Nowadays, when Vampires
are exposed to direct sunlight
, they usually suffer great pain and diminishment of power
, turn to dust, or go up in flames
This trope is the opposite case: Vampires are able to freely walk around in sunlight. Either nothing at all happens, or they experience mild discomfort. Sometimes they are stronger during the night, with daylight taking away some of their powers, but otherwise they are fine.
This was in fact the standard in traditional Vampire lore and early Vampire fiction. Lord Ruthven
, Varney the Vampire
could all prance around in broad daylight, and while some of these might be accustomed to sleeping during the day, daylight in itself was no danger to them. The trope that daylight is lethal to vampires came into being only with movies, specifically with 1922's Dracula
Sometimes a series may give a nod to this, or invent a "rational" explanation why some vampires can tolerate daylight and others can't. May play a part in Daylight Horror
A common variation is to only have vampire/human cross-breeds
be immune to sunlight (often among other vampire weaknesses).
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- A commercial for Kellogg's Nutrigrain fruit crunch bar features a family of vampires, who mentioned weren't "morning people", until they tried the Nutrigrain bars, now they loves mornings, as we see when the patriarch of the family takes their pet bat out for a fly around the neighborhood.
Anime and Manga
- In Black Blood Brothers, Kotaru is able to walk around in sunlight with no ill effects at all, while his brother Jiro smoulders if he doesn't have an umbrella and sunglasses.
- Rosario + Vampire: Moka Akashiya is frequently shown walking around in the sun to no ill effect. Word of God initially Hand Waves this by claiming that Moka simply protects herself from the sun by wearing long-sleeved clothes, but then again, Moka is also shown on more than one occasion frolicking at the beach in a bikini in broad daylight.
- In Hellsing, Alucard merely dislikes sunlight. He's powerful like that. It's implied that vampires in Hellsing are vulnerable and do burn in sunlight...Alucard's Healing Factor has just reached such a ridiculous degree, he simply experiences a minor tingling sensation.
- Mahou Sensei Negima! gives Evangeline A.K. McDowell, who used to have an actual weakness to sunlight (that apparently didn't amount to outright destruction), but eventually overcame it as she grew in power. She even has "High Daylight Walker" as one of her many titles and epithets.
- Karin is able to go out in sunlight with no problems. Granted, she's a bit of an anomaly among vampires in the first place.
- Aside from the unstable Schiff none of the Chiropterans in Blood+ were affected by sunlight.
- Vampires in Gantz can overcome lethal UV light for a limited time using a special medicine. It's only used in special circumstances because of the exorbitant cost of the drug.
- The exceptionally rare Jinrou of Shiki are able to move around during the day without problems.
- Kars of the Pillar Men from Jojos Bizarre Adventure created the Stone Masks hoping he could use them to overcome his race's vulnerability to sunlight, with Complete Immortality as a bonus. In his own words, he wants to "tame the sun".
- The vampire ninjas in Is This a Zombie? are completely unaffected by the sun. Zombies, on the other hand, not so much.
- Tsukuyomi Moon Phase has Hazuki, and the ability is basically the cause for an entire arc.
- American Vampire is about a new species of vampire that can Daywalk, and lacks the vulnerabilities of traditional vamps. Other vampire species are immune to sunlight as well.
- By way of being a half-vampire, Blade is not affected by sunlight. Not for nothing, "The Daywalker" is one of his main epithets.
- In Blade, Daywalkers (Half-Vampires) are not affected by direct sunlight, but regular vampires are. They can only walk around during the day using sublocking skin cream or completely covering their bodies. The original vampire, Drake, can also walk around during the day with no problem, amongst his other unique powers.
- Also, the Reapers in the second film are the unintentional side effect of the attempt by vampires of creating more Daywalkers. However, the mutated strain is still vulnerable to sunlight (actually, that's their only vulnerability; silver and garlic do nothing).
- Martin is about a vampire (maybe) who doesn't seem at all concerned about daylight, and in fact defies most vampire tropes.
- Vampire Hunter D (1985). D is a dhampir (half vampire, half human) who can move around in sunlight without being harmed (as he does at the end of the movie).
- Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula follows in the footsteps of his novel counterpart and moves during daytime without trouble, although his supernatural powers don't work while the sun is up.
- All the vampires shown in Byzantium have no aversion to sunlight. Most of their activities take place at night, but this appears to be from a desire to stay undetected, not to mention Clara's "occupation".
- The eponymous villain in Queen of the Damned. Akasha, if she feeds on enough people, can walk around in the sunlight as much as she wants without being harmed, allowing her to live in the open as a true Queen. By letting Lestat drink her blood she passes this ability on to him.
- This is different from the novel, though, as even Akasha is slightly burned by direct sunlight. On the other hand, damage to Akasha is spread to all other vampires, so the last time someone tried to set her out in the sun, all young vampires in the world burst into flame, and older vampires got nasty burns.
- In the cheap Italian film Fangs of the Undead starring Anita Ekberg, vampires can walk around in the daylight, though this is only revealed at the end (since the film largely takes place at night.)
- Selene becomes one at the end of Underworld Evolution after ingesting the blood of the first immortal Alexander Corvinus. It's implied that Marcus is probably immune to UV rays as well after becoming a vampire/Lycan hybrid, but he still hides during the day, likely a defense mechanism borne of centuries of being a vampire.
- Double Subverted in Dracula Untold. Vlad III Dracula can walk about during daylight, but only during an overcast day and not in direct sunlight, which hurts his skin.
- Like mentioned, 19th century vampires were not hurt by sunlight. It is implied that they are stronger during the night, however. Dracula, for example, was not harmed by sunlight, but lost his powers such as Super Strength and shapeshifting between sunrise and sunset (except at high noon).
- Some vampires of the classic literature, like Lord Ruthven, inverted the modern perception of the effects that daytime would have on vampires; rather than being harmed or weakened by the sun, they instead become more powerful in moonlight.
- In Twilight the vampires sparkle... They only avoid sunlight to avoid exposing their identities.
- Discworld: Carpe Jugulum, where the vampires have gotten rid of their sunlight problems with the power of positive thinking.
- Black Ribboners, along with weakening powers, display some resistance to light. Some wear heavy clothing and wide-brimmed hats, others can withstand the sun unless exposed to extreme concentration of light.
- Extremely old/powerful Red Court vampires in The Dresden Files are able to stand sunlight.
- The Dresden Files is subject to Our Vampires Are Different, even within itself with the different courts, with the standard strengths and weaknesses spread among them differently. Each court has the stronger members more resistant to the usual weaknesses. The White Court, especially, who are Emotion Eaters. (For example, to the Raith family, who are incubi and succubi, true love is their Kryptonite Factor.)
- Played with in George RR Martin's Fevre Dream, where Joshua shows up on deck to have dinner in broad daylight to assuage the crew's fears that he's a vampire, then reveals his severe trauma as a result in private later.
- In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, sunlight burns the skin of young vampires, but after a few years they become immune. Their eyes, however, never become immune no matter how long they live, so they have to wear sunglasses in daytime.
- Moroi vampires in Vampire Academy can go about in the sunlight, although it does weaken them. The Strigoi vampires, on the other hand, die in sunlight.
- Vampires in Night Watch are unaffected by sunlight. Same applies to garlic, religious symbols, and silver, but don't you dare offer them a shot of vodka, which has the same effect as holy water to vampires of lore. Yes, Russian vampires can't hold their liquor.
- Downplayed in the Lee Nez novels. Thanks to the work of a Navajo medicine man Lee isn't technically a full vampire. He can handle the light with ease if he wears sunblock and sunglasses but it's not a death sentence if those are compromised. Averted with every other vampire; in fact the second and third books use the fact that vampires and vampire tissue combust when exposed to UV light as a plot point.
- In the Vampire Hunter D novels the effect that sunlight has on vampires is explained as some sort of magic tied to the planet Earth, rather than an innate effect of the light. A vampire who travels to the orbit or beyond can bathe in the sunlight in the vacuum of space without any kind of ill effect, while on Earth they would be rendered comatose even deep underground and would burst to flame by the slightest touch of sun's rays.
