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  • Adaptation Displacement: Many of the characters get this view. Eric Northman, for example, is much more noble in the books and possessed of a strong personal code of honor. Yet, even fans of the books have started to view him as something of The Stoic and The Chessmaster.
    • Likewise, the Sookie Stackhouse of the books is considerably more harder edged.
    • Sookie is a bit of a Hidden Badass, as shown when she beat the shit out of Debbie, a werewolf, laughed maniacally as she poured Talbot's remains down a sink, and lured the second oldest vampire in the world who is already after her into a position where she can threaten him with her anti-vampire fairy nuke.
    • Pam is basically Sookie's best friend in the books. In the show, they despise each other.
  • Alas, Poor Scrappy:
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    • Whether you like Sookie or not, her near drowning at the hands of her OWN father and finding out her parents were willing to kill her is a hard enough pill to swallow. It's hard not to feel sorry for her when she yells fuck you Mom and Dad at their own graves.
    • He may have been a pathological asshole, but Tommy didn't deserve to die like that. The fact that he put himself in harm's way for his brother's sake along with a death wish for murdering his parents makes it somewhat heartbreaking. It's no real surprise that Sam swears revenge.
    • Arlene's near death experience in Season 7 is this. Even if you outright hated her, her happy expression when she see's Terry's ghost welcoming her to the afterlife can be all sorts of tear jerking.
    • And now with Tara, the biggest Base-Breaking Character on the show getting a HOW COULD THEY?! response after the finale of season 4.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation:
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    • Did Debbie really cheat on Alcide, or did he just overact when he saw her and Marcus talking in a massive Kick the Dog moment? She'd seemed a little tempted by Marcus's offer to have sex (and father the cubs she wanted), but struggling to resist it right before the cutaway, and had been completely faithful to Alcide throughout the season.
      • On a related note, did Debbie attack Sookie out of simple anger and bitternesss afterwards, or was she high again and out of her mind? What had happened in the previous episode is the kind of thing that might make a recovered addict fall off the wagon.
    • Was Roman's blindness to the sanguistas infiltration of the Vampire Authority rooted in idealism, arrogance, or Salome's seduction of him.
    • Were Alexander, and Kibwe loyal converts to the Sanguista cause, or were they Brainwashed and Crazy like Rosalyn was after drinking Lillith's blood.
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    • Was Chelsea the Vampire Authority Secretary a sanguista, simply feigning compliance and loyalty to avoid being killed like Molly and Dieter were, or just too unimaginative to notice that there even had been a coup? Her demeanor is kind of unusual for someone working for a cult bent on conquest and destruction, whether willing or not. If she was a Sangusita, then was she The Mole or simply brought in after the takeover, as she never was seen at their offices before that.
    • However sympathetically or unsympathetically you see his goals, was Governor Burrell always an anti-vampire bigot, or did that develop gradually from being seduced by Sarah, and/or seeing the Vampire Authority turn on humanity.
    • Was Violet's To the Pain threats against Jason, Jessica, Adilyn and Wade sincere, or her being a Troll to emotionally manipulate Jason and/or make him sweat before leaving peacefully?
    • Did Maryann's god, Dionysus, not appear due to not existing, deeming making an appearance beneath his importance, or feeling disgusted by what he saw as her corrupting his worship.
    • Could the help that the Crane's supply to Sookie be because, like in the novels, they are distant cousins of hers but just keep that a secret in the show?
    • Were Kenya and Rosie only helping Vince due to perceiving that the main characters were doing an ineffective job fighting the Hep-V-Vamps? Would they have potentially switched sides again if they'd time to see that Bill and the others had won after all? For that matter, were they really willing to take up arms against the good vampires, or were they going along to try and control the mob?
    • Was Devins really an expectant father, or just lying to win sympathy from Terry.
    • Did Sophie-Ann really start selling V just to pay the IRS or did she have some inkling of Russell's plan do and need money to finance a potential conflict with him?
    • Was Ms. Suzuki of the Yakonomo Corporation horrified by Governor Burrell's plans due to how it would kill so many vampires, what it would do to her company, or both?
    • Did General Cavanaugh really think that he could just walk out of the Vampire Authority after practically declaring war on them or realize the Vampire Authority might kill him after his visit, but decide to go tell them off anyway in the hopes of being an Inspirational Martyr, or perhaps sowing dissent into the Authority with his threats.
  • Anti-Climax Boss:
    • Roman Zimojic. A Surprisingly Sudden Death mid-season at the hands of Russell Edgington, who'd have known? Especially considering how prominent the actor playing him is and how much of a fuss they made of casting him.
    • Salome Agrippa. She was older and stronger than Godric, the political mastermind of the Authority, and a Manipulative Bitch of literal biblical proportions. She was tricked effortlessly by Bill performing a Poisoned Chalice Switcheroo of sorts and staked immediately thereafter.
    • In season 6, Truman Burrell. Ripped apart by Bill halfway through the season despite being set up as the biggest threat against vampires yet to be faced.
    • Mr. Gus. Despite being set up as the Big Bad of Season 7, he was largely confined to Eric and Pam's sub-plot and was dispatched by them with no help needed from the rest of the cast.
  • Anvilicious:
    • Vampires in this series are a metaphor for everything from gays to people infected with HIV, but this often leads to a Broken Aesop since many vampires are dangerous to the people around them, and even the nicer ones lose their self-control from time to time.
    • The constant subtext is hilarious! Just listen to Bill's speech as he breaks up with Lorena in 1935. Now listen again and imagine a gay man coming out of the closet to his wife and wanting a divorce. Now realize that only a tiny amount of his speech would need to be changed to fit that much different context.
