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An increasingly common phenomenon where mythical creatures traditionally feared and shunned, especially such horror staples as vampires, werewolves and demons, somehow become the targets of sexual desires. It's like All Girls Want Bad Boys taken to absurd levels.
Positive attributes of these creatures will be exaggerated, if not fabricated out of whole cloth, and negative aspects will be reduced or removed entirely. Yet often as not, these now romantically inclined monsters will usually retain their definitive characteristics—such as the fact that they must prey on humans to survive, derive power from suffering, or are just plain evil.
Most often this is seen in erotic romance novels, or their counterparts in other media. The main character will be an ordinary woman, the better for the reader to relate to her, and the love interest may be anything from an ordinary man with a monstrous curse to a ravenous werewolf, bloodthirsty vampire or even a cruel and inhumane demon. At first, said monster will regard the woman as either a nuisance or an actual prey item, but through The Power of Love, she will persevere and manage to transform him into a Bowdlerised version of the source myth, perhaps retaining some rough edges but otherwise a relatively decent being.
This phenomenon has been around, especially applying to vampires, for quite a long time, making this Older Than They Think for people assuming this to be only a recent phenomenon. Also, considering some particular forms of mythology such as Horny Devils and the number of god/mortal pairings in Classical mythology, this attraction to the exotically dangerous may simply be an endemic part of human thought, and reflected in stories throughout history.
Related to Vampires Are Sex Gods, Villain Decay, Bishounen Line, Horny Devils, Interspecies Romance and The Taming of the Grue. For fanbase attraction to a monster or Big Bad, see Rule 34. Compare Shapeshifting Seducer. Ultimately followed by I Can Change My Beloved in most cases.
Anime and Manga
- Evangeline of Mahou Sensei Negima deliberately tries to play the Vampires Are Sex Gods idea for all it's worth.
- Ryuuko Konuma of Wolf Guy Wolfen Crest certainly believes this trope, though instead of liking the protagonist's more positive traits, she actively hopes he is the most evil and violent thing that ever lived... and is disappointed when she finds out he isn't. And is turned back on when she learns that while not evil or outright violent, he's STILL the most powerful thing walking.
- Shinra from Durarara is exclusively attracted to his Dullahan housemate Celty — Not in spite of the fact that she's a headless unselee Psychopomp, but because of it.
- In Wild Fangs, Syon, upon seeing Mao's beast form, instead of thinking "I could get so much money for him" like his fellow bounty hunters, decides to protect (and woo) him instead.
- In Kamisama Kiss Nanami falls in love with her familiar and guardian Tomoe; a Little Bit Beastly White-Haired Pretty Boy Kitsune.
- The BBC documentary The Human Animal actually explains part of the reason this trope exists as well as All Girls Want Bad Boys AND I Can Change My Beloved in simple biological terms. The short of it is that the dangerous aspects of the target are sexual advertizements. According to the documentary, on a biological level, women are looking for signs of protective prowess. Displays of aggressive behavior are then read as signs of this prowess the same as the physical sign of broad shoulders in males (cultural signs of this vary greatly, but the intended messages are the same). Once partnered up, however, the female will actively work to prevent the male from displaying further (the 'taming' aspect of this trope), so as to prevent the male from gathering further attention from the opposite sex. There's a lot more to human courtship, of course, mostly because unlike other primates alive today, sex among humans lasts more than 8 seconds.
- In Teen Wolf, Scott instantly becomes popular with the ladies when he starts turning in a werewolf. People aren't as interested in him when he's not furry.
- In Wolf, Jack Nicholson's cuckolded and emasculated newspaper editor gets bitten by a werewolf and becomes more self-confident and sexually aggressive as he turns.
- The Underworld series presents most of its vampires as sleek and stylish figures. Werewolves seem to be all male, and are brawny, hairy types in leather. Each film features a romance between the races.
- Genderflipped in Ginger Snaps; just before her final horrific metamorphosis, Ginger attends a Halloween party. She is treated as downright sexy because the party-goers mistake it for a costume.
- Amanda Donahue in The Lair of the White Worm.
- Twilight (see Literature below).
- Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water is about the Fantastic Romance between the mute human woman Elisa Esposito and a captured merman, only referred to as the Amphibian Man. Elisa's goal is to release her beloved into the sea, before the guy can be experimented on by the Goverment After much heartbreak and many adventures, the Amphibian finds a way to give Elisa gills so she can breathe underwater, and they run away together.
- Twilight, as everyone even casually familiar with the series knows.
- The series downplays or eliminates almost any negative trait that could be associated with a vampire. Part of this is because Meyer was not interested at all in vampires until having a dream that inspired the series (or so she claims) and she intentionally ignored earlier vampire "traditions" in favor of coming up with something she found unique. Which, oddly enough, took more from Mormon Angelic lore than anything else.
- While the werewolves are considered the protectors of people in the series, one still ought to not dismiss the dangers of being romantically involved with one, mostly because anger and stress can trigger a transformation. This was proven nicely by Emily, who refused Sam's advances and led him to shape-shifting too close and slashing up her face. They get engaged anyway.
