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Dracula's daughter's got it bad

If you think you've got it bad

Try having Dracula for your dad

See how that looks on you!
The Decemberists, "Dracula's Daughter"

Friendly Neighborhood Vampires sit on the horns of a dilemma. They don't want to get attached to the people around them, because they know that they'll have to watch them die one day. But, every so often, someone slips through their shields, and they fall in love before they can stop themselves.

But wait! What if they don't have to let them die? A vampire, after all, is able to sire others, and one bite means Immortality... at a price.

So they offer the loved one the choice, and wonder of wonders, they accept! However, the vampire sire[1] and the loved one have a falling out. Why? Well, a lot of potential reasons exist. Maybe the change made the loved one into someone, or some thing that the sire no longer recognizes or loves. Maybe the loved one can't handle the stress of being a vampire, or once fully immersed in the life realizes their sire lied about being not being Blessed with Suck, and if the loved one is a biological child of theirs, they'll never grow up. Point is, they can't love each other like they did when the loved one was alive.

Flash forward several centuries later, and this former love is now the sire's deadliest enemy. They blame their sire for their angst, (usually only teen-vamps will yell "I Hate You Vampire Dad!") seeing it as base betrayal, even if they were the ones who suggested the transformation in the first place, and will stop at nothing to make them pay. The sire will (usually) feel the full guilt of this, especially if the sire forced the change on them against their will. This is made worse when their vampirism has No Ontological Inertia, so if the former loved one kills their sire, they can be mortal again.

That is, of course, assuming the vampire son or daughter was born sane. Most vampires are The Virus after all, and the loved one may become evil because of it and merrily thank their sire by painting a bloody swathe of carnage on the town. All in their name. In these cases it's more of an "I hate you, vampire son," though.

See Dhampyr, when vampire dad is the angsty spawn's biological parent. See I Love You, Vampire Son for the inversion. Compare with Vampire Refugee, Emergency Transformation, Evil Counterpart and Not Growing Up Sucks. Compare/contrast the Pretender Diss, as it applies to vampires in particular. May result in the creation of an Archnemesis Dad situation.

Contrast Eternal Love, when 'siring the loved one' goes according to plan, and Living Forever Is Awesome, where the new vampire enjoys the immortality that transforming gives them.

Examples of I Hate You, Vampire Dad include:


