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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, and Murnau's Nosferatu (1922) the first vampire to be killed by daylight.

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.

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

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.

Extremely rarely, something goes horribly wrong in the transition from human to vampire, resulting in a "Revenant", a malformed zombie-like creature. These "mistakes" are unpredictable not understood.. Some Pure-Bloods are born with an anomaly where a vampire became a ghoulish being without any regenerative capability


  • 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'.
  • Can drain the color red from objects instead of feeding on blood
  • Ability to become invisible
  • Ability to animate corpses
  • Werewolves (implied)
  • Witches (mentioned)
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies
  • Ghosts
  • Werewolves
  • Frankenstein's Monster
  • Warlocks (mentioned)
  • Demons (The Devil exists)
  • Angels (Said to exist)
  • God (The Christian God)
  • Werewolves
  • Catboy
  • Ghouls
  • Hellhound (hound of the baskervilles)
  • Demons (1997 anime)
  • Baobhan Sith (1997 anime)
  • Werewolves
  • Werewolves
  • Revenants
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
  • Ghouls
  • Shapeshifters
  • Werewolves
  • Witches
  • Zombies
  • Igors
  • Numerous others
  • Maenads
  • Shapeshifters
  • Witches
  • Weres
  • Fairies
  • Demons (books)
  • Werewolves
  • Kitsune
  • Phantoms
  • Angels
  • Malach
  • Witches
  • Werewolves
  • Vampire/Werewolf Hybrid
  • Ghosts
  • Doppelgänger
  • Heretics (Vampire and Witch)
  • Witches
  • Werewolves - Fruit Brute
  • Werewolves
  • Gods
  • Deity
  • Raven Mocker
  • Tsi Sgili
  • Angels
  • Wereanimals
  • Ghouls
  • Zombies
  • Naga
  • Fey
  • Mer-people
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies
  • Ghosts
  • Succubi
  • Demons (implied)
  • Werewolves
  • Zombies
  • Ghosts
  • Witches
  • Werewolves
  • Others
  • Werewolves
  • Lycans
  • Immortals
  • Hybrids
  • Damphir
  • Witches
  • Alchemist
  • Werewolves
  • Ghosts
  • Soulless
  • Metanaturals
  • Other shifters
  • Werewolves
  • Necroscopes
  • Vampire/humans hybrids (Splits)
  • Demons
  • Aliens
  • Robots
  • Inderlanders
  • Ghosts and spirits
  • Gods and goddesses
  • Weres
  • Witches
  • Weres
  • Ghosts
  • Pillar Men (beings that prey on vampires)
  • Stand users
  • Ghosts
  • Aliens (Possibly)
  • Demons
  • Elves (manga)
  • Dhampir
  • Daemites
  • Maraisreq
  • Diseased
  • Mutates
  • Demons
  • Archangels (mentioned only)
  • Damphir
  • Renfields
  • Witches
  • Werewolves
  • Witches (mentioned)
  • Lycanthropes
  • Human magic users
  • Demons
  • Ghosts
  • others
  • Ghosts
  • Demons
  • Witches
  • Voodoo Zombies
  • Barber, Paul (1988). Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality. New York: Yale University Press. ISBN . 
  • Skal, David J. (1996). V is for Vampire. New York: Plume. ISBN . 
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