Best Vampire Diaries Characters

The Top Ten

Damon Salvatore Damon Salvatore is a fictional character in The Vampire Diaries novel series. He is portrayed by Ian Somerhalder in the television series.

I don't know why most of the people hate him.
Yes, he made a lot of mistakes, but remember that he was hurt by his own father,and he went to war just to please him.
He wanted to become a vampire only to stay with Katherine, and he waited years and years to reunite with her only to see that she wasn't in the tomb and being told by her that she didn't loved him.
He lost most of his friends; his best friend the sheriff and also Alaric, more than once.
He had to kill his own friend Rose, to give her the peace she deserved, he made her feel human one last time.
One of the first proof that he can be selfless.
He was willing to take the cure only to be with Elena and live a happy human life with her.
He lost his brother, the person that stayed with him for like 180 years; how can someone move on after that?
I think their reletionship is the best on the show because even when they wanted to kill each other they just couldn't.
He made many mistakes and he hurt ...more

He is a man of virtue that a woman looks for in a man, standing strong for her each time, and challenging. His love for Elena is selfless and pure.

The is the best because his live for Elena changed him for the better, he is passionate and extremely loyal, he would do nothing to hurt her. He would do everything to keep her happy and even sacrifice his own self for her. He is my favorite character

I'm also going to say Damon. He's so interesting. Not just because he's extremely attractive, but I like how he's got that whole anti-hero personality to him. He's gone through such an immense amount of pain in his life time and I completely understand why he's want to shut his emotions off. He seems at first to be this cruel character, and I'm not saying his reasons justify his reasons to killing people, but everything he does is mostly out of love. He doesn't do something to get a car or a house but out of love. I personally sympathized with him the most out of everyone. He seemed so alone and so unstable that at times I wanted to grab him through the screen and give him a giant hug. I probably wouldn't watch The Vampire Diaries without him. He's so relatable, interesting, and again very attractive. I wish I had myself a Damon.

Stefan Salvatore

Stefan Salvatore is my husband. I love him so much. Stefan deserved better from the very beginning of the vampire diaries. he is the cutest ever. he puts everyone else first. I'm about to make a list of why Stefan is the better brother and the best character. First he is so caring he is nice to everyone. Second he fought the urge to feed on Elena so many times because he was in love with her even when Klaus compelled him to feed on Elena he told her to run and he fought it for a while and Damon couldn't do that. Third his heart was so pure even Emily Bennet said like even when you turned your heart is still pure and that's your curse. Fourth he kept it together he would never won't to hurt anyone and he never did unless his humanity was off but when Damon gets hurt by the smallest thing he kills people. Last of all the fact that he died he sacrificed his self so his brother can live and create a family with Elena even though Elena was the love of Stefans life. he would do anything for ...more

He is so far the best vampire I have seen on this show. Most importantly, he is honest, but I really feel bad how his character has been mould and written towards the end of the series. I think its easy to hate any character but when it comes to Stefan we all love him.

I hated Stefan at the beginning, he was such a sanctimonious hypocritical faker. Super annoying. But then he became the most interesting character in the show. Like I knew he was horrid beforehand, but boy oh boy this guy is the worst. Even Klaus is impressed. As a character he is a a complete mess: Am I really supposed to believe that a sadistic mass murderer is pure-hearted? But leaving aside the authors screwed up writing he is a piece of work. Lying, manipulative, self-deluded, cruel, sadistic, cold-hearted. I love sassy sadistic Stefan the most.

Although we all love Damon, Stefan always respects everyone's decisions (especially Elena's) even though he loves her to bits. He's a complex, interesting character who's been dragged through hell and back. Ridiculously selfless, he always hangs on no matter how much pain he is in. I am a HUGE Stelena shipper and I've always felt that he was the original Salvatore guy. It was an epic love and they were soul mates when Elena was human beyond doubt. I'll always wait for my Stefan Salvatore!

