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An individual offers to take the brunt of someone's Horror Hunger

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FullmetalHeart20 on Jun 22nd 2015 at 12:44:45 AM
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GirlofMassDeconstruction on Feb 16th 2018 at 2:14:08 PM
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It sucks depending on blood or souls to survive. Having a talent in blood magic doesn't exactly mesh well with ethical behavior. But what do you do if your best friend or main ally has to have these things? Assuming their Horror Hunger or Blood Magic won't kill you instantly, just offer up a vein! After all, what are friends for?

This trope is for people who agree to sustain someone's Horror Hunger to keep them from taking advantage of the fact that Warm Bloodbags Are Everywhere. There can be multiple reasons why: maybe they are close friends trying to keep the feeder safe, maybe they are Vampire Vannabes excited to get close to one, or maybe it's an emergency and the donor would rather not have anyone else be attacked. If they're lucky, their friend won't be slowly killing them. If they're really lucky, they can work some form of symbiosis into the relationship.

This dynamic is likely to come with a level of mutual respect. The donor cares too much to kill the feeder outright and is compassionate enough to make this kind of sacrifice, while the receiver is generally a noble monster who tries to cause minimal harm and not take out their Horror Hunger on others. This could range from a one-time necessity to lifelong arrangement. A romantic and/or sexual relationship may be involved, which could lead to Hemo Erotic and/or Kiss of the Vampire. Compare to Zombie Advocate.

This trope is not exclusive to vampires, but for all creatures that have a form of Horror Hunger or a need to feed on human energies.


Examples

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    Anime And Manga 
  • In Bakemonogatari, the tad-bit-vampire-himself protagonist Koyomi is a high school boy who is seen occasionally letting a detached, mute, just-sitting-there small girl vampire bite his neck and feed on him in gentle embrace. Vampire girl is portrayed to be apparently in the care of full-of-quirks advisor figure Oshino. Backstory of their tight relationship is mostly left to a prequel, Kizumonogatari. In other stories it moves forward.
  • In D.Gray-Man, Eliade allows vampire-like Exorcist Arystar Krory a taste of her Akuma blood to bring out his other side before fighting the heroes.
  • Inverted in Naruto: Karin has an unique healing technique where the wounded person can bite her flesh a bit and absorb her Chakra into themselves to heal their body. She has done this to multiple different people, though on-screen she only did it to Sasuke.
  • Phantom Quest Corp.: The first Incident File is about Bosco, a vampire who's been trying to kick the habit, since falling in love with Makiko, who's a 19 year old college freshman. At first, he appears to be stalking her, until it's revealed that she's his girlfriend and has been helping him by allowing him to feed on her 4 times a year, at only 200cc's per quarter.
  • After being infected with the eponymous virus in Pupa, Yume starts hungering for human flesh. Her brother Utsutsu, who has a Healing Factor thanks to the same virus, acts as her food source.
  • In the Yuri Genre manga Seifuku no Vampiress Lord, after Irie is turned into a vampire, the first person she reveals it to is her Childhood Friend Nana, who voluntarily offers her blood to her after watching her suffer through an intense blood withdrawal in the first couple days. Later on, Nana recognizes that she is not always around when the vampiric urge hits Irie and allows her to feed on other girls — on the condition that Nana remains effectively her main "donor". By that point, it is long past the point of ambiguity that the two of them are a couple (who greatly enjoy the fact that vampiric feeding gives both parties involved an intense sexual pleasure).
  • Tsubasa -RESERVoir CHRoNiCLE-: Kurogane becomes a blood donor to Fai, who had to be made into a vampire to save his life.
  • In Tsukihime, Kohaku is revealed to be this to Akiha, who suffers from vampiric impulses as part of her family's heritage. The relationship between them is very complex, however, combining different shades of master-servant, culprit-victim, and, indeed, some pent-up sexual desire.
  • Vampire Hunter D. Subverted in the 1985 animated film version. Doris Lang is beginning to fall in love with the dhampir (half-vampire) D, so she offers to let him drink some of her blood. He manages to overcome his bloodlust and declines her kind offer.
  • In Vampire Knight, Yuuki offers to help Zero sate his bloodlust and avoid becoming a level E vampire, since he was a normal human who was bitten by a vampire years ago.
    • There's consensual blood drinking among tons of characters, including Yuuki and both of her love interests, and vampires with strong relationships won't want any blood but their loved one's.

     Audio Drama 
  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays:
    • The Eighth Doctor tames a vortisaur by letting it feed on his blood in Storm Warning
    • He also allows a vampire to feed on him in the audio Situation Vacant.
  • In Metamor City Leansidhe are elder fae that offer inspiration and talent to artists in exchange for draining their blood and life force. In "Whispers in the Wood" a Leansidhe has bound herself to a musician with terminal cancer, and focuses the life draining on his tumors, similar to how death-aspected mana is used to treat cancer in-universe.

    Comic Books 
  • In the Cloak & Dagger comics both heroes do this for each other. Dagger is constantly creating energy that must be bled off, and Cloak constantly needs to absorb energy. They maintain a symbiotic relationship.

