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Phoenix Wright: Objection! Vampires cannot survive in sunlight!
Demitri Maximoff: Hold it! My aura protects me.
Morrigan Aensland: Well, Mr. Wright? Care to try again?

Nowadays, when vampires are exposed to direct sunlight, they usually suffer great pain and diminishment of power, turn to dust, or go up in flames.

This trope is the opposite case: vampires are able to freely walk around in sunlight. Either nothing at all happens, or they experience mild discomfort. Sometimes they are stronger during the night, with daylight taking away some of their powers, but otherwise they are fine.

This was in fact the standard in traditional Vampire lore and early Vampire fiction. Lord Ruthven, Varney the Vampire, Carmilla and Dracula could all prance around in broad daylight, and while some of these might be accustomed to sleeping during the day, daylight in itself was no danger to them. The trope that daylight is lethal to vampires came into being only with movies, specifically with 1922's loose Dracula adaptation Nosferatu.

Sometimes a series may give a nod to this, or invent a "rational" explanation why some vampires can tolerate daylight and others can't. It can be as simple as the fact that the vampire is just so old or so powerful (or even both) that such weaknesses doesn't hurt them anymore. A common variation is to only have vampire/human cross-breeds be immune to sunlight (often among other vampire weaknesses). If Vampire Variety Pack is in effect, some vampires may be burned or weakened by sunlight while others are just fine.


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  • A commercial for Kellogg's Nutrigrain fruit crunch bar features a family of vampires called the Mortons, who weren't "morning people" until they tried the Nutrigrain bars, who now love mornings, as we see when the patriarch of the family takes their pet bat out for a fly around the neighborhood.
  • Count Chocula is seen in various commercials in the sunlight, with no effect to him, although it's hinted that he's naturally nocturnal still. One commercial even shows he has a sundeck on one of the spires of his castle.
  • A commercial for Ray-Ban sunglasses has a group of vampires watching a sunrise. One vampire who forgot his Cool Shades turns to ash; the rest are unaffected.
  • A commercial for Spectrum Communications featuring their monster characters has the vampire husband and the werewolf couple at a Little League baseball game in the daytime. The werewolf wife asks the vampire if he should be out in the sun. He explains it away by pointing out his hat. (In a related note, it's not explained how the werewolves are still in wolf form in the daytime.)

    Anime & Manga 
  • In Black Blood Brothers, Kotaru is able to walk around in sunlight with no ill effects at all, while his brother Jiro smoulders if he doesn't have an umbrella and sunglasses.
  • Aside from the unstable Schiff none of the Chiropterans in Blood+ were affected by sunlight.
  • In Demon Slayer: Kimetsu no Yaiba Muzan Kibutsuji, the leader and progenitor of all demons(which, like vampires, disintegrate upon contact with sunlight), seeks to "conquer the sun" and overcome his weakness, so he seeks a flower that will supposedly enable him to do this. Late in the series, Tanjiro's sister Nezuko, who'd been turned into a demon becomes able to survive in the sun, as does Tanjiro himself when he is briefly turned into a demon in the climax.
  • Vampires in Gantz can overcome lethal UV light for a limited time using a special medicine. It's only used in special circumstances because of the exorbitant cost of the drug.
  • In Hellsing, it's implied that normal vampires do burn in sunlight. Alucard doesn't because he's so obscenely powerful that the sun simply can't hurt him, at least not to any appreciable degree. He experiences a minor tingling sensation. Oddly, Alucard's young servant Seras is shown out at day once too, even though she needs to be confined to a coffin to travel overseas.
  • Kars of the Pillar Men from JoJo's Bizarre Adventure created the Stone Masks hoping he could use them to overcome his race's vulnerability to sunlight, with Complete Immortality as a bonus. In his own words, he wants to "tame the sun".
  • Happiness Makoto and others can walk around during the day.
  • The title character of Karin is able to go out in sunlight with no problems. Granted, she's a bit of an anomaly among vampires in the first place.
  • In My Monster Secret, sunlight isn't fatal to vampires at all; they just get suntans/burns very quickly (and it goes away after a good sleep). Female lead Youko Shiragami, who's only a half-blooded vampire, was forced her to go to school early and leave late just to avoid exposing her secret...until a friend asked if she'd ever thought of using suntan lotion, which she hadn't. Her vampire father Genjirou does the same, also using sunscreen and occasionally parasols.
  • Negima!:
    • Negima! Magister Negi Magi: Evangeline A.K. McDowell used to have an actual weakness to sunlight (that apparently didn't amount to outright destruction), but eventually overcame it as she grew in power. She even has "High Daylight Walker" as one of her many titles and epithets.
    • UQ Holder!: Touta, Evangeline's adopted son and sire, is also shown to have no problem going out in sunlight from the moment he's turned.
  • In Phantom Quest Corp., Bosco is the only known vampire who's capable of walking around in broad daylight and even runs a teashop during normal business hours. A flashback reveals that it's because he repeatedly exposed himself to high-powered UV lamps to gradually build resistance to sunlight, until he finally became immune to it. Though he still wears shades when outdoors, and switches to a tinted pair of pince-nez while indoors.
  • Rosario + Vampire: Moka Akashiya is frequently shown walking around in the sun to no ill effect. Word of God initially Hand Waves this by claiming that Moka simply protects herself from the sun by wearing long-sleeved clothes, but then again, Moka is also shown on more than one occasion frolicking at the beach in a bikini in broad daylight.
  • Parodied in Space Adventure Cobra when we see a Count Dracula's vampire descendant doing an UV tanning in his coffin. And he is Catholic to boot.
  • Tsukuyomi: Moon Phase has Hazuki, and the ability is basically the cause for an entire arc.
  • Being a half-vampire, Vampire Hunter D is able to walk around in the daylight. In the second film, it's shown that he can develop a potentially lethal heatstroke if he physically exerts himself too much during the day, though. Normal vampires simply catch on fire when exposed to the sun, but don't immediately die, and can heal back up if they get under cover again.


