René Lenier/Drew Marshall
A local resident of Bon Temps, thought to be a trusted ally and best friend to Jason Stackhouse and Hoyt Fortenberry, only to be revealed as the main antagonist for the First Season. Drew ends up being the serial killer responsible for the murders of several Fangbangers, an innocent bystander, a cat named Tina, and the multiple attempted murders of Sookie Stackhouse.
Even after Drew's real name is revealed, characters continue to occasionally refer to him as René.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: René/Drew actually appears to be the nicest, most affable guy in the supporting cast until The Reveal.
- Character Death: René is ultimately killed when Sookie decapitates him with a shovel.
- Cluster F-Bomb: Drops a massive one when Sookie is trying to get into his head. Adds in a couple of other stuff too.
- The Dog Was the Mastermind: Even watching Season 1 for the second time, you will see almost no foreshadowing that René is the killer. The most you get is a couple times when he asks Jason if his girlfriend ever slept with vampires, shortly before she's found dead. He comes across as a kind, loyal, romantic (towards Arlene), somewhat Adorkable Cajun. We find out this persona was very carefully constructed, right down to practicing a Cajun accent until he can fake it perfectly.
- Evil All Along: René is ultimately revealed to be the Serial Killer plaguing Bon Temps.
- Fantastic Racism: He hates vampires, yeah, but what he really hates are "fang-bangers".
- Faux Affably Evil: Seemed like a nice guy at first.
- Hidden Villain: No one even suspected he was really the murderer until at least halfway through the season.
- Off with His Head!: By Sookie, via a shovel.
- Ragin' Cajun: Subverted. He's not actually Cajun.
- Serial Killer: Nothing supernatural about him or his crimes. Still plenty evil, though.
- Starter Villain: René was the first Big Bad of the show.
- They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: He flew beneath the radar partially because he doesn't especially look like a murderer.
- Was It All a Lie?: Averted. For some reason, no one bothered to wonder later. They were probably all too creeped out.
A wealthy maenad, who initially presents herself as a social worker. Drawn to Bon Temps due to the potent energy she attributes to a ritual performed by a faux voodoo doctor, she takes an interest in Tara and has Tara move in with her. She is devoted to Dionysus and intends to find a suitable supernatural creature to kill in his honor, hoping to bring him to earth once again.
- Alien Blood: Because she's not even remotely human.
- Big Bad: Of Season 2.
- Big Eater: Even though she didn't need to feed on normal food she would consume copious amount of tropical fruit and other delicacies.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: She presents herself as a caring social worker who wants everyone to just let loose and have some fun. But, the reality is much worse....
- Black Blood: Oh yes, she definitely has black blood.
- Bloody Murder: She didn't use it as a weapon, but her black blood was highly poisonous to vampires (and probably to humans too).
- Cloudcuckoolander: To those who don't know what she really is.
- Death Seeker: All maenads.
- Emotion Control: Aside from feeding on them.
- Emotion Eater: She fed on strong displays of emotions like anger, desire, hunger and et cetera.
- Faux Affably Evil: She is rather polite and friendly, provided other people submit to her whims. If not, out comes the mind manipulation.
- The Fundamentalist: She takes her devotion to Dionysus very seriously
- Hair-Trigger Temper: After her parties, she tends to get pretty bitchy and irritable.
- The Hedonist: Her entire philosophy of life is based around immediate gratification, usually in a pretty depraved way.
- Hoist By Her Own Petard: Her blind faith in her religion led to her death.
- Humanoid Abomination: Possibly. According to Daphne, Maryann has been alive as long as there's been an Earth to walk on and has been known, or may be the same, as the Biblical demon Lilith, who brought forth all evil into the world. Others have known her as the ancient goddesses Gaia and Isis. And we know that her black blood is poisonous to vampires and she is resistant to nearly all normal and supernatural means of attack (i.e. bullets, vampires, Sookie's powers).
- I'm a Humanitarian: She cooks human ingredients into her food - especially hearts.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: By one of Sam's horns.
- A Load of Bull: She worshipped the Horned God and she would also wear a bull mask during rituals, making her look like a minotaur.
