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    Katherine Pierce 

Katherine Pierce a.k.a. Katerina Petrova (portrayed by Nina Dobrev)

I will always look out for myself. If you're smart, you'll do the same.

Katerina Petrova (Bulgarian: Катерина Петрова), better known as Katherine Pierce, is a witch of the Traveller subculture, the assumed third doppelgänger of Amara, a former vampire, a major antagonist and one of the main characters. She was the main antagonist of season one (through John Gilbert's and Isobel's actions, as both were working for her), and one of the antagonists of season two. She was also a recurring character in the third and fourth seasons. Finally, she has a main role in season five. Katherine's notable ancestors include Amara, who was Silas' true love and presumably the world's first immortal woman, and Tatia, whose blood was involved in the creation of the spell of immortality that was cast on the Mikaelson Family and the curse that bound Klaus' werewolf side. She is also the maternal ancestor of Isobel Flemming and the latter's biological daughter, Elena Gilbert. She was once the romantic interest of Stefan and Damon Salvatore, as well as Mason Lockwood. Since the late 15th century, she has also been the romantic interest of Elijah, with whom she was involved, until he effectively ended their relationship by leaving to join his half-brother Klaus in New Orleans. Katherine is a member and distant ancestor of the Petrova Family.

  • Abhorrent Admirer: To Stefan. Stefan couldn't stand Katherine and wanted nothing to do with her in the earlier seasons. Part of the reason for this is because Stefan held a strong resentment towards Katherine for playing Damon and himself (Stefan) against each other and forcing them to keep Katherine's identity as a vampire a secret. On top of it, Katherine had lied, manipulated, fed on and compiled Stefan for a prolonged period of time and had even fed him her vampire blood against his will through compulsion so that Katherine would turn Stefan into a vampire (along with Damon, although no compulsion was needed for Damon to drink from her). Stefan also had fallen deeply in love with Katherine's doppelgänger and descendant Elena, mostly because she was nothing like Katherine according to him. This made Katherine extremely hateful, vengeful and jealous towards Elena that in season two, Katherine made repeatedly attempts to kill Elena and harm Elena's loved ones. This furthered Stefan's anger and resentment towards Katherine.
    • However, this became subverted in season five. It seems as though Stefan was still holding onto some minor resentment towards Katherine regarding the things she had done to him in the past century, Stefan finally forgave her as she was dying, something that Katherine had been wanting from Stefan for over a century.
  • Absurdly Youthful Mother: To Nadia. It was revealed that Nadia is Katherine's long lost daughter. Katherine had Nadia when she was a teenager. Katherine has also been a vampire for over 500 years, therefore, she has not physically aged. Nadia is also a vampire, but actually looks older than Katherine; this could be because Nadia was turned at an older age than when Katherine was turned.
  • Acting For Three: Nina Dobrev portrays Katherine, Elena and Amara. How Nina is able to pull playing off all three roles is highly admirable as she is able to act each of the roles and make them completely different from each other.
  • Action Girl/Dark Action Girl: Katherine knows how to kick ass when she has to. She is probably the strongest female character in the series next to Rebekah, who is an Original vampire and Qetsiyah, who is known to be one of the most powerful witches of all time. Katherine is the most kickass female character and she can even take down many of the male characters including both of the Salvatore brothers.
  • Action Fashionista: Katherine is usually kicking ass in her most fashionable and trendy clothing. Aside from the fact that she is an Action Girl, she is also The Fashionista and takes a lot of pride in her appearance and clothing. Katherine always has to look her best and is never not wearing something fashionable.
  • Action Mom: As of season five, since it was discovered that she is Nadia's mother. Katherine had given birth to Nadia at the tender age of 17 during the 1400's.
  • Action Survivor: Katherine has become this especially now that she is human and vulnerable. Before this, she was an Action Girl who was a strong fighter because she had strong powers and abilities that came with being a vampire. Now that Katherine is a human
  • Actor-Shared Background: Nina Dobrev is Bulgarian in real life, as is Katherine In-Universe. This led to a misunderstanding on what we must assume was the writers' part: Nina Dobrev is sometimes referred to as "Nina Dobreva". In Bulgaria, the "a" at the end of her surname is a way to denote that she is a female member of the Dobrev family. Similar to Katerina Petrova, with the "a" being added at the end of Petrov.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: As of season five, Katherine has been aging rapidly after consuming the cure at the end of season four. One can't help but feel sorry for her now that Katherine is dying, as she is seeking redemption for her past sins now. Subverted as of 5x11. Instead of wanting to actually seek redemption, Katherine reverts to her previous immoral behaviour when she decides to take advantage of Elena's kindness and use her Traveller magic to steal Elena's body so that she can inhabit it and pose as Elena. It seems that all that work that Katherine did to earn sympathy and redemption for her past immoral behaviour and actions didn't seem to matter to Katherine, as she resorted to the same behaviour she had been exhibiting for over 500 years all because she wanted to be selfish.
  • All Girls Want Bad Boys: Katherine's affections for Klaus in the fifteenth century and Damon in the nineteenth century. Although, Katherine does seem to fall in love with the good guys in Elijah and Stefan.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Stefan and Damon now that both claim to prefer Elena over her. However, Katherine's love for Stefan was stronger and she spent over a century stalking and pining for him. Katherine was so obsessed with Stefan that she had literally spent over a century stalking him and following him around everywhere that he went so that she could keep an eye out for him.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Katherine is a highly sexual individual and she often uses this to get her way. She is not above using her sexuality and her feminine wiles in order to get what she wants and she is a Femme Fatale.
