History Series / TrueBlood

22nd May '17 10:00:32 PM DukePresley
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** Season 6: Sarah and Governor Burrell, until he becomes DiscOneFinalBoss, leaving her as the sole BigBad.

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** Season 6: Sarah and Governor Burrell, until he becomes a DiscOneFinalBoss, leaving her as the sole BigBad.
18th May '17 5:14:20 PM Fireblood
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** Also, Maryann's first encounter with Sam (where she catches him trying to steal from her and has sex with him) is just dripping with Squick

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** Also, Maryann's first encounter with Sam (where she catches him trying to steal from her and has sex with him) is just dripping with Squick{{squick}}.


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* UndeadTaxExemption: Subverted. Vampires have been legally declared citizens, more or less, in a not-even-remotely-veiled analog to the real-life homosexual rights movement ("God hates fangs").
** The show also demonstrates the flip-side of this trope; namely, vampires do not consider themselves as equal to humans, but rather superior. In addition, the human justice system is nowhere near equipped to deal with them, and vampires in the show kill with relative impunity. One even torpedoes the in-universe constitutional amendment to grant vampires equal rights to marry, own property, etc. by killing a reporter on live television because he doesn't want to be equal.
** By Season 5, the governor of the state of Louisiana has essentially invalidated the citizenship and rights of all vampires within the state: vampires seen outside their homes at night are breaking a curfew set for them, and subject to being shot on sight by SWAT teams and arrested [[spoiler: (really sent to a special lab where experiments are done on them)]]. The show never mentions how ''massively'' unconstitutional such actions would be.
** Near the finale, Bill is told he's not able to leave someone else his estate, because as a vampire Louisiana law considers him to have legally died after he was turned and thus it goes to his nearest living kin. It ''is'' mentioned that this law's being challenged in court, but it'll take years for them to rule either way on whether it's constitutional.
18th May '17 4:58:09 PM Fireblood
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* BrokenAesop: Especially in the first season, the show presents vampires as a metaphor for marginalized human groups, especially homosexuals, down to bigoted signs saying "GOD HATES FANGS" and an episode where Bill asks Sookie to marry him in Vermont. The trouble is that vampires really ''are'' dangerous to humanity, regarding them at best as sympathetic inferiors who will never understand them and at worst as mindless walking snack food. Vampires ''do'' in fact, "recruit" humans and occasionally force them to become vampires, a state from which there is no returning. Vampires possess immense resources in the form of a powerful centralized government devoted to the personal welfare of their kind. And this is leaving out the magical powers. \\

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* BrokenAesop: Especially in the first season, the show presents vampires as a metaphor for marginalized human groups, especially homosexuals, down to bigoted signs saying "GOD HATES FANGS" and an episode where Bill asks Sookie to marry him in Vermont. The trouble is that vampires really ''are'' dangerous to humanity, regarding them at best as sympathetic inferiors who will never understand them and at worst as mindless walking snack food. Vampires ''do'' in fact, fact "recruit" humans and occasionally force them to become vampires, a state from which there is no returning. Vampires possess immense resources in the form of a powerful centralized government devoted to the personal welfare of their kind. And this is leaving out the magical powers. \\



** The Bill of Rights are incorporated as federal laws, and the governor of any state cannot unilaterally suspend them; especially the rights of any individual group of citizens. However, it's clear that, even though his legal standing is highly dubious; Gov. Burrell is getting away with it due to massive public approval.

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** The Bill of Rights are incorporated as federal laws, and the governor of any state cannot unilaterally suspend them; especially the rights of any individual group of citizens. However, it's clear that, even though his legal standing is highly dubious; Gov. Burrell is getting away with it due to massive public approval.approval, though why the feds don't stop him isn't shown (though at this point they may not care).



* KissOfTheVampire: Though by Sookie's reaction, the bite ''hurts'', she says the pain was only temporary.

