A telepathic waitress in a small-town restaurant and the protagonist of the series. Because of her ability, she has difficulty forming lasting human relationships. She becomes involved in a romantic relationship with a vampire, Bill, upon discovering that she can't read his mind. This relationship with a supernatural being causes controversy amongst the residents of her small town. Through Bill, she finds herself entering a world of creatures and supernatural conflict that surpasses even her worst nightmares.
- Action Girl/Action Heroine: For all the trouble she gets into, she's still managed to:
- Stake Lorena.
- Decapitate a Serial Killer with a shovel.
- Shoot a werewolf with a shotgun. Twice. Only the second time, it was Debbie and she shot her head clean off.
- Stake a vampire with chopsticks.
- Stake Bill when he's about to kill Eric. It doesn't work, due to him being possessed by the progenitor of the vampire race, but still.
- Alien Blood: Sookie's blood might fit due to her being part-fairy.
- The Alleged Car: Sookie has a spectacularly hideous yellow Honda Civic that's older than she is.
- All Girls Want Bad Boys: Her love interests are Bill and Eric. Sam never was.
- Alcide isn't, at least not until a drunken Sookie starts coming onto him in "We'll Meet Again".
- In season six, she finally admits to Warlow (and herself) that she's a 'danger whore' when it comes to men, right before they drink each other's blood and have sex.
- All of the Other Reindeer: Sookie becomes a pariah a couple of times throughout the series and to top it all off she can hear the whole town's feelings.
- Alliterative Name: Sookie Stackhouse.
- Anguished Declaration of Love: With both Bill and Eric.
- Awful Truth: See Offing the Offspring below.
- Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Eric oh so much.
- Berserk Button: Hurt anyone of Sookie's loved ones, especially her brother Jason, and watch Sookie explode.
- Sookie doesn't like people talking trash about her to her brother. Just don't.
- Betty and Veronica: Sookie is the Archie for Bill's Betty and Eric's Veronica.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Piss her off, and she puts on her badass gloves.
- Blessed with Suck: Due to being part fairy, one of her abilities is the ability to read minds or hear what others are thinking, even when she doesn't want to.
- Brainless Beauty: Only appeared to be this in the beginning (she was practising Obfuscating Stupidity to mask her mind-reading powers).
- Break the Cutie: It's easy to forget Sookie started out as a cheerful, open minded virgin who lived happily with her grandmother and her cat.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: Sookie has her moments of jealousy in regards to Bill and Eric.
- Deadpan Snarker: She has her moments. Many more in season 5.
- Destructive Romance: With both Bill and Eric at different points in each relationship.
- Deus Angst Machina: Sookie always has something to angst about, whether it directly concerns her or not.
- Dude Magnet: At least of a supernatural kind. It's one of her powers.
- Dumb Blonde: Averted. Sookie is not particularly dumb but she did come off as this way in the beginning.
- Even the Girls Want Her: Judging by Pam's words.
- Evil Laugh: Gives a pretty terrifying one when she flushes Talbot's remains down Fangtasia's garbage disposal.
- The Fair Folk: Taken to a strange level, Sookie is Half-Fae and thus only has half their powers. In a sense she also has their mood-swings, connection to nature, and the fae-realms.
- She also seems to have some of their legendary Lack of Empathy. Notably, she is extremely indifferent to the things her supernatural friends and boyfriends have done and continue to do except to the extent that they affect her, her family or people she is close to.
- Foolish Sibling, Responsible Sibling: Sookie is the Responsible Sibling to Jason's Foolish Sibling.
- Genre Savvy: Seems to have hit this in season 5.Sookie: "It's not gonna change. You say goodbye and the next thing, you guys are back in my house and a three thousand year old vampire wants to suck my blood. Must be Thursday!"andSookie: "First of all, I've seen enough horror movies to know you don't split up when you're in a big, scary asylum and there's a crazed killer on the loose. Second, I think it's fair to say my microwave fingers and the sun are about the only things around here that seem to have any effect on Russell. So the way I see it, it's *me* protecting *you* from *him*, instead of the other way around. Third, I got a headache, I gotta pee something fierce, so I'd just as soon get this over with."
- Girl Next Door: Starts off as this archetype. She's a pretty, somewhat naive virgin in her mid-20s who lives with her grandmother and works as a waitress at a local bar, where her boss has an unrequited crush on her.
- Good Is Not Soft: Sookie is generally a kind and caring person towards others, but DO NOT get on her bad side in any way.
- Goshdang It To Heck: Sookie's usual method of swearing, especially in early seasons. When she lets loose an F-bomb, you know shit just got real.
- Half-Human Hybrid: She's part fairy.
