Spoiler alert on Vampire diaries. If you have not seen the show and don’t want spoilers, this might not be the best post to read.
In Vampire Diaries Stefan Salvatore is labeled as the good brother and Damon Salvatore as the diabolic evil guy. I have just started to re-watch the first season of the show since I had a huge gap in my memory about all the things that went down in the beginning of the plot. And the more I see of the show from the top I am amazed over the fact that Damon gets the bad boy label. Let me explain.
Yes. Damon acts shifty, shady and he kills people in a very provocative way when he arrives at Mystic Falls. That is all true and on top of that he has the sarcastic non-charming way of handling people, and yes, he also uses Caroline Forbes as a puppet in the beginning. All these things is of course things that is creepy, wrong and plain bad, I will not argue with anyone there.
Stefan has saved Elena from drowning, made her forget about it, then stalked her from a distance for months because she looks like his former lover Katherine. He enlists in high school just so that he can get to know her. He hides the fact that he is a vampire. He keeps secrets from her, he leads her on then to push her away, with the excuse that it is for her own good. Still he gets the part of the good guy. Why? Because he does it out of love?
Well, Damon sort of does what he does out of love too. Early in the show, we get presented with the fact that Damon is way more in love with Katherine Pierce than Stefan ever was and Stefans naive believe in his father makes him betray Damons and Katherines trust in not exposing her as a vampire. All just to get her hunted down and put away in a tomb (well, she is not gonna end up there, but that is beyond the brothers knowing).
Damon has been betrayed, lost his love, his father has seen him as a complete failure and also, before the Salvatore brothers gets turned, he has been fighting in war. When turned into vampire everything you feel gets heightened. Is it surpricing that Damon gets to be one pissed of vampire when all this has been strucked upon him? Not really.
As for Stefan; he becomes the frikkin ripper. He has probably killed more people during his time as a vampire than Damon has, at least my guess is that their kill-list is far more equal in numbers than we’d like to think.
Damon evolves during the show. He never really quits the “bad boy” act, but in a lot of ways he gets things done that others hesitate over. He makes a convenient go-to-guy since he does not really care about getting his hands dirty.
I am not defending Damon all the way, I think a lot of things he does is plain awful and bad but things that Stefan does is in many ways on the same level, so I think it is time to take away the label of bad boy from Damon in the same way I think we should replace the good guy label to Matt Donovan. There is one guy who has been good all the way. The worst things he has done is always on the innocent scale compared to all the bad things all the rest in the show does. He is the stand up guy who never really wins anything either. When the show starts he has been dumped by Elena. His sister is a drug junkie, his mother is a no-show and he is still hanging on and tries to make the best of everything.
He ends up loosing basically everyone, he never really gets to have a love story in the show in the same way that everyone else does and still he is alongside the others all the way, having their backs. Now THAT is a good guy label. Don’t ya think?
And as for the bad boy….the really bad one in Vampire diaries has to be Klaus Mikaelsen or Silas but no, they don’t appear in the same amount that Damon does so they comes in as the villain and Damon is still on “the right side” but in a shifty way, therefore he gets the bad boy label. Is that really fair? I’d say no.
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