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Katherine Pierce (AKA Katerina Petrova)

Portrayed By: Nina Dobrev

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 during the fifth season.

She was born to either Peter and his wife or Mr. Petrov and Mrs. Petrova on June 5, 1473, in Bulgaria. 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 life has always been brought with much tragedy, loss, and pain. Katherine was born into a wealthy Bulgarian family. When Katherine was just seventeen years of age, she gave birth to a daughter out of wedlock. Because of the fact that Katherine had a child out of wedlock, her father had her banished from Bulgaria. Katherine then ran away and settled in England. Sometime during the late fifteenth century, Katherine met Klaus and Elijah Mikaelson. Katherine fell in love with or had affections for both of the Mikaelsson brothers, although it was Klaus that she was originally taken with. Unknown to her, Katherine was wanted by Klaus for one simple reason: so he could sacrifice her in order to break his hybrid curse. When Katherine had discovered this fact, she began to flee and hide from Klaus, fearing for her safety and her survival. On April 6, 1492, Katherine met Rose, a young British woman who was a vampire and was best friends with Trevor, someone who had helped Katherine to escape because Trevor had affections for Katherine. Fearful for her survival, Katherine tricked Rose into feeding her her vampire blood and then killed herself, successfully turning herself into a vampire. Katherine returned to Bulgaria to find her entire family slaughtered and brutally murdered after Klaus had retaliated against Katherine for running away from him.

Throughout the centuries, Katherine traveled across the world running away from Klaus, until in 1864, she came to the town of Mystic Falls where she met Stefan and Damon Salvatore. Katherine fell in love with Stefan and also had an affair with Damon on the side, which only caused the sibling rivalry between the two brothers to heat up immensely. It was the Salvatore brother's relationship with Katherine that ended up changing the relationship between the two forever and what sparked a century-plus old rivalry between the once very close brothers. Katherine is responsible for turning both of the Salvatore brothers into vampires, although in regards to Stefan, Katherine compelled Stefan to drink her blood while Damon drank Katherine's blood willingly.