- The Heroine: Sookie is the protagonist and main character of the show.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: With Tara. They have been best friends since childhood.
- Hot-Blooded: She definitely has a temper.
- I Can Change My Beloved: In regards to both Bill and Eric.
- I Just Want to Be Normal: She often gets tired of dealing with supernatural danger and drama. After the showdown with René she's left with bruises, a shiner and a hoarse voice from being choked nearly to death, but she doesn't take Bill's regenerating blood because she just wants to feel human. She also often wishes she could turn off her mind-reading.
- Immune to Mind Control: Vampire compulsion doesn't work on Sookie.
- Interspecies Romance: With both Bill and Eric. Sookie is a human/fairy and Bill and Eric are both vampires.
- MayflyDecember Romance: With both Eric and Bill. Bill is over a century older than Sookie and Eric is 900+ years older than Sookie. And with Warlow, who is canonically the oldest vampire on the show, having been turned in 3500 BC.
- A Mind Is a Terrible Thing to Read: Poor Sookie often views her unique attribute as a curse.
- Main Character: True Blood centres on Sookie and her relationships with the other characters.
- Ms. Fanservice: Gets quite a few nude scenes, especially around the middle of the series.
- New Powers as the Plot Demands: The aforementioned force-field powers.
- Nice Girl: Kind and tolerant of almost everyone until they give her a reason to dislike them. It's also very rare to hear her curse.
- Official Couple: With Bill until season three finale.
- Then with Alcide at the end of Season 6 after he comes back to his senses.
- Offing the Offspring: Halfway through season six, she discovers that her parents were going to kill her on the night they were murdered by Warlow. The reason they did this was so he wouldn't turn her into a vampire once she came of age, but still...
- Parental Abandonment: Both of Sookie's parents died when she was younger.
- Platonic Life-Partners: With Lafayette.
- The Protagonist: Sookie is the main character of True Blood.
- Romantic Two-Girl Friendship: With Tara.
- Seen It All: By season 5, she has.
- Spotting the Thread: She becomes suspicious of Maryann when she first hears her thoughts - which are in Greek. She asks the latter where she's from, claiming she can't place her accent. Maryann claims she's from New Jersey, which makes Sookie even MORE suspicious.
- Starcrossed Lovers: With Eric. - Alan Ball stated of course they're going to come together, it's fated!"
- Too Dumb to Live: Let's face it, Sookie's habit of charging headlong into danger would have resulted in her death several times over if she didn't have superpowered vampires and werewolves looking out for her.
- Took a Level in Badass: She goes from needing Bill to rescue her from a couple junkies to staking vampires.
- Trauma Conga Line: After four years the pattern is proven: Sookie gets beaten to a pulp, mauled by a bullmonster with giant claws, almost drained to the last drop and shot in the stomach. No season can pass without Sookie almost getting killed off in some horrible way.
- Vampire-Werewolf Love Triangle: In the beginning, with Bill and Sam (not werewolf, but close enough). More recently it's developed to...
- Unwanted Harem: Two vampires, a shapeshifter, and a werewolf.
Sookie's not-too-bright, self-involved brother, who is vigilant in defending and protecting Sookie. He supervises a road crew during the day, and is known for bedding the women of Bon Temps at night.
- The Ace: He's not really one, but to The Fellowship of the Sun he definitely is.
- Always Someone Better: To Luke, the fanatical Soldier of the Sun.
- Anti-Hero: Type II and Type III.
- Badass Normal: Niall points out that he has not inherited any special fae powers, and the royal fae bloodline skipped him.
- Bash Brothers: Became this with Andy.
- Berserk Button: DO NOT mess with his sister Sookie. He will fuck you up without hesitation.
- Big Brother Instinct: Towards Sookie, but also really to any woman, one of his better points.
- Big Damn Heroes: Jason rescuing Sookie and Eric in 2.08, then again in 2.10, plays it straight.
- Then subverted again when Jason and Andy try to go and kill Maryann only to make it barely through the crowd where both are almost immediately turned into zombies.
- Jason arrives just in time to save Tara from Franklin. And it was awesome.
- Jason and Niall successfully jump in at the last moment to save Sookie from Warlow.
- Bound and Gagged: By Crystal Norris and later Steve Newlin and Violet.
- Brainless Beauty: Jason is build a regular Adonis, and his main traits is that he is kind of dimwitted and easy to manipulate.
- Blood Knight: After getting zapped by fairy powers, takes sadistic delight in killing vampires. Just bad ones mind ya.
- Cartwright Curse: Every woman he had slept with onscreen in the first season died.
- Clear My Name: Mistaken for Murderer in season one.
