"Ah yes, holy vampire hunters. 'Stakin' fer Jesus!'"—Smiling Jack, Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines
Someone who hunts vampires. May be a Hunter of His Own Kind (Vampire hunting seems to be a common profession for Dhampyr and the Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who feels compelled to protect humans from his less charitable kin). If not all vampires are evil, he may end up hunting every last one down anyway due to a misplaced sense of justice or the loss of a loved one to a vampire attack. And often sublimated self-loathing.
See The Hunter for a hunter whose chosen quarry extends to other supernatural creatures beyond the blood-sucking variety. The vampire hunter may overlap with the former trope, however, if he is called upon to slay things besides vampires.
Anime and Manga[edit | hide | hide all]
- Alucard from Hellsing is a Hunter of His Own Kind. 'Paladin' Father Alexander Anderson is this trope played straight. Their employers, The Anglican Church's Hellsing and the Catholic Church's Iscariot, are entire organisations of monster hunters.
- As is Jiro from Black Blood Brothers.
- And so is Vampire Hunter D, though he's technically only half a vampire.
- As well as Vampire Princess Miyu, essentially, though those vampires are different.
- And while we're skirting the edges of blood-drinking monsters that may or may not be classified as 'different' vampires, Saya from Blood: The Last Vampire and Blood Plus is a... yeah, you guessed it.
- And now Blood C
- Guess what Arcueid from Tsukihime is. Or don't, because you get no points.
- Abel Nightroad of Trinity Blood... okay, this isn't fun any more. Although, to Abel's defense, he isn't actually a vampire, but a member of a vampiric race of vampire hunters (who drink vampire blood like the vampires feed on humans), Crusniks, which is exactly three individuals strong with one more long dead.
- The Sinclair family business in Karin.
Comic Books[edit | hide]
- Van Helsing, of course.
- Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter has Jesus Christ as a Vampire Hunter
- The Fearless Vampire Killers features Professor Abronsius and his assistant Alfred, although they aren't very good at it.
- Just about every Dracula movie will feature Van Helsing or another of his ilk helping the protagonists against the title vampire.
- The heroes of Twins Effect (other than Jackie Chan) are three vampire hunters and one Friendly Neighborhood Vampire who joins them.
Literature[edit | hide]
- Baron Vordenburg in Carmilla is one of the earliest examples of literature, possibly the Trope Maker.
- Most modern examples are descended in part from the character Abraham Van Helsing in the original Dracula. Van Helsing was never described as a vampire hunter in the novel though; he was merely a doctor with knowledge of exotic diseases. It's never explicitly said, but Van Helsing clearly demonstrates perfect knowledge of vampire weaknesses and is instantly willing to make use of his knowledge after noting that Lucy's symptoms match those in the legends, without so much as a hint of skepticism. This would seem to imply that he has some previous experience with vampires or other supernatural phenomena, even in the original novel.
- Harry Keogh of Brian Lumley's Necroscope novels.
- The dhampyr guardians in Vampire Academy are trained to protect the Moroi (good, mortal vampires)) from the Strigoi, your classic evil undead types.
- The Venators of The Gardella Vampire Chronicles.
- The Night Huntress books have both Cat, a Hunter of Her Own Kind, and the secret government agency's SWAT team charged with studying and destroying the undead.
- The night teams in Night Watcher are a secret/informal government/municipal initiative for just this. Arguably subverted in that they generally work with the vampire conspiracy against the more feral vampires, and mostly aim for population control; though the ones actually seen in the book (two cops, later joined by a journalist, a psychic werewolf and a vampire that has overcome his craving for blood and helped by The Mafiya) seem to be keen on making this a Double Subversion.
- Played with in The Saga of the Noble Dead. Magiere and Leesil are con-artists and partners who pretent to be Vampire Hunter and vampire respectively to gull superstitious peasants out of their money- until a chance encounter with the real deal and the subsequent revelation that Magiere is a Dhampyr cause "the game" to turn deadly earnest.
