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In the summer of 2022, dying journalist Daniel Molloy (Eric Bogosian) is summoned to a penthouse apartment in Dubai, where he is reunited with Louis de Pointe du Lac (Jacob Anderson), an immortal vampire that he tried to interview 49 years earlier, with limited success. Now Louis is offering him another interview, recounting the full story of how he was turned by the French vampire Lestat de Lioncourt (Sam Reid), and of their complicated relationship.
This series contains examples of:
- The '40s: Most of the past events in the Season 1 finale take place in 1940.
- The '70s: One scene in the sixth episode is set in 1973.
- Absurdly Sharp Claws: Vampires have razor-sharp fingernails that serve as claws, and they use them to mutilate their human prey.
- Abuse Discretion Shot: In the fifth episode, some of Lestat's brutal pummeling of Louis occurs off-screen, although the many injuries that the latter sustains are disturbing.
- Abusive Parents:
- Lestat's father had beaten and starved him simply because he had studied religion at a monastery and wanted to become a priest.
- Claudia mentions in her journal that her "mean old auntie" (who was her legal guardian because Claudia's mother had died in childbirth and her father had abandoned her) had beaten her.
- Although Lestat seems fond of Claudia at first, it becomes clear that he mainly sees her as a means to an end to keep Louis by his side, and when she no longer fulfills this purpose, he doesn't feel much responsibility towards her. After the incident with Charlie in episode 4, he's through playing "Uncle Les" and doesn't hide his disdain for her, being physically rough with her and outright calling her "a mistake." In episode 6, he threatens to kill her if she runs away from home again, and in episode 7, he plans to murder her so that Lestat has no more competition for Louis' affection.
- Louis doesn't harm Claudia for the most part, but there is one notable exception: in the Season 1 finale, he slams her against the armoire while tightly grasping her neck — which is identical to what Lestat did to her in the fifth episode.
- Actor Allusion: This isn't the first time Sam Reid's character has fallen in love with a biracial beauty who has a rich family and struggles with racism. In Belle (2013), John Davinier note has strong romantic feelings for Dido Lindsay, who is half-English, half-Afro-Caribbean (which happens to be Jacob Anderson's exact heritage!). There's a scene where John is visibly jealous when he notices from a distance that a suitor is flirting with Dido, which is reminiscent of a jealous Lestat watching Louis socialize with his Old Flame Jonah at the Azalea.
- Adaptational Diversity:
- In the original books, Louis was white and born in France in 1766. In the show, he is a black man born in New Orleans in 1877. This version also makes him explicitly gay, whereas the movie was less explicit about it.
- Claudia also becomes a black girl, while she was white originally.
- In the novels, Armand was Caucasian and an Eastern Orthodox Christian, while his TV counterpart is Muslim and played by an actor of Bangladeshi descent. The character's exact ethnicity is not specified in Season 1, although there's a hint that he might be a Tartar from Crimea.
- Adaptational Nationality:
- In the novel, Louis was born in France and later moved to the French colony of Louisiana, and when he was turned into a vampire in 1791, it was still under French rule, so he had spent his whole human lifespan as a French citizen. In the TV adaptation, Louis is an American who was born in New Orleans in 1877.
- The show's Antoinette Brown, the Gender Flip of her book counterpart Antoine, is American instead of French.
- Adaptation Dye-Job:
- Because of the change to Louis' ethnicity on the show, he has brown eyes as a human, but as a nod to his book counterpart, his irises become green after his transition into a vampire.
- The raven-haired Antoine from the books has been Gender Flipped into a blonde Antoinette for the TV adaptation.
- Also as a consequence of Race Lift, Claudia is a brunette with brown eyes (although they gain a reddish-orange hue after she's turned) instead of a blonde with blue irises like in the novel.
- In the source material, Armand has auburn curls and dark brown eyes, whereas the TV iteration has black curls and orange irises as a vampire.
- Adaptation Expansion: This version of the story takes advantage of material from subsequent books in The Vampire Chronicles, and also adds some backstory for Daniel Molloy and how he met Louis.
- Affectionate Gesture to the Head: After Louis joins Lestat in feeding on the blood of the tenor, Lestat tenderly holds Louis' head as a gesture of intimacy.
- Affectionate Nickname:
- In the second episode, we learn that Lestat's nickname for Louis is "Saint Louis," which is a Call-Back to the first episode where Lestat explains that he originally intended to start a new life for himself in St. Louis, but ended up staying in New Orleans because he experienced Love at First Sight when he saw Louis. He also calls Louis "mon cher" note multiple times, and once Claudia joins their family, he calls her by various pet names like "ma petite" note and "ma chérie" note .
- Louis likes to call Daniel "boy" because the latter is much younger than he is, and Daniel was a 20-year-old Pretty Boy when they first met at Polynesian Mary's in 1973, with his youth being appealing to Louis, who started flirting with him shortly after Daniel entered the bar. Louis came up with it ("Get the boy whatever he wants") after Daniel rejected his initial attempt to use his diminutive "Danny" like the bartender does, and Daniel accepted being addressed in this manner. However, when they see each other again in 2022, Daniel is 69 years old, and he's offended ("I'm not your fucking boy") when Louis mentions the old nickname ("I think it best we start when our boy's had a rest"). Although Louis is careful not to bring it up again when Daniel is awake, he can't resist saying it after his guest falls asleep ("I think the medication has overwhelmed our boy"), and he means it fondly because he requests that Rashid fetch a blanket to keep Daniel "warm with his dreaming."
- Age-Gap Romance:
- Related to the Setting Update. In the novel, Lestat was born in 1760 and Louis in 1766, giving them a 6-year age difference, and they met in 1791. In the show, Louis is born in 1877, they meet in 1910... but Lestat was still born in 1760, giving them a 117-year difference. Vampires get Stronger with Age, so this means Lestat is much more powerful than Louis.
- The age difference between the show's Armand (who was born in 1508) and Louis is 369 years, which is an even larger gap than in the books (286 years).
- Age Lift:
- Louis is 111 years younger on the show than in the novel; he was born in 1877 instead of 1766.
- In the TV adaptation, Antoinette appears to be around 30 in 1917, so her birth year is in the late 1800s. Antoine was born in 1842 in the source material.
- The original Claudia was born in 1789, but her TV counterpart is 114 years her junior, being born in 1903.
- In the series, Armand is 28 years younger than the book character, as his birth year is 1508 instead of 1480.
- All Gays Love Theater:
- The bisexual Lestat is a big fan of the opera, and he often takes his gay boyfriend Louis on dates to watch live performances. They've seen at least one play off-screen, which is A Doll's House ("They'll seat us late, and we'll miss Nora's entrance with the Christmas tree"). Lestat also used to socialize with the Women's Opera Society.
- Louis enjoys the theatre, but in episode 1, he acted dismissively and disinterested about it to his family when Lestat brings up that they attended Iolanta together — to a brief surprised expression from Lestat. Louis was firmly closeted and in denial at the time, and is deliberately trying to avoid this trope's implications. Louis and Lestat discuss this trope after the dinner.Louis: You sayin' I got shame?
Lestat: The lie you told about leaving the opera house early. You were near weeping when the curtain fell. Why hide that from your family?
Louis: Don't everybody need to know what I do.
Lestat: Dishonesty breeds dishonesty.
Louis: They sit in judgment. Paul is the only one to say it to my face, but I know my ma and Grace think it, too.
- At the end of Season 1, the queer Armand (who hasn't explicitly identified his sexuality in Season 1, but he and Louis are in a same-sex relationship) lets Daniel know that he was once part of the Théâtre des Vampires.
- Alliterative Name: The identical twins in the seventh episode are named Matthew and Mark MacPhail.
- Ambiguously Human: In the fourth episode, Rashid says some odd things that could hint to being older than the young man seems, including "electronic mailbox" (the term "e-mail" was coined by CompuServe in 1981) and "Dubai is a child" (Dubai was founded in 1833). Daniel's notes even catch and comment on Rashid's strange choice of words. In the 1973 scene of the sixth episode, Rashid appears the same as he does in 2022, so he's definitely not a regular human. The Season 1 finale affirms that he's a 514-year-old vampire named Armand.
- Ambiguous Situation: Louis has always suspected that Lestat had a role in Paul's suicide. (Before he died, Paul did divulge to Louis that "...[Lestat is] the Devil. He's here to take souls. He told me so. He spoke to me without moving his lips.") Although Lestat vehemently denies any involvement, he's manipulative and dishonest whenever it suits him, so the jury is still out on whether he's guilty or not.Louis: Did you have anything to do with Paul's death?
Lestat: No. I would never hurt your brother.
Louis: It's just something I always—
Lestat: Never, Louis.
- And Starring: The end credits have "And Eric Bogosian."
- Anguished Outburst: In the third episode, a jealous Lestat is both furious and heartbroken because Louis had hooked up with his Old Flame Jonah the night before.
- Antagonistic Offspring: Claudia has held a grudge against her vampire father Lestat ever since his cold-hearted manner of dealing with the Charlie incident. Her abhorrence grows exponentially after Lestat mangles Louis until his body is broken, bloodied and bruised, and she becomes belligerent towards her maker from that moment onwards. After Lestat coerces Claudia to go back home when she tries to flee from his Gilded Cage by stowing away on a train, it's the last straw for her, and she's determined to liberate herself and Louis by murdering Lestat.
- Art Deco: After Louis buys the Fairplay Saloon and rebrands it as the Azalea, he updates the decor to art deco style with flashy, geometric patterns, which includes the design of the front entrance◊ and the pillars.◊
- Art Nouveau: Most of the furnishing in Lestat's townhouse is in the art nouveau style with flowing, naturalistic flourishes, such as the intricate Victorian wallpapers, the light fixtures, the fireplaces, the capitals on the columns, the bed, the bedroom lamps, and the nightstands.
- Asshole Victim:
- Louis feeds on the racist Mr. Carlo (Alderman Fenwick's assistant), which results in the latter's death, after Carlo subjects Louis to an extremely condescending case of You Are a Credit to Your Race.
- Louis slaughters and consumes the blood of the bigoted Fenwick mostly for approving laws that destroy colored businesses in Storyville, but also for his racially prejudiced opinions on Louis.
- Tom Anderson is homophobic because he refers to Louis and Lestat as "you and your fag pederast," plus he mockingly guffaws at them when they kiss at the Mardi Gras ball. Lestat gleefully murders Tom during the after-party feast.
- Audience Surrogate: Daniel is a stand-in for the audience whenever he brings up the fact that Louis is an Unreliable Narrator (the latter even acknowledges "And you can imagine what time's inevitable hammer does to the minute details"). Daniel has doubts about the veracity of Louis' second account in 2022 because it's so dissimilar to the first interview in 1973, so viewers must also ponder if Louis is indeed painting a "more nuanced portrait" of the past, if he is being deliberately dishonest and editorializing as accused, or if the additional 49 years have further muddled his memory.
- Auto Erotica: Lestat and Claudia ambush two young couples (although most of Lestat's onslaught occurs off-screen) having sex in their cars at lover's lane.
- Babies Make Everything Better:
- Louis and Lestat bring Claudia into their household right when Louis is on the brink of walking out on their relationship. In the short-term, it does work — they're quite happy as a little family for a time. Claudia writes in her diary that she helps to smooth out any major conflicts between her Daddy Lou and her Uncle Les ("And when they can't [sort out their problems on their own], I can always get in between and make it right"). In the long-term, though, it doesn't work out so well. Lampshaded by Louis and Daniel in the fourth episode:Louis: Claudia was—
Daniel: A band-aid for a shitty marriage?
Louis: I was going to say... something else. But yes, that's almost certainly what she felt like.
- The trope is played much straighter with Louis individually. Fatherhood brings a great deal of fulfillment and meaning to Louis's life.Louis: Claudia was... everything. I loved her unconditionally. All the noise, the chaos, the crisis of my former existence, silenced. The simple joy of her hand in mine.
- Louis and Lestat bring Claudia into their household right when Louis is on the brink of walking out on their relationship. In the short-term, it does work — they're quite happy as a little family for a time. Claudia writes in her diary that she helps to smooth out any major conflicts between her Daddy Lou and her Uncle Les ("And when they can't [sort out their problems on their own], I can always get in between and make it right"). In the long-term, though, it doesn't work out so well. Lampshaded by Louis and Daniel in the fourth episode:
- The Beard: Before meeting Lestat, Louis tries to maintain his straight credentials by seeing a prostitute named Lily.
- Beneath the Mask: Because Louis is a gay African American in 1910, he has to put on a different façade depending on whom he's interacting with, and having to do this on a daily basis is detrimental to his mental health. Lestat is infuriated that Louis is whittling himself away by pretending to be something he's not.Lestat: This primitive country has picked you clean. It has shackled you in permanent exile. Every room you enter, every hat you are forced to wear — the stern landlord, the deferential businessman, the loyal son — all these roles you conform to and none of them your true nature. What rage you must feel as you choke on your sorrow.
- Beta Couple: It's unveiled in the Season 1 finale that Louis and Armand are lovers in 2022, and they've been a couple since at least 1973.
- Betty and Veronica: For Lestat (the "Archie"), the black-haired, dependable Louis is the "Betty" (he's basically a "Househusband" — as much as a man can be in the early 20th century in a same-sex relationship — who's happy to raise their vampire daughter Claudia, although his brooding can put a damper on Lestat's enthusiasm) while the blonde, sultry Antoinette is the "Veronica" (Lestat deems her as the fun one because "You're like me, you like to laugh"). Lestat wants to have his cake and eat it, too, so there's no reason for him to choose between them, so he cohabits with his boyfriend at his townhouse, and retains Antoinette as his mistress, whom he visits when things are difficult at home. In the Season 1 finale, Lestat decides to elevate Antoinette (who has been his lover for 23 years and is now a vampire) to his second wife while Louis will be his male Top Wife in a Vampire's Harem. Even in this scenario, Louis is marginally the "winner" because Lestat loves him a lot more than Antoinette, but Louis certainly doesn't feel like he has won because he despises his romantic rival and wishes she was dead. Louis was already conspiring with Claudia to murder Lestat for his Domestic Abuse, so the latter imposing this outrageous new family arrangement makes it even more unbearable for Louis, so to be free from Lestat's control and to protect Claudia's life (Lestat plans to do away with her to make room for Antoinette), the "Betty" kills both the "Archie" and the "Veronica."
- The Big Damn Kiss: Of their first season smooches, Louis and Lestat's kiss in the finale is the only one filmed in slow-motion to ensure that the audience doesn't miss a detail. Both men look gorgeous and regal in their 18th-century French period costumes and make-up, and the brass notes of the instrumental version of "Come to Me" (one of the couple's Love Themes) swell as they embrace each other. In the "Episode Insider" featurette, showrunner Rolin Jones affirms that this scene is the romantic peak of Louis and Lestat.Jones: It is the swooning heights of the uber romanticism of ours is this dance in front of everybody and their kiss.
- The Big Easy: In Season 1, almost all of the Flashbacks (with the exception of the Ponchatoula hotel and the San Francisco gay bar) take place in New Orleans. In the early 20th century, it was a Vice City with brothels and gambling dens. Jackson Square is featured prominently, gumbo is served for dinner at the de Pointe du Lac mansion, Lestat's townhouse is located in the French Quarter, there's a jazz funeral, a couple of scenes are set in the bayou, and of course, there is a Mardi Gras ball. It's an ideal place for a vampire, according to Lestat.Lestat: The life of a vampire has its challenges and its rewards, but I think New Orléans, with its music, culture, cuisine, shipping yards, conventioneers, thrill-seeking tourists far-flung from their homes, the laissez-faire attitude of the local police force... (chuckles) Oh, yes, the perfect setting for a vampire home, a vampire romance.
- Bigger Is Better in Bed: Invoked by Lestat in the fifth episode, who apparently is well-endowed, when he lets Louis know that if his "considerable appendage" is being wasted at home, he'll use it on Antoinette, his mistress.Lestat: And unlike Claudia, I am a full-blooded adult, with all the right appendages. So, if my considerable considerables continue to be squandered...
(Louis ignores him, so Lestat leaves for his rendezvous with Antoinette)
- Bilingual Bonus: Set in New Orleans, there's a lot of French sprinkled throughout the show.
- In the pilot, Louis threatens Paul with "I'll bleed ya like a cochon note ," which is French for "pig."
- In the second episode, after Louis says "Fuck you" to Lestat, the Frenchman's reply is "Va te faire foutre aussi!", which means "Go fuck yourself, too!"
- Damek asks Daniel in Russian, "So, are you new to Dubai? Been here before?"
- In the fourth episode, Louis pleads with Lestat to turn a dying Claudia into a vampire because "She's only a kid," and Lestat utters, "C'est impossible. Elle est trop jeune." ("It's impossible. She is too young.")
- Lestat curses "Putain de merde" ("Fucking hell") while teaching a reckless Claudia how to drive.
- In the fifth episode, Lestat is so fed up with Louis harping about Claudia that he cusses, "Bordel de merde. Il me chie dans la malle jusqu'au cadenas!" note ("For fuck's sake. He shits me in the trunk up to the padlock!")
- In the sixth episode, it's extremely difficult to discern Lestat's explosive rant because his voice is drowned out by the radio at maximum volume, so this is the best guess: "Comme enfant, comme adulte, comme toujours, c'est de ta faute, Louis! C'est le résultat du compromis!" ("As a child, as an adult, as always, it's your fault, Louis! This is the result of compromise!")
- Rashid's Latin phrase is "Trubidis rebus ad infinitum." ("With things that are noisy to infinity.")
- In the Season 1 finale, just before Louis slices Lestat's throat, the latter tells his beloved, "I'm happy it was you, here with me... à la fin." ("at the end.")
- Bisexual Love Triangle: Lestat is bisexual and he has both a husband-in-all-but-name and a mistress. He's happy to keep both of them, so conflict arises between Louis and Antoinette, who are jealous of each other. Louis wants Lestat to kill Antoinette, while she hopes that Lestat will abandon Louis and go with her to another city. Lestat does neither because he only cares about his own selfish desires. In the Season 1 finale, Lestat decides to form his own Vampire's Harem by upgrading Antoinette (who is now a vampire) to his second wife and Louis has the dubious privilege of being his Gender-Inverted Top Wife. Antoinette is amenable to this new arrangement because she'll get to live with Lestat and become a member of his family, but this is an even worse hell for Louis, who is already tormented by Lestat's oppressive Domestic Abuse and is trapped in a Gilded Cage. Desperate to escape from Lestat's tyranny, Louis murders both his lover and Antoinette.
- Bitch Slap: After Daniel is subjected to Louis' People Puppets ability where his right arm was flopping wildly, Daniel is so incensed that he slaps Louis hard in the face, which is extremely brave (or foolish) when he knows all too well that Louis could easily kill him (which almost happened at the end of the first interview).
- Blatant Lies: Has its own page.
- Bookends: In the Season 1 finale, Ludwig van Beethoven's "Moonlight Sonata" is heard at the beginning and at the end.
- Louis often reads books, which is his sole pastime. When he's severely depressed in the fifth episode, reading is his only source of comfort because he buries himself (both literally and figuratively) in French literature.
- As a fledgling vampire, Claudia loves reading so much that she sometimes "talks to books" (i.e. writes in her diary) because she regards them as her friends. When she's older, she travels to numerous university libraries for seven years to do extensive research on the origin of vampires. In the sixth episode, she studies the European cities that she plans to visit while in her coffin.
- Bridal Carry: In the second episode, a same-sex variation occurs when Lestat carries an injured Louis bridal-style up the stairs of what is now their home (the townhouse is owned by Lestat, but Louis becomes its second resident after Lestat transforms him into a vampire). The bridal carry obviously symbolizes that they're essentially married, as much as two men can be in 1910.
