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Tropes about those (usually undead) people that suck your blood.

Also see Bloody Tropes, Undead Index, and Werebeast Tropes.


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    General/miscellaneous tropes 

    Types of vampires 
  • Our Vampires Are Different: As you'll find reading through this index, vampires tend to be depicted very differently depending on what story you're looking at, and their abilities, appearances, behaviors, and overall nature are not always the same. The only thing consistent between (almost) all vampires is that they're predatory beings who feed on something from people.
  • Chinese Vampire: An undead being from Chinese Mythology called the jiang shi, depicted as a hopping vampire/zombie that feeds on chi.
  • Chupacabra: A monster from Latin American Urban Legends, believed to suck the blood of livestock animals, especially goats.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Contrary to most depictions, some vampires may actually be immune to sunlight.
  • Dhampyr: A vampire's half-human offspring.
  • Feral Vampires: Savage, bestial vampires who behave more like stereotypical zombies rather than the more intelligent and sophisticated kind of undead monsters.
  • Non-Human Undead: If humans and vampires coexist in a fantasy setting with plenty of other non-human races/species, then it's quite likely that some vampires were never born as humans to begin with.
  • Raising the Steaks: Non-human animals can also be turned into vampires.
  • Ridiculously Alive Undead: Even though vampires are typically described as being "living dead", they often don't look very corpse-like, and can probably pass for being fully alive in all but a few ways. And then in some stories, they're not even undead at all (see below).
  • Technically Living Vampire: There are occasionally some types of vampires who are not undead and are actually fully living beings, being more like a race of transhuman mutants, a Human Subspecies, or even another different species which was never human to begin with.
  • Vampire Variety Pack: A work contains multiple different types of vampires or quasi-vampiric creatures.
  • Vampiric Werewolf: A Hybrid Monster that is both a hematophage and a lycanthrope.

    Specific vampire characters 

    Feeding habits and ethics 

    Becoming a vampire (or reversing vampirism) 
  • Fully-Embraced Fiend: Someone turned into a vampire decides to embrace their transformation rather than fight it.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Someone turned by a vampire despises the vampire who bit them for turning them into a vampire.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: A vampire turned someone into one of their own out of love.
  • Stages of Monster Grief: The five stages of grief as applied to when the misfortune is being turned into a vampire.
  • Staking the Loved One: Someone's loved one becomes a vampire, and the one not turned has no choice but to kill the one who's been vampirized.
  • Tragic Monster: Heroic and/or sympathetic vampires usually aren't very fond of their conditions.
  • Transhuman Treachery: Someone who has been recently turned into a vampire betrays their human brethren, especially if it's because vampires are Always Chaotic Evil.
  • Turning Back Human: A common goal for people who've been involuntarily vampirized and don't want to stay this way.
  • Vampire Procreation Limit: An explanation is given for how vampires don't outnumber the human population if they can turn humans into vampires as well as reproduce like most living beings do.
  • Vampire Refugee: Someone turned by a vampire decides to find and kill the vampire that bit them to reverse the transformation.
  • Vampire Vannabe: A normal human who wants to become a vampire. They will often beg or even suck up to the nearest vampire in hopes of getting bitten.
  • Viral Transformation: Being bitten by a vampire turns you into a vampire.
  • The Virus: Vampirism can be spread like an infectious disease, and physically transforms humans into vampires.
  • Virus-Victim Symptoms: Someone recently infected with vampirism starts to show some suspicious changes.
  • Zombie Apocalypse: This can happen if vampirism spreads until most people around the world have been killed and/or turned, leaving uninfected humans as a small minority in a world that's (literally) out for their blood.
  • Zombie Infectee: Someone tries to hide the fact that they were bitten by a vampire. This is unlikely to ever end well.
  • Zombify the Living: Living people are directly turned into (undead) vampires without having them die and rise from their graves first.

    Physical appearance and telltale traits 

    Common powers and abilities 

    Common weaknesses and vulnerabilities