  • All Women Love Shoes: Averted. While it hasn't been shown that Katherine has an actual shoe obsession, it is obvious that Katherine loves her high heels and stilettos. This comes with being a fashionista.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Katherine is an attractive and beautiful brunette who is smart, chic, composed, sexy and aloof.
  • Alpha Bitch: Tied with Rebekah for the biggest bitch in the entire series.
  • Always Second Best/Always Someone Better: With regards to Elena for Damon and Stefan, and Tatia for Elijah and Klaus.
  • Ambiguously Evil: Katherine's morality seems to be in the morally grey area. while Katherine has done many immoral deeds and acts, she does show that she has some humaity buried inside somewhere, considering how she helps the Salvatore brothers from time to time.
  • Ambition Is Evil: Katherine has proven that she can be rather ruthless when it comes to getting what she wants.
  • Anti-Villain: Katherine is a Type II.
  • Anything That Moves: Katherine has been with many men throughout the centuries and she is a seductress. See Femme Fatale.
  • Arch-Enemy: Elena and Klaus. Katherine hates and resents Elena for getting the chance at a happy life she never did. In regards to Klaus, Klaus slaughtered her entire family out of revenge and Katherine has been running from Klaus ever since.
  • The Atoner: Katherine wants forgiveness and redemption now that she is dying in season five. Subverted when she takes over Elena's body and returns to her old ways.
  • Awesome McCoolname: Katerina Petrova has a nice ring to it, especially when Damon or Elijah say it.
  • Awesomeness by Analysis: Like Damon, she has the ability to get under other people's skin by accurately reading their body language. Has a perfect moment of this with Rebekah in 4.18.
  • Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other: With Elijah, Stefan and even Damon. Although all three men have claimed to either hate or resent Katherine, it is obvious that they all harbor a hidden affection or attachment to Katherine.
  • Axe Crazy: Subverted. It may seem so in the beginning, but flashbacks and interaction with other characters make it perfectly clear that Katherine is very much sane, just really obsessed with saving her skin from Klaus.
  • Badass: Katherine is one of the most badass characters in the entire series and one of the strongest female characters in the series.
    • Badass Boast: Katherine has an ego and does her fair share of bragging.
    • Badass in Distress:: Katherine becomes this in the fifth season as she becomes a human after being cured of her vampirism. Because of consuming the cure and being mortal, she becomes significantly more vulnerable and finds herself in trouble more often.
    • Badass Normal: Katherine is shown that she can still hold her own as a human if the season five premiere is any indication. She has proven to be capable of using the environment around her to her advantage to boot.
    • Brought Down to Badass: In the fifth season, Katherine may have lost all her superhuman abilities due to being cured of her vampirism and becoming human, but she was still majorly kick ass when she had to be. See Badass Normal.
    • Cultured Badass: Seems to have been born into a wealthy Bulgarian family and was portrayed as being nobility in the 1400 and 1864 flashbacks.
    • Heartbroken Badass: In regards to romance and her family. Katherine hasn't had any luck with romance and men.Her family ended up being killed because she ran from Klaus after learning that he was going to sacrifice her in order to break his hybrid curse.
    • Took a Level in Badass: After Katherine became a vampire.
  • Bait And Switch Big Bad: After a season of build-up around her, her appearance right at the end of season one where she stabs John Gilbert (the previous seasons BigBad) in the gut seems to be setting her up as season two's Big Bad. However, it transpires that she is in fact only running away from the real Big Bad, Klaus.
  • The Baroness: Katherine is a femme fatale who is selfish, ruthless and domineering. Katherine is of the Sexpot flavour.
  • Bastard Girlfriend: Especially to Stefan in 1864. Not only did Katherine basically bite Stefan against his will and feed from him, but she also continuously compelled him to not be scared of her after he discovered what she truly was and to drink her blood against his will. Subverted with Elijah.
  • Bavarian Fire Drill: Good at doing this when impersonating Elena. In fact, Katherine has managed to trick Bonnie, Stefan, Matt and Damon into thinking she is Elena and even admits that she has gotten really good at it.
  • The Beautiful Elite: Especially during the flashbacks during the 1400's and 1864. Katherine acted like a socialite.
  • Beauty Equals Goodness: Subverted. Katherine may be physically beautiful but she is very manipulative, vain, cold and selfish by nature. See Beauty Is Bad.
  • Beauty Is Bad: Katherine may be physically beautiful but she can be very manipulative and immoral.
  • Belligerent Sexual Tension: With Damon and Stefan. Arguably, even with Klaus and Elijah at times.
  • Berserk Button: Stefan seems to be a major one for her. The best way to get a reaction of anger or worry is to do something to Stefan. Hurt Stefan and the outcome won't be pretty. Katherine will come after you. What can also get Katherine's berserk button going is Stefan rejecting her.
    • To a lesser extent, Damon. She has helped him out in the past whenever he has needed help.
    • Betraying or outsmarting Katherine is a huge no-no.
  • Betty and Veronica: Katherine/Stefan/Damon with Katherine being the Archie for Stefan's Betty and Damon's Veronica. Also, arguably, Stefan/Elena/Katherine with Stefan being the Archie for Elena's Betty and Katherine's Veronica.
