->''"Humans feed on birds and cattle, Vampires on the lifeblood of Humans. Didn't it ever occur to you that there might be something yet higher on the food chain?"''
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'''''Trinity Blood''''' originally began as a series of LightNovels penned by the late Sunao Yoshida, which were later adapted into a manga and anime series. The manga is known for its lush and Baroque artwork by Kiyo Kûjô; and the anime adaptation is similarly lavish in its visuals and animation quality.

The anime continuity opens on a time far into the future, [[AfterTheEnd 900 years after a disaster which nearly destroyed Earth's population.]] The Catholic Church has re-emerged as a major military superpower and is currently waging a Cold War against the Methuselahs, a vampiric race comprised of humans which have been infected with an alien bacillus. (Said bacillus prolongs the victims' lives, grants them magical powers and super strength, at the cost of being vulnerable to sunlight -- and leaves them constantly hungry for human blood, hence the reason they're considered such a nuisance.)

It is not uncommon for stark, [[BadassLongcoat be-trenchcoated]] heroes to emerge during times like this. However, the main be-trenchcoated hero of ''this'' story appears anything ''but'' heroic at first glance. In fact, Father Abel Nightroad seems a bit of [[TheDitz a ditz]], although under the right circumstances, [[CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass his true form will show itself.]] (His true form being that of a ''Crusnik'', a powerful and monstrous being which feeds on vampires the way vampires feed on humans.)

The series isn't just about Father Nightroad kicking vampire ass for the Lord, though. There's also plenty of intrigue going on in both the Vatican and Methuslean camps. And a [[AncientConspiracy shadowy conspiracy]] called the ''Order of Rosenkreuz'', which seeks to bring about TheEndOfTheWorldAsWeKnowIt. [[TheWorldIsAlwaysDoomed Again]].

It's probably worth noting that one of the reasons the anime is so light on content, and that the manga is sort of... hanging... is because the [[AuthorExistenceFailure original author died before the series could be finished.]] And the mangaka aren't really sure how to finish the series well enough so as to honour the author and keep the fandom happy.
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!!''Trinity Blood'' provides examples of:

* TheAbridgedSeries: One by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TwilightWolf183 TwilightWolf183]] and another by [[http://www.youtube.com/user/TinyNightroad TinyNightroad]], the latter of which is SoBadItsGood.
* AbsoluteCleavage
** Worn by a ''[[NaughtyNuns nun]]'', believe it or not. [[http://chan.sankakucomplex.com/post/show/2559206 Really.]]
** [[http://manga.animea.net/trinity-blood-chapter-48-page-12.html Jane sports this too.]]
* AccidentalPervert: Abel Nightroad, multiple examples.
* AdaptedOut: Many characters from the novels (such as some members from the Vatican and Rosenkreuz Orden) do not appear in the anime though some of them make it in the manga.
* AlienSky
* AllThereInTheManual: Seriously. The show tells you almost ''nothing'' about the setting and backstory. The manga is more clear and forthcoming about these details. The novels are your best bet if you want to have a clue what's happening, though. There's also the notes left by the original author prior to his death which explains the events [[spoiler:after Esther was crowned Queen of Albion]]. But those events [[spoiler:got worse]] .
* AlternateContinuity: The novels, manga and anime differ greatly from each other.
* AngelFaceDemonFace: Inverted with Abel, whose Crusnik-form appearance is disturbing/demonic, and [[spoiler: [[EvilTwin Cain]] whose transformed appearance is more classically angelic.]]
* AnimeCatholicism: The mo'fuggin ''page picture!!''
* AntiGravityClothing
* AntiHero: The Pope is a Type I, Abel is a Type II, while Brother Petro is a Type III.
* AreYouSureYouCanDriveThisThing?: Sister Esther tries to drive, and almost gives Abel a heart attack. It results in [[spoiler: Radu finding them]].
* ArtificialLimbs: [[spoiler:Hugue]]
* TheAtoner: Abel
* AwesomeMomentOfCrowning: [[spoiler:Esther at the end]]
* BadassLongcoat: Most male members of the cast. And with the introduction of Asta, even one of the females.