Katherine Pierce

She is a strong woman and very sarcastic. She is also really pretty and a fighter for what she believes in.
Her past is really traumatic.
I want the couples to be:
- Steferine (Stefan and Katherine)
- Bamon (Bonnie and Damon)
- Matt and Caroline
- Elena can be alone.

She is the smartest because she always sees the big picture.. and come on who else would have survived 500 years run from The Originals.

Katherine is by far in the TVD universe one of the best characters. I vote for her because she is just a boss in so many ways. And not even damn Damon could beat her in my opinion. He always came second or third for me, but Katherine has more than that. She got her baby taken from her by her father, having to survive for 500 years as a vampire, and even running to survive. And in the end, she doesn't even deserve the fate she deserves. By sending her to oblivion? After she can't even be with Stefan? Wow, life IS cruel, you were right Katherine.

Katherine is literally the girl we all hate love. Sexy, funny and nasty, yes, that's Katherine Pierce. But actually, she is a very (and the best in the show) vilain. Selfish. but classy, naughty but clever.


Joseph Morgan is one of the best actors on the CW period. Also, it's great to have a character to hate on one show and root for in another. I could go into detail on why Klaus is such an amazing character but I think most of it is pretty obvious. The most interesting character is a grey one, and whilst he may be a darker shade of grey he certainly is not completely evil.

Firstly, Joseph Morgan's acting is just on point. He plays every layer of Klaus with such intensity you actually feel every bit of those emotions yourself. Joseph is so intelligent and creative that having so little materiel from the books to go on he made Klaus into a complex character to begin with. And he is the most attractive man I know of, I don't think after watching Joseph anyone would be able to take that place.

Secondly, thanks to first Joseph's portrayal (Julie herself admired that the first bit complexity to Klaus was brought on from Joseph himself) and second TVD writers Klaus is an extremely complex and layered character. He is not a bay boy just for the sake of being bad. his actions are driven by one force or another. He is both highly intelligent and deeply emotionally flawed (for entirely understandable reasons: when you meet his parents, so much is explained--including why his brother Elijah is so keen to emotionally redeem Klaus). being so smart, so cunning, ...more

One of the best characters in the show but even if I like the originals I wish him and the Mikaelsons hadn't move to New Orleans and instead stayed in Mystic Falls and in the main show.

Niklaus is like... the ultimate redeemable villain. If a bad guy is always evil it becomes a bit boring. However if said bad guy shows signs of humanity and possible redemption... that's irresistible. His character is the most developed in the whole Vampire diaries/Originals, in my opinion, and it's a fascinating character at that. Epic love and betrayal, countless grabs for power, delusions of grandeur, family trauma and drama, and an insatiable thirst for a reason to go in. Of course it doesn't hurt that he's sexy as hell.

Caroline Forbes

She's definitely my favorite character besides Stefan and Katherine. Caroline had the best development through out the whole show (Damon had an amazing development as well). She went from an insecure little girl to the strongest character in the show. She always helped her friends and gave them a second chance, despite everything. She is an amazing friend and literally one of the most selfless characters. She was treated so badly by everyone and had so many terrible things happen to her yet she never stopped being a good person. She's definitely one of the funniest and cutest characters ever and I love how soft and yet badass she can be. She is an amazing mother and deserved so much better. I was so mad that she didn't get her happy ending but she never gave up and she never will because she's Caroline Forbes, that's what she does, she'll always fight for herself and her loved ones.

Caroline is easily the best character on TVD, there’s no doubt. Had she not have been a character, I probably wouldn’t have watched the show a million times and fall more and more in love with it every time. It’s like what someone already said, when she became a vampire I immediately loved her character. It’s almost as though before she turned she used that control freak side to conceal her true emotions. Then when she turned she became a feminist icon and a true best friend. She fell in love with herself. Which Elena never was, she was so focused on finding love that she barely cared about her friendships or even her brother. I really hope Candice is going to be in a lot more movies/T.V. shows.

Best female character in the series she has the best development in the show and even if she is still alive, she deserves better because she lost everyone that she loves in the end.

She is the best female character on the vampire diaries she is so strong and kind hearted. She is a best friend to everyone and she always smiles.

