Monster hunter Stephanie Kane and Vampire Cheerleader Lori Thurston
Vampire Cheerleaders is an OEL Manga created by Adam Arnold with art by Shiei (Volumes 1&2), and Michael Shelfer (Volume 3) and licensed by Seven Seas Entertainment.As the name implies, its about vampires who happen to be cheerleaders at their local school and mostly follows their exploits as they go about their existence while trying to avoid suspicion and trouble from human and supernatural alike.Has a sister comic, Paranormal Mystery Squad which served as a backup feature in Volumes 1 and 2 (they were both equal length, unlike some backup features).This series follows cryptid (i.e: monster) hunters Stephanie, Katie, and Charlotte (later joined by J.C Summerfield, a representative of PETM and Lita, the ghost of a demon who was forcibly bonded to them) who go across the U.S hunting them. However their rather bombastic and public approach has gained them infamy and the ire of PETM, a organization that's trying to protect the cryptids.As of volume 3, both series have been merged under the "Vampire Cheerleaders" banner starting with a full on crossover.Now has a character page.
Both Series (after the merger)
Aborted Arc: At the end of book 3, we learn that Senator Worthington is an alien eating several of PETM's "humanely" captured cryptids, and Cressida has bought from him the vampires so she can avenge her sister. This is followed immediately by an epilogue a month later, Leonard and Candace, presumed dead to this point attacking a bar full of demons who normally kill humans by the dozen, and Leonard, who to this point had received no combat training at all, wiping the floor with them. He then asks Cressida's whereabouts despite having no obvious way of knowing who she is, let alone what she's done, and we go immediately to a still frame of a PMS rescue mission that ends the epilogue, before book 4 opens with PMS "victory pancakes" outside the flaming ruin of PETM headquarters (according to Word of God, not where Cressida was found). This whole purposefully disjointed mess was the mangled corpse of the original fourth book, "Vampire Cheerleaders Camp It Up," which was scrapped for marketing reasons when the (more lucrative) Facebook community, already the reason the combined series carried the VC rather than originally intended PMS label, balked at PMS's prominence in the third.
Arbitrary Skepticism: Suki, despite being a vampire in a world with a veryBroken Masquerade, is stunned to learn werewolves exist, and the corollary that this probably means the other things she (and everyone else) has been seeing on TV are real is enough of a shock to stop her in her tracks.
Then again this is what happens when you keep your little vampire ring in a small town and don't bother to look into anything in the supernatural world.
Friends with Benefits: Leonard and Suki, though some fans are capable of debating for hours just how much they're actually friends.
Oh Crap: a non-comedic example happens when after being arrested by the Paranormal Mystery Squad, the Vampires are then captured by Bianca Harrow, the older gorgon sister and get threatened to be eaten or worse. Suki's face is especially terrified.
A couple of guestcomics by Adam for Eerie Cuties were set in a flashback focusing on Layla and Steph as kids. Turns out it was Layla that gave Steph her hairpin saying that they (her and Steph's hairpins) come in pairs. The two strips close with Steph in the present day wondering what Layla was up to at the moment. More recently, Steph is shown talking on the phone with Maria Delacroix, the (vampiric and biological) mother of Layla about the vampires she was currently dealing with.
The third story arc (which officially combines the two series) had Steph actually calling Maria Delacroix (Layla and Nina's mother) to get information about Lori, revealing Steph still keeps close ties with the Delacroix clan. Tiffany Winters also gets a mention and Layla, Nina and Blair make a brief appearance as well.
Token Evil Teammate: After Lita is bonded to Katie at the end of PMS, she becomes a de facto member of the team.
Vampire Cheerleaders provides the following tropes (Vol 1 and 2)
Alpha Bitches: The snooty cheerleading team the girls go up against. Not a few minutes into checking into the competition, they quickly start dissing the protagonists. The rivalry only worsens as the story arc goes on.
Heather: They're always like this, aren't they? Lesley: Constantly. Like an Old Married Couple. Suki & Zoe: WE ARE NOT!!! Lori: Dammit, will you two lovebirds just freaking scissor and get it over with? Gawd!
Compulsory School Age: Subverted. Lori has been returning to school every 20 years or so since at least 1892of her own volition, apparently in a quest for the perfect senior year.
Cosplay Otaku Girl: Stephanie and Charlotte, taking on the outfits of Samus Aran and Vanille to snap Leonard out of his "thrall" status.
Katie does a 'Slave Leia' Cosplay to try to outdo them both.
And she succeeds.
Crossover: In the first volume, characters from each comic appeared in some scenes of the other, and events of Volume 2 leaked into the other story. As of Volume 3, a full crossover occurs leading to the merger of titles.
