"He won't bite beast or man, cause he's a vegetarian; and things never run to plan for... DUCKULA!!!!"
Vampirism is a nasty
, nasty business.
By nature, vampires have to kill to survive
, and the existence of just one vampire means the death of countless innocent people. Right?
Well... not always.
Some vampires have a moral code and are aware of all the suffering their bloodlust can cause, so they go out of their way to not kill humans. They find other sources of blood such as animals (often cattle) or blood banks, or restrict their sources to serial killers
and other unsavory types. This often has drawbacks: The blood either might not be fresh or tastes unpalatable
compared to (innocent) human blood. It allows the story to play up the "can the vampire control him/herself
lucky ones can substitute tomatoes
or tomato juice
A common strategy of Friendly Neighborhood Vampires
and Vampire Detectives
who feel grief
at what they've become.
Often overlaps with Cursed with Awesome
. These are the
friendliest vamps on the Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness
. Compare the Vegetarian Carnivore
, although that trope tends to apply to real-life animals; because vampires are mythical to begin with, it takes internal consistency to make a vegetarian one believable, not failing biology forever.
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Anime and Manga
- Gabriel from Tenshi Ni Narumon has been seen drinking tomato juice in lieu of blood.
- In the Hellsing TV series, Seras has an aversion to drinking human blood, even from medical bags. Eventually she does drink from medical blood bags, but she never drinks blood directly from a human in the series.
- In the original manga, Seras abstains from blood completely except for one instance where Integra offered her some, and then later when a dying Pip offers her his.
- Played for Laughs in Rosario + Vampire: Moka is usually anemic because she usually drinks tomato juice, with the occasional blood transfusion pack.
- And subverted right off the bat when her first act upon running into Tsukune is to bite his neck. She becomes instantly addicted to Tsukune's blood, commenting that "a girl never forgets her first time." Doubly subverted by the fact that her bite is treated like necking Tsukune, though it does deplete his energy.
- After becoming a ghoul, Tsukune drink large amounts of water to offset his thirst for blood.
- In Trinity Blood the vampires can substitute a substance called Aqua Vitae for blood, though it apparently tastes horrible. The manga and books state that "water of life" is donor blood in capsules that are dissolved in water. If it tastes bad, it's likely because it's disgustingly thin for their tastes. The New Human Empire considers selling your blood a decent equivalent to "welfare" for their lower class human subjects.
- In Karas the Mikado need to drink blood (other than that they're not really vampires.) Nue is one that's had a Heel-Face Turn and refuses to harm humans. When he's severely weakened from a battle, the moth youkai that befriended him promises to get some human blood, prompting him to grab the boy's hand in a crushing grip. Turns out he meant from a blood-bank.
- In Dance in the Vampire Bund the Bund's inhabitants use a blood substitute called stigma. It reportedly has a somewhat off taste, causing one of Mina's ladies-in-waiting to briefly develop a candy addiction out of a need to get the aftertaste out of her mouth.
- In Blood+ Saya takes Vegetarian to the point she, as a general rule, doesn't even drink the blood; instead, she gets regular transfusions.
- In Strike The Blood, Kojou satisfies his blood lust by drinking his own blood through Nosebleeds (Our Vampires Are Different in this universe; their blood lust activates whenever they are sexually aroused, so in his case he gets a nosebleed as a result). This however has the side effect to limit the access he has to his powers, as his familiars refuse to aknowledge him as their legitime master as long as he hasn't drunk human blood. He eventually does feed on his Love Interest Yukina, but with her consent due to the need they had of his powers at the time, and he makes sure not to suck her dry.
- Nyanpire from The Gothic World Of Nyanpire loves strawberries and◊ drinks ketchup.◊ However when he's away from his owners home, he once started licking Masamunya's cuts and wounds when he saw some blood coming from his body after he tripped when he was about to attack him.
- While not strictly vampires, some Ghouls from Tokyo Ghoul employ alternate methods to survive without having to kill humans. The coffee shop Anteiku serves as a sort of "food bank" for the community, providing human meat scavenged from suicides or leftover kills. This same method was practiced by Touka and Ayato's father, who became known as the "Corpse Collector" because he scavenged Human and Ghoul remains to feed his family. It didn't earn him any mercy, when Investigators from CCG caught him.
- A lot of vampires in the Marvel Universe don't drink blood directly from humans. Blade's the only one who usually refuses any type of blood though, relying on a synthetic serum. And funnily enough, Blade is allergic to animal blood.
