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1[[center: [- [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlines Index]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesPlayerCharacter The Player Character]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesCamarilla The Camarilla]] | '''The Anarchs''' | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesSabbat The Sabbat]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesKueiJin Kuei-jin]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesIndependents Independents]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesGhouls Ghouls]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesFriendlyHumans Neutral and Friendly Humans]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesHumanAntagonists Human Antagonists]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesOthers Others]] | [[Characters/VampireTheMasqueradeBloodlinesModCharacters Mod Characters]]]] -]²²[[foldercontrol]]²----²!The Anarchs²²!!Brujah²²[[folder:"Nines" Rodriguez]]²[[quoteright:293:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/1c1e6001b422b6f0ed2ed95c9142266d.jpg]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Armando Valdes-Kennedy²²->''LA's the school of hard knocks, so keep your friends close and your enemies in a barbecue pit.''²²Leader of the Anarchs in Los Angeles, Nines is a Brujah freedom fighter and product of the Depression: He loathes the Camarilla and the Kuei-Jin with a passion and believes in the continued existence of the Free State LA, but is forced to tolerate the other factions because he hasn't got the manpower for an all-out war against both sides. Having lost his own Sire at a young age, he opposed your execution in the first place and also helps you out a couple of times during the story; Jack implies he has a soft spot for outcasts like the fledgling. [[spoiler:With your unwitting help, [=LaCroix=] and Ming Xiao manage to frame him for the murder of Grout and later the Fledgeling him/herself for Nines' (fake) death. In the Anarch ending he takes control of the city.]]²----²* AllThereInTheManual: ''Beckett's Jyhad Diary'' establishes that his first name is Armando ([[TheDanza same as his voice actor]]), and that he was born in 1922 and Embraced in 1949.²* BadassGrandpa: Though he looks pretty young and handsome, he's actually one of the older vampires in the Anarchs.²* BeautyEqualsGoodness: As mentioned, he looks handsome and healthy-looking, if a bit pale. This is possibly the result of a high [[KarmaMeter Humanity]] score.²* BerserkButton: Say something bad about the Anarchs, he won't speak to you for quite a long time. Also, do not mention the Camarilla while he's around, that tends to irritate him, though he's a little more forgiving if you're new.²* CoolOldGuy: He's from the 1920s and thus one of the older (but not oldest) Kindred you'll meet.²* CombatPragmatist: Who brings a ''grenade'' to a street fight? Nines does, that's who.²* {{Expy}}: Of the late Anarch leader Jeremy [=McNeil=]. With elements of his chief lieutenant, Salvador Garcia.²* HotBlooded: Though he's more reasonable than many Anarchs when he's calm, his Brujah blood can flare up in a hurry if you're not careful what you say.²* JustTheFirstCitizen: Eschews titles as part of his populist rejection of the Camarilla and the old world-style politics it represents, but he's still functionally the head of the Anarchs.²* OhCrap: When he starts smelling smoke and realizes that someone started a fire to kill him and the player. Not because the fire itself is dangerous, but rather because the two of them are in ''werewolf territory.''²* OlderThanTheyLook: One of the oldest Anarchs in the city, despite his youthful good looks.²* MeaningfulName:²** Since Nines is a self-proclaimed gunfighter, he probably has his name from the Anarch game 9mm Tag, which is also commonly known as Nines.²** A Malkavian player will ask him "what happened to numbers one to eight". Nines respond they died. [[AllThereInTheManual According to]] ''Beckett's Jyhad Diary'' [[MassivelyNumberedSiblings he had eight siblings]] but none of them became Kindred (and are therefore long dead), implying he took his name from being the 'ninth' of his family.²* TheMentor: Nines can teach basic brawling or melee skill at two points in the game if you aren't good enough at them. He'll also give you pretty solid advice for getting started.²* NiceGuy: Unless you manage to piss him off, he usually acts in a calm, nice and helpful manner. This stands in direct contrast to the other Anarchs in the game, most of them who are notably more hot-headed.²* NotSoDifferent: From [=LaCroix=], in a lot of ways. Just don't [[BerserkButton imply it while he's nearby]].²* NotSoStoic: He's not typically someone who would turn his back on a fight, but even ''he'' is unnerved by the prospect of fighting werewolves. Especially ''pissed off'' werewolves. ²* RebelliousSpirit: A much more controlled and mature version of the ones Damsel and Skelter have. According to some characters, Nines was disillusioned by how the rich screwed over the poor in the '20s and '30s, especially after the Depression hit, and still carries a grudge.²* WorthyOpponent: Bertram Tung, Mercurio, and Maximillian Strauss, all supporters of the Camarilla, can express respect for him and state that he'd make a valuable ally if vampire politics didn't get in the way.