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Characters who appear in Bloodlines. For characters from Vampire Academy (and elaboration on tropes returning in recurring characters), check out the previous series' character sheet. Note that spoilers from the previous series and several other spoilers may be unmarked.

Main Protagonists

     Adrian Ivashkov 

  • A Friend in Need:
    • Adrian's plans for a special birthday celebration for Sydney have fallen apart. At this point Rowena Clark and Cassie, his friends from college, respond by helping him "salvage" this day, preparing everything for a very special date.
    • Adrian attends Carlton College as an art student. His last weeks in college pass in a drunken blur, he writes his final exam in mixed media without having studied, and he fails to submit a final project for his other two classes before moving back to Court. In effect dropping out of college and giving in to despair. Jill and Trey choose two of his paintings, left behind in his apartment, and submit them to Carlton in his name. Adrian passes his college semester and he is grateful when he sobers up.
  • Amicable Exes: Adrian and Rose, once he gets over her and falls in love with Sydney.
  • Berserk Button: No one insults Sydney, his mother or his great-aunt Tatiana and gets away with it.
  • Big Brother Instinct: He acts as a protective big brother to Jill Mastrano. She is fifteen-years-old, and kind of timid. He is an adult, several years older than her, and takes an interest in her well-being.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Is a walking example of this.
  • Dead Person Conversation: In The Fiery Heart, it's revealed that he's started having conversations with the voice of his dead great-aunt, Tatiana Ivashkov.

