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04 November 2017 @ 10:36 pm
'The Vampire Diaries' Wrap-up Thoughts... 6/8 -- 25 Favorite Characters  
Yeah, I know it's been like a century. Anyone who's reading these probably thought I had forgotten or was no longer doing them. Nope, just realllly taking my time. Phew! Anyhoo, here is the next section of my Vampire Diaries eight part wrap-up series. I was originally going to just have my 20 favorite characters, but eventually decided to expand it to 25. I'm not sure why, but, hey, it's my list, my series of posts, so why not? I was very good, kept all of this to roughly one paragraph except for the first two. These are in chronological order. I don't imagine there will be too many surprises. Enjoy! (Just a heads up... more comments does encourage me to write these faster!)

Alrighty then, let's get to it…

BECAUSE (i.e., 25 Favorite Characters)

      Damon Salvatore



How could I not adore Damon Salvatore? We literally saw every emotional side of that character, every shade, every angle and Ian Somerhalder beautifully portrayed them all throughout the entire series. Damon was at turns witty and sincere, and he was always emotional, whether it be of the bitter or sweet variety. He could be hilarious (often) serious (when it really counted); Damon was quite often snarky, and always sexy. We saw him in love, in lust, in like, filled with brotherly love and sibling rivalry. You name it, Damon Salvatore was it and with him there was simply never a dull moment. He was the ultimate bad boy, yes, but he was also so much more… as his journey of redemption throughout the eight seasons of the series showed. With as many steps back as Damon seemed to take for every forward, he did evolve. His humanity was awakened upon his return to Mystic Falls, upon connecting with his brother, upon meeting Elena Gilbert—the love of his life—upon finding friends and a group of people who became a family to him.

And that humanity would not let go of its grip on him. Yes, he did have those lapses and backslides, however, in the end Damon did find that better man that was always inside of him, encouraged by all those who loved him. As someone who adored all iterations of Damon—the wicked vampire who didn't give a damn, the undead bad boy who felt the guilt, and not only that of loving "his brother's girl," and the guy who was finally chosen—there was never a time during the series when Damon wasn't my favorite. I always understood where he was coming from, where he was going, where he had been and that was due to the writing, the care and the crafting of this character, the obvious love that went into the scripting of Damon Salvatore… and, of course, Ian Somerhalder. Every once in a while an actor and a character are paired that are just a splendiferously perfect match. Such was the case here. Ian Somerhalder was Damon Salvatore. Damon Salvatore was Ian Somerhalder. Amen.



      Elena Gilbert Salvatore



Elena Gilbert was the heroine, the good girl, but she was no cookie-cutter bland one-dimensional character. She was real, and in my opinion, one of the most interesting so-called "good girls" that the small screen ever produced. A part of that was because of how fantastically the slow-burning and beautiful relationship between her and Damon Salvatore was written. That is because through that relationship we were shown so many sides to Elena; we saw Elena begin to blossom and step out of her grief and her teenage self and into a stronger, independent woman. Elena was filled with warmth and empathy—to a ridiculous (like, come ON, girl!) degree—but she could also be bratty at times, and due to her lot in life she expressed a bit of bitterness now and then. Understandable, and it made her all the more relatable. Oh, and she was smart. I loved how she used her brains to try and get out of situations; she didn't just wait for the guy to come and save her. She fought back.

She fought not only for her boyfriend, but also for her family, her friends—who were just as much her family. She fought so very, very hard for them. And Nina Dobrev was sensational in selling that good girl who was so very real, who fought so hard for her loved ones. We believed in her, in her love—and not just of the romantic kind, but familial and friendships—because Dobrev completely sold *every* relationship that mattered to Elena Gilbert. As real as Elena was, so was every one of her relationships and because of that Elena was the heart and the connection of the show. Even after Dobrev left The Vampire Diaries for the final two seasons (she returned for the series finale), Elena's love for the majority of the core characters (sorry, Enzo!) and their love for her was in many ways the glue that held all of them together when they might have not done so otherwise. They all loved her so and I completely understand why. Elena was awesome-sauce.



      Rebekah Mikaelson



On a scale of one to unbelievably awesome how awesome is Rebekah Mikaelson? Off the charts! Claire Holt is amazing, amazing, amazing. Every line, every quip, every sigh, every tear, every smile, every heartbreak, all of it was always perfection. Just as her Rebekah was perfection. She was perfect as the loving, slightly very snotty sister of Klaus. She was perfect as the girl who loved Stefan the Ripper, and the beautifully human Matt Donovan. She was alternately sweet, bitchy, sincere, young, ancient and just all-around awesome. And through it all, this all-powerful vampire was just a young woman who wanted to enjoy and experience a young girl's life. She lost her mother too young and had been a bit lost ever since. All she wanted was a home, her family with her, and friends. Really, Rebekah just wanted to be loved and to not be alone. And did I mention how unbelievably awesome-sauce she was? Because she was really, really awesome. Like REALLY.



