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Seattle by Night is a web video series created by Penny Arcade that follows a group of players during a game of Vampire: The Masquerade 5th Edition with Jason Carl as the Storyteller. It was originally shown on Twitch before gradually being released on YouTube.

The premise is four vampires are forming an impromptu coterie at the behest of the Ventrue Elder Fionrenza. After a failed mission in Montreal, they have been sent on a mission involving a mysterious trunk and a torporous elder.

The player characters consist of:

  • Jamison Keen (as played by Jerry Holkins): A arrogant Nosferatu with a taste for fine clothes and larceny.
  • Amanda Booker (as played by Dora Litterell): A daddy-loving Tremere who is irrationally treated as an expert on the occult.
  • Tom Hollandaise (as played by Mike Krahulik): A recently-Embraced Toreador tattoo artist and junk food addict.
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  • Betty Lancaster (as played by Jasmine Bhullar): A Lasombra, former Prohibition bootlegger that serves as group's leader.

It is the Spiritual Successor to LA By Night and even makes several references to it. It is a good deal sillier with the player characters making many more out of character jokes and pop culture references.

Seattle by Night provides examples of the following tropes:

  • Acrofatic: Tom is a Toreador with Celerity and a bit on the chunky side.
  • Animated Credits Opening: The series has one of these with an introduction for each character.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: While the offer is very generous, Gravenstein makes it clear that his promotion of the coterie in the final episode is this.
  • A Simple Plan: They are supposed to recover a torporous elder on a derelict ship and it turns into a comedy of errors as everyone's plans pile up on one another.
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  • Batman Gambit: They awaken a torporous Nosferatu Elder that was meant to kill them but lock him out of the room as he's awakening with a bunch of their enemies. It works.
  • Calling the Old Man Out: Despite being a Daddy's girl Amanda is sitting on a whole lot of daddy issues, which only increase after she discovers that he is a ghoul and was probably the main reason she was embraced in the first place. She finally manages to call him out on some of these in the final episode.
  • Cold-Blooded Torture: Gravenstein is a master at this as Kindred are capable of taking a lot more punishment than normal humans.
  • Big Bad: Gravenstein, the former Nosferatu Prince of Tacoma, is set up to be this. And then subverted in the final episode, when the coterie decide to side with him and he rewards them handsomely in return.
  • Cool House: Both Amanda and Betty have large palatial mansions that they sleep in during the day.
  • Cool Old Guy: Gravenstein is a hundred years old and the most formidable vampire the player characters meet in Season 1.
  • Comedic Sociopathy: Betty intending to murder a security guard with a straw because she didn't want to use her fangs.
  • Court Mage: Kennedy is technically this, being the head Tremere in Tacoma's Camarilla, although more importance is paid to his duties as Keeper of the Elysim. This is Amanda's new role after Gravenstein promotes her in the final episode, with him explicitly calling her his court wizard.
  • Crapsack Only by Comparison: Many jokes are had at Tacoma, Washington's expense. Particularly in relationship with Seattle.
  • Daddy's Girl: Amanda is so devoted to her father that she actually hears her Beast as his voice encouraging her to feed.
  • Darkest Hour: Played for laughs at the start of chapter 3, when Tom fails to avenge his nachos.
  • Dumb Blonde: Averted with Amanda. Despite looking like a stereotypical Valley Girl, she has multiple academic specialities.
  • Dynamic Entry: The coterie have their first meeting with Odette after Betty kicks down the door of the room where she's interrogating an Anarch.
  • Falling Chandelier of Doom: When a massive chandelier in Elysium lands on the vampires below as well as their servants.
  • Fiery Redhead: Odette the Hound of Tacoma, Washington.
  • Ham-to-Ham Combat: Happens whenever Sergei and Jamison are in the same scene.
  • Happily Married: Betty and her mortal husband, at least according to her.
  • Hates Being Touched: Betty is a rare vampire who loathes drinking directly from a vessel.
  • Human Shield: How Betty manages to survive the Falling Chandelier of Doom.
  • Interrogation by Vandalism: Betty gets Mr Drew to talk by threatening to let her blood red lipstick have an intimate meeting with his suit coat.
  • I Love the Dead: A running gag is everyone bringing this up whenever the Giovanni are mentioned. Anthony insists that this doesn't apply to him (even though he is a Necromancer).
  • I Owe You My Life: Odette feels this way after the gang bail her out trouble when she's taken by surprise by an Anarch, causing her to offer them a boon.
    • While she doesn't see the act as boon worthy, Evangeline is very greatful towards Tom after he pulls her out of the way of a falling chandelier in Elysium. Gravenstein uses this to his advantage in the final episode by making Tom a Harpy, with the explicit instruction to get close to her and keep her in line.
  • Is There a Doctor in the House?: Amanda screams this after her father is seriously wounded during the attack on the Elysium. Luckily for her, Kennedy does have medical training and is able to provide some assistance.
  • Kiss of the Vampire: The reason for Betty's Bagger tendencies; she hates the intimacy which comes with the Kiss.
    • Jamison uses the pleasurable part of the Kiss to class him draining a waiter dry in the Elysium as a Mercy Kill - claiming that a death from the Kiss is infinitely kinder than a death from after being impaled by multiple shards of glass.
