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It's very common in fiction for vampire lords to target and seduce women (and it seems always women) and recruit them into the ranks of the undead. Whether to ease loneliness or attraction, these women are treated as the vampire's consorts, his brides. Typically, he is accompanied by more than one, often three at the very least, and The Heroine and The Chick are the ones most subject to his attention in the story. The brides nearly always have completely identical personalities and are interchangeable except perhaps for hair color and the like. If a human woman is turned and added to the harem, she inevitably loses her original personality and becomes just like the other brides.

This trope traces its origin back to Bram Stoker's novel Dracula, referring to a trio of female vampires that live alongside Dracula in his castle and are popularly referred to as his "brides", even though this was never explicitly confirmed. That didn't stop them from being used this way in fiction; Victorian-era vampires were used as allegories of sexual impurity and deviancy. Which, nowadays, can be seen as more awesome than horrific after decades of Values Dissonance. While the male vampire/female victim pairing is the most common form of this trope due to being based on Dracula, gender-inverted or same-sex variants do occur, they are just rarer. (Hence, the gender neutral name instead of being "Vampire Bride").

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May overlap with Unholy Matrimony should the relationship work out.

Compare with I Have You Now, My Pretty, I Love You, Vampire Son and Vampires Are Sex Gods (which often leads someone joining said harem). Contrast with Romantic Vampire Boy (when a heroine has a consensual relationship with a male vampire).


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    Anime & Manga 
  • Ambiguous when it comes to the backstory in Hellsing. It's implied the "Dracula" story did happen as in the novel and Alucard, going by Dracula back then, had brides or "Draculina" as he calls them and tried to make Mina his before being stopped. Only partially succeeding in turning her evident when Millennium had used Mina's corpse to collect the vampire DNA within and create their vampire army. Seras is a modern day Draculina though Alucard had given her the choice to become a vampire after shooting through her to take out an enemy.
  • Dio is usually surrounded by half-naked women in JoJo's Bizarre Adventure: Stardust Crusaders, and frequently feeds off of them.
  • Overlord: Shalltear Bloodfallen is accompanied by two female vampires that are explicitly referred to as her brides. She also counts as a rare female example.
  • Deconstructed with Rosario + Vampire in the case of Issa Shuzen. Head of the Shuzen Family and powerful figurehead in the Monster World, Issa Shuzen is a polygamist and is married to Akasha Bloodriver (a powerful Shinzo Vampire and one of the three Darklords) and Gyokuro Shuzen (official matriarch of the Shuzen Family and commander-in-chief of Fairy Tale), and even had a daughter in an affair. While Gyokuro loves her husband, she resents Akasha, eventually orchestrating her imprisonment within the dormant Alucard and having Issa locked away so that he would not interfere in her plans to Take Over the World. When he finds out that Tsukune - the guy who is dating his daughter Moka - actually has his own Unwanted Harem, he points out that he is not one to judge and warns him that such a thing can go sour very quickly if he is not careful.
  • Strike the Blood: A powerful vampire is known as a "Progenitor", and they usually amass enough power to become a sovereign nation unto themselves. In addition to this, it's standard for a Progenitor to gain a number of mates. In the case of our hero, Kojou, even when he shows no interest in doing so, other groups manipulate events to create an Unwanted Harem for him. And, in a Call-Forward via Time Travel, we learn that he's had children with at least more than one of these women.
  • Vampire Hunter D: Count Magnus Lee chooses Doris Lang as his new bride in order to stave off boredom, and she enlists the titular protagonist to destroy the vampire and save her from becoming a vampire.

