Characters seen throughout The Vampire Chronicles.
- Killed Off for Real: By Tommy and Marklin in Taltos, to prevent him from returning to the Talamasca and exposing the intercepted communications.
- Evil Is Petty: Ignore him and you're placed on his shit list, he'll find someone else to end you.
- He Who Must Not Be Heard: When he reawakens in Mekare's mindless body he begins to telepathically talk to thousands of ancient vampires and urge them to kill fledglings to strengthen his power and control over the Ancients. He also encourages powerful vampires to kill the twins so he can be taken by a new vampire with more charisma. He nearly succeeds in wiping out the vampire race until he is defeated by Lestat and Company. Most of the vampires Amel manages to talk to are driven insane from his constant mental torment.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: After losing the twins due to his decision of possessing Akasha and losing his self in the process he has mostly been asleep for thousands of years. When he begins to reawaken he acts like a spoiled child hysterically pleading with vampires to save him from his cage (Mekare). As Lestat discusses Amel at the first council between ancient vampires, he mentions how childish Amel is and how he believes Amel's loneliness is causing him to lash out at vampires.
- Intelligible Unintelligible: Amel is rather articulate with his demands to vampires who are easily swayed. However, powerful vampires who manage to ignore his demands are treated with constant whining noises and screams of anger until they fully fulfill blocking him out altogether. Lestat does this at the beginning. After merging with Lestat the vampires can no longer hear Amel's telepathic messages and have to ask Lestat what Amel is thinking. Surprisingly out of all the vampires Amel made contact with Lestat was the one who managed to easily decipher Amel's loneliness and why he was killing vampires.
- Save This Person, Save the World: Subverted. Finally give in to Amel's demands and watch as he ends his cruel slaughter of thousands of innocent vampires because he's been 'satisfied'. Hopefully Lestat will keep Amel happy or else he has to deal with another worldwide execution of his own kind.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Don't ignore Amel or else you will face his wraith. When Amel finally manages to mentally break some of the Ancients he forces them to go after other Ancient vampires or fledglings who have ignored him. A small portion of the deceased vampires mentioned in the train of unnecessary slaughters worldwide were vampires who refused to slaughter their own kind. Amel doesn't take 'No' very well. He nearly exterminates the entire vampire population, simply as payback for being ignored, and is rather petty in his interactions with every character who refuses him and yet Lestat is sympathetic towards the Core despite despairing over the cruel slaughters earlier in the novel and adamantly stating how those deaths were unnecessary. Makes you think Amel got off too easy.
- Bi the Way: Had a few female lovers, but the majority were male. Justified in that vampires typically see gender as a non-issue.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: After Lestat and Gabrielle shattered his old beliefs. For a time he leeched onto Lestat himself, as the one who may help him understand the place of vampires in the new century. But after Lestat refused his offer of companionship, he settled for becoming the new director of Théâtre des Vampires.
- The Dreaded: In early-modern Paris, he is this.
- Emergency Transformation: Marius never really wanted to turn him, but Armand got into a fight, got wounded with a poisoned blade and was on the brink of death when Maruis decided to save his life by making him a vampire.
- Face of an Angel Mind of a Demon
- Fiery Redhead
- Mundane Object Amazement: He is fascinated by modern technology, from common household appliances like microwave ovens or kitchen blenders to video cameras and planes.
- Pretty Boy
- Really 700 Years Old: Four hundred, to be exact.
- Religion of Evil: Lead one of these, up until Lestat shattered his cult's beliefs simply by existing.
- Stepford Smiler
- Trauma-Induced Amnesia: As a mortal child, he was abducted from his Russian home and brought over to Europe as a slave boy. The apparent brutality of this event caused him to forget pretty much everything, including his name and how to speak. It takes him a long time under Marius' care (and the transformation into a vampire) to remember things bit by bit. And they trouble him.
- Yaoi Guys: Mostly with Marius, but he also has some sorts of... ahem... chemistry with Lestat, Louis and Daniel.
- Woobie Destroyer of Worlds
- Alas, Poor Villain: While not technically a villain in Louis' eyes, Claudia reaches some pretty horrifying levels and still a murderous vampire. Still it's not hard to feel heartbroken over her untimely (and equally horrifying) demise.
- The Baby Trap: Lestat turns her into a vampire to keep Louis from leaving him.
- Bi the Way: Madeline.
