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Film: Blade
aka: Blade II

Blade: There are worse things out tonight than vampires.
Karen: Like what?
Blade: Like me.

Blade is a vampire hunter comic book character from Marvel Comics created by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan who debuted in The Tomb of Dracula #10 (July, 1973).

In the movies, his Super Hero Origin is that vampires killed his mother during childbirth, which had a bizarre side-effect in making him part-vampire. He remained mostly human but gained all the strengths of a vampire and none of their weaknesses. He can walk in sunlight, is not allergic to garlic or silver, heals quickly and has all their enhanced senses. There is a slight catch, however: Blade still gets the "hunger" for blood and is never quite satisfied with an artificial substitution. While vastly outnumbered, Blade makes do working with his mentor, a grizzled veteran vampire hunter named Abraham Whistler, who manages to devise all sorts of vampire hunting gear.

The vampires are insanely rich, powerful and secretly in control of the world from behind the scenes with their own research labs and army. But Blade is still a legend among them, called by them "The Daywalker."

All three movies star Wesley Snipes as Blade and Kris Kristofferson as Whistler. In addition to the movies there was a spinoff TV show titled, creatively, Blade: The Series. The first film helped usher in the current era of consistently well-done, serious comic book films, coming earlier than X-Men or Spider-Man. As part of a four series deal between Marvel and Madhouse (the others being X-Men, Wolverine, and Iron Man), he stars in his own anime, which premiered on July 1st, 2011.


These films provide examples of:

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    Examples Across All Films 
  • Abandoned Warehouse: All of Blade's hide-outs.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: Novak's death in Blade II. "Strange. It hurts, it hurts no more."
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: Happens in every movie.
    • In the first, vampires invade Blade's Abandoned Warehouse.
    • In the second, vampires invade again but in order to form an uneasy truce to defeat a common enemy.
    • The third movie has two instances in two different bases by different antagonists: a SWAT team infiltrates Blade's lair at the beginning and Drake later sneaks into Night Stalker HQ.
  • Anti-Hero (Type III): Blade and Whistler. Fridge Logic makes them seem more like sociopaths in some respects.
  • Audible Sharpness
  • Awesome Mc Cool Name: "Blade" is apparently a real Old English name meaning, well, "blade."
  • Badass: Blade
  • Badass Biker: Blade again.
  • Badass Grandpa: Whistler sports a white beard and a gatling gun.
  • Badass Longcoat: It has a hole for his blade to poke out of and everything.
  • Biological Weapons Solve Everything: The main conflict of the third film involves the use of a virus that will kill all vampires everywhere, seemingly instantaneously.
  • Badass Normal: Whistler and the Nightstalkers, who take out vampires without the benefit of superpowers.
  • Birth-Death Juxtaposition: The opening scene with Vanessa dying from her vampire inflicted wound while giving birth to Blade.
  • Bottomless Magazines: Few characters in the Blade universe ever need to reload their firearms.
  • Bullet Time: On one of the directors commentaries they jokingly mention the fact they did it before The Matrix.
  • City of Weirdos: No one bats an eyelash at Blade's appearance while he walks around in broad daylight with a leather duster and sword, nor when he does things like beat up cops on the street. Especially in the third film when he's being hunted by the FBI. This was averted several times in the series, however.
    • In Blade Two people beating up a uniformed police offer in broad daylight doesn't attract any attention. Nor is Frost holding the young girl hostage, nor Blade saving said girl from being hit by a bus.
  • Comic Book Movies Don't Use Codenames: Notably averted in this film. The eponymous hero goes solely by that name, even when we learn his real name: Eric.
  • Cool Garage: All the movies have a form of this.
  • Cool Shades:
    • In a DVD commentary, the filmmakers state that Blade is effectively invincible while wearing his shades.
    • Also Priest and Reinhardt from the second movie.
  • Cool Sword: An acid etched titanium, impossibly sharp blade and a clockwork anti-theft mechanism built into the handle to prevent it from being used against him. Amazingly, it has a straight blade and is not a katana.
  • Cool Car: 68' Dodge Charger in all 3 movies. According to Guillermo Del Toro, the car was practically nonfunctional and had to be pushed into the set.
  • Crazy-Prepared:
    • Blade and Whistler.
    • Deacon Frost, although its justified in that he admits he's been studying Blade for years so of course he knows everything about him.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Don't worry, Karen. The leather-clad biker shooting up the hospital as he runs from the cops is here to help.