    Comic Books 
  • A Love Like Blood: Lord Karkossa has a retinue of vampire concubines to accompany him everywhere he goes.
  • Army of Darkness Furious Road: Dracula is flanked by three brides (diversified here as his brides consist of a Caucasian, a black woman and an Asian woman) and helps in the war against the Deadites, being instrumental in driving them off from the last stronghold of humanity in exchange for blood. Unfortunately, the Caucasian bride is too much of a Big Eater and, when captured by the Deadites, sells them out for blood...only to end up getting staked along with her fellow brides not long after.
  • Gold Digger: Vlad and Natashia, the vampire king and queen respectively, have three vampire women as their main servants. Unlike most examples though, they're not very trustworthy and one of them is always conspiring to take the throne for herself.
  • Grimm Tales Presents Van Helsing: Liesel Van Helsing fights three of Dracula's brides in Issue 2 of the story, managing to kill two before the surviving one wisely flees. In the final issue, we see that Dracula has amassed at least a dozen women as his brides though he orders them to let Liesel pass so they can confront each other.
  • Rick and Morty: #37 had Morty turned into a vampire. When Rick and Beth confront him, he's amassed quite a harem. #38 had the villain vampire trying to make Summer into his bride.
  • Santa Versus Dracula: The brides, depicted here as party girls, are among Dracula's conglomerate of monsters he has gathered to raid the North Pole.
  • The Tomb of Dracula: Count Dracula has collected a number of women across the ages, but he also sought a number of superheroines like Storm and Sif.
  • Victorian Undead II: Sherlock Holmes vs Dracula: The brides show up in Issue 3 and 4 with a turned Lucy Westerna leading them.
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    Films — Animation 
  • Scooby-Doo! Music of the Vampire: Daphne gets kidnapped by Valdronya, a centuries old-vampire, in order to become his bride. Subverted as it turns out Valdronya is no real vampire, but a book writer in disguise trying to stage a "vampire wedding" to create his own new tourist attraction, and to sell more books.
  • Scooby-Doo! and the Reluctant Werewolf: Dracula has a female assistant named Vanna-pira with him most of the time, though the movie makes it ambiguous if she's a vampire or human since she never displays any powers or characteristics (though the gold eyes and the elongated nails point to the former).

    Films — Live-Action 
  • Blacula: When Dracula reveals his true colors to Prince Mamuwalde and has him subdued, he's flanked by his vampire brides, two of whom he sends to capture Mamuwalde's wife.
  • Bram Stoker's Dracula: While the Brides are present and their connection with Dracula remains unspecified, he actively seeks out Mina Harker and it's implied that Lucy might have been his bride too, since Van Helsing says that she welcomed him willingly.
  • Bordello of Blood: Female example with Lilith who's bordello is filled with vampire strippers to lure men to feed on.
  • Count Yorga: The titular vampire seems to actively seek out an army of undead women with his brides outright serving as an Amazon Brigade.
  • Dracula 2000: After arriving in New Orleans, Dracula starts converting various women to become his new brides. One of them (Solina) was one of the thieves who initially stole his coffin and accidentally set him free, another (Lucy) a roommate of the female lead, and another (Valerie) a local news reporter.
  • Horror of Dracula: Dracula has only one bride at the start but she's staked by Harker at the beginning of the movie. So Dracula targets his sister, Lucy, both for revenge and her replacement.
  • Lifeforce: Inverted. The Space Girl Vampiress has two Pretty Boy vampires following her around; all three of them are constantly nude since they don't care about human conceptions of decency.
  • Manos: The Hands of Fate: "The Master" has a harem of six vampire brides. At the end of the film he adds the heroine and her eight year old daughter to it.
  • Subspecies: Radu, the evil vampire son, targets Michelle as her friends, Lillan and Mara, to feed on simply to spite his brother Stefan who took a liking to Michelle. He succeeds in turning her friends and making them subservient to him. But his turning of Michelle is incomplete before he can really make her his.
  • The Brides of Dracula: While the title is self-explanatory, Count Dracula is not present, instead it's a new villain, Baron Meinster, seeking out beautiful women to be turned into his servants.
  • The Monster Squad has Dracula abducting three young women to turn them into his vampire brides.
  • Van Helsing: Dracula's brides Verona, Aleera and Marishka. He also expresses interest in turning Anna into a new bride.
  • Dracula (1931): The original Bela Lugosi version has three vampire brides present in Dracula's castle in Transylvania.