- Desperately Looking for a Purpose in Life: In the first few seasons. He goes from joining the Church of the New Sun to wanting to be a cop.
- Digging Yourself Deeper: When he admitted to Hoyt that he slept with Jessica (albeit after Jess and Hoyt broke up), Hoyt heartbreakingly asks, "How?" Jason, being Jason, responded by listing all the positions they had sex in. Hoyt promptly punches him in the face before clarifying what he meant.
- Duct Tape for Everything: When glamored by Steve Newlin.
- Fantastic Racism: After getting mistakenly zapped by fairy power, he shows noticeable hatred towards vampires killing them out of absolute delight.
- Half-Human Hybrid: Like Sookie, he has faerie ancestry, although it's not as strong in him. It does explain his ability to attract women with very little effort.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has been this with Hoyt for almost their whole lives. Until near the end of season 4, when Jason hooks up with Jessica, which makes Hoyt end their friendship. Near the end of season 5, Hoyt has Jessica glamour his memories of Jason and Jessica out of his mind permanently before going to Alaska, throwing away any chance of reconciliation.
- Homoerotic Dream: A rather tame (and short) one with Eddie in the second season.
- Another one in season 4 when he began to fantasize about Jessica after drinking her blood; sometime during the dream, though, Jessica becomes Hoyt.
- And another one in season six, this time with Ben/Warlow. Jason's prior experiences with vampire blood lead him and Niall to the realization that Ben is not only Warlow, but a faerie-vampire hybrid.
- The producers seem to love making this a running gag as it happens yet again in the second episode of season 7 in which he dreams that he tracks down Eric which leads to rather a lot of kissing, caressing and shirtlessness.
- I Just Want to Be Special: He's actually disappointed when it turned out that he wouldn't turn into a werepanther after all, following his ordeal in Hotshot.
- Jerkass: In the early episodes mainly.
- Ladykiller in Love: Spends a lot of time really getting around, but also spends a lot of time as this in committed relationships that are doomed with bad luck or bad judging of character. In the last couple of episodes, he meets Brigette and in the show's distant finale ends up marrying and fathering three children with her in a case of Last Girl Wins.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Steve Newlin makes him forget they ever had their brief meeting in the first episode of season five.
- Modesty Bedsheet: Sleeps in the nude.
- Mr. Fanservice: How many times has he been seen naked or shirtless?
- Muggle Born of Mages: His sex appeal is pretty much the only thing he inherited from his faerie ancestors, while Sookie and pretty much all other Stackhouses had faerie powers. He's later outright told that the faerie genes skipped him.
- Naked First Impression: We first meet Jason in a raunchy sex scene with Maudette Pickens.
- Plucky Comic Relief: Probably one of the funniest characters on the show.
- Romance and Sexuality Separation: Jason has a lot of casual sex, but finds carrying on an actual relationship to be difficult.
- Running Gag: The third season had one where he claimed to be a cop, only to be forced to admit he wasn't one yet
- Sanity Slippage: As of the Season 5 finale, he is hallucinating the ghosts of his parents which are rapidly goading him into becoming harsher and more racist against vampires, including Jessica, who he clearly had feelings for before the appearence of the "ghosts". Whether or not this is due to the bump on the head, the faerie Elder's energy blast, or something else entirely is currently unknown.
- Shirtless Scene: Has plenty of these. Nobody is complaining.
- Those Two Guys: With Andy after he became cop.
- Too Dumb to Live: It runs in the family. Although with Jason, it's played for laughs.
- Took a Level in Badass: After being trained by the Fellowship of the Sun and becoming a cop. He's still often too stupid to really put it to good use, though.
- Unknown Rival: Luke. Not that Jason wasn't really aware with it he just didn't play along.
Jason and Sookie's paternal grandmother. She raised Jason and Sookie following their parents' deaths. Sookie keeps living with her after becoming an adult and later inherits Gran's house. She is portrayed as a very kind-hearted, motherly figure, with even Tara Thornton's mother crediting her for raising Tara when she couldn't.
- Cool Old Lady: Is more liberal towards Sookie dating a vampire than two generations younger Jason and Tara.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Sookie, several times.
- Hidden Depths: She is one of the few characters who supports Sookie's relationship with Bill, and is greatly interested in Bill's historic knowledge of Bon Temps, as she is head of the Descendants of the Glorious Dead, an organization devoted to honoring the memory of the Civil War.
- Mama Bear: Toward Sookie and Jason.
Sheriff Andy Bellefleur
A police detective in Bon Temps who is somewhat incompetent at his job and is regularly disrespected by the town's citizens. He is a recovering alcoholic.
