List of The Vampire Diaries characters
The Vampire Diaries is an American fantasy-drama television series picked up by The CW for their fall 2009 schedule. It is adapted from L. J. Smith's novel series of the same name by Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec. The focal points of the show are the love triangle formed by series' protagonist Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) and vampire brothers Stefan Salvatore (Paul Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder) and the town's supernatural history, involving Elena's friends and relatives.
- 1 Main characters
- 2 Recurring characters
- 3 Minor characters
- 4 List of The Originals characters
- 4.1 Main characters
- 4.2 Recurring characters
- 4.3 Minor Characters
- 5 References
- 6 External links
The following is a list of series regulars who have appeared in one or more of the series' six seasons. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
|Nina Dobrev 1||Elena Gilbert||119||Main|
|Paul Wesley 2||Stefan Salvatore||121||Main|
|Ian Somerhalder||Damon Salvatore||121||Main|
|Steven R. McQueen||Jeremy Gilbert||93||Main|
|Sara Canning||Jenna Sommers||33||Main||Guest||Guest|
|Kat Graham||Bonnie Bennett||95||Main|
|Candice Accola||Caroline Forbes||102||Main|
|Zach Roerig||Matt Donovan||90||Main|
|Kayla Ewell||Vicki Donovan||14||Main||Guest||Recurring||Guest|
|Michael Trevino||Tyler Lockwood||75||Main|
|Matt Davis||Alaric Saltzman||60||Main 3||Recurring||Main|
|Joseph Morgan||Klaus Mikaelson||42||Recurring||Main||Guest|
* ^1 Nina Dobrev appears as Amara in three episodes of season five.
* ^2 Paul Wesley appears as Silas in one episode of season four and eight episodes of season five and as Tom Avery in two episodes of season five.
* ^3 Matt Davis was listed as a special guest star for season 1, episodes 9-13.
- Played by Nina Dobrev and Kayla Madison (young Elena)
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Elena Gilbert (based on Elena Gilbert from the novels) is the central character and main protagonist of the series. She is the biological daughter of John Gilbert and Isobel Flemming, adopted daughter of Grayson and Miranda Gilbert. She has a younger brother/cousin named Jeremy Gilbert, and a maternal aunt named Jenna Sommers. She is also the descendant and doppelgänger of Amara, Tatia, Katerina (Katherine) and Katherine's nearly immortal Traveller (a/k/a Gypsy) daughter Nadia (whose character is played by Olga Fonda).
In Season One, still empty after losing her parents, she begins to fit back into school. She meets a mysterious new student named Stefan Salvatore. They connect instantly, and begin dating. She meets his older and darkly mysterious brother, Damon Salvatore. After researching the Salvatores, Elena realizes Stefan was alive in 1864. It is later revealed that he is a 162-year old vampire. Damon also begins falling for Elena, although she continues her relationship with Stefan. After Stefan and Elena sleep together, she finds a picture of a woman named Katherine Pierce who looks exactly like her. Stefan reveals that it is the women who made him and Damon feud 145 years ago, and the person who turned them into vampires. He says that she is a descendant of Katherine, that Grayson and Miranda weren't her real parents because she was adopted. He also told her that he is the person that saved her the night of her parent's death. At the end of season one, Elena meets her birth mother, Isobel, who is now a vampire, and she discovers that her uncle John, who she grew up hating, is her natural father.
In season two, she learns that she is a Petrova doppelgänger, resembling exactly Katherine Pierce, which means that she can be sacrificed to release Klaus' werewolf side. The sacrifice later takes place, but Elena is saved because John sacrificed himself for her after Bonnie enchants him magickally. However, her Aunt Jenna is turned into a vampire and, as part of the sacrifice, is killed by Klaus, leaving Elena without a guardian. In the season two finale, while Damon is dying from a werewolf bite, she forgives him for forcing her to drink his blood and kisses him with the thought that it might be Damon's last day; however Damon gets cured by drinking Klaus' blood. Except, in order to convince Klaus to give his blood to Damon, Stefan had to turn into his "Ripper" self and go off with Klaus, as his enforced "sidekick".
In season three, Elena does everything in her power to make Stefan regain his humanity, which he switched off to satisfy, as well as tolerate, Klaus. Meanwhile, she grows closer to Damon while working together to save Stefan and try to defeat Klaus, eventually even sharing a kiss. She later admits to Stefan that she has feelings for Damon as well, but that she has never stopped loving Stefan. While in Denver together, Elena kisses Damon, later telling him that she doesn't know how she feels about him. It is eventually revealed that Elena met Damon the night of her parents' death, though he compelled her to forget. She eventually chooses Stefan in the season finale but before she can tell him, Elena drowns while having vampire blood in her system. During the last moments of season three, she awakens as a vampire in transition.
In season four, Elena is faced with the tough decision of whether to die or to feed on human blood so she can fully transition into a vampire. After realizing Stefan's desperation to keep her alive, Elena decides to complete her transition. She claims that choosing Stefan was the best choice she'd ever made. However, her relationship with Stefan ends due to her heightened feelings for Damon, allowing them to begin a proper romance. Damon later realizes there is a sire bond between them, complicating the truth behind their relationship. During the search for the cure for vampirism, Jeremy is killed by the immortal Silas. As a result, Elena's unbearable grief over the loss of her brother, causes Damon to use the sire bond to make her turn off her humanity, and thus, her grief. Elena becomes ruthless without her emotions, though she shows hints of fear when Bonnie almost kills her. When she turns on her emotions again, it is revealed that her sire bond to Damon has been broken. Still, she remains in love with him and makes the decision to be with him. During a confrontation with Katherine Elena shoves the cure down Katherine's throat, forcing her to become human again for the first time in over 500 years..
In season five, Elena starts at Whitmore College and is happy after spending the summer with Damon. She is kidnapped and experimented on by Wes Maxfield, and she learns that her father also used to experiment on vampires. Later, when Katherine is about to die as a result of all of her years catching up with her as a result of having the cure in her system, Katherine uses a spell and possesses Elena, a fact that her friends were initially unable to deduce. But once they did, they trapped Katherine and left her with no escape. Stefan stabbed her with the traveller dagger, but ghost Katherine reveals to Bonnie, shortly before trying to cross into the Other Side, that she had injected Dr. Maxfield's enhanced ripper/werewolf virus into Elena's body, infecting Elena. The gang is eventually able to find an antidote. She unfortunately loses trust in Damon, partly because he killed her friend Aaron, so they break up, but realise they cannot survive being apart and get back together. Once Markos and his traveller army begin to take over Mystic Falls, setting an anti-magic barrier around the town, the gang comes up with a plan to take out the travellers by killing them all at the same time, overpowering the anchor to the Other Side AKA Bonnie and creating a possible way out of the now-collapsing Other Side. Elena and Damon drive into the gas-filled Mystic Grill with most of the travellers in it, blowing it up and killing most of the people in it, including Elena and Damon. She wakes up as a ghost and finds her body, sending her to Bonnie, where she passes to the Other Side, and she and many others are able to pass back to the land of the living afterwards. But the spell that allows this is broken before Damon passes back through, and as Bonnie is the anchor, she is a part of the Other Side and shall therefore disappear along with it. This leaves the gang mourning the loss of Damon and Bonnie in the season finale.
In season six, Elena starts at medical school, and is unable to step foot in her hometown. She is also unable to recover from Damon's death and starts lurking the borders of Mystic Falls in order to grab civilians, drink their blood, then compel them to forget, but as spirit magic no longer works in Mystic Falls, any of her victims who cross into the town remember the ordeal, putting her identity as a vampire at risk when one of her victims, Sarah, comes to town. Elena begs Alaric to compel her to forget that she ever loved Damon, which Alaric is able to do, due to him being an Enhanced Original, with the ability to compel other vampires. She eventually wears him down and asks her friends to never remind her once the compulsion had been done. After a number of failed attempts, Alaric successfully compels her to forget her love for Damon. She however leaves Alaric with some of her reminders of Damon, should she ever need them again. She is told of her former feelings for Damon soon afterwards, but decides to stay the way she is, as she doesn't want to go back to being unhappy again. She starts dating her classmate, Liam. Once Damon comes back to life, Alaric tries to convince Elena to allow him to undo the compulsion, a decision she is reluctant to make. She eventually decides to have him undo it, but Alaric goes back to being human again after crossing into Mystic Falls, causing him to lose his vampire status (he only stayed alive because his once fatal human injuries were healed), meaning he will not be able to do so. She is then left to finally come face-to-face with Damon and see if she'll still feel the same way about him.
- Played by Nina Dobrev
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Katherine Pierce, born Katerina Petrova, (based on Katherine von Swartzschild from the novels) is the secondary antagonist of season two. Originally, Katerina Petrova, she was born in Bulgaria to a "Traveller" (a/k/a Gypsy) family, and is banished to England after bearing an illegitimate child. Upon meeting Klaus and Elijah, two of the original vampires, she finds out that she is a Petrova doppelgänger, which means that she can be sacrificed to release Klaus' werewolf side. She used a vampire named Trevor, who'd fallen in love with her, to escape and tricked another vampire Rose into turning her, thereby making her useless to Klaus to trigger his werewolf side. Katherine's escape infuriates Klaus, who vows to find her and kill her for her disobedience. She spends 500 years running and hiding to escape his wrath. Hundreds of years later, Katherine arrived in Mystic Falls, where both Stefan Salvatore and Damon Salvatore fall in love with her. When all the vampires in Mystic Falls are discovered and brought together to be burned to death, she escapes. During her stay in Mystic Falls she had given Damon and Stefan her blood which turned them into vampires after they were shot. Damon, believing Katherine was locked up in a tomb, spends 145 years loving her and trying to find a way to free her. When he is finally able to open it, he finds out that she is not in the tomb and was alive the entire time. In the last episode of season one, Katherine returns to Mystic Falls.
During Season 2, she tells Damon that she has always been in love with Stefan and never truly cared for Damon. It is later discovered that her real reason for returning is to offer Klaus what he wants: the new doppelgänger, the moonstone, a vampire, witch, and werewolf; in order to be free from him. Upon learning of her plan, she is locked in the tomb by Stefan and Damon, which has a spell that keeps all vampires locked in it. When the spell is finally broken, she is compelled by Elijah to stay in. Elijah temporarily dies and Katherine is freed, but chooses to help Stefan and Damon. When Klaus comes to Mystic Falls, he kidnaps her and keeps her in Alaric's apartment, where he tortures her. He eventually releases her, but she keeps track of Klaus and Stefan's whereabouts. When she finds out that a vampire hunter named Mikael is the key to killing Klaus, she finds him and awakens him, but when Mikael's plan to kill Klaus fails, she goes back into hiding. Katherine finally returns in season 4, allowing Jeremy to be killed by Silas so she can steal the cure. It is then revealed that during her time away from Mystic Falls, she has begun a relationship with Elijah Mikaelson, indeed having real feelings for him. She decides to give him the cure to prove that her love is real, though he eventually leaves her to be with his family in New Orleans. During a physical confrontation with Elena, Katherine is forced by Elena to drink the cure, leaving her human for the first time in five hundred years.
During Season 5 she struggles with the sudden change back to human following the events of the Season 4 finale. She learns that her daughter who had been taken from her by her father grew up searching for her, believing herself abandoned. Tatia had herself turned into a vampire and was in Mystic Falls with her. After Silas drains her of all of her blood as it became the cure she returned to life; however the 500 years she's existed now catch up with her and she began to descend into old age extremely quickly. In the episode 500 Years of Solitude she uses her Traveller heritage to transfer her consciousness into Elena's body as hers dies. In the Devil Inside she takes complete control of Elena's body, seemingly destroying Elena's consciousness. Over the next two episodes she masquerades as Elena in order to try and win Stefan's affection. In Gone Girl Stefan and Caroline finally figure out that Elena is not Elena but Katherine, and in a final goodbye scene she is stabbed by the Traveller's Knife by Stefan releasing her soul from her body. As a final cruel parting "gift" to Elena, she also injected their shared body with Dr. Wes Maxfield's experimental "Ripper Serum". She did this to turn Elena into a vampire who feeds from other vampires, with the added bonus of werewolf venom within the serum. After she died, an unknown force denied her access to the Other Side and she was ripped away into a dark void.
- Played by Paul Wesley
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Stefan Salvatore (based on Stefan Salvatore from the novels) is the main protagonist. He was born and raised in Mystic Falls, Virginia to Giuseppe Salvatore and an unnamed mother, who died when he was younger. Stefan is the younger brother of Damon. When Stefan and Damon were human, they were very close and were best friends in life. Damon always confided and trusted in Stefan and Stefan always defended Damon, especially to their father, and was fiercely loyal to him. However, this all seemed to change when he and Damon fell in love with the same girl, Katherine Pierce, who turned out to be a vampire. Stefan had strong feelings for Katherine before finding out that she was a vampire. Once Stefan discovered Katherine's deep, dark secret, Stefan was both scared and repulsed by Katherine and vampirism in general. Katherine, however, compelled Stefan to not be afraid of Katherine, to keep her secret and go on as if Stefan didn't know she was a vampire. It was also revealed that Katherine compelled Stefan to drink her vampire blood against his will. Damon, on the other hand, drank Katherine's blood willingly, wanting and desiring the immortal life in order to spend an eternity with Katherine. In 1864, Stefan was turned into a vampire after being shot by his father, Giuseppe, along with his brother, Damon with Katherine's blood in his system, before accidentally killing his father during a visit to tell him that he was going to let himself die. Damon, who turned into a vampire as well, promised Stefan an eternity of misery as he was angry that Stefan had forced him to turn and jealous that Katherine had also turned Stefan. A newborn vampire with uncontrollable bloodlust, Stefan was unable to resist the temptations of human blood and became severely out of control and addicted (later on known as the Ripper) to the blood, killing many people because of his lack of control and extreme bloodlust. However, Stefan learned to change his ways when he was taught to control it by a vampire named Alexia "Lexi" Branson, who later on became Stefan's best friend or companion. After decades of absence from the town he called home, Stefan returned to Mystic Falls to visit his home and Zach. On May 23, 2009, Stefan heard the Gilbert's car accident at Wickery Bridge. It was then and there that Stefan fatefully encountered Elena Gilbert for the first time. After only being able to save Elena, Stefan noticed that she looked exactly like Katherine.
