List of vampire traits in folklore and fiction

List of vampire traits in folklore and fiction

The following tables compare traits given to vampires in folklore and fiction. Over time, some attributes now regarded as integral became incorporated into the vampire's profile: fangs and vulnerability to sunlight appeared over the course of the 19th century, with Varney the Vampire and Count Dracula both bearing protruding teeth,[1] and Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) the first vampire to be killed by daylight.[2]

Although Bram Stoker's novel is the best known vampire fiction of the 19th century, it is the aristocratic figure of Lord Ruthven who is thought to have inspired the elegant and suave creature of stage and film.[3]

The cloak appeared in stage productions of the 1920s, with a high collar introduced by playwright Hamilton Deane to help Dracula 'vanish' on stage.[4] Lord Ruthven and Varney were able to be healed by moonlight, although no account of this is known in traditional folklore.[5]



Setting Skin Colour Fangs Reflection Shadow Attractiveness
European folklore Ruddy or dark[6] Yes[7] Varies[8] Varies[8] Varies
North American folklore Pale Yes No Yes Varies[9]
The Vampyre (1819)
Varney the Vampire (1845) "White and bloodless"[10] Yes[10] Hideous, but has hypnotizing eyes[10]
Carmilla (1871) Pale Yes Yes Yes Unearthly beauty
Bram Stoker (1897) Pale Yes No[11] No[12] Unattractive
Nosferatu (1922) Pale Yes No Yes Hideous[9]
Dark Shadows (1966) Ordinary Retractable No Yes Ordinary
Blade (1998) Pale/ordinary Yes ? ? Varies
Count Chocula (1971) Tanned Yes Yes Yes Comical[citation needed]
Count von Count (1972) Lavender Yes No[13] Yes Neutral - Muppet/Cartoonish
Dungeons & Dragons (1974) Pale Yes No No Ordinary, they have a predatory look compared to normal humans
Blade (1973) Ordinary/Pale Yes Yes Yes Ordinary but often somewhat above average
Ultraviolet (TV serial) (1998) Ordinary/Pale Yes No Yes Ordinary but often somewhat above average
Anne Rice (1979) Pale, smooth, marble-like, gets whiter with age Retractable Yes Yes Typically alluring and beautiful
Bunnicula (1979) Furry Yes No Yes Adorable to all, intimately only with other rabbits.
The Hunger (1981) Pale No Yes Yes Alluring
Count Duckula (1983) Green Sometimes No No Green-feathered cartoon duck
Young Dracula 2007 Pale Retractable Lost after age of 16 Yes Varies
Vampire Hunter D (1983) Pale Yes No Yes Possess a strange unearthly beauty
Necroscope (1986) Pale Yes Yes shows true self Yes Can make themselves beautiful or hideous
The Lost Boys (1987) Full vampires: Ordinary, a little pale Retractable No Yes Ordinary. Become quite ugly when about to attack and fangs appear.
Half-vampire (pre-turning): Ordinary Gradually gain No No As in life
The Little Vampire (2000) Pale Yes Yes Yes Alluring
The Vampire Diaries (1991) Ordinary Retractable Yes Yes Alluring
World of Darkness (1991) Pale Retractable Yes - Lasombra, however, don't have them Yes Varies by bloodline
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (movie) (1992) Pale No No Yes Ordinary
Forever Knight (1992) Pale[14] Retractable[14] Yes[15] Yes[14] Ordinary
Discworld (1992) Pale Yes No ? Alluring
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter (1993) Pale Yes Yes Yes Ordinary, but some bloodlines seem to get more attractive with age, some less, and many vampires are attractive as this was the reason they were sired
Preacher (1995) Pale No Yes Yes Ordinary
Legacy of Kain (1996) Varies Yes Yes Yes Ancient vampires were alluring while human turned vampire evolutions became more grotesque.
Night World (1996) Ordinary Retractable Yes Yes Alluring
Alucard (1997) Ordinary Yes No Yes Alluring
