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Introduced in Underworld

    Selene 

Selene

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Played By: Kate Beckinsale

The main protagonist of the series. Selene is a vampire and one of the best Death Dealers in the Fur Against Fang war, believing that her family were slaughtered by werewolves. She was turned by Viktor because she reminded him of his deceased daughter Sonja. She is a skilled marksman and fighter, making her probably the most prominent badass in the series.

She has a change of heart when she falls in love with human turned werewolf Michael Corvin, and is responsible for turning Michael into a Hybrid Monster. She finds out that Viktor killed her family, and she kills him by slicing his head in two. In Evolution, she learns her family built William's tomb, hence why Viktor killed them, and becomes a true immortal after drinking Alexander Corvinus's blood, and kills Marcus.

  • Absurdly Sharp Blade:
    • Selene used one in the first film to slice Viktor's head in two.
    • Subverted in Evolution when Selene uses a downed helicopter's propeller to kill Marcus.
  • Action Girl: Although, creator Len Wiseman instructed Kate Beckinsale not to use Sarah Connor or Ellen Ripley as a basis for her role; but Officer Bud Wight instead.
  • All of the Other Reindeer: After killing both Viktor and Marcus and falling in love with a Hybrid, nearly every other vampire has come after her or (in Thomas' case) shunned her and Blood Wars reveals that Cassius and the current Vampire Council have signed her death warrant.
    • It's implied that even before this, she wasn't very popular with the vampire socialites, who appear to look down on her.
  • Anti Heroine: Nominal Heroine at first, graduates to Unscrupulous Heroine , or a rather dark Pragmatic Heroine. And descends rapidly back down in the opening sequence of Awakening.
    • To be fair, the people she offed turned out to be either Lycans or humans in cahoots with the Lycans who were planning to vivisect her at some point.
  • Badass Longcoat: Of the leather variety. In Awakening she makes a point to break into a store so she can get a new longcoat. This one isn't made of leather, so she ditches it when she comes across a leather one.
  • Battle Couple: With Michael.
  • Berserk Button:
    • Hurting (or, in Marius's case, killing) Michael won't end well for the person responsible once Selene gets her hands on them.
    • Bringing up how her family was killed by Viktor, which Marcus made the mistake of.
    • Trying to harm her daughter (see Mama Bear).
  • Bottomless Magazines: Played with. She does reload, but not as often as she should.
  • Cassandra Truth: Her attempts to warn Viktor about Lucian possibly being alive.
  • Cute Little Fangs: First seen when she bites Michael to make him a Hybrid. Awakening shows the first time she uses them to drain a person, who had just shot her in the head. It heals the wound, and rejuvenates her.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's one of the greatest Death Dealers who's ever lived and generally falls in Anti-Hero territory.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Becomes this in Evolution by drinking Alexander Corvinus' blood, and thus becoming a Corvinus-Vampire Hybrid.
  • Defecting for Love: First she is a merciless werewolf killer, but then becomes a heroic badass and girlfriend to a werewolf.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Towards Michael in the first movie. And pretty much only towards Michael; the rest of her people skills are somewhere around Viktor's, though she does warm up to David and Sebastian fairly quickly.
  • Fanservice: Most of Selene's outfits are made out of leather.
  • Flash Step: Develops her speed to this level in Blood Wars by taking on the process used by the Nordic Coven.
  • Genetic Memory: Selene has forgotten memories of her life before her family's slaughter, which prove to be a key plot point in Evolution. Justified, she's over 600 years old.
  • The Gunslinger: She prefers to fight with guns, though she'll resort to melee weapons, or you know, her bare hands, when necessary.
  • Guns Akimbo: Her preferred fighting style.
  • Heel Realization: Subverted. By the time she realizes she's been hunting and killing Lycans for a crime they never committed, it's far, far too late for her to do anything other than to keep killing them out of self defense.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Her outfit is mostly made of leather.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: At least as far as the vampires are concerned; she's renowned as one of finest, if not the finest, Death Dealers ever for 600+ years of defending the Coven and destroying Lycans without relent. Then she falls in love with Michael, a human-turned-lycan, and kills Viktor and Markus, two out of the three reigning Elders, and not only is she now shunned by her own kind, they also want her dead.
  • Ice Queen: She defrosts a bit.
  • Immortal Heroine: As a vampire she can be killed, until she drinks Alexander Corvinus's blood and becomes a proper immortal.
  • Invincible Heroine: She almost never takes any real damage when compared to other characters, up to and including Michael who is supposed to be the ultimate fusion of the two species and was briefly killed before resurrecting, and Alexander Corvinus, from whom she gets upgraded to the point that Michael's hybrid state may as well have been a child's toy compared to Selene's power being equivalent to creating Superman in a lab. She's virtually unstoppable to begin with just in the first film. It just snowballs on from there as she's pretty much a God by the time of Awakening.
    • Averted big time in Blood Wars. She gets curb-stomped by Marius and nearly dies.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Increasingly so after the first film. She won't be nice about it, but she'll save the day when she has to.
  • Lady of War: Who said gunslinging can't be elegant?
  • Like a Son to Me: Gender Flip to Viktor for most of her existence as a vampire, until the events of the first movie.
  • Locked into Strangeness: In Blood Wars, she gains white streaks in her hair after getting a power upgrade via the Nordic Coven's cocooning ritual.
  • Mama Bear: Though she was surprised to learn she had a daughter, she unsurprisingly becomes very protective of her.
  • Meaningful Name: Selene means "moon". Fitting for someone who primarily fights in the night and avoids sunlight.
  • Mundane MacGuffin Person: Her family was targeted by Viktor out of fear the Lycans will learn the location of William's prison, since her father was involved in the construction. But Viktor spared her because she reminded him of his daughter.
  • Not So Stoic: Usually when it involves someone she cares about. In the first film, she tears up when Viktor accuses her of treason and when he admits that he killed her family, and gets choked up when talking about her family's murder. She breaks down in tears when she thinks Michael's dead and she's nearly an emotional wreck by Blood Wars due to all of the above plus the added anguish caused by Eve running out on her.
    • ..and then, just as she's getting better, Maurius taunts her once she learns that Michael is, indeed, dead by his hand and holds out a vial a blood to her, saying it's all that's left of him, going so far as to yank it away when she reaches for it and drink it down right in front of her. Needless to say, her resulting Heroic B.S.O.D., while brief, is very justified.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: Selene wears a corset over her catsuit. The sequel implies that the corset has an actual function: being bullet-resistant, which comes in handy when the character gets buckshot straight to the chest. The corset comes away with only minor damage, and Selene just gets pissed off.
  • Really 700 Years Old: According to novelisation, she was nineteen when Viktor turned her...back in the 15th century. She still looks damn good for her age (being played by Kate Beckinsale helps).
  • Self-Made Orphan: Subverted. She kills her father figure in the first film, but it was thanks to him that she was already an orphan.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: Selene and Michael, mirroring Lucian and Sonja's romance.
  • Super Strength: She had vampire's strength in the first two films but when she drank Alexander Corvinus's blood and became a Corvinus strain immortal vampire, her strength went up higher then before. Notably, she shoulder-checks a van in the third film with enough force to flips it.
  • Superpower Lottery: Thanks to drinking Alexander Corvinus's blood, not only she has much more higher inherit vampire powers, but she can endure sunlight and by Awakening, she can pour re-start hearts after cutting open her palm and then re-starting the heart. This is taken further in Blood Wars, where, due to her Mid-Season Upgrade by being cocooned by the Nordic Coven, she develops a Flash Step.
  • Violently Protective Girlfriend: Hurting or killing Michael can result in Selene decapitating you or having your body ripped to shreds.

