Vampires or Culebras, as they are typically called, are a semi-reptilian race of immortal and feral creatures that feed on blood. In the series, they are people given the condition from the bite of another culebra.
Vampires are somehow related or descended from the Aztec snake gods, particularly a goddess.
The Nine Lords of the night were faithful men and women who worshiped the serpent god (Amaru) and came from the first realm. The oldest of the Nine Lords (Amancio Malvado) sacrificed a woman into the pit transforming her into the 'mistress of the night' (culebra) and the harbinger of the next realm.
According to Professor Tanner (a.k.a Sex Machine) these vampires look more like snakes than bats and have a reptilian form. These vampires are from Mesoamerican, Mayan or Aztec regions, unlike other vampires in the world, due to their appearance of reptiles (in other regions, vampires looks like rats or bats). These vampires have monstrous faces, cone-shaped fangs that fold up against the gums, flaked skin, vertical pupils, red/orange/yellowish glowing eyes (though Professor Tanner demonstrated having light blue eyes when transformed) and claws. Some vampires that were large in their human form become horned and burly. Some vampires have hardened scales while others have flaked skin like other snakes.
The blood of the living is the main component of a vampire's diet whether from the source, from a cup or container, or from the flesh of humans, which vampires make into a raw delicacy. It is undetermined when vampires need to feed, how long they can go without feeding (as Carlos was trapped in the labyrinth for months presumably without a source for blood) and what ill affects it has on them if fail to feed, while it is known that they will lose themselves to their animal instincts and behavior due to their bloodlust. They can also consume human food, as seen when Sex Machine is eating a bowl of Frito pie, and when Richie Gecko is seen eating a steak/potato/vegetable dinner, but it's uncertain whether they gain sustenance from it, or simply do it to pass as human.
Despite their monstrous traits, they still retain many human traits that allow them to further the illusion that they are normal humans, such as sweating and breathing. As such, they still need to sleep, which they do during the day time. Vampires even produce waste, as seen when a vampire urinated on Gonzalez and still grow hair like humans do, as seen when Carlos was shown to have grown a full beard and shaggy long hair after spending months in the labyrinth.
As far as we know, vampires were originally living humans until they were converted (also called being turned or sired) by another vampire. However it is possible that two vampires could produce a vampire in the typical way of human reproduction. A vampire who is responsible for a new vampire's creation is called a sire. A new vampire is a fledgling or progeny. This creates a bloodline from sire to progeny, similar to a familial bond as the sire's blood forever flows in the progeny's veins.
In the series, vampires have a snake-like venom that is injected from their fangs into the human they turn and it gives the victim frightful and painful hallucinations, as well as giving them an agonizing fever and sickness, before they overcome their ailments and emerge completely transformed. When they are transformed, they change into their reptilian form and will mostly be feral if aroused by blood and will transform when blood is shed, while some of them are not as feral.
Powers & Abilities
Vampirism makes its victims immortal and gives them many supernatural powers.
- Immortality - Vampires do not age beyond the point when they were turned, and are capable of living an indefinite lifespan. With certain exceptions and restrictions, vampires are essentially invulnerable to most conventional forms of fatality, they do not decay, and are immune to all earthly diseases and sickness.
- Accelerated Healing - Vampires heal from physical wounds much faster than humans without any lingering side effects of such injuries. As such, they are naturally more resilient to injuries and seem to not require medical attention when they are injured, while feeding may allow them to heal and recover faster. In addition, chronic illnesses, such as poor vision, are immediately corrected. For example, Richie was shot in the hand and had a large hole that caused him immense pain if too much pressure was applied to it. Upon transformation, the large wound healed rapidly and his vision was heightened, no longer requiring him to wear glasses. Culebras are shown to heal from gunshot wounds,stab wounds. Richie was even able to heal from being set on fire by Seth. Santánico was able to regenerate half of her skull being set on fire and even regenerated an eye. It is even stated by Tanner that he even regrew his penis after turning into a culebra.