  • Daywalking Vampire: As the term 'Daywalker' would imply, Blade is not affected by sunlight, even though it kills regular vampires rather quickly, due a quirk in how he was infected with the vampire virus. Drake in the third film is likewise a Daywalker, being the progenitor of the species. Understandably, regular vampires really want this ability.
  • Deadpan Snarker
    • Whistler gets a few good ones in the first two installments.
    Blade: Still heavy (referring to UV Flashlight).
    Whistler: But you're so big.
    • Hannibal King in Blade: Trinity. He's played by Ryan Reynolds, after all.
  • Development Hell: A prison sentence for tax evasion is holding up the fourth film. Though a reboot (specially as Marvel got the filming rights back from New Line) is always possible.
  • Dodge the Bullet: Both Frost and Drake do this.
  • Everything Fades: Vampires explode into embers upon death. It's awesome.
  • Fangs Are Evil
  • Fantastic Drug: Vampires are seen sniffing red powder, presumably blood cocaine. The TV series introduces vampire ashes.
  • Fantastic Racism: "Purebloods", or born vampires, regard infected vampires ("turned") as second-class citizens of the vampire world.
    • Driven in with a jagged point in Blade II, when Priest, the Irish Pureblood in the Bloodpack remarks as they walk through the House of Pain, searching for Reapers "Look at them. Half of these bastards; they're not even Purebloods. I tell you what: Why don't we just fucking kill everyone? Just to make sure." Asad, Nyssa's right hand man, who is also a Pureblood; looks at Priest with more than a little bit of disgust.
  • Final Battle: Three times, in fact.
  • Forgotten Phlebotinum: The Big Bad of the first film had a UV-blocking sunscreen which allowed him to walk in the sun for a significant amount of time (hours at least). It's never seen again, even though it presents a feasible if not necessarily practical solution to the daylight problem. Even if engineering daywalkers is a permanent solution, there is no reason the sunblock couldn't have been employed on an as-needed basis.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampires: Blade isn't particularly nice, but hey, he'll help you out if you're in trouble.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Blade is a hard-ass dick, but he's also a hero.
  • Guns Akimbo: Throughout the films, this practice is shown by Blade, Hannibal King, Abigail Whistler, various members of the Blood Pack, Whistler, and even Scud.
  • Half-Human Hybrid: Blade is a Dhampyr, which is called a "daywalker" in the film's world. He has all the strengths of a vampire with none of their weaknesses except their thirst. Hardly seems fair.
  • Handicapped Badass: Whistler has a pronounced limp and wears a leg brace due to a bad leg injury that never quite healed up right. Despite this, he's more than capable of kicking ass.
  • Hemo Erotic: The various vampire-club scenes in the movies often involve the vampires being aroused while feeding. In fact, the first movie begins with a vampire-rave in which vamps are sprayed with blood, then start getting hot and heavy.
  • Hybrid Power: Blade, a classic dhampyr, has all the strengths of vampires, but none of the weaknesses, barring a much weaker desire for blood which he treats with a serum. He also ages like a human.
  • Knife Nut: While he favors his sword and guns, Blade also always has several knives on hand. Some he throws (including his signature double bladed "Glaive" throwing knife), some he stabs with, one he carries is even attached to a wire or chain of some sort and can be shot out, allowing it to double as a combination Ballistic Knife / Epic Flail.
  • Knuckle Cracking: In the movies, it seems not even the Daywalker is immune to the ravages of arthritis.
  • Les Collaborateurs: The vampires' various human "familiars", who knowingly aid the vampires against their own kind.
  • Lost in Imitation: Blade being half-vampire (vampire powers minus the weaknesses except for the bloodlust he needs a serum to control) and his companion Whistler came from his guest appearance in the Spider-Man: The Animated Series. The comic book Blade was just a Badass Normal immune to vampire bites until a bite from Morbius put him in line with the movie counterpart.
  • Masquerade: Vampires hide from humanity. In the first film, Deacon Frost wants to break the Masquerade and rule humans in the open. In the second film, the vampires have beefed up their Masquerade a bit just to hide from Blade. They still visibly brand their minions with glyph tattoos, though, since it's a necessary evil to keep them alive (they're walking meals without it).
  • Mentor Archetype: Whistler in the films, Jamal Afari in the comic.
  • Misapplied Phlebotinum: Blade rarely tries to hunt down vampires during the day - while they sleep.
  • Monster Lord
    • Dragonetti in Blade.
    • Damaskinos in Blade II.
