Me and my friends are having somewhat of a debate to find out if a vampire is a type of a ghost or not. I am convinced that vampires are a kind of ghost, yet they are not the exact same thing; as how a lion and tiger are still different, but from the family of cats. Is a vampire a type of ghost?

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    Vampires are corporeal. Ghosts aren't. – MackTuesday Nov 5 '15 at 19:25
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    You really need to quantify the fictional universe you are asking about; vampires are different depending on the writer. In general, no.. But it's possible that they have been depicted that way before, or, more likely depicted in such a way that the same thing that causes ghosts causes vampires. (The Warlock books by Christopher Stasheff, for example, have both often as a product of Telepathy/projection, Witch Moss, or both.) – K-H-W Nov 5 '15 at 19:31
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    how are vampires and ghosts not on topic? – phantom42 Nov 5 '15 at 19:40
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    @phantom42 He isn't asking about vampires and ghosts in any fantasy work, he's asking about vampires and ghosts in the original myths and legends, which I believe makes it off-topic. – Rogue Jedi Nov 5 '15 at 19:45
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    OP didn't specify, meaning it's too broad as written. – phantom42 Nov 5 '15 at 19:47

TL;DR: No, vampires are not ghosts.

Because the question is so broad, it is very difficult to say anything more with any certainty. Therefore, I am forced to rely, for the time being, on the broadest definitions of the vampire trope, from the Southeastern European pre-18th century folklore from which the modern trope has primarily evolved.

Key difference: Ghost and Vampire are both considered to be supernatural beings. The main difference between the two is that vampires are considered as mortals, who live up-to 1000 years, whereas ghosts are the soul and spirit of the deceased.
- Difference Between

The claim that vampires live for up to a thousand years is apparently based on folklore rather than modern vampire fiction. In most modern works of fiction, including, most importantly, Bram Stoker's Dracula, vampires are effectively immortal, and can only be killed through specific means (e.g., a stake through the heart, exposure to sunlight, or fire).

The site linked above features this chart showing the differences between the vampires and ghosts of folklore:

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    "considered as mortals, who live up-to 1000 years" according to what canon? Many, many fictional vampires are effectively immortal. (but no, they're not ghosts) – KutuluMike Nov 5 '15 at 19:42
  • @MikeEdenfield - according to folklore, which is the most relevant source for an answer, since the OP didn't specify a canon or franchise. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Nov 5 '15 at 19:44
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    ok, then, which folklore? not all vampires can turn into bats, or live in coffins, or look bloated, etc... some vampires in folklore aren't even dead yet. – KutuluMike Nov 5 '15 at 19:48
  • @MikeEdenfield - I don't see any claims that mention vampires being dead in this answer, although that is a common trope. – Wad Cheber stands with Monica Nov 5 '15 at 19:51

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