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* KissOfTheVampire: Though by Sookie's reaction, the bite ''hurts'', she ''hurts''. She says the pain was only temporary.temporary though.
18th Apr '17 9:45:36 AM Golondrina
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* PutOnABus: Hoyt is put on a bus to Alaska after he asks Jessica to glamour him into forgetting her and Jason. [[spoiler: TheBusComesBack in season 7 when Hoyt returns to Bon Temps after his mother's death.]]

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* PutOnABus: Hoyt is put on a bus to Alaska after he asks Jessica to glamour him into forgetting her and Jason. [[spoiler: TheBusComesBack TheBusCameBack in season 7 when Hoyt returns to Bon Temps after his mother's death.]]
7th Apr '17 7:44:02 PM dmcreif
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** In one mini episode, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSN-e_xmhgM a creepy old guy]] tries to hit on Jessica in a bar, constantly calling her a "whore". She eventually snaps, glamours him, and commands him to shout "[[NoIndoorVoice I'M A FUCKING PERVERT WITH A BIG BONER FOR JESUS!]]" for everyone to hear.

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** In one mini episode, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iSN-e_xmhgM com/watch?v=CrTMgcGdtas a creepy old guy]] pastor]] tries to hit on Jessica in a bar, constantly calling her a "whore". She eventually snaps, glamours him, and commands him to shout "[[NoIndoorVoice I'M A FUCKING PERVERT WITH A BIG BONER FOR JESUS!]]" for everyone to hear.



* CassandraTruth: Detective Andy for the second half of season two. If only he hadn't spent season one and the first half of season two ruining his reputation. [[YouHaveToBelieveMe His descriptions could use a bit of work too]].

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* CassandraTruth: Detective Andy for the second half of season two. If only he hadn't spent season one and the first half of season two ruining his reputation. [[YouHaveToBelieveMe His descriptions could use a bit of work too]].



* TheChessmaster:
** Bill has an uncanny ability to manipulate people.

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* TheChessmaster:
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TheChessmaster: Bill has an uncanny ability to manipulate people.
7th Apr '17 7:38:18 PM dmcreif
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[[caption-width-right:350:It's finger-lickin' good.]]

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[[caption-width-right:350:It's [[UsefulNotes/KentuckyFriedChicken finger-lickin' good.good]].]]



* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: The rule about vampires needing to be invited into houses is in place...except they can hypnotize people into doing it, and it works, making you wonder what the point of the rule is.

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* AbsurdlyIneffectiveBarricade: The rule about vampires needing to be invited into houses is in place...except they can hypnotize people into doing it, and it works, making you wonder question what the point purpose of the rule is.



** In Season 6, [[spoiler: three of the Bellefleur hybrids fall prey to her.]]

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** In Season 6, [[spoiler: three of the Bellefleur hybrids Andy's hybrid daughters fall prey to her.]]



** Luna becomes a series regular after her introduction in season 4. Interestingly, [[spoiler: her appearance in Living Dead In Dallas was exclusive to helping Sookie escape from the Fellowship of the Light, yet she has shares not one scene with Sookie in True Blood]]

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** Luna becomes a series regular after her introduction in season 4. Interestingly, [[spoiler: her appearance in Living Dead In Dallas was exclusive to helping Sookie escape from the Fellowship of the Light, yet she has shares not one scene with Sookie in True Blood]]the show.]]



** It might also be worth noting, however, that any vampires who seamlessly integrate into society wouldn't be the focus of the show. Dozens of perfectly pleasant vampires show up to Bill and Sam' mixer at the end of season 6.

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** It might also be worth noting, however, that any vampires who seamlessly integrate into society wouldn't be the focus of the show. Dozens of perfectly pleasant vampires show up to Bill and Sam' Sam's mixer at the end of season 6.
6th Mar '17 11:29:43 PM mlsmithca
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* ThemeSong: Jace Everett's "Bad Things". Which is [[SoCoolItsAwesome awesome]].