Katherine's notable ancestors include Amara, the 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 fifteenth 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. Unfortunately, Katherine ruined her chances of Stefan truly and finally forgiving her for all of her immoral deeds when she decided to steal Elena's body and inhabit it as a passenger with the use of Traveller magic. Stefan discovered what she had done and although he was not overly furious at Katherine for what she did, he was still not too happy or pleased with it as it was her actions that caused chaos and destruction to ensue. Ultimately, to top it of, Stefan ends up being the one to kill Katherine with the use of the Traveller Knife, which can expel the spirit of a passenger from anybody that it inhabits.
  • Acquired Poison Immunity: She made herself immune to the effects of vervain (which is poison to vampires) by dosing herself with vervain for the last centuries.
  • Action Girl: One of the most notable action female in the series and something of a Combat Pragmatist as she often prefers sneak attacks than all-out brawls. Being a centuries-old vampire (who only gets Stronger with Age) makes her one of the strongest non-Original vampires in the story, and she can easily fight off both Stefan and Damon.
  • Action Fashionista: Katherine is very trendy, chic, stylish and is usually kicking ass in her most fashionable and trendy clothing.
    Katherine: [to Stefan] We both know I could rip you to shreds and do my nails at the same time.
  • Action Survivor: The reason why she's so dangerous and paranoid is mostly attributed to her spending five centuries on the run from the Original Vampires, which sharpened her survival senses. Even after she cures her vampirism and loses all associated vampire powers, she's still able to rely on her wits to survive.
  • 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.
  • Adaptational Nationality: She was German in the books, but became Bulgarian in the series to correlate with the fact the actress who plays her is also Bulgarian.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: In season five, Katherine begins to age 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. It is ultimately subverted when she tries to take over Elena's body in her deathbed via a Passenger spell but it's eventually discovered and killed by Stefan and she gets Dragged Off to Hell with no sympathy. When she makes her final return in season 8 as the Final Boss she's treated as an irredeemable villain.
  • All Love Is Unrequited: For Stefan and Damon, after 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.
  • All Women Are Lustful: Katherine is a highly sexual individual and she often uses this to get her way.
  • 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 The Fashionista.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Katherine is an attractive and beautiful brunette who is smart, chic, composed, sexy and aloof.
  • 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 humanity 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Aw, 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 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 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.
  • 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.
  • Broken Bird: Katherine's tragic life began after Klaus murdered her entire family back in Bulgaria.
  • 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 has to.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Catchphrase: 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: Oh so much towards Stefan. In fact, she is more of a Yandere for him as she has spent over a century being obsessively in love with him to the point that she stalked Stefan and has both atempted to kill or killed people that Stefan loves and cares about, including Elena. She visibly shows that she is very jealous of Elena because Stefan was in love with her and always chose her over Katherine.
  • Consummate Liar: Katherine is very good at lying and manipulating others in order to get what she wants.
  • 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.
  • Dark Action Girl: Katherine is a vampire and therefore, she has superhuman abilities which can assist her in combat and fighting. She 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. She is also on par with other female vampires, such as Elena and Caroline for example. Katherine has shown that she is immensely stronger and more powerful than Elena due to the fact that Katherine has over five centuries on Elena in regards to age and being a vampire. Katherine has taken down plenty of male characters other than the Salvatore brothers such as Silas and Jeremy for example. In the fifth season, Katherine had become a human and had therefore lost her superhuman abilities as a vampire. She still showed that she was a very capable individual in terms of survival and she knew how to defend herself when she had to despite being significantly more vulnerable than she was before. Although, when Katherine became a human, she became more of an Action Survivor more so than an Action Girl.
  • Dating Catwoman: Katherine's relationship with Stefan and Damon back in 1864 was not considered to be appropriate considering that she is a vampire.
  • 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.
  • Defrosting Ice Queen: She is selfish, cold, manipulative and vain. She is described to be cold-hearted and will use people in order to get her way without feeling any guilt afterwards. 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 for seasons 4 and 5.
  • 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, despite dedicating herself to him many times her ruthlessness and manipulative side pushed him away.
  • Disc-One Final Boss: This happens in season 2 when most people thought Katherine was the Big Bad. It was actually Klaus.
