Why Klaus Mikaelson is the villain that everyone loves?


The fictional character from the Originals, the original vampire hybrid Klaus Mikaelson, is the most loved bad boy and villain on-screen!

After making tons of researches and investigation, I got a conclusion on who is the most popular bad boy in the most popular tv shows.

Why is the fearless Niklaus the most loved villain among the fans? Let find out!

Klaus in The Vampire Diaries

Niklaus Mikaelson‘s first appearance on screen was in The Vampire Diaries season 2. He was introduced way before we actually saw him on TV, as one of the most dangerous Original vampires.

Niklaus stepped in The Vampire Diaries second season, in the episode named “Klaus”. He came in Mystic Falls for the Petrova Doppelgänger aka Elena Gilbert.

Klaus in The Vampire Diaries
Niklaus appearance in The Vampire Diaries

Katherine Pierce stole the moonstone with the intention to give it to Klaus for the exchange of her freedom. Katherine was running away from Niklaus for over 500 years. Why?

So, Katerina Petrova was the third Doppelgänger. Klaus wanted her in order to break the curse with the moonstone making him an original hybrid.

Klaus needed to kill Katherine for that purpose but she seems to always have a back-up plan to slip from Klaus’s hands.

Although, Katherine decided to live, and not to become one of the Klauses’ blood bags and begged to be turned into a vampire. She escaped from him and stayed in the shadows for over 400 years.

Klaus and Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries

First of all, Klaus Mikaelson’s entrance in the Vampire Diaries was real refreshment for the cast and the tv show. He and Stefan Salvatore had great chemistry on screen.

Therefore, Stefan and Klaus had a history in the past century, they even meet and had fun when Stefan was a ripper. Niklaus even admired Stefan’s mood when he has turned his emotions and the ripper is back again.

Klaus Mikaelson and Stefan Salvatore in The Vampire Diaries
Niklaus and Stefan having a great time

Later in the Vampire Diaries, Klaus’s big brother Elijah arrived in order to kill him. And in the third season we got introduced to the whole Mikaelson family.

Klaus and Caroline

Klaus fell in love with the Vampire Diaries blondie, and Elena Gilbert’s best friend, Caroline Forbes. Klaus and Caroline’s affection and their chemistry on-screen were incredible.

We saw Klaus melting in front of Caroline a couple of times, but struggling to tell her he loves her. He thinks that love is the biggest weakness for one vampire. Vampires are made to be strong beasts to rip throats and feed. Vampires are not made to love.

But, he felt in love for Caroline, and for a long time it was just a platonic love. Later in The Vampire Diaries they had a “one-time thing” which brought joy to the fans to hope that Klaroline is an end-game.

Klaus was always there when Caroline needed him, protecting her and watching over her.

Niklaus and Caroline Forbes in The Vampire Diaries
Chemistry on-screen between Klaus and Caroline

Klaus Mikaelson in The Originals

After making his debut on the Vampire Diaries, Niklaus and the Mikaelson family continued their journey in the spin-off called The Originals.

“In every moment a choice exists. We can cling to the past or embrace the inevitability of change and allow a brighter future to unfold before us. Such an uncertain future may call for even more uncertain allies. Either way, a new day is coming whether we like it or not. The question is will you control it, or will it control you?”

– NIklaus Mikaelson

Regarding the big popularity that the Mikaelson family archived in the Vampire Diaries, the executive producer Julie Plec decided to do a spin-off.

In the originals script, Klaus was supposed to die in season 3 in The Vampire Diaries. But, Julie decided not to kill him off after she saw his marvelous acting.

Klaus Mikaelson in The Originals
Niklaus as an original vampire hybrid in The Originals

Mikaelson family: The Original vampires

The big and complicated Mikaelson family also known as The Originals was a big hit back in the days. The original vampires that were born in New Orleans, and turned by a curse of their mother in order to protect them by an evil that comes every night, made them beast for life.

Freya Mikaelson

Freya is the firstborn in the Mikaelson family and the sister of Niklaus. Child of Mikael and Esther. As a baby, Freya was taken by her aunt as payback for a spell she did for her mother Esther. She did a dark magic fertility spell for Esther to be able to have kids.

Freya is the most powerful original witch presented in The Originals. She appeared in the Mikaelson home in New Orleans in order to save Rebekah. She started as a recurring but was promoted as a regular cast in season 3.

Fans fell in love with Freya in the way she always rushed to save the family no matter what. Even if her life was at stake!

She has been a protector of the Original Mikaelson family and her powerful magic has to lead the family in won battles against the enemies.

Finn Mikaelson is the second born child in the family. He has been more stubbed and dead than alive on the show so we will skip him.

Riley Voelkel in The Originals

Elijah Mikaelson

When it comes to class, keeping a promise and honesty there is the most responsible and honorable Mikaelson brother, Elijah.

“The road to redemption is long and winding, but worthy.”

