locked in a bedroom at their hideout. She was terrified by his ominous, unseen approach, but when the door flies open and he enters the room she welcomes him to her bed.
- In the Subspecies franchise:
- Subspecies has Radu break into the girls' room to feed on Lilian's cut arm; he sucks on that for a while before going for her throat, but flees when Stefan and Karl arrive. Later he somehow Offscreen Teleports from kidnapping Mara at a festival to finishing off the weakened and bed-ridden Lilian in the room.
- The second and third movies have Radu make several attempts on killing Becky in her sleep. The first attempt fails because Radu wastes too much time creeping around with the sheets and her nightgown until the phone rings...and he just leaves rather than attempting to overpower her. For the second attempt he spies in her room, enters via Stock Footage...and then runs away because Mel is also in the room, asleep in a chair. Radu is nothing if committed playing this trope completely by the book.
- In Nosferatu, Ellen's plan to destroy Orlok is to wait for him to attack her in her bed and allow him to slowly feed to distract him from the lethal sunrise.
- Shadow of the Vampire plays with this. Schrek doesn't attack Greta in her room, it's a movie set, the bedroom from the climax of Nosferatu. Per the arrangement with Murnau, Schrek only receives his payment for playing "himself" in the movie in the scene were Orlok feeds on Ellen.
- Played for Laughs in Dracula: Dead and Loving It, of course.
- Dracula in bat-form attempts to fly into Lucy's open window just in time for her to close it.
- Dracula is lurking outside Mina's window, but she has an inconvenient nurse inside with her. He's got them both under his spell but they're mindlessly following his commands and Dracula can't get the nurse to leave the room and Mina to let him in.
- The Lost Boys: Sam is hauling one of the creepy taxidermy animals into the closet. When he turns around, half-vampire Michael has come in the room by the second story window. After some arguing between the brothers, Star arrives, first yelling up to them from the ground, then suddenly floating by the window.
- In Cat's Eye, a tiny troll lurks in the walls of a young Drew Barrymore's bedroom and steals her breath while she sleeps.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula, at first Dracula lures Lucy out of the mansion and into the over-large gardens of the estate for sex and blood. From then on, Lucy eagerly awaits him, writhing and moaning in her bed as he approaches. The final night he crashes through the window as a wolf, rips open her throat and laps up her blood, and she dies with cries of agonized pleasure.
- In The Vampire Lovers, a young woman is asleep in her cottage. She's startled awake by Carmilla stroking her face but soon after is delighted to see her.
- Done in the both Count Yorga films:
- In the first Yorga does this twice. First by attacking the van where Erica and her boyfriend Paul are sleeping. And later mesmerizes Erica to open the upstairs balcony to let him in and finish feeding on her.
- Second film, Yorga sends his army of brides to break into Cynthia's household where they promptly feed on her family before subduing and kidnapping her.
- In House of Frankenstein (1997), Crispian manages to locate Grace's apartment but she is out of the house with Vernon. However Felicity arrives at their apartment just as he does, cue Crispian deciding to make a new vampire servant.
- In Female Vampire, the Countess first comes to Anna in her sleep, whispering in her dreams that the reporter has been marked as her prey. Later, she stalks Anna around her house, appearing and disappearing at will. Anna is so deep in her power that she's both terrified and aroused, even breaking down crying when the Countess seemingly leaves without touching her. Upon the Countess' return, Lesbian Sex Ensues before the Countess finishes Anna off—biting her throat or through oral sex, depending on the version of the film.
- In The Vampire And The Ballerina, the vampire first attacks Louisa in an alley. Later, he comes to her in her bedroom and she doesn't resist him.
- In John Carpenter's Vampires, Katrina enters a motel room unaware that Valek is waiting for her on the ceiling. She's terrified when he descends on her, but afterward she's shaking in ecstasy as he feeds between her legs.
- Inverted in Interview with the Vampire, Claudia is brought home after Louis nearly kills her, Lestat turning the girl as a gift. For her first meal, Lestat summons a maid to Claudia's bedroom, who he hypnotizes and drapes over the bed for his new daughter to feed on.
- The original Dracula would be the Trope Codifier with a helping hand from Pop-Cultural Osmosis. Dracula never technically enters Lucy's bedroom. On the first occasion, he hypnotizes her to leave the house and go down to the park. Thereafter, he goes to her bedroom window as a bat and she climbs partway out of it to be drained. When vamping Mina, he was able to enter because an inmate of the asylum she was sleeping in gave him leave.
- Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark, features "the Window". A girl sees a monster lurking out her window and she's too frightened to do anything. She unfortunately gives it the time to smash its way in, grab her, and bite into her throat. Her screams allow her brothers to save her and chase it off. The police pass it off as an escaped lunatic who thinks he's a vampire. Months later, the vampire comes clawing at her window again, but she screams at the sight of it and her brothers are able to track and kill it.