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  • American Vampire is about a new species of vampire that can Daywalk, and lacks the vulnerabilities of traditional vamps. Other vampire species are immune to sunlight as well.
  • By way of being a Dhampyr, Blade is not affected by sunlight. It is for this reason that his vampiric foes know him as "The Daywalker".
  • Drain: As they got older and powerful, vampires gain an immunity with sunlight. Which proves useful to our vampire protagonist Chinatsu since she can relax during the day not expect any attacks from younger vampires who are still weak to sunlight.
  • Raptors: The vampires who have become more like humans have acclimated themselves to sunlight over the centuries, so it no longer harms them.
  • Vampirella: As a direct descendant of Lilith, Vampirella herself will often walk around in the daylight whereas most other vampires burn up on direct exposure to sunlight. This is such a non-issue for her that at least one story showed her lounging at a beach. Dracula, the progenitor of all evil vampires, has exhibited this trait as well.

    Fan Works 
  • In Adapting to Night vampires lose some of their power during the day but are largely fine so long as their eyes are shielded from the sunlight, which is why Vinyl Scratch always wears sunglasses. If their eyes are exposed they start bleeding almost immediately and can die if they don't act quickly.
  • While Izuku in Blood for the Blood God does posses an aversion to sunlight and can burn him if he stays exposed for it for too long, years of honing his quirk has allowed him to consciously use his Healing Factor to heal from any degradation, allowing him to walk about in the day time unharmed for limited periods of time. He even calls this aspect of his quirk "[Day walker]".
  • In Queen of Blood (SirWill), Taylor can survive sunlight thanks to inheriting the mantle of the Lord of Darkness, though she still finds sunlight uncomfortable and can still be injured by powerful light-based effects. Alucard has gradually built up a resistance to sunlight via increasing exposure, though he can only withstand a couple hours at a time. Sunlight remains very lethal to new-fledged vampires — when Meridia begins trying to acclimate herself to sunlight using Alucard's method, her arm chars down to the bone within moments.

    Films — Animation 
  • Dracula's daughter Sibella in Scooby-Doo and the Ghoul School is seemingly unharmed by sunlight (but still weak to garlic), which leads some to theorize she may be a dhampyr.
  • In Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf, when Dracula wakes the heroes up in the morning, Shaggy comments that he thought Dracula was supposed to stay out of the sun. Dracula then reveals that he has very strong sunblock.
  • Vampire Hunter D (1985). D is a dhampir (half vampire, half human) who can move around in sunlight without being harmed (as he does at the end of the movie). In the sequel, Bloodlust, he suffers from his literary counterparts sunstroke affliction, which he has to bury himself in the shade to recover from.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In the Blade Trilogy, Daywalkers (Half-Vampires) are not affected by direct sunlight, but regular vampires are. They can only walk around during the day using sunblocking skin cream or completely covering their bodies. The original vampire, Drake, can also walk around during the day with no problem, amongst his other unique powers. The Reapers in the second film are the unintentional side effect of the attempt by vampires of creating more Daywalkers. However, while it succeeded in eliminating all their other weaknesses, sunlight is actually even more deadly to them, causing them to explode fairly spectacularly in moments.
  • Blood of the Tribades: None of the vampires are harmed by sunlight, walking around all the time in daytime. Most of the film is set during the day actually.
  • Dracula in Bram Stoker's Dracula is specifically noted to be able to do this by Van Helsing, also implying other vampires can't.
    Van Helsing: Contrary to popular belief, the vampire can walk about in the day, although it is not his natural time and his powers are weak.
  • All the vampires shown in Byzantium have no aversion to sunlight. Most of their activities take place at night, but this appears to be from a desire to stay undetected, not to mention Clara's "occupation".
  • In Curse of the Undead, Drake Robey has no problem walking around in broad daylight, although bright sunlight does bother his eyes.
  • Dr. Terror's House of Horrors: In the "Vampire" segment, vampires can move freely about during the day, and appear no different to ordinary humans.
  • Double Subverted in Dracula Untold. Vlad III Dracula can walk about during daylight, but only during an overcast day and not in direct sunlight, which hurts his skin.
  • In the cheap Italian film Fangs Of The Undead starring Anita Ekberg, vampires can walk around in the daylight, though this is only revealed at the end (since the film largely takes place at night.)
  • Fright Night 2: New Blood: Gerri/Bathory's goal is to become invulnerable to sunlight by completing a Blood Magic ritual that requires a Virgin Sacrifice.
  • Martin is about a vampire (maybe) who doesn't seem at all concerned about daylight, and in fact defies most vampire tropes.
  • In My Best Friend is a Vampire, elder vampire Modoc explains to newly-turned Jeremy that "living" vampires can go out in the daytime while "undead" ones can't. (None of the latter type appear in the movie.)
  • The eponymous villain in Queen of the Damned. Akasha, if she feeds on enough people, can walk around in the sunlight as much as she wants without being harmed, allowing her to live in the open as a true Queen. By letting Lestat drink her blood she passes this ability on to him. This is different from the novel, though, as even Akasha is slightly burned by direct sunlight. On the other hand, damage to Akasha is spread to all other vampires, so the last time someone tried to set her out in the sun, all young vampires in the world burst into flame, and older vampires got nasty burns.
  • Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat: Heavy sunblock and wide-brimmed hats let the vampire Monster Town citizens walk around in broad daylight, albeit not without some discomfort.
  • Underworld (2003) film series:
    • Selene becomes immune to sunlight at the end of Underworld: Evolution after ingesting the blood of the first immortal Alexander Corvinus. It's implied that Marcus is probably immune to UV rays as well after becoming a vampire/Lycan hybrid, but he still hides during the day, likely a defense mechanism borne of centuries of being a vampire.
    • Near the end of Underworld: Awakening, David becomes one after being revived with Selene's blood.
    • In Underworld: Blood Wars, both Semira and Lena become daywalkers after drinking Selene's blood.
  • Yakuza Apocalypse: All of the vampires in the movie are of the day walking variety, as they're able to move about the neighbourhood in the daytime with no ill effects.