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* ThemeSong: Jace Everett's "Bad Things". Which is [[SoCoolItsAwesome awesome]].awesome.
13th Feb '17 6:20:43 PM dmcreif
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* HistoricalInJoke: According to [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-NjuETT0Bg this post-mortem]] feature, the vampires were behind the 2008 financial crisis.



* HowsYourBritishAccent: British actor Stephen Moyer famously struggles to manage an American Cajun accent. It must have been a relief when a flashback scene put Bill in an English punk rock bar, and he was able to speak in something pretty close to his natural voice.

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* HowsYourBritishAccent: British actor Stephen Moyer famously struggles to manage an American Cajun accent. It must have been a relief when a flashback scene put puts Bill in an English punk rock bar, and he was is able to speak in something pretty close to his natural voice.



* IncrediblyLamePun: The vampire bar [=FangTasia=]. Sookie is incredulous, Bill explains that vampires are very old creatures who fall into habits and, once upon a time, puns were considered the height of humor.

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* IncrediblyLamePun: The vampire bar [=FangTasia=].[=Fangtasia=]. Sookie is incredulous, Bill explains that vampires are very old creatures who fall into habits and, once upon a time, puns were considered the height of humor.



* IgnoringBySinging: PlayedForLaughs in one episode: One of the main characters is a psychic, and one of her friends wanted to keep a secret from her. When the psychic tunes into her friend's thoughts, all we hear is "LALALALALALALALALALALALALALA".

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* IgnoringBySinging: PlayedForLaughs in one episode: One of the main characters Sookie is a psychic, and one of her friends wanted to keep a secret from her. When the psychic tunes into her friend's thoughts, all we hear is "LALALALALALALALALALALALALALA".



** Detective Andy, in Season One and early Season Two. Good Lord, Detective Andy. Constantly dribbling an IdiotBall, he's convinced that he is a good cop even though he's actually a drunk who likes to jump to conclusions and genuinely make an ass out of himself, especially after he gets fired and then ''continues to interrogate people without a badge.'' On the positive side, he's one of the few Bon Temps residents not prejudiced against Bill, even defending him against the Sheriff, and he later teams up with [[spoiler: Jason]] to save the town from Maryann.

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** Detective Andy, Andy Bellefleur in Season One and early Season Two. Good Lord, Detective Andy. Constantly dribbling an IdiotBall, he's convinced that he is a good cop even though he's actually a drunk who likes to jump to conclusions and genuinely make an ass out of himself, especially after he gets fired and then ''continues to interrogate people without a badge.'' On the positive side, he's one of the few Bon Temps residents not prejudiced against Bill, even defending him against the Sheriff, and he later teams up with [[spoiler: Jason]] to save the town from Maryann.



** When you take a step back and think it over, there actually isn't a single character in the show that never kicked any puppies. Lies, thinking with your dick/ovaries, overly violent reactions at the most inappropriate times, manipulation of emotions, getting away with evil shit, murder when it's convenient and [[{{ArsonMurderAndJaywalking}} adults acting like annoying,selfish children.]]

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** When you take a step back and think it over, there actually isn't a single character in the show that never kicked any puppies. Lies, thinking with your dick/ovaries, overly violent reactions at the most inappropriate times, manipulation of emotions, getting away with evil shit, murder when it's convenient and [[{{ArsonMurderAndJaywalking}} adults acting like annoying,selfish annoying, selfish children.]]



* LingerieScene: Quite a few of them. Jessica has a FetishFuel one with her Little Red Riding Hood getup and comes to see Jason, and Sarah Newlin does the traditional "lingerie under trenchcoat" For Governor Burrell. The Governor wasn't having any of it, but Jason gladly takes up the slack.

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* LingerieScene: Quite a few of them. Jessica has a FetishFuel one with her Little Red Riding Hood getup and comes to see Jason, and Sarah Newlin does the traditional "lingerie under trenchcoat" For for Governor Burrell. The Governor wasn't isn't having any of it, but Jason gladly takes up the slack.
13th Feb '17 2:48:45 PM dmcreif
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** In the fourth season, a witch tries to make every vampire in Bon Temps do this. She succeeds with a few nameless extras, but most strapped themselves down and rendered themselves immobile to avoid this fate.
** Shortly after being made a vampire, [[spoiler:Tara]] tries to commit suicide by tanning bed. As her maker, [[spoiler:Pam]] was not pleased.