- Adult Fear: When his faerie daughters first go missing. Turns up to eleven when Jason brings up the fact that faeries are like 'catnip' to vampires. Becomes awfully realized as he storms into Bill's mansion and finds three of his daughters dead and one barely alive.
- The Alcoholic: His drinking becomes more and more prevalent as the series progresses and he feels increasingly out of his depth.
- Badass in Charge: Of the Bon Temps Sheriff's Department.
- Badass Normal: One of the non-powered human characters.
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Though it seems to fluctuate by varying degrees.
- Big Damn Heroes: He and the other cops save Sookie and Hoyt from Bud Dearborne and Sweetie Des Arts.
- Butt-Monkey: In Season 2 and 4 especially. Both times he's struggling with addiction (variously with alcohol and V).
- The Cassandra: in Season 2, mostly because what he's trying to convince his fellow police officers of sounds ridiculous, and partially because he's almost continually drunk throughout the season.
- Clueless Detective: Though sometimes (surprisingly) not.
- Cowboy Cop: Has grown into this.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: He may be a blustery fool, but he can be pretty awesome when he has to be.
- Cynical Mentor: To Jason. He really doesn't want to take Jason under his wing, but he sees the advantage to having a young, really athletic guy to run down all the crazies showing up in Bon Temps lately. That and he just feels bad for him.
- Dude, Where's My Respect?: Resents the fact that people call Bud Sheriff Dearborne, but no one calls him Detective Bellefleur.
- Fan Disservice: You get a nice big shot of him lying naked on his stomach in the first episode of Season 5, and yes, you see his ass and everything.
- Fantastic Drug: He becomes addicted to V in season 4, but by season 5 has successfully kicked it.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite being bullish, aggressive, irritable and grumpy Andy really is just trying to do his job and help people.
- My Beloved Smother: Well, Grandsmother.
- Not Now, Kiddo: Tries to do this with Jason but it never seems to work. Jason just annoys him anyways.
- Only Sane Man: In the whole freaking town!
- Properly Paranoid: Often looks insane just because he's one of the few people who actually know what's going on.
- Reasonable Authority Figure: From time to time though not at all in Season 4. One piece of viral marketing in the form of an interview with him is a good example of how reasonable he can be.
- Those Two Guys: With Jason, despite much initial conflict.
- Too Many Babies: Maurella leaves him with four fae babies.
- Took a Level in Badass: He helps fight Maryann's forces with a broken arm and goes through absolute hell.
- Took a Level in Kindness: Andy gradually comes into his own after being made Sheriff, even developing a genuine if vitriolic friendship with Jason.
Arlene Bellefleur (née Fowler)
A waitress at Merlotte's. A four-time divorcee, she is a single mother of two. While she has a good heart, she is often apt to resort to bigotry (directed at vampires) and openly disapproves of Sookie's relationship with Bill. Arlene often makes remarks that have distinctly racist undertones though this often appears to be unintentional.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In Season 5, she dismisses Terry's talk of the fire demon as nonsense. Holly, a witch, calls her on it.
- Butt-Monkey: She simply can't catch a break, though this might be because she's hilarious when she's high-strung.
- Catchphrase: "I've got kids!" She usually says this when she's chewing someone out.
- Character Development: Goes through the most out of any character, from an ignorant bigoted waitress to a thoughtful, more open-minded restaurant owner. Lampshaded in the second to last episode as she comments on Sookie's surprise that she's started a relationship with a vampire, Keith ("you don't have to tell me how strange it sounds".)
- The Chew Toy: See Butt-Monkey
- Deadpan Snarker: Just look at her caption.
- Eye Scream: She bursts a vessel in her eye due to stress, but thinks baby Mikey did it when he looked at her.
- Fatal Attractor: Her last Love interest was a Serial Killer and we don't know about her ex-husbands but they must be exes for a reason.
- Fetus Terrible: She believed this while pregnant with René's baby, thinking René's evil is In the Blood.
- Fiery Red Head: Although she only dyes her hair.
- Happily Ever After: With vampire Keith in the Distant Finale epilogue.
- Happily Married: Arlene and Terry, in the fourth season.
- Heroes Want Redheads: She dyes her hair red, claiming some study that redheaded waitresses get bigger tips.
- Hysterical Woman: Lapses into this at times.
- I Have Your Wife: Patrick kidnaps her to force Terry's hand.
- Mistaken for Racist: Frequently.
- Single Woman Seeks Good Man: She's a divorced mom with two kids who just can't seem to catch a break.
- Spared by the Adaptation: Arlene is murdered in Dead Ever After. She has a much happier outcome in the show, having taken over Merlotte's and renaming it Bellefleur's.
