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The 13 Most Terrifying 'Vampire Diaries' Villains, Ranked

These Mystic Falls baddies have a whole lot of bite.

On Thursday night's (November 5) episode of "The Vampire Diaries," a new villain named Julian came back to life, presumably to terrorize the remaining citizens of Mystic Falls, Virginia. However, if Julian had known anything about the vampires, witches, humans, and otherwise that Damon (Ian Somerhalder), Stefan (Paul Wesley), and the rest of the gang have already faced over the past six seasons, then he probably would have kept right on sleeping. They've faced it all, dude.

So, in honor of the mysterious Julian and the trouble his arrival will soon surely cause, we've gone ahead and ranked the (mostly) dearly departed "TVD" villains (and anti-heroes) of years past, based on who would be most likely to kill us, basically:

  1. Atticus Shane
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    Sorry, but I can barely remember what this dude even wanted. To creep on Bonnie, right? Or was it to get Silas' autograph? Either way -- glad he's gone. NEXT.

  2. Markos
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    See above.

  3. Isobel Flemming
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    She was a terrible wife, an absent mother, and a reckless blood-sucker -- but she didn't live long enough to become as memorably evil as the ones later on this list.

  4. Esther Mikaelson
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    Esther is really only terrifying if you're one of her children. True, if she'd actually killed Klaus or Elijah or Rebekah it would have ended the lives of many of our heroes, but as a human being, she poses little to no threat.

  5. Kol Mikaelson
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    Kol wasn't even a villain in the truest sense -- but he did try to kill Jeremy, which makes him an enemy of the Mystic Falls brain trust that we know and love.

  6. Wes Maxfield
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    Wes was a pretty nasty mofo, but when it comes to "TVD," a mere mortal can never compare to the vampires, werewolves, and other various supernatural creatures who roam about town.

  7. Elijah Mikaelson
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    We learned pretty quickly that Elijah was a big old softie -- but still, early days Elijah was willing to cut off a head or two to protect Klaus at all costs.

  8. Mikael Mikaelson
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    Mikael was a certified S.O.B. -- but, much like his estranged wife, he's mostly only dangerous to his fellow OGs.

  9. Katherine Pierce
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    Katherine may have become a beloved, vampy vamp-turned-human by the end of her run, but she's still pretty dang evil -- and the Mystic Falls vamp we'd least want to run into in a dark alley.

  10. Silas
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    Paul Wesley did a great job as Silas, who rattled "TVD" fans to the core when he killed Bonnie's dad in the Season 5 premiere. However, after a year of teasing Silas and Qetsiyah's story in Season 4, Season 5 of "TVD" flew off the rails in a major way, and the impact of the character was lessened by some less-than-stellar storytelling.

  11. Qetsiyah
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    If Q hadn't died after a few episodes -- after nearly a whole season of hearing insane stories about her -- she probably would have been a villain for the ages. Nothing is scarier than a crazy stalker who can't let go, and "TVD" really let Janina Gavankar run wild with Q in the few episodes we had with her.

  12. Kai Parker
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    Season 6 gave "Vampire Diaries" something they'd longed for for many seasons -- a Big Bad to be scared of again. Sans those few episodes where he magically absorbed part of Luke's tender soul, he was a baby-killing, Bonnie-tormenting remorse-free killer, and a villain totally worthy of the Mystic Falls gang. RIP, dude.

  13. Klaus Mikaelson
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    It's hard to remember now that Klaus has become an anti-hero over on "The Originals," but when we first met him back in Season 2, the dude was terrifying. First he shook us to the core as the unknown, body-snatching villain who would ruin lives with ease, and once Joseph Morgan showed up and gave him an actual body, he was somehow even scarier -- Tyler's mom would agree.

    Anyway, yeah, the show had to tone down Klaus' act in order to make him a believable hero for "The Originals" -- and a believable sort-of-member of the Mystic Falls gang, after Season 3 -- but we still yearn for the Big Bad Klaus days of Season 2/Season 3 "TVD," when the show was inarguably at its best. Sigh.