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Vampire Bites Suck

Vampires need blood to survive. Some can survive on the blood of lesser creatures — rats, cats, dogs, etc. But their beverage of preference and choice is almost always human blood.

Humans who have encountered a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire may count themselves lucky, as the Kiss of the Vampire is at worst, a tolerable experience, and at best, as good as or Better Than Sex.

The vampires who aren't quite so humane or human-friendly, don't much care for whether their prey enjoys it. They likely won't survive the experience to care, as these vampires don't bother with table manners, let alone leaving two dainty, easily covered puncture wounds. They go for the jugular, and if the rest of the neck goes with it, c'est la mort.

The Gory Discretion Shot is seldom used with a violently hungry vampire, so the viewer is treated to seeing the High-Pressure Blood fountaining everywhere, and the police or intrepid meddling kids are treated to the messy aftermath. Where this can get really torturous is if the vampire is into Hemo Eroticism, because then they'll draw out the feeding process.

See Our Vampires Are Different, and Kiss of the Vampire for the flipside of this trope.


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Examples:

     Anime and Manga 
  • Vampire Knight skirts the line between this and Kiss of the Vampire, especially with Yuuki and Zero. Almost all cases of vampire bites in the show lean towards this trope, though.
  • Alucard of Hellsing tends to not bother with subtlety ever. Unless maybe it'll make the Mind Screw even worse. He's been told at before "It's not good to play with your food". He can just flat out absorb blood that's anywhere nearby, if so inclined- in the manga, he calls rivers of spilt blood to him through the streets of London, then a war zone; and in the anime, he revives himself using the blood spilt in the tower of London. Feeding or no, he'll make a mess of you because it's fun.
  • JoJo's Bizarre Adventure is horrific when it comes to this; its vampires feed through their hands. In the first series, one feeds using his hair. It comes across like the vines from The Ruins.
  • Happened once to the titular Dark Magical Girl in the Vampire Princess Miyu OAV. The first human she bit after her powers came to the surface, one of her classmates at school, died. In a subversion, Miyu didn't brutalize the poor girl, only biting her and sucking off almost all of her blood off-screen (we only see her passed out on the ground), and we learn about her also off-screen death a bit later. Not to mention it's a sort-of Justified Trope: it was the second time ever Miyu had drank someone's blood (the first one was when she met Larva) and had no real idea of how to do it; she told Larva in tears that one moment she was distracted and thinking the girl was kinda cute, and at the other she found herself sucking her blood off...
  • Gantz has this trope in spades, to the point where we see a metal tub being filled with blood after a vampire cut a few women's' heads off. They don't care how they get the blood - they just want it.
  • Played for laughs in Mahou Sensei Negima!. Negi pays Evangeline for his lessons by allowing her to drink his blood. She insists on it he responds with the same reluctance and squirming as a kid getting a shot at the hospital.

     Comic Books 
  • The first installment of the Batman vs Dracula series, Red Rain has Dracula and his minions slashing the throats of their victims with their fangs after they're done to cover up the supernatural element of their attack and disguise the killing as a standard murder.
    • One of Batman's villains is Man-Bat, a giant bat.
  • Mina Murray from The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen wears a red scarf to hide the scars from her attack by Dracula. Alan Moore decided that vampires would feed like vampire bats; i.e. grind the skin into hamburger with nasty serrated teeth, and lap up what comes out. So, Mina's scars are not the "pair of discreet puncture wounds" of legend, but massive and disfiguring. The Film of the Book goes with the traditional bite look, the way the book had it.
  • Vampires in Preacher rip out the side of their victim's neck. The perils of not having fangs...
  • The vampires in the guro comic Elizabeth Bathory by "Raulo" are extremely violent, often partly eating their victims after drinking the blood or even mutilating each other just for fun and letting their Healing Factor take care of the aftermath.
  • The traditional bitemarks are lampshaded in Joann Sfar's Vampire Loves: protagonist Ferdinand bites his sleeping victims with one fang, so that they think it's a mosquito bite.