- Can't Have Sex, Ever: Because she will be a child forever until her death by sunlight, she believes that she will never be physically appealing to Louis.
- Creepy Child: Perpetually a child and perpetually malevolent.
- Creepy Doll: She hides a corpse under her many dolls.
- Cute and Psycho: The little girl in the beautiful dress just loves killing people.
- Enfant Terrible: Her favored method of hunting is taking advantage of her cuteness to trick people into thinking she's lost and helpless, and then ripping their throats out.
- Freudian Excuse: She's basically a woman trapped in a child's body forever.
- I Hate You, Vampire Dad: She truly hates Lestat. See above.
- Children Are Innocent: She pretends to be this with her victims. Played straight pre-vampirism, though.
- Killed Off for Real There's no coming back from sunlight exposure.
- Lonely Doll Girl: She has a whole bunch of dolls. Which, while she was growing up, she used to camouflage the fact that she'd kept the corpse of a woman she killed out of envy for the woman's adult body.
- The Lost Lenore: To Louis.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: Her Freudian Excuse.
- Really 700 Years Old
- Smug Snake
- Yandere: For Louis.
- Drowning My Sorrows: Throughout Queen of the Damned, drinks to push back his oncoming madness from the knowledge that vampires exist.
- Emergency Transformation: Armand makes him a vampire against his better judgement, because he's ruined his liver beyond all repair.
- Only Known by Their Nickname: Exclusively called "the boy" or "the interviewer" until the third book.
- Occult Detective: As the Superior General of the Talamasca.
- Odd Friendship: With Lestat.
- Telepathy: He can read minds and shield his own from being read, even before his transformation into a vampire.
- Vampire Vannabe: Subverted. He refuses every time Lestat offers to turn him into a vampire. He gets turned against his will at the end of The Tale of the Body Thief.
- Bifauxnen: She used to dress as a boy for her haunting. She even found a lover who believed her to be a man for most of their relationship.
- Bi the Way
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Faux Affably Evil: She starts acting politely to Marius until her true plans are showing.
- Fashionable Evil: Marius presents her with a detailed description of his wonderful clothing, and thanks to her enormous wealth she flaunts dresses fit for an empress.
- Femme Fatale
- Pimped-Out Dress
- Really 700 Years Old: Literally.
- Rich Bitch: She's enormously rich thanks to the wealth accumulated for centuries by her vampire dad.
- Smug Snake
- Wicked Cultured
- Wicked Stepmother: She tried to have her killed, but was rescued by her vampire dad.
- Worthy Opponent: How she sees Marius.
Gabrielle de Lioncourt
- Chekhov's Gunman
- Emergency Transformation: See Ill Girl.
- Ill Girl: The main reason Lestat turned her into a vampire was due to the fact that she was dying of tuberculosis. She's also, well, his mother, and the only member of his mortal family that actually gave a damn about him.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Zig-zagged. She was Lestat's birth mother, but Lestat was the one who turned her into a vampire.
- Incest Is Relative
- Parental Incest: Implied to love Lestat as more than a son many times.
Jessica Miriam Reeves
- Child by Rape: Her mother was raped by an unknown perpetrator, leading her to become pregnant with Jesse.
- Emergency Transformation: She is attacked and severely injured by a vampire during Lestat's concert. Maharet transforms her to save her life.
- Identical Grandson: She bears a striking resemblance to her distant ancestress Maharet.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Maharet makes her forget most of the suspicious things she has seen at Sonoma compound. Later she gradually regains a portion of her lost memories.
- Occult Detective: As part of the Talamasca she is often sent out to investigate and document the supernatural. One of her missions involves going to New Orleans and verifying the truth behind Interview with the Vampire. This assignment is her first brush with vampirism and gives her clues to Maharet's true nature.
- Psychic Powers:
- Secret Chaser: While initially she tries to put the strange events at Sonoma compound and the mystery of the Great Family behind her, she continues to be tantalized by them. Ultimately, her search for the truth leads her to leave the Talamasca and go to Lestat's concert. She confirms her suspicions, but ends up almost dying in the process.
- The Atoner: After he regains his memories of his mortal years and Rape by Proxy of the Twins.
- The Dreaded: Watch arrogant, supernatural predators suddenly shrink away in fear at his presence.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Forgot his entire history and even what he was, repeatedly, each time having to rediscover the world.