Buffy the Vampire Slayer TV series (1997) Ordinary Yes No Yes Can appear as normal humans. However, when feeding or angry, they reveal their true vampire visage where their eyes turn yellow, their brow extends and they grow fangs and pointed teeth.
Night Watch (1998) Ordinary Retractable Yes, even if the vampire himself turns invisible Yes Ordinary
John Carpenter's Vampires (1998) Pale Yes Yes Yes Ordinary
Amelia Atwater-Rhodes (1999) Pale Yes Faint reflection that disappears with age Yes Beautiful
The Saga of Darren Shan (2000) Ordinary; Purple for vampanese subrace No Yes, but cannot be recorded on film (vampire) or are blurry on film (half-vampire) Yes Ordinary, but vampanese subrace become swollen and discolored from overfeeding.
30 Days of Night (2002) Pale Yes Yes Yes Steve Niles mentioned that they have an alien-like appearance. They are also described as being gruesome yet attractive.
Let the Right One In (2002) Pale Retractable Yes Yes Ordinary
Moon Child (2003) Ordinary Yes Ordinary, but some are above average.
Underworld (2003) Pale Retractable Yes Yes
Chibi Vampire/Karin (2003) Pale Yes Yes Yes
Van Helsing (2004) Pale Retractable No Yes Above average when in human form, but they turn into a winged bat/demon-like creature, which is possibly be their true appearance.
Twilight (2005) Pale, hard as marble, sparkles in sunlight No Yes Yes Alluring, inhumanly beautiful
My Sister the Vampire (2007) Pale Yes Yes Yes Beautiful
Supernatural (2005) Ordinary Retractable Yes Yes Ordinary
The Batman Vs. Dracula (2005) Pale Yes No Yes Grotesque
Frostbiten (2006) Pale Yes, grows even bigger when attacking people No Yes Ordinary, but the "pill-vampires" turn monstrous when attacking people, while the supervampire shapeshifts into a demonic creature to hunt. The original vampires look human all the time save for red eyes and exposed vein when attacking.
Vampire Academy (2007) Pale Yes Moroi yes, Strigoi no Yes Moroi are ordinary, Strigoi have red-ringed irises
House of Night (2007) Blue Vampires: Pale with sapphire markings Yes Yes Yes Alluring
Red Vampires: Pale with red markings Yes Yes Unknown Depends: red fledglings are described as gross, but once they choose to be good and become an adult they can be alluring
Blindsight (2007) Pale Yes Yes Yes Tall, with a "predatory appearance"; baseline humans possess an instinctive panic response to them
True Blood (2008) Pale Retractable Yes[16] Yes Ordinary, but humans can develop more attraction to them by drinking their blood, and also with the power to "Glamour" ordinary humans into enticement
Being Human (2008) Ordinary Retractable No [appearance 1] Yes Ordinary
Moonlight (2008) Ordinary Retractable Yes Yes Ordinary, but many are above average
The Parasol Protectorate (2009) Pale Yes ? ? Ordinary
Daybreakers (2010) Ordinary Yes No Unknown Normal, but with pallid skin and yellow eyes. However if deprived of blood they become deformed, their ears grow, they lose their hair, grow claws and wings and become bat-like creatures called "Subsiders"
American Vampire (2010) Old World bloodline: Pale Yes ? ? Slightly distorted
American bloodline: As when alive Yes Distorted ? Usually normal, but severely distorted and animalistic when enraged
Dresden Files White court: ordinary No Yes Yes Extremely attractive
Red court: ordinary when human Yes ? ? Slimy and batlike, but with an attractive human "costume"
Black court: ? Yes ? ? Rotting corpse
Touhou Pale Yes Unknown, probably yes Unknown, probably yes Normal, but with red eyes and wings.
Fright Night (1985, 2011) Pale Yes No Unknown Somewhat attractive
Marvel Comics Vampires Pale Yes No ? Varies
We are the Night (2010) Pale Yes No Yes Transformation turns them into the peak of their beauty
  1. ^ Also do not appear on film or video