- Superhuman Strength - Vampires can strike, grab, restrain or dismember their prey with inhuman strength. With their strength, they are capable of easily defeating grown men, and sometimes other vampires, fairly quickly in direct physical combat, though burly vampires are a bit harder to kill, much like a large human. A vampire's strength increases with age; the 1,000 year old Santánico was able to eviscerate humans much bigger than her with ease, swing her hands through a person and maul them in one strike, and throw them with one hand across a room. Also, Carlos casually overpowered and killed two humans with his fangs and pushed Gonzalez through the air, although Santánico's age makes her vastly stronger than him. While vampires are stronger than humans, it is possible for humans, especially trained fighters to defeat them. Vampires that are centuries old can exert the force of a moving vehicle, regardless of their size or appearance, while younger vampires have greater strength than humans, they are vastly weaker than older vampires and can be more easily slain. Their are some instances where young vampires have defeated older ones, if they are less feral than the older ones and know how to fight without going into feral hazes and becoming blood crazed. Scott in the series, killed a group of vampires in a minute with his fangs and mauled them to death with ease.
- Superhuman Senses - Vampires, usually when thirsting for blood, will experience states of heightened sensory sensitivity. In this state they can hear the heartbeat of another person, and see with greater saturation, allowing them to see the blood pumping through a being's veins. Vampires are also able to smell blood, and become aroused when it is shed in their presence. Vampires can identify others by scent, as well as the taste of their blood. When turned into a culebra, defects such as incorrective eyesight are repaired and their vision is heightened.
- Telepathy - Santánico Pandemonium was able to communicate with Richard Gecko by the use of telepathy, as well as hypnotize, entrance and see, feel and know what others know just by being in their presence. Carlos already knew Kyle's name and everything Kyle knew and experienced after being in his presence, though it may have also been caused when he fed on Kyle. A vampire that so much as touches a human will instantly know everything that human knows. Culebras are also able to see, hear and even feel the past of the blood they've consumed. With obsidian, they can share memories with others. When feeding on humans or even Xibalbans, the culebra can access the special or unique traits. An example of this, Richard Gecko acquired the Demon Jaguar tracking and combat skills by drinking the female warrior's blood.
- Illusion Casting - Santánico Pandemonium was able to appear only in the sight of Richard Gecko and causing to see feel and know things that other knew by her telepathic guidance. Her telepathic/empathic ability to feel, see, and know what Richie knew allowed her to follow him. Other culebra use this by consuming the souls of a person. This is a form of illusion casting as they are projecting an image of that person.
- Shapeshifting - Vampires can shape-shift into a reptilian form that is stronger and far more feral than their human form or their regular vampire form. It causes them to mentally degenerate into mindless animals that can be killed easier as they are not as smart in a fight and are more blood crazed, though when partially transformed, they are simply more aggressive and can speak, while other are more like hungry zombies and even hunt in hoards or packs. They either have flaked or scaly skin with sometimes hardened scales and horns. It can allow a younger vampire to overcome and kill a group of other vampires and slaughter them in a minute if they are able to control themselves when transformed. The oldest of vampires are more adept in this and Scott was the only young vampire. They can also change into their victims, while this may be a form of telepathy or illusion casting, since their clothes change along with them. Carlos changed only his clothes and he saw himself as himself but with the officers clothes, while his reflection and everyone else saw and heard him as the officer. They can also partial shift their eyes or project their fangs.
- Flight - Santánico was the only vampire to demonstrate having wings. While in a fight and not wanting her enemies to escape, her wings grew out of her back and lifted her quickly into the air.
- Wall-Crawling - Vampires are capable of scaling on surfaces opposite to the ground and on walls, possibly with their claws. They retreated the first time they fought the humans and crawled onto the walls like insects and into wholes in the walls and ceilings, leaving the remaining humans trapped in the bar lobby.
- Special Abilities - Richie stated that some Culebras can have a special ability, such as Santánico growing a pair of bat-like wings, Carlos able to crush someone like a boa constrictor and Amancio growing two extra pairs of appendages that look similar to a praying mantis. A vampire was able to spit venom into the faces of Santánico Pandemonium and Richie Gecko, sedating them both, which Amancio Malvado again used on Santánico.
If vampires are killed, they and anything they wear turns to desert-like dust with no trace that it was ever a creature. As of season 2, vampires are incinerated into embers when they are killed, along with at least most of what they are wearing at the time, while some accessories, like glasses, are left behind.
- Sunlight - Direct, strong sunlight burns their skin and, if fully immersed in it, they will die and turn to dust along with what they wear. The touch of direct sunlight will either cause their skin to burn in smoke or be set ablaze. Only direct sunlight can harm a vampire, while one that remains in shade or shadows will remain unaffected by the sun. However, if a vampire has recently fed, it is able to walk in sunlight temporarily.
