EDWARD CULLEN (Robert Pattinson), Twilight (2008)
Judging by the sustained mass hysteria around The Twilight Saga, Edward will be in the hearts, minds, and fever dreams of fans long after the series ends.
FAVORITE PREY: As a ”vegetarian vampire” he doesn’t prey on humans — but if he did, he’d dig on attractive, melancholy young women like Bella (Kristen Stewart). —Marc Bernardin
ABBY (Chloë Grace Moretz), Let Me In (2010)
Matt Reeves’ cover version of 2008’s Let the Right One In is one of the few translation-remakes that actually works and arguably improves upon the Swedish story of adolescent vampirism and icy detachment. (Ah, give it a rest, I said arguably!) In any case, Moretz brilliantly channels her ever-present precociousness into a genuinely unsettling performance that just gives her the edge over Lina Leandersson’s similarly excellent turn in the original.
FAVORITE PREY: Bullies, joggers, and other locals — you know, the typical fare for a growing girl. —Keith Staskiewicz
COUNT VON COUNT (Jerry Nelson), Sesame Street
Vampires have never been as soft and cuddly — literally — as this numerically obsessed Muppet.
FAVORITE PREY: Numbers! —Marc Bernardin
SELENE (Kate Beckinsale), Underworld (2003) and Underworld: Evolution (2006)
For centuries, Selene has been pouring herself into skin-tight outfits to do battle with the Lycans — fancy slang for werewolves. Of course, she was bound to fall in love with one.
FAVORITE PREY: Werewolves, duh. —Marc Bernardin
DAMON AND STEFAN SALVATORE (Ian Somerhalder and Paul Wesley), The Vampire Diaries (2009–2017)
Wisecracking Damon and brooding Stefan don’t agree on much — except their love for Elena (Nina Dobrev). Still, the bonds of brotherhood have kept them in lockstep for the better part of a century and a half. All for the best, since it would be a serious injustice to split up this sexiness.
FAVORITE PREY: Depends when you catch them. Damon gleefully sups on any and every Mystic Falls resident, save for Elena, while Stefan tries to keep a diet that doesn’t harm humans. (Just watch when Ripper Stefan resurfaces, though, because then anyone is fair game.) —Lanford Beard
SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM (Salma Hayek), From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Jaws went slack when Hayek made her grand entrance, in a teensy bikini with a massive snake around her neck. What began as the sexiest burlesque in horror history turned bloody, as Hayek and her brood of south-of-the-border bloodsuckers chowed on a bar full of road-weary travelers.
FAVORITE PREY: Horny truckers. —Marc Bernardin
RUSSELL EDGINGTON (Denis O'Hare), True Blood (2010–2014)
Was ripping out a TV news anchor’s spine on live television not enough for you? While Bill Compton (Stephen Moyer) and Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård) have been afflicted with the vamp equivalent of bipolar disorder — sometimes redemptively gentle, sometimes amorally diabolical — Russell has been consistently (and deliciously) evil throughout.
FAVORITE PREY: Sookie Stackhouse (Anna Paquin) is his! Okay, technically she’s still Bill’s. So, if Russell can’t have Bon Temps’ most magical fairy, any tasty fae will do. —Lanford Beard
MORBIUS, Marvel Comics (1971)
Nobel prize-winning chemist Michael Morbius set out to cure himself of a rare blood disorder and accidentally turned himself into a bloodthirsty creature of the night — a ”living” vampire created by science! He isn’t quite a full vampire — holy water didn’t hurt him, the sun just gave him a minor skin irritation — but that distinction probably doesn’t matter to his victims.
FAVORITE PREY: A villain who became an anti-hero, Morbius generally prefers to feast on criminals and other scum. In his own words, his favored cuisine is ”the blood of the corrupt, of those who deserve to die.” —Darren Franich
BLACULA (William Marshall), Blacula (1972)
In this blaxploitation hybrid, an African prince who was bitten by Dracula (naturally) way, way back in the day, is resurrected in L.A. Aside from some awkward facial hair, Marshall’s pretty imposing as ”the black avenger.”
FAVORITE PREY: The Man. And groovy chicks. —Marc Bernardin
ALUCARD, Castlevania: Symphony of the Night (1997)
The half-human child of Dracula, silver-haired Alucard promised his human mother that he would protect humanity, and spends his immortal life fighting against his father. You could say he’s the exact opposite of Dracula — note what his name spells backwards.