    Michael Corvin 

Michael Corvin

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Played By: Scott Speedman

A descendant of Alexander Corvinus, Michael is an ordinary nurse until he becomes the target for the Lycans to create the first vampire/lycan hybrid. He is turned into a werewolf by Lucian and later is bitten by Selene to heal him from gunshot wounds. He is turned into a hybrid, becoming one of the series' many badasses. He becomes Selene's boyfriend and currently one of two people to still be alive in the series, the other being Selene.

  • Battle Couple: With Selene. Only really comes up once or twice in the entire franchise though.
  • Big Damn Hero: Immediately following his Back from the Dead moment, he jumps out of an airborne helicopter in time to save Selene by driving his bare arm through a lycan's torso. If that's not an entrance, I don't know what is.
  • Body Horror: Michael's transformation into a hybrid looks quite painful, especially since he seems to switch between werewolf and vampire several times before his body finally gets the balance right.
  • Demoted to Extra: He definitely is this in Awakening, seeing as he is practically non-existent in the film aside from one flashback and a single scene where he's shown encased in ice. But one can make the argument that this is also true in Evolution as well, as he's taken out of focus for the better part of the middle-to-latter half of the movie, when he finally pops up again to raise some hell. Though to be fair, he was technically dead for a good part of that.
  • Distressed Dude: He needs rescuing by Selene an awful lot; justified in that he's a surgeon with no fighting experience.
  • Good Samaritan: Constantly in the first movie, whether it's risking his life to help a woman during a shootout, or saving Selene's life even after she kidnaps him.
  • Hospital Hottie: Is a medical intern in the first film, before he goes on the run with Selene.
  • Hybrid Monster: He turns grey-blue and he gets black eyes.
  • The Lancer
  • Lightning Bruiser
  • Living MacGuffin: In the first movie. His status is revoked entirely by the second film and by the fourth, he's practically non-existent as a character.
  • The Lost Lenore: Implied in the theatrical cut, confirmed in the director's cut. His fiancee was killed in a car crash, he became a doctor afterward and moved to Prague (the supposed setting) for a fresh start.
  • LEGO Genetics: Michael is the only descendant of Alexander Corvinus who has the same blood type as his, allowing Lucian and Selene to turn him into a vampire/werewolf hybrid.
  • Nice Guy: In comparison to the others
  • Non-Action Guy: For the majority of the first movie, until he becomes a Hybrid Monster and Took a Level in Badass.
  • Not Quite Dead: Michael is seemingly killed by Marcus, but is revealed to be alive.
  • Put on a Bus: In Awakening, Michael is seemingly killed, but revealed to be frozen in Antigen's labs, only to escape and disappear.
  • Single Specimen Species: Technically the first hybrid ever in the millennium-plus existence of vampires and lycans (the unborn child of Lucian and Sonja would have been one), until Marcus also turns into a hybrid... then Marcus dies leaving Michael the only hybrid in existence. If you want to get technical, this also applied when Marcus was still alive, as Michael is a Lycan hybrid, while Marcus was a Vampire hybrid. Whichever way you look at it, Michael is the first and only of his kind. He's not the only hybrid around anymore as of Awakening, but he is the only one of his type of hybrid.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: With Selene.
  • Unfazed Everyman: At first, doesn't last long...
  • Unskilled, but Strong: When he becomes a hybrid his unprecedented strength and healing abilities allow him to fight some of the most dangerous beings around. His lack of training bites him in the ass more than once though.

    Lucian 

Lucian

Played By: Michael Sheen

The first Lycan born with the ability to turn back into a human. Lucian falls in love with Sonja, a vampire, and they become Star-Crossed Lovers. When Viktor finds out, he has his daughter executed via sunlight, kicking off the war between vampires and Lycans. Lucian fakes his death with help from Kraven and spends the next few centuries trying to find a descendant of Alexander Corvinus who has the right blood to create the first Hybrid Monster. He succeeds in turning Michael into one with help from Selene, but is gunned down by Kraven.