    • Now, there seems to be a possible triangle shaping up between Stefan, Katherine and Caroline with Stefan being the Archie to Caroline's Betty and Katherine's Veronica.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Occasionally. Sometimes Katherine will save the day or help out the Salvatore brothers, especially if there is something in it for her in return.
  • Birds of a Feather: With Damon. In terms of outlook and personality, Katherine and Damon have a lot in common and are quite a bit alike.
  • Bitch Alert: She is a cross between this and Bitch in Sheep's Clothing. There are some instances when Katherine will let others know that she is a bitch and that she is NOT to be messed with under any circumstances.
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Katherine comes across as playful and harmless, but she is manipulative and cunning.
  • Blessed with Suck: Katherine is a Petrova Doppelgänger, meaning that she was basically a human blood bag when she was a human and that she was destined for a life of pain, tragedy and suffering.
  • Blue Blood: Katherine seemed to have come from a wealthy and noble Bulgarian family.
  • Body Snatcher/Body Surf: In 5.11, Katherine takes possession of Elena's body using a Traveller's spell in order to survive.
  • Brainy Brunette: Of the Magnificent Bitch type.
  • Breakout Character/Breakout Villain: Katherine is a very popular character within fandom and amongst the public.
  • Break the Cutie: Katherine was a sweet girl before losing her daughter and being forced to run from Klaus. The girl who once said life without believing in love was too cruel has become a manipulative, selfish woman.
    • Corrupt the Cutie: Indirectly by Klaus. Running away from Klaus and having her family murdered by him darkened Katherine's personality significantly.
  • British Accents: Katherine adopted an English accent during the 1400's flashbacks after she was banished from Bulgaria to England.
  • Broken Bird: Katherine's tragic life began after Klaus murdered her entire family back in Bulgaria.
  • Brought Down to Normal: As of the season four finale and season five, Katherine is currently human.
  • Brown Eyes: One of Katherine's physical defining traits.
  • Brutal Honesty: Katherine will never hesitate to tell anybody exactly what she thinks, even if it's hurtful.
  • Byronic Heroine: Katherine has a dark past and has committed many immoral acts. At the same time, Katherine could be viewed as a tragic character.
  • Cain and Abel: A non-sibling version with Elena with Katherine being the Cain to Elena's Abel.
  • Came Back Wrong: After the cure was drained from Katherine's bloodstream, her 500 years of vampirism have started catching up to her at an accelerated pace.
  • Catch Phrase: Although she doesn't use it that often, "better you than I" has been coming up a lot.
  • The Chessmaster: Katherine is cunning, strategic and manipulative. She always has an agenda.
  • Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Katherine has zero issue with backstabbing others in order to get what she wants. Subverted with Elijah. She was going to betray him but couldn't because she honestly fell in love with him.
  • Cleavage Window: Katherine often wears clothing that shows off her upper assets.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: Especially in regards to Stefan and Damon.
  • Consummate Liar: Katherine is very good at lying and manipulating others in order to get what she wants.
  • The Corrupter: Katherine is the type to revert people to the dark, rebellious side.
  • Costume Porn: Katherine's dresses and outfits during the 1400's and the 1864 flashbacks. See Impossibly Cool Clothes, Pimped-Out Dress and Gorgeous Period Dress.
  • Courtly Love: With Elijah and Klaus in the 1400's and also, with both Stefan and Damon in 1864.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Always has a backup plan.
  • Crazy Survivalist: Katherine is all about surviving and putting her life first. She will gladly manipulate and kill in order to survive and ensure that her survival happens. Katherine was on the run from Klaus for 500 years and she stopped at nothing to run away from him and prevent him from finding her. Whenever Katherine wants something or someone, she never stops and she never gives up.
  • Cute and Psycho: Katherine is beautiful but she can be rather scheming, manipulative and psychotic.
  • Cynicism Catalyst: One could argue that Katherine became the cold, selfish, vengeful and manipulative person she did is because of Klaus and the fact that he murdered her entire family all to get back at Katherine for running from him and trying to stay alive. The murder of Katherine's family could have been the moment that Katherine became a much darker person who lost her innocence.
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: Immediately recognizing the threat Klaus posed to her and Damon's plan in 3.09 and correcting that oversight shows how dangerous and brilliant she is.
  • The Dark Chick: To Elena's The Chick.
  • Dark Action Girl: In contrast to Elena, Caroline and Bonnie's Action Girl.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Oh dear.
  • Dark Is Evil: Katherine wears a lot of dark or black clothing.
  • Dark Mistress: To Stefan, Damon, Elijah and Mason.
  • Dating Catwoman: Katherine's relationship with Stefan and Damon back in 1864 was not considered to be appropriate considering that she is a vampire.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Even snarkier than Damon at times.
  • Death Equals Redemption: Averted as Katherine hasn't died. However, when Katherine discovers that she is dying, she has been trying to seek forgiveness from others and wants redemption for all of her past actions. The person she seems to want forgiveness from the most is Stefan. Katherine feels that Stefan caring for her means he considers her worthy of forgiveness.
  • Decoy Damsel: Sometimes Katherine will resort to acting like she is in trouble so that she can fool others into getting what she wants.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: Around Stefan, Damon or Elijah, Katherine's humanity seems to come through.
  • Demoted to Extra: In season 3, she appears sporadically for the first half of the season, then takes off after Homecoming.
    • Returns to a significantly more important role as of the second half of the fourth season.
  • Desperately Craves Affection: In Katherine's case, the trope should be renamed Desperately Craves Stefan's Affection.