Anime & Manga

  • Moon Phase - Read the arc Elfride's Past. She may have been sad when Kinkle lost, but but when he lived, she had a lot of good reasons for hating him. It takes three chapters of manga to explain her backstory before the main characters met her, and it's almost all just Kinkle being a complete monster.
  • In Yu Yu Hakusho, where a recently resurrected Mazoku Yusuke get possessed by his ancestral father and proceeds to delivery a Curb Stomp Battle and No Holds Barred Down to Big Bad Shinobu Sensui. Yusuke becomes extremely pissed for him interfering with his fight and is hell bent on training to get stronger and defeat him.
  • Subverted in Hellsing; Seras Victoria is one of the few people her master, Alucard has an even remotely good relationship with. Seras looks up to and genuinely likes Alucard despite the fact he's an inhuman monstrosity that frequently scares the crap out of her, and Alucard appears to have a soft spot for his fledgling.
    • Gonzo's original anime changed Alucard and Seras's relationship, by adding much more affection between them, which severely lacks in Hellsing Ultimate. In the anime they are quite touchy-feely and their connection seems fuller of feeling even than Alucard and Integra's bond, which is the relationship that is supposed to come off as slightly romantic. It doesn't help the fact that Seras observes how worried Alucard is for Integra ( when she almost gets killed), then sees how close they are and she suddenly becomes surprised and sad, even though her motives are ambiguous, making the viewer think that she is jealous.
    • Even the OVA softened there relationship. In the manga, this is more or less Played Straight. There is very little affection between them at all at first. Alucard just acts like a Jerkass towards her and she even shows shades of I Hate You, Vampire Dad, but she's mostly too frightened by him to say anything. It isn't until she becomes a true vampire that Alucard shows her any type of normal, genuine human affection.
  • Averted in every possible way by Saya and Haji from Blood Plus. Saya turns him by accident, and when she apologizes for it years later, he assures her that it was the best thing that ever happened to him (despite all the angst it caused). Riku also averts this trope quite well.
  • Fay from Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicle bears Kurogane a pretty hefty grudge after Kurogane arranges to have Fay turned into a vampire to save his life... although Fay's objections have nothing much to do with disliking being a vampire and everything to do with the fact that he wanted to die. The two of them reconcile once Fay's worked through some of his myriad issues.
  • Completely reversed in Tsukihime - Arcueid Brunestud only turned a human into a vampire once, and it was because he tricked her into it, turning him into a vampire powerful enough to complete the reincarnation spells he was developing (due to being sired by what amounted to the single most lethal vampire on Earth)... and causing Arc to react horribly at his blood, go berserk and annihilate her whole species. Now Arc has sworn to spend eternity if so needed hunting the man's incarnations down.
  • Pietro aka Pete from Ghost Sweeper Mikami is actually half-vampire, half-human. And yes, he hates his father Count Vlado.
  • Mahou Sensei Negima: While Evangeline has no real "sire" (A Wizard Did It Quite literally. The Lifemaker is her sire), she did viciously kill the man responsible. Her first regaining consciousness surrounded by the bodies of her family with their blood on her hands and her lips probably had something to do with that.
    • Also averted when Negi starts becoming an immortal demon because of the same power/technique that turned Evangeline into a vampire. He is actually rather pleased that he's "becoming like Master."
  • In the first Fullmetal Alchemist anime, Envy turns out to be built out of Hohenheim and Dante's dead son, and hates Hohenheim so much for abandoning him that he's dedicated his existence to killing him.
  • Vampire Hunter D does not have the best memories of his father. That the rest of the Nobility worship him makes for some unpleasant moments.
  • Used straight twice in the OVA-cum-anime-series, Nightwalker. Throughout the series, the main character, Shido, butts heads with Cain, the vampire who not only turned Shido into one, but was also his gay lover. Later on, Shido is forced to turn Riho, a schoolgirl who works as his assistant, into a vampire. Riho eventually has a falling-out with Shido, and goes on a rampage across the city, trapping Shido, and killing Shido's familiar, Gumi. Luckily, that whole episode was just an illusion from Cain.
  • Subverted in Black Blood Brothers. Jiro doesn't have any resentment towards Alice for making him a vampire without his consent. This is particularly noteworthy because according to Alice herself, it is customary to get a person's informed consent before turning them.


Comic Books

  • Drain has a lesbian relationship that ends up this way.
  • Parodied in Kyle Baker's Plastic Man series, in which a vampire is the father of the (mortal) teenage goth Edwina. They do not get along.
  • Inverted in DC Comics' I Vampire series, where reluctantly-undead Andrew Bennett's lover went all-out Big Bad after conversion, eagerly embracing her new nature and calling herself "Mary, Queen of Blood". Yes, she does fight her Vampire Dad, but only because he's a human-loving, remorse-wracked Vampire Refugee who's determined to prevent her and her brood from conquering the world.
  • Lilith in The Tomb of Dracula. She has good reason to hate Dracula given everything he did to her when she was a mortal, and the curse that transformed her into a vampire means that she cannot die until Dracula is irrevocably destroyed.


