WARNING: Character sheets are spoilerific. Only spoilers from seasons 0 and 3 will be whited out!
Laura Eileen Hollis
The main protagonist. A naive, eager 19-year-old freshman who starts off trying to find out what happened to her missing roommate before getting deeper and deeper into the depths of the mysteries of Silas University...and dealing with a certain broody vampire.
- Adaptational Sexuality: The Laura of the original novella categorically did not return Carmilla's feelings.
- Adorkable: Mostly through how excitable she can be and her nerdy expertise on pop culture (see Hollywood Nerd).
- All-Loving Hero: Possibly her defining trait. The series began because Laura was determined to find a missing roommate that most people would probably have been happy to see gone. Her utterly exhausted cry of "I don't care!" in season 2 episode 22 is a major Tear Jerker because of how completely and deeply she cares about everything.
- Badass Gay: Laura can alternate between fighting off supernatural threats and being an absolute sweetheart with her girlfriend.
- Badass Normal: She's just a normal, if naive, college student with a webcam. However, she's juggling dealing with an army of vampires, living on a supernatural campus, and frequently treks into the school's haunted library for information. Also, she knows Krav Maga.
- Break the Cutie: Season 2 hits her hard.
- Broken Bird: In season 0 and the first few episodes of season 3. Standing up to her dad seems to be bringing her out of it.
- Calling the Old Man Out: In the early part of season 1 she seems to be doing this with the Dean. In season 3, she rebuffs her dad's attempts to bring her home, pointing out that if the apocalypse happens, being at home won't make her any safer than being at Silas fighting against it.
- Despair Event Horizon: Season 2, episode 35. Danny dies, causing Laura to lose all hope.
- The Determinator: Once Laura sets her mind on something, she doesn't let it go.
- Did You Just Punch Out Cthulhu?: Drops a boulder on the head of the Dean, the goddess Inanna.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In the season 2 finale, as she's describing how everything fell apart.Laura: Since we got back, nothing's been going right. It's like someone's been ahead of us this whole time.
Carmilla: God, I know. It's like those chess games I used to play with Mother. You'd think you were winning, right up until the moment you realized she got everything she wanted.
Laura: You know, what's funny is that she kinda did. I mean, she wanted the Board out of the way, she wanted the Corvaex controlling the campus, she wanted the Anglerfish dead. If the Dean weren't, you know... dead, it'd be her party. (Beat, glances at Carmilla.) But she is, though? Dead, I mean? Totally, very, dropped-a-boulder-on-her-Disney-villain-dead, right? ...Right?
(Carmilla is silent. Laura's Oh, Crap! face ensues.)
- Fatal Flaw: Her tendency to be Innocently Insensitive (see below for details.)
- Guile Hero: Along with Carmilla and LaF. Probably the smartest way to go when you share the campus with a bunch of superstrong undead.
- Heroes Prefer Redheads: Reversed: chooses the raven-haired Carmilla over redheaded Danny.
- Hollywood Nerd: Owns a TARDIS mug and references Hogwarts and Veronica Mars in just the first episode alone. She makes many more references in later episodes and on her Twitter feed.
- I Can Change My Beloved: Deconstructed. Her belief that she can change Carmilla is what causes Carmilla to break up with her in season 2. This leads to Character Development for Laura, though — when Carmilla wants her back, Laura turns her down, because even though she still loves Carmilla, she still wants her to change, and she knows that isn't fair to her.
- Innocently Insensitive:
- In season 1: Hosts an impromptu sock puppet show in the middle of Carmilla's backstory, although she appreciates the line crossed when she comes to it. Asks Danny for an extension on a late paper...after having broken up with her, not spoken to her since then, and learning Danny has been worried sick watching Laura's risk taking.
- In season 2: Consistently refers to Carmilla as the hero and puts her on the spot and doesn't notice how uncomfortable it makes her then expects her to fight against what seems to be her only sister that truly likes and cares for her.
- It's All My Fault: Blames herself for LaFontaine being kidnapped, and the events that happened thanks to her putting her videos online. Carmilla, in her own brutally honest way, snaps Laura out of it.
- Season 2 gives her this reaction oh so much, and it only gets worse the longer it goes on. By the end of the season, she's practically catatonic with how things have turned out.
- Missing Mom: Implied. Laura never mentions her mother in any of her videos. Also, in the original novella, Laura's mother died during Laura's infancy.
- Morality Pet: She seems to become one for Carmilla.
- My Beloved Smother: In a rare father-orientated take on the trope, Laura's father is so overprotective of her that, among other things, he not only sends weekly bear spray to her, he made her learn Krav Maga at age eight. Though these things come in handy, it makes Laura feel smothered by Danny's own protectiveness.
- Neat Freak: While Laura enjoys clean and tidy surroundings most of the time, she delves into full-on neat freak behavior at the beginning of Season 3, as she recovers from the trauma of the end of the previous semester.
- No Social Skills: Downplayed. Laura is from a small town and had a massively overprotective father. She's innocent to a good chunk of the world and it's obvious that Carmilla is the first girlfriend she's ever had.
- Second Love: To Carmilla, after everything that happened with Elle.
- Self-Deprecation: Considering the in-universe explanation for the vids is that Laura is making and posting them, she really seems to like mocking herself. She even does this in regards to how badly she took the breakup with Carmilla, doing a montage set to sad music. Taken to not-funny lengths in season three, when she's convinced that her involvement will only make matters worse for everyone.
- Straight Gay/Lipstick Lesbian: Average ordinary journalist girl who's a lesbian.
- Super Cell Reception: Despite being an outdated flip-phone, Laura's phone has managed to contact Danny's in the library's supernatural record room (which only appears at night) as well as within a broom closet in an underground area. Danny lampshades this in episode 35.
- This is downplayed somewhat while Laura is in the mountains after the end of the first season, not having enough reception to even phone home to her dad, much less post long videos onto the internet. That said, that she has enough reception to use twitter to discuss this is a small miracle in and of itself.
- Sweet Tooth: Constantly snacking on cookies, chocolate, and grape soda. It's to the point where a lot of people are a little concerned.
- And causes fans to worry about her in season 2 when she gets dramatically ecstatic over an apple (never mind that fresh food has been, by everyone's narration, hard to come by at Silas for the last several weeks).
- Transparent Closet: Implied. Apparently, her dad's reaction to her coming out was, "Thank God you finally said it."
- Unreliable Narrator: And how! Since Laura's the one behind the vlog in-universe, the amount of things that the audience knows of her actually don't add up to a lot. There's more backstory to Carmilla than Laura. Gets a good bit more backstory in season 3, courtesy of her dad.
- Unwitting Pawn: Spends a good chunk of time in season 2 being this for Vordenberg. To her credit, once she realized she fucked up, she does her best to make up for it.
- What You Are in the Dark: When Laura becomes aware of just how bad things are, she is confronted with a decision: stay safe by not interfering, or truly cross the point of no return. She crosses it; Carmilla does the same in turn.
Carmilla Karnstein, aka Mircalla, Countess von Karnstein
The titular character and a 300+ year old vampire. Carmilla's a terrible roommate and centuries of immortality have jaded her quite a bit. Nonetheless, there seems to be something hidden underneath all the bitterness and ice, which seems to come out more as she spends more time with a certain eager roommate.
- Abusive Parents: If killing the one person (before Laura) Carmilla's ever loved then sealing her in a coffin filled with blood to waste away beneath the Earth is any indicator, then Carmilla's "Mother" certainly fits this trope. In season 3, her human father is implied to have been neglectful if not outright abusive; she says he mostly viewed her as a bargaining chip.
- Action Survivor: How Carmilla sees herself.
- Affectionate Nickname: Laura calls her "Carm." Mattie and Will, her "siblings," call her "Kittycat."
- Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Well, duh.
- Animal Motifs: Carmilla frequently lounges around and is slow to warm up, much like a cat. Bonus points for actually being able to turn into a cat.
- The Anti-Nihilist: Develops into one. Season 3 has her give pretty much the trope description:Carmilla: If nothing means anything, then the only thing that means something is what we make.
- Badass Gay: Carmilla is a centuries old vampire who has killed many and loved just as many women.
- Blasphemous Boast: Gets in a beauty in the Season 3 finale, when she challenges Mattie to a wager to bring Laura back to life;"Pick any game you want. Tonight I will kill a God if I have to!"
- Brought Down to Normal: At the end of season 3, when the dean/Inanna makes her human again. Canon social media confirms that this development was less than convenient, mostly because she and Laura still had to climb out of a seven-story pit.
- Brutal Honesty: Carmilla does not mince her words. Even more pronounced in Season 0. Laura moderates Carmilla considerably.
