In 2010, The CW launched a supernatural vampire show based on L.J Smiths book series The Vampire Diaries. Hot on the heels of True Blood and Twilight, the show took America by storm. UK programmer ITV2 then picked up the show and Brits have been enjoying the show as much as Americans have ever since. The show, aptly named TVD has shocked, terrified and bewildered audiences alike with its supernatural story lines and attractive cast.
One thing the show does well however, is angling a good villain in our faces. We’ve had Season 1 tomb vampires and we were even teased mercilessly in the latter of season 2 with the prospect of a 1000-year-old Original vampire named Klaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan). This character would probably be fans go to for the top spot, but his violently charged plans and hidden pain instead got him a spin off show named The Originals that has already spawned two successful seasons on The CW. The fact that Klaus has been terrorising the heroes of TVD all the way through to the middle of season 4 hints that, yes he should get the best villain crown but unlike Kai, he has shown genuine care for certain characters such as Caroline Forbes (Candice Accola) and remorse for some of his impulsive actions. This sets him aside from season 6 villain Malachai Parker (Chris Wood) who shows absolutely no remorse for his actions, having murdered most of his immediate family to become leader of his coven.
Kai can’t generate magic like a normal witch can, so he instead drains and absorbs it from other witches. He admits himself that he is a ‘psycho’ that has no other goals besides murdering the rest of his family and becoming Level 10 powerful. Like all great villains though, we hate to love him and vice versa, like The Avengers ‘Loki’ (Tom Hiddleston) or DC’s ‘The Joker’. He sprints around Mystic Falls with a constant smirk plastered to his face and a ready to aim crossbow in his hands. So why do we love him? Some fans might say that it’s mostly because he’s attractive but it’s also because he hasn’t become ‘mushy’ like the other villains have, love is no obstacle for him. And we love it.
Written by Abigail Remmer