When Klaus (Joseph Morgan) showed up as the big bad on "The Vampire Diaries," we didn't expect to fall head-over-heels in love with him. (Let's be honest: After killing our precious Aunt Jenna, it took us a long time to forgive him, but we still couldn't help ourselves.)

We love him so much, he got his own spinoff, and now we get to watch his journey (and handsome face) on "The Originals."

These are the 12 reasons we'll always have heart eyes for Klaus Mikealson.

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