This month marks the 10th anniversary of The Vampire Diaries. Yes, ten years have passed since we first met the beloved supernatural characters of Mystic Falls. While the series had its ups and downs throughout its impressive eight-season run, it was always must-watch television. In celebration, I thought it would be fun to revisit the most important part of the paranormal romance show: The Vampire Diaries’ couples.
Part of the enjoyment of watching week to week was “shipping” different characters together. However, it was the love triangle between Damon, Elena, and Stefan hooking fans from the start. Still, other romantic pairings became integral to the show as well – some couples more successful than others.
So, let’s discuss…
The Best Vampire Diaries’ Couples, Ranked
25. Tyler and Vicki
It’s hard to completely root for them because Tyler was the epitome of the bad boyfriend. And in the #metoo era of today, they’re hard to swallow as a couple, especially with the almost “rape-like” scene in the pilot.
24. Matt and Elena
Ah, young love. Matt and Elena have an innocent-like teenage relationship. But as Elena points out, she just didn’t feel passionate about him. So, it’s no surprise she breaks up with Matt and then falls in love with the new mysterious high school student, Stefan.
23. Jeremy and Vicki
Jeremy treated Vicki with much more respect than Tyler did, but these two just didn’t fit together. Still, Jeremy’s puppy-like love for Vicki was sweet.
22. Alaric and Caroline
While this duo led to the fun new spinoff, Legacies, Alaric and Caroline were never a believable couple.
21. Bonnie and Jeremy
This pairing lasted for much longer than it should have. While they were cute together at first, there was never any real tension, chemistry, or authenticity.
20. Tyler and Liv
Tyler and Liv had a definite onscreen spark. However, as a couple, they’re not the most memorable.
19. Rose and Damon
Maybe it’s my love for everything Dickens, but I’m a sucker for unrequited love stories. And there’s something interesting and profound about Rose. So, while these two only briefly hook up, Rose quickly becomes one of the only people Damon’s ever cared about.
18. Nora and Mary Louise
As Heretics, Nora and Mary Louise struggled with narcissism and psychotic behavior, traits leading to trouble in their relationship! Still, their bond was unbreakable.
17. Alaric and Meredith
In the books, Meredith and Alaric are a devoted couple. In the series, these two are only together briefly. But it was a nice nod to L.J. Smith’s original books and the two actors had chemistry.
16. Stefan and Valerie
Valerie is Stefan’s first love; the two separated by misfortune. And while they didn’t work out, here’s to hoping she makes a guest appearance on Legacies.
15. Damon and Katherine
Although Katherine and Damon didn’t bring out the best in each other, as a pair of naughty vampiric schemers, the two scored high on the entertainment scale.
14. Caroline and Matt
They made a strong TV couple at first. But once Caroline became a vampire, Matt was never able to accept her for who she was. That would be the death of any relationship.
13. Alaric and Jenna
This likable pair could have been great if not for Jenna’s unfortunate and untimely death.
12. Caroline and Tyler
Their star-crossed romance was full of potential until jealousy, anger, and bad choices ended their relationship.
11. Jeremy and Anna
These two were an adorable couple impossible not to like. It’s too bad she died and became a ghost, only to then pass on to the other side.
10. Stefan and Caroline
It took me time to warm up to this pairing, but they eventually grew on me. Besides, best friends do make ideal romantic couples.
9. Rebekah and Matt
Matt was a fantastic choice for the fiery, explosive Rebekah. She wanted to be a normal teenage girl and Matt liked her spontaneity.
8. Stefan and Lexi
While they were never more than best friends, you could argue Lexi was in love with him. Oh, what could have been.
7. Caroline and Klaus
I’m a huge fan of dark Byronic Heroes, so I loved them at first. However, they both moved on to more epic loves. Klaus with Camille and Caroline with Stefan.
6. Alaric and Jo
Sadly, their story ended in tragedy. But the two were the perfect Vampire Diaries‘ couple while they lasted.
5. Stefan and Katherine
Bad-girl Katherine made it tough for the Salvatore brothers. But it was Stefan who was her true love. While Katherine was too selfish to make a romance work, this couple was still fabulous.
4. Bonnie and Damon
On re-watch of the series, it’s hard to deny the underlying and unspoken romantic love brewing beneath the surface.
3. Stefan and Elena
Without the amazing Stefan and Elena relationship, this series would have never worked.
2. Bonnie and Enzo
Every vampire with the last name St. John is automatic romantic vampire gold! The chemistry, the emotion, the romance, this is the love story Bonnie deserved.
1. Damon and Elena
Seductive and passionate, the soul connection between Damon and Elena is indisputable. They’re an example of how to do a Byronic vampire romance story right.
Now, it’s your turn. What are your favorite Vampire Diaries’ couples? Sound off in the comments below!
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