Bonnie Bennett

Bonnie is the only character in the whole series who, until the end, never did anything that I found annoying, immoral, or wrong. Not only that, but throughout the series, even though she is in it less than Elena and Caroline, she has the most realistic and relatable personality of everyone on the show. Lastly, throughout all of the weird plot lines of the show, she is the only character who I have loved throughout all of it. Bonnie Bennett is my favorite character!

Bonnie is among the top three on my list. There's so many scenes just showing how great she is, I mean remember the old decades dances where Bonnie died trying to kill Klaus while Elena watched at the door screaming for her witchy powers to unlock the door. However we later found that she was alive. And in the new season we see how truly perfect her character is as she is trapped alone in the 1970's.

She sacrificed herself for her boyfriend/ her best friends sister, bother her parents are dead (mother is a vamp) she gave her chance to leave the prison world to Damon, powerful, boyfriend has died/ best friend's brother, brought almost everyone back to life, refused to help lily bring back her crazy heretic family (don't like anyone especially Valerie she ruined Seraline) She wan'ts her boyfriend to be happy and is a major awesome character!

Bonnie is an incredibly loyal, lovable and supportive character. In the end, she lost so much and sacrificed so much for her friends. I don't understand how Elena is higher than Bonnie when Elena is selfish and overrated.

Elena Gilbert

Elena is such an underrated character. She's amazing and she is not a Mary Sue! I don't understand how Katherine is above her, Bonnie, and Caroline. Katherine makes me very angry.

Here's why people do not like elena. She keeps doing stupid with her excuse that she's only trying to save everyone but 3/4 of THEM end up dying because of HER. And let's not forget how she killed thousands of vampires(good or bad) by killing two originals. Her friends lost their family members or their lovers because of her and she would play all innocent and place the blame on someone else then she ended up forgiven. All also when she turned of her humanity and killed a lot of people and even tried to kill her best friends a couple of times and she wouldn't even want hear any of it after. She also switched between two brothers for who knows how many episodes. She also hurt people's feelings but she's the one acting angry.


Elena is simply the best character in the show. She lived so much tough moments, but never gave up! She's very inspiring, being compassionate, kind and always ready to help everyone. She is so selfless.

I honestly don't get why people hate Elena? I mean she is the main character so if you don't like her then why do you watch the show? Also I get how people say that she makes things about herself. BUT FOR REAL SHE didn't ASK EVERYONE TO PROTECT HER! THEY JUST DO. She is beautiful inside and out. She is caring, kind, smart, athletic, and a strong person. She lost so many people and is still kind to people. I was so sad when Nina left! Elena is amazing and haters need to SHUT UP!

Rebekah Mikaelson

Katherine, Caroline, Rebekah, Bonnie, and Lexi are the best female characters on this show, period.
Rebekah is a sweet person who puts up an emotional wall. She can be unstable. Unlike Elena, she doesn't whine about her past (staying with a toxic brother for centuries and being abused by her father). Unlike Damon or Klau, she doesn't blame others for her mistakes or act like a hypocrite. In the Originals, did you see the way she took care of Hope?
My baby girl Bekah deserves the world.

You want to hate her but you can't help but love her.

Rebekah seems to have a list of contradicting personality traits that apply for her. She can act catty, ruthless, selfish, erratic, and vindictive, but deep down, she's a sweet girl who loves her family and wants nothing more than to find love and to be loved, or at least accepted and sympathised with for once.

There are just SO many things to admire about this character and I was intrigued by her by the moment this show started. She is so forgiving towards her brother Klaus, and yes she has betrayed him, wronged him, and shown vindictiveness, but the fact remains that she was willing to put up with his cruelty for over a thousand, remaining by his side and still loving him, and the only reason why she acted this way at time is because he stood in the way of her happiness, acted like he owned her, was cruel to her, used her, and took her for granted. She is an admirably fierce, strong, and courageous character, and I ...more

Rebekah is a great character because whilst she's one of the strongest and oldest characters you still see a little sister in her. You feel sorry for her sometimes. You get to see that she is a nice person she has feelings like everyone else just the perfect combination of them

Rebekah is an amazing character who should be way higher on the list. She is beautiful and she likes to have a nice family, though her family is a little messed up, she always sticks by her MANY brothers. I admire her and she definitely should score WAY higher

Alaric Saltzman

Alaric is by far my favourite 'Vampire Diaries' character. He was really interesting and had great depth to him that not many other characters had. His character was realistic and relatable and above all he was actually a very interesting and moral person. I also love Elijah, Damon and Caroline is aloso okay, especially as a vampire.