A "Yes" indicates a weakness to something, with fatal weaknesses being marked as such. Entries which are marked as "No" are not seen as weaknesses. "?" indicates a lack of information on whether this is a weakness or not; other indicates weaknesses that do not fit in one of the other categories.

Setting Stake Sunlight Decapitation Drowning Fire Silver Garlic Holy symbols Running water Invitation Arithmomania Other
European Folklore Fatal; ash[17], hawthorn[18], or oak[19] preferred Nocturnal [11][clarification needed] Fatal [20] Fatal Fatal No Yes [21] Yes No [22] No [22] Yes[23]
North American folklore Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Twilight No No Extremely difficult No Fatal No No No No No No
The Vampyre Fatal Healed by moonlight ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Daybreakers Fatal Fatal Fatal No ? No No No No No Sometimes
Young Dracula Fatal Fatal ? ? After time No Burns skin Avoided, effect is unclear No Yes Often yes
My Sister the Vampire Fatal Fatal Fatal Possibly yes Possibly yes No Yes No No No ?
Varney the Vampire ? Healed by moonlight ? ? ? Commits suicide in Mount Vesuvius[10] ? No No ? ?
Carmilla ? Only weakened during daylight hours Fatal ? ? ? ? Aversion to holy relics/charms ? Yes ?
Bram Stoker Fatal; white oak preferred Only weakened during daylight hours Fatal Fatal Fatal No Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Night World Fatal But it greatly weakens their powers Possibly yes Fatal Fatal No No No No No No
Nosferatu ? Fatal [24] ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Count Chocula ? No ? ? ? ? ? ? No No No
Count von Count ? Enjoys sunlight, sleeps at night ? ? ? No ? ? No ? Yes
Van Helsing Fatal to Dracula's brides, not to Dracula Yes ? ? No Not to Dracula Not to Dracula Not to Dracula, fatal to his brides ? ? ?
Dungeons & Dragons Fatal Fatal, will survive very short exposure No No No Yes Keeps them at bay Keeps them at bay Fatal, will survive short exposure Yes No
Blade Fatal[16] Fatal Yes Yes Yes Yes[16] Yes[16] No[16] No No No EDTA and the Daystar virus can also kill them.
Ultraviolet (TV serial) Fatal Fatal Yes No Yes Yes Keeps them at bay Psychosomatic No No Charcoal
30 Days of Night (2002) No When blood touches their ashes they will regenerate. Yes ? Yes No No No No No No
Anne Rice No Fatal; older vampires have higher tolerances [25] Sometimes No Sometimes No No No No No No
Bunnicula ? Nocturnal[clarification needed] ? ? ? ? Yes ? ? ? ?
The Hunger ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ? ?
Count Duckula No Fatal No No No No No No No No ?
Vampire Hunter D Usually fatal Fatal in direct light ? Immobilizes Yes ? Yes Yes Yes No No
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Yes But after a few years the begin to have a resistance toward it other than that their eye still react the same Yes No Yes No No No No No No
The Lost Boys Fatal Fatal Fatal ? ? Fatal through the heart No Holy water is fatal in large quantities ? Invitation makes vampire immune to weaknesses and vampire characteristics No
The Little Vampire Fatal Fatal Yes No Yes No No Yes No No No
The Vampire Diaries Fatal Fatal — Special ring protects them Fatal ? Yes No No No Depends on how strong the vampire is. The stronger the vampire, the worse running water is on them. Yes No Vampires can also die for heart extraction and a Werewolf bite; Vervain and magical objects weaken them.
House of Night: Blue Vampires Fatal No Fatal Fatal Fatal No No No No No ?
House of Night: Red Vampires Fatal Fatal ? ? Fatal ? ? ? No Yes ?
Buffy Fatal[26] Fatal Special ring protects them [26] Fatal [26] No [27] Fatal No Shown as a prop on-screen, but never utilized. Yes [27][26] No Yes [27] No
Discworld[note 1] Fatal Yes[note 2] Fatal Fatal Fatal Yes Yes[note 3] Yes[note 4] Yes[note 3] Yes No
True Blood Fatal Fatal; Younger vampires can survive short exposure, older vampires have lower tolerances; Fae/Fairy blood can eliminate weakness to sun for a short period Fatal No Yes Yes Yes (mild irritant) No[16] No Yes (Only in private residences owned by humans) No
Let the Right One In Fatal Fatal Fatal No Fatal No No No No Fatal, if invite remains absent for long enough No
Preacher No Fatal Fatal No Fatal No No No No No No
