Series: Vampire Prosecutor
Hmm ... yummy!Vampire Prosecutor
(Hangul: 뱀파이어 검사, romanized: Vampire Geumsa
) is a Korean Drama
which aired on cable network OCN, starring Yun Jung Hoon as the titular character. Season 1 aired in late 2011, season 2 in 2012.
Prosecutor Min Tae Yeon is a reluctant vampire
. As he uses his abilities in his day job, his main goal is to solve a 7-year-old murder
in which the victim was close to him and the culprit was undoubtedly another vampire.Tae Yeon
is asked to set up a special "detective-prosecutor" taskforce to investigate unusual homicides in the Seoul area. To this end, he is given several team members:
The team is under the mantle of a chief prosecutor, who sometimes clashes with Tae Yeon. Together, they try to make Seoul safer for the living and the undead.
This series provides examples of:
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- Always Murder: Averted in "Fight Club"
- Armour Piercing Question:
Tae Yeon: (to Jung In) Is there anything that makes you want to turn back time?
- Asshole Victim: The pastor who was also a child molester in episode 4.
- The Bartender: The blood dealer/doctor at the bar where Tae Yeon frequents
- Berserk Button: Don't ask Jung In's father about his daughter. Just. Don't.
- The Big Bad: Yeon Ji
- Casting Gag: Yun Jung Hoon, who plays Min Tae Yeon, is famous for playing a prosecutor in East of Eden.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Jung In's father Yoo Won Gook
- The Chessmaster: Chief Prosecutor Jang Chul Oh
- The Coroner: Sexy Soo Hee, who's always hitting on Tae Yeon
- Damn, It Feels Good to Be a Gangster : But not when everyone's only out for themselves. And their children.
- Decoy Damsel: Episode 12.
- Debate and Switch: In episode 6. "The question is not whether or not I believe, since I know what I saw."
- Distracted by the Sexy: The boys (Hwang Soon Bum and Choi Dong Man) go 'ga-ga' over the medical examiner, Soo Hee.
- Dragon-in-Chief: Chief Prosecutor Jang, The Chessmaster, works to feed Yeon Ji's insatiable appetite.
- Dramatic Chase Opening
- Every Car Is a Pinto: Justified. The first scene ends in a nasty 3-car crash including a tractor-trailer, but there's no fire until someone uses a lighter. Even then, the tractor doesn't blow up till much later.
- Everyone Is a Suspect/Everybody Did It:
- Episode 6. Everyone in the fight club injured the victim in some way and as the mystery unfolds, the detective-prosecutor team can't figure out exactly how the victim died.
- Episode 10's murder on the set of a Reality Show
- Facial Dialogue: When Tae Yeon returns to work after being fatally stabbed while protecting Jung In, the two of them have this type of conversation.
- Fight Clubbing: in Episode 6
- Fingore: In episode 3
- Flashback: The characters' stories unfold in flashbacks.
- Four-Fingered Hands: The suspect in episode 3 has one.
- Good Cop/Bad Cop: Cho Dong Min/Hwang Soon Bum. Played With. They weren't even interviewing the same suspect! Or in the same room.
- Gone Horribly Right:
- Hello, Attorney!: Both our protagonist Min Tae Yeon and his opponent in episode 4, Yoon Ji Hee
- If You Kill Him, You Will Be Just Like Him: "If you kill him, then you'll be a killer too!"
- Inspector Lestrade: Bumbling detective Hwang Soon Bum, who knows Tae Yeon is a vampire, is fairly good at his job, but Tae Yeon is much, much better.
- Jack the Ripoff: Tae Yeon's first case in the series proper mimics a vampire killer from 7 years ago.
- Jerkass Façade:
- Tae Yeon, especially to Jung In
- The philosophy of Episode 7's victim was, "If nobody resents you, then you aren't achieving your potential." However, that was just his onscreen persona, and he was having trouble keeping it up.
- Knight Templar Parent:
Jung In: (about her gangster father) He’s the bad guy. He’s someone I have to lock away. But when the reason he did those bad things is because of me, I can’t call him the bad guy. I can’t even hate him.
- Life Imitates Art: In-Universe. In the 2nd episode, the murder victim (a director) is found lying in a pool on the set of his horror flick, Murderer. The entire cast had been shown earlier working on a scene in which the victim ends up dead in the pool. The film was also based on the unsolved murder of a young woman.
- Mistaken for Murderer: Episode 11.
- New Meat: Yoo Jung In
- Not a Game: Tae Yeon rains on Jung In's parade when they first meet by telling her that murder isn't "fun."
- Not Blood Siblings: Tae Yeon and Yeon Ji
- The Only One Allowed to Kill Him: Tae Yeon says something like this in the first episode as his suspect is being stabbed to death.
- Pedophile Priest: Episode 4's Asshole Victim
- Prima Donna Director: Episode 2's murder victim is an overbearing director, working on his debut film.
- "Rashomon"-Style: Episode 9
- Real Men Hate Affection: Episode 9. Tae Yeon goes to comfort Jung In—and stops short.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: Tae Yeon's boss, Chief Prosecutor Jang
- The Reveal: Tae Yeon's sister Yeon Ji is alive! Well, undead. She's a hungry vampire and Chief Prosecutor Jang has been feeding her for the past 7 years until she decided to go looking for Tae Yeon.
