Happy Tuesday TV viewers! When you think of vampires, what comes to mind? There is that overwhelming sense of darkness and desire that is beyond dangerous. And yet, you still find yourself intrigued by their existence. Whether it’s about blood or lust, there is something beyond mesmerizing about vampires. While many vampires have entertained us in film, books, and television, there are some characters that truly stand the test of time, inviting us into their world of darkness.
For today’s list, I am going to be looking at male vampires from television. Whether the vampire is considered the “big bad” or is on a quest for redemption, there is something undeniably hypnotizing about their existence. These vampires are not just about the kill. They are complex and unique and we often find ourselves rooting for them above all others…and maybe even swooning over them from time to time as well. Please note some spoilers are ahead.
My top 5 Male Vampires from TV are:
Klaus Mikaelson from The Originals & The Vampire Diaries
“You know, over the years, I’ve had my share of friends, enemies, lovers, losses, and triumphs. With time, they all begin to run together, but you will find the real moments are vibrant. The rest just fades away. Your pain will fade.”
When I first saw Klaus on The Vampire Diaries, I was instantly intrigued. He basically stole the show for me and I was beyond excited when I found out that the spin-off series, The Originals, would focus around him and his family. Klaus is dangerous and a formidable foe that you do not want to cross.
He has a quick temper and a monstrous quality, but he also has an artistic side to him and possesses wisdom beyond his years. He reveals glimmers of goodness along the way, especially when it comes to Caroline, Camille, and Hope. Klaus is the epitome of the “bad boy” on television, but he is so classy about it as well, which makes him the perfect anti-hero.
Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries
“If you’re going to be bad, be bad with a purpose or else you’re not worth forgiving.”
When we first met the Salvatore brothers on The Vampire Diaries, Damon easily became my favorite. While Stefan is conflicted and brooding, Damon just wants to have fun. Although his idea of fun often involves killing and torture, there is just something so charismatic about Damon.
Like Klaus, Damon’s character shifts toward redemption, as he falls desperately in love with Elena. Damon’s actions become selfless and pure, which really elevates his character even more. While I enjoyed seeing the growth of his character, I do prefer his bad boy charm, as he really shows off his flair for being evil with style.
Angel from Buffy the Vampire Slayer & Angel
“She made me feel like a human being. That’s not the kind of thing you just forgive.”
The vampire with a soul who had us falling desperately in love with him, along with Buffy Summers, absolutely deserves a spot on this list. Angel is cursed by gypsies and has to live as a creature of the night with a conscience. While Angel initially shies away from society because of this, he eventually finds his purpose when he meets Buffy.
Angel tries to help Buffy, but ends up falling in love with her, which becomes beyond complicated when he loses his soul after experiencing a “moment of true happiness” with her. When Angel’s soul is gone, he reveals just how dangerous he is by torturing Buffy and her friends, proving that he truly relishes in watching others suffer. Angel’s soul is later returned, but he ends up leaving Buffy to give her a real chance at happiness and to further his own quest for redemption on a spin-off series.
Eric Northman from True Blood
“Death is scary. I’ve been avoiding it for a thousand years.”
This list would not be complete without including Eric Northman. Like many of the other characters on this list, Eric has the bad boy charm act down pat. Eric possesses a regal and elegant quality, while also being vicious and dangerous.
He proves to be truly ruthless on the show and a formidable villain, but also reveals some humanity within him as well. While he falls in love with Sookie, his relationship with Pam is also something that should be noted. Eric is almost like a father figure to Pam and he truly does care about her, proving that bad-ass vampires can have feelings too.
Some honorable mentions before revealing my number one pick are:
- Marcel from “The Originals”
- Benny from “Supernatural”
- Stefan from “The Vampire Diaries”
- Eichhorst from “The Strain”
- Roman from “Hemlock Grove”
- Elijah from “The Originals”
- Cassidy from “Preacher”
- Bill from “True Blood”
- Barnabas from “Dark Shadows”
- John from “Being Human”
Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer
“That’s right. Big Bad’s back and lookin for a little death!”
So my number one pick has to go to William the Bloody, aka Spike, from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When Spike first showed up with his crazy girlfriend, Drusilla, back in season 2, I was hooked on the show for life. Spike just screams bad boy and he has this sexy and dangerous quality to him, which makes you almost feel wrong about rooting for him so much. Almost. Spike is absolutely hilarious and even probably tops Buffy with some of his puns, which are laugh out loud funny.
Spike proves to be a threat to Buffy and the Scoobies over and over, but eventually gets a chip in his head that prevents him from harming humans. Spike tries to fit in with the Scooby gang, but continues to go back to his evil ways whenever possible.
Later on in the series, Spike develops real feelings for Buffy and eventually earns back his soul. Whether Spike is evil or good, you can’t help loving him. His presence elevates the show and he reminds us that it’s never too late to try and do the right thing, even if you have been evil for over a century.
Spike will always be my favorite vampire of all time and will continue to be the “Big Bad,” even when reciting some of his “bloody awful poetry.”
I hope you enjoyed the list and please feel free to post your thoughts and comments below on some of your favorite male vampires from TV. Thanks so much for reading and happy viewing!
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6 thoughts on “Ranking my top 5 Male Vampires from TV: “I’ve Always Been Bad””
Ha! I hovered over your post thinking okay Spike had better be number one but then what about Eric? So needless to say of the shows I’ve seen I completely agree with you!
That’s AMAZING! Glad we are on the same page with that. 🙂
Love this list and I agree with you. I think it is pretty close between Eric and Spike but I think I will give the title to Spike too 🙂
Thanks! I hear you on that. It was really tough to decide but I’ve always been a big Spike fan! 🙂 Thanks for reading!
How dare you say his poetry was awful. The Wanton Folly of Me Mum was beautiful!
I’ve actually been lucky enough to meet James Marsters and he is a really cool guy. One of the nicest guests I’ve ever met.
LOL hilarious! I love how he gets on stage to perform his poem at the end of Angel and the crowd cheers for him! I met him once as well! I still have his autographed picture to me on my wall! So cool! 🙂