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This is when your regular cast of beloved characters are dealing with the macabre children of the night, the wamphiri, the nosferatu, the vampire! Then you know you're watching a vampire episode.

Vampires are normally chosen to be in special episodes of non-fantasy shows. One possible reason for this is because they are (in the broader sense) more realistic than other kinds of mythological creatures thus, having vampires in a realistic show may not break realism too much. Of course, if the writer wants to break even less he or she can go for the "Scooby-Doo" Hoax ending, the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane or even the All Just a Dream in order to keep the laws of reality in place.

This is the Gothic Horror version of the Cryptid Episode. Normally used for a Halloween Episode, sometimes it's also the Bizarro Episode, it may also overlap with Fight Dracula. Needless to say, this trope applies only to works where vampires are not a common occurrence.

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    Advertising 
  • Energizer Bunny: In one commercial, Count Dracula is hired by the Supervolt Battery company to steal the Energizer Bunny's battery. Dracula chases the Bunny to the outside of his castle, and ends up getting locked out as a result. Dracula has the key to his castle under his "Velcome" mat, but the morning sun rises and vanquishes him before he has the chance to use it.

    Anime & Manga 
  • Ghost Sweeper Mikami: A story arc deals with Mikami and her friends heading to an island that's been taken over by an evil vampire (Ironically the native vampires are actually friendly and later found in hiding). Her assistant, Yokoshima, and rival, Emi, end up bitten and turned into vampires. Luckily the curse is broken once they get the head vampire to break the spell.
  • Inuyasha: The protagonist deal with a bone-eating vampire at one point. This was cut down in the anime version, however.
  • Negima!: Evangeline's introduction is more or less this. She terrorized Negi and her students, we learn her backstory and, in the final battle, she turns a few of the girls and starts her battle with Negi by sending them against him before he confronts her himself (annoyingly this was cut down in the anime).
  • Princess Resurrection: Reiri's debut is treated as this, as well as any fights with Duke Kiniski. There's also a slight prison episode when Hime, Hiro and Riza end up in a monster prison (largely as a formality since Hime beat one of her siblings though it turns out it's a trap to try and kill her) in which the werewolf inmates are in a Fur Against Fang matter against the vampires inmates. Riza volunteers to be the werewolf representative in the one on one fight against the vampire one who's never lost a fight. Riza beats her since her fights with the Duke have allowed her more experience.
  • Yu-Gi-Oh! GX: The Shadow Riders arc starts with a three part arc with the school attacked by a vampire named Camilla.

    Comic Books 
  • Runaways: One of the first enemies that the Runways fight is a vampire named Topher. Since vampires in the Marvel universe are uncommon opponents who usually require specialized equipment to fight, the Runaways struggle to fight back against Topher, surviving only because he makes the mistake of feeding on Karolina, whose alien blood has properties similar to pure sunlight and thus burns him alive.
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    Literature 
  • Bailey School Kids features the books "Vampires Don't Wear Polka Dots", "Dracula Doesn't Drink Lemonade", "Dracula Doesn't Rock and Roll", "Dracula Doesn't Play Kickball", "Vampires DO Hunt Marshmallows", "Vampire Trouble", and "Vampire Baby".
  • Goosebumps, curiously enough, only has about two vampire themed stories: "Vampire's Breath" and the Give Yourself Goosebumps book "Please Don't Feed the Vampire".
  • Spooksville has Night of the Vampire, where the gang has to locate the queen vampire in order to stop a vampire invasion.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Are You Afraid of the Dark?
    • "The Tale of the Nightly Neighbors": New neighbors move next door to a girl and their odd behavior and people getting wounds on their neck make her think they're vampires. She's only partly right, they're not vampires but their son is. And unfortunately they trick the girl into thinking they're normal while planning to make her their next victim.
    • "The Tale of the Midnight Madness": An old movie theater is under threat of being shut down when a mysterious man appears and offer the manager an old, unreleased vampire film which he promises will bring back the crowd. Sure enough it does, until one night when one of the concession workers watches the film by himself and sees the vampire suddenly leave the movie. He thinks he dreamt it until the vampire comes to attack them.
