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When people complain that Damon is coddled by his fans.
I just love how mostly Damon fans seem to bear this sort of Stigma in this fandom. As if there aren’t Stefan stans that are just as vocal. As if there aren’t stan types within every corner of every fanbase, period.
Going on what I see of this fandom on a frequent basis, it seems to me that the double standards by which this fandom typically operates point more in Stefan’s favor than anything else. I mean yes, some fans do put Damon on too much of a pedestal, but if we’re going to be honest here, I more often than not see Stefan being made out to be this Saintly image of perfection while Damon is demonized and made to be a monster.
It is ridiculous considering Stefan is no Saint himself. While Damon’s past crimes on humans have been heinous, his is comparably worse. This is not even up for debate. Stefan’s track sheet is bloodier and longer and far more grotesque. So why is it that Stefan is deserving of love and happiness — in spite of his murdering and torturing of countless innocents — but Damon is not for (past) acts of equal deplorability? That is such a double standard, it’s ridiculous.
Let’s just compare and contrast for a moment here. Damon at his worst, has killed and enjoyed the kill and his methods of killing are typically fast and impulsive. A snap of the neck there, a lethal bite there. It’s not excusable and people are right to say it is terrible, but it is no where near level with the brutality of Stefan’s methods of kill. Ripper Stefan enjoyed torturing and maiming. Kept his victims alive long enough to relish in their fear and pain. Damon’s victims suffered too, but not to the same magnitude as Stefan’s. Stefan earned himself the title of the Ripper in his notoriety for tearing his victims into pieces fcs. But oh, because he would feel bad about it after and try to piece his victims’ bodies back together, that somehow makes it alright?
If people really don’t believe Damon has changed, I advise you to go back and watch season one, then compare that Damon to this Damon now. And while you’re at it, to take off your blinders and revisit flashback sequences that feature Stefan during his Ripper glory days. Maybe then you’ll see that Stefan is no better than Damon, if not worse, retrospectively. There are no good or bad guy tropes here.