American Vampire (Old World bloodline) ? Fatal; ameliorable with protective measures ? Immobilizes ? Yes ? ? ? ? No
American Vampire (American bloodline) ? No; possible dependency on moonlight — torpid and vulnerable during new moon ? No ? Gold ? ? ? No No
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Fatal Fatal Fatal No Fatal Yes No Any religious iconography if wielded by a true believer No Yes ?
Alucard No Non-fatal, but finds it extremely unpleasant No No No Fatal for other vampires in the series but not Alucard[28] No No No No ?
The Saga of Darren Shan Fatal Highly susceptible to sunburns, eventually Fatal Fatal Fatal Fatal No No No Superstitious[note 5] No ?
World of Darkness Immobilizes Fatal Usually Fatal No Eventually Fatal Immune unless with flaw Immune unless with flaw Immune unless with flaw or when wielded by someone with true faith Immune unless with flaw Immune unless with flaw Only if with flaw
Being Human Yes No (More sensitive to sunlight and prefer to avoid it) Fatal ? ? ? Yes (causes fangs to appear, watery eyes, and sneezing) Yes (with some exceptions, and weaker in fighting off larger crowds No Yes ?
Lord Erebus ? No No No Yes ? ? ? ? Yes ?
Moonlight Causes paralysis It makes them progressively weaker Yes No Yes Yes, it is toxic and can eventually kill if left in too long No No No No ?
The Parasol Protectorate Fatal Fatal ? ? ? No Yes Yes No Yes ?
Blood Omen/Legacy of Kain Death-like state until removed Fatal to weaker vampires Fatal Fatal to all except Rahabim vampires Fatal to most if not all No No Vulnerable to Hylden glyphs Fatal to most No ?
Night Watch ? Feels unpleasant ? No ? ? No No No Yes ?
Underworld Fatal Fatal; Specifically UV radiation Fatal Selene almost drowns in first film ? No ? No No No No
Chibi Vampire/Karin Fatal Burns, death if exposed too long Likely Likely Likely No Only aggravates highly developed olfactory nerves No No No No
Necroscope Fatal Fatal Fatal Fatal Fatal No No No No Yes ?
Moon Child ? Fatal ? ? ? ? ? ? No
Forever Knight Fatal; older vampires have higher tolerances[29] Fatal[14] Yes[29] ? Fatal; older vampires have higher tolerances[29] No[30] Yes[31] Can develop a tolerance[31] No[32] No ?
John Carpenter's Vampires Yes Fatal Yes ? ? ? No Template:Wielder has to possess faith No No ?
Dark Shadows (1966) Yes Fatal (except under the treatments of Dr. Julia Hoffman) ? ? ? Yes ? Keeps them at bay ? No No
Frostbiten (2006) Fatal, but the supervampire must be killed through a combination of several vampire weaknesses Implied, the supervampires is killed by strong light after being staked ? ? ? ? Yes Yes ? ? ?
Dresden Files: White Court As for humans No As for humans As for humans As for humans No No No No No No
Touhou Yes Weakened through sun exposure, a parasol seems to be enough protection, though ? ? ? Yes Yes No Yes, even rain is a problem No No
Fright Night Fatal, but only through the heart Fatal ? ? Can't think clearly No ? Burns skin ? Yes ?
Marvel Comics Vampires Yes Yes, except for pseudo-vampires Yes No No Yes, except for pseudo-vampires Yes, except for pseudo-vampires Yes, except for pseudo-vampires No No No The Montesi Formula incantation can kill any vampire within earshot
We are the Night (2010) ? Fatal ? No ? ? No ? No ? ?
Blindsight (2007) Fatal No, but light-shy and tends toward nocturnal activity Fatal Fatal Fatal No No No intrinsic aversion to religion in general, but neurological "crucifix glitch" causes lethal seizures when perpendicular lines fill more than 30 degrees of visual field; seizures can be prevented by "anti-Euclidean drugs" No Cannot approach any construction with right angles while eyes are open due to "crucifix glitch"; legend may have arisen from this condition Possible - altered brain structure provides omnisavantic pattern-matching and analytical skills
  1. ^ Discworld vampires are immortal; even fatal weaknesses only reduce them to ash. A drop of blood can restore them to full health if it comes in contact with the ashes
  2. ^ Cultural aversion to sunlight. Sufficiently bright light can also turn them to ash
  3. ^ a b Cultural aversion
  4. ^ Cultural aversion to all religious symbols
  5. ^ Vampires believe that dying in running water prevents the soul from entering the afterlife.

