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She's got the raven-black hair, the tight leather bodice, the pale skin, and the fangs. The one thing this sexy vampiress doesn't have is a lust for hot male blood. No, only the blood of an innocent young woman will do.
The lesbian vampire is an old trope, stretching back to the 19th century novella Carmilla by Sheridan Le Fanu, which heavily inspired Bram Stoker's rather more famous Dracula. However, it didn't return into popular consciousness until the 1970s, when Hammer Horror made numerous films in which voluptuous countesses nibbled nubile young women. Since then, the trope has pretty much become the default setting for most female vampires, adding an extra layer of titillation to an already heavily sexualised mythological creature.
This blatant sexualisation sometimes leads to a variation — the Bisexual Vampire. In this case, the sexy vampire will happily take people of any gender to bed, but her primary target for the duration of the story will usually be a woman.
A variation on the lesbian vampire, particularly in pornography and films aimed at the young male demographic, is the female victim who is seduced and converted by a vampire and — either during the process of her seduction or after being transformed — begins to find women sexually attractive. This is sometimes explained as the vampire warping her mind so that she can become one of his harem, but usually, it is assumed that as soon as a woman joins the ranks of the undead, she immediately starts playing for both teams — such is the power of this trope.
This can result in Unfortunate Implications, specifically the idea that lesbianism or bisexuality is the result of a corruptive and malign influence, representative of moral decay. And if a female victim is transformed by a female vampire, it carries the implication that lesbian women are predatory and waiting to ensnare and 'convert' hapless heterosexual women. This can be presented as a positive or at least neutral thing however, such as becoming a vampire meaning that you're no longer bound to puritanical notions of sexuality that are often a part of human life, or can provide a convenient fantasy outlet. If you're going to be seduced by sexy minions of the night, no one will blame you for enjoying it, right?
In the works of some authors the Gender Flip version of this trope (i.e., male vampires attracted to other males) does exist; typically, they (like standard-issue female 'lesbian' vampires) are bisexual rather than exclusively same-sex attracted.
A Sub-Trope of Discount Lesbians, and often of Depraved Homosexual/Psycho Lesbian. See also Horny Devils and Hemo Erotic.
Reiri Kamura from Monster Princess is one of these, building up a reputation among the girls of the school and calling them her "little lambs". And, despite having a good amount of interaction with Hiro, there is next to no ship teasing with them, most of that happening between Reiri and Riza.
In the first anime, Bubbancy (a corruption of a Baobhan sith) tricks the entire Hellsing organization, save Seras and Alucard, into thinking that she is Integra's sister. She licks Integra's chest after unbuttoning her shirt and attempts to drink her blood. While virgins (like Integra) are immune to being made ghouls by a vampire bite, this is only true if the vampire is of the opposite sex. Were Bubbancy to bite Integra she would have been rendered a mindless husk.
Possibly Zorin Blitz. She looks like your stereotypical Butch Lesbian, Pip calls her a dyke, and she does seem to take a lot of interest in Seras.
In the one-shot manga Nightmare Syndrome by Natsuneko, a lesbian vampire falls in love with the female Vampire Hunter who is after her head. It ends happily.
Invoked in Kore wa Zombie desu ka? because, to suck someone else's blood with the victim suffering as little pain as possible, if not none at all, requires the Kiss of the Vampire, and, in their culture, kiss equals marriage. Seraphim apparently knows her culture's marriage laws, as the only one she's ever seen kissing onscreen is Haruna.
Kokoa Shuzen. Unspoken but very obvious since she gets Nosebleeds from female Fanservice and has yet to show interest in anyone other than Inner-Moka (though she was caught reading a yaoi magazine once).
Akuha Shuzen. Her feelings towards Moka (initially towards Inner Moka, and almost instantly fell for Outer Moka) easily border on romantic.
Chris Claremont openly skirted this trope in the X-Books with the ancient, nearly unkillable, and terrifyingly powerful mutant Selene. Admittedly, the mutants she was interested in making into her servants/disciples and teaching to feed off the life force of others (as opposed to merely using as lackeys or food) invariably had considerable Psychic Powers of their own, but it is hard to claim that them being attractive teenage girls had nothing to do with it.
"Come to me child. Yield to my dark embrace, and you will never be weak - never need fear - again."
