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The following tables compare traits given to vampires in folklore and fiction.

AppearanceEdit

Skin Colour Fangs Reflection Shadow Attractiveness
European Folklore Ruddy or dark[1] No[2] No[3] No[3] Hideous
Bram Stoker Pale Yes[4] No[4] No Alluring
Nosferatu Pale Yes No Yes Hideous
Anne Rice Pale Yes No Yes Typically alluring
Buffy Ordinary Template:Refun Retractable No[5] Yes Hideous when in their "vampire form"
Blade Pale Yes  ? Yes Ordinary
True Blood Pale Retractable Yes[6] Yes Ordinary

^  Vampires had pale skin in the film.

WeaknessesEdit

Weaknesses which are marked as 'yes' are generally not fatal. All fatal weaknesses have been marked as such.

Stake Sunlight Decapitation Drowning Fire Silver Garlic Christian symbols Running water Invitation
European Folklore Fatal; ash[7], hawthorn[8], or oak[9] preferred Nocturnal [4] Fatal [10] Fatal Fatal Yes Yes [11] Yes Yes [12] Yes [3]
Bram Stoker Fatal; white oak preferred[13] Yes[13] Fatal Fatal Fatal  ? [13] Yes Yes [13]  ?  ?
Nosferatu  ? [13] Fatal [14]  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? [13]  ?  ?  ?
Anne Rice No Fatal [15] [13] No No Fatal No No No  ?  ?
Buffy Fatal[16] Fatal [16] Fatal [16] No [5] Fatal Yes Yes Yes [16][5]  ? Yes [5]
Blade Fatal[6] Any ultraviolet light is fatal[6]  ?  ?  ? Yes[6]  ? No[6] No  ?
True Blood Fatal Fatal; older vampires have lower tolerances  ? No  ? Yes No[6] No[6]  ? Yes

Supernatural PowersEdit

  • 'Glamour' refers to the ability to influence a mortal. (AKA the spell gift, mesmerize, or the Jedi mind trick.)
  • It is common in fiction for vampires to gain additional, uncommon powers as they age. These have been noted as 'Gifted'.
Immortality Supernatural strength Supernatural senses Supernatural speed Supernatural healing Flight Shapeshifting Glamour Telepathy Telekinesis Pyrokinesis
European Folklore Yes  ?  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No
Bram Stoker Yes Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? Wolf, bat, dust, fog  ?  ?  ? No
Nosferatu Yes  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ?  ? No
Anne Rice Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Gifted No Gifted Gifted Gifted Gifted
Buffy Yes [5] Yes [16] [5] Yes [5] No Yes [16] [5] No Template:Refun No Gifted No No No
Blade Yes Yes  ?  ? Yes  ?  ?  ?  ? No No
True Blood Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Gifted Gifted Yes No No No

^  In the film, vampires could levitate.

ReproductionEdit

Sterile Reproduce via bite Reproduce via transfusion Inhabited by demons
European Folklore No  ?  ? Yes [17]
Bram Stoker  ?  ?  ?  ?
Nosferatu  ?  ?  ?  ?
Anne Rice Yes No Yes No
Buffy Yes No [5] Yes [5] Yes [5]
Blade  ? Yes  ? No
True Blood Yes No Yes No

Similarities in plot settingsEdit

Many depictions of vampires include depictions of other mythological creatures.

Dracula Werewolves Telepaths Shape shifters
Bram Stoker Title character No No None other than Dracula
Nosferatu Title character No No No
Anne Rice No No None other than some vampires No
Buffy Yes [16] Yes [16] Yes [16] Template:Refun  ?
Blade Yes  ?  ?  ?
True Blood  ? Yes Yes Template:Refun Yes

^  Telepaths in these works could not read the minds of vampires.

NotesEdit

  1. Barber, Vampires, Burial and Death, pp. 41–42.
  2. Barber, Vampires, Burial and Death, p. 2.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Spence, Lewis (1960). An Encyclopaedia of Occultism. New Hyde Parks: University Books. OCLC 3417655. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Silver & Ursini, The Vampire Film, p. 25.
  5. 5.00 5.01 5.02 5.03 5.04 5.05 5.06 5.07 5.08 5.09 5.10 "Vampires in the Buffyverse". http://www.atpobtvs.com/vampires.html. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 6.5 6.6 Beam, Christopher (2008, November 20). "I Vant To Upend Your Expectations: Why movie vampires always break all the vampire rules". Slate Magazine. http://www.slate.com/id/2205143/. Retrieved 2009-07-17. 
  7. (German) Alseikaite-Gimbutiene, Marija (1946). Die Bestattung in Litauen in der vorgeschichtlichen Zeit. Tübingen. OCLC 1059867.  (thesis)
  8. Vukanović, T.P. (1959). "The Vampire". Journal of the Gypsy Lore Society 38: 111–18. 
  9. (German) Klapper, Joseph (1909). "Die schlesischen Geschichten von den schädingenden Toten". Mitteilungen der schlesischen Gesellschaft für Volkskunde 11: 58–93. 
  10. Barber, Vampires, Burial and Death, p. 73.
  11. Barber, Vampires, Burial and Death, p. 63.
  12. Burkhardt, "Vampirglaube und Vampirsage", p. 221.
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 13.3 13.4 13.5 13.6 Bankard, Bob. "Vampire Repellents". http://www1.phillyburbs.com/vamp/defenses.shtml. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  14. Skal, David J. (1996). V is for Vampire. Plume/Penguin. pp. 104. ISBN 0-452-27173-8. 
  15. Nina Auerbach (1981) Our Vampires, Ourselves: 119–47.
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 16.3 16.4 16.5 16.6 16.7 16.8 Truett, Larry. "Buffy the Vampire Slayer". http://www.spookyfiles.com/Buffy-the-Vampire-Slayer/. Retrieved 14 September 2009. 
  17. Barber, Vampires, Burial and Death, pp. 50-51.

ReferencesEdit

  • Barber, Paul (1988). Vampires, Burial and Death: Folklore and Reality. New York: Yale University Press. ISBN 0-300-04126-8. 

See alsoEdit

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