- Manipulative Bitch: Especially with Tara. But, to all of Bon Tempes, as well.
- Mrs. Robinson: Being a hedonist she, probably, doesn't limit herself to young males, but did "deflower" Sam when he was 17. He was a bit scared of her though.
- Ominous Greek Chanting: He inner monologue takes this form.
- A Party, Also Known as an Orgy: She specialized in hosting this kind of parties.
- Really 700 Years Old: Her age is never addressed, but all Maenads are ancient. If Daphne]] is to be believed she has been alive for as long as there was an Earth to walk on. The only thing we know for sure is that she's really Older Than She Looks.
- Religion of Evil: Leads one.
- Shipper on Deck: She seems to be dangerously on deck for Tara x Eggs. She practically forces them to be together and loves seeing them as a pair. Oh, and she also made them have rough sex. A popular theory is that her real reason for taking Tara in was seeking out a mate for Eggs. She might even have been racially profiling...
- Shout-Out: In the first episode of Season 2, Maryann explains to Tara and Eggs a painting that depicts the god Pan mating with a human mistress. This is likely a Shout-Out to Arthur Machen's horror novella The Great God Pan, where the outwardly beautiful and charming villainess Helen Vaughan is revealed to be a Humanoid Abomination, namely a daughter of the god Pan and a human woman. It feels safe to say that the character of Maryann Forrester takes a good deal of inspiration from Helen Vaughan.
- Supreme Chef: Either Tara and Eggs were high on her Emotion Control or her Hunter's Souffle was heavenly exquisite.
- Too Kinky to Torture: She just laughs when Bill sinks his teeth into her.
- Villains Out Shopping: Half of her screentime involves her preparing for a party or the like.
- Voice of the Legion: When she calls upon the powers of Bacchus.
- Woman in White: During the Season 2 finale when she was ready to marry her god.
- Your Mind Makes It Real: It is impossible for her to die until she believes it is time for her to die. On the plus side, she is actively trying to accomplish this. On the minus side, she believes she will only die when she successfully calls Dionysios/Bacchus forth.
A 2,800-year-old vampire, Russell is the vampire king of Mississippi. Though often gentle and polite, he is also shown to be wrathful, manipulative, and somewhat mentally unstable.
- Affably Evil: He may be a monster, but he's a charming, diplomatic monster.
- Faux Affably Evil: In Season 5.
- Arch-Enemy: For Eric. He still hates him even after a thousand years and after Talbot's death the feeling is mutual.
- Ax-Crazy: Following Talbot's death.
- Back for the Dead: Returns in Season 5, only to be die a true death at the hands of Eric in the finale.
- Badass Cape: Rockin' one in a flashback.
- Badass Gay: He's gay and dangerous.
- Bad Boss: He tends to kill or bully his werewolf subjects.
- Big Bad: of Season 3.
- Disc-One Final Boss: Of Season 5. He gets staked right in the beginning of finale by Eric.
- Black Cloak: Subverted, in another characters flashback Russell is shown wearing a Druid style brown cloak.
- Cradle of Loneliness: Does two grisly variants after the death of Talbot.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: Usually any battle against him, being that he's the oldest vampire introduced so far. The main page accurately describes his fight with Bill as "Robin trying to fight Superman barehanded." And in fact no one ever does defeat him in a fair fight, instead having to use some form of trickery to get the best of him; temporary sun-immunity in Season 3 and staking him while distracted in Season 5.
- Despair Event Horizon: Following the death of his lover.
- The Dragon: Salomé releases him to make him her own.As of recently this seems to have massively backfired with potentially catastrophic results.
- The Dreaded: Everyone is terrified of him, and rightly so. The news of his survival elicits an Oh, Crap! from the powerful Vampire Authority.
- Druid: In interviews Denis O'Hare has said that Russell was a Druid priest before becoming a vampire.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: He loved Talbot, and goes insane after he's killed.
- Evil Overlord: He certainly wants to be this, and he's on his way.
- Famous Last Words: "Well...oh, fuck."
- Fantastic Racism: Although he wants to unite supernaturals for the purposes of enslaving humanity, he often shows disdain for them. He treats werewolves as expendable, pathetic creatures even though they have been loyal to him for centuries.