    Fan Fiction 
  • In Massively Multiplayer Crossover fic Blood and Revolution, Kenshin and Aoshi are vampires, and Saitou tries to function as their handler; he starts off feeding them occasionally when they can't get someone else just so they don't go crazy, then he gets Claimed by the Supernatural as their own personal prey and becomes their primary food source, and then of course it gets sexual. Kaji later fills a similar role when Saitou isn't available, and in time Rei acts as portable breakfast and lover for Atem. After Seth is turned into a vampire, he categorically refuses to feed on anyone who doesn't volunteer. This practice is presented as a possible solution to the Fantastic Racism against youkai, which is somewhat justified by how many have to feed from humans - pair them up with people who are willing to feed them so they don't have to go hunting.
  • In the RWBY Fanfic Cursed, where Ruby has been turned into a vampire and eventually caught/surrender after several nonlethal attacks. Ruby locks herself in an observation room to keep anyone from getting in so she doesn't attack them for the much needed blood she is thirsting for. Her sister Yang persuades Ruby to let her in by threatening to break the door down. When Ruby lets her in Yang locks them both in to keep anyone from stopping her from offering some of her own blood to help her sister from losing complete control of herself.
  • Some Touhou fanworks have Sakuya be this to Remilia and Flandre, usually playing up the Lesbian Vampire aspect in the process. Whether Sakuya or Remilia is more anxious for the actual bloodsucking depends on the artist.

    Film 
  • Karen did this for the titular character in Blade when he was wounded and needed to regain his strength to fight the Big Bad.
  • Happens in the live action version of Blood: The Last Vampire. Sharon feeds Saya from her own blood so she could gain strength for the final fight.
  • In Daybreakers the vampire protagonist Edward joins a group of humans. Audrey intuitively knows he has not drunk blood in a while and, though Edward protests, she draws her own blood into a cup and gives it to him. Edward is a Reluctant Monster who abstains from human blood, so his distress and shame are obvious as he drinks Audrey's.
  • Combined with Heroic Sacrifice, in Shaun of the Dead, Shaun offers himself to the zombie horde, shouting "ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET RIGHT HERE!", to distract the zombies so his friends can sucessfuly shelter themselves in the Winchester Pub. Unlike most examples of this trope, Shaun survives.
  • In X-Men Wolverine accidentally stabbed Rogue, so she had to "borrow" his healing power to save herself. This drained him enough to knock him unconscious.

    Literature 
  • In Anita Blake, somebody who regularly allows a specific vampire to feed from them is known as a "pomme de sang" (French for "blood apple").
  • In Arashi no Yoru ni, Mei and Gabu are starving while stuck in a cave during the winter. Mei, being a goat, realizes he'll likely starve anyway and offers himself so that his friend, a wolf, can eat. Gabu refuses.
  • Alluded to in the Discworld series. Although there's a teetotaler vampire movement (drinking animal blood and transferring the addiction to, say, coffee) and standard bedroom-invading vampires, there are also vampires who arrange for stylish evenings with volunteer "dinner companions".
  • In The Dresden Files Thomas Raith has one in the form of his girlfriend Justine who actually finds his feeding on her to help her think more clearly.
  • The Doctor (yes, him again, although this is prior to the Big Finish examples) lets vampire scientist Joanna Harris drink his blood in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Vampire Science.
  • Team Human: After Principal Saunders' husband is turned into a mindless blood-sucking zombie, she imprisons him in a cave and feeds him with her own blood to keep him "alive"
  • In Vampire Academy, Mori vampires have human volunteers around to feed off of. However, given the effects of long term feeding, consent can get...questionable. Their Dhampir bodyguards could offer some blood in a pinch.
  • A common trope in the Vampire Chronicles.
    • The teenage Armand plays this to Marius, the mysterious reclusive gentleman he has become romantically involved with, allowing him to feed on him in a Lover and Beloved-type relationship until Marius eventually turns him.
    • Daniel, after his plot-catalyzing Interview with the Vampire, tracks down Armand and requests to be turned himself. Armand resists for a while, but in the meantime regularly feeds on Daniel.

    Live Action TV 
  • Being Human (US): Three "monster" roommates live together and make a pact to keep each other on the straight and narrow, which for them means not feeding on or harming humans. Sometimes, they need help sticking to the pact.
    • In one episode, Sally, a ghost, is being possessed and goes into a fugue state. While in fugue, Sally seals all exits to the house she shares with her roommates, locking in Josh, a werewolf who will soon transform because of the full moon, Aidan, a vampire who hasn't fed in days, and Zoe, a human that is unaware of the danger she is in. Josh offers his own blood to keep Aidan from feeding on Zoe who is unaware that Josh and Aidan are anything other than human.
    • Sally learns a spell that allows her to have a tangible physical body which is euphoric after years of existing only to the monsters whose own supernatural abilities allow them to see her. However, she finds out that in order to maintain the body, she has to feed on human flesh, the fresher the better. To keep her from feeding on normal humans, Aidan offers to be her food source, reasoning that he has regenerative powers as part of his vampirism. That does not keep the process from being insanely painful, though.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer: In the season 3 finale the vampire Angel has been poisoned and the only cure is Slayer blood. Buffy tries to capture rogue slayer Faith for her blood, but when Faith escapes Buffy gives Angel herself. He feeds a lot and she ends up in the hospital for blood loss.
    • It's revealed in season five that there's an actual market for this kind of thing. Humans pay or otherwise volunteer to be non lethally sucked on by vampires. Buffy discovers this when she learns her current boyfriend Riley has been "donating".
  • In Community episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", a subplot involves Britta being Vampire Jeff's casual blood donor. He keeps her in a closet for when his Horror Hunger comes. She looks all pale and covered in bite wounds. But she claims she is fine with that treatment.
  • In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency Amanda starts hanging out with the Rowdy Three because their feeding on her fear relieves her neurological disorder.
  • In Forever Knight Nick is a Vegetarian Vampire who feeds on cow blood and the very occasional pint of donated blood from a blood bank; but once in a while when the urge is upon him he calls upon his fellow vampire Jeanette who allows him to feed on her.
  • In Lost Girl, main protagonist Bo is a succubus who feeds on the sexual chi of others, usually during sex as the chi is strongest when the donor is sexually aroused. It is established earlier in the series that she accidentally killed her first boyfriend when she was unable to control her pull during her first sexual encounter. While she is first learning to control her powers, Dyson, a wolf-shifter with regenerative powers, willingly serves as her food source. Later, when she has more control, she shifts to Lauren, a human doctor who works for the Fae and with whom Bo shares a mutual attraction.
  • Moonlight: Some vampires like Josef Kostan prefer to keep a harem of human women (or men) to feed on occasionally. They usually don't mind.
  • Stargate Atlantis: Sheppard willingly offers up his life force to a Wraith in order to give said Wraith enough energy to defeat their pursuers and ensure their escape. Of course, this forces him to trust the Wraith to give it back afterward. He does.
  • In season 2 of The Vampire Diaries, Stephan is trying to wean himself back on human blood for a power boost against the increasing number of enemies popping up. His girlfriend Elena offers her blood.

