Best Vampire Diaries Characters

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

Damon went through so much. And he is so hot! First he was transitioned to a vampire. Then John Gilbert and the others took away Katherine, the first girl he loved. Then 150 years later, he came back to Mystic Falls to get Katherine back, only to realize she wasn't in the tomb. Then when Katherine got out of her tomb, she told Damon she never really loved him. Then he begins to fall in love with Elena. Then when he finds someone else to love aka Rose she slowly dies of a werewolf bite, and he has to kill her in her sleep. Then he is bitten by a werewolf and nearly dies. Next his brother leaves with Klaus after getting the cure for the bite. And Elena still loves Stefan. I am only at the begging of season 3, but he has already gone through so much,. And did I mention he's hot!

Damon has smooth dance moves and the most handsome Vampire and Damon is so very cute . and very loyal to Elena. Damon is my boyfriend and dance partner and I really love Damon very much . despite being a handsome Vampire I really love him no matter what and Damon is my biggest love crush in the Vampire diaries series .

Oh Damon , Damon what is it about Damon ? Damon had been through so many events first had lost Katherine his first girlfriend , I know that Damon is very determined to find Katherine back Damon is protective and definitely handsome like brother Stefan .

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.

2 Stefan Salvatore

Stefan Salvatore is such a kind hearted, a smooth talker, very romantic , very sweet to Elena and super loyal . Sometimes I wish that Stefan would be willing to be my boyfriend despite being an handsome Vampire .

Stefan is awesome , Stefan is amazing , Stefan is cute and handsome , excellent dancer and really nice and sweet to Elena . Stefan is my boyfriend ! Stefan is a super loyal, a protector , smart and very romantic .

I think Stefan is really handsome and and really sweet to Elena .Stefan is really attractive and even romantic. I really in love with Stefan Salvatore [Paul Wesley ] Stefan Salvatore is my boyfriend even though he can turn into vampire which is really cool.

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.

3 Katherine Pierce

She went through so much pain and hurt and this queen didn't turn off her humanity once. She was such a misunderstood character and personality on my favs

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.

I find it rather troubling that she is so high up on this list.. I mean, come on guys, she's still evil in case you hadn't noticed. I don't really get this whole thing nowadays, where everyone's obsessed with the villain. I mean, I might sort of get the confussion in this show, since a lot of our 'heroes' are also kind of the bad guys. So I suppose Katherine isn't so different from them anyway. Long story short: I'm fine with her being well-liked and all, but seriously? Second best character? No way.

My second favorite villan. She went through so much and truly deserved better. I wish they gave her more of a chance to change before killing her off. The most superior doplllegdanger.

4 Klaus

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

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.

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.

Klaus is a original hybrid! It doesn't get much better than that. Not only is he the first supernatural cross-breed in the world, but he is also one of the most powerful characters in all the vampire diaries universe. Few people have actually been known to beat him, and fewer are actually alive right now. And that character development! He went from mysterious, and scary ancient Vampire, to super powerful, and awesome hybrid with almost no limits!

5 Caroline Forbes

Caroline is really beautiful , amazing helper and she is best friends with Bonnie and Elena , but when things changed for Caroline , with mother being the town s sheriff , Caroline turned into a vampire , Stefan helped her control her emotions . Caroline has a sweet smile and she became miss Mystic falls [ which in my opinion Elena deserved to be miss Mystic falls because she knows everything better than Caroline }

Carolyn is very loyal to her friends Bonnie , Elena, Matt , Tyler and Jeremy . Caroline is really pretty , nice generous and has a great sense of style .Caroline was voted Miss mystic Falls because she is very smart .

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.

6 Bonnie Bennett

Bonnie is really awesome at spells and I really like her very much . Bonnie is fiercely loyal to Elena and Bonnie is super amazing in the vampire diaries and even though she is a super cool witch with amazing spells , she would do anything for her friends which includes Elena 's brother Jeremy .

Deserved better. She constantly bent backwards to save everyone just for no one to notice when she died. She sacrificed herself constantly. Enzo should have gotten the cure instead of dying.

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!

Throughout the show Bonnie has constantly sacrificed herself for her friends, without getting anything in return and she literally doesn't get anything in return. She has always been able to do the right thing and has never changed her morals. She has been betrayed multiple times and they made her seem expendable because her life was linked to Elenas. Bonnie Bennett deserves to be #1 for me, because she deserves it.

7 Elena Gilbert

I really like Nina Dobrev , Elena Gilbert and her brother Jeremy Gilbert and both of them make a team , Elena eventually learns about Damon and Stefan being Vampires and the Salvatore brothers and then Elena found out that Salvatore brothers were one the founders of the town Mystic Falls ! Elena became Stefan 's girlfriend and then she works as a team member with brothers .

