- Vampire manhwa cover a wide range of genres, not just horror and supernatural.
- Some vampire manhwa take place in real-world settings, showcasing the struggle of hiding vampire identities.
- Vampire romances are a popular theme in manhwa, even in genres like comedy and school life.
In every medium of entertainment, fans are sure to find a good vampire story, of which there are plenty in the manhwa, or Korean comics, community. Many of the most popular manhwa of various genres are based on these creatures of the night and their never-ending quest to quench their thirst for blood.
Vampires have been appearing in numerous genres besides the standard horror and supernatural genres, so the possibility of vampire stories in manhwa also goes far beyond those genres. From running gags involving trying to get blood to vampire-human romances, these vampire manhwas are sure to bring out the best of these perennial blood-sucking characters.
The Unquenchable Mr. Kim
Rated 4.1/5 on Anime-Planet
- Written by: Morak
- Illustrated by: Morak
- Genres: Yaoi, Drama, Work Life
Most media featuring vampires usually have them in fantasy settings, but this is far from the case with this dramatic Boys Love manhwa The Unquenchable Mr. Kim. Instead, the manhwa takes place in the real world, with the main character trying to hide his vampire status from his fellow office workers being a recurring theme.
Being a half-vampire instead of a natural one, Kim Doyoon chooses to feast upon the libido of humans due to his inability to develop a taste for blood. However, he unexpectedly ends up in a secret relationship with his boss Lee Kangwoo when Kim’s health starts to deteriorate due to lack of feeding.
Rated 4.1/5 on Anime Planet
- Written by: Sun-Young Lee
- Illustrated by: Sun-Young Lee
- Genre(s): Action, Yaoi, Supernatural
Keeping with the trend of a real-world setting, Vampire Library’s main setting is a public library that is the workplace of its eccentric vampire cast. But rather than have a vampire as its main character, this manhwa instead focuses on a human character’s reaction to finding out about his coworker’s shocking secret.
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The story starts with Mano Yu, a white-haired part-time librarian, being exasperated with his coworkers and their eccentricities; he initially believes them to be hardcore vampire enthusiasts. It is only when Yu is attacked by one of his coworkers for his blood that he finally understands that the rest of the library staff are actual vampires.
Rated 4.1/5 on Anime-Planet
Unlike most vampire manhwa, which usually retains vampires’ signature habit of sucking blood, the vampires in Untouchable, namely the main vampire heroine Sia Lee, absorb human energy by simply making physical contact with them. This allows Sia to blend in with the rest of society while keeping her status as a vampire a secret.
Due to her good looks, Sia Lee has had no problems concerning feeding, though her father advised her to feed only as a means of survival. After a chance meeting with Jiho Shin, however, Sia finds herself at a loss due to how unique and soothing his energy is, despite Jiho mistaking her for a stalker.
Rated 4.1/5 on Anime-Planet
- Written by: Narae Lee
- Illustrated by: Narae Lee
- Genre(s): Comedy, Romance, School Life
Even amidst the more casual genres, such as comedy or slice-of-life, vampire romances remain a popular subject, as demonstrated by the manhwa Bloody Sweet. Taking a departure from the fantasy-esque settings seen in most vampire stories, this manhwa is instead a perfect blend of high school life and the supernatural while staying true to vampire lore.
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Love permeates these series, making it easy for readers to connect with the characters on an emotional level.
After enduring severe bullying both at school and during a field trip, high schooler Naerim Shin is forced to open a mysterious cabinet by her tormentors after exploring a similarly creepy church. Once she opens it, however, she meets the vampire Vlad Fetechou, who proceeds to follow Naerim around everywhere she goes.
Rated 4.2/5 on Anime-Planet
- Written by: Jac-ga Hong
- Illustrated by: Jac-ga Hong
- Genre(s): Horror, Mystery, Supernatural
Compared to the other entries on this list, Delusion makes a stark departure from the comedic and romantic tones the previous titles have established, replacing them with a truly dark, horror story shown in both its forboding plot and semi-realistic artwork. Even the setting itself is dreary and suspenseful; every location in this manhwa is noticeably portrayed with various hues of gray.
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In Delusion, struggling artist Iho Yun is tasked to paint a portrait of the reclusive belle Jeonhwa Song, who is said to never have set foot outside her hotel due to a strong hatred of her appearance. Initially believing Madam Song to be well in her old age, Iho Yun instead finds out that she is still very youthful despite her age, and that many artists before him have lost their lives trying to paint Madam Song’s portrait.
Rated 4.3/5 on Anime-Planet
- Written by: Lina Im
- Illustrated by: Lina Im
- Genre(s): Action, Fantasy, Supernatural
Though other manhwa on this lsit may focus on the vampires themselves, Unholy Blood instead focuses on vampire hunters, who often have a slew of reasons for slaying the infamous blood-sucking creatures. In this case, Hayan Park, the powerful main heroine of this manhwa, seeks revenge on vampire-kind for causing an apocalypse and ruining any chance she had of living a normal life.
Before the appearance of vampires in human society, Hayan was previously a caretaker at her local orphanage, usually scaring off any suspicious or rowdy characters that caused trouble in the area. After discovering her vampiric powers and witnessing her adoptive father’s death, however, Hayan decides to hunt vampires to bring peace back to the world.
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