Vampires — they may have a taste for human blood, but pop culture loves them just the same. When it comes to Vampire Diaries’ spinoff series The Originals, there’s one vampire who stands out amongst his kind, and that’s Elijah Mikaelson. Sure, I get it — there are some of you out there who will go to bat for Elijah’s brother Klaus, or move on from the Mikaelson clan entirely to tell me about the many, many reasons why Marcel is the vamp who tore out your heart. (Not literally, thank God.) Both options may be good, and I can’t deny that those vampires have a certain charm — but at the end of the day, they just don’t have anything on Elijah. There’s something special about Elijah, and it’s time that we celebrated the original for all he’s worth.
But, what makes Elijah so special? Could it be his matter-of-fact way of delivering news, his tendency to love just a bit too strongly, or his fierce loyalty to his family? At the end of the day, it’s all of these things — plus so, so much more. So what is it about Elijah that’s so awesome? Here’s why we should all be Team Elijah on The Originals, because he deserves to be adored...