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:"Smiling" Jack]]²[[quoteright:417:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/4fddf80b93cbd6f7ebd106ad5efbad5b.jpg]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JohnDiMaggio²²->''Now you an' I maybe ain't seen eye to eye on everything - to be honest, I've made vampires deepthroat dynamite for less aggravation - but I think we understand each other, and hey! Our unlives are ours to do with as we will.''²²A jovial Brujah Elder who teaches you the basics of Vampire lore and the mechanics of the World of Darkness. [[spoiler:He's actually the man behind the Ankharan Sarcophagus' arrival and its eventual fate.]]²----²* BadassBeard: A holdover from his pirate days.²* BadassBiker: He dresses and looks like one, even if there's little indication he ''is'' one.²* BewareTheSillyOnes: Jack is more playful and seemingly carefree than any other Kindred you'll meet in the game. He's also positively ancient by the city's standards and has the Disciplines, the amorality and especially the cunning that you'd expect from any vampire Elder.²* BigBrotherMentor: He's there to show you the ropes of being a vampire and act as the game's tutorial.²* BoisterousBruiser: Always laughing, joking, and having the time of his life even when he's crushing the skulls of incompetent Sabbat.²* TheCameo: Smiling Jack is, like Beckett, actually a member of the wider World of Darkness tabletop game.²* ChekhovsSkill:²** His quote about having made someone deep-throat dynamite implies that he knows a thing or two about explosives...²** Also the fact that he was a pirate, which comes in handy when he [[spoiler:robs the Elizabeth Dane]].²* TheChessmaster: [[spoiler:Quite possibly the biggest one in the entire game. By sending in an artifact rumored to contain a slumbering Antediluvian and setting everyone in L.A. against one another, he's responsible for setting the whole plot in motion. He only fails if the Neonate sides with Strauss, who just shoves it in a warehouse to be forgotten.]]²* CigarChomper: During the intro and the ending. Note that as a vampire, he should be unable to enjoy smoking them, so he probably just does it to look cool or more human. Fitting, since he shares [[Creator/JohnDiMaggio a voice actor]] with [[{{WesternAnimation/Futurama}} Bender]].²* CoolOldGuy: Despite his bloodthirsty streak, he takes you under his wing and helps ease you into the weird world you've fallen into, which makes a hell of a contrast to [=LaCroix=] decapitating your sire and dumping you in the street.²* DeadpanSnarker: A lot of his dialogue consist of colorful jokes directed at the current situation and his enemies.²-->'''Jack:''' Running water? No problem. I bathe... [[ThePigPen occasionally]].²* DoesNotLikeGuns: He mentions early on that he doesn't like using guns because they're loud and ineffective at killing vampires. [[spoiler:Explosives, on the other hand, he has no problems with.]]²-->'''Jack:''' But this is L.A., and that means you better be strapped.²* GeniusBruiser: Extremely clever and well-informed under his wild exterior.²* HeKnowsTooMuch: Once played straight, once narrowly averted.²** In the tutorial, he sends you to kill a couple of gangbangers who stumbled into the middle of the Sabbat raid [[KilledToUpholdTheMasquerade because they've seen too much.]]²** If you play a Malkavian and chat with him at the Last Round often enough, [[spoiler: he'll express some alarm at just how much of his plan you seem to be clued into, and makes it clear that if he thought you actually ''understood'' some of the things you're babbling about, he'd be [[ImpliedDeathThreat "talking to a pile of ash right now."]] ]]²* HistoricalDomainCharacter: Canonically, he's [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calico_Jack Calico Jack]].²* IDidWhatIHadToDo: He encourages the Fledgeling - and all new vampires, in general - to adopt this approach regarding loyalty. While you're learning the ropes, your survival is your number one priority, over personal beliefs or philosophies. And, most importantly, young vampires shouldn't be ashamed of it; the World of Darkness is one of murder and intrigue, and a Fledgeling can easily get themselves killed if they don't act cautiously. However, he does caution that this shouldn't be a permanent state; once a vampire has gotten used to surviving their new condition, they need to decide where their loyalties lie.²* InSeriesNickname: The Malkavian PC calls them "Demon" on more than one occasion.²* MeaningfulName: The Malkavian name for him, "Demon", is rather fitting [[spoiler: for a ManipulativeBastard who's trying to damn the Camarilla in LA into a fiery inferno via a bomb planted in the Sarcophagus.]]²* MoralMyopia: Claims to think about ordinary humans the way humans think about cattle: he wouldn't go out of his way to kill them for no reason, but he also doesn't particularly care one way or another if they die. [[GameplayAndStoryIntegration This is largely in line with his in-game Humanity stat.]]²* MrExposition: He's the tutorial of the game, showing you the basics of being a vampire.²* NoSell: Attacking him during the tutorial yields no results.²-->'''Jack:''' I'd be pissed if this wasn't so cute. Look at you, trying so hard!²* ObfuscatingStupidity: Oh, he has the homeless Brujah thug look down alright, but a single conversation with him displays he's actually quite intelligent. [[spoiler: In the end, we discover he's been playing most everybody in the game for fools. Save Maximillian Strauss -- no matter what option the Fledgling takes, Strauss assumes control of the Camarilla -- and if the player sides with Strauss, Jack's plan fails, save for assassinating [=LaCroix=].]]