Dude was a badass human and an even badder immortal, he had a huge heart was hard as nails a gd friend and was an important individual to all who had the pleasure of knowing him, all in all a brilliant realistic and humanised character R.I.P

Loyal and capable. Probably one of the most reliable hunters to have around you.

Hands down best character after Damon, Klaus and Elijah come close behind

Tyler Lockwood

Tyler has said so many mean things about Caroline that ruined her self esteem. He also has massive anger issues and pride. He doesn't seem very relatable.

Tyler was the best character. The saddest moment of the show was when Damon killed Tyler. I am sure that I am not the only person who wished it was Matt instead. Tyler was also one of the few werewolves left on the show and he had a great personality. Tyler and Caroline made a better couple than Caroline and Stefan.

I love Tyler. At first he was the character I hated most but then he really proved himself. Just like Damon they were both selfish,narcassistic and I honestly hated them the most but they both proved themselves and I think that they have come a long way from the beginning. When Tyler died (well Damon killed him) my heart sunk and I really hated Damon for it but it most mostly Sybil's fault everyone in this fandom can agree that she is the main reason that Tyler died. Unfortunately Tyler didn't make it all the way till the end but for me he was a real producer to the show and he will always be my favourite character in the show.

I never liked Tyler. Klaus would have been so much better for Caroline. Tyler was more focused on revenge than Caroline. Klaus would have forgotten the revenge instantly if it meant that he could be with Caroline. Even if it were just for a minute. He would go to the ends of the earth for her.

The Contenders

Jeremy Gilbert

I hate his character and was hoping he would leaving sooner than later. All he does is walk around complaining all the time. He blames everyone around him for his problems.. He is in search of a purpose and when he finds that purpose as a hunter, he is still complaining. He is always when Bonnie was alive always in her business as if he was her manager. He would try and tell her when and how she should use her magic. UGH! I feel as if they were trying to make him into some kind of sex symbol but that didn't. He's either walking around shirtless or working out lifting weights. He walks around as if he is some kind body builder, boy sit down please!. I was hoping he would get killed off and just leave.

His character is so boring and so is bonnie's character. I wish they would kill him off again he really is useless

I love him so much, I cried a lot when Silas killed him, but I was so happy when Bonnie bringed him back. She is also so hot

Sooo hot. So so so hot. He happens to be sweet too. And he tried to kill Elena. I love him.

Elijah Mikaelson

Definitely the best character in both the vampire diaries and the originals. He's smrat, loyal and moral
He's just as brutal and aggressive as klaus, but he's using he's power with fine share of thinking. He's an amazing character, all of his actions are coming from an everlasting love. He sacrificed so much for he's siblings and for everyone that he loved, although klaus made his life dark and sad (klaus killed gia and celeste, he constantly ignored all of Elijah's efforts and thoughts). Elijah love his family with such passion, and he dedicates himself to his loved ones and always protects them, no matter how much he get hurt by their actions. His love for hayley is so dip and full of emotion, just like he's love for all of his family. He deserved so much more...

Best Mikaelson, he always protects is family no matter what, and his word is one of the most important things for him.
And also no one wears suit better than him.

He deserves better because he spent his entire life trying to find redemption for his brother and in even the end he couldn't let him be alone.

Elijah is the most loyal vampire on the vampire diaries he is probably my favorite character. He loves his family more than anything he would do anything for them.


