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List of recurring characters.

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Ansel Barbour

Played By: Nikolai Witschl

One of the outbreak's few survivors.

  • Character Death: After transitioning into an immature vampire, Setrakian puts him out of his misery while he's chained up in his shed.
  • Fighting from the Inside: He chains himself up to avoid harming people. In the TV show he also warns his wife when she comes across him to leave him and never return.
  • Horror Hunger: He's so unable to control his blood-lust that he winds up killing his own dog.
  • Off with His Head!: How Setrakian dispatches him for good.
  • Papa Wolf: It's implied that he encourages the kids to go to their aunt's with Anne-Marie because he's starting to lose control of himself.
  • Tragic Monster: We get to witness his full transformation from a caring family man to a bloodthirsty beast.


Joan Luss

Played By: Leslie Hope

One of the outbreak's few survivors.

  • Amoral Attorney: She demands special treatment because she's a partner in a law firm.
  • Asshole Victim: Luss is such a bitch that it's hard to care too much about her eventual transformation and death.
  • Boom, Headshot!: She's taken out with a spike to the head from Vaun as she's about to feed on her children.
  • Character Death: Luss transitions into an immature vampire, and is killed by Vaun.
  • Greed: She's very eager to sue just about anyone tangentially involved with the plane disaster, even denying massive pay-offs just to grab more cash.
    Joan: That was a $300,000 offer for a 30-minute on-camera interview.
    Bolivar: And you hang up?!
    Joan: Whatever they're offering, it's gonna be chump change compared to what we'll get from the airline.
  • Jerkass: Luss is a deeply unpleasant woman: when talking with Nora (who's just trying to help her) Luss is snippy, irritable and demands special treatment topped off by a veiled threat to sue. She only gets worse, trying to take the airline for all it's worth and even telling Nora she'll have her job.
  • Pet the Dog: Despite all of her bitchiness, she does seem to be a loving mother to her kids, at least pre-transformation.


Capt. Doyle Redfern

Played By: Jonathan Potts

Pilot of the flight and one of the outbreak's few survivors.

  • Character Death: Eph is forced to bash his brains in with a fire extinguisher after Redfern transitions into a vampire.
  • Death by Pragmatism: Is the only survivor to actually seek professional medical help for his increasingly deteriorating condition, but ends up the first vampire in the series killed after fully transforming and turning feral.
  • Drowning My Sorrows: Eph and Nora find him in a bar, where he's feeling guilty over his apparent failure to successfully get his passengers to their destination safety.
  • Heroic Willpower: It’s telling that despite his transformation edging ever closer by the hour, Redfern resists his growing homicidal impulses and is cooperative right up to the point where he turns feral.
  • It's All My Fault: He believes this about the plane disaster, although there was nothing he could have done to prevent it.
  • Nice Guy: Redfern is helpful, polite and the only survivor who fully cooperates with the CDC.
  • Only Sane Man: Of the four survivors, he's the only one who places his trust in the CDC and allows them to do their vital work. He’s also one of the few that allows the CDC’s attempts to treat him when he becomes aware that there’s something seriously wrong with him.

    Gary Arnot 

Gary Arnot

Played By: Steven McCarthy

  • Adaptation Name Change: His name is changed to "Arnot" from "Gilbarton" in the book.
  • Character Death: He's fatally drained by his recently-turned daughter and reanimates as a Vampire, upon which Setrakian cuts his head off to kill him for good.
  • Jerkass: He gets violent easily and generally comes across as short-tempered; of course, this is after his daughter dies, so he's grieving and not in the best of moods.
  • Off with His Head!: How his infected state is dispatched by Setrakian

    Emma Arnot 

Emma Arnot

Played By:


Mariela Martinez

Played By: Anne Betancourt

Nora's mother who suffers from dementia.

  • Death by Adaptation: She dies here much earlier than in the books.
  • The Load: It really isn't fair to blame Mariela due to her dementia, but all she does is constantly cause problems, endanger others and whine for every single second of her life.
  • Mercy Kill: Nora kills her to prevent the infection from taking hold.
  • Must Have Nicotine: While staying at Setrakian's, she's always desperate for cigarettes.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: She's terribly rude to Setrakian, despite the fact that he put her up in his home and protects her. Justified since she has dementia and barely knows what's happening anyway.


Sylvia Kent

Played By: Melanie Merkosky

Jim Kent's cancer-stricken wife.



Played By: Kim Roberts

Joan Luss' nanny and housekeeper.

