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Top 10 favourite vampires

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Since the conception Dracula, we have had a morbid fascination with vampires. The introduction of Twilight, The Vampire Diaries and True Blood saw a new breed of vampires rise to fame. They were super sexy, drove cool cars and could go outside in the sunshine provided they wore special rings. Vampire aficionados will be thrilled to learn that yet another vampire movie is about to be released: Byzantium. These vampires are grungy, Goth-like and gory, making the rest look squeaky clean. It got us thinking about our favourite vampires, so we've put together a list of the top 10.

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1

Edward Cullen from The Twilight Saga

What's not to love about Edward Cullen (Robert Pattinson)? Apart from being panty-meltingly hot, he plays the piano, is fiercely protective of his girlfriend, Bella Swan (Kristen Stewart), and is intelligent and extremely romantic. He'd rather die than face eternity without Bella.

Favourite Edward Cullen quote:

"It's an extraordinary thing to meet someone who you can bare your soul to and who'll accept you for what you are. I've been waiting for what seems like a very long time to get beyond what I am. And with Bella, I feel like I can finally begin."

2

Aidan Waite from Being Human

The 260-year-old, sensual, brooding vampire is brought to life by Sam Witwer. An anomaly in his vampire community, Aidan has opted for a life of clean living, drinking from blood bags rather than sacrificing human life. His extensive military background makes him a skilled fighter, but he is useless at compelling people to do what he wants.

Favourite Aidan Waite quote:

"Vampires don't drink werewolves... because of the smell."

 

3

Jasper Hale from The Twilight Saga

Jasper Hale (Jackson Rathbone) was turned into a vampire in 1863, when he was 20 years old. As a vampire, he gained the ability to sense and manipulate the emotions of those around him. After about a century of training young vampires, he got sick of the lifestyle. Because of his innate ability to sense his prey's feelings as they died, he stopped wanting to feed on humans. He fell in love with Alice Cullen and soon became part of the Cullen family, and he was instrumental in helping them defeat the newborn vampires in New Moon.

Favourite Jasper Hale quote:

"You held out your hand, and I took it without stopping to make sense of what I was doing. For the first time in almost a century, I felt hope."

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4

Damon Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

Be still my beating heart. Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) is the quintessential bad boy. His cynical wit, love of whisky and his antagonistic behaviour toward his younger, saint-like brother, Stefan, is merely a mask to disguise his softer, caring side. His ability to control minds makes him a force to be reckoned with.

Favourite Damon Salvatore quote:

"What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped."

 

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5

Michael Emerson from The Lost Boys

Michael (Jason Patric) is a hottie, even with his big '80s-style hairdo and his leather jacket. The cult classic The Lost Boys (1987) rewinds to a time when vampires couldn't venture outside during daylight. Until Michael's family moved to the vampire-riddled town of Santa Carla, he was a straitlaced, quiet guy who was into his motorbike and fitness. After being befriended by a mysterious gang, he becomes reclusive, sleeps all day and attacks the family dog.

Favourite Michael Emerson quote:

"Sam... if something happens to me... If I don't have the strength to go on, promise me you won't let them hurt Star."

6

Jerry Dandridge from Fright Night

New in town, it's not long before the dark-haired and charming handyman has the local single women drooling over him. What the ladies don't know is that Jerry (Colin Farrell) is not as charming as he makes himself out to be. In fact, unlike Edward Cullen and Damon Salvatore, he doesn't have a romantic bone in his body.

Favourite Jerry Dandridge quote:

"I don't need an invitation if there's no house."

 

7

Lestat de Lioncourt from Interview with the Vampire

Lestat (Tom Cruise) is a brat, consumed with his appearance and, despite his charismatic personality, a bit of a loner. His supernatural powers include telepathy, moving things with his mind and setting things on fire. He also isn't allergic to the sun.

Favourite Lestat de Lioncourt quote:

"What I wouldn't give for a drop of good old-fashioned Creole blood."

8

Selene from Underworld

An elite vampire fighter known as a Death Dealer, Selene (Kate Beckinsale) is like a dog with a bone when it comes to exterminating Lycans (werewolves). She takes her role very seriously, trusts no one and is as cold as ice in the personality department, until she falls in love with a human. Decked out in leather from head to toe, Selene is the Sasha Fierce of the vampire world.

Favourite Selene quote:

"Differences will be set aside. Allegiances will be made. And soon, I will become the hunted."

 

9

Stefan Salvatore from The Vampire Diaries

Known for his dark past and being a Ripper, Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) has turned over a new leaf, becoming annoying, selfless and extremely intense. While he lacks the bad-boy charm of his older brother, Damon, we can't exclude Stefan from our list, because of his striking, chiselled looks and his determination to keep Elena safe.

Favourite Stefan Salvatore quote:

"We choose our own path. Our values and our actions, they define who we are."

10

Josef Konstantin from Moonlight

Another vampire bad boy, Josef Konstantin (Jason Dohring) is a sarcastic and uncaring playboy who is 400 years old, not ashamed of who he is and doesn't believe he should have to hide it. When he falls for a human girl, Sarah, his caring side is revealed.

Favourite Josef Konstantin quote:

"This is so awkward... I love awkward."

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