  • While most Eastern European vampires are paralyzed by sunlight, the Romanian Strigoi was resistant enough to the sun to start families while masquerading as a human
  • Other mythical examples include:
    • The Russian Upyr, who only attacked from noon to midnight.
    • The Greek Kathakano, which was thought to be strongest at noon in the Greek islands.
  • A downplayed version is found in the Philippines, the American South and the Caribbean, where vampires adopt their monstrous form at night and return to human form by day.

  • In Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, sunlight burns the skin of young vampires, but after a few years they become immune. Their eyes, however, never become immune no matter how long they live, so they have to wear sunglasses in daytime.
  • In the Buffy the Vampire Slayer novel Ghoul Trouble, Solitaire (who is part of the Big Bad Duumvirate in Ghoul Trouble) is infamous for being the only vampire who can walk around in sunlight, and no one knows how he does it, with many people dismissing his existence as a myth. The secret is that Solitaire is really a shape-shifting demon who only pretends to be a vampire to mislead his enemies.
  • In Carmilla, the title character often sleeps until after noon and while a bit lethargic during the day, can go out in the sun without difficulty. Naturally, she is far more active at night.
  • Cruel Illusions: Vampires normally are weak to sunlight and will turn to dust when in contact with it. That said, a vampire that consumes the blood of a magician gains the ability to use magic itself for a few days and, more importantly, be able to move and walk in sunlight.
  • In Danilov Quintet, Zmyeevich, an elder vampire, can walk around in the daytime. It weakens him and makes him look elderly. It enables him to manipulate humans "in the know" because they "know" anyone they talk to at noon can't possibly be a vampire.
  • Vampires in A Discovery of Witches move about freely in the day.
  • Discworld:
    • Carpe Jugulum, where the vampires have gotten rid of their sunlight problems with the power of positive thinking.
    • Black Ribboners, along with weakening powers, display some resistance to light. Some wear heavy clothing and wide-brimmed hats, others can withstand the sun unless exposed to extreme concentration of light.
  • Downplayed in the Dr. Greta Helsing novels. Bright sunlight or intense UV light sources will give vampires sun poisoning, but with reasonable precautions (such as wide-brimmed hats, or simply being in London in winter) they can go outside during the day without problems.
  • 19th century vampires were not hurt by sunlight. It is implied that they are stronger during the night, however. Dracula, for example, was not harmed by sunlight, but lost his powers such as Super-Strength and shapeshifting between sunrise and sunset (except at high noon), and usually can't move.
  • The Dresden Files is subject to Our Vampires Are Different, even within itself with the different courts, with the standard strengths and weaknesses spread among them differently and each court having the stronger members more resistant to the usual weaknesses (The White Court, for example, are Emotion Eaters, with the Raith family, who are incubi and succubi, having true love as their Kryptonite Factor). All three of them have completely different reactions to sunlight:
    • Red Court vampires suffer the usual "burnt by sunlight" type, but can wear a fleshmask to protect themselves against it (and pass for human). The most powerful and oldest among them can actually stand in sunlight.
    • White Court vampires are completely unaffected by sunlight.
    • The Black Court, being based on the original Dracula novel (or rather, Dracula was based on them), follow the same principle; they tend to become weakened and lethargic during daytime, but sunlight won't kill them, and the strongest among them treat it as a mere inconvenience at best.
  • In Evernight, sunlight only kills vampires if they haven’t fed for a while; other than that, it doesn’t really seem to bother them.
  • Played with in George R. R. Martin's Fevre Dream, where Joshua shows up on deck to have dinner in broad daylight to assuage the crew's fears that he's a vampire. The next time the protagonist sees him, he's horribly burned...
  • After learning that Lady Angelica is a vampire, in Girls Kingdom, Misaki often spots her wandering around in the daylight and wonders why it doesn't bother her in the least. It might be because Lady Angelica is only one-quarter vampire, though.
  • The vampire ninjas in Is This A Zombie? are completely unaffected by the sun. Zombies, on the other hand, not so much.
  • In the Lee Nez novels, Lee isn't technically a full vampire, thanks to the work of a Navajo medicine man. He can handle the light with ease if he wears sunblock and sunglasses, and it's not a death sentence if those are compromised. He's an isolated case, however; the second and third books use the fact that vampires and vampire tissue combust when exposed to UV light as a plot point.
  • Young vampires in Market of Monsters are stronger than older vampires. This includes being unharmed by sunlight, which is more harmful the older the vampire is.
  • In The Mortal Instruments, vampires also burn in daylight. They are even safe just behind walls in front of sunlight, clothes do not bring anything. However, Simon develops this ability after he drinks Jace's blood because Valentine Morgenstern experimented on the latter using angel's blood. Later it turns out that there were also vampires before Simon, who could walk around in the sunlight. How these emerged, however, is unknown.
  • Vampires in the Mercy Thompson books generally burn in sunlight (though older, more powerful vampires are often able to move around during the day instead of dying until sundown). However, a couple rare exceptions have acquired the ability to survive sunlight by feeding on powerful magical creatures: James Blackwood feeds on an oakman (a forest fae that lives on sunlight), and Thomas Hao feeds on Margaret Flanagan, an exceptionally powerful fae in her own right.
