Damon Salvatore – villain or hero?

Whenever one thinks of the “hottest villains”… We ALWAYS think of Damon Salvatore. But is he really a villain?


This is my answer (concluded in about a minute but still… my answer): He is both.

From the very beginning Damon has been pretty moody and dangerous.

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And not just the facade of dangerous, he’s literally ripped off heads. In my *researching* of this question, the definition of villain is this: a character whose evil actions or motives are important to the plot. This perfectly describes Damon. Villain = 1 point. In the early seasons, Damons rash, destructive behaviour constantly made Stefan frustrated with Damon and want to give up on him. This caused Elena to then come in and be like woah chill, don’t kill Damon… this caused some tension eventually between Stefan and Elena. Anyway, we covered that Damon earned a point for being a Villain.

Moving on to the hero side of things… the google definition: a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Now right away, we think Stefan. But we don’t have to look to close to see that Damon really does have a heart. I want to go back to the very beginning when Damon and Stefan were turned. Damon, firstly, did not want to complete the transition (whatever his motives were), and Stefan was the one to push him to turn into the creature that had the ability to be very dangerous. Moving on, one very obvious trait of Damon is loyalty to his loved ones. However, he can have twisted ways of showing this, but he is loyal. We see his loyalty mostly to Stefan, Elena, and in the last few seasons, his friendship with Bonnie. (This particularly shows his humanity and ability to form friendships)

But side note (not really tho)… just look at him. He has a heart. You can’t deny it. LOOK AT THE WAY HE LOOKS AT HER. (I’m pretty sure that’s Elena. lol. ) sorry. fangirl moment.

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Anyway, Hero = 1. We could go on for hours, but I want to go eat some chocolate. So there are my thoughts for tonight. I truly think of Damon as neither hero or villain, because I actually don’t think he truly fits either. He’s just Damon. If he did though, I actually would probably put him more in the villain group – no matter what his true intentions are even if they ARE noble or good, his way of getting to the end goals is usually destructive.

What are your thoughts?  Is Damon a hero or a villain?