- The Bad Place uses this trope as Candy's introduction. Candy isn't an actual vampire but a teleporting super-human psycho who has a taste for blood, and blood drinking is the only sexual release he knows. He breaks into the teenage girl's room first. She awakens during the attack but his strength and size is overpowering, he bites her throat open and drinks until she dies. He attacks her older brother next and smothers him so he can't fight back before he feeds. Deciding to take his time with their mother, he climbs into bed with her, beats her unconscious before she recognizes him as a stranger, and then suckles from a bite in her palm.
- In Stephen King's The Night Flier, the eponymous Night Flier pays a visit to the elderly Sarche couple. The following day, the husband shuts down the airfield and the wife visits the beauty parlor. The husband is found with his head torn off on one end of the trailer. The wife is found, her blood completely drained, in bed; with new lingerie, a peaceful expression, and a copy of The Vampire Lestat.
- In Twilight, Edward breaks into Bella's room at night. Infamously, he doesn't feed on her blood, he watches her sleep. A month before they met too.
- The first chapter of Varney the Vampire has the eponymous bloodsucker break into Flora Bannerworth's bedroom. She sees him coming but is paralyzed with fear. He returns another night, but she shoots him.
- Seen in Discworld:
- Subverted in Witches Abroad where a vampire abjectly fails to get into the rooms at the inn where the three witches are staying. The youngest witch, Magrat, fails to get the point , declares the room too stuffy, and opens the heavy shutters. Concussing the vampire on the other side who is trying to get in.
- Otto Chriek, a "black ribboner" vampire in The Truth, reminisces about his past experience doing this, preying on not-always-unwilling bosomy young ladies in negligees.
- In 'Salem's Lot, this is the standard operating procedure for the vampires. While they require a Vampire Invitation before they can enter, they quickly overrun the small town by making nightly visits. In particular:
- Matt invites an ill Mike Ryerson to spend a few nights recovering in his guest room. That night, he listens in horror as Mike invites the vampire Danny Glick in. When Matt works up the courage to investigate, Mike is dead. Later, Mike returns to the same room waiting for Matt, but is driven away by a crucifix and revoking the invitation.
- A delirious Mrs. Glick explains to her husband about her dreams of the last few nights: Danny returning home so she can breast-feed him again.
- After Susan becomes a vampire, she visits Mark's bedroom that same night, offering to "kiss" him.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- The sexual subtext behind Angel's habit of visiting Buffy via an Enter Stage Window. Unfortunately when he turns evil in Season 2 this takes on a more menacing aspect, with Angel leaving behind sketches he'd drawn of her while she was sleeping.
- In "Buffy vs Dracula," Dracula wisps into Buffy's bedroom as a cloud of mist and then uses his hypnotic charm to get Buffy to let him bite her. She even assists him by moving her hair off of her neck when Dracula asks her to.
- Referenced and subverted at the end of "Wrecked" after Buffy gives in to a night of wild passion with Spike — to avoid a rerun she's seen in her bedroom, nervously clutching a cross, garlic hanging on all the windows. But Spike doesn't need to be invited any more — from now on Buffy will come to him.
- The pilot for Angel shows how a wealthy vampire gets around the whole invitation thing - he owns the apartment buildings he leases to young women. Technically speaking, they're all his houses.
- An episode of Night Gallery, "A Midnight Visit to the Neighborhood Blood Bank", features a subversion and parody. A vampire breaks into a woman's room and goes down to suck her blood. At the last second, she wakes up and says "I gave at the office". He apologizes, makes a note in his book, and flies off.
- Vampire: The Masquerade makes mention of the trope in some setting fluff; a vampire named Cleopatra tells a Karmic Transformation story of The Beautiful Elite insulting a beggar who then breaks into their room and turns them into a vampire; specifically Punished with Ugly to become a hideous nosferatu-type.
- In the original Broadway play version of Dracula (which the 1931 film was based on) Drac does enter Lucy's bedroom, after it gets de-garliced by the maid under Dracula's influence. In the play Lucy's and Mina's parts are reversed: Lucy is Dr. Seward's daughter and the main girl, while Mina had already succumbed to Dracula before the first scene.
- The Elder Scrolls
- Averted for Vampires in Daggerfall and Morrowind, where the traditional "bite the neck" feeding method is replaced by a vampire-exclusive Absorb Health spell. It can be Downplayed instead, if you choose to break into homes and use the spell on the residents. Morrowind also includes the Vampire's Ring as a legendary item, which allows non-vampires to use this ability.
- In Oblivion, once you've contracted vampirism, you can only feed on sleeping people. You can find bums sleeping around outside or you break in to homes and hope the psychic guards don't catch you with your fangs in a neck.