Stefan and Elena begin a relationship and he reveals to her that he is a vampire. However, Damon returns to Mystic Falls, too, and also falls in love with Elena. Further on in the series, Damon and Stefan start to bond as brothers again and it becomes apparent that they do love each other. Because of his addiction to human blood, Stefan only drank animal blood in the beginning of the series, which made him weaker than other vampires. In season two, Stefan starts to take small amounts of Elena's blood each day to mitigate its effect on him and to increase his strength. When Katherine returns it is discovered that she has always been in love with Stefan and not Damon; however, Stefan is in love with Elena and not interested in Katherine. Stefan starts to build a friendship with Caroline Forbes after she is turned into a vampire. After Klaus gives Stefan his blood to save Damon from a werewolf bite, he turns Stefan into a ripper again. Stefan starts working for him as he agreed to do to save Damon, and hopes it might also protect Elena by making sure Klaus never returns to Mystic Falls, since he believes her to be dead. Klaus later finds out and compels Stefan to kill her, but when he is able to resist the compulsion, Klaus makes him turn his humanity and emotions off. However, he is later able to get his humanity back, which is seen when he saves Klaus's life to protect Damon, but yet he pretends not to care about Elena anymore. He then takes it upon himself to kill Klaus. He steals Klaus's family as retaliation, and uses them as blackmail, when that fails (the witches give Klaus the coffins when he threatens to end the Bennett line), Stefan threatens to drive Elena off Wickery Bridge with vampire blood in her system if Klaus doesn't get his hybrids out of town, Klaus agrees at the last minute. He and Elena get into a fight. In the season three finale, he kisses Elena. In the end, Elena chooses Stefan over Damon, but when Rebekah causes Matt's truck to drive off Wickery Bridge, she is trapped underwater. Stefan barely gets there in time, but Elena makes him save Matt first and she drowns. It is later revealed Dr. Fell gave Elena vampire blood, meaning she died with vampire blood in her system.
During season 4, Stefan's relationship with Elena is tested. He becomes fixated on finding the cure to vampirism for her, which results in Damon telling him that he can only love Elena as a human. Eventually, Stefan and Elena break up as a result of her feelings for Damon, which were amplified after being turned into a vampire. Hurt, Stefan lashes out by forming a casual relationship with Rebekah, who he also had a brief affair with in the 1920s. After Elena eventually turns her humanity off as a result of her sire bond to Damon and Jeremy's death, Stefan and Damon attempt to find a way to force her to turn it back on. Eventually they do, and as a result of having no emotions, Elena's sire bond is broken. However, she still remains in love with Damon, and seemingly makes her final decision with Damon. Stefan, however upset, accepts the decision and plans to move on with his life. However, before he can, it is revealed that he is in fact the doppelgänger to Silas, who then proceeds to lock him in a large metal safe and push it into the bottom of the lake.
In the episode Promised Land, Jullian (in Tyler's body) ripped out Stefan's heart killing him and sending him to the disintegrating Other Side.
- Played by Ian Somerhalder
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Damon Salvatore (based on Damon Salvatore from the novels) is a vampire, turned by Katherine Pierce one hundred and forty-five years prior to the series' debut. He is the son of late Giuseppe Salvatore and the older brother of Stefan Salvatore. He is portrayed as a charming, handsome and snarky person who loves tricking humans, and takes pleasure in feeding on them and killing them during the early episodes of the first season.
In the first season, Damon appears as the frightening older brother of Stefan Salvatore, and plays as the main antagonist for the first initial episodes with a hidden agenda. Slowly, Damon begins to be kinder to the other characters showing brief moments of compassion such as erasing Jeremy's memory of vampires and removing his "suffering" so Jeremy gets his life back on track. Damon apologizes for turning Vicki Donovan into a vampire and admits it was wrong. Later at the Gilbert house, Elena returns home. He admits that he came to the town wanting to destroy it but actually found himself wanting to protect it after everything that happened at the Founder's Day celebrations and says he's not a hero and doesn't do good, saying it is not in him – those traits are reserved for Stefan, Elena and Bonnie. The two begin to kiss passionately before getting interrupted – it is later revealed that it wasn't Elena he kissed, but Katherine Pierce.
In season two, Katherine tells Damon that she never loved him and that it was always Stefan. Elena also later says something similar, leaving Damon heartbroken. As an expression of his anger, pain, and hopelessness, he snaps Jeremy Gilbert's neck, not realizing he is wearing a ring which reverses damage done by supernatural creatures or forces. Jeremy survives because of the ring, but the action incurs Elena's wrath and pain. When Bonnie also discovers it was his blood that enabled Caroline Forbes to become a vampire, the two declare their hatred for him, leaving angrier than ever. After saving Elena with Stefan in episode 8 of season 2, Damon shows up in Elena's room with the vervain necklace that was ripped from her neck earlier in the episode. Before he gives it back, he tells Elena that he is in love with her, and because he is in love with her, he cannot be selfish with her. He also states that he doesn't deserve her, but that his brother does. He kisses her forehead and says he wishes she could remember this, but she can't. As the camera shows a close up of Damon's eye as he is compelling Elena to forget, a tear slips. Elena blinks and her vervain necklace is back around her neck, Damon is gone and her window is open with the curtains blowing... she had no recollection as to how the necklace was returned to her. In "Katerina" Damon joins Rose to find out why the originals are after Elena; after some time and clever banter, the two have sex, stating that they could rid themselves of emotion. However, when Rose, Damon's old friend who turned Katerina, suffers from a werewolf bite, he gives her the memory of her life prior to becoming a vampire, and helps her remember how good it felt to be able to walk in and feel the sunlight, without it burning her, of course. During this meaningful moment, Damon mercifully kills her, leaving him to mourn the death of his one of very few friends. Elena and Damon then begin to mend fences. Damon is bitten by Tyler the werewolf, at the end of the season. Elena takes care of him, and right before he is cured by the blood of Klaus, the original hybrid, she give him a "goodbye" kiss, or so she thought.
In the third season, Damon assists Elena in bringing his brother, Stefan, back to Mystic Falls after Stefan becomes Klaus' henchman due to a bargain for his blood that would cure Damon of the werewolf bite he had received from Tyler. At first, he is reluctant to involve Elena in the rescue attempts, employing Alaric Saltzman, Elena's guardian, instead as Klaus does not know that Elena is alive after the sacrifice which frees Klaus' hybrid side. However, Elena involves herself, desperate to find Stefan. Damon, though hesitant at first, is unable to refuse her because of his love for her. He also points out to her that she once turned back from finding Stefan since she knew Damon would be in danger, clearly showing that she also has feelings for him. He tells her that "when (he) drags his brother from the edge to deliver him back to (her), (he) wants her to remember the things (she) felt while he was gone." When Stefan finally returns to Mystic Falls, his attitude is different from that of the first and second seasons. This causes a rift between Elena and Stefan whereas the relationship between Damon and Elena becomes closer and more intimate. A still loyal Elena, however, refuses to admit her feelings for Damon. In 'Dangerous Liaisons', Elena, frustrated with her feelings for him, tells Damon that his love for her may be a problem, and that this could be causing all their troubles. This incenses Damon, causing him to revert to the uncaring and reckless Damon seen in the previous seasons. The rocky relationship between the two continues until the sexual tension hits the fan and in a moment of heated passion, Elena - for the first time in the three seasons - kisses Damon of her own accord. This kiss finally causes Elena to admit that she loves both brothers and realize that she must ultimately make her choice as her own ancestress, Katherine Pierce, who turned the brothers, once did. In assessment of her feelings for Damon, she states this: "Damon just sort of snuck up on me.He got under my skin and no matter what I do, I can't shake him." In the season finale, a trip designed to get her to safety forces Elena to make her choice: to go to Damon and possibly see him one last time; or to go to Stefan and her friends and see them one last time. She chooses the latter when she calls Damon to tell him her decision. Damon, who is trying to stop Alaric, accepts what she says and she tells him that maybe if she had met Damon before she had met Stefan, her choice may have been different. This statement causes Damon to remember the first night he did meet Elena which was, in fact, the night her parents died - before she had met Stefan. Not wanting anyone to know he was in town and after giving her some advice about life and love, Damon compels her to forget. He remembers this as he fights Alaric and seems accepting of his death when Alaric, whose life line is tied to Elena's, suddenly collapses in his arms. Damon is grief-stricken, knowing that this means that Elena has also died and yells, "No! You are not dead!" A heartbroken Damon then goes to the hospital demanding to see Elena when the doctor, Meredith Fell, tells him that she gave Elena vampire blood. The last shot of the season finale episode shows Elena in transition.
In Season 4, Damon starts season 4 at Elena's bedside after finding out about her dying with vampire blood in her system, causing her to start the transition to Vampire. Damon decides to firstly try to kill Rebekah with a White Oak Stake, yet she overpowers him. Rebekah is shot at through the Window and Damon escapes. Later in part of a plan with the Sheriff and Meredith Fell, Damon uses Matt as bait to draw out the deputies and Pastor Young. After dispatching the deputies, Damon decides to take out some aggression on Matt and is about to snap his neck when stopped by the new vampire Elena. After Elena and Stefan go hunting on animals the next morning and Elena has her first feed on a deer she pukes the blood out. Meanwhile it seems a new vampire hunter is in town. Elena goes to Damon for help, he pulls her with him to the bathroom and makes her drink his blood because he says "You need warm blood from the vein, so maybe this'll do the trick." He says it is personal and Elena wonders why but no answer was given. She drinks his blood but pukes hours later. When Stefan finds out Damon has feed Elena his blood he's very angry and hits Damon who just got in a fight with the vampire hunter. Damon has decided to leave town, but through the early episodes of Season 4 seems to be looking for reasons to stay. Meredith Fell seems to be one who convinces him in 'The Rager' to stay to help Elena with her transition to Vampire. Indeed a renewed conflict over ideology and what sort of Vampire Elena will become, drives Damon and Stefan apart. The Five, shows Damon tasking Stefan with learning more about the Vampire Hunter, Connor while Damon decides to accompany both Bonnie and Elena to College. This trip is ostensibly about teaching Elena the 'hunt' : how to catch, feed and erase. After some initial problems, Elena has a Frat Party gets success and seems to enjoy herself causing friction with Bonnie. She leaves the party and later states that she doesn't want to be like Damon. In the next episode, she begins to believe that Stefan is lying to her and takes things into her own hands to kill the vampire hunter who is holding her brother, Matt, and April captive. She does, and begins to suffer from hallucinations at the end of the episode. After asking Stefan why he wants to cure Elena, Damon tells him that he loves Elena as a vampire or human. In the episode 'We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes', Damon helps Elena in dealing with her hallucinations and saves her from committing suicide.He also helps uncover the mystery about the hunter's curse with the help of Bonnie and Professor Shane. At the end of the episode, he reveals the truth about the cure to Elena and explains how Stefan has been lying to her only to find this possible cure for vampirism. However, Stefan breaks up with Elena at the end of the episode because he knew Elena had gradually growing feelings for Damon. In the following episode "My Brother's Keeper" Elena tells Damon he is the reason she and Stefan broke up and at the end of the episode Damon and Elena finally begin a relationship. However, it is soon tainted when it is revealed that Elena is sired to Damon; a result of his blood being used to turn her. After Jeremy's death, Damon uses the sire bond to convince Elena to turn her humanity off. After a tumultuous period of time in which Elena becomes ruthless with her humanity switch off, Damon and Stefan finally force her to turn it back on. As a result of losing all of her emotions for a period of time, the sire bond (Which was caused due to Elena having feelings for Damon as a human) is broken. However, Elena still remains in love with Damon, and the two begin a relationship without the sire bond in the way. At the end of season 5, Damon gets stuck in another dimension with Bonnie.
- Played by Steven R. McQueen
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Jeremy Gilbert (loosely based on Margaret Gilbert from the novels) is Elena Gilbert's younger brother, later revealed to be her biological cousin.
In the beginning of the series, Jeremy was emotionally damaged by the death of his parents, Grayson and Miranda Gilbert, and he begins to use drugs as a way of coping with his parents unexpected death. He was in love with Vicki Donovan, who uses drugs as well, but she was dating Tyler Lockwood, which causes a rivalry between the two boys. Vicki later breaks up with Tyler and starts a relationship with Jeremy. However Jeremy later witnesses how Stefan Salvatore kills Vicki after Damon Salvatore had turned her into a vampire. Elena, afraid that Jeremy couldn't handle this, asks Damon to make Jeremy forget this and take away his pain. This causes Jeremy to become more stable and to stop taking drugs. Jeremy then starts a relationship with a vampire named Anna, but John Gilbert, Jeremy’s uncle, kills Anna at the end of season one. Jeremy, not wanting to deal with this pain, tries to become a vampire by overdosing while having Anna's blood in his system, but he fails. He was later given John's ring, which protects him from a death caused by anything supernatural. In season two, Jeremy falls in love with Bonnie Bennett and they start a relationship. Jeremy later loses both his aunt and uncle on the day of the sacrifice, leaving him and Elena without a guardian. In the season two finale, Jeremy was accidentally shot to death by Sheriff Forbes, but Bonnie was able to bring him back.
However, bringing Jeremy back from the dead was said to have consequences and since then Jeremy had been able to see and communicate with the ghosts of his dead Former girlfriends Anna and Vicki, whenever he thinks about them. When the doorway to "the other side" was opened, Jeremy was even able to physically interact with Anna. Elena later catches them kissing and Bonnie also finds out, resulting in their break-up. When Bonnie closes the doorway to "the other side", Jeremy and Anna decide to let each other go. After Jeremy kills a hybrid by chopping off his head and was almost killed by Klaus, Elena asks Damon to compel Jeremy into leaving Mystic Falls in order for him to live a normal life. However, after Klaus and the other Originals find out where Jeremy was, Elena takes Jeremy back home. In season four a vampire hunter by the name of Connor arrives in town, and only Jeremy can see his mysterious tattoos, later revealed to be a map to the cure for vampirism. After Elena kills Connor, Jeremy becomes part of The Five, a group of vampire hunters. It was revealed that in order for his 'mark' to grow, he must kill vampires. However, after doing so his urge to kill grows stronger, and he attempts to murder his own sister/biological cousin. Eventually, he finds a way to control his murderous urges, and was trained by Damon to kill vampires. After killing Kol, resulting in the death of his entire bloodline, his Hunter's Mark completes, revealing a map to the cure. However, once he and Bonnie reach Silas, Katherine reveals herself and allows Silas to feed on him in order to awaken. She steals the cure, and Jeremy was killed when Silas snaps his neck. Elena then burns the Gilbert house down with his body inside of it, creating a cover story for his death.
When Bonnie drops the veil to "The Other Side", Jeremy's ghost returns, saving Elena from being murdered by Kol. However, Bonnie performs a spell that allows Jeremy to stay despite the veil being brought back up, meaning that he is alive again. The spell however, killed Bonnie in the process, though Jeremy can still see her due to being a medium.
- Played by Sara Canning
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2,
- Recurring Seasons: 3, 5
Jenna Sommers (loosely based on Judith Maxwell from the novels) was Elena and Jeremy Gilbert's aunt. She was the sister of their mother, Miranda Sommers Gilbert. After her sister and her sister's husband were killed in a car crash, she took over as Elena's and Jeremy's legal guardian and moved into the Gilbert family home.. In the beginning Jenna had trouble coping with her new role as an authority figure, for she used to be a partying college student, but as the series progresses she becomes better at it. She begins dating news reporter Logan Fell, who had cheated on her in the past. However, Logan was turned into a vampire by Anna and then killed by history teacher Alaric Saltzman and Jenna was told that he had left town, which hurts but doesn't surprise her. She later begins a relationship with Alaric.
