Mike Spencer was the Bon Temps funeral home director and coroner turned vampire on the HBO original series True Blood. Played by American guest starring actor John Billingsley, Mike made his debut on the episode "The First Taste", in the series' first season. Playing a recurring role through the series' first, second, third, and fifth seasons, Mike fantasized about being with series' protagonist Sookie Stackhouse, and met an untimely demise in the Season 5 episode "Gone, Gone, Gone".
Mike was a loner, although he could talk if the topic interested him, as seen in Bon Temps.
As a coroner, his sense of humor often had a macabre tone. This caused weird looks from time to time.
After turning into a vampire, he seemed to possess little to no self control. He demonstrated this when he spoke about his adoration of Sookie Stackhouse, but tried to feed from her at the same time.
Mike Spencer was seen frequently in this season due to the volume of deaths. He was first seen at the site of The Rattrays' overturned trailer when Sookie Stackhouse went to investigate. He was next seen at the murder of Dawn Green, with his assistant Neil Jones. Mike's next appearance was at the murder of Sookie's grandmother, Adele Stackhouse. Mike's thoughts during this scene upset Sookie so much that she had to go outside. Next Mike was seen at the explosion of a house owned by a nest of vicious vampires (Malcolm, Diane Hardwicke and Liam).
It was thought that Bill was in a fourth coffin in this house, but the body turned out to be human. Mike was devastated to discover that it was the body of his assistant Neil Jones, who unknown to him, was a fangbanger.
Mike (like most of Bon Temps) was often a victim of Maryann Forrester's influence. He participated in many of her ritual orgies and drinking. Mike was arrested with many other Bon Temps citizens and spent a night in jail. Mike was arrested for "sodomizing a tree", though he remembered none of it.
At the end of Season 2 he was in Sookie's house, under Maryann's influence, which had also been occupied by Maryann. When Sookie was trying to sneak into her home unnoticed, Mike grabbed Sookie's leg and asked her if she remembered when her grandmother was "all bloody and dead" on the floor. Mike then screamed until Sookie "agreed" to have sex with him. However, Sookie knocked him out with a frying pan and proceeded to help save Bon Temps. ("Frenzy")
After Maryann's death, Mike, like the rest of the townspeople, had no recollection of the events that occurred. ("Beyond Here Lies Nothin'")
Mike comes and takes Eggs body after he is killed. Two days later he calls Tara to let her know that Eggs` funeral is about to take place. When Tara arrives, the only other persons attending are Mike and Sookie, who paid for the arrangements. The same day he is called to pick up a headless body found in the ditch. ("It Hurts Me Too")
Sookie reveals that Mike was standing behind her "thinking about sucking her toes" while they were in line at the bank.
Shortly after the Tru Blood factories are destroyed, and vampire attacks on humans increase, Mike appears at Sookie's front door. Concerned for his safety, she invites him inside. He then reveals himself to be a vampire and overpowers her, but Sookie is able to stake him (using a pair of chopsticks from Chinese take-out) while he is feeding on her. ("Gone, Gone, Gone")
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
After his transformation, Mike possessed the common strengths and weaknesses of a vampire. Sunlight would slowly kill a vampire of his young age
|Season one appearances|
|"Strange Love"||"The First Taste"||"Mine"||"Escape from Dragon House"|
|"Sparks Fly Out"||"Cold Ground"||"Burning House of Love"||"The Fourth Man in the Fire"|
|"Plaisir D'Amour"||"I Don't Wanna Know"||"To Love Is to Bury"||"You'll Be the Death of Me"|
|Season two appearances|
|"Nothing but the Blood"||"Keep This Party Going"||"Scratches"||"Shake and Fingerpop"|
|"Never Let Me Go"||"Hard-Hearted Hannah"||"Release Me"||"Timebomb"|
|"I Will Rise Up"||"New World in My View"||"Frenzy"||"Beyond Here Lies Nothin'"|
|Season three appearances|
|"Bad Blood"||"Beautifully Broken"||"It Hurts Me Too"||"9 Crimes"|
|"Trouble"||"I Got a Right to Sing the Blues"||"Hitting the Ground"||"Night on the Sun"|
|"Everything Is Broken"||"I Smell a Rat"||"Fresh Blood"||"Evil is Going On"|
|Season five appearances|
|"Turn! Turn! Turn!"||"Authority Always Wins"||"Whatever I Am, You Made Me"||"We’ll Meet Again"|
|"Let's Boot and Rally"||"Hopeless"||"In the Beginning"||"Somebody That I Used to Know"|
|"Everybody Wants to Rule the World"||"Gone, Gone, Gone"||"Finally"||"Save Yourself"|