- Downplayed in The Saga of Darren Shan. Vampires can survive in the daylight for a few hours, but sunburn / sunstroke sets in quickly and prolonged exposure is fatal. Half-blood vampires are completely safe as a trade-off for not yet having their full strength and speed.
- In The Danilov Quintet, Zmyeevich, an elder vampire, can walk around in the daytime. It weakens him and makes him look elderly. It enables him to manipulate humans "in the know" because they "know" anyone they talk to at noon can't possibly be a vampire.
- In The Witcher saga, there're higher vampires, who don't have to drink blood, but like it, and seven different species of lesser vampires (read: bloodsucking monsters). Higher vampires are less powerful during the day, but otherwise perfectly fine being in the sun. Also, at least one species of lesser vampires—the bruxa—seems to remain just as dangerous in the sunlight.
- In The Pardoner's Tale Alex the Vampire has no problem being out in the sunlight. He does claim sensitivity to it as a way to get into Nick's house.
- Stefan and Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries can walk around freely in the daytime, but this is due to the fact that they both wear Lapus Lazuli rings, which negate the effects of sunlight on them. Vampires without such rings can't do this.
- The aptly named The Day Walkers Gangrel, Alex Castle and Matt Cage. Sometimes affiliate and fellow vampire Rio Storm is also only somewhat annoyed by sunlight.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade, sunlight is deadly to vampires but some, especially with the Protean discipline maxed out, can resist it for short periods of time. The Gangrel Beckett, for instance, is known for having once ran the length of a football field under scorching sun.
- There are also thin-bloods that in addition to having greater ease waking up during the day, actually are resistant to sunlight to a certain degree, due to their relative weak blood causing the Curse of Caine to manifest less strongly. On the flipside, some Antediluvians are able to survive during daylight hours due to their potent blood rendering them powerful enough to ignore the normal effects of sunlight, as excellently illustrated by Zapathasura, who had to be destroyed through the concentrated light of several suns using orbital mirrors by the Technocracy.
- In Vampire: The Requiem, a bloodline of Clan Daeva can daywalk...Or so it seems. Its actually a combination of Auspex and Majesty that lets them project their forms. It's not solid, however...but the Majesty aspect fools all five senses into thinking that there's a real Vampire standing in the middle of the noonday sun. (This trick, however, requires two disciplines at rank five, and a Bloodline Devotion to boot meaning it's EXTREMELY rare. Only a very specific sect of Egyptian vampires can pull it off.)
- Vampires of the Ordo Dracul also learn to make themselves more resistant to sunlight in a limited fashion.
- The highest ritual of the Followers of Seth shadow cult is called the Rite of Going Forth By Day, which is mostly what it sounds like. The downsides are, it requires a human sacrifice per use, and it is also only a projection.
- The Blood and Smoke/Requiem 2e rules update changes this around a little bit. Daywalking is possible, but painful if you have blood to spare and are low enough on the Power Meter and high enough on Humanity (Higher Humanity makes the damage less painful, lower Blood Potency makes it tick less frequently. A BP 1 Humanity 7 Vampire takes one point of lethal every ten minutes. With blood to spare, you can spend just shy of two hours in the sun...just watch out for people wondering why you're smoking). That said, once again, the Ordo Dracul can cheat this a bit to move you around on the chart to take less damage less frequently.
- Dungeons & Dragons
- Though vampires typically combust in sunlight, there are magical options to protect them, making them effectively daywalkers.
- Ravenloft setting supplement Van Richten's Guide to the Vampire. In the Ravenloft setting, a Patriarch vampire (1,000 years old or older) can walk freely in the sunlight without taking damage. There are also stories of vampires less than 1,000 years old who can do this, indicating that some Patriarch vampires can pass this ability on to the vampires they created.
- In Nightlife by Stellar Games, vampires became more resistant to their Flaws as their Humanity score increased. Upon reaching the maximum score of 100, all effects of Flaws were put in abeyance. Since all special abilities were fueled by Humanity, maintaining this state was difficult at best.
