Arlene is a sassy Southern woman who sees herself as young and spunky. She says what she wants, sometimes disregarding others feelings. She holds herself in high regard, thinking that she is attractive and all men want her. Arlene is a fair-weather friend. Sookie finds herself working Arlene's shifts when she needs to leave early and takes care of her kids while she is at dates. Yet values their one sided friendship. Arlene also proves to be a caring and loving individual. She is fiercely protective of her children, refusing to leave her burning house until she found them. While she has a good heart, she is often apt to resort to bigotry (directed at vampires) and openly disapproves of Sookie's relationship with Bill. Arlene often makes remarks that have distinctly racist undertones though this often appears to be unintentional.