So most people know the basic stuff about vampires:
- pale skin
- no sun
- no garlic
- dies with a Stake Through the Heart
- or salt and holy water.
But how do we make these creatures unique and their own:
Tip 1. Research urban legends.
Vampires go back to 17th and 18th centuries. So there are a bunch of things that have changed over the years. Sometimes it’s fun to look at some of the older legends and use elements that don’t exist anymore. They originated from blood-drinking spirits for example.
Tip 2. Twist cliches.
I remember watching Karen, an anime about vampires, and the MC (Karen), was a blood giver, not a bloodsucker. Something else they did in the anime, which I found very clever, was that they all have a preference for a certain type of person’s blood. For example, people who are unhappy, people who lie, people who are angry. When they suck the blood, the human loses that mood for a moment.
Other things are stuff like denying or explaining cliche’s in a way that hasn’t been done before:
- Garlic legend started because a vampire family was allergic.
- Vampires drink blood to keep themselves warm because their own blood is cold. (explains pale skin and cold to the touch).
@RPers what are other tips you would give to people about making a unique vampire character?