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Ranking the Characters from ‘Legacies’

Season four of 'Legacies' is returning later this month, so we ranked all of the main characters in the series so far.
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Legacies, the third show in The Vampire Diaries universe, is coming back from winter hiatus to continue season four on January 27. We’ve seen each of the characters’ darkest moments, as well as their happiest. I decided to rank each of the main characters based on their arcs so far in the show. And here’s your spoiler warning if you haven’t any of season four yet!

Worst: Malivore

Malivore (Original Form) in Legacies
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It’s pretty stereotypical to rank the villain at the bottom, but I didn’t put him here because he’s a bad guy. He’s at the bottom because he was a boring villain who didn’t use common sense until the end. And when you think about it, he made a big mistake from the series premiere.

I don’t understand why he was going after Hope, the only person who could destroy him, when she didn’t even know about him. Had he not gone after her, he would still be alive. However, without him, who knows when we would’ve gotten full-tribrid Hope Mikaelson?

12. Landon

Landon in Legacies; Aria Shahghasemi
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Talk about wasted potential of a character. Other than when Malivore took over Landon’s body, he was pretty useless. I think the actor, Aria Shahghasemi, did an excellent job with what he was given; the writers just didn’t use Landon as they should have.

He had some awesome powers, being a phoenix and all, but he rarely used them. All we knew about him was that he could fly and resurrect himself. But phoenixes in mythology have even more powers that we’ve yet to see, and I’m hoping that if they do bring him back, we see some of those.

11. Kaleb

Kaleb in Legacies; Chris Lee
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I loved Kaleb early on, especially when he was working on controlling his bloodlust in season two. Honestly, he was one of my favorite characters until he betrayed the group to help Malivore. The only good thing that came out of that was him turning into a dragon-like creature.

His relationship with his sister was one of my favorite sibling portrayals so far. Even his relationship with Cleo is heartwarming (he did betray his friends to try and save her, but whatever). I’m just holding out hope that he eventually earns the trust of everyone back and controls his new powers.

10. Alaric Saltzman

Alaric Saltzman in Legacies; Matt Davis
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Don’t get me wrong, Alaric was one of my favorite characters in The Vampire Diaries. Still, I can’t stand him most of the time in Legacies. He was an okay father figure to Elena and Jeremy, teaching them to fight and protect themselves. But with his own daughters, he’s a horrible dad.

He always put Hope first, which isn’t horrible since she needed a father figure, but why couldn’t he prioritize his daughters like that? I honestly wouldn’t be mad if he never made it back to life, but I know the writers won’t leave him in limbo forever.

I would also like to add that he was horrible to so many people after the twins were born. And I don’t remember if he ever truly apologized to Caroline for saying she’s not a mother to the girls, even after she carried them and cared for them for their entire lives. He didn’t deserve her or Jo, the girl’s bio mom.

9. Ethan

Ethan in Legacies; Leo Howard
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Even Leo Howard’s acting couldn’t save Ethan from being close to the bottom. And maybe that’s because we haven’t seen enough of him, or perhaps it’s that Lizzie controls his story a little too much. I wish he and MG weren’t trapped in that love triangle.

Ethan started out as an average person who unknowingly befriended a vampire. Then, he got his “superpowers” from Malivore, which I’m excited to see him learn to control. But despite being MG’s friend longer, he still sided with Lizzie against Hope.

8. Cleo

Cleo in Legacies; Omono Okojie
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We’ve only had Cleo since the middle of season three, and I want more of her story. We learned about her family, her powers, and how she escaped Malivore, but we need more. We also saw a glimpse of her dark side, but I doubt she’ll ever truly cross that line.

Cleo is also the first Muse we’ve seen in The Vampire Diaries universe. But what does that really mean? Is she only going to be used to spark genius ideas for every problem the group comes across? There’s so much more potential for her, so I hope the writers don’t waste it.