    Tabletop Games 

    Theatre 
  • In Little Shop of Horrors, when Seymour accidentally discovers that the Audrey II plant feeds on human blood, he feeds it his own.

    Video Games 
  • Guilty Gear: Slayer the vampire regularly feeds off the blood of his wife, Sharon. She's okay with it, because she's an immortal.
  • In The Sims 3 vampire Sims can feed from Sims they are friends with, which gives the vampire a +15 moodlet for 8 hours. Though the interaction is started by the vampire, the non-vampire Sim involved always seems happy to oblige.

     Visual Novels 
  • The Halloween Episode of The Freshman has Kaitlyn turn into a vampire. Her friends volunteer to be blood sucked, and also ask others to give Kaitlyn a drink or two.

    Web Comics 
  • Subverted in Eerie Cuties, when Nina told Chloe she was starving, Chloe assumed Nina wanted to feed on her and panicked. But soon relented and offered Nina her neck, except Nina was busy scarffing down Chloe's chocolate.
  • In the LGBT Webcomic Grant, one way to satisfy the hunger of a werewolf without getting eaten is french kissing the said werewolf. The eponymous werewolf discovered it that way, with added copulation.
  • Grrl Power: There's a one that appears when the vampires appear. See Cut Lex Luthor a Check. -Zero-Context Example
  • In The Order of the Stick, when Durkon is turned into a vampire, the other party members decide to take turns feeding him and then using his own clerical magic to bring them back up to full health (except for Belkar, who does not trust Vampire!Durkon).
  • In this strip of Wondermark, a girl gives herself up to a blood-thirsty psychopath because she mistook him for a vampire who she thought could turn her into a vampire also.

    Western Animation 
  • Rick and Morty: A variation of this done in a very squicky manner (all played for very dark humor. You have been warned) in the Season 3 episode "The ABC's of Beth". Tommy, a grown man by the present, was stranded in Froopyland (a dimension Rick Sanchez created as a play area for his daughter) and only had a honey to subsist on initially. Eventually he mated with the indigenous creatures of Froopyland and would eat these Half-Human Hybrid creatures as a source of meat. The hybrid creatures willingly gave Tommy their flesh and just born infants to eat.
  • The Ripping Friends: In this parody Superhero cartoon, after Slab (one of the eponymous superheroes) resolves a beef shortage due to cows being held hostage by the Ovulator, he is rewarded by one of the cows. The cow in question does this by literally cutting out a pound of her flesh for Slab to make a steak out of later.
  • In a The Simpsons episode Homer dreams of Adam and Eve. In that dream Adam (Homer) has a talking pig as his best friend, who offers Adam to eat parts of him. Since he is in Eden, he doesn't feel pain and it heals back very rapidly.

Feedback: 143 replies

Jun 22nd 2015 at 8:53:53 AM

"Tank" is an ambiguous term... maybe "Donor" would be better (as in "blood donor", "organ donor", etc.)?

  • In Tsukihime, Kohaku is revealed to be this to Akiha, who suffers from vampiric impulses as part of her family's heritage. The relationship between them is very complex, however, combining different shades of master-servant, culprit-victim, and, indeed, some pent-up sexual desire.

Jun 22nd 2015 at 9:11:55 AM

^ I like the "Donor" suggestion. It feels less like it means combat.

Fan Fic

  • In Massively Multiplayer Crossover fic Blood And Revolution, Kenshin and Aoshi are vampires, and Saitou tries to function as their handler; he starts off feeding them occasionally when they can't get someone else just so they don't go crazy, then he gets Claimed By The Supernatural as their own personal prey and becomes their primary food source, and then of course it gets sexual. Kaji later fills a similar role when Saitou isn't available, and in time Rei acts as portable breakfast and lover for Atem. After Seth is turned into a vampire, he categorically refuses to feed on anyone who doesn't volunteer.
    • This practice is presented as a possible solution to the Fantastic Racism against youkai, which is somewhat justified by how many have to feed from humans - pair them up with people who are willing to feed them so they don't have to go hunting.

Jun 22nd 2015 at 9:23:00 AM

  • In The Order Of The Stick, when Durkon is turned into a vampire, the other party members decide to take turns feeding him and then using his own clerical magic to bring them back up to full health (except for Belkar, who does not trust Vampire!Durkon).

Jun 22nd 2015 at 1:10:54 PM

@OP: It's "Donor", not "Doner"...

Jun 22nd 2015 at 1:14:26 PM

^ yes, I genuinely thought from the name and laconic that this was either about someone unfortunate to have to make someone else a horrible doner kebab, or someone really hungry imagining people as food.

Jun 22nd 2015 at 2:34:30 PM

Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle: Kurogane becomes this to Fai, who had to be made into a vampire to save his life.

Jun 23rd 2015 at 2:11:12 PM

In season 2 of The Vampire Diaries, Stephan is trying to wean himself back on human blood for a power boost against the increasing number of enemies popping up. His girlfriend Elena offers her blood.