- Fate Worse than Death: Has been buried in concrete.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: From which he's broken out of.
- I Have Many Names: As a vampire, he's taken many different names throughout his long life.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: Loves his vampire son (Talbot)
- Knight of Cerebus: While this series is not light hearted, his actions have the potential for far reaching consequences.
- Large Ham: "Now time for the weather. Tiffany?", It makes my DICK hard.
- Morality Chain: Talbot.
- Not Quite Dead: He's baaaa-ack.
- Obfuscating Insanity: Acts crazy and like a bloodhound, which he is. But is always in control. Maybe because he is more powerful than any other vampire known in the show uptil now.
- Oh, Crap!: When he is killed by Eric.
- Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping: An in-universe example. He normally has an accent like a typical Southern gentleman, but when Russell gets particularly angry he reverts back to his presumed original Druid accent.
- Pet the Dog: Sincerely cares about Talbot.
- Psycho for Hire: For the NEW authority. Like all psychos, he doesn't take much time to turn.
- Sanity Slippage: Talbot's death severed his already tenuous hold on sanity.
- Rage Breaking Point: Salome's threat to re-seal him beneath the ground after continuously chastising and restricting his "fun" was the final straw for him, culminating in him tossing her across the room and telling the entire Authority in no uncertain terms just what he thought of them.
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: In perhaps his most iconic moment, he kills a newscaster live on TV to deliver a speech to humanity."Ladies and gentlemen, my name is Russell Edgington, and I have been a vampire for nearly three-thousand years! Now, the American Vampire League wishes to perpetrate the notion that we are just like you, and, I suppose, in a few small ways we are. We're narcissists. We care only about getting what we want no matter what the cost, just like you. Global warming, perpetual war, toxic waste, child labor, torture, genocide... That's a small price to pay for your SUVs and your flat screen TVs, your blood diamonds, your... designer jeans, your absurd garish McMansions! Futile symbols of permanence to quell your... your quivering, spineless souls. But no, in the end, we... are... nothing... like you! We are... immortal! Because we drink the true blood! Blood that is living, organic, and human. Mmm! And that is the truth the AVL wishes to conceal from you, because let's face it, eating people is a tough sell these days, so they put on their friendly faces to pass their beloved VRA, but make no mistake: mine is the true face of vampires! Why... would we... seek... equal... rights? You... are not... our equals! We will eat you! After we eat your children! Now time for the weather. Tiffany?"
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After Salomé rejects his plan to hunt down the fae to harvest their blood and become daywalkers.
- Social Darwinist: He makes the subjugation of humans sound down right logical.
- Southern Gentleman: Not really, but very convincingly acts like one to fit into his role as King of Mississippi.
- Utopia Justifies the Means: Honestly believes that vampires being in charge would be the best thing for the world in general.
- Villainous Breakdown: When Eric kills Talbot.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: One possible interpretation of the character. Russell believes that humans are not fit to be stewards of the earth so they should step down from their position as the dominant species and let vampires run things. Could be seen as a variation of Gaia's Vengeance.
A very powerful medium who served as a leader of a Wiccan coven at the Moon Goddess Emporium.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Was treated as a freak for much of her life due to her status as a spirit medium.
- Ascend to a Higher Plane of Existence: She peacefully passes on into the afterlife after Antonia and Adele convince her to abandon her quest for revenge against the vampires. This makes her the first (and so far, only) season villain to have a happy ending.
- Berserk Button: Being bullied and threatened by others. It seems those years of feeling like an outcast and a misfit eventually ate away at her psyche; she's homicidal and vengeful toward anyone who attacks her.
- Big Bad: Of Season 4.
- Blood Magic: Occasionally seen cutting herself in an attempt to invoke Antonia.
- Boom, Headshot!: Delivered by Bill.
- Bullying a Dragon: Sort of. The vampires attacked her because her practices meant she had the potential to one day act against them. And since being oppressed is her berserk button, that's exactly what made her snap and start her genocidal crusade against them in the first place.
- Character Death: She's shot in the head by Bill, and her spirit is later encouraged to move on by Adele.