  • The Determinator: Katherine NEVER gives up or quits and she is known for being a survivor. She has spent over 5 centuries running from Klaus, messing with his plans, and trying to kill him because he murdered her family.
  • Did Not Get The Guy: In regards to Stefan and Damon. They are both in love with Elena and don't give Katherine the time of day anymore.
  • Disc One Final Boss: This happens in season 2 when most people thought Katherine was the main villain. It was actually Klaus.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Katherine hates it when others feel sorry for her.
  • Doomed Hometown: After she escaped the Originals, they got their revenge by murdering her entire family.
  • Doppelgänger: Katherine is the doppelganger Amara and Tatia. Katherine's doppelganger is Elena.
  • Dragged Off to Hell : Unable to pass through Bonnie and dragged off to a dark world. Word of God says she's never coming back.
  • Driven by Envy: Much of her attacks against Elena and her loved ones in the second season were driven by Katherine's jealousy of Elena, who she saw as replacing her. Towards the end of Season 2 however this abated.
    • Returned in full force as of season four.
  • Driven to Villainy: The death of Katherine's family has driven her to always look out for herself in order to survive.
  • Dude Magnet: Katherine appeals to many different male characters including Stefan, Damon, Elijah, Mason Lockwood, and Trevor.
  • Entitled Bitch: Katherine can be very selfish and a Spoiled Brat when she doesn't get her way. Katherine has felt like she deserves the life that Elena has.
  • Eternal Love: Katherine hoped to spend an eternity with Stefan. Stefan had already fallen deeply in love with Elena, her doppelganger.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Katherine did a lot of curtsying during the 1400's and also during the 1800's in the flashbacks.
  • Everything's Sparkly with Jewelry: Katherine has always had a penchant for accessories.
  • Evil Counterpart/Evil Twin: To Elena. See Light Feminine and Dark Feminine, Cain and Abel, and Red Oni, Blue Oni.
  • Evil Feels Good/Evil Is Cool/Evil Is Sexy: She's Katherine Pierce. Probably the most badass female character in the series and always a survivor.
  • Evil Tastes Good: Definitely enjoys the vampiric side of life.
  • Evil Is Petty: Some of Katherine's actions against others are out of envy and malice.
  • Evil Wears Black: Katherine wears a lot of black or dark clothing.
  • The Fashionista: Katherine has a penchant for expensive clothing and fashion.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Katherine can be polite when she wants to be but has no problem plotting someone else's demise.
  • Femme Fatale/The Vamp: Katherine is a beautiful, seductive woman who often uses her charms in order to get what she wants.
  • Foil: To Elena. See Light Feminine and Dark Feminine.
  • Fool for Love: Oh so much in regards to Stefan, especially in season five. Instead of actually focusing on developing a relationship with her long lost daughter Nadia (who, you know, has been searching for her for 5 centuries and even became a vampire all so she could find her mother), Katherine is much too busy obsessing with Stefan and acting like a lovelorn, obsessive and lovesick schoolgirl over Stefan. Katherine was so desperate for Stefan to love her that in 5.11, she goes to extremes by stealing Elena's body and possessing it using a Travellers spell, all so that Stefan would think she is Elena and fall for her again. Let's just say that when it comes to Stefan and her love for him, Katherine is extremely irrational.
  • For the Evulz: Katherine can be very petty and manipulative.
  • Freudian Excuse: One could argue that Katherine became who she is because of her very tragic backstory, which included having her baby daughter taken away from her after she was born, Klaus chasing her in order to have her killed and sacrificed and as a punishment for running from Klaus, Klaus murdering her entire family.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Stefan and Damon on occasion. Katherine will help out the Salvatore brothers from time to time, but she often seeks to get something out of it in return.
    • To Caroline in Season 5.
  • Giant Poofy Sleeves: Many of her outfits during the 1864 flashbacks had giant sleeves.
  • Girly Bruiser: Katherine is very feminine but she can still kick major ass when she has to.
  • Girly Girl: Katherine is really feminine.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Katherine wore many of them in the 1400 and 1864 flashbacks.
  • Grand Theft Me: In 5.11 Katherine possesses Elena's body using a Traveller's spell.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Katherine has a jealous streak, especially in regards to Stefan and Damon. See Clingy Jealous Girl.
  • Heel-Face Revolving Door: It's really hard to tell which side Katherine is on sometimes.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Katherine is usually seen wearing black leather jackets.
  • Hereditary Curse: Katherine is descended from a line of Petrova Doppelgänger's. She has passed down the doppelgänger curse to her children and as a result, the Petrova doppelgänger lineage continues every 500 years. Katherine is the doppelgänger of Tatia while Elena is the doppelgänger of Katherine.
  • Hero Killer: She was the one more or less responsible for Jeremy's death with Silas to finish him off.
  • Hidden Depths: Katherine may seem manipulative and bitchy but if one looks back into her past, it's rather tragic.
  • Honey Trap: Sometimes Katherine will use sex or her feminine wiles in order to distract men when she is trying to get something that she wants.
  • Hope Bringer: Is strangely this. Characters speak of her as a legend or as a way to show that it is possible to defeat or evade Klaus. She's also used as a threat against Klaus by Damon in Season 4.
  • Hot Girls Are Bitches: Katherine is beautiful but very manipulative.
  • Hot Witch: Katherine is actually a witch and possesses magic.
  • Humiliation Conga: Has been going through a big and rather well-deserved one in season five.
  • Ice Queen: Katherine is the epitome of this trope. She is selfish, cold, manipulative and vain. She is described to be coldhearted and will use people in order to get her way without feeling any guilt afterwards.
