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Vampires Are Sex Gods

There was something about them that made me uneasy, some longing and at the same time some deadly fear. I felt in my heart a wicked, burning desire that they would kiss me with those red lips.
Jonathan Harker, Dracula

Vampires tend to have a lot of sex appeal. It may be because Evil Is Sexy, but not all vampires are evil, so maybe it's because they're bad boys and/or sultry Femme Fatales. The bloodsucking may be a great source for Fetish Fuel, something about a quick sting of pain followed by indescribable pleasure. Whatever the reason is, people find vampires arousing, and writers use that to please the fans and, sometimes, themselves.

This goes back pretty far, since vampirism has long been a metaphor for sexual activity in legends. (The very term "vamp" is an evolution of this metaphor.) Vampires' need for blood makes them animalistic predators; therefore, their sexual needs are more basic and rougher, which can be a Fetish for some people, hence the expression, "necking". The other part of the Trope goes to the Victorian ideals of womanhood: pale, frail, and bloodless, which was the effect of tuberculosis, aka "consumption", on women, which is part of where the vampire myth originated. Certainly, a lot of vampires have Raven Hair, Ivory Skin.

The question of how vampires can be sexually active despite being clinically dead (in most settings), and what it says about the people attracted to them anyway, tends to be hand waved or played for squicky laughs. Other Undead (except possibly death knights, if they - like this sort of vampire - fall into the pale, looks-almost-alive variety) such as Zombies tend not to get this treatment because it involves Squick, and it's rare in a Fur Against Fang scenario, or Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle, for Werewolves to get the same treatment, as having a pale, corset-clad sultry young lady sip from your vein is sexy, whilst werewolves tend to be associated with the idea of being mauled to death and torn into tiny pieces and eaten. Then again, some people like the monstrous werewolf image.

Related to Kiss of the Vampire and Hemo Erotic. A subtrope of You Sexy Beast.


Examples

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    Anime and Manga 

    Comic Books 
  • Josie from Chester Brown's underground comic Ed The Happy Clown was created specifically to take advantage of this trope.
  • Vampirella and her alias, Vampi.
  • The vamps in the comic adaptations of the aforementioned Anita Blake novels are very pretty, as befits the bloodline.
  • In The Tomb of Dracula, the Count assaults attractive women in every issue, and the act of biting is often described in sexual terms.
  • Played straight with Ragamuffin, who is drawn as a very attractive Tall, Dark and Handsome male by most Lenore the Cute Little Dead Girl fans. In the original comics, this is not quite clear as all the characters are caricatures, although the eponymous Lenore is mentioned to be extremely cute, in spite of her quite grotesque, morbid traits in the original comics. This implies that both Lenore and Ragamuffin would be beautiful if they were realistically portrayed.
  • Vampires in Life Sucks aren't necessarily any better-looking than humans, but with the ability to cloud the minds of others comes the potential to force others to fall in love with them. The protagonist describes it as glorified date rape.
  • In The Unwritten, after Richie Savoy gets turned into a vampire, he apparently has lots of sex with gothy vampire groupies. (Helped along by the fact that he's outed himself as a vampire in a bestselling book.)

    Fanfiction 

    Films — Live-Action 
  • The original Dracula (1931) made Bela Lugosi a sex symbol.
    • Christopher Lee didn't do too badly with the character either in Hammer's Horror of Dracula.
    • The 1979 film with Frank Langella was really the first attempt to deliberately present Dracula as a romantic and attractive figure. When the film was being made it was mentioned that Dracula being attractive was actually to make him more terrifying in a way; it effectively hides the monster underneath and at the time was quite novel, to mislead the audience. Practically all the reviews for it on the IMDb talk about how sexy Langella was in the role.
    • Gary Oldman in Bram Stoker's Dracula, anyone?
  • Averted with Nosferatu.
  • Miriam and John Blaylock from The Hunger.
  • The nameless vampire in Embrace Of The Vampire.
  • Selene and Erika of Underworld.
  • The Big Bad in Lifeforce is a naked, female space vampire who seduces her victims before devouring their life energy.
  • Shagal in The Fearless Vampire Killers wants to turn beautiful Magda into a vampire. And from Tanz der Vampire (yes, the musical adaptation), Herbert is (usually) a sexy beast. As is Magda. (And quite a few other vampires, in a rotting, creepy way.)
  • Nadine Carody of Vampyros Lesbos.
  • Chris Sarandon in Fright Night. For both sexes. Colin Farrell in the remake. And later, Amanda Bearse and Imogen Poots.
  • Lampshaded furiously in Vampire in Brooklyn with a newly turned vampire spending more than a minute expressing amazement at... he notices he's got a bigger dick than before.
  • Van Helsing has Dracula, as well as the three lovely ladies who keep him company.
  • The Lair of the White Worm is a Lesbian Vampire flick about a giant snake threatening England, which was directed by Ken Russel, who liked this sort of thing. It's basically The Movie version of this trope.
  • Every female vampire in Dracula: Dead and Loving It:
    • Lucy uses her newly-discovered sex appeal to seduce Jonathan Harker into vampirism.
    Harker: But Lucy, I'm British.
    Lucy: *reveals breasts* So are these!
  • Dracula and his three vampire brides in Dracula 2000. One of the brides, Solina, lampshades this trope by drawing a connection between vampires and lovers.
  • In the movie adaptation Queen of the Damned, vampires Lestat and Akasha are shown to be sensual lovers. This is also exploited by the vampires, as Lestat uses his "sex god" rock persona to lure in victims as dimwitted groupies literally throw themselves at him, only to be bled dry by Lestat.
  • Black Hat in Priest.