- Byronic Heroine: As in the book of Le Fanu, Carmilla follows the trope of Lord Byron, so popular in the nineteenth century and vampire stories: She's dark, despised and ignores rules of society, is seductive, intelligent, introspective, emotionally sensitive and extremely passionate for Laura Hollis.
- Contralto of Danger: Natasha normally has a more normal voice, but for Carmilla she puts on a deeper and smooth as silk voice. Not to mention very sexy.
- Dark Is Not Evil: Carmilla's an undead vampire and pretty rude, but she's not evil.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Getting murdered at 18 and turning into a vampire is just the start. (See Trauma Conga Line down below.)
- Defrosting Ice Queen: Thanks to Laura's optimism and kindness.
- Despair Event Horizon: Mattie's death, which pushes her into an outright FaceHeel Turn bad enough to make her threaten to kill any of her friends if they come anywhere near her. Fortunately, she snaps out of it.
- The Dragon: Was one to her mother, for a time, and is as dangerous as one when pushed. She effectively becomes this for Laura, defending her in rather brutal but ultimately pragmatic ways. Considering what she did to the baker cannibal in the Christmas Special, Kirsch and Will got off extremely lightly.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Her mother, the Dean, loves Carmilla...and puts her through the wringer if the girl disobeys her.
- Her sister Mattie, however, positively adores Carmilla, and even holds off slaughtering Laura simply because it would make Carmilla upset. Though they have their differences, the feeling is clearly mutual.
- Explain, Explain... Oh, Crap!: In Season Three, when she tries to explain why the Dean couldn't possibly be the goddess Inanna, she rattles off descriptions of Inanna's personality and MO... and suddenly realizes that all of them fit the Dean to a tee.
- FaceHeel Revolving Door: In Season Two, after Laura keeps pushing her to betray her beloved sister Mattie. Luckily, it largely means her just being a pouty Jerkass, and she slowly begins to turn Face again... until Mattie's death, at which point she swears she'll kill Laura and the others if she sees them again. Then she switches back again. In Season 3 she's back to face.
- Failed a Spot Check: Quite a lot, considering how many times she's seen Laura speak into her computer's camera, yet doesn't realize the same camera is on several nights in a row.
- Faux Affably Evil: Before her HeelFace Turn, Carmilla was charming but mocking, rude, and dismissive.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Natasha Negovanlis refers to this when she appears as a presenter on Kinda TV by introducing herself as "Your friendly neighborhood Natasha".
- Happily Adopted: By the Dean after she was murdered. At first. By the time the series starts? Not so much.
- Hidden Depths: She can read ancient sumerian. She learned in 1871 because she was bored and wanted to read The Epic of Gilgamesh.
- I Am a Monster: Except in her case, she has long accepted her vampirism and the downsides that come from it.
- Jade-Colored Glasses: As stated above, centuries of immortality have left Carmilla really bitter and apathetic about most things. And, you know, her abusive mother and the loss of Elle have played a role, too.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Sure, Carmilla's crass, blunt, and cold, but she obviously cares a lot about Laura. Her heart of gold is made even more prominent when she reveals that she's been saving some of the girls she was supposed to lure for her mother.
- Kick the Dog: In season zero, which is set pre-Laura and pre-defrosting, she tells Perry that she "just isn't that special," and that she never will be when her attempt to cast a spell fails. While a lot of Carmilla's behavior in that season can be attributed to her not having known Laura yet, and her doing the Dean's bidding, that's one of the few things she does that comes off as just being mean for the sake of being mean. And it hits Perry, hard.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: Thing is, Carmilla's got first-hand experience of what her mother does when sufficiently provoked, and goes on to define her saving the girls as just a way to annoy her mother rather than outright defy her. When Carmilla is confronted by her mother about Laura's actions (in Laura's body no less), Carmilla comes very close to sabotaging Laura's efforts to protect her.
- Lesbian Vampire: By her nature as a modern update of the Trope Codifier.
- Love Redeems: Stops being the Dean's Dragon because of Laura.
- The Nicknamer: Has at least one nickname for almost everybody. She drops it with Laura when she has completely fallen for her... and picks it back up again after she dumps her.
- The Ophelia: In the alternate universe where Laura died at the end of season one. A year or so later, Carmilla's become rather unhinged, and it's implied she's hallucinated Laura before.
- Pintsized Powerhouse: Despite only standing five-foot-one, Carmilla is extremely strong due to her vampiric nature.
- Significant Anagram: She's had many aliases in the past, which was always just her first name rearranged. Laura lampshades this.
- Sweet Tooth: Like Laura, Carmilla has a liking for sweets, specifically chocolate.
- Trauma Conga Line: So far, it's been confirmed that Carmilla was murdered at 18 and resurrected as a vampire. She then had to help her "Mother" kidnap girls for some ritual she didn't know the details of all she knew was that it brought a certain doom upon them. She fell in love with one of the girls and planned to escape with her, but, before she could, her Mother revealed Carmilla's vampiric nature in a horrifying light then took Elle to be sacrificed to Lophii. After that, she punished Carmilla by sealing her in a coffin (filled with blood) below ground for years upon years. And the second season reveals that, at some point, Vordenburg's great grandfather grave-robbed Carmilla's undead body and basically kept her locked up, claiming he loved her... When she escaped, she sought revenge by killing his entire family. She's living such a great life!!
- Tsundere: Carmilla alternates between insulting Laura and stealing her food, and giving her "seduction eyes". Also, she keeps stealing her pillow.
- When Laura is having bad dreams:Carmilla: You know, if its really making you so miserable, I could get you something to help you sleep.
Laura: Thats uncharacteristically considerate of you.
Carmilla: Yeah, well, I just dont want you losing it and torching all my stuff.
Laura: Oh. [laughs sarcastically] Yeah, of course not.
- When Laura is having bad dreams:
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Oooh boy. Risk getting in trouble with mother to punch out Will, defends Laura from crazy giant mushrooms and their spores, dives into an underwater cavern to get a dangerous sword and attacks an Eldritch Abomination to save Laura, tears apart a cannibal baker, will stand up to the only sibling she honestly cares for and even gives her weakness to Laura even after they broke up, and even more. "Touch Laura and die" seems to be Carmilla's policy.Carmilla: She isn't mine. You are. To annoy, or not. To save, or not. To love... or not.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: Can turn into a large black cat/black panther.
- What You Are in the Dark: Carmilla has been confronted by her mother for supporting Laura, offered a chance to have Laura come out of everything alright, and has been made aware that the ancient artifact she volunteered to look for would kill her if used. When she sees Laura head out to confront her mother, Carmilla doesn't hesitate to find that very artifact.
- She technically sees this even earlier in the series too, before she had become one of the good guys. She could easily let Will kill Laura, which would solve most of her problems, and in any case doing anything to stop him would get her into trouble with her mother. She chooses to protect Laura, which is the official start of her true HeelFace Turn to Laura's side of the fight.
- Wicked Cultured: Carmilla before Laura defrosts her is a monster, make no mistake. But a monster with a taste for the finer things in life and a deep and broad intellectual base.
- Your Approval Fills Me with Shame: Episode 32 has it in spades when her mother dotes on her in Laura's body, looking absolutely revolted as her mother fondly brushes her hair and compares her to a diamond.
- You Sexy Beast: Carmilla plays this up for all it's worth... so she could lure in girls for her mother's ritual.
An unofficial floor don who uses science to help figure out the weird things happening at Silas. They are best friends with Perry, the actual floor don.
- Agent Mulder: They're far more open to the idea of the supernatural being real than their best friend Perry, and just rolls with it when the magical shit begins to hit the fan. But according to season zero, when they and Perry were freshmen, it used to be the other way around.
- Break the Cutie: Season 2 is ultimately not good for them (much like the rest of the cast) and by the end, Laf is talking to the library and mentions on their twitter that they will get both Perry and JP back...
- Brutal Honesty: One of LaFontaine's specialties. They even refer to themselves as the dorm floor's "unofficial truthspeaker".
- Childhood Friends: With Perry. Episode 26 reveals that they've been best friends since they were 5. It makes the argument they have with Perry over LaFontaine's gender especially painful.
- Conspiracy Theorist: Is convinced the Illuminati are real. From the hints we get about the world they could well be right.
- Do Not Call Me "Paul": They don't like being called "Susan," their name before they came out as non-binary.
- Eye Scream: They get an eye gouged out during the final battle with the Dean in Season 3. They're choosing to see this as an opportunity for a laser eye.
- He Knows Too Much: Is targeted by the vampires after they go off with J.P. to do some more investigating about the brain parasites, effectively putting them out of action.
- In-Series Nickname: LaF
- Intergenerational Friendship: They hit it off with Laura's dad.
- Last-Name Basis: LaFontaine is their preferred name. When Perry uses their first name "Susan" in Episode 26, they say "I don't wanna be Susan anymore", an assertion of their non-binary gender identity.