In season two, John Gilbert begins to cause trouble between Jenna and Alaric, and Jenna begins to suspect that Alaric isn't completely honest with her. When Isobel Flemming, Alaric's supposed to be dead wife, shows up at Jenna's door, Jenna becomes angry with Elena and Alaric, who then tell her everything about vampires. Jenna was later turned into a vampire by Klaus to be used in the sacrifice that will release his werewolf side. She attempts to kill Greta Martin, Klaus' witch, to stop the sacrifice and saves Elena, at which point Klaus stakes her to death. Jenna is buried near Miranda, Grayson, and John Gilbert.
She is later seen as one of Katherine's hallucinations in the Season 5 episode 500 Years of Solitude where she stabs Kathrine for Revenge for making her stab herself during her life.
- Played by Kat Graham
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Bonnie Sheila Bennett (based on Bonnie McCullough from the novels) is Elena Gilbert's best friend. She is also good friends with Caroline Forbes. In the beginning of the series, Bonnie discovers that she is born from a line of witches and that she is also a witch. Her grandmother, a witch too, helps her learn to use her powers, which causes them to create a strong bond. When her grandmother dies, Bonnie is devastated, but she keeps training and as the series develops she becomes more and more powerful. In the midst of season two, she starts a relationship with Jeremy Gilbert, Elena's younger brother. She later discovers from warlock Luca Martin that the only way to kill Klaus, the original vampire who wants to kill Elena, is for her to get the power of one-hundred dead witches, which she later gets. She then pretends to be dead, a scheme of Damon's, in order to trick Klaus. But when she brings Klaus to the brink of death, Elijah does not kill him, as planned, and carries him away before she could react.
In the season two finale Bonnie is able to save Jeremy from dying after she tells her dead ancestor Emily Bennett that she loves him. However bringing Jeremy back from the dead had consequences, for Jeremy is now able to see his dead ex-girlfriends Anna and Vicki Donovan whenever he thinks of them. Bonnie later finds out that Jeremy kissed Anna when the doorway to "the other side" was temporarily opened and she breaks up with him. Later on, Bonnie reconnects with her mother, Abby, who had abandoned her as a child, who helps her to kill the original vampires. However, Abby is turned into a vampire by Damon and abandons Bonnie again. In the season three finale, she places Klaus's soul into Tyler's body thus preventing him from being completely destroyed by Alaric and saving Tyler, Caroline, Damon, and Stefan from dying (they are of Klaus's bloodline). In the beginning of season four, Bonnie finds out that there is a forbidden magic, but she is forced to use it to transfer Klaus back to his original body, as a result, angry spirits attack her grandmother's ghost.
Upon meeting Professor Atticus Shane, he begins to mentor her in regaining her powers. However, without her knowledge, begins to teach her in the art of Expression; the method of drawing magic from the spirits of a massacre. It is revealed that she is a key component to finding the cure, as she was a descendant of the witch who entombed Silas, and is the only one who can open the tomb. During the course of the fourth season, she becomes closer to Jeremy again, hinting at a possible reunion between the two. However, upon finding the cure he is killed by Silas. Feeling unimaginable grief, Silas, posing as Shane, manipulates her into believing she can bring him back from the dead, but only if she brings back every supernatural creature who has died. When Bonnie drops the veil to the otherside, she is over powered by Silas, who convinces her that she cannot breathe. Her Grams appears and convinces Bonnie to snap out of it. Bonnie, unable to kill Silas, does manage to petrify Silas. Afterwards, Bonnie is determined to make Jeremy Gilbert stay and attempts to bring him back to life. Bonnie's Grams warns her not to attempt the spell, however Bonnie tries and fails. The spell ends up being too powerful and kills Bonnie. She wakes up as a spirit, though eventually she brings the veil back up, meaning that Jeremy (who she eventually resurrected), is the only one that can see her.
At some point in the current season, she is resurrected but not without some consequence. Every supernatural who dies has to go through her to go to the afterlife and thus she feels the pain each supernatural felt when they died and recently she and Damon are in another dimension together.
- Played by Candice Accola
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Caroline Forbes (based on Caroline Forbes from the novels) is Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett's best friend. Caroline is the daughter of the Sheriff of Mystic Falls, Liz Forbes, with whom she has a troubled relationship. Her father, Bill Forbes, left her and her mother after coming out as gay. In the beginning of the series, she is shown as shallow, self-absorbed and envious of Elena. However, Caroline's character becomes multi-layered over the seasons and she becomes mature.In season 1,she was used by Damon in many ways and was compelled by him to forget many of the things.During season 1, she starts a relationship with Matt Donovan.At the end of season 1 Caroline,Matt and Tyler met an accident.
In season two, Caroline was injured and was fed Damon's blood so that she can heal; however, after Katherine Pierce kills her and later feeding on human blood from a blood bag at the hospital, she turns into a vampire. Stefan Salvatore helps Caroline control of her blood lust, and they start to build a friendship. After turning into a vampire, Caroline becomes closer to Elena. She discovers that she is not able to control her blood lust when she is around Matt, and thus tricks him into breaking up with her in order to protect him. When Tyler Lockwood starts his werewolf transformations, Caroline helps him deal and he starts to develop romantic feelings for her. However, Caroline is still in love with Matt and they get back together as soon as Tyler leaves town. Matt later finds out that Caroline is a vampire; feeling alienated and betrayed, he tells her mother. At first they don't accept her, but when they realize that Caroline has retained her humanity, they soften. However, Matt still breaks up with her, due to his aversion of the supernatural since the vampire death of his sister, Vicki. When Tyler returns to Mystic Falls, he and Caroline become closer and in the season three premiere, they sleep together. However, Carol Lockwood finds out Caroline is a vampire and contacts her father, Bill Forbes. He thinks Caroline is a monster and tries to "fix" her through torture, but she is saved by her mother and Tyler. Bill and Caroline eventually make amends, and she is devastated when he is killed during season three. Caroline and Tyler become a couple, but they break up due to Tyler's revenge on Klaus in season 5.When Tyler returns home, Caroline is thrilled and they spend the night together. They go to the 20's decade dance together, and dance the whole night. In the season finale, Liz Forbes and Mrs. Lockwood both tell Tyler and Caroline that they need to leave town in result of Alaric telling the council that they are supernatural. They are not excited to be leaving their friends behind, but they both are anxious to start a life with each other. When Klaus is staked and killed, Caroline is devastated knowing that Tyler is now going to die because he is part of Klaus' bloodline. However, after she says her goodbye to Tyler, it is revealed that he is in fact being "possessed" by Klaus, after Bonnie puts Klaus' spirit in Tyler's body. When she is kidnapped by the council, Klaus saves her, though he eventually forces Bonnie to put him back in his own body.
In season four, Caroline as well as the others help Elena with her vampire transition. Later on her and Tyler's relationship gets tough with a werewolf, Hayley and Klaus around. Caroline assumes something is going on between Hayley and Tyler, but Tyler tells her nothing is going on between them, and it's the truth. Stefan and Caroline's friendship becomes stronger throughout the season and they are around each other.During the plan to get the cure, Caroline and Tyler watch over Klaus, while he's trapped in the living room of the Gilbert household by Bonnie. They find out more interesting information, such as there is only one dose for the cure, meaning only one person can take it. After having enough Klaus tricks Caroline by stabbing her stomach, when he told her to come closer, then biting her. Since he is a half vampire, half werewolf (a hybrid) the bite will kill her. Tyler try's to persuade Klaus into saving Caroline, but he doesn't listen at first. After a little while, which was a few seconds before her impending death, Klaus gives her his blood so she can heal. When the spell had worn off, Klaus gave Tyler to run, because Klaus would kill him for tormenting and teasing him. Caroline doesn't want Tyler to go because she loves him but knows it's for the best. A couple of episodes later, no emotion Elena and Caroline have a physical fight because Elena hurts Caroline's mother. Elena was about to kill her but Stefan and Damon tore them apart. Later on, Stefan, Klaus, and Caroline try to stop a strong Silas from completing the expression triangle but fails when Caroline saves her best friend, Bonnie by killing Aja, ho was linked to her coven of witches. In 'American Gothic' Klaus calls Caroline for help, because Silas supposedly stabbed him with a white oak stake. Caroline tells him she'll only help with favors. Caroline helps Klaus get distracted by Silas' powers. There was really no stake in him. In 'Pictures of You' Caroline's prom dress is stolen by Elena so she asks Klaus if he could give her one that he had and he did. Tyler comes back for Caroline and he dances with her or a few minutes then leaves again. In 'Graduation' Caroline graduates with Bonnie, Matt, Stefan, and Elena. Caroline and Elena starts their college both thinking Bonnie will come soon.Caroline assumes that Tyler will join them at college.Both the girls meet their new roommate Megan,Caroline starts to panic thinking that Megan knows that they are vampire.Caroline and Elena goes to a party invited by Jesse and both not being invited to enter the house were roaming outside the house when Elena gets a call from Megan who is screaming for help and suddenly they find Megan thrown from second floor and upon inspection both find out that there is a bite mark on her neck and realize there is another vampire in Whitmore college.Later,Caroline receives a message from Tyler where he tells her that he can't return to her now and was seen crying sadly. After the break up Caroline tries to go on by befriending a college student Jesse.They grew close while she was trying to decipher what professor Wes knows about the vampires.After Stefan lost his memory because of Qetsiyah,she tries to help him.But he attacks Jesse.She gives him her blood and compels him to forget the attack.After Wes turns Jesse into a vampire Caroline finds him and tries to help him acclimate to life as a vampire just like Stefan did for her.Unfortunately because of Wes what he craves most was vampire blood.So she got heartbroken when Elena had to kill him when he attacks Damon. She tries to help Stefan find the cure for Damon and Elena after they had both been dosed with Wes' virus.In order to save Stefan from the travellers, she goes with Enzo to kill Stefan's last doppelgänger, but she couldn't do it so Enzo does it giving them the opportunity to start their spell casting out magic from Mystic Falls.After Julian in Tyler's body attacks her Stefan gets in the middle so he ends up killing him instead. Caroline is then on the ground with Stefan after he has been killed, screaming for help.
- Played by Zach Roerig
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
Matthew G. "Matt" Donovan (based on Matthew Honeycutt from the novels) is Elena Gilbert's first love, childhood friend and ex-boyfriend. Vicki Donovan is Matt's older sister, who he has to take care of all by himself, for their troubled mother has left them. When Vicki dies, Matt is devastated. He is best friends with Tyler Lockwood and the quarterback of the Mystic Falls High School football team. He is also employed at the Mystic Grill as a busboy. Elena had broken up with Matt after her parents had died and in the beginning of the series Matt still has feelings for her and wants to get back together with her, since both Elena and Matt were each other's "first". However he later starts a relationship with Caroline Forbes.
When Caroline is turned into a vampire in season two, she tricks Matt into breaking up with her, for she can't control her lust for blood around him. However, they later get back together. When Matt later finds out that Caroline is a vampire, he gets upset for he thinks she had something to do with Vicki's death. He asks her to make him forget, but he secretly has vervain in his system and only pretends to forget, a plan Sheriff Forbes came up with after he had told her about Caroline. However, he finds out that Caroline is still the same person and tells her about the plan. He then breaks up with her due to the fact that he has too much to handle with work and school and doesn't want to deal with the fact that Caroline is a vampire.
In season three, Matt finds out that Jeremy is able to see Vicki and after he drowns himself on purpose and Bonnie saves him with CPR, he is able to see and speak to her as well. She tells him that with his help, the original witch can make her come back whenever she wants without needing Matt to think about her, but after he helps her, he finds out that the original wants her to kill Elena in return and with the help of Bonnie, he makes her return to "the other side" and shuts her out of his thoughts.
In season four, Matt is upset and blames himself about Elena's transformation into a vampire. Damon also blames him and wants him dead. Matt seems to hold somewhat of a grudge against Rebekah for trying to kill him and causing Elena's transition. Matt later moves into the Gilbert house when Elena moves out, due to Jeremy's urge to kill her (Caused by being a member of The Five). However, Elena moves back in, only for Jeremy to be killed not long after. Matt is shown to be devastated by the loss of his friend.
- Played by Kayla Ewell
- Starring Seasons: 1
- Recurring Seasons: 2, 3, 5
Vicki Donovan (loosely based on Vickie Bennett from the novels) was Matt Donovan's older sister. Vicki was a troubled girl and was addicted to drugs. She was being taken care of by Matt, for their mother has left them. In the beginning of the series she was dating Tyler Lockwood, however Jeremy Gilbert also had feelings for her. Vicki and Jeremy hooked up a few times but Vicki didn't want people to find out, since Vicki was older than Jeremy, but Jeremy didn't care. Later on, Vicki, acknowledging that she had feelings for Jeremy too, later breaks up with Tyler and starts a relationship with Jeremy. She was later turned into a vampire by Damon Salvatore. As a vampire she was not able to control her lust for blood and when she starts attacking Jeremy, Stefan Salvatore kills her with a stake through her heart. Stefan and Damon make it seem as if Vicki had left town. Later in season one, her body was found by Caroline Forbes, devastating Matt and Jeremy. After Jeremy gets shot and Bonnie Bennett brings him back to life, he was able to see and communicate with Vicki, who asks for his help. When Jeremy tells Matt about seeing Vicki, he drowns himself only to be saved by Bonnie with CPR. Since then, Matt was also able to see Vicki. She tells him that with his help, the original witch can make sure she can come back whenever she wants without needing Matt to think about her. However, Matt later finds out that the original witch ordered Vicki to kill Elena in return, so with the help of Bonnie, he makes her return to "the other side" and shuts her out of his thoughts.
She later returns in the Season 5 episode 500 Years of Solitude to ask Jeremy and Bonnie to tell Matt to stop sleeping with Rebekah. She later reappears on the other side in the episode Resident Evil when Liz Forbes kills Matt where she is pulled away from the other side in a similar way to Katherine in Gone Girl
- Played by Michael Trevino
- TVD Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
- TO Recurring Seasons: 1
Tyler Lockwood (based on Tyler Smallwood from the novels) is the son of Mayor Richard Lockwood and Carol Lockwood. He plays for the Mystic Falls High School football team and is best friends with Matt Donovan. Tyler doesn't have a good relationship with his father, who sometimes acts violently towards Tyler. However when his father dies, Tyler is shown to be genuinely upset. In the beginning of the series Tyler is arrogant, selfish and a bully. He is dating Vicki Donovan, but she later breaks up with him due to her feelings for Jeremy Gilbert, which causes a rivalry between the two boys. Tyler is also shown to have a short temper and in season two Tyler learns from his uncle, Mason Lockwood, that he acts this way due to his family carrying the werewolf gene.
