Alpha Showdown Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Raphael


VBC Presents: ALPHA SHOWDOWN 2011Both alphas in this round hold positions of power. They’re political beasts (one more so than the other, as pointed out below). And they both have a thing for feisty mortals. Today we put the Viking vampire Eric Northman (played most excellently on HBO’s True Blood by Swedish deliciousness Alexander Skarsgard) in the ring with powerful archangel Raphael. Two bloggers have done the hard work for you and are ready to convince you that each alpha would win the fight. It’s up to you to decide who is right.

You can get a refresher on just what this Alpha Showdown thing is here, but a key point to remember: Each poll is open for only 48 hours. Then, the champion will advance to the next round until only one alpha remains. So, vote while you can. (Jump to the poll)


Dead to the World by Charlaine HarrisEric Northman

You know him from: Sookie Stackhouse series by Charlaine Harris
First appeared in: Dead Until Dark (get a copy), though things get Eric-focused in Dead to the World (get a copy)
Supernatural status: Vampire (Sheriff and Viking, to boot)

Championing for Eric: DeeDee from EricNorthman.net

Only one Alpha in this tournament can bowl with decapitated vampire heads one minute and make you need a jar for extra orgasms the next. That Alpha is Eric Northman.

Vampire. Viking. Sheriff. Bar Owner. Lover. God.

He’s a badass with a sense of humor, likes his women strong and feisty, kisses “like a house afire,” and rocks pink spandex like no other man could. There’s gracious plenty to love – and fear – about Sheriff Northman, as Louisiana Area 5 knows and his Alpha competitors will soon find out.

Angels' Blood by Nalini SinghRaphael

You know him from: Guild Hunter series by Nalini Singh
First appeared in: Angels’ Blood (get a copy)
Supernatural status: Archangel

Championing for Raphael: Marcela from The Bookaholic Cat

Raphael is the epitome of an Alpha hero. He is powerful, dark, passionate, beautiful and sexy as hell. He is the son of two archangels and one of the most powerful archangels in the world. From his Archangel Tower in New York he rules all North America, including angels and vampires alike, while our today’s “rival” Eric Northman, is just the Sheriff of Area 5.

Raphael is so intense that I’m sure with just one look he will turn Eric to ashes.

Raphael is an ancient being, some may call him ruthless because of his hard hand, but his ruling is a fair one. He is otherworldly and unique and is not afraid to love a mortal even thought that might made him weak. He is committed to Elena and is willing to give his life for hers (not like others…*coughing* Eric).

And if all of this in not enough to win your vote, just think of his luscious body, his eyes blue as sapphires and those amazing glittered wings, imagine yourself enclosed by them while he glitter you from head to toe with angel dust or imagine those powerful arms holding you while his searing wings takes you to the sky to “dance” with him. *swoon*

Tomorrow’s the final in the preliminary brackets, and we’ve put together a good fight: Kate Daniels against Rose Hathaway from the Vampire Academy series. You can see the full bracket, and keep updated on which polls are open by visiting the Alpha Showdown page.

72 Responses to “Alpha Showdown Round 7: Eric Northman vs. Raphael”

  1. Christina says:

    Pink spandex? MMMMMMMM no thanks. I’ll still with an archangel who kicks serious ass.

  2. LuigiGirlNZ says:


  3. Readfreek says:

    I’m torn on this one! I think I’ll have to go with Eric.

  4. Spaz says:

    RAPHAEL sooooooo has this one!!! \m/

  5. Kat says:

    Raphael <3

  6. Keira says:

    Raphael’s champion had a good point: where Eric merely rules over a portion of Louisiana, Raphael is one of the ten most power angels in the world, an Archangel. And this goes without mentioning the fact that he’s the unofficial leader among that group.

    Ruthless, calculating, protecting, intimidating. Raphael.

  7. Erika says:

    Much as I love me some Eric, he has to kow tow all the time to the higher ups. Raphael, on the other hand, bends to no one (well, except Elena).

  8. Elenariel says:

    He could make and unmake how many vampires he likes, so Raphael without a doubt!

