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Portrayed by: Joseph Morgan, Matt Davis, Michael Trevino
"I will build an army so big, no one will ever touch me. My survival will haunt you through eternity. You will never destroy me!"
Klaus is a 1,000+ year old hybrid, who is half vampire and half werewolf. Originally, Klaus, like all of the other Original vampires, was born a human until Esther and Mikael bestowed the curse of vampirism/immortality onto him and the rest of his siblings. Lord Niklaus (known pretty much universally as Klaus) is the main antagonist of the series from Season Two onward. He's responsible for numerous character deaths and his manipulations stretch back all the way to Season One, before he made an onscreen appearance or was even mentioned. He is the half brother to all of the other Original vampires: Elijah, Rebekah, Kol, and Finn. Klaus and his siblings share the same mother, Esther, who is the Original witch. Klaus' step father Mikael, is not Klaus' biological father; Klaus' real father is a werewolf. Mikael and Klaus never got along because of this and Mikael saw Klaus as a illegitimate child because of his wife Esther's affair with Klaus' biological father. In comparison to his elder half brother Elijah, who is described to be noble, compassionate, honourable and has regard for human life, Klaus is the opposite. Klaus is sociopathic, jealous, reckless, impulsive, selfish and manipulative. Klaus is seen to be the closest to Rebekah. Klaus has been shown to have a soft spot for Stefan, whom he befriended and considered a brother back in the 1920's when Stefan was a Ripper, and Caroline, who seems to bring out a much softer side of Klaus that was seen when he was a human.
- Ax-Crazy: Klaus is psychologically unstable and rather dangerous. He is capable of extreme violence and murderous rage, especially if he is crossed.
- Breakout Villain: Klaus is a popular, established villain in his own right. He was originally intended to only be a villain for season two, but was seen to be popular with the viewers. Therefore, the writers have decided to not kill him off.
- The Casanova: Klaus likes to charm women, manipulate them, use them and than dump them.....or kill them.
- The Chessmaster: Rescue the werewolf and vampire and kill the witch that he needs to perform his ritual? Doesn't matter, he's got a back-up of each of them.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Klaus will never hesitate to backstab anyone, literally. Klaus has stabbed and daggered his entire family.
- Corrupt the Cutie: In the season two finale Klaus forces Stefan to become a blood addicted Ripper in order to save Damon.
- Deadpan Snarker: Klaus may be the bad guy, but he's still got his share of witty comebacks, lines and phrases.
- Determinator: Klaus NEVER gives up when he has a goal, agenda or plan that he wishes to achieve.
- The Dreaded: The very mention of his name is enough to paralyze even the toughest vampires with fear. And that's before he even appears on screen.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Even though Klaus is a villain, he has been shown to be capable of love and affection. Klaus displays this with Caroline, Stefan, Rebekah and even Elijah at times. Caroline straight-up tells him that she knows he's in love with her, and he doesn't deny it. And though they had their differences, to put it mildly, Klaus is completely devastated (and furious) when he discovers that his little brother Kol has been killed.
- Faux Affably Evil: He'll politely smile while making you stab yourself over and over again for his amusement.
- Foil: To Elijah. Klaus is the immoral brother and Elijah is the moral brother. This mirrors the brother dynamic between the Salvatore brothers (with Klaus and Elijah paralleling Damon and Stefan respectively).
- Hybrid Power: Klaus is the most powerful being on the planet. He is a hybrid after all (vampire/werewolf). Because of this, he's extra strong and badass.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Seemingly a large part of his desire to create his own race. In The Hybrid he bitterly refers to Stefan as his only companion. Of course, any sympathy this might evoke rather vanishes when one remembers that the reason why he's so alone is he murdered his entire family.
- Immortality: Klaus is an Original vampire/hybrid. He is capable of living forever without physically aging. Although he physically looks like someone in their 20's, he is actually over 1,000 years old. He cannot die under normal circumstances.
- It's All About Me: Klaus is the epitome of selfish and everything is all about him; his pain, his power and his agenda.
- Love Epiphany: In 4x13, when Caroline tells him that she knows he's in love with her. His reaction suggests that he either didn't know the depths of his feelings for her, or he's been denying it until that moment when he's forced to confront his emotions.
- Ninja Pirate Robot Zombie: He's a werewolf and a vampire.