Supernatural Powers

  • It is common in fiction for vampires to gain additional, uncommon powers as they age. Certain vampires may have abilities that are unique to them or a small group of others. These have been noted as 'Gifted'.
Immortal Unnatural strength Unnatural senses Unnatural speed Unnatural healing Flight Shapeshifting Mind Powers Telekinesis Pyrokinesis Other
European Folklore Yes No No No Yes Some Yes Yes Some poltergeist-like activity No ?
North American folklore Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Nocturnal animals, fog Yes No No ?
Varney the Vampire Yes Yes  ?  ? Regenerates in moonlight[10]  ?  ? Yes  ? No ?
Bram Stoker Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Wolf, bat, dust, fog The hunters track Dracula through his telepathic link with Mina  ? ? control of nocturnal animals - wolves and rats mentioned specifically
Nosferatu Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Yes No ?
Dracula (Van Helsing) Yes Yes Yes Yes, but it resembles teleporting Yes in winged creature form Winged bat/demon-like creature ? No No His only true weakness is the bite of a werewolf.
Anne Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Gifted No Gifted Gifted Gifted Gifted vampires are able to walk on walls and ceilings.
Twilight Saga Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Gifted Gifted Gifted Gifted vampires can have a variety of different abilities.
My Sister the Vampire Extended life Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? ?
Buffy Yes [27] Yes [27][26] Yes [27] Yes Yes [27][26] No[power 1] Only Dracula Gifted No No No
Blade Yes Yes Enhanced sense of smell Yes Yes No Only Dracula No No No ?
Ultraviolet (TV serial) Yes Yes Enhanced sense of smell Yes Yes No No No No No ?
30 Days of Night (2002) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes No No Yes
Discworld Yes Yes Yes Yes Can be resurrected from ashes As a bat or as a "human" Yes Yes No No Overcome inherent weaknesses with psychological conditioning
Vampire Academy No Yes Yes No Spirit users can heal. No Yes Some, not all. No Vampires that are fire users. All Moroi have an extra power: water, fire, earth, air, and sometimes spirit.
True Blood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Gifted Uncommon Can "Glamour" humans, erase memories and possibly bend their will No No Can feel the emotions of whoever has drank blood from them, such as if they are in danger. They can also feel when their "maker" is in trouble, and a maker can feel the same thing for their progeny (vampire children).
The Little Vampire Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Can climb any surface and may hang from the ceiling to sleep
The Vampire Diaries Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Some Yes Yes No No Control animals and fog
Count Chocula Yes Yes No Yes ? Yes Bat No Able to levitate marshmallows No Turns milk chocolatey, 15 vitamins and minerals
Count Duckula ? No No No No No Yes ? No No Teleportation
Vampire Hunter D Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Some can change their form to mist Yes No No Varies greatly by invidual Nobility
Count von Count Yes No ? No ? No No Hypnosis, now discontinued ? Can generate thunder by counting Preternatural counting abilities
Let the Right One In Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Limited Sending memories through kiss No No Are able to walk on walls
Preacher Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Limited Yes No some Ability to walk on walls and ceilings, briefly read the minds of those they drink from, other unspecified abilities
American Vampire (Old World bloodline) Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No ? No No No ?
American Vampire (American bloodline) Yes Yes Yes ? Yes No ? No No No ?
Alucard Yes Yes Long range vision Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? Can pass through walls, shadow and blood manipulation, can summon the souls of those he has previously consumed
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes, but wounds from silver heal slowly. Holy water inhibits healing Gifted Rare Telepathy is stronger after biting, can enthrall with eyes Gifted Gifted Call animals, drain power from sired vampires, rot without damage(dependent on bloodline)