Jun 23rd 2015 at 6:41:58 PM

  • In Forever Knight Nick is a Vegetarian Vampire who feeds on cow blood and the very occasional pint of donated blood from a blood bank; but once in a while when the urge is upon him he calls upon his fellow vampire Jeanette who allows him to feed on her.
  • Buffy The Vampire Slayer: In the season 3 finale the vampire Angel has been poisoned and the only cure is Slayer blood. Buffy tries to capture rogue slayer Faith for her blood, but when Faith escapes Buffy gives Angel herself. He feeds a lot and she ends up in the hospital for blood loss.
  • Angel: One of the members of the Circle of the Black Thorn is Archduke Sebassis, who has a demonic-looking slave who the Archduke uses for the blue blood he drinks. The Archduke doesn't even have to bite him; the demon has a cork in a vein which the Archduke removes to draw out a glassful at a time.
  • Moonlight: Some vampires like Josef Kostan prefer to keep a harem of human women (or men) to feed on occasionally. They usually don't mind.

Jun 23rd 2015 at 11:17:05 PM

Not sure if I should be asking this, but is it trope worthy yet?

Jun 24th 2015 at 1:40:21 AM

Anime and Manga

  • Vampire Hunter D. Subverted in the 1985 animated film version. Doris Lang is beginning to fall in love with the dhampir (half-vampire) D, so she offers to let him drink some of her blood. He manages to overcome his bloodlust and declines her kind offer.

Jun 24th 2015 at 7:25:28 AM

  • Alluded to in the Discworld series. Although there's a teetotaler vampire movement (drinking animal blood and transferring the addiction to, say, coffee) and standard bedroom-invading vampires, there are also vampires who arrange for stylish evenings with volunteer "dinner companions".

Jun 24th 2015 at 8:51:32 AM

^^^Not without an example section it's not.

Jun 24th 2015 at 2:24:53 PM

I wasn't familiar with Horror Hunger, so the title seemed very strange to me, as you can't exactly donate hunger. Is there a better way to write the title so that you don't have to be familiar with Horror Hunger to get it?

Before I realized Horror Hunger had to be another trope, I thought Voluntary Vampire Victim had that nice Added Alliterative Appeal; most of the examples are obviously going to be vampires, and the odd succubus or blood mage could easily be covered by a throwaway line in the description.

If we're sticking with Horror Hunger as the root of the new title, though... Handy Horror Hunger Helper?

Live Action TV

  • Stargate Atlantis: Sheppard willingly offers up his life force to a Wraith in order to give said Wraith enough energy to defeat their pursuers and ensure their escape. Of course, this forces him to trust the Wraith to give it back afterward. He does.

Jun 24th 2015 at 3:12:04 PM

Your suggestion still references the corresponding trope. It's probably safe to assume that most people looking at this have at least heard of Horror Hunger.

  • In Vampire Academy, Mori vampires have human volunteers around to feed off of. However, given the effects of long term feeding, consent can get...questionable. Their Dhampir bodyguards could offer some blood in a pinch.

Jun 24th 2015 at 6:57:50 PM

We are in theory supposed to be writing for non-tropers. Best practice is to assume that your readers don't have a strong working knowledge of existing tropes.

From Everythings Worse With Snowclones:

If your trope title completely relies on the idea that "surely, everyone read that other page- I just have to make a pun with it", you should scrap it in favor of something clearer. Always assume that yours will be the first page on the Wiki that someone reads.

IMO, Horror Hunger Donor relies too heavily on previous familiarity with Horror Hunger. Handy Horror Hunger Helper is a little better, but could definitely be improved further — maybe by changing "Horror Hunger," an abstract need, to "Hungry Horror," a character. Hungry Horror's Voluntary Victim?

Jun 24th 2015 at 7:02:32 PM

Victim has nastier implications than I intended. Vampiric Feeder Volunteer? What kind of phrase would have cultural relevance?

Jun 24th 2015 at 7:30:24 PM

Hmm, good point. Vampire's Vein Volunteer? I'm tempted to try to pun "main contributor" with "vein contributor" but the original phrase is nowhere near recognizable enough. Offering the Vampire a Vein?

aand now I'm riffing on "just the tip" to get "just a sip." Not helping!

Paranormal Parasite Plasma Philanthropist?

(I might be having slightly too much fun with this.)

Jun 24th 2015 at 7:52:52 PM

There's no such thing as too much fun! Maybe Vein Volunteer? Nice and alliterative. Or Bleed for a Friend in Need, but that isn't exactly clear on the trope.

Jun 24th 2015 at 10:31:00 PM

@OP: Please consider adding all the examples from the comments to the write-up.

Jun 25th 2015 at 3:53:06 AM

  • In Little Shop Of Horrors, when Seymour accidentally discovers that the Audrey II plant feeds on human blood, he feeds it his own.

Jun 25th 2015 at 5:11:12 AM

  • Capitalized the title.
  • Broke up the Wall Of Text Description into paragraphs.
  • Blue Linked (horror hunger x3, blood magic).
  • Corrected spelling (reciever).
  • Created Examples section.

Jun 25th 2015 at 5:17:52 AM

In the Cloak and Dagger comics both heroes do this for each other. Dagger is constantly creating energy that must be bled off, and Cloak constantly needs to absorb energy. They maintain a symbiotic relationship.

Jun 25th 2015 at 6:35:29 AM

Some Touhou fanworks have Sakuya be this to Remilia and Flandre, usually playing up the Lesbian Vampire aspect in the process. Whether Sakuya or Remilia is more anxious for the actual bloodsucking depends on the artist.

Jun 25th 2015 at 7:52:06 AM

"Special needs" from laconic needs replacing, Laconic should explain things rather than be indulging in dramatic paraphrasis.