- Bullet Time: In the climax of the pilot, Lestat's vampiric Super Speed is illustrated by him walking normally while everything around him moves at a snail's pace; in particular, the priest appears to be running in slow-motion from Lestat's perspective.
- Call a Human a "Meatbag": The vampire Lestat's designation for humans is "the meat" because he hunts them every night, so naturally he views them as his "savory inferiors." He also compares human prey to red wine grapes (he occasionally serves human blood in wine glasses), and his descriptions of them are meat-like: "A young Tempranillo, fleshy and tart. A Primitivo, hints of iron, rather plain otherwise. A pair of oak-aged Cabernet [Sauvignon], thick-skinned and chewy." Similarly, his young fledgling Claudia refers to human blood as "kill juice."
- Calling Out for Not Calling: After Louis moves into Lestat's townhouse, he seldom visits his family at their mansion, which annoys his mother. However, he does point out that she could visit him in the French Quarter, but she chooses not to.Florence: Move half a mile away, don't come see your family for half a season. (sighs) Don't come back fragile, son.
Louis: Haven't heard a knock on my door. It's a half-mile both ways, Mama.
- Calling Parents by Their Name: Starting from the final scene of the fifth episode, Claudia addresses Louis only by his given name instead of "Daddy Lou" because she wants to be treated like his sister (and they are technically vampire siblings because Lestat is their maker) instead of his daughter. However, it's Zig-Zagged when she interacts with Lestat because she switches between using his name and "Uncle Les."
- Camera Abuse:
- In the pilot, Lestat pounces on a lamplighter and his prey's blood splashes on the camera below.
- Later during the climax, after Lestat murders a priest by punching right through the latter's head at high speed, some of his victim's blood and brain matter land on the camera lens.
- In the Season 1 finale, as Claudia raises her head after she's done feeding, some of the dead man's blood hits the right side of the screen.
- Can't Live with Them, Can't Live without Them:
- In episode 2, Lestat tells Louis that he's very difficult to live with and it drives him nuts, but he wouldn't change a single thing about his lover.Lestat: No one as angry, as stubborn, as unaccommodating, as maddening—
Louis: Sound like trash to me.
Lestat: As loving, as dedicated, as thoughtful, as imperfectly perfect as you've become. You're a challenge every sunset, Saint Louis, and I'd have it no other way.
- In episode 6, Louis ultimately takes Lestat back six years after Lestat savagely attacked him, acknowledging that despite the pain his boyfriend had caused him, their "vampire bond" is difficult to break. In episode 7, Louis lampshades his love-hate relationship with Lestat:Louis: I wanted him dead. I wanted him all to myself.
- In episode 2, Lestat tells Louis that he's very difficult to live with and it drives him nuts, but he wouldn't change a single thing about his lover.
- Captain Obvious:
- Invoked by Jonah in the third episode after Louis notices his military uniform.Louis: You're enlisted?
Jonah: Ain't you good at noticing what's plain?
- In the fifth episode, after Daniel is attacked by Louis' People Puppets skill because he wouldn't back down about the missing pages in Claudia's diary, Rashid elucidates why Louis reacted the way he did, as if Daniel didn't already know.Rashid: Mr. du Lac occasionally finds it difficult to talk about Claudia.
Daniel: (has a "No shit, Sherlock" expression as he glares at Rashid) Got that.
- Invoked by Jonah in the third episode after Louis notices his military uniform.
- Carpet-Rolled Corpse: In the second episode, after Louis is done feeding on the tractor salesman, Lestat rolls up the dead man inside a red carpet rug that he'll later discard as he ponders on a replacement.Lestat: For our next carpet, I'm thinking Persian. Arabesque maybe. Certainly need a more efficient way of ridding the waste.
- Cast Full of Gay: By the Season 1 finale, only one of the five note main characters is obviously heterosexual (Claudia). Louis is gay, Lestat is bisexual, Armand is queer (his sexual identity isn't spelled out in Season 1, but he and Louis are a same-sex couple) and Daniel is Ambiguously Bi.
- Casual Kink: In the sixth episode, Lestat is revealed to be a masochist when it specifically comes to his boyfriend Louis because he's extremely turned on when Louis is physically aggressive towards him with Lestat being naked and Louis is fully dressed and injures him during sex. This thoroughly goes against Lestat's predatory, sadistic and domineering nature, so it proves how much he loves Louis that he feels sexual pleasure when Louis "claims" his body by inflicting wounds and humiliating him Louis is after all hate-fucking Lestat in the home of Lestat's mistress!
- The Chanteuse: Antoinette is an alluring lounge singer who specializes in Torch Songs and performs in a long, glamorous evening gown, a gold necklace and high heels when she's on stage. She's the "Veronica" in the Betty and Veronica rivalry that she has with Louis (the "Betty") over Lestat (the "Archie").
- Childhood Friend Romance: Louis and Jonah are Childhood Friends, but their bond becomes much more intimate after they begin having sex when Jonah is 16 years old. As gay African American men in the late 19th century, their longtime connection means that they trusted each other and felt safe exploring their feelings and sexuality in an era of profound racism and when homosexuality was punishable by law. Although things cooled down between them after Jonah moved away for work, when they see each other again in 1917, their camaraderie remains easy and close despite the passage of time (Louis is 39 years old note , so his romantic affection for Jonah has lasted for at least 20 years). In fact, Lestat instantly becomes jealous the moment he sees Louis cheerily greeting Jonah because he can sense the underlying sparks between them. Not surprisingly, Louis and Jonah later share a moonlight tryst at the bayou, but their relationship doesn't go any further because Jonah will soon head off to France for World War I.
- Childhood Friends: Louis and Jonah met as kids and were best friends while they were growing up. Even though Jonah later left New Orleans to find employment, when they cross paths again years later, the warmth of their rapport is still evident.
- Closet Gay:
- Louis had to stay closeted in 1910 New Orleans, and notes how while you could be many things openly then, a gay black man wasn't one of them.Louis: My business and my raised religion were at odds, and the, uh... latencies within me, well, I beat those back with a lie I told myself about myself — that I was a red-blooded son of the South, seeking ass before absolution.
- Unlike Louis, the bisexual Lestat isn't ashamed of his attraction to men, but he too must be cautious about not appearing too lovey-dovey around Louis to avoid scrutiny. He courts Louis as a friend, and later deflects Paul's homophobic insinuation about their relationship with a lie. While waiting for the Don Pasquale performance to start, Lestat's pinky finger discreetly caresses Louis' in lieu of actually Holding Hands; that brief moment of physical contact is the upper limit of what Lestat dares to do with his boyfriend in terms of public displays of affection. After Deputy Habersham warns them that "crimes against nature" carry a five-year prison sentence, it's Lestat who tells Louis that they should lay low while they're under suspicion. At Jackson Square, Lestat silently mouths the words "I love you" to Louis because it's too risky to even whisper it, let alone say it out loud.
- The homosexual Jonah must keep his affection for Louis under wraps when they're in front of others. They greet each other as old friends, not as former lovers, which contrasts Lestat openly necking his mistress Antoinette. When Louis asks Jonah, "You ever think about those old days when we were kids?", Jonah visibly becomes tense and stays silent because he knows that Louis isn't just talking about when they were innocent children, but also when they had a romantic/sexual relationship as teenagers. They later go to the bayou for a tryst because it's secluded and very dark at night (and thus it's unlikely they'd be spotted by prying eyes — well, other than Lestat's), and it's hinted that it was routine for the adolescent Jonah and Louis to come here to have sex.
- Louis had to stay closeted in 1910 New Orleans, and notes how while you could be many things openly then, a gay black man wasn't one of them.
- Closet Key: The handsome and charming Lestat is this for Louis, who was in denial of his homosexuality until Lestat seduced him. Unlike his prior "floating-on-a-sea-of-vodka type encounters" with other men, Louis wasn't drunk when he and Lestat made love, and he was forced to concede that he had developed romantic feelings for Lestat. After their Relationship Upgrade, Louis stops pretending that he's straight.
- Cloudcuckoolander's Minder: Louis is the caretaker of his brother Paul, who is mentally ill.Daniel: Your brother sounds like a pain in the ass.
Louis: Fragile. Stubborn. Indulged. I promised our father on his death bed to look after him. But when Paul's mind was right, he was no burden. Point of fact, I loved him more than anyone on Earth.
- Color-Coded Characters:
- In 2022, Louis' wardrobe consists exclusively of black and grey apparel.
- In 2022, Rashid is only ever seen in black clothing.
- Coming-Out Story: In the seventh episode, Louis and Lestat mutually agree to publicly out themselves from their Transparent Closet of 29 years note by dancing together at the Mardi Gras ball in front of a bigoted crowd. They're both so hopelessly in love and spellbound by the other's beauty that they lock eyes as they waltz across the ballroom before locking their lips, which shocks and disgusts most of the guests. Louis is disappointed that his and Lestat's illegal activity at the venue wasn't reported in the news.Louis: So much would be written about that grim night in New Orleans, but not a single mention of our last hour at Latrobe's, as if the only crime unfit to print took place on that dance floor.
- Compartment Shot:
- In the first scene of the series, the camera is inside Daniel's mailbox when he unlocks it to take out the package that Louis had shipped to him.
- In Season 1, there are a few shots which are from within the incinerator, such as when Lestat opens the lid in episode 2 just before he and Louis toss Mr. Carlo's corpse inside, and in episode 4 when Lestat forces Claudia to stay put and observe Charlie's body being charred by the flames.
- Continuity Nod:
- In the second episode, Finn's arm is in a sling because Lestat had injured it in the series premiere after the former prevented the latter from harassing Louis in the funeral procession. Lestat smugly inquires, "Is it healing properly? You might need a proper doctor, my friend."
- In the seventh episode, Tom Anderson has an X-shaped scar on the left side of his face because Lestat had scratched it there with his vampire fingernail in the fifth episode when he stopped time at the speakeasy.
- Couldn't Find a Pen: In the Season 1 finale, Claudia jots down in her journal Lestat's final words ("Mets-moi dans mon cercueil, Louis, Louis" note ) with his blood by dipping her pen into a wound on his neck.
- Cradling Your Kill: A brief shot near the end of episode 7 shows Louis holding Lestat's body and screaming, after Louis himself slashes his throat.
- Crazy Jealous Guy: Lestat has been infatuated with Louis from the instant he felt Love at First Sight, and this leads him to be obsessive and possessive of his lover, as he goes to extreme lengths to try to either keep him or win him back.
- Lestat murders Lily after Louis avoids him for an extended period of time in order to isolate him emotionally, therefore making a vulnerable Louis more receptive to the idea of becoming Lestat's immortal companion.
- Lestat is insanely jealous of Jonah, an Old Flame of Louis whom the latter continues to harbour some feelings for based on Lestat's observation while he was stalking them, "I HEARD YOUR HEARTS DANCING!!" (Probably the only reason why Lestat didn't Murder the Hypotenuse is because he knows Jonah will be shipped off to France for World War I soon, so he figures Jonah will likely die there.)
- The sheer intensity of Lestat's love for Louis is unhealthy, and this quote from the third episode sums up the former's mindset.Lestat: I did it for Louis. I do everything for Louis.
- Although Lestat initially refuses Louis' request to transform Claudia into a vampire because "Elle est trop jeune" ("She is too young"), he does the wrong thing anyway (not to mention that she didn't consent to it) because he realizes that creating a daughter is the only way to ensure that Louis who was about to abandon Lestat will stay with him.
- When Claudia announces that she has returned home after a 7-year absence just so that she can take Louis with her to Europe, Lestat who is now also a Jealous Parent is boiling with rage because he feels that she's stealing Louis from him, so he strangles her. When Louis comes to her defense, Lestat totally loses control because it's solid proof that Louis loves Claudia more than him. Lestat then beats the crap out of Louis for not loving him enough, and since nothing else he has tried has worked, a desperate Lestat resorts to a horrific level of violence to scare Louis into submission.
- Considering that Lestat is the definition of Evil Is Petty, it's quite remarkable that even after he finds out about Louis and Claudia's plot to murder him, he still desires to keep Louis as his lover. Lestat is so head-over-heels in love that he'll never willingly let Louis go even when his boyfriend wants to kill him, so Lestat directs all of his vindictive fury at Claudia, placing the blame squarely on her for the disintegration of his romance with Louis. Lestat conspires to bump off Claudia not just to punish her for her betrayal, but also so that Louis will love him and only him (at least according to Lestat's warped sense of logic). Regardless of how Louis feels, if Lestat's scheme had succeeded, it would be impossible for Louis to escape his clutches because Antoinette — who is now a vampire and can read Louis' thoughts — can alert Lestat to anything and everything Louis is thinking.
- Creepy Child: Claudia acts normally and is a cheerful girl mostly, although her predatory nature as a vampire makes her seem "off" to humans sometimes — usually just before she bites them.
- Daywalking Vampire: Vampires who are several centuries old develop immunity to sunlight, with Armand being the prime example.
- Deal with the Devil: Multiple mortals believe that Louis, Lestat and Claudia must have made one due to their immortality and eternal youth. Some even ask for details on how it works.Tom Anderson: Where do you meet the Devil, and what are the terms of the agreement?
- Death by Adaptation: Antoinette dies in the climax of the Season 1 finale, which is only halfway through the Interview with the Vampire story, whereas Antoine is still alive by the end of The Vampire Chronicles.
- Death Glare: In the fifth episode, there's an ominous close-up of Lestat shooting daggers from his eyes when he sees Louis and Claudia hugging after she returns home after seven years away. Lestat is both a Crazy Jealous Guy and a Jealous Parent, so he hates it that Louis is very affectionate towards their vampire daughter, but his boyfriend has withheld love and sex while she was gone.
- Decapitation Required: In the seventh episode, Louis discloses to Daniel that Lestat had once confided to him on a blood-drunken night in Baton Rouge that decapitation is a surefire method to kill vampires.
- Defenestrate and Berate: Although there's no berating because Louis is giving Lestat the Silent Treatment, his act of throwing his boyfriend's coffin out the second floor window of their townhouse speaks volumes.Claudia: No one here wishes to speak with you.
Lestat: Well, I know [Louis is] upstairs. I can see his silhouette. Perhaps we should let him decide if he wants to see me or not.
(Louis shoves Lestat's coffin out the window, which smashes on impact behind where Lestat is standing)
Claudia: How's that for an answer?
- Depraved Bisexual: Lestat is a bisexual vampire who's unrepentant in feeding on humans (usually to the point of killing them), who seduces and turns Louis because he wants an eternal lover. He's not above a little Murder the Hypotenuse, being the possessive, jealous type, including having killed a woman he'd also slept with (a prostitute) because Louis used her as The Beard, to isolate him so they could get together.
- Desk Sweep of Rage: In the sixth episode, a wrathful Lestat knocks over all the chess pieces with a single arm swipe because Claudia doesn't want to continue their game.
- Destructive Romance: Daniel describes Louis and Lestat's romance as an abusive one, with Lestat as a classic example of a Domestic Abuser and Louis as a victim of intimate partner violence who still loves his abuser. The last few episodes of Season 1 play out the "cycle of abuse" — tension culminating in an incident of abuse (Lestat almost killing Louis), followed by apologies (Lestat is thrown out until he grovels and is allowed back home), reconciliation, a calm "honeymoon" phase, until tension starts to mount again. There's an uncomfortable scene in episode 6 where Louis is Unfocused During Intimacy because he doesn't actually want to have sex, but he's so frightened that Lestat will punish him again for not loving him enough that Louis simply lies on their bed and lets Lestat have his way with his body. Louis later has a bout of suicidal ideation when he imagines himself as a pile of ash because he dreads returning to the "crypt" of the "undeserving Lestat." By episode 7, Lestat has enclosed Louis in a Gilded Cage and keeps his lover on such a tight leash that the only escape route that's available to Louis is to murder his boyfriend. Louis almost does, but his love for Lestat is stronger than his hate, so he's unable to perform the final step, which is to burn Lestat's body. Louis flees to Europe, but Lestat is Not Quite Dead.Daniel: You took Lestat back.
Louis: The vampire bond. There is no human equivalent.
Daniel: Lover, murderer, maker. [incredulous] You took him back.
Louis: It's a bond that can never fully be severed. A bond like that makes you believe there are only two of you on the planet.
- Disapproving Look:
- In the first shot of the dinner scene in the series premiere, Paul glowers◊ at Lestat when he observes him smiling at Louis. The homophobic Paul suspects that Lestat's affection for his brother goes far beyond mere friendship (and his instincts are spot-on — Lestat intends to seduce Louis after the dinner).
- In the third episode, Louis scowls at Lestat and Antoinette fooling around because he's understandably resentful that his insensitive boyfriend is seducing a woman right in front of him.
- Disposable Sex Worker: Before meeting Lestat, Louis has been appearing to carry on an affair with a prostitute named Lily. Lestat kills Lily as part of his effort to draw Louis towards him.
- Disproportionate Retribution: Lestat kills an Italian opera singer simply because he sang poorly, and humiliates him first to boot, which Louis dislikes.
- Disrupting the Theater:
- In the fourth episode, Lestat, Claudia and Louis are laughing their heads off while watching Nosferatu (which is not a comedy), irritating the other people in the theater.
- In the seventh episode, Lestat and Claudia rudely chat in their normal voices during a newsreel screening at the cinema. An annoyed moviegoer shushes them twice, so Lestat activates his People Puppets ability to force the man to slap himself silly. Claudia giggles in amusement.
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Has its own page.
- Domestic Abuse:
- In episode 5, Claudia attempts to persuade Louis to leave Lestat and go with her to look for other vampires. In anger at what he sees as her taking his love away from him, Lestat grabs Claudia by the neck, causing Louis to tackle Lestat and the two men fight. After smashing Louis against the walls of their home, Lestat gains the upper hand, and he sits on top of Louis, punching him repeatedly. Lestat then drags Louis outside by his chin with only his sharp vampire fingernails, and flies with Louis into the air. After asking Louis to say he'll never love him, Louis just yells for Lestat to let him go. Lestat does so, and Louis suffers a long and agonizing fall. Taking away all the fantasy/vampire elements, the entire scene is basically an abusive husband/boyfriend assaulting his partner within an inch of his life. What makes this situation even more frightening is that Lestat claims that he had restrained his violent impulses in the past, which means that he wanted to beat Louis many times before.Lestat: (to Louis) I fought myself a million times, fought my nature, controlled my temper. I never once harmed you.
- Overall, throughout the show, Lestat is very emotionally abusive and manipulative, isolating Louis from his friends and family, cheating on him, love-bombing him, and stalking/watching him without his consent. Claudia has observed that Lestat keeps Louis on a tight leash.Claudia: (telepathically to Louis) His love is a small box he keeps you in. Don't stay in it.
- Lestat is also abusive towards his mistress Antoinette. In episode 6, while they're in a Ponchatoula hotel room, his fangs have left behind two large puncture wounds on her neck, but he doesn't heal them with his vampire blood, so he's treating her worse than Louis after Their First Time (where Lestat put in the effort to mend the injury he caused). After Antoinette asks, "How am I supposed to make a career here?", Lestat abruptly puts his hand around her throat and replies, "I seek refuge from complaints when I visit you, dear." He somehow persuaded her to cut off her finger so that he can fake her death in order to win back Louis — who is Antoinette's romantic adversary — and for her trouble, she now has a maimed right hand that she must conceal with a glove ("That's what gloves are for," as he callously tells her). She then meekly says to Lestat, "I didn't mean to make you mad," which sadly illustrates that Anoinette is thoroughly under his thumb.
