Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
That's one! One cuddly vampire! Ah-ha-ha-ha!
My parents won't let me download at home. They think the Internet is a bad influence. Benny:
You're already a soulless, undead creature of the night. How much worse can you get? Rory:
DUDE! If my mom knew I was a vampire, I'd be grounded for, like, a month!
Shows in which at least one vampire character (or any representative of an assumed-monstrous breed) is shown to truly, really be a good person at heart. Really.
Traditionally, vampires had to kill others
to maintain their own extended lifespan
, a supernatural Conservation of Energy
law. Even victims who survived were permanently harmed. Vampires might be charismatic monsters, but they were Always Chaotic Evil
, and likely to be Sealed Evil in a Can
Authors moved on to exploring
the effects this need to kill
had on the vampires themselves and their relationship with humanity, as in the books by Anne Rice
, the movies The Hunger
and Near Dark
, and the Tabletop Games Vampire: The Masquerade
. Sometimes one of these vampires would be a Tragic Hero
or Reluctant Monster
Next, another wave of authors, such as Kathryn Rusch and Laurell K. Hamilton, choose to portray vampires (or "undead Americans
", or "violator of personal neck-spaces
") as a persecuted Token Minority
, unusual cultural group, or just Star-Crossed Lovers
. Since readers were unlikely to have much sympathy for beings who committed murder on a weekly basis
, the necessity of killing had to go
, as well as the constant urge to chow down on co-stars.
In some fiction, vampirism is nothing more than a lifestyle choice; since these vampires
get extended life, superhuman strength
, and still have great sex from just a few drops of blood each night, it's difficult to understand why anyone stays
Television and film have lagged behind books a bit, with nice vampires exceptional rather than common. The vampires in the Blade Trilogy
would seem capable of living just on stored blood, but since they seem to be Nietzsche Wannabes
, they enjoy killing humans as a demonstration of superiority.
Apparently heroic vampires find their way into detective positions with statistically intriguing frequency. There might be something to this, in that they're already part of the Masquerade
, and therefore better equipped to handle supernatural villains than the average detective. See Vampire Detective Series
for a complete list of examples of this genre.
Compare to My Species Doth Protest Too Much
. FNVs who actively fight for good are Monster Adventurers
. See also Vegetarian Vampire
, Reluctant Monster
, Monster Roommate
, Monsters Anonymous
and Vampire Refugee
. These vampires are often on the friendliest end of the Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness
Finally, yes, the trope name is based on "Your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man
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Anime and Manga
- Seras Victoria from starts out as and stays a good guy. Given the large number of antiheroes on this show, this is quite impressive. As a Reluctant Monster, she refuses to drink blood; when she finally gives in and sucks her crush's blood in response to his dying wish, she is recognized by the other characters as being a true monster. She retains her perky and somewhat subservient disposition, despite impressive battle-lust. Additionally, in the anime series, she assumes the Vampire Detective role on several occasions.
- Her Master, Alucard, functions as a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, but only because Integra's got him on a leash. Just don't get on his bad side or insult Integra. There's a reason Alucard has hundreds of thousands of dead souls at his disposal.
- Master of Mosquiton: In both his television and OVA depictions, the eponymous vampire is a Dogged Nice Guy who's at Inohue's beck and call... until he drinks blood, that is.
- Blood+ has the Schiff, who aren't ''technically' vampires but have vampire problems (sunlight is lethal, need to regularly drink blood). They're still nice people and ultimately Heel-Face Turn. The heroine and her servant match the trope perfectly, or would if they weren't even further from traditional vampires than the Schiff.
- Arcueid Brunestud from Shingetsutan Tsukihime. Good vampire. Also very cut/e (except when she's hot in a Dark Action Girl kind of way).
- However, it's outright stated that Arc is very much an exception to the rule - most Nasuverse vampires are far from Friendly Neighborhood Vampires, more usual being the utter psycho types.
- There's also Zelretch, Van-Fem (he's non-hostile, anyway), Enhance, Merem (sorta), and Sion. Presumably, Yumizuka would have qualified if they hadn't cut out her path.
- Sacchin does qualify to an extent in the Melty Blood series. In Act Cadenza's arcade mode she tells Nero Chaos to GTFO on behalf of Misaki City, and is shown to be trying to drink blood as infrequently as possible. On the other hand, her end battle quotes occasionally show off a hidden Yandere side...
- Note though that although Arcueid was never evil, she was originally not so friendly. It was only after Shiki "killed" her that she turned all Moe and lovable. This is perhaps why she had no interest in romance until Shiki.
- It's also implied that the other True Ancestors were perfectly decent fellows, if maybe a bit aloof. Oh and they probably killed people who put nature out of balance. But except for that or until becoming a Demon Lord they don't seem to have been really bad.
- Evangeline A.K. McDowell on Mahou Sensei Negima!. (She would argue with you.)
- Karin has an entire family of Friendly Neighborhood Vampires, the most obvious example of which is the title character◊. They're so friendly, in fact, that being bitten by one is actually good for your health! Specifically, each vampire has a preferred affinity that draws their attention. When they suck blood, they suck this preferred affinity out temporarily. This is good for everyone when the trait is bad — for example, Karin's brother is attracted to stress, his "victims" are drained of all their tension and left relaxed and happy (he targets stressed out women because afterwards, they tend to be... appreciative); most of Karin's family has negative affinity (her mother's affinity is deceit, her father's is pride). This is bad when the trait is good. For example, Karin's grandmother Elda is attracted to love, her victims are drained of any feelings of love and caring, becoming hateful wretches, including her lover Alfred.
- Karin herself is an inverted "blood-maker" vampire, who rather than needing bloods produces too much, and once a month has to get rid of it by biting a human and injecting the excess blood. At the same time, she has an affinity of her own: unhappiness. So the "victim" winds up being both cheerful and energetic for the next month.
- Pachira from Magical Pokaan, who's really just looking for a boyfriend and a larger bust. She wants the boyfriend to let her bite him, but only with the best of intentions. Otherwise, her vampirism only shows up when it's plot-important. Pachira manages to subsist on tomato juice, and, in fact, donated blood when she sees a cute guy working at the blood donation clinic.
- Moka Akashiya in Rosario + Vampire isn't just friendly, she's head-over-heels in love with the series' Ordinary High-School Student. Also, she usually drinks canned tomato juice rather than blood (except if it's Tsukune's blood, which she sucks a bit every morning). Her Superpowered Evil Side is less friendly... but honestly, not by as much as you'd think.
- Her younger sister Kokoa Shuzen is rather less than friendly, being quite inclined to bash in the head of anyone who annoys her (which isn't difficult to do) with a giant mace (or whatever her pet bat can turn into). Her older sister Kahlua Shuzen is a mixed bag; she's downright Ax-Crazy, yet friendly at the same time. "Insane" isn't anywhere near sufficient to describe how messed up Kahlua is. Akua, while clearly having a dark intent going, cares a lot about her stepsister Moka.
- Moka's mom, Akasha Bloodriver, was one of these too, with the daughter's power-limited alter ego taking very much after her. Which doesn't stop her from being one hell of a badass when she needs to be, since she is a Shinso, the most powerful monster category in the manga's universe.
- Tsukune becomes one by the end of the second manga.
- In Vampire Knight, all of the Night Class students take special tablets rather than drink blood, but Kuran Kaname is the only one who really fits this trope. Arguably, so does Zero and Yuuki
- Shido from Nightwalker is a vampire detective who happens to be quite friendly although we learn via flashbacks that it was not always so. Also, later in the series Riho, once she is turned into a vampire. After a period of brooding she falls back to her Genki self thus making her the very definition of this trope.
- Caerula Sanguis from Battle Angel Alita: Last Order is somewhat friendly. Regardless of her personal disposition towards most people (usually rather aloof, though she's quite capable of being friendly) and her need to kill (about which she has few if any compunctions), she's rather fond of children, and is the guardian of humanity via Melchizedek. Being that Melchizedek is a device that manufactures the future based on the human condition, she watches over humans carefully. If their future would be beyond salvation, it is her duty to destroy Melchizedek and return humanity's future to the reins of chance.
- Gabriel from Tenshi Ni Narumon. He can survive on tomato juice instead of blood, but it's not his first choice.
- Professor Papaya, the English teacher from Trouble Chocolate, is not only a friendly vampire, but downright submissive and frail.
- Miyu from Vampire Princess Miyu is this in the TV series... to an extent. She goes to school, has normal school friends and a pet rabbit (well, a Shinma who looks like a rabbit) and keeps the balance between Shinma and humans - and has to struggle with her own identity issues and her dealings with humans more than once.
- In the original OAV series, while not above pitying humans once or twice, Miyu was more of a Creepy Child who, when confronted by Himiko, said her perspective on humanity changed completely once she became a vampire.