* BadassPreacher: The Catholics sure can crank em out when they have to.
* TheBeautifulElite
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: Subverted BIG TIME with Dietrich. He's described as extremely handsome ([[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotSymbolic with the face of an angel]])... and is also a total psychopath with no regard for human life.
* BigBad: Cain Nightroad.
* BigGood
** The pope
** [[spoiler:Queen Esther of Albion]]
* {{BFG}}: Tres sure loves his heavy artillery...
* BigNo: At the climax of episode 22, and to a lesser extent, episode 3.
* {{Bishonen}}: Just about every male cast member is one, including the Pope! The manga even {{lampshade}}s it a few times. And Abel appears ''so'' many times with {{Bishie Sparkle}}s...
* BishieSparkle: Shahrazad appears with BishieSparkle with a dose of LoveBubbles every time she smiles at Esther's direction.
* BiTheWay: Jane Jocelyn, one of the candidates for Albion's throne. She's apparently had ''seven'' husbands, and is not even remotely shy about showing her blatant, leering interest in Esther.
* BloodyMurder: One vampire could cause his blood to spontaneously combust with air. Abel could form a scythe out of his.
* BloodStainedGlassWindows
* BodyguardCrush: Tres' incredible ''devotion'' to Caterina Sforza in both novels and manga.
* BonusEpisode: ''Cour'' variant. If you treat the multipart eps as single extended episodes, you get 13 episodes over 24 half-hours. It goes: 1, 2, 3-4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9-10, 11, 12-14, 15-19, 20-22, 23-24.
* BrokeEpisode: Abel never seems to have money when he needs it.
* BurnTheWitch: Both Terrans and Methuselah hate witches.
* CainAndAbel
** Guess what Abel's EvilTwin is [[MeaningfulName named]]?.
** They also have a sister named Seth (originally the third son of Adam and Eve, here turned into a girl).
** Lilith is based on Adam's first wife, who turned into a demon.
* TheChessmaster: Dietrich and Isaak.
* TheChewToy: Bizarrely, Abel. He takes a lot of abuse for someone who's capable of {{Badass}}ery.
* AChildShallLeadThem: Pope Alessandro XVIII, KingLudwigII (in the novels) and [[spoiler:Empress Seth]]. The former is timid and easily manipulated; the second is a genderconfused 15 years old wheelchair bound ruthless king of Germanicus; and the the latter is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld but rules through a proxy due to her youthful appearance.
* ChurchMilitant: ''VERY'' militant. Straight up to [[TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}} 40K levels]].
* ClickHello: Tres, episode 2. May also count as DramaticGunCock.
* CostumePorn[=/=]PimpedOutDress
* CrashIntoHello: Abel and Esther. Although Abel thought she was a boy when they met.
* CrapsackWorld: Before the events of Trinity Blood, the humans and the Methuselahs (who were orignally humans and colonizers of Mars but got infected with the bacillus) wage war against each other which almost destroy the entire human race and the planet. During the events of the series, humans and Methuselahs still hold antagonistic feelings against each other. According to the original author's notes, [[spoiler: [[FromBadToWorse it got worse]]]]
* CrouchingMoronHiddenBadass: Abel and Cain.
* CrushKillDestroy: Tres in Genocide mode
* CursedWithAwesome: ... which is what infection of the Bacillus would be if it didn't require the constant craving for human blood. Given the wondrous powers it bestows, one wonders why all or part of humanity doesn't allow itself to be infected and then just survive on a diet of synthetic blood. {{Lampshaded}} during the fairy synthetic vampires arc: it said that the successful conversion rate is extremely low (at least in the light novels).
* CuteBruiser: Kaya
* DeceptivelyHumanRobots: Tres and the other Killing Dolls
* DecoyLeader: [[spoiler:The vampire empress.]]
* DemotedtoExtra: The anime reduced some of the characters' roles. For example, Mary Spencer has a very prominent role in the manga and novels where [[spoiler:she is the illegitimate daughter of Crown Albion Prince (making her and Ester as sisters) and a possible successor to the throne. The anime never mentions this.]]