     Film 
  • In The Lost Boys, David's crew descends on Make-Out Point to tear the roofs off cars and tear open the skulls of their victims.
  • The Movie version of 'Salem's Lot had messy, unpleasant vampires.
  • In the movie Innocent Blood, the vampire rips the victim's throat out like an animal, which is kind of a subversion because otherwise she's a cute, sexy Friendly Neighborhood Vampire.
  • In 30 Days of Night, the vampires are violent predators. And they don't even bother to wipe their mouths after feeding. Possibly justified, as their pillaging of the town was their equivalent of an all you can eat buffet. The comic book has the vampires being similarly gory... but in private.
  • The vampires in the Blade Trilogy movies are all savage and vicious, and usually rip their victims' throats open.
  • From Dusk Till Dawn is full of the vampires who bite hard and messy.
  • The vampires in Daybreakers are particularly violent, especially when starved. At one point a swarm of them rip a man's head off just to spill more claret.
  • I Am Legend has creatures purported to be violent and messy, but we never really get a good look at their feeding habits.
  • John Carpenter's Vampires features vampires who don't suck blood so much as tear a hole in your carotid and lap at the fountain.
  • While most of the vampire attacks in The Fearless Vampire Killers are on the jugular, at a certain point a man is brought in with vampire bites all over his body, and hardly any blood left.
  • In Near Dark the vampires, like Cassidy in Preacher, usually tear the neck open - Severen is shown to be the vampire equivalent of a messy eater - but it's not the only way to feed. Diamondback also cuts a woman's throat and drains the blood into a beer glass, proving that the vampires aren't fussy about how they get blood, as long as they get it.
  • In the Dracula-display segment of Waxwork, the vampires not only drink the fiance's blood, they butcher his leg while he's still alive, then share the raw meat with his bride as "steak tartare".
  • The female vampires in Count Yorga are like this, biting their victims anywhere to drain their blood, leaving bite marks all over the body. Oddly though the title character, Yorga, when feeding on his female victims is nowhere near as messy, just leaving pinpricks on their necks.
  • The 2008 Lucy Liu vehicle Rise features vampires who don't have fangs, so they wear tiny blades around their necks just to tear huge gushing holes in the necks of their victims.
  • In Let the Right One In Eli has to snap the necks of her victims, drop them out of windows or otherwise end their suffering. Up until then they're still struggling around and twitching in agony. The process is so distressing to all concerned that she prefers to have her "Dad" drain her victims for her. Indeed, the one victim that is bitten but not killed, ends up starting to turn into a vampire themself before they decide to commit suicide by sunlight (which drives their friend to seek vengeance against the little monster that attacked them).
  • In Nosferatu, Orlock's bite isn't too bad (twin puncture wounds), but Orlock's bites also spread the plague.
  • Played with in George Romero's Martin (1977), where the "vampire" is a demented young man. He doesn't bite his victims— just slashes their arms open with razor blades.
  • The segment "Midnight Mess" from the 1973 Vault of Horror movie adaptation. What sucks more than a vampire bite? Being hung by your ankles and having a beer tap jammed into your jugular!
  • House of Dark Shadows (1970), the first movie spin-off of Dark Shadows, has vampire bites that show a full set of bloody teeth marks, not just two discreet punctures. Makeup artist Dick Smith created the prostheses by biting into a piece of raw steak, then enlarging and deepening the holes made by his canine teeth before making the casting.
  • The Night Flier: Discussed Trope by Richard Dees. The vampire doesn't leave tiny bite marks, but punctures the necks of his victims with his giant fangs. If he even leaves them in one piece, that is.
  • In Dracula Untold, they're presented as extremely gruesome, with the vampire in question having their own faces drained of blood during and immediately after the feeding.