Fanfiction


Film

  • Highlander Endgame introduces Duncan MacLeod's former wife, who had not yet discovered her latent immortality when the two married. Wanting her to be preserved young and beautiful so they could spend an eternity of happiness together, Duncan stabbed her to death on their wedding night without an explanation or her consent. (In order for an immortal to return from death the death has to be shocking and violent. Telling her he was going to do it might well have prevented her from coming back.) She's spent the centuries since hating him for stealing a mortal life from her.
    • She also hates that she can't have kids anymore. Even though most indications are that potential immortals couldn't have kids in any case.
  • Taken to the max in the first Blade film, when Blade finds out that the vampire he was chasing all movie is the one who bit his mother while she was pregnant.
    • This case is actually ironic in that the vampire who bit Blade's mother was not even a "real" vampire himself, but a human who was "turned" just as the mother was - making this more a case of I Hate You Vampire Brother.
  • In The Librarian: Curse of the Judas Chalice, Simone Renoir finds out that the vampire who forcibly turned her 400 years ago is none other than Vlad Dracula. Of course, since she's not the hero of the movie, it is up to Flynn, the titular Librarian, to end his (un)life with an aspen branch.
  • Daybreakers has this with Corrupt Corporate Executive Vampire Charles Bromley and his daughter Alison who refuses to become a Vampire. When she's later captured, he has the main character's Punch Clock Villain brother turn her. In response, she chooses to drink her own blood, quickening her mutation into a Subsider and forcing Bromley to put her down.
    • The main character himself is resentful of his own brother, who turned him, and doesn't like drinking blood.
  • In Interview with the Vampire, Claudia's hatred for Lestat continues to grow over the years, until she finally decides to kill him. It doesn't stick.
  • Partly played straight with Victor and Marcus in Underworld Evolution, but it has nothing to do with Victor hating being a vampire. On the contrary, Marcus's bite saved his life, and now Victor wants all the power of the coven for himself. He even rewrote the vampire history to make himself appear the progenitor and forbade anyone from trying to find the truth. Marcus's hate for his own immortal father has to do with Alexander refusing to accept his sons as they are. Nobody seems to hate being an immortal, despite the drawbacks.
    • Also played straight with Selene after she discovers that it was Victor, not the lycans, who killed her family.
  • Thirst is built around this.
  • The Hunger ends with a We Hate You Vampire Mom scene, in which all of Miriam's mummy-like former lovers gang up on her and harry her off a balcony.