- By default, most vampires in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine are flammable. However, some are strong enough they can ignore the sun, and some are weak enough the sun doesn't bother them (and one or other of these types is recommended for PC or major NPC vampires).
- The Vampires of Skyrim can survive in sunlight with only minimal discomfort, although prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causes their skin to burn and their natural powers become heavily debilitated. As a result, Vampires prefer travelling at night as it's the best time to overpower their opponents.
- Oblivion is another minor example: vampires could day-walk if they were well-fed but burned otherwise.
- In the Legacy of Kain series, vampires grow immune to sunlight as they grow older and more powerful. The only exception to this are the Rahabim, a clan of aquatic vampires who overcame the vampire's innate weakness to water instead.
- In the first game, Blood Omen, even when Kain was just a fledgeling he could walk in daylight unharmed. However, his attacks would be weaker than at night.
- Direct sunlight would reduce Remilia Scarlet to dust, but she's fine if she carries a parasol to block it. This is reflected in the fighting games— if she has a parasol, she can participate in the daytime stages.
- Valvatorez from Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten doesn't seem to be affected by sunlight at all. Nor does he seem to get powered up in the night.
- The vampires in Vampires Dawn aren't affected by sunlight as long as they're vampires of the first few generations. Valnar, a vampire of the third generation, already needs to wear Cool Shades in the first game because his eyes are quite sensitive.
- Balanar the Night Stalker from Defense Of The Ancients is not explicitely a vampire, but is clearly based on one. He is much more powerful at night, but can perfectly well walk around during the day too.
- Arcueid Brunestud of Tsukihime has no trouble with daylight at all, although daytime impedes her as she's only invincible under the light of the moon. She's just as deadly any hour of the day, however.note
- This is rather common in the Nasuverse in general, as the term 'vampire' designates anything that, for a reason or another, consume the blood of humans and/or their own species, a list that includes a number of traditional vampires, at least three Eldritch Abominations (two of which are actually aliens, with one being the progenitor of True Ancestor and the Dead Apostle-type vampires), and even a forest (this one is unusual, and actually the result of an accident in disposing the corpse of a Dead Apostle Ancestor)note , with many of them having no weakness to sunlight. As a rule of thumb, if it derives from Brunestud of the Crimson Moon (the Ultimate One of the Moon, and one of the above-mentioned Eldritch Abominations), either by using it as a template (True Ancestors and some Dead Apostle) or by being altered by it or another derived vampire (most Dead Apostles), it's weakened by sunlight, with effects ranging from being sleepy and somewhat weaker to being quickly killed depending on power and age, with the most recent Dead Apostles (the closest thing to a traditional vampire) and the incomplete ones being the most vulnerable.
- Homestuck's trolls are nocturnal and live on a world where Daylight Horror is the standard, so naturally their version of vampires are diurnal. So is Kanaya, who is fascinated by rainbow-drinker lore due to this shared trait. And then she turns into one.
- The Order of the Stick: Malack turns out to be a vampire using a Protection from Daylight spell he casts every morning in order to move around.
- Vampire Girl: Subverted with Levana. Like traditional vampires, exposure to sunlight can kill her, but because she so wants to enjoy a sunny day, she steps out into daylight wearing a beach hat, ski mask, sunglasses, and a long overcoat, causing her to sweat profusely.
- Casper Scare School: vampire Thatch frequently visits Deedstown in broad daylight, and never suffers any ill effects.
- Grim Adventures Of Billy And Mandy's version of Dracula has no trouble walking around in daylight.
- Referenced in the South Park episode "Ginger Kids;" since Kyle isn't pale-skinned or freckled, but does have red hair, Cartman labels him a "daywalker," in keeping with his insistence on treating ginger kids as monsters with no souls.
- Count Duckula has no trouble walking in daylight due to being a Vegetarian Vampire. His previous incarnations on the other hand can be destroyed by exposure to sunlight as stated in the intro sequence, as they are full-fledged vampires.
- His vampiric relatives such as Don Diego seem to be unharmed by daylight as well.