TV Olympics: Best Vampire Effects and Rules
For this round of TV Breakroom’s Olympic event, we’re going to look at all the different variations of vampires on TV! I know we had favorite Christmas episode originally scheduled for today, but at 30 options and still growing it no longer counts as a mini-poll (I’m saving it for December).
This poll is not only about the visual effects – fangs, black eyes, bumpy foreheads, and bloody tears – but also the vampire mythology and rules within each story world. Do vampires have a soul, and if not, can they regain them? How can you kill them – does sunlight, silver, holy water, etc. work? Do they turn into a pile of dust or a bloody mess when they die? Can they ever come back from that? Do they have to drink human blood, or can synthetic or animal blood work? Do they have to be invited in? Do they have super speed? Can they hypnotize humans?
Side note – I’ve been pondering the above questions recently as I’m working on writing a novel that includes scientifically-created vampires. How much of the vampire mythos can I find reasonable explanations for, and therefore include (yeah, invitations won’t be needed for these vampires). I plan to share more about this story and its deep connection to TV shows with you in the near future!
If there are any TV vampires that I missed (and they appear in more than one episode of the show), please feel free to nominate them in the comments. Poll will be open for one week, and you can choose up to 3 options.
Which show has the best vampire effects and rules? (Choose up to 3!)
- Supernatural (62%, 82 Votes)
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel (43%, 57 Votes)
- True Blood (23%, 31 Votes)
- The Vampire Diaries (18%, 24 Votes)
- Moonlight (17%, 22 Votes)
- Being Human (US) (13%, 17 Votes)
- Being Human (UK) (11%, 15 Votes)
- The Gates (2%, 2 Votes)
- Forever Knight (2%, 2 Votes)
- Vampire High (1%, 1 Votes)
Total Voters: 132