YMMV / Blade

Works in this franchise with their own pages:

The Comics:

  • Fanon Discontinuity: Guggenheim's run on Blade brought about some very...unpopular ideas for the character.

The First Movie:

  • Complete Monster: The vampire leader Deacon Frost from the first movie is the worst villain in a setting filled with sadistic predators who kill humans as much for fun as for sustenance. Unlike the older vampire hierarchy who prefer to remain in the shadows and rule humanity behind the scenes to protect their interests, he wants to openly reduce all humans to cattle despite originally having been human himself instead of a vampire pureblood. He murders a vampire elder in an exceptionally painful way by removing his teeth and letting him burn up in the sunrise, and kills all the other council members to complete a ritual sacrifice so he can rule supreme as a Physical God. He murders his human minions whenever he likes, attacks Blade's mentor Whistler and then leaves him to die slowly, tries to feed a woman to a ghoul-type zombie, and tries to kill a little girl in front of Blade by first threatening to slit her throat and then throwing her in front of city traffic to make his escape. His worst crime isn't revealed until the end of the film, when Blade discovers that Frost was the vampire who attacked his pregnant human mother and turned Blade into a Dhampyr to begin with. Frost fully intended the unborn child to die and since then has kept Blade's mother as his private consort and facilitated her corruption into a remorseless monster.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: The first film had a techno-based soundtrack.
  • Ear Worm: The movie opens up at a club where Vampires lure in humans and gorge on them while listening to really, REALLY catchy trance music. You hear less than a few minutes in the film before Blade stops the celebration, but you never. Forget. It.
  • Follow the Leader: In a sense, the 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.
  • Narm Charm: Blade's Pre-Mortem One-Liner. It makes zero sense, but damn if it doesn't sound Bad Ass.
    Blade: "Some mothafucka's always trying to ice skate uphill."
    • It makes perfect sense. It's something that can work for about a second, and then failure. Frost just can't do what is impossible.
  • One-Scene Wonder: Traci Lords as a vampire in the opening.
  • Special Effects Failure: Some of the CGI effects have not aged well.
  • Strawman Has a Point: Frost says humans are like cattle, so Blade shouldn't care about saving them. Thing is, with all the examples of Apathetic Citizens we see in the film, it's hard not to concede that he has a point in-universe.
  • Tear Jerker: Whistler's honorable suicide in the first film, subverted by the second, which retconned it.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: When the first film was released the vampire's being "ashed" was amazing for its day. And even a decade on is still pretty cool. The effect noticeably improved with subsequent sequels.

The TV Series:

  • Poor Man's Substitute: Instead of Wesley Snipes, the creators hired rapper Kirk "Sticky Fingaz" Jones for the role of Blade in the TV series.

The Anime:


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