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The 10 Greatest Vampire Archetypes
by The Mary Sue Staff | 12:55 pm, May 17th, 2011
The Dark Lord
This is where it began — at least in modern literature. Bram Stoker introduced us all to Count Dracula, who had three ladies living with him that are generally referred to as “wives,” but were really just a harem of ladies he Sired. Because he was The Count. These are the guys with the widow’s peak, the classical aversion to crosses and garlic, the coffins for beds, and the reason Bela Lugosi had such a great career. (In more recent years, Christopher Lee took over the role in the Hammer Horror films. Even later, Leslie Neilson spoofed them all in Dracula: Dead and Loving It. Say what you want: That was based on our original “dark lord.”) In addition to having vampires that break the stereotype of the dark lord, Terry Pratchett’s Carpe Jugulum also features several “traditionalitht” vampires, namely Count Magpyr (who, by no coincidence, has the first name “Bela”).
But if you ever feel like you’re watching a stereotypical vampire, he is most likely one of the “dark lords.” (Including the Count from Sesame Street, albeit in a less violent characterization.) And if you still aren’t completely sure, wait until the last week of September, when all the Halloween commercials come out. You are guaranteed to see several incarnations of the dark lord (probably selling candy).
It makes a horror fan weep.
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