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Nandor the Relentless
Portrayed By: Kayvan Novak

A vampire who is 757 years old and who was once a soldier of the Ottoman Empire. He regards himself as the leader of the group. Not only can he transform into a bat, he has also become a dog to save Laszlo from an animal shelter. He is also a USA Basketball fan since 1992 and even wanted to become an American citizen solely compete in the Olympics for America before the Macarena swept the country and took up all his time. He was also the king of a country called Al Quolanudar which is in Southern Iran where he was born. Al Quolanudar dissolved in 1401 when Nandor was just 139 years old.

  • All Take and No Give: The core of his relationship with Guillermo.
  • Ambiguously Bi: When asked who George Washington was in "Ancestry", he answers "America's first gay president", the look on his face implying that this information was personal.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: He still has long hair and was one in the past.
  • Blood Knight: What he was in the past, although he seems largely unable to do that now.
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Frequently. Guillermo and Colin repeatedly tell him not to knock on the window of his ancestor. He instantly does it.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold:
    • Nandor sacrifices himself, Nadja, and Laszlo in order to protect Guillermo from death at the trial. They don't end up being killed thanks to Colin, but it's the thought that counts.
    • A line in the Season 1 finale implies that Nandor really does intend on turning Guillermo at some point, since he adds a year to it for throwing holy water on him.
    • Him gifting Guillermo with a portrait of him as a vampire instead of turning him into one may come across as callous, but he seems to genuinely think of it as a way of keeping his promise to make Guillermo a vampire. Also he clearly put effort into making it.
  • Large Ham: It is not that his fellow vampires aren't hammy (it seems to come with the territory), but Nandor stands out as the least subtle member of the main trio.
  • Leader Wannabe: Nandor really likes to make himself out to be the guy in charge of the main trio. But it is made clear that his actual sway over Nadja and Laszlo is rather limited, and that they both just sort of humor his attempts to assert his authority, while the Baron doesn't take them seriously, at all.
  • Living Distant Ancestor: Had 37 wives in life. In the first season finale he tracks down one of his descendants and accidentally gives her a heart attack.
  • Pet the Dog: His sporadic kindness towards Guillermo and his (strangely genuine) grief for his distant descendant both count.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Vladislav the Poker from the film. Both are Vlad the Impaler expies with The Magnificent titles with delusions of supremacy. Much like Vladislav, his powers are not nearly as effective as his fellow vampires.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Guillermo has been his familiar for a decade yet he still hasn't turned him into a vampire. This is implied to be a thing with vampires and familiars in general, and is hinted to be mainly related to how vampires (being immortal) experience the flow of time in an entirely different way.
  • Warrior Prince: His past occupation before he was chased out of his country.


Portrayed By: Natasia Demetriou

  • Accidental Misnaming:
    • She finds Jeff so underwhelming as a name for Gregor's current incarnation, she refuses to use his name in favor of either Gregor or any combination of letters to go with "Je-".
    • She also defaults to calling Guillermo "Gizmo".
  • Aside Glance: Whenever something confusing or stupid happens, expect her to furrow her brow and mouth "What?" at the camera.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    There's nothing more devastating than finding out your husband has done porn...and it's so BLOODY boring!
  • Bi the Way: She and her husband Lazlo are both pansexual.
  • Dark Action Girl: Although a comic version, Nadja is shown to be a vicious killer when she needs to be.
  • Even the Girls Want Her: Jenna does, and she's extremely popular with all her male lovers.
  • Femme Fatale: Literally, as Jeff discovers.
  • Goth: Her fancy Victorian dresses give off this look.
  • Happily Married: To Lazlo. They may fight from time to time, but it's implied they still have an active sex life, and Nadja will turn down sex with others to go bail Lazlo out of trouble.
  • Instant Seduction: She's able to seduce others and put them under her thrall.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: According to Nandor, she and Lazlo are "perverts". It's implied she has a lot of sex, both with her husband and with others.
  • Perky Goth: Although the perkiness is somewhat downplayed, she always wears dark clothes and she is quite perky in social situations.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Fond of elegant black ball gowns.
  • Polyamory: She and Lazlo are in an "open marriage", according to Demetriou. According to Jemaine Clement, by way of Paul Simms, Laszlo doesn't mind as long as the lovers are not human.
  • Sensual Slavs: She's appealing to everyone and speaks with a generic Eastern European accent.
  • The Smurfette Principle: The only regular female member of the group.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Viago from the film, as both have character arcs involving a lost love that is complicated by the love they feel for a mortal and both can be considered as something of the nicer ones compared to the rest of their group, as Nadja turned Jenna into a vampire out of pity for her.
  • Wall Crawl: One of her special abilities.
  • Women Are Wiser: Downplayed: she's more generally sensical than her male counterparts, but she'll also do things like caving to the Baron's thirst for alcohol-laced blood.