  • If I Can't Have You: Katherine threatened Stefan that if he didn't break up with Elena, she would kill Elena and her loved ones. Stefan of course did NOT react well to this at all.
    • She even says it word for word in 5.15 regarding Stefan that is she can't have him, then no one else will.
  • I Just Want to Be Loved: This could be one of the major reasons as to why Katherine is desperate for Stefan to love her. Katherine has most likely always suffered from a degree of loneliness and feeling unloved or unworthy of love due to her troubled past.
  • I Love You, Vampire Son: Katherine fits this trope on regards to Stefan and Damon. She turned them both in order to be with them forever.
  • I Will Wait for You: Katherine has repeatedly said that she will wait forever or for an eternity for Stefan to love her since the second season.
  • Immortality: Katherine is a vampire. She has the ability to live forever without physically aging. Although Katherine physically looks like she is 18, she is actually over 500 years old. Katherine is both Type V: The Undead, as Katherine is a living dead person. She is also Type X, a Life Drinker. She drinks human blood in order to survive.
  • Immortals Fear Death: Katherine is absolutely terrified of dying and will do just about anything to prevent it. This has formed her arc in season five as we see her succumb to the effects of age and realize she can't save herself any longer.
  • Impossibly Cool Clothes: During the flashbacks in the 1400's and 1864. Even Katherine's modern wardrobe is sophisticated and chic.
  • Impractically Fancy Outfit: See Pimped-Out Dress and Gorgeous Period Dress.
  • It's All About Me: Katherine has been shown to be very selfish, self-indulgent and narcissistic. She is all about self preservation and looking out for herself, even at the expense of others.
  • Jerkass: Katherine is so incredibly obnoxious, selfish, sarcastic and snarky that many of the characters who interact with her often find her intolerable.
    • Jerkass Façade: Underneath that cold, selfish and icy demeanour is some degree of humanity. However, there are only a very select group of people who managed to bring it out (i.e. Stefan).
    • Jerkass Has a Point: When she, as Elena, refused to get back together with Damon and cited all of the reasons they are a bad couple and she didn't want to be with him, it's exceptionally hard to find a single flaw in her logic. Most viewers saw her as the Only Sane Man.
    • Jerk Justifications: Type I and Type III. Katherine does immoral acts out of self preservation thanks to her past. She had her baby taken away from her, was exiled from her own him, was chased by Klaus for centuries and had her entire family slaughtered by Klaus as a punishment for running from him.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Katherine brought Damon the cure instead of running in Season 2. She also tanked a brilliant plan to kill Klaus in order to protect Damon and bring back Stefan's humanity at the same time. The woman multitasks. And in season four, she gives the cure for vampirism to Elijah. Keep in mind that this is the only weapon/advantage she has against Klaus, and she willingly and unselfishly hands it over to Elijah because he's the only person who still believes that she has some good in her somewhere.
    • Jerk with a Heart of Jerk: In Season 5. Although at first, she starts showing some redemption for her past deeds, she resorts to the same bad behaviour once again when she decided to steal Elena's body and pretend to be Elena all so she could be with Stefan.
  • Joker Immunity: Katherine is a very popular character within the fandom. So, although she isn't featured on the show all that much, the writers have chosen not to kill her character off for good. Instead, she is a recurring character that comes and goes in every season.
    • Can't hurt that she shares an actor with the main character, making bringing her in very easy.
  • Kicking Ass in All Her Finery: Katherine is often seen being badass in her expensive and chic clothing.
  • Kick the Morality Pet: Katherine claims to love Stefan so much for over a century, yet she has repeatedly done things that have both indirectly and directly hurt Stefan and those that he loves and cares about. Yet, even when she does these things, Katherine expects Stefan to reciprocate her feelings when she really hasn't done anything to earn Stefan's love, affection or concern.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Does this to Damon in 5.14 when she tries to trick ripper!Damon into feeding on her so that Stefan would kill Damon. Unfortunately for Katherine, her plan doesn't work.
  • Killed Off for Real: Stabbed by the Traveller knife in Gone Girl..
  • Kiss of Death: Katherine kisses Stefan before Stefan stabs and kills her with the Travellers Knife.
  • Lady and Knight: A variation of this with Stefan in 1864 with Stefan being the Knight to Katherine's Lady.
  • Lack of Empathy: Katherine doesn't really show that much remorse over what she's done
  • Lady of Adventure: Katherine has traveled around the world.
  • Light Feminine and Dark Feminine: Katherine is the Dark Feminine to Elena's Light Feminine. They are polar opposites in personality, despite being physically identical. Although now that Elena is a vampire their personalities are balancing out more.
  • Living MacGuffin: Katherine was one back in the 1400's for Klaus as she was the doppelgänger that was going to be used to break Klaus' hybrid curse.
    • She was one for Silas for a time vecause she is human after ingesting the cure for immortality in the season four finale and Silas wanted the cure running through her veins. Katherine even humorously refers to herself as a "moonstone".
  • Long-Lost Relative: Katherine was revealed to be Elena's distant maternal ancestor in season two.
    • It was revealed in 5.05 that Katherine is the long lost mother of Nadia.
  • Love at First Sight: According to flashbacks in 5.10, Katherine had seen Stefan before she had physically met him and she found herself instantly and strongly drawn to him.
  • Love Hungry: Oh so much in regards to Stefan, especially in season five. Her obsession with Stefan has reached Qetsiyah levels of obsession and craziness.
  • Love Hurts: Katherine has faced heartbreak in the name of love.
