The Most Popular Female Vampires

Since Dracula, many vampires portrayed in media, pop culture and literature have been male. However, the allure of the female vampire is perhaps what made vampires more popular today, and there many strong female vampire characters if you know where to look. From Bella Swan of Twilight and many other girls who are vampires, being a vampire isn't just for guys anymore.

  • Carmilla
    Photo: The Vampire Lovers / American International Pictures

    Let's start with Carmilla, THE first deadly female femme fatale of the night of the modern era. Written by Sheridan Le Fanu and first published in 1871, it established the cold and dark atmosphere by which vampires operate. It also introduced a vampire with lesbian tendencies, as Carmilla was stalking the young girl Laura as her victim, a daring premise at the time. Even Bram Stoker would cite this story as an influence in making Dracula. In modern times, she was portrayed by Ingrid Pitt in the movie The Vampire Lovers, a classic in Hammer horror films. 

  • Selene
    Photo: Underworld / Screen Gems
    Brought to life on screen by action siren Kate Beckinsale, Selene is a Death Dealer, a warrior dedicated to protecting vampires against werewolves. However, she realizes there is more to the plot than meets the eye, and sets out to uncover the truth.
  • Bella Swan
    Photo: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 / Lionsgate

    Twilight's Bella Swan becomes a vampire at the end of the series. She is popular for this recent generation (early 2000s), although she doesn't figure as a vampire for most of the story.

  • No list of vampire women is complete without the queen of vampire comicdom. Vampirella is the quintessential comic book vampiress, and is perhaps the poster girl of everything vampire in the comic pages. 

  • This video game vampiress is a slash queen when it comes to game fame. With her naginata and other weapons, this dhampir hacks her way through Nazis and enemy vampires. The game inspired several movies and comic book series. 
  • Mina Harker
    Photo: The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen / 20th Century Fox

    In some shows and stories, Mina Harker isn't cured of vampirism. But she uses her powers for good, like in the movie The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.