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[[folder: Elena Gilbert]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Nina Dobrev

->''"I don't question why everyone tries so hard to save me. You shouldn't question why I try so hard to save everyone else."''

Elena is a 17-year-old popular, beautiful human girl. She is the main protagonist and heroine of the series. Elena reassessed her priorities following the death of her parents in a car crash of which she was the only survivor. Elena fatefully meets a handsome, mysterious new student, Stefan Salvatore and feels an instant and undeniable connection with him. After a period of time, Elena starts to realize that Stefan is in fact far from normal. [[spoiler: Unbeknown to her, Elena is far from normal as well.]] As a Gilbert, she is a descendant of one of the town's Founding Families. She [[spoiler: dies]] in "The Departed" before it was revealed that [[spoiler: Meredith had given her vampire blood earlier in the night and she wakes in the transitional stage.]]
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* ActionGirl / ActionHeroine: Now that she is a vampire, she definitely classifies as this. She is tougher, stronger and has superhuman abilities. Not to mention that she is also a trained hunter because Alaric trained her in season three.
* ActionSurvivor: While not really an ActionGirl (she's far too likely to be a DistressedDamsel), she is pretty competent while trying to defend herself. For example, when a strange vampire is trying to kill her, she stabs him with pencils - repeatedly - and then breaks a mop over her knee to try to stake him, and when a werewolf attacks her, she instantly sticks a knife into his gut. She's also adept at using her surroundings while trying to run away if pursued by a supernatural.
* AdaptationDyeJob: Elena was blonde in the original books, but on the show, she is a brunette.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Her relationships with Stefan (brooding, mysterious loner) and Damon (rebellious, wild bad boy).
* AlphaBitch: She definitely shows shades of this without her humanity. Most notably as a cheerleader in 4x16.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Caroline feels this way about her.
* AmicableExes: With Matt. They were a couple before beginning of the series, now they are still good friends.
** Subverted with Stefan, who proclaimed that he was 'done with her' after realizing she was in love with his brother. (Which shouldn't have surprised him, considering the fact that he called her out on being in love with Damon [[spoiler: before she became a vampire]].)
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: Many times with Stefan throughout the series. Especially in 4x01, when Elena is on the verge of death and she tells Stefan that she chose him because she loves him. Damon to Elena as well.
* [[AntiVillain Anti-Villainess]]: Elena with her humanity off as of 4x16.
** Elena is currently [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type II]].
* {{Badass}}: Especially as a vampire in season four.
** [[HeartbrokenBadass Badass Angster / Heartbroken Damsel]]: Elena has faced much grief, tragedy and pain in regards to her family, her love life and her personal life in general.
** BadassNormal: Before she was turned into a vampire, Elena was capable as a regular human of defending herself against all of the supernatural beings around her.
** TookALevelInBadass: Elena, slowly but surely. It starts in "Haunted" when [[spoiler:she goes after Vicki with a 2x4]], continues in "Unpleasantville" when she manages to hold off a vampire with just a few pencils long enough for Damon and Stefan to kill him, and becomes even more noticeable in "Let The Right One In" when she saves Stefan by staking Frederick with a vervain dart and momentarily incapacitating him and by offering Stefan some of her blood.
* BattleCouple: With Stefan, primarily in the earlier seasons.
* BecameTheirOwnAntithesis: In the first season, Elena frequently says that she doesn't want to be compared to Katherine. But now, with her becoming a vampire and having her humanity shut off completely, she has become more like Katherine and not just in the looks department.
* BelligerentSexualTension: Elena has this type of relationship with Damon. Throughout the series, Elena has shown to have a sexual attraction towards Damon, much to Elena's annoyance.
* BerserkButton: Hurt any one of Elena's loved ones and watch her wrath.
* BettyAndVeronica: She's the Archie for the Salvatore brothers (with Stefan as the "Betty" and Damon as the "Veronica"). The love triangle between Elena, Stefan and Damon is considered to be the main plot of the series.
* BewareTheNiceOnes: A very sweet and kind person but more than capable of putting you down if You provoke her.
* BigSisterInstinct[=/=]MamaBear: Towards Jeremy. Elena is seen to highly protective of Jeremy, even more so now considering that Jeremy is the only family that she really has left. She often lectures him, acting more like a mother figure to him from time to time.
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Stefan. It seems that Elena and Stefan have various things in common, most notably the fact that both Stefan and Elena like to write in journals and record their thoughts. This was emphasized in the Pilot episode.
* BlessedWithSuck: Elena is the doppelgänger and therefore, because of it, she is the target of much danger. Elena's blood is special and is used for many spells and binding rituals, such as breaking Klaus' werewolf/hybrid curse and also, creating hybrids. So basically, for vampires, witches, werewolves and hybrids, Elena is a human blood bag.
* BornUnlucky / TheJinx: Elena is born a doppelganger, which means she's cursed with doom, pain, tragedy, and death. Because of her identity, many people she loves end up dying because of her. And the tragic or sad thing about it is that it's completely out of her control. See DoomMagnet.
* BrainyBrunette: She's smart, mature and a good student.
* BreakHisHeartToSaveHim: Elena did this with Stefan in season two by breaking up with Stefan in order to protect Stefan and her family and friends from Katherine Pierce.
* BreakTheCutie: Elena goes from a happy, normal girl next door (despite the loss of her parents) to a girl who suffers almost everyday on a daily basis. In the past year, she has gone through so much chaos in such a short amount of time.
* BrokenBird: Especially after her parents had died. Elena became cynical about life. She even admitted that after the accident, she felt like she didn't know how to live anymore.
** Also including all of the countless tragedies that Elena goes through such as constantly losing loved ones, her doppelganger curse, etc.
* [[BrokenHero Broken Heroine]]: Been through endless grief and tragedy, yet still manages to keep going regardless.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Elena is the Gentle Girl to Stefan's Brooding Boy.
** In the beginning, Stefan is a brooding, mysterious loner who meets and falls for Elena, the sweet, gentle girl next door. Despite Stefan's ongoing angsting, especially about his guilt and his [[DarkAndTroubledPast dark, mysterious past]], Elena often makes Stefan smile and brings out a much lighter, playful side of Stefan.
* BrownEyes: A defining physical characteristic of Elena.
** In the books, Elena's eyes are [[InnocentBlueEyes lapis lazuli blue]].
* CameBackWrong: [[spoiler: After she was turned into a vampire, it was discovered that Elena is sired to Damon.]]
* CharacterTics: Elena tucks her hair behind her ear a lot.
* TheCheerleader: Played straight. She was a cheerleader in the first season but she quit due to personal reasons. Although, Elena would be considered to be a nice cheerleader. She did not fit the typical personality of a classic cheerleader. In other words, Elena isn't an AlphaBitch or QueenBee.
** She's set to return to it in "Bring It On".
* TheChick / TheHeart: Elena is the glue that holds everyone together.
* ChildhoodFriendRomance: With Matt. They grew up together since childhood and eventually began dating in their teen years.
* ChronicBackstabbingDisorder: A rather heroic version of this. She '''literally''' stabs [[spoiler: Rebekah]] in the back in "Homecoming". Justified in the case of what happened with Elijah but [[spoiler: Rebekah]] is not happy about it
* ClingyJealousGirl: Elena gets this way in regards to Stefan. First with Caroline, then with Katherine and then with Rebekah.
** She also was this with Damon after he slept with Rebekah in season three.
* CoolBigSis / BigSisterInstinct: She's very protective of her troubled younger brother Jeremy.
* DatingCatwoman: With Damon. Many of her friends and family seem to disapprove of her romantic relationship with Damon, most notably Caroline.
* DeadpanSnarker: Not as much as other characters, but it's there.
* DesignatedVictim: Elena seems to be the victim of getting attacked, kidnapped, or hurt every single week. She's definitely up there with Caroline. (And Damon, considering how often he gets tortured on-screen.)
* DestructiveRomance: With both of the Salvatores at various points in each relationship.
* DeusAngstMachina: It's a wonder the girl hasn't broken down yet, with all the tragedy she's experienced. [[spoiler: Parents dead, discovered they're not really her parents, biological parents die, aunt and father-figure die, faces death on a daily basis, boyfriend went insane and homicidal, became a vampire, the list goes on and on and on.]]
** [[spoiler: And then she finally breaks down, flips her vampire switch and literally burns the whole house down in the wake of Jeremy's death.]] The angst, this girl cannot get enough.
* DisappearedDad: Her [[spoiler: adoptive]] father Grayson is deceased. [[spoiler: As well as her biological father, John]].
* DistressBall: Especially when she was a human. Elena was always the target of supernatural beings, including vampires, werewolves, witches and Originals, which always put Elena in constant danger.
* DistressedDamsel: Although not as often as you could expect, and often [[JustifiedTrope justified]].
* DoomMagnet: See DeusAngstMachina.
* {{Doppelganger}}: Elena is the doppelganger of both Katherine Pierce and Tatia; she is the good counterpart to Katherine's EvilCounterpart.
* DoppelgangerReplacementLoveInterest: Elena is this to both Stefan and Damon, since they were both in love with Katherine who is Elena's doppelganger. And possibly Elijah, for Tatia.
* DudeMagnet: Nearly every male character is attracted or has been drawn to Elena, including Stefan, Damon, Elijah, and Matt. Subjective in the case of Elijah, since it may have simply been interest at her resemblance to Tatia, the love he shared with his brother Klaus. None of the other male characters show much interest in Elena romantically.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: To Stefan in 4x01. She tells Stefan as she is dying from not feeding on human blood during her transformation, that she came back for Stefan because she loved him.
** Damon gave this to Elena in 2x22, going so far as to say he didn't regret any of his past choices, horrible as they were, because if he hadn't made them he would never have met her.
* EasilyForgiven: All of the characters seem to easily forgive Elena if she screws up or makes mistakes. Her mistakes are normally glossed over rather easily.
** The same applies to most characters on the show, especially the vampires. Elena has certainly forgiven Stefan and Damon for a whole lot in the past 3+ seasons.
* EmotionlessGirl / IceQueen: As of 4x15, [[spoiler: when Damon told Elena to turn off her emotions and her humanity through the sire bond.]]
* EmotionSuppression: [[spoiler: As of 4x15, when Damon told Elena to turn her humanity off.]]
* EternalLove: Now that Elena [[spoiler: is a vampire, she can be in a relationship with Stefan for an eternity. In 4x01, Elena told Stefan that she wanted to be with Stefan forever.]]
** [[spoiler: Apparently not, as of 4x06]]
* ExpositoryHairstyleChange: [[spoiler: As of 4x17, Elena has a new hairstyle.]]
* FakeAmerican: She is played by Nina Dobrev, who is Bulgarian-Canadian.
* TheFashionista: Since turning into a vampire in season four, Elena has appeared to be more into fashionable and trendy clothing.
* FatalFlaw: Elena has a few flaws which include her hypocrisy and her indecisiveness. She can be a little bit self-aborbed as well, feeling that everything is her fault and is all about her. To be fair, though, almost everything that’s gone wrong in Mystic Falls on a supernatural level, from Stefan taking interest in her to Klaus coming to town, is because of her mystical heritage as the doppelganger, so most of the town’s problems ‘’are’’ about her.
* TheFettered: Elena is one of the characters that is the primary moral compass of the show. She lives by a strong set of morals, ideals, values and beliefs and always believes in doing the right thing.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Jeremy's Foolish.
* [[spoiler:FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: Retains her kindness and compassion even after she turns.]]
* GirlNextDoor: Despite her popularity, Elena is the typical friendly, sweet "good girl" and it's easy to talk with her.
* GoGetterGirl: Elena is highly active socially. She is scholarly, ambitious and hardworking. She is always involved in the extra school curricular activities and events.
* GoodGirlGoneBad: After Elena had her humanity switched off, Elena became much more rebellious and uncaring.
* GoodIsNotNice: Especially as non-humanity!Elena.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Elena is generally nice and caring but it isn't a good idea to get on her bad side by hurting people she loves.
* GreenEyedMonster: Elena has a bit of a jealous streak.
** Most recent example is when Elena saw Stefan and Caroline dancing together in 4x16, Elena was obviously jealous, even when her humanity is shut off.
* [[GuileHero Guile Heroine]]
* [[spoiler:HappilyAdopted: Before her parents died. This is largely because she didn't even know she was adopted until after they were dead.]]
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Elena without her humanity seems to enjoy partying and drinking.
* HeroicBSOD: Goes into severe denial when [[spoiler:Jeremy is KilledOffForReal to the extent of not smelling the decomposition]], followed by a complete breakdown, followed by [[spoiler:Damon making her turn off her emotions.]]
* [[TheHero The Heroine]]: Elena is the main character of the series whose primary purpose is to save and protect everyone. Also see {{Protagonist}} and [[MainCharacters Main Character]].
* HeroicSacrifice: Attempts this throughout season two. Elena was willing to sacrifice her life so that the majority of her family and friends didn't have to die. [[spoiler: She does this in 3x22 when she tells Stefan to save Matt first.]]
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Bonnie and Caroline.
* HorribleJudgeOfCharacter: Elena isn't the best judge of character and she often always gives people the benefit of the doubt too much. Elena has been shown to be rather naive and trusting of people way too easily. Therefore, she always finds herself in trouble as a result.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Elena can be rather hypocritical sometimes. Elena condemns having her choice or free will taken away from her. Yet, she frequently asked Damon to compel Jeremy to forget things a few times.
** Also when Elena blasted Jeremy for being in love with Ghost!Anna, yet Elena was doing nothing but trying to get Non-Humanity!Stefan to turn his humanity back.
*** Elena even compared loving non-humanity!Stefan to loving a ghost, which was ironically what Jeremy was doing.
* ICanChangeMyBeloved: In regards to Damon.
** Also in regards to ripper!Stefan and non-humanity!Stefan in season three.
* TheIdealist: Mostly in the first season. Elena was a generally hopeful, optimistic individual who always believed in the best outcome possible. However, since then, Elena has become more cynical, which is to be expected considering all the tragedy that she has been through.