* TheDitz: Abel
* DragonWithAnAgenda: Isaak Fernand von Kämpfer whose 'agenda' and 'goals' are described as ''mysterious'' and is compared with Karla of RecordOfLodossWar in interviews.
* TheEmpire: The vampires' form of government.
* EyesAlwaysShut: Brother Matthew
* FiveManBand: AX Agency
** TheHero: Abel
** TheLancer: Tres, Leon
** TheSmartGuy: William, Kate
** TheBigGuy: Leon, Hugue
** TheChick: Kaya, Noelle
** TheSixthRanger: Monica
* FloweryElizabethanEnglish: In the English version of the manga released by Tokyopop, the Empress speaks like this... but only with other noble Methusalehs.
* FlyingCar
* FoodChainOfEvil: Many vampires are shocked and horrified to learn that they are the natural prey for the even more badass Crusniks.
* ForeignLanguageTitle
* FreudianExcuse: A lot of characters. Notably [[MarionetteMaster Dietrich]] . He had a very [[DarkAndTroubledPast disturbing past]] in which he basically [[spoiler: was hated and mistrusted since he was born. His father saw an inclination for evil and tried to [[OffingTheOffspring murder him when he was six years old]]]] which didn't work, so [[spoiler: Dietrich snapped and [[SelfMadeOrphan killed his entire family in a fit of paranoia]]]]. Alone and orphaned, little Dietrich had no moral compass to draw about from and became a twisted MadScientist miniature. Until [[spoiler: [[BigBad Cain]] and [[TheDragon Isaak]] just happened to walk by his town when he was seven and picked him up to groom him with their standards to be a high ranked terrorist at ten years old]]. Basically, in the [[AllThereInTheManual Canon Notes]] is unable to comprehend [[WhatisThisThingYouCallLove love because he never experienced it]], but he is drawn to people who are naturally loving (like Esther and Abel). He's also described as [[PureIsNotGood pure evil, but innocent]] and honestly believes the Orden [[WellIntentionedExtremist can make the world better]]. To the point that when [[spoiler: he realizes what are Cain's [[OmnicidalManiac real plans]], he pulls a HeelFaceTurn thanks to Caterina's persuasion]].
* {{Gonk}}: Brother Phillipo
* GoodWingsEvilWings: Inverted. TheHero Abel has scary black or red ones, while BigBad Cain has white feathered ones.
* GratuitousForeignLanguage:
** Hungarian words and names occasionally crop up untranslated, especially in the manga continuity. Justified, though, since Esther is a naturalized citizen raised in Istvan, a Hungarian border city which a handful of story arcs center around, and, presumably, picked up Hungarian as her first language.
** AltumVidetur: Aside from the assumption that most characters affiliated with the Vatican probably speak Latin via TranslationConvention, there's also Contra Mundi, whose name and motto are often dropped entirely in untranslated Latin.
** GratuitousGerman: Scanlations of the manga tend to have Deitrich throw in a word or two, and even complete phrases, of German into his dialogue for no reason in later chapters.
* GunsAkimbo: Tres
* GunKata: Father Tres, episode 2
* TheGunslinger: Quite a few characters, but mainly Tres, to the point that Gunslinger is actually his callsign.
* HandsomeLech: Antonio, Leon in the manga
* HeelFaceTurn: [[spoiler: Dietrich]]
* HermeticMagic
* HeroesWantRedheads
* HeroicVow: Abel to Lilith, Esther to [[spoiler: Shahrazad]]).
* HighPressureBlood
* TheHighQueen: Many of them.
* HunterOfHisOwnKind
* ImplacableMan: Tres, again.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: Tres. Tres. Tres. Oh my God ''Tres!'' Though to be fair, he is a robot.
* ImprobableWeaponUser: Crusnik 02 wields [[SinisterScythe a huge, wicked, multi-bladed scythe.]] Made out of his own blood.
* IncurableCoughOfDeath: [[spoiler:Caterina Sforza in the ROM novels and the manga]]
* JeanneDArchetype: Esther Blanchett starts like this in the novels.
