To say that the actors of The Vampire Diaries play complex characters is an understatement. They have to make us believe that they are the supernatural beings that they play. They have to be evil. They have to be charming. They have to be in love. They have to want to kill. But if there’s one thing that every resident of Mystic Falls knows how to do, it’s cry.
If your life were invaded by supernatural beings (no matter how attractive they were) who threatened the life you knew and everyone you loved, you’d probably cry too. So in honor of all of the tears that have been shed in Mystic Falls (and elsewhere), we’ve rounded up our top 15 best crying moments. These were the tear-filled moments that left us speechless:
Bonnie’s Grams Dies (both times): First, she wouldn’t wake up after the tomb spell, and then the witch spirits punished her for Bonnie's (Kat Graham) use of dark magic … and both times Kat Graham made our hearts ache.
Matt Cries Over Vicki: After Vicki's (Kayla Ewell)’s death, it wasn’t until Elena (Nina Dobrev) showed up at his house that Matt's (Zach Roerig) face completely melted ... and our hearts melted right along with it.
Caroline is Tortured (every time): Whether she was telling Tyler (Michael Trevino) off after Brody has locked her in a cage, or she was pleading with her father to stop, or even if Alaric (Matt Davis) had her strapped to a desk, Candice Accola (Caroline Forbes) always amazed us with her painful screams and even more painful tears.
“Where Were You Damon?”: After Klaus compelled Stefan to turn off his humanity and Stefan bit Elena, Damon returned to town just in time to pick Elena up (literally) from the hospital. Back at home, the emotional trauma of the day hit her, and she broke our hearts with those four words.
Tyler’s First Full Moon: Lying on the ground after his first transformation, Tyler sobbed in Caroline’s arms as she told him he was OK. Through his tears, he responded, “No I’m not.” In that moment, we realized why Mason tried so hard to protect Tyler from his werewolf side. Life lesson: Listen to the hot uncle.
Elena Leaves With Klaus: After their day in the outdoors, Elena was forced to leave Stefan and head to her death at Klaus’ ritual. But Stefan couldn’t let her go. After a few kisses and a heartfelt I love you, he shut his eyes … and let her go.
Damon’s “I Love You”: Yet another Season 2 Damon moment, Damon’s “I love you” to Elena was only made better by the tears that filled his eyes when he kissed her forehead and compelled her to forget the entire thing.
Elena and Stefan on the Bridge: In one of the most emotional TVD scenes ever, Stefan traumatized Elena only to immediately regret it when he threatened to drive her off Wickery Bridge. The scene that followed was some of the best work Nina and Paul have done.
Elena Doesn’t Want to be a Vampire: When Damon forced Elena to drink his blood before the sacrifice in Season 2, she was faced with the reality of becoming a vampire. But after some fresh air and a little push from Stefan, she admitted that she never wanted to be one. She made Stefan cry. She made us cry.
Stefan in the Season 4 Premiere: As Elena died, she told Stefan that she chose him because she loved him, and that it was the best decision she ever made. Not only were Stefan’s tears completely justified, but they were heartbreakingly perfect.
What was your favorite tearful TVD moment?
Samantha Highfill is a contributing writer to Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow her on Twitter at @samhighfill.