- Man on Fire: Not on screen, but their twitter states that LaFontaine had a wee bit too much fun with the fire when everyone was hiking over the mountains, claiming it to be For Science!! It's also a soft handwave as to why their hair is so short come the Christmas Special.
- Science Hero: A bio major and always turns to science for solutions. This gets deconstructed come season 2 as some of their decisions there actually just make things worse.
- Transgender: Identifies as non-binary and prefers "they/them" pronouns.
The main floor don of Laura's dorm and best friend of LaFontaine. Perpetually disturbed by the strange events going on around Silas, but nonetheless tries her best to make everything as normal as she can.
- Agent Scully: In season one, she was vehemently against the idea of the supernatural being real, in contrast to her best friend LaFontaine. Ironically, in season zero, we find out that as a freshman, Perry was the believer. Turns out that she knew all along, but given her past experiences with the supernatural, she's understandably inclined to stay the hell away from it.
- And I Must Scream: She's been possessed by The Dean since she died at the end of Season 1, and has slowly been losing more and more control. By the end of Season 2, Perry's not the one in control anymore. Made worse by the fact she had no idea what was happening...
- Angrish: Her response to finding out LaFontaine reanimated Will's body to put J.P.'s mind into it. Understandable, since she killed Will and was rather startled to see his body up and walking around... and naked, at that!
- Beware the Nice Ones: She is scary when she's mad. Or possessed.
- Break the Cutie: In Season 0, Episode 1 we're introduced to a very, very different Lola Perry: One who is much more relaxed about the world and an active (if naive and overenthusiastic) seeker after occult knowledge. Something happened to turn her into the Perry we meet in Season 1... and it was not pretty.
- Chew Toy: Season 0 shows that she has shades of this. If her slow slippage into possession during Season 2 were not enough proof already.
- Damned by Faint Praise: The rabbi at her bat mitzvah apparently told her, "There's no shame in being humble and predictable." Ouch.
- Demonic Possession: The Dean has been using her body for all of season 2 and beyond. Though godly possession is more accurate.
- The Fettered: By her defensive insistence that the supernatural doesn't exist, mostly. When the fetters come off, she becomes a fearsome opponent, quickly. And this is before the Dean possessed her.
- Friend or Idol Decision: Tythia gave her the chance to see the magical world beyond the veil, but she'd have to leave LaFontaine behind. Perry rejected the deal.
- Go Mad from the Revelation: At the end of season 0, we see what exactly made Perry who she is. She realizes she accidentally summoned an evil fairy queen, faces said fairy queen head-on, and, entirely traumatized by the experience and immediately declares that "this never happened".Perry: (shaking) Oh my God... I just—
Carmilla: Yeah. The face of the universe is not for sissies.
- Heroic BSoD: Unlike Laura or LaFontaine, Perry doesn't have a great aptitude for the supernatural. She has a minor breakdown once she is no longer able to help rationalize away what is happening around her in a normal way, and it becomes worse when LaFontaine is kidnapped. She breaks out of it when LaFontaine returns, and comes right on board with saving everyone.
- I Just Want to Be Special: Has serious hints of this in Season Zero with her pursuit of the supernatural. It's likely she comes to regret thinking this way... And Carmilla has a little bit too much fun telling her she isn't special at all. Outright stated towards the end of the season.
- I Reject Your Reality: In season one, she blatantly ignores the supernatural even when it's staring her in the face, and tend to opt for completely ridiculous but "safe" alternatives for what's going on. This is because as a freshman, she actually did encounter the supernatural, and was horrified by what she saw.
- It's Personal: Gets this edge to her once LaFontaine is targeted by the vampires.
- Last-Name Basis: No one calls her by her first name; it wasn't even spoken in-series until season 0.
- Let Us Never Speak of This Again: A rare non-comedic variant in season zero. At the end, having come face-to-face with an evil fairy and nearly destroying the world, Perry makes it very clear to Carmilla that, as far as she's concerned, magic does not exist, Perry and Carmilla do not know each other, and none of this ever happened. Carmilla goes along with it.
- Meaningful Name: "Lola" is a diminutive of "Dolores", which means "lady of sorrows". Pretty fitting when you think about how much shit the show puts Lola Perry through.
- Neat Freak: She cleans and tidies things when she's stressed. In her first appearance in Season 0, she's smudging in the "torture room." Smudging is a form of spiritual cleansing, which means that this was still true even when she was in her otherwise much more relaxed Wiccan phase.
- Nervous Wreck: She's always neurotic, uptight, and obsessed with keeping "normality."
- New-Age Retro Hippie: She was this in 2012. Complete with meditations and auras.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: When LaFontaine is kidnapped, she goes from bubbly to quiet. Combined with her still present Neat Freak and Team Mom nature, she becomes quite disturbing, even to Carmilla.
- Sanity Slippage: Season 2. Oh, boy. Finding the dead bodies of the newspaper staff was only the beginning. After all she's gone through (being attacked by demonic crows, finding a threatening message carved into her body, LaFontaine using the body of a vampire Perry killed to give JP a body), it's not exactly hard to see why she's started to lose it. It's to the point where she's having nightmares, isolating herself from LaFontaine, her best friend, and attacking Mattie, who she believes to be responsible, with holy water.
- The beginning of Season 0 shows she's already suffered some of this, from an unknown source, by the beginning of Season 1. Turns out it was finding out that magic is, in fact, real, but not nearly was wonderful and beautiful as she'd imagined it to be. Accidentally summoning an evil fairy queen that nearly destroyed the world and seeing the face of the universe was only the icing on the cake.
- Took a Level in Badass: A minor one, but she becomes much more competent and helpful when LaFontaine is taken, and she only gets better from there, even threatening to stake Carmilla after learning about Carmilla's deal with the Dean. She even ends up being the one who stakes Will.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In season 2, she's much snippier and more irritable. Justified partially in that she's been put through hell throughout the whole series, and frankly has good reason to be pissed off. Also, a lot of her more nasty moments may not have actually been her.
- Undying Loyalty: Towards her best friend, LaFontaine. Perry doesn't always understand them — in fact, she usually doesn't — but she'd still go to hell and back for them.
- Walking Spoiler: For season two, once you've seen the finale. The finale changes everything.
- What the Hell, Hero?: Gives one of these to Laura for getting so involved in the vampire plot that LaFontaine is kidnapped as a replacement one of the girls, as well as one to Carmilla for not giving LaFontaine something to protect herself with. She then veers into My God, What Have I Done? territory when she worries LaFontaine will remember her by their last argument.
Laura's TA and VP of the Summer Society. She develops an attraction towards Laura and becomes invested in the latter's investigation of the missing girls.
- Ambiguously Bi: She's explicitly attracted to Laura, but has some Ship Tease with Kirsch. Plus, she never outright identifies herself as a lesbian, so her being attracted to men isn't out of the question.
- Amicable Exes: While it's really ambiguous as to whether or not she and Laura ever truly dated, come season 2, little tension exists between her and Laura, with Danny becoming one of Laura's most trusted allies and closest friends in the fight against Vordenberg, always willing to lend a helping hand. Averted in season three. Very, very averted.
- Academic Athlete: She's VP of the Summer Society—a sorority-esque organization for athletic girls—and is also Laura's TA.
- Always Save the Girl: Ever since she first stood up for Laura, she has become Laura's go-to person for help. Even after a break-up and a couple of messy encounters, she still comes to save Laura in the end when asked. She also rallies to Laura's side immediately after her big fight with Carmilla in Season 2, as well as helping her conceal Carmilla and Mattie from Baron Vordenberg.
- Because You Were Nice to Me: Kirsch's unwavering belief in her and her goodness is ultimately what brings her back from the dark side.
- Came Back Wrong: The Dean resurrects her, but as a vampire, and she's clearly not herself. Even more evident in season three, where she's barely recognizable.
- Despair Event Horizon: The rift between herself and the Summers in season 2 drives her toward this. May have crossed it in S2E28 when all of the remaining Summers loyal to her were killed. Definitely crossed it when the dean convinced her that nobody cared about her death after season 3.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She dies in Laura's arms. It doesn't stick.
- Dogged Nice Guy: Falls under this in s2, and not in a good way. In fact, Danny's persistence Increases after Carmilla and Laura break up.
- Embarrassing Nickname: As of season two, Kirsch has nicknamed her "D-Bear." Danny doesn't appreciate this in the slightest.
- Evil Former Friend: Implied in the season two finale and outright confirmed in season three, mostly because the dean convinced her that nobody cared when she died and all she'd ever done was for nothing.
- Famous Last Words: "I'm not afraid. I'm not..."
- Forceful Kiss: She plants one on Kirsch after being resurrected in the season two finale. He doesn't seem to mind. Her biting his neck and draining his blood, on the other hand...