** Even when things got bad, Elena was still quite hopeful.
* [[IdenticalGrandson Identical Granddaughter]]: Thanks to her dopplegangerness, she has this with Katherine, several generations removed. And Tatia, even further back.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: Erasing Jeremy's memory of Vicki being a vampire and of her death, and lying to everyone about it to protect them. Also when she has Damon compel Jeremy to go to Denver, after witnessing him hacking off the head of a hybrid with no hesitation.
* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want To Be Normal / Reluctant Heroine]]: Says this almost word-for-word to Stefan. Elena thinks she's normal but down the line, she discovers that she has a secret legacy of being a doppelganger and that she is tied to the supernatural. Elena tries to repeatedly run the other way and not face her true identity. Before Elena was turned into a vampire, Elena had told Stefan that she doesn't want to be a vampire, that she wanted to get married, grow old, have children and grandchildren. But Elena is so torn because she loves Stefan and Stefan is a vampire incapable of giving Elena all that she desires. Nonetheless, Stefan understands Elena not wanting to turn into a vampire, because Stefan has always desired to be normal himself.
* [[spoiler:{{Immortality}}: Elena is a vampire since she was turned at the end of season 3.]]
** Elena is Type V: TheUndead. Although Elena seems like she is "alive", she is actually dead but she's living.
** Elena is Type X: Vampiric, a LifeDrinker
* InterspeciesRomance: Elena had this type of relationship with Stefan, since Stefan was a vampire and Elena was a human. However, since season three, [[spoiler: Elena is now a vampire, and she and Stefan have broken up.]]
* ItsAllAboutMe: Sometimes Elena thinks that everything good or bad that happens is because of her. She can come off self-absorbed at times.
** Somewhat justified, as most of the supernatural goings on have come about either directly or indirectly because she is the doppelganger.
* ItsAllMyFault: Elena often feels extremely guilty, feeling that she is responsible for every bad thing that has happened to her friends and family due to who she is and her being a doppelganger.
-->'''Elena to Stefan in 2x9:''' It's not just me that's in danger, it's Caroline, it's Tyler and it's Bonnie. They are all part of breaking the curse. I can't blame anyone else anymore. Because it's not because you came into town, or because you and I fell in love. That's not why everyone I love is in danger. It's because of me, everything is because of ME!
* TheKirk: Elena is this of the [[FreudianTrio main trio]] between herself (''TheKirk, Ego''), Stefan (''TheSpock, Superego'') and Damon (''TheMcCoy, Id''). Elena is stable, balanced and she is [[TheHeart the centre]] of the trio. She often [[TakeAThirdOption chooses between Stefan and Damon's side]].
** Also within the trio of herself (''TheKirk, Ego''), Bonnie (''TheSpock, Superego''), and Caroline (''TheMcCoy, Id'').
* LackOfEmpathy: Elena without her humanity is cold, ruthless and uncaring. She can hurt others without feelings any guilt or remorse.
* TheLeader: Out of the core group of girls, Elena seems to take the lead than Caroline or Bonnie. However, in the beginning, Caroline seemed to take the lead, especially in the cheerleading squad.
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: Elena is the Light Feminine to Katherine's Dark Feminine. Elena and Katherine are both doppelgangers who share an uncanny physical appearance. Elena is the Light Feminine (good, moral) and Katherine is Dark Feminine (bad, immoral). Both share a common love and interest in Stefan and are often in competition with each other for his affections.
* LongHairIsFeminine
* LoveEpiphany: With [[spoiler:Damon.]]
* LoveHurts: Elena's love life is nothing but heartbreak and confusion.
* LoveInterest: Primarily to Stefan. Elena is the main love interest of Stefan.
** As of season four, to Damon.
* LoveWillLeadYouBack: At the start of season 3, Elena refuses to go on without Stefan coming back into her life. Caroline mentions that since Stefan had left with Klaus, that Elena had stopped living and had let life pass her by. Elena spent much of season three trying to get Stefan back and get him to turn on his humanity again.
* [[MainCharacters Main Character]]
* ManipulativeBitch: Elena with her humanity off. She is cold, manipulative and cunning.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Is over a century and a half younger than both Stefan and Damon.
* MeetCute: With Stefan in the Pilot episode. They meet each other for the first time outside of the men's washroom, which is kind of embarrassing on Elena's part considering she's actually coming out of the men's washroom.
* MementoMacGuffin: Elena's necklace, in which Stefan gave to her in 1x03. The necklace is often seen as a representation of Stefan and Elena's love. Aside from that, the amulet actually has many supernatural ties to it:
** The amulet is used as a talisman to connect to the Original Witch, Esther.
** The amulet is indestructible. To some fans, the fact that the amulet couldn't be destroyed when Bonnie through it into the fire and cast a spell, was a representation of Stefan and Elena's undying love.
** The amulet also allowed Esther to use magic in the living world while she was still on the [[OffscreenAfterlife Other Side]].
** The amulet also contains a portion of Esther's magic.
* MissingMom: Her [[spoiler:adoptive]] mother Miranda is dead. [[spoiler: As is her biological mother Isobel]]
** [[spoiler:Elena's biological mother Isobel gave Elena up for adoption. Elena never knew about Isobel until later on in her life.]]
* MoralityChain: She is this to both Stefan and Damon but more Damon.
* MoralityPet: Elena is this for Damon. On occasions Stefan, Alaric and lately Jeremy fulfill this function for Damon as well. She is this for Stefan as well, especially since the revelation that he can't love her as a vampire, since she no longer helps him forget what he is (which is one of the things he says to Lexi in season 1 as a reason he's in love with her).
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: Elena has committed some immoral acts (especially recently as a vampire) where she has been overwhelmed with guilt and appalled by her own actions. One example is in 4x05, [[spoiler: when Elena kills Connor. She ends up consumed and overwhelmed with guilt, shocked that she actually killed a human being. Due to her inner guilt, Elena ends up being haunted afterwards by Ghost!Connor.]] Another example is in 4x04, [[spoiler: when Elena and Damon feed on endless humans at a party and she gives into her blood lust, not realizing what she is doing. Elena comes off of her blood high when she sees Bonnie looking at her concerned and Elena realizes her out of control actions. She then breaks down to Bonnie about how what she was doing was not her and that she doesn't want to be that person.]]
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Elena when she was sired to Damon. When Elena was under control of the sire bond, she would do what Damon told her to do, even if it was something that Elena wouldn't like or agree with. The purpose of the sire bond was for Elena to obey to what Damon wanted no matter what.
* NiceGirl: Elena is kind, compassionate, friendly and down to earth. She is the kind of person anyone would want to befriend.
* NonhumanLoverReveal: In 1x06, Elena discovers Stefan's deep dark secret when she starts to put the pieces together of all of the strange events that have happened recently to the town as well as to people around her: Stefan is a vampire. At first, Elena is completely scared and freaked when she discovers Stefan's revelation but eventually, she becomes more understanding of Stefan and his vampirism. Elena eventually comes around completely and accepts and loves Stefan as a vampire, despite being extremely hesitant at first after finding out his secret.
%% * NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent
* [[NotHimself Not Herself]]: Basically for most of Season 4 as a vampire. She couldn't keep any blood down (including animal blood, human blood from blood bags and even vampire blood); she became irrational, impulsive, moody and she had the serious urge to feed off of humans and kill; she killed someone for the first time (Connor); she hallucinated Ghost!Connor; she's tried to kill Jeremy a few times; she became suicidal and tried to kill herself and finally, [[spoiler: she's sired to Damon]]. Elena is most definitely NOT herself.
** And to add to that, as of 4x15, she now has her humanity switched off.
* OfficialCouple: With Stefan for most of the series. However, [[spoiler: Elena and Stefan recently broke up in "We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes" due to Elena confessing that she loves Damon.]]
* OfficialCoupleOrdealSyndrome: her relationship with Stefan. There is NOTHING that Stefan and Elena have not been through.
* OrdinaryHighSchoolStudent: She was this before being involved in a lot of supernatural events and characters.
* ParentalAbandonment: Both her parents died before the beginning of the series
%% * PinballProtagonist
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Matt, her childhood friend and first love.
* PluckyGirl: Considering everything she has been through.
* ThePollyanna: Despite all of the hardships that Elena has gone through, losing family members and friends, losing the love of her life a few times, and all of her loved ones constantly being put in danger, Elena still manages to put on a happy face most of the time. She tries to remain as optimistic as possible.
* ThePresidentsDaughter: As the doppelganger, whose [[MacGuffin blood]] breaks the moonstone curse, she is actively sought after by the vampires.
* ProHumanTranshuman: Is a vampire, but Elena tries to uphold her humanity as much as possible.
* {{Protagonist}}: She's the main character. Elena (along with Stefan and Damon) is the central character of the story as the story centers around her journey and her life.
* RedOniBlueOni: Elena is the Blue Oni to Caroline's Red Oni. Elena is more calm, cool, logical and Caroline is more impulsive, passionate and intense.
* ReincarnationRomance / RedStringOfFate: Elena's relationship with Stefan.
** The RedStringOfFate applies more to Stefan and Elena in the books.
* RescueRomance: With Stefan. Four months before Elena met Stefan, Stefan had saved her life at the car accident at Wickery Bridge.
** Elena and Damon have also saved each other’s lives several times over the course of the series.
* SecretLegacy: Elena is a doppelganger. She is the doppelgänger of Katherine Pierce.
* SeenItAll: Elena, as a human, has seen everything that is supernatural and out of the ordinary. Therefore, Elena becomes completely unfazed by anything that is unusual. She's seen everything from vampires, witches, werewolves, and hybrids to the Original vampires.
* SelfSacrificeScheme: Elena had this in season two. [[TrueCompanions Her friends]] did not approve.
* SingleWomanSeeksGoodMan: First with Matt, but mostly with Stefan.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Stefan.
* StepfordSmiler: Elena may be in pain but she often covers it up with a smile.
* TheStoic: As Non-Humanity!Elena.
* StrongFamilyResemblance: To Katherine. They are identical in physical appearance. This is because Elena is Katherine's doppelgänger and Elena is a descendent of Katherine.
* SuicideBySunlight: Elena attempted this in 4x06, but Damon saved her.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Humanity!Elena versus non-humanity!Elena. Elena with her humanity is warm, empathetic, kind and caring but Elena without her humanity is ruthless, cold, unkind, selfish and uncaring.
* SuperpowerLottery: Because of Elena's vampirism, she possesses standard vampire powers and abilities.
** SuperSpeed: Elena can move and run much faster than that of a normal human.
** SuperReflexes: Also known as super agility. Elena can react much faster and quicker to situations than that of a normal human.
** SuperStrength: Elena is able to carry or lift heavier objects with much ease and little effort.
** MindManipulation: Elena is able to control the mind of any human, influencing their thoughts and their actions in the process. The only way to prevent Elena from mind influencing someone is for the human victim to have vervain on them.
** HealingFactor: Elena can get stabbed, shot or wounded and she will heal immediately.
** SuperSenses: All of Elena's senses, such as sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing have become clearer, stronger and heightened. She is able to see, smell and hear things from a greater distance than that of a normal human.
* SupportingLeader: Stefan often takes the lead in most plans or missions.
* TookALevelInJerkass: [[spoiler: After turning off her humanity]].
* [[TragicHero Tragic Heroine]]: Elena has gone through nothing but pain and endless hardships due to the fact that she was born to be doomed (due to her family history and her identity as a doppelgänger). She is probably one of the most tragic characters on the show ―definitely up there with Stefan).
* TraumaCongaLine: See DeusAngstMachina and DoomMagnet.
* {{Tsundere}}: Elena is a Type B in her interactions with Damon.
* UndyingLoyalty: To Damon. The major reason for this is because [[spoiler: she is sired to Damon. Because of this, Elena automatically does everything that Damon asks of her, even if it isn't something she really wants to do deep down.]]
** Elena told Stefan that ever since she turned, her feelings for Damon have magnified. This is [[spoiler:possibly due to the sire bond between Damon and Elena.]]
** Elena couldn't keep any of the blood that she was drinking (animal blood, human blood from blood bags, vampire blood) down during the beginning of her transformation because Damon had told her that she could only drink human blood straight from the vein.
** Damon had told Elena to kill Connor if she had ever come in contact with him. Elena ends up killing Connor because Damon had commanded her to do so.
** It should be mentioned that Damon gave several direct orders to Elena which she didn’t follow through with:
* UnexpectedInheritance: Elena (as well as Jeremy) had no financial troubles following the death of their parents.
* UnfazedEveryman: Elena between Season's 1 to 3 before she was turned into a vampire in Season 4. Elena as a human was primarily surrounded by friends and family that were supernatural beings (vampires, werewolves, witches, etc) with the exception of Matt. Elena has seen every supernatural being as a human that she became completely unfazed by any of it.
** Her love interests are vampires.
** Her friends/allies are various supernatural beings.
** Members of her family were supernatural beings (Katherine, [[spoiler:Isobel, Alaric and Jenna]] were/became vampires; [[spoiler:Jeremy is a medium/vampire hunter/Member of ''The Five'']])
** She was sought after by the Originals (Klaus, Elijah, Rebekah, Kol, Finn, Mikael), whom are all vampires with the exception of Esther, who was the Original witch.
** Elena becomes even more unfazed by the supernatural beings around her when she discovers that she's actually a [[{{Doppelganger}} supernatural being]] herself.
* TheUnfettered: [[spoiler: Elena without her humanity doesn't seem to care what she does, even if she is hurting others, very much like non!humanity!Stefan in season three. She will do whatever she wants regardless and doesn't have any remorse for her out of control actions.]]
* WeirdnessMagnet: Vampires, werewolves, her best friend being a witch...
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Elena has this type of dynamic with Damon.
** [[spoiler: They do.]]
* ViralTransformation: At the end of season three when [[spoiler: Elena dies with vampire blood in her system and turns into a vampire as a result.]]
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[[folder: Stefan Salvatore]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Paul Wesley

