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Ahh, being turned into a vampire! It is known across fiction as a fall from grace, the loss of humanity, and rebirth... but also love!

Yes, rebirth and love! Did we mention they lost their humanity?

I Love You, Vampire Son is when there is a romantic — or at least affectionate — relationship between the turner and the turned. This could be mutual or one-sided. Bonus points if it is directly stated that some pairs have a parent-child or mentor-student relationship, yet others are romantically (and physically) involved. Vampires can be that way.

It is often implied that vampires choose who to turn specifically based on romantic attraction. This applies to both good and bad vampires: "I turned him because I wanted him to become my lover," and "I turned him because I wanted us to be together forever." Indeed, vampires of this sort believe that Living Forever Is Awesome and want to share it with their special someone.

Vampires are especially tempted to do this when their beloved is dying, either right now and only an Emergency Transformation will save them; or else they fear being alone once old age runs its inevitable course for the mortal object of their affections.

This is not a trope about vampires having sex with their "traditional" family members, but rather, belonging to the same vampiric bloodline, which is seen as the equivalent of — and often replacing — being related by human blood.

Inversion to I Hate You, Vampire Dad, though one-sided vampire incest can be a source of hatred. Related to Parental Incest and Teacher/Student Romance. Compare Resurrected Romance and Supporting the Monster Loved One.


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Blood+: When a queen transforms a human into her chevalier they enter into a loving Lady and Knight relationship. The most prominent couple is the two leads: Saya and Hagi. To the point that when Saya apologizes to Hagi for making him her chevalier, he tells her it was the best thing that ever happened to him because it allows him to stay by her side.
    • Diva was off-handedly implied to have had sexual relations with some of her chevaliers, although that was Amshel's initiative, not hers. At least one of her chevaliers, James, definitely holds some sort of affection for her.
      • Subverted with Nathan, as while he seems to care for Diva a great deal, he's not really one of her chevaliers. He was her mother's chevalier. Diva never realizes this, though.
    • However, it turns out that queens aren’t supposed to mate with “their own” chevaliers, but their sister’s. As seen when Diva rapes Riku, Saya’s second chevalier, and gets pregnant.
  • Romantic Comedy Call of the Night revolves around this. Loser Protagonist Ko Yamori is a Vampire Vannabe who falls for a vampire girl named Nazuna Nanakusa and wants her to turn him, but as a prerequisite he has to be in love with her and he doesn't know how to be.
  • Nanami Shinonome of Dance in the Vampire Bund enters into a relationship with the boy she turns into a vampire. Said boy is twelve years old when he is turned.
  • Hellsing:
    • Alucard became far more affectionate towards Seras once she unlocked her true potential as a vampire, specifically when he takes on his true form, Dracula and pats her on the head after she shyly noticed how different he looks.
    • Though not so much a vampire as a familiar, Seras developed an actual romantic relationship with the one whose blood she drank to become a true vampire: Pip Bernedotte.
  • Nightwalker, Cain towards Shido.
    • Eventually, Shido towards Riho. (And she loves him back!)
      • Especially brilliant when this is because Cain deliberately sent Shido a psychic dream of Riho turning evil in order to get Shido to avoid this.
  • The one-shot Yuri Genre manga Nightmare Syndrome by Natsuneko focuses on a Vampire Hunter who is trapped inside a vampire's castle and mysteriously spared by her captor, despite repeated attempts to kill her. Eventually, it is revealed that the vampire has fallen in love with her purported slayer and awaits a chance to offer her immortality. She eventually succeeds via Emergency Transformation and the two of them spend undeath happily together.
  • Mikaela Hyakuya and Krul Tepes from Seraph of the End. Krul saved his life by forcing him to drink her blood mouth-to-mouth and only shows her affectionate side towards him. She even risked her life and position to keep him and his fellow Hyakuya orphans safe, until Ferid massacred most of them. Likewise, Krul is the only vampire Mika cares for.
  • UQ Holder! has a mostly familial example where Evangeline turns her adoptive son Touta as part of an Emergency Transformation (though she let him choose to go through with it rather than force it on him). Due to time travel shenanigans, he was also her first love, though she had moved on (maybe, considering her other loves were his direct ancestors) long before he became a vampire (or was even born).
  • In So I'm a Spider, So What? baby Sophia sucks the blood of her dying servant Merazophis to turn him into a vampire. Though he's initially squeamish about what he's become, he eventually adapts, perhaps too much so, and the two have a father/daughter relationship. Their relationship is notably one of Sophia's most redeeming characteristics as she directly goes against her own vampire instincts to not make more of her kind because it would degrade the relationship with Mera.