  • Ann Hodgman's My Babysitter Is a Vampire (1991) series: Downplayed. Some vampires, like those of Vincent's bloodline, can survive indirect sunlight - for instance, he survived the sun rising in book 1 by ducking underwater. Direct sunlight was still sufficient to destroy his body in book 2, though due to his inherited powers, it wasn't permanent.
  • Vampires in Night Watch (Series) are unaffected by sunlight. Same applies to garlic, religious symbols, and silver, but don't you dare offer them a shot of vodka, which has the same effect as holy water to vampires of lore. Yes, Russian vampires can't hold their liquor.
  • Night World: Although direct sunlight weakens a vampire's powers, especially if they haven't fed in some time, it won't be automatically fatal and they can usually walk about during daylight with few problems; James Rasmussen lived amongst humans and attended public school in California for seventeen years and no one noticed anything different about him.
  • The vampires in Old Scores are able to move about in sunlight, though it weakens and disorients them. Dawn's light, however, is fatal.
  • In The Pardoner's Tale, Alex the Vampire has no problem being out in the sunlight. He does claim sensitivity to it as a way to get into Nick's house.
  • The assassin Elsa from Re:Zero can move in daylight without harming her. In the fight with Garfiel, he calls her a vampire, and she actually bites him in the neck shortly afterwards.
  • Downplayed in The Saga of Darren Shan. Vampires can survive in the daylight for a few hours, but sunburn / sunstroke sets in quickly and prolonged exposure is fatal. Half-blood vampires are completely safe as a trade-off for not yet having their full strength and speed.
  • In Sherlock Holmes: Classified Dossier by Christian Klaver, newly-turned vampires are able to go out during the day but direct sunlight will be uncomfortable, and they become increasingly more vulnerable to it as time goes on. Holmes speculates that this is because they essentially become more vulnerable as their bodies become older and it requires more effort to stave off the death that has eluded them.
  • Vampires may not appear as much more than a footnote in The Silmarillion, but given the nature of the only two individuals that are seen, Sauron himself and his herald Thuringwethil (meaning Woman of Shadow) the implication is that they are demonic beings too powerful and too independent of their master's corruption to falter at either sun or moonlight.
  • The exceptionally rare Jinrou of Shiki are able to move around during the day without problems.
  • Played with in Straight Outta Fangton and the greater The United States of Monsters by C.T. Phipps. Youngbloods a.k.a. any vampire less than a century old are vulnerable to sunlight and die after exposure. Old Ones are immune to sunlight but become incredibly lethargic and most spend their days reading or other non-intensive tasks (watching television, playing video games, and listening to music). They can do things if they must but are at their weakest. Ancient Ones, by contrast, suffer no ill effects and have full access to their powers day or night.
  • Sunshine: This trope is known in-universe to be flat-out impossible, yet Rae intuitively uses her innate sun-based magic to protect Con the vampire while she's touching him. Exploited when Con is cleared of suspicion by standing in sunlight without harm.
  • That Time I Got Reincarnated as a Slime: Any vampire of sufficient age and/or power will eventually reach the point that the originally fatal rays of the sun will lessen in effect until they can walk around in it all day without even any protective covering. These vampires are known as "overcomers".
  • In the The Tome of Bill series, Freewill vampires in particular all have unique abilities aside from the standard ones. Vehron's was the ability to walk in the sun for up to an hour.
  • In The Twilight Saga, the vampires sparkle... They only avoid sunlight to avoid exposing their identities.
  • Moroi vampires in Vampire Academy can go about in the sunlight, although it does weaken them. The Strigoi vampires, on the other hand, die in sunlight.
  • The Vampire Chronicles: Downplayed — the oldest and most powerful vampires can withstand sunlight, but it's not much use because they fall unconscious during daytime. The 6000-year-old vampires Khayman and Maharet simply aren't burned by the sun anymore; after drinking the blood of the first vampire, Lestat has the strength to survive a full day in the Gobi Desert with only a very painful tan.
  • Stefan and Damon Salvatore of The Vampire Diaries can walk around freely in the daytime, but this is due to the fact that they both wear Lapus Lazuli rings, which negate the effects of sunlight on them. Vampires without such rings can't do this.
  • In the Vampire Hunter D novels the effect that sunlight has on vampires is explained as some sort of magic tied to the planet Earth, rather than an innate effect of the light. A vampire who travels to the orbit or beyond can bathe in the sunlight in the vacuum of space without any kind of ill effect, while on Earth they would be rendered comatose even deep underground and would burst to flame by the slightest touch of sun's rays.
  • In Vampiros do Rio Douro, Sétimo is a vampire gifted by the Devil with complete immunity to sunlight in contrast to his brothers. The downside is that he was enslaved by him for a long time, but hey, at least he got to become the strongest and most dreaded among his brethren.
  • Some vampires of the classic literature, like Lord Ruthven in The Vampyre, inverted the modern perception of the effects that daytime would have on vampires; rather than being harmed or weakened by the sun, they instead become more powerful in moonlight.
  • In We Walk the Night all vampires are burned by sunlight, but the severity of the burn is tied to age. A young vampire may get some light sunburn at best, while an old vampire might suffer third-degree burns when exposed to the sun.
  • In The Witcher saga, there're higher vampires, who don't have to drink blood, but like it, and seven different species of lesser vampires (read: bloodsucking monsters). Higher vampires are less powerful during the day, but otherwise perfectly fine being in the sun. Also, at least one species of lesser vampires—the bruxa—seems to remain just as dangerous in the sunlight.