– Elijah Mikaelson

Elijah is the third child and is an Original vampire. He is the older half-brother of Niklaus. He first appeared in The Vampire Diaries as a recurring but then become a regular and continued in the spin-off The Originals.

Elijah has always been the big brother and stood by Klauses’s side for centuries. Until Klaus decided to stab the whole family and put them in the coffin to root for thousands of years.

Klaus and Elijah parted ways a long time ago but then they renewed their family connection. When Klaus decided to return to life or wake up from deep sleep, their other siblings, Elijah stood by him again.


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They continued with the family drama in The Originals, but at the end of the day they could die for each other. So many times Elijah has been there for Klaus and vice versa, keeping his brother’s back in any situation.

Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson
Klaus and Elijah in The Originals final scene

Klaus Mikaelson

Klaus is the fourth child on the Mikaelsons’s family three.

Throughout all the series, Niklaus has been represented as fearless, evil, mean, romantic, ego-centric, original vampire, and hybrid who has no shame or fear to confront anyone who stands on his way.

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Now I see why people love the great Niklaus Mikaelson. The actor who plays Niklaus, Joseph Morgan, is portraying him in such an incredible way.

He can act as an innocent bad boy in one second and right in the other he can explode with his raging temper destroying everything in front of him.

It is not a secret that he is the fans, favorite villain. Even he has killed off so many innocent people in The Vampire Diaries and The Originals fans adore him.

Also the actor who portrayed Niklaus, Joseph Morgan is still emotionally attached to the character of Klaus.

Kol Mikaelson

Kol is the black sheep in the family and has been struggling with that his whole life. He is the anti-hero and can raise his anger very fast which in most cases ends up with the kill of innocent people.

He is originally a witch but he can’t use his power because he is an original vampire. Kol died in The Vampire Diaries season 4 but was seen on The Other side in season 5.

Later in The Originals, he was resurrected and returned as a ghost. Him mother Easther managed to put his soul in another body so he continued to live in the body of Kaleb.

“The best people are black sheep.”

– Kol to Hope Mikaelson

Rebekah Mikaelson

Rebekah has been stabbed and kept in the coffin for over of hundred years by her half-brother Klaus.

She is an emotional, romantic vampire who believes in the love of first sight. Rebekah is innocent and sweet until she loses her temper. Then she is an animal, a beast, who can turn you into a nice snack.

Klaus believes that others use Rebekah in order to hurt and destroy the Mikaelson family, but she is too innocent to notice their intentions. So he let her sleep in the coffin for centuries until she appeared in The Vampire Diaries for a little family reunion.

Klaus and Rebekah in The Originals
Klaus and Rebekah: The Original vampires

Klaus and Hope Mikaelson

Klaus and Hayley have a daughter in the Originals. A daughter, who completely changed the most dangerous original hybrid, Klaus.

Hope Mikaelson was born as a miracle. We know that vampires can’t procreate. Klaus swore to protect Hope and give her the best life he never had, full of peace and “normal things”. But, with the Mikaelson’s there is no normal.

Hope is the daughter of Klaus Mikaelson and is an original trybid. Trybid means that she is a witch, werewolf, and vampire all in one. She has only used her witch powers.

Klaus’s intention for Hope was her to have a normal life, but with great power comes great responsibility. The Originals’ family was under attack from the enemies when they find out that Hope Mikaelson is born.

Niklaus and Hope
Klaus and Hope in The Originals

Klaus did everything that was in his power to protect Hope even if that means he had to die.

Niklaus Mikaelson’s death at the series finale of The Originals was a real surprise. Fans did not expect the most loved villain on TV to finish like that.

Klaus did not die alone, Elija, as always stood by him and they both drive a white oak stake in their hearts becoming ashes.

Klaus Mikaelson in Legacies

Klaus’s death in the Originals made pretty much clear that Niklaus will not appear in the Legacies. On the other hand, fans wish to see him even in one episode, maybe in flashbacks or as a ghost which appears in front of Hope.

Or, he can appear to tell her a message, something about her turning into a vampire or about the werewolf curse. Some father-daughter advice.

Personally, I would sign a petition to see Klaus in Legacies, but I know that will never happen. Actor, Joseph Morgan reveals it personally that he will not be back and will not appear in The Legacies any time soon.

He does not want to destroy the image that he built for so long, the image of fearless original vampire and werewolf, and does not want to let the fans down. He means to the fans of The Vampire Diaries and The Originals.


After making so many wrong decisions in his life, after so many years of torture, darkness, and emptiness, Klaus changed to be a better man.

When he was the worst, the fans adored him. The most popular villain in the Vampire Diaries universe for sure it will always be Niklaus Mikaelson.

Klaus changed over time. At the end of the Originals when he and Elijah died, that was one of the most emotional goodbyes in the tv show. The most loved villain was sent to eternal peace in an emotional way.

What do you think about Klaus Mikaelson? Is he your favorite villain, or a hero, tell us in the comments?


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