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Sam Merlotte

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"I spent my whole life either running away from people or pinning my hopes on somebody I can't have. I'm done with that."
Played By: Sam Trammell

"I need a live animal in order to shift. You know, as a model. Kinda like an imprint."

The owner of Merlotte's, where Sookie works. When Bill Compton becomes involved with Sookie, he openly disapproves of their relationship and, despite initial support of vampire rights, feels as though vampires and humans should be separate whether they're equals or not.

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: His biological parents.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: His affection for Sookie.
  • All Men Are Perverts: Before The Reveal that he's a shapeshifter, Sookie catches some of his thoughts, and they're usually about how good she smells. He's also seen rolling around in Dawn's bed and smelling the sheets after she's died. This seems marginally less weird in hindsight.
  • Animorphism: His shapeshifting abilities are limited to animals, because humans are too complex.
  • The Atoner: For his earliest criminal lifestyle which resulted in the death of his con-woman girlfriend.
  • Awesome Mc Coolname: His last name Merlotte is really interesting and unique.
  • Badass Beard: Of the heavy Perma-Stubble variety.
  • Benevolent Boss: He's very understanding of his employees' frequent need to take days off to deal with supernatural crises, possibly because he encounters his own share of them.
  • Berserk Button: Stealing from him seems to be one. The two times it's happened, he's shot the offenders.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: He's generally a nice guy to the people he cares about, but when he's angry, you do not want to be on his bad side.
  • Big Brother Instinct: to Tommy. He's absolutely furious when he finds out that Joe Lee and Melinda have been putting him in dog fights, and takes Tommy under his wing. He eventually gets fed up with Tommy constantly antagonizing him and getting in trouble, and kicks him out in a drunken rage. Things go downhill from there.
  • Boundand Gagged: Twice, first when he's prepared as a sacrifice in Maryann's wedding circa Season 2, and again in Season 5 when he's captured by the Authority.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Does this to his birth parents after discovering that they force his brother, who's also a shapeshifter, into dog fights.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Where to begin? His adoptive parents abandoned him the first time he shifted, so he spent his childhood on the streets. He used his shapeshifting to become a burglar and at one point he murdered his accomplice and her boyfriend when they stole from him.
  • Dogged Nice Guy: Yes you may make the pun...
  • Fantastic Racism: Doesn't like vampires and werewolves. More because of his attraction to Sookie than anything else.
    • As for his dislike of werewolves, we know he had some interactions with them during his time as a runaway, and considering that werewolves themselves seem to have a cultural Fantastic Racism for shifters, it's likely what contact he had with them was unpleasant.
  • Full-Frontal Assault: Against Bud Dearborne and his flunkies.
  • Heroic BSoD: The stress of dealing with his birth family's drama led him to drinking and lashing out at his friends and customers.
  • Homoerotic Dream: He had a quite steamy one with Bill.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: His adoptive parents abandoned him the first time they saw him change, and as a result he has spent most of his life hiding his shapeshifting out of shame.
  • Mr. Fanservice: His shifting means that he's often naked.
  • Nice Guy: Especially in early seasons, he's kind and generous almost to a fault. Eventually he gets fed up with people constantly taking advantage of him, and after the events of Season 3 he's a lot less of a doormat.
  • Parental Abandonment: His father was in prison, so his mother gave him up.
  • Perma-Stubble: Seems to have about a week's growth of beard at all times.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: His plotlines in seasons three and four did not connect with the main story at all.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Animorphism. He can change into any animal he has imprinted on, except humans.

    Alcide 

Alcide Herveaux

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"It ain't a wolf/shifter thing. It's right and wrong."
Played By: Joe Manganiello

"What if our hearts can't be trusted and it's our brains we should be listening to?"

A werewolf who helps Sookie in finding Bill while Bill is held captive by Russell Edgington. He does this to relieve the debt his family owed to Eric Northman. Alcide is one of the few good werewolves introduced thus far.

Tropes

  • Badass Beard: He's always seen with a thick beard.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: Alcide is a helpful, decent guy...but if you cross him, you'll meet a bad end as JD learned.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Toward almost everyone; he has a desire to protect others.
  • The Big Guy:
    Marcus: You're about 6'6 and you're wider than a door.
  • Chronic Hero Syndrome: With Sookie (more than once), with Debbie, with Tommy...
  • Composite Character: Come season 6, he's showing definite shades of both Book!Alcide and Quinn, a weretiger with which Sookie had a very happy relationship in the books. In the finale, it's shown he's taken Quinn's place at Sookie's side as her boyfriend.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: Alcide is abruptly killed by a redneck nobody after 5 seasons in the show.
  • Relationship Upgrade: With Sookie at the end of season 6.
  • Screw the Rules, I'm Doing What's Right!: He doesn't adhere to the usual rules of the pack, which is a big no-no considering how insular and tradition-based werewolves are. He follows his own moral compass, which has resulted in him being shunned by his own kind.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: A few times.
    • He finally gives up on Sookie when it became clear she wasn't about to stop chasing vampires, having pulled her out of a firefight after she accidentally got shot—saving her life—and didn't so much as get a "thank you" out of her because she was too busy having UST with Bill.
    • Again, when he sees Tommy getting beaten by his pack.
    • When Martha and JD eat Marcus.
    • When Rikki goes murderously insane and challenges him to a packmaster fight.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: After becoming packmaster, he becomes very aggressive and hot-tempered, mostly due to still having very pure V blood running through him.
  • Took a Level in Kindness: After renouncing his position of packmaster.
  • Wolfed Nice Guy
  • You Are Packmaster Now: After killing JD.
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    Luna 

Luna Garza

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Played By: Janina Gavankar

A shapeshifter in whom Sam takes a romantic interest. A member of one of Sam's evening shapeshifter gatherings, Luna reveals that she is a Skinwalker and can take the form of another human being. She is initially reluctant to start a relationship with Sam because her ex-husband, and father of her daughter, is a jealous werewolf, but finally decides she wants to be with him.

