Romantic Vampire Boy
Because all girls want bad boys
, and you don't get much badder than a blood-sucking monster. Putting it simply, a romantic vampire boy is a male love interest
who is a vampire
. He may not be the best love interest, as he'll most likely hunger for your blood or for others around you, and it's most likely going to be a Mayfly-December Romance
, but on the other hand he's a rich
and charming sex god
Whether the relationship between a Romantic Vampire Boy and the heroine
succeeds or fails depends largely on where the work stands on the Sliding Scale of Idealism vs. Cynicism
. However, this also depends on the plausibility of the Romantic Vampire Boy as a love interest: if written poorly, he can be easily turned into a Satellite Love Interest
and/or Relationship Sue
This can overlap with Friendly Neighborhood Vampire
, although not necessarily. Vampires who brainwash women into being his "brides" don't count as he has to be seen as a desirable Love Interest
without the help of mind control. See also Boy Meets Ghoul
and Lesbian Vampire
- In Rosario + Vampire, we have the gender flipped version of Moka Akashiya, though it's mostly Outer Moka who portrays this. Inner Moka, on the other hand, not so much. At least, not initially, anyway.
- Vampire Knight's Kaname Kuran or Zero Kiryuu. Later subverted: The Heroine Yuuki Cross turns out to be a vampire herself, though her powers were sealed by her mother to save her life. Said powers are unsealed later by Kaname.
- Night Walker started out as a very obscure H-themed Visual Novel, and then it was rather... loosely adapted as a TV series. In any way the protagonist of the anime, Tatsuhiko Shido, fits in here: he's a rather kind and VERY handsome Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who works as a detective and solves cases based in the supernatural.
- Notably inverted by Vampirella who seems like she would be the romantic interest of the book but as the star is actually in love with Vampire Hunter Adam Van Helsing. Later, she would hook up with Tristan the Werewolf whose condition allows him all the reluctant monster tragedy of the trope.
- Currently the best-known example would be Edward Cullen of Twilight fame.
- Before Edward, we had The Silver Kiss's Simon.
- Vampire Kisses has Alexander Sterling.
- The Skulduggery Pleasant series deconstructs this beautifully with Caelen, who is probably best described as "Edward Cullen, only in a world where everyone else knows that stalking people is bad."
- Bill from The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries.
- Dracula is not an example, because Bram Stoker didn't find vampires romantic at all. However, nearly every adaptation or sequel seems to have Drac Promoted to Love Interest.
- Aubrey is this to Jessica in Demon in my View. From the same series, Christopher is also this to Sarah.
- Andre to Diana in Children of the Night.
- Golden Dawn has Herald.
- Zig-Zagged in Anita Blake. Jean-Claude sees himself as this at the beginning of the series, and Anita eventually agrees, though their relationship has many ups and downs (and sides, for that matter.)
- Becomes the case in The Supervillainy Saga with Gary and his wife Mandy. Mandy becomes a vampire rather than Gary, much to the supervillain's simultaneous pleasure and annoyance. On one hand, it's amazingly cool, but on the other there's a lot more trouble to being a vampire than Hollywood typically proposes.
- The concept is mocked mercilessly in Straight Outta Fangton where Peter Stone points out being a vampire doesn't make you inherently more sexy and actually sexy vampires tend to have been that way in life. Also, any romance from a dark brooding predator with mind-control powers should be inherently suspect. The subversion is somewhat zig-zagged when we meet Peter's creator, Thoth, who is an example of Vampires Are Sex Gods.
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Both Spike and Angel are romantic vampire boys for Buffy.
- Juliet van Heusen from Wizards of Waverly Place is a romantic vampire girl.
- Stefan and Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries. Both are romantic vampire boys or love interests for the heroine of the series, Elena.
- Deconstructed in "Live Free or Twi Hard" with vampires playing into this trope to lure in easy victims.
- And there's Benny. In addition to his Tragic Bromance with Dean, his backstory includes falling in love with a human woman (which is what convinced him to become a Vegetarian Vampire). Unfortunately, by the time he gets out of Purgatory she's become a vampire herself.
- In Night and Day, elements of Josh Alexander's Demonic Possession story play out like a bananas, prophetic parody of the Twilight franchise - invoking vampiric behaviour as an extended metaphor for sex and in particular the loss of innocence, whilst continuing to advance Josh's ongoing romance with Della Wells. Given the show's ambiguous presentation, it's not clear how much of the apparently supernatural content in these scenes is literally happening, or should simply be regarded as symbolic.
- Graf von Krolock in Tanz Der Vampire, for a given value of "romantic" and "boy". The heroine falls hard for him, he doesn't use mind control to get her to that point, but he's also far from young, physically speaking (let's not even get into his real age) and is torn between loving her back and seeing her as a Happy Meal.
- Parodied in Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten's Fuka and Desco Show, where the Episode Previews derail from the actual story in favor of narrating a melodramatic Twilight-esque Paranormal Romance with Valvatorez as the Edward stand-in.
Just then, a beautiful man appears like the wind. He is a vampire who only drinks sardine blood due to a mysterious incurable disease!
Valvatorez: Here! This sardine will help you through your pain...
Fuka: Oh, Sir Valvatorez...!
- Essentially the premise of Cafe Rouge, a romantic visual novel about vampires. And cafes.