World of Darkness[power 2] Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Vast number of potential Disciplines
Being Human Yes Yes Yes usually smell Yes Yes ? ? Gifted ? ? ?
The Saga of Darren Shan Extended Life Yes Yes Yes Saliva has healing powers No No Among higher ranking full vampires and briefly during transformation into a vampire; not exclusive to vampires Only illusion of telekinesis No Exhales gas that causes unconsciousness in humans, Runs at high speeds outside normal space
Moonlight Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Can be developed with age No No ?
The Parasol Protectorate Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No ?
Blood Omen/Legacy of Kain Yes Yes Mostly smell Gifted. Kain gains mastery of time Yes Ancient Vampires were able to fly, Kain can levitate, Raziel can glide Wolf, bat swarm, mist Gifted Gifted Gifted Corruptions caused some clans to gain abilities others did not. Some powers are also granted by the Reaver or by consuming the blood or the soul of some characters
Night Watch Yes[power 3] Yes Yes[power 3] ? Yes[power 3] Gifted Gifted, giant bat Yes[power 3] Yes[power 3] Yes[power 3] Ability to lure prey to the vampire
Underworld Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Only Markus in his winged creature form Limited Through drinking their blood No No ?
Chibi Vampire/Karin Extended life, potentially beyond 1000 years Yes Yes Yes Yes Some No Control of bats No No Mind/Memory erasure
Dungeons & Dragons Yes Yes Yes No Yes By shape shifting Bat, wolf, cloud of smoke Yes No No Can walk on walls and ceilings
Forever Knight Yes[14] Yes[14] Heat/night vision[33] Yes[14] Yes[30] Yes[14] No Ability to persuade through mesmerism[14] No No No
Necroscope Yes Yes Yes No Yes Some Yes Yes No No Killglance, Necromancy, Precognition
Moon Child Yes Yes ? Yes Yes ? No No No No ?
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes But can glide No Some No No No
The Lost Boys Yes Yes No Yes No Yes No No No No ?
Dark Shadows (1966) Yes Yes ? Either this or teleportation Yes Yes Bat Hypnosis Yes No Time travel, necromancy,possibly teleportation
House of Night:Blue Vampires Yes Stronger than humans, but not unnaturally strong Yes Fast, but not unnaturally so Depends on vampire affinity No No No Depends on vampire affinity Depends on vampire affinity Most are specially talented or have an affinity for one thing or skill
House of Night: Red Vampires Yes ? Yes Faster than humans, but not unnaturally so Depends on affinity No No Yes Depends on affinity Depends on affinity Most are specially talented or have an affinity for one thing or skill
Frostbiten (2006) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No No No Climb walls and talk to dogs
Dresden Files: White Court No, but long-lived Only when boosted ? Only when boosted Only when boosted No No Induce and harvest emotions ? ? Normally about human in power, but can boost to superhuman using harvested emotional energy; fatally sensitive to true love
Touhou Yes Yes Yes Yes Implied they can recover from anything as long as the head is undamaged Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Fate manipulation, magic and object destruction.
Fright Night Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes ? ? ? ? ? Stick to ceilings.
Marvel Comics Vampires Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No Some vampires can control the weather and some animals; pseudo-vampires don't have these powers
We are the Night (2010) Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No
Blindsight (2007) No, but can hibernate for decades to avoid overhunting its food supply Yes due to increased ATP production Yes due to tapetum lucidum and tetrachromatic vision Yes due to thicker axons increasing nerve impulse transmission speed No No No No No No No
  1. ^ In the film, vampires could levitate
  2. ^ Most vampiric powers in the World of Darkness are the result of Disciplines, which must be learned. Thus, while all the powers on this list are available to any vampire, immortality is the only one they're all guaranteed to have
  3. ^ a b c d e f Magical ability not limited to vampires