- Plot Armor: Despite virtually everyone in the cast constantly trying to kill him, and coming ridiculously close to being Killed Off for Real several times, the writers won't let him die. That is, until "Before Sunset", when he is finally put into a death-like torpor via the same spell that bound Mikael. But in the next episode he's back up again, though in a new body
- "The Reason You Suck" Speech: Gets one from Damon, of all people, when he asks why Elena can forgive him for all the bad things he's done. Damon's words, more or less? "I do bad things when it's necessary. You do bad things for no reason at all." Keep in mind that the reason Klaus initiates the conversation is so he can find a way to apologize to Caroline for killing Tyler's mother, mainly out of spite/anger that Tyler had tried to lead the other hybrids against him., and he actually looks affected by Damon's words for a brief moment.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Klaus is the Red to Elijah's Blue. Klaus is much more passionate while Elijah is much more stoic.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Klaus' reaction when he sees that Elena and Jeremy have killed his little brother Kol? To burn the house to the ground. Good thing Bonnie got there just in time to stop him.
- Shipper on Deck: Klaus seems to have a habit of making his favoritism for Stefan and Elena's relationship rather obvious and known."Crazy or not, that kind of love never dies." - Klaus to Damon about Stefan and Elena's relationship in 3x11"Now this is fascinating. The only thing stronger than your craving for blood is your love for this one girl." - Klaus to Stefan and Elena in 3x05"And that's what makes you [Stefan] her [Elena] better option." - Klaus to Stefan in 3x21"Personally, I think she's [Elena] wasting her time with Damon." - Klaus to Stefan in 3x21"That's love." - Klaus to Damon about Stefan/Elena in 4x12"Personally, I don't see a fairytale ending for you. All I see is Stefan and Elena." Klaus to Damon in 4x12
- The Sociopath: Despite all his claims to not wanting to be alone, he gleefully murders his own family members without regret or remorse. The only times he ever seems upset is when things go wrong for him on a personal level.
- The Unfavorite: His father, Mikael, hated him and had a preference for Elijah over him. The dynamic between Klaus and Elijah mirrors that of Damon and Stefan, with Klaus as Damon and Elijah as Stefan. Like Damon, Klaus was also the un-favourite son and like Stefan, Elijah was the favourite son.
- The Unfettered: Klaus doesn't care about morals and he is very ruthless; he will do anything and everything to achieve his desired goal or agenda, even if innocent people end up in danger or get killed. It also completely un-fazes him when someone gets killed.
Portrayed by: Claire Holt
"If you come after my brother, I will rip you apart."
An Original vampire, Rebekah is the only daughter of the Original family. She had a romance with Stefan in the 1920s. Klaus staked her when she chose Stefan over him. She was unstaked by Klaus in an effort to find out why his hybrids were failing. Her cruel nature masks her emotional insecurity.
- Action Fashionista: Rebekah can kick ass. And normally she's doing it in rather expensive and chic clothing.
- Canon Foreigner: Rebekah as a character doesn't exist in the novel series.
- Clingy Jealous Girl: When it comes to Stefan. In 3x05, Rebekah admits that she's jealous when she realizes that Stefan still loves Elena. She gets ultra infuriated when she sees a picture of Stefan and Elena on a phone with Elena wearing her necklace.
- Even Evil Has Standards:
- While she's shaken by Kol attempting to stab her with the white oak stake, Rebekah tells Klaus to go to hell when he suggests that she needs to learn how to dagger her siblings.
- When she hears about Jeremy's death, she actually feels sorry for Elena. "I'm not going to miss him, but he was Elena's only family. Even I'm not that heartless."
- Evil Counterpart: She seemed like she was an evil version of Caroline at first but she's really just scarred from everyone in her life turning on her.
- The Fashionista: Rebekah is shown to be quite trendy and fashionable. She seems to have an affinity with clothes.
- Fake Guest Star: In season 3, she is in 17 out of 22 episodes. She also appears in most season 4 episodes, despite being, theoretically, still a recurring character.
- Femme Fatale: She's beautiful, free-spirited and good at manipulating people.
- Girly Girl: Rebekah is really feminine and enjoys all the girly things including fashion.
- Hidden Depths: Despite her aggressive nature, she has shown to be emotionally fragile. She very much wants to be like a normal teenager, and longs to have the normal teenage life she missed out on. Before being turned into a vampire, she used to be a sweet and normal girl, as seen in the flashbacks.
- I Did What I Had to Do: She actually does have a good reason for causing the accident that kills Elena as it would also kill Alaric and save the vampire race
- Powers via Possession: Her mother being a Witch while possessing Rebekah still got access to her witch powers AND vampires abilities.
- Really 700 Years Old: Rebekah looks like a teenager and she doesn't age physically, but she is really 1,000 years old and was born during the 10th century.
- The Undead: Rebekah is an Original vampire. She is capable of living forever and cannot physically age. Even though she looks like a teenager, she is technically over 1,000 years old.
- What the Hell, Hero?: In "Into the Wild", she finally calls out Stefan (and the rest of the cast, to an extent) about how he blames her (or they all) for Elena's death, when all she was doing was protecting her family from Alaric - in other words, she didn't do anything all that different from what everyone else has done in the name of their own families. And she also reminds Stefan that Elena had a hand to play in the deaths of her two brothers Finn and Kol, so her hatred of Elena is more than justified at this point.
