Blood-drinking former humans, the Vampires of True Blood are portrayed as having many of the same abilities and traits as their mythological counterparts - after all, myths are generally based in some truth. They are pale, cold to the touch, strong, fast and have keen senses. Two things differ from the mythos: first, vampires no longer need to feed off humans to survive, thanks to synthetic blood products such as TruBlood. This enables them to mainstream and attempt to live a normal life if they so desire. Secondly, the world is aware of their exsistence thanks to the Great Revelation back in 2003. They no longer need to live within the shadows, hiding themselves from humanity.
The following sections detail the vampires in our theme in a little more depth.