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"And if you really want to get rid of me, you have to close your windows carefully."
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Vampire Loves is a witty, philosophical French set of graphic novels by Joann Sfar translated to English. In it stars Ferdinand, the mellow, traditionalist vampire who hasn't had a lot of luck in love. He meets a number of other creatures on his adventures- mandrakes, a witch in training, ghosts, even a golem. Just regular folks dealing with relationship troubles of their own, of course. The books started in 2002 and there are four total.


  • Blind Without 'Em: Asparine needs glasses, but thinks they make her look dorky, so she prefers to go with bad eyesight.
  • Classical Movie Vampire: Mostly played straight with Ferdinand. See Our Vampires Are Different below.
  • Cool Old Lady: Ferdinand's friend/mother figure, the easygoing Granny, who is happy to cook soup for him and his friend, or cast a love spell on whoever he has a crush on, just so he'll be happy.
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  • Dark Is Not Evil: Most of the monsters are decent people, just quirky and sometimes make mistakes.
  • Hero of Another Story: Professor Bell, appearing in "Lonely Hearts Crossing".
  • Hot Witch: Ritaline the vampire is studying to be a witch and is quite pretty.
    • Hot for Teacher: Ferdinand is attracted to her and she gives lessons to pay for her own schooling.
  • Kind Hearted Cat Lover: Ferdy is a pretty nice guy, and loves his Siamese cat, Imhotep.
  • One Steve Limit: Averted. Ferdinand has a cat named Imhotep. In "Lonely Hearts Crossing", Ferdinand has a run in with Imhotep III, a sinister mummy who in conversation mentions his son, Imhotep IV.
  • On the Rebound: Both Ferdinand's and his ex-girlfriend Lani's arcs.
  • Our Monsters Are Weird: The whole concept, basically. They're strange or even scary beings, monsters, and creatures who act like flawed human beings.
    • Our Vampires Are Different: Played straight with Asparine and Ritaline. The former is a modern free spirit who likes goth music, sleeps in a real bed rather than a coffin, and needs glasses to see, while the latter is a tutor trying to get a PhD in sorcery. Averted, mostly, with Ferdinand himself; he does look the part, sleeps in a coffin, and lives in a creepy old castle, but he also likes songs by dead folk singers, cookies, and doesn't want to actually kill his victims.
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  • Plant Person: Lani, who appears to be a mandragora (mandrake) or some other tree spirit. There's also the Tree-Man, who... seems to be a tree man.
  • Punny Name: Downplayed a little with Aspirine and her sister Ritaline, the former pointing out that their names sound "medicinal".
  • Significant Green-Eyed Redhead: Ritaline, Asparine's more magical older sister.
  • Triang Relations: Aspirine is attracted to Ferdinand, but he's more interested in her sister Ritaline. Meanwhile, Ferdinand and Lani still have feelings for each other, though both have trysts with other people, with varying degrees of success.
  • The Glorious War of Sisterly Rivalry: Downplayed with Asparine and Ritaline. They don't fight much, but Asparine does find her big sister aggravating at times.
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