- Reiri from Princess Resurrection: she only drinks blood from willing donors (usually female classmates), and then only small amounts at a time. She also makes sure no harm comes to her "little lambs".
- There is an entire vampiric subculture in Dance in the Vampire Bund that take this trope a step further and pull their own fangs to help stave off their lust for human blood (feeding "normally" feels really good) and are held in contempt by most of their kind as a result. It turns out that one of Princess Mina's first actions in setting up the Bund was to ingather these rejected souls to the underground city and encourage them to adopt one another as families.
- Mina's a borderline case. Playing politics with the surviving clan heads (that are only surviving because they killed all the others) while protecting her own followers makes morally questionable behavior almost mandatory.
- Misaki from Blood Alone is a young vampire whose "vampire self" hasn't awoken so she's pretty much the picture of innocence, with a touch of Clingy Jealous Girl towards former vampire hunter Kuroe. Sly hates Orphan (non-affiliated) vampires, having been turned by one, and Shigure has been nothing but helpful, although there are hints of Offstage Villainy.
- Abel Nightroad of Trinity Blood is basically a vampiric Vash the Stampede, and uses Obfuscating Stupidity to put on the front of a benevolent, somewhat comical priest. When he throws it off, he's still a hero, but merciless toward his opponents. That being said, he wasn't always so nice- according to the Manual, he killed millions of humans in the past before a loved one persuaded him to Heel-Face Turn.
- Not only Abel, but several "vampires" of the Empire, Albion and other places. Nicest being Shahrazad al-Rahman, so nice she was called "The Benevolent".
- Rai, Seina, and Regice from Noblesse. The latter explicitly states that term "Noblesse Oblige" was created by their protection of human.
- Yuugen Kaisha: In the first Incident File, Ayaka meets Bosco, an anemic vampire who runs a tea shop that specifically caters to late teen-20 something female clientele. What's more, he's trying to kick the habit, by exposing himself to crosses, garlic, and sunlight, though blood is the only thing he can't do without. Which is why Makiko had been offering her neck willingly to help with his problem (and he's been careful to limit himself to only feeding on her 4 times a year, at 200cc's per quarter).
- Jitsu wa Watashi wa has Shiragami Youko, who first appears as an aloof beauty, but is actually a slightly dense Genki Girl who happens to be half-vampire. Her full-vampire father looks much more scary (and is 4 meter tall, incidentally) but turns out to be pretty nice himself. When he is no trying to murder the male protagonist Asahi for being too close to his daughter.
- Count Boscoe from Ninja High School is a reformed vampire who subsists on pills supplied by some benefactor.
- J. M. DeMatteis's Greenberg the Vampire seems to be the same personality he was before his girlfriend bit him, just stuck with the physical weaknesses of vampirism (like a need for blood & an allergy to sunlight).
- Licorice Dust from Tarot: Witch of the Black Rose. She loves to party with her WereCat BFF Boo Cat, and doesn't kill unless that person really deserves it.
- The comic book Scary Godmother features a family of friendly vampires, one of whom is the friend of the main character. Most of the monsters in the comic are actually quite friendly, making this an example of Dark Is Not Evil. Not to mention their son Orson is often considered a love interest to Hannah.
- Hannibal King from Marvel Comics was one of the earliest examples of this trope, a vampire private detective. He fed only on the blood of animals or blood taken from donation centers, and never attacked a human. Because of this, when Doctor Strange cast the Montesi Formula spell that destroyed all vampires, King alone was spared; although near destruction, Strange and several of his and King's friends were able to give the detective a full-blood transfusion (much like Mina in the original novel of Dracula). This had the happy result of turning him back into a human.
- Blade is a Daywalker rather than a full-time vampire, but he falls into the description of "vampiric good guy" nonetheless.
- Morbius the Living Vampire, despite all the harm his Horror Hunger causes, is ultimately a good guy who wants to help people. At one point he even ran a free clinic for the poor in New York.
- Ragamuffin from Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl becomes this later in the comics, but only due to the fact that he's trapped into a toy and that he starts caring about Lenore. Initially, he was a cannibal.
- This is the whole point of Life Sucks. Although the vampires still feed (violently) on humans, the elder vampires run convenience stores and copy shops, and the main character refuses to feed on humans because he's a pacifist vegetarian.
- Possible subversion in Preacher. Cassidy likes to present himself as a decent guy who just happens to be a vampire. But, as the series goes on, he is shown to be selfish and destructive, hooking the women who love him on heroin and destroying their lives without a second thought. Drinking their blood would probably have been kinder.
- He doesn't do it out of (intentional) cruelty but because he's a weak and selfish character who can't resist temptation. This is what makes Cassidy such a great antagonist - his villainy has nothing to do with his being a vampire, though one can view him as a vampire metaphorically as well as physically. The people close to him get used up, turned into junkies or bag ladies. He doesn't try to take advantage of other people, it just sort of happens.
- Jeremiah "The Confessor" Parrish, a superhero in Astro City.
- Jubilee, of all people, has become one. When she smiles, she does have some incredibly cute fangs◊.
- Marvel’s Forgiven are a team of these.
- Andrew Bennet from I, Vampire wants to live in harmony with humanity. Unfortunately, his ex-girlfriend and her vampire army had different ideas.
- Pearl Jones from American Vampire is shown to be the most sympathetic and nicest vampire in the series so far, along with being arguably the most human of her kind. She just wants to live her life in peace like everyone else and be with her beloved (and human) Henry. Though that doesn't stop her from becoming a very formidable killing machine when she has to.
- Josie from Ed The Happy Clown is this trope, at least to Ed himself (she doesn't get along very well with Ronald Reagan's head and averts the trope entirely with Chet)
- The Harvey Comics characters Casper the Friendly Ghost and Wendy The Good Little Witch Girl were Exactly What It Says on the Tin, and Spooky ("the Tuff Little Ghost") and Hot Stuff ("the Little Devil") were both more mischievous than evil. For that matter, even Casper's uncles and Wendy's aunts (who are more traditional ghosts and witches respectively) generally limit their "evil" to scaring people rather than actually harming them.
- The Return features friendly neighbourhood Succubae. They only kill and eat really bad guys, honest.
- The vampires of the Twilight retelling Luminosity run the gamut. In the happy yellow FNV corner, we have the Cullens and Bella, 'vegetarian' vampires who feed off animals. In the 'humans are prey' blood-red corner we have most of the rest of the vampires.
- Captain Midnight Blossom from Diaries of a Madman is dedicated to helping others out in her role as captain of the Night Guard.
- In Nosflutteratu, we learn that Fluttershy has been one all along.
- In Your Human and You, Primrose, one of the guards assigned to watch Max, turns out to be one.
Films — Animated
- Dracula and his daughter Mavis turn out to be this trope in Hotel Transylvania. In the extended 'not limited to vampires' version of this trope, the only monster character seen who doesn't fall here is Quasimodo (who wants to make food out of Jonathan). With the rest (including Dracula and Mavis) it is mostly a matter of fearing the humans, and understandably so.
Films — Live-Action
- Eli in Let the Right One In fits this trope. Eli does feed on people, but is only driven to it by hunger, rather than a desire to hurt anyone. She's -literally- Oskar's neighbour when they first meet and she's the supposedly the only real friend he's ever had. She shows genuine affection for him, gives him advice on how to deal with the bullies who torment him, and saves his life at the end when the bullies are trying to drown him in the swimming pool. Is it any wonder that Oskar chooses to leave town at the end of the film and start a new life with Eli?
- Word of God states that Oskar's fate is that he'll be turned into a vampire as well, so there'll be two of them, wherever they end up living.
- She only avoided feeding on people herself because she didn't want to be caught. She sent her slave out every night to kill a person and drain their blood for her to feed on. She was nice to Oskar, but not to anyone else.
- The animated children's movie The Ketchup Vampires featured...well, vampires who drink ketchup instead of blood.
- Jeremy and Modoc from My Best Friend is a Vampire, both of whom drink pig's blood bought from the local butcher.
- In Perfect Creature, vampires are members of the clergy and humans go to churches to donate blood. Naturally, the vampire protagonist has to deal with the loner who prefers to think of humans as food instead of a symbiotic partner species.
- Anne Parillaud's vampire from Innocent Blood. At least she was very strict about feeding only from really bad guys and the film ends with her and Anthony LaPaglia giving a relationship a go.
- The vampire in Cronos is a kindly grandfather who fits this trope.
- Sang-hyun does from Thirst his best not to kill anyone. He takes blood from a comatose patient he believes would have given his blood freely to the hungry. He also provides peaceful suicides.
