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Manga: Vassalord

A shoujo manga by Nanae Chrono about a cyborg vampire named Charley who happens to be a vampire hunter for the Vatican. No, really. Since it's a sin to ingest the blood of a human, Charley lives off his master, playboy Johnny Rayflo, also a vampire. Cue Unresolved Sexual Tension and buckets of Ho Yay. The first four volumes are available in English from the now-closed Tokyopop. The entire series consisted of seven volumes and ended on March 15th, 2013.

A few drama CD's have been released, and an OVA was produced and released along with Volume 7.


Tropes:

  • Adorkable: Raymond and the rest of the Rayflo-clones.
  • Anime Catholicism
  • Anguished Declaration of Love: Sort of. Charley uses the lines of the Phantom Of The Opera - because it's, well, appropriate - to finally yell at Rayflo how much he loves him and can't stand him being with Barry (allegorically). Rayflo tries to brush it off but for once Charley is pretty damn persistent.
  • Anywhere but Their Lips: Of all the places Charley kisses (and bites) Rayflo, none are on the lips. All the better to heighten the Ho Yay!
    • By the time the series ends the two still have not visibly kissed on the lips.
  • Author Appeal: See picture.
    • The author's surprised it worked.
      • And we love her for it.
  • At the Opera Tonight: Charley is invited to one in Chapter 16. He and Rayflo even directly quote a few lines The Phantom of the Opera.
  • Attractive Bent-Gender: Rayflo in chapter 2. And boy, does he get a lot of stares At least that's what it looks like at first.
  • Battle Butler: Rayflo's cat.
  • Can't Live Without You
  • Cannot Spit It Out
  • Cheshire Cat Grin: 86
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: 86, who spends most of his days high as balls and is convinced angels are talking to him. Rayflo also has his moments.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Barry has an unfortunate fetish: torturing, raping and breaking Rayflo to pieces.
  • Cowboy Cop: Craig.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Craig.
  • Deal with the Devil
  • Death by Origin Story: Craig's wife was supposedly killed in an accident and his daughter Olivia was murdered by a newborn vampire unable to control his hunger. The vampire killed himself out of grief, but that doesn't stop Craig from getting on the Vassalord case.
  • Destructo-Nookie: Charley seems to think attacking Rayflo with assorted heavy weaponry counts as foreplay. Rayflo seems to agree.
  • Double Entendre: Rayflo's nickname for Charley, "Cherry," is a reference to him being a virgin.
    • Raylfo's countless "suck me"-type comments. Amusingly appropriate considering they're vampires.
  • Elegant Gothic Lolita: Princess Marie.
  • Even the Guys Want Him: Rayflo.
  • Fanservice: Boatloads of it. Though it turns to Fan Disservice whenever Barry shows up.
  • Femme Fatale: Rayfell. Yeah.
  • Flashback: Most of the background is explained entirely through assorted flashbacks.
  • French Maid: Rayflo and Charley's maid, who is also their cat.
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: One wonders how much radar there even is for this series, given how it keeps dancing along the line between heavy Ho Yay and plain old Boys Love. However, the scene that really sticks out is the one where Rayfell is seducing Charley, and she stuffs her hand down his pants and starts giving him a handjob, and if you squint, you can see the outline of Charley's, er, area.
  • Girlish Pigtails: Cheryl.
  • Gorn: The rape scene / torture scene with Barry and Rayflo in Volume 3. Also see under Squick.
  • Green-Eyed Epiphany: Although Charley doesn't want to admit it, every time Rayflo pays significant attention towards someone else or lets them feed on him, he tends to get very jealous. However, this is taken toa whole new level when Barry comes into the situation and he pretty much loses it.
    • One character refers to him as "the possessive young one" in regards to his relationship with Rayflo.
  • Half Identical Twin: Rayflo and Rayfell.
    • Cheryl is basically a loli version of Charley, at least in appearance.
  • Hemo Erotic
  • Heroic Dog: Also a cyborg.
  • Horny Devils: Barry. From what Rayfell tells Charley, Barry's father, the original, seems to be some sort of great demon. Or Eldritch Abomination.
  • Humanity Ensues: Rayflo's cat.
  • I Know Your True Name: Figuring out Barry's true name, Belial, is what gives Cherry the power to defeat him. In order to do it, however, Rayflo has to quote a passage from the Bible, which ends up killing him.
  • Intimate Healing: Vampiric Intimate Healing!
  • I Want My Beloved to Be Happy: The original reason why Rayflo gave up Charley to the church when he was a child.
  • Keet/Psychopathic Manchild: 86, type B. He even gets blush stickers.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: Sort of. Plus it's a vampire-on-vampire example.
  • Little Miss Badass: Cheryl.
  • Lolicon: Rayfell and Cheryl's relationship has... shades of this.
  • Mad Eye: This is 86's default expression. And when 86 gets serious, somehow, his eyes get even more crazy looking!
  • Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In the back room of a church, in an airplane bathroom, in a prison-cell, in an opera house...
  • Meganekko: Charley and Cheryl, neither of whom actually need glasses.
