As I mentioned in last week’s post, it’s October and for me that means it’s time to do all of the Halloween things! And what says Halloween more than a soulless, bloodthirsty monster that only comes out to play at night?
I developed my love of vampires early, due to a steady diet of Buffy the Vampire Slayer and comic books. I like my vampires slightly evil, very snarky, and most of all, absolutely not sparkling. So, in the spirit of the spooky season I thought I’d take this opportunity to give you a list my favorite vampires in popular culture.
Spike (aka William the Bloody), Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Was there any doubt that Spike would make the list? He’s hands down my absolute favorite vampire. He’s evil and quick witted, but underneath it all he has a kind heart that only comes out in the rarest of situations. He’s a great foil and eventual partner for Buffy and I would watch the two of them trade barbs all day long.
Adrian Ivashkov, Vampire Academy/Bloodlines
Adrian. Oh, Adrian. You are the best book vampire boyfriend ever. Even if you have that drinking problem. And the cigarette addiction. Your snark, self-deprecating humor, and undying loyalty more than makes up for it.
John Mitchell, Being Human
Mitchell is my very favorite thing about Being Human (the BBC version, just so we’re clear). Sure, Mitchell was a bloodthirsty vampire, but he genuinely loved humanity and struggled going cold-turkey on human blood.
Vamp!Willow and Vamp!Xander, Buffy the Vampire Slayer
I’m counting these as one, since they only appeared in the one (okay, two) episodes of BtVS. But what a delight they were in that one episode. It made me almost wish we’d see one of them turn fully vamp before the show wrapped.
Damon Salvatore, The Vampire Diaries
I only recently entered the world of The Vampire Diaries and while for the first few episodes I was all, “Stefan is GREAT and Damon is horrible!” I quickly changed my tune. Damon is sassy and sarcastic and has the best one-liners in the show. But underneath all of that he has an incredibly good heart and honestly cares about the people he considers important.
Caroline Forbes, The Vampire Diaries
I adored Caroline as a human, but I absolutely love her as a vampire. She’s slightly neurotic, incredibly kind, and always willing to put her friends first. Yet, she’ll turn around and tear anyone who threatens her and those she loves into little, itty bitty pieces.
Dracula, Bram Stoker’s Dracula
Gary Oldman as Dracula is undeniably creepy and incredibly captivating. He is absolutely who I think of whenever someone mentions Dracula.
Blade (Eric Brooks), Marvel
Blade fascinated me because he’s not a true vampire, but he’s not a true human. He’s a unique hybrid with all the abilities that brings, and he chooses to use those to fight evil. I didn’t read any of his comics until after I saw the Wesley Snipes movie, but I was really glad that I did.
I might be one of the rare few out there who actually enjoyed the Underworld movies. Now, don’t get me wrong, they’re not great by any means. But I really enjoy watching Kate Beckinsdale as Selene kick some serious lycan ass.
Dimitri Belikov, Vampire Academy
Okay, so this one is cheating a tiny bit as Dimitri is only a full vampire for a short period of time. But he is so much more fascinating as a Strigoi than he is as a dhampir. To be honest, as a dhampir, he’s kinda boring.