- Gender-Blender Name: Her name uses a typically male spelling. Noteworthy because "Danny" may actually be her full first name.
- FaceHeel Turn: Danny as a vampire seems to have completely lost other morals of her former self, with how she wastes no time in going to drain Kirsch's blood and how she appears to be sided with The Dean.
- HeelFace Turn: Realizes the Dean has been manipulating her through her insecurities late in season 3 and defects, getting a wounded Kirsch out of harm's way before leaving to take care of unspecified off-campus business.
- Lightning Bruiser: Fast and tough enough to take on a whole campus full of god-blood-enhanced frat boys in season 2. As a vampire, she's more than capable of tossing Carmilla about like a ragdoll, despite Carm being hundreds of years older than her. Word of God reveals it is because, unlike Carmilla, she was already strong and fit by human standards before her transformation. Becoming a vampire adds to it.
- One Head Taller: Tallest member of the main characters.
- Second Love: To Kirsch, after his heartbreak following Sarah Jane's death. Unfortunately for him, she just doesn't see him as anything other than a friend. He takes it remarkably well.
- Sitcom Arch-Nemesis: She and Kirsch were at each other's throats at first. By the end of season one, they seem to have settled into Vitriolic Best Buds territory.
- Statuesque Stunner: Over six foot tall, and quite attractive.
- Those Two Guys: In season 2, her relationship with Kirsch has evolved into this.
- Took a Level in Badass: Danny was always pretty badass by human standards. After she's brought back as a vampire, she can overpower Carmilla as easily as Carmilla once overpowered her.
- What the Hell, Hero?: She throws one to Laura after their first conversation since splitting up was just about getting an extension on a paper. This was asked after Danny had fully admitted to being worried about Laura after watching her many dangerous adventures, being unable to help.
- Yandere: Has hints of this while helping everyone capture Carmilla, triggered by Carmilla flirting with Laura. Her overprotectiveness of Laura drives a wedge into their relationship, mostly from Laura having come from an already smotheringly overprotective home. After the aforementioned What the Hell, Hero? moment, she is part of the violent mob that forms against Laura when she makes a public appeal for help against the vampires. Though she's toned down in s2, she shows she still has this tendency. Then season three brings it back in full force.
Member of the Zeta Omega Mus, a campus fraternity.
- Amazon Chaser: He's attracted to the very strong, very capable Danny, and refers to a group of girls trying to kill him as "super-hot, confusing Terminators."
- Amusing Injuries: Carmilla goes down to literally tear a stripe off of him. Played for laughs.
- Analogy Backfire: He compares himself and Danny to Romeo and Juliet because they're going to try to smooth over the conflict between the Summer Society and the Zetas. Danny asks if he even knows how "Romeo and Juliet" ends. Kirsch simply says, "Yeah, there's kissing!" (Well, he's not wrong...)
- Badass Normal: Well, he certainly tries to be, but considering he's surrounded by vampires and evil schemes, he's out of his depths. But when you consider the fact that he's not dead, he still qualifies.
- Baleful Polymorph: In season zero, Tythia temporarily transforms him into a donkey. And the process is not fun for Kirsch.
- Because You Were Nice to Me:
- He chose to "protect" Laura specifically because she helped him in their first Literature class together.
- He also declares Danny, whom he previously didn't get along with, an "honorary Zeta," complete with a trident, after she saves his life. It's implied in season 2 that the reason he has a crush on her is because she's one of the few people that treats him with respect.
- Brainless Beauty: He's handsome, but he's not very smart.
- Bring It: His response to an angry mob? To stand on a wall yelling, "Can't touch this, farmer dudes!" This backfires.
- Casanova Wannabe: It takes a full on assault from Carmilla before he finally leaves Laura's room be in his first appearance, not noticing just how uncomfortable he was making Laura. Averted in season two, where he pines after Danny, but is never disrespectful towards her, and when she turns him down, he backs off, happy to just be her friend instead.
- Character Development: Come season 2, his Jerkass tendencies are almost entirely gone, he's far more respectful to Danny (and women in general), and he cares about more other than picking up hotties and being a Zeta.
- Chivalrous Pervert: He keeps referring to women as "hotties" instead of their name, and doesn't take no for an answer easily, but give him a cause to help and he's all for it. He gets even better in season two, where, while he's clearly still a horny college kid, he's nothing but respectful towards the girls, especially Danny, and chastises Theo for not doing the same. As shown by Danny's rejection of him, he's also gotten better at taking "no" for an answer.
- Dumb Is Good: Once no longer under Will's influence, he's generally acknowledged as being something of a human Golden Retriever: Big, strong, not-that-bright, and friendly to everyone he meets.
- Dumb Jock: He's big and he ain't bright. For example, he doesn't seem to know that male escorts are actually a thing, can't remember the name Beowulf even when it's on a CD cover in his hands, and Laura's different disposition towards him unsettles him, but doesn't raise any red flags. He doesn't even seem to realize that Will is putting him into a choke hold until Will tells him that he's putting Kirsch into a choke hold.
- Heartbroken Badass: Following Sarah Jane's death, though he eventually moves on. And again when Danny dies. Did we mention both of these women died right in front of him? The Dean manipulates this in the season 2 finale, promising Kirsch that she can bring Danny back to life if he helps her.
- Hidden Depths: He's not above helping others, even when he doesn't appreciate the situation in the slightest. He also showed some knowledge on the history of menstrual pads in the "Underwarriors" video. He also doesn't think being "friendzoned" is bad as he's still a friend.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: He's devoted to his "bros", despite Will being a complete douchebag (and a murderous vampire), and is clearly miserable when Will dies, even though he admits Will deserved it. Where the Zetas (or Danny) go, Kirsch will follow so he can be with them. He's also thrilled when Danny says he's "in the friendzone", simply because it means, even if she doesn't like him romantically, she at least views him as a friend, which was apparently more than he was expecting.
- Innocently Insensitive: Goes along with his general lack of cluefulness. Kirsch generally fails to understand that women expressing lack of interest in being romantically pursued are not actually flirting. He gets better at this during Season 2, but in Season 0, set two years before his introduction to Laura, he's much, much worse about it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: He comes off as your typical frat boy douchebag at first, but he's really not a bad guy - just incredibly misguided and a tad dense. Laura sums it up best in season zero.I mean, I know he's not majoring in sophistication or anything, but underneath the frat speak, he's actually really sweet. He used to bring us coffee flavored ice cream when we were in full late night research mode.
- Kindhearted Simpleton: Beneath the frat boy alpha male exterior is a friendly, dumb, earnest boy who believes in chivalry and only wants to help.
- Last-Name Basis: Most people just call him Kirsch, to the point it took until season 2 for his first name to be revealed.
- Lovable Jock: As his character develops, he grows into this.
- Love Martyr: By season three, he's definitely this for Danny. He's perfectly aware that she's "gone dark side," doesn't love him back, and is only using him for food, but he sticks with her anyway because he loves her. And because she scares him a bit.
- Manchild: As Danny puts it, he's a "silly, sweet manchild."
- Morality Chain: In season three, he actively tries to be this for a newly-evil Danny, always being supportive and never losing faith in her, hoping that this will get her to show a hint of her former self. It works.
- The Nicknamer: Downplayed, but especially in season 1 he didn't really address people by name, especially Danny. He also calls Danny "D-Bear" in season 2. He finally calls her by her first name after she Came Back Wrong.
- O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Most of the time, Kirsch is a sweet, friendly guy who rarely gets truly angry. However, if you harm someone he's romantically interested in, all bets are off. In the first season, after Sarah Jane falls to her death and Kirsch believes Carmilla's responsible, he lunges at her, angrily asking what S.J. ever did to her, and would've kept trying to attack her had Danny not pulled him into a Cooldown Hug. In the second season, when Theo kills Danny, he immediately goes into a rage, trying to attack Theo despite being in no position to do so. Unfortunately, his injuries lead only to Kirsch coughing and bleeding on the floor.
- Ship Tease: A lot of his comments, especially in season two, give the impression he has a crush on Danny. (Comparing himself and her to Romeo and Juliet, nicknaming her "D-Bear", attempting to invite her out for drinks...) Episode 27 confirms it.
- Those Two Guys: Kirsch is almost never seen without Will at his side. He's clearly not taking it well when Will is dead. In season 2, he starts with a massive crush on Danny but it evolves into this.
- Undying Loyalty: Around season two, he falls hard for Danny, and would do anything for her, even after she rejects his affections and says they're just friends. This includes trying to bring her back from the dead, and acting as her food source when she turns evil.
The Dean, aka, Lilita Morgan, aka, Inanna
The woman in charge of Silas University, feared by all who know her. Laura finds herself on her radar over the course of her investigation into Betty's disappearance. Carmilla knows her as Mother. Naturally, she is one hundred percent behind the disappearing girls, sacrificing them to an abomination that lives under Silas in a game she's been getting away with for hundreds of years and which cost Carmilla her first love.