     Literature 
  • In Brian Lumley's Necroscope series, the vampires are all savage and vicious, even to each other. More to the point, due to the fact that they can reshape their bodies, their feeding habits range from using oversized jaws to tear open human torsos, to forming tentacular siphons and draining their victims dry. And it gets worse when the vampire in question has the power of Necrmouthful
  • Vampires in the Laura Caxton series have a mouthful of shark-like teeth sharp enough to bite through kevlar like it was butter. They use them for that, too.
  • Nancy A. Collins' Sonja Blue series is full of vampires who are uncaring of the state in which they leave their victims.
  • Feeding vampires in Twilight rip their victims to bloody shreds first.
    • Plus the excruciating pain if they don't kill you as the venom spreads.
  • Vampires in Kim Harrison's The Hollows series leave scars on the necks of their victims.
    • The bites may scar but the bite itself is euphoric due to highly addictive vampire venom that causes pleasure center reaction, so the victim craves being bitten again, even months after the bite. Worse, other vampires can re-trigger the bite scar. See Kiss of the Vampire.
  • Poppy Z. Brite's vampires in Lost Souls will also rip and tear a victim to shreds, and then devour them, marrow and all. Yummy.
  • In the Night World series, when vampires suck blood out of an unwilling and non-tranced victim, it is described as painful. One character compares it to your soul being sucked out of you. Willing, now...
  • In the Masters of Horror special "The V Word", the head vampire has no fangs to bite a victim's throat... so he tears out a hunk of flesh and laps up the blood. In another scene, a vampire slashes a man's throat with a piece of glass so his hungry friend can feed.
  • The Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter series mostly employs the Kiss of the Vampire, but not all vampires bother; the title character has some nasty scar tissue where a vampire gnawed on her.
  • The Dresden Files is all over the place on this one. The White Court doesn't leave any marks on their prey, but feed on the lifeforce of their prey by inducing a specific emotion. The Red Court use elaborate disguises to get close to their prey, then use their narcotic saliva to render the prey insensible while they go at it like vampire bats. The Black Court sucks in the conventional sense (Dracula was actually written as a guide to dealing with the Black Court), but resemble rotting corpses, so how they come by their prey is another question entirely. The Jade Court has been alluded to, but haven't appeared yet; the character that mentions them says they're from Asia but otherwise very secretive, and it's probably a safe bet that the Chinese "hopping ghost" is at least marginally related.
  • Vadim Panov's Secret City:
    • Masan, Secret City's blood-drinking inhabitants and the source of vampire myths, drink blood to live and to fuel their magic, which also renders them independent from the settings regular magic power sources. The bite isn't poisonous and doesn't carry The Virus, but is unpleasant and messy.
    • Anna, the morph mage instinctively counters a Masan's psychic attack by growing hollow thorns on her body, then embracing and draining the Masan.
  • Depending on the vampire in Anne Rice's The Vampire Chronicles, it can be either this or Kiss of the Vampire. Lestat tends to go for the latter, even though most of his victims are criminals. The novel Queen of the Damned has several vampires engage in a feeding frenzy in a mountain temple, where a group of mortals are so enthralled that they want their throats to be torn out. When a man offers himself to her, Pandora, who was originally disgusted with this, rips his head off in order to quickly suck in all the blood.

     Live Action TV 
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer has this, sort of. In order to feed, the vampire only needs to make you bleed to feed, so it's not as messy as most examples, however they don't leave the two neat puncture wounds common to Kiss of the Vampire. They leave behind an oval scar, as they bite with all their teeth. Note that this is all they have to do to feed. Most vampires are sadistic bastards and do much worse. Offscreen, but still.
  • The vampires in Supernatural rip their victims' throat out while feeding, and are almost always reported as animal attacks.
  • The vampiric Lotte Lipp on The League of Gentlemen leaves huge, gruesome puncture marks.
  • In The Vampire Diaries a full set of tooth marks is left on the victim, and when people are bitten there's the occasional sound like flesh being chewed. Though they can use their compulsion to make people ignore the pain, or at least forget about it afterward.
  • In a Doing In the Wizard variant, the villain of an early CSI: Crime Scene Investigation episode was a porphyriac convinced she needed to consume human hemoglobin to suppress her illness. Being fangless, she trained her guard dog to maul her intended prey, then removed their livers and spleens (rich in blood) and left each body looking like an animal-attack victim.
  • Deadliest Warrior used a freakin' alligator as the basis for a vampire's bite in "Vampires vs. Zombies". When the resulting pressure reading was placed into a pneumatic jaw, the "vampire fangs" bit through a "zombie skull", and reached the center of the brain. By comparison, very few non-gunpowder weapons tested on the show have been able to penetrate that deeply into the skull. The bite ultimately counted for less than 5 percent of the vampire's kills; based on the data, the vampires simply chose to strike the zombies down instead of biting them.
  • The X-Files episode "Bad Blood" featured a Vampire Vannabe who wore fake fangs to bite people. At one point, he attacks a coroner without them:
    Skinner: The coroner's throat's been bitten.
    Mulder: The coroner's dead?
    Skinner: No, his throat was bitten. Sort of... gnawed on.