²* TheOlderImmortal: Canonically 400 years old. Unlike Strauss and Beckett you never get that vibe off of him and the other anarchs treat him as "one of them" despite his fame and age. (Despite this, compared to other vampires of fame, Jack is actually weak since he's just a tenth generation vamp.)²* PalsWithJesus: [[spoiler:If the cab driver Jack's chummy with isn't Caine himself, then he's still a very powerful vampire.]]²* ThePigPen:²-->'''Jack:''' Running water? Ah, that's no problem. I bathe... ''occasionally''.²* {{Pirate}}: What he used to be.²* RedBaron: Known as "Smilin' Jack", although he never uses it himself.²* WhatTheHellPlayer: Jack will call you out on editing your stats if you do it before you meet him. A Malkavian character will claim either Caine boosted his stats, or [[MediumAwareness he just wants to make the game easier]].²* YourVampiresSuck: Since he takes it upon himself to teach you the basics of being a Kindred, he also informs you of which weaknesses do or don't apply to your new condition, along with informing you that no, a mortal you feed from won't turn into another vampire.²-->'''Jack:''' Well, you can still be destroyed but forget the books and movies. Garlic? Worthless. A cross? Pfft. Shove it right up their ass. A stake? Only if it catches you in the heart, and then it just paralyzes you. Running water? No problem. I bathe... occasionally. Now a shotgun blast to the head? That's trouble, boy. Fire? That's ''real'' trouble. Sunlight? Well, you catch a sunrise and it's all over kiddo, get it?²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Damsel]]²²[[quoteright:244:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/e239b051a261edd858e854a411a285bf.jpg]]²->'''Voiced by:''' Courtney Taylor²²->''You wanna know what my problem is? Alright, I'll tell you what my problem is, you ready? ''You'' are my goddamn problem! Anyone who would lay it down for some cape in an ivory tower deserves what they get!''²²A bad tempered, hot-blooded Brujah girl and one of Nines' henchmen. Is quite rude, but turns out to have a nicer persona after all, under the right circumstances.²----²* BerserkButton: Anything and everything to do with the Camarilla.²* CutHisHeartOutWithASpoon: Her reaction to [[spoiler: Ming Xiao]]'s betrayal, should you take that route, is a sight to behold.²--> THAT BITCH! AUGH!!! I AM GOING TO TIE HER EYELASHES TO HER ASS HAIRS AND BOWL HER ASS INTO A TRASH COMPACTOR!!!²* FieryRedhead: Fitting for the hot-blooded Brujah clan.²* GranolaGirl: Given her cap and some comments you can get out of her with the right dialogue options, she appears to be an anarcho-communist politically. Skelter compares her to an anti-Vietnam flower child, raging against the Camarilla without really understanding what it is, though he admits that she's rather tough and fierce for a hippie.²* HairTriggerTemper: Like many Brujah, it doesn't take her much to fly into rage. The PC can even tell her something along the lines of "Did you know you have easily pressed [[BerserkButton buttons]]?"²* MoodSwinger: With a single dialog option, she can swing from ''"You cammy fuck!"'' to "Hey, you're not so bad after all."²* NiceHat: Her beret, possibly a ShoutOut to communist figures such as [[UsefulNotes/CheGuevara the Che]].²* OldShame: [[invoked]]If you befriend Gary, he'll pay you for a copy of one of his old films with some tasteful nudes she did in college. He also implies she won't be happy to find out someone found them.²* OvershadowedByAwesome: Will loudly complain about this trope in the Anarch endgame if your character is Anarch, [[spoiler:considering Nines and the PlayerCharacter just survived a Werewolf attack. If you killed the werewolf she gets even more annoyed.]]²* SoapBoxSadie : Even she admits that she takes time to get down from her soap box. If you ever ask about what she thinks, she warns you about it before starting her rant.²* TeamMom: She's the "Den Mother" of the local Anarchs.²* {{Tsundere}}: Against the PC, especially if you keep helping the Anarchs while maintaining Camarilla loyalty. The Malkavian describes her as a "candy heart with a 'fuck you' on it" (the non-crazies describe her as "a bitch, but in a good way").²[[/folder]]²²!!Malkavian²²[[folder:The Voerman Twins]]²[[quoteright:549:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/594771530ea2e7f32fcf2d112f0362df.jpg]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/GreyDelisle²²->''Therese Voerman, yes. I'm the proprietor of this club, and the only person in this city whose good side it's in your best interest to stay on.''²-->-- '''Therese'''²²->''Oooh, what do we have here? Another scrumptious young plaything straight out of life and into my club? Mmm... you smell new, little boy/girl, like fabric softener dew on freshly mowed Astroturf. Oh, I'm not frightening you, am I, duckling?''²-->-- '''Jeanette'''²²The Voerman Twins make up Therese Voerman, Anarch Baroness of Santa Monica, and her sister/nemesis Jeanette, a Malkavian and owner of the Asylum nightclub. The two almost never operate alone, and fill the same character sheet. [[spoiler:Mainly because 'they' is actually a 'she' -- Voerman is a single Malkavian with Disassociative Identity Disorder.]]²----²* AbusiveParents: A very dark example in their past [[spoiler:with Therese' father often sexually assaulting her as a child and keeping her confined in the house, so she "wouldn't get hurt" outside. It's implied this may be the reason she developed a split personality in the form of Jeanette.]]²* AdvertisedExtra: Jeanette may be on the cover, but she really only has plot relevance at the beginning of the game.