An Iraq war veteran who works as one of the cooks at Merlotte's and he's a cousin of Detective Andy Bellefleur. He shows clear signs of post-traumatic stress disorder but despite his unusual behavior, is a gentle soul. He is one of the few who are kind to Bill and he finds him to be a kindred soul as Bill is a veteran like him.
- Berserk Button: Endangering Arlene's kids is not a good idea around him.
- Brainwashing for the Greater Good: In season 6, Arlene tries to stop him from committing suicide by having a vampire erase all his Marine memories.
- Calling the Old Man Out: Calling Sam out, actually, for transforming into a Jerkass. He does it again to Andy to help him with his V addiction.
- Cloudcuckoolander: A rather laid-back but definite example, seen by others as such due to being a Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass.
- Crouching Moron, Hidden Badass: Usually seems to have difficulty just functioning but, when the situation calls for it, shows that he is one of the most competent characters in the supporting cast.
- Dies Wide Open: With Arlene at his side.
- Driven to Suicide: He asks another marine buddy to kill him in a way he won't see coming.
- Go Out with a Smile: He's just had his old demons from the war glamored away, and as he slips away Arlene tells him to think of all the good things in his life.
- The Dog: Often, when the writers want to get the point across that a character is being a complete Jerkass, they do so by having that character be mean to Terry.
- Henpecked Husband
- Instant Death Bullet: After he paid another marine to kill him in a way he wouldn't see coming.
- My God, What Have I Done?: In Season 5.
- Nice Guy: Even with his dark past, he is still the most consistently good member of the cast - he never puts his own feelings first, always protects others, feels obligated to stay with Arlene, happily raises a baby whose father was a psychotic serial killer.. where does he stop?
- Papa Wolf: Threatening Arlene's kids, who he thinks of as his own, triggers a pretty serious Berserk Button in him.
- Properly Paranoid: He often has a vague suspicion that something is wrong when something really is wrong, only to be falsely reasured that everything is ok by someone who knows for a fact that there's a problem but wishes conceal said problem.
- On more than one occasion he's been the first person to notice a problem.
- Sanity Slippage: Since coming back from Iraq, and then kicks into overdrive after Patrick's death.
- Shell-Shocked Veteran: He's odd and always a little worried, due to PTSD from his time at war.
- Token Good Teammate: What he seemed to be in Iraq.Terry: (on a dying woman) We can still save her!Patrick: I said DEAD CHECK HER!
The surviving Halfling daughter of Andy Bellefleur and Maurella.
A waitress at Merlotte's introduced in the third season. She is very friendly and a single mother of two, and is also a devoted Wiccan.
- Demoted to Extra: Despite being a strong character in the third season and central to the plot in the fourth, her significance is quickly reduced from then on to simply being Andy's girlfriend. It is telling that she hasn't done anything magic-related since the fourth season.
- Determinator: Never gave up when trapped by Marnie.
- Adorkable: Especially around Adilyn
- Abusive Parents: His smothering, controlling mother who often borders on emotional abuse.
- The Big Guy: One of the tallest of the cast. This is deconstructed a little bit; he had a massive growth spurt in middle school that left him so unbalanced, he had to walk with a cane for months.
- Boy Meets Ghoul: He dated baby-vampire Jessica for a while.
- Butt-Monkey: Becomes one by season 5, living in a near-constant state of depression and anger after losing Jessica and his best friend.
- Calling The Old Woman Out: When he told his mother off for disapproving of his relationship with Jessica, after Maxine cancelled his cell phone service and made it look like he dumped Jess.
- Evil Matriarch: His mother. No, seriously.
- FaceHeel Turn: Season 5 has him briefly joining an anti-supernatural hate group, but he quits when they try to make him kill Jessica.
- Heterosexual Life-Partners: Has been this with Jason for almost their whole lives. Until near the end of season 4, when Jason hooks up with Jessica, which makes Hoyt end their friendship. Near the end of season 5, Hoyt has Jessica glamour his memories of Jason and Jessica out of his mind permanently before going to Alaska, throwing away any chance of reconciliation.
- Huge Guy, Tiny Girl: The 6"5" Hoyt briefly dates 5"0" Summer, nearly a foot and a half shorter.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: He specifically requested Jessica to erase every memory of her or Jason from his mind before he moved to Alaska.
- Love Makes You Evil: But not to the point where he could actually kill Jessica.
- Love Triangle: With Summer and Jessica. Except he actually hates Summer. And now with Jessica and Jason.
- Manchild: At least up until he moves out of his mothers house to live with Jessica.
- Nice Guy: He really is nice.
- Until he Took a Level in Jerkass after Jessica and Jason hooked up. It's hard to blame him: he lost his first true love and his best friend in one fell swoop of betrayal.