    Literature 
  • Dracula is the Trope Codifier, though it's something of an Unbuilt Trope since the three female vampires are merely implied to be his wives, but never outright confirmed. If anything, it's heavily implied they might be blood-related since two of them share the same physical resemblance to him. Of course, this doesn't cancel out the other alternative, since vampirism is used as an metaphor for sexual deviancy in the book.
  • The Dracula Tape: The brides are present as it covers the original story and even named (in this case, Melisse, Wanda and Anna. The blonde and brunettes respectively). But, in contrast to Dracula's Adaptational Heroism where he was just looking to move to London and make new friends, here the brides are presented as wholly villainous having let the power go to their heads. Melisse even outright tries an assassination attempt on Dracula near the end of the story. Dracula mentions he doesn't really remember why he turned them (save a vague remembrance of them being kinder back then) and planned to abandon them outright in the castle. At the end of the story he does gain Mina as his mate after letting her live out her normal life and dying of natural causes. The vampirism kicks in after she's buried and regresses her back to when she was younger to which Dracula happily greets her after she rises from her grave. This was a mutual turning by the way.
  • In The Empire of Fear by Brian M. Stableford, vampires live openly and the most common configuration is a male vampire leader with an entourage of women he has converted. This is one of the things that leads one of the mortal characters to theorize that the common story of being made a vampire by being bitten is just superstition and that vampirism is actually spread by sexual contact.
  • Gotrek & Felix: Ulrika Magdova, Felix's love interest, is turned into a vampire by Adolphus Krieger in Vampireslayer due to expressing interest on her.
  • Immortals After Dark: A vampire's beloved is referred to as their Bride. When they finally meet them, they regain the ability to breathe, their hearts beat again and they become even stronger.
  • Vampiros do Rio Douro:
    • Inverno covets Eliana as his "queen and bride" after she accidentally reanimated him with her blood.
    • Sétimo picks two beautiful young women Paola and Aléxia to be his brides when building his vampire army. They are an villainous version of Betty and Veronica with one seductive and proactive and the other demure and submissive.

    Live-Action TV 
  • Buffyverse:
    • In the backstory to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Angel, Angelus had Darla, Drusilla, and Spike.
    • Likewise the brides show up briefly in "Buffy vs Dracula" where they nearly seduce Giles before Riley scares them off.

    Tabletop Games 
  • Dungeons & Dragons:
    • The Ravenloft setting:
      • Strahd's obsession with his brother's fiancée Tatyana led him to kill his brother and drive Tatyana to suicide, crimes that caused him to be Cursed with vampirism. The 5th Edition Curse of Strahd module continues Strahd's attempts to claim Tatyana's Reincarnations; in the Bad Ending, he captures her latest reincarnation Ireena, turns her into a vampire spawn, and seals her in his crypt. He might also claim some of the Player Characters as consorts if he likes the look of them.
      • Elder vampires in 2nd Edition can choose to create a "Bride": a free-willed Mindlink Mate. Since a progenitor vampire can only have one Bride (or Groom) at a time, doesn't have the usual mental control over it, and suffers terribly if it dies, it's generally only done out of genuine care for the victim — or due to some darker impulse.
    • In the module I2 Tomb of the Lizard King, the Lizard King Sakatha is a vampire who has a bride: a female lizardfolk whom he changed into a vampire. She will fight the Player Characters if they enter her room.
  • Warhammer Fantasy: Averted by Vlad von Carstein, who has only one wife (Isabella) and loves her dearly, to the point where he only turned her into a vampire to save her from illness and went the Together in Death route with her.

    Video Games 
  • Castlevania:
    • In numerous games, Dracula takes women to make them his brides, some of them Belmont's fiancees, which motivates them to goes after the Lord of Darkness. One exception is Lisa, who becomes Dracula's second wife without being converted and stays with him for love. They have a son called Adrian Tepes (Alucard) and her death would cause his war against humanity as seen in Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse, in which even his own son Alucard goes after him (plot expanded with the Castlevania series by Netflix).
    • Furthermore, the Dracula novel is confirmed as canon in this universe, implying that the three "Brides" in the novel existed. More than likely, they were Succubi, who appear in numerous games as some of the most prominent members of Dracula's army. In some games, it's made clear that Dracula employs them as his personal concubines, when they aren't menacing humans.
  • Demitri Maximoff, the current vampire character of Darkstalkers series and one of the protagonists, is usually seen with a vampire harem that follows him wherever he goes, usually seen in some of his win poses and in his own stage.
  • Legacy of Kain: Vorador kept an harem of vampire ladies that likely served as his concubines, indicated by their their beauty and diaphanous clothing.
  • Nosferatu: Similar to Castlevania, the main plot is a vampire kidnapping the hero's girlfriend and him braving his castle to get her back before he turns her (which can indeed happen both in the game over screen and in the original version, if you died too many times.).
  • Suikoden: After becoming governor of the Lorimar region, the vampire Neclord demands that the people sent him one girl every year to be his bride. The village chief's daughter Tengaar is selected, but the heroes mount a rescue mission to besiege his fortress and save the girl.