Claremont addressed it more openly in the Misty Knight & Colleen Wing story "Safe Streets", in which Angie Freeman, a childhood friend of Misty's gone vamp, drinks Misty's blood, establishes a psychic bond with her, stuffs her into a little black dress, and prepares to make her a vampire so that "we'll be together, you and I... forever!" At one point, they have this exchange:
Angie: I had a wonderful time with you last night! Misty: Oh. Angie, I... I'm not... like that. I mean... Angie: I know. But you will be.
Blackout, the vampire (sort of) from the early Ghost Rider comics, had very intense Ho Yay with his boss, Deathwatch. It didn't help that Deathwatch fed on pain to the point where he practically got off on it, and Blackout was the only person who he could mind-meld with and experience the pain he caused vicariously without giving the other person a tremendous headache.
Purgatori, the lesbian vampire demon originally created by Brian Pulido as an antagonist for his main Stripperiffic heroine, Lady Death. She may actually be a Depraved Bisexual, having once been Satan's concubine, but all of the (semi-)consensual relationships we've seen have had her with women.
Risa del Toro in the Vertigo series Bite Club is a bisexual female vampire. The sequel, Vampire Crimes Unit, features a lesbian sex scene in the opening pages of the first issue.
Femslash fics in fantasy fandoms with vampires often involve this, e.g., the whole lot of Alice/Rosalie/Bella/Leah shipping in the Twilight fandom. Usually, they're just harmless "good" vampires who just happen to be lesbians, not monsters that only lust for female blood. In Luminosity, rather than seducing and turning impressionable teenage girls, Maggie is searching for her soul mate.
There is a whole cottage industry in the Discworld that ships Polly Perks with her fellow soldier, female-vampire-pretending-to-be-a-male Maledicta. A goodly proportion of Discworld fics on Fanfic.Net are about Polly and Maledicta getting it on. Meanwhile, there is also at least one fic concerning Watch vampire Sally von Humpeding getting into a threesome with Captain Carrot - and his girlfriend Angua von Uberwald.
Bringing Me To Life a The Matrix fanfic, has the secondary character of Niobe. She was turned into a vampire after the werewolf Cujo tried to kill her. That night was also when she first met her girlfriend Persephone.
The three brides of Dracula are sometimes portrayed as being lovers, although, in the original book, they were purely fixated on Jonathan Harker.
A bisexual female vampire played by the beautiful Femme Fatale Catherine Deneuve was the subject of The Hunger.
The 1972 Spanish film The Blood Spattered Bride.
Vampyros Lesbos, a film with pretensions at artistry. Relatively tame, it is still considered a cult classic and is well known for its music track. The movie's director, Jesús "Jess" Franco, is widely known (in the right circles) for his horror/sexploitation films.
Franco later took the trope much further in Les Avaleuses/Female Vampire/Erotikill, which can still be considered an "art film" despite occasionally crossing the line into pornography. Jean Rollin was also extremely fond of this trope in the 1970s.
Unsubtly, Lesbian Vampire Killers, which is about the killers of lesbian vampires, and not lesbians who kill vampires or lesbian vampires who kill people. The reason the vampires all become lesbians is apparently the result of Camilla's influence, a demon who hated men and lusted after women. Except even when her curse is lifted, the former vampires don't stop being lesbians. Then again, with a name like that, you can bet it's a camp movie.
Bordello of Blood features a scene with Lilith, the female vampire boss, standing above the bound heroine, discussing how she was about to take her for a "test drive". She escapes. Then, after you think the story's over, the heroine does get turned into a vampire - the vampire didn't bite her on the neck, but on the inner thigh instead.
The 1932 German film Vampyr, loosely based on Carmilla and another Le Fanu story, features possibly the least attractive lesbian vampire ever: an old woman who lives in a coffin and preys on a teenager. Quite a bit of the film is Mind Screw hallucination.
The 1936 film Draculas Daughter, which is a sequel to the very famous 1931 Dracula movie, features much lesbian subtext from the eponymous character. One of its tag lines is even "Save the women of London from Dracula's Daughter!".
Embrace of the Vampire, "starring" Alyssa Milano, has a lesbian vampire scene.