    • Sookie herself will later tell Bill that she always hated discrimination against vampires because she felt it was similar to the way humans treated her—but she goes on to say that vampires are dangerous, and they're not exactly a noble oppressed minority, which makes her doubt her previous beliefs.
    • All this is probably just (or became) a joke. Even Tara points out how ridiculous it is to compare vampires to anything since everybody else doesn't need to drink the blood of the living (well, they used to, anyway).
  • Ass Pull: Throughout the series, Lettie Mae had been portrayed as a terrible mother. She scared Tara so much that she would regularly run away to the Stackhouse's home, and she even smashed an alcohol bottle over her head in the first season. Even after she gets sober, she becomes an ungrateful, self-righteous prig who deliberately leaves Tara in jail after she's arrested for DUI. This is after Tara had bailed her out countless times when their roles were reversed. In the very last season, it's revealed that she used to be a good mother, until her abusive husband left her. Given how much Lettie Mae's abuse shaped Tara, and how many problems she causes Tara throughout the series, it's pretty hard to believe that the fact that she was a decent parent until one particular incident wouldn't have come up at some point in the six previous seasons.
    • Tara's father gets this treatment too. We're supposed to believe that he was so outlandishly petty that he abandoned his family rather than celebrate his daughter's birthday.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Eric and Sookie having sex in a snowy dreamland.
  • Broken Base: A good chunk of fans are rooting for Antonia due to the vampires' asshattery.
    • Ditto Governor Burrell, who had to be made a cartoonish Nazi parody to have any hope of being seen as a villain.
  • Cargo Ship: After Talbot's death, Russell takes to carrying his remains around in a cut crystal urn and talking to them. He caresses it constantly...
  • Complete Monster:
    • Maryann Forrester, from the last 3 episodes of season 1 and the Big Bad of season 2, is a maenad, a hedonistic creature devoted to bringing about the god Dionysus, and enjoys spreading violence and lust in her wake with ritualistic orgies and mass brainwashing. Posing as a caring and wealthy social worker, Maryann takes Tara in from her mother, trying to keep Tara dependent on her and brainwashing her into an abusive relationship with her other patient Benedict, who has been unwittingly brainwashed into killing people and carving out their hearts at Maryann's behest; Maryann would then bake these hearts into her food and serve them to her guests. Years ago, Maryann raped a teenage Sam Merlotte, and in the present sets her sights on him as her sacrifice. Maryann sends a shapeshifter named Daphne to get close to Sam and lure him, but when she fails, Maryann has her killed to frame Sam. Maryann uses her influence to brainwash all but a few of the town of Bon Temps into a hedonistic cult. When Sookie and her friends arrive to save their town, Maryann deflects a bullet intended for her into her henchmen Karl's head, dismissing his death before brainwashing Sookie's human friends. Maryann tries to use Sookie to lure Sam to her, and when Sookie foils the ritual, Maryann tries to sacrifice all her followers and kill Sookie in a mad rage.
    • Lilith, from seasons 5 and 6, the primordial vampiric "god", is the personification of the evils of vampirism. Believing vampires to be above humans, Lilith's followers commit atrocities in her name to prevent peace with humans, with Lilith directly influencing members of the Authority to her own ends. Under Lilith's influence, the Authority has massacred numerous people and committed terror attacks on Tru Blood factories, abducting and imprisoning hundreds people to feed on in an effort to start a war. Lilith appears to members of the Authority convincing them they are to be her vessel, with Bill killing all of them before she possesses him. When Godric's spirit reaches out to Eric and Nora to warn them of Lilith's true nature, Lilith appears and decapitates Godric. Lilith has Bill conduct experiments with fairy blood to further empower the vampires; it's revealed Lilith's previous attempt was when she seduced and turned Mackyn Warlow into a vampire and the monster he is today. When Bill's experiments work and he's successful in saving captive vampires, Lilith sends her sirens to try to kill him, now that he fulfilled his purpose. Despite claiming to be above other vampires and morality, the characters who see through her, see her as a devil figure with Bill blaming her for the misery of their world.
  • Crazy Awesome: Franklin. The vampire king of Mississippi sums it up best:
    Russell Edgington:Franklin, you're a huge freak. But I like your work.
    • Russell
  • Crosses the Line Twice: Ruby Jean, Lafayette's mother. Most of what she says is horribly offensive (She introduces Jesus by saying "He's a Mexican, but he ain't raped me yet") but because she seems to be speaking partially out of insanity and because she's so casual about it you can't help but laugh.
  • Darkness-Induced Audience Apathy: With the main character being a bit of a base breaker and the vampires themselves being more villainous than the non-vampires that want to take the vampires out the only reason to even get invested is to watch scenes that involve any character that isn't Sookie or the vampires.
  • Designated Hero: The vampires. All of them. Bill murdered many people with Lorena and has deliberately murdered people even in the pesent day. Just about every vampire we've met we know for a fact have killed at least one human, and many of these vamps we know have killed more than that. Even "saintly" Godric murdered Eric's 2 best friends before turning Eric. And thanks to Jessica killing a man soon after she became a vampire, there's now no vampire we can definitely state has never killed a human. The Authority might be seen as a benevolent influence...except as their Arbiter they appointed a nasty "humans-are-inferior-to-vampires" bigot who regarded the fact Bill killed a vampire to save the life of a human as making Bill's crime of killing the vampire worse, not better, and as punishment had a terrified teenaged girl (Jessica) forcibly turned into a vampire by Bill. And we're supposed to be rooting for the vampires and their integration with humans why, exactly?
  • Designated Villain: Steve Newlin and Marnie Stonebrook. They lose sympathy points for being genocidal maniacs, but on the other hand, they and their respective followers were simply humans trying to fight back.
