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10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like, Part 1

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Last year, to celebrate the Halloween season, I made two vampire fanmixes. (Taste of Blood and We Hunger.) This year, I present to you my list of 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like. There are other vampire dudes I really like, but I wanted to limit myself to ten, and not spend so much fussing over trying to make a “definitive” list that I ended up not posting anything at all. (Which has happened to me many times before.) Plus, I’m sure there are some lovable vampire dudes I didn’t think of when I was making the list. But these ten will provide plenty of eye candy for the time being. Well, five for now. I’m splitting the list into two parts, because this thing is gonna be big. Well, big for me. :)

So without further ado, and in no particular order, here is part 1 of 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like.






1. Nick Knight (Television Show, Forever Knight)

I don’t know if Nick was the first animal blood-drinking, crime fighting vampire ever, but it wouldn’t surprise me. In fact, it wouldn’t surprise me if Nick was the template used when creating many of the non-evil and/or crime fighting vamps that came after him. Which is why he’s first on the list.

Nick was an 800 year old vampire who was pretty evil for quite a bit of time. But he had a change of heart and, by the time the show starts, he is a police detective, fighting crime and trying to make up for his evil past. (Sound familiar?) Nick’s greatest wish is to become human again…sorta kinda. Part of him wants that and part of him is a little ambivalent about it, largely because he still has strong ties with his vampire “family.” (He spent hundreds of years with these people, so it’s understandable he might have a hard time letting go.) But the part of him that does want it is being helped by Natalie Lambert, a human police coroner who is trying to use her scientific expertise to find a way to “re-humanize” Nick. And, of course, there’s loads of unresolved sexual tension between the two. Well, there seems to be sexual tension between Nick and lots of people, especially his evil-ish sire and vampire sister/lover. (They aren’t related related, but the same guy turned them both.) But that’s another story.

How did a vampire become a police detective? Well, he tells people he has one of those diseases that pretty much amounts to being allergic to the sun, and his bosses put him on the night shift in deference to his supposed condition. Beyond that, just accept it and move on to enjoying the show.





2. Caleb (Movie, Near Dark)


Played by Adrian Pasdar, Caleb was probably one of the first good (or, at least, not evil) vampires in any movie or TV show. Bill Paxton also plays a vamp in this flick. But he’s more of a homicidal bad boy, Early!Spike/Damon type.

Caleb is an innocent, small town boy who meets and falls for a pretty young thing. What he doesn’t know is that she is a vamp. And, since she’s fallen for him too, she decides to turn him and take him home to join her vampire family.

The problem is that Caleb can’t bring himself to feed on people. He just can’t, which pisses his new vampire family off quite a bit. But none of their anger (or attempts to set him up with meals) do any good. Even when the bloodlust is getting to him, Caleb is more likely to tell his potential victims to run than chow down on them. In fact, if not for his sire feeding him her own blood every night, Caleb would probably starve. (And is it wrong that I found those feedings somewhat hot? A little bit? Oh, well.)

I don’t know why, but I just love the way Caleb fights it. Even when the bloodlust comes over him, and his new vampire kinfolk are threatening to give him a whoopin’ if he doesn’t get his act together and start acting like a vampire is supposed to act, he can’t go against his true nature. Because, while he might be a vampire now he is not, at his core, a killer. Something about that makes me love his character. Plus the hotness. :-D




3. Steven Grlscz (Movie, Wisdom of Crocodiles, aka Immortality)

Jude Law plays Steven Grlscz, a vampire who doesn’t have fangs, can walk in the sun, has no problem with crosses, etc. All of these things combined should have turned me off. But once I started watching this movie, I couldn’t stop, and all because this character intrigued me. One of the things that make Steven so interesting is how, well, weird he is. No one who meets this guy would think he was normal. In fact, it’s like he doesn’t know how to act more normal. But, because he’s hot, people choose to decide to be fascinated by his…eccentricities. And, since I’m pretty much in the same boat, I can’t judge.