  • Let's You and Him Fight: The coterie's plan to survive the Nosferatu Elder when he awakens. It works.
  • Lighter and Softer: Than LA By Night as the actors are much less determined to act in-character at the table and more inclined to goof off.
  • Mercy Kill: Jamison sees the act of him draining Betty's not long for this world meat shield dry as this. The justification holds up, causing him not to lose a humanity point.
  • Moral Myopia:
    • Betty is fully capable of murder but finds it wrong to be a loose woman or overly forward about sharing blood. This is even the reason for her Bagger tendencies as she hates the intimacy that comes with the Kiss.
    • Deliberately invoked in the fact that the coterie only cares about who will be Prince based on how it will affect them.
  • Mr. Fanservice: Mr Booker. Everyone who sees him has something to say about how good looking he is, to Amanda's horror.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: Amanda has this reaction after they unleash the Nosferatu Elder on a bunch of Anarchs.
  • Naïve Newcomer: Tom is very newly embraced, and is the trigger for many an exposition dump. Amanda is pretty new to the vampire scene as well, but she hides it much better than Tom does.
  • Nightmare Fetishist: Odette is the only one that's not utterly unnerved whenever Betty starts up her Lasombra shadow antics. Her reaction is quite on the opposite end of the spectrum.
  • Noodle Incident: The mission in Montreal that apparently ended up with a bunch of bodies.
    • Whatever caused Gravenstein to fall into torpor.
    • The circumstances surrounding Amanda's Embrace. There are some indications that she had no idea the changes were going to be permanent, and her father implies that he though that the one being turned would be him.
  • Offered the Crown: Gravenstein is not actively gunning for the title of Prince, but also doesn't turn down the title when the coterie present it to him on a silver platter.
  • Oh, Crap!: Happens when the coterie discover that the elder they just woke from torpor was the previous Prince of Tacoma. And then again when said former Prince crashes an interrgoation session they were performing.
    • Amanda and her father have a simultaneous one after they run into each other in Elysium.
  • Pragmatic Villainy:
    • Gravenstein is considered this as he was a "murderous bastard" but "fair."
    • The coterie decides to support whichever Prince is least likely to kill them and most likely to reward them. This is Gravenstein.
  • Properly Paranoid: The player characters have a package they're meant to deliver X-rayed. It contains a staked vampire body.
  • Ragtag Band of Misfits: They are not nearly as competent as the LA By Night crew.
  • Rewarded as a Traitor Deserves: Betty suspects this is the reason the Camarilla wants her dead as she was prone to playing both sides in multiple conflicts.
  • Sword Cane: Betty has one. Though the one time she does use it on someone, she's so flustered that she foregoes the 'sword' part and just starts beating them over the head with the cane.
  • Sharp-Dressed Man: Jamison is one of these despite the fact that he's a Nosferatu.
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  • Skewed Priorities:
    • Tom hates being a vampire because he can't keep any new tattoos for more than a night.
    • Betty is more worried about her suit being ruined than accomplishing the mission.
  • Spoiled Sweet: Amanda is a kind and loving girl who just so happens to be a monstrous creature of the night doted on by her rich father (up to and including supplying vessels).
  • String Theory: Betty makes a connection of all the various conspiracy theories and players on a napkin. She calls it her 'Murder Map.'
  • Suspiciously Specific Denial: Betty is quick to point out that the decision to set a very hungry Gravenstein on the Anarchs that were closing in on the group was a tactical maneuver that had a great amount of thought put into it, rather than an act of cowardice.
  • Surprisingly Happy Ending: The coterie side with Gravinstein and he rewards them with positions of importance in his royal court, foregoing any need for them to oppose him.
  • Team Mom: Betty serves as this to the group, being a much older Kindred who is still a bit on the naive side.
  • Touché: In episode 3, Jamison accuses the Ivory Tower of hypocrisy by claiming that they favour some Anarchs while happily letting others be liquified. Mr Drew then shoots back that the captive (and presumed favourite) Anarch in the other room will probably meet the same fate as his non-favoured fellows if he stays in Odette's tender clutches for any longer. Jamison doesn't have a comeback for that one.
  • Truce Zone: Elysium in Tacoma is open to Anarchs, Camarilla, and Sabbat (theoretically).
  • Trademark Favorite Food:
    • Tom has an addiction to cheap 2 dollar nachos and other cheap junk food that has survived the Embrace.
    • Amanda loves cranberry liqueor as well as cherries. Neither of which she can enjoy anymore.
  • Underestimating Badassery: Betty thinks that Fiorenza is a Sheriff of the Camarilla. She's actually close to the Inner Council and one of the most powerful vampires in the world.
  • Uriah Gambit: Fiorenza is overheard saying that she doesn't expect any of the team to survive their mission but she explicitly doesn't want Betty to survive.
  • Villain in a White Suit: Mr Drew. Unfortunately for him this fashion choice soon proves to be nothing but trouble.
  • Wham Line: And your father walks out.
  • You Have Failed Me: Implied. There are many indications that the Montreal Job went badly, and the very next task the coterie is asked to undertake is waking a torporous (and very hungry) Elder. Both Fiorenza and Mr Drew see it as a suicide mission (with Fiorenza wanting Betty to be taken out most of all).


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