     Sydney Sage 
An Alchemist and later witch who helps Rose find Dimitri's hometown, Baia, in Siberia. She later helps Rose break out of jail. She gets a bigger part in the spinoff Bloodlines where she protects Jill and hooks up with Adrian, and also becomes a witch and breaks away from the Alchemist organisation.
  • Always Accurate Attack: Sydney rarely uses a gun but has excellent aiming skills. This is largely because she mentally calculates the exact angle and distance she has to aim at.
  • Amicable Exes: Sydney and Brayden, the human boy she dates briefly in The Golden Lily.
  • Attempted Rape: During her stay in Court in The Fiery Heart, a group of Moroi males led by Wesley Drozdov attempts to drug her and forcibly drink her blood (something which is the equivalent of date rape in the Moroi world). Both Adrian and Christian Ozera are furious when they find out about it, Christian going as far as vowing to hunt down the perpetrators and make them pay.
  • Badass Adorable: She's an attractive young woman with powerful magic and can hold her own in a (magical) fight.
  • Badass Bookworm: Sydney is a powerful witch who loves learning and scholarly pursuits.
  • Baths Are Fun: Really enjoys her first bath in the hotel after coming out of re-education.
  • Being Personal Isn't Professional: The mindset which was drilled into her by the Alchemists and her father. Part of the Alchemist beliefs is that all vampires are evil, and for an Alchemist to become friendly with any dhampirs or Moroi is tantamount to treason in the eyes of the Alchemist leaders. Already being in trouble for helping Rose escape from Court a month before the beginning of Bloodlines (and later helping her try to prove her innocence and locate Lissa's mystery half-sibling), Sydney tries to mantain a professional and impersonal attitude toward Eddie, Adrian and Jill as she goes about her business in Palm Springs, so as not to give the Alchemists any more fuel to recall her and send her to a re-education centre.
  • Belated Love Epiphany: Sydney realises (or rather accepts) just as she's about to leave with Marcus Finch to permanently join a rebel Alchemist group that she's in love with Adrian and would rather stay with him in Palm Springs than run off with Marcus and the rebels.
  • Berserk Button: Is a very nice, kind-hearted person most of the time. However, beware if you do anything to hurt her loved ones. She'll make you pay.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Sydney is usually very nice and obliging by nature. However, if you hurt someone she cares about, she won't hesitate to hurt you back. This is seen when she humiliates Laurel (via chemically-contaminated shampoo/conditioner) into stopping her bullying of Jill, and also when she threatens to burn a group of Alchemists alive (though it is a bluff on her part) in order to make Sheridan release Adrian who was being held at gun-point.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Sydney is very protective of Zoe and determined to do anything to prevent her from being tattooed with the golden lily, knowing that once she is there is no turning back for her. Unfortunately most of her attempts to help her sister and met with anger on Zoe's part. While in Palm Springs Sydney develops a similar attitude toward Jill, largely because Jill reminds her of Zoe, and even goes as far as getting revenge on Jill's bully Laurel by contaminating her hair with a disgusting concoction of chemicals.
  • Blindfolded Trip: Sydney is blindfolded when driven to the headquarters of the Warriors of the Light (both times).
  • Bookworm: She's a total nerd, loving to read and learn, especially about Ancient Greek and Roman Architecture. One of her biggest dreams (which her father stopped) was to go to college and earn a degree.
  • Brainwashing: What the Alchemists attempt to do to her in re-education. It doesn't work, but it does leave some scars which take a while to fade.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: The gentle girl to Adrian's brooding boy. Even Duncan lampshades this, saying that all Alchemist girls fall in love with Moroi men who are brooding.
  • Bully Hunter: After Laurel accuses the innocent Jill of dealing out alcohol in the dorms (and even going to Mrs Weathers with "proof") and gets her cronies to vandalise Jill's dorm room, Sydney gets back at her by ruining her hair with a concoction of chemicals.
  • Cannot Dream: During her three months in solitary confinement, Sydney is kept in a periodically drugged state as a form of psychological torture in which she can never be truly refreshed, to make her more susceptible to whatever mind-games the Alchemists throw at her. This means that she can't dream (and thus Adrian can't contact her in a dream). Later, after coming out of solitary, Sydney finds that the detainees are all drugged into sleep when it's bedtime in the re-education centre, something which poses a problem since she's trying to communicate with Adrian via a spirit dream. She eventually manages to turn off the system that is filtering the drug into the sleeping rooms, allowing Adrian to finally contact her.
  • Cerebus Retcon: Sydney's habit of playing with her food but not eating it, which Rose dismissed as a weird quirk in the VA series, is covered in more depth this time around. It's revealed that it's the result of a serious eating disorder caused by her father's constant judgments about her weight and appearance compared to that of the Moroi. Adrian is the only one who notices Sydney's eating habits for what they are and calls her out on them, telling her that she'll never have the body which Jill has and that she could stand to gain a few pounds as she is practically underweight.
  • Citizenship Marriage: Following the escape from the Re-education facility, both Sydney and Adrian are in the Alchemists' "most wanted" list. Adrian is protected by his status as a subject of the Moroi Court, but there is no such protection for Sydney. The two lovers marry in hopes of convincing Lissa to accept Sydney as a new subject. It works.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Is tortured by Sheridan (both physically and psychologically) multiple times in the re-education center, something which stays with her a long time after her escape.
  • Cute Bookworm: She's an attractive young woman who loves learning and is very bookish.
  • Cute Witch: Sydney is an attractive witch.
  • Daddy's Girl: Downplayed. In the beginning of Bloodlines Sydney is shown to wish for her father's approval, but never expects any and doesn't bother doing anything just to impress him. By the end of the series their relationship has broken so completely that she doesn't care at all what he thinks about her or her actions.
  • Dating What Daddy Hates: Sydney ends up falling in love with Moroi Adrian Ivashkov, something which goes against the beliefs of both of their races. Sydney's father Jared Sage is not happy when he hears about it, and is even more furious when he discovers that she's married him (Adrian).
  • Determinator: In the latter half of the series, she definitely becomes this. During her captivity in Silver Shadows she never gives up hope that Adrian will come for her and never gives up trying to escape from the facility she's trapped in and helping the allies she's made among the other detainees. Later she persistently strives to find a way for her and Adrian to make a life together without the Alchemists hunting them down.
  • Doesn't Like Guns: Sydney has a healthy wariness for guns, for as she points out, guns can only injure and kill. She has to let go of this, however, when Alicia comes after her in The Indigo Spell, so that she has something other than spells to protect herself with.
  • The Driver: In Palm Springs one of Sydney's main jobs is to drive Jill and Eddie to feedings at Clarence's. She also has to drive Jill to modelling sessions at Lia Di Stefani's shop in Bloodlines.
  • Good Witch: Sydney is a powerful witch who uses her magic to help others in trouble.
  • Hero with Bad Publicity: Though a good person at heart and very loyal to the Alchemists (at least at first), Sydney's adventure with Rose and Dimitri has gotten her in trouble with her superiors. By the beginning of Bloodlines she's still not fully trusted again and it's made clear that if she makes another huge mistake it's likely that she'll be sent to a re-education facility.
  • Nice Girl: Is generally this, though she can be tough and unfeeling when circumstances require it.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: During her battle with Alicia in Ms Terwilliger's house, Sydney accidentally sets it on fire while flinging fireballs. Jackie doesn't hold it against her.
  • Secret Keeper: She is the only one Carly tells about her Date Rape, and is sworn to secrecy about it.
  • Star-Crossed Lovers: She and Adrian, because of the difference in their race and the fact that it's considered a taboo for a human and a Moroi to have a relationship together. Through many obstacles, though, they do manage to earn a happy ending and live a life together.
  • Team Mom: Is effectively this for their group in Palm Springs. In the very beginning Jill, Eddie and Adrian rely on her too much to clean up their messes and take them to Clarence's and on errands, and forget that they should be picking up a lot of the slack as well. It takes a hard talking-too from Sydney for them to realise that they aren't doing their part as well as they should. They eventually grow out of this as the series progresses, though.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Upgraded at the end of Silver Shadows, when she uses her magic to conjure fire and threaten Sheridan and the Alchemists into letting her and Adrian go into the helicopter.
  • What the Hell, Hero?: Gives quite a number of these over the course of the series, especially in the beginning.
    • First, she yells at Adrian when she's forced to drive to Los Angeles to pick him up in the middle of the night, berating him for exposing Jill via the bond to his sex life.
    • She snaps at Eddie and Jill for not being serious enough about their mission and for relying on her too much to clean up their own messes. This is straight after Jill returns from her unauthorised date with Lee, which Sydney also scolds her about.
    • In The Golden Lily she tells Angeline off after she gets in trouble with the school for punching a member of a visiting band who was assaulting her (though this is mainly because Angeline doesn't seem to be taking it seriously enough). At the same time she berates her for moving in on Eddie in a way that's making Eddie uncomfortable and tells her to stop.


