‘The Vampire Diaries:’ Best Twists, Hook-Ups, Deaths and More (As Ranked by Fans!)

By Nuzhat Naoreen | 5:49 pm on January 22, 2014


In honor of The Vampire Diaries 100th episode on Thursday, we asked fans to take a look back at some of the most memorable scenes and characters from the series. From the biggest twist to the most heart-breaking death, check out the list below to see which great moments (of many!) fans are still talking about and hit the comments to let us know if you agree.

(Still haven’t watched the past 99 episodes? First, what have you been doing with your life? Second, stop reading this post and start catching up now. Trust us, you do not want these twists spoiled.)

What was your favorite twist? Hello, Katherine.

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She came. She caused havoc. And she changed the face of the show forever. Fans continue to hail Katherine’s surprise season 1 entry as one of the all-time best Vampire Diaries twists. Sure, her name had been thrown around relentlessly, but no one and we mean NO ONE (except for maybe showrunners Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson), expected her to actually turn up and that too in such epic fashion. Pretending to be Elena, hooking up with Damon, chopping off Uncle John’s fingers…let’s just say Katherine redefined what it means to “make an entrance.”

Which love triangle was most intriguing? Damon, Elena and Stefan


Do we really need to elaborate? Regardless of the countless crazy twists and turns, the biggest point of debate amongst fans continues to be the yo-yo love triangle between Stefan, Elena and Damon. Sure, it’s sometimes infuriating (just pick a brother, Elena!), but that’s also what makes it so great. After all, there aren’t too many TV triangles that make you want to throw things at your TV and hug it at the same time (ugh, feelings).

What was the steamiest moment? Damon and Elena’s motel makeout sesh.

Feel free to stop watching now. No, we mean it. Get back to this list! After multiple seasons of denial, Elena and Damon finally got it on for real while holed up in a motel. The moment turned out to be short-lived (thanks a lot, Jeremy!), but that didn’t stop fans from crowning it the series’ steamiest moment.

What was the best line? “He’s your first love, I intend to be your last… however long it takes,” Klaus (Joseph Morgan) to Caroline (Candice Accola)

Just when we thought bad-vamp Klaus had ditched town for good, he came back to give Caroline a graduation gift that fans are still swooning over. No, we’re not talking about his decision to allow Tyler to come back to Mystic Falls (though that was nice too), we’re talking about the epic line that followed. We’re waiting, Klaus.

What was the hardest goodbye? Alaric


Along with being Elena and Jeremy’s guardian and Damon’s BFF, Alaric was one of the few stabilizing (read: not crazy) characters on the series. It’s one of the many reasons why the audience loved — and continues to miss — the Mystic Falls teacher.

Your all-time favorite episode so far? Season 4, episode 23

The culmination to the search for the cure helped this episode rank a cut above the rest for fans.

A character you were happiest to see turn into a vampire? Tie: Elena Gilbert & Caroline Forbes.


The toss-up here is understandable: While Caroline become a much more complex character after joining the undead, Elena learned to toughen up. Judging from these results, it’s a good thing neither of them got the cure.

A storyline you could you have done without? Doppelganger Destiny.


Listen Qetsiyah, just because you say doppelgangers are destined to be together doesn’t mean TVD fans have to like it.

A character you could have done without? April Young.

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Oh April…sweet, naive April, you never stood a chance.

The best villain? Klaus.


He was so good he got his own series. ‘Nuff said.

Favorite Mystic Falls event? Miss Mystic Falls Pageant.

There seems to be a Mystic Falls event almost every episode (not that we’re complaining), but it’s the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant — complete with a Damon/Elena dance and inklings of ripper Stefan — that fans recall most fondly.

What long-term storyline was the strongest? Stefan as a Ripper.


The lesson here? Stefan may be a good vamp at heart, but fans love when he’s bad.

The best season so far? 4

From Elena coping with her newfound reality as a vampire to the resetting of the love triangle, season 4 reigns supreme for Vampire Diaries fans.