      Caroline Forbes Salvatore



I loved Caroline Forbes hard from the first episode. She is literally the only character that I felt this away about from the start. No lie. I loved that she could be thoughtless and tactless, air-headed and ditzy, but also wise and calm and so put together. When we first met her, she could be unkind and cowardly, but as we saw her die and come back as a vampire and grow as a person, that aspect of her personality (for the most part) went away—she still had a few unkind moments sure, but, who doesn't? However, Caroline always had this immense heart and she was the girl who just wanted to be loved and to love in return. And she did get that in a couple of different ways—two wonderful children (miraculously) and a beautiful wedding with Stefan. Alas the happy ending ended there, but she still has those adorable girls. Her relationship with her mother blossomed and was a source of comfort and joy for the both before Liz's passing, and she has her two best friends, the petty jealousies and insecurities of her teenage self behind them. Oh, Caroline was such a beautiful ray of sunshine, and it was such a joy watching this teenager with self-esteem issues grow into a confident young woman, mother, wife, career woman who never truly lost sight of who she was. And what she was was amazing.


      Stefan Salvatore



Despite the early going that appeared to paint Stefan as the hero of our story, it became clear quickly—if one paid attention—that he was no hero after all, but rather a severely screwed-up supernatural creature who just wanted to do the right thing but had never dealt with his own messed up self. Stefan certainly had flaws, but he also had plenty worth rooting for as well. There was his sweet sensitivity (most often on display with his beloved Caroline and when he let his guard down with Damon), and he did have a sense of humor that was truly funny, even if we didn't see it often. And Stefan had layers… so many layers. Stefan Salvatore was probably the most layered character on this show. He wanted so much to be good, but he was so, so bad at times, and could be so self-righteous and selfish and really such an asshole. However, he genuinely did want to be good; he genuinely did want to help people… but you know, strangers and people he didn't know, because damn, did he know how to cut his brother and ex-girlfriend to the quick and deep when they hurt him. Oh, Stefan. Such a great character and one that the show took a lot of time to let find himself, to find his happiness, to find his peace… even if it took dying to do that. *sigh* I'm not happyhappyjoyjoy that he had to die to find his redemption, but I adore that he went out with such a beautiful purity that bespoke of the good in him. In the end, Stefan did right by himself, by his town, by his brother and by his own soul. Ah, such a fantastic character; I loved him so much.



      Matt Donovan



Oh, Matty-Blue-blue. I didn't always love him, but I once I realized that I did, I fell hard and that love stayed true. Oh, Matty! I loved that he never wavered in wanting to stay human. He didn't feel left out in the supernatural shenanigans despite the fact that all of his friends had those powers; he was happy, nay, determined to remain a human boy. And it was that humanity that strengthened his resolve that vampires and other paranormal creatures had too high a capacity for evil. It wasn't until the final season when the non-mystical world of Mystic Falls intruded that Matt's beliefs were vindicated. But vindicated they were and in retrospect that added such power to the last few seasons of Matt Donovan's characterization. He has been right. And not only right, but also strong and kind. Matt too was sweet; he was empathetic, and he was hard-working. Viewers saw Matt Donovan grow from a lovelorn teen with a chip on his shoulder who could sometimes be an ass to the Sheriff of Mystic Falls who always strove to do the right thing and remained human, beautifully so, until the very end.



      Bonnie Bennett



Bonnie Bennett was just awesome; I loved her so very much. And she was such a well-rounded character. Yup, you read that right. I don't consider—nor did I ever—Bonnie just the "witch," and a character who was used as a plot point or the easy fix. We learned about so many members of her family (past and present), saw a beautiful relationship develop, fall apart, rebuild and then ultimately break down again with Jeremy. (Yeah, and the Enzo thing too.) We experienced her varied but equally strong best friendships with Elena, Caroline and Damon. Yes, there was the exploration of her magic and witchy ways but it was always explored through who Bonnie was as a person, not the other way around. Her fears about it, why she thought she was given that power, when to use it and when not to, and choosing to do or not do depending on her humanity (both the good and bad sides of it). We saw Bonnie fight for the greater good, fight for the life of her family, friends and loves, and generally be bad-ass in the ownership and use of her magic. So awesome.



      Katherine Pierce a.k.a Katerina Petrova



Katherine Pierce was sassy, spoiled, manipulative, cruel, playful, passionate and so, so much fun to watch. Nina Dobrev (who also played our even more awesome—in my opinion—show's heroine, Elena) played her so deliciously. It was no wonder that just about everyone who came in to contact with her found themselves charmed. And that was in no small part due the depth of Katherine; it was because of that depth that I never thought of Katherine as a villain. There was so much more to her, but still in the end, when push came to shove, Katherine would always do for Katherine no matter who she had to hurt in the process. Not to mention, our girl took petty pleasure in causing pain and discomfort to and for others just because. At the end of the day, Katerina really was the ultimate villain of The Vampire Diaries. She was selfish and essentially an evil person. However, because there was that sliver of humanity that would peek through every once in a while there was a delicious unpredictability to the character. There was always the chance that she might do the right thing. Maybe. On the very rare occasion. And watching her do so or very much more often not was so, so, *so* much fun to watch.