Portrayed by: Daniel Gillies
"Young vampires so arrogant. How dare you come in here and challenge me?"
An Original vampire, Elijah is the most sophisticated member of his family. He alternately works for Klaus and against him throughout the series. He was once in love with Katherine and tried to save her from his brother but she betrayed him. He has developed a fondness for Elena as well.
- Affably Evil: He's an intelligent, charming man who strongly believes in honor and loyalty but he has a dark, dangerous side and he'll kill whenever it suits his needs.
- Ascended Extra: All the Original vampires become increasingly more important in the story, but Elijah is a particularly extreme example. Julie Plec admits that Daniel Gillies' performance and the pull of Elijah's character inspired the writers to make the Originals un-killable to keep him around. And he was originally just a "foot soldier" before being made into Klaus's brother.
- The Chessmaster: Elijah is very strategic and logical by nature.
- The Dandy: Elijah is always sharply and neatly dressed and never likes to look improper.
- Deadpan Snarker: Elijah has a dry sense of humor and a quick wit. Even when he is being serious, he can be funny.
- Foil: To Klaus. Klaus is the immoral brother and Elijah is the moral brother.
- Heel Realization: After threatening Elena, he comes to agree with his mother's view of him as an abomination.
- Immortality: Elijah is an Original vampire. He is capable of living forever without physically aging. Although he is in his late 20s, he is technically over 1,000 years old. He cannot die under normal circumstances.
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Elijah comes off as cold and uncaring but he's actually rather moral and honorable by nature.
- Manipulative Bastard: He doesn't even need to use compulsion to get people to do what he wants.
- Never Hurt an Innocent: He definitely tries to adhere to this. Notably the only vampire not seen feeding on a human at any point.
- Noble Demon: He is reluctant to kill anyone and has a strong sense of nobility and morals, but he commits some immoral and morally questionable acts in order to preserve and protect the one thing he values the most: his family. However, despite his claim to nobility, he has ruthless killed many people for little reason, Trevor who was only asking for forgiveness was mercilessly decapitated and Slater, just for talking to Damon and Rose was compel by Elijah to kill himself.
- Red Oni, Blue Oni: Elijah is the Blue to Klaus' Red. Klaus is impulsive while Elijah is more logical.
- Sibling Rivalry: Elijah has had an ongoing rivalry with his brother Klaus for centuries. Elijah has even gone as far as to attempt killing Klaus in order to stop him from breaking his hybrid curse and killing people in the process.
- Sibling Yin-Yang: Elijah is the opposite of Klaus in terms of personality, outlook, values and beliefs. While Elijah is more moral, noble and upstanding, Klaus is more impulsive, immoral and reckless.
- Sharp-Dressed Man: Elijah never fails to look dapper, neatly dressed and well-put together in his finest suits.
- Super Strength: Even by vampire standards, he's extremely strong and can rip other vampires' heads off with little effort. Justified because he is not a normal vampire but an original.
- Tranquil Fury: Even when Elijah gets angry or enraged, he is calm and stoic.
- Undying Loyalty: To his entire family of course. There is nothing that he wouldn't do for them. Elijah always puts his family above everything.
- Villain Ball: Sometimes family comes first to him, even if it means sparing/helping his murderous siblings.
Portrayed by: Sebastian Roché
"Get Klaus back to Mystic Falls, and I will gladly drive a stake through his heart. Fail... I`ll drive it through yours."
- Abusive Parents: Mikael is abusive to Klaus. To be fair, Klaus was very impulsive and never took their situation (living with werewolves) seriously which got his brother Henrick mauled to death by werewolves. However, his treatment of him, even before that, was WAY more than just being a "Well Done, Son!" Guy parent. He almost killed the boy once, completely overreacting to a joke made by Klaus to Elijah, and that's before he knew he wasn't his son.
- The Dreaded: Klaus, a werewolf-vampire hybrid who can't be killed and treats everyone around him like an insect...is absolutely terrified of him.
- Food Chain of Evil: He only feeds on other vampires but he is not evil, in fact he says he chooses to feed on vampires so he does not have to feed on humans.
- Hoist by His Own Petard: He is killed by the very weapon that he intended to kill Klaus with.
- Hunter of His Own Kind: Regrets making his wife create vampires and so hunts them but it is Klaus who is his target.
- Sealed Evil in a Can: More like sealed vengeance in a can as he wants revenge for what klaus did, Mikael is not evil but gruff, humorless and does not take nonsense as Damon was quick to learn.
- The Undead: Mikael is a vampire. He is capable of living forever without physically ageing. He is a living dead person.
- We Hardly Knew Ye: In 3x09, Klaus killed Mikael when he white-oak daggered him, with Mikael bursting into flames afterwards.
