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Trope · Genre
Synonyms: vampire!AU
Related: creature!fic, Elf AU, werewolf
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Stories and art containing vampires may be created in fandoms in which the existence of vampires is canon or for canon sources lacking vampires or supernatural elements in general (e.g. The Sentinel, Starsky and Hutch).

Fandoms with canon vampires

Fandoms with vampire-centric canons include:

Vampires as major canon elements

(Is there such a thing as a A Cure For Vampirism storyline in fandom?)

Vampires as minor canon elements

While the existence of vampires is canon in some cases such as Supernatural and Harry Potter, the vampires play a very minor role and might only be mentioned in passing. This often results in a lack of canon-specific vampire lore that is filled by fanfic. Sometimes, fan authors develop an entire original society and culture for the vampires in their stories.

Since no major canon character is a vampire in these cases, these stories generally feature original characters as vampires[1] or a canon character is turned into a vampire for the purpose of the story. In some cases, a canon character such as Severus Snape is depicted as having always been a vampire without the other characters knowing of it.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Vampire AUs

A Vampire AU is a type of Alternate Universe story, similar to the Elf AU, in which vampires exist (in the case of vampireless canons) or in which a non-vampiric character is recast as a vampire (regardless of whether vampires appear in canon).

Starsky and Hutch in a crossover with Forever Knight

Vampire AUs can appear in any fandom. For example, Vampire!Hobbit stories were popular enough in LOTR a few years ago to get their own archive, Anklebiters!.

Examples Wanted: Editors are encouraged to add more examples or a wider variety of examples.

Vampire art

Vampire-themed zines



  1. To See A Human Soul Take Wing, by Maeglin Yedi, for example, features a vampire named Ivan.
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