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** In the fourth season, a witch tries to make every vampire in Bon Temps do this. She succeeds with a few nameless extras, but most strapped silver themselves down and rendered render themselves immobile to avoid this fate.
** Shortly after being made a vampire, [[spoiler:Tara]] tries to commit suicide by tanning bed. As her maker, [[spoiler:Pam]] was Pam is not pleased.



* SupernaturalElite: The vampires operate on a feudal system. A Vampire King/Queen claims a territory and appoints sheriffs to administer it for him/her. Usually the most powerful and/or oldest vampire becomes the monarch, however, the position can be reached if a vampire is politically connected with the Authority who seem to be a governing council above the monarchies.

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* SupernaturalElite: The vampires operate on a feudal system. A Vampire King/Queen claims a territory and appoints sheriffs to administer it for him/her. Usually the most powerful and/or oldest vampire becomes the monarch, however, as Bill shows off, the position can be reached if a vampire is politically connected with the Authority who seem to be a governing council above the monarchies.



* TearsOfBlood: ''Series/TrueBlood'' vampires cry blood because [[OurVampiresAreDifferent they have no other body fluids]].

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* TearsOfBlood: ''Series/TrueBlood'' vampires Vampires cry blood because [[OurVampiresAreDifferent they have no other body fluids]].



* TimeAbyss: While most characters believe that Russell Edgington is the oldest vampire in the world at just short of 3000 years in age, [[spoiler: Warlowe, a fairy who was turned into a vampire, has been alive for 5500 years]]. Although killed by the aforementioned character ''when he had just been turned'', [[spoiler: Lilith, the original vampire, is older than humanity and makes a handful of appearances in season six.]]

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* TimeAbyss: While most characters believe that Russell Edgington is the oldest vampire in the world at just short of 3000 years in age, [[spoiler: Warlowe, Warlow, a fairy who was turned into a vampire, has been alive for 5500 years]]. Although killed by the aforementioned character ''when he had just been turned'', [[spoiler: Lilith, the original vampire, is older than humanity and makes a handful of appearances in season six.]]



* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Despite being a small Louisiana town, a lot of crazy shit happens in [[WeirdnessMagnet Bon Temps]]. Queen Sophie-Anne even {{lampshade}}s this in Season 2 by saying how random it is that a maenad would be there (ItMakesSenseInContext, though she wouldn't have a way of knowing that).

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* TokyoIsTheCenterOfTheUniverse: Despite being a small Louisiana town, a lot of crazy shit happens in the backwoods town of [[WeirdnessMagnet Bon Temps]].Temps, Louisiana]]. Queen Sophie-Anne even {{lampshade}}s this in Season 2 by saying how random it is that a maenad would be there (ItMakesSenseInContext, though she wouldn't have a way of knowing that).



* TookALevelInJerkass: It seems like most vampires eventually take a level in JerkAss. For example, as of the beginning of the fifth season Jessica has gone from being a really sweet person to somebody who tells a roomful of humans who were partying with her that they're now boring her and she's going to eat them all if they don't get the hell out of her house and go back to their "human lives". And earlier in the same episode when one of them was drinking from a keg she was holding high in the air with one arm, she noticed a girl starting to throw up. She abruptly dropped the heavy keg so that it almost landed on somebody, ran over to the puking girl with vampire speed, snapped at her "Not in the house!" and shoved her out the front door.