After Tyler accidentally kills Sarah, a classmate who was compelled by Katherine Pierce to provoke Tyler, his fears come true as he has triggered the curse. Caroline Forbes, a young vampire who wasn't his friend, offers her support to him, helping him through his first transformation and preparation for his new life. Tyler eventually falls in love with Caroline, but when Jules, another werewolf, comes to town and tells Tyler that Caroline and two other vampires, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, are responsible for his uncle's death, Tyler feels betrayed. After Caroline is taken captive by a group of werewolves and Tyler hesitates to come to her rescue, Caroline breaks off their friendship. Hurt by Caroline's decision and to protect his friends Tyler later decides to leave town with Jules. However, he returns when his mother is in the hospital and makes amends with Caroline, he decides to stay in Mystic Falls.
His and Caroline's friendship deepens over the summer and in the season three premiere, they end up sleeping together. After his mother learns that Caroline is a vampire and kidnaps her as she is trying to sneak out, Tyler reveals that he is a werewolf by transforming in front of her. After he helps Sheriff Forbes rescue Caroline from her father, they begin an official relationship. Tyler is later turned into a hybrid by Klaus. Due to his transformation to a hybrid, he is sired to Klaus, which means that he feels great loyalty to Klaus and would do anything to protect his master. When Tyler tells Caroline that he is okay being sired to Klaus, she breaks up with him. Tyler eventually realizes that is sire bond to Klaus is bad for both him and the girl he loves, and breaks it by turning into a werewolf many times in order to no longer feel thankful for Klaus for taking the pain of his transition away. He and Caroline get back together, but in the season three finale, Bonnie places Klaus' spirit in Tyler's body in order to save his bloodline (Which includes Katherine, Stefan, Abby, Damon, Caroline and Tyler himself). It is currently unknown what has happened to Tyler's spirit, or if he agreed to the plan. Klaus forces Bonnie to return him to his original body, or else Tyler's heart is ripped out. Once the transfer is complete, Tyler returns to his body, as Klaus does the same to his own.
Tyler, along with a new friend Hayley, begin to secretly unsire all of Klaus' hybrids. However, upon finding out this information, Klaus murders them all, along with Tyler's mother. As a result, Tyler is eventually forced to leave town, knowing that Klaus will seek revenge upon him. He does however return for prom but leaves. However he is now free to return to Mystic falls after Klaus grants Caroline a present for her graduation being that Tyler is now allowed to return to Mystic Falls.
In Man on Fire, Tyler became possessed by Julian, a Traveler. It was similar to how Katherine possessed Elena and became a Passenger in Elena's body. After the Travelers used the Body Sealing Spell on Tyler, Julian got permanent control of Tyler's body and due to Markos destroying the Traveler's Knife that was needed to remove Passengers, Julian could not be banished. Later, Julian was captured by the Travelers and they brought Julian to Mystic Falls, where they had cast a spell that can undo any magic, including vampirism. Thus, when Julian entered Mystic Falls, he lost Tyler's vampirism and they both died, because vampirism was what kept them alive. Tyler, ended up on the Other Side, but thanks to Bonnie and Damon's sacrifices, he was able to come back to life and he discovered that he was no longer a hybrid.
- Played by Matt Davis
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 6
- Recurring Seasons: 4, 5
Alaric J. Saltzman, also known as "Ric," (based on Alaric K. Saltzman from the novels) was the history teacher at Mystic Falls High. Alaric originally comes to town to kill Damon Salvatore because he believes that Damon killed his wife. However it was later revealed that his wife, Isobel Flemming, isn't dead, but that on her own request she was turned into a vampire by Damon. He then starts to become friends with Damon. Alaric owns a Gilbert Ring, which he got from Isobel, which prevents him from getting killed by anything supernatural, however John Gilbert later claims the ring. Alaric starts a relationship with Jenna Sommers. In the second season John starts causing trouble between Jenna and Alaric and when Jenna meets Isobel, she knows that Alaric was keeping things from her and she leaves him. His body was later possessed by Klaus and he uses this ruse to gain the group's trust. Eventually Klaus releases Alaric and he gets back together with Jenna, but soon afterwards Klaus had her turned into a vampire and killed for his sacrifice ritual, leaving him heartbroken. In season three, he moves in with Elena and Jeremy Gilbert to take care of them. He also joins the Founder's Council as the representative of the Gilbert family. He later starts dating Meredith Fell, a local doctor and member of the Founder's Council.
It was later found out that he was unknowingly killing people, because of the Gilbert ring he was wearing which gives him a dark vampire-hating alter ego that was referred to as "The Darkness" or "Evil-aric" in the show. He was later turned into an Original vampire by Esther in order to kill Klaus with an indestructible White Oak stake. In the season three finale, he dies when Elena drowns because their lives have been linked by Esther. He appears to Jeremy as a ghost to say goodbye, stating that he will always be there for them, and then again at his grave where he listens to Damon lament about his responsibilities.
In episode 22 and 23 of season 4, Alaric reappears as a ghost to Damon when Bonnie partially drops the veil to the other side in Mystic Falls. At the end of episode 23 when Bonnie puts the veil back up, Alaric disappears.
He appears to Bonnie and Jeremy in 500 years of solitude to say that he is always watching over them.
In the season 5 finale he came back to life by passing through Bonnie the anchor.
He is a regular in season 6, having trouble adjusting to life as a vampire. He gets a job at Whitmore College as the Occult Studies professor, and Elena, Tyler and Liv are a few of his students. After Elena is unable to recover from Damon's death, she begs Alaric to compel her to forget that she ever loved Damon, which Alaric is able to do, due to him being an Enhanced Original, with the ability to compel other vampires. She eventually wears him down, and after a number of failed attempts, he successfully compels Elena to forget her love for Damon. She however leaves Alaric with some of her reminders of Damon, should she ever need them again.
Alaric starts forming a relationship with Jo, a doctor at Whitmore College, but ultimately decides it would be best if they weren't together and attempts to compel her into thinking she didn't enjoy their time together, which doesn't work, the reason being that Jo is a witch. In 'The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get', after Damon comes back to life, Alaric tries to convince Elena to allow him to undo the compulsion, a decision she is reluctant to make. Damon and Enzo are abducted by Tripp Cooke, who plans to kill them by driving them into Mystic Falls. Alaric and Stefan attempt to save them, but Alaric ends up past the border and begins to succumb to the injuries that caused his death until Jo arrives and manages to stop the bleeding, keeping him alive as a human. Unfortunately, this means that he is now unable to undo his compulsion on Elena, which she had just decided she wanted.
Lorenzo "Enzo" is a vampire formerly under the imprisonment of the Augustine society. He was Damon Salvatore's cellmate back in the 1950s when the latter was captured by the Augustines. He and Damon later revive their friendship and he is also looking for his lost lover Maggie. In the episode "Man on Fire" Enzo shut off his humanity after Damon reveals that he was the one who killed Maggie and then he killed himself by having Stefan Salvatore rip his heart out. He was resurrected in the season finale Home.
He is a series regular in Season 6, helping Caroline with her search for a way to resurrect Damon and Bonnie. After they visit Stefan and find out that he had been lying about searching for a solution, Enzo kills Stefan's human girlfriend, Ivy, in front of him. In response to this, Stefan later finds Enzo, incapacitates him, and turns him over to Tripp Cooke, a vampire hunter with a familial link to Mystic Falls. It is later revealed that Enzo had made Ivy drink his blood, and therefore she had not only died, but was a vampire now. Tripp attempts to get the names of more vampires out of Enzo and fails, so he plans to drive him and the recently-resurrected-and-captured Damon into Mystic Falls to kill them, reuniting the two friends (in chains once again), who are then saved in an almost-failed attempt by Stefan and Alaric.
The following is a list of characters that are, or at one time were, a recurring guest on the series. They are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.
- Played by Marguerite MacIntyre
- Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Elizabeth "Liz" Forbes is the Sheriff of Mystic Falls and the mother of Caroline Forbes. Her husband, Bill Forbes, who was a member of the town's council, had left her for another man after revealing that he was gay. She is first introduced at a Founders Day party at Mayor Lockwood's house. There, she is shown to have a strained relationship with her daughter. However she does care a lot for her well-being, which is shown when she arrests a bartender after Caroline gets drunk. She is revealed to be a member of the Founders Council, a secret organization dedicated to protecting Mystic Falls from vampires. After Damon Salvatore saves her from vampire Lexi Branson, Liz becomes friends with Damon and is seen letting him know about the Council's plans. In the season one finale she is smacked across the head and locked up to a desk with her own handcuffs by John Gilbert, because she doesn't agree with his plan to use the town as bait in order to capture the tomb vampires. She is later saved by Carol Lockwood, but they are unable to save Mayor Lockwood, who is burned with the vampires. Liz then finds out that her daughter has been in a car crash and goes to the hospital, where she is comforted by Damon.
In season two, Carol accuses Liz of getting Mayor Lockwood killed, but Damon reminds the ladies that they are on the same side. Liz is later informed by Mason Lockwood that Damon and Stefan Salvatore are vampires. She is very skeptical at first and refuses to believe that Damon, who she considers a friend, is a vampire. She tests him by slipping vervain into his drink and he reacts negatively to it. When Damon and Stefan assume Mason did it and attempt to take care of him in the woods, Liz appears and shoots both Stefan and Damon and has her deputes inject them with vervain. Liz tortures Damon in an attempt to learn how he and Stefan can walk in the sun, but is interrupted when Elena Gilbert appears, followed by Caroline, who kills the deputies. Liz is locked up in the cellar at the Salvatore House so that the vervain can get out of her system and she can be compelled to forget everything. Now knowing that her daughter is a vampire, she asks Damon to keep Caroline away from her and says that her daughter is gone. Caroline has a heart to heart with her mom, who eventually accepts Caroline being a vampire, but Caroline still decides to compel her and Liz loses her memory of the whole ordeal. After Matt Donovan has discovered the truth about vampires from Caroline, he tells Liz, who comes up with a plan to make Matt pretend to be compelled to forget, while he actually has vervain in his system. Liz then uses Matt to spy on Caroline, who she thinks is a monster now. Liz tries to capture and kill Damon, but accidentally shoots Jeremy Gilbert instead. Believing she has killed Jeremy, she is shocked to discover that Bonnie Bennett is able to resurrect him. She also finds out that Matt came clean to Caroline. After confessing that neither wanted to secretly live in fear of one another, Liz accepts her daughter for what she is and hugs her. After Caroline is locked up in a cellar by her father, who has found out that she is a vampire, Liz and Tyler Lockwood come to her rescue.
- Played by Robert Pralgo
- Seasons: 1
Richard Lockwood was Tyler Lockwood's father, the mayor of Mystic Falls and the head of the Founder's Council. He had a bad relationship with his son and acts very authoritative towards him. It seems that he thinks of Tyler as a disappointment and when Tyler gets into a fist-fight with Matt Donovan at a party, he tells him to never embarrass his family again. He also is shown to be violent and a bully, for when Tyler gets into a fight with Jeremy Gilbert, he takes them outside and tells them to fight rather than talk to solve their problems. This probably is the reason why Tyler is violent and a bully as well. He had an unhappy marriage with Carol Lockwood and they constantly fight with each other. He also flirts with Pearl. Although he seems kind and amicable to the outside world, he was actually quite selfish, for when Mr. Tanner dies, he was shown to be more concerned with how his death would affect the football team and finding a replacement. In the season one finale, during Founders Day, he helps John Gilbert execute his plan to kill the tomb vampires, however it backfires when he is also affected by the device that neutralizes the vampires, because he carries the werewolf gene with him, and the deputies think he was a vampire too and lock him up in the basement, where he was killed by one of the tomb vampires.
- Played by Susan Walters
- Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4
Carol Lockwood was the wife of the late Mayor Richard Lockwood and the mother of Tyler Lockwood. She was a member of The Founder's Council and knows of the existence of vampires, but not of the existence of werewolves. Throughout season one, Carol was locked in a hostile relationship with her husband, Richard Lockwood. She acts as a bad influence on her son Tyler, with much of his negative behavior emerging as a direct result of her snobbish behavior and emotional outbursts. In the season finale she shows, for the first time, that she cares for Richard, when he was knocked out by the device. After releasing Sheriff Forbes, they vainly try to save him from the burning basement.
Carol was shaken and up-set by her husband's death and blames it on Sheriff Forbes' deputies, but Damon Salvatore reminds her and the sheriff that they are on the same side and that they have to stick together. At the end of the day, Carol finds Tyler in his father's study thrashing the room in an angry tantrum. His hostile behavior frightens her and she was further shaken after Mason Lockwood steps in to calm Tyler down. Carol later informs Damon that she was replacing Richard as the mayor until the next election and asks him to lead the council, which he accepts. At the end of Crying Wolf, after Tyler has turned into a werewolf, she finds a note from Tyler, telling her that he has ran away. It was later revealed that Elijah convinced her to stop taking vervain, so that he would be able to compel her. When Elena frees him, he takes her to the Lockwood Mansion where he compels Carol to let him take refuge in the home while she goes away. In The Last Day she was compelled to make a phone call to Tyler, saying that she was in the hospital and she wants him to come and visit. When she walks up the stairs, Maddox was there and she asks him why she had to make the phone call and he says that she had a bad fall and uses his powers to push her off the stairs and onto the ground. Later she was in the hospital and Tyler visits her.
In season three, Carol finds out that Caroline Forbes is a vampire and when Caroline tries to leave the Lockwood Mansion after she slept with Tyler, Carol shoots her in the back with vervain darts. She then calls Caroline's father, Bill Forbes, and tells him about her. The next day, she slips vervain in Tyler's coffee to see if he is a vampire too, relieved to see he isn't. However, Tyler finds out that his mother slipped him vervain and asks her where Caroline is, upon which she replies that Caroline is a monster. Tyler then shows her that he is a werewolf and upon finding out that her son is a monster too, she promises him that she will make sure Caroline doesn't get hurt. However, when she later calls Bill, she was unable to persuade him to let her go. When the doorway to "the other side" was opened, the ghosts of the tomb vampires decide to revenge on the founding families and attack Carol, however Caroline comes to her rescue and was able to hold them until the doorway gets closed again and they disappear.
In the ninth episode of season four, after Klaus finding out about Tyler's plan to bring him down, Carol was killed by him as an act of revenge.
- Played by Jasmine Guy
- Seasons: 1, 3, 4, 5
Sheila Bennett was the grandmother of Bonnie Bennett and a very powerful witch. She died after overusing her magic to seal away the Tomb Vampires. She usually appears to Bonnie (as a ghost) to help guide her whenever she overuses magic or is having trouble with her powers.