Fertile Reproduce via bite Reproduce via transfusion Reproduce via consumption of vampire blood after bite Inhabited by demons
European Folklore Yes Upon death No No Yes [34]
Varney the Vampire  ? Yes  ?  ? No
Bram Stoker  ? No Yes  ? No
Nosferatu  ?  ?  ?  ? No
Van Helsing Baby vampires are born dead and must be reanimated Yes ?  ? No
Anne Rice No No Yes Yes No
Twilight Male vampires can reproduce with female humans Yes No No No
Buffy No [27] No [27] Yes [27] Yes[27] Yes [27]
Blade Yes Yes Yes  ? No
Ultraviolet (TV serial) No Yes Yes No No
My Sister the Vampire Yes Yes No No No
30 Days of Night (2002) No Yes Yes ? No
Discworld Yes If desired  ?  ? No
True Blood No, although intercourse is possible and more pleasurable than usual for humans No No The human being turned must be buried alive in the ground afterward No
The Little Vampire No The victim becomes a mindless vampire No Yes No
The Vampire Diaries No No If killed while vampire blood is still in the system  ? No
Count Chocula ? ? ? ? No
Count von Count  ?  ?  ?  ? No
Alucard  ? Provided the other is a virgin of the opposite sex; otherwise creates ghouls  ?  ? No
Let the Right One In Due to Eli being a castrated boy Yes Yes ? No
Count Duckula ? No Yes ? No
Vampire Hunter D Yes Usually creates servants ? ? ?
Preacher ? Yes ? ? No
American Vampire (Old World bloodline) No No Yes ? ?
American Vampire (American bloodline) No No Yes ? ?
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter Only young male vampires can reproduce with a human mother, may cause extreme birth defects Yes  ?  ? No
World of Darkness Except for "thin bloods", those of the 15th (and sometimes 14th) Generation removed from Caine No No Yes No
The Saga of Darren Shan No, with exclusion of Destiny's "children" No Yes  ? No
Moonlight No No No The human must be near death No
The Parasol Protectorate ? Only females can create new vampires and only if the recipient has enough soul No No No
Blood Omen/Legacy of Kain No ? ?  ? No
Night Watch A vampire can have one single human child Both the vampire and the human must want it No  ? No
Underworld Yes Yes Yes  ? No
Chibi Vampire/Karin Only full vampires. Half-Human variants are sterile No No No No
Dungeons & Dragons Yes Yes No  ? No
Forever Knight Vampires are sterile, and can cause the death of mortals if intercourse is attempted[35] If desired[36]  ?  ? No
Necroscope Males can have one egg son, Females can produce a multitude of eggs in a mass birth If desired Yes  ? No
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter No No No Yes No
The Lost Boys ? Yes ? Blood is given before death to create a half-vampire No
Moon Child ? ? ? ? No
Dark Shadows (1966) Yes Yes ? ? Debatable - the vampiric energy of Barnabas was transferred, curing Barnabas & bringing Adam to life
Frostbiten (2006) ? Yes Yes Yes No
Dresden Files: White Court Born basically human, become vampire after first feeding (can become fully human instead) No No No ?
Touhou ? Contradicting information[reproduction 1] ? ? No
Fright Night ? Yes, if desired ? ? ?
Marvel Comics Vampires No Yes No No  ?
We are the Night (2010) No Yes ? No No
Blindsight (2007) Yes - can also be created by applying retroviral gene therapy to baseline humans Potentially by lateral gene transmission No No No
  1. ^ In the profile from The Embodiment of Scarlet Devil, it is stated that Remilia's victims usually stay alive, which prevents her from increasing the numbers of her kind. In Perfect Memento in Strict Sense, humans sucked dry by a vampire are said to turn into zombies.