Also, despite being a tad weird, Steven is pretty good at being charming and seductive. He even manages to seduce (in a very manly way, of course) the male police detective who suspects him of murder (but not of being a vampire). Apparently, seductive and hot trumps weird. Or, actually, I think the weirdness adds to the hotness. ;)

There’s a scene early in the movie that shows Steven…getting a bite. (Um, sorry about that.) And, from how he acts after the deed is done, you can see that he doesn’t exactly love having to kill to survive. But getting blood from a blood bank just wouldn’t work for him. And when you see what happens to him when he goes too long without feeding (he goes temporarily blind at one point) you can’t help feeling for the guy. He’s not really evil. He just has a Methosian survival instinct. Someone else (sorry I can’t recall who) used that term to describe another character, and I immediately thought of Steven. 

And, now, I’m trying to think of (or make up) a word that means “really weird and really hot at the same time.” I’m sure there’s one out there somewhere. :)




4. Damon (Television Show, The Vampire Diaries)


Aw, Damon. What can I say about this guy? He’s hot. And homicidal. And very funny. He’s got a nasty habit of killing anyone who threatens him, scares him (poor Lexi, we hardly knew thee), confuses him, or just annoys him a little bit. He will also rip off the head of anyone who even thinks of hurting his brother. One of his few redeeming qualities.

When Damon first came to Mystic Falls, he didn’t expect to stay long, and went on several killing sprees, which made the authorities in town aware that, “Hey, there are vampires snacking on our citizens!” (Something the PTB haven’t told the citizens, by the way, but they do have members of their police force reading, “How To Kill Vampires for Dummies.”) Now that Damon’s decided to stay, and the town’s authroties are on the alert for any vampy activity, he’s had to reign himself in and be more cautious and responsible and junk. Getting his blood from blood banks, of all things, which is so annoying. But he’s trying, in his own Damon-ish way. That doesn’t stop him from doing…unfortunate things when he gets upset, like snapping innocent bystanders’ necks and such.

My relationship with Damon is a very unusual one. On the one hand, I do enjoy the character, largely because of the performance given by the actor that plays him. On the other hand, I kind of like seeing him get his ass kicked, watching one of his “master plans” fall apart around him, etc. And Bonnie using her witchy powers to set him on fire was one of my favorite moments of the show so far. Hey, I knew he wasn’t really going to die! And it’s not like he never did anything to deserve getting toasted just little bit.

But, again, still like him. I just think getting taken down a couple pegs every so often will help him grow as a person. :-D




5. Spike (Television Shows, Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel)


Like Damon, my relationship with Spike is a complicated one. I always enjoyed his character, but he wasn’t really one of my favorites on BtVS back in the day. That didn’t mean I didn’t find him interesting. His devotion to Dru. His scary insightfulness. (That he usually used to cause others emotional trauma.) His way with words. (It turning out that he was a poet as a human sort of made sense when I thought about it.) His distinctive look. Heck, the way he moved was fascinating to me. And, of course, he was hot. But, when he left the show for a season, I wasn’t exactly one of the fans praying (or writing letters demanding) that they'd bring him back. I would’ve been reasonably pleased if he returned, but I wasn’t waiting for it with bated breath or anything.

Ironically, it wasn’t until season 6 of BtVS (in my opinion, one of the worst for any of the characters, including Spike) that I truly became a Spike fan. Unhappy with the show, I turned to BtVS fic more than ever before. And that is where I had my eyes opened to the true awesomeness that was Spike. I also enjoyed him quite a bit when he moved over to Angel. So, now, he is one of my favorite characters in the “Jossverse,” one of the few I still search out fic for.

One of the things I like about Spike is that I can “have him” in several different flavors. The badass, scary, unrepentantly evil Spike of early BtVS. The chipped, Spike of mid-BtVS, still trying to be evil even though he couldn’t hurt humans anymore. The soul-having Spike of Angel, who retained the power to be a pain in the ass. I even like human, poetry-writing Spike, aka William.




