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Vampiric Draining
aka: Blood Sucking
If she'd simply eaten the garlic, she wouldn't be in this mess.

Vampiric Draining is a characteristic of certain supernatural creatures. These creatures nourish themselves by draining some vital element from living beings. It may be blood or other bodily fluids, mental or emotional energy, Life Energy, or magical or spiritual power.

The effects of being the victim of Vampiric Draining depend on how much vitality the Vampiric Drainer took from you, and range from temporary tiredness to chronic exhaustion, to either shortening of lifespan or Rapid Aging (thus overlapping with Liquid Assets), to death. The victim may also transform into the same type creature that fed upon him.

Draining Life Energy is a bit more common for "vampiric" creatures that are closer to the sci-fi end of the Magic Versus Science spectrum. The trope can also include "vampiric" weapons - that is, Evil Weapons that perform Vampiric Draining upon either their wielder or felled enemies/victims.

There are many motivations for draining others. Some of them include:

Super Trope to Kiss of the Vampire (where the vampiric feeding is either tolerable or pleasurable to the "victim") and Vampire Bites Suck (where the feeding is not a nice experience for the victim).

Particular types of draining can be found in Life Drinker, Emotion Eater, and Your Soul Is Mine.

Often overlaps with Horror Hunger. May involve Blood Lust if that's the substance that's drained. See also Our Vampires Are Different, and Supernaturally Delicious and Nutritious.

Not to be confused with Life Drain and Mana Drain, which are stealing Hit Points and Mana Points from an opponent for yourself respectively.


Examples:

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     Anime And Manga 
  • Bleach. Hollows feed on spiritual energy as a secondary source of nourishment (the primary being the "hearts" of both living and dead Humans). Sources include humans, Soul Reapers and other hollows.
  • Evangeline A.K. McDowell.
  • Several Youkai in InuYasha, as is, occasionally, the title character's sword.
  • Okoi from Basilisk can suck the blood of her enemies by touching their skin with hers. She vomits the blood out afterwards though, so it's basically just a way to attack and nothing more.
  • The true form of the Juubi in Naruto is capable of draining all of a shinobi's chakra in seconds. This is invariably fatal.

     Comic Books 
  • In the Marvel Universe, Selene is a "psychic vampire" who can drain the Life Energy of human beings into herself. If she drains the victim's entire life force their bodies crumble into dust. She must drain life force on a regular basis to renew her vitality and youthful appearance. She can use absorbed life force to enhance her physical strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability to superhuman levels.
  • Non-villainous example: Rogue of the X-Men has this due to her mutation, enabling her to drain Life Energy and get someone else's powers temporarily.

     Fan Works 
  • The wraiths on the Plains of Death in With Strings Attached feed off Paul's life energy—except he has so much that they explode from overeating.
  • Doraku from A Growing Affection is a rather Affably Evil and polite man who outright explains to a captive Naruto, Sakura, Hinata and Lee that he falls under "enhance his power" from drinking blood (he insists that his demon clan aren't vampires but did inspire them) saying he gains whatever ability the person has. He never drinks someone to death though just tastes the blood and it works. Has the side effect of enslaving people he drinks.

     Film 
  • Lifeforce. The three space vampires drain Life Energy from humans to sustain themselves (and to store in their ship for future use during their long hibernations). The humans they drain become zombies who must drain Life Energy from other humans every two hours or be turned to dust.
  • In Scanner Cop II, psychic 'scanner' Carl Volkin devours the lifeforce of other scanners to add to his own power. Staziak even compares him to a vampire at one point.

     Folklore and Mythology 
  • Succubi, in some presentations, drain the life-force of their victims through sexual contact. White Court vampires in The Dresden Files are one example. In some cases, the life-force is carried in the victim's semen, which the succubus has to, um, ingest.