- Cassidy in Preacher does drink human blood, but he only eats people who piss him off/try to kill him/both. Most of the time he just eats very rare steak.
- My Life as a Vampire also has an alternative to blood that does not cause vampires to gain a Bloodlust.
- The titular character of The Tenth has used blood banks and villains for this purpose. Notably, he isn't actually a vampire— he's a sort of genetically-engineered alien hybrid that needs the blood to prevent himself from involuntarily shapeshifting into a hulking monster.
- NGE: Bloodlust have an example: Rei's first feeding came up as an emergency. When Maya noticed that Rei doesn't cast a mirror image, she immediately realized that Rei became a vampire and tried to flee. Rei however caught and drained her just enough so that Maya won't be able to resist her memory-altering powersnote . She also announced that Tokyo-3 belongs to her which the vampire clans didn't give a damn to - good for her since she doesn't have to feed on humans.
- Somewhat similarly, Kaji apparently doesn't have a problem with werewolf-Asuka releasing her pent-up aggression via massacring street thugs.
- Fluttershy in Nosflutteratu survives by mostly drinking blood donated from the local blood bank, with the occasional drink from a willing donor.
- In The Littlest Vampire, vampires survive on cow blood; rather than death, the cows gain vampiric powers briefly as a result.
- Neither Dracula nor his daughter Mavis feed on humans in Hotel Transylvania. In fact, Dracula does his best to avoid humans altogether and tries to instill fear of them into his daughter. When asked by a human, Dracula replies that he doesn't like the taste of human blood, usually full of cholesterol. This, of course, implies that he did, at some point, try human blood.
- In Innocent Blood: Marie can only make someone else into a vampire or kill them, so her solution is to bite criminals and then decapitate them with a large shotgun.
- My Best Friend is a Vampire: Friendly Neighborhood Vampires can buy blood at butcher shops.
- In the Underworld series, one of the vampires' many legitimate businesses is that of making artificial blood that has uses both for them and the medical community at large.
- This is not by choice, though. The non-killing policy was instituted by Victor in order to keep humans from attacking them. A policy he himself routinely violated but strictly enforced. They started with animal blood, then donor blood, then blood substitutes, then cloned blood.
- Semi-averted by Caleb in Near Dark, who forgoes killing personally but drinks from the wrist of his vampire girlfriend, Mae. Whether she has to kill more people than usual in order to sustain him in this way is unclear, but the other vampires sure think it "ain't right!" for her to have to feed him.
- Inverted in Blade. Deacon Frost is exceptionally evil because he wants to industrialize blood production.
- Played straight with Blade himself, who takes a serum to control his thirst, although he still drinks blood a couple of times when he's injured and needs to heal fast.
- Subverted in Daybreakers. Animal blood only slows the mutation - you have to have human blood or you'll start becoming an Orlok-like thing more akin to a murderous zombie, and it looks like the world's headed for a Vampire Apocalypse.
- It also shows the logical outcome of the blood farming. The vampire population has eclipsed human population long ago, so they're rapidly running out of humans. As the supply diminishes, poor vampires starve and start to transform. They do try to ration the remaining blood, but it's too little and too late and causes riots.
- The main character is a vampire scientist working on a blood substitute. In the end, his colleague succeeds in creating one, although the Corrupt Corporate Executive claims that the rich will still want the taste of the real thing.
- In The Twins Effect, Razaf refuses to kill humans for their blood, and expects the rest of his family to do the same.
- The Hong Kong movie Vampire vs. Vampire includes a jiang-shi who is a child and sucks the juice from tomatoes.
- The Vampires in Only Lovers Left Alive prefer to avoid killing people, and usually get their blood from hospitals. Their reasons are partly ethical, but they're also concerned about not attracting unwanted attention or ingesting the chemicals many humans have in their bodies.
- Otto from Otto; Or Up with Dead People is a vegan zombie. He was vegan when alive and now survives mainly by eating roadkill, so he doesn't have to kill an animal or a human being. although he eats the guts of a punker somewhere in the middle of the film, but he was horny and it was kind of consented
- Moonlight: a vampire working at the coroner's office does a good side-business in bags of blood.
- Other vampires like Josef Kostan prefer to keep a harem of human women (or men) to feed on occasionally. They usually don't mind.
: You seriously drink this stuff? What is it? Like not-fat, soy, vegan blood?
- Josef himself is shown occasionally drinking bottled blood like it's alcohol. In one episode, after the death of one of his old friends, Mick leaves him a bottle of the stuff, and Josef drinks it as a human would drink booze in order to forget.