  • In Bakemonogatari, the tad-bit-vampire-himself protagonist Koyomi is a high school boy who is seen occasionally letting a detached, mute, just-sitting-there small girl vampire bite his neck and feed on him in gentle embrace. Vampire girl is portrayed to be apparently in the care of full-of-quirks advisor figure Oshino. Backstory of their tight relationship is mostly left to a prequel, Kizumonogatari. In other stories it moves forward.

Jun 25th 2015 at 10:49:48 AM

I'm really not sure what else to put there. The clearest term I can think of is Horror Hunger, and apparently we're supposed to assume the person viewing a page has never seen a trope before.

Jun 25th 2015 at 12:23:25 PM

I think you should put Horror Hunger there, wiki-worded. The debate was more about the clarity of the trope name, i.e. the trope's name shouldn't directly reference another trope. But in the Laconic it's fine.

Jun 25th 2015 at 4:58:55 PM

Since the OP declined to take the hints to add the examples to the draft, I did it.

And I also... um... really kind of hate the new title. I really don't like titles that are obviously trying too hard to be fun when they could be concise and simple instead. I'm also very preferential to trope names that can be used in a sentence; I prefered it when the title was a noun, since then you could say, for instance, "Saitou is vampire!Kenshin's Horror Hunger Donor". This title is not going to be in any sentences without some elaborate shoehorning. (Not that I am saying go back and add in the other trope, since I suppose I agree that referencing another trope in the name is not good practice. I do like some play on "blood donor" though.)

Jun 25th 2015 at 5:53:49 PM

I was waiting for more examples before doing a draft. Thanks for going through the trouble of doing it yourself! As for the name, it's hardly the silliest one on the site. If anyone has a better idea I'm all ears.

Jun 25th 2015 at 6:05:33 PM

@Lythande: That was why I liked Voluntary Vampire Victim so much. Bleed to Feed A Friend in Need is hilarious, but you're totally right about it getting unwieldy.

Dracula's Dinner Donor?

Creepy Craving Chum? (that is a pun on "friend" and "shark food" folks)

as before, I'm getting a huge kick out of this: Blood Buddy, Supper Of Sound Mind, Life Force Favor, Deliberate Dracula Donor, Creepy Craving Consent Form, etc.

Jun 25th 2015 at 8:11:20 PM

I think the laconic should clarify that this is when an individual voluntarily takes the brunt of someone's Horror Hunger.

Jun 25th 2015 at 11:44:53 PM

@Snicka, no, it is not okay to put trope names on Laconic pages. Fullmetal Heart 20 was on the right direction, you're corrupting things.

Jun 26th 2015 at 9:06:20 AM

Unrest in tvtropes. Is there any authority that can weigh in?

Jun 26th 2015 at 11:55:59 AM

Well, that may be the rule, but it's not exactly well-enforced. I flipped through the Laconic Wiki just now and while potholes are a lot more common than wiki words, the latter is definitely still in use.

The important question: is the trope name in question evocative enough that even if the reader doesn't recognize it, they can still figure out what it's supposed to mean in context? And does it fit into the flow of the sentence?

Jun 26th 2015 at 1:40:00 PM

If you're wondering about potholes in laconics, they are definitely allowed on the wiki itself. However, they (and wikiwords) are disabled in the laconics on YKTTW to make sure the editors try to make them as clear as possible, rather than rely on a link to a page to provide additional explanations.

As for the title, the rules are Clear Concise Witty. I think the current working title is clear enough and definitely witty. Had it fit with the sentence flow, it would be a nice bonus but it's not a primary concern when choosing the title, since there is always the option to create sentence-friendly redirects to the main title.

Jun 26th 2015 at 2:31:21 PM

Yes, I am corrupting, muhahahaha! Seriously though, I wrote what I wrote because I often saw Wiki Words in the Laconic - but if those are discouraged, fine, I guess you can find some sort of synonym (e.g. "bloodlust").

Jun 28th 2015 at 11:15:39 PM

Fanfic

  • In the ''RWBY Fanfic Cursed, where Ruby has been turned into a vampire and eventually caught/surrender after several nonlethal attacks. Ruby locks herself in an observation room to keep anyone from getting in so she doesn't attack them for the much needed blood she is thirsting for. Her sister Yang persuades Ruby to let her in by threating to break the door down. When Ruby lets her in Yang locks them both in to keep anyone from stopping her from offering some of her own blood to help her sister from losing complete control of herself.

Jul 7th 2015 at 12:04:22 PM

There's a water drop thing by the hats. What does the water drop thing mean?

Jul 7th 2015 at 12:15:07 PM

^ It's a button to collapse/expand the write-up.

Jul 7th 2015 at 1:21:09 PM

  • Karen did it to the titular character in Blade when he was wounded and needed his strength to fight the Big Bad.
  • A common variation in fairy tales is when a person tries to return home from a distant land or the underworld riding a giant bird. The bird must be fed throughout the journey, but the meat runs out just before the end. The hero cuts some flesh off his own arm or leg instead (the bird usually manages to attach it back after landing).

Jul 7th 2015 at 7:18:05 PM

  • Team Human: After Principal Saunders' husband is turned into a mindless blood-sucking zombie, she imprisons him in a cave and feeds him with her own blood to keep him "alive"

Nov 7th 2015 at 3:23:42 PM

Does anyone think this should be an official trope yet?

Nov 7th 2015 at 5:57:11 PM

  • Guilty Gear: Slayer the vampire regularly feeds off the blood of his wife, Sharon. She's okay with it, because she's an immortal.

Nov 7th 2015 at 6:01:21 PM

There's also the case in the first Bl Ade film where Blade, out of his hunger-holding serum, is offered to drink the blood of his female companion at the time (forgot the name).