Laszlo Cravensworth
Portrayed By: Matt Berry

  • Beard of Evil: He does hurt children and a lot of other people, but he is also a hilarious Sociopathic Hero - admittedly with a beard.
  • Beethoven Was an Alien Spy: He claims to have been Jack the Ripper.
  • Bi the Way: Like his wife Nadja, Laszlo is pansexual, per showrunner Paul Simms.
  • Calling Your Attacks: BAT!
  • Crazy Jealous Guy: Not usually, he's usually completely happy for Nadja to sleep with whoever she wants. The one exception is Jeff/Gregor, who he killed in every past life.
  • Happily Married: To Nadja. He counts her vulva as one of his favourites, and he composed Nadja's Leitmotif.
  • I Love You Vampire Mom: Nadja turned him, they're married, and they still love each other very deeply.
  • Lovable Sex Maniac: Laszlo's dying wish is to have had more sex. Nadja points out that he'd already had "a lot of sex. Like a-a lot of it."
  • Upper-Class Wit: His primary mode of communication, especially giving his stereotypical posh English accent.
  • Would Hurt a Child: In "The Trial", he confesses to have sired a baby, something that is considered a massive crime in the vampire community and having only gotten away with it because another vampire wound up taking the fall for it. He only did it because he was bored.


Guillermo de la Cruz
Portrayed By: Harvey Guillén

  • Bi the Way: Word of God is that he has some romantic feelings for Nandor
  • The Chew Toy: He's easily the lowest-ranked member of the household, which is supposed to make him more sympathetic.
  • In the Blood: Is descended from a famous vampire hunter, and has killed at least two vampires on accident. At the end of the episode he discovers his ancestry, he throws away some stakes he had lying around... all three of which immediately stab through paintings of Nandor, Laszlo and Nadja. Guillermo himself is unnerved by this.
  • Irony: A servant of vampires who is descended from, of all people, Van Helsing himself.
  • My Master, Right or Wrong: Towards Nandor, most of the time.
  • Nervous Wreck: Guillermo is always one instance from freaking out, as shown when Jenna gets turned or when he brings his friend to the orgy.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: He is likely meant as an Expy of Guillermo del Toro. Both are portly Hispanic men with similar hair-styles and glasses and is deeply association with vampires and vampire-hunters.note 
  • No Respect Guy: He does everything for the vampires, yet he gets no respect from anyone and only fleeting respect from Nandor.
  • Obfuscating Stupidity: Guillermo isn't the smartest character around, but he's still able to gather up unsuspecting people to feed to the vampires he looks after, and does it with very little shame or guilt.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He doesn't appear to get any particular pleasure out of rounding up virgins for the vampires to kill (and tries to prevent them from having one of his friends in 'The Orgy'), but he still does it.
  • Raised Catholic: He was, which makes the vampires' lust very difficult.
  • The Renfield: Fills this role for Nandor. And unofficially for Laszlo and Nadja, since theirs keep dying.
  • The Reveal: He's descended from Van Helsing, which puts his ability to kill vampires on accident in a completely different context.
  • Sanity Slippage: After Jenna becomes a vampire, Guillermo is... less than happy.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Jackie from the film. Both are human familiars to a member of the vampire group they are a part of and do every minuscule task given to them (in Guillermo's case, from Nandor), including leading victims to the house for them to feed on, with the promise that they will eventually be made into a vampire. Much like with Jackie, it slowly occurs to Guillermo that their "master" has no intention of ever fulfilling their end of the deal.
  • Stay on the Path: Zigzagged. Guillermo wants nothing more in the world than to jump off the path and become a vampire... except that Nandor refuses to do so. He's slightly peeved by this.
  • Sycophantic Servant: Generally to Nandor, which makes it even more notable when he actually does snap back at Nandor.
  • Token Human: He is the only human among the Staten Island Coven, though he became Nandor's familiar to cure himself of that affliction.
  • Too Much Information: Due to his Catholic upbringing, the one aspect of vampire life that he explicitly is super uncomfortable with is the lurid and wild sex. Which as familiar, he is required to describe for the bi-annual vampire orgy.
  • Underestimating Badassery: The Vampire Council does this to him. He actually did kill the Baron, and later kills another vampire on his way out of the building. Guy isn't nearly as pathetic as he looks to be.
  • Vampire Vannabe: He just wants to be Armand.
  • Yes-Man: He can't bear to tell Nandor no most of the time, such as when Nandor shows him a duck mask and asks him if "[he] thinks it's a mood-killer or if [he] would cum immediately".
    I'm not sure.

