Vanessa Brooks
Appeared in Blade
Status Deceased
Actor Sanaa Lathan

Vanessa Brooks is the mother of Blade.



Vanessa Brooks was bitten by the vampire Deacon Frost while she was pregnant. She apparently died giving birth to Eric, her son, who inherited vampires' powers, but none of their weaknesses. In reality, Vanessa didn't die, but was turned into a vampire herself, becoming one of Frost's lovers, unknowingly to Eric.

When Eric, who in the meantime had become the vampire hunter known as Blade, attacked Deacon Frost's head quarter, he defeated all of Frost's minions, but failed to kill his own mother, shock to discover she actually survived the vampire's bite. Mocking him, Frost declared the three of them formed a family, and had him tied up, ready to be used in the ritual to resurrect the vampire god La Magra. Vanessa assisted to the ritual, but when Karen Jenson released Blade, she went to him and fought him, but lost. When she was about to be killed, she tried to convince Blade not to eliminate her, in the name of their parental bonds, but he impaled her with a broken bone.

Character traits

Vanessa possesses all of vampires' classical abilities, such as superhuman strength, durability, speed and reflexes, and she possesses sharped fangs which she uses to suck the blood out of her victims' neck. She seems to be quite trained in physical combat, even if not at the level of Blade.

She appears to have quite a lusty personality, having given herself totally to Deacon Frost, who has transformed her in a perfect mate for himself.


Behind the scenes

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  • In the comics, Blade's mother was a prostitute named Tara Brooks, and was killed by Deacon Frost during Eric's birth. She never becomes a vampire.
  • In the Spider-Man animated series, Blade's mother actually is a vampire like in the movie version, but she was named Miriam and was called the Vampire Queen by those who followed her.


  • Canon (1 film)