- Decapitation- Cutting off a vampire's head will not directly kill a vampire, but seems to simulate a state similar to death. It's presumed that if the head is reattached to the body, it will regenerate.
- Heart Destruction- Damaging or destroying their heart, the organ of blood and the source of their strength, usually by means of stabbing it, kills them and turns them and whatever they were into nothing but dust.
- Culebra Venom - It appears that snake venom or maybe actual culebra venom incapacitate vampires, as demonstrated when Carlos poisoned the goblets of the councilors to the Nine Lords of the Night by having snakes spew venom into the goblets. Minutes after the counselors consumed the poisoned blood from the goblets, they choked and couldn't move and were paralyzed, allowing Carlos to kill several of them while they sat helpless at the dinner table. A vampire was able to sedate both Santánico Pandemonium and Richie Gecko by spitting venom in their faces, which Amancio Malvado also used this on Santánico later on.
- Xibalban Weapons- A fatal injury, like slashed throat, from a weapon of Xibalba is capable of killing both demons and culebras.
|Cihuacoatl||Cihuacoatl is the oldest known vampire shown and is the mother of Quixtla, and the grandmother of Santánico. She is stabbed in the stomach by Santánico, with bats flying out of her.||Deceased|
|Quixtla||Quixtla was the former queen/priestess of the vampires and the mother of Santánico. She was the daughter of Cihuacoatl and the former lover of The Hangman. She is later killed by direct sunlight by her former lover, who opened the door to let it in.||Deceased|
|Razor Charlie||Razor Charlie is the bartender at the Titty Twister and the twin brother of Razor Eddie. He was killed by Sex Machine by being staked with a pool stick.||Deceased|
|Razor Eddie||Razor Eddie is the twin brother of Razor Charlie and a bartender at the Titty Twister. He later helps Victor and watches as he bites Luther.||Undead|
|Big Emilio||Emilio is a bouncer and touches Seth, earning Seth's irk. He is shot at by the brothers, where it is revealed the employees are vampires. His heart is extracted by Frost, which is then stabbed with a pencil by Sex Machine, killing Emilio.||Deceased|
|Chet Pussy||Chet was the doorman to the Titty Twister and is killed by Kate Fuller when she shoves her cross necklace in his mouth, turning him into a gooey mess.||Deceased|
|Victor||He was a friend of Razor Eddie and as he was in bat form, he came across Luther. After Eddie comes with Luther, both Eddie and Victor attack him, with Victor biting Luther, turning him into a vampire.||Undead|
|The Hangman||He was the father of Santánico and the former lover of Quixtla. He was turned by Santánico, but he managed to have some remnants of humanity and let Johnny Madrid and Ambrose Bierce go, while the sun killed Quixtla.||Undead|
|The Titty Twister House Band||They were the house band and participated in the feeding frenzy. After most of the vampires were killed, they were looked at by the human group, and says "Fuck you everybody! Good night!", exploding in dozens of body parts.||All Deceased|
|Richard Gecko||Richie is the younger brother of Seth and is the one who broke him out. After receiving a wound in his hand, he and Seth hold the Fullers hostage. They take them across the border and he is bitten by Santánico Pandemonium, turning him into a vampire. He is then staked by Seth.||Deceased|
|Sex Machine||He was a biker and is one of the few who survived the frenzy until he was turned by an unknown vampire. He turns Jacob and Frost into vampires, and is at first decapitated, but turns into a rat-like creature. He is shot with a crossbow and killed by Kate.||Deceased|
|Jacob Fuller||He was the father of Kate and Scott and a former pastor. His wife was killed in a car accident and he lost his faith. He is turned into a vampire by Sex Machine and is killed by Scott after he was promised to be killed when he turned.||Deceased|
|Frost||Frost is a Vietnam veteran and is one of the few who survived the frenzy, before being bitten by Sex Machine. He is staked through the stomach and killed by Jacob.||Deceased|
|Mary Newlie||Mary was an evangelist and the wife of John. She finds out he was after her money and is turned into a vampire by Ezra. She is staked through the stomach by John.||Deceased|
