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If you’ve spent any time on the Interweb over the last few days, you may have noticed the good-natured feud Pretty Little Liars and The Originals have started. See, now that the two amazing shows are on against one another on Tuesday nights at 8 p.m. ET, the game is on! We’re having a hard time deciding which show is better, so we’re narrowing down the playing field a bit to the shows’ respective villains. Which one is scarier: “A” or Klaus?


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Klaus: Klaus could pull off about any look, but disappointingly he mostly sticks to jeans, henley, and his man necklaces. Don’t get us wrong, he looks good, but it’s a missed opportunity in our opinion that he doesn’t rock a cape.

 “A”: We still have much to learn about how Ezra operates as “A,” but there are definitely a lot more costumes going on in this show in general. Sure, we haven’t seen Ezra in anything other than his teacher clothes and his black cap get-up, but we’re going to assume he has had to don the Queen of Hearts and Black Swan costumes at least once.


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Klaus: What is a villain without his evil henchman? When it comes to minions, Klaus has a high turnover rate, but he always seems to have a few in his pocket. Right now, we suppose he could count Marcel, Elijah, and Marcel’s army of night and day walkers to his count. Not too shabby if only any of them were truly loyal to him. (Well, he might be able to count on Elijah in a pinch.)

“A”: We’re still not sure just how wide-sweeping Ezra’s “A” operation is. Right now, it seems like Ezra has quite a few people on his payroll. We know because the Liars literally found his payroll. There’s nothing like paying people to keep them loyal. Also, some well-enforced anonymity.

Winner: “A”

Origin story

Klaus: Klaus is a 1,000-year-old vampire who continues to self-sabotage the only thing he has ever wanted: to be part of a well-functioning family. The Mikaelson’s backstory is an epic centuries in the making. Even when Klaus is at his most selfish, it is hard not to feel bad for a character who has suffered so much.

“A”: We’re still waiting to find out why Ezra does anything that he does. Therefore, his is a character without much of a backstory. We know he comes from an affluent family whose legacy he doesn’t approve of. We know he went to Hollis and loves literature and writing. We know he loves Aria, but is after her allegedly dead BFF, for some unknown reason. Basically, there are a lot of holes in this potentially riveting backstory.

Winner: Klaus

Physical Strength

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Klaus: When it comes to super strength, Klaus is the biggest baddie in town. The original hybrid, he can take on a legion of Marcel’s vampires and come out on top. This is part of the reason why Klaus is so scary: he literally has no equal when it comes to hand-to-hand combat. He will win.

“A”: Now, we bet Ezra would come out on top in many an arm-wrestling match, and he’s held his own in numerous “A” plots that require physical strength, but it’s not exactly what he’s known for. Ezra is a planner. When his schemes go right, there isn’t much need for physical force.

Winner: Klaus

Technological Savvy

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Klaus: Perhaps it’s because he was born more than a millenium ago, but Klaus doesn’t seem overly fond of technology. He tends to rely on witch’s locater spells over GPS and even makes Cami use a typewriter when dictating his memoir to her. Basically, he’s a total Luddite.

“A”: Did you see Ezra’s super secret Ravenswood lair? He is no stranger to technology. You’d have to be to control the fates of so many people, to make it seem like you are everywhere. PLL is a show that embraces the role technology plays in our world, and Ezra may just be the most adept at demonstrating that in the creepiest of ways.

Winner: “A”


Klaus: There’s nothing scarier than the unpredictable, and Klaus has spontaneous murder and mayhem down to an art form. He terrorizes with unpredictability, keeping his prey guessing until they are too tired or frustrated to fight back. It’s pretty scarcy.

“A”: Ezra is a fan of the unpredictable himself. Everything may be carefully planned out in his mind (and, potentially, on his Google calendar), but to the Liars his terrorism can seem random, and its scarier for that fact.

Winner: Klaus (he has the edge because we think he surprises himself as much as he surprises everyone else)


We hate to say it, but it’s a draw for the villains of our favorite show! These dudes are both super scary in their own ways Klaus with his ruthless unpredictability and Ezra with his meticulously planned terrorism and it’s really difficult to measure their distinct flavors of creepiness against one another. Guess we’ll just have to keep on watching both!

Which villain do you find scarier: Klaus or “A”? Share your picks and your reasons in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Originals on Tuesday, January 21 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW and the next episode of Pretty Little Liars Season 4 at the same time on ABC Family.