Literature

  • Strangely averted in the Twilight series. Every single vampire except Bella was turned without their consent (on the Fridge Logic basis that consent isn't needed to turn a dying person into a vampire), and the Cullens spend much time whining and wangsting about how they're not human anymore - Rosalie makes it quite clear she'd rather have died. Yet despite that all of them just WORSHIP the guy who turned them into vampires rather than having justifiable resentment towards him for robbing them of their free will, humanity and mortality.
    • This is probably because the Vampire Dad in question (Carlile Cullen) is actually a very nice and caring guy who honestly tries to be a father, and not just a vampire lord, to his "children".
  • Thomas and Lara from The Dresden Files. White Court Vampires are psychic vampires who feed on negative emotions (for the dominant branch of the Court we see most often, it's lust). They are born naturally and their Hunger doesn't fully awaken until they've made a kill, the first time they become intimate with someone and feed (can be defused if they and their partner truly love each other). Thomas hates his father, doesn't much like being a White Court Vampire, and would not have lived to the ripe old age of early forty-something if his father thought he posed a threat to his power. Lara and her sisters were cowed into submission by rape, and eventually she returns the favor.
  • This is a favorite of Anne Rice. The Vampire Chronicles; Lestat alone has Nicolas, Louis, Claudia, and Gabrielle (who's more apathy than hate).
    • Nicolas hated Lestat but not for turning him. Nicolas was simply a maddened cynic in the end. Louis only hates him for a while after the change: For the rest of the series, the two often admit love for one another. And Gabrielle never hated him at all. She was merely disdainful of his humanity-embracing ways and so left him often to isolate herself in the jungles.
    • It almost makes one feel sorry for Lestat. He might be a bratty Jerkass, but he just doesn't want to be alone.
  • Variation occurs in Brazilian book O Vampiro que Descobriu o Brasil. The Portuguese protagonist is bitten by a vampire who takes bodies, and after finding out that the only cure is killing the responsible vampire and taking a bath in his ashes, tracks him down for 500 years (time in which the two stumble on Brazilian history).
  • Inverted in the Warhammer novel Vampireslayer, where the ancient vampire countess Gabrielle is out to destroy her 'child' Adolphus Krieger, with a little (lot) help from everyone's favorite Slayer. Admittedly, Krieger hates her too, and his own 'child' Ulrika Ivansdottir, hates him but is compelled to obey him.
  • Children's series Secrets of Dripping Fang toys with this idea without taking the full plunge. The orphan protagonists' father is resurrected as a vampire who becomes incredibly conflicted between his newfound need for blood and his love for his children. Some time after his attempted blood bank robbery but before his humorously failed suicide, he contemplates the pros and cons of turning his kids into vampires. On the one hand, they would live forever, never have to grow up, and would be able to spend eternity with their dad. On the other hand, killing his own kids would be a completely terrible thing to do. For extra laughs, the blurbs on the back cover of the books usually refer to him as 'Vampire Dad.' (Unfortunately the kids just call him regular 'Dad.')
  • In Under a Velvet Cloak (from the Incarnations of Immortality series), Vanja's grudge against the vampire who converted her leads to several events that have a major impact on various Incarnations. First she turns Kerena's lover Morely, then Kerena (later to become Nox, Incarnation of Night) decides to convert as well. Unfortunately, Kerena is pregnant at the time, and her turning introduces a curse on her descendants, a distant one of whom (Gawain) enters into a posthumous "ghost marriage" with Orlene (later to become God(dess), Incarnation of Good, and related to all the other Incarnations via blood, marriage, or love affair). He needs her to bear a child and enlists Norton (later to become Chronos, Incarnation of Time) to provide the sperm. Gawain then persuades Gaea (Orlene's birth mother, Orb, daughter of Niobe, who is different Aspects of Fate at different times) to alter the child's genetic makeup to carry his genes rather than Norton's. This leads to the baby dying of the curse, which triggers Orlene's suicide, which winds up with Norton becoming Chronos (arranging this is Gawain's way of apologizing to Norton for the grief he's been through). Orlene's efforts to recover her child lead to her becoming God(dess), and the whole set of events fits into plans being run by both Kerena and Parry (Satan, Incarnation of Evil, and Orb's eventual husband).
  • Inverted in Bloodsucking Fiends. Jody hates the bastard who turned her into a vampire, but generally enjoys being one. Her biggest qualms appear to be a) not being able to drink coffee and b) having it dawn on her that, thanks to immortality, she will never ever get to lose those last five pounds. Tommy has a similar reaction when she turns him: "But I was going to start working out, dammit!" "No, you weren't."
  • Vampire Hunter D, and his dad the Sacred Ancestor, a.k.a. Dracula himself.
  • After Ian from the Night Huntress series became a vampire, he gave his three best friends the gift of immortality by turning them into vampires, one by consent and two against their will. Two hundred years later Spade and Bones have forgiven him but it remains a sore spot. Eventually, Bones thanks Ian for turning him.
  • Played with in The Saga of the Noble Dead -- Chane hates his vampire sire Toret, but that's because he finds Toret personally pathetic; he rather enjoys actually being a vampire. Main villain Welstiel was actually sired by his father, who'd been recently turned into a vampire himself, but while Welstiel despised his condition he didn't hold this particularly personally against his father, recognizing that both of them were being manipualted by Ubad.
  • Also played with in The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries. Bill hates Lorena, Eric has conflicting feelings about his maker, and both are happier when their makers are killed.
  • In The Saga of Darren Shan, at first, Darren loathes Mr. Crepsley for turning him, but eventually comes to see him as a surrogate father, in a non-Stockholm Syndrome type of way.
    • Also inverted in Steve's case who hates Mr. Crepsley for not turning him, and becoming his vampire dad.
  • Excellently done in the Necroscope series -- the Wamphyri tend to detest their sires. It isn't because of Wangst, though, but because they're sadistic monsters.
    • None of the Ferenczy vampires was exactly morally pure to begin with; e.g. Thibor was a Crusader who did all sorts of unpleasant things in the name of God's Church before he transformed. The main reason for the loathing is that the transformation almost always involves some variation on the theme of tentacle rape. Even the one who sought the Wamphyri power, Boris Dragosani, was painfully unimpressed with how it was granted him.
  • In Francesca Lia Block's Pretty Dead, Charlotte comes to feel this way about William.
  • Subverted in Barb Hendee's Vampire Memories series. Eleisha certainly has plenty of good reasons to hate Julian: he made her into a vampiress without her consent, then sent her away without even explaining what he had done to her, and then much later murdered Robert. And they are mortal enemies, but she doesn't seem to hate him, and even seems to feel some sympathy for him. And that is before he saves her life.
  • Kostya Saushkin in Night Watch doesn't like being a vampire, although his relationship with his father (both biological and vampiric) isn't much touched on in the books.
  • Santos does not appreciate the fact that Donte turned him into a vampire in Z.A. Maxfield's Hours series.
  • Parodied in Carpe Jugulum. The children were born vampires, and while they don't exactly hate their father, they're rebellious teenagers who'd rather be called mundane names and wear colors other than black.