    • Drake (Dracula) In Blade: Trinity.
  • Muggles Do It Better: Even though vampire tech is just as advanced as humans, they still keep up the masquerade because the humans would make their lives very difficult otherwise. Blade's just one guy and he's a handful. An entire army making similar toys would be a big damn problem.
  • Names to Run Away From Really Fast: But don't worry, he's on our side.
  • The Necrocracy: In the movies, ruling vampire aristocracies are seen who control the rest of vampirekind. The first movie had the society divided by House, while the second movie shows vampire lords residing in Europe. They also have human servants, so-called "Familiars" who are more or less property of their vampire master/second-class citizens of their society.
  • No Badass to His Valet: Whistler treats Blade like a normal person.
  • The Obi-Wan: Whistler.
  • Off with His Head!: One of the ways to kill a vampire.
  • One-Liner: Blade is full of them.
  • Our Vampires Are Different:
    • Vampirism is a genetic condition caused by a retrovirus which is transmitted via vampire saliva contacting human blood, e.g. through a bite. Vampires are not "undead", and the victim has to survive the bite to turn; the ones sucked dry just die.
    • Vampirism causes volatile sensitivity to UV direct radiation (like in sunlight), severe allergies to silver and garlic, and the inability to produce hemoglobin. As a result of the latter, they need to drink human blood to survive.
    • Vampires who fail to feed (or are prevented from doing so) are reduced to a pale, ghoul-like creature as their body starts to consume itself.
    • At the same time, it grants enhanced strength, agility, retractable sharpened fingernails and canine teeth, a healing factor that scarlessly repairs any injury that doesn't disable the brain or the heart in a matter of days (including the complete regrowth of limbs and other body parts), and slows down the aging process to a negligible rate after the subject reaches maturity.
    • Vampires have no weakness to crucifixes, crosses or holy water and do not need to be invited into a dwelling to enter it.
    • A vampire can be killed by destroying or separating its brain from its body, destroying its heart, completely incinerating it, or overwhelming it with a dose garlic or silver. When a vampire dies, a volatile chain reaction occurs which incinerates its entire body except for remnants of its skeleton.
    • During the first film, a hematologist looking for a cure for the virus discovers that vampire blood explodes like nitroglycerin when mixed with blood thinners (EDTA is named). Injecting vampires with them is obviously violently fatal.
      • The substance is used again in part 2, and even presented as a new find, but proves ineffective against the new bad guy.
    • Unlike in the comics, Blade is the result of a vampire attacking and infecting his mother as she went into labor with him. The result was him developing the characteristic super-strength, agility, enhanced healing and the thirst for blood but not the weaknesses to sunlight, garlic or silver.
  • Person of Mass Destruction: Blade.
  • Pre-Mortem One-Liner: Blade has a few in true action hero quality.
    Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice-skate uphill. (an improvisation by Snipes the director decided to add in the script)
    "Go. You've got 20 seconds. [3 seconds later] 20!"
  • Present Day: Albeit not so concurrently (while Blade II came out four years after the original, the film's story states only two years have passed).
  • Scary Black Man: A rare heroic example. Blade was notable for being an early black comic book hero, though he still spouted Jive Turkey.
  • Storming the Castle: At some point during each movie.
  • Sunglasses at Night
  • Supervillain Lair
  • Transhuman Treachery: When turned into a vampire.
  • Undercrank: Used to make vampires look fast and unnatural at the same time.
  • Vampire Bites Suck
  • Vampire Vannabe: Most of the humans who work for the vampires, their "Familiars", are doing so for the promise of being turned. The lawyer in Blade II simply seems to be indifferent about his choice of client.
  • Wall of Weapons: On more than one occasion Blade's hideout is displayed with a prominent wall mounted arsenal.
  • Weaponized Weakness: Blade's weapons are all made of silver and garlic. His gun scopes have UV lights. He's a walking anti-vampire arsenal.
  • Weapon of Choice: Blade's sword. He also has many other sharp blades in his arsenal (boomerangs, knives).

    Blade 
  • An Arm and a Leg: Quinn has a bad habit of losing limbs, but he can just grow them back.
  • Artistic License - Biology: The hematologist remarks that Blade's red blood cells are "biconvex." Meanwhile the microscope's monitor displays regular biconcave red blood cells, so we can recognize them.
  • Artistic License - Geography: The younger vampires take the elder to see the sunrise on the ocean. The thing is the movie takes place in Los Angeles, which is on the West Coast, so they really can't technically watch the sun rise across the ocean.