    • "The Tale of the Night Shift": A vampire attacks a hospital and starts turning the staff into his minions.
    • "The Tale of Vampire Town": A self-proclaimed vampire hunter visits a town that proclaims to have them. Only to not only awaken an ancient vampire. But for the townspeople to think he's the vampire.
  • El Chapulín Colorado has the episode "Los Hombres Vampiro no saben hacer otra cosa mas que estar chupando Sangre"note , in further seasons remade as "El Vampiro" and "El Conde Terranova". As usual with this kind of supernatural episodes, it's a "Scooby-Doo" Hoax.
  • Charmed is a show about witches and magic, thus having all sorts of supernatural beings in it, but vampires only appear in one episode: "Bite Me", where Page turned temporarily into one.
  • Community has a vampire story as one of the campfire stories told in "Horror Fiction in Seven Spooky Steps". Annie tells the story of how a Victorian version of herself is rescued by vampire Jeff as a snack, only to be forced to teach him how to read. At the end, he decides to feed on her anyway, only for her to turn out to be a werewolf who devours him.
  • Family Matters: "Dark and Stormy Night", a Halloween Episode in which Steve, Waldo and the Winslows take turns telling a scary story to Richie to make up for rain ruining his treat or treating that takes place in the 19th century in which Steve's character, Duke of Urkel, goes to save Laura from the vampiric Von Winslows clan.
  • Gilligan's Island: "Up at Bat" has Gilligan bitten by what Skipper things is a vampire bat, convincing him that he will turn into a vampire causing Gilligan to dream a Bela Lugosi-like vampire story.
  • Goosebumps: The adaptation of "Vampire Breath". While it changes the ending, it's pretty much note-for-note it.
  • The Haunting Hour: "Grampire": One of the few more comedy based stories of the series in which two siblings find out their grandpa is a vampire, as is everyone else in his retirement home. And, unlike him, have set their sights on their blood.
  • In Inside No. 9, The Stakeout is revealed to be one by its Gainax Ending (and Punny Title), although no regular characters feature because it's an anthology series.
  • Kaamelott: The episode "La morsure du Dace" ("The Dacian's Bite") has King Arthur, coming back from a trip to Dacia (which include actual Transylvania), and complaining that a local had bitten him. He demonstrates gradual vampiric traits until Merlin can give him a potion that reverse the effects, although it'll take him three days.
    Arthur: Three days? Can't you do anything right now?
    Merlin: Well, right now, I'd need to drive a stake through your heart, and then I'd cut your head. It's your choice....
  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker is an unusual case in that the Pilot Episode was a vampire episode, but the series itself is not a vampire series. The pilot has the intrepid reporter investigate a series of killings that have the mark of a vampire. The series proper had a follow-up episode simply titled "The Vampire" (the show normally titled its episodes with the type of creature that was featured that week) where one of the victims of the killings rises from the dead and continues the killings.
  • Legends of Tomorrow: Subverted in "Return of the Mack", where it looks like the Monster of the Week are vampires, but it turns out that it's actually the work of cultists who drain victims of blood using a device that leaves two holes similar to a stereotypical vampire bite mark.
  • The L Word: "Lifeline" has a Lesbian Vampire named Uta Refson; of course, they also pull the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane card.
  • Mystery Science Theater 3000 had Mike and the bots watch "Samson vs. the Vampire Women" as the final episode of season six. (This is notable as being TV's Frank's final episode.)
  • Ninja Turtles: The Next Mutation: The "Unchain My Heart" four-parter, where the turtles have to deal with a vampire and her child, like minions trying to find her heart.
  • The Office (US): Downplayed. While Michael is away at a meeting, the staff discovers a bat in the office. While they try to get rid of it, Jim pretends he was bitten and starts acting like he's turning into a vampire. This is, of course, just to freak out Dwight.