    Live-Action TV 
  • In Beetleborgs, Count Fangula doesn't go outside often, but when he does, short-term exposure to sunlight doesn't seem to do him any harm. He usually wears sunglasses, though.
  • In Being Human, vampires don't generally show any weaknesses to sunlight, though Mitchell does wear sunglasses. This could be attributed to the Rule of Cool, though.
    • It is explained that one of the reasons they live in Bristol is because it is so often cold and overcast, so there is not much direct sunlight, indicating that while vampires aren't hurt by the sun, it's still not very comfortable.
    • In the U.S. version Aiden explains that vampires used to be nocturnal, but are now "photosensitive." While the more traditional vampires sleep during the day, the younger ones merely prefer to be out of direct sunlight.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
      • The Gem of Amarra protects the user vampire from vampire weaknesses, including sunlight.
      • Later in the comics, a new breed of vampires are created as a result of magic vanishing and then returning. New vampires who were sired after this happened are much more powerful than the old breed, and one of their abilities is to walk around in the sunlight, because the new magic has been influenced by the collective unconscious, which has been influenced by popular culture. Later, when the various forces are agreeing on the new rules of magic using a Reality Warper book, the Slayers and new vampires compromise (at Harmony's suggestion) that the new vampires will be able to walk in the daylight but won't be able to use their superhuman powers during that time, ala the Dracula novel.
    • Angel:
      • The Fang Gang visited a couple of alternate dimensions where the sun didn't hurt Angel; enough so that it's fair to infer that it's specifically Earth's sun that damages vampires. There was a downside to this in Pylea, however - it made Angel's human and demon sides almost totally distinct. Using his Game Face turned him into a barely-controllable monster.
        Angel: Why am I not on fire? I'm not on fire! Can everybody just notice how much fire I'm not on?
      • "Heartthrob" reveals that a vampire who has his heart cut out becomes completely invulnerable to everything, including sunlight. The catch? It only lasts a few hours, after which the vampire dusts instantly, making it only useful for a vampire who's determined to go on a kamikaze mission.
  • A Discovery of Witches: All vampires in this universe appear to be unaffected by sunlight.
  • Invoked in Dracula (2013) when Dracula and Van Helsing engineer a serum that allows him to walk in daylight for short times. The impossibility of daywalking vampires is so well established that his stunt temporarily convinces the Ancient Conspiracy hunting him that he's not really Dracula.
  • In First Kill, Legacy Vampires are the Blue Blood of the vampire world, are directly descended from Lilith. They are immune to sunlight and other vampire weaknesses, including staking, but can be harmed by silver.
  • Hero Corp: The heroes fight a group of Daywalkers at the end of season 2. When called out on the fact that they're vampires and yet out in broad daylight, they are rather upset to be held to such a cliché.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022): Vampires who are several centuries old develop immunity to sunlight, with Armand being the prime example.
  • Kindred: The Embraced: Vampires can stand sunlight if they've fed recently, apparently to give the show an occasional daylight scene.
  • Lost Tapes has an episode focusing on a strigoi loose in a remote desert outpost. The vampire in question is not remotely inconvenienced by the sun, even retaining its shapeshifting ability in broad daylight.
  • In Moonlight vamps don't particularly like being out in the sun and they're very sensitive to it, but it doesn't make them burn up. However, they can suffer severe sunstroke if exposed for too long. Most walk around in hats, sunglasses, and longcoats. They also try to stick to shadows.
  • The Munsters: Neither Grandpa nor Lily seem to suffer any kind of pain or discomfort walking around in daylight. In the Darker and Edgier reimagining Mockingbird Lane, Grandpa (Dracula) is able to walk around in the day time (but he does carry a small parasol with him).
  • In Power Rangers Mystic Force, normal vampires will turn to ash upon exposure to the sun, but the queen of vampires, aka recurring villain Necrolai, has none of the usual vampire weaknesses (which would get in the way of battling Rangers, which takes place during the day most of the time.) This goes for vampires she directly sires, such as Vida, the Pink Ranger, in one episode.
  • Scholar Who Walks the Night: Sung Yeol can walk around during the day just fine, only experiencing discomfort/burning when sunlight touches his skin directly.
  • In Supernatural, sunlight is not deadly to vampires, but it causes a nasty sunburn, thus they usually sleep during the day and hunt at night.
  • In True Blood, sunlight is usually very dangerous to vampires, but it turns out they can resist the sunlight temporarily if they are pumped with fairy blood. The more traditional caveat that older, more powerful vampires can withstand the sun better is inverted—the older a vampire is, the more quickly he burns up. Bill, a vampire since the Civil War, can survive for several minutes in the sun, while Godrick, who was around for more than 2,000 years, turns to ash almost instantly.
    • There's exactly one vampire fully immune to the effects of the sun, because before turning he's been not a human, but a faerie.
  • The Twilight Zone (1985): In "Monsters!", the vampire Emile Francis Benedictson can spend as much time in the sunlight as any human. He tells Toby Michaels that, contrary to how they are depicted in monster movies, vampires are immune to the effects of The Sun.
  • Sunlight ordinarily kills vampires in The Vampire Diaries, but almost all of the main vampires (Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Katherine, Elena, etc) have enchanted special rings or jewelry with a lapis lazuli stone that, when worn, allows them to have no issues in the sunlight. The Originals (the first vampires) as well as Hybrids (half vampire, half werewolf crossbreeds) also have no vulnerability to sunlight.
  • Van Helsing (2016):
    • Midway through Season 2, it's revealed that one of the experiments that Harrison carried out on his captive vampires resulted in a breed that are immune to sunlight (aptly dubbed "Daywalkers"). During Vanessa's attempt to escape his lab, they're freed and start proliferating, not only turning the humans they feed on but also managing to pass the trait on to regular vampires via bites. They quickly become the dominant threat in Season 3, and by Season 4 it appears that the majority of vampires have now become Daywalkers.
    • Even without ever being exposed to this particular strain of vampirism, the most powerful vampires — the Elders, the Brides, and the Dark One — are shown to be capable of walking in daylight without any ill effects.
  • Wednesday: The series is set at Nevermore Academy, an All-Ghouls School, where vampires are among the students taught. The vampires in question anre able to function in daylight without difficulty, beyond the need for sunglasses.
  • What We Do in the Shadows (2019):
    • Colin Robinson is an energy vampire who feeds on life energy, rather than blood, by boring his victims senseless. He smugly refers to himself as a "daywalker," and enjoys making fun of his three nightwalking roommates, all of whom would burn up instantly if sunlight touched them.
    • In this universe Wesley Snipes (who played the daywalking vampire Blade in the trilogy of the same name) is a member of the Vampiric Council. While the meeting is held on Staten Island at night, Snipes Skypes in from the West Coast, smugly sitting in front of an uncovered window and basking in sunlight in front of the other vampires.

