Characters that appear in Anita Blake
An animator/vampire executioner living in St. Louis. She is also held in retainer for the Regional Preternatural Investigation Team eventually becoming a federal marshall. Anita was born a necromancer, granting her power over all dead.
Tropes associated with Anita:
- Action Girl
- Anti-Hero: Type IV
- Badass Abnormal
- Broken Bird: Dead mother, raised a dead thing as a kid, stepmom doesn't like her, first fiance dumped her for stupid reasons, the first guy she liked after him was killed to spite her, etc.
- Byronic Hero
- Chaste Hero: Originally, due her first engagement fell through. Then Celibate Hero after her second engagement fell through. After that, well, it's complicated.
- Cute Bruiser: Black belt in Judo with training in Kenpo.
- Deus Sex Machina: In the later novels.
- First-Person Smartass
- Good Is Not Nice: Hellz naw, it ain't.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: Tons of 'em, one of them shaped as a cross on her forearm.
- Hair-Trigger Temper: Admits she's not comfortable when she isn't mad about something.
- Horny Devils: In Narcissus in Chains, she gains the ardeur.
- Knight Errant: Jean-Claude even points out that Anita will go out of her way to right some wrong even if it would cost her almost nothing to leave it be.
- Mega Manning: If a power has been used on her, chances are eventually, she'll gain the ability to use it herself.
- Necromancer: The most powerful one still living in America, natch.
- Pint-Sized Powerhouse: She's 5'3 and the most dangerous character in the series.
- The Pornomancer
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: No matter what she thinks.
- Sociopathic Hero: She alternates between running towards and away from He Who Fights Monsters.
- Spicy Latina: Try Angry Latina. Though it should be noted that she goes around proudly telling everyone that she's half-Mexican yet never speaks Spanish, never talks about her mother in any detail, and shows no signs of liking her cultural heritage.
- In fact, she more often seems to treat her (very superficial) Latin traits with disdain, apparently somehow blaming her supposed "unpopularity" on them.
- Unwanted Harem, Too Many Love Interests: Let's leave it at that, shall we?
- Wangst: She does a lot of complaining about her supposed difficulties and the problems in her life, but the difficulties never seem to actually manifest and she never really does anything to try and solve the problems.
The Master vampire of the city of St. Louis. Jean-Claude is a French vampire somewhere in the age range of 400-600 years. Anita is his human servant and Richard is his animal servant.
Tropes associated with Jean-Claude:
- Anti-Villain: Type I
- Bi the Way
- The Chessmaster
- Everyone Looks Sexier If French
- Gratuitous French
- Handsome Lech
- Horny Devils: Vampires of the Belle-Morte line are essentially incubi and succubi.
- Mr. Fanservice: Most men in-series are, but oftentimes the narration will just pause to drool over Jean-Claude.
- The Nicknamer: Almost always refers to Anita as "Ma Petite."
- Noble Demon
- Our Vampires Are Different
- Pretty Boy
- Raven Hair, Ivory Skin
A Science teacher at a local junior high school, Richard is Anita's former fiance (the second one) and the last member of Jean-Claude's triumvirate. He is a powerful Alpha werewolf and the Ulfric (that is leader) of the St. Louis Thronos Rokke clan.
Tropes associated with Richard:
- Beware the Nice Ones
- Badass Abnormal
- Battle Strip: Due to being a werewolf.
- Big Badass Wolf
- Brown Eyes
- The Chains of Commanding
- Hidden Depths: He has a very (increasingly un-)suppressed dark side.
- I Just Want to Be Normal
- Mr. Fanservice
- Nice Guy: Until...
- Took a Level in Jerkass: Killing Dance.
- Shirtless Scene
- Tall, Dark and Handsome
An assassin and sometimes friend of Anita. Originally focused on humans but decided to start hunting the preternatural because humans are too easy.
Tropes associated with Edward:
- Anti-Hero: type V moving ont to Type IV later in the series
- Badass: Possibly the most badass character in the series.
- Big Brother Mentor: A bizarre one to Anita occasionally.
- Blond Guys Are Evil
- Blood Knight: Finds human targets are too easy to kill. Practically reacts with delight when Anita comes to him needing help to kill something.
- Blue Eyes
- Good Ol' Boy: His civilian cover, complete with Texas accent.
- Hidden Depths
- Hyperspace Arsenal/Walking Armory: Played realistically. Edward is almost always armed. If you can't see anything, it usually means he's got at least five small weapons on him somewhere. If you see him holding a weapon outright, he's got at least ten others.
- Like Brother and Sister: Him and Anita, to the joy of the fanbase.
- Obfuscating Stupidity: Edward is a MASTER at appearing harmless when he's not on assignment, or even while he's on assignment. And then he pulls out a knife. Or a gun. Or a flamethrower.
- Papa Wolf: Touch his family and die.
- Sociopathic Hero
- Vitriolic Best Buds: With Anita. Doesn't find the fact that he thinks about killing her as any obstacle to their friendship.
- Where Does He Get All Those Wonderful Toys?: It is for this reason that Anita wonders if Edward is secretly Batman.