- In episode 5, Claudia attempts to persuade Louis to leave Lestat and go with her to look for other vampires. In anger at what he sees as her taking his love away from him, Lestat grabs Claudia by the neck, causing Louis to tackle Lestat and the two men fight. After smashing Louis against the walls of their home, Lestat gains the upper hand, and he sits on top of Louis, punching him repeatedly. Lestat then drags Louis outside by his chin with only his sharp vampire fingernails, and flies with Louis into the air. After asking Louis to say he'll never love him, Louis just yells for Lestat to let him go. Lestat does so, and Louis suffers a long and agonizing fall. Taking away all the fantasy/vampire elements, the entire scene is basically an abusive husband/boyfriend assaulting his partner within an inch of his life. What makes this situation even more frightening is that Lestat claims that he had restrained his violent impulses in the past, which means that he wanted to beat Louis many times before.
- Double Entendre:
- In the second episode, Lestat informs Louis on the latter's first day as a fledgling vampire that he needs to rest during the daytime, but there's only one coffin in the townhouse. Louis initially refuses to do so, but then Lestat strips naked and allows Louis to get an eyeful of his body before entering the coffin. Just before Lestat lies down, he adds, "It's okay. You can be on top."
- In the seventh episode, after Claudia elaborates on how they will trap their would-be prey inside their home after the Mardi Gras ball, Lestat's left hand grabs Louis' butt and pulls his boyfriend closer to his chair. While glancing hungrily up at Louis, Lestat utters in a seductive tone, "And let the flesh instruct the mind." Lestat is ostensibly telling Claudia that they'll let their thirst for human blood dictate their actions during the feast, but it's also plain that he's ravenous for Louis' body and wishes to take him to their bed.
- Later in the Season 1 finale, a blood-starved Lestat is attired as a French king at the Mardi Gras ball, and when he's introduced to the MacPhail twins, he expresses his literal hunger with "The king finds himself suddenly famished," only to turn around and see Louis in his French duke costume for the first time. Lestat is gaping at his gorgeous lover as if he's tempted to "devour" Louis right there and then.
- Double Meaning:
- Because of the homophobia which existed in 1910, Lestat can't overtly flirt with Louis during their first meeting, but he still conveys his interest in roundabout ways. Lestat is outright leering at Louis and speaking with a sultry voice while recounting how he had "sampled" many New Orleans women, including those with "cinnamon" skin tones. Lestat is subtly expressing his desire to "taste" Louis because the latter is a "cinnamon" Creole. Later, when Lestat says that he and Louis are "Destined to be very good friends," what he really means is that they're "Destined to be lovers."
- In the sixth episode, Lestat is looking at a dog when he says, "Back in your cage, sweetheart," but the person he's truly addressing is Claudia, who is a stowaway on a train heading to New York. He won't allow her to leave New Orleans because he's concerned about Louis' deteriorating mental and physical state, so he has boarded the baggage car to forcibly take her back home.
- In the seventh episode, Louis quips, "The king's hair (heir) has betrayed the king" when he spots Lestat's discarded powdered wig, who is garbed as a French king at the Mardi Gras ball. Louis can be regarded as Lestat's heir because he's Lestat's vampire son (the French monarchy had practiced Salic law, so women were excluded from inheriting the throne), and Louis is indeed conspiring to murder his despotic maker during the after-party feast.
- Dramatic Pause: In the first scene of the third episode, both the Background Music and the dialogue stop for three seconds after Louis informs Lestat that Jackson Square used to be the site where runaway slaves were decapitated and their heads were placed on the iron gates as a warning.
- Dramatic Shattering: In the sixth episode, Louis confronts Lestat about the song the latter wrote as a Valentine's Day present because he's so offended that Lestat's mistress Antoinette sings it. Louis drops the record in front of them to demonstrate his hatred of it and the disc shatters. (Please note that this is not an example of Vinyl Shatters because the scene takes place over a decade before large-diameter vinyl records were mass-produced, so the phonograph record is made of shellac.)
- Dream Sequence: Near the end of the sixth episode, Daniel slips into slumber after receiving a levodopa transfusion, and he dreams about how he and Louis (and Rashid, as it turns out) first met at Polynesian Mary's in 1973.
- Driven to Suicide:
- In the pilot, Louis' brother Paul commits suicide on the morning after their sister's wedding.
- In the sixth episode, Lestat recounts to Louis and Claudia that his maker Magnus had died by throwing himself into a fire.
- Dying Candle: In the climax of the Season 1 finale, the flames of all the candles in the candelabrum are snuffed out when Lestat leaps over the table to attack Tom Anderson, which signifies that all the humans inside the townhouse will soon die at the hands (or more accurately the fangs) of Lestat, Louis and Claudia.
- Ear Ache: In the third episode, Louis severs the ear of Alderman Fenwick with his vampire fingernails in revenge for supporting laws that target colored businesses in Storyville.
- Eating the Eye Candy: There are plenty of moments when Lestat is mentally undressing Louis with his eyes. Lestat is bisexual and licentious, so he often throws lustful glances to whomever he finds attractive.
- Eat the Rich: In the seventh episode, most of the guests that the vampire family invite to their Mardi Gras ball are the elite of New Orleans, and several human prey are selected for the after-party feast, where Lestat, Louis and Claudia literally eat the rich.Lestat: Well, this idea of yours, what kind of a party did you imagine?
Claudia: A ball. A lavish, decadent ball.
Lestat: To what end?
Claudia: We invite the most beautiful, the most gluttonous, seduce a choice few for a feast to remember.
- The Edwardian Era: The Flashback scenes of the first episode are set in 1910, while the second episode covers 1910-1916 ("Here I was, six years [Lestat's] pupil"), with the last two years overlapping with World War I.
- Eiffel Tower Effect: The San Francisco scene in episode 6 begins with Daniel lighting a cigarette in front of the Golden Gate Bridge.
- Emergency Transformation: Near the beginning of the fourth episode, Claudia is dying due to a combination of severe burns and smoke inhalation, so Louis begs Lestat to turn her into a vampire. Lestat doesn't want to at first because "Elle est trop jeune" ("She is too young"), but he changes his mind after it dawns on him that a daughter will bind Louis to him again when his boyfriend was ready to walk out on their relationship.
- Ending Theme: A shortened version of Daniel Hart's "In Throes of Increasing Wonder" plays during the end credits of the first four episodes (plus episode 7 for the televised broadcast), which is one of the Love Themes for Louis and Lestat. It's notable that this show's 73-second closing theme is much more substantial than its 23-second opening Theme Tune because the former is connected to Season 1's Official Couple and is 50 seconds longer, whereas the latter is the sound of an orchestra tuning up (and therefore not directly linked to the main characters).
- Episode Tagline: The sixth episode features the word "endure" no less than six times.Lestat: I have a capacity for enduring.
Claudia: I'm enduring.
Louis: And so I endured my way home.
Lestat: We endure each other for Louis' happiness.
Louis: You threaten a life which will endure 'til the end of the world.
Claudia: I am done enduring.
- Episode Title Card: Each episode is preceded by its title in red font over a black background.
- Eternal Love:
- Lestat desires to have Louis as his eternal companion, and the latter accepts to be turned so that they can be together forever. However, their vampire romance comes to a bloody end after 29 years (late 1910 until Feb. 6, 1940).
- Because Lestat has a high libido and enjoys "a little variety," he transforms Antoinette (who was his mistress for 23 years) into a vampire so that he can have a second immortal lover, with the aim of founding his own Vampire's Harem. However, Louis is thoroughly fed up with Lestat's Domestic Abuse and infidelity, plus he has zero interest in becoming Lestat's "Top Wife" and having to share his boyfriend with a woman he detests, so Louis (with Claudia's help) kills both Lestat and Antoinette.
- Louis and Armand (an ancient vampire) have been in a committed relationship since at least 1973, and the former even calls the latter "the love of my life."
- Europeans Are Kinky:
- By the standards of 1910s America, Lestat (a Frenchman) being a bisexual libertine would be regarded as kinky, especially considering that the term "bisexual" didn't even exist then (Lestat identifies his sexuality as "Non-discriminating"). He lives in a Transparent Closet with Louis (a black Creole), and being a same-sex and interracial couple was scandalous at a time when homosexuality was a crime and interracial marriage was illegal in most states, including Louisiana. Not surprisingly, people gossip about Louis' "pale lover" and "the weird goings-on at their Sodomite townhouse" behind their backs.
- It's lampshaded by Jonah, a gay African American, who has heard that Europeans display more liberal attitudes towards sex.Jonah: And most of why I signed up is I kept hearing something about something they call "European sensibilities." They care less what you look like or who you're lookin' at.
- Even Evil Has Standards: Lestat, a merciless vampire, disapproves of rape, stating to Claudia that what Bruce did to her "was in very poor taste." However, this doesn't make Lestat any less evil than Bruce because he's threatening Claudia in this scene, and as terrible as her experience was with Bruce, Lestat assures her that what he'll do to her is worse. ("I won't snap your leg, defile your pocket, and zoom off on a motorbike. I'll turn your bones to dust.")
- Every Man Has His Price: In the seventh episode, Lestat, Louis and Claudia want to be in charge of the city's Mardi Gras ball. Normally, this would be impossible because the festivity is only a month away, and it's presided by the Committee of Raj, which has finalized its plans three years ago. However, the vampire family gains control of the Masquerade Ball after they bribe Tom Anderson and his fellow Raj members.Louis: We know you're on the committee.
Tom: The Committee of Raj is a secret and sacred group of citizens— (Claudia puts a list of the committee members on his desk) ...bound by honor and tradition.
Louis: Get us a price, get back to us.
Tom: These things are planned years in advance. Louis, you're a native.
Lestat: You've expanded your export business, shipping coffins from port back to Europe?
Tom: Shipping and manufacturing. Double dip. Good margin, product in high demand.
Claudia: You lost one of your ships recently.
Tom: Took a torpedo in the rear from one of the Fritz's U-boats.
Louis: Would you like a new one?
Tom: (is silent for several seconds while he ponders the offer) I['ll] attempt your no doubt humiliating and reputation-destroying ask.
Louis: (in 2022 narrating to Daniel) The Krewe of Raj had been three years in planning their Mardi Gras theme, and they abandoned it within a week once the Parisian law firm of Roget and Albert had transatlantically wired their bribes. From the Marais to the Mississippi, money flooded the town. Unavailable vendors became available.
- Everyone Looks Sexier if French: How do you make an alluring vampire even sexier? Make him a French vampire, bien sûr note ! Lestat is a Frenchman who speaks English with a French accent, which imbues his baritone voice with a seductive quality, and he occasionally includes French words and sentences (Lily remarks that Lestat's French "sure sounds nice"). He also embodies the French stereotype of being extremely romantic and debauched, so this magnifies his sex appeal. In Season 1, Lestat is the most overtly sexualized character because he has the most nude and Shirtless Scenes.
- Everything Sounds Sexier in French:Lestat: Seul l'impossible peut faire l'impossible. note
Lily: I don't know much what you're saying. But it sure sounds nice.
- Evil-Detecting Dog: Charlie's horse panics when it's near Claudia, so it can instinctively sense that she's a predator.
- Evil Is Petty: Lestat says he gives death "to those deserving," but in truth, he kills people over what he perceives as slights against him or things that don't warrant such an extreme reaction, such as humiliating and killing an opera singer for having a subpar voice. Claudia uses this against him in the first season finale, poisoning Tom Anderson's blood as she knew Lestat would murder him personally for making a rude comment towards him.Claudia: Always the petty slights with you, Uncle Les.
- Evil Redhead: Downplayed Trope; Lestat has strawberry blond hair (so he's not a straight-up ginger), and is a remorseless, vicious killer.
- Evil Sounds Deep: Lestat is a ferocious vampire and a baritone, and his deep voice makes him all the more menacing.
- Exact Words: In the sixth episode, both Louis and Claudia insist that Lestat has to "Kill Antoinette" if he wishes to live with them again. We learn in the next episode that Lestat did indeed murder his mistress, but only so that he can turn her into a vampire.
- Eye Cam: Near the beginning of the fourth episode, the corners of the screen are obscured to illustrate that a dying Claudia can barely keep her eyes open while looking at what she assumes to be a Black angel (Louis) and a White angel (Lestat).
- Eye Scream: In the Season 1 finale, Claudia spits out an eyeball and its accompanying socket while mauling a man.
- Eye Take: In the climax of the pilot, Louis' eyes almost look like they're bulging out of their sockets because he's so shocked and horrified by the gruesome sight of Lestat mangling Father Matthias while consuming the latter's blood.
- Face Death with Dignity: Although he initially tries to thwart Louis and Claudia's plans to murder him, once Lestat realizes he's been outsmarted and is already poisoned, he's resigned to his fate and allows Louis to slit his throat, saying he was glad it was Louis with him "à la fin." note
- Fade In: The third episode starts with a black screen which then Dissolves into a scene with Lestat and Louis reading on a park bench at Jackson Square.
- Falling-in-Love Montage: Downplayed Trope in episode 1, which has a montage of the dates Louis and Lestat go on. They hang out in a park, go shopping for clothes, and go to the opera. Homosexuality was a criminal offense in 1910, so Lestat's courtship of Louis had to be masked as friendship.
- Feeling Your Heartbeat: In the series premiere, after Lestat heals the wounds on Louis' neck from his Kiss of the Vampire, Louis slowly moves Lestat's hand across his bare chest until it rests over his heart. Combined with their Held Gaze, having Lestat feel Louis' heart beating enhances the tenderness shared between them after Their First Time.
- Female Gaze: Lestat and Louis are subject to this whenever they're nude, the most notable example being the first time they have sex where the camera is quite close to their naked bodies as it moves.
- Finishing Stomp: In the Season 1 finale, after Claudia pins Antoinette to the floor with a fire poker, she then stomps on the older woman's head, which renders Antoinette unconscious. That's why the latter's face is bloodied and mutilated as she's being burned alive in the incinerator.
- Fire Keeps It Dead: In the Season 1 finale, Louis and Claudia place an unconscious Antoinette into the incinerator to be absolutely sure that she dies. Antoinette wakes up screaming in agony while she's being consumed by the flames. Claudia wants to do the same for Lestat's body, but Louis won't allow it because he still loves his (ex-)boyfriend. Not surprisingly to Daniel, Lestat is Not Quite Dead.
- First Kiss: The first time Louis and Lestat lock lips together also coincides with Their First Time. Louis is a Closet Gay, and after months of suppressing his feelings for his best friend, he launches himself at Lestat (they're both already nude at this point) and kisses him fiercely, pushing Lestat against a wall. They're both holding each other's faces tightly to deepen the kiss, and lovemaking soon follows.
- First Love:
- While not explicitly stated, it's very likely that Louis and Jonah, Childhood Friends who developed a Childhood Friend Romance during their late adolescence, are each other's first love, especially when one factors in the racism and the homophobia of the late 19th century. Although their paths diverged for many years, their feelings for each other are still apparent when they meet again in 1917 when Louis is nearly middle-aged, which demonstrates how intense their emotional attachment was during their youth because they're both still carrying a torch at least two decades later.
- Charlie is Claudia's first boyfriend and the first guy she has fallen in love with.
- Claudia refers to Nicki (a diminutive for Nicolas) as Lestat's first love.
- Food Porn: In the second episode, the seven-course meal that is served to Daniel and was prepared by Louis' personal chef looks absolutely gorgeous and delicious. They're the type of fancy dishes that you'd find at a very expensive restaurant.
- Forbidden Love: Homosexuality and interracial marriages were against the law in the early 20th century Louisiana, so Louis (a black Creole) and Lestat (a Caucasian) must keep their same-sex romance a secret, and they behave platonically while in public. Their immense wealth does provide them with some degree of protection from the authorities, although Deputy Habersham threatens them with a five-year jail term after he discovers that there's only one bed in their boudoir.
- Forced Sleep: While in a threesome with Louis and Lily, Lestat uses his vampire powers to put Lily to sleep so that he can have Louis all to himself.
- Foreshadowing: Has its own page.
- Forgets to Eat: In the third episode, Louis is so preoccupied by the chaos caused by City Ordinance 4118 (which are laws that shut down colored businesses in Storyville) that he doesn't consume any blood, animal or otherwise. Being a Vegetarian Vampire means that Louis is already on a very restricted diet, so now he's starving himself. He later caves into his ravenous hunger by mauling Alderman Fenwick.Louis: The state I was in, I was what... I was manic. [...] And the hubris on display caused me to neglect my thirst. And in neglect, my thirst grew harder, my temples throbbed, and finally, I could not stand it any longer. And I was through struggling. Rats, cats, dogs would no longer suffice.
- Fountain of Youth: Lampshaded by Claudia in the seventh episode when she first approaches Lestat about organizing a party on their final night in New Orleans. They will invite several humans to their house with the promise of eternal youth, and then massacre their guests before they depart for Buenos Aires.Claudia: They think we've got the fountain of youth in here. They don't know they're the fountain.
- Framing Device: The outer story involves Daniel interviewing Louis for the second time in 2022, with Rashid as the latter's personal assistant. The inner story is a Flashback of Louis' life in the 20th century, focusing mainly on his interactions with his lover Lestat and their vampire daughter Claudia.
- Freeze-Frame Bonus:
- In the fifth episode, the raccoon that was rummaging through the townhouse's Mess of Woe later ends up dead.◊ Louis, a Vegetarian Vampire, presumably drained the animal to death.
- The title sequence for episode 6 is slightly different than the others because it includes an upside-down Golden Gate Bridge◊ to indicate that there's a scene which takes place in San Francisco.
- In the seventh episode, eagle-eyed viewers can spot Antoinette in the streetcar◊ two seats ahead of Lestat in her Sweet Polly Oliver ensemble.
- Frozen Fashion Sense: When the French vampire Lestat arrives in New Orleans, his outfit is noticeably out-of-date compared to the American men's fashion of 1910, like he's still stuck in the previous century. Louis (a snazzy dresser) later helps him to update his wardrobe.Lestat: New to the... the New World, I am.
Louis: That explains the clothes.
Lestat: (chuckles) A 19th-century man at heart, yes.
- Furnace Body Disposal: In Season 1, Lestat, Louis and Claudia routinely dispose of their victims by tossing the corpses into the incinerator, which cremates the remains, and the resulting ash makes it easy for the vampire family to get rid of the evidence of their crimes.
- Gasp!: The homophobic guests at the Mardi Gras ball audibly gasp when Louis and Lestat kiss on the dance floor.
- Gay Cruising: In the 1973 scene of the sixth episode, Louis and Rashid are at Polynesian Mary's (a gay bar in San Francisco) to pick up guys. Louis flirts with a 20-year-old Daniel, buys him a drink, and invites him to his apartment. Daniel accepts, and while his goal is to interview Louis, he adds, "I mean, if something happens, you know, I'm cool." Louis then asks Rashid if he would like to join them (hinting that Louis and Rashid sometimes share a man for a threesome), but Rashid declines with "No, you go ahead, have your fun," and presumably he seeks out someone else at the bar who is more appealing to him.
- Gender Flip: Antoinette (a woman) is based on Antoine (a man) from The Vampire Chronicles, a musician (although she's more precisely a singer) who is turned into a vampire by Lestat.
- Genki Girl: At the start, Claudia is an exuberant and energetic girl, frequently running around the house even though Louis and Lestat repeatedly tell her not to.
- Gentle Touch vs. Firm Hand: In the fifth episode, the vampire dads are in agreement that Claudia's serial killing is an issue, but Louis prefers a gentle approach while Lestat does not.
