10. Herrick, Being Human
Tired of keeping to the shadows, this vampire leader wanted to rise up and claim the world. With flickers of madness hidden behind a jokey exterior, Herrick is a hugely underrated villain.
9. Selene, Underworld
Not all vamps are villains, though. A Death Dealer (an elite fighter) in the vampire/werewolf war for centuries, action heroine Selene is one of the toughest bloodsuckers out there.
8. Barnabas Collins, Dark Shadows
Before Johnny Depp played him for comic relief in the 2012 movie, Barnabus Collins was the star of gothic soap opera Dark Shadows – one of the first tragic vampires in popular culture.
7. Alucard, Hellsing
OK, technically Alucard is Dracula – but he’s such a different take on him he might as well not be. An agent of a monster-hunting agency, Alucard is the star of the Hellsing anime series.
6. Blade, er, Blade
Eric Brooks AKA Blade, the half-vampire vampire hunter, was surprisingly one of the first Marvel heroes to make it to the silver screen – appearing in a trilogy of movies from 1998 to 2004.