  • Love Interest: Katherine was a love interest to Elijah in 1492, and to Damon and Stefan back in 1864. She is also a love interest to Damon, Stefan and Elijah in the present.
  • Love Makes You Crazy: Katherine stalked Stefan around for over a century.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: After stealing Elena's body in 5.11, instead of taking Nadia and leaving Mystic Falls with her, Katherine decides to stay in town so that she could get Stefan back. Which is a really stupid idea, considering that Stefan and everyone else would eventually find out that she is not Elena and that she is really Katherine. The Mystic Falls gang does end up founding out Katherine's secret, which only resulted in Stefan finding out, her daughter Nadia dying, and Katherine being killed by Stefan himself. Nice going, Katherine.
  • Love Redeems: Maybe not so much redeems, but bits and pieces of her humanity and softer side come out, especially in regards to both Stefan and Elijah.
  • Manipulative Bitch/Magnificent Bitch: Katherine will manipulate, scheme, play mind games and will toy with others emotions in order to get what she wants without guilt.
  • Mayfly-December Romance: With both Stefan and Damon in 1864, Katherine was already a 350+ year-old vampire while Stefan was a 17 year old human and Damon was a 24 year old human.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Katherine means "pure". Ironically, Katherine represented innocence, naivety and purity before her life changed and turned into a tragedy.
    • Her last name is Pierce. She does a lot of "piercing" (ahem, if you know what that means).
  • Memetic Sex God: Both in-universe and out of the universe. Katherine is known to be a highly sexual individual and she seems to be rather spontaneous in the bedroom as seen with all of her love making scenes with male characters.
  • Missing Mom: To Nadia. Nadia had been taken away from Katherine immediately after she had given birth to her. In season five, Katherine is finally reunited with Nadia after 500 years.
  • Monster Sob Story: Katherine's tragic past was revealed in flashbacks during season two.
  • Morality Chain/Morality Pet: Stefan is hers.
  • Motor Mouth: Even Damon thinks she needs to shut up at times.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Katherine often wears revealing and skimpy clothing that shows off her assets and appeals to both the male characters and the male audience.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: In season two, Katherine threatened to kill Elena and everyone she cared about if Stefan didn't stop being with Elena.
  • Narcissist: Katherine is very vain, proud and selfish. She thinks a lot of herself and always believes that she is one step ahead of everyone else.
  • Nice Hat: Katherine sometimes wore hats during the 1864 flashbacks along with her Pimped-Out Dress and Opera Gloves.
  • Nice Shoes: Katherine wears a lot of them, primarily high heels and stilettos.
  • Noble Demon: Katherine has her moments of taking the moral high ground although this is a rarity and this has only happened a few times with a few people (i.e. Stefan, Damon and Elijah, for example).
  • Not Good with Rejection: Katherine didn't take it too well when Stefan told her that he hated her.
  • Not So Different: Makes this argument to Elena throughout the series, but most notably in season four after Elena turned into a vampire.
    • Subverted in She's Come Undone.
  • Of Corset Hurts: See Of Corsets Sexy.
  • Of Corsets Sexy: As part of Katherine's wardrobe during the flashbacks (1400's and 1800's), Katherine was seen to wear many corsets as part of her outfits.
  • Opera Gloves: Was seen wearing them during the 1864 flashbacks.
  • Opposites Attract: With Stefan and Elijah. Both Stefan and Elijah are moral and noble while Katherine is highly morally ambiguous.
  • Parasol of Prettiness: Katherine had a parasol or umbrella in 1864.
  • Parental Abandonment: In regards to her daughter Nadia. Nadia was taken away from her by her father immediately after she had given birth to her.
  • Passive-Aggressive Kombat: When she is not resorting to kicking ass and fighting her opponents, she is good at making a point with her words, being very blunt and never holding back.
  • Pet the Dog: Katherine has a few of these moments, such as mourning Stefan's death in a flashback, or bringing Damon his cure in the season finale. Also her conversation with Stefan regarding humanity was this.
    • And in 4x18 her love and gesture of trust towards Elijah.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: Wore plenty of fancy dresses during the 1800's and in the 1400's as well.
  • The Pollyanna: As a human girl. Katherine seemed to be rather idealistic, naive, optimistic and romantic by heart in the 1400's flashbacks. This changed when she became a vampire and suffered tragedy over the centuries.
  • Proper Lady: Appeared this way during the and 1400's flashbacks and also the 1864 flashbacks.
  • Proud Beauty: Katherine takes a lot of pride in her physical appearance and beauty as she uses it to get what she wants.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Katherine is this way in regards to both of the Salvatore brothers due to the brothers being in love with Elena.
  • Rapid Aging: Has been developing a slower but still deadly version of this after Silas drained the cure out of her blood. Her hair has been turning grey, her teeth are falling out, and she is only estimated to live a few months longer.
  • Really Gets Around: Katherine is a beautiful, seductive woman who often uses her charm, feminine wiles and her sex appeal in order to get what she wants. Because of this, Katherine has been with many men during the course of her immortal life.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Katherine is the Red (passionate, impulsive, strong) to Elena's Blue (logical, calm, empathetic).
  • Regal Ringlets: Katherine's hair is curled outside of her Elena impersonations.
  • The Resenter: Towards Elena. Katherine has always been jealous of Elena and has resented her because Elena has the life that she always wanted.
  • Retcon: In Season 5, it's revealed that Katherine comes from a family of witches. How they were so easily killed by Klaus is unexplained.
  • The Rival: To Elena and Rebekah for the attentions of the Salvatore brothers.
