| Age: over 1000 years old|
| Occupation: Sheriff of Area 5, owner of Fangtasia|
| Home Origin: Scandinavia|
Resides in: Shreveport, LA
| Species: Vampire|
| Supernatural charm(s): |
- Can fly!
- He loves a good fight and is very strong
- Mysterious and powerful
- Incredibly sexy and magnetic
- Incredible kisser and attentive lover
| Personality type: Commanding, aloof, powerful, loyal|
Eric is a strategist, always looking for those who would interfere or cement his own agenda (like Sookie and her abilities). He forgets nothing. He has seen all of life, and he has chosen to stay true to his own rules. Since Eric has observed human nature over the centuries, he knows humans very well and has learned how to survive by playing off the weaknesses of others.
He expects to be obeyed when he gives orders. He sees everything as black and white, and he is slow to give his loyalty, but once given, he will stand up to his obligations.
Eric also has a softer side, one that loves deeply when committed, as shown by his centuries old friendship with his maker, Godric. Eric also has a sense of humor.
| Endearing trait(s): |
Loyalty is something Eric values. Those who pledge their allegiance to him are held bound to his moral code. Loves a good fight and enjoys the spoils. He has a love for life and did not want it to end from a battle wound. His singular curiosity about Sookie is also endearing to fans of the Eric character. His love for and vanity over his hair is another endearing quality. Eric asks Lafayette, "Is there blood in my hair?"
- his sense of humor (rare in vampires)
| Strength(s): Incredibly strong, a master of business strategy and sense, a manipulator of mere humans, and a savvy reader of the true nature of mortals and supes (supernaturals). He is a seasoned vampire, and a superior Viking warrior; it is part of what makes him such a whirlwind force. He has a driving, persuasive personality.|
| Vulnerabilities: |
- His own love of being in control.
- Lack of self-control - As Pam would say, "If he controlled himself better, he would make a great king."
- a cute, blonde, telepathic waitress
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|Eric's signature look: Jeans & t-shirts or tank tops, but can also be seen in designer suits. He has no problem showing nudity.|
True Blood's portrayal of Viking Eric's clothing is historically inaccurate. Coming strait from battle, Eric would have been wearing an iron helmet and chain mail to protect himself from injury. The chain mail he was wearing should have protected his torso, but it appeared from the clip that he had a wound in that area. He could have sustained a blow to his ribs, which in turn punctured his lung. Mostly his arms, legs, and neck would have been vulnerable to attack. Vikings also wore cloth trousers, though the bare legs portrayal, from the flashback to Eric being turned, added to the hotness factor.
In his human life, Eric would have worn a "long woolen shirt and long cloth trousers which were held up by a sash or a drawstring. On top of this was worn a sleeved jerkin or a three-quarter coat with a belt. On his feet, he would wear socks and soft leather shoes or long leather boots. Viking women made cloth and spun wool for clothes worn by their families. To keep warm in the cold months, Eric would have worn a fur cloak."--source
Something to consider: Given Eric's love for battle he most likely would have been a Viking 'berserker' and as such would not have been wearing chain mail. Berserkers were known for thinking themselves invincible and protected by their Gods and oftentimes would dive into battle with little more than a sword and shield.
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|Character backstory: Born in 1046, made Vampire in 1077. As a teenager in ninth century Scandinavia, Eric joined with a rogue band of warriors who refused to swear allegiance to any kingdom because, in his own words, "My destiny is to answer to no man." |
Eric quickly became the leader of the group, which was briefly infamous for marauding on what is now Germany and Poland, until they mysteriously vanished after a battle in 1077. Eric did not speak about how he was made Vampire, or who made him, but has recently revealed that Godric is his Maker.
Eric is of Norse "Viking" descent. He made Pam, and she has been his friend & coworker numerous times over the years. He owns the tourist-y, gothic vampire club called Fangtasia in Shreveport, LA.
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| QUOTES ON BEING ERIC NORTHMAN|
- "I play a lot with the thought of a guy who's seen everything. He's been around for 1,000 years, so he's seen everything, and he doesn't waste his time. He doesn't play any games. He's very straight-forward. He knows what he wants and he knows how to get it, basically. So, I just try to have fun with that directness to him. He's very grounded and very confident, and he knows what he wants, all the time, and he doesn't waste his time. Falling in love with humans, and all that kind of stuff -- some of the other vampires do that -- is just a waste of time to him."--interview with www.mediablvd.com
- "He wears sleek European suits and expensive shirts. I have a long, blonde wig, and I'm obviously pale. And he loves to be the center of attention. He's got his nightclub, and he roams around there like a king.--interview with www.mediablvd.com
| Why/how he was chosen for the role?: He originally auditioned for Bill's character. Was turned down for the role but was asked by Alan Ball to consider the role of Eric Northman. Wise more on Ball's part.|
| Similarities to Eric Northman: Tall, striking features, Nordic/Swedish descent, can be stubborn|