Nov 7th 2015 at 6:18:39 PM

  • In the first X Men movie Wolverine accidentally stabbed Rogue, so she had to "borrow" his healing power to save herself. This drained him enough to knock him unconscious.

Nov 8th 2015 at 11:44:40 AM

  • Happens in the live action version of Blood The Last Vampire. Sharon feeds Saya from her own blood so she could gain strength for the final fight.

Nov 8th 2015 at 12:39:23 PM

Anime

Nov 8th 2015 at 12:47:10 PM

In D Gray Man, Eliade allows vampire-like Exorcist Arystar Krory a taste of her Akuma blood to bring out his other side before fighting the heroes.

Nov 9th 2015 at 10:56:24 AM

FriendlyFoodsource is an a good name for it, short, sweet, and has AddedAlliteriveAppeal.

Nov 9th 2015 at 4:28:16 PM

Who's managing this?

Nov 10th 2015 at 2:53:33 AM

Audio

  • In the Big Finish Doctor Who audio plays:
    • The Eighth Doctor tames a vortisaur by letting it feed on his blood in Storm Warning
    • He also allows a vampire to feed on him in the audio Situation Vacant.

Literature

  • The Doctor (yes, him again, although this is prior to the Big Finish examples) lets vampire scientist Joanna Harris drink his blood in the Eighth Doctor Adventures novel Vampire Science.

Tabletop Game

Jan 7th 2017 at 4:41:23 AM

Jan 16th 2017 at 4:04:21 PM

While I'm not sure how much the "friendly" part would apply,The vampire Krul Tepes from the Seraph Of The End anime(and manga) series lets Mikaela Hyakuya (who she turned into a vampire) drink her blood as an alternative to drinking human blood. I'd have better info on it, but when I try to look up specifics on the Wikia it redirects me to a slot machine page.

Jan 17th 2017 at 1:42:35 AM

In Anita Blake, somebody who regularly allows a specific vampire to feed from them is known as a "pomme de sang" (French for "blood apple").

Jan 17th 2017 at 4:16:47 AM

  • In the LGBT Webcomic Grant, one way to satisfy the hunger of a werewolf without getting eaten is french kissing the said werewolf. The eponymous werewolf discovered it that way, with added copulation.

Jan 24th 2017 at 1:02:35 PM

Folder-coding works now... Replace A Cs with folders?

Grrl Power: There's a one that appears when the vampires appear. See Cut Lex Luthor A Check.

Jan 24th 2017 at 11:52:41 PM

^ Unless there are enough examples.

Jan 25th 2017 at 9:53:32 PM

  • In a The Simpsons episode Homer dreams of Adam and Eve. In that dream Adam (Homer) has a talking pig as his best friend, who offers Adam to eat parts of him. Since he is in Eden, he doesn't feel pain and it heals back very rapidly.

Apr 25th 2017 at 3:16:18 PM

Examples haven't been added.

Apr 25th 2017 at 7:02:34 PM

Comic Books

  • In New X Men, Wolverine at one point reminisces about how he survived a brutal winter out in the wilderness by eating off the flesh from his own arms. Good Thing You Can Heal, indeed.

Apr 26th 2017 at 8:24:46 AM

Added Daybreakers example

May 7th 2017 at 3:52:21 PM

added examples from comments as it hadn't been done since 2015

May 7th 2017 at 4:53:28 PM

  • In Vampire Knight, Yuuki offers to help Zero sate his bloodlust and avoid becoming a level E vampire, since he was a normal human who was bitten by a vampire years ago.

Nov 16th 2017 at 1:35:25 PM

  • In Arashi No Yoru Ni, Mei and Gabu are starving while stuck in a cave during the winter. Mei, being a goat, realizes he'll likely starve anyway and offers himself so that his friend, a wolf, can eat. Gabu refuses.

Nov 17th 2017 at 7:04:33 AM

I question the Angel example under the Live Action section. A master feeding from a slave doesn't seem like a voluntary symbiotic relationship. Even if the slave swears he doesn't mind, the inherent power imbalance between slave and master implies that the slave is not free to object or refuse.

Feb 16th 2018 at 12:54:00 PM

  • The Halloween Episode of The Freshman has Kaitlyn turn into a vampire. Her friends volunteer to be blood sucked, and also ask others to give Kaitlyn a drink or two.

Nov 17th 2017 at 8:31:07 AM

http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/chloe_offering_neck.jpg
Webcomic:

Nov 17th 2017 at 9:41:23 AM

Nov 29th 2017 at 2:12:03 AM

  • In the Yuri Genre manga Seifuku no Vampiress Lord, after Irie is turned into a vampire, the first person she reveals it to is her Childhood Friend Nana, who voluntarily offers her blood to her after watching her suffer through an intense blood withdrawal in the first couple days. Later on, Nana recognizes that she is not always around when the vampiric urge hits Irie and allows her to feed on other girls — on the condition that Nana remains effectively her main "donor". By that point, it is long past the point of ambiguity that the two of them are a couple (who greatly enjoy the fact that vampiric feeding gives both parties involved an intense sexual pleasure).

Nov 17th 2017 at 1:59:00 PM

  • In The Sims 3 vampire Sims can feed from Sims they are friends with, which gives the vampire a +15 moodlet for 8 hours. Though the interaction is started by the vampire, the non-vampire Sim involved always seems happy to oblige.

