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Ahh, being turned into a vampire! It is known across fiction as a fall from grace, the loss of humanity, and rebirth... But also love!
Yes, rebirth and love
! Did we mention they lost their humanity?
I Love You, Vampire Son is when there is a romantic — or at least affectionate — relationship between the turner and the turned. This could be mutual or one-sided. Bonus points if it is directly stated that some pairs have a parent-child or mentor-student relationship, yet others are romantically (and physically) involved. Vampires can be that way.
It is often implied that vampires choose who to turn specifically based on romantic attraction
. This applies to both good and bad vampires: "I turned him because I wanted him to become my lover" and "I turned him because I wanted us to be together forever
". Indeed, vampires of this sort believe that Living Forever Is Awesome
and want to share it with their special someone.
Vampires are especially tempted to do this when their beloved is dying, either right now
and only an Emergency Transformation
will save them; or else they fear being alone once old age runs its inevitable course for the mortal object of their affections.
This is not a trope about vampires having sex with their human family members
, but rather, belonging to the same vampiric bloodline,
which is seen as the equivalent of - and often replacing - being related by human blood.
to I Hate You, Vampire Dad
, though one-sided vampire incest can be a source of hatred. Related to Parental Incest
. Compare Resurrected Romance
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Anime and Manga
- Blood+: When a queen transforms a human into her chevalier they enter into a loving Lady and Knight relationship. The most prominent couple is the two leads: Saya and Hagi. To the point that when Saya apologizes to Hagi for making him her chevalier, he tells her it was the best thing that ever happened to him because it allows him to stay by her side.
- Diva was off-handedly implied to have had sexual relations with some of her chevaliers, although that was Amshel's initiative, not hers. At least one of her chevaliers, James, definitely holds some sort of affection for her.
- Subverted with Nathan, as while he seems to care for Diva a great deal, he's not really one of her chevaliers. He was her mother's chevalier. Diva never realizes this, though.
- Though it's her sister's chevalier that a queen needs to mate with to reproduce.
- Nightwalker, Cain towards Shido.
- Eventually, Shido towards Riho. (And she loves him back!)
- Especially brilliant when this is because Cain deliberately sent Shido a psychic dream of Riho turning evil in order to get Shido to avoid this.
- The one-shot Yuri Genre manga Nightmare Syndrome by Natsuneko focuses on a Vampire Hunter who is trapped inside a vampire's castle and mysteriously spared by her captor, despite repeated attempts to kill her. Eventually, it is revealed that the vampire has fallen in love with her purported slayer and awaits a chance to offer her immortality. She eventually succeeds via Emergency Transformation and the two of them spend undeath happily together.
- Nanami Shinonome of Dance in the Vampire Bund enters into a relationship with the boy she turns into a vampire. Said boy is twelve years old when he is turned.
- In Hellsing, Alucard, became far more affectionate towards Seras once she unlocked her true potential as a vampire, specifically when he takes on his true form, Dracula and pats her on the head after she shyly noticed how different he looks.
- Though not so much a vampire as a familiar, Seras developed an actually romantic relationship with the one whose blood she drank to become a true vampire: Pip Bernedotte.
- I, Vampire includes this as part of it's backstory— Andrew Bennet turned Mary Seward into a vampire out of love, however, the transformation also made her sadistic, and she ultimately rejects her lover's Friendly Neighborhood Vampire approach and starts building an undead army to conquer the human race. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.
- Park Chan Wook's Thirst plays up the Wife Husbandry aspect of this trope. The protagonist Sang-hyeon first feels drawn to Tae-ju out of sympathy, since her foster mother Mrs. Ra adopted her so she could raise her to be a wife to her son (and basically a slave to the both of them). Sang-hyeon later saves her life via an Emergency Transformation, and there is the feeling that Tae-ju has merely gone from one relationship of quasi-incestuous dependency to another. Her feelings toward him begin to shift after her transformation.
- In a short film of Paris, Je T'Aime, a tourist in the Quartier Madeleine of Paris (played by Elijah Wood of all people) falls in love at first sight with a vampire. She seems to like him, but refuses to turn him... until he falls down the stone steps, nearly dies, and she gives him an Emergency Transformation. He rises again as a fearsome vampire, and they chomp on each other. Awwwww...!
- In Dark Shadows Johnny Depp turns his love Victoria Winters after she jumps off a cliff
- In Breaking Dawn, Edward turns Bella into a vampire after she nearly dies during childbirth. The baby came out wrong, of course, because it's their baby and male vampires aren't suppose to interbreed with humans...
- Also, Carlisle turned Esme. On the platonic side, Carlisle turned Rosalie, Edward, and Emmett, who all view him as a father.
- In Carpe Jugulum, it's briefly mentioned that Countess Magpyr wasn't a vampire when the Count met her, and Vlad repeatedly offers to turn Agnes.
