- Badass Decay: It's become surprisingly easy for humans to beat up vampires. Even when the vampires are much, much larger than Ryan Reynolds. Look no further than Abigail Whistler for proof of this: in spite of her feminine physique, she can still kick multiple Vamps across the room with minimal effort. Even Blade struggled in the first film when stripped of his weapons. Then again, she has considerable trouble with Danica's group. It's the vampire mooks she mows down.
- Base-Breaking Character: Ryan Reynolds is given copious amounts of screen time to deliver ad-libbed wisecracks despite being a sidekick. Fans are a bit divided as to whether this dragged the film down, helped redeem an otherwise mediocre film, or both.
- Better on DVD: The 2-Disc DVD comes with an unrated edition with an improved ending, increased Character Development, and better screen time with Wesley Snipes.
- Germans Love David Hasselhoff: Despite being the lowest-grossing of the 1990s/2000s Blade trilogy in North America, it was actually the highest-grossing of the three in international territories, making it an overall quite profitable movie despite the poor reviews.
- Hilarious in Hindsight:
- Just Here for Godzilla: A retroactive example. After Ryan Reynolds' increasing popularity in The New '10s with his portrayal of Deadpool, among his other roles, some of his fans watch this movie just to see what he's doing in a lesser known Marvel movie.
- Moral Event Horizon:
- Dracula is quite capable of curbstomping Blade and is pretty much an unstoppable veteran warrior otherwise. So when he infiltrates the Nightstalker's hideout and not only slaughters them all but goes out of his way to torture and crucify the blind and relatively helpless Sommerfield and then leave her naked, mutilated body strung up for her daughter to find, it eliminates all doubt in your mind that he deserves to meet his maker.
- Danica Talos comes off as your typical villain that's more amusing than threatening, and then she demonstrated a disturbing aptitude to do something without Dracula or Vampire!Triple H: she became the only person who could get Hannibal King to shut up by telling him how she planned to turn him again, starve him, and then stick Zoe in the same room with him and watch Hannibal feed on her. The look on his face is heartbreaking.
- The entire vamp community took this level, when they started a blood farm. A room full of people who are put in chemically induced comas and kept alive long enough to harvest a load of blood. Blade even remarked that it was a Vampire Final Solution.
- Narm: Blade's reaction to Whistler's death ruins what otherwise could have been a heartbreaking moment. It has Blade letting out an over-the-top Death Wail and then doubling over while pelvic thrusting. He then does a squat which makes it look like he's taking a dump and immediately goes into a fighting stance.
- Replacement Scrappy: The Nightstalkers gang replaced the much more popular Whistler, who wound up under the bridge to make room for them. This is likely part of the reason for their poor reception.
- The Scrappy: The entire Nightstalkers gang (with the arguable exception of Hannibal King) are quite disliked in the franchise's fandom, as they are perceived to be basically a Spotlight-Stealing Squad which turns Blade into a secondary character in his own film and takes away both his badassery and his wisecracking to give them to King and Abigail.
- Sequelitis: The first two films were received with about the same overall approval, though fans are divided as to which was their favorite. This, however, was almost universally considered as suffering from sequelitis.
- So Okay, It's Average: It's the weakest of the Blade movies, sure, with a lot of wasted potential thanks to the troubled production, but it's still completely watchable at the least mostly thanks to Ryan Reynolds providing some much need levity to the film and some decent enough villains.
- Special Effect Failure: At one point, Blade opens what appears to be his obviously CGI eyes. Wesley Snipes apparently refused to open his eyes for the camera, necessitating replacement eyes in post.
- They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Or rather, they had too many plots — Blade vs. Dracula, vampires using law enforcement to capture Blade, the human sleeper cells, the Vampire Final Solution... They should have just concentrated on one or two.
- Vindicated by History: Not so much the movie in general, but Hannibal King specifically, especially in the wake of Ryan Reynolds's most famous role. At the time of the film's release he wasn't an especially well-liked character; these days he's generally regarded as the best thing about the film, or at worst, an entertaining character who had the misfortune to be stuck in the wrong type of film.
YMMV / Blade: Trinity