- Played by Bianca Lawson
- Seasons: 1, 2, 5
Emily Bennett was the handmaiden of Katherine Pierce in 1864 as well as a powerful witch. She was a direct descendant of one of the women accused of witchcraft during the Salem Witch Trials, which took place in the Salem area of the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1692. Emily was also the ancestor of Bonnie Bennett through Sheila Bennett. She was the one who gave Katherine, Pearl, Anna, Harper, Damon and Stefan Salvatore the jewellery which enabled them to walk in the sun. Although she helped these vampires, she also secretly fought against them, for she spelled Jonathan Gilbert's inventions, including the device, which could hurt vampires. When the vampires were rounded up by the Founding Families she and Damon Salvatore made a bargain. Damon would protect Emily's descendants and Emily would use her grimoire to protect Katherine by entombing her with 26 other vampires under the old Fell's Church. She was later burned at the stake by the Founding Families and her possessions, including her grimoire, were taken and buried in Giuseppe Salvatore's grave. Damon rescued Emily's children when the townspeople came for her. In season one Emily possesses Bonnie in order to stop Damon from freeing Katherine from the tomb. In season two, Bonnie takes on the power of a hundred dead witches, which includes Emily, by performing a spell on the place where the witches were burned. Bonnie and Stefan later go there again to ask the witches if they know a cure for a werewolf bite, in order to help Damon. Emily possesses Bonnie and tells Stefan there isn't a cure, but when Bonnie is herself again, she tells Stefan that Emily mentioned Klaus, whose blood later turns out to be the cure for a werewolf bite. When Jeremy dies, Bonnie was able to save him with help of Emily after she tells her that she loves him.
She reappeared via flashback, in the episode "500 Years of Solitude" and was with Katherine as they passed through Mystic Falls in a carriage, where Katherine noticed Stefan Salvatore.
- Played by Arielle Kebbel
- Seasons: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Alexia "Lexi" Branson was a vampire and Stefan Salvatore's best friend and companion. She had known Stefan and his brother Damon for over a century. Damon killed her to make the Town Council think that she was the vampire terrorizing Mystic Falls. Lexi returned as a ghost to help save Stefan. She returned as a ghost again however this time Stefan was delighted to see her. She later choked Damon for killing her but let him go. She and Stefan stayed together for the most part drinking and later parting on good terms. Through flashbacks we learn years ago when Damon was in New York killing people and gaining a reputation as "Son of Sam", Stefan sent Lexi to "help" Damon. For about 6 months they hung out and got wasted then every night Lexi would ask Damon about Katherine, trying to help him remember love. One night Damon "confessed" that he didn't love Katherine anymore and that he had flipped his switch and had fallen for Lexi and they had a night of wild sex, "On the bar, the stage and eventually the roof". The next morning the sun came up and Lexi tried to run inside but the door was bolted and Damon woke up and said he had to be really quiet so she wouldn't hear him revealing that he set her up and didn't care about her and instead was punishing her for the last 6 months.
- Played by Malese Jow
- Seasons: 1, 2, 3
Annabelle "Anna" was a vampire who comes to Mystic Falls in order to free her mother from the tomb. Anna first appears at a local library, where she befriends Jeremy Gilbert. She helps him with his paper for history class. Anna later turns out to be a vampire who was in Mystic Falls in 1864 with her mother Pearl. She wants to open the tomb where the 26 vampires, including her mother, are trapped. It was revealed that she had turned Noah and Ben McKittrick into vampires in order to make them help her save her mother. She has also turned Logan Fell in order to get his ancestor Honoria Fell's diaries. It was also revealed that she befriended Jeremy Gilbert in order to obtain his ancestor's journal. Anna later kidnaps Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett in order to make Bonnie open the tomb, but they are saved by Stefan Salvatore, who kills Ben in the process. After Bonnie opens the tomb for Damon Salvatore to get Katherine Pierce out, Anna succeeds in sneaking in and getting her mother out and bringing her back to life.
She later reveals to Damon that she knew Katherine wasn't in the tomb, but needed him to believe it in order for her to get her mother out. Anna has started to develop romantic feelings for Jeremy. After seeing Anna's vampire veins appear, Jeremy begins to suspect that she was not human and later tests his theory by "accidentally" cutting his hand and forcing her to drink his blood. Later that night, she confronts him in his room, claiming that she could have killed him and should have, but when he asks her why she didn't, she replies, "I don't know. Maybe I'm just a sucker for guys like you... lost." He then repeatedly requests to be turned, but will not state his reason, and Anna refuses. Anna initially attempts to hide her involvement with him from her mother, as he was a Gilbert, but Pearl finds out when she notices their communication at the Mystic Grill. Anna and her mother end up in a short, heated argument, which ends when Pearl, still hurt from Johnathan Gilbert's betrayal, slaps her daughter. Angry, Anna agrees to change Jeremy, only to discover that his motive for wanting it was to get over his first love, Vicki Donovan, who he suspects might have been a vampire and was now revealed to be long dead. After a short period of distance, they make up, both admitting to having used each other to begin with, but have fallen in love along the way. She enrolls in high school in order to spend time with him, and they begin a romantic relationship. Tragically, Pearl was killed by Jeremy's uncle John Gilbert, devastating Anna, but she does not seek revenge. After her mother's death, she shows up in Jeremy's room in tears, telling him about what happened to her mother. He sympathizes with her, as he's lost his own parents and consoles her.
On Founder's Day, Anna goes to Jeremy with a vial of her blood, telling him that if he drinks it he dies and he will become a vampire. He was unsure, but she leaves the vial for him, just in case he changes his mind. She goes to the remaining tomb vampires, pretending to join them in attacking the Founders later that night, and then goes to warn Damon about them, possibly to protect Jeremy as he's a Gilbert and the Gilbert's are Founders. Damon tells her about the device, but also says that it has been despelled so she is not in danger, in which she replies a lot of people are going to die because the tomb vampires. She was with Jeremy when John Gilbert sets off the device, as she went to warn and possibly defend him if any tomb vampires tried to attack him. Anna was immediately incapacitated, because she was within a five-block radius of the device. A policeman finds her with Jeremy and she was injected with vervain and dragged out of Jeremy's arms and to the Gilbert building to be burned alive, a replica of the original plan to eradicate the vampires in 1864. When John Gilbert sees Anna lying in the building with the other vampires, he stakes her, possibly out of mercy for her to receive a less painful death or out of anger that she was dating his nephew. Damon sees what happens to her and after he tells Jeremy she had died, he admits he actually felt sorry for her and wanted to help, but couldn't- this was one of the first times Damon wants to help someone else for nothing in return, making her death a crucial point for Damon, not just Jeremy. Anna's body was burned in the fire with the other vampires who were caught. Jeremy questions whether it would be better to be a vampire and Damon admits to him it would be easier to turn the emotions off. Later, Jeremy drinks Anna's blood and takes all of Elena's sleeping pills, in order to become a vampire and be able to forget all about the misery in his life.
In the season two finale, Anna, together with Vicki, appears to Jeremy, after he was brought back to life by a spell of Bonnie's, which was said to have consequences. In season three, Anna and Vicki appear more often to Jeremy, and after Vicki asks Jeremy to help her come back to life, Anna warns him not to trust her. Later, Jeremy is even able to talk to Anna, and she tells him that she was "on the other side", where she is all alone, and Jeremy was now able to see and communicate with her whenever he thinks of her and vice-versa. She also tells him that she feels a darkness, which she thinks was Vicki. When Jeremy goes to apologize for hugging and kissing Bonnie in front of her, she tells him it is alright and she understands that he had to move on. They later get in an argument when she appeared to warn Jeremy when she felt the darkness, and he tells her she can't keep popping up whenever he's with Bonnie. She tells him it is a two-way street, and realizes that he hadn't told Bonnie yet because he didn't want her to know he still cared. At this, Jeremy shuts Anna out, leaving her alone, crying and scared on the other side, shouting at and begging Jeremy to hear her. When Jeremy tells Bonnie, she asks him to no longer talk to Anna and completely shut her out for good.
Katherine and Damon later kidnap Jeremy in order to make Anna tell him the location of the vampire hunter Mikael. At first Anna doesn't want to, but when Damon hurts Jeremy, she obliges. He later appears to be in regular contact with her, as she was helping him make small plans to stop Vicki, something no one else was aware off so they must have been talking again, and tells him why he shouldn't trust her. Jeremy later talks to Bonnie on the phone, and Anna appears. She states this isn't right, she shouldn't be there and he shouldn't be thinking of her when he's talking to Bonnie. Jeremy says he isn't able to stop thinking about Anna and she replies that she can't stop thinking about him, either, and when the doorway to "the other side" was opened, they are even able to touch each other. Anna and Jeremy were hanging out with each other in secret, and when Anna asks Jeremy not to tell Elena she's there, he walks off back to the spot where he last saw her, where she was pulled from his arms. He says what they're doing isn't right, and Anna says she's only there because he wants to be with her just as much as she wants to be with him, and if he didn't feel that way then he should send her back, as it was that easy. They soon share a kiss when Jeremy felt that at anytime he could no longer touch her again and had to kiss her one last time, but Elena catches them. Elena starts shouting at Anna, and Anna soon disappears. Later on, Jeremy goes searching for Anna, and Anna finds Frederick, a very angry tomb vampire. It's revealed he had a member of the Founders killed, once again making Anna fear for Jeremy's life. Bonnie, after finding out about the kiss, decides she needs to close the door way, and this decision was only amplified when she finds out about the killing and the ghost of her grandmother tells her she must.
After Jeremy told Elena he loved Anna and it was always going to be her, Elena tells Anna she's just holding Jeremy back because she's dead and he's not – it is then revealed Anna stole the necklace, the key to keeping the door open, in hopes of finding her mother. Crying, she tells Jeremy she didn't meant for anyone to get hurt and she just didn't want to be alone anymore. Jeremy consoles her, reassuring her she isn't going to be alone and he won't let her, however Anna simply places the necklace in his hand so he can give it to Bonnie so she can close the door. Giving a weak smile, Anna showed Jeremy it was alright to let her go, however Jeremy still believed he'd be able to see her despite her previously saying they shouldn't see each other anymore because Elena was right. Before disappearing, Anna walked down a street, still up-set with how she'll be alone on the other side. She then sees her mother, both hugging and crying because they had finally found each other and would no longer be apart ever again. The door to the other side is closed, and Anna found peace with her mother, no longer alone.
- Played by Mia Kirshner
- Seasons: 1, 2
Isobel Flemming was Elena Gilbert's birth mother and a descendant of Katherine Pierce. When Isobel was a teenager she had a relationship with John Gilbert, by whom she later had a baby, Elena. When Isobel was pregnant, John brought her to his brother, Grayson Gilbert, who helped her through labor. After Elena's birth, a heartbroken Isobel gave her daughter to Grayson and his wife Miranda Gilbert. It is known that Isobel was a cheerleader in high school and was best friends with Trudie Peterson, whom she later ordered to be killed. Isobel also attended Duke University where she studied supernatural beings. Later in life she met and married Alaric Saltzman. However, Isobel became obsessed with vampires and after being romantically involved with him, she asked Damon Salvatore to turn her. She was assumed dead by the police and Alaric thought that she was killed by Damon after seeing them together. In season one Alaric comes to Mystic Falls to seek revenge on Damon, who admits that he killed her, but also turned her into a vampire on her own request. After Elena finds out that Isobel was her biological mother, she calls her, but after hearing Elena's voice, Isobel hangs up. However she later shows up at the Mystic Grill and greets Alaric. She tells him that she wants to meet her daughter and threatens to kill everyone in town if she doesn't get her way. She is later seen being visited by John in a loaned house, where she had two human minions Cherie and Frank. It was revealed that Isobel, just like John, wants Jonathan's Gilberts device, because Katherine, whom she seemingly befriended, wants all the tomb vampires death. In season two it was revealed that Isobel also wants them dead in order to protect Elena from Klaus. She meets with Elena and asks her to make Damon give her the device. She shows Elena that she can hurt her friends and family by using Frank and Cherie to hurt Matt Donovan and kidnap Jeremy Gilbert. Elena convinces Damon to give her the device by saying that Bonnie Bennett can despell it. However it is later revealed that Bonnie only pretended to despell it. Elena gives Isobel the device and asks her how she knew Damon would give it to her. She tells Elena that Damon loves her. In a phone call with John it was revealed that she does care about Elena and they plot to kill all the tomb vampires and the Salvatore Brothers with the device in order to protect her. Before leaving town, Isobel compels Alaric to get over her and tells him that she realizes it was a mistake to become a vampire. In season two, Isobel returns and introduces herself to Jenna Sommers as Elena's mother, but Elena refuses to invite her in and slams the door in her face. However, John trusts Isobel and invites her in the next day. Isobel asks Elena if she wants to come with her to a place where it is safe from Klaus, but Elena refuses. She later meets with Katherine and tells Katherine that she met with Klaus and made a deal with him for Katherine's freedom, which says that she has to give Klaus the moonstone and the Petrova doppelgänger, Elena. Isobel tells Katherine to retrieve the moonstone from the Salvatore brothers. It was also revealed that she has asked John to break up Jenna and Alaric because she was jealous. Isobel then kidnaps Alaric and takes Elena to a graveyard where her parents placed a tombstone for her. There it was revealed that when Isobel found Klaus in order to secure Elena's safety in some way she was compelled by him to devise a plan to capture Katherine and retrieve the moonstone, which was why she returned. At the graveyard Isobel tells Elena that as a human she had dreamed of meeting her daughter, but instead Elena has only met the part of her that would betray her own flesh and blood. She then receives a message from Maddox to set Elena free and kill herself by taking off her necklace, exposing herself to sunlight and being burned to death.
- Played by David Anders
- Seasons: 1, 2, 5
Johnathan "John" Gilbert II, was Grayson Gilbert's younger brother, and Elena's biological father and Jeremy Gilbert's uncle. In their youth, his elder brother Grayson taught him about the vampires through the journals of their ancestor, Johnathan Gilbert. They also inherited a ring each that prevented them from being killed. John had a crush on Isobel Flemming-Saltzman and he was the one who sent her to Damon Salvatore when she wanted to become a vampire. After her transformation, Isobel found John and they formed a partenship to get their hands on a mysterious invention created by Jonathan Gilbert.
John arrived in Mystic Falls for the Founder's Day and was shown as a member of the Founders' Council. However, he knew Damon was a vampire, there had been a tomb under the Fell's Church and he knew about Katherine. He tried to intimidate Damon into helping him find the invention but Damon threatened to kill him and everyone in the Council. Along with Alaric Saltzman, Damon discovered John was keeping an eye on the vampires who had been in the tomb. Soon, he confronts Pearl about her possession of the invention but Pearl had already given it to Damon. When Isobel returns to town, John finally gets the invention at which time it was revealed Isobel and John were working for Katherine and they were planning to kill the tomb's vampires. Unofficially, their goal was to kill the Salvatore brothers and save Elena from suffering in a life filled with vampires. He was in addition responsible for staking his nephew Jeremy's girlfriend Anna's mother Pearl, who was a vampire. It was also revealed John was Elena's biological father. He gets his fingers (one of them with his ring on it) cut off and was stabbed by Katherine, who poses as Elena in order to gain access to the Gilbert house in the season one finale.