²* AllThereInTheManual: According to Beckett's Jyhad Diary, [[spoiler:they are the childe of Jacob/Esau, a fifth generation '''Malkavian Methusalah''', one of the most prominent Kindred of Milwaukee, Wisconsin.]] ²* AnythingThatMoves: Jeanette is noted to have sex with many people, including [[BigFun Arthur]], [[BadassBiker Jack]], [[UglyGuyHotWife Bertram]], [[BiTheWay a girl named Sarah]], and even [[OptionalSexualEncounter the player character!]] She also will flirt with even the hideous Nosferatu characters.²-->'''Nosferatu PC:''' Uh, don't you find me a bit... ugly?\²'''Jeanette:''' On the inside, we're all dead meat, kitten.²* BitchInSheepsClothing: Jeanette seems like a very nice and friendly girl, for the most part. That doesn't mean, however, [[spoiler:that she won't manipulate you into getting back at her sister by unknowingly making you destroy Therese' gallery and persuading you to give her the amulet from the haunted hotel, which Therese needed to exorcise the ghosts from said hotel. Jeanette then proceeds to throw the amulet in the ocean, thus dooming the ghosts to be trapped in the building. All of this makes Therese ''very'' pissed at both of you.]]²* CreepyTwins: [[spoiler:And they're the same person, to boot.]]²* DefrostingIceQueen: Therese, [[spoiler:especially if you manage to save them both.]]²* EthicalSlut: Jeanette, surprisingly for a vampire, somehow manages to be able to enjoy sex and apparently does so with many people, both humans and vampires. It's one of the ways she tries to amuse herself, and also a convenient way to piss off her prudish sister.²* HiddenDepths: Jeanette certainly has her issues, but she's still very friendly, outgoing and surprisingly sensitive (she comes close to tears when Therese called her a pig, for example). Furthermore, despite their estranged relationship, she still loves her sister (see her reaction [[spoiler:to Therese's optional death]]), in spite of Therese's open contempt for her. Therese also acts quite harsh and cold to both her sister and the player character initially, but subsequent interactions reveal that she does care about them, in her own way, and her [[spoiler: traumatic past]] has given her an intense need for control.²* HolierThanThou: While arguing with Jeanette about her [[HardDrinkingPartyGirl lifestyle]], Therese's criticisms take on such an edge.²* InSeriesNickname: The Malkavian PC refers to them as "The Daughters of Janus" with Therese as the "Dark Daughter" and "White Mistress/Daughter" for Jeanette. They also use "Janus" to refer to their father. ²* {{Mascot}}: Jeanette is the game's main poster girl.²* MeaningfulName: The Malkavian PC calls [[WomanInWhite Jeanette]] and [[LittleBlackDress Therese]] the Light and Dark Daughters of Janus, respectively. This fits their clothes, the fact that [[spoiler:Jeanette doesn't mean the PC any harm but Therese tries to kill them]], and their status as [[spoiler:split personalities in the same body -- Janus is a Roman god with two faces]]. Meeting Jeanette as a Malkavian has her [[LampshadeHanging lampshade]] the latter bit by saying "s/he's met the prettier face first". ²* MeaningfulRename: [[spoiler:If you successfully reconcile the sisters, the game files will refer to the united twins as 'Tourette'. [[TourettesSyndrome Tourettes]] is a neurological disorder and sounds like a {{portmanteau}} of 'Therese' and 'Jeanette'.]]²* MismatchedEyes: Jeanette has them; Therese's eyes are both blue [[spoiler: but only when Jeanette has no control over their body. Presumably, she's wearing a colored contact, since she's the one who mixes with the clientele in the club.]]²* MoodSwinger: Jeanette can go to openly laughing off Therese's comebacks to tearful breakdown in the span of a sentence. How much of it is genuine and how much of it is her playing it up is left uncertain.²* MsFanservice: Jeanette leans heavily on the "naughty schoolgirl" aesthetic.²* MultipleChoicePast: [[spoiler:Just what the "twins" were like prior to their Embrace, which one was the original and whether the other one was a real sibling or just an ImaginaryFriend is kept ambiguous]].²* NeutralNoLonger: Therese curries favor with the Camarilla and is quite overt about having ambitions to leave the Anarch fold. [[spoiler:If she remains alive or they merge, she eventually does. If only Jeanette is alive, she stays Anarch]].²* NobleDemon: Therese prides herself to be this; unlike most of her "megalomaniac" peers, she ''always'' keeps her part of a bargain, unless the one she made a bargain with betrayed her first.²* NoSell: If you try to Dominate Therese into giving you what you want, she reacts with frigid amusement.²* ObfuscatingInsanity: [[spoiler:Therese and Jeanette are actually a dis-associative Malkavian, so it's played straight. The subversion is that the Therese side is quite competent at acting normal - fitting in so well, rubbing shoulders with the Camarilla and acting so upper class, you'd mistake her for a Ventrue. Jeanette, on the other hand is her exact opposite, but even she is very clever in a StreetSmart way and most of her CloudCuckooLander antics will cease whenever she's being dead serious; one might assume she were a Toreador. If they learn to get along, their combined smarts make them a political force to be reckoned with, and a contender for the new Malkavian primogen.]]²* OnAScaleFromOneToTen: Check Jeanette's "Little Black Book" on her Computer when she's out of the room, and you can see the people she's had sex with. She gives them a rating from one to five stars. [[spoiler: She gives the player character three stars if they engaged in it.]]