  • Don't You Dare Pity Me!: Katherine hates it when others feel sorry for her.
  • Doppelgänger: Katherine is part of the Petrova line, which have naturally occurring humans born physically identical to the first two Immortals, in her case Amara. She's Amara's second known Doppelgänger, after Tatia and before Elena.
  • Dragged Off to Hell: Unable to pass through Bonnie who's the Anchor to the Other Side and is dragged off to a dark world. Word of God says she's never coming back... which ended up being a lie, as she returns as the Queen of Hell and the Final Boss of the series.
  • 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, but returned in full force from season four and foward.
  • 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. However, Stefan has fallen deeply in love with Elena, her doppelganger.
  • Every Proper Lady Should Curtsy: Katherine does 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, her daylight amulet is even a necklace (and later a bracelet).
  • Evil Wears Black: She tends to wear black or dark clothing to contrast with Elena's outfits, which are usually lighter in color.
  • The Fashionista: Katherine has a penchant for expensive clothing and fashion takes a lot of pride in her appearance. She's often seen wearing a combination of trendy pants, skirts, and dresses, she usually wears high heels or stilettos and always wears an abundance of jewelry and lots of makeup. She always styles her hair, normally in soft body waves unless she is impersonating Elena (then she straightens her hair bone straight). Even back in flashbacks, she's seen as a Girly Girl who was into frilly and fashionable dresses.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Katherine can be polite when she wants to be, and sometimes even acts as a Friendly Enemy and teams up with the heroes, but she's usually planning something devious and can turn on anyone at the drop of a hat.
  • Femme Fatale: Katherine is a beautiful, seductive woman who often uses her charms in order to get what she wants. And if she doesn't she's still dangerous enough to dispatch her victims without much trouble.
  • Final Boss: Katherine comes out of left field to be the final villain in the series as the Queen of Hell at the very last episode.
  • Fool for Love: In regards to Stefan, especially in season five. Instead of actually focusing on developing a relationship with her long lost daughter Nadia (who 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. Katherine was so desperate for him 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. When it comes to Stefan and her love for him, Katherine is extremely irrational.
  • Freudian Excuse: Katherine became the ruthless person 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 murdering her entire family as a punishment for running from him.
  • Friendly Enemy: To Stefan and Damon on occasion, especially when working together against The Originals. Katherine will help out the Salvatore brothers from time to time, but she often seeks to get something out of it in return.
  • 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.
  • Grand Theft Me: In season five Katherine possesses Elena's body using a Traveller's spell on her deathbed, in an attempt to both cheat death and steal Elena's life so she can be with Stefan again.
  • Green-Eyed Monster: Katherine has a jealous streak, especially in regards to Stefan and Damon. See Clingy Jealous Girl.
  • 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.
  • Heel–Face Revolving Door: It's really hard to tell which side Katherine is on sometimes.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Katherine's version of practicable clothing is usually a black leather jacket and leather pants, which give her a more imposing look than her chic outfits.
  • 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. She's pursed by Klaus due to this, as a Petrova Doppelgänger sacrifice is needed to break his curse.
  • Hope Bringer: 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.
  • 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, in a Beware the Nice Ones way. She even says again it word for word in episode 5x15 — yet again it regards Stefan: If 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 loves 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 arrogant that many of the characters who interact with her often find her intolerable.
  • 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. She can eve come off as the Only Sane Man.
  • Jerk Justifications: 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. 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, she starts to age rapidly and her imminent death garners sympathy from the rest of the cast and Katherine seems to mellow out. Then she takes advantage of Elena sympathy to possess her body.
  • 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 one the main characters, 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. 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.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's finally killed for good in "I Was Feeling Epic" when Stefan holds her down while Bonnie destroys hell and they're both consumed by the hellfire.
  • Kiss of Death: Katherine kisses Stefan before he stabs and kills her with the Travellers Knife.
  • Life Drinker. Katherine is a vampire, i.e. a living dead person. She drinks human blood in order to survive. 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.
  • 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 Petrova doppelgänger that was going to be used as a sacrifice to break Klaus' hybrid curse. She's been on the run from him for centuries to avoid this fate.
    • She was one for Silas for a time because 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: Her obsession with Stefan has reached Qetsiyah levels of obsession and craziness. In regards to Stefan, especially in season five