    • With Season Five, Steve has gone from being a genocidal human wanting to wipe out vampires to a vampire member of the Sanguinista movement, which wants to enslave all humans for food. This loses him even more sympathy points. At least as a human, he thought he was fighting evil and that his victims deserved what they got (which, in some cases, was true); as a vampire, he knows his human victims are innocent and couldn't care less. He's cheerfully participating in things that make Eric uncomfortable, to put it in perspective.
    • Governor Burrell in season six. Given everything the Vampire Authority pulled in the previous season, it's hard not to feel his anti-vampire legislation is completely warranted. He proceeds to go absurdly far off the deep end of prejudice, to the point of performing sadistic Nazi-esque experiments on captive vampires, just so we can see him as the villain. Even then, it's hard not to see it as vampires getting their just deserts.
      • Based on the events of the final season it has become really hard to not believe Burrell was in the right concerning vampires.
  • Die for Our Ship: Eric/Sookie shippers bashing Bill non-stop.
    • And vice versa. So very much vice versa.
    • Jessica/Hoyt fans towards Tommy.
  • Draco in Leather Pants: Franklin, the sexually psychotic vampire who shows his love by tying women to beds and raping them before tearing them apart when they don't love him for it. In spite of all that, some fans find him sexy.
    • Essentially all of the vampires receive this sort of treatment from their fans—none of them are decent people, and all of them have spent decades (or centuries) torturing, murdering, and raping innocents. Arguably part of the appeal of True Blood is that they're all pretty bad, and fans learn to accept that. But there are those who don't, and downplay all negative or evil aspects of their favorite characters.
    • Eric needs some special mention here. The guy can do absolutely anything, no matter how violent or petty, and the fans adoration will only continue to increase. He seems specifically created in a lab to be the world's greatest Draco.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him:Maryann had the most anticlimactic defeat ever.
    • Russell Edgington was killed in the first five minutes of season 5 finale.
    "Oh, fuck!"
    • Tara, a major part of the show since Day 1, is killed offscreen in the opening minutes of the final season. Even worse, Sookie barely seems to care about it, only shedding a single tear before going back to business as usual.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse: Lafayette was a minor character in the books, however, his popularity lead to him not being killed off.
    • Eric, to an extent. He did come with a build-in fanbase from the books, but the TV version managed to steadily gain supporters despite appearing for only a few minutes per episode in most of Season 1 and 2.
    • Franklin. Despite - or perhaps because of - being the definition of Axe-Crazy.
    • Jessica, a very popular character who doesn't exist in the books. She even has an occasionally hilarious videoblog on HBO's website.
    • Pam is an extremely popular character, which lead to her increased prominence from season 3 onwards.
    • Russell was every fan's favorite villain back in Season 3. Fan reaction to his eventual return in the season 4 finale was overwhelming. He divided fans into a Broken Base in season 5 though - about half still loved him, about half thought he was getting incredibly annoying.
    • Godric takes this to epic levels. The writers manage to bring him back as a non-corporeal spirit every season because of fan demand while he originally appeared in only a couple episodes and was killed off at the end of season 2.
    • Magnus, A.K.A. The Magister. Who could resist this badass?
    • Season 5 had a really surprising one; while most fans do not like the Weres or their storylines, and Season 4's Marcus Bozeman was an universal Scrappy, his mother Martha Bozeman is a strong contender for one of the most well-liked characters in the entire series. It may have to do with Dale Dickey's spirited portrayal of her.
    • Adorkable Fangtasia employee Ginger has a substantial fanbase as well due to her being part of most of the shows Crowning Moments of Funny.
  • Evil Is Sexy: Most of the vampires.
    • Maryann also qualifies, considering her orgy powers.
    • Rene is Mr. Fanservice and a serial killer at the same time.
    • Subverted with Franklin Mott. He's a dark, suave, mysterious vampire with an amazing accent and the kind of rough-hewn looks that a lot of people go for, and he comes to Tara's rescue when she picks a fight she can't finish. All of which goes right out the window when you find out how completely batshit insane he is!
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: Despite the fact that they barely even get to speak between their affair in the first season and their hookup at the end of the third, the pairing of Sam and Tara generates much more squee than either does with their other Love Interests.
    • Ever since "Escape from the Dragon House", fans have been dying to see Sooric (Sookie x Eric) happen. Recently though the fanbase seems to be divided on whether Bookie should be reintroduced, or if it's Sooric all the way.
      • To make matters worse, there's also Alcide who a large section of the fandom (And TV Guide) ships Sookie with
    • The pairing of Pam/Tara (Para) has progressively become very popular since the beginning of season 4. Humungous amounts of squee erupted after the season 5 finale.
  • Escapist Character: Sookie can pretty much get every hunky guy in the show to fall in love with her. And which woman wouldn't love to be THIS desired? The supernatural powers are a bonus.
  • Fan Nickname: After Bill drank the essence of Lilith, the fandom began referring to him as "Billith".
  • Harsher in Hindsight: The scene when Maxine visits Sam at Tommy's grave and tells Sam that he's part of the family is so much harder to watch after Season 7, when it's shown that Maxine would sooner kill Sam with pure glee after finding out he's a shifter.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: The fact that Fiona Shaw, known for playing Muggle and magic hating Petunia Dursley plays a witch on this show. Even moreso when Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows revealed that young Petunia was jealous her sister Lily was a witch and even wrote to Dumbledore hoping she could attend Hogwarts despite not being magical. So one could see this show as Aunt Petunia getting her wish!
  • "Holy Shit!" Quotient:
    • Holy shit, did Bill just twist Lorena's head around 180 degrees and screw the crap out of her, which she absolutely loved?
