YMMV: Department 19

  • Complete Monster: Dracula is the Big Bad and the first vampire ever to exist. Even before being turned, he was vicious, once brutally killing a whole village because the mayor's wife didn't bow deeply enough. After he is resurrected, he devours hundreds to regain his full power. He kidnaps Blacklight Director Henry Seward and subjects him to Cold-Blooded Torture both for information and For the Evulz. He is also responsible for turning thousands of violently unstable inmates into powerful vampires, resulting in at least several dozen deaths across the world. After vampires are revealed to the world, he secretly funds Van Helsing Hate Crimes to destabilize the UK. His first move against humanity is a terrorist attack that kills tens of thousands, during which he seizes the city of Carcassonne and gives its inhabitants two days to leave. At the deadline, he burns the city to ashes, killing 6,000 people who couldn't escape in time. His ultimate goal is to Take Over the World out of nothing more than pride, which will result in countless deaths, vampires becoming the dominant species, and even the slightest dissent being punishable by Cruel and Unusual Death.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Pretty much every villain is very firmly on the "black" end of Black and Gray Morality. Some shining examples:
    • Alexandru Rusmanov, Big Bad of the first book, is hyped as an Ax-Crazy lunatic, but other than Offscreen Villainy, he's mostly shown physically abusing Marie and Anderson. His line-crossing moment, though, comes when, in retribution for Jamie attempting to find him, he leads forty vampires to the island of Lindisfarne. They brutally torture and kill at least eighty random people, about half the island's population, and in the third book it's implied that at least a few victims were raped as well.
    • Garcia Rejon, a drug lord turned indirectly by Dracula during the third book, manages to cross this before he even appears. Despite being a superpowered vampire, he and his fellow vampires hide deep in his mansion while they force the bikini-clad women who process drugs for them to serve as Cannon Fodder armed only with blunt machetes and kitchen tools. One of the women is actually killed because of this, and Larissa makes a point to kill Rejon specifically for this.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The death of John Morton will make you uneasy about what's behind closed doors.
    • The attack on Lindisfarne at the end of the first book. It's a peaceful little fishing town...that suddenly gets attacked by powerful monsters that aren't supposed to exist and that set about torturing and murdering the inhabitants in gruesome ways.
    • The actual contents of Talbot's lab are this; it's full of vivisected vampires, cut up in an attempt to find a way to get around vampire weaknesses to make Dracula's army stronger.
  • What Do You Mean, It's for Kids?: With all the grisly violence and gore, you'd expect the novel was for adults.
  • The Woobie:
    • Jamie's dad is gunned down in front of him when he's fourteen, and he is relentlessly picked on for the next two years. Then, he comes home to find that his mother has been kidnapped by Alexandru. He then learns that his dad sold out Blacklight to the same vampire that kidnapped his mom (not really).
    • His mom, Marie, is abducted by Alexandru and kept as a hostage for pretty much the whole first book. She is then turned into a vampire as her captor's last act of spite.
    • Larissa was turned into a vampire when she wanders into a dark alley at a fair and forced to abandon her family lest she eat them, she runs into Alexandru at an unspecified later time. The only reason he doesn't kill her on the spot was because he was Distracted by the Sexy, and she has to convince him that she was a vicious killer in order to survive. When he orders her to kill Jamie, she can't go through with it, and he horrifically mauls her as punishment. Also qualifies as Jerkass Woobie due to her behavior toward the beginning.
    • Kate happens to live on Lindisfarne Island when Alexandru attacks it and is forced to witness the sheer Gorn inflicted on her fellow townsfolk. At the end of The Rising, her boyfriend dies, too.
    • Paul Turner, in the later books. In the Rising,his son dies, resulting in a friendship with Kate, and it's revealed that he feels intensely guilty because he thinks he wasn't a good enough dad, up to losing sleep on the matter. And to add to it, in Zero Hour, he says that he has done possibly terrible things for the Department and he has to believe it was for good otherwise he might kill himself.