  • Love Makes You Dumb: Despite being a pragmatic survivalist for centuries, she makes a ton of mistakes due to her falling in love with Stefan and wanting to be with him. Most notably after stealing Elena's body in 5x11, instead of taking Nadia and leaving Mystic Falls with her, Katherine decides to stay in town so that she could get Stefan back. 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..
  • Love Redeems: Bits and pieces of her humanity and softer side come out, especially in regards to both Stefan and Elijah.
  • Manipulative Bitch: Katherine will manipulate, scheme, play mind games and will toy with others emotions in order to get what she wants without guilt. This is best show during her flashback scenes in season one, where she manipulates the entire Salvatore family against each other in order to obtain the moonstone.
  • 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".
  • Missing Mom: She's a Missing Mom to her daughter Nadia. Nadia had been taken away from Katherine by her father immediately after she had given birth to her. In season five, Katherine is finally reunited with Nadia after 500 years.
  • Motor Mouth: Even Damon thinks she needs to shut up at times.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Katherine is a Head-Turning Beauty who often wears revealing and skimpy clothing that shows off her assets and appeals to both the male characters and the male audience. She has plenty of fanservice heavy scenes, like shower, lingerie and bathtub scenes.
  • Murder the Hypotenuse: Katherine loves Stefan; Stefan loves Elena. In season two, Katherine threatens to kill Elena (and everyone she cared about) if Stefan doesn'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.
  • 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.
  • 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. Being a vampire, she also avers Of Corset Hurts as she has no need to breathe.
  • 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. And in 4x18 she shows 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.
  • Psycho Ex-Girlfriend: Katherine is this way in regards to both of the Salvatore brothers due to the brothers being in love with Elena. Katherine herself only really cares about Stefan and is quite willing to Murder the Hypotenuse.
  • Rapid Aging: Has been developing a slower but still deadly version of this trope for immortals 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 seductress has been with many men throughout the centuries, mostly to manipulate and use them.
  • Red Oni, Blue Oni: Katherine is the Red (passionate, impulsive, strong) to Elena's Blue (logical, calm, empathetic).
  • The Resenter: Towards Elena. Katherine has always been jealous of Elena and has resented her because Elena has the normal life that she always wanted and also gained the love of Stefan.
  • Retcon: In Season 5, it's revealed that Katherine comes from a family of witches.
  • The Sociopath: Lying, murdering, and manipulating are as natural as breathing to her. Subverted in that she does care about some people.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Katherine has kept tabs Stefan for centuries after he turned into a vampire and she faked her death and was on the run from Klaus.
  • 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. Good colours for a murderous vampire who comes from a family of witches.
  • Supernaturally Young Parent: To Nadia. It was revealed during the fifth season that Nadia is Katherine's long lost daughter. Katherine had Nadia when she was seventeen years old. Katherine has also been a vampire for over 500 years, therefore, she has not physically aged because she is immortal. Katherine has been physically eighteen years old for over 500 years. 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. Katherine was turned at the age of eighteen while Nadia was turned at the age of thirty, hence Nadia is physically 12 years older than Katherine in regards to physical age. However, both Katherine and Nadia are over 500 years old.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Katherine had a daughter out of wedlock when she was seventeen.
  • Tragic Villain: Katherine became a much colder, ruthless person due to her tragic past where Klaus had her entire family killed out of revenge for Katherine running from him and still pursued her ever since, leading her to value self-preservation above all. Even Elena manges to sympathize with her for it
    Elena: I forgive you. You weren't born evil. Life made you that way.
  • Wicked Cultured: Katherine comes from a wealthy and noble family. She is highly sophisticated, clever and manipulative.
  • 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.
  • Yandere: In regards to Stefan. Katherine was very obsessed with Stefan for over a century, so much so that she spent most of Stefan's immortal life stalking him, killing people that are close to him (including Elena), and obsessively going to extreme lengths to be with him, save him or protect him. She has repeatedly gone the route of Murder the Hypotenuse by killing or trying to kill women that were romantically involved or interested in Stefan. She is also known to become Axe-Crazy whenever Stefan rejects her, chooses Elena over her, ignores her or shows no interest in her. It's taken Up to Eleven in Season Five when she is so obsessed with him that Stefan has literally become the major reason for Katherine wanting to live. While she is dying and on her death bed due to old age and the effects of the cure, Katherine manages to manipulate Elena into stealing her body against her will with the use of a passenger spell so that she can inhabit her body and live as Elena. Just so that she can get Stefan to fall in love with her again with the belief that he's falling in love with Elena.


