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Basic Trope: Characters (usually supernatural) reminiscent of Count Orlok from Nosferatu.

  • Straight: Vorlak the Vampire is tall, bald, with pointy ears, protruding incisors and long fingers and nails.
  • Exaggerated: Vorlak doesn't just look like Orlok, he resembles him down to the last wrinkle. He may even call himself Orlok (and then add: not that Orlok, other one).
  • Downplayed: Vorlak has protruding incisors and long fingernails. Other than that, he's indistinguishable from a living man with a terrible fashion sense.
  • Justified:
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    • Vampirism is caused by The Virus. Orlok features are symptoms of infection.
    • Vampires Age Without Youth. The older a vampire is, the more Orlok-like it looks.
    • Vorlak is an Orlok impersonator.
    • Vorlak is Orlok, who has adopted a new identity.
  • Inverted:
  • Subverted: Vorlak uses an Orlok latex mask to hide his true face.
  • Double Subverted: Which just Looks Like Orlok's.
  • Parodied: Vorlak is a carbon copy of Orlok, down to being in black and white, silent and "talking" by showing intertitles he hides in Hammerspace. But he constantly reminds he is not imitating Orlok.
  • Zig Zagged: Vorlak does look like Orlok, but he wears fake pointy ears on his real ones. Flash forward a century, his ears start to become pointy.
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  • Averted: Vorlak doesn't resemble Orlok.
  • Enforced: The author wanted to homage Nosferatu.
  • Lampshaded: "F. W. Murnau called: He wants his vampire back."
  • Invoked: The human Vorlak, an ordinary man shunned by his peers, begins a ritual to turn himself into a monstrous vampire to strike fear into their hearts.
  • Exploited: Vorlak attends a contest of Orlok-lookalikes. He loses.
  • Defied: Partway through the aforementioned ritual, Vorlak finds out that some of them respect him for the man he already is, and he tries to stop it from finishing.
  • Discussed: "This guy looks pretty familiar to me... I've seen ones like him before. Maybe he's a vampire?"
  • Conversed: "Look, this is most definitely not a vampire".
  • Implied: Vorlak is never seen directly, but the shadow hand shot from Nosferatu is homaged.
  • Deconstructed: Vorlak is a depressive individual that curses his exceptional ugliness for his lonely existence. What's the chance of there being even another Orlok-duplicate vampire out there, after all?
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  • Reconstructed: Pretty high actually. After centuries of isolation, Vorlak happens upon Karlova by chance, an Orlok-lookalike vampiress who reveals to Vorlak that he is part of an entire race of vampires that Looks Like Orlok and he had no idea about.
  • Played For Laughs: Oblivious to his own ugliness, Vorlak fancies himself a vampire sex god and is a hopeless suitor to Sangria the Vampiress (who doesn't swing that way, either).
  • Played For Drama: Vorlak, unable to see himself in mirrors and photographs, has a Villainous BSoD when he finally has a chance to see what he has become in digital film, leading him to ponder on his lost humanity.


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