* KnightofCerebus: Cain Nightroad
* KnightTemplar
* LadyOfWar: Astharoshe, Sister Paula, Monica Argento, Shahrazad al-Rahman, Mary Spencer
* LargeHam: Brother Petro, who seemingly can't go five minutes without making a grand proclamation of justice.
* LittleMissBadass: Seth, Kaya
* {{Lolicon}}: Seth Nightlord & Mirka Fortuna.
* LostTechnology
* LoveHurts: When it doesn't make you evil or is unrequited, [[OfficialCouple happy protagonists and villains]] in this series have to deal with the demise of their spouse/lover: Like William and his fiancé, Helga and her husband, Monica and her husband, Leon and his wife, Gyula and his wife Maria, Abel and his beloved Lilith.
* LoveMakesYouEvil
** Caterina Sforza in the novels and Manga. When Abel shows too much concern on Esther for her liking. She [[spoiler: subtly moves to arrange Esther's [[MurderTheHypotenuse accidental death]] ''twice.'' Later on, in Stories Untold, she realizes the grave consequences of her actions and uses this hatred and jaded love to win herself a place in the Orden, in order to destroy them from within]].
** Could also apply to [[spoiler:Gyula and his wife.]]
* MachineMonotone: Tres, Brother Bartholomew
* ManipulativeBastard: Deitrich and Cain.
* MeaningfulName: {{Shout Out}}s to historical and religious figures abound in this series.
** Abel, Cain, and Seth Nightroad: Obvious reference to the three sons of Adam and Eve.
** Lilith Sahl: Reference to Lilith, Adam's first wife in some interpretations of Genesis.
** Esther Blanchett: Reference to the biblical queen Esther. Also [[LampshadeHanging lampshaded]] by Dietrich as being homophonous to Greek "Aster," or "star." [[spoiler:Revealed to be Esther White in the manga, the White Rebellion.]]
*** [[spoiler:Edward White is not her biological father, but a knight faithful to the Crown Princess who saved Princess Esther and was framed by the real conspirators of the crime.]] Also Blanchett/Blanchette is a French heroine of a novel with the same name. [[spoiler: Also also, "Blanchett" approximately translates from French as "Little White," and Albion, one of the traditional, poetic names of Britain is etymologically related to Latin "albus," or "white."]]
** Radu Barvon [[spoiler:Named after Vlad "The Impaler" Tepes' traitorous brother, he was the puppet ruler of Wallachia whenever the Ottoman Empire occupied it.]]
** Hercules Tres Iqus: Number ''3'' out of ''10'' (Iquis is Latin for "X", or in numeral form, "10") Killing Dolls created by ''Geppetto'' Garibaldi.
** Augusta Vradica: Augustus Caesar meets Vlad Dracula
** Astharoshe/"Asta": Reference to Ashtoreth/Astarte, a Canaanite goddess mentioned in the Old Testament, and namesake of Astaroth, a high-ranking demon in Medieval demonology
** Suleyman: Reference to Suleiman the Magnificent aka Suleyman I, the longest-reigning Sultan of the Ottoman Empire.
** All codenames (Except maybe Dandelion?)
*** Nope, even Dandelion. He's a dandy, and his name is Leon. That's it.
**** In fact, Dandelion translated to Spanish is "Diente de León", that can be literally translated to "lion's tooth".
** All members of the Vatican are connected to Renaissance important politicians or members of the Church: Borgia, Caterina Sforza, Medici, Alphonso D'Este.
** The nicknames "Calamity Jane" and "Bloody Mary".
** Baybars/Baibars is a reference to another famous sultan known as Abu al-Futuh.
** [[Literature/ArabianNights Scheherazade/Shahrazad]]
* MoreDakka
* MsFanservice: Noelle Bor, Monica Argento, and Jane Judith Jocelyn.
* MinoredInAsskicking: Professor Wordsworth
* NiceHat: Many, but Empress Augusta's is the most notable.
* NoEnding: At least by the [[AuthorExistenceFailure original author]]. His friend, Kentaro Yasui, author of the Ragnarok novels, was asked to continue the series.