  • Quantum Leap: In "Blood Moon", Sam enters the body of an alleged vampire, to the point that Al is terrified of the leapee. Sam, scientist that he is, is skeptical but the show pulls the Maybe Magic, Maybe Mundane, as he can't see himself in a mirror seconds before he leaps. By the way, the previous episode showed the face of said vampire... none other than Christopher Lee.
  • Sliders: "Stoker" has the eponymous Sliders visiting a world where vampires exist and their existence is public, to the point that Richard Nixon was one. Or maybe they exist in all universes and there is the only where their existence is common knowledge.
  • Smallville: "Thirst" has a vampire coven which started when someone was bitten by Kryptonite-mutated vampire bats.
  • Spooksville has "Blood Drive", which has a similar concept to the book series' vampire story, although the ante is upped by having almost everyone in school becoming vampires while Adam is trying to find the head vampire.
  • Tales from the Crypt:
    • "The Reluctant Vampire": A friendly vampire works a night shift at a blood bank and only takes what he needs. But when the place is in danger of being shut down due to low blood packs. He's forced to kill homeless people to meet the quota.
    • "Comes the Dawn": Two games hunters come to Alaska to illegally hunt grizzly bears and meet a guide whom they pretty much force to help them. In the end, she reveals that she's a kind of undead who was afflicted by radiation poisoning and looks after the vampires in the town they're in, ultimately siccing them on the two men.
  • The Troop features an episode in which the titular troop go up against a group of monsters that are hybrids of vampires and hamsters. They have a penchant for calling each other "Broseph" and look rather like humans save for their big ears and extremely buck teeth.
  • Weird Science had "Gary and Wyatt's Blood-Sucking Adventures" where the two had Lisa turn them into vampires (who drink Yoo-Hoo) to make it with the ladies. It later turns out that vampires actually exist and now Gary and Wyatt have to survive the night.
  • The X-Files has two vampire-themed episodes: "3" from the second season and "Bad Blood" from the fifth season. "Bad Blood" is more comedic in nature and it's also a "Rashomon"-Style-episode, whilst "3" is more straightforward and has Mulder falling for a sexy vampire.
  • Young Indiana Jones: "Transylvania, January 1918" involves Indy traveling with a team of spies to the eponymous region during World War I; and he faces off against a rogue Romanian general/nobleman named Mattias Targo, who believes himself to be the reincarnation of Vlad the Impaler, but it turns out that he's an authentic vampire (probably the real Vlad Tepes himself, or at least Dracula). An uncommon episode, considering that it's the only one of the entire TV series to have supernatural elements (despite the fact that magic is known to exist in the Indiana Jones universe).

    Video Games 
  • Conker's Bad Fur Day: The Spooky Chapter involves Conker making his way to a castle where he meets his Great x4 Grandfather who happens to be a vampire (in a parody of the 1992 version). Conker himself ends up getting turned into a vampire bat and has to feed his great grandfather to the villagers that invade the castle.
  • Dragon's Crown: The Castle of the Dead level involves you investigating the disappearance of young maidens. At the end you end up fighting several female vampires who will turn the girls you saved if you don't protect them.
  • The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim has an entire DLC titled Dawnguard focused on vampires. You can either choose to fight with the titular Dawnguard faction to take down the vampire lord Harkon (who is pretty much an Elder Scrolls expy of Dracula, making this also a Fight Dracula moment for the player), or join the vampires yourself (you still have to fight Harkon at the end, however).
  • Infamous 2 has a (non-canon) DLC spinoff called Festival of Blood, in which Cole MacGrath gets bitten and turned by a vampire named Bloody Mary. Cole must use his new vampiric powers to defeat Mary and her undead army, before they can destroy New Marais and permanently enslave Cole as one of their minions.
  • The second season of Sam & Max: Freelance Police had "Night of the Raving Dead" which has the titular duo facing off with a German goth vampire named Jergen who's creating an army of zombies which includes Sam and Max themselves about halfway through the episode.
  • The Simpsons: Night of the Living Treehouse of Horror: The fourth level, "Vlad All Over" is based on the "Treehouse of Horror IV" episode segment "Bart Simpson's Dracula". In this level, Homer must seek and defeat the vampire Mr. Burns in his castle.