  • Anti-Hero: Turns out to have been a Type III-IV in the first movie.
  • Anti-Villain: By the end of the first movie, he is a villain only by virtue of being on the opposite side. Unless you're one of the hapless Corvinus descendants he's managed to track down and capture...
  • Mr. Fanservice: More so in Rise of the Lycans, where he spends a lot of the film shirtless.
  • Only Sane Man: Only sane Lycan.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: He is the first Lycan born as a human with the ability to turn back into his human form.
  • Papa Wolf: Literally.
  • Patrick Stewart Speech: His speech to his fellow Lycan slaves fits this trope.
  • Punctuated! For! Emphasis!:(crossing over with Chewing the Scenery)
    • "WE CAN BE SLAVES, OR WE CAN BE LYCANS!"
    • "I'LL KILL YOU! ALL OF YOU!!!"
    • "You are acting like a pack of rabid DOGS!!!
  • Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Goes on one in Rise of the Lycans after seeing Sonja killed in front of him, complete with actual roaring.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Lucian has killed generations of Alexander's descendants to find one whose blood can mix both werewolf and vampire blood, in order to avenge his dead lover and unborn child. Also, it must be stressed, to prevent the vampires from wiping out his species.

    Viktor 

Viktor

Played By: Bill Nighy

The Big Bad of Underworld and Rise of the Lycans. Viktor is one of the three Vampire Elders, and the foster father of Selene. Having Fantastic Racism against Lycans, Viktor went to great lengths to either control or kill them including killing his own daughter Sonja when she became impregnated with a vampire/Lycan hybrid.

  • Battle Cry: In Rise of the Lycans - "KILL THE DOGS!"
  • Big Bad: He serves as primary antagonist in the first movie and the Rise of the Lycans prequel.
  • Broken Pedestal: Selene loved him and respected him, but he loses both when she discovers that not only did he execute his own daughter, but he was the one who killed her family.
  • Delayed Causality: Viktor's death invokes this trope, which Viktor staring blankly at Selene before the top part of his head slips off.
  • Diagonal Cut: His cause of death.
  • Dual Wielding: After losing his sword he whips out a pair of hidden daggers from his sleeves. Subverted as he never gets to use them.
  • Fantastic Racism: Viktor despises the werewolves, and considers a hybrid to be an abomination.
  • Hidden in Plain Sight: Viktor hid the keys for William's tomb in plain sight, one being a necklace owned by Sonja, and the second hidden inside his own body.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard: Viktor's plans keep coming back to hit him in the face. He creates an army of Lycans; they rebel. He kills Sonja and her child; Lucian swears revenge and makes a new hybrid. He turns Selene into a vampire; she kills him. Even the sword that Selene used to kill Viktor was Viktor's.. What a tangled web we weave.
    Marcus: I knew Viktor made a mistake by keeping you as a pet. He should have killed you with the rest of your family.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Subverted. Viktor honestly thought he was doing what was best for the coven, but every last one of Viktor's actions (deceiving Markus, imprisoning William, killing Sonja, murdering Selene's family and turning Selene into a vampire, etc.) directly or indirectly leads to the vampires being all but wiped out by the fourth movie.
  • Idiot Ball: He pretty much ran with this one (see above), but punching Singe to death and not having his bleeding body immediately removed will forever be a classic due to his blood dripping into Marcus' tomb and inadvertently turning him into a hybrid.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: Sonja and Selene both suffer this. Viktor is shown to be devastated by having to kill Sonja. He wasn't all too happy about possibly having to kill Selene, either. His immediate reaction after hurling her halfway across a room, for instance...
  • Large Ham: Possibly the hammiest character in the whole franchise.
  • Manipulative Bastard: Viktor managed to fool all the vampires into thinking that he is the first vampire in existence, imprisoned William for all time and went to extra lengths to ensure Marcus couldn't stop him - which failed spectacularly. Not to mention making Selene think her family was killed by Lycans for 600+ years.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain!: Two instances- killing Sonja was what started the war in the first place. Not believing Selene results in his worst fear being recognized in the form of a hybridized Michael Corvin and his death.
  • Never My Fault: He has his own daughter put to death, and then has the nerve to blame Lucian for it.
  • Offing the Offspring: X's two, since he killed his only child and his unborn grandchild. And then he has the audacity to accuse Lucian of doing the deed to his face, knowing damn well that Lucian witnessed the murder himself and, being physically chained, was unable to even touch her.
  • Parental Substitute: Was this to Selene for centuries, until the first movie.
  • Screw the Rules, I Make Them!: He himself helped make the law that vampires can't feed on humans, but he himself regularly broke the law and gorged on human blood, Selene's human family being among his victims. Either subverted or a convenient coincidence, since Selene's father was the only one besides Viktor himself who knew about William's prison
  • Super Strength: As an Elder Vampire, he's a fair bit stronger than regular vampires and werewolves, as shown when he does a Neck Lift on a transformed werewolf, which leads into a Neck Snap. He can even match the hybridized Michael Corvin, though Corvin is a lot faster.
  • Ungrateful Bastard:
    • Marcus comes to Viktor while the latter is on his death bed and grants him immortality. How does Viktor repay him? By wresting control of the coven away from Markus, indefinitely imprisoning Markus's brother, and having the vampires' history rewritten so that Viktor, not Markus, is the first and most powerful of the vampires.
    • Lucian transforms into Lycan form to save Sonja from becoming werewolf kibble. Viktor's response to this is to have him publicly flogged to near-death for removing the slave collar that would have prevented said transformation. Mind you, he gave Sonja a brief lecture earlier about showing gratitude to Lucian for saving her life. When she calls him on it he responds that letting Lucian live is his gratitude... and then decides to have Lucian killed anyway as a cautionary tale to any would-be upstarts.
    • Selene potentially all but saved Viktor, and the coven, from certain doom by breaking the Chain and making him aware of her concerns. After literally centuries of her Undying Loyalty to him, Viktor refuses to hear any of it and orders her judged (which would almost certainly result in her death). After Selene acquires undeniable proof for her suspicions, Viktor refuses to absolve her unless she kills Michael, who's totally innocent and only the "enemy" by being turned against his will.
  • Villain Has a Point: Regarding William needing to be stopped. To an extent, preventing the birth of a hybrid could count as well, considering all the trouble that the mere possibility of creating one ended up causing.
  • Villain with Good Publicity: Even as late into the series as Blood Wars, Viktor is still remembered in-universe as the oldest and most powerful vampire, despite earlier films having established that this was a lie and that he was a belligerent tyrant who used subterfuge and violent coercion to gain his status and wasn't above killing his kind, even his own daughter, in order to maintain it, all the while claiming he was acting for the greater good of the Coven.
  • Weak, but Skilled: In comparison to the hybridized Michael Corvin. While Michael clearly outmatches Viktor in sheer strength and initially has the upper hand, Viktor, having 600+ years of combat experience under his belt, eventually manages to turn the tide, with Michael only being saved by Selene making a Conveniently Timed Attack from Behind.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: In his view, everything he did was to protect the species and the coven.