    Colin Robinson 

Colin Robinson
Portrayed By: Mark Proksch

  • Bald of Evil: He's presumably not an outright murderer like the other vampires, but he still has a strongly sinister aura about him.
  • The Bore: His main method of feeding is hooking people around him into interminable lectures about trivialities.
  • Daywalking Vampire: Sunlight doesn't harm psychic vampires, allowing him to hold a normal job and everyday life.
  • Emotion Eater: Is a psychic vampire of the more common energy vampire subptype, which drain the life from their victims by boring or irritating them instead of drinking their blood. They can feed on other vampires as well as normal people, but are most likely mortal. Episode 3 sees him encountering one of the rarer emotional vampires, who drain their victims through the sympathy and pity generated by telling people sob stories.
  • Full-Name Basis: It's never just 'Colin' with him. It's always 'Colin Robinson'.
  • Good Hurts Evil: Being a good, supportive friend, without any ulterior motive, is apparently analogous to autocannibalism for energy vampires. This fails to stop him from being one to Nandor on the night of his descendant's funeral.
  • The Friend Nobody Likes: It is pretty clear that the rest of the roommates actively avoid him (or at least try to keep him out of vampire affairs). They have a pretty good reason too; he deliberately makes himself a pest just so he could feed on them and him feeding on their would-be victims drains them of their vitality and thus makes them virtually useless to them. Odds are the only reason they keep him around is because he is the only one there with a paying job and thus keeps their home running.
  • The Generic Guy: Compared to everybody else on the show. He wears simple ordinary clothes, has no fangs, and is bald. You couldn't pick the guy out of a lineup. His ancestry test results say he is "100% white", which, as Guillermo points out, should be impossible because they're supposed to say things like a certain percent Dutch, a certain percent Irish, etc., not just "white".
  • The Mirror Shows Your True Self: Unlike the vampires, he is capable of having a visible reflection in mirrors. Said reflection looks like him, except for having light-blue, glowing skin.
  • Occult Blue Eyes: Whenever he feeds, his eyes gain a sinister blue glow.
  • They Look Just Like Everyone Else!: Psychic vampires are apparently much more common than regular, undead vampires, and have far fewer tells. Any annoying coworker could be one.
    In fact, you probably know an energy vampire. We're the most common kind of vampire.
  • Token Evil Teammate: Despite being the only vampire on Staten Island that isn't Obviously Evil, he is the only one of them not given any redeeming traits, literally sustaining himself by making his friends and coworkers miserable and making himself as much of a millstone and gadfly as possible. Even when he tries being genuinely nice for whatever reason, he is quickly disgusted by it and backtracks.
  • Troll: While he usually feeds by being boring, he also feeds from anger directed towards him, so he also makes a nuisance of himself for both sustenance and pleasure. Usually towards the other vampires.



    The Vampiric Council 

The Vampiric Council

Tilda, Evan the Immortal Princess of the Undead, Danny, Paul & Wesley the Daywalker

  • Affably Evil: Most of them are just enforcing order, and don't seem to get any particular enjoyment out of killing people.

    The Baron 

Baron Afanas

Portrayed By: Doug Jones

  • Barbie Doll Anatomy: It's quickly revealed when he shows up in the flesh that he has no genitals, which Nadja claims made their lovemaking even better. He actually feels insecure about this trait because of his inability to have children.
  • Eye Awaken: His final libations at his funeral restores the ominous glow to his eyes.
  • In Vino Veritas: Only after getting drunk does he spill his emotional burdens on the roommates and become more personable with them.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Petyr from the film. Both are ancient vampires that Looks Like Orlok who are implied to have been the one who turned the group into vampires (or in his case, Nadja, who then turned Laszlo) and is eventually killed by being exposed to direct sunlight due to human clumsiness.
  • My Nayme Is: It's revealed that he isn't actually a baron, it was a mutation of the nickname "The Barren" based on his lack of genitals.
  • Upper-Class Twit: Despite being a leading figure of vampire society, he is woefully out of touch with current affairs.



Portrayed By: Beanie Feldstein

  • Butt-Monkey: She is the lowest on the pecking order in her LARPing group, with her suggestions mocked and brushed aside, and it is heavily implied that her boyfriend is abusive.
  • Morality Pet: Although Nadja is still a merciless vampire, she's genuinely kind to Jenna and shows a softer side to herself.
  • Naïve Newcomer: To being a vampire and the vampire's house in general.
  • Nice Girl: Jenna is even kind to the ska band member she murders at the frat party.
  • Suspiciously Similar Substitute: To Nick from the film, having originally been brought by Guillermo to be eaten, only to eventually be turned into a vampire instead.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: She probably grows into a ferocious killer in her last appearance in Season 1, but it's still ambiguous.
  • You Remind Me of X: Nadja takes a liking to her, and even turns her into a vampire, because she reminds her of herself when she was her age.


Simon the Devious

Portrayed By: Nick Kroll

A vampire who rules over the Manhattan Vampires and owns the Sassy Cat nightclub. He was a close friend to the Staten Island trio when all the vampires first arrived in America.


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Jeff Suckler "Gregor"

Portrayed By: Jake McDorman

A mortal man Nadja secretly sees without Laszlo's knowledge. She believes that he might be her reincarnated lover Gregor, a Knight whom she accidentally decapitated during their last encounter. Nadja states that he got reincarnated multiple times (sometimes reborn as a woman and a horse) but will suffer the same fate like the original.

  • Go Mad from the Revelation: He's a totally normal, sane parking lot employee until Nadja returns and makes him remember all his past lives. Becomes literally madly in love with her, remembering all his lifetime of loving her, but is also unhinged because those memories involve the life of a warrior along with all the deaths he suffered.
  • If It's You, It's Okay: Inverted. It's fine for Nadja to sleep with whoever she wants...except Jeff/Gregor, who Lazlo always kills.
  • Off with His Head!: All of his lives end with him being decapitated in some way by Laszlo.
  • Super Strength: As Gregor before him, though he can only tap into it when she's around.

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