Annabelle "Anna" Zhu
Portrayed by: Malese Jow

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

  • Action Girl: Anna is tough, capable and strong. As a centuries-old vampire, she is one of the oldest vampires in the series and is stronger than Damon and Stefan.
  • All There in the Manual: The prequel novel Stefan Diaries reveals Anna got sick as a child and Pearl begged Katherine to turn her into a vampire to save her.
  • Asian and Nerdy: Anna is smart, intellectual and nerdy. She is also a hardcore bookworm. She is of Chinese origin.
  • Back from the Dead: She's back after she's staked, but only as a ghost that Jeremy sees in season three.
  • 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, but she is not afraid to deliver a beatdown to anyone try gin to stop her from opening her moms tomb.
  • Becoming the Mask: Originally she befriended Jeremy in order to obtain his ancestor's journal but later, she really falls in love with him.
  • Brainy Brunette: Anna is very smart, brunette who is 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, being a fairly compassionate individual despite her ultimate goals of freeing the Tomb Vampires.
  • Cute Bookworm: Anna loves books, she loves to read and loves research. She's a petite and lovely girl.
  • Cute Bruiser: Anna is very cute but she can kick anyone's ass. She's not to be underestimated.
  • Dark Is Not Evil: She's dark-haired and wears dark colours but overall, she has good to neutral intentions.
  • Deadpan Snarker: She has her witty and sarcastic moments, such as her page quote.
  • The Determinator: Anna did everything to get her mother back from the tomb in which she was imprisoned in for over a century.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: Much like her mother, she has no evil intentions towards humans and doesn't even enjoy being a vampire. Her stint as an antagonist was only in an effort to free her mother from imprisonment.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: In Season Three, ghost Anna tells Jeremy she hadn't encountered her mother on The Other Side and feared Pearl might have moved on without her. However, Anna and Pearl had an emotional reunion in "Ghost World", and move on together.
  • Hell-Bent for Leather: Like many other vampires, Anna sometimes wears leather jackets, which makes her look all tough and badass.
  • I Just Want to Be Normal: Anna is a vampire that 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's an immortal vampire.
  • Killed Off for Real: She is killed via stake through the heart by John Gilbert, so she's dead-dead even for a show that has resurrections and is full of supernatural beings
  • Love Interest: She's romantically interested in Jeremy and he reciprocates 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. Even after she dies, Jeremy still considers Anna as his one true love.
  • 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 is introduced as a cheerful presence to the brooding Jeremy in season one. Subverted in that it was a deliberate plot to get close to him.
  • The Mole: She pretended to join the remaining vengeful tomb vampires who were planning to wipe out the humans of Mystic Falls in order to feed information to the townspeople. John Gilbert doesn't care and simply has her staked when she's immobilized by the anti-vampire device.
  • Motor Mouth: Once Anna gets going, she can't stop talking, especially if the topic is something she finds important or something that she is passionate about.
  • Nerds Are Sexy: Anna may be a nerd, but she is also stylish and conveniently attractive.


Pearl Zhu
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Portrayed by: Kelly Hu

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

  • All There in the Manual: The prequel novel Stefan Diaries reveals Pearl had her entire family wiped out by decease during the revolutionary war, with her and Anna as the Sole Survivors as Katherine sired both of them to save them from the decease.
  • Aloof Dark-Haired Girl: Pearl is a dark-haired woman with a rather aloof and poised attitude.
  • Badass Boast: She threatens Damon.
    Pearl to Damon: I have 400 years on you, little boy. I'll rip you from limb to limb without even blinking, and you know it.
  • Best Friend: She was Katherine's closest friend in 1864, although Katherine didn't value their friendship enough to try to set her free.
  • Dark Action Girl: A centuries-old vampire, once she back to her full strength she has no problem subduing Damon.
  • Faux Affably Evil: Appears polite and ladylike to others, but can be scheming and manipulative when she wants something.
  • Friendly Neighborhood Vampire: She feeds from blood bags at hospitals and has no interest in terrorizing the human populace of Mystic Falls like some of her fellow tomb vampire members.
  • Ghost Reunion Ending: In Season Three, ghost Anna tells Jeremy she hadn't encountered Pearl on The Other Side and feared Pearl might have moved on without her. However, Anna and Pearl had an emotional reunion in "Ghost World", and move on together.
  • Immortality: Pearl had the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • In-Series Nickname: Her real name is Zhen Zhu, but she's mostly known as Pearl.
  • Iron Lady: Pearl is rather stern, authoritarian, domineering and overprotective, especially when it comes to her daughter, Anna.
  • Killed Off for Real: She's killed by John Gilbert via a silent compressed air stake gun.
  • Knight Templar Parent: She becomes much more protective towards Anna after being release from the Tomb, since John Gilbert's betrayal hurt her deeply and she fears Anna might face the same thing if she continues to seek a relationship with Jeremy.
  • The Leader: She was accepted as the leader of the tomb vampires after their release, but struggles as most of them want revenge on the Mystic Fall townsfolk while she simply wants to regain their former glory.
  • Mama Bear: Very protective of Anna. Pearl won't hesitate to kill or harm anyone who so much as goes near her daughter.
  • Monster/Slayer Romance: Back in 1864 she was in a romance with Vampire Hunter Johnathan Gilbert, which quickly dissolved once she was revealed and he attempted to kill her.
  • Sealed Evil in a Can: She and the rest of the 1864 Mystic fall vampires spent 146 years trapped in the tomb without blood.
  • Socialite: She acts as a Proper Lady during 1864, to blend in high society. She even looks has the Pimped-Out Dress with the proper corsets, Opera Gloves and Nice Hat. After she's freed from the tomb, she attempts to reintroduce herself to 21st-century society in Mystic Falls and recover her previous property, adopting a more modern look by becoming a Sharp Dressed Woman.
  • The Stoic: Pearl keeps her emotions in check most of the time.
  • Stuffed into the Fridge: Staked by John Gilbert, who leaves her body to be found by a horrified Anna.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: She dies and leaves the show after a few episodes.
  • Widow Woman: She lost her husband and 3 of her children to disease, with only her and Anna surviving due to being turned by Katherine.