  • Backstory: Plenty of it, be it for Blade or La Magra.
  • Bad Boss: Deacon Frost makes a sport of killing off his familiars when they displease him. Subverted when he prepares to test Blade's sword on Quinn's arm, stops and reveals that he's just kidding. Notably, Quinn probably deserves the punishment, as he had proven himself incompetent at basically every opportunity and had already lost and grown back two arms by this point.
    Frost: (holding Blade's sword) Hold out your arm, Quinn. Now.
    Quinn: Deac, I... (obeys)
    Frost: (winds up) Just kidding. (bro-punch to the chest)
    Quinn: (Beat, laughs) He was just fuckin' with me, man! He was just fucking with me.
  • Big Bad: Deacon Frost
  • Blood Bath: In the first movie, blood is showered on vampires at a vampire rave with the punny name "Blood Bath".
  • Blown Across the Room: Played straight (and ludicrously so) during the shootout in the night club in the beginning of the first movie.
  • The Cavalry: In the first film Blade is pinned to a wall and surrounded by badguys, when Whistler bursts through the wall holding 2 machine guns and delivers the Pre Ass Kicking One Liner; "Catch you fuckers at a bad time?!"
  • The Chosen One: Invoked by name, though decidedly negative in context.
    Whistler: You're the key. He needs your blood. The blood of the Daywalker. You're The Chosen One.
  • Conspicuous CG: Actually pretty good for the late 1990s/early 2000s, but severely dated nowadays. Frost's death actually looks like a cartoon animation, and the one Dragon Lady whose head explodes looks like a balloon just popped.
  • Damn It Feels Good To Be A Vampire: Expressed in the first film, implied in the others; being a vampire turns you into an Always Chaotic Evil bloodthirsty psychopath, but you will look good forever, join a secret society that secretly rules the world, and live and be encouraged to live an eternal un-life of absolutely debauched sex, violence, partying and hedonism. Basically one of the reasons the film works; it both captures the sheer utter bastardy of the nosferatu race and yet perfectly illustrates why people would want to be such evil bastards in the first place.
  • Deadly Hug: How Blade brings rest to his mother.
  • Dead Star Walking: Traci Lords, killed off in the very first scene.
  • Fantastic Slur
    Blade: You give Frost a message from me. You tell him it's open season on all suckheads.
  • Fast-Forward Gag: The Car Chase, unintentionally, presumably because Los Angeles didn't want to have an actual car chase for some reason.
  • Follow the Leader: In a sense, the first movie led to the boom of Marvel movies. Though later overshadowed by 2000's more successful X-Men, Blade was the first Marvel movie to be a bonafide financial and critical success (Men In Black came out first but technically, it was more a property bought by Marvel than made by Marvel. And granted, some productions such as Spider-Man had long been gestating, but the movie's success proved that Marvel characters could headline their own movies.) Additionally, Blade himself was not as well-known prior to the movie's release, but still made for a successful property. In addition to their A-list stars, Marvel and DC have subsequently looked at other lesser-known characters for possible movies.
    • And despite Batman & Robin being basically a Genre-Killer the year before, Blade proved comic book movies still had it.
      • Of course, the general public probably wasn't really aware that Blade was a comic book character, and thought it was just a cool "Vampire Killer" idea (especially since Buffy had premiered a year before.
  • God of Evil: La Magra, the vampire Blood God. The evil scheme in the first film is to complete a ritual to summon him into a vampire avatar so he can walk the earth. If he fights humanity, he will turn everyone into vampires by his mere presence. Deacon Frost summons La Magra into himself and becomes much more powerful, being made entirely of blood and showing insane regenerative powers. Blade kills Frost by loading him with anti-coagulents, but it's unknown if this killed La Magra too.
  • Groin Attack: In the first film's opening scene, pornstar Traci Lords received a rifle butt to the groin, and then a stake to the face when she doubles over. One can't help but wonder if the crotch shot was a reference to the actress's career.
  • I Am Your Father: Blade discovers that his mother is still "alive."
  • Infant Immortality: The girl Frost throws through a hot dog stand is none worse for wear when Blade saves her from the bus a moment later.
  • Informed Ability: Frost's transformation into La Magra was supposed to make him a One-Winged Angel in the form of a giant blood cloud. Test audiences were all "Where'd Stephen Dorff go?" so they redid the ending to leave Frost his "human" form. Frost also took the powers of all 12 pureblood vampires such as pyrokinesis and mind control but neither he nor the purebloods (or even Drake-ula the granddaddy of all the pureblood vampires) displayed any of these powers.