- This is Older Than They Think; a French sequel to Polidori's original The Vampyre (Now readable in English as ''The Vampire Lord Ruthwen'') Published in 1820 features Bettina, a female Vampire who's essentially a Messianic Archetype.
- In The Little Vampire, a young, oft-bullied boy becomes friends with a vampire child named Rüdiger (Rudolph). The whole thing's rather adorable. The series has a dark twist in the seventh book, when Tony (the boy) reads a local newspaper and learns that seven people have recently died of "fatigue due to gradual blood loss". So Rudolph's family are still killers, even though they try to be a little subtle about it.
- Scathach and sister Aoife of the Shadows from The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel are both vampires, though they feed off human emotions rather than blood. They're definitely both Blood Knights, though. They might be on the right side, but that doesn't mean they're averse to killing.
- Jody from Christopher Moore's Bloodsucking Fiends and its sequel You Suck. She turns her boyfriend Tommy into a vampire at the end of the first book, and he spends most of the second book trying to cope with it. Vampires in this setting have Super Senses to the point of being able to detect people with terminal diseases, so if they want to avoid hurting people it's easy for them to avoid people who have long, full lives ahead of them. Coping with the change is hard for Jody and Tommy, but that's just because of the "bursting into flames in sunlight" thing.
- Vampires in The Saga of Darren Shan are brave, follow a strict moral code, and don't kill the people they feed on. The Vampaneze, on the other hand, cannot be definitively labelled as 'friendly' or 'otherwise'.
- Alexander Sterling, from Vampire Kisses is another vampire boyfriend, who has to protect his girlfriend from vampires of the not-so-friendly type.
- The Discworld has the Black Ribbon Society, a group of vampires who sign a pledge not to drink human blood and who hold regular meetings for mutual reinforcement. Some vampires continue to drink some blood, but only from uncooked meat or other "stand-ins"; however, in order to prevent themselves from relapsing, the Black Ribboners must often focus single-mindedly on some other hobby or activity.
- In Monstrous Regiment, Maladict or should we say Maladicta is addicted to coffee. When he runs out of coffee everyone becomes very, very nervousnote .
- In The Truth, Otto Chriek devotes himself entirely to researching light and color and becomes the Ankh-Morpork Times's "iconographer."). He deliberately cultivates a stereotypical yet humorous vampiric appearance in order not to be taken seriously — and thus, not feared. Until he gets to de Worde's father, of course.
- Acknowledged, subverted, and averted in Carpe Jugulum. The Magpyr Family don't go on rampages of terror or paint the town red. They are (with one minor exception) polite and civilised, with only the slight drawback of overusing their mental powers to take over places (but still doing it peacefully...ish). They also set up communities where villages "willingly" donate blood to Vampires whenever they want it. Subverted with the character of the Old Count Magpyr, who was very much of the old school of vampiring; living in an ominous mountainside castle (named Dontgonearthe Castle) and so forth. This was actually a clever move in the long run because the Count realised that the fastest way to avoid being killed permanently was by giving people a fighting chance in order to level the playing field. This takes the form of deliberately leaving holy water in his own castle, having lots of ornaments which can be bent into religious symbols and big wide windows for letting the sunshine in. This method worked much better, so much so that the Old Count was actually respected and liked by the locals despite technically being a stereotypical monster vampire.
- He was apparently given to telling his Igor, point blank and apparently unprovoked, that the day vampires won every time would be the day they truly died. Granny charges him to "teach [the Magpyr children] to be stupid," but he sounds like a pretty smart guy to me.
- The Old Count also acknowledged the villagers as people, even considering some of his past "killers" to be Worthy Opponents, as opposed to the current generation who wanted to treat them like cattle.
- Angua is a friendly neighbouhood werewolf, well not so friendly to criminals.
- Black Dagger Brotherhood: They live peaceably (for the most part) as the Token Minority within human society and conventions, and don't need human blood to survive.
- Tanya Huff's Blood Books series has vampires who are pretty much just like they were in life, only now they live forever and drink blood. The main vampire character in the series is a romance novelist, for heaven's sake.
- Kitty Norville suggests that her various listeners aim for this on her Midnight Hour radio show. In practice, it's been a mixed bunch: Rick, Alette, and the Washington D.C. shapeshifters are nice, if slightly isolationist, folk who just happen to be afflicted with a common chronic disease and immortality. Kitty and Ben are pretty much the same way, although more aggressive in dealing with Unfriendly Neighborhood Vampires. The neighborhood part seems to be attached to the friendly one, as vampires or werewolves that don't have some normal civilized life to focus on end up Always Chaotic Evil.
- Subversion: The various creatures of the night in Mercy Thompson have aimed an entire public relations branch toward looking like Friendly Neighborhood Faeries and Friendly Neighborhood Werewolves, with Friendly Neighborhood Vampires waiting around the corner for their own chance. Since we're talking groups that include child-eating versions of The Fair Folk, lupine monsters with giant claws and major anger management issues, and Always Chaotic Evil killers who at best Shoot the Dog and at worst cross the Moral Event Horizon, respectively, the public relations team has a lot of work cut out in front of them. Stefan is the closest thing there is to a nonevil vampire in the series. He doesn't kill the humans he feeds on, and treats them well. He's a very nice guy, and, among other things, has painted his bus to look like the Mystery Van and is a fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Most importantly, he clearly cares about Mercy. However, his care for her and his flock does not extend to all humanity, and he does not hesitate to kill two innocent humans in order to protect Mercy.
- Thomas Raith in The Dresden Files is an empathic vampire who feeds on life-force via touch. Rather than drain people through sex, which would be typical of his kind but is dangerous and addictive to the victims, he at one point ran a hair salon, getting his sustenance a little at a time while handling women's heads and talking with them.
- In Dead Beat, the Horror Hunger Thomas experiences is explored, with Thomas giving Harry a quite blunt explanation on how it feels to limit how much energy he takes from others. He makes Harry run a race with him down a beach, kicking sand into his face, and the race eventually makes Harry gasping, tired, and incredibly thirsty for water. Harry takes a single gulp of water from his bottle, knowing that one gulp won't be enough, and then Thomas knocks it out of his hand before he can take another sip. That is how it feels, he explains, to limit yourself to what you can feed on as a vampire.
- He is however pretty much a huge exception to the rule as the Black Court are straight up Always Chaotic Evil, the Red Court are likewise horrific monsters that put on a veneer of civilization, and only the White Court has even the option of being anything other than monstrous. Lampshaded in a Friendly Enemy conversation Harry has with the Punch Clock Villain Binder, in which Binder points out that people who think that Vampires have the same motivations and needs as humans hasn't ever watched one disembowel another as bizarre sexual foreplay.
- In the Incarnations of Immortality book Under a Velvet Cloak (eighth and last, deals with Nox), the vampire colony obtains small quantities of blood from local livestock about every week or two. Their major interaction with unconverted humans is for sexual activity.
- In The Vampirates, despite being widely feared by humans, the Vampires are kind, treating their donors gently and seeing them as friends. Lorcan's affection for Grace is particularly sweet.
- In Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' Nyeusigrube has SingleEarth, a peaceful coalition of vampires, shapeshifters, witches, etc. Vampires in this group tend to feed only on animals or willing human donors.
- Vampires in the Night Watch books, despite being inherently Dark, generally strive to be good people. Anton's neighbours are a family of vampires, yet he had no idea they were anything other than decent human beings until after he was recruited by the Night Watch; after he gets over the initial shock, their relationship becomes strained, though they remain on good terms. Also, vampires invented blood transfusion technology so they'd have a way to feed without having to kill people; the fact that it saves human lives is just a fortunate side-effect. Unfortunately, they do have to suck blood straight from the neck on occasion, which can cause problems.
- While it's never said outright, Silas seems to fit this trope in The Graveyard Book. It's said several times that he belongs to neither the living nor the dead, and near the end of the book he confesses to having a monstrous past in which he did much worse things than the Jacks have done. In the present he's Bod's fierce protector.
- Good Omens has Crowley (a Friendly Neighborhood Demon) and Aziraphale (a Friendly Neighborhood Angel, which are rarer than you would think) and a Friendly Neighborhood Anti Christ who work to prevent Armageddon.
- Edward Cullen from Stephenie Meyer's Twilight, who battles for the heart of Bella Swan against the other friendly minority Jacob Black, a werewolf. At least he's a Surly Neighborhood Vampire— the rest of his 'family' fit this trope pretty well too, like Carlisle, vampire doctor and upstanding member of the community, and his wife and their 'kids'. This is one of the few things about Vampires she doesn't do too bad a job with. Aside from the Cullens, Vampires are shown to be evil. Even among the Cullens, some of them still struggle to varying degrees with the hunger. In fact, that struggle is a major plot point.