  • The Runaway: Katherine has been running from Klaus for 500 years.
  • Sensual Slavs: Katherine is originally from Bulgaria.
  • Shadow Archetype: To Elena at times. Sometimes it's inverted and Elena seems like a shadow of Katherine.
  • She's Got Legs: And some pretty nice ones too.
  • Shipper on Deck: Surprisingly, for Stelena.
    Katherine to Elena: There's still a connection between you two (Stefan and Elena). Maybe, deep down, you know that he's your one true love and breaking up with him was a big mistake.
    • Katherine even bluntly states (while she is pretending to be Elena while possessing her body) to Damon as she breaks up with him that she and Damon are just not good together and that they have managed to bring out the worst in each other. The funny thing is that Katherine is saying all of the things that Elena herself should be saying to Damon.
  • Show Some Leg: Katherine often uses her physical attributes to get what she wants.
  • Silk Hiding Steel: Although Katherine may appear tough as nails and highly ruthless, Katherine is actually really vulnerable and emotionally fragile underneath her tough exterior.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: With primarily Stefan. For over a century to be exact.
  • Smug Smiler: One of Katherine's signature expressions.
  • Smug Super: Katherine brags that Bonnie's witchy ju-ju migraine doesn't work on her since she has been around for a long time. Not to mention that she lords it over Stefan that she is immune to the effects of vervain since she has been dosing herself with vervain for the last century.
  • The Snark Knight: Katherine is very sarcastic and snarky, she can even out-snark Damon.
  • Socialite: Especially during 1864. It is even apparent that Katherine was a status seeker during the 1400's.
  • The Sociopath: Lying, murdering, and manipulating are as natural as breathing to her. Subverted in that she does care about some people.
  • Spanner in the Works: She does this a lot by showing up when you least expect her. In "Down the Rabbit Hole," she steals the vampirism cure that everyone has been looking for, and assures Silas' awakening.
  • Spirited Young Lady: As a human girl. Katherine retains some of her spirited and passionate traits as a vampire.
  • Spoiled Brat: Katherine seems to get everything she wants, even if she has to resort to manipulation tactics.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Katherine is this for Stefan and sometimes Damon as well. She seems to think that Damon can look after himself better though.
  • Start of Darkness: In Season 2, we learn what made Katherine become more cold, selfish and immoral. Klaus had been obsessed with finding her after she ran from him, because Klaus wanted to sacrifice her life so that he could break his Hybrid Curse. After Katherine committed suicide and became a vampire, she fled to her hometown. It was there that she discovered that Klaus got to her entire family and murdered them all in revenge. This devastated Katherine and ever since then, Katherine became a darker, more selfish person, only looking out for herself and basing her immortal life on self-preservation.
  • Stripperific: Some of Katherine's outfits and clothing can be raher provocative and revealing.
  • Sugary Malice: Katherine is very good at appearing sweet and polite to others when she needs them to further her agenda.
  • Supernatural Is Purple: If Katherine isn't seen wearing black clothing, she is often seen wearing purple from time to time.
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky: Katherine's middle name should be sarcasm.
  • The Tease: Katherine's specialty is teasing and flirting with the opposite sex.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Katherine had a daughter out of wedlock when she was seventeen.
  • Tragic Villain: Katherine becomes a much colder, unkind person due to her tragic past. Klaus had killed her entire family out of revenge for Katherine running from him.
  • Tsundere: Type A, especially around Stefan, Damon, Elijah and Nadia.
  • Uncanny Family Resemblance: With Elena due to the doppelganger curse.
  • Undying Loyalty: Appears to have this for the Salvatore brothers. She appears to trust them above anyone else in her life.
  • Unresolved Sexual Tension: With Elijah, Damon and Stefan. Sometimes even with Klaus.
    • As of 4x18, it looks like she and Elijah resolved it.
  • Vampires Are Sex Gods
  • Vanity Is Feminine: Katherine is very beautiful, proud, narcissistic and vain.
  • Villainesses Want Heroes: With Stefan.
    • Elijah presents an interesting case.
  • Villainous Breakdown: Goes through ones when trapped in the cave by Damon and Stefan and when Damon plans on feeding her to Silas. Season five has seen a slower and steadier one as she realizes she can't fight off her aging and will soon be dead.
  • Villainous Valour: Katherine NEVER gives up.
  • Wicked Cultured
  • Woman in Black: Katherine always wears black or purple clothing.
  • Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: In 2.09, "Katerina", we find out that she gave birth out of wedlock; wasn't even allowed to hold the baby before it is given away; and then she gets sent away to England ( keep in mind that she most likely was all alone when she first came); then she meets and falls for Klaus, and has feelings for/trusts Elijah, only to find out that they both wanted to kill her; and then she tries to kill herself in order to stay away from Klaus, only to have vampire blood forced into her system; then she uses that to kill herself and become a vampire; and when she returns home, her entire family, along with anyone else that she loved, and most likely, the whole village is dead, killed by Klaus.
  • Xanatos Speed Chess: Is very good at this. It's why she has evaded Klaus for so long.
  • YANDERE: OH SO MUCH in regards to Stefan, so much that Katherine could be the Trope Codifier. Katherine was very obsessed with Stefan for over a century, so much so that she spent most of Stefan's immortal life stalking him and following him around wherever he went. Now, as of the fifth season, she is so obsessed with him that Stefan has literally become the major reason for Katherine wanting to live.
    • Psychotic Love Triangle: With Elena and Rebekah over Stefan's affections. Stefan sure does attract some obsessive and psychotic women.