- Then there's the Winklers. Doreen isn't a vampire but likes acting the part. Her husband is one, but doesn't especially enjoy it, and presumably the last thing he wants is to put up with Doreen for eternity.
- This is pretty rampant in The Vampire Chronicles in general, where many of the turned have relationships with their turner. For one particularly outstanding example, Lestat turned his human mother Gabrielle into a vampire and then they had a relationship. Vampiric incest indeed.
- Also squicky is the (very strongly) implied relationship between Claudia and Louis. The Ho Yay (and sometimes Foe Yay) between Lestat and Louis, on the other hand, was just fun.
- Take comfort in the knowledge that Ricean vampires suffer from permanent impotency.
- According to them the sensations from drinking blood beat sex any time. Thanks to their Sense Freak nature they also can do sex in all but name only, despite of the fact that the organs normally required for the act are pretty much necrotic.
- In The Vampire Armand and Blood and Gold Marius de Romanus rescued a Russian boy named Amadeo who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery from a brothel and the two of them had a pederastic relationship until Amadeo was poisoned during a fight and Marius turned him on the brink of death.
- The two first vampires, Enkil and Akasha, were the king and queen of Ancient Egypt. They were plagued by a vengeful spirit who loved bloodletting before being mortally wounded by their own subjects who staged a coup. The spirit entered Akasha's body through a wound, making her the first vampire, and she saved her husband by turning him.
- In the Queen of the Damned Film of the Book, Jesse is turned by Lestat, who has feelings for her. At the end of the movie, they are seen walking away, holdings hands. In the book, she is turned by her distant ancestor Maharet and has no relationship with Lestat.
- Interestingly, in at least one case turning a lover results in the relationship collapsing. Daniel Molloy begs Armand to turn him, but Armand knows it's Daniel's fragile humanity that interests him. It's only when Daniel's liver starts to shut down thanks to his constant drinking that Armand is forced to turn him. The relationship does indeed end shortly after, especially since Daniel goes insane.
- Pretty much the modus operandi of the White Court in The Dresden Files, with the love element and especially the incest element taken to very literal depth - the ruling family reproduces rather than turning humans into vampires like the other courts, and the White King has sex with his daughters in order to dominate them. His sons meanwhile tend to die in Unfortunate Accidents.
- Anita Blake: Asher and Jean-Claude were both lovers of their maker, Belle Morte. Considering what her line is, this is par for the course.
- Technically not in the case of Jean-Claude as Belle didn't turn him; it's stated that he was turned by another vampire whose Master of the City essentially pimped him out. However, Belle as the head of her line is a 'mother' or at least ancestor to all the vamps of her bloodline so it still can apply.
- The first Night World book has a terminally-ill girl being turned by her vampire boyfriend.
- In Lost Souls by Poppy Z. Brite, the trope is used literally, as the vampires in that book reproduce sexually instead of through Viral Transformation.
- In The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries, it's strongly implied that Eric turned Pam for this purpose, though their relationship is strictly platonic by the time of the novels. The implications are... many, especially considering Pam's sexual orientation.
- Lorena also seems to have turned Bill for this purpose. This seems to be the exception rather than the rule in the Stackhouse universe—Sookie notes in Club Dead that vampires consider it unseemly to have sexual relationships with other vampires.
- Sophie-Anne and Eric both talk about the one sided relationship with the vampires who turned them, though Sophie-Anne's experience was while she was human. Appius Livius Ocella told Eric not to call him Appius, as Eric didn't know him well enough. Then Appius taught Eric how to get to know him.
- By the beginning of Dracula, the Count has three vampire brides, and over the course of the novel he tries to recruit two others.
- It's worth noting that the novel never describes these women are Dracula's "brides," though that seems to be the most common perception. The leader, a blonde, seems most explicitly romantic with Dracula, while the others may actually be the pair's daughters, since they're described as having the same features as Dracula. In any event, they're loyal to the Count, so the trope may well stand.
- Played straight in the Mercy Thompson novels, with an additional twist for Stefan's "stable": the semi-vampiric humans he keeps as a voluntary blood supply are all terminally ill, have their illnesses kept in remission by his occasional reciprocal blood-donations ... and sleep with and bite each other. I Love You, Near-Vampire Sibling?
- The canon epilogue to Let the Right One In reveals that Eli turns Oskar into a vampire after they get off the train. Word Of God says that the epilogue was written due to people speculating what his fate was going to be.
- This trope abounds in Debora Harkness's novel A Discovery of Witches. In this world, families are very, very important to vampires. There are examples of vampires siring mates as well as children. The de Claremonts are more or less like a nuclear family with two parents, several siblings all sired by those parents, and grandchildren (sired by the siblings), and great-grandchilden. When Diana and Matthew marry Diana starts referring to Matthew's sires as her children despite the fact that while they look young, they're all Really 700 Years Old.