     Literature 
  • The Others in the Night Watch can collect the emotional energy of the Muggles and convert it into mana. In a twist, the nominally-good Light Others can only "feed" on positive emotions, whereas the "bad" Dark Others take away painful and unpleasant feelings.
    • Should be noted though that in order to have emotions to feed upon, the Light Others foster positive emotions in their environment, whereas Dark Others foster negative emotions.
    • This is expanded in later novels, when Anton finally figures out that the Others are parasites, and magic proficiency is determined by a person's own ratio of magic production vs. absorption. Humans produce more magic than they absorb, while the Others absorb more than they produce, allowing them to use it. The higher the absorption/production ratio, the more powerful the Other. Zero-level Others only absorb and can do anything they want with ease. This also means that being far away from humans (say, in orbit or on another planet) would render an Other powerless.
      • In one book, a disillusioned Other wishes to turn every human into an Other using an ancient magical text. While the obvious problem with this is mentioned (i.e., absolute chaos), it is not mentioned that it would also drastically reduce the supply of magic in the world, making it almost impossible to cast spells.
  • In the novels of Deverry, several of Rhodry's prior incarnations are unintentionally killed by their lover, a former air elemental who was transformed into something akin to a succubus by a Guardian. She used the drained energy to gradually make her manifestation form more human.
  • Vardalek in Eric, Count Stenbock's True Story of a Vampire appears to be what we'd recognize as a psychic vampire, gradually draining the life from his prepubescent thrall.
  • The weaponized variant of Vampiric Draining shows up in the Kull the Conqueror story "Riders Beyond the Sunrise," where Kull confronts his Arch-Enemy, Thulsa Doom. The sorcerer wields a sword that slowly saps Kull's strength and transfers it to Doom, allowing him to fight without tiring while Kull gets weaker and weaker. Disarming Doom and swapping his normal sword for the magical blade allows Kull to defeat the sorcerer.
  • The dementors from the Harry Potter series.

    Live-Action TV 
  • The Fangire, and indeed most of the Demon Races seen in Kamen Rider Kiva.
  • The Wraith from Stargate Atlantis feed on the life force of humans. Being fed upon by a wraith shortens the victim's lifespan, and produces Rapid Aging. It provides the Wraith with both bodily nourishment, and fuel for their Healing Factor. Notably, Wraith can also work this ability backwards, de-aging someone. They usually use both to "train" captive humans, eventually getting them addicted to the Wraith. This is how they control Wraith-worshipers, whenever it's necessary to use humans (e.g., infiltration).
  • Classic The Twilight Zone episode "Queen of the Nile". A middle-aged actress named Pamela Morris is actually thousands of years old - she maintains her youth by draining the Life Energy of young men.
  • The final season of Earth: Final Conflict introduces the Atavus, the original race that split into Taelons and Jaridians. Being away from their homeworld, they have to replenish their energy on a daily basis by feeding on sentient beings (in this case, humans) using their energy claws. The subject doesn't survive the process. The Atavus found that they really enjoy the feeding process. Their chambers allow them to create human/Atavus hybrids who also have this ability.

     Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons
    • The Cerebral Parasite and Brain Mole fed on psionic energy, which could kill their victim.
    • Not to mention actual vampires, who feed on both blood (Constitution points) and life force (negative levels), and Wights (weaker undead who drain life through slam attacks).
    • The 3rd Edition spell Death Knell drains the Life Energy from a dying creature, killing it. Doing so increases your strength, your Hit Points and adds 1 to your Character Level for the purposes of spellcasting.
    • Original D&D Supplement IV Gods, Demi-Gods & Heroes
      • In the Melnibonean mythos, the rune sword Stormbringer feeds on souls and Life Energy. The monster Quaolnargn consumes Life Energy. Vampire trees can send their leaves through the air to suck the blood out of their victims.
      • In the Hyborian mythos based on Robert E. Howard's Conan the Barbarian stories, the Kraken feeds on human souls and Life Energy from its victims. The deities Tsathoggus and Yezud and the monstrous Vampire Gorgon of Akhlat all consume Life Energy. The vampire vine sucks the blood out of its victims.
  • Shadowrun. Many Awakened creatures have the Essence Drain ability, which allows them to drain Essence (life/magical energy) in order to restore the Essence they lose due to their Essence Loss weakness.
  • The Vampiric Bite and more generic Leech powers from GURPS.
  • All Elohim in Demon The Fallen require Divine Faith to live and cast magic, and the only way the Fallen can obtain it is from humans, the image of God. For this, they can either reveal themselves to certain humans and let their Faith trickle to them constantly, or reap them for all their Faith in a one-time boost. Unlike vampires, demons don't actually expend Faith by merely existing.
  • Space Gamer Fantasy Gamer magazine #7, article "Villains Finish First!". The super villain Vampire Prince of Darkness can use his power Drain Life Force on an opponent to weaken their soul.
  • Mongoose Publishing's Strontium Dog RPG. The alien criminal Xen the Brainwraith enters a victim's skull, settles around the brain and exerts Mind Control over the victim. Each day it remains in the victim's head it drains a point from one of the victim's four physical characteristics (Intelligence, Strength, Endurance and Dexterity, in that order). When the victim's Intelligence is reduced to zero the victim becomes a zombie. When all four reach zero the victim dies. It has killed hundreds, if not thousands of people.
  • This is one possible (though far from the only) use for the generic "Drain" power in the Hero System, which depending on precisely how it is defined can temporarily lower any characteristic or power and isn't hard to link with an appropriate Aid effect to the character's (or monster's) own. At least one earlier edition provided both effects in one convenient package via the separate Transfer power, but Sixth Edition no longer includes this; the Drain/Aid combination can model pretty much any desired effect along the lines of this trope with more flexibility, anyway.
  • The Dark Eldar in Warhammer 40,000 work like this, due to the curse Slaanesh the god(dess) of pleasure put on them. Dark Eldar feed on soul energy, and one of the most effective ways to gain it is torture their victims in absolutely horrifying and unimaginable ways. They need to do this to keep themselves young, otherwise they'll rapidly age and die, and then fall into the clutches of Slaanesh who's in hell waiting for them.
  • Lejendary Adventures
    • The Peccant permanently drain the Health (Life Energy) of human and humanoid victims and add it to its own health.
    • A Volitant Bruholak can do this too, but from any living creature.
    • A Nosferatu can do this by biting a victim, but keeps the Health only temporarily.
    • An Apparition can drain Speed (movement), Precision (dexterity) or Health by touch and temporarily add it to its own.
    • The Shadowling can drain Health and add it to its Health/Free Will for one hour.
  • Rolemaster Shadow World supplement Jaiman: Land of Twilight, adventure "Cult of the Third Moon". The Priestess of the title cult performs a human sacrifice ceremony at midnight in order to drain the Life Energy of the victim and maintain her immortality.
  • Call of Cthulhu. Several Cthulhu Mythos creatures can drain blood.
    • Byakhee can drain blood by biting a victim. Each round thereafter the byakhee will drain 1-6 points of the victim's Strength until it reaches zero and the victim dies.
    • If a chthonian's tentacle hits a victim it inserts itself into their body and starts draining blood and other bodily fluids. This drains 1-6 points of Constitution per round from the victim. If a victim is hit by more than one tentacle each one drains 1-6 Con/turn. The lost Constitution cannot be regained. When the victim reaches zero Constitution it dies.
    • When a Dark Young of Shub-Niggurath grabs someone with a tentacle, it holds the victim to its mouth and drains 1-3 points of Strength per round. The lost Strength cannot be regained.
    • Shub-Niggurath drains victims with its mouths the same as its Dark Young, but drains bodily fluids at a rate of 1-6 points of Strength per round.
    • After a star vampire grabs a victim with its talons it can bite and drain blood from it at a rate of 1-6 points of Strength per round.
    • If hungry, Tsathoggua holds a victim against his body and drains 1 point from each of the victim's characteristics (Strength, Constitution, Size, Intelligence, Power, Dexterity, and Appearance. Each full month of hospital care restores 1 point to each characteristic.
    • Early versions of the rules had regular vampires. Their bite could drain 1d6 Strength points of blood per round.
  • Classic Traveller
    • Journal of the Travellers' Aid Society #4. Since the Reticulan Parasite (based on the Alien xenomorph) doesn't eat the bodies of the creatures it kills, it's been speculated by biologists that it uses the victims' Life Energy to sustain itself.
    • Judges Guild adventure Darthanon Queen. The randomly created Dyson monster could regenerate damage by absorbing the Life Energy of the humans it killed.
  • Fantasy Games Unlimited's Aftermath. Vampires are human beings mutated by biological agents or radiation. They consume blood drained from captured humans.
  • Gamma World adventure GW 1 Legion of Gold. In the buggem lair, the parn embryots will jump onto victims' heads or shoulders, bite them and suck out their bodily fluids at a rate of 10 Hit Points per combat round.