    Folklore 

    Literature 
  • Vampires from Twilight never get tired, never have to eat, never have to go to the bathroom, and (apparently) lack a refractory period, since they never stop. That doesn't mean they can't get people pregnant, of course… But only the men. Female vampires can't ever get pregnant.
  • Older Than Radio: Just about everything to do with Bram Stoker's Dracula being thought of as a sex god comes from him being a metaphor for sex, at a time when sex is viewed as completely repulsive and subversively fascinating at the same time. He's not physically attractive (the Count is described as having a big, beak-like nose, a unibrow, and hairy palms), but there's still something irresistible about him (hint: it's probably supernatural mind powers).
  • Carmilla from the Sheridan LeFanu story of the same name is a classic example. And before her, Clarimonde from Theophile Gautier's "La Morte Amoureuse".
  • Every vampire from The Vampire Chronicles. Every one. Including Claudia. Ironic, considering that Rice's vampires were unable to copulate at all upon being turned. The drinking of blood did become a bit of a metaphor for sex, though. In Interview with the Vampire, however, Louis and Claudia meet vampires in Eastern Europe, who are basically rotting, animated corpses.
  • Sanguini, a vampire party guest in Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, seems to attract a number of girls, and he leers back at them.
  • The vampires in Night World, by L. J. Smith. As well as the vampires in The Vampire Diaries, of the same author.
  • An entire bloodline of vampires are this in Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter, due to the powers making them Horny Devils, up to the point that they are (in-story) the inspiration for succubus and incubus myths. It's implied, though, that everyone except the "good guys" aren't above just grabbing some random person and draining them dry every night. Apparently, "hiding kills from the authorities" is a bloodline power of every line but Belle Morte's.
  • Rhage of Black Dagger Brotherhood.
  • Vampire Kisses: Alexander Sterling. Alternatively, his cousin Claude. You know, the one that hits on all the girls, single or not.
  • Many of the Magpyr clan in Carpe Jugulum.
    • Also, to quote Otto in The Truth, "Vell, let's just say, zey don't alvays scream."
    • This is pretty much a rule on the Disc. In Thud!, it is commented that female vampires look stunning in just about anything, and that, unlike males, they can't reform their clothing when changing back to their human form, 'probably due to all that underwired nightdress business.'
    • Subverted for laughs in Reaper Man with a pair of overweight, middle-aged, Morporkian vampires who'd certainly like to be sexy and elegant.
      • And the Countess isn't even a vampire proper - she's just pretending because her husband inherited vampirism with the title, well past the point where biting the missus was likely to happen.
    • Lady Margalotta is described as a reasonably attractive middle-aged woman, who dresses in fuzzy pink sweaters.
  • The Dresden Files has a near literal example with the White Court House of Raith, who feed off of lust.
    • Hell, poor Thomas can't even hold a job slinging burgers, because the women on staff keep trying to molest him in the break room!
    • The Red Court vampires also get a dose of this. Suave, sophisticated, and more than a little drop dead gorgeous — and on top of that, their saliva serves as a potent narcotic with euphoric properties. Mind you, the sexiness is quite literally only skin deep...
    • The Black Court though....nope. Not at all as they are slowly decaying bodies.
  • The male vampires in novels by Chelsea Quinn Yarbro are dead below the belt, and compensate by being cunning linguists.
  • Bloodsucking Fiends by Christopher Moore. Tommy's response to discovering that his new girlfriend is a bloodsucker? "That's the coolest thing I've ever heard. Let's do it with our socks off."
  • From book to book, P.N. Elrod can't seem to remember if her male vampires are able to engage in conventional intercourse or not, which is kind of embarrassing. Her female vampires definitely can, however, and in books where the males are impotent, a little neck-nibbling and heavy petting usually gets the job done. Potent or not, Jack and Bobbi can barely refrain from getting it on for five minutes at a stretch whenever they're alone.
  • Upping the Squick Quotient, the protagonist of S. P. Somtow's Vampire Junction often feeds himself by picking up horny men in the red-light districts ... and he looks ten years old. Guess if you gotta kill somebody … Similarly, all the vampires we see in the short story Venus and Mars (besides one mook) are beautiful young girls, all mostly ex-child prostitutes. They have a fairly successful racket going on.
  • Depicted in an interesting way in Barb Hendee's series, starting with Blood Memories. Vampires project a hypnotic aura that varies depending on the personality type they had in life. Someone who was naturally sexy and appealing will be able to easily attract human prey, whereas someone who came across as intimidating or creepy in life can paralyze victims with fear. Other vampires in the series give off an "innocent and helpless" vibe that draws in people who want to take care of them or take advantage of them, or an aura of charm that makes that vampire seem naturally charismatic and likable.
  • Larry Niven plays with this trope in the Known Space universe. There is a group of Human Aliens called Vampires living on the Ringworld which drink blood as their primary means of sustenance. They emit a pheromone capable of seducing any humans or other Human Aliens that they encounter and then drink them dry during sex (luckily, our hero has befriended a tiger-like alien who cannot be harmed by the pheromones). However, the Vampires are also non-sentient, possessing about the same intelligence level as a monkey. Some perverted Human Aliens use defanged vampires for sex.
