Having existed in legend and folklore for so long, vampires have been percieved in a variety of ways over the centuries. Since the 18th century, vampires have primarily been depicted as malevolent humanoid beings that seek power and control over mortal men, enthralling innocents by draining their blood and making them susceptible to their commands. While vampires normally appear human, they have elongated fangs for puncturing the necks of their victims, draining the blood from there. Some vampires develop feral, animalistic expressions when caught in battle or while they are feeding.
Because vampires are undead, they have no true life force of their own, hence why they are forced to feed on living blood. The reasoning behind their blood dependency varies between their different iterations; some vampire types with origins more grounded in the realm of science feed on the blood of others because their own blood cannot sustain haemoglobin whereas the more classical types of vampire feed on blood due to being cursed or simply because they are villainous beings who delight in killing and dominating others.
- Immortality - Vampires are supposedly immortal. They do not age at the same pace humans do (or not at all, in many cases) and are immune to disease, but they are not truly immortal since they can still be killed, though through specific means.
- Superhuman Strength - Vampires possess superior strength and resilience to humans, able to lift heavy loads, leap great heights and distances and withstand injuries that would easily kill or cripple humans.
- Senses - Vampires possess heightened senses of sight, sound and smell, making them master hunters. They can also see perfectly in the dark.
- Healing - Vampires can recover from any injuries, even those fatal to normal humans. They are immune to disease and can regenerate severed limbs.
- Shapeshifting - While not true of all vampire types, some can alter their forms at will and can transform into animals such as bats, wolves or snakes. Dracula himself could even turn into mist.
- Flight - Some vampires are capable of flight, whether through turning into flying animals or being able to defy gravity altogether.
- Psychic Powers - Certain varieties of vampire are capable of exhibiting telekinetic and even telepathic abilities, eg. reading or controlling the minds of others and moving objects without physical contact.
- Turning - Vampires can turn their victims into vampires as well. While feeding on a victim, a vampire can release a small amount of its own blood into the victim's bloodstream, slowly turning them into vampires too. In some cases, the victim becomes entirely subservient to the vampire that turned them.
- Sunlight - The vast majority of vampire types are completely nocturnal and cannot survive in the light of the sun. Contact with the sun's rays will burn their skin and prolonged exposure will result in the vampire disintegrating completely. It is, however, possible for vampires to venture out at daytime so long as they remain under sufficient shade. Some modern vampires even use sunblock to allow them to roam the daylight freely, so long as they get back under cover of darkness before the sunblock wears off. Vampires can also be harmed by artificial ultraviolet lamps, but are safe under ordinary household lights and candlelight.
- Heart - The heart is the most vital area of a vampire's body. Piercing it will usually result in the vampire's destruction, however, some types of vampire will merely be placed into a form of torpor when staked. If that is the case, a stake or whatever implement is used must remain embedded in the vampire's heart to stop it from awakening. Removing the stake will allow the vampire to awaken and attack whoever removed the stake.
- Garlic - Some types of vampire are repulsed by garlic. The effectiveness of garlic can vary between mediums; sometimes it acts as a fatal poison to them, whereas other times it might be harmless yet the vampire believes it can be harmed by it.
- Silver - Like werewolves, vampires are severely allergic to silver. The metal can burn their skin on contact and can cut through their flesh even easier than iron.
- Holy Implements - Vampires are supposedly demonic in nature and so different types of blessed items such as crosses and holy water can harm or at least repel them. Consecrated/holy ground is also off-limits to vampires and some iterations of vampire cannot enter a potential victim's home unless they are invited inside. Some of the more modern vampire types, however, are not affected by crosses or any other holy items or places.