- In Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' novel Demon In My View, Aubrey turns Jessica, and there had been a growing attraction between them for much of the novel. After she turns, it's definitely implied that they get together.
Live Action TV
- In Buffy, Darla and Angelus become lovers after she sires him, as do Drusilla and Spike. Angelus also has a sexual relationship with Dru, much to Spike's anger
- When Spike turned his human mother in flashback, she started to come on to him, but he was Squicked out.
- The Master also held Darla as his favorite
- Angel implies (and Word Of God confirms) that Angel and Spike slept together at least once.
- Forever Knight (which Angel completely, totally did not rip off): LaCroix's daughter Divia, who turned him just before Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius, wanted to start a more intimate relationship with him, but he refused.
- Divia was made a vampire herself at about 12 years old.
- Lorena and Bill on True Blood.
- Eric and Pam are (probably) a platonic version. Eric, in turn, cared deeply for his maker, Godric... very deeply. This gets Squicky considering that Godric has the body of an adolescent when he turns Eric; even more Squicky considering the formula the two use to describe Godric's relationship to his progeny: "Father. Brother. Son."
- Season 3 adds Russell Edgington and Talbot, his consort of centuries.
- And Season 5 brings us Eric's 'Sister', who is naked with him within ten minutes of being shown on screen. And is introduced with them making out.
- The Season 5 finale has Pam and Tara sharing a passionate kiss.
- Played for laughs in one of J.D.'s fantasy sequences (part of the Dr. Acula Running Gag) in the Scrubs episode "My Transition":
J.D.: Kim, wait! Unfortunately there's no way I can make you mine, unless I make you mine...
(pulls her to him)
J.D.: (thinking) ...for eternity.
(bares fangs and bites her neck)
Kim: (alarmed) Dr. Acula, don't... (sensually) stop.
- This was the reason Coraline turned Mick on their wedding night in Moonlight. He didn't appreciate it. Josef attempted to do this to a girl he loved, who asked him to turn her, but something went wrong and she was turned only partially before falling into a coma. It is implied that she will stay that way forever, as her body doesn't age. There was also the couple in the finale, who stayed together for nearly 150 years, and the husband (and vampire child) even chooses to die alongside his wife, despite her cheating on him.
- In Blood Ties, Henry specifically mentions that a vampire only turns people he or she cares about. In his case, Christina warned him that natural vampiric territoriality would eventually force them apart, lest they kill each other.
- The Daeva of Vampire: The Requiem often maintain a whirlwind relationship with their childer, but the love quickly turns cold and the childe is abandoned.
- The Dungeons & Dragons supplement Libris Mortis mentions that a few intelligent undead create spawn from their loved ones in pursuit of this trope. But while vampire spawn are slavishly affectionate towards their creators, this is a supernatural compulsion, not true love.
- Graf von Krolock and his son Herbert in Tanz Der Vampire are a literal example. Herbert is pretty much the only person the Graf loves properly anymore, to the point of basically tossing the hero to Herbert as a present. Awww?
- Shrowdy von Keifer is this way towards Mona in A Vampyre Story. She does not reciprocate. In a twist, Mona is in complete denial about being a vampire.
- Of course, while we're at it, Shrowdy's affections are less than wholesome. For a start, Mona's the latest in a long line of girls who have met exactly the same fate, except that all her predecessors got iced as soon as Shrowdy got bored with them (Mona has lasted the longest of all the girls Shrowdy has thus imprisoned, which is either a very good or very bad sign depending on how you look at it). Oh, also, this all started when Shrowdy's mother disappeared, and he chooses his victims based on their resemblance to said missing parent. Yeek.
- It's heavily implied in Immortal Souls that this is why the Black Witch turned John Turner, as she's definitely heavily attracted to him. He emphatically does not return her affections, though he is talked into taking non-sexual advantage of them occasionally, and is reasonably polite while turning down anything more forward whenever he does so.
- Isaac Abrahams in Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines is implied to be, if not romantic then paternally, fond of his childe Ash Rivers and originally turned the younger man vampire to save him from an overdose. Ash, who is a borderline Death Seeker, partially resents having been 'saved' and an afterlife of being looked after and being unable to act any more. The two have a complex and rather strained relationship as a result.
- In The Order of the Stick, we eventually learn that Malack's "children" were in fact his vampire spawn, whom he considered family. How fully this was reciprocated probably depends on how closely the setting stays to its Dungeons & Dragons roots (see above).
- When forced to kill his friend Durkon over their moral differences (namely, Malack being a vampire), Malack opts to transform Durkon into a vampire spawn in hopes of resolving said differences and saving their friendship.
- An element of Vamp You, both with the porn-like desire for sex, and with an actual relationship. Subverted somewhat, in that the vampires are always evil, and that often it's a rather open relationship.
. Let us be together, for eternity!