Tropes

    Tommy 

Tommy Mickens

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"There ain't no heaven, and hell's a dog fight."
Played By: Marshall Allman

The younger brother of Sam Merlotte and son of Melinda and Joe Lee Mickens.

Tropes

  • Abusive Parents: His parents made him transform into a dog and win dogfights for money, which they blew on alcohol.
  • Book Dumb: Is by no means stupid, but is severely undereducated due to his upbringing. He can't read when Sam first meets him, though Maxine eventually teaches him.
  • The Cynic: He believes that everyone is only out for themselves, and he has severe trust issues. His parents have a lot to do with this outlook.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Gender Bender: He changed into Maxine in "Spellbound".
  • Hot-Blooded: He definitely has a temper. One example: After he provokes Hoyt into punching him, he retaliates by shifting into a pit bull and mauling him. If Jessica hadn't thrown him off, he might have killed him.
  • Jerkass: To the point where you wonder if he ever thinks through what his actions are going to cost him. Especially notable: When he shifts into Sam by accident, he uses it to fire Sookie, sleep with Sam's girlfriend, then kick her out of the house in a vicious manner. This is after he and Sam had just started mending bridges. Needless to say, when Sam finds out, those bridges get burned for good.
    • Jerkass Woobie: He's had such a terrible upbringing, it's really hard to blame him for how he turned out.
  • Long-Lost Relative: Is Sam's younger brother.
  • Redemption Equals Death: Takes a savage beating from Marcus and some werewolf henchmen in Sam's (unbeknownst to him) place by skinwalking as him and soon dies from his injuries, though not before real Sam's final words to him are "You're loved. I love you".
  • Self-Made Orphan: He kills his parents in self-defense after they try to capture him and put him back in the dogfighting circuit.
  • Voluntary Shapeshifting: Animorphism. Plus, he can turn into humans after accidentally killing his shapeshifter mother, though it's an extremely unpleasant process.

    Crystal 

Crystal Norris

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"I'm big momma kitty now."

A werepanther living in the inbred commune of Hotshot who becomes involved with Jason after he sees her during a drug raid on Hotshot. She seems to be very attracted to him, but also informs him she has been promised to her half-brother and thus fiancé, Felton. Jason attempts to lure her away from Hotshot, unaware of her supernatural background, but Felton and her father get her to return every time.

Tropes

  • Wrong Side of the Tracks: Her family is really poor and just plain bad people, and appear to live in this sort of area.

    Rikki 

Rikki Naylor

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Played By: Kelly Overton

A werewolf and a member of Marcus Bozeman's pack up until his death.

Tropes

  • Action Girl: She's the alpha female of the Shreveport pack.
  • Alpha Bitch: Good god, she is this big time.
  • Bi the Way: She has sex with Danielle, planting a big kiss on her while initiating a threesome.
  • Godiva Hair: In Turn! Turn! Turn! she's naked, but her hair covers her breasts and she's never shown from the waist up.
  • Hair-Trigger Temper: Majorly, always wearing a scowl and constantly on the verge of ripping everyone apart.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: While she knows JD is a terrible pack master and has some standards, she is a selfish person who is only out for herself.
  • The Lancer: To Alcide, in the beginning.
  • Ms. Fanservice: She is a werewolf after all.
  • Naked on Arrival: Her very first scene is coming out of her wolf form naked.
  • Pet the Dog: Or rather the young werewolf. She pets Emma in her wolf form, but only to fool the police into thinking Emma was a puppy while hiding her. Other than that, she is not nice to Emma at all.
  • Perpetual Frowner: A smile on Rikki is rarer than an eclipse.
  • The Starscream: First to JD, then to Alcide later.
  • Three-Way Sex: With Danielle and Alcide.
  • Took a Level in Jerkass: It says a lot since she was already a jerk. Previously, she at least showed some hidden depths and had standards. In Season 6, she becomes a crazy murdering psycho for no true reason. Though it could have also been from the V she was forced to take by JD.
  • Toplessness from the Back: In Turn! Turn! Turn! she's naked, but she's only shown from the back or with Godiva Hair.

    Jackson 

Jackson Herveaux

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Played By: Robert Patrick

Alcide Herveaux's father and was a packmaster at one point a long time ago. Now he lives in a trailer home in Jackson, Mississippi.

Tropes

  • Combat Pragmatist: Keeps V with him to fight rogue V-addicted werewolves. Encourages Alcide to drink it just to even the odds.
  • Glass Eye: He has one, but it's unclear how it happened.
  • Jaded Washout: He was once a prominent and respected Packmaster, but has since become an alcoholic, cynical recluse largely shunned by the werewolf community.
  • The Mentor: To Alcide and Debbie.
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