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Basic Trope: A vampire is actually good at heart.

  • Straight: Vlad is rather kind and doesn't want to harm people.
  • Exaggerated:
    • Vlad is bubbly and affectionate and acts like a cheerful little girl.
    • If it weren't for the fact it's 3 AM and Vlad had just told Alice such, you'd never guess that Vlad was a vampire and you'd never know he's struggling with his Horror Hunger, because of how friendly he's being to her.
  • Downplayed: Vlad isn't a bad person, but isn't exactly pleasant either.
  • Justified:
    • Vampirism is a disease that affects otherwise normal people, and it has no logical reason to alter their personalities.
    • Because of all the negative stereotypes from horror movies and scary stories involving vampires, trying to be on good terms with ordinary humans can make vampire life easier.
    • Vampires have to get blood from one who is friendly to them, and don't need to feed very regularly, so being polite and friendly makes their desires more understandable but also allows them to feed from a willing volunteer.
  • Inverted: Van Helsing Hate Crimes
  • Subverted:
    • Vald seems pretty harmless, but that's just a facade he puts up to lure in victims.
    • Vlad strikes up a funny conversation with Alice, then suddenly lunges for her neck.
    • Vlad restraining his urges has nothing to do with being a good person. He simply doesn't want to become a mindless predator, and is willing to do plenty of other bad things.
  • Double Subverted:
    • Vlad starts to become the mask and ends up as a truly nice person.
    • Vlad deliberately misses, he was just goofing around.
  • Parodied: Vlad tries to clean up his act, and ends up encountering a series of absurdly violent events, which leave him comically failing in his goal.
  • Zig Zagged:
    • Nobody's quite sure if the Vlad is really friendly, or if he's just waiting for the right time to strike.
    • Vampire society is a mish-mash of factions. Some of them respect humans, other see them as cattle, and nobody's quite sure which side is "winning" underneath the Gambit Pileup.
  • Averted: Vampires aren't friendly creatures at all.
  • Enforced: It's a kids' show, so there can't be violence, but they want to include vampires anyway.
  • Lampshaded: "You're rather nice for a vampire."
  • Invoked:
    • Realizing how mean the rest of his kind are, a vampire decides to be friendly just to be different than the rest.
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    • Vlad does not particularly feel like chasing down screaming victims, and he really doesn't want to have a Wooden Stake hammered through him, so he opts for an honest night's work and getting blood from willing donors. It's hard sometimes, but at least he can still look at himself in the mirror... metaphorically, of course.
  • Exploited: Instead of having to clean up expired biohazardous blood packs, blood banks can feed the friendly local vampires before any blood pack reaches its expiration date.
  • Defied: Asked to try being nice for once, Vlad laughs at the idea, refuses, and goes back to killing people.
  • Discussed: "Why're you so kind? Aren't vampires supposed to be mean?" "Well, I guess I'm just different."
  • Conversed: "Since when is Count Dracula a Friend to All Children?"
  • Implied: Vlad is never shown on screen, but when Dr. Van Helping from out of town bursts into a pub, freaking out and hollering, "Vlad is a vampire!" the locals shrug and respond, "Yeah, so what?"
  • Deconstructed:
    • Even though Vlad really is nice, society's expectations of vampires leave him feared by humans and scorned by his own kind.
    • Even though Vlad is a genuinely nice guy, he's also in constant danger of losing control. If he's a perspective character at all, it makes sure you know exactly what being a vampire entails.
  • Reconstructed: Knowing that humans expect vampires to be bloodthirsty, Vlad hides his identity and decides to live among humans as an ordinary member of society anyway.

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