Also, I’d like to point out to the phandom an important aspect of Vlad’s character:
“…Eventually you will join me by choice, you and you’re mother…”
Not to undermine all the horrible shit that Vlad does, or the hypocrisy of his actions, but a common theme for him is that he doesn’t want to force Danny or Maddie to be with him. He wants them to come to him, for lack of a better word, ‘willingly’.
Vlad does manipulate them into coming to him, yet he also does nothing to force them to stay when he could have easily done so. He asks Maddie to stay, despite said asking being and incredibly disgusting thing to do.Nor does he do anything to stop her from storming out, also despite the fact that she’s choosing the woods over his chalet in the middle of the night.
Vlad could have controlled both Danny and Maddie so fuckin easily, and yet he never did.
He manipulated, lied, cheated and influenced, but he never outright controlled. All he would have needed to do was to overshadow them, make them give their “i hate you, goodbye”’s to Jack and come to him, where keeping them from leaving would have been child’s play for that ghost-sheild-that-also-blocks-humans-too from Secret Weapons. It wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t want to be there, he would have had them, and they wouldn’t have been able to do anything about it.
But they would have hated him. It wouldn’t have been the 'perfect family’ he wanted.
Vlad wanted them to want to come to him because he wanted their affections towards him to be genuine. He wanted their love to be real.
And I think that’s the saddest part of his character tbh