He has proven many times to be able to stand his ground against him. He also claims he can do more damage then him.
^Pretty much what I said. Elijah is biologically older than Klaus but since they were turned at the same time, they are the same strength, except Klaus is a Hybrid. Klaus is stronger because of the Hybrid factor but Elijah is a better fighter. Sorry if it wasn't clear.
No it was my mistake, I misread what you said.
^^No problem. :)
Physically Klaus is stronger than Elijah but Elijah knows how to tackle Klaus since he has lived with him for so many years.....Elijah uses sudden attacks to fight Klaus
I don't thin Klaus has ever used his full power to fight Elijah because apart from end of season 2 they haven't really fought to kill each other
I think when it comes to the two its psychological warfare.
Klaus has never wanted his brother dead, he would store him in a box but never really wanted to kill him.
Elijah wants to aid Klaus and although he will go to extreme lengths to stop him he too has never wanted him dead.
Its the brother bond that seems to stop them from committing, if they did actually really want each other dead then I think there would be a real problem as Elijah would fight fairer than Klaus and Klaus although almost defeated would kill his brother in that situation. Then possibly regret it and blame someone else for making them fight in the first place.
As it is now they are beginning to grasp that although they are all messed up as a family they are FAMILY. So Elijah has stepped in as the eldest as Klaus plots and has a time of self pity. After all Klaus seems to desire Elijah's attention even though he rejects him over and over he still wants him like a little brother still looking for validation from his elder sibling.
Elijah is always looking for the Klaus that was before he became overly paranoid and vicious. He wants to redeem himself and save the younger brother that he still feels guilty about letting suffer at the hands of their father.
If there was no brother bond and these were just two unrelated characters, I would think Elijah would have the upper hand but Klaus fights dirty and would turn it at the last moment.
In terms of the TVD mythology it wouldn't make any sense if Elijah was stronger than Klaus. Compared to their total lifespan as vampires they are almost exactly as old (a difference of a few years I doubt means much compared to the about 1000 years they share, unless their strength doubles every year or something, which seems implausible to me) and of course Elijah is a regular original whereas Klaus is an original hybrid. Hybrids are just werewolves turned into vampires, so it would make sense if the approximate strength of a hybrid compared to a non-hybrid vampire is about the different between a human and a werewolf. However, it may be so that Klaus can only access his hybrid strength after he has partially shifted (when his fangs come out and his eyes go all veiny) since if we look at the fight between Klaus and Marcel's army, that's the turning point in that fight. I don't think we've seen any fights between Klaus and Elijah where Klaus has actually done that. Finally of course, fighting is about more than pure strength. Greater strength and speed may give you an edge in a fight, however technique and training will get you further. It may just be the case that Elijah's got better technique and/or is better trained and is thus able to overcome his (potentially stronger) brother.
Physically, I think Elijah could take Klaus - he's a better fighter though it's a tough call since Klaus is a hybrid. Strategically, no Elijah isn't stronger. Klaus is more ruthless and has the rage to take to get to the end so... He's one of those who keep his eyes on the prize and is persistent, I mean look at how the guy was with Caroline when she was such a b*tch to him, lol. If you still try to woo the chick even after she betrays you and tries to kill you, that kind of shows the guy's unphased. Like with Elijah, if you say sh*t up, he'll think it through and think about how you feel and why. If you tell Klaus to sh*t up and he doesn't like you, he'll rip your head off. Overall, Klaus is stronger
I would say that they are evenly matched in skill / fighting. There was a flashback with them swordfighting-- and Klaus actually managed to beat Elijah.
Anyways in terms of strenght, I think Klaus is the clear winner of the two.
Since Klaus is an Original Hybrid, it would allow him to channel the raw power of his werewolf form even if he doesn't transform. Klaus also has the lethal werewolf bite which can temporarily incapacitate Elijah.
Klaus also has less vulnerabilities than Elijah, which would be an advantage. Some of these are:
-He can't be neutralized by the white oak ash daggers
-Werewolf bites do not affect him
-KLAUS CANNOT BE NEUTRALIZED BY A WOODEN STAKE.-- I feel like this is a big advantage-- since regular stakes are quite common. If Klaus and Elijah were to engage in a fight, he could just rip a piece of wood and put it through Elijah's heart-- temporarily neutralizing him.
It's funny regarding Klaus's ability to inject werewolf venom. If he would bite Elijah in a fight and Elijah will feel the effect even if it's not fatal but if Elijah attacks and bites Klaus he will suck the cure out of him and be better. And frankly, if Elijah was as scheming as he claims to be he would likely have stolen some blood from Klaus whenever he had the chance in case their interests would conflict some day (and since they are immortal it's only a matter of time).
Anyway, aside from what OneonOne1162 mentioned I would add the fact that Elijah cares more about Klaus than Klaus cares about Elijah. Elijah would never fatally harm Klaus unless he thought Klaus was responsible for taking down the rest of their families but Klaus would definitely kill Elijah if he felt threatened (or at least that's what I believe), this gives Klaus a huge psychological benefit along with the werewolf side advantages.
One last thing, I would say Klaus has fought more times in his life time than Elijah, perhaps not by much or only moderately so but still, Elijah only ever uses force if it's absolutely necessary because he prefers to make deals with people.