Dangerously-Short Skirt: Cheerleader uniforms typically default to this anyway, but the Bakerstown uniform is a bit brief by high school standards.
Devil in Plain Sight: The Vampires of Bakertown High, who masquerade as the school's cheerleading team and student council.
Genre Savvy: Leonard knows enough about vampire mythology to be effective. Before he finally confronted the cheerleaders, he gorged himself on garlic and washes it down with listerine to make his blood downright abhorrent to vampires. When Lori tries biting him after stating his intentions to expose them his false surprise transitions into chuckling as his blood immediately makes her vomit.
It happens earlier to an ancient Roman vampire with the same woman as seen here.
Older Than They Look: Only Lori believe it or not as the other girls were apparently only changed after meeting her in their own high school years. Lori herself is 138 years old assuming she was 18 when she was bitten. The evidence being that her collection of high school graduation tassels has two '92s in them. One of them is obviously from 1992, but by having two means the second one must be from 1892. Don't let the page's status as a guest comic fool you. Shouri was given a list of specific elements that needed to be in the page.
Our Vampires Are Different: They can get by with just two pints of blood a day meaning they don't have to fully drain their victim. They can also move around in the daylight though they admit its not good for their undead skin. And have to tan normally to keep up appearances. Hypnotizing someone is also called "Glamoring".
Painful Rhyme: At the first big game, the cheerleaders' cheer rhymes "fly" with "vic-to-rye".
Title Drop: Featured in both titles in Volumes 1 & 2.
Took a Level in Badass: Leonard was pretty clearly your factory standard geek, starting out. However the minute he realizes his best friend/prospective love interest has been turned into a vampire (which he actually realized was happening before she was Turned), he immediately levels up to Crazy-PreparedBadass LongcoatVampire Hunter.
Badass Decay: Unfortunately when the girls turn their feminine wiles on him, he turns to putty in an instant. Come next arc, he following along like a puppy and doing their chores for them. Granted the girls are treating him nicely and all albeit in a Butt Monkey sort of way. Least Heather isn't too hard on him.
What the Hell, Hero?: Lori's reaction to Heather draining the entire football team the night before the homecoming game is this trope on steroids.
What Could Have Been: Word of god says one of the earliest concepts for Vampire Cheerleaders was more in line with your typical harem series, but with vampires.
In addition, the original plan was for the merger to be into the PMS title, while keeping the VC title for side stories featuring them. But, the readership of Vampire Cheerleaders was significantly higher, necessitating a change of plan.
Paranormal Mystery Squad has the following tropes (Vol 1 and 2)
Description Cut: At a very public trial, the judge gives the Squad 2,000 hours of community service as punishment for various crimes. He then asks if Steph if she has anything else to say, and she clicks off the TV, since it was actually a recording of the trial.
Mercy Kill: How Steph views slaying monsters that were born human. She initially plans to do this with her sister, but is talked down by JC and Charlotte.
Monster Wrongs Group: Steph finds herself butting heads with PETM (People for the Ethical Treatment of Monsters), who demand that ‘cryptids’ be captured alive and unharmed.
A notable subversion (especially when compared to PETA) is that PETM are well aware cryptids are dangerous and even have standard issue tasers. As Summerfield put it, they're naive, not stupid.
O'Keefe takes the entire thing to ridiculous extremes, such as refusing to let the army bomb an "innocent cryptid" who mind-controlled half the county (there are good reasons not to drop a bomb on a bunch of people, but that isn't one of them) and later gets the president to declare a Kaiju that's about to destroy the city and possibly the world an endangered species, forbidding the military from attacking. Well, the Squad is forbidden too, but they ignore it.
She's mellowed out considerably since the beginning though. When Maria expresses her concerns about Steph's bloodthirsty history she admits that she was in a pretty dark place at the start of the series as her parents had only just died.
Shout-Out: All of Charlotte's spell incantations are pop-culture references. No one knows why (not even her).
When going to prom, Steph lists all of the stuff she's bringing for her mission, and Katie interrupts her by finishing it off with "Giant Purple Dildo", which is likely a reference to the Derrick Comedy sketch "Bro Rape".
The Unfair Sex: Steph as per most of her jerkass tendencies, for example she blames the whole Katie turning into a werewolf on J.C. when really Katie had wandered off on her own. J.C, despite being a nice guy, thankfully isn't a doormat and more then willing to call her out on this.
Van Helsing Hate Crime: Steph who believes all cryptids are evil roughly stemming what happened to her parents. Things gets complicated when her sister is turned into a werewolf and the newest member of their team is revealed to be a Dhampyr.