YMMV: The Strain
- Cliché Storm: While the buildup and atmosphere work for the most part, the characters are rather two-dimensional and events near the end feel typical of a set up for a sequel.
- Complete Monster: The Master, one of the seven original vampires. While his six brothers are content to rest in their homes and avoid conflict with the world at large, the Master is a sadistic tyrant, ever since ancient times. Crossing from Europe on plane, he kills and turns every passenger so when they revive, he sends them to feed on their loved ones, slowly building a vampire army. When the time is right, the Master initiates through his minions multiple nuclear explosions by destroying silos to kill the six other ancients, and blots out the sun, establishing a vampire kingdom where humans are cattle for his kind, locked in camps and used for blood. The Master shows a penchant for murder and torture for his own amusement as well, even keeping a minion he turned back in the second World War from the Nazi ranks to torment his Arch-Enemy, a vampire hunting concentration camp survivor.
- Ensemble Darkhorse: Vasily Fet in The Strain. He became a favorite of fans and the authors, and as such was a Breakout Character in The Fall.
- Nightmare Fuel: There is nothing romantic about these vampires. Nothing at all.