      Malachai "Kai" Parker



I loved Kai Parker. I mean, he was totally evil and awful and terrible, but I still loved him. I loved him for so, so many reasons based on the awesome of Kai alone but also because he is what I think that Klaus as a villain should have been (deliciously wicked and unrepentedly so). Kai was a blend of scary and evil, and yet boyishly charming at the same time, but under that disarming charm, I never doubted that he would kill in a heartbeat with zero remorse. He was a psychotic scamp and one that I genuinely believed would do any horrible thing that popped into his sociopathic mind at the drop of a hat and not blink. There would be no trembling lip from him, no teary eye because simply put he was just a soulless sociopath with a cheery disposition. Hmm, such a great character with such great execution in writing, direction and acting. The acting, my goodness, the acting… Chris Wood was absolutely brilliant in the role. I've since seen him elsewhere and he's been good in them, don't get me wrong. Wood is good-looking and charming, charismatic and a fine actor. However, it's more than just his charm and talent… and it's more than just the excellent writing of the character of Kai. It's the combination of the two. I believe it's a case where the confluence of actor and character just so perfectly aligned to create perfection. And Kai Parker was perfection.



      Tessa/Quetsiyah



Oh, my beloved Tessa. My goodness, I loved her so! She was so freaking entertaining as all get-out. Janina Gavankar effortlessly came on-screen and owned every scene she was in from minute one until her much-too-soon final one. Gavankar was not only so good with the acting, she was also brimming with charisma. I watched just about every moment in utter awe at the utter crazy-cakes on display, but still felt sympathy for. Through it all, I just did not want to stop watching her. It just wasn't just the beauty of the performance, I adored the writing, the backstory and how it was threaded into an arc not only with Elena, Damon and their love story, along with Stefan, his past with Elena, and his burgeoning potential with Caroline, but also with Bonnie and a way to bring her back to life. All of that was captured in the awesome-crazy glory of Tessa. Seriously, what wasn't to love?



      Elijah Mikaelson



So smooth, so elegant, so gentlemanly, ah, Elijah Smith, erm, Mikaelson embodied by Daniel Gillies was perfection (at least on The Vampire Diaries—but I'm only basing my ranking from his tenure on this show, not the spin-off.). It was the way that Gillies spoke, the careful precision of his pauses, his phrasing, the hint of emotion piping through every now and then. It was also the precise manner of tone, it was the way that he moved. It was with such grace and ease, as if he had all the time in the world… which of course he did. Elijah spoke and moved and acted, he verily existed as a creature who had lived for a thousand years. There was such a debonair, worldly air about him that I adored. He had such a classic, old-school quality; it was a quality that just wasn't found in any other character on the show. However, he was more than just the gentleman vampire, the first of the Originals we met was also badder than bad-ass. He was simply one BAMF. I loved, loved, loved him.



      Professor Alaric Saltzman



Oh, Alaric. Alaric, Alaric. Alaric. *sigh* This was a character who came on as recurring a bit before the midway point of season 01 and quickly stole my heart. His awesome bromance with Damon, his teacher by day/vampire-hunter by night (while being friendly with vampires) status paired with his wry sense of humor was delightful. He was charming and charismatic and wonderful… and then he was manipulated by a thousand-year old witch on the Other Side and he died. And I was sad, really, really sad. I just wanted him to come back. And then he did! Elation! Uhm. *sigh* Had the Alaric who returned been as awesome as the Alaric pre-death, he would be in the top ten. Alas, such was not the case. He was paired with Dr. Josette Laughlin, she of the Gemini Coven, and basically became all that he was about… to the exclusion of his (awesome) BFF and his Mystic Falls family. There were still moments, scenes, even episodes where the everything that I loved about Alaric Saltzman shone through but more often than not, well, not. Still, I loved the character so much in those first three seasons and liked him well enough in the final three seasons to still have him this high on my list. Oh, Alaric, Alaric, Alaric. Alaric. *sigh*



      Jeremy Gilbert



I loved Jeremy, I did, but I think that the reason I think so fondly of him is because of his interaction with others. I adored how much he and Elena loved one another and how their relationship never changed even when they found out they weren't technically brother and sister. His love stories with Anna and Bonnie were both different, at turns, quirky and sweet and, alas, in both cases, tragic, but also filled with romance because Jeremy was romantic and sweet and quirky, and yes, tragic. And then there was his relationship with the boys, Tyler and Matt, Alaric… and Damon. He found friendship among his peers who also experienced tragedy amidst the supernatural and they helped him find his grounding. And with Alaric, he found a father-figure, something that he desperately needed after losing his own parents, and then Jenna and John. Finally, Damon, Damon, Damon. He loved Damon, he did. Damon was like the older brother he had never had and he just wanted Damon to show him that he cared too. It was a beautiful thing. Again, as were all of his relationships. Steven R. McQueen had chemistry with just about every one of his screen partners. He may not have been an especially dynamic actor, but he was a quiet, subtle one who was *always* on… watch him in any scene, in the background, on the sidelines and he was always reacting, always letting you know that Jeremy was a real boy and he was there in the moment (or not, as the story called for). I loved Jeremy because he was real, and because of that all of his bonds felt real and so I felt for him and for every one of those relationships. And because of that… I loved Jeremy so much.



      Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes



I wonder sometimes if I'm the first Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes fan. Seriously. While other Vampire Diaries viewers were fan-girling all over Lexi, I was not. Instead, I was annoyed because she tried to kill Sheriff Forbes and I really liked the Sheriff. As the seasons passed, my like grew to love, and I was thrilled that her friendship with Damon was explored and deepened and her relationship with Caroline became such an important part of that character's growth. Liz was indeed exceptionally ordinary… with the emphasis on exceptional. How many people can change a lifetime of ingrained prejudice for the sake of a loved one? Well, someone who is intelligent, who has a good heart, who truly loves those who are dear, that's who. Someone who is exceptional. Someone like Elizabeth Forbes.