    Amelia 

Amelia

Played By: Zita Görög in Underworld and Sveta Driga in Rise of the Lycans

The second of the Vampire Elders. Hardly anything is known about her, making her a bit of a Flat Character. However, she aided Marcus and Viktor in catching William and sided with Viktor to imprison him forever. She has since been revealed to have been the lover of Thomas and the mother of his son, David.

  • Helmets Are Hardly Heroic: At some point during the investigation of the village in Evolution, she removes her helmet but after the Lycans begin to turn, never sees the need to put it back on. They don't seem to do much, though, so it may be that she preferred the added range of vision.
  • Lady of War: She's an extremely elegant Vampire Elder and a Badass.
  • Missing Mom: Blood Wars revealed she's David's mother, which eventually makes him the last true heir of the Eastern Coven bloodline and therefore supreme ruler of the vampire council.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: In her first scene in Underworld, she gets whacked by Lycans. She has a slightly larger role in the prologue of Evolution, but is more of a background character until Blood Wars, where, despite being dead she becomes central to the plot due to being revealed as David's mother.

    Marcus Corvinus 

Marcus Corvinus

Played By: Tony Curran

The third Vampire Elder, and son of Alexander Corvinus. He was bitten by a bat and became the first vampire. With his Lycan brother William out of control, Marcus recruited Viktor, Amelia and their army to catch his brother, only for Viktor to double-cross him and take control of the vampires and imprisoned William forever. In the second film, he is turned into a hybrid and vows to free his brother and rule the world with a new series of hybrids.

  • Angsty Surviving Twin: Is this for a short time, as he gets killed not long after William's death, but that scream he does when William dies is proof enough.
  • Affably Evil: While he gets the idea to rule the world with hybrids, his main goal is to reunite with his beloved brother.
  • A God Am I: Intends to create a new race of immortals, with himself as their God.
  • Bat out of Hell: He has large bat wings in his hybrid form. Whether or not he had these beforehand is unknown.
  • Big Bad: In the second movie Underworld: Evolution, he seeks to unleash his brother from prison and create a new species of immortals.
  • Blood Brothers: Marcus and William have a strong bond. They had a third brother who was only human and presumably died years ago.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: When he awakens and learns that it's possible for his bloodline to become hybrids, the first thing he does, the only thing he does is try to rescue his brother from his mindless torment.
  • Genetic Memory: He can see the memories of others by drinking their blood, something which Viktor could also do (and Selene as well, at least as of Awakening). Selene, Kraven and Andreas Tanis all become victims to his ability.
  • Helicopter Blender: Selene pushes him into the spinning blades of a downed helicopter.
  • Lineage Comes from the Father: All the members of the Corvinus family that we've seen (bar one) are male, and all the testing done in the first movie was on people whose surnames are derivatives of Corvinus.
  • Patricide: Kills his father, Alexander Corvinus, claiming that a God has no father.
  • Sibling Team: Marcus and William.

    William Corvinus 

William Corvinus

Played By: Brian Steele

Alexander Corvinus's second son, and the first werewolf. Unlike Lycans, William could never regain his human form and was imprisoned by Viktor in a tomb, which was built by Selene's father.

  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His brother is the only person he will not attack and kill.
  • Off with His Head!: Michael wrenches William's jaw open to breaking point, and then rips his upper head off.
  • Perpetual-Motion Monster: Once he's out of his coffin after over 600 years of imprisonment, he's at full strength. He clearly wasn't in suspended animation.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: Viktor would've preferred to kill him had he not agreed with Marcus to keep him alive.
  • Sibling Team: William and Marcus.

    Alexander Corvinus 

Alexander Corvinus

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Played By: Derek Jacobi

Where It All Began, Alexander Corvinus became the first true immortal after his village was ravaged by a plague which he was able to mold into what gave him his immortality. He then fathered three sons, Marcus, William and a third son. Marcus and William were bitten by a bat and a wolf, becoming the first vampire and werewolf, leading to the rest of the events in the films. The third son remained human, but carried the Corvinus Gene that would later lead to Lucian's quest to find a descendant who could adapt to vampire and Lycan blood.