Countess Bathory in the sadly overlooked Daughters Of Darkness.
Elizabeth Kane (an alias for Erzsébeth Báthory, aka Countess Bathory) in another sadly overlooked movie, Eternal.
Vampires VS. Zombies, a terrible movie from a terrible production company that should have been called Lesbian Having Wet Dreams.
Seduction Cinema Productions have produced a series of erotic lesbian films, starting with The Vampire's Seduction (1997) and following through with numerous titles including The Erotic Rites of Countess Dracula (2001).
In Van Helsing, the Brides of Dracula display some notable lesbian tendencies, especially Brides Verona and Aleera.
Razor Blade Smile (1998), which presents itself partly as a series of homages to and clichés from other vampire films, includes an erotic lesbian vampire scene.
The 2007 film Mil Mascaras vs the Aztec Mummy includes a scene involving identical-twin teenage vampire girls, who express their attraction to each other as part of an attempt to lure Mil Mascaras into a three-way encounter that is actually a trap.
Vampyres has an example of the bisexual variety: a lesbian couple who hunt together, and sometimes bring home male prey.
Abel Ferrara's The Addiction, which features Philosophy-major vampires who spend a lot of time talking about Sartre, has a protagonist who will sometimes pick up other women. In this case, she doesn't deliver on anything sexual, and only uses it as a pretense for targeting a victim.
"What did one lesbian vampire say to the other?" "See you next month."
There once was a vampire named Mabel Whose period was notoriously stable So on every full moon She'd get out a spoon And drink herself under the table
Older Than Radio: As mentioned above, the 1872 novella Carmilla is about a female vampire who preys on young women by biting their breasts as they sleep. It's not played for tittilation however, being more of a typical vampire story where the predator and victim just happen to be the same gender.
In Varney the Vampire Clara Crompton predates even Carmilla as a female Vampire who prefers female victims
Inverted in Interview With The Vampire, in which a man is seduced and transformed by a male vampire. Lestat claims that, before the twentieth century, he was exclusively attracted to men, since he didn't consider women to be very interesting. (Though he did seem fairly interested in his mother.)
Tina in the Betsy the Vampire Queen books by Mary Janice Davidson is technically bisexual and, as such, has emotional sway over both men and women (but not over gay men). However, she prefers women, which causes Betsy a bit of trouble early on.
In Discworld it is hinted that Sally von Humpeding's cheerful promiscuity extends to both sexes: she is definitely interested in Carrot, and drops ambiguous hints during her naked mud-bath confrontation with Angua.
A male bisexual vampire, Henry Fitzroy, in Blood Books. As well as Vicki Nelson, he also often feeds off of gay street kid and (former) male prostitute Tony, who eventually gets his own spin-off series. This element appears to be missing from the TV series.
Christabel: this is considered one way of interpreting Samuel Taylor Coleridge's poem with the lamia-like Geraldine.
In Carmilla rewrite The Moth Diaries, the antagonist, Ernessa, is either one of these or a lesbian of the common or garden variety. Either way, she and her 'victim', Lucy, are surprised in bed by the diarist, also in love with Lucy.
According to Thomas Raith in the novella Backup, most of the White Court vampires of the House of Raith aren't particular worried about what gender they feed on. Since Raiths feed off of lust, especially lust generated through sex with their prey, this essentially means that most of the Raiths (including his sister Lara, who feeds on a woman in Backup) are bisexual.
Red Court vamp Bianca seemed to favor feeding off of women, and went kind of nuts after accidentally draining her favorite snack/lover to death.
Inverted example: the eponymous character in The Vampire Tapestry usually selects male victims and sometimes has sex with them as well. He insists that this is solely for purposes of secrecy, as closeted gay men tend to conceal their trysts with care; he'd rather not engage in the sex part at all, but does so if it's necessary to hold a potential victim's interest long enough to reach a good body-dump site. Whether or not he's in denial is unclear, but the female psychiatrist to whom he unloads initially assumes that his tales of vampirism are a metaphor for gay self-loathing.
Pam Keesey edited two anthologies of lesbian vampire stories, Daughters of Darkness (1993) and Dark Angels
In Chia Black Dragon, Chia is a vampire and a lesbian. She just doesn't get a lot of opportunities to practice.
