They may be killers but that doesn’t make them any less pretty to look at. With The Vampire Diaries returning for its sixth season on Thursday (Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET on CTV Two), we take a look at the hottest cold-blooded blood suckers on the big and small screens. Need more? Be sure to revisit Luke Perry in all his hunky Buffy the Vampire Slayer glory during TIFF’s Back to the 90s series.
Bite me: the hottest of the hot vampires
Barnabas Collins (Dark Shadows)If you look hard enough, past the Eddie Scissorhands makeup and bad wig, you can see Johnny Depp in there, just waiting to put on his Jack Sparrow duds. Two fangs.
David (The Lost Boys)Before he won our hearts as Jack Bauer, Kiefer Sutherland excelled at the bad boy parts back in the day, like in the 1987 movie where he played the smoldering vampire leader of a local gang. Three fangs.Getty Images
Victoria (The Twilight Saga: New Moon)Rachelle Lefevre was only in the first flick of the franchise but she made bad look good as she plotted revenge against Bella and Edward (who killed her partner in crime). Three fangs.Summit Entertainment
Mick St. John (Moonlight)What may have kick-started the vampire trend on television was this short-lived show that starred Alex O'Loughlin as a private investigator who just happened to be a reluctant vampire. What made him hotter was he never fed off the living; rather, he only drank the blood from dead bodies. Three fangs.Robert Voets/The Canadian Press
Eric "Blade" Brooks (Blade)A half-vampire, half-mortal who becomes a protector of humans while slaying evil vampires? Yes, please. Three fangs.New Line Cinemas
Edward Cullen (The Twilight Saga)Summit Entertainment
Louis de Pointe du Lac (Interview With the Vampire)While most of the accolades went to Tom Cruise for playing against type, it was Brad Pitt who captivated as the brooding, tortured soul. And what could be better than a man who looks like Pitt forever preserved in his '30s? Four fangs.Warner Bros.
Akasha (Queen of the Damned)It was only Aaliyah’s second acting role, but she was perfection as the stunningly beautiful vampire queen in the Anne Rice adaptation. Four fangs.Warner Bros.
Jerry (Fright Night)Snap Stills / Rex Features
Angel (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel)He was the great love of one of the great vampire slayers; of course we were going to love him (and his portrayer, David Boreanaz). He was complex and broody, and cursed with remorse and a human soul so he kept his murderous vampire instincts in check. Kind of perfect, non? Four fangs.Getty Images
Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson (The Originals)Nothing's sexier than a vampire who is this raw and intense and passionate. But since Klaus, played by Joseph Gordon, is only half-vampire (he's also half-werewolf), he only gets…Four fangs.The CW
Countess (Once Bitten)We can all agree that Lauren Hutton is a goddess. In the 1985 movie, the only thing her character preferred to a dress with a plunging neckline was a virgin, whose blood she needed to drink in order to keep her eternal beauty. Now that's bloody hot. Four fangs.Samuel Goldwyn
Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)Everybody loves a bad boy and they don’t get any badder than Ian Somerhalder's Damon. Those eyes, those cheekbones, those eyebrows that say so much. Talk about hot-blooded. Five fangs.The CW
Eric Northman (True Blood)We're not sure who's hotter, the old and powerful Nordic vampire or his portrayer, giant Viking Alexander Skarsgård? Either way, he had us at full frontal. Five fangs.
Selene (Underworld movies)Anyone who can pull off a skintight latex bodysuit and be an immortal assassin who relies more on her strength than her sex appeal is perfection in our books. Well done, Kate Beckinsale. Five fangs.Sony/Screen Gems
Dracula/Alexander Grayson/Vlad Tepes (Dracula)Casting Jonathan Rhys Meyers was a no-brainer; too bad the show only lasted for one season. Even with that awful American accent coming out of that beautiful mouth, he still oozes sex. Five fangs.NBC