  • Almighty Janitor: She is Joan's maid/nanny to her children, but is one of the few normal people on the show to realize that something terrible is going on and react appropriately to it.
  • Mama Bear: Is this to the Luss children. She kidnaps them and takes them back to her house after it becomes apparent that Joan is turning into something else and is beginning to act ominously threatening to her kids. It was a good move on her part, as Joan would fully turn that night and kill her husband.
  • Only Sane Man: An interesting example. While she is very religious and superstitious, to the point where she believes the vampires to be demon possessed humans, Neeva is one of the only people to realize how dangerous the infected Joan is, to the point where she practically kidnaps Joan's children to save them.


Ruby Wain

Played By: Regina King


Ann-Marie Barbour

Played By: Alex Paxton-Beesley

Ansel's concerned wife.

  • Character Death: Ann-Marie hangs herself after feeding her neighbor to Ansel.
  • Driven to Suicide: After feeding her Jerkass neighbor to an infected Ansel, she hangs herself from the stairs.
  • Despair Event Horizon: Ansel turning into a monster, killing and eating her dogs, which she had to bury, as well as the revelation that her neighbor had hit her dog pushes her over the edge and she hangs herself after tossing said neighbor to her infected husband.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She takes off her shirt and puts on another for basically no reason.
  • Shrinking Violet: Ann-Marie is reclusive, and of a very nervous disposition.
  • Tranquil Fury: After Anne-Marie Barbour is struck with the revelation that the neighbor hurt her dog after he comes around to complain about her infected husband growling, thinking that it was her dog, she snaps and lies that her dog is in the shed, before opening the shed door, pushing him inside and feeding him to Ansel.


Peter Bishop

Played By: Andrew Divoff

An airline manager.

  • Character Death: Bishop has the dubious honor being The Master's first kill (and first meal) upon arriving in America.
  • Death by Adaptation: In the original novel, Bishop never even encountered the Master, or died by his hand.
  • Gorn: His demise is extremely brutal.
  • No Kill Like Overkill: The Master drains him of blood, snaps his neck, and crushes his head.
  • Your Head Asplode: How the Master finishes him off.


Cardinal McNamara

Played By: Tom Kemp

  • Face Death with Dignity: He tearfully but rather admiringly accepts his death.
  • Greed: McNamara was very eager to squeeze every drop of coin out of Palmer.
  • Smug Snake: He thinks his position makes him untouchable; the truth is that he's utterly expendable in the eyes of both Palmer and Setrakian.


Aanya Gupta

Played By: Parveen Kaur



Played By: Nicola Correia Damude

  • Dirty Coward: She abandons her girlfriend Dutch to her fate, running to save her own life.
  • Easily Forgiven: Dutch is very forgiving of her considering how she abandoned her in a life-threatening situation before (seemingly) stealing all her money. Vasiliy is less easy on her, although he has a vested interest.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Instead of hiding like she was told to, Nikki decides to take part in the Red Hook battle, saving Dutch's life. Vasiliy is now genuinely grateful towards her.


Matthew "Matt" Sayles

Played By: Drew Nelson

Kelly Goodweather's live-in boyfriend.

  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Matt is irritating and passive-aggressive in dealing with Eph, and refuses to allow Eph to ever have his way even when the circumstances call for a truce. However, he's not a bad person. He genuinely loves Kelly, and his first reaction to a coworker being severely injured is to go out, find his attackers and confront them himself.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: From Matt's point of view, Eph is a dangerous and unreliable jerk who's wanted by the FBI. With the information Matt had, it seemed reasonable to call the authorities on him.
  • Parent with New Paramour: He's Kelly's new paramour. Matt and Zach do seem to get along rather well, although it seems a little forced and out of necessity rather than genuine friendship.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Him deciding to take on two vampires who just savagely attacked a coworker. He could not known that they were vampires, but confronting two blood-smeared, growling people on your own without even a weapon...he was really just asking for it.



Played By: Inga Cadranel

A Queens native and Kelly's best friend.


Guadalupe Elizalde

Played By: Adriana Barraza

Crispin and Gus' mother.

Police and military


Frank Kowalski

Played by: Paulino Nunes
An NYPD commander who serves as Justine's second-in-command. Appears in Seasons 2-3.

    Kate Rogers 

Captain Kate Rogers

Played by: America Olivo

An NYPD SWAT officer and love interest of Fet during Season 3.



Played by Lee Tergesen

One of Justine's cops who supervises the chain gangs clearing out the tunnels.


Captain Daniel Roman

Played by: K.C. Collins

An Army Captain, formerly in charge of a nuclear silo, who joins Fet and Quinlan in their quest to destroy the Master. Introduced in Season 4.

Government officials


Dr. Everett Barnes
Played By: Daniel Kash

The director of the CDC. Appears in Seasons 1-2.