     Jillian "Jill" Mastrano 
  • Accidental Truth: In Bloodlines, her bully Laurel calls her 'vamp girl' because her pale skin makes her look like a stereotypical vampire (at least to humans). Though Laurel never discovers the truth, she accidentally hits the nail on the head when she calls Jill 'vamp girl', because Jill is a vampire, though not of the undead variety.
  • * Action Survivor: She's a princess (and one of the last of her family) who is sent into hiding to protect her from dissidents who want to kill her to end Lissa's rule. Jill has to adapt to living in a hot and dry environment and among humans, while at the same time fighting against the occasional Strigoi that crop up.
  • Adult Fear: Jill was killed in an assassination attempt just before the beginning of the series, but was brought back by Adrian's spirit magic.
  • Amicable Exes: Becomes this with Micah after they break up in The Golden Lily.
  • An Ice Person: Jill can use her water magic to create ice. She does this once in Bloodlines to get back at her bully Laurel, by freezing the water in Laurel's shower.
  • Back from the Dead: She was killed during an assassination attempt at Court a week before the events of the first book. Adrian managed to bring her back from the dead before anyone noticed, forging a spirit-bond between them.
  • Badass Adorable: Is very beautiful (though she doesn't realise it in the beginning). She's also a water-user who uses her magic to fight against enemies, mainly Strigoi.
  • Bad Dreams: Has nightmares about her death for a while after coming to Palm Springs which often result in her waking up screaming and crying. These fade as the series progresses.
  • Beautiful All Along: As a Moroi, Jill is naturally tall, slender and attractive; basically supermodel material. However, because this is the norm for Moroi, they consider curves and a substantial physique to be ideal. Thus, as the lone Moroi in a school full of humans, Jill considers herself to be one of the least attractive girls in school. It's only once she starts modelling that she gains confidence in her own appearance.
  • Damsel in Distress: At the end of Silver Shadows she is abducted by Alicia De Graw and held captive in a Warriors of Light facility. It takes the Palm Springs gang (and those at Court) a whole month to locate and rescue her.
  • Daywalking Vampire: She has to get used to living on a human schedule while in Palm Springs, and this largely means that she is out and about during the day (at time when most other Moroi would be asleep).
  • Making a Splash: Jill is a water-user.
  • Nice Girl: Is one of the nicest characters in either series.
  • Official Couple: Becomes one with Eddie at the end of the series.
  • Seeing Through Another's Eyes: Because of her bond with Adrian she has the ability to see and experience everything Adrian experiences. This doesn't always go down well though, especially in the first few novels, given Adrian's habit of drinking, smoking and womanizing.
  • Warrior Princess: She's the crown princess of the ruling family, and is able on many occasions to utilise her water magic to help win a fight against Strigoi or other enemies.