I love his apathetic nature paired with a wonderful sense of humor. I love how calm he is before going in for the kill so that it's truly terrifying and unpredictable - this is something we haven't seen from a villain on the show at all. Sure Klaus was scary, but his erratic behavior always made it known who he was going to kill next and Elijah while he does have that calm demeanor when he kills it's always clean and calculated taking the element of surprise and thus the scariness out of it. Kai had a way of being unpredictable and yet calculated because who really saw him stabbing Bonnie coming and who thought he was going to kill that cab driver. He made every kill so cavalier that you couldn't quite grasp whether he was being friendly or murderous (which is true to the sociopath MO). Anyways I just absolutely loved his character and season 7 would been a lot better if he was apart of it.

Kai was definitely the best character hands down, he deserves to be at least in the top five. His character was so menacing, mischievous and he honestly brought life back to TVD. Unlike the other former villains like Klaus and Damon, he never got soft and mushy, he was just badass and I guess that's why so many people loved Kai. As well as his amazing hilarious personality, he was very charming, good-looking, witty and sarcastic. He reminds me of season 1 Damon, just more crazier and evil. Plec made an idiotic decision to cut him off the show in season 6, she could've really explored his character. Bonnie and Kai, in my opinion, could've been explored more, they would've made a golden couple, honestly. So this is why that sociopathic homicidal lunatic is my favourite character from TVD

Malachai Parker, unlike any other, who has seen a villain quite like Kai? He is a psychopath that you can't help but fall in love with; this show excels in introducing us to adorable bad guys that make us fall in love(Klaus, Katherine, Kol, etc) and have shown us a new side, new depths that we never could of imagined, plus he is hilarious, adorable, does horrible things yet we still can't hold it against him(killing Jo and all the the geminis), this villain found his way straight to our hearts! He is super memorable, damn sexy, bad ass, etc. He is the best true villain we've had, sorry Klaus. He made the vampire diaries a whole new interesting, and we all now that we all still miss and have a place for Malachi Parker in out hearts!

Probably the most dangerous villain just do to the fact that he seems absolutely harmless until he's not. He's the only one who could lull you into a sense of security. Every other villain had a way about them that made them dangerous and untrustworthy all the time, but with Kai you could never quite tell.


Such an interesting and deep character... You can relate and understand his pain and rage. He's smart, cunning and angry enough to get what he wants but he's loyal and strong too. You can't decide either you should hate or love him. The best minor character since Klaus appeared.

I loved this character for, like, a season or two. But his relationship with Lily makes me want to slap him, and his affection for her ruined Caroline and Enzo!

How can tyler and matt be higher than enzo...he is a great character and he has a great value on the show than matt and tyler

Always has the best one liners on the show, and is the most interesting character atm

Matt Donovan

Matt's one of the more lovable characters to have ever come out of Vampire Diaries although he is a minor one. He is nice and very friendly and a type of person who you could always depend. He cares a lot about his friends and would do anything for them.

It is very depressing that he is not even acknowledged by his friends even though he has stood by them through all their hardships. Rather, characters have hated him for something he wasn't responsible for. Stefan and Damon unnecessarily hated Matt when Elena asked Stefan to save Matt instead of herself. He is also always toyed around by other characters like Katherine, making him seem really pitiful. It really makes me sad to think that he did not have any proper character development in the first few seasons. I bet Matt as a character could have been developed into something much better than what he already is.

Have you watched season six? He was a jerk to pick on Tyler when he was going through up a rough patch (his girlfriend tried to commit suicide! ) Kidnapped Enzo when he killed someone, a loser someone ( why do you care about Enzo killing someone when Damon, Stefan, Caroline, Elena and your sister has killed before! ) He admitted that he hates vampires and has said that they are 'Monsters'

Matt is always crying about something. Woe is me. Every scene is about him crying over this and that. If its not his mother, its Elena, or Caroline, or Stephan or Damon. Dude get over it. Can he ever have a good day and smile. If Mystic Falls is so terrible.. LEAVE!. I saw the clip when he read for Stephan, Fail!. He sounds like a meat head. Uh Elena, uhhh, you want to have coffee. uhhh..