- Demonic Possession: Subverted. While Antonia was possessing her at first, it eventually became more of a melding of consciousness before culminating in Marnie actually binding Antonia and gaining full control of her powers. Also, after her death, Marnie possesses Lafayette.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Marnie went from being a sad, timid old kook to a massive threat to vampires and humans alike. She derails vampire-human relations and is responsible for the deaths of Jesus Velasquez and many high-ranking vampires.
- The Fundamentalist: For her, those caught in the middle are not even Collateral Damage but Les Collaborateurs to vampires.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: The reason she talked to the dead was because they were her only friends. She was shunned by other people all her life because of her powers.
- Inept Mage: Her powers are pretty hit-or-miss unless she's being possessed by Antonia.
- Informed Loner: She claimed to be a lifelong outcast despite leading a coven that loved her (until she she started going off the deep end) and considered Holly and Jesus personal friends.
- I See Dead People: Her most consistent ability when she's not possessed. Apparently, constantly hearing the voices of the dead contributed to her neurotic mental state.
- Necromancer: The reason the vampires see her as a threat—with the power to control the dead, she could potentially control them too.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: It's revealed that she is doing this when she is egging Antonia on to continue against the vampires and is not a naive witch and helpless victim of possession she came off as.
- The Power of the Sun: The magical barrier she erects around her shop harnesses the power of the sun, killing any vampire that touches it.
- Start of Darkness: While it's hinted that she was a bit mentally unstable all along, she bears no nefarious intentions until after the vampires antagonize her and Antonia shows her visions of the witches' persecution during the Inquisition.
- Sympathetic Murderer: The show doesn't paint her murderous actions in a positive light, but the motive behind them is treated much more tragically.
- Sympathy for the Devil: Sookie tries to win her over by telling her that she understands how it feels to be ostracized and picked on. This seems to reach Marnie, until Bill challenges her to come out by calling her a coward. In the finale, she is also portrayed in a very sympathetic light as Antonia and Adele convince her to abandon her quest for revenge so she can be at peace.
- Too Dumb to Live: Her downfall can be traced directly to her not knowing what "cauterize" means. As in, Jesus and Lafayette grabbed a few vials of herbs saying they were going to "cauterize" the wounds of the girl Marnie stabbed, even though it simply means burning a wound to seal it.
- Willing Channeler: She allows Antonia to possess her in order to protect herself and her coven from the vampires.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: It's implied at various points throughout the season and finally stated in "Soul of Fire" that Marnie is acting out because she perceives herself as everyone's punching bag and is using Antonia's power as a means to lash out and assert herself. This hardly justifies her actions, but it at least makes them somewhat more understandable. There's also the fact that she was originally just a lonely old woman, who turned to necromancy because she couldn't find meaningful relationships among the living. If the vampires had just left her alone, she would never have become their enemy, but instead they attacked her based on the possibility that she might one day pose a threat to them.
A 2,000+ year old vampire and The Guardian of the Authority. She was a world class seductress and fiercely intelligent, commonly known for her "dance of the Seven Veils".
- As the Good Book Says...: She really likes the Vampire Bible.
- Badass Boast: "I saved you, Russell. I can put you back in the ground."
- To which Russell reacts by slapping her across the room, which he can do, since he's a thousand years older than her.
- The Baroness
- Big Bad: Of Season 5. She's not the traditional Big Bad, in the sense that she never meets the protagonist at all, but it is her manipulations and actions that cause most of the seasons conflict and drive the seasons plot, such as: Turning the Authority dark, causing Bill to slowly slip into evil, bringing back Russell, and more. She is also the one who causes the Authority to become Sanguinstas. By the end of the season, Salome is replaced/joined in the role by Lilith.
- Big Bad Wannabe: She's a Big Bad this season, but that was ultimately her intentions. Her plot didn't just happen to make her a Big Bad, her plot was to be a Big Bad.
- The Chosen One: She too sees Lilith telling her so.
- Cold-Blooded Torture
- The Dragon: Somewhat to Lilith. She's the leader of the Sanguinstas and the most devoted of the group. She does whatever Lilith tells her to do or whatever she believes Lilith wants her to do.