- Harry Potter
- Remus Lupin is a Friendly Neighborhood Werewolf, and even takes Wolfsbane potion to prevent his transformations from being accompanied by a murderous rampage. The condition is seen as an unfortunate incurable disease in Potterverse, so that despite his efforts, he is very much a social outcast. Rather than being immortal, he is expected to die young as a result. And does, though not from that.
- An actual vampire, Sanguini, does appear briefly in Half-Blood Prince. Judging by his "agent" Eldred Worple's comments and the book he wrote, vampires are not necessarily Chaotic Evil, just secretive from wizards. However, centaurs and merpeople actually opted out of being classified as "beings", because they didn't want to be associated with creatures such as vampires and hags. And there is a moment when Sanguini starts eying a group of girls a little too hungrily and has to be called away by Worple. So, although he's not currently going on a murderous rampage, there's no guarantee he won't start one at any moment.
- Louis in The Vampire Chronicles tries to do this for several years, surviving on rats and chickens. It doesn't last. In the third book he's called out on being the most merciless of them all, actually.
- Subverted in Daniel Gonzalez’s Ravencraft with Lucilla. She is an agent of the Raven Corporation (thus a traitor vampire that helps hunting vampires) but is generally presented as selfish and psychopathic. She is the only “good” vampire in the book (werewolves on the other hand are equally divided among good and bad, like people).
- In the Ravenloft novel Vampire of the Mists by Christie Golden, the elf Jander Sunstar, in what is apparently a unique case, retains his essentially good character after becoming a vampire. He feeds from animals and on rare and non-lethal occasion the hopelessly insane, and goes on to oppose Ravenloft's most famous villain, fellow vampire Count Strahd Von Zarovich.
- In the Night Huntress books, vampires do not need to kill their victims, so they can be good or evil. Bones especially fits this trope, since he hunts down other vampires who murder, rape and use humans.
- Vampires in that world are a significant minority of the population (along with ghouls) that behave just like humans with special powers; either good or bad. In addition to Bones, Spade, Dave, Juan, Tate, Rodney, and Annette are all quite friendly for undead.
- Mencheres isn't bad, if a bit cryptic sometimes.
- Sethra Lavode, and thus Kiera by extension.
- In Freshman, Tabitha is a vampire, and it basically is a lifestyle choice. Apparently, a hundred years ago, it was the "in" thing to do, with such luminaries as the Rockefellers becoming vampires. (They hired doubles for photos). She considers biting people "too tacky for words" and uses a syringe instead.
- Regis from The Witcher. He's a former blood addict (Our Vampires Are Different) and generally a nice guy.
- Vampires in The Hollows come in two forms: living and undead. Living vampires are basically just humans with some of the vampire benefits and the craving for blood; most of them are friendly. Undead vampires lack a soul, a conscience and all forms of compassion: they most certainly don't qualify. For now. Based on the general trends of the series and the revelation that undead vampires feed to make a tentative, temporary connection to their missing souls, they're clearly being set up for more sympathetic characterization down the line. Whether this will ever affect their relationship to regular people is much less certain.
- Prince Garrid from Tales of the Frog Princess. He seemed to be cunning, cold, and even something of an asshole before he and Li'l fell in love. After that, he's shown to be funny, Tall, Dark and Snarky, and a pretty nice guy in general.
- In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, the titular hero is trained in his vocation by ethical-bloodsucker Henry Sturges, who makes a point of only feeding on bad people, or those so old or ill they're about to die anyway. Furthermore, Henry certainly doesn't favor the evil vampires' plan to conquer America with the aid of their slave-holding Confederate allies.
- Family Bites by Lisa Williams, features Friendly Neighbourhood Werewolves who look and act like big, friendly dogs, and Friendly Neighbourhood Vampires who drink animal blood ... except for the younger son, The Casanova who drinks from consenting women.
- Bunnicula ruthlessly drinks the life juices from its victims, which he requires to live (he's greatly weakened when Chester the cat uses garlic to prevent him from attacking anyone). Subversion? Heck, no. Bunnicula is a vampire rabbit, and sucks the juice out of vegetables. Toward the human members of the family and other pets, he's quiet and nonviolent, Chester's paranoia notwithstanding.
- Originally, all vampires in the Vampire Memories series by Barb Hendee were this; their laws forbade them from ever killing to feed, and their telepathic abilities enabled them to alter their victims' memories so that they would not remember being fed upon by a vampire. Then a vampire got created who had no telepathy....Fearing that the other vampires would kill him for breaking their laws, he struck first and killed every vampire who knew of the laws or of telepathy, leaving only a handful of survivors, who proceeded to kill to feed for centuries. Cut to the present, where the story begins with one of the few surviving vampires, one of Julian's own progeny, in fact, rediscovering telepathy. Said vampiress, Eleisha, proceeds to become one of these, and to try to convince other vampires to become this as well. She has some success.
- Daetrin Haal of The Madness Season fought the Tyr until the bitter end when Earth was first invaded by them. Later, on Vichy Earth, he continued to teach future generations of humanity what life was like before the Tyr were in control, at great risk to himself. And, thanks to the wonders of modern chemistry, he was able to synthesize the chemicals necessary to keep him alive without needing to drink blood.
- In the urban fantasy Strange Roads, Mark Valentine is a vampire, but apparently uninterested in making more of his kind, and less an unlucky monster than an immortal, somewhat amoral superhuman bodyguard (suiting his former living job as one of the Praetorian Guard.) He also doesn't kill to feed and appears to rely on his girlfriend for blood. On the other hand, Mikelis and his sidekick are definitely not friendly, and while it's not clear if they need to kill to feed, it's a safe bet they don't care if they do.
- Samantha Moon of the Vampire for Hire series clings to her humanity, taking in most of her blood from butcher's shops and insisting on continuing to maintain a semblance of normality, dropping her kids off to school in the morning and picking them up afterwards.
- Many of the vampires in P.N.Elrod's books are this way. There's PI Jack Fleming in the Vampire Files series (though he's a gruff, hard-boiled type) and Richard Dunn in the Keeper of the King trilogy. Another series focuses on a 'Gentleman' vampire.
- The main characters of the Vampire Island children's series by Adele Griffin are a family of fruit bat hybrids who don't drink blood at all.
- Dracula in Fred Saberhagen's novels The Dracula Tape, And Old Friend of the Family and The Holmes/Dracula File is occasionally menacing, but ultimately honorable and quite willing to defend those to whom he has pledged his protection.
- Andre from Mercedes Lackey's "Diana Tregard" novels is decidedly this trope. When good witch Diana first encounters him, she thrusts a crucifix in his face. His response is to look at her sadly, take the cross from her hand and kiss it reverently. He and Diana become allies and lovers as the story progresses.
- Most of the vampires from New Amsterdam Books fit this trope to one degree or another. While they do require human blood, they don't require all the blood of any individual human. Established vampires have "courts" so that they can spread the bloodletting among several humans; less established vampires visit underground clubs where (usually) willing humans offer their blood in exchange for cash or thrills. Vampires in general actually frown on murdering humans, although less from kindness than from a desire to avoid negative publicity.
- Chelsea Quinn Yarbro's Count Saint-Germain is an early example of this trope in modern literature. He takes blood from willing or sleeping victims, with care not to take so much that they might become vampires themselves (unless they agree to this). Honorable, and not prone to violence unless he or those under his protection are attacked. Madeleine and Olivia, two other vampires who are book protagonists, also qualify.
- In the Myth Adventures series, most vampires (such as team member Vic) are harmless, keeping to their own dimension, feeding off the blood of livestock, and throwing great parties. This isn't the case everywhere, though — a different group of vampires enslaved the entire dimension of Kowtow.
- The Parasol Protectorate takes place in an Alternate History version of Victorian England considered progressive for integrating vampires and werewolves into society, whereas other countries, especially Italy and America, have a... less accepting attitude. Most werewolves serve in the military, while vampires are employed as political advisors, and while the vampires tend to have their own agendas, some (like Lord Akeldama) are more benign.
- Count Herbert Willborough is the friendly, neighborhood vampire in Fancy Apartments; being pudgy, a bibliophile, and with a complete lack of interest in 'normal' vampire habits makes him an easy clincher for the title.
- Vampires in Marianne Mancusi's Blood Coven series fit this. They do feed from humans, but the humans in question are voluntary participants, are not killed, and are well-paid for their trouble. (They're also carefully screened before being chosen, as these vampires are still susceptible to bloodborne pathogens. Furthermore, any turnings are done with the knowledge and consent of the one turned. (There was an involuntary turning once, but it was a case of Mistaken Identity: The protagonist was meant to be turned, but her identical twin sister ended up in the wrong place at the wrong time. The vampire responsible promptly apologized for the mistake and dropped everything to help cure her.)
