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    Salvatore Family 

Giuseppe Salvatore

Portrayed by: James Remar

"These creatures are of the darkest parts of hell...they must be destroyed!"

Zach Salvatore

Portrayed by: Chris William Martin

"Blood only runs so deep when you're related to vampires."

Sara Nelson (born Sara Salvatore)

Portrayed by: Tristin Mays

"This is why I don't go to the Animal Shelter"
Daughter of Zach Salvatore, Sara is the only living member of the Salvatore bloodline.


Lillian 'Lily' Salvatore

Portrayed by: Annie Wersching

"You have no idea what devastation feels like. But you will. Because I am going to find a way to get my people back. No matter what it takes."

Stefan and Damon's mother. Lily died of consumption in 1858. In Season Six, it is revealed Lily actually became a vampire. She eventually became a Ripper vampire like Stefan was. Lily was imprisoned in a Prison World by the the Gemini Coven of witches on October 31, 1903.


  • Ax-Crazy
  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing
  • The Determinator: In Season 6, Lily is determined to bring the Heretics, who she sees as her true family rather than Stefan and Damon, back from the 1903 prison world at any cost.
    • Again in Season 7, when she also trying to get back Julian, the love of her life.
  • Evil Is Petty
  • Iron Lady
  • Knight Templar
  • Mama Bear: Was this to Stefan and Damon before her death in the nineteenth century. Too bad not anymore.
  • Missing Mom: Stefan and Damon initially thought their mom died from tuberculosis in 1858. Turns out she was actually a vampire trapped in a Prison World of 1903 constructed by the Gemini witches.
  • Mysterious Past
  • Parental Abandonment: When Lily first became a vampire she actually came home to her sons. To her horror, when she came upon a sleeping Stefan she was tempted to feed on him. So she decided to leave her family to protect them from a dangerous vampire.
  • That Man Is Dead: As Lily grew closer to the Heretics throughout their imprisonment in 1903, she became more fond of them, that overtime she began to consider them her family. She admits to Damon the mother he knew her once wasn't able to reconcile with the person she was becoming.
  • Undying Loyalty

    Gilbert Family 

John Gilbert

Portrayed: by David Anders

"You know, Jeremy, I was taught to hate them, the vampires. Itís what I know. Itís what your father knew."

Grayson Gilbert

Portrayed: by Jason Macdonald

Elena and Jeremy's dad and John Gilbert's older brother. Grayson was the town doctor of Mystic Falls. He and his wife Miranda were both members of the Town Council and thus knew about vampires.

He and Miranda were both killed in a car accident going off Wickery Bridge before the start of the series. It's revealed Grayson was actually Elena's biological uncle.

Miranda Sommers Gilbert

Portrayed: by Erin Beute

Elena and Jeremy's mother. She was also Jenna's older sister.
  • Birds of a Feather: With both Kelly Donovan and Liz Forbes.
  • Posthumous Character: Before the beginning of the series, he and his husband Grayson drowned after their car fell off of Wickery Bridge and into the lake.

Johnathan Gilbert

Portrayed: by Joe Knezevich

Elena and Jeremy's ancestor who was part of the vampire round up in Mystic Falls in 1864.
  • Knight Templar: He was a member of one of the Founding Families that hunted vampires along with Giuseppe Salvatore and Barnette Lockwood.
  • Mad Scientist: He invented the Gilbert device, the Gilbert rings, and the Gilbert compass. Though they were actually just spelled by Emily.
  • Posthumous Character:
  • Sanity Slippage

    Bennett Family 

Sheila 'Grams' Bennett

Portrayed by: Jasmine Guy

"I am not Bonnie. You don`t wanna mess with me."

Abby Bennett

Portrayed by: Persia White

"Your grams is way better at this stuff than I am."

Rudy Hopkins

Portrayed by Rick Worthy

Bonnie's father who becomes the mayor after Carol Lockwood is killed.

    Forbes Family 

Sheriff Elizabeth 'Liz' Forbes

Portrayed by: Marguerite MacIntyre

"I`m not going to let people get caught in the crossfire of a pissing contest between a hybrid and a vampire."

Bill Forbes

Portrayed by: Jack Coleman

"You're a vampire, sweetheart. I don't think you'll ever be okay again."