    • If you think about it, Frost didn't even achieve full godhood. The prophecy calls for absorbing "the Spirits of the Twelve," meaning the twelve purebloods... minus the one Frost's girlfriend Mercury ashed with Blade's sword. So Frost only became 11/12 of La Magra, which means even with the EDTA, the only reason that Blade won is because Mercury threw a bitch fit. This could also count for Idiot Ball AND Fridge Brilliance.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: SPF 1,000 sunscreen, though they also have black leather outfits with UV-blocking visored helmets.
  • Ludicrous Gibs: Vampires explode upon being injected with anticoagulant.
    • Ditto for being sprayed with garlic. Mercury learns this the hard way.
  • Monstrosity Equals Weakness: This trope was the reason the Final Battle of the first film was changed. Test audiences didn't care for Frost transforming into a giant Blob Monster made of blood, so the theatrical version ended with a Sword Fight instead.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Deacon Frost.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero: In the first film, Karen nearly becomes a vampire (and her boyfriend is killed) because Blade chose to set Quinn on fire rather than staking him, even though he knew it wouldn't kill him.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Mercury, as detailed in the Informed Ability entry above.
  • Now It's My Turn: Deacon Frost in the first film.
  • Physical God: Deacon Frost after turning into La Magra, becoming the physical manifestation of the evil Blood God. As strong as he is, he's still vulnerable to anti-coagulants.
  • Punch Clock Villain: As Blade is about to kill a henchman in the first movie, said mook replies "No... please! I just work for them!"
  • Present Day: After the first scene set in the 1960's, it flashes to "Now". The "Now" when the movie was released was 1998. See Technology Marches On.
  • Rasputinian Death: Blade abuses Quinn in every way possible (impaling, burns, beatings, pushing his head against a passing train) before decapitating him.
  • Technology Marches On: By the time it pops up the viewers may well have forgotten that the events of the film are supposed to be happening "Now", but the high-tech, supercomputer-using vampires leaving a video tape for Blade to discover is a little quaint for any viewers watching past 2005 or so.
  • This Is Reality: Blade tells Karen that crucifixes and holy water are ineffective against vampires, and advises her to "forget what you've seen in the movies."
  • Too Dumb to Live: Officer Krieger, after leading Blade to Pearl, really shouldn't have said "Shut up, bitch!" to Frost's girlfriend when called out on it.
  • Vampire Dance: The vampire rave that opens the first movie, complete with Blood Bath.
  • Villain Ball: When Frost throws Karen into the zombie pit, then doesn't stick around to make sure she's dead.
    • Frost's entire plan, in fact. Who does he expect to feed on if he converts Earth's entire population into vampires?
  • Villainous Glutton: Pearl
  • Vampire Refugee: The M.E. from the first movie. Blade refuses to be cured of his vampirism so he can remain super-powerful and continue to wipe out the race.
  • Villainous Friendship: Frost's relationships with Quinn and Mercury seem to be a mild, but genuine version of Type I.
  • Waking Up at the Morgue: The vampire Quinn wakes up in the middle of his own autopsy after being set on fire.
  • You Killed My Father: Frost was the one who bit Blade's mother while she was pregnant. Unbeknownst to Blade, she became a vampire.
  • Younger and Hipper: Deacon Frost is reimagined as a more Generation X type of character. His comic book counterpart was an older, German accented, white haired gentleman that hailed from circa 1868.
  • Your Head Asplode: Mercury, after Karen "maces" her with garlic.

    Blade II 
  • Absurdly Spacious Sewer: When chasing the Reapers.
  • Action Girl: Nyssa.
  • Alien Blood: In the second film; caused by Executive Meddling from the censors. For some reason they needed to have some of the characters bleed green to get an R rating, even if there's gallons upon gallons of red-coloured gore anyway.
  • Amoral Attorney: Once Blade sees that one of the vampire committee stands out:
    You're human?
    Barely; I'm a lawyer.
  • Anti-Climax: The resolution of the rivalry between Blade and Reinhardt. Somewhat mitigated by the fact that it is very cool... but considering the conflict between them had been building for the entire movie, while Blade had only a single scene previous with Nomak, it still feels like a bit of a letdown.