7. The Necromancer

The Necromancer (Ted) in Legacies; Ben Guerens
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The Necromancer, or as I will now call him, Ted, was one of the best antagonists in the show before his time in limbo. He had some of the best lines in the whole show and was one of the first characters to get Hope to admit she missed her family.

However, now that he’s in limbo, he’s working hard to be a better person. Which I don’t fully understand. I don’t remember seeing that switch in him until he popped in to greet Landon after he died. I’m hoping he manages to find a way out of limbo, only so I can get more of his sarcasm.

6. MG

MG in Legacies; Quincy Fouse
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I love MG, but he’s made some questionable decisions in the past. He is growing as a character, but not quite at the rate of the other central students. Thankfully, though, he seems to have moved past his semi-obsessive crush on Lizzie. Fingers crossed he gets a real love interest who puts him first.

I hope the rest of season four shows off MG’s darker side since we’ve only got a glimpse of that. He’s one of the only students who hasn’t been able to go “bad” despite going through almost all the same things. He’s kind of the Stefan Salvatore of Legacies.

5. Rafael

Rafael in Legacies; Peyton Alex Smith
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We didn’t get enough of Raf, and sadly we won’t get much for at least the rest of season four. In season three, Rafael’s actor, Peyton Alex Smith, left the show to pursue other projects. But what we did see of Raf is he’s a caring, courageous, and selfless guy.

Despite Landon being a boring character, Raf always stood by his side and protected him when he could. I also loved that the writers brought in King Arthur’s story by making Raf a descendant and “worthy” of wielding his sword. Here’s to hoping he comes back in future seasons.

4. Jed

Jed in Legacies; Ben Levin
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Jed was utterly forgettable, much like his friend, Wade, during the first season. However, since his fling with Alyssa (whom I’m glad is gone), he’s been able to grow a lot at the Salvatore school. I especially loved how far he’s come since becoming Alpha of the pack at school.

When Finch came to the school, he was the stereotypical Alpha dude. But after she challenged him and purposely lost, he really learned it’s okay to not be the strongest one. I’m just scared to see what happens to him when Legacies returns because he didn’t look so good.

3. Lizzie Saltzman

Lizzie Saltzman in Legacies; Jenny Boyd
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I hated Lizzie during season one. And that may be a strong word, but it’s true. She was honestly just as bad as Caroline before becoming a vampire. I only started to like her once she left Sebastian in the prison world to get back to her family.

Now, in season four, we finally got to see her vengeful nature when she decided to go up against Hope. And since she’s now a Heretic (vampire-siphon witch hybrid), I’m hoping we get to see more of that side of her. The wait for the show’s return is too long for me.

2. Hope Mikaelson

Hope Mikaelson in Legacies; Danielle Rose Russell
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To be fair, Hope was a little boring when all she cared about was Landon. And while she was a great character, she had a lot of wasted potential. I blame Alaric for that. But, since her humanity has switched off, I’ve loved her character arc. And I’ve also love that they’re changing up her style and hair.

Even with her humanity off, she never killed anyone until actually told she wasn’t strong enough to do so. My least favorite part of her journey was her body-switching with Aurora, but thankfully that was short-lived. I’m excited to see what comes next for her and now-vampire Lizzie.

From my scrolling on Reddit, people are theorizing about when Hope is going to turn on her humanity again and who’s going to be the one to do it. But why are we asking that when this is the most interesting she’s been in a long time? Seriously, let her be the villain like her dad for once.

Best: Josie Saltzman

Josie Saltzman in Legacies; Kaylee Bryant
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When Legacies started, I couldn’t stand how much of a pushover Josie was. As time went on, specifically after she met Finch, I saw a lot of growth in her. She was trying to take accountability for her actions under the influence of dark magic and wasn’t letting herself get away with it.

Season two showed us Dark Josie, and season four saw her learn to control that side of herself. I also loved most of her relationships (aside from Jade). I’m going to miss her and all she could be. Here’s to hoping we get her back in later seasons.