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The Vampire DiariesDamon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and The OriginalsKlaus Mikaelson (Joseph Morgan) serve similar roles on their respective shows. They are the conflicted bad boys, made vulnerable by their need to be loved, and made dangerous by their habit of snapping necks when they feel that love has been denied them. Basically, they’re both over-sensitive drama queens, but man are they hot. But which vampire bad boy is hotter: Klaus or Damon?

The hair

Any self-respecting hot vampire has a distinctive hairstyle, and Damon and Klaus have tried many a ‘do on for size over the centuries. Klaus rocked the long-haired Lord of the Rings look in Medieval Europe, but is now more into the clean cut style. Which, to be honest, is kind of a bore. Damon’s hair style has followed a similar progression. His Civil war-era ‘do had a carefree length to it, but now he plays things a bit closer to the head. Basically, we’re disappointed in the both of them.

Winner: Draw

The accent

When it comes to vampirism, everyone knows that the hottest vampires have a British accent. This is probably because it means they are the oldest and came from oh-so-long ago and are now emo, conflicted types. Sorry, Damon. We know you’ve suffered it just doesn’t sound as sexy with an American drawl.

Winner: Klaus

The quips

Both Damon and Klaus are snarky as anything. They may have super-human strength and agility, but their sharpest weapons are their tongues. But who has the best witticisms? We’re going to have to give this one to Damon. When Klaus is on, he’s on, but his quips can sometimes fall into whiny territory. Damon’s distinct brand of self-hating, cynical sarcasm is much more consistent.

Winner: Damon

The romance

Part of what makes these vampires oh-so-sexy is the lengths they’re willing to go for the loves of their lives. (It’s that pesky sensitivity we mentioned before.) These two have both been known to make a grand gesture or two, but while Klaus is still learning with his burgeoning and unexpected love for Caroline, Damon has been mooning after Petrova doppelgangers for more than a century.

Winner: Damon

The hobbies

We hate to say it, but while Klaus is an accomplished artist and traveler, Damon doesn’t seem to have many hobbies past drinking hard liquor and plotting Whitmores’ deaths. At least Stefan diaries. Damon seriously needs to find a hobby. Pursuits make vampires so much sexier.

Winner: Klaus

Conclusion

We’re going to call this one a draw, but only because these two are both just too darn sexy to choose between.

Do you agree with the conclusions in our respective categories? Which vampire do you think is hotter? 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. The Originals returns on Tuesday, February 25 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+!