->''"I don't hurt people. I don't do that. I'm the good brother."''

Stefan is a mysterious, handsome century old immortal. He is a protagonist, and narrator of the series. Stefan is known to be the good vampire brother (between he and Damon) and is seen to be kind, caring, compassionate, heroic and selfless. Stefan tries to avoid drinking human blood due to the fact that he hates hurting or killing anyone ([[spoiler: Not to mention drinking human blood turns him into an insane, amoral "ripper"]], choosing to feed from the blood of animals instead. As a result, Stefan is weaker than most other vampires, in particular, his elder brother Damon, who has bared a grudge against Stefan for over a century. Early in the series, Stefan fatefully meets and falls in love with Elena Gilbert. He develops a mutual romantic relationship with her while protecting her and her loved ones both from his own nature and other vampires. As of the season two finale [[spoiler: Stefan reverted back to his darker side, the Ripper, in order to save Damon from dying from a fatal werewolf bite. In exchange for the cure (which is Klaus' hybrid blood), he became a servant to TheBigBad, Klaus.]] Since season three onwards, [[spoiler: Stefan has turned on his humanity and reverted back to his normal, humane self.]]
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* ActionHero: Involved in the middle of all of the action in the series.
* ActualPacifist: Especially in season one. Stefan does not really like resorting to violence of any sort, but he will do so if necessary. Expect Stefan to angst afterwards though.
* AlliterativeName: Stefan's first and last name begin and end with the same letter: '''S'''.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Damon often thinks of Stefan this way.
* AnchoredShip: With Elena in Seasons 1 and 2.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Elena.
* AntiHero: In Season 3 and arguably Season 4.
** Type II or [[PragmaticHero Type III.]]
* AntiVillain: [[SlidingScaleOfAntiVillains Type III or IV]] in Season 3.
* TheAtoner
* {{Badass}}: Especially in Season 3.
** BadassBiker: As of season four, it appears that Stefan's official vehicle of choice is his motorcycle. See CoolBike.
** BadassBoast: Has his moments, especially when he is threatened or his loved ones are threatened. Not as much as Damon though.
** BadassBookworm: Stefan is known to be highly scholarly and academic. He often spends his time studying or researching and he has a passion for writing and literature. Stefan attended ivy league schools such as Harvard.
** BadassNickname: '''The RIPPAH'''.
** CulturedBadass: Stefan is well-read, loves writing, literature, music and art. He is highly sentimental and has a pile of journals and diaries in which he has written in over the course of his immortal life
** HeartbrokenBadass / BadassAngster
** HiddenBadass: Only in the very beginning.
** PopCulturedBadass:
*** Stefan is a fan of literature, especially literature by Creator/FScottFitzgerald, especially his masterpiece, TheGreatGatsby;
*** Stefan loves the TV show ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'';
*** ILoveLucy is his all time favourite show; loving cup episodes are the best;
*** Stefan is a huge fan of Creator/MartinScorsese; his favourite movie is ''Film/TaxiDriver'';
*** In terms of music, Stefan's range of music is very broad. He is a fan of BobDylan, JimiHendrix, Patsy Cline, WillieNelson, KanyeWest and even MileyCyrus.
* BadassInDistress: Stefan gets himself into trouble at times and requires help from time to time, although he is still completely capable of fending for himself.
* BadPowersGoodPeople: Since he is a vampire, Stefan is capable of using his abilities to be extremely destructive, but instead, he chooses to use his abilities to save and help others because of who he is.
* BattleCouple: With Elena, particularly in the earlier seasons.
* BeingEvilSucks: He always struggles to rid himself of his human blood addiction, because he ''really'' doesn't want to be a bad guy.
* BerserkButton: If you want to get on Stefan's bad side, trying hurting Elena, Caroline, Damon or anyone he loves and cares about.
-->''"Hurt her again and you're '''dead'''."'' - Stefan about Caroline to Jules in 2x13
* BewareTheNiceOnes: [[spoiler: especially when they go all Ripper]]
* BettyAndVeronica: Stefan is involved in quite a few love triangles, the most notable and recent one being the one between himself, Elena and Damon. Stefan is the Betty to Damon's Veronica for Elena's Archie.
** The Betty to Damon's Veronica for Katherine's Archie.
** The Archie to Elena's Betty and Katherine's Veronica.
** The Archie to Elena's Betty and Rebekah's Veronica
** In the very beginning, the Archie to Elena's Betty and Caroline's Veronica
** The Veronica to Matt's Betty for Elena's Archie.
* BigBrotherInstinct: To Jeremy. Stefan is often protective of Jeremy and makes sure that he is safe.
* BigBrotherMentor: Primarily to Jeremy. Stefan is seen to be protective of Jeremy. He takes on a bit of a big brother role and mentor to Jeremy whenever Elena isn't present. An example of this is in 2x01, after Jeremy had taken pills and drank Anna's blood in attempts to become a vampire. Stefan told Jeremy to snap out of this; that he (Jeremy) really didn't want to do this because he (Jeremy) would end up regretting it for the rest of his life. Stefan also frequently gives Jeremy advice, pep talks and even lectures from time to time.
** Also, to Caroline at the beginning of season two. He taught Caroline how to control herself on blood and keep her humanity.
* BigManOnCampus / TheAce: Stefan is popular, athletic, a good student and [[ChickMagnet easily attracts the girls.]]
* BirdsOfAFeather: With Elena. It seems that Elena and Stefan have various things in common, most notably the fact that like Elena, Stefan also writes in a journal and records his thoughts.
* {{Bookworm}}: Stefan is highly knowledgable and well-read. He reads, studies and researches a lot.
* [[BreakHisHeartToSaveHim Break Her Heart To Save Her]]: Stefan occasionally does this to Elena throughout the series. Stefan breaks up with Elena or turns his back on her in order to protect Elena. This is especially evident in season three when Stefan leaves Mystic Falls with Klaus and becomes a Ripper in order to protect Elena and the rest of the town.
* BreakTheCutie: Whenever Stefan finds some sort of happiness, something is always out there to hurt Stefan and to make him suffer.
* BroodingBoyGentleGirl: Stefan is the Brooding Boy to Elena's Gentle Girl, primarily in season one.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: From his blood addiction issues, to him battling with the dark side of himself (the Ripper), to his never ending guilt, to self-loathing as a vampire, Stefan can never seem to catch a break. He is always the one getting kicked around. As if Stefan didn't just recover from being a blood-addicted, compelled-by-Klaus, humanity-turned-off Ripper, he loses Elena (who happens to sired to Damon) to his brother, Damon. He doesn't even seem to be having much luck in the romance department; something that Stefan has always had at least a little bit of luck.
* CaptainObvious:
-->'''Bonnie:''' "What's going on?"
--> '''Jeremy:''' "We're gonna kill Katherine."
--> '''Stefan:''' "I can explain."
--> '''Bonnie:''' "Please."
--> '''Stefan:''' "We're ...gonna kill Katherine."
* TheCasanova / TheCharmer: Stefan is popular with women and can easily charm the ladies. He was quite the charmer and womanizer during his Ripper days. He attracted the ladies like a moth to a flame. Most of his victims seemed to be women.
* CharacterTics: Stefan often tilts his head to the side when he's looking at or talking to someone.
** Also seems to point his fingers when talking or trying to make a point.
* ChickMagnet: At the beginning of the series, all of the girls within the school found Stefan attractive, were drawn to him and wanted to gain his attention. Stefan has been the object of romantic interest for all of the major female characters of the series including Elena, Caroline, Bonnie, Katherine, Jenna, Callie, Rosalyn, and Rebekah.
* ClarkKenting: Especially in season one. Stefan kept his identity as a vampire as secret from everyone and tried to pass himself off as a new transfer student at Mystic Falls High.
* CockFight: Against Damon over the affections of Katherine and Elena.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: Stefan has to resist the urge to drink human blood every day, as humans walk all around him.
* TheComicallySerious: Stefan has a very dry, sarcastic sense of humour.
* CoolBike: Stefan owns his own Harley motorcycle.
* CoolCar: Stefan drives a red 1963 Porsche 356B Karmann Coupe.
* CoolShades: Is seen wearing them sometimes, most notably in 1x19.
* CorruptTheCutie: What Klaus did to Stefan at the end of season two by reverting Stefan back into a Ripper.
* TheCorruptible: To Klaus.
* CursedWithAwesome: Stefan is a vampire with superhuman abilities. Although, Stefan actually sees it as [[BlessedWithSuck a curse more than anything]].
* {{Dandere}}: Stefan is generally shy but around the right people, he loosens up and is rather friendly and talkative.
* DarkAndTroubledPast: He has gone through some very dark phases in his immortal life and has a darker alter ego, known as the Ripper.
* DarkSide: Stefan has went down the path of darkness a few times throughout his immortal life, like an on and off switch. Although, he often recovers from it and gains his humanity and compassionate side again.
* TheDarkSideWillMakeYouForget: As the ripper. Stefan descends so far into darkness and into the bloodlust, that he even mentions in one of his journals that he blacks out completely, forgetting how many people he's killed, how much human blood he's drank, etc.
* DeadpanSnarker: He's usually stoic but his scenes with Damon are true SnarkToSnarkCombat.
* DealWithTheDevil: Stefan has done this many, many times with [[BigBad Klaus]]. He did this at the end of season two [[spoiler: when he sacrificed himself and his humanity and became the Ripper in exchange for his hybrid blood to cure Damon's fatal werewolf bite. Stefan did this again in season four, when he made a secret deal to work with Klaus to find a cure for Elena to become human again.]]
* DeclarationOfProtection: Stefan's existence basically revolves around protecting Elena and keeping her safe at all times.
* DespairEventHorizon: There have been times throughout Stefan's immortal life where he has descended so far into darkness that he had given up hope and shut off his humanity. A prime example of this is evident in season 3 when Stefan shut off his humanity after suffering much guilt from being the Ripper. Being a Ripper again changed Stefan as a person and turned Stefan from an IdealHero to an AntiHero and even an AntiVillain. Case in point, Stefan is a walking tragedy.
* {{Determinator}}: Stefan is an extremely determined individual and he NEVER gives up. Whenever he has a mission, plan, agenda or goal in sight or in mind, he will do anything and everything to accomplish it. An example of this is [[spoiler: Stefan doing everything in his power to find the cure for Elena to become human again, going as far as to make a deal with Klaus and making Jeremy stake vampires so that 'The Five' mark on Jeremy's hand grows. Stefan's primary motivation behind trying to find the cure for Elena to become human is a combination of guilt (from not saving her instead of Matt at the end of season 3) and realizing how much Elena has changed as an individual as a vampire (Elena's erratic behaviour, depression, suicidal tendencies, mood swings, etc).]]
* DeusAngstMachina: Stefan is almost always angsting about something. It is normally about something that he feels guilty about.
* {{Deuteragonist}}: To Elena's [[TheProtagonist protagonist]]. Stefan is [[TheHero hero]] and Elena is the main character. He is the second most important character of the series after Elena.
* DoomMagnet: Pain, trouble, darkness and despair seem to follow Stefan wherever he goes. He seems to attract it all of the time, probably more than any other character in the series.
* TheDragon: In season 3, Stefan was basically Klaus' second in command. when he worked with him and helped him to create an army of Hybrids.
** DragonWithAnAgenda: Stefan may have been TheDragon to Klaus, but he sure had very different motives than his master, Klaus. While Klaus wanted to kill Elena and take her blood in order to create more Hybrids, Stefan was protecting Elena and the entire town of Mystic Falls from Klaus.
* TheDreaded: Non-Humanity!Stefan aka '''The Rippah'''.
* DrivenToSuicide: In 1x20 ''Blood Brothers'', Stefan wanted to end it all because of his [[GuiltComplex extreme guilt]]. He attempted to do so by [[SuicideBySunlight taking off his daylight ring]].
* DrunkOnTheDarkSide: Especially as a ripper. Once he becomes a ripper, he loses all control and gets drunk on the power of feeding on human blood.
* DynamicCharacter: Since the start of the series, Stefan has gone through the most changes and ups and downs on a characterization basis.
* EasilyForgiven: Since Stefan is often viewed as a more moral character of the show, many of his immoral or morally questionable deeds and acts are brushed aside. Elena is especially very forgiving of Stefan. After Stefan had nearly driven Elena off of Wickery Bridge (y'know, where her parents died and she almost died, so a traumatic location to begin with) and terrorized her in 3x11, Elena immediately forgave Stefan in the next episode after Stefan apologized and realized the error of his ways.
* EmotionSuppression: In "The Reckoning", Klaus compels Stefan to shut of his humanity and his emotions.
** Lasts only a couple of with him being a huge {{Jerkass}}.
* EnemyWithin: Stefan's dark side or alter ego: The Ripper.
* EternalLove: With Elena. Apparently. [[spoiler:Not so much as of Season Four.]]
* EveryoneCanSeeIt: Stefan has this type of relationship with Elena. Almost all of the characters on the show can see or have commented on Stefan and Elena's undying love for each other. An example of this would be Klaus telling Damon referring to Stefan and Elena's love for each other: "Crazy or not, that kind of love never dies". A second example is when Caroline told Elena: "Stefan is your epic love". A third example is Lexi telling Elena referring to her love and relationship with Stefan: "When it's real, you can't walk away". Other characters on the show have noticed and commented on Stefan and Elena's love and devotion to each other, such as Damon, Katherine, Klaus, and Rebekah. Various characters on the show have also been shown to be Stelena supporters or shippers. Such characters include Klaus, Caroline, Bonnie, Matt, Lexi, Jeremy, Jenna, etc. The producers of the series, Kevin Williamson and Julie Plec have both referred to Stefan and Elena as being the true epic love story of the show. Kevin Williamson has repeatedly referred to Stefan and Elena as soul mates. He also suggests that although the plot is about a love triangle (between Elena, Stefan and Damon), the series revolves around Stefan and Elena's love story and that their relationship is the central plot and "anchor" of the show.
--> '''Caroline to Elena:''' "Stefan is your epic love.''
--> '''Lexi to Elena:''' "When it's real, you can't walk away."
--> '''Klaus to Damon:''' "Crazy or not, that kind of love never dies."
--> '''Klaus to Stefan and Elena:''' "Now this is fascinating. The only thing stronger than your craving for blood is your love for this one girl."
--> '''Matt to Stefan:''' "You guys are good together. I wasn't so sure before, but Elena is happy."
--> '''Rebekah to Stefan:''' "I envy the love you have for each other."
--> '''Damon to Elena:''' Stefan. It's always going to be...Stefan."
--> '''Caroline to Elena:''' "Stefan is your soulmate!"
--> '''Caroline to Stefan:''' "You and her [Elena]? EPIC."
--> '''Jeremy to Stefan:''' "I'm glad that you guys are back together."
--> '''Rose to Jeremy:''' "Stefan is different. His love is pure and he will always be good for her."
--> '''Stefan to Damon:''' "I guess he found something to live for."
--> '''Klaus to Damon:''' "Al I see is Stefan and Elena."
* FaceHeelTurn: Stefan turned into the Ripper (the darker side of himself) by sacrificing himself to Klaus in order to get the blood to cure Damon's werewolf bite. Stefan then went from being TheHero to the AntiHero.
** This happened because [[TheCorrupter Klaus]] forced Stefan to become the Ripper by drinking tons of human blood bags.
* FatalAttractor: Stefan seems to attract some women who are completely crazy and vengeful. Katherine and Rebekah anyone?
* FatalFlaw: His addictive personality and inability to control his addiction and urges to/for human blood.
* TheFettered: When Stefan is his normal, human self, he is one of the most moral characters on the show. He lives by a strong set of morals, ideals, values and beliefs and always believes in doing the right thing as much as possible.
-->''"We choose our own path. Our values and our actions, they define who we are."'' - Stefan to Vickie in 1x07