  • Ivy and Kisten from The Hollows - much is made about both characters' sexual prowess throughout the series.
  • This seems to be a universal rule for vampires in the Night Huntress series. Their venom acts as an aphrodisiac and they have centuries of experience to back it up with. Though only two vampires (Bones, with his experience as a former gigolo, and Annette, whose visits to gigolos in the eighteenth century indicate a general horny nature) have ever been commented on in this manner. Also, the implications of having sex with undead people were joked about once or twice (in the scene where Cat's boss and her team are pointing out that her relationship with Bones makes her a necrophiliac, and she points out that a number of them have expressed interest in screwing her, and since she is a Dhampyr, that means they are all necrophiliacs too).
  • Necroscope goes interesting directions with this trope. Its vampires have impressive shapeshifting capabilities, which, though unpleasant to look at, can greatly enhance sex. Then, when it's time to feed...
  • Vampire Hunter D. Full stop. Even the Guys Want Him. He pretty much has a lust aura. Other Nobles as well, to a lesser extent.
  • Averted in The Mortal Instruments, as Jace makes clear to Simon:
    Jace: There’s no such thing as vampire mojo.
  • Subverted in the Coldfire Trilogy. Vampire Villain Protagonist Gerald Tarrant is ridiculously handsome, something that everybody who meets him regardless of orientation is prone to remarking on. Unfortunately for any would-be partners, his vampirism itself renders him both impotent and asexual.
  • In Tentyrian Legacy, the character of Maximos has had 3,000 years to practice his romantic and sexual skills. Sadly, the Dark Coven's members are the only ones who are inclined to romance humans and they're all pretty sociopaths.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffyverse:
    • Angel and Spike for the ladies and Drusilla and Darla for the men. Though the Immortal ended up out-performing Angel in this regard, as usual.
    • Mocked when inability for a vampire to feed is a metaphor for impotence. Poor Spike...
    • Vampire Willow, for everyone. Vampire Willow is actually an aversion. In one of her scenes she is torturing Angel, who in his time was considered by many as a true picture of viciousness. Willow as a vampire is so far beyond that Angel's squirming in fear, before she plays sex games by slowly burning him alive.
    • Seen in the opening two-parter — Alpha Bitch Cordelia won't give Jesse the time of day until he becomes a vampire, whereupon he suddenly becomes more assertive, darker, and sexier.
    • According to Andrew, one of Dracula's abilities, next to hypnosis and shapeshifting, is "romantic undertones". He seduces his victims, likes to make a connection with them before he feeds from them, and only sires them when they beg for it. A lot of characters mention his "dark, penetrating eyes" and good looks, to the point that even lesbians comment on his sexiness.
  • True Blood
    • Bill Compton
    • Eric and Pam are also sexy, particularly given they run a club for Vampire Fan Boys and Fan Girls.
    • The number of hot vampires continues to grow with the appearances of Jessica, Godrick, Lorena, Franklin, and Talbot.
    • This is actually lampshaded and justified In-Universe. Vampire blood is prized for its healing powers and is often used as a recreational drug... with the side effect that it gives you vivid and intense sex dreams about the vampire it came from.
  • Mitchell (Aidan Turner) from Being Human.
  • Mick St. John of Moonlight. See also Josef, Coraline, and Lola.
  • Nick Knight and Janette du Charme of Forever Knight.
  • Essie from Vampire High.
  • Axos of Doctor Who, who can turn into beautiful humanoids, is referred to by the Doctor as "a kind of space vampire."
    • "Sexy fish vampires".
  • Henry Fitzroy from Blood Ties.
  • The Vampire Diaries
    • It's implied when a vampire friend tells Stefan that if he wants Elena to love him, he should just give her a taste of "awesome vampire sex." Stefan admits he wants to, but refrains because he wants her to "have a choice." Thus, it is implied that not only is he a supernatural sex god, he's also a romantic idiot.
    • Ian Somerhaulder plays one of the vampires on the show. Enough said.
    • Katherine, Vicki, Caroline, Rose, Klaus, Elijah… Basically every vampire on the show.
  • Any vampire character who turns up in Professional Wrestling will be either the standard freakish sort (more common) or this trope. The "sex god" archetype was played to the hilt by Gangrel and Edge (yes, that Edge), who were hot blond studs who also just happened to be vampires.
  • Helen Magnus has yet to be convinced of this. The fanbase, on the other hand, has embraced Nikola Tesla - he with the constant plans for world domination - with quite a passion.
  • Rory in My Babysitter's a Vampire subverts this; he has even worse luck with the ladies than Ethan and Benny, and that's saying a lot. Played straight with Erica and Jesse though.
  • Parodied in Supernatural when Dean, while hunting vampires, runs across a teenager who wears fake vampire fangs to pick up girls. Also exploited in the same episode by actual vampires who use the Twilight craze as a ... recruiting tactic.
  • The X-Files: Agent Scully repeats many times in "Bad Blood" that she doesn't believe in vampires, yet she admits they're supposed to be extremely charming and seductive creatures. She was completely dazzled by Sheriff Hartwell who happened to be a real vampire.
  • Young Dracula: The only unattractive vampires that have been seen are the Westenras.