Everyone needs to shut up! Elena is not a crybaby! I bet If you lost all your family one by one you'd be crying your butt off too! And after season 4 she got over it, found love, became more likable, and she is just so sweet and adorable and she is gorgeous! people think her voice is annoying but I think it's adorable! She cares about all her friends and Jeremy and would die for them. She is so strong and really improved as a character throughout the seasons. In season 4 she shut off her humanity and made it through! Even when she was human she trained with Alaric to stake a vampire. Her emotions are so powerful and her love for Damon is stronger than any kind of compulsion ever! Same for Stefan you saw how he fought through it! He may not have succeeded but he still tried and he's a ripper I mean come on! He didn't rip her head off at least! Elena is really amazing, beautiful, strong, caring, and most of all human! At the finale she woke up and lived the rest of her life happy!

Elena is a kind , beautiful , very loyal [ just like Stefan and Bonnie ] Elena has a nice smile and she even teamed up with Salvatore brothers . Nina Dobrev is a wonderful role model .

I don't understand why people say she makes everything about her! She's is the main character after all! She is beautiful physically and emotionally. She's caring and independent. Even when she wasn't a vampire she could definialty stand up to one! She is also extremely smart. She kind, funny, smart, beautiful, and independent. Yes a lot of deaths are caused by her but still she is just learning a lot of these things!

8 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.

She's definitely the most complex female, along with Katherine. Very intriguing and interesting character. I relate to her so so much. Rebekah's so strong, she dealt with so much heartbreak for a thousand years and never gave up hope.

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

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

9 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.

Literally the best character on tvd/to and one of the best characters in T.V.. so many changes and development.

10 Tyler Lockwood

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.

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 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.

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.

The Contenders
11 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.

Jeremy Gilbert... Where do I start? I always loved Jer! He was strong, loyal and would do anything for the ones he loved. Jeremy was definitely in my top 10 because I know that tvd wouldn't have been complete without Elena's confused, kinda mysterious, little brother Jeremy! :) x

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

12 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...

I love him and his suits. He is such a good brother to Klaus. I was so sad when he and Klaus died. More than I've ever cried in my life, although I do think it fit his character arc. He spent his whole life trying to redeem Klaus that it made sense that when Klaus finally got his redemption Elijah died with him.

I have been in love with Elijah since the first time he appeared on the show. His accent makes my heart leap in circles. He's everything. He's smart. He's sexy. He's strong. He's quiet and witty. He's badass. He's funny. He's trustworthy. God I love him. And plus he said "I believe the term your looking for is O.M. G". That gives him major points.

Elijah is very charming in whatever he does. His entrance into The Vampire Diaries initially led me to hate him. But he was not the character I thought him out to be. He really shined when he showed his moral side. He respected Elena and tried to keep peace. The warmth that he radiates is truly comforting to watch.

13 Kai

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

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.

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.

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!

14 Enzo

The soul reason for Bonnie's happiness. I loved him so much for that. He never should have died. Unpopular opinion, but I loved him since season 5

Enzo! I loved Enzo so much! He went through so much pain in his life and I think that's why I loved him so much! He was a very brave character. He was very mysterious and deep. He'd do ANYTHING for the one he loves. When Bonnie and Enzo got together, I really didn't ship them but in the end I couldn't believe they weren't together sooner! (#Bonenzo should've been endgame)

I loved everything Enzo said! He had the best accent ever and everything he said made me cry (happy tears- most of the time) and I couldn't imagine the show without him! RIP Lorenzo, love you :(

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 think Enzo's character is so different compared to anyone else's. He usually did the wrong things, for the right reasons and that made his character so interesting and you can't help but love him. His charming looks and sexy accent is definitely a bonus.

15 Lexi Branson

This girl changed Stephans life for the better, I wish she lived for longer and I love her she was so sweet and was willing to sacrifice pretty much everything for Stephan

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!

16 Matt Donovan

Matt Donovan is very handsome , super intelligent, very loyal , and Matt is someone to depend on for help and Matt goes the extra mile for anyone even Elena. . I know that Matt loved his sister Vicki . Matt also has sweet dance moves like Stefan .

There are many things about Matt Donovan , sweet, kind , fiercely loyal , always ready to help , generous and very handsome just like the Salvatore brothers .

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'

17 Marcel Gerard
18 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

R.I.P Jenna, hope you'll appear again...

19 Kol Mikaelson

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.

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

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.

20 Anna

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

21 Sheriff Forbes

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

Spoilers!

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

22 Silas

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

Vampires are silly perversion of me...

23 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.

I just love her the way she play in the original's I'm a big fan of her she really rock man... love you hayley

I loved Hayley as a mum I loved her as a wolf, hybrid I freaking loved her I wish she never died she deserved better in her life

24 Vicki Donovan
25 Rose

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.

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