  • Almighty Janitor: He's been cleaning up the chaos the vampires and Lycans have been causing for centuries.
  • Big Good: He has safeguarded mankind from the the Vampire-Lycan war and minimized the damage caused by it. In addition his blood gives Selene the necessary strength to defeat the Big Bad at the end.
  • Cleanup Crew: His men, all human, have been cleaning up after his children for centuries. Whenever possible without violence.
  • Cool Boat: His roaming headquarters is a merchant vessel that's been thoroughly upgraded with all the latest tech. Also, awesome gothic decoration.
  • Go Back to the Source: Selene and Michael visit Alexander, as does Marcus shortly after.
  • The Older Immortal: The oldest character in the films.
  • Passing the Torch: To Selene and Michael.
  • Where It All Began: He became the first Immortal after surviving and being mutated by a mysterious virus. His immortality was passed down to his sons and the rest is history.

    Sonja 

Sonja

Played By: Jazmin Dammak in Underworld and Rhona Mitra in Rise of the Lycans

The daughter of Viktor, and Lucian's lover. The two were the original Star-Crossed Lovers, Sonja becoming impregnated with the first hybrid. Viktor was distraught when he found out and regretfully had her executed via sunlight, kicking off the war. Lucian stole her necklace, actually one of the keys to William's tomb.

  • Battle Couple: With Lucian, briefly.
  • Childhood Friend Romance: Implied with Lucian.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Poor Sonja. Chained to a column to await the risen sun. Not to mention her lover being beaten in front of her and forced to watch. And to top it all off, she's pregnant at the time as well.
  • Death by Origin Story: She's a posthumous character in the first film, killed by her father for the sin of miscegenation.
  • Death by Childbirth: Her mother died giving birth to her.
  • Death by Sex: Has sex with Lucian, gets pregnant with his child, is judged and sentenced to death for it.
  • Doomed by Canon: Her death was the spark that ignited the Lycan-Vampire war, and was never retconned.
  • Doppelgänger: She bears a remarkable, coincidental resemblance to Selene.
  • Faux Action Girl: Despite being leader of the Death Dealers, Sonja needs to be rescued a lot.
  • Imperiled in Pregnancy: For most of Rise of the Lycans.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Lucian. Also doubles as an Interclass Romance, as she's the daughter of an Elder, whilst he's a slave.
  • Lady of War
  • Lost Lenore: Is this to Lucian in the first film.
  • The Other Darrin: Played by Jazmin Dammak in the first film and Rhona Mitra in the prequel film. Particularly noticeable, given that Dammak's portrayal depicts her with blonde hair and green eyes, whilst Mitra's portrayal depicts her as a brunette with brown eyes (to more closely resemble Selene). According to Word of God, her appearance in the prequel is the canon one.
  • Patricide: Averted. Whilst she does battle her father, she never tries to do him actual harm and outright states she has no desire to "defeat" him. In hindsight, it probably would've gone better for her if she had killed Viktor.
  • Pregnant Badass: Though she doesn't reveal she's pregnant until quite late in Rise of the Lycans.
  • Say My Name: Lucian screams her name in anguish when she's executed.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Played with. The 'young' part is a bit misleading, given that she's supposed to be nearly 200 years old during Rise of the Lycans.
  • Starcrossed Lovers: With Lucian. Anyone who's watched the original movie knows it ends tragically.

    Kraven of Leicester 

Kraven of Leicester

Played By: Shane Brolly

Viktor's Dragon, Kraven is in charge of the old coven during Viktor's slumber. A Smug Snake and a Manipulative Bastard, Kraven helped fake Lucian's death to become a hero among the vampires, and to keep Lucian's plan under wraps. Their ultimate agreement is to eliminate the vampire elders, so Kraven can rule the vampires and Lucian can create the hybrid. Kraven has a thing for Selene, despite being in a relationship with Erika.

  • Blatant Lies: Everything that comes out of his mouth is a lie.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: He does this to everyone (Viktor, Lucian, Erika).
  • Dirty Coward: He shoots Lucian as his back is turned and pathetically grovels when Marcus, whom he intended to kill, has him cornered.
  • The Dragon: To Viktor. Subverted, as he's planning on betraying him.
  • Jerkass: He demands respect he hasn't earned, treats Erika like crap despite her Undying Loyalty to him, just assumes Selene wants to be with him and tries to control her, even slapping across the face at one point, shoots Michael purely out of jealousy, shoots Lucian for calling out what a loser he is and only looks out for Number One.
  • Karmic Death: Kraven has his head blown off by Marcus whom he tried to kill seconds earlier.
  • Large Ham: Kraven's reaction to Erika telling him that Michael is a Lycan is downright hilarious.
  • Non-Action Guy: Despite being a Death Dealer, he generally lets everyone else do his dirty work. The only time he actually lifts a weapon is to shoot Lucian and Michael in the back.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Kraven has no loyalty to anyone or anything but his own ambition. When spared from death by his own cowardice at the hands of the Lycan werewolves' leader Lucien, Kraven aligns himself with Lucien's plans to seize power for himself in the vampire covens. Kraven seizes on a chance to allow Lucien's Lycans to massacre the vampire elder Amelia, and when his treachery is exposed, he later betrays and murders Lucien before taking advantage of the resulting power vacuum from the large scale battle at the conclusion of the second film to attempt to murder the final sleeping vampire elder and rule the coven. Lacking his own plans, Kraven simply ingratiates himself to whoever is in power for his own success and has no compunction taking any chance fate gives him in pursuit of it.
  • Sissy Villain: Selene, Lucian, and damn near everybody thinks he's a little bitch. He even kills Lucian for calling him out on it.

    Raze 

Raze

Played By: Kevin Grevioux

Lucian's closest friend and a Scary Black Man. He became a Lycan in Rise of the Lycans and helped Lucian fight back against their vampire suppressors. He has a rivalry with vampire Soren going back to their earliest days. And yes, his voice is actually that deep.

