Dracula. One of the first well known Vamps to hit popular culture! He was inspired by Vlad the Impaler a real military strong head who rules with an iron fist during a time of constant attacks. Vlad would impale his victims and even eat dinner while watching them die. However, there's no evidence to suggest he drank blood. Dracula was inspired by Vlad who was nicknamed Dracula meaning "The Dragon".
However, the Dracula story has many aspects that did and didn't continue on in vampire culture. For instance, Stroker was the first to suggest vampires sleeping in a coffin and in his book Dracula was not hurt by sunlight. 1 2 3
Nosferatu was the first film adaptation of Dracula- though an unofficial one! In order to avoid being sued for copyright the ending was changed so that Orlok dies when exposed to the sun. Previously in folk lore Vampires were not bothered by the sun or needed to sleep in coffins! Nosferatu has become an iconic image of a vampire and many popular vampire series adopt his facial features and body language when portraying vampires. 3 4
There are many other film and movie adaptations of vampires. Here are some of the most iconic ones (love or hate! please no ).5 Top 70 Vampire Movies of all Time
Anne Rice Vampires
Anne's Vamps are both good and evil, hiding from the sun, sleeping in coffins, wrestling with immortality, and looking very much like humans... except for the fangs!
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Buffy's Vampires mostly walk around at night, mostly sleep in the ground, associate with other supernaturals, have fangs, and a weird angry twisty face when they get all bloodlust or angry!
Don't get me started on the crazy leathery skinned, winged, crazy faced vampires of the movie! Anime version, manga version, comic version, and live action movie!
Did you know if you become a vamp you can be cured? Apparently you can't cure back taxes though...
The Underworld Comics, Books, and Movies
Why do vamps always fall for werewolves?
30 Days of Night Comics and movie
Scary Scary Scary smart vamps who hang out in the arctic
Blood: The Last Vampire movies, comics, manga!
This live action North American style is pretty funny...
Jesus Christ: Vampire Hunter
Kicking butt and taking names... my favourite vamp hunter for sure!
The Lost Boys
apparently vampires make bitchin tattoos!
Trueblood: books, comics, TV show
I wanna do bad things to you... and so do these vamps who hang out with other soups, can't enter your home without being invited, hate silver and garlic, and oh yeah there's that whole fake blood thing...
Anita Blake: books and comics
Is she your guilty pleasure?
The Vampire Diaries: books and TV Show
I have to admit, I watch this show like crazy. Here are vamps who can walk around in daylight with magical charms
The Twilight Saga: books, movies, manga
Sparkle Sparkle? So that's why they don't go into the sun...
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DeviantART has it's own 'real' vampire who's been featured in several documentaries including National Geographic and interviewed on many talk shows about vampires?....
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Please note these are just some of the iconic vampires/ vampire hunters of popular culture. It's impossible to feature them all and some groups are not represented as well on DA. You may disagree with certain ones being popular... please go complain somewhere else!
1 Vlad the Impaler
2Vlad the Impaler/Dracula
3Monster Quest: Vampires in America see also this TV episode
5 Top 70 Vampire Movies of all Time