- Amnesiacs Are Innocent: He describes his unknowing self as "a being who understood the word joy", and takes a childlike interest in the technology and arts around him.
- Mistreatment-Induced Betrayal: He was completely loyal to Akasha and Enkil, until Akasha forcibly turned him into a vampire. This caused him to free Maharet and Mekare from prison and start a rebellion against his former sovereigns.
- Oh, Crap!: The feeling of more or less any vampire after just seeing him.
- The Older Immortal: One of the oldest, at about 7000 years. After Mekare consumes Akasha, he's the oldest.
- Power Incontinence: Once accidentally incinerates a young vampire when trying to catch up with her, being unaware that he's developed the Fire Gift.
- Rape by Proxy: Enkil forced him to rape both Maharet and Mekare when they were in captivity, and his guilt over this seems to have been a factor in driving him to amnesiac madness.
- Walking the Earth: For thousands of years.
Lestat de Lioncourt
- Agent Peacock
- A God Am I: Starts calling himself this after becoming a celebrity with mortals. He doesn't mean it literally, like Akasha does.
- Affably Evil
- Anti-Hero: All over the map on this one.
- Anti-Nihilist: Lestat essentially summarizes this philosophy when he says he can accept the lack of God, Satan, or eternal rewards or punishments, but not the idea that acts of human kindness lack value.
- Badass Gay: Before becoming a vampire, Lestat was known for bedding both men and women. He's also a superpowered vampire who's earned the nickname "Wolf-killer".
- Bi the Way: He's had a few female lovers (Akasha, Gabrielle de Lioncourt, and Rowan Mayfair being the most obvious examples), but the majority of his lovers were male.
- Breakout Character: An extremely controversial figure among vampires by Queen of the Damned. He's either loved or hated in the vampire community, almost nothing in between.
- Byronic Hero
- Character Filibuster: He should be the God of this trope.
- Deadpan Snarker
- Deal with the Devil: Twice. Once with Akasha, who gave him her extremely potent blood (along with most of his powers) in exchange for his loyalty and love, and again with the actual devil.
- The Dragon: Becomes this to Akasha, for a while. Before betraying her.
- Effeminate Misogynistic Guy: Despite the fact that he's a bling-loving, long-haired bisexual who describes himself as a "mother" in making a new vampire, Lestat "never imagined that a woman" could express thoughts like Gabrielle's; seems more disconcerted by Gabrielle's cross-dressing than by her killing people; assumes that Claudia lacks the will and cunning to defeat him; describes women as "terrifying"; rapes the waitress who tries to help him; agrees with Memnoch that the technically-sexless angels are "more male than female"; and describes the desire to conquer others as "purely male." Given that he has decades of chances to understand women as diverse as Gabrielle, Eleni, Claudia, Pandora, Akasha, and thousands of human examples, it's hard to attribute his attitude to anything but irrational prejudice.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Lestat was an illiterate, impoverished actor when Magnus turned him into a vampire. 200-odd years later, he's one of the most dangerous creatures on Earth — and possibly Heaven and Hell, too.
- Hemo Erotic
- Incest Is Relative: With his mother, Gabrielle.
- Manipulative Bastard
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Absolutely infamous for his vanity and sense of fashion.
- Playing with Fire
- Refuge in Audacity: The only reason he's able to get away with calling himself a vampire publicly, while making money off of centuries-old vampire secrets, is because mortals think it's just a stage act that he's very, very dedicated to. Only other vampires and the Talamasca know otherwise.
- Sense Freak
- The Trickster
- The Übermensch
- Ungrateful Bastard: He "repays" David Talbot for his help in The Tale Of the Body Thief by forcibly turning him into a vampire.
- Wicked Cultured
- Yaoi Guys: Chronologically, he first has Nicolas, and then Louis.
Louis de Pointe du Lac
- Broken Bird
- Death Seeker: Becomes this after the death of his brother, and what leads him to Lestat.
- Happily Failed Suicide: His failed Suicide by Sunlight in Merrick. The incident not only finally wakes Lestat up from his years-long stupor, but also ends up bringing everyone involved closer together.
- Love Martyr: To Lestat, to Claudia, and then to Armand, though their relationship seems less dysfunctional by comparison.
- Mr. Exposition: His infamous interview. He didn't think Lestat would try to one-up him, though...
- My God, What Have I Done?
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: His Unstoppable Rage-induced slaughter of the Theatres de Vampires following Claudia and Madeline's deaths.