- Gilded Cage: By the Season 1 finale, Lestat's sumptuous and comfortable townhouse is a suffocating prison for both Louis and Claudia. Lestat rules his household with an iron first, and he doesn't permit either his boyfriend or his vampire daughter to depart without his approval, under the threat of excessive violence for Louis and death for Claudia ("I'll turn your bones to dust"). In the previous episode, when Lestat intercepts Claudia as she was attempting to flee to New York by train, he even refers to their home as a cage: "Back in your cage, sweetheart."Louis: Add to the toxic air a new ever-present paranoia. [...] We were compelled to sleep in the same chamber together again. [Lestat] would have it no other way. We would spend our hours enduring, with little pretense of getting along, locked together in hatred. He would have it no other way.
- A Glass of Chianti:
- In the second episode, Lestat slits the tenor's wrist while holding a gold-rimmed wine glass underneath it to collect the dripping blood, and then he takes a sip like he's savoring a Luxurious Liquor.
- In the seventh episode, Lestat drains the blood of an encyclopedia salesman into a decanter, and then pours it in crystal wine glasses for himself, Louis and Claudia in their luxurious dining room, a Vampires Are Rich version of a family dinner. They generally don't drink blood in a fancy setting (they typically go out to hunt), but the pretty glassware in this scene accentuates how Louis and Claudia are confined in Lestat's Gilded Cage.
- Glass-Shattering Sound: In the fifth episode, Claudia screeching "SO WHAT?! GET OUT OF MY ROOM!!" causes her mirror to crack.
- Good-Looking Privates:
- In the first scene of the third episode, Lestat is briefly distracted from the newspaper article he was reading when two soldiers walk by, and he stares at them appreciatively.
- Louis admires his Old Flame Jonah in military garb: "Good fit, this uniform."
- Lestat, who had stalked Louis and Jonah and heard the abovementioned line, expresses his jealousy the following evening by inviting a few dozen soldiers to their home. (Lestat's attitude towards Louis in this scene can be summarized as, "So you like men in uniform? Now you have more than you can handle!")Louis: (angry) What are you thinking?
Lestat: Well, I thought we could have an orgy. You can fuck them, and I can eat them.
Louis: Get 'em out of here.
Lestat: Well, now that I know you have a type, I thought you'd be pleased.
- Good Shepherd: Father Matthias is a kindly priest who's attentive to his parishioners. It's even more notable that he's white with a mostly black parish, and shows no signs of racism toward them in 1910 Louisiana.
- Gothic Horror: Season 1 is a gothic romance which centers around the twisted love story between two vampires.
- Gratuitous French: As a Frenchman, Lestat sometimes peppers his English with French words and sentences. Louis, a Creole, does as well, albeit rarely.
- Gratuitous Latin: In the sixth episode, Rashid utters one line in Latin: "Trubidis rebus ad infinitum." ("With things that are noisy to infinity.")
- Gratuitous Russian: Although Damek hears Daniel speak English with an American accent when he enters the dining room (and therefore he should've inferred that Daniel is an American), Damek asks him a question in Russian. Daniel doesn't understand, so then Damek chats with him in English.
- The Great Depression: This is the setting of the Flashback scenes in the second half of the fifth episode (1930) and all of the sixth episode (1930-1939).
- Green-Eyed Monster:
- Lestat is extremely possessive of his lover Louis, and he's brimming with jealousy whenever he suspects Louis loves someone more than him. In the fifth episode, it becomes increasingly clear to Lestat that their vampire daughter Claudia is first and foremost in Louis' heart, and Lestat goes ballistic when she's determined to have Louis accompany her to Europe. In retaliation for what Lestat interprets as Claudia robbing him of his beloved, he attempts to asphyxiate her, and when Louis intervenes, Lestat brutally assaults his boyfriend. In the Season 1 finale, Lestat decides to eliminate Claudia once and for all because in his twisted mind, she's the source of all the problems he's experiencing with Louis. After she's gone, Lestat believes Louis will finally give him all of his love.
- A jealous Louis has loathed Antoinette from the get-go because she's sleeping (and later falls in love) with Lestat. In the third episode, Louis is hoping that it's her corpse inside the incinerator ("She burn quick?"), and he's very disappointed to learn that the victim is a dentist from Tallahassee ("So you didn't kill her"). In the fifth episode, Lestat is well-aware that Louis wants Antoinette dead because he attempts to appease his boyfriend with "I'll kill her soon" after Louis discovers that she has been Lestat's mistress for the past six years. In the sixth episode, "Kill Antoinette" is one of the conditions that Louis imposes on Lestat if the latter wishes to cohabit with him again. In the Season 1 finale, Claudia incapacitates Antoinette, and Louis then puts her inert body into the incinerator. They're both calm as they watch a shrieking Antoinette (who has suddenly regained consciousness) being burned alive.
- Guyliner: Lestat and Louis both sport eye makeup at the Mardi Gras ball to add authenticity to their 18th-century French period costumes and powdered wigs.
- Hair-Contrast Duo: Louis has black hair whereas his boyfriend Lestat is blond; the former has a more docile and restrained temperament, while the latter is more assertive and flamboyant.
- Hallucinations: Louis' brother Paul had hallucinations making him think that birds in his head were talking to him, imparting God's will. His family put him in a mental hospital to treat this, but he only got worse.
- Handsplay in Theater: In the seventh episode, Lestat puts his arm around Louis at the cinema, which is a bold move in 1940 because homosexuality was illegal.
- Happy Birthday to You!: In the fourth episode, Lestat and Louis sing "Happy Birthday to You" to Claudia on her 17th birthday, although the audience only hears the tail end of the song.
- Has a Type:
- Has Two Mommies: Claudia has two vampire fathers, Lestat and Louis, who are a same-sex couple. Although Lestat is her maker (and therefore her true vampire father), she addresses him as "Uncle Les" whereas Louis is "Daddy Lou." The latter is obviously her favourite parent and she even says he's like her dad to another vampire, but she recognizes that she shares a lot in common with Lestat. It's lampshaded by Tom Anderson when he describes Claudia's fathers as "your two-tone daddies."
- Hates Being Alone:
- In the pilot, Lestat reacts very poorly when Louis ignores him after the first time they make love. Lestat inappropriately brings up a lover's spat during a funeral procession for Louis' brother of all people, being totally inconsiderate of the fact that Louis is in mourning, so the last thing the latter wants is to deal with Lestat complaining about feeling neglected.Lestat: I wait on my balcony every night. You've been avoiding me. [...] And I don't take kindly to being avoided.
- In the second episode, Lestat opens up to Louis about how terrified he is of being alone over long stretches of time.Lestat: There is one thing about being a vampire that I most fear above all else... And that is loneliness. You can't imagine the emptiness... A void stretching out for decades at a time. You take this feeling away from me, Louis. We must stay together and take precaution, and never part.
- It's taken to a violent extreme in the fifth episode when Lestat's volatile mind snaps after Claudia declares that she only came back home to bring Louis on her trip to Europe. Lestat then brutalizes Louis and drains part of his blood to weaken his lover even further so that Louis can't physically go anywhere.
- In the sixth episode, Lestat discloses to Louis and Claudia that after Magnus had turned him, he had to figure out vampirism on his own because his maker had committed suicide, and it contributed to his abandonment issues.Lestat: No grand history of vampiric origins or physiology, no rules, no counsel. Just a sweeping hand to a pile of money and the sight of him throwing himself into a fire. And then I was alone. [...] It's why I don't particularly like being abandoned.
- In the pilot, Lestat reacts very poorly when Louis ignores him after the first time they make love. Lestat inappropriately brings up a lover's spat during a funeral procession for Louis' brother of all people, being totally inconsiderate of the fact that Louis is in mourning, so the last thing the latter wants is to deal with Lestat complaining about feeling neglected.
- Heal It with Blood: After Their First Time, Lestat instantly heals the two bite marks he left on Louis' neck by applying his own vampire blood on them.
- Heartbeat Soundtrack:
- In the seventh episode during the tram ride scene, as Claudia psychically tells Louis, "You spend an hour alone with [Lestat] and you're breathing in sync together," the sound of heartbeats becomes mingled with the dialogue, although it's not made clear whose it belongs to. It may be Lestat listening in on Louis or vice versa, or it could be Louis and Lestat's hearts thumping together as one because they're vampires in love.
- When Louis and Claudia enter the venue for the Mardi Gras ball, they are overwhelmed by the heartbeats of the guests because they had starved themselves of human blood for three consecutive nights before the event.Louis: The blood was everywhere. The veins and arteries of a few hundred hearts ringing out like air raid sirens, drowning out the rhythm section of the hired band.
- Held Gaze: After their first bout of lovemaking, Lestat and Louis stare deeply into each other's eyes, which conveys that they both felt a profound emotional bond beyond the physical act. The pupils of Lestat's vampire eyes are blown wide, and he's gaping at Louis with pure, unadulterated awe, as if Louis was the most beautiful creature who has ever walked the Earth. They share another gaze as they dance together at the Masquerade Ball in episode 7, which culminates in Louis kissing Lestat.
- Hemo Erotic: Downplayed with Lestat because he usually doesn't derive sexual pleasure from drinking blood, but the one big exception is when he feeds on Louis, whom he's in love with. It's evident from Lestat's soft moans that tasting Louis' blood is a very sensual experience for him. Furthermore, when Louis consumes Lestat's blood as part of his transformation into a vampire, Lestat appears aroused with a slack jaw while panting, his gaze fixed on Louis. Lestat clearly enjoys both the sensation and the sight of Louis sucking on his blood. Lestat then collapses on to the floor while still breathing heavily in a manner which resembles a Post-Coital Collapse.
- Heroes Want Redheads: Downplayed Trope; Louis falls for Lestat, whose wavy-curly locks have a strawberry blond tint.
- Hesitation Equals Dishonesty: In the first episode, after Paul inquires about the nature of Lestat's relationship with Louis, Lestat hesitates for a full seven seconds before he can formulate an answer. 1910 was a very homophobic era, so Lestat can't reply truthfully that he has been wooing Louis these past few months.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier:
- During Lestat's (a Frenchman) first meeting with Louis (a Creole who knows French), he speaks a few sentences in French which are for Louis' ears only, so Lily doesn't understand the parts of the conversation that Lestat wants to keep private between himself and his new Love Interest. Lily asks Louis for a translation, but he refuses.
- In the fourth episode, Lestat and Louis argue in French so that Claudia doesn't know exactly what they're discussing about her. She scribbles in her diary that "Fighting sounds funny in French."
- Historical Domain Character: Jelly Roll Morton was a ragtime and jazz pianist and composer (one of the songs he wrote was the "Wolverine Blues"). He's a background character in the series premiere (he's playing the piano at the Fairplay Saloon just before Louis meets Lestat for the first time). In the third episode, he works for Louis at the Azalea, and Morton gets into a disagreement with Lestat in front of the audience after the latter criticizes his piano playing for being repetitive.
- Holding Hands:
- Averted in the second episode when Lestat is unable to join hands with Louis at the opera even though he really wants to, but the rampant homophobia in 1916 means that all he can do is brush his pinky finger against Louis' for a few seconds.
- In the Season 1 finale, Louis and Lestat walk hand-in-hand from the balcony to the ballroom of the crowded Mardi Gras ball venue because they're coming out of their Transparent Closet.
- Later, Louis and Claudia hold hands in solidarity as a screeching Antoinette is being consumed by the incinerator's fire. They both wanted her dead for a long time, so this gesture is their unspoken "We finally did it."
- At the end of Season 1, Louis and Armand clasp each other's hands in front of Daniel to make it clear to him that they're a couple.
- Hollywood Atheist: After having been educated by monks, Lestat had lost all faith in God when his father and brothers kidnapped him from the monastery as he'd wanted to join the clergy, which they beat and starved him for, saying Jesus never coming to his aid caused him to turn his back on religion (although becoming a vampire probably didn't help later). He is shown as contemptuous of Christianity when he's asked.
- Horror Hunger: Louis is pretty repulsed after being turned and drinking blood. He's especially appalled at nearly having fed on his infant nephew due to his thirst.
- Hotter and Sexier: In the source material, vampires have metaphorical sex. On the show, they have literal sex. Part of this is probably a Pragmatic Adaptation, because while metaphorical sex works in a book, it's much harder to convey on-screen. Another likely reason for the change is Sex Sells.
- Househusband: Louis is the "feminine" partner in the MasculineFeminine Gay Couple dynamic that he has with his boyfriend Lestat, so his role within their household is fairly similar to a traditional housewife. Louis is extremely devoted to their vampire daughter Claudia, with a doting parenting style that could be described as "motherly," and raising her is the greatest joy in his life. The fifth episode suggests that their townhouse becomes a Mess of Woe after Claudia abandons them because Louis is too depressed to do any housework ("...ignoring all other duties of the role Claudia once mocked me for — the unhappy housewife"). In the seventh episode, after Lestat kills a man with blood cancer, he orders Louis to tidy up ("Clean up the mess and come to coffin").
- Humans Are Bastards: In the third episode, Lestat thinks it's absurd that Louis wants to be picky about which humans they eat based on their prey's accomplishments because in Lestat's opinion, humans are fundamentally evil beneath the veneer of civilization.Louis: The ones you admire — the poets, composers, the thoughtful man who designed this park you love so much — shouldn't we spare them the randomness of our killing?
Lestat: Every one of them is capable of abomination, even the ones worthy of admiration. Shakespeare, Brahms, this naturalist that fogs your mind. [...] Thrust them into circumstance, whisper to them their Lord, God and Savior is not listening, and you will see all kinds of depravity.
- In the second episode, a bloodstained Lestat lampshades this after he butchered two priests: "I recognize the hypocrite I am, emphasizing cleanliness after I overindulged."
- In the third episode, Lestat is having an affair with Antoinette and admits that he likes "a little variety." Louis is angry and hurt ("Aren't I enough?") by his boyfriend's promiscuity, and he clearly prefers to be in a monogamous relationship, but he's willing to accept this arrangement as long as he can sleep with others as well. Lestat reluctantly agrees (it's obvious from his facial expression that he's NOT okay with it), so Louis has a sexual interlude with Jonah, his Old Flame. The next day, an infuriated Louis discovers that Lestat had followed them and watched them be intimate. Lestat then confesses that he doesn't like sharing and pathetically attempts to defend his own infidelity with "It's different. I don't have feelings for her." Lestat tries to depict Louis being with Jonah as intolerable because they still share some emotional connection, and he's hysterical when he shouts, "I HEARD YOUR HEARTS DANCING!!", but the fact of the matter is that Lestat doesn't want anyone to go near Louis.
- In the fourth episode, Lestat insists that there are no secrets within their family, yet he becomes crotchety whenever Claudia inquires about his past or the history of vampires. She confides to Louis that it bothers her that Lestat keeps a lot of information hidden from them.Claudia: Uncle Les got secrets.
Louis: How you figure?
Claudia: He don't give good answers to questions, sits on the truth like it's his chair or somethin'. I thought we weren't supposed to keep secrets.
- Hypocritical Humor: Lestat, a Large Ham himself, complains about Claudia's "histrionics."
- I Am a Monster: Louis wrestles with this due to his Horror Hunger for blood upon becoming a vampire, especially after he nearly feeds on his infant nephew.
- Icarus Allusion: Lampshaded by Alderman Fenwick in the third episode when he derides Louis for being foolish like Icarus, which is why he believes Louis deserves to "drown" in the figurative ocean after aiming too high for a man of his race.Fenwick: Storyville is a sinking ship, and naturally, you are the first to drown. But that's your problem, Louis, always has been. You're arrogant. You haven't accepted your place in this world. And your pale lover, with his seemingly endless supply of capital, and the weird goings-on in your Sodomite townhouse won't change the fact that you're a tiny man flying too close to the sun. And that's what I am, Louis — the sun.
- I Kiss Your Hand: In the second episode, Lestat (an old-fashioned Frenchman) kisses Florence's hand when he greets her.
- I Love You, Vampire Son:
- Lestat not only loves Louis, he turned him specifically so he could have an eternal lover and companion. They both acknowledge that there's a vampire father-son dynamic (Louis: "I was a baby bird in Lestat's nest"; Lestat: "I put you on this Earth") in addition to their romantic/sexual relationship. Of course, it's a rather toxic love as a result. A TV critic from The Guardian had this observation:The amour fou note that flowers between Louis and Lestat — alternating between hungry desire, fussy annoyance and the flirty bickering that bridges the gap from one to the other — rehashes many of the film's insights about makeshift family units in the queer community, particularly in how a younger man can find both partner and father figure in an elder. (Lestat is, ultimately, a vampire daddy.)
- Lestat transforms his mistress Antoinette into a vampire so that he can have a second immortal lover and companion. While it's evident that he loves Louis far more than Antoinette, Lestat's high sex drive and need for "a little variety" means that Louis alone isn't enough for him. In the climax of the Season 1 finale, Lestat intends to eliminate his vampire daughter Claudia (whom he despises and he's not attracted to her) and replace her with his latest fledgling Antoinette, who would serve as his second wife while Louis becomes his Gender-Inverted Top Wife in a Vampire's Harem.
- Lestat not only loves Louis, he turned him specifically so he could have an eternal lover and companion. They both acknowledge that there's a vampire father-son dynamic (Louis: "I was a baby bird in Lestat's nest"; Lestat: "I put you on this Earth") in addition to their romantic/sexual relationship. Of course, it's a rather toxic love as a result. A TV critic from The Guardian had this observation:
- Immortality Promiscuity: Lestat is a proponent. He wants Eternal Love with Louis, and argues that an open relationship is a practical way to help them stay interested in each other over the long-term. The irony is that they've been together for just over six years note when this starts.
- Immune to Bullets: Vampires cannot be killed with bullets. Alderman Fenwick shoots his gun twice at Louis, who doesn't even flinch.
- Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: In the Season 1 finale, Claudia stabs Antoinette, who has just fallen to the ground after being punched, with a fire poker which goes through Antoinette's chest, which pins the latter to the floor.
- Implied Rape: Although it's never shown on-screen and the word "rape" isn't spoken, it's strongly suggested that Bruce had sexually assaulted Claudia.Daniel: There are four pages torn out.
Louis: I'll repeat myself. I will not exploit her.
Daniel: Did she tear them out? Doesn't seem like something she would do.
Louis: It's clear what happened.
Daniel: "Bruce walked back from the fire and leaned down over me and..." Torn out pages—
Louis: (employs his People Puppets power on Daniel) Don't ask again.
- In the sixth episode, it's alluded to, but not explicitly confirmed, plus Lestat uses a euphemism for rape, which is highlighted in bold.Lestat: Well, you wouldn't talk of it. Louis insisted I not ask. I love our family, but the rules are "no secrets." Fortunate for our family, when I put my mind to it, I can hear the thoughts of other vampires at a very great distance.
Lestat: He thinks of you often. Bruce.
Claudia: (crying) Fucking bastard.
Lestat: I couldn't agree more. What he did to you was in very poor taste. Could you imagine if something like that happened to you again? Louis would never forgive himself. [...] Because if you try [to escape] again, Claudia, I won't snap your leg, defile your pocket, and zoom off on a motorbike.
- In the sixth episode, it's alluded to, but not explicitly confirmed, plus Lestat uses a euphemism for rape, which is highlighted in bold.
- Impoverished Patrician: Louis' family used to be fairly wealthy, with a sugar plantation, but his father mismanaged it, so they were four months shy of bankruptcy when he died. This has forced Louis to provide through various legal and illegal business dealings.
- Incest Subtext: In the fifth episode, Claudia is sexually frustrated because she doesn't have an immortal companion and lover, like Lestat and Louis are to each other. Envious of their union, she screams which of her vampire fathers will fuck her. However, it's a Subverted Trope. She doesn't desire either of them; rather, it's an intentionally inappropriate outburst to express her immense exasperation. She even specifically refutes it being anything romantic/sexual to another vampire who mistakes hearing Louis telepathically calling out to her for this, clarifying "It ain't like that, he's more like a dad."