- Freudian Excuse: Possibly. She declares that she wants to rewrite her own history, and given that her earlier explanation of her backstory was accompanied by the only signs of vulnerability and sadness we've seen in her so far, this could be the driving reason behind her actions.
- Graceful Loser: Manages to congratulate Bill on being Lilith's 'wise choice', as he kills her.
- Historical-Domain Character: She is the same Salome—aka the Daughter of Herodias—from The Bible.
- It's All About Me: Subtle, but she does like to be the focus of attention. When Russell suggests saying grace before eating, she quickly tries to jump in, clearly having assumed that he meant her. When Steve says the prayer, she is visiably irritated.
- The Fundamentalist: So much that when Russell tells the rest of the Chancellors to join him in hunting down the Fae so they can daywalk Salomé refuses because vampires are "of the night" and fairies an abomination. And when Bill tricks her into drinking blood laced with silver she recognizes Lilith's wisdom in choosing Bill over her.
- Mushroom Samba: While on Lilith's blood.
- Number Two: To Roman.
- Undying Loyalty: To Lilith.
- The Vamp: One of legend, at that.
The very first vampire made in God's image, Lilith is worshipped by a cult known as the Sanguinstas. Many believe Lilith to simply be a myth, however, she proves this to be untrue when she comes into the picture and begins manipulating the Vampire Authority in her favor.
- Above Good and Evil: Makes these claims about herself, but other characters see through this.
- Big Bad: Of Season 5. While Salome starts out as the original Big Bad of the season, by the end it is Lilith's manipulating the plots through the acts of the Authority and she begins pitting them against one another by telling them each they are chosen.
- Disc-One Final Boss: For Season 6, while possessing Bill Compton.
- God of Evil: Is regarded as the "God" worshiped by vampire fanatics, who attempt to create a theocracy to her name.
- Manipulative Bastard: In order to choose the best to lead her army, Lilith comes to three of the Authority members and tells them each they are chosen in order to pit them against each other. She is also the one responsible for most of their actions during season 5.
- The Unfought: Justified as she is already dead and her spirit is operating from the afterlife. At best she just disappears after her plans are ultimately foiled.
The wife of Rev. Steve Newlin. She claims to have originally supported vampire rights, but that she had an epiphany after her fangbanger sister disappeared. She argues with her husband frequently because he will not give her more of a leadership role in the Fellowship of the Sun. She has a strong attraction to Jason Stackhouse, and moves him from the Fellowship camp into her home so that she can be close to him.
- As the Good Book Says...: Like her husband, she's quick to use Bible quotes to back up her political beliefs.
- Badass Normal: Manages to be a threat without having any supernatural capabilities
- The Beard: Unknowingly for Steve Newlin.
- Berserk Button: Hates being called ex-wife of Steve Newlin, but ironically keeps his last name.
- Big Bad: Of Season 6 and Season 7.
- Blonde Republican Sex Kitten: Until season 7, she always sported a classical squeaky-clean Fox News anchor getup to match her conservative views. Pam dyes it back to blonde.
- Bound and Gagged: She's briefly kept chained up in the basement of Fangtasia by Eric, Pam, and the Yakuza.
- The Bus Came Back: For Season 6. And again in Season 7.
- Cat Fight: Does everything in her power to stop Ms. Suzuki from exposing the Tru Blood operation, including killing her.
- The Chosen One: In Season 7 she has deluded herself out of all the horrible stuff she's done and believes herself the Messiah because her blood can cure Hep-V.
- Crisis of Faith: In Season 7
- Dragon Ascendant: After Burrell's death she plots to keep his death in secret and takes control of the vampire death camp.
- Dumb Blonde: Although she isn't exactly 'dumb' she's not particularly savvy or intelligent. When stopped in her tracks in a TV debate with Nan Flanagan, the best retort she can summon up is, 'I hate your hair'. Averted in Season 6, where she has since become very savvy, cunning, and quick to adapt.
- Dye or Die: She's sporting brown hair in season 7, presumably to shed herself from her misdeeds. Pam forcibly dyes it back.