  9. barbara says:

    I’ve not read either series, but Raphael sounds delicious and gets my vote! Must add to my TBR list. 🙂

  10. As much as I do love Eric, in a fight Raphael would wipe the floor with him.

  11. marina says:

    Hands down VOTE for ERIC!!!!

  12. Wow, Raphael is winning! I completely expected Eric to win due to the awesomeness that is Alexander Skarsgard (helloooo June GQ!) and the popularity of Sookie Stackhouse/True Blood, but Raphael is DEFINITELY more “alpha” and he would mop the bar floors with Eric’s shriveled innards… literally.

    Let’s face it… Eric may be hot and steamy and all kinds of yummy, but Raphael is an ARCHangel and he rules over all of New York with an iron fist. No one questions his orders and lives… ok, maybe Elena. *wink* And those wings… /swoon!

  13. If this doesn’t turn into a straight popularity contest (and let’s face it, it’s REALLY hard to keep from voting for who we like best!), my prediction (not to be confused with *preference* lol) is Raphael to take the whole kitty. He’s gonna have to get past Bones first though, and with Bones’s legions of fans that could be tough! *grin*

  14. Raphael. There is no doubt.

  15. Rachel Elizabeth says:

    Raphael owns this one, all the way. He’s one of the most powerful Archangels in the WORLD.

  16. wont says:

    Raphael, without a doubt.

  17. Tina says:

    Please this is not a fight! This will be a bloodbath! Raphael all the way!

  18. Hannah says:

    Raphael ALL the way. Seriously, he kills other archangels, he’s uberpowerful and has his the loyalty of both a woman like Elena who wouldn’t settle for a weakling in a million years and his delicious Seven who are totally kickass in their own right and would never respect a guy who couldn’t kick them to the curb if push came to shove. IMHO he’s the most powerful out of all the Alphas.

  19. Freyja says:

    I’m gonna go with Eric Northman on this one

  20. Freyja says:

    And excuse me but this: this: “He (Raphael) is committed to Elena and is willing to give his life for hers (not like others…*coughing* Eric).”
    Excuse me, Eric is willing to LIVE for Sookie!!!! No point in dying for her, would only leave her dead afterwards!

  21. xnb says:

    hmmm dude from a line of privileged archangels who probably knew wht he was coming into his entire life with..wait GLITTERY wings? yeah im gna stick with the viking on this one…eric may not be all powerful and yada yada..but he is my kind of fiiiiiiiiiiiiine…and he flies with out wings…which is great in my books. (also whoever said he isnt willing to risk his life for his mortal love needs to read the books again….)

  22. pc says:

    Have to go with bad boy angel Raphael on this one!

  23. Stephanie North says:

    Eric Northman without a doubt!

  24. Misouri58 says:

    Who the H### is Raphael and gee he is certainly homely.

  25. becca says:

    i luv them both.Raphael and Eric Northman are both awesome characters and both sexy as hell.gonna have to go with eric northman though.

  26. cibele says:

    I voted Raphael. I would totally vote for Eric before, but a few months ago I met Raphael and damn, that’s a fine male alpha right there.

  27. Tammy says:

    Have no idea who the other dude is, nor do I really care. In my opinion, Eric wins at everything. There’s no contest.

  28. Angie says:

    Archangel Raphael is SO hot! I love him!

  29. glamored says:

    Gracious plenty over glittery wings any day! Eric is so willing to die for those he loves. Actions speak louder than dramatic declarations. Being an alpha isn’t just about slaughter, it’s also about respect and Eric has it.

  30. Deb says:

    I love Raphael I just love him! He is a little bit of everything you could want in any man! Plus who wouldn’t want to dance with the angels! However this doesn’t mean that I would kick Eric to the curb! If he ever gets wings I may not be able to choose!

  31. Marlene Emmett says:

    My loyalty lies with my Sheriff,I serve to please my maker Eric Northman. I follow him and his minions.
    I will protect him in whatever way I can.

  32. Eric – always Eric!

  33. Christa says:

    Gotta go with Eruc Northman. Raphael simply has no sense of humor! In addition, Eruc’s had to make himself into a leader from humble beginnings. Raphael was born an angel!

