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Although vampires don't exist in the Star Trek Universe, Star Trek does exist in the Buffy Universe, so I'll vote for this as a reasonable question :-) In Buffy, a vampire attempting to enter a home to which he has no invite simply hits an invisible and impenetrable barrier. Since the Enterprise crew do on occasions find they cannot transport people because ...


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In Half-Blood Prince at Slughorn's holiday party, Sanguini the vampire is a guest in attendance. ‘Harry, I’d like you to meet Eldred Worple, an old student of mine, author of Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires – and, of course, his friend Sanguini.’ Worple, who was a small, bespectacled man, grabbed Harry’s hand and shook it enthusiastically; ...


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The answer to this is Francis Ford Coppola's Dracula. Yes, it exaggerates a relationship between Dracula and Mina and makes up a story for how Dracula became a vampire (which the novel never explains and hints that Dracula, himself, doesn't know how it happened). It also is a bit eccentric with the costumes and leaves out the full bat transformation but ...


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I imagine that the effects of a vampire being inside a house without an invitation vary depending on the literature you read. I'm going to pose a theory based on the True Blood series. In the True Blood series, any time a vampire has had their invitation revoked while they are inside a house, they are forced to leave. While the only scenes I've seen seem ...


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The earliest mention is in Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone Chapter 5: Diagon Alley. ‘What sort of magic do you teach, Professor Quirrell?’ ‘D-Defence Against the D-D-Dark Arts,’ muttered Professor Quirrell, as though he’d rather not think about it. ‘N-not that you n-need it, eh, P-P-Potter?’ He laughed nervously. ‘You’ll be g-getting all your ...


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Undead 101 Death holds a fascination in literature for humans because it is the last door that every human will eventually cross from which there is no return. As a result there are numerous cultural ideas, stories, myths and tales of horror that talk about what happens when people do return from beyond the grave. Death is not required to be a member of ...


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It is said that when you are looking into a mirror you are looking into your soul. So without a soul (as it is commonly accepted that vampires do not have souls), there's no reflection. Mirrors also used to be made with silver (not entirely of course, because whoa, expensive, but it was used with the other reflecty material). Silver is said to ward of evil ...


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In-universe, there has been no full explanation of exactly why the Slayer Line only runs through women. The Shadow Men were the group of male African Shamans whose descendents would become The Watchers Council. The Shadow Men chained down and forcibly embued Sineya with the power of The Shadow Demon - turning Sineya into the first Slayer. The spell used ...


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In the book, they are much more explicitly vampires. Even in the Will Smith movie, the creatures are vampiric (and referred to as such, I think) - they hide from the sun, which burns them, they drink blood, and they are transformed from normal humans. In the book, there's a difference between vampires - some are dead vampires and some are living. The dead ...


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The specifics depend completely on the universe, and in most universes the specifics aren't given. However, in virtually all universes, vampires are assumed to process their primary food source - blood - extremely efficiently. You never see a vampire sitting on a toilet for its intended purpose. Practically speaking, such details are neither good nor FCC-...


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http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/FurAgainstFang http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/NewerThanTheyThink Most "real-life" legends and folklore mention little or nothing about any animosity between these two supernaturals. The myths most commonly thought of when you hear those terms, from Eastern Europe, actually mostly state that either ...


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As Hank mentions in this video, zombie creation myths (like superhero origins) are associated with what one fears in the society those myths are created. We fear that zombies will infect us with disease/modified-genes/something else X and this is shown outwardly by their fetid nature; we fear inheriting their weaknesses, often created from our own hubris. ...


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So, I read the book some weeks ago. In the books, it is not explained, but we can assume based on the two cases we are presented. Miss Lucy's successful transformation and Mina's failed one. Here is how it goes: First Dracula encounters his victims, these encounters being at night, IIRC at the hour of the wolf. In these encounters, the victims get ...


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The concept of a 'threshold' is used in The Dresden Files to explain why supernatural forces can't enter a home uninvited: it acts as a supernatural barrier. Creatures with a physical body (demons, wizards, etc) can enter uninvited, but it takes a minor physical effort to do so. They also leave the majority of their power at the door. Dresden, who is ...


