True Blood was full of charismatic opportunists and ever-shifting alliances, but no single character personified that slippery appeal more than Eric Northman (Alexander Skarsgård). An immortal viking who survived centuries only to end up running a vampire bar in Louisiana, Eric knew what it took to survive. While many vampires, werewolves, and whatever else met their ends before the series (which you can stream on HBO Now) concluded, Eric managed to avoid a staking and create a synthetic blood empire to boot. Sure, things may not have worked out with Sookie (Anna Paquin), but it’s safe to say that Northman ended up on top.
While there’s an awful lot of murder, crime, and borderline incest in the mix, the ambition that Eric embodied is certainly worth emulating. While you may not want to trample as many people on your way to the top (because honestly, who has that much time to clean vampire viscera out of the carpet?), you can still learn a thing or two about getting what you want.