So there you have it. The first five of the 10 Vampire Dudes I Really Like. I'll be posting part two shortly. In the meantime, feel free to let me know what you think of the vampire dudes on the list so far. And Happy Halloween. :-)

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ladygawain
Oct. 7th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
Oh, *claps*, excellent list so far. I haven't seen the Jude Law one, must track that down, it sounds fascinating. Near Dark was really a good film, I saw it when I was too young to appreciate, but in hindsight, it's really compelling, turns the whole idea of the 'true nature' of a vampire on its head.

I just got into TVD a few months ago and it's turned out better than I thought it would, I am a bit of an addict now.I (not surprisingly) share the same unusual relationship with Damon that you do. I love him when he's being Mr. Diabolical plan with the wiggly eyebrows and the cheek but I also love seeing him get his arse kicked on a regular basis. I love that the show feeds into that, what with Lexi, Pearl, Bonnie, it keeps it fresh, lol. Although, this season he's a bit... well... yes, his storyline is unexpected and I'm still deciding how I feel about this trajectory. It's good to seem him developing in some way but it's uncomfortable sometimes. But love him always.

And Spike. Really, I adore this character, love his uncanny wisdom, "Love isn't brains, children." Just so well-played, and some of the fanfic inspired by him is brilliant.

Can't wait to see the next five :)
brooklynbella
Oct. 7th, 2010 01:27 pm (UTC)
Spike and Nick are two of mt favorite Vampires. Spike will always be number one in my heart. He's the original blued bastard!
dannyblue
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
Spike and Nick are two of mt favorite Vampires.

People are always comparing any new vampire show that comes along to Angel, especially if the vamp on the show fights crime. But, really, Forever Knight and Nick were there first.
dannyblue
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:43 pm (UTC)
I haven't seen the Jude Law one, must track that down, it sounds fascinating.

The movie can be hard to find, so make sure and try both titles during your search. When they first released the movie on DVD, someone decided we simple folk wouldn't get that it was a vampire movie from a name like Wisdom of Crocodiles, so they changed it to Immortality. Although I think the new title is kind of vague, and doesn't make the fact that it's a vampire movie any more clear. (After all, there are all sorts of fictional immortals running around.) But if you can't find this flick under one name, you might find it under another. :)

his storyline is unexpected and I'm still deciding how I feel about this trajectory. It's good to seem him developing in some way but it's uncomfortable sometimes.

I'm feeling a little unsure about where they're taking Damon, too. But I'm hoping for the best.

And Spike. Really, I adore this character, love his uncanny wisdom, "Love isn't brains, children." Just so well-played,

I love words, and people who know how to use 'em. So Spike's way with words often sent a thrill of word-geeker joy through me. :D
skysamuelle
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
I'll admit it, in my fav vampboys list:
1)Spike
2)Damon
3)Stefan

And despite that, I like seeing Damon's plans falling apart so much more than Spike's. Probably because since the very beginng, Spike knew how to be loyal to someone else than himself... and he learnt all his other lessons by gettinng his ass kicked. It's somehow asadly musing that Spike anything Spike did, even when he tried hard to do the right thing, he never got any credit for it from anyone in the schooby gang...whereas Damon tries very fleebly but still gets handed countless chances and unbridled love.
rule_number_7
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I don't know 1, 2 or 3 but I do love 4 and 5 :)
dannyblue
Oct. 7th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
I definitely think 1, 2 and 3 are worth a look. Although Forever Knight requires a bit more investment since it's a series and has about 70 episodes. But, hey, if you're looking for a show to get into, there's one right there waiting for ya. :D
kcatlin
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:39 am (UTC)
He will also rip off the head of anyone who even thinks of hurting his brother.

This is one of the reasons I love Damon. His whole, 'if anyone is going to kill my brother, it will be me' attitude.
i_lovedyoufirst
Oct. 7th, 2010 03:41 pm (UTC)
RAWR I love that about him.
dannyblue
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:02 pm (UTC)
Damon's whole, "Not that I actually care about Stefan, or any of that human emotion crap," thing amuses me. Yeah, Damon. You've never look at all worried or upset any of the times Stefan was hurt or in danger.
kcatlin
Oct. 7th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
And he NEVER reacts appropraitley when someone attacks Stefan. He always just stands there and watches Stefan defend himself.