²* OptionalSexualEncounter: With Jeanette. [[spoiler:It requires staying on her good side.]]²* PerkyGoth: Jeanette.²* PetTheDog:²** Read what Jeanette says to a Nosferatu PC on AnythingThatMoves. That's the nicest thing she's ''ever'' said to anyone.²** If you choose her over Therese, [[spoiler:Jeanette is genuinely disturbed at having to kill her sister. She comes really close to crying, too.]]²** If you consistently support Therese, [[spoiler:she will be similarly devastated (though much more low-key) about having to kill Jeanette.]]²* PolarOppositeTwins: Therese is cold, reserved and professional, while Jeanette is teasy and quite emotive.²* RedOniBlueOni: Jeanette is the red to Therese's blue.²* SelfMadeOrphan: [[spoiler:Therese blew her dad's mind out "all over the silly clown wallpaper" with his shotgun.]]²* ShoutOut: The twins are based on the "Millicent and Therese" segment of ''Film/TrilogyOfTerror''. One twin even shares the same name.²* SplitPersonality: [[spoiler:Therese implies she was the "original" personality who created Jeanette to deal with her father's abuse and her sheltered lifestyle. Becoming Embraced by a Malkavian may explain why it's played so extremely.]]²* SplitPersonalityMerge: [[spoiler:With a decent Persuasion score, you can convince the two to join forces and get along in relative harmony.]]²* SplitPersonalityTakeover: [[spoiler:Unless they're talked into reconciliation, one of the personalities will end up killing the other. Your dialogue choices determine which one survives.]]²* SugarAndIcePersonality: If you manage to save [[spoiler:both of her personalities]], she becomes quite fond of you. It doesn't mean she won't hunt you down if you reveal her secret.²* TheTease: Jeanette shamelessly flirts with the player character in their first meeting, only to leave to take care of business before things go any further than that.²* UnknownRival: More a one-sided one. Therese is waging a bitter struggle with Bertram Tung for control of Santa Monica. When you talk to him he has no idea why she thinks he's a rival; he has no interest in kindred politics and the area only has four or five vampires anyway so he's fine with her declaring herself in charge. [[spoiler: Dialogue with the twins implies Therese wants Tung dead simply to get back at her sister, who was in a relationship with him.]]²* VampiresOwnNightClubs: The Asylum.²* WhatTheHellHero: If you consistently work against one of the sisters and then [[spoiler:makes her the surviving personality after the takeover]], whoever you picked will chew you out afterwards. Therese claims the only reason she doesn't kill you on the spot is because she's had enough death for one day.²[[/folder]]²²!!Gangrel²²[[folder:Skelter]]²²[[quoteright:306:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/9f2008e9e82d7693626965e8cf68963e.jpg]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/PhilLaMarr²²->''Whatever, man. I choose not to submit: I signed away my rights once, and it landed my ass in a southeast Asian jungle with nothin' but an M16 and a shitload of questions. Now I'm dead, and the real hell starts. I'll be dust before I roll over and take it again.''²²A Gangrel and another of Nines' men. Conversation with him reveals him to be a Vietnam veteran.²----²* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Though he's second to Nines, he's still a leader of the Anarchs and of obvious African descent.²* BaldOfAwesome: As a war vet with lots of experience fighting a secret war against frightening foes.²* BerserkButton: [[spoiler: He's furious against you once [=LaCroix=] get you to accuse Nines of having murdered Grout.]]²* FantasticRacism:²** Toward Ghouls, judging by his comment after your took care of Patty. According to him, they are nothing but a weakness for vampires. It's possible considering his background, he views them as FantasticDrug addicts.²** Also hates the Kuei-Jin and repeatedly emphasizes that they're nothing like Kindred. Given that the Kuei-Jin are in the process of invading the Free State and probably killed several of his friends, this is somewhat justified.²* InformedAttribute: Him being a Gangrel is AllThereInTheManual information; in-game, he is never seen using any Gangrel Discipline, doesn't show any animalistic mutations that comes packed with frenzies, nor does he ever mentions his lineage. In fact, many fans wrongly assumed he was a Brujah. This shows us that he is really good at hiding his animalistic mutations -- Masquerade is important, after all.²* InSeriesNickname: By the Malkavian PC, Helter Skelter.²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: His introduction to you is nothing but insults for being [=LaCroix=]'s lackey, but he's rather helpful and informative about vampire lore once you get past them. [[spoiler: He's also much more welcoming toward the player in the Anarch ending.]]²* NumberTwo: He's second to Nines in the LA Anarch leadership.²* ReligiousBruiser: Sort of. He's somewhat versed in biblical-vampirical lore and seems to believe in the existence of Caine and the Antediluvians to the point where he'll tell you to keep your voice down when saying Caine's name.²* ScaryBlackMan: While he isn't a full-on AngryBlackMan because of the lack of racial overtones in his ideology, he ''is'' from the Gangrel clan and initially has a very low opinion of you as a Camarilla errand boy that he isn't shy about being aggressive and intimidating with.²* ShellShockedVeteran: Claims explicitly to have served in Vietnam.