    Web Comics 
  • Newman: A story arc had Newman and Gwen getting involved in a seemingly Fur Against Fang matter between the werewolves and the vampires. Though it's revealed it's a manufactured one. One of the vampires went rogue, rejecting the more foppish vampire ruler whom the duo befriend, and has been making more feral vampires so he can take over.

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    Western Animation 
  • The Adventures of Figaro Pho: In "Fear of Becoming a Vampire", Figaro believes that he has become a vampire, and starts acting like one.
  • Adventure Time:
    • Marceline the Vampire Queen is a regular character, but a few episodes have a special focus on vampire-related themes, especially "Evicted" (her debut ep), "Henchman" (about Marceline blackmailing Finn into being her servant), "Heat Signature" (about her and some ghost friends pretending Finn and Jake became vampires), and "Red Starved" (where Finn tries to find some red for Marceline to eat before her Horror Hunger compels her to eat him or Jake).
    • The eight part "Stakes" mini-series focused on Marcie along with Bubblegum, Finn and Jake combating the original five vampire leaders.
  • American Dragon: Jake Long: In "Bite Father, Bite Son", Jake is targeted by the Strigoi, a group of vampires who drink dragon blood, in order to revive their mother and queen.
  • Animaniacs: In "Draculee, Draculaa", when the Warner Siblings attempt to travel to Pencil-vania (believing that their parents are pencils), they end up in the estate of Count Dracula. There, Dracula tries to bite Dot so he can drink her blood, but the Warners end up annoying him to no end.
  • Archie's Weird Mysteries: A three part arc deals with the gang having to fight a vampire master and his minions.
  • Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! : "Spatula, Prinze of Dorkness" is both the Vampire Episode and Halloween Special of the animated series. The Censorship Lady forces the vampires to kiss people instead of biting them and every tomato vampire (including Tara, who is turned into a hot vampiress) develop bat wings.
  • Batman: The Brave and the Bold: In "Shadow of the Bat", Batman ends up getting bitten while fighting a female vampire named Dala, and turns into one himself. He then attacks the Justice League while onboard their space station, and has to be stopped. The ending reveals that it was actually a nightmare that Batman experienced due to hallucinogenic venom from Dala's bite; he never really turned into a vampire.
  • The Beatles:
    • Count Dracula chases the boys throughout a wax museum in the cartoon "Misery."
    • The boys are in a Transylvanian castle in "Baby's In Black" where Paul winds up in the lab of a mad scientist efforting to bring his creation, a vampire girl, to life. When he does, he tries to betroth Paul to her.
    Professor Psycho: Believe me...once you get to know her, she gets under your skin!
  • Duck Dodgers: "I'm Gonna Get You, Fat Sucka": Dodgers and Cadet are invited as diplomats to a vampire's domain. The vampire, Count Blood Count, feeds on pig fat and hypnotizes Dodgers into trying to capture Cadet. This being Looney Tunes, Dodgers's efforts backfire hilariously.
  • Extreme Ghostbusters: "Killjoys" is about vampire clowns.
  • Fanboy and Chum Chum: In the episode, "Fangboy," Fanboy believes he's been bitten by a vampire. Chum Chum realizes he has no neck, they go to see Count Dr. Acula, a neck doctor. It turns out Fanboy was bitten by a mosquito. Dracula tries to bite Chum Chum's new neck, but Fanboy makes a Heroic Sacrifice and becomes a vampire for real. And then Fanboy turns Chum Chum anyway.
  • Garfield and Friends: "Count Lasagna" has Jon telling his boss a story about a Dracula-like vampire and his vampire cat played by Jon and Garfield. Naturally Garfield only attacks pizza delivery guys eating their pizza. Also instead of garlic they use a collar of raisings. It turns out that Jon's boss do not like the story because he's a werewolf.