- Indirect Kiss: In the third and seventh episodes, Louis and Lestat share a "cigarette kiss" by touching the ends of their cigarettes together. This was a metaphor for sex under The Hays Code.
- Instrumentals: In the seventh episode, an instrumental brass rendition of Lestat's Villain Love Song "Come to Me" plays during Louis and Lestat's dance at the Mardi Gras ball.
- Instrumental Theme Tune: Daniel Hart's "Interview with the Orchestra" plays over the short title sequence.
- Interplay of Sex and Violence:
- In the first episode, Lestat has sex with Louis while also drinking his blood with his fangs pierced into his lover's neck.
- In the sixth episode, Louis barges into Antoinette's house, interrupting her and Lestat in the midst of sexual intercourse. Louis argues with Lestat, pushes his naked boyfriend to the floor, shoves him against the dresser (Lestat's expression shows that he's aroused being manhandled by Louis in this fashion), kisses him, stabs Lestat on his left side with his vampire fingernails, and bites his neck. While eagerly embracing Louis, Lestat is grunting in pain as the camera pans away. In the next scene, Lestat's face, neck, left ear and right arm are covered with scratches, bruises and bite marks — it's evident that he and Louis had rough, angry sex.
- Interrupted Intimacy: In the sixth episode, Louis walks into Antoinette's bedroom while she and Lestat are in coitus, with her on top. She immediately gets off Lestat and covers her breasts with her blanket. Louis orders her to leave. Lestat actually welcomes the disruption because he prefers his boyfriend over his mistress.Louis: Put some clothes on and get the fuck out.
Antoinette: This is my house.
Louis: Do I look like I care?
Lestat: (never takes his eyes off Louis) Leave.
- In the Blood:
- Lestat acknowledges that he inherited his father's temper, and considers it a curse. Lestat's father had beaten him when he was a boy. Later as an adult, Lestat physically abuses his boyfriend Louis and his vampire daughter Claudia.
- Claudia takes after Lestat, her maker; they're both vicious killers, prone to histrionics, have fallen madly in love with a mortal, hold little regard for human etiquette (e.g. they're both rude at funerals), are stalkers, and on at least one occasion, are peeping toms. They both adore Louis and want him for themselves, plus they disapprove of him being a Vegetarian Vampire. Louis himself says that they are more like each other than they want to admit, and that they both like to identify and exploit each other's weaknesses.
- It's All About Me: In the first episode, Lestat exhibits his supreme selfishness when he harasses Louis during Paul's funeral procession, being concerned only about his own feelings — more precisely how upset he is that Louis had ghosted him after Their First Time — and is utterly insensitive towards Louis, who's in grave emotional turmoil because he's grieving for his brother, and is in no mood for a romantic squabble. It's an early red flag that Lestat has the profile of a Domestic Abuser.Lestat: Mes condoléances. note
Louis: Pas ici. note
Lestat: An elegant coffin. Would you tell me where you purchased—
Louis: Move on.
Lestat: I wait on my balcony every night. You've been avoiding me.
Louis: I have been occupied.
Lestat: Miss Lily proved herself a poor substitute. And I don't take kindly to being avoided.
Louis: It's my brother's funeral!
- I Want My Beloved to Be Fashionable: During Louis and Lestat's Falling-in-Love Montage in the series premiere, one of their dates includes Louis (who is a Sharp-Dressed Man) bringing Lestat (whose outmoded garments from Europe are relics of the 19th century) to his tailor so that the Frenchman will have trendy new suits befitting an upper-class man in 1910 America. Costume designer Carol Cutshall has stated in this interview that Lestat learning from Louis how to modernize his attire is an early source of bonding in their budding romance.Cutshall: When they first meet, they have very distinct looks, and then Louis pulls Lestat into the present day. They have this moment — it's like their first honeymoon moment — of their friendship where Lestat is very influenced by Louis' fashion and he's going to Louis' tailor. They really feel in sync.
- I Was Never Here: In the sixth episode, Dr. Fareed Bhansali was never at the penthouse apartment of the Al Sharaf Towers to administer a levodopa transfusion to Daniel Molloy, who has Parkinson's disease. When Daniel tries to engage him in conversation, he says, "I am not here."Daniel: That's the voice of Dr. Fareed Bhansali.
Bhansali: That is not my voice.
Daniel: He's the personal physician to the deputy prime minister and—
Bhansali: And I am not here.
Daniel: The vampire Louis de Pointe du Lac.
Rashid: He's officially off the record.
Daniel: NDAs signed by any and all who cross the threshold, eh?
- Jawbreaker: In the Season 1 finale, Louis tears off the lower jaw of a man and drops it to the ground before consuming his victim's blood.
- Jealous Parent:
- In the fifth episode, Lestat (who has already been established as a Crazy Jealous Guy when it comes to his boyfriend Louis) becomes violent towards Claudia when she attempts to convince Louis to leave Lestat behind and travel to Europe with her to locate other vampires. Lestat now deems his vampire daughter to be a rival for Louis' love, and he treats her accordingly.Claudia: (telepathically) Come with me! Come with me, Louis.
Claudia: I thought I could live without you, but I was wrong.
Lestat: (getting angry) Louis. LOUIS!
Claudia: (telepathically) His love is a small box he keeps you in. Don't stay in it.
Lestat: A thousand nights of sulking, and the first sight of her, YOU ARE JUST GONNA UP AND LEAVE ME?!
Claudia: Please, come with me! Let's be vampires worthy of your love!
(Lestat then attacks Claudia and chokes her)
- In the Season 1 finale, Lestat firmly believes that Claudia has ruined his relationship with Louis. ("Look what she did to us. She's corrupted everything.") Lestat's "solution" to their romantic woes is to get rid of Claudia for good. In other words, he views her as a platonic version of Murder the Hypotenuse.
- In the fifth episode, Lestat (who has already been established as a Crazy Jealous Guy when it comes to his boyfriend Louis) becomes violent towards Claudia when she attempts to convince Louis to leave Lestat behind and travel to Europe with her to locate other vampires. Lestat now deems his vampire daughter to be a rival for Louis' love, and he treats her accordingly.
- Jealous Romantic Witness: In the sixth episode, Antoinette is smoking a cigarette outside of her home, upset and quietly shedding tears while looking inside her bedroom window as her lover Lestat and his boyfriend Louis lose themselves in wild, spur-of-the-moment sex. Both men threw her out from her own house, so Lestat (who was in coitus with Antoinette before Louis broke down her door) is making it very clear to her that he loves Louis more than her.
- Killed Offscreen: Lestat kills Lily, a prostitute, but this isn't shown, only mentioned in dialogue.
- Kissing Discretion Shot: In the fourth episode, Lestat sneaks into Louis' coffin and snuggles next to him. The last thing Claudia sees before Louis shuts the lid is Lestat caressing his lover, but then she hears smooching sounds.
- Kiss of the Vampire:
- Louis finds Lestat biting him pleasing. However, this only applies to un petit coup ("the little drink"), as Lestat calls it, where he doesn't drain the person completely and heals the wound afterwards. Louis notes that it awoke feelings of intimacy within him despite the significant physical toll on his body.
- Rashid briefly closes his eyes and grins while Louis is feeding on his blood, so it must be a pleasant sensation for him.
- Known by the Postal Address: In-Universe, Lestat's townhouse (which also includes Louis and Claudia as its residents) is located at 1132 Rue Royale note , New Orleans. In Real Life, this is the address of Gallier House, a 19th-century historic house museum in the French Quarter, and the exterior of the set matches the actual building. The fictional townhouse having a genuine address adds a layer of realism because the audience can imagine that the vampire family used to live there.
- Lame Pun Reaction: In the seventh episode, Louis attempts to inject some levity with a Pun when he notices that Lestat's powdered wig is on the floor, but Lestat finds it rather dull. Louis concedes that being blood-starved for three days in a row means that he can't think of a better one.Louis: The king's hair (heir) has betrayed the king.
Lestat: Hmm. Was that a witticism from the Duke of Gloom himself?
Louis: Hunger's got me light-headed.
- Large Ham: Has its own page.
- Last Kiss: In the Season 1 finale, Louis gives a heartfelt kiss to Lestat during their dance at the Mardi Gras ball. Louis and Claudia will murder Lestat later that night to free themselves from his abuse, but because Louis still loves his boyfriend, this kiss is his loving way of saying goodbye to Lestat.
- Leaning on the Fourth Wall: In the third episode, Daniel provides the perfect summary for the show when he tells Louis that the latter's revision of his romance with Lestat sounds "like you were locked in some fucked up gothic romance."
- Left the Background Music On: Bruno Battisti D'Amario's "Omaggio a Giuliani (Capriccio 700)" is heard while Daniel is being served the first four dishes of the seven-course meal, and it initially seems to be part of the show's soundtrack, but then Daniel requests the music be turned down after Louis arrives at the dining room to continue the interview.
- Lesbian Vampire:
- Gender-Inverted Trope. Most of the male vampires in Season 1 are attracted to men — Louis, Lestat, Armand. It's somewhat a Justified Trope when paired with I Love You, Vampire Son. Immortality can be lonely, and most vampires want a companion. So if you — just by chance — have one vampire who's a queer man, he may intentionally turn other queer men into vampires for romantic purposes. Bisexual Lestat seduces gay Louis and turns him specifically so they can be vampire husbands sharing Eternal Love.
- Inversely, the one significant female vampire in the first season (Claudia) is straight.
- Living Lie Detector:
- Because vampires are telepathic, they can sense when someone's lying. In the second episode, Lestat informs his new fledgling Louis (who doesn't yet know how to tap into this skill) that Finn is deceiving him.Lestat: He's lying, you know.
Louis: He'll figure I'm a bean counter.
Lestat: No, he wants the job so he can steal from you. Overcharge for drinks and women. Not enough for you to notice, but enough to make him "good extra," he calls it.
Louis: And you know that 'cause you got in his head just now?
Lestat: Vampires can read minds, mon cher note .
- There's a non-superpowered example with Daniel, who's an ordinary human. Because he's an award-winning investigative journalist, he has spent his entire career detecting inconsistencies and falsehoods, so he's able to read Louis, a 144-year-old vampire, like a book. Daniel swiftly picks up on any holes in the narration, and he challenges Louis about the so-called truth every single time something doesn't add up. Louis may be able to lie to himself, but he can't lie to Daniel, who has zero patience for the former's "bullshit" (as Daniel calls it).
- Because vampires are telepathic, they can sense when someone's lying. In the second episode, Lestat informs his new fledgling Louis (who doesn't yet know how to tap into this skill) that Finn is deceiving him.
- Love at First Sight: Lestat is utterly entranced when he first sees Louis, staring intensely at him. Lestat later discloses that he was captivated by Louis' beauty and noticed the sadness embedded in his features.Lestat: The first time I laid eyes on you, your beautiful face, I saw that sorrow. I did not know how it got there or why it was so voluminous. I can take away that sorrow, Louis.
- Love Confession: Near the end of the series premiere, Lestat reveals his feelings for Louis.Lestat: I love you, Louis. You are loved.
- Love Confessor: In Season 1, Louis never once said "I love you" to Lestat, so it's only when he's being interviewed by Daniel in 2022 that he admits, "I loved Lestat with a wounded [heart]."
- Love Floats:
- In the series premiere, Lestat, who's very much in love with Louis, levitates himself and his lover off the floor while they're having sex.
- In the sixth episode, it's a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, but while Lestat is making love to Louis on their bed, their bodies hover just above the mattress.
- Love Is a Drug: One of the verses in "Come to Me", Lestat's Villain Love Song for Louis, is "I get intoxicated by the very air of you," and it's not an exaggeration to say that Lestat is addicted to Louis.
- Lover and Beloved: Louis describes Lestat as his mentor and lover, and the second episode focuses on Louis' experience as a fledgling vampire with Lestat (who is much older than him) as his teacher while also being involved in what Lestat calls a "vampire romance."
- Love Theme:
- Daniel Hart's "In Throes of Increasing Wonder" (a shortened version plays over the end credits of the first four episodes note ) is the love theme of Louis and Lestat, and variations of it are heard in the couple's romantic scenes, such as their first sexual encounter and when Lestat makes a Love Confession to Louis.
- Daniel Hart's "Come to Me" which features Sam Reid on vocals is another love theme for Louis and Lestat; In-Universe, Lestat wrote it as a Valentine's Day gift for Louis. It plays when they passionately (and violently) reunite after being separated for six years, and an instrumental brass version is heard during their dance at the Mardi Gras ball where they're both lost in each other's eyes and share a Big Damn Kiss.
- Lysistrata Gambit: In the fifth episode, Louis withholds sex from Lestat as payback for the latter's cruel Tough Love stance during the Charlie incident which drove Claudia away.
- Making Love in All the Wrong Places: In the sixth episode, Louis and Lestat impulsively engage in unbridled, angry sex inside the house of Lestat's mistress (Lestat and Antoinette were in the middle of sexual intercourse when Louis barges into her bedroom). Both men kick her out of her own home so they can have some privacy!
- Man Hug: In the third episode, Louis and Jonah greet each other with a hug because they're Childhood Friends who haven't seen each other in years.
- Man of Wealth and Taste: Lestat, a vampire who sadistically murders his human prey, wears extravagant suits (Florence even considers him to be overdressed), plus he lives in a splendidly decorated townhouse which is filled with luxury goods. Everything related to how he presents himself oozes elegance.
- MasculineFeminine Gay Couple: Lampshaded by Claudia when she dubs Louis as the "housewife" in his relationship with Lestat when she's irritated at how passive Louis is in the face of Lestat's more aggressive personality. Louis is also younger, prettier and more slender of the two men, with his beauty being remarked upon In-Universe, whereas Lestat is more conventionally handsome with a square jawline and broader shoulders. Although Lestat is only slightly larger and taller than Louis (Sam Reid is 178 cm / 5'10" while Jacob Anderson 175 cm / 5'9"), his vampire strength is much greater than that of his lover due to Lestat being a lot older, so in a fight, Lestat can easily turn Louis into a bloody pulp, but the latter can't even leave a scratch on the former. There's also the gossip around town that Lestat is Louis' Sugar Daddy despite the latter being rich in his own right, a rumour that Louis never openly refutes even though it's emasculating for him to be perceived as the "kept woman." In the seventh episode, they dance together at the Mardi Gras ball with Lestat leading and Louis in the female position. Lestat intends to forge his own Vampire's Harem with Louis as the male equivalent of his Top Wife and Antoinette as his second wife, who was previously his mistress and whom Lestat has turned into a vampire.
- Masquerade Ball: In the Season 1 finale, Lestat (and to a lesser extent Louis and Claudia) organizes a Mardi Gras ball. Most of the guests are the elite of New Orleans, and they're decked out in lavish costumes and masks.
- Meal Ticket: Despite the fact that Louis is independently wealthy, people gossip about Lestat being his Sugar Daddy note , presumably due to the assumption that in an interracial relationship, the white man must be the provider, plus Louis lives in Lestat's townhouse. Antoinette has heard rumours at the Azalea that Lestat does everything for Louis. Alderman Fenwick insinuates that Louis is essentially a "kept man" when he says, "your pale lover, with his seemingly endless supply of capital." Grace wants the family mansion to be under her control without having to buy it from Louis at its full value because "You and your white daddy are doing fine in the Quarter. We can't pay you what it's worth, and you don't need the money." Oddly enough, Louis doesn't dispute the speculation, and Lestat has expressed more than once that he wishes to provide for his lover ("I have all the money we need," "We don't need the money [from the Azalea]").
- Meaningful Name: The "Lion" in Lioncourt, Lestat's surname, is emblematic of his personality and looks. He's a ferocious apex predator with a mane of shoulder-length blond hair and a strong, elegant physique. He also sees himself as the king of his pride (or his "court," which is the second half of his surname), which consists of his "lioness" Louis and his cub Claudia. Lestat is much more powerful than either his lover or his vampire daughter, and he keeps both of them under his control. A dominant male lion mates with several lionesses, and while Lestat Really Gets Around when he's single, for most of Season 1, he limits his additional sexual conquest to Antoinette, his mistress, so she's the other lioness. In the seventh episode, Lestat becomes even more leonine when he wishes for Antoinette (who's now also a vampire) to be part of his family by having her as his second wife, with Louis as his "Top Wife." In a pride, a lioness is restricted to mating with the dominant male, so this echoes Lestat's hypocrisy when he believes it's okay for him to cheat on Louis, but Lestat becomes a Crazy Jealous Guy when Louis has a sexual interlude with someone else, and he tells his boyfriend, "I don't like sharing." Louis subtly compares Lestat to a sun-ruled Leo, the astrological sign of the Lion, with "...the sun-hot ego of the vampire king."
- Mess of Woe: In the fifth episode, after Claudia runs away from home, the townhouse becomes a pigsty with various objects strewn all over the place, and there are raccoons and rats running free. It's implied that Louis does the tidying, but he's so crestfallen from Claudia's absence that he spends all day reading, and Lestat is too much a male chauvinist to do any cleaning.Louis: As the depression set in on the nation, I barricaded myself within the dilapidating walls of 1132 Rue Royale, educating myself from Lestat's library, ignoring all other duties of the role Claudia once mocked me for — the unhappy housewife.
- Metaphorical Marriage: Near the end of the first episode, Lestat turns Louis into a vampire, so now they're forever linked together through a vampire bond. It takes place on the altar steps of a church after they kiss, and then they go to Lestat's townhouse (which is now also Louis' home) to consummate their union, with Lestat holding Louis in his arms in a Bridal Carry as he walks up the stairs.
- Military Salute: In the third episode, the last soldier in the townhouse salutes to Lestat before he departs, although it's unclear if he did it of his own volition or if he was under Lestat's Mind Control.
- Mind Control: In the third episode, Lestat psychically forces a few dozen soldiers to leave his house.
- Mind-Control Eyes: Whenever Lestat freezes time, the humans under his spell have cloudy eyes.
- Mind over Matter:
- In the series premiere, Lestat closes the gates with telekinesis to prevent the priest from escaping.
- In the Season 1 finale, Lestat (who's in a different room and cannot see the front door from where he's standing) shuts his eyes and concentrates to remove the doorknob so that Antoinette can enter his townhouse.
- A Mistake Is Born:
- Lampshaded by Lestat, who is Claudia's maker; in the fifth episode, he regrets turning her into a vampire, and tells her that she's a mistake.Lestat: (aggravated) You wanted her, you fix her!
Louis: We're doin' this together.
Lestat: Do you remember our life, how happy we were before her?
Louis: Happy? We were not happy.
Lestat: (looks directly at Claudia) An anvil, tied around our ankles, pulling us towards the pitch-black ocean floor.
Claudia: Make me one [immortal vampire companion].
Lestat: Because you turned out so well.
Claudia: 'Cause if you don't, I'm gonna go out there and find other vampires.
Lestat: If you could find them, which you won't (grips her chin firmly), they would shred you to strips, because you are built like a bird, because you are a mistake.
- In the seventh episode, Lestat once again brings up that "[Claudia] should never have been made, Louis. Look what she did to us. She's corrupted everything." He uses it as justification to murder her.
- Lampshaded by Lestat, who is Claudia's maker; in the fifth episode, he regrets turning her into a vampire, and tells her that she's a mistake.
- Mistaken for Gay: Antoinette is initially surprised when Lestat hits on her because she has heard gossip from the Azalea employees that he's with Louis. He makes it clear in circuitous, euphemistic language that he's bisexual (her reply indicates she herself might be too).
- The Mistress: Antoinette is this for Lestat, who is in a committed relationship with Louis. Whenever Lestat feels that Louis isn't paying enough attention to him sexually, he "entertains" and "amuses" himself with Antoinette instead.