  • Badass Baritone: Raze's deep voice is actually that deep.
  • Badass Normal: Back when still human. First thing he does when confronted with one of the wild and feral Werewolves? Punches the damn thing down.
  • Black Best Friend: To Lucian in Rise of the Lycans; by the modern day in Underworld, their relationship is more alpha male and beta male.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He dies about the same time as Kahn, which is in the final act of Underworld and outlives every other named lycan except for Lucian (who wasn't that far behind him).
  • Creator Cameo: Raze is played by Kevin Grevioux, writer for the films.
  • The Dragon: To Lucian. Also The Big Guy
  • Scary Black Man: Due to his size
  • Undying Loyalty: To Lucian.

    Andrea Tanis 

Andreas Tanis

Played By: Steven Mackintosh

Formerly the historian of the vampire coven, Andreas Tanis was exiled on Viktor's orders, by Selene, for telling "malicious lies".

  • The Exile: To a remote church that he's fixed up into a sybaritic love nest.
  • Mr. Exposition: Well, he is the vampire historian.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Marcus comes for him. He completely freaks out despite the latter's affable demeanor, and given what Marcus does to him, it's not unwarranted.
  • The Smart Guy: Only one besides Marcus and Viktor to know the true history and designed the weapons that the Lycans unleashed in the first movie.
  • Techno Wizard: Built weapons for Lucian after he was exiled.

    Kahn 

Kahn

Played By: Robbie Gee

Kahn is the weapon's specialist in the coven and head of security. He clashes with Kraven, and is just as suspicious of him as Selene is. He is a skilled marksman and inventor, replicating the Lycans' sunlight weapon with silver bullets which can harm Lycans on the genetic level.

  • Black Dude Dies First: Averted. He is the last main vampire character to be killed before Viktor.
  • Nice Guy: He's one of the nicest vampires in the series.
  • Techno Wizard: Responsible for creating silver-nitrate bullets, which he achieved by copying the Lycans' UV ammo.

    Erika 

Erika

Played By: Sophia Myles

Kraven's one-and-off girlfriend, Erika is pretty much used by Kraven for sexual tension and he treats her like dirt whilst pining after Selene. Erika discovers Michael is a Lycan and tells both Selene and Kraven. Erika ditches Kraven and frees Selene from her imprisonment to get back to Kraven. Her fate afterwards is unknown. In the novelization, she and Selene have a somewhat tenuous friendship, and it's mentioned that she left the mansion and "wondered if Viktor liked blondes."

    Singe 

Singe

Played By: Erwin Leder

A scientist Lycan, Singe has spent years trying to find the right carrier of the Corvinus strand, and is at his wit's end. Lucian delivers him Michael's blood and he is proven a carrier. Singe is sent to help retrieve Michael from the vampires but is captured by Selene and forced to reveal Lucian's plan and Kraven's treachery. After Amelia is killed, Viktor punches him to death.

  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • His blood turns Marcus into a hybrid.
    • Selene recalls Singe mentioning the hybrid's creation and follows his advice to turn Michael into a hybrid.
  • Megaton Punch: Viktor delivers one that kills Singe instantly.
  • Omnidisciplinary Scientist: Singe is a skilled scientist in biology, genetics and medicine, not to mention espionage.
  • Reluctant Mad Scientist: He's a bit tired of doing his experiments, but still is a mad scientist by chaining Corven family members up.

    Soren 

Soren

Played By: Scott Mc Elroy

Kraven's minion and once Viktor's bodyguard. Little is known about him, but he has a rivalry with Raze. He uses a pair of whips in battle, and is killed by Raze.

Introduced in Underworld: Awakening

    Eve (Subject 2) 

Eve (Subject 2)

Played By: India Eisley

A young Hybrid Monster who Selene finds after awakening 12 years after the purge of vampires and Lycans.

  • Creepy Child: When in her hybrid form. Not only is she a dead ringer for Regan McNeil, but the first kill she performs involves ripping a Lycan's skull in two. Like father, like daughter.
  • Genetic Memory: Can see through the eyes of her parents, and they can do the same in return.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Mom: Resents her mother, Selene's, apparent detachment towards her until Selene explains it's due to her being broken hearted over Michael's disapearance. Later, she and Selene apparently have a falling out in between films, leading to Eve running or being sent away and making Selene promise to not come after her.
  • Ill Girl: She spent her whole life in a lab and has never drank blood before.
  • Living MacGuffin: In Awakening, the Lycans plan to extract her genetic code to make Lycan clones. In Blood Wars, they're still after her, albeit for seemingly slightly different reasons.
  • The Runaway: At some point between Awakening and Blood Wars, Eve runs off for parts unknown, leaving Selene a lock of her hair and a note stating in no unclear terms that her mother is not to try to find her. They reunite in the end.
  • Unskilled, but Strong: Can rip a transformed Lycan apart with her bare hands but obviously has never been in a real fight. Like father, like daughter.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: Her absence from Blood Wars ( until the very end) is explained as her heading to parts unknown in between films and making Selene promise not to go looking for her.

    David 

David

Played By: Theo James

Introduced in Awakening, David is a survivor of the Purge. The Idealist of the film, David aids Selene, willingly helping her and Eve escape the humans and Lycans. He believes the vampires should honor their predecessors and fight back, being at odds with his father Thomas.

  • Back from the Dead: Killed by Lycans, but is resurrected by Selene when she cuts open her palm and then forcefully using her hand and immortal blood to restart his heart.
  • Daywalking Vampire: After being revived by Selene in Awakening he has become an Hybrid.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: He is at odds with his father Thomas, the local Well-Intentioned Extremist, who wishes to hide away to survive instead of fighting back.
  • The Idealist: Dreams of restoring the Vampires to their former glory and looks up to Selene as the one who will help achieve this.
  • The Lancer: To Selene since Michael is unavailable. Shared with Detective Sebastian.
  • Missing Mom: His mother apparently died giving birth to him. It's then revealed his mother was actually the Vampire Elder Amelia, who was forced to leave him for his own protection.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Kraven just without any Jerkass tendencies and like Michael, serves as a possible Love Interest to Selene and comes back from the dead. With the latter being more possible since Michael was Killed Off for Real in Blood Wars.