     Clarence Donahue 

     Lee Donahue 

     Nina Sinclair 
A Moroi spirit-user, who is first introduced in The Fiery Heart. She brings her sister Olive out of her Strigoi state.
  • Adult Fear: Her younger sister was turned into a Strigoi years ago while protecting their father during an attack. When Nina finally locates and turns her back, Olive suddenly disappears and cuts off all contact with everyone she knows.
  • Big Sister Instinct: Cares deeply about her younger sister, especially after bringing her back from her Strigoi state. She is devastated when Olive leaves Court without telling her and puts all of her spirit-magic into finding her. This ultimately proves to be her downfall, as she eventually becomes comatose from all the spirit she's been using. She never recovers from it.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Olive's disappearance Nina throws all of her spirit into finding her through dream-walking, and eventually this takes its toll on her. After her and Adrian's final attempt to contact Olive in a dream she completely loses it and slips into a coma. Though Sonya and Adrian hold out hope for her recovery, it's revealed in the epilogue of The Ruby Circle that she never did.

     Nathan Ivashkov 
Adrian's father.

     Daniella Ivashkov 
Adrian's mother, who has been serving time in prison for interfering with a police investigation.



     Eddie Castile 
A dhampir guardian assigned to protect Jill in Palm Springs.

     Angeline Dawes 
A female dhampir who grew up among the Keepers, and who becomes a guardian to Jill Mastrano during her stay in Palm Springs.
  • Absentee Actor: Is absent from The Ruby Circle, though there's a line stating that she's still in school.
  • Badass Adorable: She is very cute in her own way, and she's a dhampir who can kick some major ass when she needs to.
  • Cute Bruiser: Angeline is very attractive and quite innocent-looking and small. It can be hard to believe she's a dhampir warrior who's job it is to guard Jill in Palm Springs.
  • Unrequited Love: She is initially in love with Eddie, who is in love with Jill. This doesn't last long, however, as Eddie gives up on finding love with Jill (as he thinks it's impossible and Jill doesn't even return his affection) and decides to date her.
  • Your Cheating Heart: She cheats on Eddie in favour of Trey Juarez when they're dating each other.