- Fate Worse than Death: While Eric and Pam synthesized the Hep V cure, and mass produced it in New Blood, they kept Sarah around as essentially a cure laced prostitute. Once everyone leaves her alone in the basement of Fangtasia, a chat with her hallucinatory ex-husband reveals that what little remained of her sanity is essentially gone, leaving her as Pam and Eric's living blood bag for as long as they choose to keep her alive.
- Faux Affably Evil: In Season 6. She keeps the...
- Freudian Excuse: Her sister was killed by vampires when they were both crusading for vamp equal rights. Its a lie... her sister was turned into a vampire.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: While not a nobody per se, she didn't have much of a role in season two. Season 6 however...holy shit.
- God Is Good: Her whole reason for living.
- Groin Attack: Gives one to Jason, courtesy of a paintball gun. Later suffers one herself at the hands of the CEO of the True Blood Company in Season 6.
- HeelFaith Turn: Subverted. As of season 7, she may have turned from Christian fundamentalism to Pseudo-Far-Eastern esotericism, but so far it seems she just exchanged one type of bigotry for another.
- I Have No Sister Keeps her vampire sister Amber quiet by paying her once a month, and ignores her, pretending she doesn't exist.
- Jerkass: In Season 6, where she's dumped the 'affable' part of being Faux Affably Evil.
- Lady Macbeth: To Governor Truman Burrell. She encourages his prejudice, and it's heavily implied that the camp was her idea. In later episodes she additionally adapts the Trope Namer's insanity.
- Large Ham: "This is all part of God's plan, and GOD. IS. GOOD."
- Living MacGuffin: Her blood contains the only known cure for Hep-V
- Mission from God: She believes she's on one, and takes it to new levels in season 6. By Season 7 she believes she's the Messiah.
- Ms. Fanservice: Her introduction involves an extended fantasy sequence of her behaving seductively.
- My Parents Are Dead
- Neck Snap: Subverted. She tries to do this to Ms. Suzuki, but completely fails to pull it off.
- Need a Hand, or a Handjob?: She gives Jason a hand while he's in the bath.
- Offscreen Breakup: Between seasons, she and Steve get divorced due to a possible combination of her adultery, his homosexuality and/or vampirism, and basically the hollow disaster that their marriage is.
- Oh, Crap!: When the yakuza announce they are looking for her in episode 3 of season 7.
- Punny Name: When she goes into hiding and takes up yoga with a guru (and takes him up as well), she goes by the alias "Noomi" ("New me"); she rather painfully explains this to her sister, who strains her eyes from rolling them.
- Really Gets Around: First with Steve, then she moves to Jason, then to Governor Burrell, and then she's fucking her guru in season 7.
- Sanity Slippage: While she wasn't quite all right in Season 2, her monologue in front of Burrell's severed head in 6x07 or her violent killing of Ms. Suzuki after admitting she's "getting there" in 6x08 (including a prayer afterwards) makes one wonder how long it will take until she loses it completely.
- In Season 7 she has lost it entirely, hallucinating her late husband, her late guru lover, Jason and the head of Truman Burrell.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: After the Burrell camp falls apart.
- Shoe Slap: Kills Ms. Suzuki this way.
- Stepford Smiler: Her default personality
- Suspiciously Specific Denial: When instructing a pair of agents to dispose of Truman's body, she says she doesn't want to know how they do it, though she hears acid is very effective.
- That Woman Is Dead: By episode 5 of Season 7, she's shed her entire Sarah Newlin persona, and become Noomi, a Buddhist who has the antidote to cure Hep-V.
- Took a Level in Jerkass: In Season 6, she's become much more brutal and ruthless.
- Traumatic Haircut: Pam gives her one in season 7 before selling her into prostitution.
- The Vamp
- Villains Out Shopping: We hear nothing from her after she escapes from the Burrell camp, only for her to resurface at a guru's retreat practicing yoga in the third episode of season 7.
- You Can Run, but You Can't Hide: She runs to hide in a wine storage room when the yakuza come looking for her in season 7.
- Your Cheating Heart: She sleeps with Jason while married to Steve. And again, with Jason while in a relationship with Truman.
- Withholding the Cure: She's got the cure to Hep-V.