- 0% Approval Rating: Everyone at Silas either fears her, actively hates her, or both — especially by season two, when it's come out that she was sacrificing students to the Anglerfish. Her "children", Carmilla and Mattie, don't care for her much, either. The only person that seems to actually like her is Will, and he's dead by the end of the first season.
- Abusive Parents: To Carmilla, big time. Also, going by Mattie's comments about "mind games", to the rest of her children. At the beginning of season 3, she is heard gaslighting Danny, doing much to explain Danny's darker attitude toward Laura and Carmilla.
- A God Am I: The Dean's MO. Until we discover the truth in Season 3, and find out she really is a god.
- Alas, Poor Villain: Her last few moments are VERY tragic, revealing a veritable mountain of misery at the memory of her lost love not returning to this world. Laura is not wrong in saying she's not much different from her and Carmilla.
- All There in the Script: According to the Silas University twitter, her name (or at least her alias) is Lilita Morgan.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Comes off as downright charming and pleasant, but it's all superficial. Don't buy a word of it.
- Casting a Shadow: Seems to have this power on top of Carmilla's own powers.
- The Chessmaster: She orchestrated everything in season two. Laura even realizes this when Carmilla talks about playing chess with her — she'd let you think you were winning until you suddenly realized she had gotten everything she wanted. Which is exactly what's happened, come the end of the season.
- Demonic Possession: Or, rather, vampiric possession. Or godly possession... She's capable of possessing people's bodies and using them for her own, as she demonstrated on Laura in the episode "Mommy Dearest". And Perry for all of season two.
- The Dreaded: Students, staff members, vampires... everyone's scared of her.
- Entitled Bastard\Never My Fault: When briefly captured by Laura, Carm and LaFontaine she openly questions what she did to deserve any maltreatment, or even the resentment of Carmilla and Mattie. She claims that her punishment of being bound in human form doesn't fit her crime of trying to conquer Hell and Earth. When Carm and Mattie call her out on what she did to them, she brushes it off like nothing and thinks Carmilla is being ungrateful to her.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: While possessing Laura's body, the Dean is positively doting on Carmilla...while insulting Elle and Laura, making them out as mere insects to the diamond that is Carmilla. Carmilla really doesn't reciprocate her opinions or affections. However, it's ultimately averted throughout her treatment of Carmilla herself.
- Played more straight in that this entire thing was kicked off by her refusing to accept the death of her love and her quest to open the gates is so she can bring him back to life.
- Everyone Calls Him "Barkeep": She is known simply as "the Dean", or "Mother."
- Faux Affably Evil: She keeps a polite, doting tone with Carmilla while possessing Laura. And don't even get us started on her eerie calmness when she's possessing Perry.
- The Ghost: With a reputation as terrifying as hers, any on-screen appearance could only end as an anti-climax. She appears briefly in shadow and blur, played by Sharon Belle (Danny). Appropriately for a ghost, her only full appearance is while possessing Laura. And later, Perry.
- The Heavy: The Light is more of a Greater-Scope Villain that can't draw in its own victims, so the Dean is the primary instigator of the kidnappings that start the entire plot rolling. Averted come season two — the Dean got the anglerfish (which was the Light's true form) killed so she could put her own plans into action.
- Manipulative Bitch: She uses Carmilla's love for Laura against her, convincing Carmilla to stop Laura from interfering with the sacrifice in exchange for Laura's safety. And in the season 2 finale, she preys on a heartbroken Kirsch, promising him she can bring Danny back so he'll retrieve her body. She does technically bring Danny back, but she's now a vampire and not herself.
- Meaningful Name: Lilita evolved from "Lilith", which means "of the night."
- My Beloved Smother: Towards Carmilla, although she's far from beloved ever since the coffin treatment.
- The Nicknamer: Carmilla is "diamond" or "dear." Laura is "moppet." Perry is "Raggedy Anne." Mattie is "Rook."
- Physical God: Revealed in season 3 to be the Sumerian goddess Inanna.
- The Power of Acting: How she pulls off her scheme in season two, doing a near-perfect impersonation of Perry.
- Pragmatic Villainy: With an entire student body to pick from, it doesn't hurt her to move on from Laura as a target - especially if it ensures that she stops proving to be such a fly in her ointment.
- "Reason You Suck" Speech: Gave one to Carmilla off-camera for being so flippant at the University. One has to wonder if it's for her attitude towards her studies, or towards capturing Laura...
- Smart People Play Chess: Carmilla mentions having played chess with her and how good she is at the game. This comment is what leads her into realizing the Dean's not dead, when she compares her mother's playing style to season 2's events.
- Walking Spoiler: In season 1. By season 2, everyone knows the truth about her. But they don't know that she's been possessing Perry.
- Woobie Destroyer of Worlds: Her motivation is to revive her lost love who was stolen away by her fellow gods that also bound her in a physical body. This makes her desire to risk the destruction of the world more understandable, if not forgivable.
- You Have No Idea Who You're Dealing With: Gives this as she's trapped in the pit sacrificed students are sent into, just before Laura knocks her in with a giant boulder. Considering the Dean's grandiose nature, everyone brushed it off...until later, when the tremors started, and one remembers that the pit is the Light's mouth
- Your Little Dismissive Diminutive: Tends to talk like this about the Dimwit Squad, barring Carmilla.
Student of 1874 at Silas University and Junior Records Clerk, J.P has been floating around for a while inside the library's computer servers. A rash of disappearances also plagued J.P's time as a student, leading him to do his own investigations. As of the end of season one, he's dating LaFontaine. In season two, LaFontaine "Frankensteins" him into Will's corpse, giving him a physical body and making him a vampire.
- Adorkable: He loves research and cupcakes alike, and shows a childlike enthusiasm for the world when he gets a physical body. He's also rather thrilled to have become a vampire.
- Annoying Younger Sibling: He comes off as a more benign version of the trope after he's put into Will's old body, which technically makes him Carmilla and Mattie's vampiric brother. He's rather more enthusiastic than them, but they seem to like him.J.P.: Vampire? Oh, how exciting! May I join you on your lonely quest for redemption?
Carmilla: Not if you want to keep your teeth.
- Badass Bookworm: Holds his own against the horrors of Silas reasonably well, before being trapped in the school's cataloging system. And then he's placed in the body of a vampire, granting him amazing physical abilities along with his intelligence.
- Beware the Nice Ones: J.P. is as nice as they come, but he's still a vampire. Starving him will have consequences. Also, for the love of god, don't touch LaFontaine if you don't want him to unleash a can of vampire whoop-ass on you.
- Birds of a Feather: Dating LaFontaine, a fellow science and research enthusiast.
- Chekhov's Skill: It makes sense that J.P. would get so far into his research within the library, considering he was a Records Clerk.
- The Dandy: Outright described as a "Victorian dandy" by the series closed captions. Especially obvious after he gets a body, where he's usually impeccably dressed and groomed, and prefers to avoid physical confrontation. However, being a vampire, and circumstances at Silas being what they are, J.P. can and will jump into the fray if he needs to, and is far more physically powerful than the typical dandy.
- Disney Death: J.P. died well before Silas University got its library's computer systems. The Dean makes sure to destroy him again while possessing Laura's body. Luckily, LaFontaine had a backup file.
- Fish out of Temporal Water: Defied. Despite being from 1874, and having a perfect recollection of his life into the 21st century, J.P is surprisingly well adjusted to living as a digital being, computers, vampires and non-standard genders and sexualities in general. Then again, if J.P. had access to the library's computer servers, perhaps he had access to materials he could learn and expand his horizons from.
- Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: After his consciousness is put into Will's braindead body. He fits the trope much better than the more... prickly Carmilla and Mattie.
- Funny Background Event: The source of many. Check out some of his facial expressions in the episodes after he gets a body.
- Genius Sweet Tooth: He loves cupcakes and cookies.
- Haunted Technology: From the first episode, Laura mentioned the Library catalogue was acting strange, but was distracted by Betty before she could get into things. J.P. was the one doing the haunting, and helping everyone as much as he could. As of episode 27, he's moved from the library's catalogue to a flashdrive.
- He Knows Too Much: J.P. got far further along than Laura and the gang did, on his own and without any modern technology to aid him, but before he could do anything with the knowledge he was absorbed into the library. It's ambiguous on whether the library absorbing him was under its own volition or the Dean's, although since the Dean takes the time to properly destroy J.P. it's unlikely to have been her. Considering J.P. is still around and kicking, this obviously didn't work.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the season 2 finale, after Perry (actually the Dean) runs off, and LaFontaine doesn't want to leave her, J.P. instructs them to go, promising he'll find Perry and bring her back. He then takes off into the chaos and destruction. Season three reveals he's being held captive in some unknown location, but he can sometimes get ahold of the others and give them updates on what the Dean is doing.