    Comic Books 
  • I, Vampire includes this as part of it's backstory— Andrew Bennet turned Mary Seward into a vampire out of love, however, the transformation also made her sadistic, and she ultimately rejects her lover's Friendly Neighborhood Vampire approach and starts building an undead army to conquer the human race. Nice Job Breaking It, Hero.

    Films — Live-Action 
  • In Dark Shadows Johnny Depp turns his love Victoria Winters after she jumps off a cliff
  • Near Dark: Caleb falls in love with Mae before she reveals herself to be a vampire and turns him. It's also implied that this is the reason why Homer turned Mae herself, but since he's an immortal man trapped in a 10-year old body nothing comes of it. It does fuel his resentment towards Caleb, later threatening to turn his little sister as well. Inverted at the end, where Caleb turns Mae back into a human through a blood transfusion because despite everything he still loves her.
  • In a short film of Paris, je t'aime, a tourist in the Quartier Madeleine of Paris (played by Elijah Wood of all people) falls in love at first sight with a vampire. She seems to like him, but refuses to turn him... until he falls down the stone steps, nearly dies, and she gives him an Emergency Transformation. He rises again as a fearsome vampire, and they chomp on each other.
  • Park Chan-wook's Thirst (2009) plays up the Wife Husbandry aspect of this trope. The protagonist Sang-hyeon first feels drawn to Tae-ju out of sympathy, since her foster mother Mrs. Ra adopted her so she could raise her to be a wife to her son (and basically a slave to the both of them). Sang-hyeon later saves her life via an Emergency Transformation, and there is the feeling that Tae-ju has merely gone from one relationship of quasi-incestuous dependency to another. Her feelings toward him begin to shift after her transformation.