      Sheila "Grams" Bennett



Grams was just awesome. Yeah, she betrayed Damon and treated Stefan like he was a special snowflake without just cause, but other than that… Grams was so freaking awesome. She was strong and brave and was the best mother (and father)-figure that Bonnie could ever have. Supportive and sassy, she made damn sure that her granddaughter knew how to be true to herself and find her inner strength, but also to accept help when necessary. Jasmine Guy brought so much grace and love to the role; she also meshed beautifully with Kat Graham's Bonnie helping to make their familial relationship feel so very real. I loved Grams, but I will confess a measure of my love is because I love Bonnie so and Grams love for her was so radiant that it always warmed my heart.



      Isobel Fleming Saltzman



Isobel was a bad, bad girl. Yes, when she let her humanity slip in, her love for Elena and Alaric revealed itself, but she wanted vampirism and she chose to keep that humanity switch in that off position more often than not. *shrug* I still loved her. I loved her when she was good; seeing her and Alaric in the past together told the story of a love that was real and good, but just not strong enough. I also loved her when she was bad. Isobel was naughty and sassy, and she was cold as ice. She was also our first vivid image of what a vampire looked like when they truly embraced their lack of humanity. Ah, Isobel. I would love to believe that she found her peace in the end, but—just as she ended her undead life—she's no doubt burning in some kind of hell. *double shrug* Still love her.



      Sybil



I know that Sybil was horrible and awful, but I loved her so very much. I thought that Nathalie Kelley did an awesome job in the role. When I first saw the casting, I was expecting this sultry, over-the-top sex-bomb, but that is not how she was portrayed (even if it initially appeared so). Kelley clearly had a blast, and also there was this touch of innocence that I truly enjoyed. I also liked that the sense I got that Sybil wasn't so much being cruel as it was that she was just doing her job—a job that she was exceedingly good at. After Kai, Sybil was my favorite Vampire Diaries villain. I just loved her so much! She was awesome (in the worst way, but still). What I loved about her so much is that, like Kai, she was undeniably a bad person and yet there was no remorse or wishy-washy-ness about it. She inflicted pain (it was her job!), caused mayhem (it was in the description, people!) and she loved it (it's important to love your work!). Yes, it's right that she died and she probably should have died much more horrifically… but eh, I still loved her so.



      Pearl Zhu



Ah, Pearl, the magnificent HBIC that was Pearl. Oh, Kelly Hu, you are a goddess, simply put and Pearl was just transcendent. She was wise and beautiful, glowing and serene, and then she would gouge your eyes or stab a wooden kitchen utensil in your gut because you didn't follow the rules. The awesome was always on display. Even in her vampire state, she was so human in her love for a man centuries dead who betrayed her. However, most important to her was taking care of her daughter… even if she was a hundred years or so behind on the job. Oh, Pearl. She deserved a better ending, but at least she was reunited with her beloved Annabelle on the Other Side and I sure hope she found peace in the end.



      Niklaus Mikaelson



I rather love Klaus in spite of myself. I know that sounds odd but here's the thing… Klaus was so over-hyped for more than half a season that I was disappointed when he finally showed up. Frankly, he just couldn't possibly live up to that build-up. (Of course, a few seasons later, Chris Wood's Kai came along and was totally that prime villain that was promised and more, but I digress…) So I have to put that all out of my mind and just look at what we got with Klaus and what we got was indeed a great character. He was an all-powerful, pathetic man-child who loved a few people, but more than that really, really just wanted those people to like really, really love and obey (emphasis on the "obey" part) him. He was also prone to temper tantrums, teary eyes, trembling lips capable of quite the sassy comeback and clever quip. Sure, he could and would kill on a whim, and on occasion when he would go on a rampage, it was impressive and every now and then he would show his fantastic skills in social and individual manipulation. However, overall? Powerful, pathetic man-child. *shrugs* But you know what, Joseph Morgan is a great actor, and he's charismatic and damn did he give great teary eye and trembling lip so, for who he turned out to actually be, yeah, I did love Klaus.



      Jenna Sommers



Ah, Jenna, the clueless human of Mystic Falls. I liked Jenna a lot. There were moments when I loved her, but it took re-watching the first few seasons where I got to that point. She gave up her life for her sister's kids. She was trying to be a responsible adult while still having the mindset of an immature twenty-something and Canning did a great job walking that line. Her romance with Alaric never did much for me, but I felt for her betrayal when Isobel showed up "alive," because Canning made Jenna real and the writers allowed us those moments showing Jenna's reaction and pain. So, yeah, I did like Jenna… her character—so in the dark amidst all of the supernatural crazy—just got lost in the shuffle to a degree. Even though I didn't love her like WHOAH! still I felt for her so much. She touched my heart and I always felt SQUEE whenever she showed up in any dreamed-up scenario later in the series.



      Professor Atticus Shane



Gosh, I loved Professor Shane. Even if he was totally kinda creepy. Bonnie was still a high school student and he came across as totes inappropriate with her, but I still enjoyed his enthusiastic mentoring likely because David Alpay sold that enthusiasm so well that I almost overlooked the creepy-factor. Almost. When it was revealed that Shane was taken over by a two-thousand-year old immortal pre-cursor to a vampire, it wasn't even remotely a surprise (see *Almost*), but damn, Alpay was so dang talented, he made Shane work (see *Alpay selling that enthusiasm so well*). With his big, expressive puppy dog eyes, and guileless expression while he told lie after lie couched in between half-truths and historical, witchery enthusiasm, Alpay was delightfully awesome. How could anyone not love him?