Nov 17th 2017 at 3:59:22 PM

Western Animation

  • The Ripping Friends: In this parody Superhero cartoon, after Slab (one of the eponymous superheroes) resolves a beef shortage due to cows being held hostage by the Ovulator, he is rewarded by one of the cows. The cow in question does this by literally cutting out a pound of her flesh for Slab to make a steak out of later.
  • Rick And Morty: A variation of this done in a very squicky manner (all played for very dark humor. You have been warned) in the Season 3 episode "The ABC's of Beth". Tommy, a grown man by the present, was stranded in Froopyland (a dimension Rick Sanchez created as a play area for his daughter) and only had a honey to subsist on initially. Eventually he mated with the indigenous creatures of Froopyland and would eat these Half Human Hybrid creatures as a source of meat. The hybrid creatures willingly gave Tommy their flesh and just born infants to eat.

Nov 17th 2017 at 5:16:27 PM

Has something like "Vampiric Donor" been suggested for a name yet?

Nov 29th 2017 at 1:47:47 AM

Nobody seems to be updating this anymore.

Nov 29th 2017 at 7:06:06 AM

Changed the name. Let me know what you think.

Nov 29th 2017 at 9:34:29 AM

Why? Because it's not Vampiric Donor or do you actually have a constructive reason behind your dislike?

Nov 29th 2017 at 10:23:45 AM

I feel the name is way too long, and 'relationship' implies romance. Personally, I do like Vampiric Donor.

Feb 15th 2018 at 11:02:23 AM

An additional Buffy example:

  • It's revealed in season five that there's an actual market for this kind of thing. Humans pay or otherwise volunteer to be non lethally sucked on by vampires. Buffy discovers this when she learns her current boyfriend Riley has been "donating".

Nov 29th 2017 at 12:14:57 PM

Current name is awful, and strongly implies that it's about someone who knowingly walks into an abusive romance. Vampiric Donor is more clear, more concise, and more witty.

Nov 29th 2017 at 6:36:46 PM

"Vampiric" Donor could imply the donor himself is of a vampiric nature. Vampire Donor is a legit term according to google, or perhaps Drink Me Up / Drink My Blood.

Nov 29th 2017 at 10:15:52 PM

I can accept that my suggestion is not sufficient for describing the trope, but I agree that Vampiric Donor sounds like it's specific to vampires and since vampires have long been popular in media, it might be too specific.

Nov 30th 2017 at 12:34:13 AM

The new name is not only unclear, it's long. So it fails to be both Clear and Concise. Something like Donor To The Vampire? Vampire is not necessarily a blood-sucker - I heard the terms "soul vampire" or "luck vampire".

Nov 30th 2017 at 8:05:12 AM

^ Fantastic Donor sounds better than both options, to me.

Nov 30th 2017 at 9:04:37 AM

^Fantastic Donor is misleading and can be interpreted as anything from a fabulously wealthy philanthropist, or someone who donates to an unusual charity.

If the trope is specifically about the "donor" volunteering to be fed on, the trope name needs to indicate it. Something like Volunteer Food Source, since it can apply to more than just vampires.

Nov 30th 2017 at 10:41:44 AM

Let's roll with Volunteer Food Source, that is the most clear from the suggestions so far.

Nov 30th 2017 at 11:47:30 AM

dont like current title, the old one was better

  • This is the premise of Korean webcomic Raising A Bat, as well as being a yaoi romance. Park Min Gyeom discovers that his loner classmate is a vampire and needs blood to live, and he volunteers to feed him, eventually sparking a romance.

Volunteer Food Source is fine with me

Nov 30th 2017 at 12:11:14 PM

I suggested Vampiric Donor before. Soul-sucking is too specific.

Nov 30th 2017 at 2:14:15 PM

The ideal title would confirm that:

  1. this trope is broader than vampirism
  2. this is about volunteering to feed and not donor by force
  3. the feeding is about emergency situations and not just any kind of freeloading on someone like with Prometheus and the vultures.

Nov 30th 2017 at 2:25:38 PM

Wait, wasn't this under a different title previously?

Nov 30th 2017 at 2:31:53 PM

^ It had several alternative names since it was created. Before the current name it was last called Friendly Food Source.

^^ I think Volunteer Food Source qualifies for at least the first two criteria.

Nov 30th 2017 at 4:09:57 PM

The current name for this is kinda too long and unwieldy.

Dec 1st 2017 at 10:34:08 AM

  • Used all over the place in Vampire Knight, where blood drinking is used as a metaphor for sex. As such, there's consensual blood drinking among tons of characters, including Yuuki and both of her love interests, and vampires with strong relationships won't want any blood but their loved one's. In one notable case, both Yuuki and Kaname donate to Zero because he'd go insane without drinking from a pureblood.

Dec 1st 2017 at 1:37:45 AM

^ Not sure if casual/ritual blood sharing with no emergency is covered by the trope. Can we get clarity on this point?

Dec 1st 2017 at 10:31:20 AM

^In this case, the series has both occur. I'll edit the entry to reflect that.

Jan 4th 2018 at 10:24:18 AM

Should we make a crowner for the title?

Jan 4th 2018 at 11:08:59 AM

I still think this could use a better name.

Jan 4th 2018 at 11:16:34 AM

^^ Crowner is a good idea.

Jan 4th 2018 at 11:19:04 AM

^ What suggestions could we have for the title?

Jan 4th 2018 at 1:43:27 PM

We need a name that's short, catchy, but exactly on point.

Jan 4th 2018 at 2:34:57 PM

^ Personally, I think that from the current suggestions, Volunteer Food Source is the closest to meet all those criteria, although I also like Voluntary Vampire Victim due to the alliteration (in which case the description should point out that "vampire" is used in a broad sense for all sort of beings that drain their victim, not just the classic blood-sucking undead). But that's what the Crowner is for, to vote for the best (least bad) name.

Jan 5th 2018 at 2:53:18 AM

The description lacks focus. Does Horror Hunger imply the blood donation can be casual/ritual or is this trope reserved for emergencies?