  • Anita Blake: Asher was the lover of his maker, Belle Morte. Considering what her line is, this is par for the course. And sort of—though technically not—in the case of Jean-Claude. Belle didn't turn him: It's stated that he was turned by another vampire whose Master of the City essentially pimped him out. However, Belle as the head of her line is a "mother" or at least ancestor to all the vamps of her bloodline so it still can apply.
  • Carpe Jugulum:
    • It's briefly mentioned that Countess Magpyr wasn't a vampire when the Count met her, and Vlad repeatedly offers to turn Agnes.
    • Then there's the Winkings. Doreen isn't a vampire but likes acting the part, to the extent of adopting a stereotypical Uberwaldean accent despite being an Ankh-Morpork native who's never been even remotely near Uberwald. Her husband is one by peculiar heredity - a distant relative died, and he ended up a) as a vampire, b) with a castle that's falling apart, c) a letter from the local Burgomaster about 400 years of unpaid back taxes. As a result, he doesn't especially enjoy it, and while he does seem to genuinely love his wife, Vimes notes that he became one well into middle age, far beyond the point where he could have conceivably wanted to bite her. On the other hand, it is worth noting that she's unusually perceptive regarding supernatural matters, immediately picking up on the fact that Ludmilla is part werewolf without any other cues in Reaper Man.
  • In Amelia Atwater-Rhodes' novel Demon in My View, Aubrey turns Jessica, and there had been a growing attraction between them for much of the novel. After she turns, it's implied that they get together.
  • This trope abounds in Debora Harkness's novel A Discovery of Witches. In this world, families are very, very important to vampires. There are examples of vampires siring mates as well as children. The de Claremonts are more or less like a nuclear family with two parents, several siblings all sired by those parents, and grandchildren (sired by the siblings), and great-grandchilden. When Diana and Matthew marry Diana starts referring to Matthew's sires as her children despite the fact that while they look young, they're all Really 700 Years Old.
  • By the beginning of Dracula, the Count has three vampire brides, and over the course of the novel he tries to recruit two others. It's worth noting that the novel never describes these women are Dracula's "brides," though that seems to be the most common perception. The leader, a blonde, seems most explicitly romantic with Dracula, while the others may actually be the pair's daughters, since they're described as having the same features as Dracula. In any event, they're loyal to the Count, so the trope may well stand.
  • Pretty much the modus operandi of the White Court in The Dresden Files, with the incest element taken to very literal depth - the ruling family reproduces rather than turning humans into vampires like the other courts, and the White King rapes his daughters in order to mentally dominate them. His sons meanwhile tend to die in Unfortunate Accidents, as he doesn't swing that way.
  • The canon epilogue to Let the Right One In reveals that Eli turns Oskar into a vampire after they get off the train. Word of God says that the epilogue was written due to people speculating what his fate was going to be.
  • In Lost Souls (1992) by Poppy Z. Brite, the trope is used literally, as the vampires in that book reproduce sexually instead of through Viral Transformation.
  • Played straight in the Mercy Thompson novels, with an additional twist for Stefan's "stable": the semi-vampiric humans he keeps as a voluntary blood supply are all terminally ill, have their illnesses kept in remission by his occasional reciprocal blood-donations ... and sleep with and bite each other. I Love You, Near-Vampire Sibling?
  • The first Night World book has a terminally-ill girl being turned by her vampire boyfriend. The sixth book has a much less heartwarming example with Maya, who takes this to very creepy, obsessive levels in regards to Thierry, the first vampire she created. He eventually points out that she's actually got a case of Entitled to Have You and doesn't truly care about him.
  • Nightfall (Series): Vladimir has turned Armida and Tristan and loves them both. He also had a romantic relationship with his own sire, Callisto.
  • This was intended in The Parasol Protectorate from Lord Akeldama to Biffy, until the latter got turned as a werewolf instead. Luckily, he ends up with another werewolf in a Beta Couple - literally.
  • This, in platonic parent-child form, is important throughout The Saga of Darren Shan books.
    • One romantic example - Mika and Arra, in the prequels, before she gets with Larten.
  • The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries:
    • It's strongly implied that Eric turned Pam for this purpose, though their relationship is strictly platonic by the time of the novels. The implications are... many, especially considering Pam's sexual orientation.
    • Lorena also seems to have turned Bill for this purpose. This seems to be the exception rather than the rule in the Stackhouse universe—Sookie notes in Club Dead that vampires consider it unseemly to have sexual relationships with other vampires.
    • Sophie-Anne and Eric both talk about the one sided relationship with the vampires who turned them, though Sophie-Anne's experience was while she was human. Appius Livius Ocella told Eric not to call him Appius, as Eric didn't know him well enough. Then Appius taught Eric how to get to know him.
  • Twilight
    • Edward turns Bella into a vampire after she nearly dies during childbirth. The baby came out wrong, of course, because it's their baby and male vampires aren't suppose to interbreed with humans...
    • Also, Carlisle turned Esme. On the platonic side, Carlisle turned Rosalie, Edward, and Emmett, who all view him as a father.
  • A non-romantic example between Thoth and protagonist Peter Stone in The United States of Monsters. Thoth created Peter as his Replacement Goldfish for his dead human son while Peter had just lost his only living relative. The two generally get along great even if Peter resents Thoth's somewhat condescending and controlling manner. Tension in their relationship is more along the lines of money, career choices, and other things which would be in a mortal parent-child relationship.
  • This is pretty rampant in The Vampire Chronicles in general, where many of the turned have relationships with their turner. Take comfort in the knowledge that Ricean vampires suffer from permanent impotency. According to them, the sensations from drinking blood beat sex any time. Thanks to their Sense Freak nature they also can do sex in all but name only, despite of the fact that the organs normally required for the act are pretty much necrotic.