Maharet and Mekare
- Came Back Wrong: Mekare was a wise and powerful witch back in ancient Egypt, after losing her tongue and being exiled for thousands of years she is not exactly fully there in the head. Swallowing the Core of the Vampires did not help her situation.
- Crack Defeat: Maharet is one of the most powerful vampires after ingesting the blood of Akasha and being one of the first vampires ever created from the Queen's bloodline. She is easily defeated by a character just introduced in the latest book after engaging the ancient vampire and his brood in battle. She was severely depressed when the duo engaged her but nonetheless the fight ended very abruptly for someone who fought the original vampire itself!
- Creepy Twins
- Dying as Yourself: After Amel is defeated and Maharet and Khayman are finally laid to rest Mekare comes before Lestat and telepathically pleads for him to kill her since she wishes to be with her sister. Lestat recognizes her desire and agrees to become the Core's host, Mekare then smiles as she ends her life and gives the title of ruler of the vampires over to Lestat. After thousands of years of solitude she is finally allowed to rest at long last.
- Eye Scream: Maharet suffered this, and inflicts it upon her victims, tearing out their eyes to put into her sockets so she can see again.
- God Save Us from the Queen!: The second example in the chronicles, Mekare is shown to be a far better and saner ruler than Akasha at the end of Queen of the Damned. Unfortunately, having loss the ability to function independently and think for herself causes Amel to wake up and stir trouble. Mekare is unaware for the most part that the Core is killing her vampire children, it's Maharet who makes the terrifying realization of what's happening.
- I'm a Humanitarian: The vision that introduces them is of them as young women on either side of an older woman's cooked corpse, preparing to eat it. Turns out she was their mother, and it was their culture's Due to the Dead. Later, Mekare kills Akasha by eating her heart and brain.
- Monster Lord: Mekare becomes the new Queen of the Damned upon eating Akasha's heart and brain.
- Outliving One's Offspring: Comes with being a vampire. Maharet outlived her daughter Miriam and generations of her mortal descendants. However, her longevity also allowed her to look after her human family to this day.
- Rape as Backstory: When they were in captivity, both were raped by Khayman, on Enkil's orders. Maharet wound up pregnant.
Marius de Romanus
- Agent Peacock: It is probably safer for a vampire to walk into the sun than to anger Marius.
- Badass Bookworm
- Bi the Way
- Byronic Hero
- Crazy Jealous Guy: He has shades of this.
- The Hedonist
- Hair of Gold, Heart of Gold: Even though he is a vampire, he's not evil at all.
- Heroic Bastard: He's the illegitimate child of a Roman patrician and a Celtic slave.
- Let Me Tell You a Story: In The Vampire Lestat, and many other examples. Marius tends to do this a lot.
- Man of Wealth and Taste
- Playing with Fire: The "Fire Gift".
- Psychic Powers
- Really 700 Years Old: He was born in 30 BC.
- Reluctant Warrior: He'd much rather stay back in the shadows and study, but he's forced to enter the battlefield time and time again.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: With Pandora most of all.
- Yaoi Guys: With Armand.
Nicolas de Lenfent
- Broken Bird
- Death Seeker: Moved to Paris not so much to play his violin as in the hopes that he would fail and die in the gutter.
- Driven to Suicide: After Armand cuts off his hands for a while to restrain him, he convinces his covenmates to build a pyre for him to throw himself on.
- The Lost Lenore: For Lestat.
- Mad Artist
- Big Brother Worship: For her elder brother Antonius
- Badass Bookworm
- Cain and Abel: With her Dirty Coward brother Lucius. She wins.
- Christmas Cake: Not that she disliked this, indeed. She used to sabotage any engagement.
- Daddy's Girl: Her father has spared her, a very uncommon thing in Imperial Rome since he already had five sons and she always his favorite daughter.
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- Femme Fatale
- Masochism Tango: With Marius. It lasted 2000 years, no less.
- MayDecember Romance: With Marius when they were mortals. He asked his hand in marriage when she was ten.
- Really 700 Years Old
- She's All Grown Up: The beautiful little girl grown into the marvelous woman.
- Smitten Teenage Girl: She used to be this to Marius.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Again, with Marius.
- Supernatural Gold Eyes: I seem a blind woman set with topaz for her pupils.