    Thomas 

Thomas

Played By: Charles Dance

David's father and ersatz Elder of the surviving Western Coven vampires following the deaths of Amelia, Viktor, and Markus. Unlike his son, he feels that continuing to fight will only hasten the demise of their species and favors hiding out until things blow over. Roughly 20 years before the events of Underworld, he became the lover of the vampire Elder, Amelia, resulting in David's birth, but was forced to break off the relationship and go into hiding for David's safety.

  • Badass Grandpa: He's possibly several centuries old (and even if he isn't, he's definitely older than the 60+ years he appears to be) and pretty handy with a sword, being able to hold his own against two high ranking vampires.
  • Captain Ersatz / Expy: If Thomas were a lot meaner and/or ruthless, he'd be Viktor 2.0; he's got the looks and general mannerisms down to par. He also takes on the role of an acting Elder in Awakenings.
  • Cool Old Guy: In Blood Wars, he has mellowed out somewhat, is more open to David's way of thinking, and become a lot fonder of Selene due to her saving David's life in the previous film, even personally going against the Council to offer her amnesty within the Coven. Oh, and he's shown to be a Badass Grandpa with a sword.
  • Foil: To Viktor of all vampires. Despite being an Expy of the deceased Elder, Thomas is more reasonable by comparison and genuinely acts for the good of the vampires in his charge, his son included, rather than his own interests. Also, he would rather lay low when then odds become overwhelming while Viktor never backed down from a fight.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He goes up against Semira and Varga while trying to buy David time to escape with a comotose Selene and is tragically stabbed to death for his efforts.
  • I Did What I Had to Do: Thomas's defense for handing Eve over to the Lycans is that he did so in order to avoid the further slaughter of his coven.
  • Pacifist: Would rather for the vampires to hide and lay low as opposed to fighting the Lycans and the humans trying to seek out and destroy them.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He does all he can to keep what's left of the Western Coven safe, including handing over an innocent 12 year old Ill Girl to the people seeking her whilst knowing that doing so will be a death warrant for said girl.

    Detective Sebastian 

Detective Sebastian

Played By: Michael Ealy

The first human since Michael to become a prominent character in the films. A police detective who pities the vampires and Lycans, Sebastian teams up with Selene to take down Antigen to save Eve and avenge his dead vampire wife.

  • Black Best Friend: Carrying on Kahn's legacy.
  • Black Dude Dies First: Oh so averted. In fact, not only does he not die, he gets props for being the first and only non-infected human character to do so in this series.
  • The Lancer: To Selene, shared with David.
  • One-Man Army: Single-handily launches a one-man assault against Antigen, kills a guard with a rocket launcher, helps stop a van carrying off Eve, tries to fight the Big Bad, and survives with the intention to cover Selene.
  • Suicide by Sunlight: His wife, a vampire, willingly walked out into daylight and killed herself so he would not have to see her be murdered during the Purge.
  • Super Cop: Of the Badass Normal type. He is like John Matrix of Underworld.

    Doctor Jacob Lane 

Doctor Jacob Lane

Played By: Stephen Rea

Chief scientist at Antigen, Jacob Lane kept Selene, Michael and Eve as test subjects to find an antidote.

  • Mad Scientist: He is a Lycan scientist who wishes to make his species completely invulnerable.
  • Slashed Throat: Eve tears his throat out.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: He comes off as one, wanting to protect humanity from Lycans and vampires. Turns out he's a lycan, and what he wants is to wipe out vampires and have Lycans become dominant.

    Quint Lane 

Quint Lane]]

Played By: Kris Holden-Ried

A wolf known as the Uber Lycan, Quint kidnaps Eve so Dr. Jacob Lane can use her to create an army of Lycans.

Introduced in Underworld: Blood Wars

    Semira 

Semira

Played By: Lara Pulver

One of the leaders of the Eastern Coven, who plots to take over the coven and make herself a Hybrid.

  • Absolute Cleavage: Most of her outfits emphasise this.
  • Bad Boss: To Varga. It eventually come back to bite her in the ass.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Oh, so averted. Being stabbed in the mouth from the back is not a pretty way for her to go.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Along with Marius.
  • Dark Action Girl: She's the first prominent female villain in the series.
  • Depraved Bisexual: She attempts to seduce David and also plants a kiss on Alexia's lips just before killing her.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Her hatred of Selene is implied to have been partly caused by her jealousy over Selene becoming Viktor's new favourite.
  • Femme Fatale: She uses her beauty and sexuality to get what she wants (or tries to, at any rate).
  • Hypocrite: She kills Alexia for her betrayal against their kind, (which ultimately does lead to many vampires being slaughtered) but has no qualms about ordering the death of at least 2 dozen unsuspecting Death Dealers-in-training, or murdering Thomas and attempting to do the same to David, to further her own ends.
  • Hoist by His Own Petard / Karmic Death: Her fascination at successfully hybridizing herself distracts her long enough for David to blindside her with a sword through the back of the head after she killed his father, Thomas, in the same manner. Said sword was originally owned by Thomas.
  • Lady of War: A coven leader and a skilled warrior.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Most clearly demonstrated during the Council meeting, where she feigns nothing but concern for the coven and acts like it was all Thomas' idea to bring Selene in.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She uses many gorgeous dresses, some sporting Absolute Cleavage and indicating that there is also nothing underneath it. Being The Vamp (figuratively speaking) and played by the gorgeous Laura Pulver doesn't hurt either.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: She's essentially a female version of Kraven, though more competent.
  • Pay Evil unto Evil: She kills Alexia for her betrayal while trying to wrest control of the Coven for herself via subterfuge and hybridizing herself.
  • Villain Has a Point: Whilst she's primarily motivated by her own ambition, Semira's got a pretty good point about the Council doing nothing about Marius being a huge mistake.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: A downplayed example. She clearly shows an interest in David, though he makes it pretty clear the feeling isn't mutual. The moment he interferes with her plans, she has no qualms about trying to kill him.

