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Alaric K. Saltzman is a character of The Vampire Diaries novel series. He is Meredith Sulez's boyfriend and a former teacher at Robert E. Lee High School. He attended Duke University and studies the supernatural.
Alaric is said to be handsome with hazel eyes. He is in his early twenties, so his appearance is fairly young. He also has hazel brown eyes, sandy brown hair and a "boyish smile".
Alaric is a kind person, willing to help others. He is mostly very friendly but is serious when the time calls for it. He is also very curious as shown in The Struggle, when he was quizzing the students on Mr. Tanner's death.
The Original Series
Alaric is hired by Robert E. Lee High School to be the new European History teacher after the death of Mr. Tanner. He was mistaken as someone who had experience with the supernatural since all he had done was research on the matter. In his first class, Alaric had the students seat themselves in a circle and talk about how the recent events had affected them and invited the class over to his house for further discussion. Bonnie was immediately taken with him and always came to his defense if anyone said anything bad about him. He later hosted a party for his students at his house.
During the funeral of Elena, Alaric is witness to the attack dogs and thanks to some conjugated learned avoided the danger, but "Stefan, Damon, and Elena distrusted him. Alaric hypnotizes Caroline and Tyler, during the session, Tyler shows interest and has no effect on it. While Caroline reveals that Stefan is the attacker and the parents of Caroline, Tyler, Vickie, and others want to take justice into their own hands and create a plan. Alaric threw a party to try to lessen the sadness Elena's death. During the event, Meredith presents Alaric to Elena, Damon, and Bonnie in the attic. Alaric tells all about his studies as a psychologist and professor of the supernatural, also said that Stefan is in danger and what Caroline said of his attacker. Elena and Damon are going where the Stefan together with Alaric, Meredith, and Bonnie. Alaric says parents who were attacking Stefan is not sure what Caroline said, and we need more time. Alaric with Meredith and the others stand guard in the Snow Dance; when nothing happens, Alaric says need a premonition and Bonnie reluctantly does but, in the end, it leads them to the graves of Thomas and Honoria Fell. In the presence of Honoria Fell, they realize all the danger is in the same grave and that also goes to the dance. Alaric, Meredith, Bonnie, and Matt head to the event to help local people.
The Return Series
With all the troubles happening in Fell's Church, Meredith said she called Alaric who was abroad doing research. He agreed to come back to the town after he did more research on the activities. However, he did not appear in the book.
Alaric makes a brief appearance in this book. He is researching for Meredith about the creatures attacking the town. Elena and Bonnie manage to give him a message during the time he's seen. They (Bonnie and Elena) are in an "out of body" experience caused by a deep longing for each other while separated.
The same thing occurred with Stefan and Elena when he was imprisoned in the shi no shi (death of death) in the Dark Dimension.
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Alaric "Ric" Saltzman is introduced as the new history teacher for Jeremy's class and also knows that vampires exist in the small town of Mystic Falls. Once he learns of Mystic Falls, he becomes a hunter. While vampires can easily overpower him, he has an athletic strength and is shown to able to defend himself in a fight. And because of his wife, Isobel who studied Paranormal activity, he knows what weakens vampires and uses it. He was until recently dating Jenna Sommers, Jeremy's aunt. In Season Four to Six, Alaric is an Original Vampire. However, he has recently become a human again.
- Alaric is a Gothic name meaning "ruler of all". It was the name of the king of the Visigoths who sacked Rome in 410 and might have precipitated the fall of Rome.
- Saltzman is an Ashkenazic Jewish occupational name for a producer or seller of salt, from German Salz "salt" + Mann "man". Altered spelling of German Salzmann.
- In the novels, Alaric is between mid-twenties to late twenties, while in the TV Series, Alaric is middle-aged.
- Both counterparts have dated someone called Meredith. Book Alaric dates Meredith Sulez, Elena's best friend, while TV Alaric dates Meredith Fell, a Mystic Falls doctor and a founding family member, before his death in The Departed.