A vampire is loosely any entity which survives via feeding parasitically on the life force of others. Traditionally, this takes the form of bloodsucking, though many variations exist. The classical vampire is human in appearance, though likely with a pale complexion, and does not age. Vampires are popularly considered undead.

Vampires normally exhibit specific supernatural powers and vulnerabilities. Traditional vampires fear sunlight and holy symbols, and have an aversion to cloves of garlic and to crossing over running water. For powers, vampires typically have a compelling gaze and can transform into various forms, such as a bat, a wolf or a cloud of fog. Vampires are also normally far stronger and faster than mortals. A vampire may need to return to its grave dirt (often in a coffin) to rest or to recharge their powers.

Related Terms

The condition of being a vampire or of having vampire powers is vampirism. The adjective to describe vampires or things attributed to vampires is vampiric.

Further Info

List of common vampire traits

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