  • Badass: You have to qualify this when you are capable of resisting vampiric compelling through sheer willpower alone.
    • Badass Normal: He is a human with no supernatural powers, until he's murdered with the vampire blood still in his system. However he refuses to feed to complete the transition and dies.
    • Badass Gay: As far as we know.
  • Deadpan Snarker
  • Death Equals Redemption
  • Face Death with Dignity: When killed with vampire blood in his system and left with the choice to either become a vampire or die, he chose the latter without hesitation, and uses his remaining time to reconcile with his daughter and ex-wife, waiting calmly for his death.
  • Have I Mentioned I am Gay?: The only reason that we know that he is gay, is because people keep saying that he is, not because he ever kisses men or anything.
  • Hypocrite: He believes he can make Caroline change what she is, despite the fact that he is a homosexual. Weirdly enough, he also averts this trope regarding his conviction that vampirism and cheating death are wrong, as seen in the Face Death with Dignity entry.
  • Immune to Mind Control: The only known human character so far who can actually No Sell a vampire's compelling without relying on vervain.
  • Karmic Transformation: Subverted and defied; he is killed with vampire blood in his system, but refuses to complete his transformation and lets himself die instead.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Alaric (while he was taken over by The Darkness), who stabbed him to death and cut his throat while having vampire blood in his system.
  • Knight Templar
  • Straight Gay
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist

    Donovan Family 

Kelly Donovan

Portrayed by: Melinda Clarke.

    Lockwood Family 

Mayor Richard Lockwood

Portrayed by: Robert Pralgo.


Carol Lockwood

"You know, if you`re going to bring a girl home I wish she`d have the tact not to sneak out like a prostitute."
Portrayed by: Susan Walters.

Mason Lockwood

Portrayed by: Taylor Kinney

"Oh, what am I? I apologize. Iím an animal."

  • Agent Scully: Plays up his reputation as a skeptic, but he knows for a fact that there's more out there.
  • Annoying Younger Sibling: To Richard.
  • Awakening the Sleeping Giant: When he was first confronted by Damon, he made it clear he had no intention of being the Salvatore's enemy and would rather mind his own business. Damon tried to kill him regardless, resulting in him actively trying to get the two brothers killed. Partially subverted when it's revealed he was working for Katherine anyway; his mission just didn't involve harming them.
  • Back from the Dead]]: In season 3 he appears as a ghost to Damon in order to hurt him, but also help him find a way to defeat Klaus, in order to help his nephew, who Klaus turned into a hybrid.
  • Badass: Came very close from killing both Damon and Stefan, on three occasions for the latter. And out of these three times, he only had to use his wolf form once.
  • Black Sheep
  • Blatant Lies
    Tyler: Your eyes, they glowed... what was that?
    Mason: Reflection. Off car headlamps.
  • Chick Magnet/The Casanova: According to Jenna.
  • Cool Uncle: To Tyler. He is sexy, athletic and possesses an easygoing charm.
  • Death Equals Redemption: He says this word for word.
  • Dumb Muscle: He seems to have no idea that Katherine compelled his best friend to attack him and seemingly didn't know that he was compelled at all.
  • Kick the Dog: While you can't really blame him for trying to get the Salvatore killed after Damon tried to kill him, he really had no good reason to threaten Caroline with revealing her vampiric nature to her mother.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Damon.
  • Love Makes You Dumb: He loved Katherine and had no idea she was just using him.
  • Our Werewolves Are Different: The first werewolf character to be introduced in the show. He also serves as the example to establish how this universe's version of the werewolves work.
  • Surfer Dude
  • Tall, Dark and Handsome
  • Tall, Dark and Snarky
  • Unwitting Pawn: Of Katherine.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: spoiler:He dies after a few episodes in season 2.

    Martin Family 

Jonas Martin

Portrayed by: Randy J. Goodwin

Luka Martin

Portrayed by: Bryton James

"We`re all bonded together by a code of loyalty to help each other."

Greta Martin

Portrayed by: Lisa Tucker

     Fell Family 

Logan Fell

Portrayed by: Chris Johnson

"I`ve things to do, people to kill."

Dr. Meredith Fell

Portrayed by: Torrey DeVitto

Tripp Cooke (born Thomas Vincent Fell III)

Portrayed by: Colin Ferguson

"Vampires. They are real. And one murdered my wife."

Tripp Cooke, born Thomas Vincent Fell III, is the head of Mystic Falls new militia community in Season Six whose trainees include Matt Donovan. Tripp is determined to protect his town at all costs. He is also a vampire hunter.