Live Action TV

  • Vlad from Young Dracula has a dose of this trope. He doesn't want to become a vampire as the family tradition dictates. Although his dad (Dracula) is a cutie and hard to hate.
  • Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer turned his mother (to save her from tuberculosis), then killed her almost immediately - her vampire version had nothing but contempt for him (and was also slightly maybe coming on to him), and was a sick piece of work generally.
    • The Buffyverse has its own fair share of these, anyway. Angel's sire didn't take his original Heel Face Turn very well - and they didn't exactly get on after she returned - and the feeling became pretty mutual. Angel also once sired a vampire after being cursed; this had devastating consequences for the "child", who eventually came looking for revenge.
  • Angel also had to deal with a literal version of this trope, having an actual biological son who loathed him specifically for being a vampire.
  • Somewhat explained in the Blood Ties TV show where the main vampire explains that since vampires are territorial, it's hard for two to live in the same area without eventually fighting -- so turning your lover isn't a good idea. (When he got his girlfriend to turn him, he thought love would conquer all. It eventually failed. All over the walls, floor and ceiling.)
    • Subverted in the novels and stories the series is based on; Henry and Vicki do have the territorialism thing going, and it's hard for them to be in the same room without trying to kill each other. But they still have a friendly relationship, even if it needs to be a long-distance one.
    • Explained in the show that, for the first six months (roughly a year in the books), the sire and the fledgling don't feel animosity towards each other. This is likely so that a young vampire can learn all he needs to know before being forced to live on his own.
    • Played straight with Christina's other fledgling, whom she turned and abandoned. Being a religious man, the boy thought himself an abomination and blamed her for it.
  • Krista in Blade: The Series did this to her mom when she was dying. Krista's plan was to turn her and give a special medicine that would make her sane. However, after turning her, she was interrupted by some stalker vampire, allowing Mom to get away, and never gets the meds before feeding several times, forcing Krista to kill her.
    • Inverted with Krista and Marcus van Sciver, who turned her (after shooting her brother in the head) by injecting her with his blood and then throwing her off the roof. While she hated him for awhile, she hid it, as she was secretly working for Blade and needed to get Marcus's trust.
      • And then all the hate goes out the window when she sleeps with him... several times.
  • Forever Knight. Nick Knight has centuries of love, hate, power plays, and murder attempts between him and his compellingly evil sire LaCroix. LaCroix has his own fatal relationship with his sire, who, just to keep things interesting, was his pre-teen daughter.
    • However, with Nick's progeny, this is reversed. They liked him OK until he decided to kill them for being too evil, whereas two women he'd been involved with and not turned (La Croix and Janette did) absolutely hated him.
  • Mick St. John of Moonlight, a vampire Private Investigator, hates his wife Coraline for turning him into a vampire. They still had a 33-year on/off relationship. Then he staked her and burned her alive. She got better...
    • Interestingly, their relationship subsequently improved significantly.
      • Well, if not for Coraline, he never would've met Beth. Also, the vampirism cure may have something to do with him liking her more.
    • After being re-turned by Josef, Mick talks to him like Josef's his vampire daddy, but Josef's having none of that, claiming it doesn't count. Josef himself attempted to turn a lover, but something went wrong, and she ended up in a coma. He still visits her every once in a while and has someone care for her round-the-clock.
  • In Being Human, Mitchell struggles with his Big Bad vampire dad, Herrick, and accidenal vampire daughter, Lauren. There's a lot of this trope going aroung.
    • There's also some "I Hate You, Werewolf Dad" action going with George and Tully, the werewolf who cursed him in the first place and then tries to become a mentor-dad figure.
    • The American remake mirrors this in the first season with Aiden, Bishop and Rebecca. The second season introduces Suren and her mother, Mother.
  • Jessica from the HBO series True Blood almost says the trope name word-for-word ("You are the worst maker ever!") to her maker, Bill. Their relationship seems almost stereotypically that of a father and daughter who fail to understand each other, only with the generation gap being MUCH larger. Doesn't help that he had no desire to turn her but was forced to by vampire law. Bill also has a hearty dose of this trope with his maker, Lorena.
    • Totally avoided in the case of Eric's family. Despite being a cold-hearted Badass, Eric loves his vampire dad Godric very much, and in turn has a loving and mutually respectful relationship with his own child, Pam, though they tend to express it through snarking.
      • Also averted with Russell Edgington and his vampire child/lover Talbot. They've been together for 700 years and going strong, until Eric killed Talbot.
  • In Fat Guy Stuck in Internet, bounty hunter Chains responds to Gemberling's story of a hard childhood with his own (nonsense) which he calls "I was a teenage Draculur" where he gets beat up by nerds, among other nonsense.
  • Stefan is definitely not fond of Katherine in The Vampire Diaries.