    • Lestat turned his human mother Gabrielle into a vampire and then they had a relationship. Vampiric incest indeed.
    • Squicky is the (very strongly) implied relationship between Claudia and Louis. The homoerotic relationship between Lestat and Louis, on the other hand, was just fun.
    • In The Vampire Armand and Blood and Gold, Marius de Romanus rescued a Russian boy named Amadeo who had been kidnapped and sold into slavery from a brothel and the two of them had a pederastic relationship until Amadeo was poisoned during a fight and Marius turned him on the brink of death.
    • Marius' great love in his human life was Pandora, a girl 15 years him younger, but when they met again after many years, he's already a vampire and she has reached his human age. Since she has been fatally injured by one of his enemies, he has no choice but to turn her into a vampire. The two lived together for about 200 years before a huge argument that kept them apart for 1400 years.
    • The two first vampires, Enkil and Akasha, were the king and queen of Ancient Egypt. They were plagued by a vengeful spirit who loved bloodletting before being mortally wounded by their own subjects who staged a coup. The spirit entered Akasha's body through a wound, making her the first vampire, and she saved her husband by turning him.
    • In the Queen of the Damned Film of the Book, Jesse is turned by Lestat, who has feelings for her. At the end of the movie, they are seen walking away, holdings hands. In the book, she is turned by her distant ancestor Maharet and has no relationship with Lestat.
    • Interestingly, in at least one case, turning a lover results in the relationship collapsing. Daniel Molloy begs Armand to turn him, but Armand knows it's Daniel's fragile humanity that interests him. It's only when Daniel's liver starts to shut down thanks to his constant drinking that Armand is forced to turn him. The relationship does indeed end shortly after, especially since Daniel goes insane.
  • In Void City, Eric transformed his adopted daughter Greta into a vampire so they could remain a family forever. Despite Greta turning into what anyone else would call an insane bloodthirsty monster (it turns out compulsive eaters don't make good vampires), they retain an unconditional familial love for one another. It's a notable exception to the general rule, as most other vampires in the series despise and try to destroy their sires.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Angel implies (and Word of God confirms) that Angel and Spike slept together at least once.
  • In Blood Ties (2007), Henry specifically mentions that a vampire only turns people he or she cares about. In his case, Christina warned him that natural vampiric territoriality would eventually force them apart, lest they kill each other.
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
    • Darla and Angelus become lovers after she sires him, as do Drusilla and Spike. Angelus also has a sexual relationship with Dru, much to Spike's anger.
    • When Spike turned his human mother in flashback, she started to come on to him, but he was Squicked out.
    • The Master also held Darla as his favorite and had a short breakdown after she died.
  • Forever Knight
    • LaCroix's daughter Divia, who turned him just before Pompeii was destroyed by Vesuvius, wanted to start a more intimate relationship with him, but he refused. Divia was made a vampire herself at about 12 years old.
    • Nicholas has been more I Hate You, Vampire Dad, but in the final episode he admits that LaCroix is his closest friend. It would be heartwarming if he hadn't then asked LaCroix to stake him.
  • Interview with the Vampire (2022):
    • Lestat de Lioncourt not only loves Louis de Pointe du Lac, he turned him specifically so he could have an eternal lover and companion. They both acknowledge that there's a vampire father-son dynamic (Louis: "I was a baby bird in Lestat's nest"; Lestat: "I put you on this Earth") in addition to their romantic/sexual relationship. Of course, it's a rather toxic love as a result. A TV critic from The Guardian had this observation:
      The amour fou note  that flowers between Louis and Lestat — alternating between hungry desire, fussy annoyance and the flirty bickering that bridges the gap from one to the other — rehashes many of the film's insights about makeshift family units in the queer community, particularly in how a younger man can find both partner and father figure in an elder. (Lestat is, ultimately, a vampire daddy.)
    • Lestat transforms his mistress Antoinette Brown into a vampire so that he can have a second immortal lover and companion. While it's evident that he loves Louis far more than Antoinette, Lestat's high sex drive and need for "a little variety" means that Louis alone isn't enough for him. In the climax of the Season 1 finale, Lestat intends to eliminate his vampire daughter Claudia (whom he despises and he's not attracted to her) and replace her with his latest fledgling Antoinette, who would serve as his second wife while Louis becomes his Gender-Inverted Top Wife in a Vampire's Harem.
  • This was the reason Coraline turned Mick on their wedding night in Moonlight. He didn't appreciate it. Josef attempted to do this to a girl he loved, who asked him to turn her, but something went wrong and she was turned only partially before falling into a coma. It is implied that she will stay that way forever, as her body doesn't age. There was also the couple in the finale, who stayed together for nearly 150 years, and the husband (and vampire child) even chooses to die alongside his wife, despite her cheating on him.
  • Played for laughs in one of J.D.'s fantasy sequences (part of the Dr. Acula Running Gag) in the Scrubs episode "My Transition":
    J.D.: Kim, wait! Unfortunately there's no way I can make you mine, unless I make you mine...
    [pulls her to him]
    J.D.: [thinking] ...for eternity.
    [bares fangs and bites her neck]
    Kim: [alarmed] Dr. Acula, don't... [sensually] stop.
  • True Blood:
    • Lorena Krasiki and Bill Compton.
    • Bill Compton in turn has a father-daughter bond with his protege Jessica Hamby.
    • Eric Northman and Pam Beaufort are (probably) a platonic version. Eric, in turn, cared deeply for his maker, Godric... very deeply. This gets Squicky considering that Godric has the body of an adolescent when he turns Eric; even more Squicky considering the formula the two use to describe Godric's relationship to his progeny: "Father. Brother. Son."
    • Season 3 adds Russell Edgington and Talbot, his consort of centuries.
    • And Season 5 brings us Eric's 'Sister', who is naked with him within ten minutes of being shown on screen. And is introduced with them making out.
    • The Season 5 finale has Pam and Tara sharing a passionate kiss.