    Visual Novels 
  • In Havenfall Is for Lovers, Dracula appears as an antagonist in the routes of vampire love interests Diego and Antonio. Siniang Li (first introduced as an antagonist in Vanessa Helsing's route) is identified as one of his brides, and Antonio mentions two others. The second bride is revealed in Diego's seventh and Vanessa and Antonio's third seasons as Necahual, the native Central American vampire who originally turned Diego and Antonio. The third bride hasn't been introduced yet, but according to Vanessa's third season, she has the power to raise the dead.

    Web Comics 
  • Clan of the Cats: Dracula turns a few women during his story arc; including the protagonist's mother.
  • Dracula Everlasting: In the third and final volume, Dracula begin reviving all the girls he bit up to that point as his vampire brides including one of the protagonists' own mother and likewise turns a few more girls just before the heroes show up at his castle to settle things.
  • Dracula: Ruler of the Night: Drac's three brides as usual (here named Winnoa, Maria and Ursa). But Lucy also ends up joining as well due to Dracula saving her from being staked after she turned. What's more her mother, Minerva, becomes a bride as does Van Helsing's mentally ill wife, Milly.
  • School Bites: The main big bad, Dante, has two vampire girls in his harem named Babette and Josephine. He seeks to add the protagonist, Cherri, to his ranks as well.
  • Total Undead Drama: Storm inadvertently starts one after landing on Camp Wawanakwa and biting Sadie when Katie and she end up in the cave he's in. Storm had only meant to feed on Sadie, but her boy-crazy and easily influenced nature made her fiercely devoted and, after Katie is turned who likewise had the same mentality, he decides to just go with it.
    Katie: Time to, like, make Stormy proud and add more girls.
    Sadie: I know right, like, totally must obey our cutie patootie master.
  • Walking in the Dark: Big Bad Ian has at least three girls in his crew among his main minions, one of which is a young-looking girl who was turned a long time ago, making her the oldest among the bunch.
  • Zombie Roomie: One of the main characters' friends is a vampire who runs a nightclub with most of the employees being strippers who willingly let him turn them.
  • Yet Another Fantasy Gamer Comic: The vampire leader of the Fraternity of the Un-Deceased has a group of lingerie-clad female vampire minions who share his crypt. He refers to them as brides, although he seems to prefer forcible recruitment.

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    Western Animation 
  • Duck Dodgers: Played with in "I'm Going to Get You, Fat Sucka" when Cadet is lured into a room and is confronted by three vampire women. It's revealed they're actually Count Blood Count's daughters.
  • Johnny Test: Inverted when Mary and Susan accidentally turn themselves into vampires in "Fangs A Lot Johnny". They seek to make their crush, Gil, as their male mate.
  • Monster Force: Present in the first episode with three women serving as Dracula's minions. The manage to chase the wolfman of the team into a trap, find and turn an associate of the team scouting the area for them and later confront the team when they come looking for their wolfman comrade.
  • Sally Bollywood: In "Fangs a Lot", Sally and Doowee suspect one of their friends, Lee, of being a vampire when he makes a threat to the school bully, Bob. When Doowee is forced the continue the investigation on his own he finds that Lee supposedly turned one of the female classmates. When they meet with Sally at the park, another girl has joined them... and then Sally reveals she was turned as well. Of course it turns out it was just a prank to get back at Bob. Doowee even plays along when he catches on what Sally is doing.
  • Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends has an appropriately titled episode "The Bride of Dracula" where he tries to make Firestar his.
  • What's New, Scooby-Doo?: "The Vampire Strikes Back" centered around this alot. The Hex Girls are making a video about vampire brides and both Velma and Daphne takes turns dressing as a potential bride to lure out the supposed "vampire".

 
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Duck Dodgers [Count Muerte's Girls]

Scene from Duck Dodger, Ep 05A - I'm Gonna Get You Fat Sucka. Dodger and Cadet make there way to a planet ad ambassadors but are unaware that the ruler is a vampire who feeds on pig fat. He hypnotizes Dodgers to be his servant and lure Cadet to him but his first attempt doesn't go over so well.

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