- Put on a Bus: He puts himself on a bus, moving to Alaska in season 5 after realizing he's tired of dealing with everyone he knows and their issues.
- The Bus Came Back for season 7.
- Single-Target Sexuality: For Jessica."Other women don't even EXIST to me!"
Sheriff Bud Dearborne
The sheriff of Renard Parish and an old friend of Sookie and Jason's deceased parents. While he is well respected in the town of Bon Temps, he goes out of his way to show his distaste for vampires and vocally objects to Sookie's relationship with Bill.
- Adaptational Villainy: He returns as The Dragon for his mistress' Big Bad in a plot to kill all shifters in season 5. In the books, he was pretty much a bit character dropping by to comment on things, who never retired and was mostly Good Is Not Nice.
- Clueless Detective: Though usually just because he doesn't understand the full scope of the situation.
- Was more inclined than Andy to think the serial killing of fang bangers was the work of vampires despite the fact that none of the killings resembled vampire attacks.
- Cynical Mentor: To Andy Bellefleur in the first season though eventually gives up on it because he's getting too old for this.
- The Dragon: To Sweetie Des Arts, whose nickname is ironically "The Dragon".
- FaceHeel Turn: See Adaptational Villainy.
- Genre Savvy: Or at least demonstraits it on a few occasions.
- "Every time I solve one murder two more pop up, it's like crab grass!"
- Noble Bigot with a Badge: In Season 1, came across as nicer and more reasonable than Andy.
- Only Sane Man: Is the only person who actually seems to notice the unusually frequency with which murders occur in Bon Temps.
- Put on a Bus: Bud retires after the frustration of his job gets to him.
- The Bus Came Back: In Season 5.
- The Sheriff: Of Bon Temps until his retirement.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: At the end, he wanted to wipe out all vampires and other "supes" like shifters so that normal humans wouldn't have to fear being their victims any more. With vampires you can sort of see why he'd eventually get frustrated enough to turn into a full-blown bigot, since he'd seen his share of vampire-committed crimes. With the others, not so much.
- Your Cheating Heart: Bud enters a relationship with Sweetie Des-Arts while still married.
Lettie Mae Daniels (née Thornton)
Tara's abusive, alcoholic mother. During the first season, she persuades Tara to fund an exorcism to expel a demon that she is convinced lives inside her. She blames the demon for her actions, claiming he targeted her for her closeness with Jesus. Tara reluctantly agrees to pay for Lettie Mae's exorcism, after which Lettie Mae visually and mentally improves and develops into a faithful member of the local Christian community. The woman that performed the exorcism, Miss Jeanette, is exposed as a fraud and later killed by Maryann, but Lettie Mae refuses to believe her exorcism was unreal.
- Abusive Parent: To Tara, who she abuses physically, verbally, financially and emotionally.
- Alcoholic Parent: Lettie Mae is a massive alcoholic, but she eventually gets over it with help of a bullshitting con-woman.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Granted, we see the bitch first. But as soon as her 'demon' is gone, she's going to church in fancy hats and looking down on her daughter...whom she mercilessly abused.
- Holier Than Thou: Despite being a child-beating, borderline mentally ill alcoholic for much of her life, Lettie Mae stills considers herself to be morally superior to her daughter, who isn't a child-beating alcoholic.
- Hot for Preacher: She seduces and eventually marries Rev. Daniels.
- Jerkass: Lettie Mae is a vile human being, both convinced that she's especially close to and loved by God while traumatising everyone who comes near her with her sometimes violent and always selfish actions.
- I Have No Daughter: Disowns Tara after finding out she's a vampire, ultimately choosing her social standing as a preacher's wife over a relationship with her daughter.
- It's All About Me: Lettie Mae's first thought is usually, 'how will this affect poor Lettie Mae?'
A human that waitressed at Fangtasia.
- Ascended Extra: She's been promoted to a regular character after sporadic appearances throughout the series.
- Butt-Monkey: Ginger is repeatedly pulled into horrible, traumatizing situations and she's been glamoured for so long that she's a barely held-together mess of a human being.
- Dumb Blonde: Nan refers to her as being hardly able to remember where she lives, having been glamoured so much.
- Granola Girl: Prior to meeting Eric and Pam.
- Hidden Depths: When she started working for Eric and Pam, she was a Granola Girl college student. She even had the idea for Fangtasia. Then came decades of glamoring her brains out...
- The Immodest Orgasm: Eric finally agrees to have sex with her in season 7, which ends up being nothing but 30 seconds of him being dry-humped (or a very blatant case of Right Through His Pants). She audibly enjoys it nevertheless.