- Here, it is similar to Oblivion, but is made easier as vampires now have a +25% bonus to both the Sneak and Illusion skills, which includes invisibility. Vampiric feeding is one of a very, very few actions that a PC can perform while invisible that won't break the invisibility spell. Sufficiently sneaky vampires can turn invisible and feed off of a sleeping NPC in a crowded room with no one the wiser.
- In the Dawnguard DLC, you can avoid the entire procedure. Using the Vampiric Seduction ability lets you feed upon awake victims and as a Vampire Lord, you can just grab and feed in the middle of combat.
- The series' lore states that there are over 100 known vampire "bloodlines", and while many play this straight as their primary form of feeding, some avert it, such as bloodlines who consume their prey whole while others place their victims into magical comas, to be consumed at the vampire's convenience.
- Dwarf Fortress vampires prey on your dwarves this way. When Vampires go on "break" they will hunt for a sleeping dwarf to feed on. Being Dwarf Fortress, the players have learned to make use of vampires, by sealing it away from any other dwarves. An entombed vampire can't feed on sleeping dwarves, won't die aside from ghost-related violence, and is doomed to an eternity of managing work orders or pulling levers.
- In Final Fantasy Adventure, you get a free room at the Kett Tower. Too bad no good ever comes of a free inn in a video game. You wake up to find that the girl is gone and clues send you to the marsh to find a magic mirror. The mirror reveals that the staff are monsters serving the vampire Mr. Lee, who snatched her in the night and stuffed her in a coffin.
- Sword of Mana, being a remake of Final Fantasy Adventure, features a remade version of the same event. Despite warnings and misgivings, the Hero and Heroine stay the night at the Vinquette Hall, and this time both the Heroine and Isbella are taken by the vampire in the night. However, because of Adaptational Heroism, Count Lee is a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire trying to protect the women of the Mana Clan.
- The Sims 4: NPC Count Vladislaus Straud can use this tactic. The player can also invoke this trope if their Sim is a vampire with the Eternally Welcome power.
- Inverted when Shiki and Arcueid first meet: it's the human stalking the vampire. Without knowing Arcueid is a vampire (or, for that matter, anything else about her), Shiki follows her home, breaks into her apartment, and kills her (she gets better). It makes sense in context.
- Gender-flipped when when Tohno Shiki is unable to meet with the vampire Arcueid one night (with whom he is teaming up to fight a common enemy), she breaks into his room and watches him sleeping while she waits for him to wake up. Arcueid's behavior is more playful than predatory, although she does have urges to feed she needs to fight, and Shiki's response is neither fear nor attraction, but rather "what the heck is wrong with you?"
- In The Adventures of Dr. McNinja, the "Why a Gorilla" chapter begins with a vampire, in mist form, entering the bedroom of a sleeping blonde woman. It turns out it's Doc in a wig, who promptly stakes the vampire and kicks the him out the window.
- In Daniel, a man wakes in bed to find his wife in Daniel's arms and him drinking from a gory wound in her neck. Daniel apologies "for being too loud" before killing the man.
- In Last Res0rt, Jigsaw is unwilling to feed on her sleeping lieutenant, Daisy, until she remembers that it's supposed to be harmless, "like bloodwork". After some initial hesitation, both Jigsaw and Daisy are starting to enjoy it a bit too much, at least until Jigsaw freaks out and bites a little TOO hard, going from Kiss of the Vampire to Vampire Bites Suck in only a few panels.
- In Braceface Fangface, Maria is attacked by vampires and wakes up in an unfamiliar bedroom. Her boyfriend, Brock, has been turned and she's been offered as his first meal. They argue over the matter, and Brock gets some advice on being a proper vampire in the process, but he overpowers her and hypnotizes her into letting him drink.
- In Schwarz Kreuz, Joan's attempt to prevent this, by wearing garlic while she sleeps, drives a wedge between her and Nick. Which was exactly what someone intended when advising her that.
- Dani struggles to sleep after watching Dracula late one night. When she closes her eyes she pictures herself standing in the bedroom watching Dracula lean over Mina. Any action she takes suddenly places her in the bed with Professor Cross drinking her blood.
- Cross rescues Dani one night, hypnotizes her to sleep, and takes her home. He places Dani back in her bed, lost in thought from his problems, and several minutes pass before he realizes he's feeding from her wrist.
- In the Mina and The Count shorts, a vampire breaks into the wrong girl's bedroom. She's 7 instead of 17.
- The Simpsons did a parody of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Bart and his friends are flying outside Lisa's window, telling her the silly perks of being a vampire. Bart then tells her she has no choice, smashes through, and is about to bite her when Homer walks in and warns him about biting his sister.