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Not much is known about them, but Vampires in Tolkien's mythology seem to be bat-like creatures under the service of Morgoth and Sauron. They don't play a major role in any of the stories, and seem to be quite distinct from the tuxedo-wearing Dracula archetype. It's generally assumed that Tolkien used the name simply because it evoked the idea of a "bat-...


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Assumptions: In the world we're discussing, all three are infectious and all three begin the transformation with a single bite. The Vampire is a 'traditional' vampire - undead, no soul, no reflection, feeds on blood. Vulnerable to sunlight, wooden stakes in the heart, and poorly written romances. Bitten humans die after being drained of blood, rise on ...


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This really depends upon which setting you are referring to. Some vampires could use their fangs not only as hypodermic syringes that could suck up blood as if it were a straw, but could also inject their prey with their own saliva or blood, to facilitate the process of making new vampires, inject anti-coagulants to increase the flow of blood, or even ...


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From the Wikipedia article: Vampires are mythological or folkloric beings who subsist by feeding on the life essence (generally in the form of blood) of living creatures, regardless of whether they are undead or a living person They are drinking blood because they are stealing "life" from another creature. Since they are generally not considered alive ...


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The author, Stephanie Meyer covered this in an interview for the Twilight Lexicon. According to her, menstrual blood does not have the same potency as "fresh" blood and Edward is (thusly) able to control himself better. Meyer: Edward can’t be around Bella when she’s bleeding without being in intense temptation–to the point of pain. A few drops would ...


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From what I have found, the consensus does seem to be that werewolves are large wolves that have been inhabited by an evil spirit. The first werewolf was Draugluin, and was killed just before Sauron pulled his shape-shifting trick. His name means "blue wolf". Further supporting the werewolf as wolf theory, Huan could only be killed by the greatest wolf to ...


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The general rule of thumb with the Buffy-verse is that when someone becomes a vampire, the body's original inhabitant takes a hike (their soul travels to heaven or hell) and a demon then inhabits their dead body. It follows that the martial arts skills of the newly hosted vampire are those of the demon, augmented by whatever skill the original owner had. ...


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The latter one might be Fredric Brown's "Blood" (text available here), but the attack on a young female (actually a literal bitch), and the revelation that the current era's people are plants, are separate. In their time machine, Vron and Dreena, last two survivors of the race of vampires, fled into the future to escape annihilation. They held hands and ...


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Viktor tells Selene at one point that "these rules are in place for a good reason and they are the only reason we have survived this long". The rules are part of a "covenant", and form a "chain" of elders' rule. I first thought that vampires, while "immortal", may have some sort of maximum lifespan, and that being in hibernation further extends their lives. ...


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According to Wikipedia: [Twilight vampires] are immortal and difficult to destroy, only permanently killed when dismembered and then burned, as their body parts continue to move even after being detached. According to the Twilight Saga wiki: In the Twilight universe, vampires are not known to be killed by human effort, are unharmed by sunlight, garlic,...


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In Buffy 4x08 ("Pangs"), it is mentioned that a vampire who is starved is like a "living skeleton" - they won't starve to death, but there are definitely adverse effects to starving. Later in Angel 3x22 ("Tomorrow"), Angel is sealed in a metal coffin and thrown into the ocean. In 4x01, you are presented with Angel's hallucinations while he is trapped and ...


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The reason vampires are associated with blood drinking is that "vampire" means "blood sucker" and porphyria was a common illness. Porphyria is a disease that causes irrational behavior, a phobia of light, paleness, and a desire to ingest blood. A common cure in the 1800s was a cup of cow's blood from a butcher to avoid attacking people. The folklore of ...


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Stephenie Meyer often mentions that vampires from the Twilight series have stone-cold and marble-like skin. I doubted his icy marble skin would smell anything like food. - New Moon That she was a vampire was obvious. Her skin was marble white, the texture a million times smoother than human skin. Even under the clouds, she glistened ever so ...


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La morte amoureuse a.k.a. The Dead Woman in Love short story written by Théophile Gautier in 1836. It does fit one of your points: There are three possibilities for this, one is that they drink blood without killing the person From La Morte Amoureuse, aka The Dead Woman In Love, aka Clarimonde: "One drop, only one drop! One ruby at the end of my ...


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