Tarquin "Quinn" Blackwood
- Abusive Parents: His mother Patsy is an emotionally abusive bully, hating him since the day he was born because she blames him for living while his twin brother died. She also hates that Quinn was more loved by her parents than she was, especially by her father, and Quinn shows equal disrespect by only calling her Patsy. He also kills her and dumps her body in the swamp.
- Ascended Fanboy: He goes from being Lestat's number one fan to being one of his closest companions.
- Bi the Way: Claims himself as such.
- Disappeared Dad: Quinn never knew his father, only knowing from his grandparents that Patsy slept with multiple men in one night. He also doesn't care to find out his identity since his grandparents and housekeepers are more family than his biological mother.
- Doppelganger: Quinn's spirit companion Goblin is exactly like him except Quinn is left handed and Goblin is right handed. Goblin is actually the spirit of Quinn's twin brother Garwain who died at birth due to giving Quinn all of his blood.
- Dysfunction Junction: Oh, where do we begin?
- Fourth Date Marriage: Quinn proposes constantly to Mona starting with their first meeting, receiving constant rejections despite his persistence. He proclaims that Mona is going to be his wife in their first official date despite her constant objections. They never do get married officially but they end up getting as close as can be.
- Imaginary Friend: Goblin is seen as this while Quinn is a child though he's actually the vengeful spirit of Quinn's twin brother Garwain.
- Kissing Cousins: With Mona Mayfair since Julien is their common ancestor (he's Quinn's great-great-grandfather and has about ten or so lines of relationship to Mona).
- Love at First Sight: With Mona Mayfair. One of his first sentences to her was a proposal.
- Mommy Issues: He genuinely hates his biological mother, Patsy, and slept with one of his maternal substitutes Jasmine.
- Parents as People: Patsy has no maternal bone in her body, especially not toward Quinn.
- Raised by Grandparents: Due to his mother's outright refusal to raise Quinn, Thomas "Pops" Blackwood and Rose "Sweetheart" Blackwood raise Quinn more like a son than a grandson since Patsy was considered a disappointment.
- Really Gets Around: He's had sexual relations with two spirits (one male, one female) and two real women (one of whom helped raise him).
- Self-Made Orphan: He kills Patsy after she is forced to confess that he had a twin brother because of the mutual hatred the two have for each other.
- You Should Have Died Instead: Patsy feels that Quinn should have been the one who died, not Garwain (aka Goblin).
- A God Am I: Let's just say she took Lestat's take on this trope Up to Eleven when it comes to vampire relations with humans.
- Authority Equals Asskicking
- Be Careful What You Wish For: She sent for Maharet and Mekare to ask them questions about the supernatural. The answers she received only confirmed her worst, hidden fears: that the gods she desperately wanted to believe in didn't exist.
- Big Bad: In Queen of the Damned.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Literally being eaten by Mekare.
- Dark Action Girl: Being both female and the most powerful vampire alive.
- The Dreaded
- Eerie Pale-Skinned Brunette
- God Save Us from the Queen!
- Monster Progenitor: As the original vampire, but she herself only created two fledglings: Khayman and Enkil.
- Not-So-Well-Intentioned Extremist: She used her holy war on canibalism as an excuse to have Maharet's and Mekare's village slaughtered and the twins brought before her, just so she could ask them some questions.
- One-Man Army: One woman army, to be technical.
- Person of Mass Destruction
- Playing with Fire: The Fire Gift. You can almost hear the vampires in the nightclub shit bricks as she whips it out.
- Puny Humans: Delights in slaughtering humans above and beyond the amount necessary for feeding, pretty much because she can.
- Physical God: The first vampire, and therefore the most powerful, bar none.
- Pyro Maniac: She clearly has too much fun burning vampires alive.
- Really 6,000 Years Old
- Red Baron: "The Queen of the Damned".
- Sealed Evil in a Can: If Marius' basement counts as a can.
- Taken for Granite: She and her husband (and first fledgling vampire), Enkil, were in such a deep sleep that they were basically living statues. Until Lestat woke her back up...
- The Vamp: Pun unintended. First thing she does after hearing Lestat's music? Kills Enkil. Why? She decided she likes Lestat more.
- Vampire Monarch
- Violently Protective Girlfriend: Absolutely slaughters the vampires who said they were going to kill Lestat for spilling vampire secrets publicly.
- We Can Rule Together: Offers this to Lestat. He accepts... at first, anyway.
- Yandere: For Lestat. To a scary degree.