    Pinball 
  • In Bram Stoker's Dracula, one of the animated displays has Dracula seducing and biting a woman, to which she moans in pleasure.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Vampire: The Masquerade has the Toreador, Anne Rice-style vampires who stick close to humanity (especially its artists). It helps that they have powers that make them the center of attention.
    • Vampire: The Requiem features the Daeva, spiritual heirs to the Toreador who are often called "Succubi" by other vampires for obvious reasons. They carry on the tradition of powers that can make everyone in the room fall in love with them, and the new weakness of having to indulge their Vices at every opportunity or take a hit to their will (most often Lust or Gluttony, but a Daeva with Wrath as their Vice is...something to run away from).
      • The Daeva may be actual sex gods. Their splat has stories of them being descended from Inanna/Ishtar, a sex goddess of conflict, so, at the very least, they're children of a sex goddess.
  • The third-party Dungeons & Dragons sourcebook The Book of Erotic Fantasy has a section on inter-creature-type sex, with a passage on a wizard who, over the course of his relationship with the vampire Duskgleam, discovered that having sex with a vampire is like having sex with "ice covered in thick velvet".
  • The Lahmia bloodline of vampires in Warhammer consists entirely of gorgeous Femme Fatales. This stands them in marked contrast to the Necrarch and Strigoi bloodlines, who appear to be withered corpses and feral corpse-men, respectively. The Von Carstein and Blood Dragon lineages can go either way.
    • It would be more accurate to say that the Blood Dragons go either way, as while the Von Carsteins don't quite have the same reputation as the Lahmians, they are still intensely charismatic aristocrats and more or less unanimously attractive. While the Blood Dragons still consist of a high proportion of aristocrats, and some of them act like they're in a courtly romance novel, the majority live in the woods or other out of the way places, training constantly and murdering anyone that they think might give a good fight, which is hardly conducive to attracting women.
    • They are typically described in the novels as much more attractive than their miniatures, all of whom have their Game Face on.
  • The vampires of the Innistrad block in Magic: The Gathering play this straight. It helps that, rather than being true undead, Innistrad vampires are ageless immortals who happen to share some vampiric traits like bloodthirst and aversion to sunlight. This fools some humans, who eagerly wish to become vampires themselves. Vampires outside of Innistrad avert this, being undead abominations and looking the part.