      Oscar



Technically, we had Tim Chang in two episodes, but the second episode only featured the corpse of Oscar and (we found out later) just some random vampire soul that had re-animated in his body. *sigh* So, alas, Chang as Oscar was just a one-off character and at that he wasn't even featured in the A-story… and yet, my goodness, did I freaking love Oscar. In less than a handful of scenes, Chang managed to create a joyful, memorable, awesome character with just the hint of an edge. Despite almost every other Heretic* appearing in seven to sixteen episodes more than Oscar, I liked him way more than any of them. Because he was awesome-sauce. Oscar will never be forgotten! Given more appearances, this dude likely would have been in the top ten!

* Malcolm was also in only one episode, but he was fairly unmemorable. Meh.



      Georgina "Georgie" Dowling



Georgie was smart and sassy and I really, really liked her. I loved the depth of her character with her tragic backstory including that brief visit to Hell so she knew that she would be going back there when she did die again for real. (And, sigh, she did. She did.) Her flirting with Ric was adorable. It didn't cross the line; it wasn't harassment, it was… cute. Georgie was confident and to the point. She didn't beat about the bush; she asked upfront questions and expected that truthfulness back and believed in the unbelievable because, hello!, she'd been to Hell (and back… and then back again *sigh*). For a short-lived character, she owned my heart pretty quickly.



      Rayna Cruz



Rayna is one of those characters that I wish hadn't been killed off partially because I think there really was so much more story there to explore with her (and not just because I liked her). I also thought that she played off beautifully opposite every member of our gang with whom she interacted. I too would have liked to see something possibly happen with her and Matt; they were of similar mindsets and the actors had chemistry. Ah well. I liked her snark, her determination, her backstory and, again, I felt that there was so much potential, especially considering her final scenes with Bonnie where she revealed that she had never fully lived. (And poor girl really had not. Oh, Rayna.) Like I said… ah well. Still, I enjoyed what we had with her and I liked what Leslie Ann Huff did with the character.



      Dr. Meredith Fell



Meredith was introduced as a cipher because she was the red herring in the murders of the council members and this kept her at an emotional distance from the viewers. However, once the mystery was revealed we finally got to see just who Dr. Meredith Fell was. And I really, really liked who she was. I liked her because with Meredith we saw our Scooby Gang through an outsider's point of view. I also liked her because we saw someone outside of the Scooby Gang who was also using the positives of the supernatural. And I liked her because she was smart and she was good. Finally, I liked her because Torrey Devitto brought a sweetness and warmth to the role that gelled beautifully with the other actors. Dangit, I just really liked Meredith.

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Finally, I have no idea when the next section will be up. Hopefully by the end of the month, but, I don't know.


'THE VAMPIRE DIARIES' WRAP-UP THOUGHTS

- Major Unresolved Issues
- Minor Unresolved Issues
- Missed Opportunities
- THE Love Story
- Seasons 01-04 Favorite Scenes and Moments
- Seasons 05-08 Favorite Scenes and Moments
 
 
 
Bogwitchbogwitch on November 5th, 2017 11:28 am (UTC)
>>Alpay was delightfully awesome. How could anyone not love him?

I find it quite easy. :)

I have no problems with Alpay or the character, but love him? Nah. I find him a bit dissatisfying too because its hard to know where he starts and ends with Silas (personality/motive-wise) - towards the end of his arc especially (it may have been because I just didn't care enough to figure it out).

>> Dangit, I just really liked Meredith

This I wholeheartedly agree with.
Arabian: Damon17arabian on November 5th, 2017 12:59 pm (UTC)
Haha, when I reread that, I thought to myself, I so know that people don't love him. Hee!

its hard to know where he starts and ends with Silas (personality/motive-wise) - towards the end of his arc

Of course, I'm still convinced that's because the storyline intended for him was dropped (working with Klaus to make Elena human, Shane had his reasons never fully explained, sire bond not real, etc.) because of The Originals. But overall, obviously, I was OK with his arc.

*sigh* Meredith.
tj2013tj2013 on November 6th, 2017 05:35 pm (UTC)

Now that is a post to enjoy indeed (not that I didn't enjoy your previous posts, mind you).
Very good ranking.
Especially loved the captions - very fitting!
Arabian: Damon14arabian on November 9th, 2017 01:36 pm (UTC)
Thank you.