- Vampires: A Collection of Original Stories by Jane Yolen and Martin H. Greenberg rarely has a story of a vampire that hurts innocent people out of the thirteen tales. In one a girl who feeds on bad guys calls vampirism the Gift of living forever and never getting sick while another story called it a curse of not being able to stay dead and craving liver.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel: Spike most famously after he fell in love with Buffy, especially after he got his soul. He usually seems like a jerk with a penchant for mean snark, but deep down he has a really good heart. Last but not least Angel, the original friendly neighborhood vampire in this verse (though only when he has his human soul— you don't want to see him without it). Probably not the most approachable guy out there either, what with his sometimes bad choices and his particularly dark past, but his heart's always in the right place.
- Kicking off with a non-vampire example, Rev Bem of Andromeda is a member of a cannibalistic world-swarming race called the Magog. He is also something of a vegetarian, a peaceful preacher-type and a pacifist intellectual who has never been shown fighting and/or killing, except against his own kind in self-defense. And even then, he felt bad about it afterwards.
- Barnabas Collins from Dark Shadows, one of the earliest (1966) sympathetic (though not actually good) vampires. He killed a lot of people in his initial appearance and was intended to be a temporary character, but was kept on because he was so popular, and turned into a tragic figure rather than an outright monster.
- Nicholas DeBrabant, also known as Nick Knight of Forever Knight, followed in these footsteps as a good vampire. He "repaid humanity for his sins" in many roles since his becoming a vampire during the crusades, all the while seeking to become human again.
- Mick St.John of Moonlight also desired to make up for his vampirism through benevolence.
- The Count from Sesame Street is a very fine example of a friendly neighborhood vampire. Perhaps too friendly.note However, the Count can be pushed a little too far; there was a sketch where he was being served by Grover the waiter, and lost his temper due to Grover's screw-ups. Even so, he didn't hurt Grover, but just hypnotized him to do his job with ridiculous speed and efficiency. Also, while staying over at Bert and Ernie's, he kept Ernie up all night with his counting sheep, resulting in a humorously traumatized Ernie. The Count's actual "vampirism" is more or less an Informed Ability. He has the stereotypical accent and title, those sure look like fangs, and a strange compulsion to count things is a vampiric trait in some legends, but it's not like Sesame Street actually ever shows'' him stalking the night to Suck the Felt of the Living.
- Grandpa from The Munsters is as friendly as vampires get. Lily is pretty much the same.
- Supernatural had a group of friendly vampires back in season two. The Winchesters seem to have forgotten about them, and currently decapitate any vampire they find.
- The leader of the vampires, Lenore, returns in the episode "Mommy Dearest" and we find out what happened to her and her group. Because Supernatural is the ultimate Crapsack World, all of them have gotten back to killing people, unable to resist it, and Castiel kills Lenore to put her out of her misery.
- Benny in season 8. After Dean gets him out of Purgatory, he makes a promise not to drink from living humans, instead living off blood bags taken from hospitals. He seems to be doing alright, even associating with humans regularly (under the guise of an ordinary human) and getting a job in a diner... at least until the midseason finale. He had been shown to have mild struggles with varying degrees of bloodlust around fresh wounds in previous episodes, despite always being able to keep it under control, although the end of "Citizen Fang" is ambiguous as to whether Benny actually snapped and killed Martin (although the circumstances are very suspicious).
- The Tales from the Crypt story "The Reluctant Vampire" involved a vampire who shied away from directly drinking blood from humans, rather getting it during his night watchman duty at a blood bank.
- Being Human features not only a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire, but also a Friendly Neighborhood Werewolf (locking himself away during transformations) and a Friendly Neighborhood Ghost (who only scared people because she was confused about what happened to her).
- Well - Mitchell aspires to this status but is frankly rubbish at not eating people. His most recent lapse resulted in the violent deaths of twenty commuters.
- Mitchell is a dark deconstruction of the Friendly Neighbourhood Vampire. He honestly hates all the killing and doesn't want to hurt people, but it takes him three series to realise that the entire idea of the FNV is ludicrous: his addiction (blood isn't necessary for a vampire's survival in the Being Human universe: instead, it's a psychological addiction and Mitchell is trying to get clean) will never go away, he's constantly being tempted, and being immortal means that sooner or later he'll fall off the wagon again. By the end of series 3, he knows the only solution is to die.
- Hal from season four succeeds in this far more than Mitchell does. He goes to enormous lengths to do so, though, such as basing his entire existence around routine and order. With the help of his own Friendly Neighborhood werewolf and ghost, he's developed a system of life that (while driving him to become obsessive-compulsive to the extreme) does work. Whether this will last is unclear, but we can all hope, right?
- In Teen Wolf, Derek's pack counts as the werewolf equivalent. Scott, too.
- This is what Vlad from Young Dracula wants his family to be. While they're never exactly friendly he does manage to stop them from killing their neighbors. There's a casual mention of them going through postmen extremely fast, but it's not clear whether they're actually dying, and the only human explicitly killed by them was Will, who they kept around as a vampire.
- The premise of True Blood is that the invention of artificial blood has allowed vampires to step into society to become these. The transition from being a race of blood-sucking killers to Friendly Neighborhood Vampires does have its difficulties, however, which provides most of the conflict for the show.
- Godric is probably the best example. He is genuinely nice to humans. He doesn't treat them as inferiors, unlike most vampires. In the present day, he only killed one human on screen, and it was in defense of a third party. The human was trying to rape Sookie.
- Nikola Tesla as he appears in Sanctuary skirts the border of this trope. After a villainous first appearance, he spends most of the series as a helpful (if insufferably arrogant) ally to the protagonists.
- Juliet van Heusen, from Wizards of Waverly Place. Her parents, not so much. This may result from Juliet's parents giving her a soul.
- The X-Files episode "Bad Blood" has a vampiric clan traveling the country in an RV caravan and generally being lawful citizens (they even pay taxes, as one of them points out). The villain of the episode is actually the only one of them who has trouble keeping low profile and their representative apologizes for his behavior before they disappear into the night, leaving Mulder and Scully drugged but otherwise unharmed.
- The entire premise of My Babysitter's a Vampire.
- The vampires on Split consider attacking a human and sucking their blood an offence punishable by death.
- Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Although a vampire, he is described to be caring, compassionate, kind and empathetic individual who much prefers saving and helping others then killing others. If Stefan harms or kills someone, he will feel extreme guilt and remorse for his actions. Several other vampires feed on blood from a blood bank, or feed on humans but only rarely and lightly from any individual in a deliberate attempt to avoid endangering them. Most vampires who do so do it out of prudence (leaving bodies lying around all over the place would endanger the Masquerade) rather than humanitarianism
- Unsurprisingly, a number of players in Vampire: The Masquerade will play these, ranging from Red Cross employees (cut out the middleman; bitten humans are going to get transfusions anyway if properly diagnosed) to energetic geeks who play too much DDR (pale? Of course I'm pale. Ahh, curs'd daystar, bane of my existence!). Some storytellers claim this is becoming almost as tired a cliche as the Obviously Evil ones or the brooders. These people are wrong, because few things are as giggle-worthy as a room of black-clad vampires playing Mario Kart and asking for one part blood, three parts Mountain Dew. Requiem carries on the tradition - it's easy to imagine a vampire who leaves her Carthian Movement meeting and hits the all-night arcade.
- It's also perfectly possible for vampires in both games (well, only the younger vampires in Requiem for the most part) to get their required sustenance by feeding on animals. While it's more humane, individuals animals don't carry much, it doesn't taste quite as good, and you'll be looked at funny because the two dominant vampire religious bodies say that you're a divine predator meant to cull the human herd.
- In Requiem, it should be noted that as Blood Potency goes up, your diet becomes more restricted — animals quickly fall out as an option, and eventually humans do too. That said, the Ordo Dracul's Coils of the Dragon can eliminate this. Also, rules-wise you are not required to gain Blood Potency as you age, though it does give you certain advantages like being able to use more blood to power your powers, and Blood Potency can be dropped by entering torpor.
- However, you can end up doing horrible things during Frenzy whether you want to or not. Also, it's specifically mentioned that some vampires take it upon themselves to break others of excessive humanity, considering holding yourself to a high standard a naive impediment. Therefore in some ways Masquerade can still actually be more forgiving — although frenzy is still an issue, you can feed on anything no matter how powerful you are, and other vampires are less likely to attempt to sabotage and manipulate you into monstrous behavior for the hell of it. Doing it because it advances their own goals, on the other hand...
- In Exalted it is entirely possible to play an Abyssal character this way... For a given definition of 'friendly', of course.