- Forever Knight: Vampire Detective Nick drinks cow blood. There's also a vampire in season 3 who prefers to feed on rats, but that's nothing to do with ethics; apparently whatever species you first feed on as a vampire, you'll have a taste for forever after.
- The Vampire Diaries: There are some examples, but not drinking human blood does make them weaker.
- Stefan Salvatore embodies this trope, preferring to feed from animals then to feed on humans in order to maintain his humanity and keep his bloodlust in check. According to Damon, Stefan's favorite blood is puppy, though he was probably was just trying to disturb Elena. He is not as Veggie in later episodes. In order to fight Katherine and other vampires more powerful than himself he now does drink human blood from blood bank bags. In Season 3 he also obeys Klaus' orders to drink directly and savagely from humans.
- Stefan's best friend, Lexi, avoided this trope by drinking human blood from blood bags instead, saying she was too weak to fully resist human blood.
- Angel (and then later Spike after he regains his soul) bought cow and pig blood from a neighborhood all-night butcher. During his lowest hours after getting his soul back, Angel drank blood from rats. Later, it's apparently "spiced" with a bit of otter. At one point it was also spiked with Connor's blood, making Angel more violent than normal.
- Harmony was told to do the same when Angel hired her to work at Wolfram and Hart, although since she only had a contract and not a soul, it's not entirely clear whether she stuck to the diet. Given that one episode centered around her thinking that she'd unknowingly drunk human blood and panicking that the blood inspection would pick this up, it seems pretty clear that she did. For a while, anyway. Indeed, she claimed, at the beginning of her term at Wolfram and Hart, that she had already been following the diet of a good vampire before the company policy forced it on her. "I'm totally off the human blood. That's not even a thing." She seems to be telling the truth (though maybe with the exception of some relapses); there's never an indication to the contrary.
- In True Blood synthetic blood is sold in bottles for all your Friendly Neighborhood Vampire needs. Comes in different flavors supposed to imitate the four blood types, but the taste is still described as "It keeps you alive, but it'll bore you to death".
- In Being Human, vampires' need for blood is more of a craving than a biological necessity. The main vampire works at a hospital so he can drink the donated blood, but it's not fresh, so it barely does anything for the cravings. It's unclear whether vampires really can survive indefinitely without any blood at all.
- Morgan Freeman played a vampire on The Electric Company, who at first was explicitly said to be Dracula himself (and who was shown to attack people for their blood) , but in one skit he was called Vincent The Vegetable Vampire. Response to Moral Guardians, a bout of Early Installment Weirdness, or maybe they were just talking about the letter "V" that day and wanted some Added Alliterative Appeal?
- An episode of Supernatural had a group of vampires who fed on cows to avoid notice from hunters. Gordon didn't care.
- The fact that they had to kill the cows is something of a head scratcher, because it was made pretty clear the previous season that it took an entire coven of vampires weeks to drain a pair of victims. Why not just drink a little from a different cow every night? How much blood could they really need if it takes them so long to kill humans?
- It's probably that they need more blood from animals than from humans.
- While Henry Fitzroy in Blood Ties feeds on humans, he makes it a point not to kill anyone and usually does it during sex, so the "donor" thinks he's just being kinky. He does vaguely mention that, occasionally, someone does die. However, the person he mentioned in relation to this was not, in fact, dead but a vampire.
- Count von Count, who lives on Sesame Street, has never officially been called a vampire, but he is clearly based on one at least; like most creatures on the show, he would never hurt a fly.
- Vampires in Vampire: The Masquerade can subsist on animal blood if they wish, but it is not very palatable and only recovers about half as many Blood Points as human blood. Those who feed exclusively from animals are often mocked in Kindred society, and are called "vegetaries" or "farmers" among neonates. In addition, some neonate vampires have been known to engage in "banking" or raiding blood banks, a practice that is frowned upon in Kindred society, not the very least because of the threat to the Masquerade. Preserved blood is also substantially less "nutritious" than fresh blood, so it's mainly used for emergency rations.
- In both Masqurade and Vampire: The Requiem older vampires can't feed on animals. Drinking animal blood just doesn't do anything for them. Even older vampires can't even feed on humans - they need other vampires to feed on. A vampire can reduce his vampiric age by going into hibernation for a longer while (25 years per "blood potency" point - 1 is minimum, 10 is maximum, 3 needs humans, 7 needs vampires). This of course may reduce vampire's power. After a certain Generation a vampire couldn't subsist on animal blood. Elders of a certain level could only feed on other vampires. Methuselahs could only feed on Elders. The big bads of the setting, the Antediluvians who founded the clans, could only feed on Methuselahs. It's unknown if Caine himself needed to feed at all, but it seems unlikely.
