On the most recent episode of The Vampire Diaries, Enzo (Michael Malarkey) took center stage as he continued his plans to be Damon’s bestie and take out those associated with the Augustine Society, even if that meant killing Jeremy. Sure, the homicidal vamp has gone a bit off his rocker after decades of torture at the hands of vampire-experimenting scientists, but there’s something about this guy, you know? Here are five reasons we kind of love Enzo.

His accent

We love a vampire with an accent, and Enzo had us from the first flashback we met. It doesn’t hurt that we’ve also heard Michael Malarkey sing in this impressive YouTube video. What’s not to like about that voice?

His carefree attitude

One of the best things about villains on this show? They bring a light-heartedness sorely lacking from the heroes’ general existential crises about their own morality and the mortality. It’s tiring watching the Salvatores brood. But Enzo seems like he’s having fun, and that makes watching him fun, too. Don’t believe us? Check out this sneak peek for tonight’s episode? Who is more fun to watch: Stefan trying to convince Damon to be good again, or Enzo making suggestions for Stefan’s new hobby?

He is a romantic at heart

It’s kind of painful to think about the Enzo Damon knew in the 1950s compared to the Enzo who exists now, but we think deep down,Enzo might still be the romantic who fell in love with Maggie, the Augustine researcher, and believed that friendship with Damon meant more than fire. (It didn’t.)

He loved Damon

We’re kind of partial to anyone who loves Damon like we do, and Enzo totally loved his bestie and cellmate in the 1950s, and we think he might still love him now. After all, rather than taking off on his own to start a new life, he has decided to seek out Damon’s company as murder buddies. Maybe they can get murder buddies-themed friendship bracelets?

He loves rugby

You gotta love a guy who spends years locked away in a cell without any other vampire friends to talk to only to ask about rugby when he finds one. But that’s exactly what Enzo did when Damon popped up as his torture companion in the 1950s. The look on his face when he found out rugby still hadn’t really become a thing in America was kind of adorable.

Do you love Enzo as much as we do? Why or why not? Sound off in the comments below!

Catch the next episode of The Vampire Diaries on Thursday, February 6 at 8 p.m. ET on the CW.

Kayti Burt is a contributing writer for Wetpaint Entertainment with a penchant for all things pop culture. Follow her on Twitter and Google+!