I'm having fun picking episode titles to fit each section/character. :)
tj2013tj2013 on November 9th, 2017 06:16 pm (UTC)
I remember Meredith in the scene with Damon in 4x02. She told him how she saw it: that Stefan was playing vampire with the girl Damon loved and that Damon was actually the good brother - and I loved her for that. She really said it out loud.
Arabian: Damon04arabian on November 9th, 2017 06:46 pm (UTC)
That scene was AMAZING (and in 4.03 actually, heh). One of my absolute favorites. It had one of the best Damon lines ever and then that discussion between Damon and Meredith with her seeing the "triangle" from the outsider's perspective who came in while Stefan was off on his ripper's rampage and Damon was there for Elena... aah! I wrote quite a bit about in the write-up.
I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED Meredith telling Damon HE is the good brother. Having her give Damon credit for doing the dirty work while Stefan plays vampire games was fantastic. I also have to specifically point out the word/phrase choice when Meredith explained why she called Damon the good brother: "Stefan is playing vampire with the girl who broke your heart." She put it in terms of Stefan just playing a part, pretending, and Elena not as Stefan's girl, your brother's girl, but rather in relation to Damon. Which I thought made a lot of sense because she came into their lives seeing Elena more on the Damon-side of things, so from her perspective Elena is VERY much a part of the Damon/Elena equation, it's not one-sided at all. Just the dialogue overall in that scene was so, so, go good!
Meredith: Why were you being so cryptic?
Damon: Come in. Close the door.
Meredith: Tell me that is not a bomb.
Damon: Okay. It's a kitten. It's an adorable, exploding kitten.
Meredith: Why didn't you call your brother?
Damon: Because I'm proud, and stubborn, and...oh, look! You're already here. DamonCome on, you're not gonna get hurt. All I need you to do is be doctorly and cut out the arrow. I'd do it myself, but if I move... {He gingerly touches the string attached tot he arrow in his thigh.}
Meredith: Don't! {Damon pulling his hand away, makes a soft *kaboom* noise.} Okay.
Damon: So, how well did you know Pastor Young?
Meredith: He was a patient of mine. He was always a nice guy.
Damon: Nice, crazy guy. He wrote a letter about sacrifice and war brewing in Mystic Falls.
Meredith: What does he mean, "a greater evil is coming"? [She continues to use the knife to dig around the arrow in Damon's back.] Don't we have great enough evil already?
Damon: You'd think.
Meredith: How did you get stuck on hunter duty?
Damon: Stefan had a Physics test.
Meredith: You are a good brother.
Damon: I'm the bad brother.
Meredith: You're strung up to a bomb while Stefan plays vampire with the girl who broke your heart. But, you're doing a very good job of acting like it doesn't suck.

Ah, and that awesome, hilarious line! Damon, Damon, Damon! (A bomb is an adorable, exploding kitten. Only Damon.) Every line, every moment, everything, once again... PERFECTION! And once again, Ian Somerhalder proved himself the absolute, unparalleled king of delivery. LOVE HIM SO HARD.

Edited at 2017-11-09 06:47 pm (UTC)
Florencia: DE (The Wreck of Our Hearts)florencia7 on November 10th, 2017 06:36 pm (UTC)
RE: 25 Favorite Characters (1/4)
“Anyone who's reading these probably thought I had forgotten or was no longer doing them.” - Such a thought didn’t even cross my mind! I figured you were probably busy and I was determined to patiently wait for the next installment no matter how long it would take ;D

“How could I not adore Damon Salvatore? We literally saw every emotional side of that character, every shade, every angle and Ian Somerhalder beautifully portrayed them all throughout the entire series.” - Beautifully said. Yes, we knew so much about Damon, and that's one of the reason why we felt so close to him.

“And that humanity would not let go of its grip on him.” - The more I think about it, the more wonderful it seems to me that the story made a full circle, and ended with Damon being human.

“I always understood where he was coming from, where he was going, where he had been and that was due to the writing, the care and the crafting of this character, the obvious love that went into the scripting of Damon Salvatore” - Yes, it was marvelously done. Even the moments I didn’t like always seemed to make total sense narrative-wise.

“Every once in a while an actor and a character are paired that are just a splendiferously perfect match. Such was the case here. Ian Somerhalder was Damon Salvatore. Damon Salvatore was Ian Somerhalder.” - So true ♥

“Elena Gilbert Salvatore” - I love your use of Elena' now full name ♥

“She was real, and in my opinion, one of the most interesting so-called "good girls" that the small screen ever produced.” - I wholeheartedly agree.

“I loved how she used her brains to try and get out of situations; she didn't just wait for the guy to come and save her. She fought back.” - Yes, she was always in motion, so to speak, both emotionally and physically. Her feelings were always intense and she was always throwing herself into action.

“As real as Elena was, so was every one of her relationships and because of that Elena was the heart and the connection of the show.” - Exactly. This is such a wonderful post. You sum up all the feelings regarding the characters so well.

“She was alternately sweet, bitchy, sincere, young, ancient and just all-around awesome. And through it all, this all-powerful vampire was just a young woman who wanted to enjoy and experience a young girl's life.” - Wonderfully said!

“Caroline was such a beautiful ray of sunshine, and it was such a joy watching this teenager with self-esteem issues grow into a confident young woman, mother, wife, career woman who never truly lost sight of who she was.” - Yes, Caroline's growth was amazing. The changes were very visible and yet they felt very natural and smooth.
Arabian: Damon & Elena16arabian on November 19th, 2017 02:06 am (UTC)
Re: 25 Favorite Characters (1/4)
The more I think about it, the more wonderful it seems to me that the story made a full circle, and ended with Damon being human.

I'm so glad that you did eventually come to this point. I know that you weren't there for the longest time so I'm really happy that before the show got there itself, you were ready. Yay!