He's gorgeous and also a very good person! He passed lot of bad events, and he deserves the 1 place!

Marcel Gerard
Lexi Branson

She was a true friend to Stefan. She should've been in more scence because she was so kind and would've been friends with Elena.

I loved Lexi. She showed us a side of Stefan that we otherwise wouldn't have seen. She was the ultimate best friend and other half of Stefan. And I liked how there was never any romance between them. They were just two souls that looked out for one another.

When Lexi first aired I knew she was my favorite and when damon killed her I wanted to kill him. I loved how she got Stefan to be happy other than elana When she came bac I literally squeled I was so excited. I love how the actor betrade her Therefor Lexi is my ultimate favorite character

She is so amazing! Although she is not my favourite character on TVD she just has such an amazing spirit and I love her friendliness towards everyone! Lexi's a good sport and very cool!

Jenna Sommers

Funny and pretty. It was nice to have Jenna there as a true reality check when she was unaware of what was happening.

I loved Jenna, she was and still is my favourite character. I was so upset when she died

Jenna is awesome and hilarious without even trying. Miss her

Jenna was great. She will always be one of my favorites on TVD

Kol Mikaelson

Best the originals characters and best Mikaelson. He is so underrrated and he deserves more screen time. Saddest death in the vampire diaries, but in the end he got the end game with Davina. I wish that we could have seen their wedding

I have to say that as Kol's humanity grew stronger, especially in the Originals, I began to completely despise his character. What I loved about him was his careless impulsivity, his charming and playful attitude that could be used both in joking situations as well as right before he's about to rip someone's head off. I love how unpredictable he is and, I won't lie, he's also the most attractive character (to me, anyways) on the show hands down. His personality increases that. But when they start to make him kind and compassionate...blegh. We have other characters for that. They don't all have to be good! I loved the sociopathic younger brother vibe he had going on. Anyways, he'll always remain my favorite character. Truly in love with Kol Mikaelson.

Kol Mikaelson his face makes your heart race. he's only a sociopath because he's a forgotten Mikaelson having to deal with the fact that he'd neved have forever and always like his siblings. Plus he's funny.

Kol is s totally misunderstood chararter. I mean, he's always been by himself. His family should care more, or at all really. He really has an innocent soul, and also really hot.


She was so strong and beautiful and cared about the people around her so heavily that she was willing to do anything for them. I was always the epitome of class and sacrifice and perfectly represented the people around her! Oh R.I.P ANNA

Anna was stupid for being with Jeremy, and even more stupid for jeopardizing Bonnie and Jeremy's relationship. She's just an annoying character in general. Too dependent and whiny.

I like Anna a lot. The actor is great very believable. Just comes across as generally a good egg.

Her and Jeremy we really cute together. It was really sad she died

Sheriff Forbes


She is the best mother in the whole entire series and best human (Matt can screw up sometimes and can be a jerk) She never did anything bad and she made you cry when she died of cancer (you guys should of listened when I said spoilers) No one has ever made me cry like her

Damon would ha e news ed, and deserved, a mother like Liz it is not casual ne loves Liz that mich.

Best parent in the show she didn't deserve to die

She is awesome at tracking vampire's


Silas was just a dumb, power-hungry version of Stefan.

The most powerful, and the best among the rest

Vampires are silly perversion of me...

Vicki Donovan

It would've been much easier for the show to let her live so Damon would forget Elena and it wouldn't be do irritating to watch annoying ass Elena not being able to pick between two brothers. She managed to make Damon care for her and show his human side in a very short time and he even cried when he had to kill her. I knew she was pretty with short hair but she was THE MOST BEAUTIFUL when she had that long wavy hair. I love her character because she ended up with a werewolf bite when she protected Damon even though they only met in a short time.

I love her and her story. She's the best character next to Katherine and Bonnie.

Hayley Marshall

Haley Marshall, she's the most loyal loving character in the entire vampire diaries universe.

Best character I have ever seen. So much detail and development. 5x06 left me in tears.

My favorite character so far

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