  • Adaptational Nice Guy: While he's far from a heroic character, he isn't quite the smug, gloating bastard he is in the books. There, Barnes was allied with the Master from the very start whereas here he's just pulled along for the ride.
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies much earlier here than in the book when Eph throws him off a moving train.
  • Dirty Coward: He is quick to align himself with Palmer and Eichhorst.
  • Guilt-Ridden Accomplice: It's not entirely clear the extent to which he feels genuinely bad about his role in the vampire apocalypse, or if he just misses his comfortable life. He tells Eph he can't sleep and barely eats, but he could have just been trying to get sympathy.
  • Head-in-the-Sand Management: Even after seeing irrefutable proof vampire video footage, he still won't do anything about the sucky problem and even attempts to get Goodweather arrested!
  • Jerkass: Barnes is dismissive and obtuse.
  • Minion with an F in Evil: Barnes is incompetent and a jerk, but he isn't genuinely malicious. His alliance with Palmer stems from cowardice and self-preservation; he's clearly horrified by Palmer's cold-blooded murder of Maggie.
  • Obstructive Bureaucrat: All he's concerned with is managing public opinion, and he ignores any warnings about a possible contagion.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: He sucks up to Palmer and Eichhorst after Palmer kills Maggie Pearson and offers her job to Barnes. Somewhat justified in that Palmer and Eichhorst would have undoubtedly killed him too had he not fallen in line.


Mayor George Lyle

Played By: Ron Canada

  • Enemy Mine: With Palmer, according to one of his speeches.
  • Mayor Pain: He's a self-serving bureaucrat largely concerned with his own public image, and outright tells Justine he's planning to take the credit if her plan works.


Margaret "Maggie" Pierson

Played By: Maria Ricossa

Criminals and gangsters


Alonso Creem

Played By: Jaime Hector

A crime boss who heads the black market in New York City.

  • Greed: Opts to sell the Lumen to the highest bidder, rather than hand it over to the good guys.
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Meets his final end at the hands of Gus this way.
  • Jerkass: Smug, dismissive and of course a violent criminal.
  • Opportunistic Bastard: Has garnered a tremendous amount of wealth and power due to the chaos of the vampire plague.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: In 4x07, he attempts to sell information on Setrakian's whereabouts to the Master. The Master opts to just turn him instead.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: Though still a selfish and greedy criminal, he seems to be a fair guy, who doesn't hesitate in straightening Eichhorst out after he fails in acquiring the Lumen, and then tells Setrakian he was actually rooting for him.
    • Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 4, after losing much of his property and wealth in the wake of the nuclear explosion, he goes right back to being an opportunistic bastard who is willing to play both sides.


Crispin Elizalde

Played By: Francis Capra

A con artist who is always on the lookout for the easy and profitable way out.


Played By: Pedro Miguel Arce

Gus' friend.

Stoneheart/The Partnership

    Mr. Fitzwilliam 

Mr. Reggie Fitzwilliam
Played By: Roger Cross

Palmer's caregiver and head of security.

Seasons 1-2.

  • Battle Butler: Serves as both Palmer's caretaker and his chief of security.
  • The Caretaker: Aside from being a bodyguard, he also takes care of Palmer's medical needs.
  • The Dragon: For Eldritch Palmer.
  • Genius Bruiser: Fitzwilliam is a security expert who isn't easily intimidated, but he's also a very intelligent man with medical expertise.
  • Heel–Face Turn: In the Season 1 Finale, he decides Palmer's gone too far and leaves him.
    "Won't do it. Not anymore. When people called you cruel and selfish, I defended you. I said they didn't know you as I know you. Then Eichhorst showed up and his ilk, and I told myself it was them, manipulating you, warping your judgement. I was wrong."
  • Heel–Face Door-Slam: Is killed in the same episode he officially joins the heroes. This is most likely due to the fact that Roger Cross left the show to work on Dark Matter.
  • Honest Advisor: He does genuinely care for Palmer, and gives honest advice regarding the newest 'treatment'.
  • Meaningful Background Event: When Dutch is talking to Palmer, Fitzwilliam can seen in the foreground listening, and if one pays attention, you can see him slowly realizing the utter insanity of what Palmer is saying.
  • Morality Pet: He's the only person Eldritch Palmer shows kindness.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Fitzwilliam heavily dislikes what Palmer is doing, but still refuses to abandon him out of Undying Loyalty. Eventually, Palmer goes too far and Fitzwilliam abandons him.
  • Noble Top Enforcer: He is keen on the fact Eldritch is an evil man and tries to do his best to undo his evil while remaining loyal to him.
  • Off with His Head!: Setrakian cuts his head off. Also serves as a Mercy Kill since Fitzwilliam was infected.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: Really isn't on board with the whole "Vampire Armageddon" thing. He's just serving his master.
  • Redemption Equals Death: He decides to join Setrakian's team, but is quickly infected and mercy-killed afterward.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Not exactly "teamwork" but he and Eichhorst both have a partnership of sorts with Palmer, but Fitzwilliam thinks Eichhorst is a manipulative lunatic and Eichhorst thinks of him as a glorified pet.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Palmer, who's employed him for a very long time. Even after leaving Palmer's service, he's reluctant to aid Setrakian.