     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."

  • Bastard Girlfriend: To Alaric. She made Alaric think that she was dead for a long period of time, when in reality, she just wanted to be turned into a vampire out of selfishness. When Alaric reunited with Isobel for the first time after a long time, he called Isobel a "selfish bitch".
  • Immortality: Isobel as a vampire had the ability to live forever without physically aging.
  • I Just Want to Be Special: Isobel was strongly fascinated with vampires and vampirism. So much that she declared herself dead and asked Damon to turn her into a vampire.
  • It's All About Me: She has no problem screwing over anyone including her daughter and husband in order to help herself.
  • Lack of Empathy: She has no compassion and feels absolutely no guilt in killing and feeding.
  • Missing Mom: To Elena. Isobel gave birth to Elena when she was a teenager. She then gave Elena up for adoption shortly after she was born. Elena was raised by the Gilberts.
  • Teen Pregnancy: Isobel gave birth to Elena when she was only 16 years old.

     Alexia "Lexi" Branson 

Alexia ‘Lexi’ Branson
Portrayed by: Arielle Kebbel

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

  • Action Fashionista: Lexi seems to have a penchant for clothing and fashion and she is tough and kicks ass.
  • Badass Adorable: Lexi can be a very adorable Genki Girl and she is also incredibly strong and badass, willing to attack Damon when she senses him posing a threat.
  • Badass Boast: Lexi is normally nice and friendly, but that won't stop her from threatening to rip your throat out if you so much as cross her or anyone she cares about (i.e. Stefan).
  • Big Brother Mentor: Big Sister Mentor to Stefan. Lexi is like the older sister that Stefan never had and she's a replacement for Damon when Stefan had gone off the rails and became addicted to human blood after he first turned into a vampire. Lexi was the one who helped him to control his blood lust, got him on a diet of animal blood and helped Stefan to turn on his humanity and feel again.
  • Breakout Character: Lexi became a fan favourite and the audience hated when Damon killed her.
  • Break the Cutie: According to flashbacks, Stefan has sent Lexi to help Damon when Damon was going on a bender in the 70's. Lexi got romantically involved with Damon in the process, only to find out that her helping Damon was useless and that Damon had used Lexi the whole time. It is no wonder Lexi hates Damon with the passion of a thousand suns.
  • Canon Foreigner: Lexi doesn't exist in the novel series.
  • Cool Big Sis: To Stefan. Although she isn't related to Stefan, Lexi has always been the big sister figure in Stefan's life.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Lexi is very snarky and sarcastic. She has a dry sense of humor.
  • The Determinator: Lexi is never the type to quit or give up, especially in regards to Stefan.
  • Hope Bringer: Especially for Stefan. She has often mentored and helped him whenever Stefan fell off the wagon and turned off his humanity.
  • Life Drinker: Lexi is immortal. She has the ability to live forever and never age, and she feeds on blood.
  • Meaningful Name: The name Alexia means "helper" and "defender of mankind". Lexi helped and mentored Stefan after he turned and during his Ripper days. She also helped to bring back Stefan's humanity ad got him to turn it on.
  • The Mentor: For Stefan during his life as a vampire, especially during his Ripper days. His Friendly Neighborhood Vampire attitude came from her.
  • Naked First Impression: Lexi is only wearing a Modesty Towel when she first meets Elena in the Salvatore manor, causing Elena to come to the Wrong Assumtion that Lexi are Stefan romantically involved. Even after it's cleared up, Elena still nicknames her as "Towel Girl".