- Although the Ordo Dracul have found ways to survive on human or animal blood even after reaching the heights of power. But then again, they're vampiric transcendentalists — it's what they do.
- Ventrue in Vampire: The Masquerade had the weakness that they could only feed on one type of blood. Depending on what was chosen at character creation, they could be barred from this... or forced into this. This only applied to mortal sources - they were always allowed to indulge in the vampiric version of I'm a Humanitarian.
- Haven't I got a good news for you, fellow kindred: if you can get a Sin-Eater to bring you to the Underworld, you can actually subsist on the abundant blood-like drips there. Just don't cross path with the local Kerberoi, OK?
- In Ravenloft, vampires who don't wish to destroy their victims' health can resort to "shallow feeding", drinking only enough blood from each one to cause temporary Constitution damage rather than permanent drain. The down side to this is that they have to feed on several different people every night, which greatly increases the risk of discovery.
- From the d20 Modern sourcebook D20 Future, you have mutations. One of them is blood hunger. Blood hunger is a drawback that forces the one afflicted to "drain a pint of blood from a living creature once every 24 hours", or suffer Constitution damage (degrading physical health). Note that the mutation doesn't states "human", "humanoid", but creature. Cats, dogs, rats, etc... are fair game.
- In Warhammer, vampires of the Blood Dragon line have freed themselves entirely from the need to drink human blood. How do they do this? By killing full-grown dragons in single combat and draining all of their blood.
- Vampire: The Masquerade – Bloodlines. Players can opt to buy from the blood bank rather than feed on humans (and there are places where blood packs can be found). Most can feed on rats - Nosferatu can thrive on rats, even though they don't raise the blood meter or the HP by that much (since they're small, they get sucked dry in one bite).
- However, Ventrue get no nourishment at all from feeding on rats (or prostitutes or the homeless). This is because their weakness in the tabletop game is that Ventrue can only subsist on one specific type of blood, softened here to "only well-off humans" (which, in all fairness, suits well the Ventrue's nature).
- The "vampires" in Fallout 3 can be convinced to live off of blood packs instead of attacking people and animals. Stay on their good side and their leader can even teach you how to get the most out of the packs, making them a useful healing item for yourself.
- Demons in the Disgaea 'verse are already fairly on the noble side of Noble Demon, but the self-proclaimed delinquents of the evil academy in Disgaea 3 do things like organize blood drives as part of their thing.
- Disgaea 4 brings us Valvatorez, who's been sustaining himself off of sardines for four-freakin'-hundred years as a promise to another individual. His powers have waned as a result, but he intends to find an alternative in regaining his power despite this setback.
- Spike McFang and his cohorts in The Twisted Tales of Spike McFang are vampires who drink tomato juice to replenish health.
- Loue from A Witchs Tale habitually snacks on tomatoes. In fact, they are used to revive Liddell if she is killed.
- The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion has Count Hassildor, though it's never specified what he drinks it becomes clear through several quests that he is very careful to not let his urges turn him evil, and despises other vampires that havenote . All he really wants is to help his wife, also a vampire but comatose because she couldn't come to terms with her condition.
- Of course, Elder Scrolls vampires- or at least the Cyrodiil strain- don't seem to require blood to survive(one that you meet has survived trapped in a room for several decades with no source), but they tend to go completely insane after being denied blood for too long. In fact, as the player character, if you contract vampirism, you actually become stronger if you do not feed for several days, although you will become more sensitive to sun damage — and progressively more monstrous in appearance, to the point that after too long, almost all Non Player Characters will refuse to talk to you outright.
- In the Skyrim expansion Dawnguard, you will never see your vampire companion Serana feed on blood, nor does she suffer any negative side effects from her abstinence. She can coexist with mortals just fine (If you side with the Dawnguard, she'll end up staying with them afterwards without trouble) and no one will say anything about you hanging out with her. Also, if you ask her about curing her vampirism, she says that "it would be nice to not be thirsty all the time". Serana may in fact be a tee-totaler.
- King's Bounty: Armored Princess features one of those... unfortunately, he feeds on the sap of living trees instead.
- The Sims 3. When a sim with the Vegetarian trait becomes a vampire, they can't drink from other sims without getting sick. Instead they subsist on plasma fruit or plasma juice. Even a sim without the Vegetarian trait can do things that way if they want. Although, sim-vampires don't kill sims they drink from so it's not that big a deal either way.