     Toys 
  • Gorast, after exposure to Pit Mutagen. Not surprisingly, given her mosquito-like appearance.
    • also Krika, who had to drain body heat from living things to stay alive.

     Video Games 
  • Metroids, from the series of the same name, feed on life energy and leave their victims as dessicated husks.
  • Nasuverse:
    • The True Ancestors, who go insane if they completely abstain for too long, but don't actually require it for sustaining their themselves; the addiction is a purely psychological.
    • The Dead Apostles, however, require blood for physical sustenance, making them closer to the classical vampires in this regard.
    • Rider from Fate/stay night, who is decidedly not a vampire, but rather a Gorgon (namely, Medusa).
  • World of Warcraft's Blood Elves, who used to be able to suck the magic out of anything to sate their addiction to mana and keep from degenerating into "lost ones", they no longer possess this ability since their sunwell was restored. The Darkfallen, corrupted elves in the service of the Lich King, take this further by actually consuming blood.
  • Venom needs to absorb his victim's energies in Ultimate Spider-Man.
  • Darth Nihilus from the second Knights of the Old Republic game, feeds on the life energy of others through The Force to sate his endless hunger (since he has no connection of his own to The Force). He has done this to entire planets.
  • The Dark Hand in Dark Souls uses the Dark Soul of the Undead to drain humanity in its grab attack. Can be used a limited number of times on NPCs, too.
  • In Brain Dead 13, Vivi will do this to Lance if he doesn't make a choice of either a shave, manicure, or facial quick enough. And the result is downright unpleasant: though over in a split-second, we see Lance visibly shrivelled into a mummy-like state as a result of her appetite.
  • Dungeon Crawl has the Vampiric Draining spell, which is more of a life-force drain. It's one of the few renewable ways that Deep Dwarves can heal.

     Web Comics 

     Web Original 
  • In the Whateley Universe, this is one of Vamp's powers. If she draws too much energy from the victim (say, a mutant with Energizer powers) she tends to go bananas until it wears off.
  • SCP Foundation
    • SCP-472 ("The Bloodstone"). Anyone who goes within 18 meters of SCP-472 will lose up to 1.35 percent of their biomass. It's implied in the article that it's somehow feeding on its victims by draining their blood.
    • SCP-522 ("Blood-draining Carpet"). When a human being stands on the middle of the carpet, it will wrap itself around the person, insert thousands of hairs into the them and drain them of all of their blood in a few minutes.
    • SCP-742 ("Retrovirus"): People infected with SCP-742 will drain the bone marrow from other humans. The stem cells in the marrow allow them to cease aging, and stem cells taken from fetuses allow them to create a SCP-742 filled fluid that they can infect into other humans in order to infect them.
    • SCP-932 ("Night Feeder"). If the creatures are not fed they will attack people who are awake. This will so severely drain the victim that they will be rendered comatose and eventually die of a heart attack. The draining process has the side effect of allowing the creatures to reproduce.

     Western Animation 

     Real Life 
  • Vampire bats.
  • Ticks, lice, fleas, mosquitoes, and leeches all drink blood, but are so small that they don't individually do significant harm (unless they transmit a disease).


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alternative title(s): Vampiric Drainer; Vampiric Feeding; Vampiric Feeder; Blood Sucking; Blood Sucker; Blood Draining; Blood Drainer
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