    • Though it is very much in tune with their previous interactions in the movie; Reinhardt smugly antagonizes Blade and Blade effortlessly retaliates and humiliates Reinhardt in return. Really, if Reinhardt (who got owned by Whistler a couple scenes back) put up anything of a real fight, it would have clashed with the rest of the movie.
    • The problem was probably that Reinhardt was played by Ron Perlman. In the first film, Quinn was a similar loudmouthed pushover who spent his every other appearance being humiliated by Blade. If the actor had been less prominent, then the scene where he pulls the bomb off the back of his neck would've looked a hell of a lot cooler, rather than being a shrug-worthy sequence that led up to a pathetic final confrontation.
  • Anti-Villain: Some of the Blood Pack. Nomak is also a bordering example... while distinctly villainous, his danger to humans is more incidental than intentional, as he focuses on vampires whenever he can.
  • Bad-Guy Bar: The House of Pain, a sadomasochistic vampire bar.
  • Bald of Evil: Damaskinos, Reinhardt, Nomak, and the Reapers. Damaskinos originally had hair during filming, but it was soon removed because it made him look like Michael Bolton according to Guillermo Del Toro.
  • Barehanded Blade Block: Blade does this in the second film. Even bringing the blade toward his face afterwards whilst his opponent struggles to push it through his hands.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: Nyssa dissolves gently into sparkles, instead of violently charring away to a skeleton and then dust while screaming like every other vampire exposed to sunlight does.
  • Big Bad: Nomak
  • Blood Bath: Vampire Lord Damaskinos wades into a small but literal pool of blood. Later on, Blade is rejuvenated when he takes a nosedive into one such pool.
  • Body Horror: The transformation into a reaper is very painful (provided the victim has been bitten for long enough to properly drain them, as happens to Priest), a victim's hair falls out, their skin goes deathly pale, their jawbone dissolves, their chin separates into two pieces and sprouts fangs, and their tongue turns into a sucker. That's just what we see on the outside.
  • Brick Joke: The fate of Rush in the second movie. This also happens midway through in a blink and you'll miss it encounter in the House of Pain.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Nyssa calls her father out for using her and her pack as bait, and for creating the Reapers. Then Damaskinos strangles her to be quiet.
  • Color-Coded for Your Convenience: When Reapers are "ashed", they explode in a flash of blue light, as opposed to a regular vampire's red-orange.
  • Conspicuous CG: Blade and Nyssa's initial fight, as pointed out by Guillermo Del Toro on his DVD commentary.
  • Create Your Own Villain: Blade II is all about the Vampire Government recruiting Blade to help them fix their own mess. Nomak and the entire Reaper sub-species was the result of the Vampire Leadership trying to genetically erase the typical vampire weaknesses. The Reapers are immune to garlic and silver and their hearts are surrounded by solid bone ("Try and get a stake through THAT!") but are still just as vulnerable to sunlight/UV rays. What they didn't expect was the Reapers could turn humans and regular vampires into Reapers through mere sharing of sweat, let alone blood and vampire bites.
  • Drop the Hammer: Bloodpack member Lighthammer carries a huge two-handed maul with a retractable spike as his primary weapon, using his firearm as a backup.
  • Dual Wielding: Nyssa and Assad both wield a pair of swords when they infiltrate Blade's hideout. Blade responds by wielding his sword in one hand and his sword's scabbard as a parrying weapon in his offhand. Earlier in the film a pair of the mooks guarding Whistler dual wield fighting sticks or batons of some sort and Blade retaliates by dual wielding a pair of silver stakes as if they were daggers. Reinhardt also dual wields his gunblades as knives in the sewer battle.
  • Dying as Yourself: A variation. Nyssa has been bitten by Nomak, and will become a Reaper. Blade gently carries her out into the sun, so she can die as a vampire.
  • Enemy Mine: Blade teaming with the Bloodpack.
  • Evil Lawyer Joke: See the entry under Amoral Attorney above.
  • Food Chain of Evil: A Reaper is the page image, as they have knocked vampires off the top and whilst they do attack the occasional human, vampires are currently their main source of food. The situation is lampshaded by Whistler.
    Whistler: "They're just shitting bricks cause they're no longer top of the food chain."
  • Groin Attack: Blade kills one vampire by staking it in the crotch in the opening scene.
  • Half the Man He Used to Be: How Reinhardt meets his end.
  • I Hate You, Vampire Dad: In a sense. Nyssa traps both her and her father to face Nomak. As Damaskinos lays dying, she takes off her family ring and drops it near his face.