    • Holy shit, did Russell just rip out that dude's spine? On national TV?
    • Holy shit, did that vampire just explode in a mass of stringy gore after being staked?
    • Holy shit, did Eric just rip a guy's heart out and suck on it like a milkshake?
    • Holy shit, did Marnie just wipe Eric's memory?
    • Holy shit, did Eric just swoop in out of nowhere to casually devour Sookie's fairy godmother's body and soul down to the very last molecule without any provocation ??? Finger licking good!
    • Holy shit, the season five finale. That's all.
  • Ho Yay: Lafayette doesn't hesitate to flirt with other male characters. Recently, he's fed from Eric, and Eric stroked his shoulder and winked at him after releasing him from his dungeon. Their actors have said these signs of sexual tension were intentional.
    • There has been speculation about Eric's relationship with Godric even before we learned that Godric is his Maker. Unfortunately, Alan Ball has jossed any romantic subtext between Eric and Godric. (Although, watching their scenes, one wonders if he neglected to tell the actors, and directors, and possibly, the other writers).
    • When asked about a possible sexual relationship with Lafayette, however, Ball ambiguously stated that Eric is intrigued by him and might have some plans for him in the future. Indeed, there is sexual tension, as Lafayette has admitted to having some very kinky dreams about Eric since ingesting his blood.
    • The Season 3 opener has Sam getting into the act as well. See Erotic Dream above.
    • Eric is now flirting with both Russell Edgington and Talbot.
    • Forget flirting, Eric fucked Talbot in episode 32. Too bad he staked him immediately afterward.
    • There are subtle hints that Steve Newlin is gay for Jason in season 2. In the season 5 premiere those suspicions are confirmed as a newly-vamped Steve declares he's a 'gay Vampire-American' and proclaims his love for Jason.
    • Jason has a blatantly homoerotic dream after Benlow gives him his blood to heal him and wakes up a bit excited.
    • Likewise, having received blood from Eric for the same reason, Jason has an even more homoerotic dream about him. This time it goes beyond just sexual and the fantasy includes the idea that he and Eric were in some kind of relationship! Humorously, Jason has this dream while falling asleep in church.
  • Idiot Plot: The first half of season 7 centers around finding a bunch of people who were kidnapped by vampires, who are hiding out in the first place anyone with a pair of functioning brain cells would look for them.
  • Les Yay: Back in season 1, Pam helps Sookie clean up after she is nearly killed by Longshadow, she lingers while extracting a piece from Sookie's cleavage. She then smiles and says "I'm beginning to understand the fuss everybody's making over you." Cue the awkward pause.
    • When Daphne told Maryann how much she'd missed her.
    • Queen Sophie-Anne drinking from Hadley's thigh while receiving visitors.
    • After Sookie walks in distraught in a lavender dress:
    Pam: How did you know that lavender was my favorite color?
    Sookie: I'm in no mood for lesbian weirdness tonight, Pam!
    • Nora passionately kisses Salome in Season 5 Episode 11.
    • Violet plants a big one on Sookie upon meeting her.
    • Tara and Pam practically oozed this in all of their interactions even before The Big Damn Kiss in the season 5 finale.
  • Like You Would Really Do It: Pretty much every time a main non villain character is put in a deadly situation. So far Tommy is the only good (though how good he really was is arguable) main character to die thus far, and he was a universally hated scrappy and not an original cast member.
    • Somewhat averted with the death of Jesus in season 4.
    • Also let's not ignore that Tara was shot in the head in the season 4 finale. Her being turned into a vampire as a result of this was genuinely shocking, but not as much as it would have been if she had actually died.
    • Many fans feel like this about Eric bursting in flames in the season 6 finale. Even though there is still almost a year until we truly find out what happened.
  • Memetic Mutation: "I wanna do bad things with [favorite actor on the show]."
    • PIIIIIG!
  • Misaimed Fandom: Franklin kidnaps Tara, rapes her, abuses her, and threatens to tear her to pieces if she tries to leave. And people love and adore this character? And think Tara is crazy for hating him? Not to mention all the unfortunate racial implications in that he's a white man raping and abusing an African-American woman on a plantation in the South.
    • A woman who's NAMED AFTER a plantation, as she points out in the pilot!
  • Moral Event Horizon:
    • Tara and the Witch Cult leap across it, following a evil spirit who possessed their leader. Their goal? Wipe out all the Vampires by getting them to walk outside during the day. Even Vampires who do NOTHING (er...well, that haven't done anything lately) to humans.
    • Pam tried to blow up everybody in the Moongoddess Emporium—including Sookie—in order to take Marnie out. Even Eric hates her afterwards.
    • In season 5, the anti-super hate-group gunning down Sam's friends, and then trying to gun down Emma, an eight-year-old girl.
    • JD crosses it when he tries to feed V (a highly addictive drug) to Emma.
    • When Sarah kills Ms. Suzuki, the human TruBlood executive, when the latter finds the vampire concentration camp and threatens to blow the whistle on the whole thing. It's the first time Sarah directly kills someone, a human at that, and it's clear that she has gone off the deep end, since she says "Thank you, Jesus" afterwards.
      • And for those who still weren't convinced that Sarah Newlin is evil, the final season reveals that she has a sister who's a vampire, and whom she bribes with cases of TruBlood to stay out of the public eye so as not to ruin Sarah's ambitions. Naturally, she made sure to send her sister one of the tainted cases.
    • In season 7, the rioting townsfolk led by Vince beyond cross it when they decide to take matters into their own hand and kill anything not human. It's not just the Hep V Vampires, it's Sam, Sookie and the Vampires that tried to help. They become so bad, if not worse than the Hep V Vampires in the season.