I also love his devotion to Elena. Once he or Stefan hear that another vamp has been invited in, the immidate reaction is, 'they must die'.

But I am a Stelena shipper.
skysamuelle
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:47 pm (UTC)
so true. :D
skysamuelle
Oct. 8th, 2010 03:35 pm (UTC)
Ah Spike! Possibly my favorite vampire boy to date. He was like a little black dress- you coul pair him off with just anyone on BTVS and it would be hot anyway. I loved all his multilayered relationships - with Buffy, with Angel, with Dru, Dawn and even Giles... and I can't forget the time he was living with demon Clem or watching soap operas with Joyce. He was multifaced and moved like a feline onscreen. He was the ultimate romantic, but unlike Damon he managed to wear the title of Love's Bitch mantaining the dignity and the self-love of one who surrenders the inevitable.

I know DE fans count him as an hnorary shipper for their couple but I think that, if he could stroll in MF, he would just slap Damon silly for being so bratty...and not going after the fierce little thing with awesome magical powers. Spike was quite a lover of powerful women... damn now I want to read a fic where DBS have a facedown.

On another matter, I never saw that movie with Jude Law here in Italy. I'll see if I can get it somehow, you made it to sound so intriguing!
dannyblue
Oct. 8th, 2010 08:06 pm (UTC)
He was like a little black dress- you coul pair him off with just anyone on BTVS and it would be hot anyway.

Pretty much. :-D

And I loved Spike's deep, philosophical discussion with Joyce about Passions. They were both so serious about it. LOL

I know DE fans count him as an hnorary shipper for their couple

Really? I never thought of that before and can't see it for some reason. I can't even see Spike and Damon getting along all that well, to tell you the truth. They are too similar in some ways, but too different in other, more fundamental ways.
skysamuelle
Oct. 8th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
Too similiar and yet too different get along, I agree!
planetforbidden
Oct. 9th, 2010 02:46 am (UTC)
The Hunger - Hello!
David Bowie as a vampire. You can't get more awesome than that.
dannyblue
Oct. 9th, 2010 06:08 am (UTC)
Re: The Hunger - Hello!
I know I've seen The Hunger, but it's been a while and I don't remember much. Or, well, anything, really. Just a few images here and there. So I don't know if Bowie's vamp would qualify as a Vamp Dude I Really Like or not.

Besides, when I think of Bowie, I don't think of vamps. I think of Jareth in Labyrinth. Which I suddenly want to watch again. :D
(Anonymous)
Oct. 10th, 2010 04:08 am (UTC)
Re: The Hunger - Hello!
He qualifies trust me.

And if he doesn't qualify as a vampire, he totally qualifies as just being an awesome human! Or as Jareth, the Goblin King. :)
genagirl
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:01 am (UTC)
Barnabas Collins, the Original Sexy Vampire!

barnabus
dannyblue
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:18 pm (UTC)
I tried to watch Dark Shadows when it aired on Sci Fi Channel. (Before the name change, I think.) I was recording it and everything. But, for whatever reason, I just couldn't get into it. But that doesn't mean I don't acknowledge the show as the pioneer it was. :D
angelus2hot
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:10 am (UTC)
What an awesome list!

I'd totally forgotten about Nick and I loved Forever Knight when it was on.

And I absolutely adore Damon! Can't help it. I was actually petrified when the tv show aired that they'd screw up the characters that I like so much from the books but no Ian is fantastic as Damon.
dannyblue
Oct. 25th, 2010 07:23 pm (UTC)
I'd totally forgotten about Nick and I loved Forever Knight when it was on.

Like I said, I don't know if Nick was the first crime-fighting/trying-to-find-redemption vampire on TV, but it would surprise me.