    Pro Wrestling 
  • Billy Blade felt this way toward Ariel in NWA Vendetta Pro Wrestling, revealing it was he who turned her, not Seven (or Kevin Thorn, to you WWECW viewers).

    Tabletop Games 

  • Graf von Krolock and his son Herbert in Tanz Der Vampire are a literal example. Herbert is pretty much the only person the Graf loves properly anymore, to the point of basically tossing the hero to Herbert as a present. Awww?

    Video Games 
  • Castlevania:
    • Count Dracula will always love his son Alucard.
    • Done even more beautifully in the reboot. There, Dracula is an openhearted and supporting father to Alucard, who clearly cares for his well-being to the point of going against his own monstrous nature to protect him. That said, it doesn't mean they didn't have their... disputes. Bonus points for Gabriel being Trevor's father by blood.
    • Another less-known example is Carmilla and her fledgling, Laura. While not explicitly stated, it's implied that Carmilla was a tender and loving creature around her. Laura herself didn't appreciate the notion, however.
  • It's heavily implied in Immortal Souls that this is why the Black Witch turned John Turner, as she's definitely heavily attracted to him. He emphatically does not return her affections, though he is talked into taking non-sexual advantage of them occasionally, and is reasonably polite while turning down anything more forward whenever he does so.
  • King's Quest II: Romancing the Stones has this as a plot point. Graham alerts the undead Caldaur that his wife is dying by showing him the ring she gave him. Caldaur lets Graham go and literally flies out of the castle. Later, Graham sees that she's not only been transformed, but is no longer the old woman she was when Graham saw her last. Graham also sees that their granddaughter has been turned as well, but ages up to the appearance of a young woman. Caldaur transformed his wife because she was at the end of her life, but turned his granddaughter because he and his family are still in danger from The Brotherhood of the Pack, who were responsible for his undead state in the first place.
  • Rose from Myths of the World: Black Rose goes a step further. She not only makes her beloved, Benjamin, a vampire. She also makes his true love a mindless thrall.
  • Isaac Abrams in Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines is implied to be, if not romantic then paternally, fond of his childe Ash Rivers and originally turned the younger man vampire to save him from an overdose. Ash, who is a borderline Death Seeker, partially resents having been 'saved' and an afterlife of being looked after and being unable to act any more. The two have a complex and rather strained relationship as a result.
  • A Vampyre Story: Shrowdy von Keifer is this way towards Mona. She does not reciprocate. In a twist, Mona is in complete denial about being a vampire. Of course, while we're at it, Shrowdy's affections are less than wholesome. For a start, Mona's the latest in a long line of girls who have met exactly the same fate, except that all her predecessors got iced as soon as Shrowdy got bored with them. (Mona has lasted the longest of all the girls Shrowdy has thus imprisoned, which is either a very good or very bad sign depending on how you look at it.) Oh, also, this all started when Shrowdy's mother disappeared, and he chooses his victims based on their resemblance to said missing parent. Yeek.
  • In Xenoblade Chronicles 3, a prior incarnation of Noah joined Moebius and obtained immortality in order to do the same for the incarnation of Mio whom he loved and raise them from the dead. The former hoped to live forever with the latter by his side as Consuls N and M, not realising that this wasn't what the latter wanted at all. It didn't help matters that the former complied with an order from Consul Z to destroy the original City that he and Mio had helped to found as part of this bargain. The latter still deeply cared about the former, but resented what they had done and become in their pursuit of the 'endless now'.