     Olive Sinclair 
A dhampir turned Strigoi who was brought out of her Strigoi state by her Moroi sister. She is first introduced in The Fiery Heart, and is revealed to be in a relationship with Neil Raymond.
  • Back from the Dead: She was brought back from her Strigoi state by her spirit-using sister Nina.
  • Death by Childbirth: She dies giving birth to Declan, after trying to escape through the woods.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: She dies trying to protect Declan from the authorities.
  • Mama Bear: She is willing to do anything to protect her baby from the Moroi and Alchemist authorities, going as far as running into the woods during a Strigoi attack while in labor.

     Neil Raymond 
A dhampir guardian who protects Jill Mastrano during her stay in Palm Springs. He is in a relationship with Olive Sinclair.
  • Bodyguard Crush: Both Jill and Angeline develop a crush on him which he is largely unaware of.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: He gives up his chance at raising Declan in order to protect him from being discovered by the Moroi and Alchemist authorities who'd want to study and experiment on him.
  • Love at First Sight: Neil is attracted to Olive from the moment he meets her.


     Donna Stanton 
The Alchemist leader Sydney reports to most often. She is overall very reasonable and at heart a good person, though rigid in her belief that Moroi and dhampirs are as evil and unnatural as Strigoi.

     Jared Sage 
Sydney's abusive father. He is a high-up Alchemist leader who expects Sydney to follow in his footsteps.
  • Abusive Dad: He is a control freak who is verbally abusive toward his daughters.

     Keith Darnell 
  • Date Rape: The circumstances under which he raped Carly Sage.

     Zoe Sage 
Sydney's younger sister.
  • Daddy's Girl: She longs to follow in her father's footsteps in the hopes that it will gain his approval and love.
  • E Tu Brute: She betrays her sister Sydney.

     Marcus Finch 
A rebel Alchemist who Sydney befriends and eventually works with against the corrupt Alchemist leaders.

Non-Alchemist Humans

     Carly Sage 
Sydney's older sister.
  • Big Sister Instinct: She cares deeply about both of her younger sisters.
  • Date Rape: The circumstances under which Keith Darnell raped her.
  • It's All My Fault: Blamed herself for a long time for being raped (as Keith had led her to believe that it was her fault), when in actuality it was not her fault at all.
  • Nice Girl: She is a kind and gentle person at heart, totally unsuited for an Alchemist way of life. However, watch out if you hurt her or anyone she cares about; she's not likely to forgive and forget in a hurry.
  • Rape as Backstory: She was raped by Keith Darnell years ago when they were dating each other. She was too scared to tell anyone, as she was afraid that it was her fault and that everyone else would think so too. The only person she told was Sydney, and she swore her to secrecy.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Since most of the information about her at least before her cameo in Silver Shadows comes from Sydney's memories of her just after her rape, she comes off as being gentle and timid. However, as seen in Silver Shadows, she is anything but. She is willing to stand up to her father and testify against him in the divorce case.
  • Slut-Shaming: Was afraid of this happening after being raped by Keith. This is why she swore Sydney to secrecy about it.

A friend of Jill and Sydney in Palm Springs.

Warriors of Light

     Trey Juarez 
A friend of Sydney in Palm Springs who is secretly a part of the Warriors of Light organisation.
  • Academic Athlete: Trey is both an excellent athlete and a scholarly student. He gets scholarship offers on both fronts.


     Jaclyn Terwilliger 
A witch who teaches at the school in Palm Springs and becomes mentor to Sydney Sage.
  • Absentee Actor: Is mentioned but not seen in Silver Shadows. She prepares a bag of magical supplies for Sydney and has other characters deliver it, but this is the extent of her role in the book. She reappears in a major role in The Ruby Circle.
  • Barrier Warrior: At one point uses a spell to withhold a magical shield for up to six hours.
  • Crazy Cat Lady: She own thirteen cats.

     Veronica Terwilliger 
Jackie's sister, and an evil witch.

     Alicia De Graw 
A powerful witch who is obsessed with power. She is behind the strange killings of the young girls with magic in The Indigo Spell and quickly becomes Sydney's enemy after Sydney fights against her.


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