“I always understood where he was coming from, where he was going, where he had been and that was due to the writing, the care and the crafting of this character, the obvious love that went into the scripting of Damon Salvatore” - Yes, it was marvelously done. Even the moments I didn’t like always seemed to make total sense narrative-wise.

Yup, yup, yup. Exactly.

“Elena Gilbert Salvatore” - I love your use of Elena' now full name ♥

So much fun to write. :D
Florencia: DE (It Started to Rain)florencia7 on November 10th, 2017 06:38 pm (UTC)
RE: 25 Favorite Characters (2/4)
“And Stefan had layers… so many layers. Stefan Salvatore was probably the most layered character on this show.” - Great point! I didn't even think about it until now, but you're so right.

“In the end, Stefan did right by himself, by his town, by his brother and by his own soul.” - Yes, exactly. I loved how after seasons of Stefan's questionable but repeatedly quoted hero status, the show actually ended with him as a hero. It was awesome.


“But vindicated they were and in retrospect that added such power to the last few seasons of Matt Donovan's characterization.” - Yes, it really worked out more than very well, eventually.

“Yes, there was the exploration of her magic and witchy ways but it was always explored through who Bonnie was as a person, not the other way around.” - That's so great to point out. So true.

“At the end of the day, Katerina really was the ultimate villain of The Vampire Diaries.” - That was definitely one of the most brilliant decisions. Made so much sense.

“I loved him for so, so many reasons based on the awesome of Kai alone but also because he is what I think that Klaus as a villain should have been” - Yes, Kai remained a villain throughout. And as much as I love redeeming qualities and redemption arcs, it was great and I liked that they kept him that way, as opposed to most of other villains.

"Janina Gavankar effortlessly came on-screen and owned every scene she was in from minute one until her much-too-soon final one." - My sentiments exactly. I wish she stayed a little longer or at least came back at some point. She was truly delightful to watch.
Arabian: Stefan03arabian on November 19th, 2017 02:17 am (UTC)
Re: 25 Favorite Characters (2/4)
“And Stefan had layers… so many layers. Stefan Salvatore was probably the most layered character on this show.” - Great point! I didn't even think about it until now, but you're so right.

I honestly think that so many people were misled by the 'good brother' halo that was told (as opposed to shown) that the incredible layering and depth of this character was missed by so many because it's so much more common to see the bad boy, the anti-hero with the depth and layers. However, per usual, The Vampire Diaries, offered the very same for their 'hero' too.

"Janina Gavankar effortlessly came on-screen and owned every scene she was in from minute one until her much-too-soon final one." - My sentiments exactly. I wish she stayed a little longer or at least came back at some point. She was truly delightful to watch.

God, I would have loved to see her again during the conclusion of the Other Side story and to see her somehow slip back in again when everyone else was because actually being with Silas made her realize he was so not worth it would have been awesome. I just loved her so.
Florencia: DE (Let There Be Light)florencia7 on November 10th, 2017 06:41 pm (UTC)
RE: 25 Favorite Characters (3/4)
"It was also the precise manner of tone, it was the way that he moved. It was with such grace and ease" – Yes, I still vividly remember some of the moments when what you describe was on display, because the tone, the body language alone was just so well-thought out and memorable.

"I just wanted him to come back. And then he did!" - That was the classic case of "careful what you wish for" phenomenon lol

By the way (on a non-sarcastic note ;) I recently had a mini-revelation concerning Alaric and the infamous memory erasure. Namely, that he might have agreed to do it, because he honestly believed that was a good idea. And this is something I haven't thought about before. But here is what I'm thinking. After he became a vampire, he must have obviously remembered Isobel compelling him to stop loving her and move on. Maybe in the end he came to the conclusion that this helped him? I guess that could possibly explain why he agreed to Elena's bad idea so easily.

"I adored how much he and Elena loved one another and how their relationship never changed even when they found out they weren't technically brother and sister." - Yes, I loved how that (or anything else for that matter) didn't change anything between them.

"He may not have been an especially dynamic actor, but he was a quiet, subtle one who was *always* on… watch him in any scene, in the background, on the sidelines and he was always reacting, always letting you know that Jeremy was a real boy and he was there in the moment (or not, as the story called for)." - That's so, so, so true. I love how you described it. While on screen, he was *always* Jeremy, and actively so, and that was truly awesome.

"I wonder sometimes if I'm the first Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes fan." - Heh, that's entirely possible and very cool :)

"Someone who is exceptional. Someone like Elizabeth Forbes." - Liz was one of my favorite characters too. It was a heartbreaking loss.

"Supportive and sassy, she made damn sure that her granddaughter knew how to be true to herself and find her inner strength, but also to accept help when necessary." - Beautifully said.

"Jasmine Guy brought so much grace and love to the role" – Yes, exactly.

"She was also our first vivid image of what a vampire looked like when they truly embraced their lack of humanity." - Good point, you're right.

"She inflicted pain (it was her job!), caused mayhem (it was in the description, people!) and she loved it (it's important to love your work!)" - Nicely summarized! The main reason why I loved Sybil was that she didn't try to seduce or blackmail Damon into some kind of a forced relationship, because that would've been definitely harder to watch than a 3-second-long one night stand.