* NoisyGuns: Played utterly straight. Any time a gun is even ''pointed'' at something, it makes random clicky sounds.
* NunsAreMikos
* ObfuscatingStupidity: Abel, although Cain pulls this act more convincingly.
* OjouRinglets: Cardinal Caterina sports a magnificent pair. So does Helga von Vogelweide of the Rosencreutz Orden and Jane from Albion
* OminousLatinChanting: Whenever you hear it, you know someone is about to get their ass handed to them.
* OnlyMostlyDead: Abel, after his unsuccessful bid to defeat Cain
* OurVampiresAreDifferent
* PersonOfMassDestruction: The Crusniks.
* PlanetTerra: Methuselahs refer to humans as Terrans. Because, [[AllThereInTheManual as the original novels reveal]], [[spoiler:the first Methuselahs were created on Mars.]]
* PluckyGirl: Esther Blanchett
* PowerLimiter
** Abel has imposed one on himself. His EvilTwin hasn't, and the results show ''why'' Abel has done so.
** Seth and Lilith limited it too. Since releasing 100% power [[spoiler: would mean the Nanomachines taking possession of the host which is what happened to poor Cain. Sadly, the Anime forgets this fact and the other little detail that Lilith has no nanomachines in her bloodstream or she won't be dead ''or that Abel got his head blown off to be in stasis during Throne of the Roses.]]
* PreAsskickingOneLiner: Whenever you hear Abel's voice change uttering the words, "Crusnik 02. Nanomachine output 40%. Activate," you know someone is about to get wrecked in a horrific manner.
* PrehensileHair: Vanessa. Holy fricking crap, ''Vanessa''.
* ProHumanTranshuman: A few vampires and Crusniks.
* PuttingOnTheReich: The RKO's uniforms are modeled after the Nazi's Waffen-SS. ''Probably'' to invoke RedRightHand.
* ReallySevenHundredYearsOld
** The Crusnik and Methuselah.
** Special mention must go to [[spoiler: Seth and Mirka]], who are ancient but look about the same age as Ion. What's really striking is that [[spoiler: Mirka]] is Ion's ''grandma''!
* TheReveal: Big time in episode 19, in which [[spoiler:Seth]] is revealed to be [[spoiler:The Empress]], while [[spoiler: The Empress]] is revealed to actually be [[spoiler: Mirka Fortuna, Duchess of Moldova]]. In all fairness, there was a bit of a ChekhovsGun that should have at least clarified who [[spoiler:Seth]] really was: [[spoiler:at the end of episode 11, you see the bottom portion of her head, revealing her childlike face and giveaway hairstyle (not to mention her voice when she speaks).]]
* RequisiteRoyalRegalia [[spoiler:The crown Esther is, well, crowned with, and she also had an [[PrettyInMink ermine cape]] in the manga]]
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge
* RomanticTwoGirlFriendship: Shahrazad and Esther are a rare inversion, because Esther had 'romantic friendship/partnerships' with a lot of men (Dietrich, Abel, Ion) before 'graduating' from them and establishing one with a true sense of lasting commitment with a girl. [[spoiler:Too bad Shahrazad dies minutes after Esther realizes this.]].
* SayMyName: Esther and Ion, stuck in a cell together. You wouldn't think they'd have to cry out the names, what with being in the same cell, but they do.
* SceneryPorn
* SchizoTech
* ScrewTheRulesImDoingWhatsRight: In the episode ''Overcount I. The Belfry of Downfall'' Cardinal Caterina Sforza breaks Vatican protocol in seeking to stop a weapon that could destroy all of Rome. As a result she placed under house arrest and is hinted that that she might have been executed. However, she is cleared when the weapon is used.
* SexyPriest: The AX agents seem to be ranked according to how attractive they are. [[{{Bishounen}} Abel]] of course is first. Tres may be an exception, as he was [[DeceptivelyHumanRobots designed that way]].
* {{Shotacon}}: Ion Fortuna. [[spoiler:The anime ending has hints of Abel×Ion.]]