In the season two premiere, John was rushed to hospital and was confronted by Stefan and Elena about Katherine's attack on him. Stefan then tells John that Elena does not want him there (this was due to his attitude toward Stefan and all vampires) and he threatens to turn him into a vampire if he does not leave. He packs his bags but it had not been made clear whether he had actually left Mystic Falls or not. However, we do know he gave his ring (which makes the wearer invulnerable to harm from supernatural forces) to Jeremy, as it once belonged to his brother and Jeremy's father, Grayson Gilbert. John later returns to Mystic Falls and tells Jenna that he was Elena's biological father. It was also revealed that he and Isobel were working together to free Katherine. Elena had trouble believing and trusting John, especially after Isobel returns and he invites her into their house. Elena coldly rejects both and then leaves. Isobel then kills John at a party at the Lockwood Mansion, but he was seen wearing his ring and was effectively brought back to life hours later. Upon learning that Isobel had committed suicide, John comes to the conclusion he's no longer wanted anywhere in Mystic Falls and prepares to leave. Elena stops him however, telling him he was the only parent she had left, and she'd like him to stay. Later, he goes through with a spell to save Elena from turning into a vampire, in return dying himself. He leaves Elena his ring and a letter saying he would've loved her human or even what he hated most, a vampire.
- Played by Torrey DeVitto
- Seasons: 3, 4
Dr. Meredith Fell is a local doctor and is a member of the Founder's Council. She uses vampire blood to cure people and starts dating Alaric. She knows that Alaric is unknowingly killing people because of his ring and wants to help him.
- Played by Grace Phipps
- Seasons: 4
April Young is a girl from Elena's and Jeremy's past. Elena used to babysit her. She first appears in episode two where she arrived back in Mystic Falls to go to her father's memorial service. She is openly nice and befriends almost everyone. April becomes Rebekah's first real friend. She was unaware of the existence of supernatural creatures in Mystic Falls and visibly frightened by Connor Jordan, who attacked her twice during his vampire hunts. When Rebekah disappears, April is worried about her and looks for her. She eventually finds out where Rebekah is hidden and frees her by removing the dagger. She learns about the existence of vampires in Mystic Falls from Rebekah and helps her gain information from Elena, Stefan and Caroline about the cure for vampirism.
- Played by Penelope Mitchell
- Seasons: 5, 6
Liv Parker is a witch, who initially pretended to be terrible at magic and got Bonnie to help her, but in reality she is very powerful and talented witch. She is in a coven (that hates everything the Travellers stand for) that protects doppelgängers from the travellers, especially Elena.
- Played by Chris Brochu
- Seasons: 5, 6
Luke Parker is a warlock and Liv's twin brother. He is protective of his sister and is in the same coven as her. He is also openly gay.
The following is a list of characters who have had a story arc on the series that lasted four episodes or more. They are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.
- Chris William Martin portrays Zach Salvatore, Damon and Stefan's nephew, in the first five episodes of the series before being killed by Damon after Zach locked him in a cellar.
- Chris J. Johnson portrays news reporter Logan Fell in season one. He has a short romantic relationship with Jenna, but is later killed by Damon. He returns as a vampire, having been fed blood by Anna, but is eventually killed again by Alaric.
- Sterling Sulieman portrays Harper in season one, a kindhearted vampire that escapes from the tomb when it gets opened, but he is killed by John Gilbert.
- Kelly Hu portrays Pearl in season one, a vampire and the mother of Anna. She was locked up in the tomb, but Anna gets her out when Bonnie and her grandmother open it. She becomes the leader of the escaped vampires, but is soon killed by John Gilbert. She returns as a ghost for one episode in season three in which she finds her daughter when the doorway to the Other Side is temporarily opened.
- Melinda Clarke portrays Kelly Donovan in season one. Kelly is the mother of Matt and Vicki Donovan, who returns to Mystic Falls and finds out her daughter has died.
- Taylor Kinney portrays Mason Lockwood in season two, a werewolf and Tyler's uncle. He is sent to Mystic Falls by Katherine to obtain the moonstone for her. He is eventually killed by Damon. He returns for two episodes in season three as a ghost when the doorway to the Other Side temporarily gets opened.
- Lauren Cohan portrays vampire Rose in season two. She kidnaps Elena in order to hand her over to Elijah, but Elena is saved by Stefan and Damon. She then becomes an ally to them and even starts a small romantic relationship with Damon. After being bitten by werewolf Jules, she endures spasms of great pain, so Damon does her a favor by driving a wooden stake through her heart. She returns as a ghost for one episode in season three, to help Damon and Elena find out which original vampire their bloodline is from.
- Bryton James portrays warlock Luka Martin in season two. He befriends Bonnie, but it is later found out that he and his father work for Elijah. He is burned to death by Damon's flamethrower when he tries to invisibly save Elijah.
- Randy J. Goodwin portrays Luka's father Jonas Martin in season two. He is a warlock and is introduced as a friend of Elijah's who can help defeat Klaus in order to save his daughter. He is later killed by Stefan by snapping his neck.
- Michaela McManus portrays a werewolf named Jules in season two, who comes to town looking for answers on Mason's death. She helps Tyler deal with finding out he is a werewolf, but is later killed during the sacrifice.
- Dawn Olivieri portrays Andie Star in seasons two and the first episode of season three, a love-interest for Damon. He first uses her mainly for feeding and sex, but later grows fond of her. She is killed by Stefan when he wants to prove to Damon that he is not worth saving.
- Gino Anthony Pesi portrays Maddox at the end of season two, a warlock that works for Klaus. He is shot by Matt in the back and soon killed by Damon.
- Jack Coleman portrays Bill Forbes in season three, Caroline's father, who first believes his daughter has become a monster, but later accepts her. He is later bitten by Tyler and then given vampire blood to survive. He is murdered shortly thereafter and, with the vampire blood still in his system, begins to transition. However he refuses to feed to complete the change and dies.
- Persia White portrays Abby Bennett Wilson in season three, a powerful witch and Bonnie's mother, who had abandoned her as a child. They reconnect when Bonnie needs her help to open up Esther's coffin. However she later gets turned into a vampire by Damon, which he did to protect Elena, and she abandons Bonnie again. She returns in one episode of season four to warn Bonnie not to use expression.
- Todd Williams portrays Connor Jordan in season four, a vampire hunter and one of "The Five", a group of supernatural vampire hunters. He comes to Mystic Falls to kill all the vampires there, but is later killed by Elena. He later returns as a ghost trying to cure and kill Silas, but is stopped by the ghost of Alaric.
- David Alpay portrays Atticus Shane in season four, a professor at Whitmore College, who wants to wake up Silas in order for him to bring his wife back to life. Shane eventually bleeds to death on the island where Silas is buried.
- Rick Worthy portrays Rudy Hopkins in season four, Bonnie's father and the town's new mayor, replacing Carol Lockwood. He gets killed by Silas in the season five premiere.
- Charlie Bewley portrays Galen Vaughn in season four, another vampire hunter and one of "The Five". He attacks the group on the island to stop the waking of Silas, but gets stuck in a well and starves to death. He later returns as a ghost trying to cure and kill Silas, but is stopped by the ghost of Alaric.
- Paul Wesley portrays Silas in the season four finale and in season five, the first immortal being on earth. After being awakened he tries to destroy The Other Side, so he can be with his true love, Amara. He is eventually stopped and killed by Qetsiyah.
- Olga Fonda portrays Nadia Petrova in season five, Katherine's daughter. She comes to Mystic Falls to look for her mother. She finds Katherine and they create a bond. She dies after being bitten by Tyler.
- Kendrick Sampson portrays Jesse in season five, a student at Whitmore College who likes Caroline. He gets turned into a vampire who feeds on other vampires by Professor Maxfield, but is killed by Elena when he attacks Damon.
- Rick Cosnett portrays Wesley Maxfield in season five, a professor at Whitmore College and a member of Augustine. He wants to create vampires that only feed on other vampires. Damon tortured and killed him as revenge for him turning him into an Augustine Vampire.
- Janina Gavankar portrays Qetsiyah in season five, a powerful witch who comes back from the dead to kill Silas. After she successfully kills Silas, she kills herself.
- Shaun Sipos portrays Aaron Whitmore in season five, a student at Whitmore College. Professor Maxfield became his legal guardian after Damon had killed his entire family. He is killed by Damon after Katherine in Elena's body, breaks up with him because he is not good enough for her.
- Raffi Barsoumian portrays Markos in season five, the leader of the Travellers, who comes back from the dead. He wants to break the curse the witches put on the Travellers using Elena and Stefan's blood. Damon and Elena eventually kill him.
List of The Originals characters
The following is a list of series regulars. The characters are listed in the order they were first credited in the series.
- Played by Joseph Morgan
- TVD Starring Seasons: 3, 4
- TVD Recurring Seasons: 2, 5
- TO Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Niklaus Mikaelson, more commonly known as Klaus, is an original vampire, later the first hybrid and the main antagonist of season two and season three. He and his father, brothers and sister became the very first vampires after their mother, a witch, had cast a spell on them in order to protect them from werewolves. It was later found out that his mother had committed adultery and Klaus' biological father was a werewolf, which makes Klaus the only vampire/werewolf hybrid. However his werewolf powers were bound to the moonstone by a band of witches, which includes his mother. To release his werewolf powers a ritual, in which a werewolf, a vampire and a Petrova doppelgänger have to be sacrificed, has to take place. The first Petrova doppelgänger Klaus found was Katerina Petrova, but she escaped Klaus with the moonstone and hung herself in order to become a vampire, so that she would be useless for the ritual. Klaus then wanted revenge on Katerina, causing her to spend centuries running from him.
Hundreds of years later, Klaus finds Katerina and Elena Gilbert, the next Petrova doppelgänger, through Isobel Flemming. He kidnaps Katerina and makes her torture herself. After collecting the moonstone, a werewolf, Jules, the Petrova dopplegänger, Elena, and turning Jenna Sommers into a vampire, he begins the ritual and his werewolf side is released. He later blackmails Stefan into helping him create more hybrids, which he wants to create because he feels lonely, and turns him into a killer again. It is later revealed that he brought Stefan with him, because they were once friends. After he finds out that he needs Elena's blood to create more hybrids, he compels Stefan to stay in Mystic Falls to protect her, but also turns off his humanity. He also turns Tyler Lockwood into his first hybrid. It is later found out that Klaus killed his own mother, because she cast the spell on him that locked away his werewolf side and that therefore his stepfather, Mikael, has been hunting him for centuries. After Damon un-daggers Elijah, who un-daggers Klaus' other siblings, and Bonnie Bennett and her mother are able to open up the tomb that holds Klaus' mother, Klaus gets reunited with his entire family again. After saving Caroline Forbes' life by giving her his blood to heal her from Tyler's bite, he becomes interested in Caroline and invites her to the Originals' ball, where they share a dance together. Bonnie later performs a desiccation spell to neutralize him, but he is later staked to death by Alaric. However it is revealed that Bonnie cast a spell allowing him to inhabit Tyler's body. Thus forcing Tyler to leave his body. Then in the next season, Klaus forces Bonnie to put him back into his own body.
- Played by Daniel Gillies
- TVD Recurring Seasons: 2, 3, 4, 5
- TO Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Elijah Mikaelson is the second-oldest of the Original vampire siblings (and third-born child of Mikael and Esther). Elijah first appears in episode eight of season two, entitled "Rose". Elijah is brought into the circle by two vampires named Rose and Trevor. They make a deal to be allowed immunity from Elijah and the Originals, if they hand over Elena Gilbert, the new Petrova dopplegänger. It is later revealed that Rose and Trevor were the vampires who failed to keep Katerina Petrova (Katherine Pierce) alive for Klaus to sacrifice in the ritual required to release his werewolf abilities. They were subsequently hunted by Klaus and Elijah for centuries. Elijah had feelings for Katerina in 1492 (perhaps due to her resemblance to Tatia, The original Petrova, and the woman that nature based the doppelgänger curse off of when she was used to bind the Hybrid Curse back in the 10th Century) and tried to save her from Klaus; however, she did not trust Elijah and chose to flee. Later, he would punish her for her betrayal by compelling her to stay in a tomb until he said otherwise. Elena is rescued by the Salvatore brothers not long after Elijah kills Trevor, who had betrayed Elijah in the past by helping Katerina escape. The Salvatores attack Elijah and succeed in staking him; however, he comes back to life at the end of the episode because he is an Original vampire who can not be killed by any wooden stake. Elijah then works with a witch to locate Elena. The witch is able to locate her, so he goes to Mystic Falls to confront her, where he ends up saving her from a group of vampires who also wanted to take Elena. It is revealed that those vampires wanted to hand her over to Klaus. When Elijah discovers this, he makes peace with Elena and her friends, because he wants to use Elena as bait to draw out Klaus and kill him. He thus makes a deal with Elena that if she helps him kill Klaus, he will leave her friends alone. However, he also intends for Elena to be sacrificed as once Klaus breaks the curse and starts transforming, he will be left vulnerable enough to be killed. During a series of events, Elijah is temporarily "killed" when Elena stabs him with the dagger that can kill an original. When Klaus comes to town, Elena un-daggers Elijah because she needs his help, and he then reveals to her his family's history and the fact that Klaus killed the rest of his siblings. Elijah thus at first tries to help Elena and her friends kill Klaus, but ends up saving him instead in the Season 2 finale episode, because Klaus promises to take Elijah to their family (which Elijah had assumed Klaus had hid their "dead" bodies deep in the ocean) if Elijah spares him. In season three, however, it is revealed that Klaus double-crossed Elijah once again, and daggered him to keep him close to him, like the rest of his daggered siblings. Damon undaggers Elijah later to help him find a way to kill Klaus. When Elijah awakes, he undaggers the rest of his siblings who were located in coffins like his in the same room. They begin to plot their revenge against Klaus, however, before they can make their move, their thought to be dead mother Esther reappears and convinces the siblings to be a family again [which later turns out to be a front for her true motives]. After Elijah foils his mother's plans to kill him and his siblings, he leaves Mystic Falls a tortured soul, ashamed of his own barbaric actions and those of his family's. He is shown to be one of the most sophisticated and peaceful of the Original siblings, alongside Finn. He is the most compromising regarding Elena and her friends. Elijah and Elena develop a sort of understanding during the series, and Elena comes to be fond of Elijah's company. She thus feels especially betrayed when earlier Elijah threatened to allow Rebekah to kill Elena if the Salvatore brothers are not able to stop Esther Mikaelson from killing the Original Family. However, in the 18th episode of season 3, Elena professes that she hopes that her vampire friends are descended from Elijah's bloodline, so that he can be spared. Elijah returns to town in the season three finale episode, "The Departed", in order to make a deal with Elena and her friends. Elijah proposes that he be allowed to take Klaus's desiccated (by witch Bonnie and help from the Salvatores and Tyler) body with him and his siblings and leave town, and in exchange, he would make sure that Klaus would not be resurrected within Elena's lifetime or even that of her children, stating: "perhaps that will teach him some manners". However, Klaus is staked, and Elijah and Rebekah believe him to be dead, even though Klaus actually possessed Tyler Lockwood's body and lives on.
He follows his brother Klaus to New Orleans and finds out that Hayley is pregnant with Klaus child.