- In Warhammer 40,000, the Blood Angels chapter and their successors are among the noblest of the Space Marines, inheriting their Primarch Sanguinius's kind hearted soul. However, there is a serious possibility that in battle, they will experience a flaw in their gene-seed where they relive Sanguinius's death at the hands of his brother Horus, causing them to become raving maniacs and develop vampiric tendencies.
- Actually there are two flaws in their gene seed: The Red Thirst which causes them to develop vampiric tendencies and usually manifests in battle, although it can manifest also outside of it leading to several cases of missing civilians near Blood Angels or their successor chapters encampments, and Black Rage which manifests before battle causing theme to relive Sanguinius's death and turns them into raving maniacs.
- Warhammer has Geneviève Dieudonné, who is quite likely the only example of this trope in the entire setting (or at least the only one who's managed to survive more than a few years without being killed by fanatical vampire hunters or disgusted fellow vampires, or simply succumbing to their baser, monstrous instincts); she's even considered a hero of the Empire for her role in killing Constant Drachenfels, the Great Enchanter, not once but twice. Unfortunately, since this is Warhammer we're talking about, even this is not a good thing; indeed, one of the main reasons they don't try that hard to kill her is that she's the best PR coup that vampires have had for centuries, if not millenia, and, well... she is the only really friendly one...
- Ravenloft mostly completely averts this, but one of the sourcebooks has an adventure featuring a carefree Vistani youth that has been newly-turned against his will. The PCs can with care convince him curb his new appetite and help save the rest of his family from the vampire that bit him. The epilogue text implies he will eventually give in to his blood hunger, though. There is also the case of Jander Sunstar, as described in Literature above.
- In the d20 Modern Sourcebook D20 Future, there are mutants. Given the various available mutations, it is perfectly reasonable to have a mutant with fangs and a physiological need for fresh blood. While such a vampire needs to drink blood, or suffer a slow death by constitution damage, even if he/she inflicts maximum damage against his/her target, it's not enough to kill a level 2 ordinary, let alone a Player Character. And the blood don't even need to be human in origin. So it's possible to play a Mutant/ Vegetarian Vampire /Super Soldier fighting for the universe's greater good.
- Sorin Markov of Magic: The Gathering, a vampire Planeswalker who shows that, while being under the color Black may mean that you're selfish and/or ambitious, it doesn't necessarily mean that you're evil. In fact, he spends most of his time helping to save various planes from destruction, using his powers to seal the Eldrazi and to create Avacyn.
- In the Yu-Gi-Oh! game, there's Ghostrick Alucard, who seems to be the leader of the Ghostricks, a bunch of goofy, silly, and not-so-evil monsters.
- Draculaura from Monster High qualifies, but it's worth noting that she wasn't always this way. Though we, as of yet, do not know what caused this change, just that she's very committed to it. She is perhaps the first truly vegan vampire, as she faints at the sight of blood and mostly eats salad and vitamin supplements.
- Dracula's rebellious son Alucard (actually half-vampire), from the Castlevania series. Although he's a bit of a grump and prefers being alone, he's an ally of the force of Good, and is pretty friendly with humans. Soma Cruz from Sorrow duology, if he is actually a vampire, being a reincarnation of Dracula. Note that unlike Alucard, one of the powers Soma gets involves biting and drinking blood for health.
- Forum Community/MMORPG Gaia Online has no less than three NPC Friendly Neighborhood Vampires. Ian and Moira, both of whom were shopkeepers prior to the events of the Vampire Arc (Though Moira was turned on Halloween to save her life) and Louie, who was introduced by the plot. By the end of the Arc, all three of them turn down the opportunity to be cured, and choose to live life as Vampires. Interestingly enough, life as a vampire is not much different that life as a human, as they never seem to drink blood, and have no aversion to sunlight. In fact, the only results of becoming a vampire for either of them appears to be a change of Hair Style and instantly learning kung fu, which makes you wonder why a cure was even developed in the first place.
- Louie was shown drinking blood from a transfusion pack in the Olympics arc, and also in one of those awful animated shorts.
- In the Olympics, it was vegan blood. No, not blood from a vegan. The blood itself was a vegan product.
- As of 2008, Moira is no longer a Vampire.
- Remilia Scarlet, from Touhou, is not exactly "good" per se, being a bit of a Magnificent Bastard on the side of her usual kiddy behaviour. However, it's generally not her style to hurt people that don't mess with her, the blood she drinks is usually served to her by a maid who gets it fully legally at a human village (and even when she sucks it directly she doesn't cause lasting harm because "she's a light eater"), she prefers talking and engaging in verbal sparring with humans anyway, and she cares really deeply for the people under her care, particularly her sister Flandre (also a vampire). And she seems to have developed a peculiar friendship with the main character Reimu.
- Meanwhile, the aforementioned Flandre plays with the trope. On the surface, she is not this. She is mentally unbalanced, breaks all her toys and occasionally breaks people, and pretty much nobody who visits the Scarlet Devil Mansion ever wants to meet her. Even her power is the most destructive in the series - it's literally to destroy absolutely anything. Yet at the same time, all the characters to have met her were able to have a perfectly-by-the-rules danmaku duel with her, and while she is usually locked in the house, it seems to be of her own free will, implying she has no real desire to go out and destroy everybody.
- Many minor characters are wild yokai who would be capable of eating humans, but either enjoy their company or are too afraid of Reimu to attempt to kill anyone.
- Oblivion's vampires are generally chaotic evil in the fashion of bandits and goblins, but Janus Hassildor, Count of Skingrad, just makes sure to never go out in the sunlight - otherwise, he's a benevolent, if slightly ill-tempered ruler, and actually saves your dumbass avatar's life on a few occasions. Also, if you yourself become afflicted and decide the cure quest is too annoying to bother with, it's not necessarily your cue to join the Dark Brotherhood: simply (non-fatally!) suck the blood of a homeless person every few days, or just carefully time your excursions to avoid sunlight, and you too may enjoy a whole host of nifty spells and skill-boosts.
- Unfortunately, Oblivion's vampires are very easily distinguished by their inordinately pale skin, red eyes, and generally scary facial features, all of which actually become more and more pronounced if they go without feeding. Unfortunately, the only way to get the best bonuses from being a vampire is to deliberately go without feeding. The longer you go, the better the bonuses, and the uglier you become. So while you may become a powerful hunter of the night, you are disadvantaged by the fact that no one in their sane mind will want to have a conversation with someone who is so obviously a vampire. Typically remedied by a healthy dose of Charm spells.
- There are also vampires sealed in a cave who turn out to be holy warriors of Azura who contracted vampirism while hunting vampires, and sealed themselves in in fear of becoming mindless killers. When the Player finds them, they have in fact become mindless killers, but only because they refused to feed at all, and lost their minds. Azura sends the Player to slay them out of mercy for their sacrifice.
- Lord Lovidicus was actually like this, at first. He was very truly and deeply in love with his mistress (who did not realize he was a vampire), and when she became pregnant he loved and cared very much for their unborn son, but despite everything, she immediately turned on him when he told her he was a vampire. Her betrayal utterly enraged him and drove him to madness, to say the least. The fact that he was trapped in his room for at least two decades and starved of blood after she locked him in didn't help any, and by the time the player character stumbled upon him, his mind was so far gone that he could only think to kill and feed. He swore he would hunt and kill her when he got free, but unfortunately she had already died by the time that actually happened.
- Slayer, from Guilty Gear, may have been one of the founding members of the Assassins Guild, but also sought its destruction when it became corrupt. His overall demeanor is friendly and polite: when he fights, he's capable of decking other powerful characters across the cosmos while still holding back to be a good sport. It also helps that his wife, Sharon, is immortal, thus, he's never needed to hunt others for blood: she can regenerate all of her blood even after being completely drained.
- The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has a different example in that has friendly neighborhood werewolves in the form of the Companions, the local equivalent of the Fighters' Guild. Not all of them, just the inner circle, but still. After their questline is done, two of them will wish to cure themselves of Lycanthropy.
- As for actual vampires they also have Sybille Stentor, Court Mage of Solitude. She is rather affable and helpful if a bit curt, has been part of the court long enough to have been the late King Toryg's babysitter, and still grieves for him. I'ts all but stated everyone in the castle is in the know about it to some degree, but are apparently willing to live with her because she's found ways to be one without endangering anyone (it's implied that she feeds upon the prisoners in the dungeons).
- And of course, should the player become a vampire or werewolf themselves, they can choose to be a kinder, gentler version and never prey on the innocent... but where's the fun in that?
- Serana from the Dawnguard DLC, possibly the nicest vampire encountered in the game, who forms an Odd Friendship with the Dragonborn, (even bordering on slight Ship Tease), despite the fact they are potentially a member of the Dawnguard. In fact, she more-or-less joins the Dawnguard if you do.