- Gothic and Romantic literature tended to have quite sexy monsters. As Victorian England was a sexually repressed society, writers would often link sexuality with the dark and forbidden. Creating metaphorically sexual monsters was also a way of Getting Crap Past the Radar.
- Lord Ruthven, of the short story The Vampyre. Lord Ruthven is a seductive figure and is considered one of the first literary vampires. The idea for the story was conceived on the same occasion as Frankenstein by one of Lord Byron's lesser-known friends.
- Varney the Vampire, from the gothic horror novel by James Malcolm Rymer. The story is perhaps the first to treat a vampire sympathetically.
- Carmilla, from the gothic novella Carmilla, is a beautiful Lesbian Vampire who haunts a young lady.
- Geraldine from Christabel by Samuel Coleridge is another erotic Lesbian Vampire who preys on a woman.
- The Bride of Corinth, featuring the first female vampire with a male victim.
- Matilda from The Monk is not a vampire, but an agent of Satan who helps the title monk into damnation through her seductive powers.
- Dracula is a mixed case. In the original book, Dracula is a rather ugly old man who preys on young women, making him more of a monstrous pervert at the start; however, he becomes younger and better looking with the more victims that he feeds on. In later adaptations, Dracula is often transformed into a suave, sophisticated, exotic, and darkly seductive presence. Dracula's vampire wives, however, are attractive even in the original novel.
- In his Danse Macabre, Stephen King discusses the sexuality within Dracula at some length, saying that the novel "fairly pants with sexual energy". He points out that Lucy's reaction to being bitten by Dracula--sighing, moaning, and writhing--is Bram Stoker's "classy" way of telling us that she's having a mind-blowing orgasm.
- The Sookie Stackhouse Mysteries series is built on this trope, with vampires. There's even a special term for people who like to have sex with vampires: "fangbangers".
- In fact, there's a whole Urban Fantasy romance subgenre built around this trope. Mercy Thompson, Kitty Norville, etc.
- Kitty Norville lampshades this concept in the second book of her series, suspecting that those who saw her Hauled Before a Senate Subcommittee were expecting a tall and intimidating predatory sexpot rather than the rather normal looking blonde she was.
- Miss Thompson is a coyote shapeshifter herself, whose boyfriend (at least at the end of the first book) is a werewolf.
- Wicked Lovely does this for The Fair Folk. It portrays them as dangerous, cruel, and definite users of Blue and Orange Morality, if not truly evil. It also portrays faeries of both genders as pretty damn hot.
- J.R. Ward seems to do this in her body of work. Especially evident in the vampire-laden Black Dagger Brotherhood series.
- In Big Wolf on Campus, Tommy begins to worry that perhaps Lori is only attracted to the werewolf part of him.
- An episode of Buffy the Vampire Slayer:
- A group of youngsters were into the whole Vampires Are Sex Gods thing until the vamps came and started killing everyone.
- Angel, Spike, and possibly Oz seem to apply. Not to mention Dracula. And who can forget vampire Willow and Xander?
- The first episode had Jesse become suddenly more confident and charismatic after becoming a vampire. Joss Whedon acknowledges the use of this trope on the DVD commentary.
- True Blood lives and breathes on this trope. Everyone should have sex with a vampire at least once.
- Played with in Magic: The Gathering, specially in Innistrad. Vampires, while not always evil, are generally selfish creatures with sadistic tendencies and that hunt for sport. However, their aristocratic sophistication and appreciation of art and refined pleasures makes them the target of fascination for many innistradi humans. If the humans end up as vampires, however, they find that the sophistication comes after learning to control their bloodlust. Until then they go crazy at the first whiff of blood. Werewolves, on the other hand, are consistently feared, as they are mindless killing machines.
- Changeling: The Lost: The advantage for being part of the Beast seeming is that "animal magnetism" is no longer just an expression — you gain bonuses on social rolls.
- The vampire variant is parodied in the Sluggy Freelance B Side Comics "Sampire". Sam tries hitting on a girl, she rejects him for being gross and creepy, then he tells her he's a real vampire. She sighs, and suggests they go make out in an alley. Sam in general is a great big subversion of this trope, being a vampire Casanova Wannabe.
- Invoked by Winston in Freefall... to make Flo more Humanity Ensues on cellular level.
- The entire lycanthrope cast of Peter Is the Wolf.
- Minerva the Cerberus in Spinnerette, who is admired by the also-appropriate Werewolf Of London Ontario.
- Parodied in a Newgrounds video/song. In the music video, it is arguable, since she is scared, and when she stops being so, she in fact is a vampire. The song, however...
- Most of the creatures in the Nonhuman section of Literotica are in some way monstrous, with vampires and werewolves as perpetual favorites.
- Also frequent at Renderotica. Including everything but not limited to the creatures listed in the above article.
- If you see a sexy werewolf online 9 times out of 10, the artist is usually a member of the Furry Fandom, since, well, it isn't exactly a stretch for a person who's attracted to anthropomorphic creatures to like what is, essentially, an anthropomorphic creature.