Coco Marchand

Played By: Lizzie Brocheré

Palmer's new personal assistant and girlfriend. Appears in Season 2.

  • Acquired Situational Narcissism: Like Palmer, she becomes incredibly arrogant after being revived by the Master. This ultimately leads to her second and final death.
  • Dropped A Bridge On Her: Is killed as retribution for Palmer betraying the Master.
  • Horrible Judge of Character: Played With. Sure, she doesn't have a clue about Palmer's true intentions, but she is quickly able to tell that his associates, namely Eichhorst and Bolivar, are not nice people.
    • Then again, her own motives are put into question after the Master revives her and Palmer reveals his true intentions. Instead of being repulsed or horrified by Palmer's alliance with the strigoi, she actually becomes more attracted to him.
  • Hyper-Competent Sidekick: To Eldritch Palmer, as his new personal assistant.
  • May–December Romance: She has a budding romance with Palmer, despite being young enough to be his granddaughter.
  • Ms. Fanservice
  • "Shut Up" Kiss: Delivers one to Eldritch Palmer, which is also the first one of their relationship.


Sean Duncan

Played By: Dwain Murphy

Palmer's chief bodyguard who replaces Fitzwilliam in Season 3.



Played By: Elizabeth Saunders

Palmer's nurse. Appears in Season 3.

    Sanjay Desai 

Sanjay Desai

Played By: Cas Anvar

A high-ranking human collaborator employed by the strigoi. In charge of one of the strigoi's breeding centers.

  • Asshole Victim: Yeah no one shed a tear when The Master bashed his brains against a wall
  • Believing Their Own Lies: He truly seems to have deluded himself into thinking the Partnership run by the Master is a better world than the one that existed prior to the nuke's detonation. He claims there's no gangs, no terrorism, and that overpopulation was a problem no one wanted to deal with except for the Master. He even refuses to believe a video showing the Master's communal farms are concentration camps, claiming it's a fake.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: An immoral businessman who the Master brings in to fill Palmer's role after his fall from grace in Season 3.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: The Master kills him by repeatedly slamming his head against a concrete wall.
  • Decomposite Character: Takes on Director Barnes's book role in Season 4.
  • Dirty Coward: Begs for his life when he thinks he's about to be killed by Quinlan, lets the Master murder his wife to save his own life, then dies feebly begging the Master to spare him because the Master "needs" him. Even the Master claims he's a creature beneath contempt.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: His wife is the one person he shows any amount of care for. The only way Quinlan manages to break Desai into revealing the Master's location is by threatening to murder her. Then subverted when it's a choice between his life and hers, and he tries to save himself from the Master's wrath by lying that his wife betrayed the Master, not him. The Master knows he's lying and kills them both.
  • Evil Cripple: He was evil beforehand, but after he's in a car accident caused by the nuclear explosion, he walks with a noticeable limp from then on and relies on a cane.
  • Hate Sink: If you're still wondering Sanjay was never meant to be liked at any point.
  • It's All About Me: The real reason why he aligned with the Master was purely self-interest.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: His wife seems to be the one person he cares about. Then, when his own life is threatened, he lets the Master murder her by lying that she betrayed him.
  • Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: He tries to paint himself as someone only doing what's necessary for a "better world." His wife, of all people, calls him out on it, saying everything he did, he did for himself.
  • The Quisling: Planted the nuke under the Statue of Liberty at the end of Season 3. The strigoi reward him with a comfy position in Season 4.
  • Shoot the Hostage: Tries to pull this off when cornered by Dutch and Fet in 4x08. However, his subordinate refuses to carry out his order.
  • The Sociopath: Sanjay is a gutless, manipulative asshole who would sell out the only person who he supposedly gave a damn about to save his own ass, and has no reservations about nuking New York or sending babies off to their deaths just to give himself a few creature comforts along the way. Even the Master himself is disgusted by this willingness to use and discard even his own loved ones just to benefit himself.
  • Unexplained Recovery: After seemingly being left for dead by Eichhorst following the nuclear explosion at the end of Season 3, he returns in 4x02, with no visible injuries - though he is having to use a cane to walk.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: At least he claims to be one. Justifies his cooperation with the strigoi by arguing that the Partnership truly wants to build a better world.
  • Would Hit a Girl: When confronted by Dutch and Fet in 4x08, he threatens to kill three B-Positive mothers if they don't back off.
  • Would Hurt a Child: His entire role in the Partnership is essentially "farming" babies of a specific blood type for the Master to eat. He justifies it by saying "the cold hard truth of the matter" is that an adult life is worth more than infant which is not even aware of what's happening to it. Dutch's response is to punch him repeatedly in the face until she's restrained.
  • You Have Failed Me: The Master murders him for telling the heroes where his lair is.