  • Mile-High Club: Charley and Rayflo. Almost.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Rayflo.
    • Later invoked with Charley, who becomes a fashion model meant to advertise the glamour of being a vampire to the wealthy, who in turn will buy Alford Wayne's Vassalord and become Noctians under his control.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Charley's a cyborg vampire who works for the Vatican.
    • Justified in Volume 5. In order to serve God and become a decent vampire hunter, Charley became a cyborg, replacing the parts of his body affected by holy symbols with robotic ones. For example, a vampire cannot quote from the Bible out loud, so Charley switched his vocal cords with mechanical ones.
    • Charley also has a robotic rottweiler. He helps him fight crime.
  • Older than They Look: Charley is 145, Rayflo's hundreds of years older. Likely applies to almost all the vampires that appear.
  • One-Man Army: 86.
  • Opposite-Sex Clone: Rayfell to Rayflo. The demon even created her from Johnny's rib as a twisted homage to the book of Genesis.
  • Our Vampires Are Different: The first volume is peppered with references to Eastern European folklore, like the case of Arnold Paole, boneless vampires, krsniks and dhampirs. (Which was fortunately mostly explained, either in-manga or in the footnote page.) Rayflo has demonstrated the ability to walk around in sunlight and transform into a flock of bats, and sleeps in a coffin filled with dirt.
    • Vassalord turns out to be the name of a drug used to create "Noctians" (basically vampires) out of wealthy clients who desire eternal youth and beauty.
  • Panty Shot: Rayfell. They were lacy.
    • You get numerous of these in Chapter 15. Still lacy.
  • Power Perversion Potential: Rayflo's regeneration powers have proven... useful.
  • Rape as Drama: When Rayflo gets violently assaulted and dismembered by his old master, Barry.
    • Moresoever, there is heavy implication that for hundreds of years before hand, their relationship consisted of Barry chasing after Rayflo and repeatedly violating, dismembering and torturing him when he caught him. It runs very close to And I Must Scream territory.
  • Robot Maid: Rayflo's maids, sort of.
    • Rayfell's too?
  • Sacred First Kiss: Rayfell took Charley's, much to Rayflo's annoyance.
  • Scarily Competent Tracker: Barry, when you think about it. Also, 86.
  • Sexy Priest: Charley, although he's not technically a priest. He'd really like to be one, though— At least he's pretty holy. (All things considered.)
  • Shotacon: Despite their current relationship, this trope is averted with Johnny and young Chris, and referenced when Johnny's getting jealous of Charley paying Harold attention.
    • Rayfell and Cheryl are, again, a Lolicon version, except they seem to be waiting until Cheryl's a vampire (or at least legal)... Probably.
  • Shower Scene: Right there in Chapter One.
  • Sinister Scythe: Cheryl uses one.
  • Smoking Hot Sex: Rayflo has a habit of doing this. Of course, he seems to chainsmoke.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Rayflo and Craig.
  • Spotting the Thread: When Rayfell is pretending to be a genderflipped Rayflo, Charley finally figures out the ruse when she kisses him and he notices that she doesn't have Rayflo's forked tongue.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Barry.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Rayflo and Craig. Rayfell too, despite being female.
  • Technical Virgin: Charley until chapter 13, which Rayflo happily points out.
  • Tsundere: Charley, towards Rayflo. Though his dere side comes out quite often, despite his best efforts to pretend otherwise.
  • Undying Loyalty: There is quite a lot of this running around. Including the pets/combat partners/servants.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: Boatloads between Charley and Rayflo, since despite their blood-drinking (and overall relationship) comes off as overtly sexual to the point of being Yaoi Guys to the audience, they never actually shown to have done it, and don't seem to be together in a "couple" sense; Charley even talks about their bond in a familial sense at times (which it certainly was when he was a child), though the rampant sexual tension they carry regardless might warp that during the present day. Finally resolved in the bonus pages of the last volume, wherein it seems they have sex along with Charley's usual blood-drinking.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods
  • Visual Innuendo: Charley impaling Rayflo's torso with a huge phallic spiked rod, among many, many others.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Barry. We get to see him do it twice in Chapter 8. From male, to child, to female.
  • Walking Shirtless Scene: Rayflo always seems to have his shirt unbuttoned, if not completely off.
  • White Hair, Black Heart: Barry.
  • Wife Husbandry: Apparently Rayfell's plans for Cheryl, who seems to be quite happy with it as well.
  • Words Can Break My Bones: Reading the Bible has this effect on vampires.
    • Rayflo actually does this to himself in Chapter 18, quoting the scripture to give Cherry a hint as to what Barry's true name is.
  • Yandere: Dear god, Barry. With a liberal helping of Squick.
  • Yaoi Guys: Charley and Rayflo, duh. Barry is a Yaoi Guy, and he probably thinks he's this with Rayflo, although it's not reciprocated.

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