      • Part of that group is Hoyt's mother Maxine. There was no going back for her when she shoots at Jessica, attempting to kill her.
  • Narm: While Lafayette's PTSD is treated seriously in contrast to the dark comic relief he normally provides, there's one scene where Lettie Mae (Tara's mom) has him at gunpoint and he has a flashback about Eric, and imagines Eric holding the rifle...while wearing her dress.
    • Narm Charm: It's Eric Northman! IN A DRESS! WITH A GUN!
    • The scene where Eric, Pam, Jessica and Bill walk out of a black van, armed with guns and black leather outfits...and then action music plays while they do a slow motion walk.
      • Narm Charm Corollary: If you look closely, Bill is wearing his Civil War uniform. Classy.
    • In season 6 Sookie gives a speech about how fed up she is with her role as a Weirdness Magnet which could have been pretty awesome, if only she wasn't in her underwear.
    • It gets pretty darn hard to take Terry's funeral seriously when it's constantly intercut with some of the goriest scenes in the show's history as Eric brings down the vampire prison.
      • However, the scene where Old John sings the funeral song intercut with Jason taking down Sarah Newlin actually works quite well.
    • The writers apparently didn't realize that nicknaming a character "Eggs" tends to work against the dramatic tension of any serious scene involving him.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • Vampires collapsing into pools of gore after getting staked.
    • Bill and Lorena's "sex scene," in which Bill twists Lorena's head around backwards.
    • The dead fox being eaten by maggots in the opening credits.
    • The doll in Hoyt and Jessica's house.
    • Russel's speech after he kills a news anchor and takes over the broadcast.
    • The Reveal that the seemingly sweet and innocent Marnie is the one corrupting and controlling Antonia, not the other way around.
    • After Marnie has seemingly been defeated, Lafayette opens his eyes to see her ghost hovering over him. She then possesses him.
    • Marnie threatening to maim Lafayette's body, starting with his eye, and boasting that she won't feel it, but Lafayette will.
    • The return of Rene and the hint that Russell has escaped.
  • One-Scene Wonder:
  • OT3: Sookie/Eric/Bill
  • Replacement Scrappy: Nicole, for Luna
  • Rescued from the Scrappy Heap: Jessica, though still sometimes annoying, has gotten much more sympathetic since she visited her family. Not to mention her developing relationship with Hoyt is seven different kinds of cute. Others liked her better when she had more bite.
    • The general response to season 4 is that Bill's much more interesting, fun and cool without Sookie weighing him down.
    • A strong case could be made that season 5 is this for Tara as the decision to turn her into a vampire, unpopular at first, seemed to pay off throughout the season specifically when it comes to her relationship with her vampire maker Pam. When one looks on the various boards there is a lot of Squee! attached to her now. Then again...
    • Lettie Mae is rescued at the end of season 6. To finally see her own up to her faults and try to reconcile with Tara is both heartwarming and tear jerking. She is rescued further in season 7 when she is willing to take V just so she can communicate with the recently decease Tara and find a way to give her daughter piece in the afterlife.
  • Ron the Death Eater: A certain faction of the fandom wants to kill off Tara in an extremely violent way. Never mind that Tara has some very solid reasons to be pissed at the universe. Vampires rape and torture her and almost kill off her new lover. And then she is turned into one herself by the very vampire that just ruined her last shot at happiness. That can't be good for your sanity.
    • The fact that she was demonstrated to have very pronounced Jerkass behavioral tendencies right from her first appearance didn't help make her a sympathetic character. She seems to try even her cousin Lafayette's patience at times.
      • Even from the beginning you can't blame her. From a young age she was forced to grow up with an abusive drunk for a mother who never even cooked for her. Her only true friend was Sookie as they were both isolated from having friends their own ages (Tara for her mother being known as a drunk and Sookie for her telepathy). With a backstory like that, it's not exactly hard to see she turned out to be such a Jerkass.
  • Rooting for the Empire: The Fellowship of the Sun may have been religious fanatics and terrorists. But at the same time, a lot of their claims about vampires are true.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Sookie can get very grating to many viewers thanks to her constant Idiot Ball moments.
    • Arlene is this by many. From her total jerkass attitude toward non-human characters such as Jessica and Adilyn for even being in the same room as her, to her sub-plots being totally distracting to the main plot. Not to mention, her semi-racist remarks.
    • Tara's mother Lettie Mae was very hard to like in seasons 1-5. From her self-righteous attitude to her ungratefulness to Tara. The fans just wanted to slap her for all the crap she puts Tara through.
    • Jason being a one-dimensional Jerkass man-whore in season 1. The fact that nearly every scene had him chasing the next girl to taking drugs didn't earn him any fans at first. Thanks to a ton of Character Development, he is now a fan favorite.
    • Jessica started out pretty unpopular, but most agree she's gotten better.
    • Tommy is definitely making headway into becoming this and has been since his first appearance.
    • With what Crystal did to Jason in season 4, she has officially used up all her sympathy cards.
    • Nora in season 5. She gets rescued in season 6 because Redemption Equals Death.
    • Nicole Wright. Her stupidity and the lack of overall point to her story in Season 6 is not generally appreciated by the show's fans. Also being Luna's Replacement Scrappy isn't helping matters at all. Made worse by her and Sam falling into bed and suddenly being in love not 72 hours after Luna's death and not 12 hours after Nicole's boyfriend's death.
    • Sarah Newlin. Being The Fundamentalist, who is also a hypocrite, a racist, a homophobe, and an anti-Vampire activist really earned the hatred of viewers. Then, she manages to banish Jess from Jason's own house as they were reconciling, sending her to the concentration camps.