     Tabletop Games 
  • In Vampire: the Masquerade, most vampires bring intense pleasure to those they feed on; this is referred to as "The Kiss". There are exceptions, however:
    • The Giovanni clan, on the other hand, have a bite that not only does more damage than your regular bite, it really freaking hurts. Fortunately, the Giovanni are a well-connected clan of few moral compunctions, so there's always a steady stream of not-quite-willing food... Or corpses, who are in no position to feel anything from it. Given that the clan is renowned for their necromantic abilities and zombies have no need of blood anyway, the latter is basically killing two birds with one stone for them.
    • A vampire with the four-point Flaw of 'Grip of the Damned' gives the victims of his feeding absolutely no pleasure whatsoever — only terror and pain. The vampire is forced to grapple with their struggling victim for as long as he wishes to take their blood, which tends to pose a problem for those with a high Humanity.
    • In addition, there is the Nagaraja bloodline, whose members need to eat the flesh (major organs, mainly) as well as the blood of their victims, and a Flaw called 'Conspicuous Consumption' — a delusion that causes the same effect to other vampires. Needless to say, "The Kiss" is not an option to these vampires unless they want to put down their victim painlessly by blood drain first.
    • The Kuei-jin or Cathayan, Asian vampires in Kindred of the East, lack fangs in their default form, so they need to draw blood using a blade or some other artificial means, or spend a point of Mana to manually grow fangs. (This assumes they're not enlightened enough to subsist on a victim's breath or simply draw upon the ambient energy of the universe, but are sufficiently enlightened that they no longer need to consume the flesh of their prey.)
  • In Vampire: The Requiem:
    • The Noctuku, a Nosferatu bloodline that has the irresistable urge to devour the flesh of their prey. Of course, they can't digest it, which makes their dinners rather... unpleasant. For bonus points, they actually revel in this, and prefer hunting other vampires to anything else.
    • Then there's the Qedeshah, another bloodline: not only does their bite hurt, but any attempts to Embrace men end in screaming, painful agony.
    • The Norvegi bloodline, whose inherited flaw is that they lack fangs. That means that they have to use something sharp, and it hurts precisely as much as some bastard slitting your wrist with a knife then latching onto it and trying to suck your blood out does. Which is to say, a lot. On the other hand, their special power, Bloodworking, does mean that they can turn their hands into organic bone-knives which drain your blood when you're stabbed. Still hurts like hell, though.
    • While they still experience the pleasurable intoxication that most vampire bites cause, victims of the Eupraxus bloodline have a problem when it comes to being fed from - the vampire cannot lick the wound to close it. This often leads to the unfortunate situation of a human haemorrhaging to death while still moaning pleasurably, at least until the intoxication wears off. And because their bitemarks don't heal, being embraced by one of these vampires leads to an eternity of wearing scarves or roll neck jumpers just to cover the holes in your throat.
  • Dungeons & Dragons vampires don't generally feed like this — why let good blood spill all over? — but Van Richten's Guide to Vampires briefly mentions how long a vampire can offset starvation by tearing up a fresh corpse to get at its blood. Just in case it overestimates the PCs' hardiness and scores a TPK, leaving nobody who's still breathing left for dinner.
  • The Monster Manuscript was a booklet giving D&D stats and painting instructions from some Grenadier miniatures from the early '80s. One of the listed monsters is a "velanmorg", an elven vampire that messily plays out this trope, ripping victims' throats out and greedily guzzling the fountaining blood. Their claws hold the struggling prey securely as it bleeds out.
  • Tabletop GameRifts Vampires have a "Killing Bite" that's powerful enough to penetrate armor. Wild Vampires don't bite any other way.
  • Vampires in the GURPS: Black Ops setting are fairly simple. In daytime, they sleep. At night, they hunt until they find a normal human, then tear it in half to eat the internal organs and slurp up the blood. Then they start hunting again, until sunrise. Then they sleep.