Setting characteristics

Progenitor Source Dracula Supernatural Creatures Non-Vampire Lovers Society
Bram Stoker ? ? Title character
  • Werewolves (implied)
Yes Dracula and Brides
Young Dracula ? bite Father of Title Character
  • Werewolves
  • Ghosts
Yes All Vampires are subjects of the 'Grand High Vampire' and Vampire Council
Van Helsing The Devil (Dracula) Dracula's bite (Brides, other vampires) Main villain
  • Werewolves
  • Frankenstein's Monster
Yes Dracula, Dracula's brides, other vampires, Dr. Frankenstein, Igor, Velkan Valerious (as a werewolf)
Alucard Reincarnation of Vlad the Impaler ? Title character
  • Werewolves
  • Catboy
  • Ghouls
Yes {{serves in Hellsing Organization}}
Nosferatu ? ? Count Orlok No No Count Orlok only
Anne Rice Akasha Demonic hybridization with humans No
  • Psychics
  • Witches
  • Taltos
Yes Hidden, Lestat tried to out them
The Hunger ? Evolved humans whose blood acts as virus in normal humans No ? Yes Hidden
Twilight ? Believed to evolve along side humans No
  • Werewolves
  • Shapeshifters
  • Human/Vampire Hybrids
Yes Hidden
Buffy Unnamed human possessed by Old One Demonic hybridization with humans Yes [26] Many Yes Hidden
Blade Dracula / Dagon / Drake ? Yes
  • Werewolves
No Hidden
Ultraviolet (TV serial) ? Virus No No Yes Hidden
30 Days of Night (2002) Vincente and his lover Lilith claimed that they were the parents of all other vampires. Being described as some kind of virus ? Other vampires In some cases Know with humans then became hidden.
Discworld ? ? No
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
  • Zombies
  • Igors
  • Numerous others
Yes ?
True Blood ? ? In the books
  • Maenads
  • Shapeshifters
  • Witches
  • Weres
  • Fairies
  • Demons (books)
Yes Out since invention of Trublood
The Little Vampire ? A comet of soul which fell to the earth hundreds of years ago No No Yes
The Vampire Diaries The Originals ? No
  • Werewolves
  • Vampire/Werewolf Hybrid
  • Ghost
  • Doppelganger
  • Witches
Yes Mostly hidden
Count Chocula ? ? Brief cameo
  • Werewolves - Fruit Brute
Children as part of this complete breakfast ?
Count von Count ? ? Is a comical reimagining No Out
Count Duckula ? ? Yes
  • Werewolves
No Hidden
Vampire Hunter D ? ? Most honored member of Nobility; D's father Many Yes Highly advanced society, now in steady decline
Let the Right One In ? ? No No Yes Hidden
Preacher ? ? ? Yes Hidden, only 3 shown
American Vampire ? ? ? ? ? Hidden
Anita Blake: Vampire Hunter ? ? Using the name Dracula has been banned
  • Wereanimals
  • Ghouls
  • Zombies
  • Naga
  • Fey
  • Mer-people
Yes Out
Being Human ? ? No
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies
  • Ghosts
Yes Hidden, but some wish to out themselves and enslave humans
The Saga of Darren Shan ? Vampires believe they are descended from wolves; Most vampire powers were added to the race by Des Tiny after their genesis No Yes Yes Hidden to most humans, divided into Vampire and Vampanese races/cultures
Moonlight ? ? No Yes ? Hidden
World of Darkness Caine Divine curse Member of the Tzimisce clan Many Yes Hidden
Blood Omen/Legacy of Kain ? ? No
  • Werewolves
  • Telepaths
No ?
Night Watch ? ? Probably existed in the universe, but not plot-relevant
  • Werewolves
  • Others
Yes Hidden
Underworld Markus Corvinus Virus No
  • Werewolves
  • Lycans
  • Immortals
  • Hybrids
Yes Hidden
Chibi Vampire/Karin ? Vampire's are a species of the Homo genus, separate from Homo sapiens, but capable of producing sterile hybrid children with Humans Brief cameo of Bram Stoker's book
  • God (implied to be Christian God)
Yes Hidden within Japan, Clans/Families control various territories with treaties and all-clan-meetings once a year
Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter [Elizabeth Báthory] Demonic Hybridization with humans No Unknown Yes Hidden but wants to take over the world
The Lost Boys ? ? No No None shown Hidden, gang run by sire
Dungeons & Dragons By individual campaign or setting; Strahd von Zarovich in Ravenloft Negative Material Plane No Many Yes By campaign/setting
Forever Knight ? ? No No Yes[37][35] Hidden
The Parasol Protectorate ? ? ?
  • Werewolves
  • Ghosts
  • Soulless
Yes Out in Britain and help in the government, hidden in many other countries
Necroscope Shaitan ? No
  • Werewolves
No ?
Moon Child ? ? No No Yes Hidden
Daybreakers A Vampire bat Virus No No ? Out, run society
Dark Shadows ? Witch's Curse; Vampire Bat No
  • Witches
  • Wizards
  • Satanic Warlocks
  • Demons, Ghosts
  • Werewolves
  • Naga
  • Frankenstienian Hominids
  • The Phoenix
Yes Yes
Frostbiten Maria is the pregenitor of the Swedish vampires, but there are older ones Believed to be a virus but implied to be supernatural No ? No The vampire horde made up of Sebastian, John and the other teens. Annika and Maria.
Dresden Files ? ? ?
  • Wizards
  • Werewolves (several types)
  • Fae (many types)
  • Angels
  • Demons
  • Dragons
Definitely for White Court, probable for Red Court, unknown for Black and Jade Formal vampire courts: White, Red, Black, and Jade.
Touhou ? ? Remilia claims to be a descendant, although she is not
  • Youkai
  • Kami
  • Witches
  • Fairies
  • Ghosts
? There is no secret about the mythological creatures who live in Gensokyo, Gensokyo itself is isolated from "our" world, though
Marvel Comics Vampires Varnae Spell from the Darkhold Yes Many Yes Divided on Vampire Sects
We are the Night Unknown Unknown supernatural source No ? Yes Louise coven. Possible others around the world
Blindsight (2007) Homo sapiens vampiris coevolved with baseline humans as predator; speciation occurred around 400000-500000 years BP X-chromosome mutation No No Likely, not documented Originally solitary predators, went extinct due to "crucifix glitch" and proliferation of perpendicular lines due to human technology. Species fully recreated in late 21st century and eventually reestablished position as apex predator on a virtual reality-befuddled humanity


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  30. ^ a b Forever Knight: Season 3, Episode 10, "Night in Question"
  31. ^ a b Forever Knight: Season 1, Episode 3, "For I Have Sinned"
  32. ^ Forever Knight: Season 2, Episode 5, "Hunted"
  33. ^ Forever Knight: Season 1, Episode 1, "Dark Knight"
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  35. ^ a b Forever Knight: Season 2, Episode 24, "Baby, Baby"
  36. ^ Forever knight: Season 1, Episode 9, "I Will Repay"
  37. ^ Forever Knight: Season 1, Episode 22, "Love You To Death"

Cited texts

  • Barber, Paul (1988). Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality. New York: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-04126-8. 
  • Skal, David J. (1996). V is for Vampire. New York: Plume. ISBN 0-452-27173-8. 

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