* FireAndIceLoveTriangle: Stefan and Damon fit this trope. Stefan is the Fire, who is warm, kind, compassionate, caring and loving and Damon is the Ice, who is uncaring, arrogant, cold, unsympathetic and impulsive.
* {{Foil}}: To Damon. Stefan's overall the "good brother" (TheHero) to Damon's "bad brother" (The AntiHero/ {{Villain}}). More specifically:
** CainAndAbel: Stefan is the Abel to Damon's Cain. Their relationship is built from this trope.
** FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: Stefan is the Responsible Sibling to Damon's Foolish Sibling. Stefan is more practical, serious and responsible, while Damon is more impulsive, irresponsible and careless.
** NobleMaleRoguishMale: Stefan is the Noble Male to Damon's Roguish Male. While Stefan is more noble and diplomatic in how he approaches things, Damon is much more impulsive, reckless and more prone to violence.
** RedOniBlueOni: Stefan is the Blue Oni (logical, calm, cool, composed) to Damon's Red Oni (impulsive, reckless, hot-headed, passionate).
** SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Stefan is the Sensitive Guy (kind, compassionate, empathetic, gentle) to Damon's Manly Man (aggressive, passionate, impulsive, strong).
** StraightManAndWiseGuy: Stefan is the Straight Man to Damon's Wise Guy. Stefan is more serious and stoic and Damon is more openly humorous, snarky and sarcastic.
** SiblingRivalry: Stefan has had a sibling rivalry going back to their human years. It seemed to have heated up after Stefan and Damon met Katherine.
** SiblingYinYang: Stefan are polar opposites in terms of personality, outlook, values, goals and beliefs. Stefan and Damon are often referred to as the "good brother" and the "bad brother" respectively.
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire: He's not a "dangerous" vampire.
* FriendsWithBenefits: As of 4x11, with Rebekah. Stefan and Rebekah sleep together without any attachments or feelings involved.
* GenreSavvy: Stefan is one of the most aware characters, as he always seems to have an idea of what is going on around him.
* GoodIsNotNice: Especially as non-humanity!Stefan.
* GoodIsNotSoft: Stefan is generally nice, polite and kind, but DO NOT get on his bad side. You will regret it.
* MyGreatestFailure: Not saving Elena at the end of season three. Stefan ends up regretting it when Elena turns into a vampire.
* GreenEyes
** In the novels, Stefan's green eyes are heavily emphasized and mentioned.
* GuileHero: Stefan is this but he is an ActionHero as well.
* GuiltComplex: Stefan suffers from a major case of this. He feels guilty for things that are his fault and for things that aren't his fault.
* HeelFaceTurn: Towards the end of season three.
* HellBentForLeather: Stefan is seen wearing leather jackets from time to time.
* TheHero: Elena is the main protagonist, but she's too much of TheChick and the DamselInDistress while Stefan is more of the classic ActionHero, involved in all the heroic scenes.
** ClassicalAntiHero: Stefan fits this trope in season three after starting to recover from Ripperdom. Stefan's flaws, vulnerabilities and weaknesses are exposed and therefore, we as the audience discover that Stefan isn't the perfect IdealHero that he was in season one and two.
** FallenHero: Stefan used to fit the classical trope of IdealHero before he turned off his humanity and became a Ripper at the end of season two. Stefan became this tragic figure because he had made a HeroicSacrifice. Stefan didn't start out as a villain, he became one because of a heroic deed. Another example of this is back in 1864, when Stefan was consumed with guilt for betraying Damon and accidentally killing his father, he shut off his humanity and gave into his vampirism. This was when the Ripper was born.
** HorrifyingHero: Stefan may be a hero, but he's also a vampire. Despite Stefan saving the day, he can make people run the other way.
** HumbleHero: Stefan saves lives and his heroic by nature, but he isn't cocky about his sense of heroism.
** MagneticHero: Stefan seems to have a magnetic quality that draws people to him; he has the ability to persuade people to hear his point of view and without the influence of mind compulsion.
** PragmaticHero: Stefan may be a hero who has strong morals and good intentions, but at the same time, he is willing to do morally questionable actions in order to achieve his goals.
** SociopathicHero: Ripper!Stefan is the embodiment of this trope. Stefan fit this trope in season 3 when Klaus compelled him to shut off his humanity, resulting in him having a [[LackOfEmpathy zero empathy, humanity or compassion]].
** TragicHero: Despite Stefan's heroism, his good intentions and his selflessness, Stefan hardly receives anything positive in return. Instead, Stefan ends up suffering the most despite his good deeds and good intentions. Case in point, Stefan is the embodiment of a walking tragedy.
** HurtingHero: Oh boy, Stefan never catches a break.
** HeroAntagonist: Stefan fits this trope in season three as the Ripper. Although he was doing many morally questionable things, he was doing them for the greater good.
* HeroInsurance: Stefan could become the Ripper, shut of his humanity, kill tons of people and he will still be referred to as heroic as soon as he reverts back to heroic, noble, compassionate Stefan.
* HeroicSpirit: He has it.
** ChronicHeroSyndrome: Stefan suffers from this trope, which means that he feels the constant need to save others and if he doesn't end up saving people, he'll burden guilt.
** HeroicBSOD: This happened to Stefan when he discovered that Damon was dying of a fatal werewolf bite at the end of season two. Due to Stefan's desperation to save his brother, he became his worst enemy, the Ripper. This happened again at the end of season three, when he saved Matt instead of Elena and Elena died by drowning. Stefan was overwhelmed with shock and grief, adding to his guilt, causing him to emotionally crumble a little bit.
** HeroicResolve: In 3x05, Stefan had appeared defeated and had succumbed to being Klaus' second in command. He had told Klaus that he didn't care about Elena anymore and that she meant nothing to him (which was a lie). However, when Klaus attacked Elena by attempting to kill her, Stefan became very enraged and attacked Klaus angrily.
** HeroicSacrifice: Stefan committed this in season three, when Stefan sacrificed himself to Klaus in order to save Damon's life and protect the entire town of Mystic Falls from Klaus.
** HeroicSelfDeprecation: Despite saving and helping others and making sacrifices for other people, Stefan is incredibly guilt-ridden and self-loathing.
** HeroicWillpower: Stefan fights the dark side of him and his addiction to human blood in order to maintain his humanity and not hurt anyone.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Damon during his human life and with Klaus during the 20's.
* HiddenDepths: Stefan appears to be gentle, kind and compassionate, but he definitely has a tough and violent side when provoked.
** Also has serious blood addiction issues.
* HorrorHunger: Stefan suffers from a major case of this. He is addicted to human blood and goes crazy when he has to much of it.
* {{Hunk}}
* HunterOfHisOwnKind: In the first season, many of Stefan's kills were vampires.
* ICantDance: Stefan just hates dancing because he doesn't think he's good at it. But in reality, he's not that bad.
* IAmAMonster: Stefan frequently thinks this about himself due to him being a vampire.
* [[IceQueen Ice King]]: Especially as the ripper. He becomes completely devoid of feeling any emotion. As the ripper, he reverts to a cold, careless, sociopathic and unsympathetic person.
* IDidWhatIHadToDo: At the end of season two, Stefan [[spoiler: sacrificed himself to the villain [[BigBad Klaus]] and became a Ripper in order to save his brother Damon from dying from a fatal werewolf bite.]]
* IHateYouVampireDad: Towards Katherine. Katherine is Stefan's maker (as well as Damon's). Although Katherine is still in love with Stefan and plans on waiting for him forever, Stefan hates her and wants nothing to do with her.
* ILetGwenStacyDie: At the end of season three, [[spoiler: Stefan failed to save Elena when he made the decision to save Matt over Elena from drowning because Elena had told Stefan to do so. Because of this, Elena died and became a vampire due to Stefan choosing to save Matt before Elena. This only contributed to Stefan's neverending guilt.]]
* ImNotAHeroIm: Stefan views himself as a monster, or a predator meant to hurt people. But on the contrary, Stefan is a heroic, selfless, brave yet tragic individual, that despite what and who he is (which is a vampire), makes endless heroic sacrifices to save, protect and help people, especially those he loves.
* {{Immortality}}: Stefan is a a vampire who is capable of living forever and never physically aging. Although he physically looks 17, he is actually 165 years old. He also cannot die under normal human circumstances.
** Stefan is Type V: TheUndead. He is a living dead person.
** Stefan is Type X: Vampiric, LifeDrinker
* InterspeciesRomance: Stefan is a century old immortal (vampire) and Elena is an eighteen year old mortal human. Now, this has changed since Elena has recently turned into a vampire and therefore is no longer human.
* [[IJustWantToBeNormal I Just Want To Be Normal / Reluctant Hero]]: Stefan hates being a vampire and has mentioned that he misses being human again. Part of the reason why Stefan wants to be normal is because of his dark side (the Ripper) and also, his lack of control when it comes to human blood. Stefan told Rebekah in 4x04 that he desired to be human again; to have a family with Elena, grow old with Elena, die with Elena and be buried with Elena. That if he found the cure and had the opportunity to take it and become human, he would do it without question.
* ItsAllMyFault: Stefan constantly blames himself for every bad thing that happens. Stefan especially blames himself for Damon going bad, for Damon killing people and descending into villainhood.
** Stefan blames himself for Elena becoming a vampire, being sired and having her humanity shut off.
* ItsNotYouItsMyEnemies: Stefan fits this trope in regards to Elena. Stefan commits his entire immortal life into protecting and saving Elena and keeping her safe. Stefan sometimes distances himself from Elena in order to protect her due to the fact that he is a vampire with a dark past, and therefore, has much darkness, enemies and danger that follows him around.
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Stefan will do anything and everything to make Elena happy, even if he has to give her up.
* IWasQuiteAFashionVictim: According to Damon, the 90's grunge look was not a good look on Stefan.
* {{Jerkass}}: Oh boy, as the Ripper definitely.
* JerkassFacade: Stefan fit this trope in season three when he was the Ripper.
* JekyllAndHyde: Two distinct sides of Stefan's personality: Hero!Stefan and Ripper!Stefan. Stefan has two distinct sides to his personality. One side of him is more dark, sinister and crazy (Hyde aka Rippah!Stefan) and the other side is more kind, heroic and gentle (Jekyll aka Hero!Stefan). Human blood is normally the trigger for the "Hyde" side of Stefan to come breaking through.
* KnightInShiningArmor: Stefan is heroic, saves the day, fights the bad guys, knows how to charm the ladies, has a strong sense of nobleness and honourability and is chivalrous towards the opposite sex. Stefan especially fits this trope in regards to [[DamselInDistress Elena]] as he is always saving and protecting her.
* {{Kuudere}}: Stefan is Type I.
* LackOfEmpathy: As the ripper. He shuts off his humanity completely.
* TheLeader
** Stefan is a combination of Type I and Type II.
* LivingEmotionalCrutch: Stefan is this to both Elena AND Damon.
* LoveInterest: Mainly to Elena. Stefan is Elena's main love interest of the series. Aside from Elena, Stefan has also been a love interest to Katherine and Rebekah.
* LoveTriangle: Stefan is in a love triangle with Elena and Damon, with Stefan being in love with Elena, Elena being in love with Stefan, Damon being in love with Elena and Elena having feelings/attraction for Damon. Stefan was also in a similar love triangle back in 1864 with Katherine and Damon.
* LovableJock: Primarily in season one when Stefan was playing the position of wide receiver on the high school football team. He was the opposite of Tyler, who was a JerkJock.
* LoveMartyr: With Damon, although not in a romantic sense. Despite Damon being an antagonistic and even intolerable individual to most people, Stefan still can't stop loving and caring about his brother and saving him repeatedly.
* ManipulativeBastard: As the ripper. Stefan is ultra cold, sociopathic, and cunning as the ripper. He has no regard for anyone else.
* MartyrWithoutACause: Out of all of the characters in the series, Stefan fits the role of martyr more than anyone, even Elena. He constantly offers himself up to be sacrificed in the place of others (i.e. offering himself as the vampire to be sacrificed instead of Elena's Aunt Jenna) or puts himself in the most dangerous situations in order to protect others from getting hurt or killed (i.e. offering himself up to Klaus in order to save Damon, protect Elena and the entire town of Mystic Falls).
* TheMasqueradeWillKillYourDatingLife: Especially in season 1, when Elena discovered that Stefan was a vampire.
* MeaningfulName: Stefan is named after the very first Christian martyr, St. Stephen. Stefan is the classic example of a martyr.
** Stefan means "Crown". Other meanings for Stefan include "Garland" and "Wreath".
*** Stefan also means "Crowned with Martyrdom" or "Honour".
** Also, his last name Salvatore means ''Saviour'' in Italian. Very fitting for the hero of the show.
* MeetCute: With Elena in the first episode. He unexpectedly meets her outside of the men's washroom.
* MessianicArchetype: Stefan is often portrayed as a highly good, selfless, altruistic, moral and noble character on the show, but especially in the novels.
** In the books, Stefan is named after the very first Christian martyr, ''St. Stephen''.
** Stefan in the books is also a highly religious person and is a young man of faith (he practiced Catholicism).
** In the novels, Stefan's brother Damon mockingly refers to him as Noble Stefan or Saint Stefan.
*** Also on the show, Damon mocks Stefan's noble and heroic qualities, even sarcastically referring to Stefan as probably the [[BigGood most noble, heroic superhero ever]], {{Superman}}.
* MissingMom: Stefan's mother died when he was much younger.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: In the beginning.
* MonsterSobStory: In season three, as the Ripper. Although Stefan was monstrous, villainous and had shut off his humanity, the audience couldn't help but feel sorry for him and feel sympathetic towards him. He had his free will taken away from him, was forced to become the darkest part of himself (the Ripper), and also, he shut off his humanity so that the guilt and pain wouldn't hurt so much. Not to mention that he lost the love of his life Elena, simply because he gave away his freedom in order to save his dying brother. How can anyone not sympathize with that?
* MoralDissonance: Stefan could be a Ripper, kill or harm people, yet pretty much all of the characters easily forgive him for it. However, if Damon kills someone or hurts others, many of the characters have a tendency to hold a grudge against him for a very long time. Take Caroline, Bonnie, Jeremy and even Elena at one point for example. All of them still view Damon in a very negative light and have yet to fully forgive him, yet Stefan was a Ripper, committing immoral acts for months and none of the characters really noticed. As soon as Stefan turned on his humanity and went back to being human!Stefan, everyone forgave him and accepted him back into the inner circle.
* MoralityPet: For Katherine. Katherine has always had a soft spot for Stefan. Stefan seems to bring out the humanity in Katherine; he brings out the much more human, softer side of her.
** As of Season 4, Elena. Deep down, Stefan will always have a special influence on Elena, even though Elena [[spoiler: is currently sired to Damon.]] Also, Elena fights her vampirism and her thirst to kill primarily for Stefan.
** In the beginning of Season 2, for Caroline. After Caroline was turned into a vampire, Caroline learned to not turn off her humanity and learned to stay human because of Stefan's influence. Caroline retained her compassion because of Stefan's help.
** Also for Klaus. Klaus has a soft spot for Stefan and his friendship/brotherhood. Because of Klaus' desire to have Stefan's friendship, Klaus often becomes a much softer person. Caroline also does this for Klaus as well. Both Stefan and Caroline bring out the much more ''human'' side of Klaus.
** Also, Damon. Stefan is the one person out of any character on the show, who has a tendency to keep Damon's recklessness and impulsiveness in check. Not even Elena is successful at it.
** For Rebekah. Rebekah is still in love with Stefan. She becomes a much softer person when she is around him or in his presence.
* MrFanservice: Stefan has had multiple shirtless scenes, showcasing his buff, muscular body, especially his abs. This is a real treat for the female viewing audience.