- Played by Claire Holt
- TVD Recurring Seasons: 3, 4, 5
- TO Starring Seasons: 1
- TO Recurring Seasons: 2
Rebekah Mikaelson is Klaus and Elijah's younger sister and also an original vampire. Rebekah shares a deep bond with her brother Klaus, and was the only family member that remained loyal to him despite his vicious behavior. Klaus thus kept her by his side, while he kept the rest of his family staked and stored away in boxes for hundreds of years. She had a romantic interest in Stefan Salvatore during their encounters in the early 1920s. However, when Klaus and Rebekah were once again forced to go on the run after the arrival of their vengeful father Mikael, Rebekah professed an interest to stop going on the run and live a stable life with Stefan by her side. Klaus subsequently forced her to choose between him and Stefan, and she chooses the latter. Klaus then daggers Rebekah.
He brings her back to life during the period in which the show takes place, in order to obtain her necklace (which is originally Esther's). The same necklace had been given to Elena by Stefan in season one. Rebekah and Klaus thus head to Mystic Falls. Rebekah develops a deep hatred and envy of Elena, and continually tries to hurt, kill, and emotionally distress her, until her brother makes her stop. Later on, Rebekah is once again daggered by Elena, to simplify the Salvatores' plans of killing Klaus. Elena makes a deal with Klaus for her to reveal Rebekah's location, while Klaus promises not to harm Jeremy. He takes her body with him. She is eventually undaggered by Elijah. During her time in Mystic Falls, Rebekah enrolls at the local high school, much to the disgust of Elena and her friends. There, she at first makes romantic advances towards Tyler Lockwood, Caroline Forbes's boyfriend. She later develops a fondness for Matt Donovan, and invites him to her family's ball. Rebekah is shown to be lonely and insecure, though she hides this by being cruel and violent. This is demonstrated quite well through her sexual rendezvouses with Damon Salvatore, an enemy of her family, and the subsequent torture she makes him endure upon being betrayed by him. Rebekah's body is temporarily taken over by her witch mother, Esther, through a spell which Esther performs. She invades Rebekah's body in order to be able to go unnoticed while scheming to kill all of her Original children. Esther later leaves Rebekah's body and stakes her. However, Klaus restores Rebekah to full vitality by removing the stake. In the season 3 finale, while Matt is driving Elena back to Mystic Falls, after trying to escape with her, Rebekah is seen standing in the middle of Wickery Bridge. Matt sees her, loses control, and drives the car in the lake, which ultimately results in Elena's death and subsequent transformation into a vampire.
In the season 4 premiere, Rebekah is captured alongside every other vampire in Mystic Falls. While en route to their detainment, Caroline is rescued by Klaus, inhabiting Tyler's body, but leaves his sister there. While locked up, Rebekah realizes that Elena is in transition but hasn't fed on human blood, which she is delighted about because "I get to watch you die all over again". However, as she sits in her cell, she listens to Elena and Stefan's heartfelt confessions of regret and love to each other with a conflicted look on her face. Rebekah then helps Stefan kill one of their guards, allowing Elena to feed on his blood and complete the transition into a vampire. After being released, Rebekah storms home and confronts Klaus, now back in his original body. Rebekah, in tears and furious, tells him how she always loved him despite everything he has done but he doesn't love or care for her as a sister. Rebekah then destroys the last few bags of Elena's blood, preventing him from creating more hybrids. In retaliation, Klaus disowns Rebekah, telling her he does not love her and she is not his sister anymore, and breaks her neck. Rebekah leaves Klaus' mansion and moves into her own house. She befriends April Young, an orphan who moves back to Mystic Falls after her father is killed in an explosion. She is then asked by Stefan to tell him and Klaus the story of the Five and the cure for vampirism. After Klaus and Stefan find out what they need from her, Klaus daggers Rebekah and has Stefan hide her.
Later, April learns from Caroline where Rebekah is and un-daggers her. With April's help, Rebekah takes Elena, Stefan and Caroline prisoner so that she can learn what progress they have made in finding the cure. After toying with them and finding out what she wants, she releases them. Stefan later approaches her where she states she still wishes to find the cure so she can use it on Klaus. Stefan then proposes the two work together to get the cure since they are the only two without an edge, since Klaus has the sword, Damon is with Jeremy, and Bonnie is working with Professor Shane. In the episode "A View to Kill" Rebekah and Stefan work together to find the headstone of the first immortal creature. She then convinces him to stop caring about Elena and the two have sex.
Throughout season 4 Rebekah is shown to be interested in Matt Donovan but he is not interested in her. Near the end of the season the four spend more time together and appear to be friends. Whilst Rebekah is on a test to see if she could be human Matt tells her that she wouldn't be a good human because she's not a good person. Later on Rebekah saves Aprils life which changes Matt's view of her. In the season 4 finale, Rebekah and Matt kiss while Matt is being held hostage and Rebekah saves his life, taking his place and allowing him to leave in order to attend graduation. Matt then develops some feelings for Rebekah and agrees to spend the summer traveling the world with her, saying that whatever happens on the road stays on the road. About three months after she returns from touring the world with Matt she returns to Mystic Falls in order to help Matt when he is buried alive by Nadia.
During the first season of The Originals, she becomes helpful towards her siblings, including Hayley (who is pregnant with her niece). She also rekindles her romance with Marcel, who she was in love with sometime during the 1800s, but they broke-up after Klaus found out that it was Rebekah's fault why Mikael tracked them down to New Orleans. He then attempts to kill Rebekah with the White Oak Stake, but is later negotiated by Elijah, who revealed that in a flashback that Rebekah once attempted to kill Mikael in order to protect Klaus. After this Klaus realizes that he needs to let Rebekah have her freedom and allows her to leave New Orleans, with a possible return.
At the end of season 1, Rebekah comes back to New Orleans. Klaus, with no other options, gives Rebekah his new daughter baby Hope. He tells her the only person he trusts to keep her safe is Rebekah. She leaves town with baby Hope.
She appears in the opening scene of Season 2, where we see here telling Hope a story while taking care of her.
- Played by Phoebe Tonkin
- TVD Recurring Seasons: 4
- TO Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Hayley Marshall (born Andrea Labonair) is a werewolf who was a friend/girlfriend of Tyler's. Hayley sets off to find Tyler when she hears from one of Klaus's hybrids, who was from a pack she used to run with, talking about protecting him. She surprises Tyler when she shows up to his house unannounced, something which Tyler is clearly happy about. While they talk, Hayley mentions helping Tyler break his sire bond. She chastises him for lying about his real identity; apparently he had told her he lived in a trailer park in Florida. Hayley seems annoyed by this, but quickly forgives him. When Caroline shows up and Tyler leaves the room to talk to her, Hayley meets Klaus who appears to talk to her. Klaus overhears Tyler and Caroline's conversation and Tyler makes an excuse about staying home, not mentioning Hayley. Klaus assumes that Tyler and Hayley had a fling, which Hayley does not deny. When Tyler comes back, he finds Hayley has gone and Klaus tells him she left. Klaus then speculates that Tyler and Hayley may have hooked up, although that hasn't been confirmed. Tyler only let Klaus believe something happened between them to distract him from Tyler's plan to break the sire bonds of the other hybrids. Hayley eavesdrops on a conversation between Tyler and Dean when Caroline shows up and meets Hayley. Hayley tells Caroline she's been staying with Tyler since she needs a place to stay, and that they're good friends. Caroline is clearly irritated that a strange girl is staying in her boyfriend's house when she knew nothing about it, but Hayley doesn't seem bothered by Caroline's irritation. Hayley excuses herself to join Tyler and Dean's argument about whether Dean should obey Klaus's order to deal with Connor or not. After Dean's death, Tyler comforts Hayley which again, irritates Caroline. Tyler later explains that he and Hayley plan to help all of Klaus's hybrids break the sire bond. Tyler finds Hayley, Chris and some other hybrids drinking in honour of Dean. Hayley keeps up the ruse that there is something romantic going on between her and Tyler by sensually wiping alcohol from Tyler's lip, knowing Klaus is witnessing it. Soon after, Caroline arrives and stages a breakup with Tyler in front of Klaus, after which he leaves with the hybrids. Once Klaus is gone, Hayley, Tyler and Caroline smile at one another, and Caroline thanks Hayley for telling her that Klaus was there. Hayley watches Tyler and Caroline kiss, smiling slightly.
Later, Tyler tells Stefan about Hayley and that she helped him and Chris break their sire bonds, also revealing that they plan on unsiring all the hybrids from Klaus. That night, when Chris is about to leave Tyler's house, Klaus appears and berates Chris for failing to keep Elena secured. Tyler tries to cover for him, but Hayley intervenes to claim that she let Elena out and stands up to Klaus, daring him to kill her instead. Klaus apparently lets Chris go, but when Jeremy and Stefan arrive Klaus allows Jeremy to chop off Chris's head while Hayley and Tyler watch in horror. After Chris's death, Hayley is passed out the next morning next to Tyler on a sofa; they had clearly spent the entire night drinking in honour of Chris. After Caroline and Tyler argue she is abruptly awakened when Tyler throws a glass bottle and it explodes against the wall. Hayley is in an abandoned barn helping Kimberley break her sire bond when Tyler arrives, saying Caroline got them another day by agreeing to go with Klaus to the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant. Hayley suggests that they go to keep up the ruse that she is the reason Caroline and Tyler broke up, and Tyler reluctantly agrees. Caroline and Klaus see Hayley and Tyler arrive, which seems to upset Caroline. Hayley mocks the pageant by donning the tiara intended for the winner. Later, Damon and Tyler see Hayley talking to Shane and Damon wonders aloud how he knows her. Tyler assures him she doesn't, but Damon's suspicion seems to plant doubt in Tyler's mind. Later, when Tyler is sitting with Hayley, she asks if he got the wolf gene from his mother, claiming his mother knows how to party as she is seen drinking a lot and doesn't appear too drunk. He tells her he got the gene from his dad and asks her about her parents. She tells him she never knew her real parents and that she triggered the gene by accidentally killing someone in a boating accident while she was drunk. Tyler subtly asks if she knows Shane, but she claims she doesn't.
Later that night, after Tyler calls Hayley to tell her that Kimberley broke the sire bond, Hayley is in Shane's office and tells him they freed another one. She emphasises that she doesn't want Tyler to have anything to do with whatever they are planning. When Hayley is helping Adrian break the sire bond, Kimberley interferes and frees him before they finish. Later, she breaks into Shane's office, and when he arrives she reveals that her deal with Shane was to get him twelve hybrids, unsired from Klaus, in exchange for information about her parents. Shane threatens to include Tyler in the twelve if she doesn't manage to break Adrian's sire bond so Hayley encourages Tyler to take the role of Alpha and give Adrian orders to go through with it. He follows her advice, but Kimberley retaliates by kidnapping and torturing Caroline. Later, after Tyler has forced the hybrids to submit to him and Adrian has finally broken his sire bond, Hayley reports to Shane that they have their twelve hybrids. In return, Shane gives her a flash drive with information about her parents, informing her that they are dead but reassuring her that she can see them again. He cryptically tells her that its far from over and that they are just the beginning. During the Winter Wonderland charity event, Tyler tells Caroline that Hayley has found a powerful witch who can use a spell to transport Klaus into someone else's body. When he reveals that he has volunteered to house Klaus's essence and be buried in concrete, Caroline, after much tension with Tyler and the hybrids, eventually has the idea that they should use Rebekah's body instead. Worried about changing the plan, Hayley texts Shane about having problems, but he merely tells her to fix it. Hayley then snaps Caroline's neck, and tells Klaus about Tyler's plan. While Klaus is killing Tyler's pack, Hayley explains to Tyler that she made a deal with someone who can help her find her real family, and that her end of the bargain was to provide twelve unsired hybrids for the sacrifice. She warns Tyler that he should leave town to escape Klaus's wrath. She then flees herself. Hayley's whereabouts were unknown until Vaughn, a hunter, reveals to Damon and Rebekah that Katherine got her information about Silas from Hayley when they crossed paths in New Orleans.
In "Bring It On", Hayley is attacked by a vampire named Will who was sent by Katherine to kill her. Klaus appears and saves her, in the process biting and poisoning the vampire with his werewolf venom. Klaus then takes Hayley to his mansion, where he plays the hospitable host in order to glean information about Katherine. He politely interrogates Hayley, though she claims she does not know where Katherine is. She tells Klaus that Katherine found her in New Orleans when she was trying to find her real parents and Katherine told Hayley she could help her. Klaus claims that he is the only one who can protect Hayley from Katherine's minions, and says that he will as long as she co-operates with him. Hayley goes into the next room and looks at Klaus's paintings, expressing distaste for all but one, which she describes as twisted. She asks Klaus why he paints and in response he describes painting as a metaphor for control. Hayley calls him out on his attempts to soften her up before mentioning Klaus's plans to kill Tyler. Klaus assures her that the better punishment is sentencing Tyler to a lifetime of paranoia and fear. Hayley then reveals to Klaus that the reason he has been unable to find Katherine all these centuries has been her ability to build and maintain a network of allies willing to do anything for her. Klaus asks Hayley if she knows any of Katherine's allies, and she responds teasingly that she might know a couple and she might even tell him about them. Later, after Damon has killed Will, Klaus offers to let Hayley stay anyway. She suggests a deal: her intel in exchange for Tyler's freedom, but Klaus cannot bring himself to make any promises when it comes to Tyler. Hayley draws him back in by returning to what he said about his paintings and control, and tacitly offers him control with her. He takes the bait and they have sex. Afterwards, while Hayley is dressing, Klaus notices a mark on Hayley's back which, according to him, is only found on those of a certain bloodline of werewolves originating in Louisiana.
Hayley returns in "The Originals" where in Mystic Falls, Katherine tells Stefan and Damon that Hayley was what they needed to rid Klaus from their lives for good. In New Orleans, Hayley is told by a witch named Jane-Anne that in the bayou the wolves were named "Roux-Ga-Roux". Jane-Anne shows her an area on a map saying it'll give her what she is looking for. Hayley heads towards the area while Jane-Anne and Sophie prepare to do a spell on her. While Jane-Anne does the spell, Hayley's car breaks down and when seeing other people come to her she passes out with Sophie and the other witches of the Quarter circling her. Later it is revealed by Elijah and Sophie, that she is pregnant with Klaus's child.
During the first season of The Originals, Hayley had troubles coping with her pregnancy and initially tried to abort this baby but eventually came around to it. She also has feelings for Elijah, who also has the same feelings. Her story arc mainly involves her helping some Werewolves at a Bayou, after Marcel got a witch to put a curse on them that would keep them in their wolf forms unless it was a full moon, but this curse later got broken after Celeste used a spell to break it. Hayley is also trying to track down the real identities of her birth parents.
She is killed by Monique Deveraux in the finale "From a Cradle to a Grave" after giving birth to her daughter, Hope; she later awakens in transition to a hybrid because the blood of her hybrid daughter remained within her system. She went to the graveyard to help Klaus and Elijah find Genevieve and her baby. She later stabs and kills Genevieve as revenge for trying to kill her daughter.