- He does die in season 3.
- In-Series Nickname: "Jeep".
- Interface Screw: Whenever J.P. is connected to Laura's computer, a glitchy picture of himself can be seen in the corner and his dialogue is typed over the screen, a typewriter being heard with each keystroke. His "death" has him covering the entire screen briefly, despite his flashdrive body having been removed.
- Like a Duck Takes to Water: Has adapted so fast to modern technology that he seems to belong to our era right from the start.
- Mysterious Backer: The very helpful computer results and warnings that Laura and LaFontaine got one their previous ventures to the library were thanks to J.P.
- Naked on Arrival: Apparently, whatever procedure LaF did to bring Will's body back to life involved removing all his clothes. J.P. didn't notice this until it was pointed out to him, at which point he was wrapped in a sheet.
- Nice Guy: He's very friendly and helpful to our heroes, no matter what crappy situation he's in.
- Noodle Incident: How did J.P. become part of the university's library catalogue before the catalogue was even digitized? J.P. starts to answer the question at one point, but he decides it's too long a story.
- Only Known by Initials: As of now, we don't know what "J.P." stands for.
- Photographic Memory: Thanks to being absorbed in the library for all those years, he has a near-infallible memory.
- Power Perversion Potential: Implied. When he mentions his photographic memory, his partner LaFontaine gives a very large grin and says, "Huh. Yay, me."
- Sense Freak: Just a little bit, after getting a body again. He's seen feeling his own skin and clothes, and, upon realizing he's hungry, comments that it's been awhile since he's had the sensation.
Matska "Mattie" Belmonde
Chair of the Silas Board of Governors and Carmilla's older sister, she's come to campus to deal with the fallout of the events at the Lustig and to balance the budget (apparently, alumni donations have plummeted). Cheerful and polite but also murderous, she's not at all happy with Laura and friends.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Described as hideous in the novella (though this is likely a result of Eurocentric beauty standards), she is played by the extremely beautiful Sophia Walker.
- Ascended Extra: In the novel, her role is so small she doesn't even speak; now she's a major player.
- Affably Evil: So she's casually vicious and cares more about Silas's budget and image than its students, but so far her friendliness appears to be a real part of her personality. She also seems to genuinely like Laura as a person, and loves Carmilla to bits.
- Badass Boast: A rather understated one, when discussing the Anglerfish.Five students every twenty years to keep that monster asleep? More people die of dog bites every year. Hell — more people die of me every year!
- Brown Note: Her screams can put people into terrible pain and disrupt video signals.
- Corrupt Corporate Executive: When Mattie is interfering with Laura's news broadcast on behalf of the university board, she hits all the notes of the trope.
- Deadpan Snarker: She's neck-in-neck with her sister Carmilla in terms of snarkiness.
- Died in Your Arms Tonight: She passes away in the arms of her sister, Carmilla. It doesn't stop her from turning up in season three.
- Dragon Their Feet: She was in Morocco when the season 1 finale went down.
- Dragon Ascendant: Not that she particularly cares to be. While she's more or less carrying out her mother's plans and has inherited her position, she's pretty clear on the fact that she won't do anything she disagrees with and would rather be anywhere else. She later shows she has even less desire to follow through with her mother's plans and simply wants to collapse the campus on the anglerfish to deal with it once and for all.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: She positively, genuinely adores her little sister Carmilla, and won't do anything that would upset her unduly. When forced to return to the building Laura and her friends are staying at, after Carmilla's badly hurt, she swallows some of her pride to ensure that she and Carmilla will be kept safe until they're back on their feet.
- Hurricane of Euphemisms: Her way of "helping" with the SNN broadcasts is to replace all of Laura's reports with not technically untrue but still unhelpful and extremely downplayed versions of what happened.Mattie: Let's go with "Transit inconveniences". It's less inflammatory.
Laura: The first item on this list is a sinkhole filled with molten lava.
Mattie: Which probably makes transit inconvenient.
(cut to later)
Laura: —attempted to steal several humans' faces.
Mattie: Acted out anxieties related to his appearance.
(cut to later)
Laura: —tried to open a time portal.
Mattie: flirted with an alternative approach to chronology.
(cut to later)
Laura: —rose from their graves to haunt the living.
Mattie: Enjoyed a pleasant day out while making new friends.
- Jerkass Has a Point:
- Mattie may not have agreed with the Dean, but she does point out that five students every twenty years is quite a small number compared to the number of normal deaths that happen every year, especially since it keeps the anglerfish sated.
- A lot of her criticisms of Laura and Carmilla's relationship are completely accurate.
- Nothing Personal: She doesn't actually hate Laura for killing her mother—she just feels she should murder her for it because it's "the principle of the thing".
- Not Helping Your Case: Okay, Mattie, so it's understandable that you'd be pissed off that everyone keeps accusing you of hurting Perry and murdering the newspaper staff when you didn't commit either crime. But you're really not doing yourself any favors by going around threatening to murder Laura, cheerfully discussing past victims, trying to collapse the campus to take parts of the students' bodies, and generally acting suspicious as hell all the time.
- Not Me This Time: She insists that she did not murder the newspaper staff, saying she hadn't even arrived in the country yet, and if she had done it, she'd damn well take the credit. She also claims not to have hurt Perry. Turns out she was telling the truth — the Dean was behind everything, but wasn't a suspect due to being, y'know, dead.
- Pet the Dog: In the last scenes of the Season 3 finale, newly-mortal Carmilla challenges Mattie to a wager to save Laura, staking her newly-won humanity; "a life to gamble for a life". Although Mattie warns that Death will not be merciful with her, she relents and gives Carmilla a riddle, which Carmilla answers with laughable ease. Before restoring Laura to life, Mattie comments, "It seems that even Death can be merciful. And you did save the world."
- Pragmatic Villainy: She's not the least bit personally considerate of the students, but she makes a number of good points regarding the school's budget, Laura and Carmilla's relationship, and especially the anglerfish.
- Really 700 Years Old: Over 1200 years old, according to the interview with Sophia Walker posted to the official channel.
- Soul Jar: Revealed in Season 2 Episode 22. It's her locket. And it backfires, big time, when Danny uses it to kill her. At least, until she's resurrected in the last moments of the season.
- Villain Teleportation: She's shown capable of doing this.
- Woman Of Wealth And Taste: A beautiful and sophisticated villainess who prefers to never be more than a 4-hour flight from Paris. Elise Bauman points this out in a BTS feature, saying that a costume must be hers, because Sophia is always getting the best costumes. Sure enough, the outfit was hers-a glittering, Art Deco-styled peach dress Mattie wears in season three's Alternate Universe episode. Even as a ghost in the same season, she's still holding onto her look with a Simple, yet Opulent dress and black silk Opera Gloves.
Melanippe "Mel" Callis
Danny's fellow Summer and a contender for president of the Society, she is not fond of the Zetas and dislikes Danny's friendship with Kirsch.
- Adorkable: Back in 2012. No, seriously.
- Amazonian Beauty
- Badass Gay
- Brutal Honesty: She has no problem bluntly telling Laura and the others when they're acting like idiots, to the point that some fans joked that she'd stolen LaF's "unofficial truth-teller" title.
- Corrupt the Cutie: As a freshman, she was sweet, shy, and was pretty nice to Perry and even Kirsch. Then Tythia granted Mel her heart's deepest wish; to become a Summer and make her family proud. And Mel's sweetness went out the window...
- A Day in the Limelight: She's one of the main characters in Season Zero, and Season Three includes some bonus episodes of her podcasts from the pit while she and other students are being used as slave labor.
- Deadpan Snarker: Oh hell yes.
- Does Not Like Men: All men, not just the Zetas. It's her motivation for resurrecting the Adonis Hunt. She feels it's revenge for all the pain men inflict on women.
- Everyone Has Standards: Mel may not like Danny, but she's horrified and disgusted when Theo went back on their truce and quite literally stabbed her in the back, killing her.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: She's abrasive, but she's not evil. She's horrified at Danny's murder, is trying to help the other students in the Pit in season three, develops a (grudging) bond with Kirsch, and is noticeably rattled by the death of JP, who she didn't even know.
- Meganekko: As a freshman, she wore blue Nerd Glasses.
- Meaningful Name:
- "Melanippe" is most likely a reference to the Amazonian warrior of the same name. Mel is also a capable warrior who centers her life on women.
- Also, her last name is pronounced the same way as "callous," which she sometimes is.
- The Nicknamer: Has a variety of nicknames for Kirsch, ranging from "Bromeo" to "Brotein Shake".
- Only Sane Man: In season 3, when everyone else is lovesick, possessed, gone dark side, or generally acting idiotic at least part of the time, Mel's the only one who's got her head on straight at all times.
