Happy birthday, Candice Accola: 12 GIFs of why 'The Vampire Diaries' Caroline rocks

the-vampire-diaries-candice-accola-birthday.jpg Happy birthday, Candice Accola!

"The Vampire Diaries" blonde beauty turns 27 on Tuesday (May 13), so celebrate her big day with all the reasons why she rocks as Caroline on The CW drama -- in GIFs, of course.

She's not afraid to speak her mind, whether it was as a human or now as a vampire:

Caroline-2x2-the-vampire-diaries-tv-show-15599429-420-217.gifBut of course, everyone knows she became infinitely more awesome when Katherine turned the vapid cheerleader into a butt-kicking, strong, independent vampire:

Caroline.gifShe still relished getting revenge on Katherine for killing her, though:

tumblr_lb1c8e72xE1qazrrio1_500.gifShe also (finally) got revenge on Damon when her memories of him using her came flooding back during her transition (game on!):

tumblr_m71exlSc8L1r9ajqe.gifBut she still has a compassionate and caring heart, like when she helped Tyler through his first full moon as a werewolf:

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She has an appreciation for the finer things in life, like ... alcohol:

Caroline-Forbes-the-vampire-diaries-tv-show-31281083-500-281.gifShe's romanced more guys on the show than pretty much anyone else. First there was Damon:

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Although that one was out of her control since he was compelling her to sleep with him and keep all his secrets back when he was a villain in Season 1: 

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Then there was Matt, but when she became a vampire, their relationship became complicated:

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Then there was Tyler, who started off as a friend, but they couldn't resist giving in to their vampire/werewolf hormones:

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And then there was Klaus. Oh, "Klaroline." After seasons of buildup, their relationship culminated in some hot, steamy sex in the woods:

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And now there's Stefan. They've been vampire BFFs for a long time, and the seeds of romance were starting to blossom (but seeing as how he died last week, there might not be a real relationship in the cards for them):

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So happy birthday, Candice! 

"The Vampire Diaries" Season 5 finale airs Thursday (May 15) at 8 p.m. ET/PT on The CW.
Photo/Video credit: The CW