There's actually some lovely FK fic (including crossovers with lots of other fandoms) around, which has helped to keep the show "fresh" in my mind.
jsherlock
Oct. 27th, 2010 05:41 pm (UTC)
I love this list so much! I need to watch these shows - thank goodness for netflix!

Also - I am agreeing 100% with what everyone has said about Spike. He is the most complex vampire character I've ever seen, and he is one of the best for it.

I definitely think one of my favorite scenes is when he's in the kitchen with Joyce and (I think it's Dawn?) and they're just hanging out and laughing and Buffy comes in and gets all pissed - but just before that - it was really cool just the way he was simply hanging out. Even Angel didn't just hang out - he had a reason to do it - not just for the sake of hey, I like these people let's hang.

By the by where do you find fanfiction for him? :D
dannyblue
Nov. 2nd, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Hey. Sorry about the delay in getting back to you. I've had a lot going on.

Like I said before, it took a long time for Spike to grow on me. But, once he did, I loved the guy. :D

As for finding Spike fic, there's always the All About Spike fanfiction archive. I also like Fist and Fangs, which has fanfiction, character essays, etc.
cryngle
Feb. 19th, 2011 02:32 pm (UTC)
I hadn't watched many vampire movies but with the characters you've showcased. I'm interested, I'll have to look them up.

What you said about Damon is exactly how I feel on all points.

But, again, still like him. I just think getting taken down a couple pegs every so often will help him grow as a person. :-D

He needs that. I agree and Bonnie be the one to do it. :D

dannyblue
Feb. 21st, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
I hadn't watched many vampire movies but with the characters you've showcased. I'm interested, I'll have to look them up.

I enjoy sharing my vampire fascination (not "obsession," despite what some might think) with others. :-)


edgeofwords
Apr. 21st, 2011 12:27 am (UTC)
Fave vamp guys
Damon is one of my favorites. I don't know if you've read the Vampire Diaries books, (they are amazing) but the series is really fun to watch, too. Ian Sommerhalder does an excellent job of making you love to hate Damon. I just can't get enough of him. In my eyes, he's stolen the show.

I would have to add Louie to the list, though. Anne Rice did an amazing job fleshing out the character of Louie. He was the first vampire I learned to love, and the first that was cursed with a conscience. He was the original Edward, I guess you could say.
dannyblue
Apr. 25th, 2011 02:19 am (UTC)
Re: Fave vamp guys
I would have to add Louie to the list, though. Anne Rice did an amazing job fleshing out the character of Louie.

I read AR's first two vampire books before I saw the movie. (I was in my early teens, and a very precocious reader.) And I remember both Louie and Lestat annoying the crap out of me. (Although the first movie redeemed them somewhat. Interview is the most I've ever liked Tom Cruise in a film.) I don't even remember why they annoyed me so much now (since I barely remember the books) and wonder if I was too young to get all the nuances at the time. But, whenever I remember those books, I also feel that flash of annoyance towards the characters. Which is why I don't automatically think of them as two of my favorite vampire guys.

But I'm thinking of rereading the books, and seeing if I have a different reaction to the characters a second time around.
edgeofwords
Apr. 28th, 2011 01:49 am (UTC)
Re: Fave vamp guys
I can understand what you're staying. I have read "Interview" and liked it, although I had seen the movie first. It didn't hurt that Brad Pitt was playing Louie, of course. And I liked Tom Cruise as Lestat as well. He was brilliant, but Louie was still my favorite. It would be interesting to see if your annoyance toward the characters would be affected by reading them as an adult now or not.
mortal_flame07
Jun. 15th, 2011 11:21 pm (UTC)
Re: Fave vamp guys
Great choices on the vamps.
mortal_flame07
Jun. 15th, 2011 11:20 pm (UTC)
Vampire Hotties
grrr.... I must say Damon off of Vampire diaries is soooo gorgeous and deep omg.... Although there are zero vampires that have anything on The original vampires in Anne Rice with her vampire chronicles.... she weaves sexy vivid portraits of them, and their flawless, gorgeous, and super sexy physiques.
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