    • Warlow, due to the massive anticlimax of him not being the Big Bad, but just another Sookie-stalking vampire. Even worse, he's tailor-made to be a love interest. A handsome one-of-his-kind vampire/faerie hybrid destined to be with Sookie with a 'tragic backstory' who's more powerful than all the other characters except for the newly villainous Bill? Not to mention he disposed of a more interesting character played by a more experienced, better actor (Niall Brigant). This new, wimpy Anne Rice-lite Warlow is a far cry from the Implacable Man Big Bad fans were expecting.
  • Seasonal Rot: Set in early, as halfway through Season 2 the show takes the well-crafted sense that This Is Reality and chucks it out the window in favor of All Myths Are True and Refuge in Audacity.
    • Season 3 for a lot of people. Ever-increasing absurdity and weirdness, a confused and meandering main plot, pointless subplots about characters the audience doesn't know or care about, Sam's Expansion Pack Past and an underwhelming finale are all contributing factors..
    • And Season 4 is rotting at about the same rate as Pam's poor sweet face. Plots and characters continue to arrive without warning and vanish without purpose or lasting consequence, and Laser-Guided Amnesia has been used as an excuse to pander to the fandom.
    • Season 5 suffers severely from Four Lines, All Waiting, with almost every character stuck in their own equally slow moving story. And just when something actually starts to happen, it ends.
    • Season 6 averts and plays it straight. While it's also criticized for some of the plotlines (mainly Alcide's and Sam's), the main storyline is generally liked and it is addressing the biggest problem of the previous three seasons - too many characters by effectively trimming the cast, killing off Luna, Terry, Nora, Steve Newlin, and three out of the four Bellefleur hybrids, and putting Emma on a bus, setting up smaller, and potentially better Season 7.
      • It also helps that Anna Paquin's pregnancy forced the season to be cut to ten episodes, resulting in a much stronger narrative thrust than usual.
    • Unfortunately, Season 7 goes right back to it, with a Random Events Plot to put Season 5 to shame as the writers race to shove all of the Loads and Loads of Characters into their designated end points in just ten episodes. And despite how you'd think they'd need every bit of screentime they could get to pull this off, we're also stuck with numerous dull flashbacks of Bill's past, shoved in seemingly at random and to no apparent purpose.
      • Not only that, but Season 7 seems to suffer from weak pacing, an unnecessary amount of attention dedicated to love triangles, the lack of a strong antagonist, and to top it all off, a series finale to give Dexter and How I Met Your Mother's much maligned final episodes a run for their money.
  • Special Effect Failure: Sookie's new glow power and Maryann's vibrations.
    • Also, Miss Jeanette's corpse. It looks like a mutilated plastic mannequin. Daphne's corpse was a lot more realistic, fortunately.
    • More a case of Photoshop Failure, but the frequently glimpsed photo of young Sookie and Tara with Grandma Stackhouse is a hilariously bad attempt at making Lois Smith look younger. The final result is more along the lines of a horribly grimacing plastic monster.
    • Godric's death
    • The floating chandelier at the end of season 3. What was the point of that, I wonder?
    • The werepanthers' cat forms are clearly CG.
    • Near the end of season 4 Sookie is trapped in a flaming circle, resulting in the embarrassing sight of Anna Paquin tittering around while surrounded by obviously fake flames.
    • Emma, the child of a werewolf and a shapeshifter, turns out to be a werewolf. Unfortunately, the show chooses to represent her wolf form with what is very obviously a Siberian Husky puppy, causing no end of confusion.
  • Squick: The show starts out with decaying animals during the theme song.
    • Maryann having sex with the seventeen-year-old Sam in a flashback.
    • Sookie's physical reactions to being clawed by the maenad.
    • And the orgy Maryann causes at Tara's birthday party. People were literally writhing on the ground eating soil while making out.
      • This show has a thing for squicky sex. In once scene, Bill crawled naked out of the ground, caked in dirt, and immediately got it on with Sookie. Infections much?
      • And the flashback of Bill and Lorena brutally murdering a couple in Chicago 1926 and having sex covered in the dying woman's blood.
      • And the scene in season 4 where Crystal rapes Jason while he's tied up, unwittingly suped up on Viagra, covered in festering werepanther bite wounds, aaaaand suffering a fever while the other girls of Hotshot look on, waiting their turn.
    • Maryann feeding Tara and Eggs her Heart of Daphne Hunter's Souffle. Hell, the whole scene of her preparing it was squicky.
    • Longshadow getting staked in Season 1, complete with shots of Sookie completely covered in his blood.
    • Bill and Lorena's twisted sex scene in the third episode of season three.
    • Tara tearing a chunk out of Franklin's neck with her teeth. Yeesh.
    • The fact that, when killed, vampires don't just turn to dust. No, instead they collapse into gory mush, after projectile vomiting fountains of blood. This means that anyone who's in the immediate vicinity usually ends up drenched in the remains.
      • Also, rather than be instantly annihilated or set on fire by the sun, vampires instead slowly sizzle, gradually withering down to something that looks like a used-up charcoal briquette. This is a lot grosser than it probably sounds, especially when we see several of them still alive after "tanning" too long.
    • Russell staking a living male prostitute.
    • After the Royce vs. Eric No-Holds-Barred Beatdown, when Eric is talking to Lafayette and a torrent of blood is coming out of his mouth at the same time.
    • Hotshot, the werepanther community. Just everything about the place is Squick. The rampant rape/incest, children living in squalid conditions, everyone chowing down on raw meat, etc. You just feel like taking a bath every time the show goes there.
    • After escaping from Hotshot, Jason, in an attempt to hide his scent, smears dirt all over his freshly wounded body. As someone else said above, infections much?
