Trevor Herbert is a self-proclaimed vampire hunter, though more recently has branched out into other kinds of monsters as well. He has lived most of his life as a homeless person and is known locally in Manchester as Trevor "The Tramp" Herbert.
Trevor is said to be very strong for his age, able to tackle and pin down other adults in a way that surprises them. He had a long, matted white beard at one point, although it is unknown if that is still his normal style of grooming. He has pink, unblemished skin and a strong Mancunian accent.
Trevor's abusive father killed Mrs. Herbert and then drank himself to death 4 months later when Trevor was a teenager. Trevor and his older brother Nigel chose homelessness over being separated. When Trevor was about 16, a vampire-like creature named Sylvia McDonnell lured the two brothers to its house and devoured Nigel. Trevor managed to kill the creature and escape, burning the house down. For the next ten years, he convinced himself it was a delusion brought on by the stress of witnessing his brother's murder until he encountered and killed another vampire.
Trevor has battled a heroin addiction for much of his life, which began shortly after his brother's death. He has repeatedly relapsed and even lost a few toes due to an infection acquired from injecting between them. He has always tried to hide this addiction from the public, as he knows he has a "reputation" to uphold. However, the heroin in his bloodstream saved him on one occasion, when the vampire Robert Arden tried to drink his blood and got a taste of the heroin. Trevor was able to kill the vampire and survived.
Trevor kept an eye out for paranormal threats and later killed several other vampires and (mistakenly) one mute human criminal, Alard Dupont. He was diagnosed with lung cancer and decided to give his statement to The Magnus Institute, and he expected to die soon after doing so.
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2010 to Present
In July 2010, Trevor rescued Julia Montauk from The People's Church of the Divine Host in an office building in Manchester where she worked as a night security guard. Julia returned the favour moments later and the two immediately teamed up, becoming inseparable from that point, and they have travelled and hunted together ever since. Although they bicker and tease each other, the two seem to care deeply for each other. Trevor often defers to Julia when it comes to making decisions.
Although Trevor has advanced lung cancer, he is no longer dying of it. The Hunt appears to be keeping him alive as long as he does its bidding and hunts, which he describes as feeling like another kind of addiction.
In July 2011, the pair arrived at Ivy Meadows at the same time as Nicole Baxter. (MAG 36) Trevor tackled Nicole to the ground and told her to keep her voice down. Julia told him to leave her alone. When they saw Nicole was healthy, Trevor was in favour of telling Nicole what was happening as a defence, but Julia felt running away would be a better one. They released Nicole, and she fled. Trevor and Julia proceeded to burn down Ivy Meadows Care Home.
Sometime after 2014, Trevor and Julia acquire the Catalogue of the Trapped Dead and use it to learn more about monsters to hunt.
A few years prior to 2017, Trevor and Julia illegally travelled to America in search of a wolfman in the Pacific Crest Trail. Although they never found their wolfman, they did find plenty of other things that needed killing. They are now trapped there due to the legal entanglements of trying to leave via plane, plus Julia's refusal to spend weeks on a boat. However, they don't seem terribly sad about being stuck, especially upon learning about The Stranger's impending ritual in the U.K.
Jonathan Sims encounters Trevor and Julia during his trip to America. When Julia notices that "Officer Mustermann" has taken an interest in Jonathan, she kidnaps the latter while Trevor waits in the boot of the car. When "Officer Mustermann" pulls them over, Trevor incapacitates it and they take it to a remote cabin for interrogation. While waiting for it to regenerate its lungs, Julia and Trevor give Jonathan a statement about how they met. Once satisfied by what Mustermann says, the pair loan Jonathan their Skin Book so he can contact Gerard Keay.
Julia and Trevor later show up at the Archives looking to retrieve Gerard's page from John. Upon learning that he burned the page, they are angry and plan to kill John, but are interrupted by the arrival of Daisy Tonner.
They return in MAG 158 and kill Institute staff in their hunt for John. They encounter Daisy, who has just given into the Hunt. The recording cuts out after a gunshot is heard.
Since giving a joint statement with Julia in MAG 109, Trevor has shared a recurring dream with her in which the two of them creep through a newer versioned of the dark building in Manchester, an alert hunger on their faces, and try to stalk and catch the darkness before it does the same to them.
Bold marks episodes where Trevor has given a statement.