  • Hey Arnold!: One episode has Sid convince that Stinky was a vampire after watching a vampire movie. Throughout the episode there is "evidence" pointing to Stinky being a vampire. However, Sid is convinced that he overreacted and Stinky wasn't a vampire. However, the ending suggests he may have been one after all.
  • Jackie Chan Adventures: In "Chi of the Vampire", Jackie, Jade, Uncle, and Tohru visit an old mountain castle somewhere in China and are attacked by a resident Jiangshi who wants to feed on their chi and turn them into his vampire minions.
  • Johnny Test: In "Fangs a Lot Johnny", Johnny convinces Susan and Mary to turn themselves into vampires to appeal to Gill's newfound love for a Twilight-esqe series. He realizes too late what a bad idea that was and, along with Dukey, is forced to stop the girls when they become dangerous.
  • Lilo & Stitch: The Series: In "Snooty", Lilo, Stitch and their new friend Victoria (in her second and unfortunately last speaking appearance) end up encountering an vampire bat like experiment who keep targeting Victoria for some reason. Jumba reveals later that it's attracted to "Snootonium" aka mucus making him a "Snot Vampire" and keeps going after Victoria because of her allergies.
  • In the Looney Tunes cartoon "Transylvania 6-5000," Bugs Bunny is oblivious to the intents of Count Bloodcount, in whose castle he seeks shelter. Fortunately, Bugs is more than a match for him.
  • The Loud House: "Fandom Pains" becomes something like this when Lori and Leni join Lucy in watching a vampire-themed TV show. Lucy tries her best to dissuade them by doing vampire-like activities.
  • The Magic School Bus: In "Going Batty", the show's second Halloween special, Miss Frizzle takes the kids' parents to visit bats at a castle. Thanks to a series of contrived coincidences, such as Miss Frizzle dressing like a vampire, taking the parents to a deserted castle, proposing a drink that resembled blood, and talking very much like Dracula, Ralphie begins to suspect that Miss Frizzle may be a vampire.
  • Mighty Max: In "Fly by Night", Max, Norman and Virgil investigate what seem to be vampire attacks. Turns out they're humanoid horseflies.
  • My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic: "Bats!" involves Fluttershy being magically turned into a vampire batpony after Twilight's attempt to remove the actual bats fails. She only ever vampirises apples, though. The end of the episode reveals she still has Cute Little Fangs despite her vampirism supposedly being lifted.
  • Pac-Man: In "Pacula", Mezmaron creates a vampire to terrorize Pacland.
  • Phineas and Ferb: In "The Curse of Candace", Candace gets bitten by a bat after watching a vampire movie and thinks she's become a vampire herself. She thinks she has super strength, flight, no reflection and a problem with light after wandering across her brothers' inventions of the day. When Phineas and Ferb persuade her to remove her cloak and sunglasses to prove to her she's not a vampire, she turns to dust. Of course, she is back to normal in the next episode.
    Phineas: Ferb, we're gonna need a dustpan and some glue.
  • The Real Ghostbusters:
    • "No One Comes to Lupusville" has the Ghostbusters hired by what turns to be a vampire in a town full of vampires in a Fur Against Fang fight. This works also as the only werewolf episode.
    • "Transylvanian Homesick Blues" has the Ghostbusters going to Boldavia hired by Count Vostok who is the Last of His Kind. It turns out he's a vampire but not a bad person and was suffering Fantastic Racism from the townsfolk.
    • "My Left Fang" has a vampire ghost who fed on ectoplasma.
  • Sally Bollywood: In "Fangs a Lot", the local bully, Bob, is threatened by one of his schoolmates, Lee, who suddenly bares fangs at him. Bob hires Sally and Doowee to investigate the matter and it seems that Lee is a vampire and is turning his fellow students. It turns out to be a prank by their schoolmates to get back at Bob for his pranks.
  • Scooby-Doo run into a few due to dealing with "monsters".
    • The Scooby-Doo Show: "Vampire Bats and Scaredy Cats" has the gang stay with their friend for her 18th birthday, but they are menaced at the hotel by a vampire.
    • Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo has "I Left My Neck in San Francisco", where the gang runs into a lady vampire that happens to look a lot like Daphne, who is out with a cold. Because she's gone whenever the vampire shows up, Scooby, Scrappy and Shaggy think Daphne has turned into the vampire.
    • Be Cool, Scooby-Doo!: In "How to Train Your Coward", Scooby and Shaggy attempt to find replacements for themselves after deciding they should quit the gang. Unfortunately, as this is happening, the gang ends up in a town being attacked by a vampire.
    • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: In "The Vampire Strikes Back", the gang come to the aid of the Hex Girls when a vampire interrupts one of their video shoots.
    • Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated: "The Secret Serum" involves a vampire running around Crystal Cove stealing people's belongings, which Daphne and Velma believe to be Daphne's mother.
  • The Simpsons: This is a relatively common occurrence in Treehouse of Horror:
  • Spawn: "Hunter's Moon" features a vampire named Lily roaming the streets of New York City. Lily at first pretends to be a naive and innocent young woman, until she brutally kills and dismembers two men (who were both pimps trying to rape her), and then attacks other people for blood until she confronts Spawn himself. Lily reveals that she is actually an assassin sent by Heaven to kill Spawn, and also has a personal vendetta because she was raped and murdered by one previous Hellspawn.
  • Super Friends has actually two vampire episodes: "Attack of the Vampire" from the Challenge of the Superfriends season with borderline Zombie Apocalypse as lots and lots of people are turned into vampires by a vampiric Superman shooting lasers from his eyes, another episode has a Vampire Queen and his minions escaping a cave.
  • The Super Mario Bros Super Show!: In "Count Koopula", King Koopa takes on the alias of Count Koopula, the leader of a legion of tomato sauce-sucking vampires. When Mario, Luigi, Princess Toadstool, and Toad wind up in a castle in Turtlevania, Koopa captures Princess Toadstool and tries to turn her into a tomato sauce-sucking vampire.
  • Tales From The Cryptkeeper: A few stories naturally were vampire themed.
    • "The Sleeping Beauty": Set in a fairy tale world, the protagonists, Chuck, and his twin brother, Melvin, go to wake a sleeping princess but quickly find out she's a vampire who lures in suitors like them.
    • "Fare Tonight": Two girls named Mildred and Camille suspect a vampire attack and go on the hunt for him.
    • "Transylvania Express": Two boys named Mike and Ben are backpacking through Europe and need to take a train to continue. Despite being told to wait for the morning train, they take a midnight express which is filled with vampires.
  • Timon & Pumbaa: "Jamaica Mistake" in which the duo pursue what they think is a moth (really a bat) into a spooky looking mansion owned by vampire bats. Timon is oblivious to the signs of danger but Pumbaa constantly keeps running into traps around the estate. End of the episode ends with the two thinking it was a dream until they fly off on bat wings, indicating they were indeed bitten and turned.
  • Tiny Toon Adventures: In "Stuff that Goes Bump in the Night", in the "Fang You Very Much" short, Elmyra joins the ACME Pet-of-the-Month club and receives a bat as her new pet. Unbeknownst to her, her pet bat is really Count Blood Count, a vampire who wants to drink her blood. Count Blood Count's every attempt to drink Elmyra's blood results in Amusing Injuries from Elmyra. The short ends with Elmyra getting a werewolf as her new pet when she loses Count Blood Count.
  • Turbo: In "Terror of Tickula", Turbo and Whiplash are invited to the home of the vampire tick Count Tickula. Whiplash believe that Tickula wants to suck Turbo's blood, but it turns out he called Turbo to repair his relationship with his son, and he has no interest in Turbo's blood because he only feeds on dog blood.
  • Ugly Americans: "So, You Want to Be a Vampire?". Mark becomes involved when Francis', the head of the Department of Integration's Law Enforcement Division, daughter dates a vampire and wants to become one against Francis' wishes.
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery: A "Pompeii Pete" episode has Dan cast as a vampire trying to get blood for his family and along comes Pete, as a traveling pizza maker, to his castle.

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