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  • Critical Dissonance: The films have received largely mixed to negative reviews from critics, but audiences have overall responded more positively.
  • Contested Sequel: Rise of the Lycans. Some fans hated the film as, due to its nature as a prequel, the story shifted away from that of the romance between Selene and Michael. Some fans enjoyed the film precisely because of this.
  • Designated Hero: Selene is only "good" in the sense she is the protagonist. She's never particularly "nice" to anyone except Michael (once she falls for him), does not respect humans or non-soldier vampires, and does not hide any of this. And in Awakening, she brutally slaughters humans out of hand despite being able to disarm, evade and incapacitate them at will.
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  • Draco in Leather Pants: Kraven, to some.
  • Ensemble Dark Horse:
  • Fan-Preferred Couple: David/Eve, surprisingly enough.
  • Genius Bonus: The Corvinus clan, the original patriarchs of the Vampire race, are named after the 15th century Hungarian king Matthias Corvinus. If you know your vampire lore better than most, you might know that Matthias Corvinus was a contemporary and political rival of Vlad Tepes, the historical figure that Stoker's Count Dracula was based on and named after. note  Naming the founder of the Vampire race "Corvinus" is a subtle Shout-Out to the most famous vampire in all of fiction.
  • Ham and Cheese:
  • Ho Yay: Cases have been made for both Lucian/Kraven and Kraven/Soren.
    • And by extension, there's a veritable boatload of Les Yay between Erika and Selene.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
  • Just Here for Godzilla: Or rather, Just Here For Kate Beckinsale. A lot of movie-goers freely admit that she's more or less the sole reason they continued to watch the films after the second one.
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  • Magnificent Bastard: Lucian, the first Lycan to ever be able to retain human form and intellect, fell in love with Sonja, daughter of the vampire overlord Viktor. After her execution by her own father along with their unborn child, Lucian rallies the Lycans to victory and devastates the vampire covens. Knowing he cannot defeat the vampires himself, Lucian fakes his own death by using the vampire Kraven as a cover, going underground to rebuild the Lycans while kidnapping descendants of the first immortal Corvinus to experiment on while aiming to make himself a powerful hybrid between vampire and werewolf. Coordinating the elimination of the vampire elder Amelia, Lucian finally obtains a perfect specimen in Michael Corvin, and even when mortally wounded leaves The Heroine Selene the way to turn Michael into a hybrid, gloating even to the treacherous Kraven that his will is done regardless of his fate.
  • Moment of Awesome - When Viktor heads off to kill the 'Abomination', Michael, the newly transformed hybrid emerges, and as Viktor and he stare each other down, Michael SHOVES Viktor, sending him flying back.
  • Moral Event Horizon: Viktor in Rise Of The Lycans shows just how firm his anti-Lycan fundamentalism is when he votes "aye" to his own daughter's execution, thus sealing the unanimous vote against her. Though he does it remorsefully, he cements it by blaming it all on Lucian for impregnating her, rather than himself for dealing out the punishment. Is it any wonder that you'd be polarized concerning the vampires and Lycans if you saw this installment in addition to one of the first two?
  • Narm:
    • "You betrayed me! To be with an A-NI-MAL!"
    • Pretty much any time Kraven's onscreen - his actor (Shane Brolly, who's Irish) had a nasty case of Ooh, Me Accent's Slipping and seemed determined to overact in every single scene. Reception to Brolly's portrayal was almost universally negative.
    • Eve's Game Face looks more like a girl hamming up a Halloween makeup.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Selene's actions pretty much caused the destruction of leadership on both sides. Had she done nothing, Kraven and Lucien's plan to kill the elders, who were all worse people, would have succeeded and there would have been at least a temporary peace between vampires and lycans. Lucien would be alive. William would never have been released. Alexander Corvinus would be alive. Lucien could have maintained control of the more militant lycans that led to the world of Underworld Awakening and it's possible Lucien would have succeeded in merging the species for a more permanent peace since Kraven would have been a weak vampire leader.
  • Nightmare Fuel:
    • What the villains in Awakening planned to do to Eve.
    • Shown earlier, in Rise of the Lycans, during the outbreak of the Lycan slaves. Where some of those rather large ballista bolts landed could be a little on the squick side for some.
    • The pathetic, helpless squeal/gurgle that the tunnel Lycan in Awakening makes before his head is ripped in half by Eve is the stuff of nightmares.
    • Evolution revealing that the first generation of Lycans carried a strain so potent, it could even reanimate the dead.
  • Retroactive Recognition: Tywin Lannister is a vampire, Kemal Pamuk is his son and Anna Valerious is a vampire instead of a vampire hunter!
  • Sequelitis: Evolution, considered by many fans to be a major step down in quality from the original.
  • Strangled by the Red String: There is never any indication that Selene feels any real emotion toward Michael; they don't actually have any sort of conversation with each other about anything apart from vampires and werewolves, and they have known each other for a total of about two days. Word of God says this was the way it was supposed to be; special Features on the DVD reveal that the two characters were not supposed to actually be "in love," but rather attracted to each other based on lust, confused feelings, and being forced together.
  • Special Effects Failure: The first three films have decent CG mixed with animatronics. The fourth on the other hand... To put it lightly, looks like a PS3 game.
    • One stand out is during the van chase, where a group of rubbery-looking Lycans attack the main characters.
  • Surprisingly Improved Sequel: Awakening to the previous two films. Even the critics, who usually butcher this film series, agreed.
  • Tear Jerker: The death of Sonja is surprisingly touching.
    • Lucian's retelling of Sonja's death to Michael is also very sad, and really makes you feel for the guy.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Not only is Lucian not actually dead when Raze finds him during the climax of the first movie, Raze is carrying the blood samples from Amelia and Lucian has already been injected with Michael's blood.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Both vampires and Lycans in Awakening. "Humans now know we exist, want to kill all of us off, have gotten pretty close to successfully doing, instead of forming some kind of common cause, let's continue fighting each other. ???
    • This is probably justified, as Antigen, which has at least some connection to the Purge, is secretly directed by Lycans.
    • Six hundred or more years of war is also very difficult to overcome in a few decades; plenty of human conflicts have resisted peace without the aid of immortality to spur it on. This being said, the movie is limited to the theatre of Europe - it's entirely possibly there are interspecies alliances elsewhere in the world that could potentially be explored in later installments.
  • Took the Bad Film Seriously: Frequently invoked about Rise of the Lycans, as despite being critically slammed in general, Michael Sheen's performance was nonetheless praised as one of the highlights of the movie.
  • The Woobie: Lucian, at the end of Rise of the Lycans.
    • Selene by the latest film. It's obvious that the sheer amount of personal loss and emotional trauma she's experienced has finally caught up her, with her dissolving into tears on several occasions. By Blood Wars, she's had her parents, sister and nieces killed, found out that her replacement father figure has been lying to her centuries, murdered her family and framed Lycans for it (so it's turns out all those Lycans she killed were not justified deaths), she's lost her lover and her daughter and is regarded as a traitor by the vast majority of Vampires.

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