    Theater 
  • Invoked in the theater skit "Les Branleurs" (literally, "the wankers"; here with a figurative meaning like "the lazy coarse fools") from French comedic group Les Inconnus, three beaufs are discussing their sexual life, then decide to talk about something else. Cue an awkward silence, followed by this:
    I rented the Bram Stoker's Dracula videotape yesterday evening, it was very good. Especially the scene where the vampire bangs the chick! Wow, just for this, I would like to become a vampire!

    Video Games 
  • Nitara from Mortal Kombat Deadly Alliance.
  • Lampshaded in The Masquerade Bloodlines. When you try to seduce the guy selling blood in the hospital, he says, "I don't do dead chicks."
  • Serena of Vampire: The Masquerade – Redemption. In the modern day, have Lily feed from Christof, then select Christof and look at Lily in first person view. Does This Remind You of Anything?
  • Vivi from Brain Dead 13.
  • Raphael from SoulCalibur. How else did he get maid henchmen...?
  • The Dark Master from Quest for Glory IV.
  • Dracula in the Castlevania series has tons of sex appeal, whether he's drawn in his mid 20s or early 40s. Carmilla says as much in Castlevania Judgment, and she's the Lesbian Vampire Trope Codifier!
    • Apparently, it's hereditary.
      • Interestingly, even human incantations of either Dracula or Alucard share the same aspects. The few instances we see of Dracula as human or reincarnated as human doesn't seem to lack in sex appeal, and even Alucard as Genya had the description of being "very cold but inhumanly attractive".
      • And Soma, the latest incarnation of the Dark Lord, is pretty easy on the eyes too...
      • Even the previous mortal incarnation of Dracula, the supposed Mathias Conquist was pretty bishonen by most standards.
  • In The Tomb of Sammun-Mak, Nefertiti the mole girl finds Jurgen irresistible. Admittedly, even before he becomes a vampire, but even moreso after that. Jurgen lampshades this.
  • Sierra is a Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who becomes attracted to one of the main characters, much to his bashful grief.
  • Bloodrayne was featured in Playboy, if the games didn't provide enough of a hint.
  • Demitri Maximoff. Dude resides in an elegant (albeit otherworldly) castle and has an outrageously huge harem of female servants to do his bidding. Hell, in the Night Warriors/Vampire Hunter OVA, he even manages to eventually sway Morrigan with his charm.
  • A variation in The Witcher. For the most part, vampires are generic monsters to kill, but there's one particularly intelligent vampire who is the madam of a high-class brothel. (And, like so many other women in the game, Geralt can sleep with her.) Subverted in that they're actually quite innocent (she and her fellow vampiresses are high vampires that don't need to drink blood, they just drink it because it provides an alcohol-like buzz), and are one of the most successful brothels in the city. This doesn't stop a group of knights from a monster-slaying order from storming the place to try and rescue another knight's sister, who had not only come there of her own accord, but also came to escape the marriage that her brother had arranged (with an old, ugly man that apparently has massive hemorrhoids and he's apparently been the scourge of her existence all her life).
  • The Elder Scrolls franchise generaly averts this, with vampires being monsters to be slain. However, in Skyrim expansion Dawnguard, there is now a race of "pureblood" vampires. They look much less ugly, and women wear seductive robes with cleveage (which is quite unusual in the setting) and especially Serana is HOT. Not to mention leather gloves with silver claws...

    Webcomics 
  • Deconstructed by Susan in this El Goonish Shive strip.
    "The real life equivalent would be a handsome man seducing you while you're drunk and stealing your wallet to buy a sandwich."
  • Used in Sluggy Freelance:
    Torg: Wow! When you become a vampire, men become broad shouldered and muscle-bound and women become tall and thin! You ever think of selling this on QVC?
    Lysinda: Foolish mortal ... Do you really think humanity would give up its immortal soul forever just to look good? Beat Sylvia …
    Sylvia: "Infomercials next quarter," check.
  • Being the Secret Keeper of the Vampire Cheerleaders has its advantages.
  • Homestuck
    • An in-universe example; Kanaya's introduction mentions that she likes reading romance novels about 'rainbow drinkers' (the troll equivalent of vampires). She eventually turns into one, cheating death and becoming even more badass in the process. Her dancestor, Porrim, is much the same way.
    • Vriska also believes this; before Kanaya became a rainbow drinker, her relationship with Kanaya was platonic and slightly antagonistic. Afterwards, though, she got a crush on her.

    Web Original 


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