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  • The aptly named The Day Walkers Gangrel, Alex Castle and Matt Cage. Sometimes affiliate and fellow vampire Rio Storm is also only somewhat annoyed by sunlight.

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  • By default, most vampires in Chuubo's Marvelous Wish-Granting Engine are flammable. However, some are strong enough they can ignore the sun, and some are weak enough the sun doesn't bother them (and one or other of these types is recommended for PC or major NPC vampires).
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • Though vampires typically combust in sunlight, there are magical options to protect them, making them effectively daywalkers.
    • Ravenloft setting supplement Van Richten's Guide to the Vampire. In the Ravenloft setting, a Patriarch vampire (1,000 years old or older) can walk freely in the sunlight without taking damage. There are also stories of vampires less than 1,000 years old who can do this, indicating that some Patriarch vampires can pass this ability on to the vampires they created.
  • Depends from setting to setting in Magic: The Gathering, and sometimes even within continuity (i.e. Innistrad vampires are stated to not be bothered by the sun and Sorin Markov indeed doesn't show discomfort to it in In The Teeth Of Akoum, but he is extremely bothered by it in the Tarkir stories). At least those of Ixalan are a complete inversion up to being aligned with White Magic.
  • In Nightlife by Stellar Games, vampires became more resistant to their Flaws as their Humanity score increased. Upon reaching the maximum score of 100, all effects of Flaws were put in abeyance. Since all special abilities were fueled by Humanity, maintaining this state was difficult at best.
  • In Vampire: The Masquerade, sunlight is deadly to vampires but some, especially with the Protean discipline maxed out, can resist it for short periods of time. The Gangrel Beckett, for instance, is known for having once ran the length of a football field under scorching sun.
    • There are also Thin-Bloods that in addition to having greater ease waking up during the day, actually are resistant to sunlight to a certain degree (in gameplay terms, regular vampires suffer aggravated damage from exposure to sunlight, while Thin-Bloods only take superficial damage), due to their relative weak blood causing the Curse of Caine to manifest less strongly. On the flipside, some Antediluvians are able to survive during daylight hours due to their potent blood rendering them powerful enough to ignore the normal effects of sunlight, as excellently illustrated by Zapathasura, who had to be destroyed through the concentrated light of several suns using orbital mirrors by the Technocracy.
    • In the Fifth Edition, some Thin-Bloods are known as "Day Drinkers" on account of being much more resistant to sunlight than even other Thin-Bloods — they still are severely weakened in sunlight (in gameplay, this manifests as their health tracker being halved and them being blocked from using any supernatural abilities as long as they move in sunlight), but it does no continuous damage, so nothing hinders them from staying out in the sun for hours except the practical limitation that it is easier to hunt for blood when you have your vampiric abilities, and that they still need sleep.
  • Vampire: The Requiem:
    • A bloodline of Clan Mekhet can daywalk...or so it seems. It's actually a combination of Auspex and Majesty that generates a visible Astral Projection and fools witnesses into believing it's solid. This trick, however, requires two disciplines at rank five, and a Bloodline Devotion to boot, meaning that it's EXTREMELY rare. Only a very specific sect of Ancient Egyptian vampires, the Bak-Ra (the Servants of Ra), can pull it off.
    • Vampires of the Ordo Dracul also learn to make themselves more resistant to sunlight in a limited fashion.
    • The highest ritual of the Followers of Seth shadow cult is called the Rite of Going Forth By Day, which is mostly what it sounds like. The downsides are, it requires a human sacrifice per use, and it is also only a projection.
    • The Blood and Smoke/Requiem 2e rules update changes this around a little bit. Daywalking is possible, but painful if you have blood to spare and are low enough on the Power Meter and high enough on Humanity (Higher Humanity makes the damage less painful, lower Blood Potency makes it tick less frequently. A BP 1 Humanity 7 Vampire takes one point of lethal every ten minutes. With blood to spare, you can spend just shy of two hours in the sun...just watch out for people wondering why you're smoking). That said, once again, the Ordo Dracul can cheat this a bit to move you around on the chart to take less damage less frequently.
  • Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay has a Vampire Variety Pack with many options for randomized immunities and weaknesses. Some vampires are able to withstand sunlight with a progressively more difficult Will Power check every hour; a rare few become entirely immune to its effects.

