If you read a lot of vampire books and watch vampire shows and movies then you have a pretty good idea of the many types of vampires used in entertainment. Here’s a closer look at those vamps, check it out.
This is one we all know and know well. You have the whole going up in flames in sunlight thing, drinks lots of blood, no reflection in mirrors, has a holy objects phobia…etc. This is the classic vampire that sleeps in a coffin and can transform into mist and such.
This vampire is usually like the one above except it can walk in the sunlight. We are seeing this kind of vampire more and more often, especially in teen entertainment – like The Vampire Diaries, Twilight, and House of Night. You also have dhampirs like Blade that have the ability to roll around in sunbeams unharmed.
The ancient and usually wise vampire that everyone respects and fears. Sometimes he is the ruthless leader that stays behind the scenes or sometimes he’s a yoda-like figure for the young vamps. You’ve seen these older vamps in pretty much all movies and books. Anne Rice’s novels had many of them, like wise Marius. In Underworld you had Viktor, the old, admired and feared leader.
The aristocratic, polite and respectful vampire. They are usually an old vampire, like above. This vampire is a knowledgeable gentleman/lady who is often prim and proper. Picture a vampire scene where a sophisticated vampire walks up to a lovely woman, politely bows and kisses her hand gently. We’ve seen this in Anne Rice’s work, in Dracula and many others.
This nasty vampire is only interested in violence and lots of blood. They have lost all traces of humanity and are nothing but bloodthirsty beasts. In most case these are vampires that have been starved of blood for long periods of time, like in the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter series.
Also known as the whiny emo vampires that I wrote about here. This vampire isn’t always the dark brooding type, he can also be the old vampire that is simply angry and bitter at the world and his existence. The vampire that feels out of touch and out of place in this time and age.