* MyGreatestFailure: Stefan suffers from this due to not saving Elena from drowning at the end of season three and instead, saving Matt. Stefan's action of saving Matt instead of Elena because Elena told him to, resulted in Elena's death and her transformation into a vampire. This action most likely haunts Stefan and adds to his [[GuiltComplex guilty conscience]].
* MysteriousProtector: After Elena and her family got into a car accident at Wickery Bridge, Stefan had heard the accident and saved Elena's life. After saving Elena, Stefan fled the scene and watched her from afar for four months to look out for her and make sure she was safe. At first, Stefan watched Elena to make sure she wasn't Katherine.
* {{Narrator}}: Stefan is the story-teller of the series. He is the one narrating and telling the story of ''The Vampire Diaries'' and all of the events that occurred or have lead up to the events of the present.
* NewTransferStudent: In Season 1 in the ''Pilot'', Stefan compelled the secretary to enrol him in Mystic Falls High, so that he could pose as a new high school student in attempts to get to know Elena.
* NiceGuy: Stefan is generally nice, kind, compassionate, caring and empathetic person by nature. But when [[JerkAss he is the Rippah]], it's a totally different story. More like a totally different person.
* NonhumanLoverReveal: Elena unexpectedly meets Stefan and feels an instant connection with him in season one. However, Stefan is hiding a deep, dark secret: he is a century old vampire. As Stefan and Elena fall harder for each other, Elena eventually discovers that Stefan is a vampire.
* NotEvenBotheringWithTheAccent: Though Stefan could have lost it from his travels. Still doesn't explain his lack of accent in 1864
* NotHimself: Whenever Stefan reverts back to blood-addicted, non-humanity Ripper-mode. Most notably season three.
** Also in season one when he was having serious issues with his blood addiction issues.
* OfficialCouple: Stefan is in this type of relationship with Elena, which implies that Stefan and Elena are the main, canon romantic pairing of the series (usually, the series revolve around this particular couple).
* PapaWolf: Stefan's overly protective towards anyone he deeply cares about, especially Elena, Damon, Jeremy, Bonnie and Caroline.
* ParentalAbandonment: Stefan's mother died when he was a young child.
* ParentalFavoritism: Stefan was strongly favoured over Damon by his parents, especially his father Giuseppe. Giuseppe saw Stefan as a responsible and dutiful son.
* PerpetualFrowner: Lampshaded by both Damon and Caroline. Stefan is very broody, therefore, he doesn't always smile all that much. Though he ''is'' able to smile on occasion.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Stefan had this sort of relationship with Lexi. Lexi was the one who taught Stefan how to keep a hold of his humanity when he had lost control of his blood lust after he was first turned. Ever since then, Lexi had been his best friend throughout his immortal life.
** Now that Lexi is deceased, Caroline is becoming Lexi 2.0 for Stefan.
* [[ThePowerOfLove Power Of Love]]: Due to his deep love for Elena, Stefan was able to fight Klaus' compulsion THREE TIMES, just so that he doesn't hurt Elena.
* ProHumanTranshuman: Stefan had been turned into a vampire in 1864. Despite what he is, he has done everything he could to maintain a part of humanity, especially by fighting his blood lust and succumbing to the darker side of himself (the Ripper).
* ProtagonistCenteredMorality: Since Stefan is the narrator of the story, his feelings, thoughts and priorities will often dictate the course of the plot. However Stefan views each character whom he is telling about, they will be viewed by the audience in the same way.
* ProtagonistJourneyToVillain: Originally at the beginning of the series, Stefan starts off as an IdealHero with good intentions. However, in season three, Stefan loses his morals and descends into villain hood when he becomes the Ripper. Therefore, Stefan later on in the series, becomes the complete opposite of who he was at the start of the series. Because of this, Stefan falls into the category of TragicHero.
* {{Protectorate}}: Of the town of Mystic Falls and everyone who lives in it.
* RedemptionQuest: After Stefan fell into darkness in season three, he started to regain his humanity and heroic side again towards the middle of season 3. Stefan turning on his humanity again was a way that Stefan was seeking redemption for him succumbing to his dark side.
* ReincarnationRomance: Stefan and Elena share this type of romance. This is due to the fact that Stefan and Elena are soulmates and therefore, have shared "past lives" together. This trope is based of of Stefan/Elena's relationship in the novel series; they are bound together by a [[RedStringOfFate silver cord]].
* RejectionAffection: Katherine is deeply in love with Stefan who makes it clear he wants nothing to do with her. That doesn't stop Katherine from insisting she will have him again.
* ReluctantWarrior: He's an ActualPacifist and he doesn't enjoy fighting but if he has to, he will.
* RescueRomance: Stefan saves Elena from the car accident which kills her parents months before fatefully meeting her and falling in love with her.
* RoaringRampageOfRevenge: After Katherine was seemingly killed, he attacked and killed several of the original founders of Mystic Falls
* RomanticVampireBoy: He's a vampire in a romantic relationship with the main heroine Elena.
* RoundedCharacter: Stefan seems to be one of the characters that is well-written with a solid back story and insight into his past.
* SamaritanSyndrome: Stefan always has the constant need to help others, especially those in need.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: Subverted with Stefan and Caroline with Stefan as the Savvy Guy to Caroline's Energetic Girl. Stefan and Caroline aren't romantically involved, but fit this dynamic as [[PlatonicLifePartners besties]].
* SecondLove: Stefan is this to Elena. This is because Elena's first love is Matt Donovan.
* SecretIdentity: Stefan keeps his identity as a vampire a secret from the general public (especially during the first season).
* ShadowArchetype: Stefan has a shadow or alter ego of himself that he absolutely hates: the Ripper. This side of him represents everything that Stefan is the opposite of in term of his inner 'Self'. See EnemyWithin and JekyllAndHyde.
* ShirtlessScene: Stefan gets plenty of these. Nobody is complaining, seriously.
* SiblingTeam: With Damon frequently. They join forces, generally when Elena's life is at stake or when it's in Damon's interests.
* SiblingTriangle: Stefan is in a love triangle with Elena and his brother, Damon.
* SiblingYinYang: With Damon. In terms of personality, he and Damon couldn't be more polar opposites.
* TheSmartGuy: Stefan is known to be highly intelligent and book smart. He was an aspiring doctor before he was turned into a vampire against his will. He worked a few lucrative jobs but had to leave when it became apparent he wasn't aging.
** Not to mention he attended ivy league schools all over the country, such as Harvard, for example.
* TheSnarkKnight: As the Ripper, Stefan is extremely sarcastic and snarky. Nobody can out snark him, not even Damon.
* SpikyHair: Stefan's hair is always gelled and spiked a certain way. Damon referred to Stefan's spiked hair as a 'hero hairdo'.
* TheSpock: Stefan is this of the [[FreudianTrio main trio]] between himself (''TheSpock, Superego''), Elena (''TheKirk, Ego'') and Damon (''TheMcCoy, Id''). Stefan is intelligent, serious, stoic, practical, and reasonable. He is the one who thinks before he acts and is the logical voice of the trio.
* StalkingIsLove: Followed Elena around for months and dug up all kinds of information on her before introducing himself. Though he did have a ''reason'' for doing this other than creepiness. He wanted to make sure Elena wasn't Katherine
* TheStoic: Very much so, and lampshaded in 2.03 Bad Moon Rising
-->'''Caroline:''' Why are you looking at him with your serious vampire look?
-->'''Stefan:''' My wha… my serious vampire look?
-->'''Caroline:''' Umhm… I mean it’s different from your worried vampire look. Neither of which stray too far from your "Hey, it’s Tuesday" look.
** StoicWoobie: Stefan goes through a lot of pain yet he masks it with a stoic and calm facade and demeanour.
* StarCrossedLovers: Stefan is in this type of relationship with Elena. This is due to the fact that like Romeo and Juliet, Stefan and Elena over the course of the series suffer and continue to suffer from many issues, obstacles and struggles (mostly external, but also internal or personal) that try to keep the two apart. But despite the odds, they often overcome the struggles and come back together, often stronger than before. Stefan and Elena also fit this trope due to Stefan and Elena being two different species (Stefan, a vampire and Elena, a human) and the struggle that comes along with being an interspecies couple. Stefan/Elena also have faced many issues and obstacles over the course of the series that have tried to tear them apart and keep the two from being together. However, as evidence from the series so far, Stefan and Elena somehow manage to overcome the tough struggles that they face and find their way back together.
* StraightMan: Especially in his comedic scenes with Damon.
* TheStrategist: Stefan is one of the most strategic and calculating people on the show.
* SuperpowerLottery: Stefan is a vampire, therefore, he possesses superhuman abilities.
** SuperSpeed: Stefan can move and run much faster than that of a normal human.
** SuperReflexes: Also known as super agility. Stefan can react much faster and quicker to situations than that of a normal human.
** SuperStrength: Stefan is able to carry or lift heavier objects with much ease and little effort.
** MindManipulation: Stefan is able to control the mind of any human, influencing their thoughts and their actions in the process. The only way to prevent Stefan from mind influencing someone is for the human victim to have vervain on them.
** HealingFactor: Stefan can get stabbed, shot or wounded and he will heal immediately.
** SuperSenses: All of Stefan's senses, such as sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing have become clearer, stronger and heightened. He is able to see, smell and hear things from a greater distance than that of a normal human.
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Stefan has two distinct and very different sides to him due to his vampire nature. When Stefan takes in a huge amount of blood, he shuts off his emotions and become crazy, violent, cold, careless, and impulsive. When he feeds, he feeds so violently, that he ends up literally ripping the heads off of his victims, although afterwards he feels guilt and remorse and puts the heads back onto the bodies of his victims. When Stefan is not hyped up on excessive amounts of human blood, he is sensitive, loving, kind, compassionate, caring, empathetic, selfless, and helpful.
* SuicideBySunlight: Stefan attempted this in 1x20 "Blood Brothers", but Elena stopped him.
* {{Superman}}: Damon referred to Stefan as this a couple of times. Damon uses this to mock Stefan's noble, heroic qualities.
-->''"So, what's the plan, Superman''?"'' - Damon to Stefan in 2x22
* SupportingLeader: Stefan can be seen as the supporting leader to Elena. Although, more often than not, Stefan is normally the one that takes the lead in all of the missions, plans. He is involved right in the middle of the action more so than Elena. What would classify Stefan being the supporting leader is the fact that Elena is the lead character and Stefan is the [[{{Deuteragonist}} deuteragonist]].
* SupportingProtagonist: Elena is the main protagonist of the series while Stefan is the second protagonist. The story generally centres around Stefan and Elena.
* SympatheticMurderBackstory: In the beginning, Stefan comes off as kind, caring and humane. However, he harbours a deep dark secret....he used to be a Ripper that killed people. Stefan expresses extreme guilt and remorse for his actions as the Ripper. Stefan often gains sympathy from the viewer, because when he killed people, he had given into his blood lust and had shut off his humanity. Therefore, Stefan really had no control over what he was doing and was sort of unaware of his actions.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: He's very tall and one of the most handsome guys on the series.
* TerrorHero: Stefan particularly fit this trope in Season 3. In 3x11, Stefan played on Klaus' fear of turning Elena into a vampire by feeding her his blood, so that Klaus would be unable to make any more hybrids. At the same time, Stefan was also committing a heroic act by trying to play on Klaus' fears and getting him to get his hybrids out of Mystic Falls.
* ThouShaltNotKill: When Stefan has his humanity in check, Stefan believes that killing shouldn't be the first option to everything.
* TokenEvilTeammate: in season three, after his FaceHeelTurn.
* TookALevelInBadass: In season 3, as the anti-hero and as the Ripper.
* TookALevelInJerkass: Oh boy, also combined with LackOfEmpathy due to Klaus compelling him to shut off his humanity.
* TragicVillain / TragicMonster: In season three as the Ripper.
* TranquilFury: When Stefan gets angry, he's still rather calm and stoic, especially in comparison to Damon, who often lashes out.
* TraumaCongaLine: Stefan has been through so many issues that it appears to be endless. And Stefan never seems to catch a break either.
* TroubledButCute: With his background as a vampire and DarkAndTroubledPast.
* TrueCompanions: With Damon, especially during their human lives.
* TheUnfettered: Stefan fits this trope when he is the Ripper. As the Ripper, Stefan loses his humanity and therefore, when he sets a goal or has an agenda, he doesn't care who it hurts and he doesn't think about the detrimental consequences of his actions.
* UnwantedHarem: Stefan has got all of these different female characters who are in love with him or fell under his charm: Caroline, Katherine and Rebekah. Too bad that he doesn't reciprocate any of their feelings and has his eyes set on only one girl: Elena. Because of this, Stefan could come off as a jerk to the fandom when he rejects them.
* UnresolvedSexualTension: With Katherine. Stefan and Katherine haven't gotten their desire to have hate sex out of their systems yet.
* VegetarianVampire: Stefan chooses and prefers to live off the blood of animals instead of humans. Although, Stefan has recently been drinking human blood since season two, in attempts to curb his blood addiction and control himself on it.
* ViralTransformation: Stefan became a vampire in 1864 after Katherine fed Stefan her vampire blood and died after he was shot in the chest.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With Damon. Type 2. Stefan may be angry with or wary of his brother most of the time, but he'll allow no one else to touch him as Mason Lockwood found out.
* WalkingDisasterArea: Doom and gloom seem to follow Stefan around wherever he goes.
* WarmBloodbagsAreEverywhere: Stefan is noted as having a problem with blood addiction. His use of animal blood, while most non-homicidal vampires steal from blood banks, is because he's afraid of relapse. Later on he starts to carefully start drinking human blood again, as using only animal blood makes him weaker. In the season 2 finale Klaus makes him drink bag after bag of human blood, until his addiction resurfaces and he turns into a "Ripper", an extremely not FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire.
* WeakButSkilled: While Stefan was weaker in strength due to his animal blood diet, Stefan was still rather skilled and capable of defending himself whenever necessary.
* WellDoneSonGuy
* WhatTheHellHero: An example of this is in 3x11, when Stefan threatened Klaus by using Elena. Stefan told Klaus that if Klaus didn't get his hybrids to leave Mystic Falls, he would turn Elena into a vampire and drive her off of Wickery Bridge so that Klaus wouldn't make anymore Hybrids. Turns out that it wasn't Stefan's intention to do any such thing (turn Elena into a vampire), but that he did this so that Klaus bought Elena's fear so that Klaus would get his hybrids out of town. Eventually, Klaus succumbed to Stefan's threats and Klaus got his hybrids to leave town. Elena was extremely traumatized and shocked that Stefan would commit such a horrible act. The audience was also completely shocked by Stefan's actions, appalled that Stefan would really go that far and act so ruthlessly.
* WhenHeSmiles: Stefan doesn't smile much but when he does, it's highly beautiful and infectious.
* WorkingWithTheEx: Recently, Stefan offered to be partners with Rebekah and work with her on the quest to find the cure. This is sure to rekindle some old feelings between the two of them.
* WorthLivingFor: For Elena.
* YoungestChildWins: Stefan has always been strongly favoured over Damon by almost everyone.
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[[folder: Damon Salvatore]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Ian Somerhalder