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* TookALevelInJerkass: It seems like most vampires eventually take get a level in JerkAss. For bit abrasive over time.
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example, as of the beginning of the fifth season Jessica has gone from being a really sweet person to somebody who tells a roomful of humans who were partying with her that they're now her, "Hey, you IDIOTS! You're boring her and she's going to eat them all if they don't get the hell out of her house and me, go back to their "human lives". your human lives before I eat you!" And earlier in the same episode right before this particular moment, when one of them was is drinking from a keg she was is holding high in the air with one arm, she noticed notices a girl starting to throw up. She abruptly dropped drops the heavy keg so that it almost landed lands on somebody, ran the drinker, runs over to the puking sick girl with vampire speed, snapped snaps at her "Not in the house!" and shoved shoves her out the front door.



* WhosWatchingTheStore: Merlottes sure seems to always have employees running off. Becomes a minor plotpoint in S3, when Arlene and Terry (and maybe Jessica) are the only reliable employees at Merlotte's, and Arlene ends up forcing Sam to hire some more waitreses, because she is massively overworked and pregnant.

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* WhosWatchingTheStore: Merlottes Merlotte's sure seems to always have employees running off. Becomes a minor plotpoint in S3, season 3, when Arlene and Arlene, Terry (and and maybe Jessica) Jessica are the only reliable employees at Merlotte's, and Arlene ends up forcing Sam to hire some more waitreses, waitresses, because she is massively overworked and pregnant.



* YourVampiresSuck: The very first scene of the very first episode of this series uses this trope. A goth gas station attendant tricks some tourists into thinking he's a vampire. After they leave, a red-neck vampire tells him that if the goth ever impersonates a vampire again, he'll kill him.

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* YourVampiresSuck: The very first scene of the show. A very first episode of this series uses this trope. A goth gas station attendant tricks some tourists into thinking he's a vampire. After they leave, a red-neck redneck vampire shopping for a four-pack of Tru Blood tells him that if the goth ever impersonates a vampire again, he'll kill him.him. "[[MoodSwinger You have a nice day now!]]"



--->"Fuck me? I'll fuck you, boy. I'll fuck ya... ''[fangs]'' ...and then I'll EAT ya."
** This is an establishing moment for the series: YourVampiresSuck because ours aren't all decked out in goth attire, have some sort of ethnic accent, or are {{Large Ham}}s; many of them can be normal folks just like you and me. The fact that the first vampire we see in this vampire-heavy show is an overweight Larry the Cable Guy-lookalike may be a big part of what put the show on the map.

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--->"Fuck me? I'll fuck you, boy. boy! I'll fuck ya... ''[fangs]'' ...ya, and then I'll EAT ya."
ya! ''[bares fangs]''"
** This is an establishing moment for the series: YourVampiresSuck because ours aren't all decked out in goth attire, have some sort of ethnic accent, or are {{Large Ham}}s; many of them can be normal folks just like you and me. who live unnoticed among us. The fact that the first vampire we see in this vampire-heavy show is looks like an overweight Larry the Cable Guy-lookalike Guy may be a big part of what put the show on the map.
5th Feb '17 4:40:28 PM dmcreif
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* AffablyEvil: The King of Mississippi. Unless his BerserkButton is on.

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* AffablyEvil: The Russell Edgington, the King of Mississippi. Unless his BerserkButton is on.



** Taken to a new extreme in later seasons, when it is revealed that the Vampire Authority, shadowy rulers over ALL vampire-kind across the entire planet... are located in New Orleans, a short drive from our protagonists' hometown. [[RetCon This despite earlier references by high-ranking Vampires that indicated Louisiana was an unimportant backwater, far removed from the concerns of the Authority.]]
** Eric's role as Sheriff and Russel Edgington's kingship of Mississippi also stand out, considering their age and power is easily on par with (if not far greater than) nearly every vampire in the series.

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** Taken to a new extreme in later seasons, when it is revealed that the Vampire Authority, shadowy rulers over ALL vampire-kind across the entire planet...world... are located in New Orleans, a short drive from our protagonists' hometown. [[RetCon This despite earlier references by high-ranking Vampires that indicated Louisiana was an unimportant backwater, far removed from the concerns of the Authority.]]
** Eric's role as Sheriff and Russel Russell Edgington's kingship of Mississippi also stand out, considering their age and power is easily on par with (if not far greater than) nearly every vampire in the series.