|Ray Bob||He was a security guard and wasn't the brightest out of the group. He is turned into a vampire by Luther and is indirectly killed by Buck from the sunlight.||Deceased|
|Luther Heggs||Luther is a criminal and friend of Buck, Ray Bob, C.W. and Jesus. He escapes from law enforcement and wants to make a heist. He is killed by Buck.||Deceased|
|Jesus||Jesus is an associate of Buck, Luther, Ray Bob and C.W. He is turned into a vampire by Luther and is killed by Buck Bowers.||Deceased|
|C.W. Niles||C.W. is an associate of Buck Bowers, Luther Heggs, Ray Bob and Jesus. He is turned into a vampire by Luther and is killed by Otis Lawson.||Deceased|
|Catherine Reece||Catherine is an outlaw who wanted to become Johnny's apprentice. She is eventually bitten by the vampires.||Undead|
|Lupe||Lupe was a woman who ran into Jesus and had sex with him. While taking a shower, she is attacked and bitten by Luther Heggs. She is decapitated by Jesus.||Deceased|
|Ezra Traylor||He is a businessman who was turned by an unknown female vampire. He becomes close to Quixtla and is staked by Johnny during the frenzy.||Deceased|
|John Newlie||John is the husband of Mary Newlie, who only married her for money. They arrive at the Titty Twister and he is bitten by Joaquin. He tells Johnny to kill him before he turns and he does.||Deceased|
|Nano||Nano was a friend of Razor Charlie's and ate Johnny's horse. He is decapitated by The Hangman.||Deceased|
|Joaquin||He was a former associate of Johnny's and is eventually turned into a vampire. He is staked by Johnny.||Deceased|
|Clarence Wilson||Clarence was the vampire master in the video game. He is eventually killed by Seth.||Deceased|
|Amancio Malvado||Amancio is the leader of the Nine Lords and the elder brother of Celestino, Emilio, Venganza and five unnamed siblings. He was responsible for Santánico turning into a culebra. He is eventually killed by her when she kills his snake.||Deceased|
|Celestino Oculto||Celestino is one of the Nine Lords and is a brother to five unnamed siblings, Venganza, Emilio and Amancio. He was the Lord who contributed to stories of various people. He was also the one who watched over the Santa Sangre and gave it sacrifices. He is killed by Amancio, who proceeded to pull out his snake.||Deceased|
|Venganza Verdugo||Venganza is one of the Nine Lords and a sister to Amancio, Celestino, Emilio and five unnamed siblings. She is the only remaining Lord until she kills herself.||Deceased|
|Emilio||Emilio is one of the Nine Lords and a brother to Amancio, Celestino, Venganza and five unnamed siblings. He was killed by Brasa.||Deceased|
|Five Unnamed Lords||They are the lords of the night and are the only five siblings not named. All are them are killed by Brasa.||All Deceased|
|Santánico Pandemonium||Kisa, formerly known as Santánico, was turned by Amancio and became the main attraction at the Titty Twister, luring victims there. After being set free, she gets her vengeance against Amancio by killing him and leaves, deciding to lead her own life. After her girlfriend, Manola, is killed by Amaru, she rejoins the fight and after Amaru's defeat, she leads the culebras.||Undead|
|Carlos Madrigal||Carlos was a former conquistador who was turned by Santánico and became her lover. He lures the Fullers, Geckos, Aiden and Freddie Gonzalez to the Twister to bring them to their fates. He is then put in the labyrinth and it is thought that he conquered it, but he later reveals that he sold his soul to Xibalba.||Undead|
|Richard Gecko||Richie is the younger brother of Seth and the son of Ray Gecko. He is turned into a culebra by Santánico and he joins her into helping her get her vengeance against the ones who made her who she is. He becomes partners with Seth once again and they go up against the demons of Xibalba. After Amaru's defeat, he, Seth and Kate become partners.||Undead|
|Aiden Tanner||Aiden is a professor and was turned into a culebra in the labyrinth after being stabbed by Freddie. He eventually gets trapped in Xibalba after becoming controlled by Amaru.||Undead (trapped in Xibalba)|
|Scott Fuller||Formerly known as JianJun, Scott is the adoptive son of Jennifer and Jacob, and the younger adoptive brother of Kate. He is turned into a culebra by Carlos and becomes involved in a band after sending Amaru back to Xibalba.||Undead|
|Narciso Menendez||Narciso was one of the lieutenants to the Nine Lords and was originally part of Pancho Villa's gang before being turned by Carlos. He is decapitated by Carlos years later.||Deceased|