  34. syd says:

    Raphael. Eric has to bend to too many other vampires, i.e. any King or Queen whose around. At best, he’s middle management. In the last book, he was a total wuss. Not. Alpha-like. at. all. I personally revoke his alpha status. Raphael is alpha personified. I personally think that he does have a sense of humor, but who needs one when you dance like the angels do.

  35. Iris says:

    Eric Northman is the best!

  36. Ines says:

    Well i like Eric, but since i read about Raphael that he become my favorite alfe male . So sorry Eric , but Raphael dust you with angelfire…

  37. Missy says:

    If you did read the last book then you know Eric calculated and kick some ass. What awaits in future books will be mind boggling. I vote Eric Northman. There is no doubt about them both being alphas, but if you know both charactors…Eric

  38. Viki S. says:

    It’s Eric for me.

  39. Sarah says:

    As this is who’s the most “badass…ultimate alpha,” the answer is hands down Raphael. He is definitely much more of both and really would easily wipe the floor with Eric. I think the Sookie books are more widely known and have been out longer so Eric will get his votes on fan base. If you haven’t read the Guild Hunter books, I suggest you do. Some might still favor Eric, but I think most will agree the Raphael should win this vote. I like both series and both characters but based on who I like more it’s still got to be Raphael though it’s a closer call. Have to say liking Eric less the last book, he’s thinking of pulling a Bill “have to listen to my maker” thing and not stay true to the woman he loves. Now seriously, we are supposed to vote for the most alpha, right? Not our preferred hottie or fav character. Got to say, unfortunately, if Raphael wins he’ll be up against Kate Daniels next and I love those books/character. That’ll be too tough. Kate is one of the few females that can compete with some of these males and win but I think Raphael has her in a fight and alphawise, but not sure about badassness and she’d win for my fav character. But she’d have an easy win against Eric.

  40. Donna says:

    Eric! I’m loving the sheriff!

  41. Candace says:

    Sheriff of one tiny region or one of the ten archangels of the world. Hmmm, which would be the better Alpha (she says dripping with sarcasm). Raphael, any day of the week.

  42. Tori says:

    Raphael totally. Eric is a vampire and Raphael rules the vampires with a heavy hand. Besides, who wouldn’t want a muscular alpha angel to full fill your every want and desire? No wimpy vamps for me!

  43. ERIC! ERIC! ERIC! Can you hear the crowd chanting with me? Cuz they are 😀

  44. Amaria says:

    Who is this raphael anyways? Doesn’t impress me much. My vote goes to the devious viking vampire Eric Northman ;”D

  45. Amaria says:

    LMAO just read “G.L.I.T.T.E.R.E.D. wings”!!! Is this raphael little angel tingy Edward Cullen’s lil bro? lol

  46. OBVIOUSLYYYYYYYYYY the folks who are actually voting for Eric haven’t read any of the Guild Hunter books LOL Because babes, there is no WAY Eric would win – It’s not even a fair competition, really. You can cheer all you want for Eric cuz he’ll need it when he’s getting a BEATDOWN. 😉

  47. Tori says:

    *GASP* Comparing Raphael to Edward Cullen’s brother. Blasphemy!! Besides it anyone is like the Cullen’s it’s Eric. He “shines” you know. Great if you want a night light. A cold frozen night light. Hurmph!

  48. Ren Puspita says:

    Eric who? LOL..
    Sorry not fans of True Blood here, even I watch the show..
    And I don’t read Charlaine’s books too… So, Raphael all the way!!
    Oh, and he’s not sparkle!!! He’s archangel not vampire, duh! 😛

  49. I agree with Pamela (Spaz) if you have read the Guild Hunter Series there is NO WAY you will vote for Eric.
    Please read the last book of Sookie Stackhouse series Dead Reckoning, if after that book you still decide to vote for Eric…
    Remember you are voting for Eric Northman not for Alexander Skarsgard.

  50. Lilly says:

    Voting for the BEST: Eric Northman!

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