- The Nightlife expansion for The Sims 2 introduces vampires who can add non-vampire Sims to their ranks. These vampire Sims fit the trope as they do not require blood to survive and can continue their lives (so to speak) as normal...except for an incredible intolerance for sunlight.
- Likewise in The Sims 3. Literally, if the sim in question has the Friendly trait. They do need blood to live this time (but don't kill Sims when they take it), but being a Vegetarian Vampire is also possible.
- Legacy of Kain: He may be a several-millennia-old blood sucker, but when compared to the REST of the vamps, Janos Audron is practically sweet.
- A Vampyre Story, a comedic point-and-click adventure game, features protagonist Mona, kidnapped, killed and turned into a vampire by Butt Monkey antagonist Shrowdy Von Keifer. She is perhaps the nicest person in the whole game, refuses to accept that's blood she's drinking from wine bottles, and when she finally does bite people, the only effect it has on them is that they're knocked out cold with no memory of the event. Repeated drainings can leave people anaemic, however, though that's still not that bad.
- A sort of mutant cult called the Family appears in Fallout 3; led by a guy named Vance. They are cannibalistic; though they only drink human blood and in otherways act out Vampire myths, kind of like a Hannibal Lecter LARP party. However, they are actually fairly benign; Vance serves as something of a grief counselor for a young man who murdered his parents and drank their blood. Meanwhile, it is possible for the player to convince them to not harm other people and simply eat blood packs scavenged from hospitals and medical supplies.
- And you can in fact become one yourself.
- The blood-drinking and deliberate invocation of vampiric tropes keeps their cannibalism under control, as it's otherwise an incurable addiction. The boy Vance counseled had actually eaten the flesh and was wracked with guilt over it, and he served as an example of how bad it can get if it were not for cult's pragmatic practices.
- As an interesting footnote, the successful resolution of the quest can involve either getting the Family regular blood donations from the people of Arefu in exchange for (A) otherwise leaving them alone or (B) offering an exchange of protection services for occasional donations, changing the Family's association with Arefu from parasitic to symbiotic, which actually makes them even more of an example of the Friendly Neighborhood Vampire trope.
- In Fallout: New Vegas the slums of Westside are home to Mean Sonofabitch, a Friendly Neighborhood Super Mutant who keeps the residents safe from the Fiends.
- Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue prefers snarking and tea to blood-draining. In fact, she's only had one victim, and even he didn't die.
- The friendly part's debatable, but Bloodrayne is basically a vampire who kills Nazis.
- The King's Quest II remake subverts the hell out of having to kill the vampire in the original game by having said vampire turn out to be your ally once Graham is able to prove that he's helped out Caldaur's wife and granddaughter and does a Fetch Quest.
- Sierra of Suikoden is a rather friendly example of this trope and only too happy to help kill Neclord (who's decidedly not an example of this trope), before becoming attracted to one of the characters.
- In Drawn to Life, there is a vampire who drinks tomato juice instead of blood.
- Keith Valentine and his brother Joachim from Shadow Hearts and Shadow Hearts: Covenant respectively. Both join Yuri and company to save the world, and while Keith mainly did so out of boredom, he was nonetheless friendly to the village neighboring the Valentine family castle. Joachim takes the whole friendly thing another several steps further by donning a butterfly mask and becoming a superhero. Really.
- Hilda in From the New World is Keith and Joachim's little sister. She joins up with Johnny because he rescued her from Roswell. She aspires to be some kind of magical girl heroine whom all children can look up to...and saving the world seems like a good place to start!
- Loue from A Witchs Tale definitely qualifies. He doesn't even feed on humans, he likes tomatoes!
- Valvatorez from Disgaea 4 is one of these. He doesn't drink human blood because of a "certain incident" and instead feeds on the blood of sardines. He also seems to genuinely care for the Prinnies in his squad, hates injustice, and will never, ever go back on a promise, no matter how small it is, or how ridiculous the lengths he needs to go to in order to fulfill it are.
- In Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines, Velvet Velour is either one of these or very, very good at pretending to. She gives you a couple of quests to preserve the Masquerade, and makes it very clear she doesn't want innocents killed on her account. She also appears to feel guilt about the people who do have to die to uphold it (one being a vampire hunter who wanted to kill her and the other a traitorous clanless who was trying to leak info on vampiric society to a human).
- It's also surprisingly easy to play one yourself! Feed and kill only in self defense and take the Masquerade hits if needed to save lives.
- Despite being Succubi, Dark Stalkers' Morrigan Aensland and Lilith Aensland aren't evil, as the former usually travels to the mortal world to look for excitement, the latter is naive and innocent, and the former is actually a very moral and ethical person at her core who helps those in need.
- Player character Worgen in World of Warcraft are another werewolf example. Some Undead could be seen like this to the Horde as well. At least compared to the actual Scourge and the Lich King's forces.
- Warlock demons could also count, being 'pets' while most any other Demon in the game is an enemy of some sort.
- Batreaux from The Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword is a demon with vampirish traits. He's friendly though, to the point of playing games with little girls, and his one true desire is to become a human and live peacefully among them. In his demon form he unwillingly releases an evil aura that makes the resident cats go crazy at night however.
- Quest for Glory IV has Katrina and Tanya.
- Tanya is an otherwise normal little girl who just happens to be a vampire. She's sweet, kind, loves to dance, and misses her real mommy and daddy, whom the Hero must reunite her with.
- Katrina is a much more interesting take. She's actually the Big Bad of the game, but her sense of good and evil is a bit... unusual, and falls much more into Well-Intentioned Extremist territory than true villainy. She doesn't want the Hero as a puppet, which she could easily do by biting him or using her magic on him, but wants him to help and love her by his own free will. Katrina turned Tanya because she genuinely thought it was the right thing to do, it's suggested she leaves the town in peace in part because she believes the residents to be her subjects and she is their benevolent ruler, she likely saved Boris's life by giving him shelter and a job at the castle as gatekeeper when she found him wandering the forest alone at night, and thinks she can sufficiently control Avoozl to prevent the death and destruction it would bring if allowed into the world. In fact she doesn't even want to release it to use as a weapon for destroying or conquering the world, she only wants the "endless night" it would usher in because she's terrified of the helplessness of being a vampire in the daytime: Anyone could stake her during the day and she can't do anything about it. The only two characters she is explicitly known to have bitten and turned are Ad Avis and Tanya. The former was a Smug Snake who pretty much deserved it, and as mentioned above she genuinely thought it was the right thing to do to Tanya. Otherwise the game is unclear over whether vampires in the Quest for Glory universe must feed on human blood, how much, and how often.
- One of the scenarios in Osu! Tatakae! Ouendan! 2 involves helping Gorou Ookami (which translates as "fifth son of the wolf", appropriately enough), a Wolf Man who transforms when he sees something that so much as looks like the full moon, control his transformation while on a date with a human girl. When he reveals his true nature to the girl at the end of the stage, if you've done well enough, she decides she likes him that way.
- Orange Marmalade centers around a vampire who is trying to fit into human society. Vampires in this setting, after a near extermination of their species, now survive off of pigs blood, under heavy regulation by the government and the slightest of crimes can get them arrested or worse. Society and people for the most part despise and fear vampires, wanting and desiring nothing more than to see them wiped out. As such, Ma-ri, the female protagonist pretends to be human as best as she can and does her best not to reveal her secret.
- Gin from Minion in a Friendly Neighborhood Werewolf, the whole "minion of a dark-witch-for-hire" thing notwithstanding. He's a Friend to All Children and pretty much the only way to make him mad is to threaten a child in front of him... but if you do do that, you're hosed.
- In Sluggy Freelance, Sam is a parody of these; he attempts to be brooding and angsty, but often switches right back to the sleazy, upbeat guy he was pre-vampirization. One arc had him walking right into a Buffy parody.
- It's worth noting that Sam is NOT a Vegetarian Vampire; though he is generally a good guy and avoids killing people, he has no problem hypnotizing people and drinking their blood, and when a group of evil vampires tricked him into thinking he had killed one of his victims while blackout drunk, his reaction was "oh, well".
- Conrad in Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name is something like this: he doesn't kill people, but not because he's trying to be all good and humanitarian. Actually, he's just so neurotic that the thought of putting his mouth on a stranger's neck makes him ill.
- In Life Sketch, vampires are so commonplace that it came as a huge shock when one of them started attacking humans. And even then, it wasn't a real vampire. They even serve blood in restaurants like the O.K. Cafe, where Spike, Edward and Loue frequently hang out.
- A recent page of Triquetra Cats introduced Circe SinClaire, a friendly jovial vampire sorceress, who survives on clone blood, who acts as surrogate mother to a young kitsune.