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  • In Baldur's Gate III, the illithid tadpole allows Astarion, a vampire spawn, to be out in daylight without being harmed by it.
  • Rachel Alucard in the BlazBlue series. It's unknown whether or not this is also true of her father Clavis.
  • In Champions of Norrath, the vampire Vanarhost boasts that he has become so powerful that not even sunlight can kill him.
  • In Darkest Dungeon, the vampiric residents of the Crimson Court don't appear to be injured at all by the persistent daylight spread throughout the Courtyard, which is naturally lit to the point that it's one of only two dungeons in the game to be in permanent full light.
  • In The Darkside Detective series, a recurring character is a reverse vampire who lacks all the traditional weaknesses and is said to prefer being out and about in daylight. (Although as it happens the protagonist has so far only ever encountered him at night — but that might just say more about the protagonist than about the reverse vampire.)
  • Demitri Maximoff of Darkstalkers has an aura that protects him from the sunlight, though he very clearly still prefers the night.
  • Balanar the Night Stalker from Defense of the Ancients is not explicitly a vampire, but is clearly based on one. He is much more powerful at night, but can perfectly well walk around during the day too.
  • Valvatorez from Disgaea 4: A Promise Unforgotten doesn't seem to be affected by sunlight at all. Nor does he seem to get powered up in the night.
  • The Elder Scrolls:
    • One (Clan-specific) vampire-only quest in Morrowind has you be this — that is to say, you were to kill someone walking around in a city in broad daylight as a show of force, despite the fact that the Vvardenfell strain of vampires burn when exposed to sunlight.
    • Oblivion is another minor example: vampires could day-walk if they were well-fed but burned otherwise.
    • The Vampires of Skyrim can survive in sunlight with only minimal discomfort, although prolonged exposure to direct sunlight causes their skin to burn and their natural powers become heavily debilitated. As a result, Vampires prefer traveling at night as it's the best time to overpower their opponents. Vampire Lords are more resistant to the sun, but still do better at night. In-game, this translates to increased vulnerability to certain kinds of damage and no Regenerating Health' Regenerating Mana or regenerating Sprint Meter when outside during the day.
    • The Elder Scrolls Online has a strain of vampirism directly tracing back to the first vampire of the setting, Lamae Bal. These vampires are unaffected by daylight and instead become stronger at night.
  • Slayer from Guilty Gear can fight in broad daylight just fine and not be affected by it whatsoever. His student Nagoriyuki is another daywalker.
  • In the Legacy of Kain series, vampires grow immune to sunlight as they grow older and more powerful. The only exception to this are the Rahabim, a clan of aquatic vampires who overcame the vampire's innate weakness to water instead.
    • In the first game, Blood Omen, even when Kain was just a fledgling he could walk in daylight unharmed. However, his attacks would be weaker than at night.
  • Magicka simply treats Vlad's presence in outdoor daylight as something casual, the only special thing is that he denies being a vampire.
  • Might and Magic VIII: Day of the Destroyer mentions that the Necromancer's Guild of Shadowspire has been able to create a special kind of amulet that allows vampires wearing it to freely walk about in daylight (and that allows other magical amulets to be worn at the same time). This is mostly to justify why vampires in the player party aren't affected by the sun — the same dialogue that mentions the amulet also confirms creating it is too costly and and time-consuming to do in significant quantities, which is why part of the plot is the Guild looking to regain their other creation meant to allow vampires to operate at any time of the day. You can help them do so to recruit them for The Alliance (or not, if you instead recruit the mutually exclusive Church of the Sun).
  • Mortal Kombat: Nitara freely walks in the sun. It is explained that only Earthrealm's sun is hazardous to vampires, so she can freely move on Outworld and other worlds during the daytime.
  • Downplayed by the Vampiress in Sacred. She is a shapeshifter who can choose to take either a humanoid form or a vampire form, the humanoid form can move about in daylight without penalty, the vampire form is somewhat more powerful in combat but takes "sun-burn" damage for being above-ground in the daytime.
  • The Sims:
    • In The Sims 3, vampires can briefly walk around in the daylight with no ill effects, though longer exposure can drain their powers and lower their mood until they have a chance to recover. Vampires with the Immortal trait, in addition to not aging, also lose even this (relatively mild) weakness to sunlight in favor of sparkling in sunlight.
    • In The Sims 4, vampires can eventually get the Sun Resistance ability which reduces the draining effect of the sun, this can eventually be upgraded to "Perfect Sun Resistance" which eliminates the effect entirely.
  • Suikoden:
    • Neclord is unharmed by sunlight. The only negative effects he suffers is that it makes him sleepy.
    • Sierra as well. That said, she doesn't find sunlight pleasant and would rather sleep in instead.
  • Touhou Project
    • Direct sunlight would reduce Remilia Scarlet to dust, but she's fine if she carries a parasol to block it. This is reflected in the fighting games— if she has a parasol, she can participate in the daytime stages.
    • In Touhou LostWord (an unofficial spinoff game), vampire sisters Remilia and Flandre utilize sunscreen when they leave their mansion during the daytime. This occasionally gets lampshaded by the rest of the Touhou cast.
  • The vampires in Vampires Dawn aren't affected by sunlight as long as they're vampires of the first few generations. Valnar, a vampire of the third generation, already needs to wear Cool Shades in the first game because his eyes are quite sensitive.

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  • Vampires in Code:Realize go by almost none of the traditional lore, and move about in the sunlight the same as anyone else.
  • Diabolik Lovers vampires are by-and-large nocturnal and draw power from the moon, but sunlight does not harm them. Very few of the customary vampire weaknesses have any effect on them.
  • The vampires of Havenfall Is for Lovers experience no negative effects from sunlight; even the tinted sunglasses that Diego wears most of the time seem to be more to hide his red eyes than anything else. Night does make it a lot easier for him to find shadows to warp through, however.
  • This is rather common in the Nasuverse in general, as the term 'vampire' designates anything that, for one reason or another, consumes the blood of humans and/or their own species. The register of Dead Apostle Ancestors, the leaders of vampire-kind, includes beings as diverse as a man-eating forest and an alien with a Hostile Terraforming aura, neither of whom have any connection to traditional vampire weaknesses. Likewise, in Tsukihime Akiha has Energy Absorption powers due to being descended from a demon, and would be classified as a vampire if they ever lost control of their demonic instincts.
    • While all Dead Apostles (the majority vampire species) are harmed by sunlight, the extent of this varies depending on the individual. The oldest and strongest can walk around in sunlight just fine, but prefer to avoid it because it weakens their powers and forces them to feed more often.
    • Arcueid Brunestud of Tsukihime is unaffected by sunlight, but becomes stronger in moonlight (particularly the full moon), due to being a Nature Spirit modeled after the Ultimate One of the Moon. Presumably the other True Ancestors shared these traits, but she's the Last of Her Kind.

  • Elite vampires in Charby the Vampirate. Charby actually learned this the hard way, trying and failing to get home in time.
  • El Goonish Shive: None of the aberrations we've seen so far have displayed a particular vulnerability to sunlight, and one group attacked a mall in broad daylight.
  • Homestuck: Trolls are nocturnal and live on a world where horror and monsters are associated with the blinding glare of the day, so naturally their version of vampires are diurnal. So is Kanaya, who is fascinated by rainbow-drinker lore due to this shared trait. And then she turns into one.
  • Hungry City. The sun doesn't hurt the vampire Jerome, but he hates it all the same.
  • Monstra follow the Dracula rules, the vampires are daywalkers but their powers are weakened during the day. When one character asked why fiction would omit that fact, it's stated that it's just old knowledge that got lost in the lore and generally Rule of Drama to prevent paranoia in humans. If anything, it's not so much the sun that causes the demise but the unstable power within newborn vampires combusting them because of believing the sun can kill them. After a day's rest from initial turning, their bodies can regulate the power and prevent this problem.
  • The Order of the Stick: Malack turns out to be a vampire using a Protection from Daylight spell he casts every morning in order to move around, which proves to be quite effective in convincing strangers that he's not a vampire. This proves to be a fatal Achilles' Heel when his protective magic is stripped away. Vampire Durkon also appears to learn the spell from Malack's staff after the latter's death.
  • Seth in Sorcery 101 is the only known daywalking vampire, which contributes to his notoriety in the supernatural community. Subverted: without his Protective Charm amulet, he's as sizzly as the rest of them.
  • Trapped: Neither Yunsu or Grimm seem to have any problems walking around in broad daylight.
  • Vampire Bites: Vampires within the comic are stated that they can go out in the sunlight just fine with the only drawback that they lose their vampiric powers and are no stronger then a human. This suits the main characters, Rantz, Chloe and Arak just fine since they go to school as students and a teacher during the daylight hours. Though extremely hot weather like summer does affect them a bit more than most.
  • The eponymous Vampire Cheerleaders are indistinguishable from their classmates. So long as Lori and her coven apply their sunscreen, they can attend school like anyone else. They're even regulars at the local tanning salon.
  • Vampire Girl: Subverted with Levana. Like traditional vampires, exposure to sunlight can kill her, but because she so wants to enjoy a sunny day, she steps out into daylight wearing a beach hat, ski mask, sunglasses, and a long overcoat, causing her to sweat profusely.