    Web Comics 
  • The Order of the Stick:
    • We eventually learn that Malack's "children" were in fact his vampire spawn, whom he considered family. How fully this was reciprocated probably depends on how closely the setting stays to its Dungeons & Dragons roots (see above). When forced to kill his friend Durkon over their moral differences (namely, Malack being a vampire), Malack opts to transform Durkon into a vampire spawn in hopes of resolving said differences and saving their friendship.
    • Discussed after Durkon's transformation, where Elan asks if getting bitten will form a blood bond that draws him into "a mesmerizing web of erotic subtext". Durkon says it won't happen, which leads Elan to conclude that real vampires are less interesting than fictional ones.
  • The Night Belongs to Us: Ada turned her lover, Miss Chief, into another vampire some decades ago. Today, they aren't on speaking terms anymore (read: Miss Chief wants to kill Ada) after Ada eventually left/ broke up.

    Web Original 
  • An element of Vamp You, both with the porn-like desire for sex, and with an actual relationship. Subverted somewhat, in that the vampires are always evil, and that often it's a rather open relationship.

    Western Animation 
  • Sylas and Delilah Briarwood from The Legend of Vox Machina are an interesting variation on this trope: They were already husband and wife, and she turned him into a vampire to keep him 'alive' when he was terminally ill. However, Delilah is not a vampire herself - she's a wizard who achieved this transformation through a dark, forgotten ritual and the help of the otherworldly spirit of a long-dead necromancer - and while they do plan to be together "forever", Sylas doesn't ever turn her. Word of God says that vampires had basically been extinct in the (original live-play ttRPG webshow's) setting until Delilah was given the secret knowledge of how to create one without the blood of a siring vampire, so it's possible that they simply don't know that they don't, strictly speaking, need more help from their patron to make their Eternal Love happen. Interestingly, while the general D&D rules say that being turned into a vampire (at least the traditional way) inevitably destroys your humanity and thus changes your character alignment to evil, Sylas is still genuinely in love with his wife and their complete loyalty to each other is perfectly mutual. And while he certainly doesn't care about human lives, he doesn't seem particularly invested in furthering their patron's evil plans of apocalyptic world domination, and it's still-human Delilah who is a total mass-murdering psychopath who behaves more like a fanatic cultist than someone who just has a rational interest in fulfilling her side of the bargain she made with a powerful supernatural entity. Meanwhile, Silas comes across more like a "happy wife, happy life" sort of guy who's just along for the ride, but who would probably be equally content to simply settle down with her in some remote castle and be left alone by the world.

Now, Troper. Let us be together, for eternity! *Chomp*