Hex Hall's Jenna is both lesbian and a vampire, but doesn't quite fit the trope. However, she was seduced into becoming a vampiress by a beautiful young woman named Amanda, who does.It ended... poorly, leaving Jenna to regret her choice to become a vampire.
Oscar and Eli in Let the Right One In count as a gender-flipped example, as Oscar is a boy and Eli is a castrated boy posing as a girl.
In the Charmed episode "Bite Me", Paige temporarily becomes a member of a lesbian vampire coven (which includes a gay male vampire).
On Smallville, Lana Lang reluctantly joined a sorority of bisexual vampires in "Thirst".
It's implied that all vampires are, to some extent, bisexual, probably due to the whole vampirism thing historically being a big damn metaphor for sexual predation. There's especially a sire-offspring thing - note Darla and Drusilla in season 2 of Angel. And then there's Spike's "Angel and me have never been intimate. Except that one—" bit. And Harmony, who rejects the idea of a threesome unless it's boy-boy-girl... or Charlize Theron.
That said, the degree of bisexuality amongst vampires seems to be at least somewhat dependent on the person pre-vampire:
Blade the TV series. The heroine is engaged in blatant Les Yay soon after she's turned into a vampire, despite not showing any previous inclination towards girls.
Xena: Warrior Princess's usual Les Yay turned up the volume in an episode titled "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun", which featured Gabrielle dancing with some fanged female followers of Bacchus at a Bronze Age disco, one of whom bites her before she leaves, becoming a bacchae herself, then biting Xena later in the episode, which appears to be veryenjoyable for both women. Xena then kills Bacchus and they revert to being human again.
Camilla (the name's a giveaway) in State of Decay seems very interested in Romana.
The "sexy fish vampire" matriarch in "Vampires of Venice" amassed a gaggle of brainwashed women that she feeds on, which almost included Amy. She's Actually Not a Vampire and there were important plot reasons why she only went after women, but the implications are blatantly obvious.
Queen Sophie-Anne. Technically, she's bisexual, but she hasn't enjoyed sex with men since the Eisenhower administration.
Eric's right-hand woman, Pam, who also seems to prefer the ladies, usually. In a miniepisode involving casting for a dancing position at Fangtasia, Eric practically has to force Pam to leave before "enjoying the show" with a hot Russian dancer. Before she leaves, however, she mentions that she'd like a more private audience with the girl. She gets it in the series proper. See also the development of her relation with Tara at the end of season 5.
It seems that all the vampire girls, the oldest ones more specifically, are bi, but show much more interest in other women than men.
In season 3 of The L Word, Alice Pieszecki dates a sanguinarian named Uta Refson, a vampirologist who is part of the vampire goth subculture.
In Forever Knight, Janette showed some interest in a young prostitute, planning, at one point, on making her a vampire.
Hinted at in Power Rangers Mystic Force. Not with the main vampire, Necrolai, but, at one point, said main vampire temporarily turns pink ranger Vida into a fellow vampire, and Vida was about as obviously a butch lesbian as you can get on American children's programming.
Hinted at in a Season 3 episode, where a vampire queen is awakened. Former vampire Tesla is treated as a nuisance, but the queen is VERY interested in Helen Magnus, to the point of eagerly wondering how she'll taste. Made slightly more explicit in a deleted scene in which the queen promises to teach Helen how to enjoy being fed upon.
Another episode shows that Magnus herself is apparently bisexual; at the end of the episode she is kissed by a woman that she rescued, and returns the kiss after explaining that it's been awhile.
U.K. goth band Scary Bitches made a song called "Lesbian Vampires from Outer Space".
You can play as one in both Vampire: The Masquerade and Vampire: The Requiem, if you want to. Meanwhile two of the recurring NPCs in Masquerade are Lucita (a privileged member and skilled manipulator of the Lasombra clan) and Fatima (one of the Assamite clan's greatest assassins). At some point in their long, long history, they were lovers, and now they want to kill each other (sometimes, if the novels are to be believed, they just want to bite each other).
Taken to the hilt in the Charles Busch play Vampire Lesbians Of Sodom.
Male vampires are mostly only able to seduce women to feed on, while female vampires can seduce women and men.
