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  • Ass Pull:
    • Even though the first film made it clear that Whistler shot himself to avoid becoming a vampire (which should have killed him even if he had already turned into a vampire), in this one he's revealed to have survived with little to no explanation.
    • Many fans feel there's no appropriate context or Foreshadowing for Scud being The Mole.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
    • Donnie Yen as Snowman, due to being a ninja and, well, to being Donnie Yen.
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    • Jared Nomak for a cool design, being the lead Reaper, and being played by Luke Goss.
  • Even Better Sequel: A large percentage of the Blade fanbase finds the sequel to be even better than the first one, appreciating its more stylized visuals, added humor and colorful cast of characters over the more grim and realistic original. Even those who don't find it superior to the original typically believe it is still a very worthy sequel.
  • Fan-Preferred Cut Content: In the script, Bloodpack member Verlaine is the vengeful twin sister of Raquel, who Blade kills at the beginning of the first movie. This was scrapped when the actress couldn't reprise the role, but some fans wish that they'd still been sisters (just not twins), and the original Teeth-Clenched Teamwork dynamics preserved there.
  • Fanon Discontinuity: The death of Nyssa, an Anti-Villain who has some good UST with Blade, is often ignored by fan fiction writers.
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  • Franchise Original Sin: A few of the things that fans complained about in Blade: Trinity got their start here. Blade was given a new sidekick, and wound up working with a team of vampires. These new characters, however, didn't steal the spotlight from Blade, and Whistler at least remained an important character. The third film turned the new arrivals into a Spotlight-Stealing Squad and abruptly killed off Whistler, souring things for lots of fans.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Scud offers Blade a joint, which he declines. Wesley Snipes would later cause problems on the shoot of Blade: Trinity by, amongst other things, staying in his trailer smoking weed.
  • Heartwarming Moment:
    • When the unsentimental hard-ass Whistler desperately cries to a dying Blade "Don't you give up on me, boy!! You didn't give up on me, and I'm not gonna give up on you!!" you know that even he is capable of love.
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    • Nyssa's death, the only real sympathetic vampire in the series, she also makes the audience think about how pureblood vampires don't have a choice. It's obvious she and Blade have a thing, and she ends up dying. SPECTACULARLY.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Luke Goss would go on portraying another nonhuman Anti-Villain with a Freudian Excuse, eventually Self-Made Orphan, in yet another second movie directed by Guillermo del Toro.
  • Magnificent Bastard: Prince Jared Nomak is the original heir to the empire of vampire Overlord Eli Damaskinos. After being experimented on by Damaskinos, Nomak becomes the progenitor of the Reaper strain, feral mutant vampires who feed on their civilized kin. Making his presence known after luring several vampires into a trap, Nomak leads his Reapers to attack other vampires, using the distraction to catch his sister Nyssa. Seeing the Daywalker Blade as a natural ally, Nomak sincerely tries to persuade him to join forces, while also sparing the life of Blade's mentor Whistler to reveal the truth about the Reapers' origins. Finally confronting and killing his monstrous father, Nomak also feeds on Nyssa at her behest and calmly accepts his own death at Blade's hands, thankful that his pain is over.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Bad enough that Damaskinos actually created the Reaper virus, but the fact that he used his own son as patient zero really sends him over the line.
  • Narm: The remark Reinhardt makes to Blade, "Can you blush?", was intended to be a racial slur, since Blade is black-skinned and it was based on a personal experience from Wesley Snipes. This however wasn't really clear to many people, who just found the line to be confusing or nonsensical. It isn't helped by the fact that it was altered in certain translations.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Scud is played by Norman Reedus. If you didn't recognize him at the time from The Boondock Saints, you probably did after he started playing Daryl Dixon in The Walking Dead.
  • The Scrappy: Even people who liked the movie, don't like Scud considering he's a poorly-written comic relief character who talks trash, calls the eponymous anti-hero 'B,' and constantly has a joint in his mouth. This comes across as trying to appeal to teenagers and their definition of "cool". Not to mention being a very incompetent villain.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: The Blood Pack was created to hunt and kill Blade, but the only time we see them, they have to team up with Blade against the Reavers. An entire movie featuring Blade being hunted instead of being the hunter would have been an interesting plot.
    • It's also a shame that Jared and Nyssa never really get to talk to each other except at the end, given that they're siblings.
  • Special Effects Failure: While the maw effects don't look too bad, some of the SFX haven't aged too well such as the dust effects on some vampire (particularly in the beginning when a camera focus on one Novack kills) or the scene in Blade's hideout where it suddenly goes to obvious CGI during his fight against one of the Blood Pack members.
  • Too Cool to Live: Snowman, just like every other American movie role Donnie Yen has had.
  • Visual Effects of Awesome: When the Reaper's maw is revealed for the first time in all its horrific glory it looks amazing. Even better, there's a Reaper autopsy later, with the maw faithfully reproduced physically, in horrifically gooey detail.