- Night World: Rashel was a little kid. Then a vampire killed her mother and brother. Then he tried to come back for her and killed her vampire. While we are dealing with a world where not all vampires are evil, the fact that she tracks them by the trail of corpses means she only finds the bad ones anyway. Rashel is scary good at what she does until she loses her zanshin. Then she's just very, very good.
- The 16th President of the US, no less. At least according to Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Abe went so far as to get himself elected Commander In Chief to wage war against an unholy alliance of bad vampires and slave-holders.
- In the novel version I Am Legend Robert Neville is clearly hunting vampires.
- This is the calling of the Slayer in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series. Slayers, in addition to fighting vampires, also have to fight demons, which vampires are something of a subset of in the Whedonverse.
- Angel falls into this category as well, both on Buffy and his own series.
- Also Holtz.
- Eric Van Helsing from Young Dracula.
- The boys from Supernatural take cracks at it from time to time, among the wide variety of creatures they hunt. Gordon, however, specializes in and hates them, even the ones that feed on animals.
- Monsignor Javier Mendoza in Blood Ties is a villainous variant. He was a Grand Inquisitor during the Spanish Inquisition, who captured vampires using any means possible, tortured them until they confessed, and then brutally executed them. Oh yeah, he also used their blood in a potion that stopped his aging process, allowing him to continue the hunt. He doesn't shy away from murdering innocents to get his prey. In "Heart of Ice", he murders a prostitute and drains her of blood, so that Henry's friends would give him up.
- Interestingly, the only anti-vampire weapon they show him having is a sun-shaped Chinese-made object that weakens a vampire to the point of a human being stronger. The object has to be physically attached to the vampire's chest to work, requiring trickery, given the vampires' speed.
- An episode of Sliders has the titular characters slide into a world where vampires are real, and the world knows about them (vampirism is a felony). Quinn meets a man whose wife was turned by vampires. His goal becomes to find and "free" her, so he arms himself with the usual weapons: garlic, holy water, stakes, stake-firing crossbows, etc.
- Ray the werewolf hates and attacks vampires on the American version of Being Human (UK), though it's less righteous crusade and more fang-bashing.
- Forever Knight had a dhampyr type hunter in the episode "Bad Blood". He wasn't a vampire's child, but had dhampyr-type enhanced abilities due to not being completely drained by LaCroix years before.
- The Vampire Diaries has two in the modern setting.
- Alaric Saltzman - The good version who only goes after evil vampires.
- "Uncle John" Gilbert - The morally ambiguous version, who goes after ALL vampires...except Isabel.
- In the flashback segments, Jonathon Gilbert (Distant relative of Uncle John) seems to have been a vampire hunting badass of the "they ALL must die" variety back in 1864. He "invented" with some help from Emily several weapons and devices that can help him to easily locate and destroy vampires, many of which reappear in the modern setting.
- Hunter: The Vigil features hunters that will likely target vampires at some point. However, more true to the spirit of the trope are the Cainite Heresy, the remnants of an ancient Roman cult headed by a vampire who are very pissed off at being tricked. They've found a way to use a derivative of vampiric blood magic, favor terrorist tactics, and have adopted "Who is Cain?" as their motto.
- Rudolph Van Richten, the iconic hero of Ravenloft, made it his life's work to eradicate all vampires ever since one of them turned his son, forcing him to mercy kill the boy. Since starting his quest, he also became an expert on all kinds of supernatural creatures, from werewolves and zombies to liches and The Fair Folk.
Video Games[edit | hide]
- Every Player Character in the Castlevania series, eventually, with the most prominent ones being the Belmonts.
- A common Epileptic Tree in the Touhou fandom states that Sakuya Izayoi was once one of these before meeting and being defeated by Remilia Scarlet.
- Rayne from BloodRayne is a dhampyr who hunts down vampires in hopes of finding and killing her full-vampiric father.