- Mixed Ancestry is Attractive:
- Lampshaded by Lestat (who is a wealthy Frenchman in an era when France was still an active colonial power, which includes colonies in Africa) when he mentions that he finds what he calls cinnamon skin tone — a mix of African and European descent — attractive while gazing seductively at Louis, who is biracial and fits in the "cinnamon" category. Louis becomes even more desirable in Lestat's eyes when the latter learns that the former has French ancestry (Lestat is delighted that Louis speaks French and has a French name), so Louis' "exotic" quality is more "accessible" to Lestat. Lestat frequently compliments Louis' looks (e.g. "beautiful face," "pretty head"). This also extends to the biracial Lily because Lestat refers to both her and Louis as "misfit beauties." Lestat is madly (even obsessively) in love with Louis, seduces him, and then turns him into a vampire so that they can be companions for eternity.
- In the third episode, Antoinette Brown (a white American woman) has a flirty expression and smiles at Louis when she divulges, "I like burnished note complexions."
- While Lestat isn't sexually attracted to his vampire daughter Claudia (who is also biracial), he nonetheless uses similar terms to describe her as he does with Louis and Lily (e.g. "pretty little head," "belladonnic beauty").
- Modesty Bedsheet: A naked Antoinette hastily covers herself with the bedsheets when Louis bursts inside her bedroom when she's in bed with Lestat.
- Monochrome Past: In the climax of the Season 1 finale, there's a muted variation during the Once More, with Clarity! sequence where the Flashback snippets are moderately desaturated.
- Mr. Fanservice: Louis and Lestat are portrayed by good-looking actors who are fit, and both characters have nude scenes which are filmed with the Female Gaze in mind. Even when not stark naked, they are almost always dressed in beautiful period-accurate suits and outfits.
- The Muse:
- Lestat's First Love Nicolas was the inspiration behind the song that he wrote which plays in his music box from France.
- On the sleeve of the phonograph record of "Come to Me", Lestat's first composition in a century, his Valentine Day's message is "For Louis, My Muse!" Louis is Lestat's Second Love.
- My Card:
- When Louis demands to know Lestat's name during their first meeting, instead of responding directly, Lestat pulls out a card with his full name printed in fancy gold letters and hands it to Louis.
- In the second episode, the gullible tractor salesman offers his International Harvester Farmall business card to Lestat, unaware that the two potential customers are actually vampires who have selected him as food for the newly fledged Louis.
- Mythology Gag: The sixth episode recreates an aerial shot from the Interview with the Vampire film of the San Francisco Ferry Building's clock tower.
- Named by the Adaptation:
- In the original novel, the journalist Louis talks to is only called "the boy," only getting a proper name in later books. In this version, he's introduced as Daniel Molloy from the beginning.
- There's no vampire named Bruce (whom Claudia meets in the fifth episode) in The Vampire Chronicles, although their dialogue hints that he's Killer, the leader of the Fang Gang.
- The identical twins that Claudia offers to Lestat for feeding gain names in the TV adaptation: Matthew and Mark MacPhail.
- Neck Snap: In the seventh episode, Lestat snaps the neck of a man with blood cancer after finding the taste of his victim unpalatable.
- The New '20s: Daniel's second interview with Louis is being conducted in June 2022.
- New Old Flame: A jealous Lestat suspects that Jonah was "an old love" of Louis, although the latter attempts to downplay it by claiming that he and Jonah had "a few early fumbles." However, it's later revealed that Lestat had secretly followed them, and he cries out to Louis in anguish, "I HEARD YOUR HEARTS DANCING!!" When a vampire is in love, the rhythm of their heartbeats become synchronized with that of their beloved's (this happened to Louis and Lestat in the first episode), so this indicates that Louis has residual feelings for Jonah.
- Nipple and Dimed: Despite its TV-MA rating, the televised broadcast omits female nipples (unlike the AMC+ streaming edition). All clips of a topless Lily which include her nipples are replaced by different shots of Lestat, Louis or a close-up of Lily's face. The snippets of the prostitute and Antoinette exposing their breasts to Lestat are edited out.
- Non-Standard Kiss: Blink and you'll miss it, but just before Lestat turns Louis into a vampire, the former very briefly gives the latter an Eskimo kiss (i.e. rubbing the tips of their noses together).
- Nostalgic Music Box: One of the few items that Lestat had brought over from France is an ornate music box which carries a lot of sentimental value for him. The tune it plays was written by Lestat and it's dedicated to his First Love Nicolas.Lestat: I composed it for a young violinist I once knew, a boy of infinite beauty and sensitivity.
- Not Afraid to Die: Louis is prone to depression, occasionally to the point where he sincerely wishes he was dead, although his Catholic upbringing presumably stops him short from actually committing suicide.
- In the series premiere, Louis suffers from a nervous breakdown after the death of his brother Paul, and while confessing his sins to Father Matthias, it's plain that he wants to follow Paul to the grave. Louis is wracked with guilt and shame over his numerous failures, and it's important to note that this scene is Louis being the most honest with himself in all of Season 1. It's because he's so broken that he later accepts Lestat's offer to kill him as a human and be reborn as a vampire.Louis: I'm a drunk, Lord. I'm a liar. I am a thief, Lord. I profit off the miseries of other men, and I do it easy. Drugs, liquor, women. I-I-I-I lure them in and grab what they got, Lord. I take daughters with no homes and I-I put 'em out on the street, Lord, and I lie to myself, saying I-I'm giving them a roof and food and dollar bills in they pocket, but I look in the mirror, I know what I am — the big man in the big house, stuffing cotton in my ears so I can't hear their cries. And Lord, I dragged my family into this mess with me. I shame my father. I f— I failed my brother. I lost my mother and sister, and rather than fix it like a man should, Lord, I run like a coward. I run to the bottle. I run to the grift. I run to bad beds. I-I laid down with a man. I laid down with the Devil. And he has roots in me, all his spindly roots in me, and I can't think nothin' anymore, but his voice and his words! Please, help me! I am weak! I wanna die!
- According to Rashid in the fifth episode, Louis wants to die, so the memoir that Daniel will publish based on their second interview will mean that Louis will be slaughtered by other vampires. Louis doesn't deny it.Rashid: Well, what do you think will happen to Mr. du Lac when you publish this book, when the other vampires of the world get their hands on it? [...] They will make their way to Dubai. They will scale the sides of this building, force their way inside, and paint the walls with his blood. You are chronicling a suicide.
Louis: Rashid is an opinionated young man. He lives to share these opinions, even when they are not solicited.
- In the sixth episode, Louis is tempted to kill himself after Claudia catches a train to New York, although he ultimately doesn't go through with it.Louis: I teased the sun that night in Jackson Square. Thought about the walking cane and pile of ash they'd find in the morning. But Paul had forever ruined Grace's wedding night, and I would not do the same to Claudia on the anniversary of her escape. If I was to join Dante's Wood of the Self-Murdered, it would be another night.
- In the series premiere, Louis suffers from a nervous breakdown after the death of his brother Paul, and while confessing his sins to Father Matthias, it's plain that he wants to follow Paul to the grave. Louis is wracked with guilt and shame over his numerous failures, and it's important to note that this scene is Louis being the most honest with himself in all of Season 1. It's because he's so broken that he later accepts Lestat's offer to kill him as a human and be reborn as a vampire.
- Not Growing Up Sucks: At the end of the fourth episode, Claudia writes in her diary with alarming instability about being stuck in a "flat-chested, hairless-crotched fourteen-year-old baby doll body" as her mind matures into that of an adult. This precedes her beginning to self-harm by sticking her arm in sunlight.
- Not Quite Dead: Because Louis can't bring himself to burn Lestat's body because he still loves him in spite of his (ex-)boyfriend's Domestic Abuse, Louis and Claudia's murder attempt is exactly that — an attempt. At the garbage dump, Lestat unlocks the trunk that he has been stashed in from the inside (the inner locks were installed by him and Louis), and his arm pokes out from the makeshift coffin to grab a nearby rat, proving that he survived.
- Obsession Song: Daniel Hart's "Come to Me" with Sam Reid as the vocalist contains a few verses which reflect how besotted Lestat is with Louis. The Title Drop occurs ten times in the lyrics, and it's a Call-Back to the pilot where Lestat (who was in full-blown Stalker with a Crush mode) psychically called out to Louis "Come to me/Viens à moi" repeatedly, paying no heed to the latter's insistence that he be left alone.Come to me
I get intoxicated by the very air of you
Come to me
I'm so infatuated with the grand affair of you
- Oedipus Complex: Based on his dinner conversation with Florence and Paul, Lestat adores his mother and fondly talks about her ("...she gave me every advantage in life as a young man: my first mastiff, first flintlock rifle, the means to make my way to Paris"), but he loathes his father, whom Lestat characterizes as a vulgar man with a temper, for beating and starving him in order to dissuade him from joining the clergy.
- Official Couple: In Season 1, the primary romantic relationship is between Louis and Lestat.
- Official Kiss: It's the second kiss between Louis and Lestat which marks their Relationship Upgrade, and it's depicted as being more romantic than their First Kiss because the latter was partly fueled by repressed lust, whereas the former was done purely from their hearts. After Lestat declares his love, he proposes that Louis become his eternal companion and lover. Louis nods his head in assent, reaches out to cup Lestat's face, and then moves forward to kiss him.
- Offing the Offspring: In the Season 1 finale, Lestat plans to murder his vampire daughter Claudia partly because she herself is plotting to kill him, and partly because he blames her for all of the unhappiness that she has brought to his household. Lestat underestimates Claudia and she outmaneuvers him, so his scheme backfires spectacularly.
- Off with His Head!:
- Lampshaded by Lestat in the fourth episode when he informs Claudia about the fate of the aristocrat who originally owned the emerald necklace that he gives to her for her birthday (the incident may have occurred during the The French Revolution).Lestat: This was given to me by a marquis who was beheaded by a mob ten years after he gave it to me.
- In the sixth episode, Lestat rips the head off of a train conductor and plays with it like it's a ventriloquist dummy.
- Lampshaded by Lestat in the fourth episode when he informs Claudia about the fate of the aristocrat who originally owned the emerald necklace that he gives to her for her birthday (the incident may have occurred during the The French Revolution).
- Once More, with Clarity!: The climax of the Season 1 finale revisits a few earlier scenes from Antoinette's point-of-view where it's unveiled to viewers that she was in disguise and psychically eavesdropping on Louis and Claudia's telepathic conversations, including a Flashback from the sixth episode where Antoinette was at Jackson Square and had listened in on Louis and Claudia's thoughts about the latter boarding a train to New York. This confirms that Lestat had already turned Antoinette into a vampire by this point. There's also a clip of Claudia poisoning Tom Anderson's drink earlier that night at the Mardi Gras ball before handing the glass to him, which he eagerly sips. Tom was the first person Lestat had drained to death during the feast, so that's why the toxin is now in Lestat's system.
- One-Drop Rule:
- Louis mentions that his family is mixed-race, and in former times were somewhat more privileged as free people of color. With Jim Crow, however, racist state laws apply no matter what, even when only one of his grandparents was entirely black. Louis just calls himself "Negro," the term used then, and the laws would have classified him as such.
- However, it's worth noting that in the presence of his French boyfriend, Louis identifies himself as "Creole" in the second episode. He makes a point about how he and Lestat are labelled in America ("Colored. White.") and France ("Creole. French.") based on their race. While America's one-drop rule means that Louis' French ancestry is completely ignored, in France, he is more likely to be recognized as biracial, and thus he would be called Créole rather than Nègre. Lestat certainly views Louis as Creole because the latter's mixed heritage is a turn-on for him.
- One-Eyed Shot: In the seventh episode, there's a close-up of Louis' left eye as he watches a newsreel about Adolf Hitler.
- One True Love: Lampshaded by Louis when he refers to Armand as "the love of my life," and it's important to note that he never told Lestat "I love you" directly. Armand is extremely devoted to Louis because "I care for him more than he cares for himself." By 2022, their ongoing romance (a minimum of 49 years) has lasted a lot longer than Louis and Lestat's relationship (which was just over 29 years).
- Parental Fashion Veto: Lestat doesn't like the skirt that Claudia is wearing when she goes out on her first hunt.Lestat: I'm not sure how I feel about that pleated skirt.
Louis: It's chiffon. It has movement.
Lestat: (disapproving tone) Hmm.
- Parental Hypocrisy: Lestat is the "Do as I say, not as I do" type of parent because his very harsh lesson to Claudia after she accidentally kills her First Love (and Lestat forces her to watch as Charlie's face melts in the incinerator) is that vampires should "never get close to mortals because sooner or later, they end up dead." Yet Lestat spent the entire first episode being wholly besotted with Louis when the latter was still human. Lestat stalked, flirted, courted, seduced and harassed Louis over a period of a few months (based on Louis' comment that "It was a cold winter that year, and Lestat was my coal fire"). While Lestat's endgame was to turn Louis into a vampire, he nevertheless fell head-over-heels for a mortal and invested a lot of time bonding with his human Love Interest before offering Louis the dark gift. Lestat's warning to Claudia rings hollow knowing that he did the very thing he's telling her not to.
- Parents as People: Both Louis and Lestat in regards to Claudia:
- "Daddy" Louis loves Claudia unconditionally, dotes on her, spends quality time with her, and tries to steer her on a path where she can retain some of her humanity. But this leads to him babying her and not being fully aware of what she is capable of or how ruthless she can be. And as Daniel points out, he ultimately chooses Lestat over her by not letting her burn his body, and when she keeps insisting on it, Louis lashes out at her and pins her by the neck to the armoire. Louis himself in the present day is ashamed of all the ways he failed as her father.
- "Uncle" Lestat, although he ultimately saw Claudia as a means of keeping Louis with him, genuinely cared for her in the beginning; he gave her nice clothes and gifts, taught her to drive, defended her behavior at Louis' mother's wake, and he acknowledges that she is a "prodigious killer." However, his callous handling of the Charlie incident, their too-similar natures, and Lestat's jealous temper destroy any chance of a real father-daughter relationship. By the time episode 5 starts, any affection that existed between them is gone, and they only see each other as obstacles for Louis. However, Word of Saint Paul from Sam Reid is that Lestat, in his way, does love Claudia and is proud of her for outsmarting him and killing him.
- Patricide: In the Season 1 finale, Louis and Claudia attempt to murder their vampire father Lestat — who has been psychologically and physically abusive towards them — by poisoning him with dead blood and cutting open his throat, but they don't succeed because Louis refuses to burn his lover's body despite Claudia demanding that they do so. A clip near the end of the episode shows that Lestat did survive, and Daniel deduces that he can eat the rats at the garbage dump.Louis: Could the children murder the father? [Lestat] was stronger than us, quicker than us, in possession of ancient powers that had been passed on to his progeny only in a diminished form.
- Pedophile Priest: Lampshaded by Lestat in the second episode when he says the two priests he had killed won't be missed because people will just assume they molested children.Lestat: A couple of parish priests go missing, people say, "Fine, most likely kid-fiddlers."
- The Peeping Tom:
- Louis has an inkling that Lestat might have spied on him and Jonah when they were at the bayou together (where Jonah had performed fellatio on Louis) when he spots Lestat's muddy boots at their home. Lestat admits the truth the next night by repeating what Louis had told Jonah about their relationship ("[Lestat] is a lot. It's not perfect.").Lestat: What can I say? I'm a lot. I'm not perfect.
Louis: (scoffs) I knew it. I knew you were there.
Louis: You're jealous?
Lestat: Yes. I don't like sharing.
Louis: What about Antoinette?
Lestat: It's different. I don't have feelings for her.
Louis: He did me some face, and I drove him home.
Lestat: I HEARD YOUR HEARTS DANCING!!
Louis: You watched the whole thing like some creeper!
- Claudia, who is ignorant about sex (Lestat remarks that she's too sheltered), curiously observes a young couple engaging in foreplay, and even delays her feeding because she's so intrigued by what they're doing. When the two lovebirds realize that she's watching them, they abruptly stop, and the man asks, "You gonna stand there watchin', little girl?" With nothing more to see, Claudia pounces on him and messily drinks his blood.
- Louis has an inkling that Lestat might have spied on him and Jonah when they were at the bayou together (where Jonah had performed fellatio on Louis) when he spots Lestat's muddy boots at their home. Lestat admits the truth the next night by repeating what Louis had told Jonah about their relationship ("[Lestat] is a lot. It's not perfect.").
- People Puppets:
- With his vampire powers, Louis causes Daniel's right arm to shake uncontrollably in a painful manner (presumably made worse by the latter's Parkinson's disease).
- Lestat makes a man at the cinema slap himself continuously.
- Philosopher's Stone: Lestat claims he has produced the Elixir of Life using this, with that being why he, Louis and Claudia are immortal and eternally youthful, which serves to lure several people inside their house, and the trio drain them all to death.
- Pink Means Feminine: Claudia is a girly girl with a pink coffin and some of her clothing is pink (she has at least two different pink dresses, a pink cardigan, pink overalls, and a pink-and-white checkered shirt).
- Platonic Prostitution: While alive, Louis regularly employed the services of a high-class prostitute named Lily so he could be seen having a relationship with a woman. Once in her room, though, he just talked to her, using her as some kind of a therapy session. However, when the two are alone with Lestat in his living room, Lily does give Louis fellatio until Lestat makes her go to sleep.
- Playing with Fire: After Daniel drops the 1973 cassette tapes of the first interview into a trash can, Louis lights them on fire with his vampire abilities.
- Polyamory: After Lestat openly flirts with and then seduces Antoinette while Louis watches and they sleep together off-screen, he (hesitantly) grants Louis permission to have sex with other people. However, once Louis does, Lestat reacts with deep jealousy.
- Post-Coital Collapse: After Their First Time, Louis and Lestat collapse on the sofa while breathing heavily, both experiencing the afterglow from their orgasm.
- Pragmatic Adaptation: Claudia is fourteen (and played by an eighteen-year-old note ) when she's turned in this version, as opposed to being eleven in the 1994 film and five in the book; this was due to New Orleans having very strict child labor laws that wouldn't allow the show to use an underage actor for the amount of work that the role required.
- Precision F-Strike: Several f-bombs are dropped in every episode, including in French (e.g. Va te faire foutre aussi! note and Putain de merde! note ).
- Pretty Boy:
- Louis is a slim, very handsome man with fine features and a long neck◊ who can sometimes appear boyish, sports a small goatee, and dresses in very dapper clothes. This results in Love at First Sight from Lestat, as he's smitten by Louis' good looks, complimenting Louis about them at length with adjectives like "beautiful" and "pretty" (plus being biracial only attracts him more). When Claudia is rescued from a burning house by Louis, she believes that he's a beautiful Black angel.
- Armand is a young-looking, doe-eyed, gorgeous man, with luscious curls, dainty features, a slender build, and is always clean-shaven. Daniel disparages his prettiness by referring to him as "the rent boy."
- Lampshaded by Lestat in the second episode when he describes the most attractive human man at the bar as "the prettiest girl at the party," and he understands why Louis wants to target the sailor because "I admire the aesthetic."
- In 1973, Louis retains his habit of heading "Straight to the prettiest girl at the party" because he makes a beeline for the 20-year-old Daniel when the latter enters Polynesian Mary's (a gay bar), and Louis immediately flirts with the young man. Daniel is curly-haired with a round face and soft features, and Louis' Affectionate Nickname for him is "boy," which highlights his youth.
- Production Foreshadowing: In the pilot episode, Paul mentions that there are "plenty of brooms down at the Mayfair sisters' home" as a tie-in to AMC's adaptation of Lives of the Mayfair Witches; in the original script, Louis greets three members of the Mayfair family as he passes by their manor.
- Product Placement: In 1973, Louis pays for his and Daniel's drinks at Polynesian Mary's with an American Express card.