- She Cleans Up Nicely: While at the manor, she wears a gorgeous suit with her hair done up. It does not go unnoticed.
- Shrinking Violet: As a freshman. She outright admits she doesn't like drawing attention to herself. By the time we meet her, she's grown a spine, for better or for worse.
- Straw Feminist
- Took a Level in Badass: Between Season 0 and Season 2, she joins the Summer Society, ditches her glasses, and gets buff.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: She was actually pretty nice as a freshman. Tythia changed that.
- Took a Level in Kindness: She mellows in The Movie, showing compassion to the ghost girls(particularly Charlotte), and even achieving a sort of Vitriolic Best Buds status with Kirsch of all people.
- Voice with an Internet Connection: In season three, when she does podcasts from the Pit, trying to get some help and possibly a rescue.
- "Well Done, Daughter!" Girl: "All I wanna do is make my family proud of me. But I don't know how."
- What the Hell, Hero?: In season zero (a prequel season), she rips into Carmilla for acting so cruelly to Perry and expecting them to do her job. Of course, season zero Carmilla was hardly a hero.
- In season 3, she calls out the Dimwit Squad for not doing more to help the students stuck in the Pit being used as slave labor. In the last episode, Laura agrees that she was right.
- Will They or Won't They?: As revealed in her podcast bonus episodes, she and Elsie have this going on. In the last one it's implied that They Do. Done again with her and Charlotte in The Movie. They Do, but it's brief.
An elderly member of Silas University's board of directors, who has a family history involving Carmilla. Is not fond of vampires or other nonhumans. He runs for an election against Mattie as the head of the board of directors, and when he wins, he orders a detainment of vampires and vampire suspects.
- Big Bad: Becomes this when he wins the election as the head of the board of directors. It goes south from there.
- Big Bad Wannabe: However, he's ultimately more like this, considering The Dean has been playing him as much as everyone else. And gets rid of him once he has served his purpose.
- Cool Old Guy: Invokes this when he's introduced.
- Dirty Coward: Whenever things end up over his head (which is often) he ducks and runs for cover. Or randomly shoots people. Or use a Zeta as a sacrifice to avoid a pissed off Carmilla.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: Inverted. When Laura threatens to destroy the Silas Chart linked to his life, he calls her bluff, citing it goes against the person she wants to be. It costs him his life.
- Fantastic Racism: Towards vampires and other supernatural creatures.
- Faux Affably Evil: When introduced he is a giddy, helpful old man who has a distrust of vampires. Once he becomes head of the Board of Directors, he orders the detainment of the vamps on campus in between restoring the safety of other students. In the last several episodes, if he doesn't drop the act entirely, it only thinly veils the fact he's a vindictive egotist.
- Freudian Excuse: Has it in for vampires because centuries ago, Carmilla killed his great grandfather and his family. Subverted, as it turns out he's just is a disgusting man who has a "all non-humans are evil" mindset plus just wants to go down in name as an amazing hero.
- I Just Want to Be Badass: When Mattie complains about how much he talks about his elaborate adventures and conquests, Vordenberg admits that it's better to exaggerate details to make one seem more accomplished. He also admits that his plan to slay the anglerfish is largely because he wants to be a badass like his ancestors.Vordenberg: Why not tell a story if it helps you believe that just beyond the horizon there might be some great adventure, some chance to be the man you always wanted to be? To be Baron Vordenberg, Vampire Hunter! Chair of the Board of Silas University! Godslayer!
- I Lied: Pulls this when he arrives to arrest Carmilla and Mattie, promising to spare everyone else if he does so.
- I Shall Taunt You: When he's preparing to kill Carmilla, he not only personally arrives to taunt Laura and her friends, but prepares to do so live on Laura's webcam. He even tells Carmilla that she should have married his great grandfather.
- It's All About Me: He claims that all the things he's doing is to restore his family honor, but if you look closely, it's largely a selfish desire to live out some fantasies he has of himself.
- Meaningful Name: Lṻgenbaron, in German, means "Baron of Lies." His name is also meaningful in a Fun with Acronyms sort of way: The initials of his full name, Claus Hans Albrecht von Vordenberg, spell out "Chav," meaning a brash and loutish person, both qualities that describe the Baron's true nature.
- Obfuscating Disability: He initially appears to need a cane to walk, but once he wins the election, he throws the cane aside. Has some Obfuscating Stupidity as well, considering how his ramblings also stopped and he somehow gets the password for the Silas official twitter feed quickly and even knows how to use it!
- Reality Ensues: Letting a man who doesn't like vampires, become the head of a school full of vampire students, and other supernatural phenomena, he's going to order a detainment and hunt against them.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: He was fond of giving these out. When he pushes Laura too far, after she has already suffered deadening event after deadening event, she smashes the Silas charter when he's about to behead Carmilla in front of her. The ensuing death is slow and painful, enough that Laura is further haunted by it.
- The Sociopath: A manipulative and almost pathological liar, callously has no regard for the lives of others, and very self-centered. When he's introduced, he seems like a friendly fellow, but by the end of the season, it's all easy to see though.
- Stupid Evil: It is this, more than anything, that makes him so dangerous.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Subverted, for all his claims to protecting the students of the university, he really doesn't care for those who are against him, and even calls for their execution. His reason for wanting to kill an Eldritch Abomination wasn't to save anyone's lives, but to make a name for himself; see I Just Want to Be Badass above.
Theodore "Theo" Straka
One of Kirsch's fellow Zetas, who's constantly at Mel and Danny's throats.
- All There in the Manual: Theo's full name appears only in the canon Voice of Silas Tumblr.
- Dirty Coward: His justification for not killing Danny in a fair fight? "I could've lost."
- The Dragon: First to Vordenburg, then to the Dean.
- HeelFace Turn: Subverted in the most harsh way ever. Just when it appears that Theo seems to have finally seen the light in how wrong the Baron is and is willing to cooperate with Laura and Danny to free the trapped students in the catacombs, he ends up revealing the truth of his nature by literally backstabbing Danny.
- He-Man Woman Hater: He doesn't seem to like women much.
- It's All About Me: All he cares about is the Zetas being in control, with Theo at the helm.
- Jerkass: Rude, condescending, smug, and needlessly cruel. If Mel has to deal with him a lot, it's no wonder she doesn't like the Zetas much.
- Jerk Jock: In contrast to the more lovable Kirsch.
- Kick the Dog: Mocks and insults Kirsch at every opportunity.
- Opportunistic Bastard: He bails on his truce with the Summers and Laura because the Baron gave him "a better offer."
- Slouch of Villainy: After he stabs Danny in the back (literally), he slouches down into a chair to watch her die.
- Spear Counterpart: He's basically a male Mel. Until 2.35, where even Mel's completely disgusted by him. Completely averted by season three, as the two are now definitively on separate sides.
- Played by Enrico Colantoni
Laura's father, who she loves but considers to be overprotective and smothering. Hasn't appeared onscreen until season three, but is alluded to frequently.
- Amazingly Embarrassing Parents: Bonds with Carmilla while showing her Laura's childhood photos.Laura: Oh, God, this is what an aneurysm feels like.
- Badass Normal: Holds his own in fights with vampires. Thanks to his own private bear spray recipe.
- Big Damn Heroes: His first appearances on screen is showing up just in time to drive back Theo and Vamp!Danny with bear spray. Laura gets her awesome naturally.
- Crazy-Prepared: Where do you think Laura gets it from?
- The Ghost: As of now, he has no onscreen appearances. However, this will be averted as of Season Three!
- Intergenerational Friendship: He and LaFontaine get along famously, despite him being old enough to be their father.
- Locked Out of the Loop: Laura does her damnedest to make sure he doesn't know what's going on at Silas. Fails when he's shown her vlog by an incoming freshman before he arrives.
- Mister Exposition: Sherman's presence in the story allows the viewer to finally get some of Laura's personal history after three seasons of waiting.
- My Beloved Smother: Male version. Laura clearly loves him and knows he only wants the best, but part of the reason she went away to school was to get away from his stifling overprotectiveness. (For example, he wouldn't let her have a smartphone because he thought she'd use it to send high-res selfies to potential stalkers.)
- Open-Minded Parent: He's 100% cool with Laura being a lesbian, and only cares that she finds a woman worthy of her. He also doesn't quite "get" non-binary genders, but still accepts LaFontaine instantly, and makes an immediate effort to correct himself when he misgenders them by mistake.
- Overprotective Dad: How else can you describe a guy whose care packages include bear spray?
- Papa Wolf: All of his borderline-insane protectiveness of Laura stems from genuine love of his daughter.
- Parental Obliviousness: Enforced. Laura makes sure he doesn't know about all the supernatural danger happening.
