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Has there been a denser soap-operatic universe in recent TV history than
True Blood’s? Running through the many convoluted love stories, supernatural plotlines, and centuries-old beefs would surely take longer than an hour or two sipping whiskey at Merlotte’s Bellefleur’s. An easier, though still arduous, way to measure how ornately the series has been constructed is by flipping through the dizzying number of characters it has introduced (and in so many cases, killed off gruesomely) over the course of its seven seasons. But how much do you even remember about them? We thought we’d test your recall of 50 different True Blood characters — from main protagonist Sookie Stackhouse to bit players — with this superfan quiz. Select the correct description from the four choices next to each character’s image to see whether you can separate fact from Fangstasia.
How Well Do You Know These 50 True Blood Characters?
Used her faerie powers to rid Eric of Hep V.
Killed Alcide's girlfriend, Debbie, with a shotgun.
Had sex with Sam.
Was a cheerleader for Jason's high-school football team.
Studied at a Christian Academy before being turned.
Had no brothers or sisters.
Killed all but one of Andy's faerie daughters.
Left to Alaska to find Hoyt toward the end of season seven.
Never kissed a vampire.
Used to work at strip clubs to pay the bills.
Was briefly convinced her baby Mikey was evil.
Killed Renee with a shovel.
Shot Hoyt's mother, Maxine.
Co-kidnapped a vampire to get high off his blood.
Hooked up with his first vampire at a football reunion.
Cheated to pass his sheriff's exam.
Worked as a barback in Alaska after being glamoured by Jessica.
Earned the affectionate nickname "Bad Boy" from best friend, Jason.
Was a vegetarian.
Was Emma's werewolf grandmother.
Conspired with the werepanthers to rescue Emma from Russell.
Killed JD by injecting V into his eyeballs.
Introduced Sam to his shape-shifting roots.
Adele "Gran" Stackhouse
Was a passionate Civil War–history buff.
Used to make Tara her favorite breakfast of corned-beef hash.
Had a hand in Sookie's parents' deaths.
Warned Sookie from the grave of Maryann's ill intentions.
Authored a popular tell-all that allowed him to promote vampire mainstreaming during interviews.
Was turned by the undead widow of a fellow Civil War soldier.
Was always a uniquely compassionate vampire.
Kept Governor Burrell's skull in his study.
Kidnapped Sam's younger brother, Tommy.
Dates back to the B.C. era.
Wept on his knees when his maker, Godric, passed.
Had sex with Ginger on a pool table.
Pam Swynford De Beaufort
Operated a turn-of-the-century New York brothel.
Died in the season-seven premiere.
Turned Tara into a vampire.
Came up with the idea for Fangtasia.
"Eggs" Benedict Talley
Took up the violin while living with Maryann.
Killed Sam's girlfriend, Daphne, while under Maryann's spell.
As a child, was the runaway son of wealthy parents.
Appeared to Tara in a vision after she was shot in season four.
Favored silk pajamas.
Died in the sunlight.
Became obsessed with and kidnapped Jessica.
Made love with Bill in a dream sequence.
Owned a waste-sanitation company with his father.
Blamed Debbie's death on JD.
Finally kissed Sookie, only to have her throw up on him.
Was Bill Compton's maker.
Worked in Pam's brothel.
Had an affair with Eric while visiting Pam's brothel.
Died when Bill staked her in the heart.
Invented wireless iStake devices for killing vampires.
Was killed by the iStake Salome activated.
Confessed to loving World of Warcraft while a human.
Made romantic overtures toward Tara.
Russell Edgington and Talbot Angelis
Shared an affinity for antiques.
Were in an exclusively monogamous relationship.
Were both princes in their human lives.
Sought new consorts together at Fangtasia.
Humped a tree until orgasm while under Maryann's spell.
Drunkenly made love to Eggs while under Maryann's spell.
Cut her own finger off while under Maryann's spell.
Sobered up after being chained and kidnapped in Fangtasia.
Hipped the Queen to Sookie's powers.
Was a cousin of Sookie and Jason's, but 100 percent human.
Was fatally drained of all her blood by Bill.
Delivered V to Lafayette to make money on the side.
Died by Jason's hand while he was under a glamouring spell.
Is a vegan.
Got fired from Merlotte's for her V addiction.
Got fired from Merlotte's for her V addiction. Refused to touch body parts during sex.
Ben Flynn, aka Macklyn Warlow
Shaved Jason's genitalia in a dream sequence.
Prevented Sookie's dad from killing her.
Was faerie-vampire-werewolf hybrid.
Knew all the words to the Bon Temps High School fight song.
Lettie Mae Thornton
Killed her abusive husband and buried the gun in the front yard.
Stabbed Willa with a giant kitchen knife.
Relapsed into alcoholism in season six.
Was half-sister to Lafayette.
Attempted suicide in season three.
Had sex with one white man.
Only worked at Merlotte's and Fangtasia during True Blood's run.
Barbacked at Merlotte's.
Got kidnapped by Eric in Season 2 after selling V at Fangtasia.
Worked in construction with Jason and Hoyt.
Met Jesus at a support group for PTSD sufferers.
Worked in sales for the Yakamoto corporation.