- Promotion to Opening Titles: After being credited as a guest star for the first six episodes, Assad Zaman is listed as a main cast member in the Season 1 finale, his name appearing in between Bailey Bass and Eric Bogosian.
- Property of Love: There's an Inverted Trope and a same-sex variation with Louis desperately wanting to liberate himself from being Lestat's love slave. The second episode foreshadows that Louis will become trapped in this role with a subtle reference to A Doll's House note , which is about a woman named Nora who is treated like a doll rather than a person by her husband Torvald, and she yearns to be free from the stifling constraints of her marriage. Lestat views Louis as his most prized possession ("[Lestat's] love is a small box he keeps you in"), and he throws a jealousy-fueled tantrum if anyone else touches his favourite toy ("I don't like sharing"). When Lestat feels that Louis doesn't love him enough in the climax of episode 5, Lestat smashes his pretty doll against the walls of their home, which shatters Louis both mentally and physically (Lestat did indeed shatter a few of his vertebrae). Afterwards, Louis lives with the constant threat that Lestat will batter him again if he doesn't satisfy Lestat's need to be adored. It's later invoked In-Universe that Louis is Lestat's slave. In episode 7, Louis is resolved to break free from Lestat's Gilded Cage ("the dollhouse"), especially after he learns that Lestat will modify their relationship into a Vampire's Harem by adding his newest fledgling Antoinette as his second wife (and thus Louis becomes Lestat's "Top Wife"). Louis is truly Lestat's property at this point because he gets absolutely no say in this decision, and Louis would never tolerate having to live with Antoinette, whom he abhors due to jealousy, so Louis kills them both.
- Pstandard Psychic Pstance: In the third episode, Lestat places a couple of fingers against his temple while implanting a telepathic command to a few dozen soldiers simultaneously to vacate his house. It's a crutch to aid with his concentration.
- Psychic Block Defense: Claudia can shield her thoughts from Louis when he telepathically inquires about the identity of Charlie, the young man she has a crush on.Louis: Who's Charlie?
(Claudia gasps in her mind)
Louis: Claudia, are you blockin' me? This is your father speaking.
(Claudia smiles when she realizes that Louis can't read her mind)
- Psychic Nosebleed: Not a nosebleed, but there's blood pouring out of Lestat's ears in the third episode after he employs his Mind Control abilities on a few dozen soldiers all at once, which is extremely taxing for him.
- Psychic Powers:
- Lestat is capable of telepathy, stopping time, making someone fall asleep at will, levitation, telekinesis, Mind Control and moving people like marionettes.
- Louis acquires telepathy as well after becoming a vampire, at Lestat's instruction, and he's also shown as capable of pyrokinesis and controlling people's limbs.
- Claudia gets telepathy like Louis after her transition into a vampire. She's also capable of preventing Louis from reading her thoughts when she wants to keep him out.
- Bruce can hear Louis psychically calling out to Claudia.
- Antoinette gains mind-reading skills after she's turned.
- Armand has the cloud gift.
- Punny Name: The "Phail" in McPhail is a homonym for "fail," as the twins fail to escape from the townhouse before being killed by the vampire family.
- Questionable Consent: Louis doesn't seem wholly cognizant when Lestat has sex with him during their first time because Lestat is also drinking his blood, which has been shown to be intoxicating. Louis compares the petit coup/"little drink" to the best drug-induced high that Daniel has ever experienced, but "multiply it by miles, to the rings of Saturn and back." While Louis did consent to have sex with Lestat, he didn't explicitly consent to any blood play, but by the time Lestat had sunk his fangs into Louis' neck, the latter couldn't object even if he wanted to because his mind was in a haze. However, it's worth noting that in the present day, Louis doesn't see the petit coup as a violation, and that it in fact gave him a feeling of intimacy with Lestat.
- Quizzical Tilt: In the seventh episode, Louis tilts his head◊ after he notices that Daniel is distracted because the latter was staring at Rashid, who is chatting on his cell phone while standing in sunlight. Louis is wondering why Daniel is now engrossed by Rashid when he wasn't before.
- Race Lift:
- Louis in the TV adaptation has been changed to a black Creole, who was originally a white Creole in the source material. The character is played by biracial British actor Jacob Anderson, who is of Afro-Caribbean and English descent.
- Claudia as well is played by biracial actress Bailey Bass, who is a Belarusian-Russian/African-American, while the character was originally white.
- The show's Armand, who was Caucasian in the books, is portrayed by Assad Zaman, a British actor of Bangladeshi heritage.
- Rape Discretion Shot: In the fifth episode, Bruce breaks Claudia's leg and stands menacingly over her before the scene cuts away. The audience infers that he sexually assaults her off-screen.
- Really 700 Years Old:
- Lestat is 149 going on 150 years old when he's introduced back in 1910 (the series begins in the early autumn of that year, and his birthday is in November 1760), but only appears to be around 33-34, depending on the month he was transformed into a vampire in 1794 (Sam Reid was 34 during Season 1's principal photography in 2021).
- In 2022, Louis is 144 years old (the second interview takes place in June 2022, and he was born on Oct. 4, 1877, plus Daniel affirms that he's 144 in episode 7), but looks just the same as he did when turned at age 33 in 1910 (Jacob Anderson was 31 at the time of filming).
- Claudia has the worst experience, being physically stuck as a 14-year-old girl forever (although she's portrayed by 18-year-old Bailey Bass), as she complains.
- Armand is 514 years old in 2022, but he seems to be only in his 20s (his actor is 31-year-old Assad Zaman note ).
- Really Gets Around: Lestat is very horny and openly admits that he actively seeks out the pleasures of the flesh. In his first scene with dialogue, he boasts about emptying a bank vault "sampling" numerous New Orleans women of various skin tones. He's obsessed with Louis and seduces him. After Louis ghosts him after Their First Time, Lestat turns his attention to a prostitute named Lily, but he later murders her when she fails to be a Replacement Goldfish for Louis. Although Lestat's promiscuity tones down after he and Louis enter a committed relationship, he still desires "a little variety," so his wandering eye lands on Antoinette, who becomes his mistress. In the late 1920s note , he had pulled the wife of a scholar under the stairs during her husband's dull lecture on Don Giovanni, which strongly implies that Lestat and the woman had a quickie.
- Record Needle Scratch:
- In the fifth episode, Flanagan and Allen's "Underneath the Arches" is playing on the gramophone, but it suddenly halts when Lestat lifts the needle from the record. It's an aural cue to viewers that shit is about the hit the fan in this scene.
- In the sixth episode, Louis listens to Lestat's song "Come to Me" (which Lestat had sent to him as a Valentine's Day gift) on his gramophone, which features Lestat's mistress Antoinette as the vocalist. The tune isn't even halfway done before a fuming Louis removes the needle from the disc, grabs the record and storms out the door. After six years of giving Lestat the Silent Treatment, Louis is finally going to confront his boyfriend.
- Recurring Dreams: In the fourth episode, Daniel mentions to Louis that he had been dreaming about their first meeting in 1973 at Polynesian Mary's ever since Louis mailed to him the cassette tapes of their first interview. In the sixth episode, viewers finally get a glimpse of their shared past after Daniel falls asleep due to his medication.
- Relationship Upgrade: Louis and Lestat were close friends for a few months before they made love. However, they don't become an Official Couple until Louis agrees to be Lestat's immortal companion, which results in Louis being transformed into a vampire.
- The Renfield: In 2022, Louis has a loyal human servant named Rashid who acts as his personal assistant. Damek permits Louis to feed on him on a regular basis.
- Replacement Goldfish:
- Disturbingly subverted with Lily in the first episode, a prostitute whom Lestat spent more time with when he realized that Louis was avoiding him after he and Louis had sex for the first time. While Lestat places Lily in the same category as Louis in terms of their looks (they're both biracial "misfit beauties," as he calls them), he must have found her personality sorely lacking because in his words, she "proved herself a poor substitute." Louis later discovers that Lestat had murdered her.
- Lampshaded by Claudia in the fifth episode when she concludes that Lestat and Louis had turned her into a vampire so that she can take Grace's place after witnessing from afar the other woman disowning her brother Louis. (Claudia's belief is erroneous because she was a band-aid baby to save Louis and Lestat's crumbling relationship, but since they never told her this, she does her best to understand their reasoning on her own.)Claudia: But today at the cemetery, I finally understood something so obvious, which I pondered for a decade why they made me: to be Louis' sister.
- In the seventh episode, Daniel infers that he's a replacement for Lily, the prostitute whom Louis had habitually paid to simply chat with him when the latter was human. Louis doesn't dispute it.Daniel: 144 years of life, and you're still Louis the pimp, paying a whore to sit in a room and talk with you. [...] Ten million dollars. That's my whore number.
- Reunion Kiss:
- In the third episode, it's revealed that Louis and Jonah had a Childhood Friend Romance when they were teenagers, but later on, the only jobs Jonah could get were outside of Louisiana, so they lost touch for years. When they briefly reunite in 1917, they share a long, tender kiss at the bayou.
- In the sixth episode, after spending six years apart, Louis demonstrates his willingness to take Lestat back by initiating an ardent kiss, which the latter readily welcomes.
- Ripped from the Headlines: Just like in Real Life when Season 1 first aired, the COVID-19 Pandemic is still ongoing in the June 2022 scenes.
- The Roaring '20s: The Jazz Age officially began in 1917 with the release of the first jazz record, which matches the year of the past events in the third episode. The forth episode is set in 1917-1923, while the fifth one covers 1923-1930, with the final year overlapping with The Great Depression.
- Rule of Symbolism: Has its own page.
- Sarcasm Mode: When Louis asserts that "In the quiet dark, [Lestat and I] were equals," Daniel doesn't buy it because he recognizes that they share a Lover and Beloved relationship, which by its nature is an unequal pairing, with Louis in the subordinate position due to his age and race.Louis: I got in that coffin on my own free will. In the quiet dark, we were equals.
Daniel: (sarcastically) White master, Black student, but equal in the quiet dark.
- Satellite Love Interest:
- Antoinette's sole importance in the story is that she's Lestat's mistress. Outside of that, we don't really know anything about her other than she's a singer.
- Although Jonah gets a little bit of a backstory (unlike Antoinette), his main purpose is to establish that Louis has loved another man before Lestat, as Jonah is Louis' childhood sweetheart, and they still harbour feelings for each other at least two decades later.
- Scream Discretion Shot:
- In the fourth episode, Lestat kills the undertaker off-screen, so viewers only hear the victim's yelps before he dies.
- In the sixth episode, Claudia is startled by the sound of the train conductor screaming and the loud thuds as he's being slammed against the baggage car. It's only after Lestat kicks open the door that she realizes that he has ripped the man's head off.
- In the Season 1 finale, Louis murders the MacPhail twin who wasn't poisoned by Claudia, but the audience doesn't see it happen. Lestat (who's in a different room and was expecting to eat both twins) is surprised when the young man cries in agony.
- Screaming Woman:
- In the third episode, a female pedestrian shrieks at the top of her lungs when she sees Alderman Fenwick's eviscerated corpse hanging from the gates of St. Louis Cathedral.
- In the fourth episode, the girlfriend of Claudia's victim screams in terror as she runs away from her boyfriend being butchered.
- Second Love:
- Lestat is Louis' second love, the first man he has developed romantic feelings for since his childhood sweetheart Jonah, who had to move away from New Orleans to find work.
- Louis is the second person that Lestat has fallen in love with after Nicolas, who died a long time ago.Lestat: Nicki passed on after he and I parted ways. It took me over a century to try again. (looks directly at Louis)
- Armand is "the love of my life," according to Louis, who believes the third time's a charm after his relationship with Lestat falls apart.
- Secretly Dying: Molloy has a sub-variant of Parkinson's disease. Only his family and doctor know about it, so he's irked that Louis has somehow learned of it.
- Secret Relationship: Due to being an interracial queer couple, which is doubly illegal and taboo given the story begins in the early twentieth century of Louisiana, Lestat (a white Frenchman) and Louis (a black Creole) carefully keep the fact that they're lovers a secret (albeit many realize it) from all but a few (obviously their daughter Claudia knows). Once, a police officer discovers that they have only one bed in the house and threatens them with a five-year term in prison for a "crime against nature" due to this, but doesn't do anything further.
- Secret Room: In Lestat's townhouse, the coffin room is adjacent to the bedroom, but it can only be accessed by pressing a hidden button on the fireplace.
- Series Continuity Error: In the fifth episode, the gravestone commissioned by Grace establishes that Louis' birth date is Oct. 4, 1877 (which must be the correct year because he was 33 years old when he was turned into a vampire in late 1910, plus Daniel says that Louis is 144 in June 2022), yet in the seventh episode, he informs several would-be victims that he was born in 1878.
- Setting Update: The past scenes in the book begin in 1791, but in the series, they start in 1910.
- Sexy Discretion Shot: In the sixth episode, a fully-clothed Louis and a nude Lestat are immersed in violent foreplay, and the camera pans away from their frenzied reunion to a crying Antoinette smoking a cigarette outside of her own home.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Both Louis and Lestat are affluent men who wear impeccable suits throughout the series (all the suits in the show were made by seamstresses and were fitted to their actors).
- Shout-Out: Has its own page.
- The Show of the Books: This television series is an adaptation of The Vampire Chronicles.
- Silent Treatment:
- After Claudia runs away from home in the fifth episode, Louis blames Lestat for being the cause of her distress due to the latter's "sadistic" (as Louis calls it) parenting style, so one of the ways he punishes his boyfriend is by ignoring him. It has gotten so bad that a miserable Lestat, who's burning a playing card with a lighter, wonders out loud if Louis would pay any attention to him if he set himself ablaze.Lestat: I sit there thinking, "Light yourself on fire, see if [Louis] would notice."
- In the sixth episode, Louis doesn't speak to Lestat for six years after suffering a vicious battering from him.Lestat: If you want me to go away, just say so. I'll obey you. I'll leave your life forever.
(Louis says nothing)
Lestat: This silence is cruel. And you were never cruel, Louis.
- After Claudia runs away from home in the fifth episode, Louis blames Lestat for being the cause of her distress due to the latter's "sadistic" (as Louis calls it) parenting style, so one of the ways he punishes his boyfriend is by ignoring him. It has gotten so bad that a miserable Lestat, who's burning a playing card with a lighter, wonders out loud if Louis would pay any attention to him if he set himself ablaze.
- Simple Score of Sadness: In the second episode, a slow, melancholic version of Daniel Hart's "The Drum Was My Heart" is heard during the final two scenes, which has a lone violin for the melody and a piano for the bass. In 1916, this musical cue represents the end of the honeymoon phase for Louis and Lestat's Metaphorical Marriage because cracks have begun to appear, while in 2022, the dessert is the same one Daniel had when he proposed to his first wife Alice, and his tone of voice while he's reminiscing suggests that he misses her (or at least misses how happy they were at the start of their engagement).
- Slap-Slap-Kiss: In the sixth episode, Louis and Lestat quarrel, and it ends with Louis uttering "I hate you," to which Lestat replies "As you should." Louis then throws Lestat to the floor and slams him against the dresser before kissing him fervently, with Lestat responding in kind by wrapping his right arm around Louis' head to deepen the kiss.
- Slashed Throat: In the Season 1 finale, Louis unsheathes the knife from his cane and slices Lestat's throat with it.
- The Smurfette Principle: In Season 1, Claudia is the only major female character, and Bailey Bass is the lone woman in the main cast.
- So Proud of You: Lampshaded by Lestat in the third episode to his pupil Louis, as he's impressed by how his fledgling had gruesomely carved up Alderman Fenwick so that the latter's entrails are exposed and dangling, and then displayed the corpse on the gates of St. Louis Cathedral like a public art piece.Lestat: I must confess, I'm very proud of you, Louis. It goes against much of my teaching, but you managed to execute it with such aplomb.
- Stage Whisper: Because the past events of the fourth episode are told from Claudia's point-of-view, the official English subtitles list "[Indistinct whispering]" when Louis replies to Lestat's question "You missed me?" as the two men are snuggling inside Louis' coffin. It's a prelude to sex, so they don't want their daughter to hear their sweet nothings, but viewers only need to turn up the volume to discern Louis' answer: "I hated sleeping without you."
- Stalker with a Crush:
- It's heavily implied that Lestat had stalked Louis after being mesmerized by the latter's beauty, and he basically admits to doing so ("I've been watching you for some time now, Louis"). It's not a coincidence that Lestat had arranged to be in Lily's company, as he's aware that she acts as The Beard for Louis. Lestat kissing her, running his hands along the seams of her dress, and outbidding Louis for her time were done deliberately to provoke him. Lestat also must have heard Tom Anderson inviting Louis to a private poker game because Lestat managed to get a seat there, which provided a second opportunity for him to socialize with Louis. At Paul's funeral, Lestat warns Louis that he doesn't take kindly to being avoided, and when the latter tries to find refuge at the church because he wants to be free from the Devil's voice inside his head (which is actually Lestat's repeated telepathic attempts to summon Louis to him), Lestat pursues Louis and directly confronts him in person. Lestat clearly doesn't respect Louis' wish to be left alone and won't take no for an answer. In the 2022 scenes of the series premiere, Louis describes himself as the prey while Lestat was the predator who was hunting him, a sentiment that any victim of stalking can relate to. With the revelation in the third episode that Lestat had covertly followed Louis and Jonah to the bayou and proved himself to be a peeping tom, it confirms just how warped Lestat's infatuation with Louis is.
- Bruce had trailed Claudia for some time before he introduces himself to her. After she rejects his advances, he breaks her leg, and an Implied Rape ensues.Bruce: You've been sloppy out in Jefferson City.
Claudia: How long you been followin'—
Bruce: You shouldn't dump bodies in the Missouri. Even if you weigh 'em down with rocks, river's too fast. I find you build a shallow grave, sometimes a prairie wind'll catch, burns faster.
Claudia: How long you been—
Bruce: About five, six colleges or so.
Claudia: How'd you do it?
Bruce: I had good ears when I was alive. Got great ears now. Heard your name in the air. Somethin' about the way it sounded. (whispering) Clau... di... a...
- Stalker Without A Crush:
- In the fifth episode, Claudia stalks both Lestat and Louis, which is why she knows that Lestat has an ongoing affair with Antoinette, and later she spies on Louis when he meets Grace at the cemetery.Claudia: I spend time following Louis and Lestat now that I am my own woman, with no obvious sense of why I follow them, other than meaning slowly disintegrates without them, my companions in immortality.
- In the sixth and seventh episodes, Antoinette trails both Louis and Claudia to monitor their psychic communications, and she later reports her findings to her lover Lestat.
- In the fifth episode, Claudia stalks both Lestat and Louis, which is why she knows that Lestat has an ongoing affair with Antoinette, and later she spies on Louis when he meets Grace at the cemetery.
- Starbucks Skin Scale: Lestat's term for biracial (black/white) skin is "cinnamon," which he fetishizes.
- Star-Crossed Lovers: Sung twice with the verse "Like star-crossed lovers" in Lestat's Villain Love Song "Come to Me". In his lyrics, Lestat conveniently glosses over the fact that he's a Domestic Abuser and poetically depicts himself and Louis as lovers doomed by fate like the eponymous characters from the French play Pelléas et Mélisande.
- Stealth Insult:
- In the fifth episode, when Claudia exclaims to Louis, "Let's be vampires worthy of your love!", her underlying message is that Lestat is not a worthy romantic partner to Louis. Lestat — who is absolutely besotted with Louis — is so offended that he goes berserk and suffocates Claudia by squeezing his hand around her throat.
- In the seventh episode, Lestat and Claudia are watching a newsreel about Adolf Hitler, and after Lestat compliments the look of the Nazi uniforms (he's a Sharp-Dressed Man who adores fashion), Claudia insinuates that he's a dictator in their own home.Lestat: They may be nasty little beasts, but they do have excellent tailoring.