- Running Gag: Her tendency to scream at an ungodly pitch.
- Took a Level in Badass: Helping to kill Elijah.
"Eggs" Benedict Talley
A guest of Maryann Forrester's who has a less than reputable past; he gradually begins a romantic relationship with Tara Thornton.
- The Atoner: For his Dark and Troubled Past. It doesn't work out, and we never find out about the details of his troubled past either, beyond having done time for drugs and armed robbery.
- Boom, Headshot!: How he dies.
- Character Death: Eggs is killed by Jason when he confronts Andy with a gun.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Although the details remain vague, he drops a few snippets of information about his past that includes foster homes and a great deal of violence.
- The Dragon: For Maryann.
- Gang Banger: Before Maryann took him in.
- Mind-Control Eyes: His eyes turn black when Mary-Ann controls him.
- My God, What Have I Done?: He's horrified when he discovers that Maryanne used him to do her dirty work, even though everyone—even the police—insist that he isn't a killer and was acting under her mind control.
- Mysterious Past: It's never revealed where he comes from, what his life was like before Maryann or how Maryann took him in.
- Nice Guy: He's a genuinely good-natured man who shows kindness to just about everyone.
A key member of a band of well-meaning (if Too Dumb to Live) liberal advocates. The gang models itself after the civil rights activist Freedom Riders of the 1960s, a group of progressive protesters who rode buses from state to state, challenging racial segregation and Jim Crow travel laws.
- But Not Too Black: Justified due to being being the granddaughter of an interracial marriage.
- Messy Hair: As the picture shows. The werewolves even remember her as "the one with the crazy hair."
- Too Dumb to Live: She is deeply and powerfully stupid. Nicole has made it her mission to unite supernatural creatures in the name of racial harmony, but to do this she confronts a group of werewolf rednecks, talks down to them and videotapes them while making it clear she intends to 'out' them whether they like it or not.
- Wide-Eyed Idealist: She thinks that she'll unite all supernatural creatures and that they'll do this willingly. Even the average person living in the show's world should know how incredibly stupid this idea is, especially considering how she goes about it.
an Iraq war veteran who was Sgt. to Private Terry Bellefleur, and not a resident of Bon Temps.
- Arbitrary Skepticism: In a world flooded with vampires, he chooses not to believe in the existence of a rampaging fire demon even though he saw it with his own eyes.
- Dark and Troubled Past: Much like Terry, he had a tough time in Iraq.
- False Reassurance: Blaming what happened in Iraq on other things such as the situation they were in and the drugs they had taken.
- I Have Your Wife: He pulls this on Terry with Arlene, although it backfires on him.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He seems prejudiced about Muslims, claiming that 'suicide is for Muslims'.
Governor Truman Burrell
A 'good ol' boy' politician with a bigoted vendetta against vampires. Governor Burrell is a politically savvy and perhaps overly ambitious man who tends to let his personal aspirations overshadow his humanity. Like virtually all right-wing conservative politicians, he sees vampires are monsters and does not see them as people despite knowing that they were once human.
- Ambition Is Evil: According to his character description, although we don't see much of it. Burrell never seems to seek more power, he just wants to eliminate vampires.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: From the humans' side in Season 6 with Sarah Newlin.
- Disc-One Final Boss: He's murdered by Bill halfway through his season.
- Character Death: Bill tears his head off.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Genuinely loves his daughter and was mortified when she became a vampire. He still loved her very much.
- Fantastic Racism: He's very much against vampires.
- Knight Templar: He's willing to die for his cause.
- Nightmare Fetishist: Gets excited at the prospect of Eric and Pam killing each other, and when Eric and Pam kill a camp guard instead he gets even more excited.
- Off with His Head!: He tells Bill that 'remove the head, two more will grow in it's place'. Bill removes the head.
- Only in It for the Money: His reason for the "government bailout" for the True Blood company. Ultimately averted, as his true goal is to spread True Blood laced with Hepatitis V.
- Rousing Speech: As seen in the promotional videos.
- Southern Gentleman: Part of his political image, but it isn't only that. He's a 'good ol' boy'.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: Delivered by Bill midway through season 6.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: His methods may be extreme, but his loyalty appears to be to the people of Louisiana. It should be noted that all other vampires on the show (with one or two exceptions) have been depicted as ruthless at best.
- Your Cheating Heart: According to Willa, his wife had an affair with a vampire.
The pastor of one of the churches in Bon Temps, and a respected member of the community. In Season 3, he begins a romantic relationship with a seemingly reformed Lettie Mae, and by Season 4, the two are married. He and Lettie Mae are sought out by Arlene and Terry in Season 4 to rid their home of the evil spirits that they believe are targeting their baby, Mikey. In Season 6, he performs the service at Terry's funeral at Arlene's request. Reverend Daniels is also a leading supporter of Sam's decision to pair up humans with vampires in an attempt to ensure mutual protection and security.