    Marius 

Marius

Played By: Tobias Menzies

The Lycans' new leader in Blood Wars and one of the deadliest Lycans since Lucian, who seeks to use Eve's blood to increase his power.

  • Bad Boss: The guy at one point uses one of his comrades as a human (or rather, Lycan) shield.
  • Big Bad Ensemble: Alongside Semira.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He seems to genuinely care for his lover Alexia.
  • Genius Bruiser: The man is very tall and imposing, but he is no mere brute just because he is a Lycan: a genius tactically speaking, having turned the Lycans into an effective fighting force by utilizing tools that makes them more versatile.
  • Kick the Dog: After Selene discovers he killed Michael, he shows her vial containing Michael's blood and says that it's "all that's left of him", whilst holding it out to her. As Selene reaches for it, he promptly tips the contents of the vial down his throat to boost his power.
  • Interspecies Romance: With The Mole, Alexia.
  • Would Hurt a Child: He seeks to use Eve's blood to make himself more powerful. Played with in that he does tell Selene he won't actually kill Eve, though it's unclear if he's being honest and Selene certainly doesn't believe him.

    Varga 

Varga

Played By: Bradley James

The lead Death Dealer of the Eastern Coven and ally to Semira.

  • The Dragon: To Semira. He jumps ship the moment he learns David is the rightful heir to coven, due in no small part to Semira's crappy treatment of him.
  • Dumb Muscle: Averted. He's actually not that stupid and Semira treating him like he is proves to be a big mistake on her part.
  • Heel–Face Turn: After learning that David is the rightful heir to coven, he turns on Semira and devotes himself to David.
  • Karma Houdini: He gets no comeuppance of any kind for being party to the attempted murder of Selene and killing several Death Dealer trainees and framing Selene for it. Even though he was Just Following Orders, it's still rather glaring.
  • Sir Not-Appearing-in-This-Trailer: He has a pretty large role in the film, but is barely featured in trailers and promotions.

    Alexia 

Alexia

Played By: Daisy Head

A Death Dealer in the Eastern Coven, who is secretly Marius' lover and spy.

  • Foil: To Selene (and by extension, to Sonja). They're all Death Dealers or high-ranking vampires who fall in love with Lycans and ultimately betray their covens. However, whilst Selene only turned on Viktor after he betrayed her first and flees with Michael and Sonja only fought her fellow vampires to protect Lucian and her unborn child, Alexia actively helps the Lycans to invade the coven and doesn't seem to care that her former comrades are probably going to be slaughtered, making her far less sympathetic. Sure enough, she gets Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves.
  • Interspecies Romance: With Marius, technically, considering the immortals in the series are technically human with a genetic virus.
  • The Mole: Serves as one for Marius.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves/You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Semira, as it turns out, knew about Alexia's betrayal all along, taking her out with a Slashed Throat once she's fulfilled her purpose.
  • The Starscream: To Semira. Goes about as well for her as it does for the Trope Namer.

    Lena 

Lena

Played By: Clementine Nicholson

A member of the Nordic Coven, with special abilities granted by a 'cocooning' process known only to her people.

  • Action Girl: Despite not being a Death Dealer like Selene and appearing vulnerable, she is a vampire and isn't afraid to take up a sword and going against her enemies.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Develops this property by being given the blood of Selene, who herself had taken up the blood of Alexander Corvinus, The Older Immortal.
  • Enigmatic Empowering Entity: Played with. She teaches Selene the cocooning process used by her coven, which grants her extra powers to defeat Marius, the Lycan half of the Big Bad Ensemble and she comes across as quite mysterious, though this is more due to the fact her character as only just been introduced. Selene herself gives Lena her blood, thus turning her into a Hybrid, in return for her help.
  • Flash Step: Part of her status as a Nordic Coven vampire.
  • Hidden Elf Village: The Nordic Coven remains hidden somewhere in Norway or Sweden and has refused to take part in the Vampire-Lycan War. Appropriately enough, Lena and her people have some vaguely elvish appearance.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery / Ms. Fanservice: When the Lycans attack her coven, she doesn't bother suiting up from the skimpy tunic/loincloft she's wearing; she just grabs a sword and shield and starts killing werewolves.
  • Meaningful Name: Lena is the Scandinavian diminutive of Elena or Helen, which means "bright" or "shining".
  • Mystical White Hair: Implied to be the result on having gone through the cocooning process many times.
  • Nice Girl: Easily one of the nicest characters in the series. Unless, of course, you're threatening her coven...
  • Sexy Scandinavian: Lena is a gorgeous Nordic vampire lady with silver-hair.
  • Woman in White: She is dressed in white clothing, which only adds an aura of mystery to her. Later turns into White Shirt of Death when she is covered with enemy blood.

    Vidar 

Vidar

Played By: Peter Andersson

The leader of the Nordic Coven and Lena's father. He was a close friend to David's father Thomas and the Elder Amelia.
  • Bald of Awesome: Notably, he is the only bald vampire among his coven, where everyone else was blonde or silver-haired.
  • Cool Old Guy: Vidar is welcoming and pleasant towards Selene and David, which is refreshing for other vampires in the series.
  • Meaningful Name: He shares the same name as the Norse God of Agriculture, who killed the wolf Fenrir in revenge for devouring his father, Odin.
  • Secret Keeper: Vidar reveals to David that his mother wasn't a lowborn that died in childbirth as his father told him, but Amelia herself.

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