It was only a matter of time before I took my 15+ year running obsession with vampires (yep, 7-year-old me was watching The Lost Boys and pining over Kiefer Sutherland) and turned it into a list. This post isn’t exactly an original idea, plenty of websites have ranked TV vampires. I’m just ranking my favorites and adding my two cents in.
10. Pam Swynford De Beaufort (Kristin Bauer van Straten, True Blood)/Rebekah Mikaelson (Claire Holt, The Vampire Diaries): For the first upon my list I decided to start off with a tie between two bad ass vampire chicks. First, Pam from True Blood. She knows what she wants, when she wants it. Turned by Eric Northman in 1905, Pam helps run Fangtasia, the vampire bar in town. She is loyal and even a tad funny. Even though she rarely shows emotion through out the series, she agrees to turn a dying Tara into a vampire. At first she despises the idea but develops a bond and even a love for baby vampire Tara.
Rebekah: The youngest of the ‘Original’ first family of vampires, Rebekah is also the only girl. Often trying to stand up to and beside her brothers (especially vampire-wereworlf brother Klaus) Rebekah is still a teenage girl at heart. When first introduced she comes off as one sided and evil, but as her character reacclimatizes to the present day (she had been “dead” since the 1920s) she slowly starts to show her true colors, a girl who just wants to be loved. She is able to kick ass and manipulate. Rebekah is not just evil or flat out good.
9. Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley, The Vampire Diaries): In Season 1 of TVD, Stefan is introduced as the main vampire protagonist of the show. He quickly falls in love with human Elena and the two form a typical teenage TV romance. As the series progresses, Stefan becomes more than just the good guy. In the end of Season 2, he leaves his home in Mystic Falls with vampire-werewolf Klaus to save his brother Damon. Sworn to only animal blood because of his evil tendencies on human blood, Stefan becomes a “ripper.” There are two sides to Stefan. The good, loving boyfriend of Elena, and the sassy, evil ripper who can tare through a town in one night with his fangs. His smart ass, villainous ways is what made me a Stefan fan.
8. Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård, True Blood): A once Swedish Viking over 1,100 years old, Eric is as complicated as he is sexy. First coming off as the hardcore owner of Fangtasia, Eric slowly starts to show is personality after meeting Sookie Stackhouse. Eric is out for Eric but is faithful to his maker, Godric. After losing his memory in Season 4, Eric and Sookie’s love blossoms. He soon regains his memory but his love for Sookie and softer side still somewhat remain. In Season 5 he is the only one to not give into the vampire Authority and their religious beliefs in the vampire God “Lilith.”
7. Spike (James Marsters, Buffy the Vampire Slayer): The comic relief vampire of Sunnydale. Spike’s evil ways are edged with a bit of humor. This is what makes Spike so likable. Throughout the series Spike remains a constant. Although not a part of the “Scooby gang” he is always somewhere around. Spike’s character makes his way from antagonist to anti-hero somewhere in the series and he and Buffy have a love affair. Acquiring his soul back and finally dying in the finale, Spike pops up as a ghost in spin-off series, Angel, once again becoming the comic relief of the show.
6. Lucien LaCroix (Nigel Bennett, Forever Knight): The maker of main protagonist, Nick Knight, LaCroix is the voice of narration for his progeny. Turned by his young daughter in 79 A.D., LaCroix is an ever turning history book. To keep an eye on his progeny, he hosts a late night radio show in Nick’s hometown of Toronto. Not always a seen presence, his wise words spoken on his show often strike a cord with Nicholas. LaCroix loves the vampire life, opposed to Nick. He is a voice of reason but also takes an understanding to Nick’s hardships of living as a vampire.
5. Josef Kostan (Jason Dohring, Moonlight): Another vampire who loves being a vampire, Josef is the best friend of main character Mick St. John. Although Mick would do anything in his power to become human again, Josef would do anything to stay a vampire. He is rich and cocky, fun, and engaging. Even though he comes off as a playboy Josef did fall in love with a human in the 1950s. After trying to make his human lover a vampire and failing, Josef adopts a tougher exterior. Inside though he is emotional and has a very caring relationship with Mick, even going as far as turning Mick back into a vampire in order to save the love of Mick’s life.