  • Intimidation Demonstration: As Nyssa approaches Blade before their duel, she whirls her blades around to display her swordsmanship. The scene can be viewed here.
  • Keeping the Enemy Close: Blade knew that Scud was a traitor the whole time, but kept him around for this reason.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: The Bloodpack's Instant Awesome, Just Add Ninja outfits from the opening fight scene.
  • Lighter and Softer: Averted. Blade II plays up its campiness a bit more, but is also more of a horror film than the original.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Used to show Blade loading up during the opening credits of the second film.
  • Looks Like Orlok: Damaskinos and the Reapers.
  • The Mole: The second movie: Scud, though Blade already knew about him.
  • Mix-and-Match Weapon: Reinhardt carries a pair of Beretta pistols that have huge blades extending from the grips to the end of the barrel, allowing them to be used as guns or knives. According to the weapon's designer TyRuben Ellingson the weapon was originally designed for Blade but was given to Reinhardt during production.
  • Mugging the Monster: In the beginning of, three vampires try to forcibly extract blood from Jared Nomak. They realized the consequences too late.
  • Non-Action Guy: Scud, in contrast to the Badass Normal Whistler.
  • Politically Incorrect Villain: Reinhardt has a neo-Nazi look about him and asks Blade if he can blush.
  • Power Walk: Blade and the Bloodpack walking into the House of Pain, with Massive Attack blaring on the soundtrack.
  • Shout-Out: Blade drawing his stake and slapping Reinhardt, then taunting him before doing it again, is a homage to a scene in the Western comedy Trinity Is Still My Name; here's the original scene.
    • Throughout the first half of the movie, Scud is wearing a T-shirt with the B.P.R.D. logo from the Hellboy series. The catch is that Blade 2 came out two years before the first Hellboy movie came out. Apparently, Guillermo Del Toro was thinking ahead to greener pastures and better movies.
  • Smug Snake: Reinhardt and Scud, neither of whom are anywhere near as clever or awesome as they seem to think.
  • Suicide By Sunlight: After she's infected by the Reaper virus, Nyssa Damaskinos asks Blade to carry her out in the open just before dawn so she can see the sunlight and die while she's still a vampire. When the sun comes up she disintegrates in his arms.
  • Sword Sparks
  • The Older Immortal: Eli Damaskinos
  • Token Evil Teammate: It's more a matter of "token good teammate". The film is an Enemy Mine scenario in which we already know that every one of Blade's collaborators except Whistler and Scud is evil and it's question of when rather than if they'll betray him. As it turns out, Scud was also planning to betray him from the start.
  • We Can Rule Together: Damaskinos tries this with Nomak. Unfortunately for him, he fails to sell it well enough.
  • Wrestler in All of Us: Blade busts out a vertical suplex. Later, Nomak hits Blade with the Savage Elbow Drop.
  • Artistic License - Biology: Nomak is a "carrier" for the Reaper condition, but carriers by definition are not affected by their carried disease/gene defect. Nomak clearly has some of the traits of the other Reapers. He has their general appearance, split jaw, heart shield, and drug addict-like appetite for blood. The only difference seems to be that he has retained his intelligence.
    • Also, pheromones don't come from the adrenal glands, nor are they "nut juice" (we can forgive this, as it comes from a non-scientist). And a species that doesn't have a mandible bone shouldn't have any use for bifurcated masseter muscles ... or any lower teeth, which Nomak clearly has in numerous close-ups.
  • You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With:
    Blade: You obviously... do not... know who you are fucking with!
  • You Will Be Spared: As listed in Brick Joke, Rush is let go as Blade says that "he'll see him later". In the very last scene he does it, with hilarious results.
  • Zombie Infectee: Lighthammer hides his bite in the second movie until he starts to turn.

    Blade: Trinity 
  • Action Girl: Abigail.
  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: The third film features nearly subliminal use of Esperanto to make the setting seem a little off and vaguely foreign. This is most noticeable when Hannibal watches the Esperanto language horror film Incubus in his hospital bed, starring William Shatner pre-Star Trek.
  • Awesome, but Impractical: Nearly everything about Abigail Whistler, but her situational-awareness-killing personal soundtrack is at the top of the list.
    • The UV Laser comes close second, because slicing through things like butter may sound good, but when a UV lamp hurts them and not you, and a normal sword is sufficient to dust them... why risk lightsabering yourself? They never use it more than once, anyway.
  • Big Bad: Drake (Dracula)
  • Bond One-Liner: "My friends are coming to kill you."