- In Zak McKracken and the Alien Mindbenders, the main character has written an article for a tabloid about a vegetarian vampire.
- Vampires Dawn offers you to buy blood from secret traders. Sure, it's said to be a mixture of human and animal blood, but you don't have to kill humans yourself to get your blood, keeping your humanity value high if you so desire. The second game additionally offers you to kill animals to keep your blood levels high and your humanity value unaffected.
- Rachel Alucard from BlazBlue only sucked someone's blood once, and that's because said person is dying and can only be saved by turning him into a Dhampyr through the bite. And for the rest of time, she prefers drinking high-class tea, when she's not snarking everyone she comes across or beating up her familiars.
- Harshly averted in Eternal Champions for the vampire Midknight. His body is wasting away because only freshly consumed human blood can nourish him, and he refuses to kill any people to keep himself alive.
- In Immortal Souls, John Turner says at one point that he doesn't drink human blood, though what he does drink instead is never mentioned.
- Rather than attacking humans in Boktai 2: Solar Boy Django, Django's vampire form is able to replenish health either by sucking blood from enemies or drinking tomato juice. There is one way in the entire game to drink human blood as an Easter Egg, and it lands you right into a Non-Standard Game Over.
- Arcueid from Tsukihime doesn't actually needs blood since she's a "True Ancestor", but she does craves it badly, and yet she can mostly fight off the urge to bite. That crave is caused by Roa by offering a rose with some of his blood on it. The results are devastating to say the least.
- Nina Delacroix in Eerie Cuties doesn't drink blood. She craves chocolate instead. Presumably because she was born on Easter.
- An interesting variation, since she doesn't see anything wrong with drinking someone's blood except for some embarrassment from the victim.
- For some reason, Blair is prepared to kill Nina if she ever develops a taste for blood.
- Vampires in Steam Punk'd can get by on drinking animal blood, something many do if they have mortal families (drinking humanoid blood comes naturally to vampires, so many avoid it to keep from seeing their families as food).
- Inverted with Dampyrs, the half-vampire children of the above families. They don't need to drink blood at all but can drink animal blood. Dampyrs can't drink humanoid blood because it is too potent for their under-developed vampire anatomy elements.
- Vessa at one point that Dampyrs can drink human blood, but it would be like "going from drinking a beer to drinking rubbing alcohol".
- Vampires in Orange Marmalade have been drinking pig blood for decades - they can even buy cartons of it for lunch. They do this because doing so is the only reason human governments allow them to live and if they didn't, it is implied their whole race would have been killed off long ago. The main character, who is a vampire, is shocked and horrified when she finds out one of her relatives drinks human blood.
- School Bites includes a vegan vampire. Good thing the school can accommodate her.
- Draculaura from Monster High isn't just a vegetarian- she's a vegan, and subsists on a variety of fruits and vegetables, with heavy doses of iron supplements on the side to make up for the blood she's not getting.
- Even hearing the word or seeing blood makes her faint now. It's also heavily implied that she wasn't always this way.
- Shadowa Moon (and the rest of her family) from The Questport Chronicles.
- Count Duckula is a literal Vegetarian Vampire, due to a botched resurrection ritual (Nanny mistook tomato sauce for blood).
- One episode of DuckTales featured a vampire who could survive on apples. (As a bonus, he claimed, they were good for his teeth, a common claim made by dentists.)
- Marceline from Adventure Time is a subversion: she doesn't feed on blood, just the color red (as she demonstrates by sucking a strawberry dry, leaving it gray), but is as unrepentantly self-centered as they come. Or so she claims anyway.
- An episode of Garfield and Friends had Garfield as Count Lasagna, a vampire cat who only ate Italian food.
- In Growing Up Creepie, Creepie's cousins, two vampire-like mosquitoes, revealed they are now vegans.
- Probably Sibella in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School. The only thing we ever see her drain is a crabapple.
- The ABC Weekend Special. This version of Bunnicula stayed true to this trope, despite the title character's cartoon makeover.
- Vampires in Ugly Americans are legally required to only feed on animals.
- Vampire fruit bats in My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic are exactly what they sound like - vampire bats that suck the juice out of fruit. And then Fluttershy is accidentally turned into some sort of vampire fruit bat/pegasus hybrid that certainly doesn't feed on ponies.
- Draculaura of Monster High. In fact, the mere sight of blood causes her to faint!