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Vampire-bite victims becoming vampires themselves is a staple of vampire fiction. However, if every bite victim turned, this combined feeding-and-procreation method would logically lead to vampires rapidly outnumbering their human victims. While many works leave vampire population logistics unexplained, others choose to address the population implications head-on, either by incorporating a Vampire Procreation Limit that prevents a vampire population explosion or using it as a variant on a Zombie Apocalypse plot.
A particularly common method, popularized by Anne Rice, is to require the new vampire to receive a transfusion of blood from an existing vampire in addition to being drained. But there are other possibilities such as requiring the potential vampire to have a specific gene or even making vampires a separate species that reproduce sexually.
Anime and Manga
- In Blood+ Chevaliers are produced by feeding a Chiropteran Queen's blood to a human dying of blood loss. The common, "feral" Chiropterans are artificial, produced via a drug isolated from Queen's blood. The Queens themselves though, reproduce sexually, they are born in pairs and eventually one Queen's Chevalier mates with her sister.
- In Hellsing victims of vampiric feeding do rise as the undead, but only virgins become vampires, everyone else becomes a flesh-eating ghoul. Which is why the vampire priest in the first chapter attempts to rape Seras Victoria before eating her, and Alucard asks if she's a virgin before shooting through her.
- Vampires in Karin reproduce sexually, but a good majority of them are infertile and have trouble conceiving. There are certain vampires known as "psyches" who are capable of bestowing fertility by sharing their own blood. Karin just happens to be one herself. Her family never really catches on that this "un-vampire" who is capable of living out in sunlight, eat normal foods, and creates blood instead of consumes is actually The Chosen One who can restore fertility among vampires by sharing her own blood.
- In Trinity Blood only people carrying a certain gene are susceptible to the Martian bacterium that turns humans into vampires (or Methuselahs as they prefer to be called). Most Methuselahs are born to vampire parents. And only Artificial Humans like the Nightroads can survive the Crusnik Nano Machines.
- It isn't explicitly stated, but the circumstances of Cassidy's vampirisation combined with the events of the Blood and Roses miniseries suggest that you become a vampire in Preacher by being bitten by a vampire and surviving, in a disease model. Vampires are rare because they generally go into a feeding frenzy when they bite people, and only fail to drain them to death if something interrupts them.
- The Vampire Chronicles by Anne Rice popularized this version. In Interview With the Vampire the process is described as the human and vampire sucking each other's blood.
- Bram Stoker's Dracula is ambiguous as to whether it works this way. The Count forces Mina to drink his blood, forming a mental link between them, but he's not shown doing this to any of the other women he turned. On the other hand none of the ship's crew he ate rose as vampires.
- In The Saga of Darren Shan a vampire cuts the tips of his fingers and his new "assistant's" fingers and presses their cuts together so that their blood mingles. Notably the process has to be done at least twice, the first time only converts them into a Dhampyr.
- In The Sanguine Chronicles vampirism and lycanthropy are caused by two strains of a virus that most people are immune to. If you're not immune and are attacked by a vampire or werewolf you tend to get infected. Marko is the result of his mother getting caught in the middle of a Fur Against Fang fight while pregnant with him.
- In the Night Watch series, vampires are Dark Others whose creation is regulated by the Treaty. As such, each vampire must receive explicit permission from the Night Watch to turn a human, otherwise the Night Watch has a free reign under the Treaty to hunt down and to destroy both the progenitor and the progeny.
- In Morganville Vampires, during the early years of vampires, vampire numbers almost overwhelmed the human population due to their ability to transform humans into vampires rapidly as well as the human population being smaller than it was today. In order to prevent the humans running out and hence endangering the vampire's food supply, it was agreed by the higher vampires of the time to remove the knowledge of how to create more vampires, simply by refusing to teach it. Over time, this knowledge became lost even to the elder vampires resulting in it only being available from two sources, these being the world's oldest vampire, Amelie as well as an ancient spell book where it was written down.
- In Team Human the vampire population is kept down by three factors: The vampire has to completely drain a human to make a new vampire. It is against both human and vampire law for a vampire to turn a human into a vampire without that human's permission (and most vampires are law-abiding). Sometimes the attempt to turn a human fails, and a mindless zombie is produced instead.
- In Evernight, only people who have been bitten multiple times before by a vampire can themselves become vampires, and even then this is only true if the last bite is fatal.
Live Action TV
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer establishes this in the first episode when Buffy explains to Giles why the first victim we see won't return as a vampire.
''To make you a vampire, they have to suck your blood. And then you have to suck their blood. It's like a whole, big, sucking thing. Mostly, they're just gonna kill you.'
- In addition, vampires are normally possessed by demons upon siring. After Buffy destroys the Seed of Wonder that allowed demons to enter the world attempts to sire vampires produce mindless "zompires".
- In Preacher (2016), vampires are able to turn normal humans into vampires easily enough, but the vampire population is limited because the race has a terrible epidemic of Chronic Backstabbing Disorder that drives them to attack and kill each other.
- My Babysitter's a Vampire: Humans bitten by vampires will typically become vampires themselves, however there are two ways of getting around this; a fledgling vampire that does not drink blood will die in 28 days if they can't find a blood substitute to sustain them, while also not having all their abilities. A human who has the vemon drained from their blood before transformation will be spared from transforming at all.
- Both Vampire: The Masquerade and its successor Vampire: The Requiem employ this model of vampire conversion. A human is brought to the brink of death by exsanguination and then fed a few drops of Vitae. Giving Vitae to a healthy human produces a ghoul
- In Dungeons & Dragons 3rd Edition a humanoid with four or fewer character levels doesn't become a vampire if drained of blood by one, they rise as a less-powerful "Vampire Spawn" that can't turn people.
- The Elder Scrolls series treats vampires as being Deceased and Diseased, but being attacked by a vampire does not guarantee being infected, and the disease takes about three days to completely transform the infected into a vampire, giving those who don't want to transform a reasonable amount of time to seek a cure.
- In Tsukihime, vampires who suck a human's blood can then inject them with some of their own blood to turn them into the Dead (a zombie, for all intents and purposes). In some cases, however, exceptional victims don't die completely, but instead turn into beastly ghouls. By consuming human flesh for many years, ghouls can eventually regain their human intelligence, completing their transformation into a vampire, — but only a few actually manage to survive that long, putting an additional limit on new vampire population.
- School For Vampires: Vampires in this series mostly produce sexually, so like humans they are born as babies and grow up from there. It is possible for vampires to turn humans into vampires, but only if they bite them during a full moon. And the process can be reversed by giving the victim a blood transfusion.
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