     Video Games 
  • In Tsukihime, assuming the vampire doesn't just eat you, the bite is actually pretty mild. Unfortunately, the vampire will also put a little of its own blood back into you, which is horribly painful as well as making it feel like you have mud in your veins, whatever that means.
    • You can get a good approximation by completely covering yourself in, preferably cold, mud. You become sluggish due to cold and the weight of the mud. You entire body becomes harder to move as the mud hardens and dries. But then again, this is just mud. You can brush it off. Not when it's inside you, though.
  • In Fate/stay night, Rider is for some reason vampiric. She doesn't tend to care much about what happens to the victim after being bitten and will drain a victim completely dry if she feels like it, as seen in at least one bad end and also referenced to at the beginning of Heavens Feel. And it feels just as pleasant as having your throat torn out by a normal person's teeth, as she is not in fact a vampire and lacks fangs/canines. Oddly enough, she's actually a good guy when she gets a chance to make her own decisions. Still likes blood though.
  • Rayne's full body, arm-and-thigh-locking embrace appears to stun her victims with pleasure in BloodRayne. But if the Kiss is ever broken, Mooks can go right back to attacking without a lingering pause.
  • Kain has shown a preference for hoisting victims into the air with one hand and then gruesomely chowing down on their jugular— with crunching noises— when he isn't telekinetically vacuuming their blood from afar.
  • In The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, the feeding bites of your standard-issue vampires are apparently painless. The feeding bite, however, of the eight-foot-tall half-bat Volkihar Vampire Lord? Not so much. However, you can still feed the nice way when you are not wearing the Game Face.
    • The difference is particularly visible by how you can become a Volkihar Vampire Lord in-game. If you are aligned with the vampire-hunting Dawnguard, you get the gift from Serana, who bites you in human form and does her best to make it as painless as possible (in fact, the scene borders on Ship Tease). If you chose to join the Volkihar Clan, on the other hand? You get the gift from Lord Harkon, who bites you in his One-Winged Angel form. This cause you to fall unconcious, and when you wake up, he casually informs you that you were lucky to survive the transformation.
  • In Castlevania: Lords of Shadow 2, Dracula's feeding methods are pretty cringe-worthy. He'll either bite down hard on a person's jugular before ripping him/her apart in a spray of bloody mist, slit the throat open before chowing down, drain victims until they become withered husks, or rip their hearts out and pop them like grapes to drink the blood.
    • Gabriel feeding off Marie is somewhere between this and Kiss of the Vampire; he tries not to hurt her, and it's completely consensual (if anything she's happier with the idea than he is,) but it's still somewhat messy.

     Web Comics 
  • Charby the Vampirate has depicted vampire bites as extremely brutal and violent with increasing attention to making them the most grisly and disturbing element in a comic which has a fairly high amount of gore and violence in it.
  • In The Order of the Stick, due to its art style humanoids have no visible neck. As a result Malack tries turning Belkar by biting straight into his head. And as a lizardfolk vampire his teeth cover a lot more than the human sort.

     Western Animation 
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy also nods to vampire bats in the episode "Fear And Loathing In Endsville", as quoted above.
  • Due to the Media Watchdogs, the 90's Animated Spider-Man series couldn't have its adaptation of Morbius the Living Vampire (a biochemist transformed into a vampire-like being through a failed experiment — in this case, being bitten by a vampire bat that drank some of Spiderman's blood Morbius was irradiating to examine how it was created) drink blood by biting necks, the way the comic version did. So, to get around this, they gave him a set of five sucking, rasping lamprey-like mouth/orifices in each hand. These usually were depicted as leaving bloody holes wherever Morbius had touched a victim to feed — and he tended to feed by clasping both hands onto a human's face. He also drained plasma, not blood.


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