     Anna 

Anna (portrayed by Malese Jow)

"Dracula was a complete wuss. Never showered. Very smelly."

  • Action Girl: Anna is tough, capable and strong. She can kick ass and take names.
  • Adorkable: Being a cute but geeky bookworm.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Anna is smart, intellectual and nerdy. Not to mention, she is also a hardcore bookworm.
  • Back from the Dead: Not really back. She's a ghost that Jeremy sees in season three.
  • Badass: Anna is capable of kicking ass even though she is small.
    • Badass Adorable: Anna is small and petite but she is capable of defending and fighting for herself when she has to.
    • Badass Bookworm: Scholarly, nerdy intelligent and very much a bookworm.
  • Becoming the Mask: Originally she befriended Jeremy in order to obtain his ancestor's journal but later, she really fell in love with him.
  • Betty and Veronica: Anna could be seen as the Veronica to Bonnie's Betty for Jeremy's Archie.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: She may look cute but do not underestimate her.
  • Brainy Brunette: Anna is very smart, intelligent and quick. She also seems to be quite scholarly and loves research.
  • Brooding Boy, Gentle Girl: Anna is the Gentle Girl to Jeremy's Brooding Boy.
  • Brown Eyes: One of her physical defining features.
  • The Bus Came Back: As a ghost.
  • Canon Foreigner: Anna doesn't exist in the books.
  • Clingy Jealous Girl: She seemed this way in regards to Jeremy and his relationships with both Bonnie and Vicki.
  • Cute Bookworm: Anna loves to read and loves research.
  • Cute Bruiser: Anna is very cute and adorkable but she can kick anyone's ass. She's not to be underestimated.
  • The Cutie: Anna is very loveable, endearing and adorable, despite being a vampire.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: Wers dark colours but overall, she has good to neutral intentions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her witty and sarcastic moments.
  • The Determinator: Anna did everything to get her mother back from the tomb in which she was imprisoned in for over a century.
  • Dogged Nice Girl: Towards Jeremy.
  • Genki Girl: Especially when she gets excited.
  • Genre Savvy: Anna is very knowledgable and smart.
  • Girly Bruiser: She's feminine but also an Action Girl to boot and not to be underestimated.
  • Girl Next Door: She appears this way, even though she is a vampire.
  • Good Is Not Nice: Generally nice but don't cross her or get on her bad side.
  • Good Is Not Soft: She may be a cute and sweet girl, but she can kick ass when she has to.
  • Gorgeous Period Dress: Wore them during the 1864 flashbacks.
  • Heel-Face Turn: Although she was never really evil, her love for Jeremy made her want to stay in Mystic Falls.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Like many other vampires, Anna sometimes wears leather jackets.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Anna desires to be a normal girl and be a regular teenager.
  • I Just Want to Have Friends: Anna desires friendship, companionship and love, hence why she first befriended and then fell in love with Jeremy Gilbert.
  • Immortality: Anna had the ability to live forever without physically aging. She is a Type V and Type X.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is killed via stake through the heart by John Gilbert.
  • Kill the Cutie: See Killed Off for Real.
  • Love Hurts: In regards to Jeremy.
  • Love Interest: To Jeremy in season one. Even after she died, Jeremy still considered Anna as the girl he always loved, despite being with Bonnie.
  • Love Redeems: Anna isn't necessarily bad by any means, but her love for Jeremy definitely brought out the nicer and softer side of her, her humanity.
  • Manic Pixie Dream Girl: Anna represents this to brooding Jeremy in season one.
  • Motor Mouth: Once Anna gets going, she can't stop especially something she finds important or something that she is passionate about.
  • Mysterious Waif: In the beginning.
  • Nerd: She is highly intelligent and is quite a bit of a bookworm.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Anna may be a nerd, but she is also stylish and attractive.
  • Nice Girl: Anna is generally nice and friendly however, don't get on her bad side.
  • Nice Hat: Wore one during the 1864 flashbacks.
  • Official Couple: With Jeremy in season one. Sadly, she is tragically killed off at the end of the first season. Jeremy makes it clear that he still loves her despite her unexpected death and it takes many seasons for Jeremy to move on from Anna, even when Jeremy moved on with Bonnie in a relationship in season two.
  • The Ojou: During the 1864 flashbacks.
  • The One That Got Away: She is this to Jeremy.
  • Only One Name: Her last name is never revealed.
  • Perky Goth: Wears a lot of black clothing and has dark hair and pale skin.
  • Pimped-Out Dress: During the 1864 flashbacks.
  • Plucky Girl: Anna is very optimistic and upbeat.
  • The Pollyanna: See Plucky Girl.
  • Psychotic Love Triangle: With Bonnie and Vicki over the affections of Jeremy. Although Bonnie isn't psychotic, Vicki was certainly crossing the crazy line, especially as a ghost.
  • Raven Hair, Ivory Skin: Anna has very black hair and very pale skin.
  • Really 700 Years Old: She knew Dracula who died before Katherine was turned.
  • Second Love: To Jeremy. Vicki was the first.
  • Single Woman Seeks Good Man: Her relationship with Jeremy.
  • Spirited Young Lady: Anna is very optimistic, feisty and spirited by nature.
  • The Smart Girl: Anna is very intelligent.
  • Tsundere: Type B, towards Jeremy.
  • Waif-Fu: Small, cute and petite, but NOT to be underestimated and can kick major ass when she has to.
  • Wide-Eyed Idealist: Anna is highly idealistic.

     Pearl 

Pearl (portrayed by Kelly Hu)

"Mystic Falls is our home, Damon! They took that from us, our land, our home. It's time we rebuild!"

     Isobel Flemming-Saltzman 

Isobel Flemming-Saltzman (portrayed by Mia Kirshner)

"I am selfish, and I'm obsessed, and I'm a horrible wife. But you love me anyway."

     Alexia "Lexi" Branson 

Alexia ‘Lexi’ Branson (portrayed by Arielle Kebbel)

"Because when you can hurt, you can love. Love, Stefan, that's the point."

Witches

     Bree 

Bree (portrayed by Gina Torres)


Humans

     William Tanner 

William Tanner

The gang's history teacher at the beginning of the series who also coaches the football team. He is killed by Damon.


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