Portrayed by: Alice Evans & Claire Holt
"I love my family, Elena. But they are an abomination."
- Big Bad: Share this role with Klaus in season 3 but unlike Klaus, her intentions are for the good of mankind by killing the originals. She is the big bad by virtue of opposing vampires and because the consequence of killing the murderous originals means wiping out their bloodlines.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: In season 3, she pretends to be nice and forgiving to her family, until they find out she is really out to kill them all, though she does indeed care about them but they have crossed the line too many times with their murderous lifestyle and so she attempts to kill them.
- Killed Off for Real: She's killed off for good by a transitioning Alaric when she tries to kill Jeremy and Matt. Although she's on a show full of vampires and other supernatural creatures, she's not coming back.
- Knight Templar Parent: Wanted so badly to protect her children that she turned them into vampires, a plan which required killing them. She's an extremely overprotective and vengeful parent.
- Your Cheating Heart: She had an affair with an unnamed werewolf, whom she had a child with: Niklaus.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: Has come to believe that she made a mistake turning her children into "monsters" and unleashing vampires upon the world. Hatches a plan to kill them all, for the greater good. She is not wrong though, as out of her children, four became murderous monsters, only Finn kept his morality as he was ashamed of what he was.
Portrayed by: Nathaniel Buzolic
"Again with the dagger threats, don't you have any other tricks?"
- Ax-Crazy: Heavily implied with his aggressive, menacing and somewhat unstable personality.
- Curb-Stomp Battle:
- Takes out an entire bar of newbie vampires without breaking a sweat.
- Inverted, despite being a powerful original, he has been defeated by Damon twice, first by by having his neck snapped and secondly by being staked.
- In season four, Elena manages to give enough of a fight, long enough for Jeremy to put him down for good.
- Deadpan Snarker: He's sarcastic."That's lovely! We're stuck out here while the favorite son plays sacrificial lamb! How pathetic you are, Finn!"
- Determinator: Will do anything to prevent the raising of Silas. Even if it means stabbing his little sister with a white oak stake to do it.
- Evil Is Petty: Kol enjoys breaking rules, is extremely rude, spiteful, and treats everyone with snark and contempt including his siblings like Rebekah and Klaus.
- Exact Words: Klaus warns him to explicitly stay away from Jeremy Gilbert. He never said anything about forbidding compelling Damon to hunt and kill him....
- Hoist by His Own Petard: Is killed by Jeremy, using the same white oak stake that he was going to use on Rebekah in an earlier episode.
- Immortality: Kol is able to live for eternity without ever physically ageing or growing old.
- Only Sane Man: Seeing as he's the only one who doesn't want to find the cure therefore raising Silas and ushering in the end of the world, he definitely qualifies.
- Smug Snake: He's smug, condescending and overconfident.
Portrayed by: Caspar Zafer
"I will be ready to die."
- Anti-Villain: The only reason he can be considered an enemy is because he is a member of The Originals and The Dragon to Esther. The man only had Sages transformation on his hand as far as his only "evil moment" goes, and only he considers it this as he's The Fettered. In terms of personality he's positively polite to both Elena and Bonnie along with her mother
- Death Seeker: Right up until finding Sage again it's all but stated by himself that he wants to die, as he has an extremely strong I Am a Monster mentality
- The Generic Guy: Of the originals, there's Klaus the romantic murderous one, Elijah the Noble Demon, Rebekah the Alpha Bitch with deep emotional issues, Kol the Ax-Crazy one and... Finn. Subverted later when he turns out to be not so generic. He is the 'I Am a Monster' one, hating being a vampire.
- I Am a Monster: According to Elijah, Finn has always hated being a vampire.
- I Love You, Vampire Son: To Sage, her lover 900 years ago. She was turned by Finn so they could be together forever.
- Immortality: Finn is capable of living for eternity without physically ageing.
- Killed Off for Real: In "The Murder Of One", Matt stakes Finn in the heart, not knowing that Bonnie broke the binding spell before they succeeded, making Finn's death useless to kill Klaus.
- Momma's Boy: He's the only one of his family who knows Esther's true agenda. According to Kol, Finn was always Esther's favorite son.
- So Happy Together: With Sage. It cant be a coincidence that Finns dies the episode hes the happiest and finally shrugging off his Death Seeker mentality.
- Token Good Teammate: The rest of his family likes killing... even Elijah, who likes to think of himself as a Noble Demon. Finn is the only one of them who hates being an abomination.
- Who Wants to Live Forever?: Finn doesn't. He's immortal and hates it. He's ready to sacrifice himself to help Esther (using his blood to link him together with his siblings) to kill all the family.
Portrayed by: Devon Allowitz
- The Voiceless: He never speaks.