Characters: The Vampire Chronicles

Characters seen throughout The Vampire Chronicles.

Aaron Lightner

  • Killed Off for Real: By Tommy and Marklin in Taltos, to prevent him from returning to the Talamasca and exposing the intercepted communications.


  • Evil Is Petty: Ignore him and you're placed on his shit list, he'll find someone else to end you.
  • He Who Must Not Be Heard: When he reawakens in Mekare's mindless body he begins to telepathically talk to thousands of ancient vampires and urge them to kill fledglings to strengthen his power and control over the Ancients. He also encourages powerful vampires to kill the twins so he can be taken by a new vampire with more charisma. He nearly succeeds in wiping out the vampire race until he is defeated by Lestat and Company. Most of the vampires Amel manages to talk to are driven insane from his constant mental torment.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: After losing the twins due to his decision of possessing Akasha and losing his self in the process he has mostly been asleep for thousands of years. When he begins to reawaken he acts like a spoiled child hysterically pleading with vampires to save him from his cage (Mekare). As Lestat discusses Amel at the first council between ancient vampires, he mentions how childish Amel is and how he believes Amel's loneliness is causing him to lash out at vampires.
  • Intelligible Unintelligible: Amel is rather articulate with his demands to vampires who are easily swayed. However, powerful vampires who manage to ignore his demands are treated with constant whining noises and screams of anger until they fully fulfill blocking him out altogether. Lestat does this at the beginning. After merging with Lestat the vampires can no longer hear Amel's telepathic messages and have to ask Lestat what Amel is thinking. Surprisingly out of all the vampires Amel made contact with Lestat was the one who managed to easily decipher Amel's loneliness and why he was killing vampires.
  • Save This Person,Save The World: Subverted. Finally give in to Amel's demands and watch as he ends his cruel slaughter of thousands of innocent vampires because he's been 'satisfied'. Hopefully Lestat will keep Amel happy or else he has to deal with another worldwide execution of his own kind.
  • Woobie,Destroyerof Worlds: Don't ignore Amel or else you will face his wraith. When Amel finally manages to mentally break some of the Ancients he forces them to go after other Ancient vampires or fledglings who have ignored him. A small portion of the deceased vampires mentioned in the train of unnecessary slaughters worldwide were vampires who refused to slaughter their own kind. Amel doesn't take 'No' very well. He nearly exterminates the entire vampire population, simply as payback for being ignored, and is rather petty in his interactions with every character who refuses him and yet Lestat is sympathetic towards the Core despite despairing over the cruel slaughters earlier in the novel and adamantly stating how those deaths were unnecessary. Makes you think Amel got off too easy.



  • Bi the Way: Had a few female lovers, but the majority were male. Justified in that vampires typically see gender as a non-issue.
  • Emergency Transformation: Marius never really wanted to turn him, but Armand got into a fight, got wounded with a poisoned blade and was on the brink of death when Maruis decided to save his life by making him a vampire.
  • Pretty Boy
  • Really 700 Years Old: Four hundred, to be exact.
  • Religion of Evil: Lead one of these, up until Lestat shattered his cult's beliefs simply by existing.
  • The Dreaded: In early-modern Paris, he is this.
  • Trauma-Induced Amnesia: As a mortal child, he was abducted from his Russian home and brought over to Europe as a slave boy. The apparant brutality of this event caused him to forget pretty much anything, including his name or how to speak. It takes him a long time under Marius' care (and the transformation into a vampire) to remember things bit by bit. And they trouble him.
  • Yaoi Guys: Mostly with Marius, but he also has some sorts of... ahem... chemistry with Lestat, Louis and Daniel.


Bianca Solderini


Daniel Molloy

  • Drowning My Sorrows: Throughout Queen of the Damned, drinks to push back his oncoming madness from the knowledge that vampires exist.
  • Emergency Transformation: Armand makes him a vampire against his better judgement, because he's ruined his liver beyond all repair.
  • Only Known by Their Nickname: Exclusively called "the boy" or "the interviewer" until the third book.

David Talbot



Gabrielle de Lioncourt

Jessica Miriam Reeves


  • The Atoner: After he regains his memories of his mortal years and Rape by Proxy of the Twins.
  • The Dreaded: Watch arrogant, supernatural predators suddenly shrink away in fear at his presence.
  • Laser-Guided Amnesia: Forgot his entire history and even what he was, repeatedly, each time having to rediscover the world.
    • Amnesiacs Are Innocent: He describes his unknowing self as "a being who understood the word joy", and takes a childlike interest in the technology and arts around him.
  • Oh, Crap: The feeling of more or less any vampire after just seeing him.
  • The Older Immortal: One of the oldest, at about 7000 years. After Mekare consumes Akasha, he's the oldest.
  • Power Incontinence: Once accidentally incinerates a young vampire when trying to catch up with her, being unaware that he's developed the Fire Gift.
  • Rape by Proxy: Enkil forced him to rape both Maharet and Mekare when they were in captivity, and his guilt over this seems to have been a factor in driving him to amnesiac madness.
  • Walking the Earth: For thousands of years.

Lestat de Lioncourt

Louis de Pointe du Lac



Maharet and Mekare

  • Came Back Wrong: Mekare was a wise and powerful witch back in ancient Egypt, after losing her tongue and being exiled for thousands of years she is not exactly fully there in the head. Swallowing the Core of the Vampires did not help her situation.
  • Crack Defeat: Maharet is one of the most powerful vampires after ingesting the blood of Akasha and being one of the first vampires ever created from the Queen's bloodline. She is easily defeated by a character just introduced in the latest book after engaging the ancient vampire and his brood in battle. She was severely depressed when the duo engaged her but nonetheless the fight ended very abruptly for someone who fought the original vampire itself!
  • Creepy Twins
  • Dying as Yourself: After Amel is defeated and Maharet and Khayman are finally laid to rest Mekare comes before Lestat and telepathically pleads for him to kill her since she wishes to be with her sister. Lestat recognizes her desire and agrees to become the Core's host, Mekare then smiles as she ends her life and gives the title of ruler of the vampires over to Lestat. After thousands of years of solitude she is finally allowed to rest at long last.
  • Eye Scream: Maharet suffered this, and inflicts it upon her victims, tearing out their eyes to put into her sockets so she can see again.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The second example in the chronicles, Mekare is shown to be a far better and saner ruler than Akasha at the end of Queen of the Damned. Unfortunately, having loss the ability to function independently and think for herself causes Amel to wake up and stir trouble. Mekare is unaware for the most part that the Core is killing her vampire children, it's Maharet who makes the terrifying realization of what's happening.
  • I'm a Humanitarian: The vision that introduces them is of them as young women on either side of an older woman's cooked corpse, preparing to eat it. Turns out she was their mother, and it was their culture's Due to the Dead. Later, Mekare kills Akasha by eating her heart and brain.
  • Monster Lord: Mekare becomes the new Queen of the Damned upon eating Akasha's heart and brain.
  • Rape as Backstory: When they were in captivity, both were raped by Khayman, on Enkil's orders. Maharet wound up pregnant.

Merrick Mayfair

Mona Mayfair

Marius de Romanus

Nicolas de Lenfent