Because all girls want bad boys
, and what's more bad 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 Versus 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 be a sub-trope 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.
- 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.
- In Supernatural, 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.
- Also deconstructed with vampires playing into this trope to lure victims to their deaths.
- 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.