- In that setting, ordinary run-of-the-mill vampires don't seem to have much problems fitting into society, and so tend to be this; it's when you get to the variant types that you get problems, though we've seen two friendly cases so far: there's Ryu, one of the main heroines' boyfriend and a vampyre who's been prevented by judicious applications of phlebotinum from losing his mind and becoming an animalistic predator as a result of his contamination, and Kazumi, a miko who, although she was turned into a "Hand of the Dragon" vampire (Always Chaotic Evil on account of their vampirism being mixed with demon/oni blood), who switched to the good guys' side as soon as she could because even decades of being a monster enslaved to other monsters wasn't enough to put a dent in her inner Incorruptible Pure Pureness (as a bonus, it's thanks to her magic powers and knowledge that Ryu above managed to remain human in mind and spirit). If non-vampires count, we can also add Vyolet the half-demon, who, despite Black Eyes of Evil (well, more like deep purple) and regular access to an Amplifier Artifact that boosts the user's demonic essence exponentially, is still just a nice teenage girl personality-wise.
- Last Res0rt has Jigsaw Forte, a Cute Bruiser who not only happens to be a vampire, but a furry one at that.
- Derek, from TRU-Life Adventures is a bit grumpy, but still makes for a fine worker on the toy store's overnight shift.
- Pat from Sorcery 101 gets pig's blood from the local butcher shop and is currently searching for a cure so he can become human again. He's not friendly by human standards, but compared to the other vampires we've seen (and especially the other vampire main character)...
- Erfworld; Vinny Doombats is a pretty nice guy, at least by Erfworld standards.
- The rest of Transylvito... maybe not so much. In fairness, it may just be that most of the few Transylvitans who get much screen time happen to be those that come across as arrogant jerks, rather than it being a racial/national thing. When King Don finally gets an extended arc, it turns out that he regards King Slately of Jetstone as a close personal friend. He is willing to all but bankrupt Transylvito trying to save Slately, and appears genuinely remorseful when he eventually decides/is convinced he can't empty Transylvito's treasury to loan Jetstone the funds they need (which probably won't do anything but delay the inevitable anyway).
- The King of Dalv in Chess Piece, who has a demonic appearance has to drink a quart of blood a month to survive, due to a Deal with the Devil he made to save his son. He's a childish, generally laid back man who sleeps in the nude. Hmm...
- The plot of Last Blood revolves around the last human survivors of a Zombie Apocalypse and the vampires who need to keep them alive to avoid starvation.
- Nina Delacroix in Eerie Cuties; she was born on Easter, and thus needs chocolate instead of blood... and she even feels bad about "killing" a chocolate bunny. The rest of her family drinks blood, but they don't kill the people they feed on.
- Subverted to an extent, when it's revealed quite a few vampires in the past were VERY evil, and they aren't 'nice'.
- Liz from Blip, by her own admission, used to be evil, but she's turned her life around and hasn't killed anyone in centuries. She gets her fix from raw meat and large quantities of animal blood stashed in her basement.
- Scarlet Blutt from Pleasure Bon Bon combines this with Ethical Slut.
- Edwin Colin from Sam and Fuzzy is pretentious, has No Social Skills, slightly physically repulsive and overly romanticised to the degree that he believes Stalking Is Love. For all that, however, he isn't bad, just terribly ignorant and a little dumb. It also helps that his universes' vampires don't drink blood directly from humans and only bite in self-defence.
- Kanaya Maryam, back from the dead in Homestuck. Friendly outside of extreme circumstances, most obviously her Roaring Rampage of Revenge, during which she only dealt lethally with known multiple-offense murderers. Much later, it is revealed that the pre-scratch incarnation of her ancestor, Porrim is also one. Later when John messes with the time-stream he meets the Dolorosa who displays similar fangs and glowing eyes, he later refers to her as a vampire.
- Technically, they're Friendly Paradox Space Rainbow Drinkers, not vampires. Among the differences: they glow in the dark and, unlike most Trolls, can stand and actually like bright sunlight.
- Secret from Keychain of Creation. She's a cute, sweet, demure Broken Bird... Death Knight.
- Various vampires from The Kingfisher see themselves as moral, with varying degrees of truth. The youngest remaining vampires - Jack, Darren, and Tristan - are essentially human, unless in a blood frenzy. Vitus is the preachiest nice-guy character in the comic.
- Initially very much averted in All Roses Have Thorns, but as time goes on, by the 19th century the vampires have to start providing helpful services and incentive to the townsfolk in order to prevent them from being killed in their sleep.
- Ben the main character of Walking In The Dark is this. He tries his best to make sure no one falls prey to evil supernatural beings (especially if it concerns Ian, the Big Bad of the comic), helps out the law enforcement when needed, and carries around a flask of blood to keep his hunger in check.
- The Order of the Stick defies this trope hard.
- While Malack is a vampire and Affably Evil, he is not this, and has dark designs for the Western Continent.
- When Durkon is turned into a vampire, he lets the rest of the Order believe he is this, when in reality the vampire is a dark spirit holding Durkon's soul prisoner, and working for Hel (Northern Goddess of Death), to bring the world to ruin.
- In Bram And Vlad, all vampires to date are this, but only some of them are really friendly (like Bessie, Vlad - for a certain value of 'friendly' - and Martin). Most of them are forced to be friendly by the Vampire Hunter Association and his very competent members.
- Count LeShoc of Transylvania Television isn't exactly friendly, but he doesn't kill the people and monsters in his employ, either. At the same time, most of his employees are undead...
- Warning Readers Advisory features the Nachzehrer. He lives under a desk, chews on his burial shroud, and asks everyone he sees if they'll be friends with him.
- Cody from Angel Of Death is a lich, not a vampire, and eats human souls instead of drinking human blood. Other than that though, he fits this perfectly.
- The Ruby-Spears cartoon Fangface had a friendly (and very goofy) werewolf, whose transformations seemed more or less psychosomatic (often triggered by pictures of the full moon or sun). This is a Ruby-Spears example of Rule of Funny, as the supporting cast all seemed to have supplies of durable picture-postcards of the full moon or sun in their back pockets, and relevant images often cropped up in the story whenever the script started to lag.
- The Flintstones lived next door to The Gruesomes, a family of Munsters-inspired monster-like creatures, who were otherwise just as normal as anyone else in that show.
- Count Duckula is very friendly... much to the chagrin of his butler Igor, who wants him to go back to the business of sucking blood and being scary.
- Being resurrected with a ritual where ketchup was accidentally substituted for blood, Count Duckula has an easier time being friendly as the world's first Vegetarian Vampire.
- Interesting in that he WAS evil, but became good after his "death".
- Of course, Doctor Von Goosewing is convinced beyond a doubt that Duckula is a murdering fiend and continually tries to destroy him.
- The titular Drak Pack and their mentor, Count Dracula. Not so much the monsters of O.G.R.E., though.
- Sibella Dracula from Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is just the cutest thing. Even if she was at the school to become actually scary.
- There were two human kids in Camp Mini-Mon (Mini-Monsters), but Dracula's kid hasn't attacked them even once.
- The Count of Mina and The Count. Hanging out with said Mina (a seven-year-old little girl) has made him One of the Kids, so he's not really a danger to anyone now.
- Played with (like so many other things) in Adventure Time. Marceline doesn't feed on blood, just the color red; on the other hand, whether she's "friendly" depends on how entertaining she finds you. Her alignment seems to balance out at Chaotic Neutral: in her introductory episode, she's antagonistic towards Finn and Jake until Finn manages to land a punch on her One-Winged Angel form, but in her second appearance, she tricks Finn into becoming her "evil" henchman, with the twist that all the "evil" deeds she ropes him into are actually unambiguously good (her "army of the undead" is actually the entertainment at a party, the adorable-looking plant she orders Finn to kill is actually a horrifying monster, etc.). Later appearances have put her in this category, with her not really doing any evil, though she does have her moments like only going after her Eldritch Abomination father to get her bass/family ancestral axe, back.
- Vinnie from Gravedale High may be a friendly vampire, but he's still the bad boy of the school.
- In his first major appearance, Count Spankulot in Codename: Kids Next Door tries to become one of these, albeit by scaring the KND into letting him join them. He fails. Hard.
- Sabrina and The Groovie Goolies. A sweet teenage witch and her wacky monster cousins from Horrible Hall.
- Paramount's Famous Studios (later Paramount Animation) had Casper the Friendly Ghost, Goodie the Gremlin and Honey Halfwitch.
- Spoofed in Robot Chicken, where The Count from Sesame Street turns out to be Not So Harmless.
Newcomer: [Sees all the other Sesame Street figures with fangs, feasting on blood] The Count turned you all into the undead!
The Count: If you thought I was a vampire in every way but that one, then I count one, one dumb motherfucker.