"Oh, Pearl. She deserved a better ending, but at least she was reunited with her beloved Annabelle on the Other Side and I sure hope she found peace in the end." - I hope so too! Especially since the guy who killed her ended up in heaven ;)

"Klaus was so over-hyped for more than half a season that I was disappointed when he finally showed up. Frankly, he just couldn't possibly live up to that build-up." - At the beginning I actually thought that he lived up to that build-up really well. It was only in S3 that I started to doubt his villainous ways.
Arabian: Alaric03arabian on November 19th, 2017 02:28 am (UTC)
Re: 25 Favorite Characters (3/4)
"I just wanted him to come back. And then he did!" - That was the classic case of "careful what you wish for" phenomenon lol

But my overall point is that I'm still glad he came back. I may not have loved him as much as I did; they may not have done with him what I wanted them to, but at the end of the day, I still loved the character enough that he was #12 on my list. And when he popped up on The Originals I pretty much had to rewind every one of his scenes because I barely heard anything that was going on because I spent every moment squeeing: "Alaric! Alaric! Alaric! It's my Alaric!" So I think it's safe to say I'm pretty dang happy he came back.

By the way (on a non-sarcastic note ;) I recently had a mini-revelation concerning Alaric and the infamous memory erasure. Namely, that he might have agreed to do it, because he honestly believed that was a good idea. And this is something I haven't thought about before. But here is what I'm thinking. After he became a vampire, he must have obviously remembered Isobel compelling him to stop loving her and move on. Maybe in the end he came to the conclusion that this helped him? I guess that could possibly explain why he agreed to Elena's bad idea so easily.

Of course he thought it was a good idea. He thought that Damon was dead and Elena was miserable and suffering and damn-near killing people in her reality-escape-age. That's where I've always been, adding the Isobel-take on it, it makes even more sense. That's a good point.

"I wonder sometimes if I'm the first Sheriff Elizabeth Forbes fan." - Heh, that's entirely possible and very cool :)

I could totally be wrong, but I could also totally be right.

"Klaus was so over-hyped for more than half a season that I was disappointed when he finally showed up. Frankly, he just couldn't possibly live up to that build-up." - At the beginning I actually thought that he lived up to that build-up really well. It was only in S3 that I started to doubt his villainous ways.

See, it wasn't his villainy that was the problem for me in season 02, it was that he was overshadowed charismatically and in the old-school/powerful vampire department by Elijah/Daniel Gillies. Then came the woobification of season 03. So, yeah.
Florencia: Damon (Love)florencia7 on November 10th, 2017 06:43 pm (UTC)
RE: 25 Favorite Characters (4/4)
"But you know what, Joseph Morgan is a great actor, and he's charismatic and damn did he give great teary eye and trembling lip so, for who he turned out to actually be, yeah, I did love Klaus." - Same here.

"Canning made Jenna real and the writers allowed us those moments showing Jenna's reaction and pain." - Yes, they made it possible to sincerely care for Jenna.

"David Alpay sold that enthusiasm so well that I almost overlooked the creepy-factor." -That's exactly how I felt too.

"Alpay was delightfully awesome. How could anyone not love him?" - I have no clue, because as you well know I LOVED him ^^

"In less than a handful of scenes, Chang managed to create a joyful, memorable, awesome character with just the hint of an edge." - So true. I wish they replaced *any* other Heretic with him, so he could live for more episodes *sigh*

"Georgie was smart and sassy and I really, really liked her." - Me too. I was actually hoping for something to happen between and Alaric, so she could have some positive influence over him, becasue she came across as someone who could possibly become friends with Damon. Oh well. Not much happened with that, sadly.

"I liked her snark, her determination, her backstory and, again, I felt that there was so much potential, especially considering her final scenes with Bonnie where she revealed that she had never fully lived." - I also felt that way. There was lots of potential there.

"I just really liked Meredith." - I also liked her a lot. She left too soon. Well, at least she got out of Mystic Falls alive, which is more than can be said about most people ;)

FANTASTIC post! ♥ I loved it! I loved everything you wrote and your choice of captions for each character. They were perfect!

I'm looking forward to the next part :)
Arabian: Damon & Elena33arabian on November 19th, 2017 02:34 am (UTC)
Re: 25 Favorite Characters (4/4)
"In less than a handful of scenes, Chang managed to create a joyful, memorable, awesome character with just the hint of an edge." - So true. I wish they replaced *any* other Heretic with him, so he could live for more episodes *sigh*

I know!!! I think the made three HUGE mistakes in season 07.

1. Better casting all-around for the Heretics.
2. Except for Oscar--who was AWESOMELY cast--but he should have been kept around around. History with Damon, awesome backstory, interesting ambivalence concerning Lilly and her rules.
3. Should have given us Damon/Elena flashbacks (we all damn well know there were cut D/E scenes we never saw--give us THOSE!)

Point being, Oscar (and Tim Chang) being in basically only one episode was a huge, wicked-dumbass mistake.

"Georgie was smart and sassy and I really, really liked her." - Me too. I was actually hoping for something to happen between and Alaric, so she could have some positive influence over him, becasue she came across as someone who could possibly become friends with Damon. Oh well. Not much happened with that, sadly.

This. *sigh* This so much. *double sigh*

FANTASTIC post! ♥ I loved it! I loved everything you wrote and your choice of captions for each character. They were perfect!

Thank you, and I did have fun picking the episode titles per character. Just know the next section I'm not doing that.

I'm looking forward to the next part :)

I'm working on it now, and I'm hoping to get it up sooner than it took for this.