- Ascended Extra: He was fairly minor, existing mostly in relation to Lettie Mae, but for the final season he's a regular character and gets a lot more personality.
- Crisis of Faith: Daniels admits that after losing his daughter and subsequently his wife, he lost faith in God, humanity, his marriage and himself.
- Large Ham: During some of his sermons. Privately, he's more reserved.
- Rousing Speech: He has a talent for these.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on his wife with Lettie Mae, who he later marries.
Jason's bohemian, V-addicted love interest. Hailing from Storrs, Connecticut, she meets Jason in vampire bar Fangtasia. After learning he is looking for more V to use, she comes to his house and uses V together with him. She starts a relationship with Jason, who thinks that she might be "the one", and becomes a waitress at Merlotte's.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Amy charms just about everyone she meets, but the reality is that she's an extremely selfish and ruthless individual.
- Character Death: She's one of Rene's many victims.
- Death Is Dramatic: Her death is pretty important to the plot, is it give evidence for Jason as the murderer.
- Functional Addict: At first, then we really see how far she's willing to go to fulfill her addiction.
- Fantastic Drug: She's addicted to "V" or Vampire Blood.
- Granola Girl: She's an 'organic vegan'.
- Hypocrite: For all her ranting about being a vegetarian earth-conscious hippie, she's much more willing to kill than Jason.
- Ivy League for Everyone: She went to the really fancy-shmancy Wellesley College.
- Manipulative Bitch: She plays Jason like a fiddle.
- Mysterious Past: We really have no idea why she was hanging around Bon Temps in the first place, or if anything she said about her past was true.
Sookie's co-worker, previously in a relationship with Jason. She briefly attempts to rekindle her relationship with him, but after he criticizes her after finding out she slept with a vampire, she forces him out of her house at gunpoint.
- Character Death: She's murdered off-screen by Rene Lenier/Drew Marshall.
- Male Gaze: Via Jason, focused very much on her ass.
- Sacrificial Lamb: Despite being credited as a regular character, Dawn is killed early on to establish that nobody is safe from the Serial Killer.
- Stuffed into the Fridge: She gets little to no character aside from being Jason's ex, and then gets killed.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: Dawn is sadly short-lived, dying not long into the series.
A short order cook at Merlotte's, a drug dealer, a member of Jason Stackhouse's road crew, and Tara's cousin.
- Ascended Extra: In the first season, he had a much smaller role, and by the third his is one of the main stories.
- Beta Couple: In Season 4 with Jesus.
- Blessed with Suck: Congratulations Lafayette! You have just discovered that your body has more supernatural energy than a whole Witch circle combined and you can see and channel spirits. Of course this also means that said spirits can also take over your body without as much as a pretty-please . And go on wacky fun adventures like kidnapping and engaging in tense hostage situations...
- Demonic Possession/Grand Theft Me: Done to him by angry spirits who got some unfinished business, thrice.
- Magical Negro: One of the wisest and kindest characters on the show and hinted to have some kind of supernatural sense, but also self-centered and, of course, a drug dealer.
- Sassy Black Gay
- Spared by the Adaptation: In the novels he died early on.
- Stereotype Gay
A nurse at the mental institution where Lafayette's mother is a patient. On their first meeting, he seems to take an immediate interest in Lafayette, followed by a personal visit to Merlotte's to spend time with Lafayette while he is at work. Although they like each other, he leaves once he finds out Lafayette is a drug dealer. When Lafayette calls Jesus to help with his mother, their attraction is once again ignited and they spend the night together. Jesus reveals himself to be a "brujo" (or "witch") to Lafayette and encourages him to develop his own wiccan talents.
- Abusive Abuelo: He was raised by his uncle, who trained him in Blood Magic and tried to use him as a weapon.
- Beta Couple: With Lafayette.
- Blood Magic: What his grandfather trained him in.
- Bury Your Gays: He's murdered in the fourth season finale.
- Dead Person Conversation: With Lafayette.
- Ethnic Magician: He was trained as a witch by his grandfather.
- Hospital Hottie: He's a nurse working at the psychiatric center where Lafayette's mom lives. And he's hot.
- Meaningful Name: Blood magic or no blood magic, he's one of the few members of the cast who is consistently kind, loving, and compassionate. He then allows himself to be sacrificed in the hopes that doing so will keep a then-possessed Lafayette from being harmed. And then he returns as a spirit, still just as full of love and compassion as ever.