->''"It's cool not growing old. I like being the eternal stud."''

Damon is Stefan's malevolent, dangerous and impulsive older brother. He is the anti-hero and the antagonist (especially in season one) of the series. He is most certainly ''not'' a FriendlyNeighbourhoodVampire. He long ago swore to make Stefan's life "an eternity of misery". At first, he kills a lot of people in Mystic Falls, but later moderates his behaviour for a number of reasons - though he remains dangerous. When he wants to, Damon can be charming and hilarious... but also cruel and capricious, and capable of killing on a whim. For the first season, Damon was the series' Antagonist, but has reverted his status to help Stefan and protect Elena.
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* AlwaysSecondBest: Damon always feels this way when it comes to Stefan. Growing up, Stefan was the favourite son and was well respected by the town of Mystic Falls. Plus, Stefan got a lot of female attention, especially the girls whom Damon was in love with, including Katherine and Elena. The favouritism towards Stefan since humanhood has made Damon always feel like he was incompetent and second best, living in the shadows of Stefan.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight and subverted. Damon, being TheCasanova, is extremely popular with girls (both in-universe and out) but the girls he really falls in love with (Katherine and Elena) prefer his nice brother Stefan over him.
* AllLoveIsUnrequited: Damon is the epitome of this trope. He loves Elena, she doesn't love him back. He loves Katherine, who also doesn't love him back, but instead loves Stefan. Who is in love with Elena.
* AloofBigBrother: Damon is technically stronger than Stefan, but he isn't as warm and compassionate as Stefan. In fact, he's rather emotionless, sinister, cold and doesn't show his true feelings all that much.
* AnguishedDeclarationOfLove: To Elena at the Originals' Ball. However, Elena tells Damon that the fact that he loves her is a problem for her. Ouch.
* AnythingThatMoves: Damon is willing to screw every single chick that he encounters. Hell, he has slept with almost every single female character that has occurred on the show with the exception of Bonnie: Caroline, Rose, Rebekah, Andie, Bree, and most recently Elena; the list goes. Damon will sleep with almost anyone; this includes mothers (like Isobel, Elena's mother), and even great-great-great-great grandmothers (like Katherine, Elena's ancestor). Let's not forget that Caroline and Elena have both slept with Damon and they are friends. Awkward.
* ArsonMurderAndLifesaving: Damon causes chaos and trouble while he's fighting the bad guys. He just can't help himself.
* {{Badass}}
* BadassBoast: Damon often brags that he can kick anyone's ass whenever he wants.
* BeingGoodSucks: According to him. This is why Damon doesn't bother following the rules and thinking about the concept of morality.
* BerserkButton: If you hurt either Stefan or Elena, watch Damon's bad side come out.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Stefan's Betty for Elena's Archie.
* BigBrotherInstinct: He may enjoy screwing with Stefan, but he's the only one allowed to do so, as the tomb vampires painfully learn.
* BlackSheep: Of his family. See TheUnfavorite.
* BlueAndOrangeMorality: At times he genuinely doesn't seem to comprehend that Elena might be upset because he murdered someone she didn't even know. Even when he [[spoiler:attempts to kill Jeremy]], he seems to class it as bad because it made Elena upset, not because he thought it was morally wrong.
** By season 4 it's pretty clear that it's because he has the mindset of a vampire. A vampire is a predator, so really stuff that's considered morally questionable like drinking blood and snapping necks is part of nature, and Damon feels that you need to embrace it and get enjoyment out of it or you will never adapt. [[spoiler: It's what he preaches in trying to help Elena transition.]].
* BoisterousBruiser: Damon is extroverted, fun-loving, careless and doesn't take anything seriously.
* BromanticFoil: To Stefan of course. Damon is portrayed as a rival for the male lead, Stefan.
* BrutalHonesty: Oh boy, to a fault. Damon's bluntness often gets him into a lot of trouble.
* ByronicHero: Let's see, Damon hates most of the characters in the show, has great panache, is very cynical, certainly has a DarkAndTroubledPast, is [[HeelFaceRevolvingDoor sometimes]] redeemable by [[PowerOfLove Elena]] and is a vampire.
* TheCasanova: Especially when doing his 'flirty eye thing'. He's had romantic envolvment with Katherine, Caroline, Rose, Mary, Charlotte, Elena - just to name a few!
* CharacterDevelopment: Though he'll beat the shit out of you for pointing it out, Damon seems way better now rather than the ruthless villain he was in the beginning.
* CockFight: With Stefan over the affections of Katherine and Elena.
* ControlFreak: Damon has a very controlling nature towards everyone he encounters, especially Elena.
* TheCynic: Damon is definitely a cynical person by nature.
* DeadpanSnarker: Damon tends to be ''extremely'' snarky and sarcastic.
* DependingOnTheWriter: Is Damon a guy who's had a really tough life and just happens to be humanity's natural predator, does he only present a soft side to manipulate people, or are [[OurVampiresAreDifferent vampires so unlike humans]] that it's impossible to determine his motivations? It can vary from episode to episode.
* DestructiveRomance: With Elena and Katherine.
* EvilIsPetty: You know, Damon, Your "evil monster" persona would be a lot more threatening if You didn't throw a temper tantrum when someone doesn't do exactly what You want.
* FatalFlaw: Damon has many flaws. These include his impulsiveness, his selfishness, his carelessness, his lack of morality, and his pride.
** SiblingRivalry: Stefan and Damon had a rivalry before they met Katherine or Elena. Katherine and Elena only helped to intensify it.
** SiblingYinYang: He is the polar opposite of Stefan in terms of personality, outlook, values, morality and beliefs.
** StraightManAndWiseGuy: The Wise Guy to Stefan's Straight Man.
* FoolForLove: First for Katherine, and now, for Elena.
* ForgotAboutHisPowers: His abilities to extent his influence and senses via a tame raven and making a fog appear to confuse his victims, seems to have been written completely out of the show. While Damon himself kills the raven out of a desperate need of blood, the fog thing is just sort of forgotten, and is never brought up again.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes
* ForTheEvulz: The motivation for most of his actions (in season 1 especially) though it is just a facade.
* FullyEmbracedFiend: Unlike his brother, Stefan, who hates being a vampire, Damon embraces being a vampire and feeding on innocent humans. Feasting on humans is like a party or celebration for Damon.
* HandsomeDevil: Damon embodies this trope, being a jerk most of the time but also ''so'' good-looking that you just can't hate him.
* HeartbrokenBadass: Damon repeatedly gets heartbroken. First, Katherine tells him that she never really loved him; that she had always loved Stefan, despite the fact that Damon spent over a century waiting for Katherine to come back to him. And then Elena tells Damon that it would always be Stefan that she loves, despite the fact that she does care about Damon. Let's just say that when it comes to love and romance, Damon does not have much luck at all.
* HeelFaceTurn: Originally the Antagonist and the TokenEvilTeammate, but now he has reverted his status to help Stefan and protect Elena.
** HeelFaceRevolvingDoor: Though every time they start him on a redemptive arc, he turns around and does something evil when he doesn't get his way.
*** But by late season three and definitely by season four, he is definitely {{Face}}.
* HellBentForLeather: Damon is always seen sporting a black leather jacket. It is practically his trademark.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Becomes this with Alaric.
* HopelessSuitor: Damon doesn't have that much luck with romance and women in the way that Stefan does.
* HotBlooded: Extremely impulsive, hot-tempered and never thinks about consequences.
* IHateYouVampireDad: Both subverted and played straight, due to the vampire conversion process being... [[OurVampiresAreDifferent somewhat complex.]] Damon loves Katherine dearly, but hates Stefan; he had chosen to die instead of completing the conversion, but Stefan talked him out of it, thus creating the monster we know today. It's only been touched on briefly, but all signs are that Damon ''deeply'' resents the whole affair.
** Now that Katherine's back and proclaiming that Damon was only a byproduct of her obsession with Stefan, played pretty much entirely straight.
* [[IceQueen Ice King]] / [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting Ice King]]: Damon is cold, arrogant and sociopathic. However, as the series progressed, he became much more tame in his unkindness.
* IcyBlueEyes: They give him a very piercing stare.
* {{Immortality}}: Damon is a vampire, he is capable of living forever without physically aging. Although he physically looks 24, he is actually 171 years old. He cannot die under normal circumstances.
** Damon is Type V: TheUndead. He is a living dead person.
** Damon is Type X: Vampiric, LifeDrinker
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: To Elena when he tells her he loves her, then [[TearJerker compels her to forget it]] so it won't ruin her relationship with his little brother.
* {{Jerkass}}: Most of the time. He's capable of showing affection and caring though.
* JerkassFacade / JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Damon ''is'' an ass, but he displays his softer side to Elena Stefan, Rose, Alaric, and Jeremy, though.
-->Damon: When people see good, they expect good. And I don't want to have to live up to anyone's expectations.
* JokerImmunity
* KickTheDog: Listing all of the examples would take up too much time so lets just limit this to his horrible treatment of Jeremy which includes threatening him and taunting him after snapping his neck and his abuse of Caroline whom he turned into a slave and treated like dirt for fun. He never even pretends to be remorseful about either.
* LadykillerInLove: After Katherine, he became TheCasanova . . . until he met Elena, that is.
* TheLancer: Damon is this to Stefan's [[TheHero Hero]].
* LovableRogue: He breaks the law and costumes all the time but he is charming enough for the audience to root for him.
* LoveHurts: For Katherine and then for Elena.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: Damon has acted psychotically over both Katherine and Elena.
* LoveMakesYouEvil: His love for Katherine.
* LoveRedeems: ... And his love for Elena.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: Katherine was 400 years older than him, and he's a century and a half older than Elena.
* TheMcCoy: Damon is this of the [[FreudianTrio main trio]] between himself (''TheMcCoy, Id''), Stefan (''TheSpock, Superego'') and Elena (''TheKirk, Ego''). Damon is the overly emotional one of the trio. He is more impulsive, hot-headed, dangerous, selfish and reckless.
* MoralMyopia: He can do whatever he wants to anyone with no conscience. But even the slighest offence committed against him is treated as unforgiveable.
* MrFanservice: Enjoys wearing low neck shirts and walking around shirtless.
* MurderIsTheBestSolution: A bad case. The number of their current, potential, and former allies that Damon has killed or tried to kill for very little reason is quite staggering, and greatly exceeds the number of definite enemies he's killed. So far he has killed more people than anyone in the show, even the villains.
* TheNicknamer: Damon often comes up with nicknames for many of the characters. Examples include his nicknames for Caroline (Blondie, Vampire Barbie), Rebekah (Barbie Klaus), Elena (Buffy, Warior Princess, Scaredy Cat, etc), Stefan (Shady Stefan, Saint Stefan, Stefan the Hero, etc), Bonnie (Witchy, Judgy), Vanessa (Hottie), Matt (Busboy, Quarterback), Professor Shane (Professor Creepy) etc.
* NoSenseOfPersonalSpace: Damon ''loves'' to unnerve people by getting in their face.
* PluckyComicRelief: Damon always has the best humorous quotes and provides several funny moments even in a show like this.
* PoisonousFriend: To almost anyone he considers his friend, but especially to Elena. Has outright stated that he will do whatever it takes to protect her, and that she's allowed to hate him for it.
* PsychopathicManchild: He is cunning, clever, charismatic and badass as well as self-obsessed, irresponsible, petty, and cruel.
* RebelliousSpirit: Damon prefers to live by his own rules.
* RomanticRunnerUp: Twice, towards Katherine and Elena, both times to Stefan. [[spoiler: Though as of season four's 'We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes', Elena is debatable, due to her ending things with Stefan because of her feelings for Damon]]
* RomanticVampireBoy
* SadClown: Often uses sarcasm and humour to cover up his inner pain and sorrow.
* SiblingTeam: With Stefan, usually to save Elena.
* SillyRabbitIdealismIsForKids: Towards Stefan.
* SmugSmiler: Quite often.
* SociopathicHero: When the mood strikes him.
* StalkerWithACrush: Towards Elena.
* SuperpowerLottery: Damon is a vampire, therefore, he possesses superhuman abilities.
** SuperSpeed: Damon can move and run much faster than that of a normal human.
** SuperReflexes: Also known as super agility. Damon can react much faster and quicker to situations than that of a normal human.
** SuperStrength: Damon is able to carry or lift heavier objects with much ease and little effort.
** MindManipulation: Damon is able to control the mind of any human, influencing their thoughts and their actions in the process. The only way to prevent Damon from mind influencing someone is for the human victim to have vervain on them.
** HealingFactor: Damon can get stabbed, shot or wounded and he will heal immediately.
** SuperSenses: All of Damon's senses, such as sight, smell, taste, touch and hearing have become clearer, stronger and heightened. He is able to see, smell and hear things from a greater distance than that of a normal human.
* TallDarkAndHandsome: Like Stefan, he's dark-haired and he's one of the handsome guys of the series.
* TallDarkAndSnarky: Oh ''so so'' much.
* TokenEvilTeammate: Especially in season 1.
* TroubledAbuser: Damon is known to be abusive towards people in general. This could be because during Damon's human years, when Damon was younger, he was physically and emotionally abused by his father Giuseppe.
* TroubledButCute: While Stefan, Jeremy and Tyler qualify as well, Damon is easily the best example of this trope.
* TheUnfavourite: His father favored Stefan.
--> Giuseppe Salvatore: All I have from you is dissapointment.
* TheUnfettered: Damon lacks a guilty conscience and most definitely lacks morals. He doesn't care if he hurts others, as long as he gets what he wants.
* ViralTransformation: Damon became a vampire by drinking Katherine's blood and dying after being shot in the chest.
* VitriolicBestBuds: With both Alaric Saltzman and his brother, Stefan. Although Damon has tense relationships with both Alaric and Stefan, he still considers both of them to be his only companions. Both of his relationships with Stefan and Alaric are Type 2.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Especially in Season Three.
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[[folder: Bonnie Bennett]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Kat Graham