²* WarriorPoet: Once he calms down, he's capable of speaking quite eloquently about the Blood Bond and the Masquerade.²[[/folder]]²²!!Toreador²²[[folder:Isaac Abrams]]²[[quoteright:348:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/8a8f149b05fdd36fcbce6bf79cde5b15.png]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/JimWard²²->''I don't fear [=LaCroix=], nor do I give a damn about his jackboot sycophants and court jesters. Let them all come to Hollywood! It would be a battle sequence worthy of [[Creator/AkiraKurosawa Kurosawa]]!''²²The Toreador Baron of Hollywood, and the financier of just about every single major American film made in the last few decades. He helps you in your quest to find the Nosferatu. Additionally, he's the sire of two other characters you meet in L.A.: Ash Rivers (whom he sired), and Velvet Velour (who he adopted).²----²* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Was and is still attracted to Ash, who is no longer interested in Isaac.²* AmbiguouslyJewish: Aside from his name, he both owns a jewelry store and is in involved in the film industry (see below). And his possible henchman is a Golem-like gargoyle.²* BadassBoast: When threatened with coercion from the Camarilla, he gives the quote above.²* BeenThereShapedHistory: As a vampire with considerable ties to the inner workings of Hollywood, this is pretty much expected of him. He also has a very long list of famous directors and actors he's befriended and financed over the years and still laughs at the fact that "some studio suit lost in time" once told him that the only thing that Creator/HumphreyBogart could be used for was [[ItWillNeverCatchOn moving furniture.]]²* CoolOldGuy: And, unlike many examples in this game, he ''looks'' rather elderly.²* EveryoneHasStandards: If you meet Ash and know of his hunter troubles and tell Isaac about it, Isaac refuses to get involved because they'd be after him next. ²* {{Foil}}: To Gary Golden. Both are or were heavily involved with the film industry. One is Camarilla and the other is Anarchy. Despite being a Toreador, Isaac respects Gary, though partly because he knows never to fuck with a Nosferatu primogen. Ever. Gary on his end despises Toreadors. ²* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: He keeps Hollywood largely safe and clean for Kindred and mortal alike. He also saved Ash from a drug overdose because he couldn't stand losing him, and regrets how making him Kindred cost them the friendship they had before.²* GoodIsOldFashioned: He's rather disapproving of his childers' vulgar lifestyle, and of the Hollywood pornographic industry in general.²* {{Hypocrite}}: ²** Makes some snide remarks about [=LaCroix=] forcing the PlayerCharacter to run his errands for him, then forces the player character to run ''his'' errands for ''him'', which eventually ends up sending you to a place that can get you killed ([[AndIMustScream or worse]] considering said place belongs to a Tzimisce), ''just like [=LaCroix=] has been doing to you''. He will, however, apologize for it if you get on his good side.²** Compare his BadassBoast when threatened with coercion from the Camarilla to his lack of reaction against {{Vampire Hunter}}s chasing after Ash.²* ILoveYouVampireSon: Implied toward Ash.²* InSeriesNickname: The Malkavian PC refers to him as the "Blood Baron" but never to Isaac's face. ²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: He's a little ''too'' dismissive, but otherwise is a pretty chill guy and one of the only vampires in the game who seems to function like a relatively normal person.²* NotSoDifferent: From [=LaCroix=]. From the moment you step into Hollywood, you're expected to lick his shoes and do as he says, akin to how [=LaCroix=] has been treating the PC since keeping them from being executed and also sends them on suicide missions without giving any help. He also cites the Tradition of Domain, a Camarilla rule, by all but name, and is equally vindictive towards the Camarilla as [=LaCroix=] is to the Anarchs. ²* NobodyOver50IsGay: Averted, and not just because he's a long-lived vampire.²* ParentalSubstitute: As VV's adopted father. They seem to have a much better relationship than the one he shares with Ash, his actual Childe.²* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: He has no love for the Camarilla, but he also has no problem helping you repeatedly during your quest and supports a peaceful solution with the gargoyle problem [[ThePowerOfHate if only because it massively screws over the Camarilla in LA, especially if you tell him who the Gargoyle belonged to]]. ²* SugarAndIcePersonality: Can switch from [[BerserkButton "shrewish Camarilla-hating tycoon"]] mode to [[HiddenHeartOfGold "warm-hearted father figure"]] in a matter of seconds. And back. It all depends on how polite you are with him, and how often you provoke him.²* VampiresAreRich: One of the top men in Hollywood. Ash compares him to an old tree with roots in everything.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Ash Rivers]]²[[quoteright:326:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/c90d5a2df7401f0dbdcd7e0a1fe21da7.jpg]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Jay Gordon²²->''I didn't ask for this. I didn't ask for Isaac to save my life. Maybe I wanted to die. I was having fun, dammit! I was alive! Who the hell gave him the right to deny me that? I can't act anymore. I can’t love anymore. All I can do now is... fade into obscurity.''