We’ve all read it in books and seen it in movies and on TV, that bitter rivalry between vampires and werewolves, the intense hatred the two share, but has anyone thought to ask why? Why do these two supernatural entities hate each other so much? Why are writers constantly pitting them against each other?
Out of all the books and movies I have read and seen the only one to explain it is Underworld. The werewolves hate the vampires because the vamps forced them into slavery, which triggered a war that lasted centuries. Eventually neither side remembers what started it all, but they are so far into it that the hatred is fused into their minds. That is just one explanation, most other writers have yet to give any reason for the animosity, but I have a few theories:
It could simply be a competition of sorts, a sense of pride of who you are. Take the rivalry between sports teams or countries for example – they go against each other because they think they are the best. They dislike one another because they think that they are far superior, and because of that, a challenge is born and each side rises to the occasion, ready to prove to the other that they are the greatest. Vampires and werewolves are the same, each side thinks that they are the superior race, and they feel the need to go against each other to prove it.
Another thing is that they are very different from one another, and as history has shown us countless times, people often seek to destroy what is different. Vampires are often portrayed as aristocratic and noble beings with an insatiable lust for blood. Whereas werewolves are usually shown as a bit more laid back, a little rough around the edges with the need to destroy everything in their path once a month. Two very different, yet equally destructive, creatures. Werewolves hate that vampires drink blood, vampires hate that werewolves have a wild dangerous beast inside them. Werewolves think vampires are filthy leeches, vampires think werewolf are lowly dogs. On and on.
So to me, it’s an issue of superiority complexes and differences. All about who is the bigger badder monster. What do you guys think? Why do werewolves and vampires hate each other?