    • Dr Overlark's devastated groin in season 6.
  • Strawman Has a Point:
    • All the vampire haters are portrayed as intolerant ignorant bigots, but they are right about the fact that most vampires are sociopathic murderers who like to kill humans. A lot.
    • Hoyt's mom might be an unpleasant hag with abandonment issues, but she has every reason to disapprove of him dating a vampire, for fear of his life.
    • Not that Steve's very good at expressing it, but vampires did murder his parents and younger sister. During Season 2, the Fellowship of the Sun storyline would sometimes crosscut to scenes of vampires doing despicable things, and not just random "evil" vampires, but the main cast. Like Eric torturing Lafayette or a Flashback of Bill helping Lorena brutally murder a married couple.
    • Season 6 begins with Governor Burrell giving a speech about how vampires have crossed the line and all humans should start arming themselves. Judging by others' reactions we're supposed to see this as evil, but given the events of season 5 he comes off like the Only Sane Man.
  • Take That, Scrappy!: During the fifth season, the fairies and their nightclub weren't particularly well-received by fans and critics. Come season 6, Warlow infiltrates the fairy nightclub and kills everyone inside. Harsh.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Hoyt's bedtime song for his girlfriend. Normally these two manage to stay just narrowly on the good side of the awwwww so cuuute/Tastes Like Diabetes line, but this time Hoyt crossed it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character: Franklin, the psychotic vampire detective! May he rest in peace.
    • Sophie-Anne Leclerq. Bisexual, petulant, hammy vampire queen with an incredible sense of fashion played by Evan Rachel Wood of all people. Ends up getting unceremoniously splattered all over the floor at the hands of Bill Compton when he takes over as King, instead of escaping and plotting a coup to take her throne back which would have been an interesting storyline.
    • Salome and Dieter Braun. Both are over two thousand years old and therefore on par with Eric. Both are branded to be political geniuses. Both of their actors put out disturbingly good performances. Bridges are sadly dropped on both of them.
    • Warlow. A vampire/fairy hybrid that's twice the age of multi-season baddie Russell Edgington and can walk in daylight... Who spends most of his time tied up in a graveyard and is easily staked halfway through the episode in his final appearance.
      • Also Billith... prophesied as some great "vampire savior," he loses his extra powers after giving a couple of random vampires the power to walk in daylight for a short period, without ever really living up to any of his potential.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: How interesting would it have been if Sookie had met Adilyn Bellefleur or her sisters earlier? It could have been very heartwarming to see Sookie be the big sister figure to Adilyn and help her understand her mind reading ability so she wouldn't have to suffer the same trouble Sookie had when she was Adilyn's age. Instead, the two barely interact in any of their meetings. Between Seasons 6 and 7, they've only spoken to each other three times and all three are very brief.
  • Too Cool to Live: Godric
  • Trapped by Mountain Lions: Or rather werepanthers. Jason's dealings with a tribe of werepanthers in season 3 and season 4 hasn't done anything to further the main plotline (especially with Jason's fate in the books being averted) and hasn't been mentioned in several episodes. A worse example would be the season 4 episode that has a non supernatural subplot devoted to Andy and Terry hanging out at their childhood fort and shooting cans for the entire episode.
    • The absolute worst of this trope occurred in season 5, where Terry received his own plot.. of him being haunted by a supernatural fire demon cast by a woman his military squad killed in Iraq. Complete with Special Effects Failure, this plot was not just hated by the fans - it was despised to infinity.
  • Uncanny Valley: Instead of stylizing the characters, some of the comics' art styles tend to try to appear as realistic as possible and yet still manage to be cheap enough for a monthly production. The result is...not very nice to look at.
  • Unfortunate Implications:True Blood has a lot of sex. True Blood has a lot of gay/bisexual characters. And yet nearly all of the sex scenes are either hetero or between two hot women. We've even had not one but two hetero on-screen rapes, one of them a gang rape (of Jason). Of the few (and brief) male-male scenes we've had, one ended in death ( Eric and Talbot). It's like HBO is... suddenly squeamish all of a sudden. This pretty much sums it up.
    • Jason being gang-raped by the female werepanthers of Hot Shot is a direct case of Double Standard: Rape, Female on Male, the more so because Word of God implies that this was his "comeuppance" for his life as a lady's man. However, it is revealed in episode 5x03 that Jason's sexually compulsive behavior may be linked to the fact that he was molested by a female teacher when he was a minor. It has been stated that the primary attribute that Jason gained from his fae ancestry was his exceptional attractiveness to women and gay men. While in Sookie's case, this is treated an an explanation for why supes find her irresistible, it is treated as clearly being a bad thing when she does not want the attention. In Jason's case it is treated as being lucky, even if it leads to Black Comedy Rape.
    • Tara undergoes a case of Suddenly Sexuality and seemingly becomes a "lesbian" after her rape experiences with Franklin.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Sookie and usually to her own best friend and others who are trying to help her! Throughout the show, she manages to anger and hurt a lot of people around her for her own selfish needs, ususally involving whomever she's screwing at the time. In season 2, while Tara is still dealing with the trauma of having witnessed the corpse of the woman who gave her and her mom an exorcism that turned out to be a fraud, Sookie makes Tara talk to the police, which leads to her seeing her estranged mother yet again abusing Tara.
    • In the beginning of Season 3, Sookie confesses to Tara that she helped Eggs, Tara's ex by death, remember everything he did with Maryann when she put a spell on the entire town. Tara is understandably upset, seeing as that was her boyfriend. What really drives this home is that Sookie has the nerve to tell Tara that they're in the same boat because Bill is gone too.
