History EditIt actually predates the Verse as far as Megan is concerned- she was interested in Richard before her Tanz der Vampire fixation took hold, and she was amused to discover that one of Sue Blaine's costume designs for a chorus vampire in the musical actually was meant to represent Richard (except, you know, as a decaying vampire-thing.)
On the Verse EditThis information first arrived when the Suethors were busy declaring what their characters would wear to Dracula's ball, Megan provided a picture of Richard!Vampire from the Stuttgart production of the show. There was a lot of amusement over the very existence of a Richard!Vampire, considering how much Sueniverse!Richard despises vampires as a species. Things got worse when Megan started digging up more images of the costume from the show, as well as the "modern" (read: black and leathery) version from the finale.
It Really Is Funny. Trust Us. Edit
Richard!Vampire has been declared hilarious for the following reasons:
- Michael Eckel's really ridiculous eyebrows while in character
- The Sleeves of Doom
- He has hair down to his effing waist and apparently no lips
- The fact that Richard!Vampire is a dancing fool
The joke eventually expanded to a lot of "What if Richard!Vampire was our!Richard?", including speculation that he would fall over in the middle of the finale and/or kill one of the other vampires (probably the little blonde with pigtails, nicknamed Annabelle-Clara by Megan) with the giant flailing Sleeves of Doom, theninsisting on stopping the whole show to apologize and call a paramedic.