²²A former Hollywood star and Isaac's Childe, having been Embraced to save him from dying of a drug overdose. By the time you meet him, he's deeply tired of his vampiric unlife and surrounded by vampire hunters, so it's up to you to save his life. [[spoiler:No matter what you do, he gets captured by the Society of Leopold later.]]²----²* BreakTheCutie: When you meet him [[spoiler: in the dungeons of the Society of Leopold's base, he's been tortured with fire several times]].²* ClothingSwitch: A way to save his life from the vampire hunters is to convince an Asp Hole customer which looks like him to swap clothes with Ash. Although Ash states that only a fool would be fooled by this, it actually works.²* ColdHam: Ash is quietly overdramatic, as fitting for an already angsty and Toreador-embraced actor, and when you meet him he's fantasizing about a spectacular Masquerade-breaking suicide. He'll also TitleDrop his own ''Negative Zero'' movie if you manage to defeat the hunters in the sewers.²* DeathSeeker: When the player character meets him, Ash noticed that his club is surrounded by Society of Leopold hunters and is planning to run into them to his final death.²* DistressedDude: If you meet him in his club, you'll find him contemplating on what to do or how to deal with vampire hunters currently surrounding his club. [[spoiler: Later on, he's been captured in the Society of Leopold and can be freed there.]]²* EmergencyTransformation: He was embraced by Isaac when he was overdosing on drugs. To say Ash dislikes his condition is an understatement. ²* EscortMission: His sidequest can be one of those depending of your choice[[note]]the other alternative being convincing a look-alike to swap his clothes with him, so the Society of Leopold kills the look-alike instead of Ash, it is a lot easier but grants less money reward and a humanity loss[[/note]]. This escort mission requires to escort him out of the Asp Hole through sewers and hunter ambushes. He'll follow the PC and run to attack the hunters with his puny punches. ''Camarilla Edition'' and ''Final Nights'' add some AntiFrustrationFeatures: he can be ordered to wait behind and is given a (weak) gun to defend himself.²* FailureIsTheOnlyOption: [[spoiler: No matter if you help him escape via sewers, body double, or not help at all, he gets captured by the Society of Leopold. This gets averted at the Society of Leopold base though because you can choose whether to free him or not there.]]²* {{Foil}}: To Imalia to a certain extent. They both were nonconsensually embraced, had their lives scattered to the wind, and hate their new unlives with a passion. They both would rather have their old lives back, but whereas Ash would rather [[DeathSeeker die and doesn't care about endangering the masquerade to do so]], Imalia eventually learns to, if not accept her condition, work in a way that still [[DrivenByEnvy screws over those who've taken over her spotlight and still survive]]. ²* GameplayAndStorySegregation: Despite his dialogs implying that he carries a gun, he fights with his fists during his EscortMission. This is averted in mods (see EscortMission above).²* TheHermit: [[spoiler: What he decides to become after he's tortured and scarred by the Society of Leopold.]]²-->'''PlayerCharacter:''' [[DeadpanSnarker Good luck in Canada.]]²* IHateYouVampireDad: He resents Isaac for Embracing him and taking away the spotlight he loved, his acting career and his lifestyle before becoming a Vampire. As of now, he's a DeathSeeker who enjoys the idea that Isaac would be hurt that he died and would rather die first before asking Isaac for help against the hunters. Not that Isaac was willing in the first place, see his EveryoneHasStandards entry. ²* InSeriesNickname: The Malkavian PC refers to him as "the Dead Phoenix."²* MeaningfulName: Called "Dead Phoenix" by the Malkavian, it's meaningful in the facts that he's risen from his ashes as an actor to become a vampire, but it also reflects the idea that he wants to go back to ashes in the form of final death because he doesn't want to be a vampire. It may also reflect the idea of phoenixes being connected to fire, [[spoiler: and Ash is tortured by fire when caught by the Society of Leopold.]]²* PermaStubble: As part of his old "rebellious youth" image.²* ShoutOut: To the "live fast, die young" bad-boy archetype in general and to Creator/RiverPhoenix in particular. The Asp Hole itself is based on the Viper Room, the celebrity-owned nightclub where Phoenix fatally overdosed in 1993.²* TheStoic: In contrast to the other Toreador, Ash is ''extremely'' subdued and seems to live in a permanent depressive state. ²* SuicideByCop: He's considering suicide by VampireHunter when the Player Character meets him, but can be talked out of it.²* VampiresOwnNightClubs: The [[StealthPun Asp Hole]], a gift from his sire.²[[/folder]]²²[[folder:Velvet Velour]]²[[quoteright:276:https://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/2a33c47ff1b7d15688ad3e41e8445b3f.png]]²-> '''Voiced by:''' Creator/NikaFutterman²²->''Sweet Kindred, Thank you again for all you did for me. I want you to know that I meant it when I said I adored you. You made me feel that the world was not nearly as dark and desperate. I hope to see you again in my club... And in my dreams. All my love, VV.''²²Toreador Vampiress, Isaac's adopted Childe and owner of the Vesuvius club in Hollywood. She's not very interested in playing Jyhad, but provides a number of quests about maintaining the Masquerade.²----²* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: She blows a kiss at Strauss in the beginning of the game, to which he reacts with long-suffering stoicism. Although she may just be messing with him. Certainly she seems to prefer kind player characters to mean ones.