* SlidingScaleOfVampireFriendliness: On the friendlier side. Only cruel or debauched vampires go on blood-guzzling sprees. Most live on cloned blood.
* TheSpock: Tres
* {{Stripperiffic}}: Most female vampires. Sister Monica and Sister Paula also, despite being [[NaughtyNuns nuns]].
* SweetPollyOliver: Esther Blanchett, in Star of Sorrow. Also Vanessa Walsh.
* SweetTooth: Abel would like thirteen sugars in his tea, please.
* ShoutOut: Episode 2 of the anime has Tres throw it out to [[{{Equilibrium}} John Preston]] by pulling a similar "bust into badguy hideout, kill the lights, and blow everyone away while standing in the same spot" entry.
* SuspiciouslySpecificDenial
** Oh, Brother Petro. "I'm merely been assigned to be His Holiness's escort! It's not as if I'm on another mission and have been sworn to absolute secrecy or anything! Because I am definitely not! Don't get the wrong idea!"
** Also the Duke of Tigris: "W-Whatever do you mean? Why would I ever blow up Your Majesty?"
* TarotMotifs: an entire tarot deck released with the DVD box sets.
* TechnicalPacifist: Abel in the anime. He's rather less disturbed by killing in the novels and manga.
* TinMan: Tres has his moments
* TokenMiniMoe: Seth and Mirka Fortuna (only in the novels and manga)
* {{Tsundere}}
** Astharoshe "Asta" Asran, and using that nickname without permission is an easy way to trigger the tsuntsun side. Ion Fortuna. Esther Blanchett to a degree is a tsundere type B, usually she's polite and kind, but she has her triggers specially around Abel in the novels.
** Vanessa Walsh as well.
* UnknownRival: Brother Petro and Tres, who really couldn't care less.
* UnorthodoxReload: Tres
* UnrequitedLove
** Sister Noelle, for Abel.
** And Caterina Sforza for Abel (maybe Tres for Caterina).
** Ion Fortuna and the Pope, for Esther Blanchett.
* VampireMonarch: Empress Augusta Vradica the First is the leader of the Methuselah vampires of "The New Human Empire". [[spoiler:In reality, she is the childlike Seth Nightroad, a Crusnik Vampire]] and is ReallySevenHundredYearsOld.
* WingedHumanoid: The Crusnik when they're at 80% and over.
* WalkingTheEarth: Abel and Ion at the end of the anime.
* WellIntentionedExtremist: Some members of the Orden, particularly Balathasar, are like this. Esther could have been one in the beginning, specially in the novels. Also Suleyman.
** Vanessa Walsh.
* WhiteHairBlackHeart: Cain, inverted with Abel
* WholeCostumeReference [[spoiler:When Esther is crowned, she wears a PimpedOutDress just like one [[TheHouseOfTudor Elizabeth I of England]] wore, but it wasn't her coronation dress]]
* WithGreatPowerComesGreatInsanity: Cain, who apparently went crazy after fusing with the Crusnik nanomachines at 100%, thus demonstrating why Abel's voluntary PowerLimiter is a ''very'' good idea.
* TheWorfEffect: Brother Petros seems to assume this role after his initial battle with Abel.
* WouldHitAGirl: Abel slaps Esther after she defies the direction of her bosses and nearly torpedoes a crucial diplomatic operation
* XMeetsY
** ''Manga/{{Hellsing}}'' meets ''Manga/{{Trigun}}'' meets ''Manga/ChronoCrusade''.
** And also "Alucard meets Vash" to some extent.
** The AfterTheEnd vampire civilization is straight out of ''LightNovel/VampireHunterD'''s BackStory.
* YeOldeButcheredeEnglishe: [[spoiler:Seth]] speaks in Old-ish English to Süleyman during his [[spoiler: attempt on her life.]] Only in the Tokyopop translation, though.
* YouAreWorthHell: [[spoiler: Shahrazad]] is this for Esther.
* YuriFan: [[http://www.mangafox.com/manga/trinity_blood/v13/c048/22.html Abel has a moment of this after Jane comes on to Esther.]]
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