4. Henry Fitzroy (Kyle Schmid, Blood Ties)/Henry Durham (Kyle Schmid, Being Human US): Perhaps the most interesting pick on my list. Actor Kyle Schmid has had the coincidental opportunity to play two different vampires, both named Henry, on two different television shows. First, Henry Fitzroy (based off of a real historical royal, the illegitimate son of Henry VIII of England). Fitzroy is a close to 500 year old artist and graphic novelist who often helps private investigator Vicki Nelson with her supernatural cases. Unlike other television shows where vampires are surrounded by others of their kind, Fitzroy is unable to live in close proximity to other vampires for hunting reasons. He is refined and charismatic, often providing an edge for sometimes uptight Vicki.
In Being Human (US), Schmid plays younger vampire, Henry Durham. Turned during World World I by main vampire Aidan, Henry becomes rebellious towards his maker. He thirsts for power, lying and cheating his way to gain it. Finally exiled by Aidan, Henry is unseen for 80 years until he turns up in present day, surprising Aidan. The two have an uneasy yet loving bond, much like a real father-son relationship. Durham is still more rebellious in present day but a little nicer and less conniving. He pines for his makers trust and acceptance, saving Aidan several times from danger and willingly having all his skin removed to prove himself, but prefers the more villainous side to being a vampire compared to his maker.
3. John Mitchell (Aidan Turner, Being Human UK): Mitchell is a vampire trying to live in a human world. With his werewolf and ghost roommates he tries hard at “being human.” Another vampire with villainous tendencies when drinking human blood, Mitchell quits it cold turkey. After years of hard work and resistance he becomes blood free, able to live a more human-like life. He struggles with the lust for blood though and slips up over his time on the series. He is lovable, humorous, and easy on the eyes (well, aren’t all the vampires on this list!?). Mitchell’s final act comes at the end of Season 3 and he sacrifices himself in the end for his friends, a heart breaking and truly human move.
2. Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola, The Vampire Diaries): Perhaps my favorite lady on TVD, Caroline is a girl who became a better character once turned into a vampire. Starting off as a self absorbed, human cheerleader on the series, Caroline is turned by Katherine in the beginning of Season 2. At first Caroline is unsure of how to handle herself, often becoming neurotic in the process. As the series progresses, Caroline becomes a truly awesome character. She kicks ass and takes names but also provides moral support for Elena and the rest of her friends. She isn’t afraid of being a vampire and she isn’t afraid of anyone else. She stands her ground and stays strong willed, even through all the craziness in Mystic Falls.
1. Elijah Mikaelson (Daniel Gillies, The Vampire Diaries): Meant to only be a small guest character on the hit series, a henchman for hybrid Klaus, Elijah quickly became so much more. Gillies’ flawless performance as regal Elijah spawned the idea for the ‘Original’ family of vampires. The moral head of his family, Elijah is a friend to everyone. Although his intentions aren’t always quiet clear, it is clear all he wants is to make things better for all parties involved. He is level headed and full of stories. In Season 2, when it is revealed he is Klaus’ half brother, it is also revealed that Elijah’s main goal is to reunite with his family (whom Klaus had “daggered” (temporarily killed) one by one through out their 1,000 years on earth). Elijah wants to kill his brother for what he has done but in the end finds his love and trust too strong to do so. His trust is not reciprocated by Klaus and Elijah himself is daggered at the end of Season 2. Elijah, and the rest of his family, are un-daggered in season 3 and the Mikaelson’s are reunited once again. Elijah can be the protagonist and antagonist at the same time. He feels apathy for human life and feels unease when he commits villainous acts. Elijah is one amazing vampire (it should be noted that Elijah has yet to “vamp out” on the show, we have yet to see his fangs) who will continue to provide support for the Mystic Falls gang and his own family.