The Anti-Strigoi Resistance


Alex Green

Played By: Angel Parker

A female member of a local resistance movement based in Philadelphia who eventually joins forces with Eph. Introduced in Season 4.



Played By: Rhona Mitra

Fet's ally and newest love interest. Introduced in Season 4


    The Ancients 

The Ancients

Played By: Doug Jones

Six ancient vampire masters who are at war with the seventh and youngest of their kind (the Master). Three - the New World Ancients - are seen on screen.

  • Adaptational Heroism: In the books, the Ancients are also plotting to take over the world, albeit through a more gradual process of letting Humanity destroy itself. In the series, the Ancients aren't shown to have any other motives beyond defeating the Master and seem content with staying hidden in the shadows. The Master even taunts them for their refusal to take, in his mind, their rightful places as rulers of the world.
  • Asskicking Equals Authority: Show themselves to be fierce fighters when their chamber is invaded by the Master's forces. Doesn't save them from the nuke, though.
  • Enemy Mine: Ally themselves with Gus and Setrakian to stop the Master.
  • Killed Offscreen: It's implied that the three Old World Ancients (who never make any appearance on the show) were destroyed by the Master before he came to New York.
  • The Voiceless: They don't say a word on screen, even after the death of Vaun, who always spoke for them.


Played By: Stephen McHattie

A vampire who serves the Ancients. He serves as both their speaker and their head enforcer. Was previously referred to as "Quinlan" in promotional materials, he was retroactively changed into a new character named Vaun in season 2 after the role of Quinlan was recast.

  • Deadpan Snarker: With emphasis on 'dead'.
  • Decomposite Character: He more or less serves Quinlan's role from book 1, such as leading the vampire black ops squad, speaking for the Ancients, and training Gus. This is likely because he was originally meant to be Mr. Quinlan before Guillermo del Toro had the role recast.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: He and his squad are abruptly killed by a UV ray trap set by Eldritch Palmer. This was likely done to make way for Quinlan a few episodes later.
  • Dynamic Entry: Vaun has a tendency to announce his presence via Big Damn Heroes.
  • Establishing Character Moment: Deftly dispatching a vampire with a head shot from a modified nail gun, then personally checking over the humans whose lives he just saved, (with evident concern for their well being) all while speaking very calmly and kindly to the shaken and clearly alarmed children in the group. He then shots a woman in the face with little hesitation after pretty much confirming she's infected, though you can see the displeasure in his face when he realizes she has to die.
  • Horrifying Hero: He's a monster, but he seems to mean well enough.
  • I Will Only Slow You Down: Implores Gus to get out after Palmer activates a UV trap which burns Vaun and his crew to death.
  • In the Hood: Wears one as part of his combat uniform.
  • Face of a Thug: Dressed in all black, makes the telltale vampire noises and just looks generally spooky. But he's nice enough after he kills the vampires.
  • Monster Knight: Or rather "Vampire Black-Ops".
  • Mouth of Sauron: A benevolent version. He currently serves as mouthpiece for the Ancients.
  • Nice Guy: Vaun comes across as very cordial and soft-spoken, even if he does kill people (although this is entirely to prevent the spread of the plague; those people are already dead). He's very polite and friendly with Joan Luss' children.
    Vaun: I want to have a look at you. Make sure you're OK. Did they, uh, scare you? Huh? I bet they did.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Shoots Neeva's adult daughter in the head after he thinks she's infected. Justified, because everyone who has been wounded by vampires' tongues thus far have also transformed into vampires, and it is reasonable to assume that Vaun has been doing this for at least a while, so he knows the daughter is most definitely infected.



Played by: Ryan Hollyman

A strigoi sun hunter who replaces Vaun as the Ancients' speaker in Season 3.

    Dr. Dreverhaven 

     Miriam Setrakian