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Basic Trope: Someone isn't a vampire, but not for lack of trying.

  • Played Straight:
    • Alice dresses in all-black gothic Costume Porn (which she got at a costume store), has red eyes and fangs (contact lenses and fake fangs, same costume store) drinks blood (well, cranberry juice), refuses to go out in the day (though the worst she'd get is a sunburn), calls herself Ebony Ravenelle von Gothika (her real name is Alice Jamie Smith), and sleeps in a coffin. She isn't a vampire- she just finds vampires cool and emulates them.
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    • Bob really wants to be a vampire. To that end, he seeks out Charlotte the Vampire and asks her to turn him, perhaps offering his service in exchange.
  • Exaggerated:
  • Downplayed:
    • Alice likes vampire-esque fashion, is a night owl, and enjoys cranberry juice. The overall effect might make her look like a vampire, but that's not really what she's going for.
    • Bob serves Charlotte the Vampire because she pays him, but wouldn't be adverse to vampire if it was offered.
  • Justified:
    • Alice lives in a world of Clap Your Hands If You Believe. If her vampire habits can trick enough people into thinking she's actually a vampire, she will become one for real.
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    • Vampires are immortal, super fast and strong, and have a plethora of magical powers. Really, can you blame Bob for wanting to be one?
  • Inverted:
    • Alice hates vampires and does her best to avoid association with them- she wears simple, brightly-colored clothes, has blue eyes and normal teeth, avoids any red drinks, is always outdoors in sunny weather, insists people call her Alice Jamie Smith, and sleeps in a bed. This despite the fact that she actually is a vampire, has to wear blue contacts and file her fangs down, needs serious protection so the sun doesn't fry her, and Ebony Ravenelle von Gothika is her real name.
    • Bob serves Charlotte the Vampire in return for a promise that she'll never turn him.
  • Subverted:
    • Alice dresses & acts like a vampire, and calls herself Ebony Ravenelle von Gothika, but when asked, she reveals that she had no idea vampires even existed. She was acting like a stereotypical goth to win a bet with her friends.
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    • Bob serves Vampire Charlotte and is seemingly excited to be turned... but actually he's an apprentice of Dan the vampire hunter, and was trying to get close to Charlotte so he could kill her.
  • Double Subverted:
    • When Alice learns what vampires are, she becomes eager to be one herself.
    • Bob wants to be turned by Charlotte before he kills her, because he (unlike Dan) wants to use the weapons of his enemy against them.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted:
    • Alice is quite the Goth, but doesn't follow vampire stereotypes.
    • While Bob serves Charlotte, the topic of her turning him never comes up.
  • Enforced: ???
  • Defied: Propaganda campaigns deter people from idealizing vampires.
  • Exploited: Charlotte picks people who want to be vampires as her servants, since paying them with vampirism is cheaper than paying them with money and means she gets vampiric minions when it happens.
  • Lampshaded: "Does Alice think that wishful thinking will turn her into a vampire?"
  • Discussed: "You know, this 'vampire fangirl' thing Alice has going is running out of control. I heard she was going to give herself fangs with surgery next."
  • Conversed: "Alice is such a vampire fangirl. I wonder when she'll realize she's not from a work with vampires in it."
  • Implied:
    • Alice sighs dreamily over the poster of a fictional vampire who looks like her.
    • Esther wonders why Bob serves Charlotte. Charlotte shows her fangs and comments that she has her ways.
  • Deconstructed:
    • Alice's vampire fantasies cause her to drift away from her family, lose contact with reality, hate her life, and have all the negative health impact one would expect from never going out in the sun and drinking nothing but cranberry juice.
    • Bob will do anything to get Charlotte to turn him. Torture, rape, murder, betrayal of his closest friends- no deed is too low if it means he gets one step closer to vampirism.
  • Reconstructed:
    • Vampires have a sense of morality, and they do not allow people to cause excessive harm to themselves or others in pursuit of vampirism.

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