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16 Responses

  1. […] but only one list that has been compiled completely of fan responses, and that one comes from the People’s Choice […]

  2. Corey says:

    What?!Season 4 the best so far?Yeah right!It was season 2.No boring episodes,Katherine coming to the present of Mystic Falls,the start of the Originals coming,characters like Tyler,Caroline & Matt actually got a better part instead of just partying and stuff like that,keeping Klaus alive actually made sense back then,etc.Season 3 was good until Katherine left because it wasn’t as interesting since Klaus fell in love,Tyler also went AWOL,Alaric had an evil persona,finding out Klaus can’t be killed although that was what the entire season was about,etc..Season 4 sucked because the storyline was boring,Caroline went from saying “I’m too smart to be seduced by you”to Klaus to actually developing feelings for him,most of the new characters sucked,it didn’t get better until Katherine came back,etc.Season 5 has really been on & off they killed off interesting characters,made a new storyline that included saying Elena’s father was a bad guy without her knowing until now,Caroline actually gave in to sleeping with Klaus which might cause her friends to never look at her the same way again,and they have Katherine inside Elena’s body instead of finding another way to save her and keep her own body.who knows what will happen next?

  3. Laurien says:

    I don’t agree with any of these, except for the Katherine one. It’s very clear this was made up by Delena fans…

  4. Raina says:

    Honestly, I agree with most of these choices. Except my favorite twist was Klaus in Tyler’s body, favorite love triangle was Klaus, Caroline, and Tyler. I found them way more intriguing because it wasn’t dragged on like the Delena/Stelena one. The best season was definitely not Season 4. Although I am a huge Klaroline shipper, and that was their most eventful season, I have to go with Season 3. We got so many new complex characters, and every episode had me on the edge of my seat. Season 4 left me bored and irritated. They were just trying to satisfy fans instead of actually making the story good. Otherwise, I agree with the choices.

  5. julie says:

    This should have been called “best delena and klaroline moments” TVD went on for 4 seasons and the only thing people could think of was Delena finally getting together or Klaroline flirting? Really???

  6. julie says:

    The only reason the results turned out the way they did is because of the overpour of Delena fans. The only reason there are so many Delena fans is because of the whole “brooding bad brother who never gets the girl thing.” Its kind of annoying tbh.

  7. sula120770 says:

    well even if i don’t agree with all the results i agree with many,it was a vote guys anyone was able to vote so why are you like that now? everyone has his opinion i like s4 as well as the others!! i just love TVD!!

  8. Tamika says:

    Season 4 the best season. Is this a joke? Season 4 has been known by majority of fans to be the worst of all the seasons. Season 2 would no doubt be the best. If anything season 4 is the Delena season with the sire bond and the race for the cure for Elena.

  9. luana says:

    are you sure this is a tvd moments or delena and klaroline moments???

  10. Kate says:

    Agree! It’s really well ranked. Except the best line :P
    It should be “I’m not sorry that I’m in love with you” or the “you are my life” one imo, but still. Oh, and about the love triangle… Elena, Damon & Teddy bear is way more intriguing tbh lol. Delena is endgame bye x

  11. isha says:

    I don’t see why people should be offensive or upset..the list has something for everyone..Stef got the best storyline as ripper&not Damon’s storyline..KC one liner..when Damon had the best lines..But what’s to fight for when people don’t vote with dedication.. whatever..This List IS Good..And Season 4 all in all was great..Not b’cos of DE but b’cos everything was great..

  12. @vszabz says:

    Completely agree. Except, they had no choice but to write in the doppelganger destiny thing to finally put the last nail in Stelena’s coffin. There is nothing remotely romantic about being programmed to love someone; it is akin to an arranged marriage. Ironically, even though Stefan always gave Elena a choice (even when it meant her dying, sorry but that alone earns you worst boyfriend in TV history), with this revelation it’s clear she never had one in the first place. Neither did he when he loved Katherine.

    I do dislike how Julie Plec is jerking everyone around in general, but especially the Stelena fans, making them feel like there’s still hope. There isn’t guys, and I’m sorry. If you watch the whole series objectively and have knowledge about good writing and showrunning you’d know that along with Stefan being a false protagonist (hence ‘Most Forgettable Leading Man’), you’d know that Stelena was also the false love story. Plec is the queen of ship pandering and it’s something everyone’s going to have to live it.

  13. Sara says:

    This is a Joke…. The best season is season 2!!! This list is a Shame…

  14. Lora says:

    Every single one of these is false and only proves that you guys cater to delena fans.
    the best season is without a doubt season two and everyone with a brain out there agrees.

  15. Joy says:

    I completely agree with this ranking! I’m not a fan of KC so this quote is not my fav but everything else is right!

  16. Al says:

    WTF? The best season was not 4 – it was 2.

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