  • Nice Girl: One of the nicest characters in the series, praciting a peaceful way offie, and trying to help others who do the same.
  • Posthumous Character: She's Killed Off for Real by Damon in her introductory episode in season 1. But we discover far more about her after her death and how important she was for Stefan via flashbacks and her stint as an Spirit Advisor.
  • The Resenter: Towards Damon, for VERY good reason after he lied her into a relationship acting as if he was changing his ways then revealed it was all a trick and left her stanranded on a rooftop in broad daylight, nearly killing her.
  • Undying Loyalty: To Stefan, to the point she refuses to come back to life unless Damon does it first, because she doesn't want Stefan to be missing his brother.
  • Sex Goddess: She's the first character to mention the natural sexual prowess vampires possess and thinks Stefan is naive for not to using it on humans.
  • Shipper on Deck: Lexi 'ships Stefan and Elena. She's highly supportive of their relationship, giving Elena advice.
    "When it's real, you can't walk away."
  • Spirit Advisor: To Stefan in 3x07. She comes back as a ghost to help Elena get Stefan to turn his humanity back on.

    Logan Fell 

Logan Fell
Portrayed by: Chris Johnson

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

  • Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: He pretends to be nice to Jenna when he was only using her to get Johnathan Gilbert's watch for The Town Council from her house
  • Bullying a Dragon: He riddled Damon with wooden bullets while taunting him, but left him without finishing him off. It comes back to bite him when Damon goes after him.
  • Jerkass: According to Jenna. He does attempt to act nicer while working with the council, but his jerkassery becomes more apparent than ever once he becomes a vampire.
  • Revenge by Proxy: Tries to turn Caroline into a vampire in order to get back at the Sheriff for covering up his death.



Portrayed by: Gina Torres

  • The Bartender: She owns a bar and works there as a bartender.
  • Ethnic Magician: She's black, like most witches in the show. She possesses some powerful magic and can open vampire tombs.
  • Hard-Drinking Party Girl: Celebrates Damon's visit by drinking and partying.
  • Hot Witch: She's very hot, and used to date Damon. Damon reaches out to Bree when he searches for a way to release his former lover Katherine from the tomb in Mystic Falls. He tries to convince Bree to use her magic to open the tomb, but is unsuccessful.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Damon, who rips out her heart after she sells him out to Lee, Lexi's old lover. She's deader than dead.
  • Only One Name: Her surname is never mentioned.
  • Revenge: Plots against with Lee Damon because he killed her best friend Lexi.


     William Tanner 

William Tanner
Portrayed by: Benjamin Ayres

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

  • 0% Approval Rating: He's a history teacher and all of the students hate him.
  • Asshole Victim: He doesn't really show Elena, Jenna, or Jeremy any sympathy. Damon kills him just to make a point.
  • Dropped a Bridge on Him: His death is very sudden.
  • Jerkass: Everybody hates him. He even keeps a file on the students who annoyed him. Alaric isn't impressed when he finds it.
  • Killed Off for Real: By Damon, who kills him just to prove to Stefan how evil he is.
  • Sadist Teacher: Though his actions suggest that he does want his students to do well. He seems genuinely impressed by Stefan.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: The man has enough hot air to refloat the Hindenburg but gets the year the Korean War ended wrong.


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