** While usually not that bad, Bill is definitely darker than Sam, and both vie for Sookie's affection. Guess who wins?

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** While usually not that bad, Bill Compton is definitely darker than Sam, Sam Merlotte, and both vie for Sookie's affection. Guess who wins?



* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Governor of Louisiana. [[spoiler: Declaring that vampires have no rights, instituting curfews, shutting down their businesses and seizing their property, setting up a 'camp' to hold them, complete with lethal medical experiments by [[TortureTechnician torture technicians]]...he all but brags about bringing the FinalSolution.]]

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* ANaziByAnyOtherName: The Truman Burrell, the Governor of Louisiana. [[spoiler: Declaring that vampires have no rights, instituting curfews, shutting down their businesses and seizing their property, setting up a 'camp' to hold them, complete with lethal medical experiments by [[TortureTechnician torture technicians]]...he all but brags about bringing the FinalSolution.]]



* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Russell is burnt to a crisp, wrapped in silver, and buried in cement.]]

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* AndIMustScream: [[spoiler: Russell Edgington is burnt to a crisp, wrapped in silver, and buried in cement.]]



* ApologisesALot: Sookie.

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* ApologisesALot: ApologizesALot: Sookie.



** In both real life and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]], maenads were human women who became members of the cult of Dionysus. In the show, they're just short of being deities themselves, if Maryann is anything to go by. Queen Sophie-Anne [[HandWave hand waves]] this by mentioning that Maryann and her kind indeed started out as human women (even giving an accurate description of how the Hellenic women became absorbed into the Dionysian cult) but through blind faith they became immortal and gained a myriad of other special powers. Also, this could be interpreted as an exaggeration of some myths that maenads gained the ability to perform miracles through worship of their god.

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** In both real life and [[Myth/ClassicalMythology Greek mythology]], maenads were human women who became members of the cult of Dionysus. In the show, they're just short of being deities themselves, if Maryann is anything to go by. Queen Sophie-Anne [[HandWave hand waves]] this by mentioning explains]] that Maryann and her kind indeed started out as human women (even giving an accurate description of how the Hellenic women became absorbed into the Dionysian cult) but through blind faith they became immortal and gained a myriad of other special powers. Also, this could be interpreted as an exaggeration of some myths that maenads gained the ability to perform miracles through worship of their god.



* AxeCrazy: Woohoo, is this show ''full of them''. From the sociopathic Rene, and Russell Edginton [[spoiler: following Talbot's death]] to the subdued and '''apparently''' sane Lorena and Franklin. Before her reformation in Season 4, a V-addicted Debbie could count too. Even Steve Newlin happens to be this, willing to kill Sookie simply for loving a Vampire. [[BlatantLies Traitor to her race]], indeed.

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* AxeCrazy: Woohoo, is this show ''full of them''. From the sociopathic Rene, and Russell Edginton Edgington [[spoiler: following Talbot's death]] to the subdued and '''apparently''' sane Lorena and Franklin. Before her reformation in Season 4, a V-addicted Debbie could count too. Even Steve Newlin happens to be this, willing to kill Sookie simply for loving a Vampire. [[BlatantLies Traitor to her race]], indeed.



** Louis Pasteur--Vampire, and the one who led the effort to synthesize the eponymous [=TruBlood=].

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** Louis Pasteur--Vampire, Pasteur was a vampire, and the one who led the effort to synthesize the eponymous [=TruBlood=].



** Apparently, Albert Einstein was (like Sookie) a half-fairy.

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** Apparently, Albert Einstein was (like Sookie) a half-fairy.



** In season 6, [[spoiler:Jessica eats most of Andy's half fairy children. It's an accident, but still]].

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** In season 6, [[spoiler:Jessica eats most of Andy's half fairy children. It's an accident, and she suffers major guilt over this, but still]].



* BlackBestFriend: Tara.

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* BlackBestFriend: Tara.Tara is Sookie's.
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