Velvet Velour, who, apparently, has no trouble professing her love for the protagonist even if the latter is female. Also, there is Jeanette, whose famous sex scene doesn't... change any regardless of the PC's gender. Lastly, there is Heather the Ghoul, who doesn't mind whether you are male or female in her affection for you, but then, as a ghoul, she will always have Single-Target Sexuality.
Pisha mentions the name she tells you came from a long-dead companion and lover of hers who died many years ago, and adds "she has no need of [the name] any more".
In Sa Ga Frontier, Asellus is turned into one of the Mystics, a race which is basically a shade of vampire. Her sire, Orlouge, is a Horny Devil par excellence, and later Asellus ends up in a relationship with one of his "princesses". Unusually, Asellus is the protagonist of her short.
Apparently, Carmillasucceeded in the Castlevania universe, as Laura is her servant in a couple of games. Also, Carmilla is a Cat Girl — for reasons obvious to anyone who has even passing familiarity with the original story — and Laura is what appears to be a bunnygirl, for no obvious reason except Fetish Fuel.
While they are actually oni, the supernatural girls of Akai Ito and Aoi Shiro invoke this image, due to them drawing power from drinking the blood of the main heroines.
An Asari sex vampire called an Ardat-Yakshi appears in Mass Effect 2; the only specific victim we see of hers happens to be an impressionable girl, but she's been killing for at least four hundred years.
Baldur's Gate II Enhanced Edition has the real Hexxat, who is female, a vampire, and romanceable for female CHARNAMES (and only females — she exhibits an interest in Viconia, but rejects any male attention).
In one arc vampire Layla drinks the blood of her female friend Brooke, who seems to enjoy it in an almost sexual way. In return, Layla helps Brooke practice her kissing, leading the entire school to believe they're a lesbian couple. Eventually it's revealed Brooke is figuring out that she's Bi the Way. Layla is still up for debate.
Maria, Layla's mom, went through a certain... phase... with Chloe's (another friend of Layla and Nina's) mom.
Maria: Ohhh, the things she would do to me...! They made me quiver!
Topaz Gem from Monsterful, though she's a Zombpyre (Zombie/Vampire), she looks more like a vampire. She's possibly in love with her best friend, Samantha, and though it has not been 100% confirmed, there are so many subliminal messages that it's just impossible to ignore.
Kanaya from Homestuck, though the lesbian part comes first, then she turns into a rainbow drinker.
Subverted (maybe) in Last Res0rt by Jigsaw. Most of the suggestions of lesbianism come from characters unaware that she's a vampire and just feeding off the women whose necks she was biting.
In Sam and Fuzzy, Vampires with the 'vamp' disorder will try to seduce anyone during their spells, male or female.
Sara Waite from Whateley Universe. She uses the Genre Savvy codename Carmilla. She has fangs, pale skin, and a nearly irresistible lust aura, but she's not technically a vampire. Her core paradigm may be what all vampires in history were based on, since she's actually one of the Great Old Ones: she's directly related to both Shub-Niggurath and Cthulhu. She's mostly lesbian, and has turned a couple straight women, along with picking up a couple superpowered lesbians and even two hermaphrodites. (She's flexible.)
"Why are the vampires lesbians?" sales agent Cal Fagan asked. "Were they lesbians before they became vampires, or did getting bitten have something to do with it? I never understood that. And is it necessary for them to seduce their victims before killing them? Why do they 'writhe sinuously' on every other page? And what did William's secret meeting with the dominatrix have to do with anything? I'm sorry, it just seemed gratuitous."
Vamp You relies on this trope.
Carmilla The Series. Naturally, being a Setting Update of the Trope Maker, though it's played with somewhat; Carmilla only acts as a friend to the women she targets, but the women she tries to seduce she has no intention of harming. Laura's reaction to learning that Carmilla is actually interested in her, and not as a meal, is priceless.
Despite being a lesbian vampire, Carmilla is not shown to be a corrupting influence on Laura. Instead she saves her life on several occasions.
Erzsébeth Báthory, the "Blood Countess", is a disturbing real-life example, if all (or even some) of the legends surrounding her are to be believed. She is said to have had "trysts" with her lesbian aunt, molested all the young maids under her care, and ended their contracts by ritualistically raping and then draining their blood into her bathtub in which she would bathe.