->''"You saw what I was able to do tonight. I know who I am now. If Damon spills one drop of human blood, I'll take him down.''"

Bonnie is Elena's [[BlackBestFriend best friend]], who is a bubbly, optimistic, carefree, spirited girl. Although her best friend is Elena, she is also very close friends with Caroline. Bonnie begins the series haunted by strange visions. She soon discovers that she is a witch, like her grandmother before her, but finds herself torn between her loyalty to Elena and her desire to protect the town of Mystic Falls from the vampires.
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* ActionGirl: Bonnie is actually the first of the female good characters to [[TookALevelInBadass Take a Level In Badass]] and become a real ActionGirl.
* AdaptationDyeJob / RaceLift: Bonnie was originally a redhead of Scottish descent in the novel series.
* AlliterativeName: Her first and last name begin with the same letter: '''B'''.
* {{Badass}}: As of late season one, she can bring on a really nasty migraine in 160 year-old vampires with just a squinty, mean look. Throw in telekinesis and the ability to set fire to water with just her mind and she has the edge on most of the supernatural beings on the show [[spoiler:except Katherine thus far]]. May become an example of LinearWarriorsQuadraticWizards as the show progresses.
** BadassUnintentional
** LittleMissBadass
** TookALevelInBadass
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Jeremy's Betty and Luka's Veronica in season two, the Archie to Jeremy's Betty and Jamie's Veronica, and the Betty to Anna's Veronica for Jeremy's Archie.
* BlackBestFriend: She's Elena's best friend and she's black.
** ButNotTooBlack: Katerina Graham is only slightly darker than Caucasian Nina Dobrev, with green eyes and predominantly Caucasoid facial features.
* BlessedWithSuck: In Season 1. She's a witch, but apart from mind-whammying Damon, using any of her other powers mainly seem to cause her to loose consciousness. Either that or they don't work.
* BrainyBrunette: Bonnie is smart, intelligent and practical. She is the brains of the trio between herself, Elena and Caroline.
* BrokenBird: Bonnie fit this trope after Bonnie's Grams died in season one. She became more cynical, distant, and withdrawn, even pushing Elena and all of her friends away.
* ButtMonkey: Not as much as Caroline or Jeremy but she's getting there. She's definitely had her more than her fair share of emotional traumas.
* [[CelibateHero Celibate Heroine]]: Bonnie is still a virgin.
* CursedWithAwesome: Bonnie is a witch with extraordinary powers and abilities, although initially, she is overwhelmed by her powers and doesn't want anything to do with witchcraft or being a witch.
* CuteWitch
** HotWitch: She definitely qualifies as being a very attractive teenager.
* {{Determinator}}: Bonnie is the most determined character on the show. When she sets herself a goal, she will never give up. She displays this determined behaviour in regards to her friends and family and she will do everything in order to keep them safe, even if she puts her life in danger.
* EthnicMagician: Bonnie is a witch of non-European descent.
* ExtraordinarilyEmpoweredGirl: She's a witch with extraordinary magical powers. However, just because she's physically powerful doesn't mean that she isn't emotionally vulnerable. She is a normal teenager after all.
* FlirtyStepsiblings: Bonnie had a romance with her step or adopted brother, Jamie in season three.
* {{Foil}}: Bonnie is this to Elena, the heroine. Bonnie is seen as a sidekick to Elena.
* GirlNextDoor: Similarly to her best friend Elena.
* GoGetterGirl: Bonnie is the epitome of a multi-tasker. She goes to school as a high school student, but also takes care of the problems of everyone else and also, she protects the town of Mystic Falls.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: She's best friends with Elena and Caroline.
* {{Hypocrite}}: Gets mad at Caroline for being a vampire, when she is pretty much the sole reason Caroline is a vampire. She A: refused to dispel the device which caused the accident, B: Urged Damon to give her his blood to heal her, and C. Told Katherine about said deed. She also gets upset at Caroline for killing someone when when not dispelling the device killed Mayor Lockwood.
* [[HypercompetentSidekick Hypercompetent Sidekick/Sidekick Ex Machina]]: To everyone. Bonnie is always there to help whenever her friends need her.
* IJustWantToBeNormal: At first, but eventually learns to enjoy her powers and the good she can do with them.
* LoveTriangle: In season two, between her, Luka and Jeremy.
* LoveInterest: To Jeremy in season two and three, to Jamie in season three, and possibly [[spoiler: to Professor Atticus Shane in season four.]]
* MagicalNegro: Especially to some parts of the fandom that support Bonnie.
* MindManipulation: Happens to her in season four. First, she's manipulated into practicing an extremely ''dark'' and dangerous form of magic by Professor Shane. [[spoiler: Then, he hypnotizes her so that when she loses control of her powers, he's the only one who can get her under control. And as of 4x15, she's now unknowingly being manipulated by Silas, who appears to her as Professor Shane, into 'lifting the veil between this side and the other side,' i.e resurrecting every single supernatural creature that has ever died. And while this list includes her grandmother, Jeremy, Alaric, Vicki, Lexi, Rose etc it also includes Mason, Finn, Kol, Esther, ''Mikael''...]]
* NiceGirl: She's extremely loyal, selfless and known for having many heroic tendencies, namely, being repeatedly ready to sacrifice herself for her friends.
* OutOfFocus: In season 4.
* PluckyGirl: Bonnie is highly determined and brave, even through all of the tragedy and issues that she has faced.
* [[PragmaticHero Pragmatic Heroine]]: Although Bonnie has good and moral intentions, she will do some morally questionable things for the greater good. An example of this is in season three, when Bonnie preserved Klaus in Tyler's body in order to keep all of her vampire friends and family from dying.
* PsychicNosebleed: Bonnie often suffers from nosebleeds when she over exerts herself during spells and magic.
* TheReliableOne: See TheSmartGirl and HypercompetentSidekick.
* SassyBlackWoman: She's strong, outspoken and defends her opinion fiercely.
* TheSmartGirl: Bonnie is always resourceful, uses her magical powers to help everyone and generally serves as the HypercompetentSidekick.
* SpiritedYoungLady: Bonnie is highly active, motivated and spirited by life in general and she doesn't let anything bring her down.
* TheSpock: Bonnie is this within the [[FreudianTrio trio]] of herself (''TheSpock, Superego''), Elena (''TheKirk, Ego'') and Caroline (''TheMcCoy, Id''). Bonnie is practical, reasonable, smart, and logical. She is the brains of the trio.
* SupportingLeader: Especially in season two.
* TokenMinority: The only black character.
* {{Tomboy}}: Although very feminine, Bonnie displays some tomboyish qualities and seems to gravitate towards associating with men than other women.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Tomboy to Caroline's Girly Girl.
* TrueCompanions: With Elena and Caroline.
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[[folder: Jeremy Gilbert]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Steven R. [=McQueen=]

->''"Why does everyone keep dying on me?''"

Elena's little brother took their parents' death poorly, falling into self-destruction and drug abuse. He also fell in love with the troubled and older GirlNextDoor, Vicki Donovan. But he's far from stupid, and Elena's desperate attempts to protect him from the vampires only serve to make him suspicious and start to distrust her.
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* ActionHero: Took on this role as a vampire hunter.
* ActionSurvivor: Just like his sister Elena.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In addition to being aged up to teenager and turned into a guy, Jeremy was also turned into a brunette like Elena.
* AnnoyingYoungerSibling: To Elena of course.
* BackFromTheDead: Twice, Jeremy has died and came back to life. The second time he came back to life, he became a medium, which is a human that sees dead people, spirits and ghosts.
* {{Badass}}: Jeremy is a very capable fighter and a hunter.
* BadassAdorable
* BadassNormal: Shoots a hybrid in the back with a crossbow then decapitates him without flinching. Jeremy is also a vampire hunter and [[spoiler: part of The Five of vampire hunters.]]
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Luka's Veronica for Bonnie's Archie. The Archie to Bonnie's Betty and Anna's Veronica.
* BrilliantButLazy: He almost never studies, but he's far from stupid. He also seems to have a knack for History and is a very good Artist.
* BullyingTheDragon: He's one of the few people who has little to no problem standing up to Damon and telling him off despite the frequent death threats.
* ButtMonkey: If something absolutely horrible is going to happen, there is a very good chance it will be to him.
* CartwrightCurse: Lampshaded: ''"You know I don't have the best of luck with girlfriends."''
* DeadpanSnarker: He has his moments. Its usually the only way he stays sane.
* DespairEventHorizon: After [[spoiler: Anna]] is killed, he attempts to kill himself in order to turn into a vampire and thus turn off his emotions.
* DisneyDeath: This happens to Jeremy frequently. In the season two premiere, [[spoiler: Jeremy comes back from the dead after Damon snaps his neck. His magical Gilbert ring saves him. Also, in the season two finale, Jeremy is shot and dies, but after Bonnie pleads with the witch spirits, Jeremy comes back to life but doesn't come back normal. He becomes a medium, a person who sees spirits and ghosts.]]
* DoomMagnet: Lampshaded in one of the very first episodes. He seems to lose everyone he cares about.
-->''"Why does everyone have to die on me?"'' - Jeremy to Elena in 1x07
* DrivenToSuicide: In the season one finale. He is so depressed that he ends up taking an entire bottle of pills after drinking Anna's blood, so that he can become a vampire and take his inner pain away.
* FatalAttractor: His love life is...messed-up to say the least.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish to Elena's Responsible.
* GenderFlip: Elena has a little sister in the books named Margaret, but instead is a male character on the show, Jeremy.
* HeadphonesEqualIsolation: Jeremy does this many times when he tries to avoid or ignore Elena from lecturing or harassing him.
* HotBlooded: In the first season, he's perfectly willing to tell off Tyler for his treatment of Vicki despite Tyler's bullying and threats.
* HulkingOut: Subverted. In 4x12, Jeremy "hulks out" when he screams loud and rips off his shirt, revealing his pronounced muscles and of course, the growing mark or tattoo on his body as a result of killing Kol (plus thousands of vampires of Kol's lineage).
* ISeeDeadPeople: Called a medium. Seems to be a side-effect from him [[spoiler: coming BackFromTheDead]] at the end of season two.
* [[spoiler: KilledOffForReal: As of "Down The Rabbit Hole"]].
* LonersAreFreaks: Some have this perception of him in early episodes, but it disappears when his angst does.
* LoveMakesYouDumb: Especially in 02x10.
* MrFanservice: Is rather ripped for being so young
* NeckSnap: In 2x01, Damon snapped Jeremy's neck in a fit of rage after Elena had rejected him. Luckily, Jeremy was still wearing his Gilbert magic ring and therefore, didn't die.
** [[spoiler: Happens again in 4x14, courtesy of Silas. This time it's permanent]]
* ParentalAbandonment: Both his parents died before the beginning of the series.
* PutOnABus: For a couple of episodes in season 3.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Tyler's Manly Man.
* StalkerWithACrush: He acts this way towards Vicki Donovan in the first episodes. According to Vicki, Jeremy has been obsessed with her for a long time when Elena and Matt (Jeremy's sister and Vicki's brother, respectively) were dating.
* TheStoner: He's a drug dealer and uses the drugs himself.
* TraumaCongaLine: See ButtMonkey, CartwrightCurse, DoomMagnet and FatalAttractor.
* TroubledButCute: Many girls find him cute, including Vicki, Anna, Bonnie.
* VampireHunter: Jeremy is destined to be a vampire hunter. It was revealed in season four that [[spoiler: that Jeremy is a member of The Five hunters, which are a group of hunters whom have been hunting since the 11th century. Connor Jordan was also a member of The Five, just like Jeremy.]]
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[[folder: Caroline Forbes]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Candice Accola

->''"So you're saying now I'm an insecure, neurotic control freak... on crack?''"

Caroline is Elena and Bonnie's [[PowerTrio ''other'' friend]] (and uncomfortably aware of this). She is a young, bubbly, spunky, shallow human turned vampire. Caroline is a similarly rich and privileged young woman. She is a descendant of the founding families through her mother, Sheriff Liz Forbes, but the importance of her mother's job means that Caroline often feels neglected, leading to a troubled relationship between the two of them. Desperately insecure and somewhat resentful of existing in Elena's shadow, things get even worse for Caroline when the attractive older man who catches her eye turns out to be Damon Salvatore, who uses her as a minion/sex-toy/blood-bank. After she is freed from his control, she starts dating Elena's ex, Matt - which isn't especially good for her inferiority complex. Caroline eventually falls in love with Tyler Lockwood and the two develop a romantic relationship. However, although Caroline loves Tyler, she does display an attraction towards, Klaus Mikaelson, an Original hybrid. Caroline is also very close with Stefan and she is often seen as Lexi 2.0 for Stefan.

[[spoiler: In the second season, she is turned into a vampire by Katherine, and actually manages to settle from comfortably into this life despite the difficulties.]]
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* ActionGirl: After she turned into a vampire.
* ActionSurvivor: Before she was turned into a vampire.
* AdaptationDyeJob: In the novel series, Caroline has auburn red hair but on the show, Caroline is blonde.
* {{Adorkable}}: She's sensitive, talkative and has a really bad habit of saying the wrong thing.
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: With Damon, Tyler and Klaus.
* AlwaysSomeoneBetter: Felt this way about Elena in season one.
* AmicableExes: She and Matt are stil on good terms.
* AnchoredShip: With both Matt and Tyler throughout the seasons.
* BackFromTheDead: Katherine kills her, but since she still had Damon's blood in her system, she turns into a vampire.
* {{Badass}}
** BadassAdorable: She's the lovable, ditzy, blonde girl...who has been able to kick Damon's ass.
** TookALevelInBadass: Upgraded to vampire beginning of season 2. Seems to agree with her - As of the the fifth episode of Season 2 she's kicking the crap out of the resident hunky werewolf dude by punting him ten feet into a tree after kneeing him in the vitals. Moments later she's saving the day by chomping on the local [[{{RedShirts}} deputies necks in front of her mother. As her mother is the sheriff and a prominent member on the local anti-vampire committee it probably won't end well.]] At least there's always handy vampire mind control to [[{{StatusQuoisGod}} set things right again.]]
** HeartbrokenBadass: Oh boy, Caroline has faced a lot of heartbreak in regards to her love life.
* BeastAndBeauty: Caroline is the Beauty to Klaus' Beast.
* BeautyBrainsAndBrawn: Caroline is the Brawn to Elena's Beauty and Bonnie's Brains.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Archie to Matt's Betty and Tyler's Veronica. Also, the Archie to Tyler's Betty and Klaus' Veronica.
* TheBigGirl: a non-traditional example. Caroline is constantly having her strength played up, she is constantly out-muscling other characters, lifting them out of wells, even lifting a heavy stone door requiring both brothers in another scene. Even her ethics have become more Chewbacca-like, with a valuing of courage and loyalty to friends rather than the more complex Hero and Heart ethics of Stefen and Elena.
* BookDumb: While not the best in terms of book smarts, she's actually very capable and conscientious.
* BrainlessBeauty: Mostly in season one.
* BreakTheCutie: Sweet ''Jesus'' .
* BrokenBird: Especially in season two after she was turned into a vampire.
* BrutalHonesty: At times.
* ButtMonkey / TheChewToy: Quite often. It seems like when someone is getting tortured, 75% of the time it's Caroline.
* CatchPhrase: "Seriously?"
* CharacterDevelopment: Has become more interesting and tolerable since she was turned.
* TheCheerleader: Caroline was this in season one along with Elena and Bonnie.
** As of 4x16, she is still a cheerleader. She is the cheerleading squad captain.
* ClingyJealousGirl: More so, ever since she became a vampire.
* DeadpanSnarker: Arguably the second biggest one, after Damon.
* DefrostingIceQueen: She matures from her shallow, self-absorbed self of the first episodes.
* DisappearedDad: He's gay. He reveals himself in season 3.
* TheDitz: Caroline can be quite ditzy at times but in an endearing way.
* DumbBlonde: Subverted, she appears to be this at first, but she's actually very capable and conscientious.
* [[spoiler: DyingDeclarationOfLove]]: Played with. [[spoiler: While she is the one who's dying at the time, she's declaring Klaus' feelings for ''her'' instead of the other way around, which affects him so much that he heals her from the werewolf bite he inflicted on her.]]
* TheFashionista
* FriendlyNeighborhoodVampire
* GenkiGirl: Caroline is energetic and bubbly.
* GirlNextDoor: Mostly before she was turned into a vampire.
* GirlyBruiser: The most feminine of the three girls and also physically the strongest.
* GirlyGirl: Caroline is ultra feminine and girly. She is probably the most girly girl between herself, Elena and Bonnie.
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: She has blonde hair and she's good-hearted and SpoiledSweet.
* IHateYouVampireDad: It was Damon's blood that turned her. Not that he meant to, but she already had very good reasons to hate him.
* {{Immortality}}: Caroline is a vampire. She has the ability to live forever and never physically age. She can't die under normal circumstances.
** Caroline is Type V: TheUndead. She is a living dead person.
** Caroline is Type X: Vampiric, LifeDrinker.
* IJustWantToBeSpecial: In season one.
* TheLeader / TheCaptain: Caroline is the leader or captain of the Mystic Falls High cheerleading squad (The Lady Timberwolves).
* LightFeminineAndDarkFeminine: The light to Rebekah's dark. Rebekah is pretty much her EvilCounterpart.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Blonde, pretty, popular, ditzy but nice enough.
* LoveInterest: To Matt and Tyler. Klaus is also romantically interested in her.
* MayflyDecemberRomance: With Klaus, who is 1000+ years old.
* TheMcCoy: Caroline is this within the [[FreudianTrio trio]] of herself (''TheMcCoy, Id''), Bonnie (''TheSpock, Superego''), and Elena (''TheKirk, Ego''). Caroline is more emotional, impulsive, energetic and hot-headed than Elena and Bonnie.
* MoralityPet: She's this for Klaus.
* MotorMouth: At times.
* NaiveEverygirl: In season one, but she gets more mature later on.
* NiceGirl
* NotGrowingUpSucks: Comes to this realization on her 18th birthday
* OvershadowedByAwesome: When around Elena.
* ParentalAbandonment: Caroline's father, Bill, abandoned her and her mom, Liz when Caroline was younger.
* PlatonicLifePartners: With Stefan (though [[FanPreferredCouple the shippers disagree]]).
* PluckyGirl / ThePollyanna: Caroline is one of the most optimistic characters on the show.
* ReallyGetsAround: Caroline was seen to be very boy crazy and went for any guy that payed attention to her, especially in season one.
* RejectionAffection: Klaus is undeterred by Caroline's abhorrence for him.
* SavvyGuyEnergeticGirl: With Matt in season one with Matt as the Savvy Guy to Caroline's Energetic Girl.
** Subverted with Stefan. Stefan is the Savvy Guy to Caroline's Energetic Girl. However, Stefan and Caroline are just friends. Stefan is broody, serious, cool, and stoic and Caroline is cheery, energetic, bubbly, optimistic. Caroline has called Stefan out on being too broody and serious.
* ShipperOnDeck: Caroline is this for Stefan and Elena and their love. She is the biggest Stelena stan and supporter and often advocates for the their relationship whenever she can, especially if Stefan and Elena have broken up or are facing issues in their relationship.
--> "Stefan is your epic love." - Caroline to Elena in 3x20
--> "They are so cute together." - Caroline to Damon in 1x04
--> "Stefan is your soulmate!" - Caroline to Elena in 4x07
--> "You (Stefan) and her (Elena)? EPIC." - Caroline to Stefan in 4x07
* SpoiledSweet: Very rich and privileged, still not an AlphaBitch or a RichBitch.
* StagesOfMonsterGrief: Stage One (Denial) perfectly played in season 2, episode 2, "Brave New World."
* SugarAndIcePersonality: Pretty much fits to a 'T'
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Girly Girl to Bonnie's Tomboy.
* TrueCompanions: With Stefan, Elena and Bonnie.
* {{Tsundere}}: Type A, particularly in early episodes.
* VampireWerewolfLoveTriangle: Becomes a center of one between Matt and Tyler.
** And a weird version in Season 3 and 4 with Tyler and Klaus who are both vampire and werewolf
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[[folder: Matt Donovan]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Zach Roerig

->''"I get it, this is your life now. But you know what my life is, Caroline? My life is an absentee mom, and a bunch of bills to pay, and school, and a job, and it sucks sometimes, but it's my life and I think that I just want to live it without all this.''"