- Played by Charles Michael Davis
- TVD Guest Starring Seasons: 4
- TO Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Marcellus "Marcel" Gerard is Klaus' former protégé and a vampire that he turned in the early 1800s. Marcel enforces a system of rules of his creation within the French Quarter, which all supernatural residents must abide by. He considers himself the king of the Quarter and of New Orleans. In "Sinners and Saints", it is revealed that he has been a protagonist or anti-hero as he has been protecting Davina from the witches to prevent them from killing her. He gave up his position as the king, after Klaus started to killed his vampire friends. After the revelation that he and Rebekah used the witch Genevieve to bring Mikael to New Orleans in 1919, he got exiled by Elijah, from the French Quarter under the threat that if he returned he'd be killed. He is also plotting a retribution against the Mikaelson's.
At the end of season 1, Marcel fights Klaus and is bitten. Dying, he tries to devise a plan to get Klaus' blood to heal him and his vampire friends. He takes a supernatural knife (causes 1000 wounds with 1 stab) and kills Monique who is about to kill baby Hope. He kidnaps baby hope and brings her back to the courtyard of dying vampires. Klaus follows him, he is too late to save the rest, but for rescuing his baby, Klaus gives Marcel his blood and cures him. At the end, Marcel helps Klaus by finding a stillborn baby, and telling the werewolves that this is Hayley and Klaus' baby, and they will be blamed for her death.
- Played by Daniella Pineda
- TVD Guest Starring Seasons: 4
- TO Starring Seasons: 1
Sophie Deveraux is a witch, antagonist, and a main character of The Originals. In the past, she was a light-hearted girl who enjoyed partying and didn't care much for witchcraft. However, 8 months before the start of the series, she watched her niece, Monique Deveraux, die in The Harvest, a sacrificial ritual that allows the witches in New Orleans to draw power from their ancestors. After that, she became more serious, obsessed with the goal of killing Davina so she can complete the ritual and bring her niece back from the dead. Sophie has made it clear that she will do whatever it takes to reach her goal, which makes her dangerous to have as an enemy. She was killed by her niece, Monique.
- Played by Leah Pipes
- TVD Guest Starring Seasons: 4
- TO Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Camille "Cami" O'Connell is a bartender who is fascinated by the question of whether people can be born bad. After an unimaginably tragic event in her family, Cami became a psychology student in order to study human behavior, in the hopes of proving that people can't just be "evil." Her fixation on the subject might just help her bond with Klaus, though Cami is unaware that her corner of New Orleans is crawling with supernatural beings who walk the line between good and evil. She is also fascinated and shares a love-hate relationship with Klaus, who might have feelings for her. She also had a brief romance with Marcel, but that was only short lived. Her uncle Kieran falls under a hex, when he goes mad from the hex, Cami has Klaus turn Kieran into a vampire in hopes of curing the hex. When it doesn't work, Kieran, going crazy and in transition, tries to kill Cami. Klaus saves her and kills Kieran.
After her uncles death, she gets a key, to an apartment which her uncle owned. She discovers a secret room filled with supernatural weapons and books.
- Played by Danielle Campbell
- Starring Seasons: 1, 2
Davina Claire is a sixteen year old witch with a dark side. She's still learning the full extent of her powers and has Marcel as her protector. Davina is in hiding from the witches of the Quarter as they would want to kill her to complete The Harvest. In the meantime, her powers are too much for her to handle and can result a disaster, if they were to get out of control. Finally, she was sacrificed for the sake of New Orleans. Unfortunately, when she died her powers didn't go back to the Earth since they were stolen by Celeste. Following the death of Celeste, Davina was revived.
In the final episode of season 1, Davina brings Mikael (Klaus and Elijah's father) back from the dead, and tethers him to a bracelet that she controls.
The following is a list of characters that are, or at one time were, a recurring guest on the series. They are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.
- Played by Callard Harris
- TVD Guest Starring Seasons: 4
- TO Seasons: 1
Thierry Vanchure was once a human living in the 1940s. Marcel found Thierry Vanchure during World War II. Thierry was dying of a war wound outside a VA hospital. Marcel turned him soon after. He has been loyal to Marcel ever since, and became his closest friend and his right-hand man.
In The Originals, Thierry is one of Marcel's inner circle members. When Marcel told Klaus that he was now king of New Orleans, and that Klaus was nothing anymore, Klaus responded by biting Thierry, and infecting him with a hybrid bite, as a show of power. Later, in line with Sophie's plan to overthrow Marcel, Klaus healed Thierry to try to gain Marcel's trust. He is later killed by Elijah via his heart being ripped out as a warning to Marcel.
- Played by Eka Darville
- TVD Seasons: 4
- TO Seasons: 1
Diego was once a human, who was then turned into a vampire, likely sired by Marcel Gerard. He is one of Marcel's guards, and is a member of Marcel's inner circle, who gain daylight rings upon entry. He's loyal to Marcel and his friends; one of his close friends is Thierry Vanchure. Just like Thierry, Diego does not like, nor trust the Originals.
In The Originals, Diego seemed to be one of Marcel's closer advocates as Marcel came to his rescue when Klaus had lashed out. He stated that he only answers to Marcel, and his loyalty to Marcel is so strong that he dared to talk back to Klaus of all people, when he came to him seeking Marcel's whereabouts. Diego was choked by Klaus as a result of such disrespect toward him. Marcel stepped in to break up the fight, but Diego responded in a tone that shows his full loyalty to Klaus' former protege.
At the end of Season 1, Diego and the other Vampires are attacked by a group of werewolves using mystic stones to access they full power and while fleeing, he is ambushed and bitten. While Diego and the others lay dying in the courtyard, Mikael comes and drains the vampires of all their blood, allowing the werewolf venom to finish them off quicker.
- Played by Todd Stashwick
- Seasons: 1
Father Kieran O'Connell is Cami's uncle, Priest of the local Church, St. Anne's Parish, and the representative of the Human Faction in New Orleans. He is respected by Klaus for showing no fear of him and even standing up to him. After being hexed by the witches, and slowly going crazy, he is turned into a vampire by Klaus at the will of Cami, hoping it will break the hex, at first it seems to be successful though Kieran now wishes to die rather than transition into a vampire, unfortunately the hex comes back along with the full negative effects. Now insane, Kieran is driven by visions of Bastianna (the witch who hexed him) to kill Cami and nearly succeeds in doing so, during this he also transitions into a vampire by licking Cami's blood off a knife. Klaus saves Cami and breaks Kierans neck, knocking him out. Klaus then kills Father Kieran as a mercy-kill.
- Played by Steven Krueger
- Seasons: 1, 2
Josh Rozsa is newly turned vampire and Klaus' former spy. He is also openly gay and the best friend of Davina. In season 2, he begins to date Aiden, a werewolf.
- Played by Sebastian Roché
- TVD Seasons: 3
- TO Seasons: 1, 2
Mikael is the vampire who hunts vampires in season three of The Vampire Diaries. He feeds on vampires to avoid harming innocent people as he never intended the blood-lust of vampirism to happen. Mikael is hunting Klaus for killing his wife and framing him for it, It is later revealed that he is the father of the Original Vampires and Klaus' abusive step-father. Mikael finally gets the chance to kill Klaus with the help of Damon but Stefan interferes and saves Klaus, allowing the latter to kill Mikael with his own weapon, a white-oak stake. He usually appears in flashbacks of The Originals, and during the episode "A Closer Walk with Thee" he appears in the dreams of Klaus, Elijah and Hayley to haunt them, during the disintergration of The Other Side during The Vampire Diaries (season 5). At the end of the episode he tells Davina that she can bring him back from the dead.
In the last episode of Season 1 of The Originals, Davina brings Mikael back to life. He goes to the courtyard and feeds on all the vampires that have been bitten by werewolves. When he is about to go into the nursery and kill Klaus and baby Hope, Davina comes in and stops him. Dragging him back to the attic in the church and tells him that when she brought him back, she mystically tethered him to a bracelet that allows her to control him, and locks him in the attic.
Esther is the mother of the Originals and the witch who turned them into vampires. She was killed by Klaus, but when she is awakened by Bonnie and her mother, she comes up with a plan to kill her children. She is again killed by Alaric after turning him into a vampire to kill the Originals.
- Played by Nathaniel Buzolic, Daniel Sharman
- TVD Seasons: 3, 4, 5 (Buzolic)
- TO Seasons: 1 (Buzolic), 2 (Sharman, Buzolic)
Kol Mikaelson is the youngest son of the Original Family, since the death of his younger brother Henrik and the second youngest child still living, being older than Rebekah. He is portrayed by Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic. He tries to kill Matt Donovan for entertainment during the Originals' family ball, but is stopped by Damon Salvatore. In the season 3 episode, "Heart of Darkness", Kol appears in Denver, Colorado, where Elena and Damon had sent Jeremy, to get him away from Mystic Falls and protect his life. He threatens to hurt Jeremy, in order to prevent Elena and Damon from trying to find out the history of Damon's blood line, (if they managed to do so, they might find out that Elena's friends are not descended from Kol, which would allow them to kill him). Damon drives a baseball bat through Kol's body in order to debilitate him so that he, Elena, and Jeremy can escape. Kol later appears at the house of Mary Porter, the vampire who sired Rose. Kol kills Mary, so that she is not able to tell Elena and Damon about the history of her bloodline, which could lead them to find out which Original vampire Damon, Stefan, Caroline, Tyler, and Abby Bennett are descended from, (Mary sired Rose, Katherine Pierce forced Rose to sire her, and Katherine later sired Damon and Stefan then later Caroline; Damon sired Abby, and Elena). In season 4, Kol returns to aid Rebekah in finding the rumored "cure" for vampirism. He tortures Professor Shane, who supposedly knows how to get the cure. When Kol realizes that Shane plans to release Silas, the first and most dangerous immortal being of all time, Kol stabs Shane through the torso with a wooden object, killing him. However, Bonnie is able to save Shane's life through an "expression", or dark magic spell. Kol compels Damon to kill Jeremy so that they cannot find Silas, but Stefan locks Damon away so that he cannot. Elena and Jeremy decide to try and kill Kol because he is trying to stop them from getting the cure. Since Jeremy needs to kill vampires to complete the map to the cure, they conclude that if they kill Kol, which also kills his whole line of vampires, the map will be complete. Elena lures Kol into the house and waits for Jeremy to bring Bonnie, but he does not make it in time. Elena and Jeremy are talking later when Kol appears, storms into the house and tries to cut off Jeremy's hunting arm. Elena rescues Jeremy and corners Kol in the kitchen. During the altercation, Jeremy showers Kol in water mixed with vervain. While Kol is stunned, Jeremy stabs him with the white oak stake and he dies. Meanwhile Klaus is watching furiously in the doorway, unable to help his brother because he has not been invited in. He vows to avenge his brother's death, swearing to kill Jeremy, Elena and anyone else involved.
- Played by Casper Zafer, Yusuf Gatewood
- TVD Seasons: 3
- TO Seasons: 1, 2
Finn Mikaelson is another original vampire and an older brother of Klaus, who is brought back to life by Elijah. He later gets killed by Matt Donovan in a plot to kill all the Originals while they were linked together through a spell; however, Klaus had Bonnie lift the spell right when Finn was killed, making his death in vain.
Finn is resurrected by possessing a witch with his mother in the Originals season one finale. In season two Finn becomes a powerful opponent of Klaus and Elijah, helping his mother with her plans.
The following is a list of characters who have had a story arc on the series that lasted four episodes or more. They are listed in the order that they first appeared on the show.
- Karen Kaia Livers portrays Agnes in season one, a powerful witch and elder of the New Orleans Coven. She tries to kill Klaus and Haley's baby, because Sabine had a premonition that the baby will be very dangerous. Elijah later kills her.
- Raney Branch portrays Celeste Marie Helene Dubois in season one, a powerful witch and lover of Elijah's during the eighteenth century until she was drowned when the witches were rounded up. She didn't' die however, for she has been taking over the bodies of other witches since that time. In present time, she is in the body of a witch named Sabine Laurent, portrayed by Shannon Kane, and wants revenge on Klaus, because he was responsible for her death. With the help of three other powerful witches she brought back from the dead, she tries to get Klaus to kill Rebekah, which will earn him Elijah's wrath, tearing their family apart. However Elijah eventually kills her without her being able to jump into another body.
- Shannon Eubanks portrays Bastianna Natale in seasonn one, a powerful witch who is brought back to life by Celeste. She was killed when Marcel and his vampires stopped "The Harvest". After being brought back to life, she helps Celeste in her plan to destroy The Originals, however she is later killed by Marcel.
- Yasmine Al-Bustami portrays Monique Deveraux in season one, a witch and the niece of Sophie Deveraux. She is one of the girls who is sacrificed for "The Harvest". After being resurrected, she wants to help the witches get rid of Klaus and the other vampires and even kills Sophie for not believing in the cause. When she tries to help Genevieve sacrifice Klaus and Haley's baby, she is killed by Marcel.
- Elyse Levesque portarys Genevieve in seasons one, a powerful witch who is brought back to life by Celeste. In the early 20th century she befriended Rebekah, who asked her to help bring Mikael back so he could kill Klaus. Rebekah later killed Genevieve, for she was afraid that Klaus would find out. Genevieve now wants revenge on Rebekah and helps Celeste in her plan to convince Klaus to kill Rebekah. After their plan fails, the ancestors tell her that she has to sacrifice Klaus and Haley's baby, but Haley eventually manages to kill her.
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- Kevin Bray (director) Sean Reycraft & Gabrielle Stanton (writer) (2009-08-10). "You're Undead To Me". The Vampire Diaries. Season 1. Episode 5. The CW.
- J. Miller Tobin (director) Andrew Chambliss (writer) (2010-11-11). "Katerina". The Vampire Diaries. Season 2. Episode 09. The CW.
- Michael Katleman (director) Caroline Dries (writer) (2011-02-24). "The House Guest". The Vampire Diaries. Season 2. Episode 16. The CW.
- Dos Santos, Kristin (December 3, 2010). "Casting Scoop: Meet the Newest Vampire Diaries Hottie!". E! Online. Retrieved March 2, 2011.
- "Dance Back from the Grave". The Originals. Season 1. Episode 12. January 28, 2014.
|Joseph Morgan||Niklaus Mikaelson||Main|
|Daniel Gillies||Elijah Mikaelson||Main|
|Claire Holt||Rebekah Mikaelson||Main||Recurring|
|Phoebe Tonkin||Hayley Marshall||Main|
|Charles Michael Davis||Marcellus Gerard||Main|
|Daniella Pineda||Sophie Deveraux||Main|
|Leah Pipes||Camille O'Connell||Main|
|Danielle Campbell||Davina Claire||Main|
|Yusuf Gatewood||Vincent Griffith/Finn Mikaelson||Guest||Main|
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