Jan 7th 2018 at 6:19:03 PM

^^ From my understanding, Horror Hunger is simply the wanting of human flesh/blood. This proposed trope is someone volunteering to be a victim, so the person doesn't go and kill some people to eat. I don't think it's just for emergencies, though it certainly includes those. For example, if a vampire simply needs blood everyday, they could have a rotating schedule of willing people to snack on.

Jan 8th 2018 at 1:04:56 AM

^ So there should be the implication that if it wasn't for the volunteer somebody would have to suffer, right?

Jan 8th 2018 at 7:17:45 AM

Perhaps an inversion

  • Naruto: Karin has an unique healing technique where the wounded person can bite her flesh a bit and absorb her Chakra into themselves to heal their body. She has done this to multiple different people, though on-screen she only did it to Sasuke.

Jan 8th 2018 at 4:08:30 PM

Podcasts

  • In Metamor City Leansidhe are elder fae that offer inspiration and talent to artists in exchange for draining their blood and life force. In "Whispers in the Wood" a Leansidhe has bound herself to a musician with terminal cancer, and focuses the life draining on his tumors, similar to how death-aspected mana is used to treat cancer in-universe.

Jan 8th 2018 at 10:13:07 PM

  • In Vampire The Requiem, the "Herd" Merit grants a pool of willing victims that a vampire can automatically get blood from, which can represent anything from random people who've become addicted to the Kiss Of The Vampire to a Cult founded in the vampire's name.

Jan 9th 2018 at 8:59:35 AM

It is of my opinion that this is ready for launch. If I get the go ahead I'll do it.

Jan 9th 2018 at 10:01:24 AM

No, we are still yet to be decided on the name.

Jan 9th 2018 at 10:22:00 AM

Please don't launch before we finalize the name. Voluntary Vampire Victim seems to be the most well-liked, but we didn't do a Crowner yet.

Jan 22nd 2018 at 12:05:25 AM

When do we start voting on the name?

Jan 22nd 2018 at 1:17:59 AM

When there's a crowner.

Jan 22nd 2018 at 1:36:33 AM

^ Who will create a Crowner? If we just keep waiting for each other without taking initiative, this will last for eternity.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 1:16:36 AM

I don't like Volunteered for A Soul Sucking Relationship because it restricts the trope to sucking souls, thus not including sucking blood, Life Energy, etc.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 11:39:31 AM

^ Not to mention it's overly and unnecessarily long.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 7:06:28 PM

This is neither Trope Repair Shop or Image Pickin. It looks like Voluntary Vampire Victim is the most popular name here.

Jan 23rd 2018 at 8:33:08 PM

All the name suggestions seem a bit broad, and easy to confuse with what I might call the Kinky Vampire Victim, who voluntarily gives blood to vampires because it's awesome/hardcore/metal/goth, and it's the only way to get to hang out with real vampires. (Usually a minor character with a low life expectancy, but not always.)

At least, the current description doesn't really seem to cover that variant...

Jan 23rd 2018 at 11:56:55 PM

I think the current title (Voluntary Vampire Victim) is fine now.

Jan 24th 2018 at 3:05:09 AM

I'm fine with Voluntary Vampire Victim, but there are two things:

  • It would be good to add to the description that despite the "vampire" in the title, it can refer to not just bloodsuckers but also beings that hunger for more abstract forms of life energy.
  • Apparently, Wiki Words in Laconic are not okay, so in the final version, replace Horror Hunger with "horror hunger".

Jan 24th 2018 at 6:36:25 AM

In both Vampire The Masquerade and Vampire The Requiem (essentially the same game but have slightly different settings and rules), there are people called "blood dolls" who are voluntary food for the vampires to feed on. They get quite a bit of pleasure out of it. It's also possible for a vampire to have a Herd, a group of people they regularly feed off of, although they might be less voluntary.

Jan 24th 2018 at 6:39:21 AM

I like the new title. Old one was rough.

Jan 24th 2018 at 9:33:05 AM

Voluntary Vampire Victim sounds good.

Jan 24th 2018 at 12:21:10 PM

^^^^ This is exactly what I was talking about. The example here doesn't match the description, but does match the name. Either we should broaden the description (which might be a fine choice) or narrow the name.

eta: That was, in fact, the exact example I'd come here to give, until I noticed that it didn't really fit the description.... :)

Jan 25th 2018 at 11:24:59 AM

TV:

  • In Community episode "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps", a subplot involves Britta being Vampire Jeff's casual blood donor. He keeps her in a closet for when his Horror Hunger comes. She looks all pale and covered in bite wounds. But she claims she is fine with that treatment.

Jan 30th 2018 at 8:13:53 AM

  • Combined with Heroic Sacrifice, in Shaun Of The Dead, Shaun offers himself to the zombie horde, shouting "ALL YOU CAN EAT BUFFET RIGHT HERE!", to distract the zombies so his friends can sucessfuly shelter themselves in the Winchester Pub. Unlike most examples of this trope, Shaun survives.

Jan 31st 2018 at 5:58:20 AM

Anime and Manga:

  • After being infected with the eponymous virus in Pupa, Yume starts hungering for human flesh. Her brother Utsutsu, who has a Healing Factor thanks to the same virus, acts as her food source.

Jan 31st 2018 at 7:14:29 AM

There's a few Rolling Updates that are long overdue first.

Feb 15th 2018 at 10:00:43 AM

(^ a lot) Xtifr had a point about the name, that it can attracts examples that don't fit the description. But since it's a good name, why not edit the description: would it be a good idea to expand this trope to 'people who willingly let vampires/creatures with Horror Hunger/etc. feed on them as opposed to being attacked?' It's less specific but could gather more examples.

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