- Room Full of Crazy: Tae Yeon finds one of these filled with newspaper articles in the house he inherited.
- Sunglasses at Night: Actress Seo earns a slap from her director for wearing Sunglasses at Night.
- Treachery Cover Up: Episode 7's victim covers up the fact that his adulterous wife killed him.
- "You Made Me Do This," said the murderer in episode 3.
- Volleying Insults: The medical examiner vs. Jung In
- Wimp Fight:
- Actress Seo vs. Director Cha in episode 2
- Also, hilariously, all the fight club showdowns turn out to be this in episode 6.
- Adult Fear: Ji Ae gets kidnapped
- Almost Kiss: Multiple times between Jung In and Tae Yeon
- Answer Cut
Dr. Jo: What do you hope to find by cutting her open?
(Cut to ...)
Jung In: Diamonds?
- Beautiful All Along: After Jung In gets a makeover, Soon Bum wonders if "a pumpkin can be made into a watermelon just by drawing lines." Tae Yeon's reply? "Jung In's not a pumpkin, she's a watermelon who's lines have been hidden."
- Buried Alive: Runa
- Busman's Holiday: In episode 8, the team takes a break and goes on a trip together...and runs into a murder.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: All over episode 1
- Crossover: Episode 8 is a crossover with tvN's "reality-documentary” show Rude Miss Young-ae.
- Dualvertisement: The pre-season ads show God's Quiz's main character, who's a medical examiner, handing over a case of "bad blood" to Tae Yeon. (Vampire Prosecutor was taking over the time slot from God's Quiz.)
- Expy: No, Park Hoon is not Angel. And Law Firm H is not Wolfram and Hart. Just ... similar.
- Failure Knight: Dr. Jo feels responsible to little Ji Ae because of the death of her family members.
- First Name Basis: Soon Bum insists on dropping the honorifics and calling Dr Jo "Jung Hyun hyung."
- Introdump: Chief Prosecutor Joo, the new boss, goes over everyone's files in order to subtly introduce or re-introduce them to the audience.
- Ironic Echo: "All the evidence points to you."
- Jack Bauer Interrogation Technique: On the season's Big Bad villain
- Meet the New Boss: Chief Prosecutor Joo
- Not My Driver: In episode 5, it's Soon Bum instead!
- Parody Episode: Episode 8, "Rude Tae Yeon," is a parody of Rude Miss Young Ae.
- Recursive Fiction/Show Within a Show: The movie, Vampire Prosecutor, is based on the life of Chief Prosecutor Jang—if he was a vampire.
- Running Gag: Dong Man really wants to be hyung-dongsaeng with Soon Bum.
- Sadistic Choice: The Big Bad's M.O.
- Saying Too Much: In episode 8, when Young Ae says that she has to do SOMETHING or she feels like she'll go crazy, Dong Man agrees with a, "like you have to write on his forehead when he's asleep ... or something." Flashback Cut to Soon Bum, waking up with the words "BIG HEAD" written on his forehead.
Soon Bum: That was you?
- Shipper on Deck: Soon Bum gleefully ships Tae Yeon/Jung In.
Soon Bum: (to Jung In) You're supposed to grab your head a little and collapse toward Tae Yeon. He'd catch you in his arms, you'd look into each other's eyes ... and fireworks would go off.
- Serial Killer: Dr. Bae Ji Yeon
- Spear Counterpart: Medical examiner Soo Hee has been replaced by Dr. Jo Jung Hyun.
- Sudden Downer Ending: episode 4. But ... but we caught the actual murderer. A full 24 hours before the statute of limitations ended.
- Tactful Translation: Dong Man's translations for the Japanese psychic, Runa, is a hoot!
Jung In: (in Korean) Is catching murderers a joke? Are we using psychics now! (to Dong Man) Translate. Translate!
Dong Man: (in Japanese) 'Welcome to Korea.'
Runa: (in Japanese) Arigatō.
Dong Man: (in Korean) She said 'thank you.'
Jung In: (in Korean) I know what 'arigatō' means too. For what? Did you translate correctly?
Dong Man: (in Korean) What? Of c-course.
Jung In: (in Korean) We don't need you. I know you want to help, but this is dangerous work and you are better off returning home to Japan. (to Dong Man) Hurry up, translate.
Dong Man: (in Japanese) 'Please stay in Korea a long, long time! Let's be good friends.'
Runa: (in Japanese) Didn't she say much more than you translated?
Dong Man: (laughs nervously and says in Japanese) Korean is longer than Japanese.
Runa: (in Japanese, to Jung In) Arigatō.
Jung In: (to Dong Man, in Korean) Hey!
- Tagalong Kid: Ji Ae
- Tempting Fate: In episode 8, Jung-in cheerfully tells Tae-yeon there's no way they'll run into a murder while on a trip—and immediately hears a scream.
- Time Bomb: Multiples times. For Runa. Then Ji Ae. And finally for Jung In. With an actual time bomb.
- Tomato Surprise: "Why are all of you prosecutors?"
- Torture Cellar
- When It All Began: Park Hoon's scenes in the "cold open" are shown to have taken place much earlier than the current timeline. But seeing as how Park Hoon never ages, getting appropriate dates can be a bit of a hassle.
- You Never Did That for Me: Dong Man gets jealous over the "brotherly" relationship between Soon Bum and Dr. Jo. "You'll drop honorifics with him, but not with me?"