Matt is Elena's childhood friend and first love. Matt was willing to give Elena space after the death of her parents, hoping that the two might eventually get back together. Naturally, he was somewhat upset when Elena then fell for Stefan... but was able work past it, befriending his 'love rival' and eventually beginning a new relationship with Caroline. Perhaps the reason for his mature outlook is that he had to grow up fast - unlike most of the other characters, Matt isn't the descendant of an ancient family, but from the wrong side of the tracks; from an early age, he had to look after his irresponsible alcoholic mother, Kelly and stoner big sister, Vicki.
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* AlcoholicParent: His mother, Kelly.
* AmicableExes: He broke up with both Elena and Caroline, but he's still a good friend for them.
* BadassNormal: He has his moments.
* BetterAsFriends: from Elena's perspective, though he doesn't agree.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Betty to Tyler's Veronica for Caroline's Archie.
* BigBrotherInstinct: To Jeremy. He seems to be rather protective of him.
* ButtMonkey: Things just seem to conspire against him.
* DisappearedDad: We know nothing about him.
* DoggedNiceGuy: To Elena.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Responsible to Vicki's Foolish. Vicki is his older sister, but he's way more mature and level-headed than her.
* TheGenericGuy: Unlike everyone else, he doesn't seem to have any interesting trait, or character development or storyline. He's just the TokenHuman NiceGuy.
* GenreSavvy: He's the one who points out that they live in a town full of supernaturals, so anyone who has knowledge of anything in that area is 'creepy until proven otherwise.' Thus, [[spoiler: Atticus Shane is not to be trusted.]] It helps that [[spoiler: he investigated the explosion that took out the Council, and discovered that Pastor Young was constantly in touch with Atticus, calling him ''ten times'' on the day of the explosion.]]
* HairOfGoldHeartOfGold: Matt is blond and good-hearted.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Tyler, at first.
* InnocentBlueEyes
--> '''Katherine in 2x01:''' "His (Matt) eyes are so blue!"
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: Despite being very jealous of Stefan and his relationship with Elena, he tries to become friends.
* LovableJock: He's the quarterback of the Mystic Falls High School football team, but, unlike Tyler, he's not a JerkJock but a nice and considerate guy.
* TheMole: Although Caroline believed she removed his memories of the supernatural at his own request in ''Know Thy Enemy'', he was on vervain at the time, and is now working with Sheriff Forbes as a spy.
* NiceGuy: Through and through.
* TheNicknamer: Has a habit of calling people by shorter versions of Their names, i.e, Jeremy becomes "Jer", Caroline becomes "Car", Bonnie becomes "Bon", Tyler becomes "Ty", Vickie becomes "Vick", etc.
* NonActionGuy: Being the TokenHuman.
* OnlySaneMan: In his family. And in the entire main cast, really.
* ParentalAbandonment: His alcoholic mother left him and his sister alone and we never knew anything about his father.
* PlatonicLifePartners: Seems to become this with Elena. They're certainly still very close friends despite the breakup.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Sensitive Guy to Tyler's Manly Man.
* TokenHuman: The only cast member left with no supernatural elements or special abilities.
* UnfazedEveryman: His main function in the series.
* UnluckyChildhoodFriend: To Elena, his childhood friend and former girlfriend.
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[[folder: Vicki Donovan]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Kayla Ewell

->''"Don`t start with the little twelve-steps thing. School councilor has been down that road, it doesn`t work for me."''

Matt’s older sister and Jeremy’s first girlfriend, Vicki is a compulsive drug user who gets high to avoid her crappy life. She is turned by Damon on a whim.
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* AllMenArePerverts: As she believes.
* BrokenBird
* TheBusCameBack: As a ghost.
* ColdTurkeysAreEverywhere: After she is turned, everyone around her suddenly looks like a walking blood bag. According to Stefan, this is usual for a new vampire.
* FoolishSiblingResponsibleSibling: The Foolish to Matt's Responsible.
* FreudianExcuse: Her family situation.
* GoodBadGirl: Although Vickie had a good heart, she was still a bit of a rebel as well and was a bit reckless and wild. This was emphasized after she was turned into a vampire.
* {{Immortality}}: Vickie was a vampire. She was capable of living forever and couldn't die under normal circumstances.
** Vickie was Type V: TheUndead. She was a living dead person.
* {{Jerkass}}: Jeremy seems to be the only person who genuinely likes her and she is pretty horrible to him.
** JerkWithAHeartOfGold: She does genuinely care about Matt and Jeremy, but is too selfish and irresponsible for it to show.
* KilledOffForReal: The first big death in a long line of many.
* MsFanservice: Dances around in her undies under Damon's compulsion
* ReallyGetsAround: According to Tyler.
* SacrificialLamb: Stefan had to stake and kill Vickie in order to protect Elena and Jeremy from Vickie killing the both of them.
* MidSeasonTwist: To prove the point that anyone can die, the writers killed off Vicki, a character heavily established as Matt's sister, the first character turned into a vampire onscreen, and the center of a prominent secondary love triangle between Jeremy and Tyler.
* TheStoner: Along with Jeremy.
* WeHardlyKnewYe: Despite being a major character (Matt's sister and involved in a LoveTriangle between Jeremy and Tyler) she dies after seven episodes.
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[[folder: Tyler Lockwood]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Michael Trevino

->''"I have no one else to tell. I’m sorry about earlier. It’s just, I’m alone with this. What’s gonna happen to me? I’m gonna turn on the next full moon, and I won’t be able to stop it. I’m scared.''"

Matt's best friend, though the two couldn't be more different - Tyler seems to be nothing more than a JerkJock, and the son of the town's Mayor. But his parents are [[FreudianExcuse very unpleasant people]]... and Tyler has actually inherited more from his father than just womanizing ways and a hair-trigger temper...

[[spoiler: The Lockwood bloodline are actually potential werewolves, and following Katherine's plan in the second season Tyler becomes a full werewolf himself.]]
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* AbusiveParents: His father was violently abusive towards him.
* {{Badass}}
** TookALevelInBadass: Just like about everyone in the show.
* BettyAndVeronica: The Veronica to Matt's Betty for Caroline's Archie. Later the Betty to Klaus' Veronica, always for Caroline's Archie.
* CharacterDevelopment: He was an annoying bully and a JerkJock in season 1. Now he's a JerkWithAHeartOfGold who really cares about Caroline.
* DirtyCoward: He's good with threats but when Jeremy actually challenges him to a fight, he backs away.
* FreudianExcuse: His father was a womanizing, abusive alpha male who tried to force him to fight Jeremy "like a man".
* HairTriggerTemper: Justified, it's a side-effect of his latent lycanthropy.
* HiddenDepths: He's quite a good artist which Jeremy compliments him on.
* HotBlooded: Again, it's due to his werewolf gene.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: With Matt, at first.
* {{Immortality}}: Tyler is a hybrid, who is half vampire. Therefore, he will live forever and never age.
** Tyler is Type V: TheUndead
** Tyler is Type X: Vampiric, LifeDrinker
* IWantMyBelovedToBeHappy: To Caroline.
* JerkJock: But then [[CharacterDevelopment evolves]] into a JerkWithAHeartOfGold.
* [[spoiler: TheLeader: Eventually to the other hybrids]]
* MagicPants: Invoked, Tyler removes his shirt become his transformation but keeps his pants on, in the hope that [[LampshadeHanging "it's like the hulk where I get to keep my pants]]." [[spoiler: It's not]].
* MrFanservice: Winds up naked after transforming back on several occasions.
* MyMasterRightOrWrong: Sired to Klaus will do this to you.
* OurWerewolvesAreDifferent
* PainfulTransformation: He tries to turn into a werewolf many times in order to no longer feel thankful for Klaus for taking the pain of his transition away.
* ParentalAbandonment: Both his parents are dead now.
* PutOnABus: Leaves mid-way through S2, but then returns for the last couple of episodes.
** TheBusCameBack
* RomanticFalseLead: To Vicki, in early season 1.
* SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan: Manly Man to both Matt and Jeremy's Sensitive Guys.
* StarCrossedLovers: With Caroline.
* TheStoner: At first, but less than Vicki or Jeremy.
* TroubledButCute
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[[folder: Jenna Sommers]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Sara Canning

->''"I've become my worst nightmare. The authority figure."''

In a better world, Jenna could have been an awesome aunt to Elena and Jeremy. With the tragic death of her sister and brother-in-law, however, she's had to step up into the role of guardian for the two of them, for which she is rather less suited. Still, she tries... and at least she has a nice love interest now in the form of Alaric, following the second mysterious disappearance of Logan "Scum" Fell. [[spoiler: She was turned into a vampire and then sacrificed by Klaus.]]
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* AdultsAreUseless: Made very, very clear in the first season finale.
* AdvertisedExtra: Other than being Jeremy and Elena's aunt and Alaric's girlfriend, she really wasn't that important of a character.
* ButtMonkey: She ended up being turned into a vampire and later killed by Klaus.
* AdaptationNameChange: In the books where Elena's aunt was Judith Maxwell. (nee Gilbert)
* CoolBigSis: Fills this role much better than the one of "responsible parent".
* DeadpanSnarker: Has her moments.
* {{Immortality}}: Jenna was turned into a vampire at the end of Season 2. Therefore, she gained the ability to live forever without aging.
** Jenna was Type V: TheUndead. She was a living dead person.
** Jenna was Type X: Vampiric, LifeDrinker
* KickTheDog: The recieving end of this.First she found out that she was the last person to know about the vampires, was turned into one, and then staked by Klaus in order to complete his ritual.
* KilledOffForReal: While attempting to throw a wrench into Klaus' plans.
* OlderThanTheyLook: If she looks just a year older than her niece... that's because in real life, she is.
* OutOfFocus: Is quickly demoted to a PlotDevice for [[spoiler: inviting vampires into the Gilbert house or getting compelled by them.]]
* PromotionToParent: After her sister and brother-in-law are killed in a car crash, she becomes Elena and Jeremy's legal guardian.
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[[folder: Alaric Saltzman]]
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->'''Portrayed by:''' Matt Davis

->''"I was a little too distracted by my dead vampire wife to ask any questions."''

Alaric is the replacement history teacher after [[SadistTeacher Mr Tanner]] was killed by a [[TheCoronerDothProtestTooMuch mountain lion]], Alaric is much friendlier. But he's not without secrets - he came to Mystic Falls to hunt vampires, in particular the one that killed his wife. He finds rather more than he planned to... but settles into working with the heroes to protect the town from supernatural threats.
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* AdultsAreUseless: Subverted. His role is very important in Elena and the other's life.
* ActuallyNotAVampire: In his first few episodes there are hints dropped that he is a vampire.
* TheAlcoholic: After Jenna's death.
* AxCrazy: His alter ego is a serial killer.
* BadAss
** BadassNormal: History teacher by day, vampire hunter by night.
** TookALevelInBadass: Pre-series, after losing his wife.
* BigBad: The last episodes in season 3, after his FaceHeelTurn.
* ButtMonkey: At times but he always bounces back.
* CameBackWrong: Developed a psycho killer alter-ego because of this.
* CoolTeacher: He's a replacement for a history SadistTeacher. Unlike him he's a very likable person.
* DarkSide: His alter ego.
* DeadpanSnarker: Particularly in his interactions with Damon.
* FaceHeelTurn: Makes a true one after being turned into a vampire.
* FailOSuckyName: Humorously refers to his name like this due to its difficulty to pronounce. Most people just call him Rick.
* GoodThingYouCanHeal: His ring protects him from being killed by supernaturals. Damon once killed him solely for this purpose
* GrandTheftMe: Ends up on the receiving end of this.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Becomes this with Damon.
* HotTeacher
* KilledOffForReal: In the season three finale, he dies when Elena drowns, for their lives have been linked by Esther.
* TheLancer: To Damon, particularly in season 3 after Stefan's FaceHeelTurn.
* LoveHurts: Alaric hasn't had much luck when it comes to love. First, his wife dies and becomes a vampire and then Jenna dies.
* McLeaned: Matt Davis left the show to star in {{Cult}}, leading to Alaric being killed off.
* NiceGuy: His alter ego aside, he's a very friendly good-natured person.
* OddFriendship: With Damon.
* ParentalSubstitute: Looks to become this to Elena and Jeremy after [[spoiler: Jenna's death]].
** Well technically, he is [[spoiler: Elena's stepfather]] due to his marriage to Isobel.
* PermaStubble
* ReasonableAuthorityFigure: As a teacher, and a father figure to Elena and Jeremy.
* RedHerring: When he is first introduced, there are many exceedingly obvious hints that he is a vampire, who has been behind the recent murders. His true identity as a vampire hunter is revealed when he kills the vampire that was actually behind them.
* TeamDad: Being the only adult he often serves as a father figure, especially to Jeremy.
* SerialKiller: During his blackouts.
* VampireHunter: Alaric's side job apart from being a history teacher was hunting vampires.
* VitriolicBestBuds: Type 2 with Damon Salvatore. Damon may have killed him and turned his wife into a Vampire, but they have this weird friendship going on that even the writers love, and which they have named "Team Badass".
* [[YouKilledMyFather You Killed My Wife]]: He originally comes to town, to kill Damon Salvatore because he believes that Damon killed his wife.
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