FAVORITE PREY: Alucard never feasts on humans, but if you’re any kind of monster — zombie, merman, ghost, dipocephalus, Valhalla knight, flying zombie — you should probably steer clear. —Darren Franich
DAVID (Kiefer Sutherland), The Lost Boys (1987)
As the leader of a roving pack of motorcycle vampires, the totally rad David would’ve had his way with the teenagers of Santa Clara — if it wasn’t for those meddling kids (Jason Patric and the Coreys).
FAVORITE PREY: The young and the restless. —Marc Bernardin
BARNABAS COLLINS (Jonathan Frid), Dark Shadows (1967–1971)
The star of his own daytime soap opera, Barnabas Collins was a guilt-ridden, aristocratic bloodsucker from overseas who brought the supernatural to the rich Collins family. Maine was never the same.
FAVORITE PREY: Whomever he can get his hands on. Small-town Maine isn’t big on variety. —Marc Bernardin
ANGEL/ANGELUS (David Boreanaz)
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1997-2003) and Angel (1999-2004)
The vampire with a soul. For most of high school and a decent chunk of college, Angel was the demon that haunted the Slayer. Tall, dark, and handsome, he’s the prototypical bad-boy-boyfriend, until he experiences a moment of true happiness; then he’s your worst nightmare. So, yeah, don’t give it up on ANY date.
FAVORITE PREY: Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar). Or pre-packaged bags of plasma. When he’s being a good boy. —Marc Bernardin
MIRIAM BLAYLOCK (Catherine Deneuve), The Hunger (1983)
Miriam is a chew-them-up-and-stick-them-in-a-coffin kind of vamp. Knocking around since the pharaohs ruled, Miriam meets her match in a young doctor (Susan Sarandon)…after some vamp-on-tramp action.
FAVORITE PREY: Waify, androgynous dudes like David Bowie. —Marc Bernardin
LESTAT DE LIONCOURT (Tom Cruise), Interview With the Vampire (1994)
Anne Rice’s most captivating character made his big screen debut with Tom Cruise doing the honors. And while even Rice was a little put off by his casting, Cruise brought just the right amount of playful, venal insouciance to this immortal brat prince of darkness.
FAVORITE PREY: Though only hinted at in the film, it’s Louis (Brad Pitt). —Marc Bernardin
COUNT GRAF ORLOK (Max Schreck), Nosferatu (1922)
Yes, this film is pretty much an unauthorized adaptation of Bram Stoker’s Dracula, but Max Schreck’s vampire isn’t the suave aristo that Bela Lugosi would introduce a decade later. He’s a shriveled, bald, rodent-looking man, with razor-like talons. A walking primordial nightmare.
FAVORITE PREY: Ellen Hutter (Greta Schröder ). Okay, we’ll just call her Mina. —Marc Bernardin
CASSIDY, Preacher (1995–2000)
Cassidy comes off as an old-fashioned Irish cad — a hard-drinking, bar-fighting, helplessly charming guy who can’t help becoming your best friend. But Cassidy’s smile (and perpetual sunglasses) hide secrets: Not surprising, considering that the guy spent a century making only bad decisions.
FAVORITE PREY: Cassidy doesn’t need to drink blood very often, and can usually get by on animal blood anyhow. He is, however, a raging alcoholic. —Darren Franich
DRACULA (Gary Oldman), Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Say what you will about Keanu Reeves as Jonathan Harker — and we all have — there’s no denying that Oldman’s take on good ol’ Vlad the Impaler was both movingly romantic and majestically creepy.
FAVORITE PREY: Mina Harker (Winona Ryder), but any pretty young thing will do in a pinch. —Marc Bernardin
BUNNICULA, Bunnicula (1979)
What, you’ve never heard of Bunnicula? He’s only the world’s cutest demon! A cuddly vamp who sucks the juice out of vegetables with a pair of decidedly un-rabbitlike fangs, he can be found in James Howe’s eponymous kiddie series, including spine-tingling tales like Howliday Inn and Bunnicula Meets Edgar Allan Crow.
FAVORITE PREY: Carrots, naturally, though he doesn’t turn down other veggies — see Book 3, The Celery Stalks at Midnight, for proof. —Hillary Busis