Took a high heel to the eye from Sarah Newlin.
Is fed on by Pam at Vamp Camp.
Popped Hoyt's fangbanger cherry at Fantasia.
Suffered from a debilitating V addiction during season four.
Successfully raised four faerie daughters through adolescence.
Graduated at the top of his high-school class.
Conceived a baby boy named Mikey with Arlene.
Was killed by a vengeful smoke monster called the Ifrit.
Lived in a tree house after the Gulf War.
Refused to cook anything with eggs.
Once bit off his own toe.
Got his name during a college hazing ritual.
Ran a recovery group for werewolf V addicts.
Tattle-told on Sookie's emerging affair with Alcide.
Used to be great allies with Russell.
Kept an hourglass that wound down till the inevitability of mainstreaming.
Was season five's main antagonist to the mainstreaming movement.
Had been schtupping Salome for multiple centuries.
Had sex with Jason the first time they met.
Possessed at least one flaming-hot dildo poker.
Took Wade's virginity.
Was a Croatian queen before being turned.
Shot Andy in the chest.
Briefly becomes Sheriff during Andy's struggles with V.
Was spared death while kidnapped in Fangtasia's basement during season seven.
Rode a two-headed minotaur while possessed at Maryann's orgy party.
Ranked just below vampire kings and queens.
Commanded Godric's resignation.
Turned Steve Newlin into a vampire.
Was present when Abraham Lincoln was shot and killed.
Vehemently opposed the plan to pair humans with vampire protectors.
Became hooked on V after taking a trip with Lettie Mae.
Dug out Russell's corpse at the beginning of season four.
Offered shelter and food to wayward vampire Willa.
Often slept with Eric in his coffin.
Became infected with Hep-V in season six.
Worked at a comic-book shop owned by Pam and Eric before Fangtasia.
Came up with the idea for Fangtasia.
Joined Marnie's group with the intent to expose her.
Was a trained magician.
Never met his parents.
Sometimes transformed into a demon sans two separate nostrils.
Sheriff Bud Dearborne
Quit in season three and chose Kenya over Andy as his successor.
Uttered the last words, "Humans 4 Eva!"
Was secretly operating an anti-supernatural cabal.
Came back briefly to help rescue Jason from the werepanthers.
Was Sam's long-lost stepbrother.
Had a crush on Arlene.
Shifted into a rooster for vicious cock fights.
Died at Merlotte's.
Concluded season two by ripping Maryann's heart out.
Never actually resigned from being Mayor before leaving Bon Temps.
Agreed to raise Nicole's baby, even though it wasn't his.
Never told Sookie he loved her.
Hailed from a notoriously inbred community known as HotShot.
Convinced Jason to volunteer his sperm to stem the inbreeding.
Could shift into a panther and werewolf simultaneously.
Grew up coming to Merlotte's for steak and eggs.
Sarah Newlin and Steve Newlin
Were both turned into vampires during season four.
Were forced to masturbate to photos of Jesus Christ while at Vamp Camp.
Ran a missionary known as Fellowship of the Sun.
Saw both their human families murdered by vampires in 2008.
Worked as a bartender.
Never met his fairy godfather.
Nearly got eaten alive by Lorena.
Lost his job for talking with Sookie.
Loved a good bowl of pasta.
Spared his own life to save granddaughter Sookie.
Went to the same high school as Sookie and Jason.
Was blind in one eye.
Fled her home state of Georgia to escape an abusive marriage.
Identified herself as a bruja.
Had been held hostage on two separate occasions.
Initially rebuffed Andy's marriage proposal.
Adilyn Bellefleur and Wade Cleary
Lost their virginity to one another in a tree house.
Ceased sexual activity once their respective parents were engaged.
Escaped with each other to the Cleary family lake house.
Had their first hookup glamoured away by Eric.
Drew Marshall, aka Rene Lenier
Cheated on Arlene with Dawn.
Picked up his Louisiana accent from instructional tapes.
Was a closeted fangbanger.
Strangled many of his victims with nylon wire.
Exploded after Sam ripped out her heart.
Had a ménage à trois with Eggs and Tara.
Baked Daphne's heart in a soufflé.
Worshipped a god called Maenaderon.
Was buried alive by Bill and the American Vampire League.
Kept lost werewolf cubs around her mansion as pets.
Never drank True Blood.
Had mounting debts to the IRS.
Tried, unsuccessfully, to kill Jessica with silver bullets.
Eventually found love with a vampire.
Asked Bill to glamour her after Hoyt moved to Alaska.
Tended to and took in Sam's younger brother Tommy.
Was not played by two different actors between seasons six and seven.
Got caught having sex with Lafayette in Sookie's bedroom.
Fed Reverend Daniels his blood to facilitate a psychotropic experience.
Marched on Washington for Martin Luther King Jr. as a human.
Owned a shop called the Sun Axis Emporium.
Gets possessed by the spirit of a 17th-century witch named Antonia.
After killing Jesus, was banished to a hellish afterlife.
Treasured a signed VHS copy of Witches of Eastwick.
Was created to destroy Adam and Eve.
Turned Warlow into a part-vampire.
Frequently dressed in stifling corsets.
Considered herself God.