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  • The vampires in Brat's Red Ruby walk around in daylight with seemingly no problem.
  • Entirely Presenting You: Despite thinking she might be a vampire, Alexis isn't affected by the sun.
  • Mirror World has the aptly-named day-vamps, bat-like creatures who not only are resistant to sunlight, but are actually at their strongest during the day instead of at night like normal vampires.
  • Vampires in Monster Girl Encyclopedia aren't injured by sunlight, but it weakens them so they're no stronger than ordinary human girls.

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  • Lampooned like crazy in Roller Samurai Vampire Slayers. Half of the vampires walking around are shown during the day. It is not until Samantha points out to Jake that it is daytime and that he attacked her with "day bats" during their fight does he burn up in the sun.

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  • Downplayed on Adventure Time. Whenever Marceline goes out in the day, all she needs to protect herself is an umbrella, a large-brimmed hat, sunscreen, or clothes that cover her entire body. When it's cloudy out, she doesn't need anything. Her hair also doesn't burn in direct sunlight; only her skin does. However, full contact with sunlight would kill her.
  • In one of the three vampire episodes of Archie's Weird Mysteries, Scarlet says that as long as vampires stick to their human form and wear plenty of sunblock, they aren't hurt by the sun.
  • Casper's Scare School: vampire Thatch frequently visits Deedstown in broad daylight, and never suffers any ill effects.
  • Count Duckula has no trouble walking in daylight due to being a Vegetarian Vampire. His previous incarnations on the other hand can be destroyed by exposure to sunlight as stated in the intro sequence, as they are full-fledged vampires.
    • His vampiric relatives such as Don Diego seem to be unharmed by daylight as well.
    • Don Diego lives in Spain, which is noted for it's sunny climate so it's logical to assume Spanish vampires adapted to this. Rory McDuckula on the other hand lives in Scotland - not exactly noted for being a very sunny place!
  • Count Spankulot of Codename: Kids Next Door, although those he transforms into Spank-Happy Vampires aren't immune to this. Likewise, in Operation: V.I.D.E.O.G.A.M.E., Count Spankulot can only be hit by regular attacks when he steps under a spotlight during his boss fight.
  • The Exorsisters from Dr. Zitbag's Transylvania Pet Shop are vampires, but are able to go out in the sunlight without suffering any ill effects.
  • Drak Pack had this averted with Big D, who was unable to survive exposure to sunlight like any other vampire, but this was played completely straight with Drak Jr. and Vampira. Drak Jr. didn't even need to be in human form to survive sunlight.
  • Vinnie Stoker from Gravedale High is a vampire, yet exposure to sunlight doesn't seem to have any effects on him, as he's often seen with the other characters in scenes taking place during the daytime.
  • The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy's version of Dracula has no trouble walking around in daylight. He still catches fire, but doesn't really notice it.
  • Hi Hi Puffy AmiYumi featured a trio of inept vampire rock musicians called the Talent Suckers. At least in appearances after their debut episode, they are not shown to be harmed by sunlight.
  • In Jackie Chan Adventures, the antagonist of the episode "Chi of the Vampire" is a Jiangshi, a vampire that feeds on chi instead of blood. It starts out an emaciated and blind feral monster that cannot withstand sunlight. Near the end of the episode, feeding on chi has made it capable of speech, able to see, and no longer vulnerable to sunlight.
  • Johnny Test: Played for Laughs in "Fangs A Lot, Johnny". Johnny and Dukey convince Susan and Mary to turn into vampires in order to get Gil's attention, who at the time is fixated on a movie star of The Twilight Saga-esque series, through a DNA fusion with vampire bats. This backfires since the girls turn out to be dangerous after the change. The boys run and make it outside, believing the girls wouldn't be able to follow but are quickly proven wrong when they catch up. When Johnny asks how, they state all the trendy vampires nowadays just sparkle in the sun.
  • In Mighty Max "Fly by Night", the antagonist is a vampire who is a case of Our Vampires Are Different. She has none of the traditional traits of vampires and is more like a giant bloodsucking fly (hence the title). In a final subversion of vampire myths, being exposed to sunlight doesn't hurt her. Instead, it grants her the strength to transform into an actual giant fly.
  • In Monster Farm, the vampire rooster Count Cluckula is never shown to have any problems with walking about during the daytime.
  • Draculaura in Monster High has no problem walking under sunlight, she does use an umbrella sometimes, although this is more likely to sell accesories (it's based on a toyline). A game does state she sunburns bad, but that's really it.
  • Peppa Pig has implied this of Madame Gazelle during the Halloween Episode where she casts no reflection while talking to a student about vampires. Adding to this is the fact she planted a baby pine one Christmas and now it's taller than her house, but she still looks the same as when she planted it.
  • Referenced in the South Park episode "Ginger Kids;" since Kyle isn't pale-skinned or freckled, but does have red hair, Cartman labels him a "daywalker," in keeping with his insistence on treating ginger kids as monsters with no souls.
  • Vampirina: Vee goes to school by day like her human friends and other vampires are shown walking around in broad daylight without any problems. A Beach Episode reveals that vampires need a special sun blocker if exposed for a long time but the worst that can happen without it is to be turned into bats.


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