      • Another egregious example is in Season 3. When Tara is kidnapped by Franklin, after escaping—which, mind you, Tara orchestrated while Sookie was crying in the next room over Bill, Sookie actually gets mad at Tara for having not-so-friendly thoughts towards Bill, who could have saved her if he really wanted to, but chose not to. Despite Tara's repeated and understandable reaction after being raped by Franklin for quite some time, Sookie is extremely unsympathetic to Tara. She even has the nerve to call her insensitive as they carry Bill's almost dead body into the getaway truck! In the same season, Sookie forces Alcide to take her to a bar so she can get whereabouts on Bill, although Alcide is fresh off of a breakup with his ex, Debbie Pelt and probably does not want to hang around the gang who associates with her new man. After Jason tells Sookie that he killed Eggs, Sookie demands that he tell Tara, her best friend who literally just got done being raped repeatedly by a vampire on a plantation no less so that he's not lying to her. But this isn't because she genuinely cares about Tara's feelings. It's because she is speaking for herself, since she doesn't trust Bill at the time. Jason even lampshades this by telling her that nobody can lie to her. Sookie responds by saying that vampires can, which shows us that she wants Bill to tell her the truth about why he's being so secretive when it comes to her supernatural genetics. This has nothing to do with helping her best friend who literally just dealth with a boatload of trauma. She also misses work so much that Sam constantly has to hire new bartenders, yet expects to have a job when she returns from her latest vampire drama just because her boss is in love with her. Also, in the last season, Sookie, after ignoring all of Sam's advances for years, actually has the nerve to run back to Sam and ask him to be with her! Seeing Sookie almost die on numerous occasions almost feels gratifying considering everything that she puts her friends and family through!
      • In Season 4, Sookie begins dating amnesia Eric despite the fact that Eric tortured Lafayette for weeks and almost killed Tara! She also invades the privacy of her friends' minds whenever she feels like it, although they have explicity expressed that they do not like that.
  • The Woobie: Eddie, and it doesn't hurt that he's easily the most cuddly and harmless vampire we've yet seen on the show; other than Bill, vampires have seemed very reluctant to give up human blood. Then sadly things went downhill.
    • There's plenty on the human side of things as well. Sam had no idea what was happening to him when he started shapeshifting as a child, and his adoptive family abandoned him because of it. The flashback to Sam coming home as a child to find his house deserted and all of his family's things gone except for his is one of the most heartbreaking moments in the show.
    • Tara: Abusive religious wack-a-doodle for a mom? Check. Amazing boyfriend who gets shot in the head after one season? Check. Thinking you have someone who actually cares about your well-being when you were really part of a plot to summon the god Dionysus by a screwed up Maenad who wants to kill everyone in Bon Temps? Check! Being kidnapped, held hostage, terrorized and fucking raped by a psycho yandere vampire? Check!! Oh, and to top it all off, you find out that your childhood friend/crush is the one responsible for the death of the man you loved? Forget Woobie, goddamn it. This is a cruel case of Kick the Dog.
    • The sadness of Russell Edgington after Talbot's death is heartbreaking. Even if he is, you know, Russell Edgington.
    • Terry Bellefleur. The man is positively gushing with Woobie qualities; his PTSD makes him gentle as a lamb; and when he reveals in Season 3 that he nursed an injured armadillo back to health, named him Felix, and now lets him sleep under his bed, you can't tell me your heart didn't melt.
    • Jessica not only is turned against her will, she constantly has issues with her maker, her boyfriend Hoyt has a bigoted old hag for a mother, and on top of that her new job is almost ruined by Arlene's constant antagonizing of her. Bill and Hoyt know better than anybody she just needs a hug.
    • Jason got gang raped by the women in Hotshot after spending a year taking care of the community as best he could. Add that on top of the sickness and bondage he's forced to endure, you know he'll need a big hug when he escapes.
    • Eric after being mind-wiped by Marnie. His helpless Puppy-Dog Eyes and total awkwardness around Sookie almost makes you forget his total bastardry just an episode prior. Almost.
    • Warlow. Jesus Christ, Warlow. The poor bastard was turned from a fae into a vampire/fae because of some ancient prophecy he knew nothing about; because of this, he uncontrollably murdered his entire village including his family. Then he murdered his vampire Maker, the one thing closer than family; then he was apparently alone for thousands upon thousands of years, feared by fae and vampires alike; compounded by the fact that he doesn't seem to really sleep like regular vampires do, therefore his thousands of years of loneliness are even longer than normal. He was trapped in some kind of Hell Dimension for decades, and now the one person he thinks can finally be his companion hates him for killing her parents. Someone hug the poor man.
  • What an Idiot!: Steve's television appearances mostly make him look like a bigoted douchebag. There are plenty of good arguments he could be making against vampires, but he has somehow managed to fail to bring up a single one of them, instead relying on wild vague accusations with no proof and talking over anyone with a different opinion instead of acting with dignity. Of course this is probably intentional on the show's part.
  • What Do You Mean, It's Not Symbolic?:
    • Present-day Godric appears to be a thinly-veiled parallel to Jesus; he's around two-thousand years old, talks in a level, Buddha-like voice and is a pacifist who believes that vampires and humans should coexist as equals. He says humans are justified in their hatred of vampires because of the fact that many vampires are generally cruel and savage. The symbolism is made clearer by the fact that the Fellowship of the Sun planned to have him mounted on a crucifix and killed by the sunlight in front of the congregation. He even wears Jesus sandals in his last scene.
    • This is a stark contrast to the Godric who appears in Eric's flashback; he kills Eric's men - presumably because he just wanted one Viking, not three - then turns Eric into a vampire because he thought his fighting spirit was "beautiful" (admittedly, he kind of asks first if Eric is okay with that).


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