  • Convection Schmonvection: Although it might be hyperbole, Abigail holds a UV laser that is "half as hot as the Sun" in front of her face. To say nothing of the power requirements for that...
  • Cool Boat: Nightstalkers' base of operations
  • Dirty Coward: In their first confrontation, Drake grabs a baby to keep Blade from attacking him, then tosses it as a distraction to escape. This while making a speech about how they, unlike everyone else, know about honour and dying by the sword. Possibly justified in that Drake was unarmed while Blade was not; Drake does fight Blade on fair terms later on, which would suggest he was waiting for an even match or simply wanted to talk first.
  • Epic Flail: In the opening scene Blade carries a knife that with the push of a button, can launch its blade a short distance (like a ballistic knife). However, the blade is attached to a wire or chain of some sort, allowing it to function as a bladed flail after being launched. After the battle, Blade tells Whistler "This worked real good" (and then never uses it again for some reason).
  • Esperanto, the Universal Language: Used in Blade 3 to make the setting vague.
  • Everyone Owns A Mac: In Blade: Trinity EVERYONE uses Mac computers, and even features a scene where Jessica Biel's character uses iTunes to create a music playlist for her iPod that she can listen to while fighting vampires (never mind that having music blaring into your ears would be detrimental to your situational awareness in a battle with undead blood suckers). More than one reviewer has commented that the film is basically a two hour long commercial for Apple products.
  • Four Lines, All Waiting: Is it about vigilante Blade versus human law enforcement, the upcoming vampire apocalypse, Blade's attempt to create his own apocalypse via The Virus, or Blade vs. Dracula? Concentrating on any two of these plotlines would have worked, but not four. Wesley Snipes was reportedly very upset that the core character was lost in the plot shuffle.
  • Have You Tried Not Being A Jerk: In Trinity:
    Why can't you be nice?
  • Hero Harasses Helpers
  • Hero Secret Service: The Nightstalkers
  • High-Altitude Interrogation: A mook is dangled in an attempt to lead the protagonists to the Big Bad, but he refuses to talk. Then his cell rings. Blade answers, tells the mook it's for him, and lets go of the rope.
  • Idiot Ball: Blade is fooled into killing a human disguised as a vampire, despite having the instincts to distinguish between the two! Remember that in the first movie he could smell a vampire from roughly 40 feet away, and can even differentiate vampire and human by the way they move, so there is no way he should have been fooled.
  • Industrialized Evil: The vampires' 'final solution'.
  • In Name Only: Hannibal King in the third film. In the comics he is a middle aged (in appearance) Vampire 50's style hard boiled private investigator. In the film he is 20 or so year old wise cracking vampire hunter who was cured of vampirism before the film began. Most of the change is probably down to the casting.
  • Kryptonite-Proof Suit: Anti-sun excursion suits in the third film.
  • Lighter and Softer: This installment is much cornier than the first two.
  • Lock and Load Montage: Both Blade and Abigail.
  • Monster Progenitor: Drake (Dracula) in Blade: Trinity.
  • Mugging the Monster: Vampire hoods try to molest Action Girl Jessica Biel and get staked.
  • Oh Crap: When Hannibal sees Dr Vance standing over his own corpse, he fumbles for his gun, shouting "Oh Jesus, it's him! Abbey! It's Drake!"
  • Product Placement: All the computers in Blade: Trinity are Apple brand. The fact that Abigail likes to listen to an iPod while fighting vamps is made into a character trait. There's even a little montage of her putting together a playlist. This inspired quite a few groans.
  • Smug Snake: Drake.
  • Suicide By Sunlight
  • Tempting Fate: TripleH!Jarko lets off a "you're not so big" line when Clan Talos arrives to abduct a heavily restrained and sedated Blade from the Police Department.
  • The Older Immortal: Drake (Dracula)
  • Trick Arrow: Abigail Whistler uses, in addition to her normal arrows, a drill arrow, plague arrow, and an arrow that can shoot around corners.
  • Vagina Dentata: Danica Talos's fangs are NOT in her mouth... at least according to Hannibal King.
  • The Virus: Daystar.
  • Worthy Opponent: Drake (Count Dracula) is far more interested in fighting Blade due to his reputation than for any reason related to helping his debased great-great-great grandspawn.
  • You Have Failed Me: A Familiar tries to avoid talking to Blade by insisting that he'll be killed for doing so. Blade angrily points out that he has no problem killing the Familiar himself, and will in fact enjoy it more.


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