- Properly Paranoid: You think he's overprotective now? Imagine what he'd be like if he knew what his daughter was actually getting up to at Silas!
- I WANT MY LIFE!
A girl Carmilla knew in 1872, a target for her mother's ritual. Carmilla genuinely fell in love with her, and tried to save Elle and run away with her. However, the Dean found out about this, and told Elle what Carmilla was. Elle, horrified, betrayed Carmilla, and the Dean proceeded to take Elle and kill her anyway, and then locked Carmilla in a coffin beneath the ground for several decades...
- Adaptational Badass: Assuming she's based on the narrator of the original novella. In the source material, she's naive and passive. Here, she's decisive, resilient, and physically holds her own against Laura, who's been practicing krav maga since she was eight.
- Ascended Extra: She's a major character in The Movie.
- Big Bad: In the Movie.
- Cynicism Catalyst: After everything that happened with Carmilla and Elle, it's not much of a surprise that Carmilla's so sour. Turns out Carmilla was also one for her.
- Driven by Envy: Towards Carmilla's life-force.
- Excessive Evil Eyeshadow: As a ghost, she wears sharp, dark makeup not dissimilar to Carmilla's.
- Fate Worse than Death: Being sacrificed to the angler-fish means that not only are you dead, you can't move on—even Lophii dying doesn't free you. Instead you're trapped in recordings of your own worst memories. Forever. Luckily, there is a spell to release the victims, so Elle gets to pass on.
- Freudian Excuse: And a pretty good one, too. When your girlfriend turns out to be a vampire and then her mother sacrifices you to an Eldritch Abomination, and then you're stuck in a horrible loop of your worst experiences for centuries, wanting to kill your ex is pretty understandable. Being willing to screw over all your fellow victims does cross a line, though.
- The Ghost: As much as she's mentioned, we never even saw a picture of her in the series proper. However, she's in the movie! In which she's a literal ghost.
- The Lost Lenore: For Carmilla. Perry calls her "Carmilla's epic first love".
- Manipulative Bastard: She lies to the other ghost girls, saying that a spell will free them and make Carmilla's life-spark permanent, thus helping everyone. In reality the spell will transfer Carmilla's life-spark to her and trap them and Laura and company in the Lophii hell-dimension. The only reason it doesn't work is because Mel and Lafontaine break the circle.
- Meaningful Name: Sheridan. As in Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu, author of the Carmilla novella.
- Posthumous Character: She's long dead by the time the story begins.
- Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: She betrayed Carmilla, and in return, she got fed to an Eldritch Abomination. That said, she didn't really deserve that fate-Lilita played on her fears and suspicions about Carmilla's true nature, exploiting the fact that Carmilla hadn't yet revealed her vampirism.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: Her friendship with Carmilla. Carmilla was in love with her — it's unclear if Elle returned the feelings or just saw them as friends. The movie confirms that they were in a relationship, but that it was ruined by Lilita's manipulations (and, of course, the human sacrifice thing).
- Spell My Name with an "S": The closed-captions for the first season spelled her name "Ell," but the promo material for the movie spells it as "Elle." (Which does make more sense, but it is a bit disconcerting after three years.)
- Woman in White: In season 1 and the film's flashback scenes. She's has varying degrees of the dead, mysterious, and innocent varieties.
- My sister always wanted to fit into society. The way I see it, if you have to conform, you never belonged.
One of the ghosts haunting the manor in The Movie, Charlotte was killed only because her sister disappeared and she went looking for her.
Elizabeth "Betty" Spielsdorf
Laura's roommate and a party girl extremis. She vanishes at the start of the series, replaced by Carmilla by the university with no fanfare and few aside from Laura interested in finding her.
- Dumb Blonde: Subverted. She was ecstatic to get a 62% on an exam in the first episode, but Laura finds out that before she came to Silas, she was valedictorian. Once she's free of parasites and reverts back to her real personality, she transfers to Princeton.
- The Fashionista: Considering her attitude in her first appearance, and the garments Carmilla sifts through, it's fairly safe to say Betty was like this. The jury's out on Elizabeth though.
- Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Was in this mode so constantly that Laura assumed that was how she always was. The discrepancy this caused with the other missing girls gave Laura a lot of clues as to what was going on.
- Insufferable Genius: Her return in season three reveals that, as brilliant as she is, Betty is ridiculously smug.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Season three reveals she's very abrasive, smug, and blunt, but she's also quick to help Laura out and organizes a fighting force against the goddamn apocalypse in an Off Screen Moment Of Awesome.
- Missing Time: To a more extreme degree than the other kidnappees - Betty doesn't remember anything since before she started attending. She didn't even want to go to Silas University.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Her full name is Elizabeth Anne Spielsdorf; Laura had to do a lot of digging to find this information.
- Only Sane Man: Once free of the parasites, she goes to transfer out to another university, unwilling to deal with the weirdness of Silas.
- The Slacker: Her elation at getting a 62% on a test gives this impression, something Laura believed Betty was better than to get. It turns out, before she was infected, Betty (or rather, Elizabeth) was her high school's valedictorian and mayoral page.
- Small Role, Big Impact: Twice over. Her disappearance is what makes Laura descend into the vampire plot, and the idea of her being different to when Laura knew her is what allows Laura to piece together the link between each girl.
- Tested on Humans: It's implied that Betty was something of a test subject for the brain parasites used on the other girls; either the parasites she was infected with took a long time to fully convert her, or she was fully infected before she met Laura. The girls later infected seemingly changed over a few days, compared to the three weeks she was Laura's roommate, and were nowhere near as functional as she was.
- Took a Level in Badass: Went from brainwashed intended sacrificial victim to brilliant Harvard student to apocalypse-fighter and freelance dragon-slayer.
William "Will" Luce
Another member of the Zeta Omega Mus and Kirsch's wingman. Also happens to be Carmilla's vampire "brother", and far more devoted to the Dean than she is.
- Accidental Murder: It was Will who caused Sarah Jane to fall to her death by accident.
- Dumb Jock: Appears to share the same mindset as Kirsch. He's brighter than he lets on, but even Carmilla's mother thinks he isn't very smart.
- Evil All Along: He's another vampire, albeit one who is far more recent than Carmilla, and he has none of her (few) scruples.
- Evil Is Petty: Is willing to get in more trouble by killing Laura to mess with Carmilla. Carmilla decks him for it, making him release her.
- Jerk Jock: Contrasting to Kirsch, Will has no qualms about putting his "friend", into a choke hold, nor setting him up as a sacrifice for an Eldritch Abomination.
- Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: Unlike his buddy Kirsch, there was nothing redeemable about him when he showed his true colors.
- Killed Offscreen: By Perry no less!
- Mama's Boy: Accused of being one by Carmilla.
- Super Toughness: The shattered clavicle Carmilla gives him when she's captured doesn't seem to be bothering him later on. It's one of the traits of being a vampire. He also took a snake-strike by Laura right to the throat and was only momentarily stunned. He likewise takes a full on punch by Carmilla to the jaw and walks away from it; the rattling sound afterwards implies he lost a tooth from it though.
- Those Two Guys: It's rare to find a scene in season one where Kirsch and Will aren't together.
- Walking Spoiler
- Would Hit a Girl: He actually laments that Laura knows Krav Maga because he prefers women who can't fight back as victims.
Laura's neighbor and the protagonist of Silas Confidential. Quiet and frequently questions what exactly Laura is doing in her dorm room. She eventually catches on that something isn't right about the school and also does her own research to figure out what is going on at Silas.
- Aura Vision: She's able to see other people's aura, which she states is something she was born with.
- Badass Normal: Aside from some minor supernatural abilities, she's an average college student trying to get some quiet time to study, but also hacks apart giant mushrooms and ventures into the creepy library. It should be mentioned that she does a lot of these things by herself.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Genre Blind: She refuses to believe in vampires and whatever Laura is doing. This nearly gets her killed when she decides to follow Laura, Perry, and Laf into the Lustig Building.
- Hero of Another Story: Quite literally, since her story is a spin-off.
- I See Dead People: Downplayed. She can communicate with someone called "Rose," a former student who attended Silas back in the '70s, but she can only make out a foggy image. She admits that she can only sense the presence of ghosts, but not really see them.
- Nosy Neighbor: Even though she finds the noise constantly coming from Laura's room super annoying, it does spark her curiosity on what exactly Laura's always up to. It gets her in a lot of hijinks, to say the least.
- The Quiet One: She hardly speaks to her classmates and usually keeps to herself. It's to the point where the main cast barely knows she exists.
- Straight Gay: Like Laura, she happens to like girls; in her case, a ghost girl.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: The end of Silas Confidential suggests a happy ending where she gets the girl (as Rose mysteriously resurrects due the events of the season 1 finale) but what happens after that, particularly with the anglerfish rising up and then season 2's events, is unknown.