* AdaptationDisplacement: Before it was made into a popular movie series, Blade was a somewhat obscure {{Marvel}} character that was a part of one canceled horror-superhero series after another. Since the movies, Marvel has attempted to bring him into the limelight many times, only to have his series cancelled due to a lack of readership. It seems that the guy just works better in the movies.
* BadassDecay: In ''Trinity,'' it's become surprisingly easy for humans to beat up vampires. Even when the vampires are much, much larger than Ryan Reynolds.
** Look no further than Abigail Whistler for proof of this: She is stick thin and handicaps herself with an ipod and yet can still kick multiple Vamps across the room with minimal effort. Even Blade struggled in the first film when stripped of his weapons.
* EnsembleDarkHorse: RyanReynolds is given copious amounts of screen time to deliver ad-libbed wisecracks despite being a sidekick. Fans are a bit divided as to whether this dragged the film down, helped redeem an otherwise mediocre film, or both.
** Donnie Yen as Snowman in ''Blade II'' due to InstantAwesomeJustAddNinja.
** Whistler spends his time angry and being angry, and we love him for it.
* FanonDiscontinuity: Guggenheim's run on Blade brought about some very...unpopular ideas for the character.
* HilariousInHindsight: The Reapers in ''Blade II'' look a lot like [[VideoGame/AmnesiaTheDarkDescent Mr. Face]].
* JerkassWoobie: Blade's morals and social skills leave quite bit to be desired. In his defense, his life has been utter crap from day one.
* MoralEventHorizon:
** Dracula is quite capable of [[CurbStompBattle curbstomping]] Blade and is pretty much an unstoppable veteran warrior otherwise. [[spoiler:He really didn't need to crucify the blind nerd girl Nightstalker]].
** Danica Talos in ''Trinity'' came off as your typical [[BigBadWannabe villain that's more amusing than threatening]], and then she demonstrated a disturbing aptitude to do something without [[BigBad Dracula]] or [[TheDragon Vampire!Triple H]]: she became the only person who could get [[PluckyComicRelief Hannibal King]] to shut up by [[spoiler:telling him how she planned to turn him again, starve him, and then stick Zoe in the same room with him and watch Hannibal feed on her. The look on his face is [[TearJerker heartbreaking.]]]]
* {{Narm}}: "Motherfucka, you outta ya damn mind?!" Blade is pretty stoic throughout the whole film, with a dry sense of humour, and to see him quip that line in a stereotypical "annoyed ghetto black man" voice is hilariously out of place.
* NarmCharm: Blade's PreAssKickingOneLiner from the first film. It makes zero sense, but damn if it doesn't sound BadAss.
-->'''Blade''': "Some mothafuckas are always trying to iceskate uphill."
** It makes perfect sense. It's something that can work for about a second, and then failure. Frost just can't do what is impossible.
* OlderThanTheyThink:
** Every now and again you'd see a review or two (especially regarding the sequels) that Blade was influenced by Film/TheMatrix due to the [[BadassLongcoat Badass Longcoats]], SunglassesAtNight, wire-fu and BulletTime. Despite the fact all these things were very much present in the first Blade film (1998) which was released before The Matrix (1999).
** The character was introduced in the Dracula comic books back in the 1970s; he didn't become popular until the 90s though.
* PoorMansSubstitute: Instead of WesleySnipes, the creators hired rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones for the role of Blade in the TV series.
* TheScrappy: ''Trinity'' was made in mind to launch spin-off movies featuring Abigail Whistler and/or Hannibal King. However, audiences didn't take to them or the third movie in general, and the plans were scrapped.
* {{Sequelitis}}: The first two films were received with about the same overall approval, though [[ContestedSequel fans are divided as to which was their favorite]]. ''Blade: Trinity'', however, was almost universally panned as suffering from {{sequelitis}}.
* StrawmanHasAPoint: In the first film, Frost says humans are like cattle, so Blade shouldn't care about saving them. Thing is, with all the examples of ApatheticCitizens we see in the film, it's hard not to concede that he has a point in-universe.
* TearJerker: Whistler's honorable suicide in the first film, [[spoiler:subverted by the second, which retconned it.]]
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler: Stan. See FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire.]]
* VisualEffectsOfAwesome:
** When the first film was released the vampire's being "ashed" was amazing for its day. And even a decade on is still pretty cool. The effect noticeably improved with subsequent sequels.
** When the Reapers maw is revealed for the first time in all it's horrific glory it looks amazing. Even better, there's a Reaver autopsy later, with the maw faithfully reproduced ''physically'', in horrifically gooey detail.
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