Theater

  • The Sera Myu gives us Bloody Dracul Vampir, a female Dampyhr. She dislikes her father, Count Dracul, who was the vampire parent. In a subversion, her problem is he let her mother, Le Fay, die rather than turning her. It turns out her Le Fay didn't want to be turned and he respected her wishes but she was killed by her father for falling in love with a vampire. Vampir forgives him on this point but their relationship doesn't improve much in the 3rd musical. She still loves him as a family member and seeks revenge on Sailor Moon for seemingly killing him. Kudzu Plot at work people.


Video Games

  • Rayne from the game series Blood Rayne almost perfectly plays the role of the child in this, despite being a dhampir, not a full vampire. To be fair, she has legitimate reasons to hate her Vampire Dad above and beyond her cursed dual nature, but it amounts to much the same thing.
  • Ash in Vampire Bloodlines was being groomed as an actor by Isaac, a vampire; when Isaac found Ash dying of an overdose, he turned him. Unfortunately, this means that Ash can't act any more, leaving him unfulfilled and horribly bitter. It's extra heartstring-tugging because Isaac is a kind if stern man who dotes on Ash and refuses to give up on his well being, even giving him his own nightclub.
    • Isaac appears to have done everything he could for Ash, before and after the event that made the Embrace seem necessary in his judgement. Speaking with Ash for further explanation reveals nothing untoward or sinister about Isaac's behavior or motive. Ash is just a whiny ingrate.
  • Perhaps the most well-known example of this - or one of the most popular anyway - is Alucard from the Castlevania series. He does feel remorse after his dad's demise, though (that's hardly a spoiler; in every 'Vania game Dracula carks it and takes his palace with him).
  • Both played straight and averted in Legacy of Kain, where Raziel begins his adventure with the intent of killing his sire Kain. Finding out who he was before being raised only makes him more angry. On the other hand, Vorador (despite usually being a very unpleasant person) is rather fond of his vampire dad Janos Audron.
  • Mona hates Shrowdy, the vampire who turned her. Mostly because she didn't actually accept vampirism herself (and for most of the game is in complete denial about it), he just kidnapped her and did it anyway, because he's a creep like that.
  • A non-vampire example is found in Prototype 2, where James Heller hates Alex Mercer for infecting him with the Blacklight virus, as well as Manhattan's disease/war-ravaged state and the deaths of his wife and daughter. To make the vampire parallel even clearer, the virus preys on humans, grants incredible powers and by infecting him, Mercer saved Heller's life - and forced him to live forever when all he wanted was to die. By the end of the game Heller succeeds in killing Mercer and rescuing his daughter, who is revealed to be alive mid-way through the game.
  • Quest for Glory IV plays around with this: Katrina is the "Dad", and Ad Avis, the Big Bad from QfG2, is the sired vamp. He mostly wants Katrina out of the way because he hates being in her thrall, and it's implied that he just plain doesn't like women. Other than that, however, he doesn't seem to mind having vampire powers aside from the weaknesses.


Webcomics


Western Animation

  • Marceline from Adventure Time may provide a more literal example of this with her father, the Lord of Evil. The reason she's upset with him? He ate her fries. Their relationship seems to consist more of a traditional teenager-parent conflict than anything else.
    • In Rebecca Sugar's original version of the song, widely available on YouTube, the reason for her pain was more a conventional "Daddy, why did you make me?/You created me, so why don't you wanna see me?" which nicely combines vampire and teen angsts even as it inverts this trope. My guess is that it was thought a bit much, so new lyrics about fry-stealing were made (then presumably they had their own angst about being made, which [to the show's credit] did let Marceline ask if her Da cared for her.)

Notes

  1. (another way to say "vampire dad")
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