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

Tyler and Vicki; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Matt, Elena and Stefan promotional image

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 and Vicki promotional image

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

Alaric and Caroline from TVD

While this duo led to the fun new spinoff, Legacies, Alaric and Caroline were never a believable couple.

21. Bonnie and Jeremy

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

Liv from The Vampire Diaries

Tyler and Liv had a definite onscreen spark. However, as a couple, they’re not the most memorable.

19. Rose and Damon

Rose and Damon; Vampire Diaries Couples

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

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

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

Damon and Katherine; The Best Vampire Diaries Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Caroline and Matt; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Alaric and Jenna; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

This likable pair could have been great if not for Jenna’s unfortunate and untimely death.

12. Caroline and Tyler

Caroline and Tyler; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

Their star-crossed romance was full of potential until jealousy, anger, and bad choices ended their relationship.

11. Jeremy and Anna

Jeremy and Anna; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Stefan and Caroline; The Best Vampire Diaries Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

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

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

Caroline and Klaus (Klaroline); The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Alaric and Jo; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

Sadly, their story ended in tragedy. But the two were the perfect Vampire Diaries‘ couple while they lasted.

5. Stefan and Katherine

Stefan and Katherine; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Bonnie and Damon; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Stefan and Elena (Stelena); The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

Without the amazing Stefan and Elena relationship, this series would have never worked.

2. Bonnie and Enzo

Bonnie and Enzo; The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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

Damon and Elena (Delena); The Best Vampire Diaries' Couples, Ranked From Worst to Best

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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