Claudia: Well-dressed tyrants. Where have I seen that before?
- Straight Gay: Louis shows no stereotypical sign of the fact he's gay before it's revealed, nor afterward.
- Stronger with Age:
- Lestat is significantly more powerful than Louis and Claudia because he's 117 years older than his vampire son and lover, and 143 years older than his vampire daughter.
- Lampshaded by Armand when he explains to Daniel why he's immune to sunlight, unlike most vampires.Daniel: But I saw you standing in the sun.
Armand: As we age, the sun loses its power over us. What's a mediocre star to a 514-year-old vampire?
- Suddenly Shouting: Lestat has a habit of raising his voice when the conversation had been calm.
- In "...After the Phantoms of Your Former Self":Lestat: Well, I like to do it. I enjoy it.
Louis: Well, I don't. You don't have to humiliate him.
Lestat: WELL, I DON'T SAY THAT YOU HAVE TO ENJOY IT!
- In "Is My Very Nature That of a Devil":Lestat: It's different. I don't have feelings for [Antoinette].
Louis: [Jonah] did me some face, and I drove him home.
Lestat: I HEARD YOUR HEARTS DANCING!!
- In "Like Angels Put in Hell by God":Lestat: Move your pawn. Finish the game.
Claudia: Good night, Lestat.
Lestat: (hits the table) FINISH THE GAME!!
- In "...After the Phantoms of Your Former Self":
- Suicide Is Shameful: Louis' family is Catholic, and when Paul kills himself in front of him, his mother says he must be in Hell now (per Catholic belief at the time) while their priest tries to pass his fall off as accidental instead so they can avoid thinking this.
- Sunglasses at Night: After his transition into a vampire, Louis always sports sunglasses during the evenings when he visits his family at the mansion to hide his vampiric green irises (his eyes used to be brown when he was human).
- Super Senses: Vampires gain heightened sight, smell, and are even capable of hearing people's heartbeats. It turns out vampires' telepathy also works on this principle, by literally hearing thoughts (Lestat says that, as with hearing heartbeats, they're people's brains at work). However, a vampire's sense of taste is severely diminished. Louis imparts to Daniel that human food tastes like "paste, chalk, soap" to him. Claudia used to enjoy eating macarons, but after her transition into a vampire, only human blood tastes sweet to her palate.
- Super Speed: Vampires can move from one end of a room to another in a blink of an eye. Louis swims faster than he drives.
- Super Strength: All vampires are much stronger than humans, and that includes Claudia, who's at a disadvantage because of her adolescent body, but she can still take down human males who are bigger than she is, like Chief Bardeen. Lestat tears off the head of a train conductor with just his bare hands.
- Sweet Polly Oliver: In the seventh episode, Antoinette — who has been a vampire since at least the sixth episode — has disguised herself as a man in order to spy on Louis and Claudia and read their thoughts, which is why she's aware of their plot to murder her lover Lestat.
- Switching P.O.V.: In the fourth episode, the Flashback scenes are from Claudia's perspective instead of Louis' because Daniel reads passages from her diary. For the rest of Season 1, Daniel gets a combination of Louis and Claudia's viewpoints.
- Tears of Blood: Vampires cry tears of blood, as shown whenever they get overly emotional.
- Terror at Make-Out Point: In the fourth episode, Lestat and Claudia drive to a lover's lane to hunt for humans who are in a state of arousal. In Lestat's estimation, they're a special treat because no blood is sweeter than young people who are swollen with passion. Claudia's fangs rip into one man's neck so savagely that his arterial spray splashes across the windshield of his car, his blood nearly covering the entire surface of the glass. Lestat murders a couple that was parked further ahead off-screen, and when the screaming girlfriend of Claudia's victim runs to Lestat to warn him of the danger, he kills her, too.Woman: There's something back there, something evil!
Lestat: Ah, yes. She's with me. (dips the woman in The VJ Day Kiss pose and then drains her dry)
- That Liar Lies: In the sixth episode, after Claudia and Louis discover that Lestat is still bedding Antoinette after he had promised them that he would kill his mistress, Claudia says to Louis, "He's the father of lies."
- Their First Time: After wooing Louis for a few months under the guise of friendship, Lestat invites his Love Interest to enter his home and join him for a nightcap, and they engage in passionate lovemaking soon after. During their post-coital bliss, they share a Held Gaze that silently communicates their love for each other.
- Thunder = Downpour: In the pilot, there's suddenly thunder and torrential rain when Louis is walking towards the Fairplay Saloon after Paul's funeral.
- Time-Shifted Actor: Daniel is portrayed by Eric Bogosian when he's 69 years old and by Luke Brandon Field when he's 20.
- Time Stands Still:
- During the poker game in the first episode, Lestat stops time with his vampire skills so that he and Louis can have a private conversation. (While Lestat does have Psychic Powers, this is not a case of People Puppets because the whiskey being poured into a glass is "frozen" while the poker chips are suspended in mid-air.)
- In the fifth episode, Lestat halts time at the speakeasy so that he and Louis can make a quick exit.
- Title Drop:
- In "In Throes of Increasing Wonder...":Louis: I saw [Lestat] sitting a length away from me... radiant. And we sat there for some time... in throes of increasing wonder.
- In "... After the Phantoms of Your Former Self":Lestat: You're not one of them anymore, fledgling. You chase after phantoms of your former self.
- In "Is My Very Nature That of a Devil":Louis: When your mother sees the Devil in your eyes, it's a hard assessment to abandon. Am I from the Devil? Is my very nature that of the Devil?
- The sixth episode includes the Villain Love Song "Come to Me" where the title is sung ten times.
- In "The Thing Lay Still":Louis: This horror that had been Lestat... I stared helplessly at it. The thing lay still.
- In "In Throes of Increasing Wonder...":
- Torch Song: Lampshaded by Claudia in the fifth episode when she lets Lestat know that she's aware of his dirty secret, which is he's bedding a singer (viewers and Louis himself can easily guess that it's Antoinette).Claudia: White girl, down in Algiers, sings torch songs with a flat, no-nothing ass.
- Tough Love: Lestat takes on a disciplinary role after a panicked and heartbroken Claudia inadvertently murders her first boyfriend. He wants to ensure that she never does anything so foolish again by maximizing her psychological turmoil. He smirks while he's mocking her mistake ("It's easy to get carried away when you're young and in love"), picks up Charlie's arm and drops it to emphasize that he's dead as a doornail. Lestat then shoves Claudia towards the corpse and commands her to "clean up after yourself." After she places Charlie's body inside the incinerator, she's about to walk away when Lestat roughly grips her arm and face to hold her in place. She has no choice but to look while her First Love's "bones cracked black and his face turned to soup," the disturbing image being burnt into her brain.Lestat: Stop squirming and watch. Remember this, his face as it melts. This is why we never get close to mortals. Because sooner or later, they end up dead.
- Transparent Closet: In the second episode, Louis' mind-reading of his mother reveals that she's well aware that he's gay, in spite of him being closeted. His sister's words later indicate she knows as well. Presumably living with Lestat and spending so much time with him would have made them realize if nothing else. In the third episode, Antoinette let it slip that the employees of the Azalea gossip about Louis and Lestat being a couple. Alderman Fenwick has figured out that the two men are together because he refers to Lestat as Louis' "pale lover" and that there are weird goings-on at their Sodomite townhouse. In the seventh episode, Tom Anderson calls Lestat "your fag pederast" while talking to Louis, and Tom surmises correctly that Lestat is the Lover and Louis is the Beloved in their Lover and Beloved dynamic.
- Triang Relations: Type 7 with Louis, Lestat and Antointette. Lestat is in a committed relationship with Louis, but he also keeps Antoinette as a mistress. Louis and Antoinette are jealous of each other, although it's plain that Lestat loves Louis the most.
- Twofer Token Minority:
- In the series, Louis is both gay and black.
- Similarly, the show's Armand is queer (his precise sexual orientation isn't stated in Season 1, but he and Louis are in a committed relationship), and his actor is of Bangladeshi ancestry. Armand is also Muslim, although his status as a religious minority only applies to when he used to live in San Francisco, not his current residence in Dubai.
- Unfocused During Intimacy: In the sixth episode, a nude Louis and Lestat are having sex in their bed. However, Louis is distracted from Lestat's lovemaking because he's concentrating on his telepathic discussion with Claudia (who's inside her coffin in a different room). Lestat, who had been showering Louis' neck and chest with kisses, notices that his boyfriend isn't in the moment, so he stops and speaks Louis' name to try to regain his attention. Louis then kisses Lestat on the mouth, but once Lestat resumes his amorous exploration of his lover's body, Louis remains visibly dissociated from the intimate act even after Claudia ends their psychic communication.
- Unreliable Narrator: Has its own page.
- Vampire Bites Suck: Vampires biting humans they don't care about is quite painful, to judge by their victims' screams.
- Vampire Dance: In the seventh episode, Louis and Lestat waltz together in French period costumes at the Mardi Gras ball. There's also a brief shot of them dancing◊ in the fourth episode during Claudia's birthday.
- Vampires Are Rich:
- Lestat and Louis both have sizeable incomes. This allows them to enjoy a very comfortable, opulent lifestyle in New Orleans, and they're part of the city's high society. Louis owns his family's mansion (his household is served by at least one maid, a butler, and presumably a cook), and Lestat's magnificent townhouse has a large courtyard.
- Louis and Armand reside in a spacious penthouse apartment in Dubai (it's located in "the most desired real estate in the country") with human servants, and one of the artistic masterpieces hanging on the walls is Rembrandt van Rijn's The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, a stolen painting worth around $100 million. Daniel observes that it costs a fortune to maintain such a high level of privacy.Daniel: And you've got your own hangar at the airport, privileges on the Royal Meydan Bridge, and zero presence online. [...] I know the Emirates are big on privacy, and that's probably important to you, but I gotta ask, what does it cost, this haven't-aged-in-half-a-century, killer-views-in-all-directions anonymity?
Louis: Quite a lot.
- Vampire's Harem: In the Season 1 finale, Lestat attempts to create his own harem with Louis (whom he loves the most) as the male version of his Top Wife and promoting Antoinette — who is now a vampire — from The Mistress to his second wife ("Antoinette will be much more agreeable to our life together"). Louis, who loathes Antoinette because he's jealous of her and wants her dead, would never accept the idea of having to live under the same roof with her and both having to share Lestat's bed (or coffin), which is a far more insufferable arrangement than if she had remained as Lestat's side chick. Although Louis was initially hesitant to carry out Claudia's plan to kill Lestat for abusing them, his outrage at the thought of Antoinette joining their household (plus Lestat intends to murder Claudia) boosts his determination to destroy his maker.
- Vampires Own Nightclubs: Not precisely, although Louis owns several brothels and gambling dens, which allows him one more excuse to operate after dark since that's when they get most of their business.
- Vampires Sleep in Coffins:
- At the vampire family's townhouse, Lestat, Louis and Claudia sleep in coffins during the daytime.
- Averted with Louis in his Dubai penthouse because its shielded windows block sunlight.Daniel: That's the sun out there. Where's your coffin?
Louis: You're standing in it.
- Also averted with Armand because he's a Daywalking Vampire thanks to his advanced age.
- Vegetarian Vampire: By 2022, Louis has become one, only feeding on animals or donor blood (he also has one man who allows him to drink from him). He claims not to have killed any human since 2000. Louis also had a stint of vegetarianism from 1917 to 1937 where he limited his diet to animal blood (the one blip during this time period is when he drained Alderman Fenwick to death, a racist Asshole Victim). However, it ends when Lestat and Claudia convince him to resume eating humans after they criticize Louis for his air of superiority for being a vegetarian.
- Vice City: Louis and Daniel discuss how New Orleans in the 1910s was the perfect home for a vampire; it was a port city which boasted a very exciting nightlife, and since most people were expected to spend the day sleeping off the previous evening's entertainment/damage, no one questioned someone like Lestat (and later Louis) only socializing at night. Lestat also notes "the laissez-faire attitude of the local police force," meaning law enforcement is rather lax.
- Villain Love Song: Daniel Hart's "Come to Me" was sung by Sam Reid, and it's Lestat's love song for Louis. Lestat had composed it as a Valentine's Day gift for his boyfriend, whom he's trying to win back.Come to me
And let my ever-loving arms surround you
Come to me
And let my infinite embrace confound you
We'll mourn each other
Like star-crossed lovers
Your Pelléas, my Mélisande
Oh, come to me
Come to me
Come to me
I get intoxicated by the very air of you
Come to me
I'm so infatuated with the grand affair of you
We'll ruin each other
Like star-crossed lovers
Your Pelléas, my Mélisande
Oh, come to me
Come to me
Come to me
Come to me
- The VJ Day Kiss: In the fourth episode, Lestat dramatically drops◊ a female victim in this iconic pose before draining her to death. In-Universe, it would be incorrect to say that Lestat is parodying the famous photograph because the scene is set in 1923, 22 years before the end of World War II.
- Voiceover Letter: In the first scene of the series, when Daniel reads the letter Louis had sent to him, the latter's voice is heard narrating its contents.
- Vomit Discretion Shot: In the second episode, the newly fledged vampire Louis vomits off-screen because, as Lestat explains, his body is confused because he's dying as a human while simultaneously transitioning into a vampiric state.
- Vomit Indiscretion Shot:
- In the Season 1 finale, the MacPhail twin who was poisoned by Claudia pukes as Louis corners him and his brother.
- Later, Lestat retches up blood twice as the paralyzing brew of laudanum and arsenic (which he had ingested by consuming Tom Anderson's tainted blood) courses through his veins.
- Voodoo Doll: In the sixth and seventh episodes, some of the locals leave behind voodoo dolls at the center of a circle of brick dust in front of the doorstep of the vampire family's townhouse to curse them, believing that its residents are demons because they haven't aged in decades.
- Waistcoat of Style: In the early 20th century, it was standard practice for men to don vests with their suits, and the ones worn by Louis and Lestat (who are Sharp-Dressed Men who appreciate fashion) are especially dashing.
- Weakened by the Light: Most vampires (with the exception of those who are ancient like Armand) can only stand in direct sunlight for a few seconds before their flesh starts to char and crumble. Louis gets around this in Dubai by having specially shielded windows for his penthouse, and in 1900s New Orleans, he and Lestat have the excuse of being expected to do their business at night rather than during the day.
- Western Zodiac: In the seventh episode, there's an allusion to Western astrology when Louis talks about Lestat: "...the sun-hot ego of the vampire king." The "Lion" in Lestat's surname Lioncourt is a Meaningful Name because he possesses many leonine qualities, and Leo is the zodiac sign of the Lion ("the king of the jungle") which is ruled by the sun. Moreover, Lestat is costumed as a French king during the Mardi Gras ball, the most famous of which is Louis XIV (a tyrant much like Lestat is towards his family), who was also known as le Roi-Soleil (the Sun King).
- Wham Shot: In the sixth episode, the final shot of Daniel's memory of how he first met Louis in 1973 at Polynesian Mary's is Rashid, who hasn't aged in 49 years, declining Louis' invitation to join him and Daniel at Louis' San Francisco apartment. In 2022, Daniel jolts awake, alarmed with "WTF?!" written all over his face because he realizes that Rashid is not a normal human being.
- What the Hell Are You?: After Alderman Fenwick discovers that Louis is Immune to Bullets and can slice off his whole ear with just his fingernails, he recognizes that Louis can't possibly be human.Fenwick: (terrified) What — what are you?!
Louis: I'm a vampire.
- What Were You Thinking?: Said verbatim by Lestat in the second episode when he rebukes Louis for throwing caution into the wind by murdering the assistant of Alderman Fenwick.Lestat: This was your man's esquire, sent in his stead.
Louis: I was hungry.
Lestat: Stone's throw from your place of business! What were you thinking?!
- Where Everybody Knows Your Flame: Louis and Daniel met in a San Francisco gay bar named Polynesian Mary's c. 1973. Louis and Rashid were there to do Gay Cruising.
- White Male Lead: Averted in the series because Louis, the lead character, is a black Creole instead of a white Creole like in the novel.
- Wicked Cultured:
- Lestat is a ruthless vampire who's very passionate about fine clothing and the opera, he's also a musician and a composer, plus he's multilingual (he speaks French, English, and Italian).
- Subverted when Louis accuses Lestat of just reading the first ten pages of every book so he can appear to be cultured.
- Wipe the Floor with You: In the fifth episode, after Lestat bashes Louis against the walls of their house like a rag doll, his vampire fingernails pierce the underside of his boyfriend's chin like hooks, and then he drags the gravely injured Louis across the floor, which leaves behind a long trail of blood.
- Writers Cannot Do Math: The fifth episode establishes that Louis was born on Oct. 4, 1877 (that's the date engraved on the family tombstone that Grace had added below their mother's name), which is accurate because his transition into a vampire occurred in late 1910 at age 33. However, the screenwriters forgot this two episodes later because Louis says that he was born in 1878 and is 61 years old on Feb. 6, 1940 when he should be 62, and Daniel mentions that Louis is 144 years old in June 2022, which matches with the Oct. 4, 1877 birthday.
- You Are a Credit to Your Race: The bigoted Mr. Carlo, Alderman Fenwick's assistant, assumes that all Black people are unintelligent, so when Louis exhibits a high degree of business acumen, Carlo compliments Louis' cleverness in a manner which is extremely condescending. After being constantly patronized by rich Caucasian businessmen whom he had to display deference to throughout his human lifespan, Louis — who is now a vampire — is so pissed off that he consumes Carlo's blood and kills him.Carlo: Oh, you really do have a mind inside that head of yours, don't you? [...] You're bright and industrious, huh? (taps Louis on the head) Now, I must say, I had my doubts, but you really have earned your 15%. You truly are an exceptional Negro.
Louis: (in 2022 narrating to Daniel) "Exceptional Negro." "Thank you, sir." It was the call and response of my entire life. I had let them talk to me like that for so long, I stopped hearing it. "Yes, sir." "Of course, sir." Subject, verb, agreement, "sir." Smile, nod, "yes, sir." They all came from the same organ inside me, an organ unknown to science at the time. Because what scientist would look for an organ found only in Black men who use their weakness to rise? But I wasn't a man anymore. I was something else. I had powers now and decades of rage to process, and it was both random and unfortunate the man picked that night to dabble in fuckery. If not him, would have been the next man.
- You Are What You Hate: In episode 6, when Claudia purposefully leaves their chess game without finishing, Lestat launches into an angry rant, calling her "spoiled, selfish, thankless. Heedless, disagreeable, obnoxious, repellent, unkind, spoiled to the core!" All of these adjectives could easily be used to describe Lestat himself.
- You're Not My Type: In the fifth episode, when Claudia is frustrated she doesn't have her own vampire boyfriend, she angrily yells that one of her dads will have to fill the role. She doesn't mean it; she's just saying it for shock value. Lestat — responding in kind — ridicules her and tries to get a rise out of her by pulling this trope out.Claudia: WHICH ONE OF YOU GONNA FUCK ME?!
Lestat: Well, you're not my type. I like a fuller figure.
- Your Vampires Suck: During a Good-Times Montage in the fourth episode, we see the vampire family laughing hysterically while watching the first run of Nosferatu in 1922. Lestat later parodies Orlok's movements at home, much to Louis and Claudia's amusement.
- Zero-G Spot:
- Lestat and Louis have sex in the pilot while the pair are floating vertically just above the ground. Louis doesn't quite put 2 and 2 together and realize Lestat has flying powers in general, and is later surprised by this.
- There's a brief moment in the sixth episode where Lestat and Louis levitate horizontally over their bed during lovemaking.