²* BerserkButton: She has three of them. [[spoiler: Waltzing into her club as a Nosferatu, masquerade cleaning that was taken care of too loudly and killing David Hatter who she calls her friend. The first has her angrily berate you for your lack of hiding before pulling you upstairs, the second she berates you if you used guns to kill Chastity, and the third has her angrily tell you to get out of her club for murdering him.]]²* BitchInSheepsClothing: Potentially. Toreadors are well known for using their allure to manipulate people, not helped by the fact they have Presence as a Discipline. Some fans dispute whether or not she's just manipulating the player to take care of her problems, especially how she ropes you into the second set of quests after the first. ²* DarkAndTroubledPast: Heavily implied as a Malkavian and supported by Gary's comments about how she was "Miss [[IWasYoungAndNeededTheMoney Anything For Three Hundred]]" before she became "Miss Velour". When pressed, she refuses to talk about it.²-->'''Malkavian:''' What is your fable, doll?\²'''Velvet:''' Mmm-hmm...\²'''Malkavian:''' How come you hide your true name behind a fabric, [[spoiler:Susan]]?\²'''Velvet:''' There's only one part of my body I don't want anyone entering and that's my head. That other name... never say it again. It belongs to a dead girl.\²'''Malkavian:''' Why are you hiding your past from me, doll?\²'''Velvet''': I'm not ''hiding''. I'm not that girl. She was flawed. She was naive. She was nobody. And now she's dead. Let the dead rest in peace. My name is VV. Show yourself out. I'd like to say a prayer for someone I used to know.²* FemmeFatale: Not above using her charms and her meek persona to get the PC to solve her problems. How much of it is genuine is difficult to tell.²* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Even more than Isaac, given how soft-hearted she is toward mortal and vampire alike. Probably the nicest vampire you meet in the game ([[BitchInSheepsClothing or at least acts the part]]), unless you manage to piss her off by ''not'' being one yourself. Heck, she even feels bad about killing the vampire hunter in one of her quests.²* {{Gainaxing}}: Her character model moves around a lot and has a great deal of... bounce.²* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Has the personality of an extremely affable prostitute, and since she is an exotic [[InsistentTerminology dancer]], she's almost identical to the job description of the trope. The Heart Of Gold stems from her being genuinely very nice, not wanting kine or kindred to suffer on her account, and she even begs you in her intro quest not to get innocents involved and to use only as much force as absolutely necessary.²* InSeriesNickname: The Malkavian PC usually refers to her as some variation of the word "Doll". [[spoiler: They also invert this trope by calling Velvet by her real name Susan. Velvet is less than pleased.]]²* InsistentTerminology:²--> '''Player character:''' So, you're a stripper, huh?\²'''Velvet:''' I'm a ''dancer''.²* LadyInRed: She wears all-red clothing -- which is to say, not particularly much -- and is an unreservedly sensual and passionate character.²* MeaningfulName: Velvet is a type of soft fabric, befitting her interactions in the game. The Malkavian variations of "Doll" seem to imply she enjoys being played with. [[spoiler: Her real name "Susan" also fits, as it means "Graceful Lily".]]²* MsFanservice: Shares the role with Jeanette, particularly in the opening titles of the game. She also has the largest breasts in the game.²* MySpeciesDothProtestTooMuch: Toreador usually are well-known to particularly dislike Nosferatu (and vice-versa). Despite this, she is just as nice toward a Nosferatu PC as she is to one of any other clan; in fact, she even expresses compassion toward them, stating it must be hard for them to live hidden from the public. Though she's still a bit grumpy about it if you charge into her club and cause a big scene.²* PurpleProse: Her love emails and poems are more than a little overdramatic. Possibly an indication of a Toreador's CreativeSterility.²* ProudBeauty: To the point of being offended if a player doesn't fall for her charms.²-->'''Velvet:''' If you can't appreciate just how generous the gift of my presence is, maybe you should spend your time indulging in something more suited to your tastes... like a carnival, or perhaps a rodeo or something.²* ShapedLikeItself: Her name. "Velour" is just French for "Velvet".²* {{Stripperific}}: Goes with the job.²* ThatManIsDead: Her response to the Malkavian inspecting her past self:²-->''There's only one part of my body that I don't want anybody entering, and that's my head. That other name... never say it again. It belongs to a dead girl.''²* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: Depending on how well you get along she will ask you to call her either "Ms. Velour", "Velvet", or "V.V." (in increasing order of affection). A very good first impression (requiring high levels of seduction and not being Nosferatu) makes you start out at the "V.V." level, which she notes she doesn't let many people do.²* TranquilFury: A minor version if you're consistently rude to her but still do her quests. In your final conversation she'll, in polite terms, tell you to go fuck yourself.²* VampiresOwnNightClubs: Vesuvius, with a volcano theme.²[[/folder]]²----

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