Vampires have been alive in folklore for hundreds if not thousands of years. Tales of beings or spirits who thrive on the blood of humans dates back to ancient civilizations. It was not until the 17th century when written word allowed the version of “vampyre” as we know it currently to become popular. Bram Stoker’s Dracula, the 1958 movie Dracula starring Christopher Lee, Anne Rice’s series Interview with a Vampire and movie of the same name, Blade, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel, Moonlight, Vampire Diaries, Twilight, True Blood, the list goes on…. If it seems they are increasingly popular, you’re right.
The world is a scary place and the old concept of a demonic type vampire doesn’t have the same effect it did a hundred years ago. Vampires now have complex personalities and can be adapted to million different storylines. Why are we still attracted to vampires? Most of the time they are portrayed as beautiful, charming, passionate immortals. And they’re rich!
As much as vampires are popular in tv and movies, they are also as prevelant in games and anime. It would be a long list to name them all, but here are some of our favorite, and less liked, vampires:
*CONTAINS SOME SPOILERS*
Devil Duke Gilzen Vampire Hunter D (He’s cheating, this is a book!)
A vampire noble who aimed to use alien blood to create a superior vampire race. Broken free from the “unbreakable” chains that the nobles had bound his coffin with and buried deep within the Earth as punishment, he is now back in White Devil Mountain. He will gain power at the expense of those around him and has little respect for life.
All the vampires in Diabolik Lovers
I’m four episodes in and I’m not sure why I’m still watching, but I just can’t stop. There are no redeeming qualities in these brothers of another mother. I find the boy lolito type, Kanato, extremely disturbing as he attempts to be cute then laughs manically before attacking. I should stop watching. The only thing this show has taught me is how to say bitch in Japanese.
Abel Nightroad Trinity Blood
A priest under the AX Division of the Vatican’s Department of Foreign Affairs, Abel hides the power and ability given to him by his Krusnik nanomachines under a goofy and clumsy exterior. In Krusnik form, he is detached from his surroundings and exhibits extreme thirst for Methuselah (vampire) blood and destruction. He refers to himself as a monster and works to atone for his past atrocities by protecting the fragile peace between the humans and Methuselah.
Zero Kiryuu Vampire Knight
Zero is brought to Cross Academy to be cared for after being found drenched in his family’s blood after a vampire attack. He later finds out that he was bit on the night of the attack and has become one of the creatures that he hates so fervently. On top of that, his body rejects the blood supplement and he cannot survive except to drink the blood of the one he wants to protect, Yuki. At one point, he attempts to kill himself with his vampire hunter gun- the Bloody Rose, in leiu of becoming a level E vampire, which are wild, violent creatures. In the end, he also find out the one person he ever trusted was a vampire the entire time.
Pictures say it all!
Mina Tepes Dance in the Vampire Bund
Krul Tepes Seraph of the End
Love to Hate
Cain Nightroad Trinity Blood
Cain, Abel’s brother, is permanently fused with his Krusnik nanomachines and wants to wipe life off of Earth altogether. Cain’s body is literally falling apart and only the nanomachines keep him whole for periods of time. Driven to insanity by the destructive nature of the Krusnik, he heads the terrorist organization Orden bent on human annihilation.
Ferid Bathory Seraph of the End
Although it is forbidden for vampires to drink from their “livestock” directly, Ferid Bathory drinks from Mikaela Hyakuya in exchange for gifts. Mikaela is using the situation to find a way out of the Vampire city but discovers the entire thing was a setup and watches as Ferid Bathory kills his family, all children, before his eyes. Murderer, manipulator, and generally skezy loser with no real power.
Love to love!
Moka Akashiya Rosario + Vampire
Cute and sweet on one side of the crucifix, sexy and devilish on the other. A Moka to suit every mood.
Seraphim Is this a Zombie?
A vampire and a ninja, can’t get any cooler than that! This girl kicks ass! She’s a bad cook and constantly puts down Ayumu which is super entertaining.
No Noblesse, Blood +, or Hellsing on this list? Sorry, it’s on our to-watch list!!!
What characaters would you put in these categories? Leave us a comment! Thanks for reading!