|Ximena Vasconcelos||Ximena is Venganza's lieutenant and became Freddie's lover. She is killed by Freddie when he was under Amaru's control.||Deceased|
|Burt||Ilhicamina, currently known as Burt, was a Xibalban demon hunter and was the former lover of Ximena. He is killed when Amaru extracts his heart.||Deceased|
|Jacob Fuller||Jacob was the father of Kate and Scott. He was the husband of Jennifer and a preacher who lost his path after Jennifer's death. He is turned into a culebra by Scott and is mercy killed by Kate.||Deceased|
|The Regulator||The Regulator was an ancient warrior and was summoned by Amancio from his statue form. He is eventually killed by the Geckos and Eddie.||Deceased|
|Maia||Maia was the girlfriend of Carlos and a member of Culebros. She escapes after Carlos is cut into separate body parts.||Undead|
|Paloma Gutierrez||Paloma was an innocent girl who was taken by Santánico and Richie, and forced to help them with their plan. She eventually is saved by the Geckos, but she goes to Amancio thinking she could become what Santánico is. Santánico fights and then kills her.||Deceased|
|Alice||Alice was a waitress at Jacknife's and worked for Amancio. She is killed by Seth after going into a frenzy.||Deceased|
|Cristobal||Cristobal formerly worked for Amancio until his death. He became under the control of Calavera and his head is shot off.||Deceased|
|Alonzo||Alonzo was one of the culebras who was associated with Venganza. He is eventually killed when his head is shot off.||Deceased|
|Rianne||Rianne was the girlfriend of Cannonball and is killed by Kate.||Deceased|
|Cannonball||Cannonball was the boyfriend of Rianne and was turned by Santánico. He is killed.||Deceased|
|Doc||Doc was a customer to the Twister and is turned into a culebra. He is killed.||Deceased|
|Fanglorious||There are two unnamed bandmates (one female, one male) who, besides Scott, are still alive.||1 Deceased (Tommy), 3 Undead|
|The Arbiter||He is the right hand man to Amancio and has the ability to create a few extra arms. He is a torturer and is eventually torn apart by the other culebras imprisoned.||Deceased|
|Colt worked for Winchester and Balthazar Ambrose. He is eventually killed.||Deceased|
|Florinda was one of the Geckos' assistants and she was being controlled by Calavera. Her skull is crushed by him, killing her in the process.||Deceased|
|She was a stripper and is eventually killed.||Deceased|
|Rafa Infante||Rafa was a young culebra and had a soft spot for Kate. He sacrifices himself so she and Seth could escape from The Regulator.||Deceased|
|Kalinda||Kalinda is one of the Geckos assistants and because they wanted to be careful of Calavera's scheme, Seth shoots her.||Undead|
|Chet Pussy||Chet was the doorman to the Twister and after making a pass at Kate, he is beaten up by the the Geckos. He comes for vengeance against Seth and is killed.||Deceased|
|They are the house band and their true nature is shown during the frenzy. They are eventually killed.||All Deceased|
|Winchester Greely||He was the owner of the Greely Warehouse and was usually late with his tribute. After escaping from the Arbiter, he flees Jacknife Jed's and leaves Seth behind.||Undead|
|Tucker||Tucker was a henchman of Carlos who kills himself after being touched by Richie's ability.||Deceased|
|The Driver||He came to pick up Amancio and Santanico to take them to El Rey. He eventually leaves when the two didn't come on time.||Undead|
|Karina||Karina was a worker at the Titty Twister. She is eventually killed by Kate.||Deceased|
|Tommy||Tommy was the guitarist of Fanglorious and was turned by Scott. He turns on Scott, but is staked by Scott.||Deceased|
|Chloe||Chloe was a culebra who was kidnapped by El Caporal, but is eventually saved by Aiden and Freddie.||Undead|
|Mary Jo||Mary Jo was a college student who was turned by Aiden, but was killed by El Caporal.||Deceased|
|Razor Charlie||Charlie was the bartender at the Titty Twister and is killed by both Seth and Richard.||Deceased|
|Machado||Machado was an ally to the Geckos and tried to help defeat Amaru. He is shot dead by a zombie gunslinger.||Deceased|
|Ramon||Ramon was a henchman of Carlos. He was killed by Freddie Gonzalez.||Deceased|
|They were the counselors to the Nine Lords, but they were poisoned and killed by Carlos Madrigal and Santánico.||All Deceased|
|Ulises||Ulises was a henchman of Carlos. He was killed by Freddie Gonzalez.||Deceased|