- Antagonist in Mourning: After Errol decapitates Anton and sets his body up to look like it was Errol himself who had been killed Henley goes into a deep depression that not even his wife can pull him out of. She is actually delighted when she finds out Errol is still alive, but when she tells Henley, his mourning period ends abruptly and he reverts back to his old nasty self.
- Assimilation Plot: This is generally the idea behind the vampires coup de grace. Though they aren't all exclusively evil, they are well aware that the human race will never accept them or their way of life, so they figure it's better to just kill them all off. The issue comes when the leaders of the vampire clan determine it would be best if all humans turned to vampires were the very image of perfection.
- Badass in Distress: Leah and Dex manage to catch Errol in a silver cage after years of hunting him down. Taffy shows up and talks them out of killing him because he's discovered the cure for vampirism. Not only does this save Errol, but it garners him the support of the two slayers.
- Bathe Her and Bring Her to Me: Henley, after finally catching Taffy, has his wife bathe her, dress her in fine clothes and fix her hair as he prepares to drink her blood, which he believes will grant him the same perks Taffy has.
- Batman Gambit: Henley captures Taffy to drink her blood and gain sunlight immunity. What he doesn't know is that her blood isn't the cure for sunlight sensitivity, it's the cure for vampirism itself. Errol's plan all along was to get Henley to drink her blood, and he fell for it.
- Becoming the Mask: Errol initially pretends to be a friendly vampire for Taffy, who he sees as a fantastic discovery that he wants to exploit. Over time, however, he comes to care for her and admire her determination to fix the world, and in the end, genuinely seems to want to help.
- Broken Pedestal: When Taffy discovers that Errol was never as nice as he made himself out to be, she comes to really resent him.
- Bury Me Not on the Lone Prairie: Long after Errol dies, Taffy finds his will and discovers that he wanted to be buried alongside his wife and son when he finally died. Unfortunately, their graves are long gone, dug up and replaced by a crude apartment block. She takes his ashes to the apartments and buries them under the only living tree in the lot.
- Destructive Saviour: Errol. Initially because he doesn't really care about what he's saving, and is only doing so to meet his own ends. Later on, however, when he does actually care, he's still just as destructive, though more apologetic about it.
- The Final Temptation: Following Henley's death, Maria points out that the first, and likely only choice the clan would have for his successor is Errol himself. After mulling over the offer for a long time, it seems that Errol is going to accept, then, realizing that that would simply mean it had all been for nothing, he drinks Taffy's blood and "cures" himself of his vampirism.
- Find the Cure!: More accurately, found the cure. Errol initially regrets turning Taffy into a vampire, until he discovers that her blood is the only known cure for vampirism.
- Forgiveness Requires Death: Played totally and completely straight by Errol, who found that when he finally got around to caring about something, he couldn't live with the things he'd done anymore. Taffy lampshades the trope by telling him that she isn't going to forgive him just because he's dead, but that she understands why he needs to do it.
- From Nobody to Nightmare: Maria. Her life before vampirism was generally good and normal. She was a well-behaved, well-loved teenager with many suitors and a bright future. Then she was driven completely mad by Henley and eventually given immortality and super strength. Needless to say, she changed a little.
- Grand Finale: In the end, Errol chooses to end his immortality, thus effectively kill himself. Taffy then offers Dex the option of being human again, but he opts to stay a vampire to keep her company, knowing she can't cure herself. Then, decades later, they discover Errol's will, which is proof that he had a son at one point after all, and they bury his ashes at the site that his family was buried some 200 years ago. Thus, the hero is dead, the villans are dead and the world is on its way to peace and balance.
- The Greatest Story Never Told: Despite the fact that Taffy and Errol are the true heros of the piece, Leah being the only human member of the group of heros to survive as a human takes all of the credit so no one discovers that Taffy and Dax are vampires and tries to eradicate them with the rest of the clan.
- Harbinger of Impending Doom: Daniel Tuck, the only explorer to come back from North America alive. Which really is too bad.
- Innocence Lost: After Taffy is told what Errol's true motives were by Maria, she leaves him and goes with Leah and Dex to turn herself in to the Slayers and let them do what they will with her and her blood. The Slayers find the trio first, however, and seeing Leah and Dex as traitors, they attack. Without Errol, the trio is beaten and Dex is shot. Taffy has no choice but to turn him into a vampire or let him die. After actually biting someone and drinking their blood for the first time, Taffy falls apart a little and comments that she's no better than any of the other vampires now.
- Intergenerational Friendship: Taffy and Errol, with 216 years between them.
- Just Fine Without You: Errol shows up to save the day in the nick of time when Taffy, Leah and Dex are attacked by the Slayers. Taffy insists they were fine without him and it isn't until later on that Leah and Errol find out Taffy changed Dex into a vampire to save his life.
- Kill Me Now, or Forever Stay Your Hand: When Henley kills Errol's entire family and turns Errol into a vampire, Henley offers him one chance to kill him when he wakes up. Errol very nearly does, but backs down out of fear of being alone with his newfound curse. They end up being good friends for a long, long time.
- Killed to Uphold the Masquerade: Leah, who was never really all that cooperative, leaves after Errol dies. Dex and Taffy both know that she is going to tell the Slayers about Taffy and the cure, so they opt to kill her. This can be seen as Taffy finally shedding her innocence to become like Errol, just as he said she would.
- Sliding Scale of Vampire Friendliness: Depending on the vampire and their own particular moral stance, some vampires are pure evil (Maria) and some wouldn't hurt a fly (Taffy).
- Witch Species: This only really applies to Henley, as he is the first and only vampire to be born that way. It has never happened since. There is a theory that his mother was infected by vampirism before he was born, but no proof was ever found of this.
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