I'm sorry. You blame me for who you are, and I'm sorry. I'm sorry that I turned you. I'm sorry that you didn't get to die as a forgotten nobody on a bloody battlefield and that your father didn't get to live another day to be disgraced by you. Damon, I'm sorry that I gave your life purpose, passion, drive, desire. I'm sorry that you are who you are, because I'm the one who taught you how to love.

The relationship between cured vampire/human Damon Salvatore and cured vampire/witch doppelgänger Katherine Pierce has been complicated since their meeting in 1864, when Katherine stayed in their estate and Damon was serving in the Confederate army. Damon fell deeply in love with Katherine, but unbeknownst to him, she'd also been seeing his brother Stefan, sparking the brothers' lifelong rivalry. Their relationship ended when the town began eradicating the vampires. She was then taken away, and Damon and Stefan were shot by their own father while in an attempt to save her, causing the latters' turning into vampires. Damon since then, has spent the following 145 years obsessed with freeing her from her tomb, only to find out that she was never in it in the first place.

Katherine returns to his life in The Return. Damon initially acts flippant towards her, however she seduces him before telling him that she never loved him. Throughout the following seasons, Damon's feelings for Katherine have dwindled while Katherine still attempts to seduce him from time to time. It is later revealed that Katherine had in fact loved him and his brother, but would ultimately choose her own safety over them. Damon continued to resent her until Stefan expelled her soul from Elena's body.

They are known as "Datherine" and "Kamon" by fans.


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Damon and Katherine in 1864

Katherine and Damon's first scene together in Season One was when Damon and Katherine were in bed together in Children of the Damned. Katherine told Damon, "Stop it!" while laughing, and he then said, "Make me". Katherine turned around and showed her vampire face and growled. Katherine's maid Emily then walked in on the two, and told Katherine that her friend Pearl wanted to see her. Katherine told Damon that the "fun was over" then he says "Mmm, no". Then Katherine kissed him. Katherine dressed in a corset and talked with Pearl outside about the townspeople hunting for vampires. After Katherine is exposed in Blood Brothers, Damon becomes desperate to rescue her.

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Damon and Katherine kiss

He hits the man holding the key to the vampire wagon over the head, grabbing the key out of the man's pocket and opening the wagon which imprisoned Katherine. He and Stefan took her out, and removed her muzzle. They try to remove the ropes which hold Katherine, but Damon gets shot. Stefan abandons Katherine and rushes over to Damon. He picks up a gun but is shot as well. The two brothers die, and Katherine doesn't care whether or not she ever sees Damon again, but says to Stefan that she loves him and promises that they will be together again, just before he dies.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series

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Katherine tells Damon she never loved him

In The Return, Katherine makes her return to Mystic Falls, claiming to have returned to resume her relationship with her love, Stefan. She goes to the boarding house to say goodbye to Damon. He says that he would rather kill than kiss her, and she then says, "Kiss me, Damon. Or kill me. We both know you're only capable of one". He turns away from her, but she super-speeds in front of him, and pushes him to the ground. He pushes her onto the ground and super-speeds on top of her, while holding her neck with his hand. He debates over whether or not to kiss her, and eventually kisses her. She then says, "That's more like it". The two nearly have sex, but then Damon says to Katherine that he has a question. He says that if she tells him the truth, he will forget everything about how he loved her in the past 145 years and they can go back to the fireworks of having sex. She then says that she already knows the question and the question's answer. She tells him that she never loved him- it was always Stefan. This leaves Damon heartbroken, and Katherine leaves the house. Katherine then becomes enemies with Stefan, Elena, Damon and the others.


Damon tries to stake Katherine

In Masquerade, Katherine goes to the Lockwoods' Masquerade Ball, impersonating Elena. She kills Aimee Bradley in front of Stefan, and threatens to kill party-goers unless Stefan and Damon give her the moonstone. They fight with Katherine, but Katherine's witch friend Lucy casts a spell to link Elena to Katherine. Pools of blood begin appearing on Elena's back as Katherine gets staked by the Salvatore brothers. Katherine is almost about to get staked by Damon, until Jeremy rushes in, delivering the news that Elena is getting hurt, too. Damon spares Katherine. Lucy comes in with the moonstone after realizing that there was another Bennett at the party. She gives Katherine the moonstone, but Katherine suffocates when the moonstone is placed in her hands. At the end of the episode, Katherine runs around the tomb, and Damon arrives to seal her in. She pleads with him, but he shuts the tomb door, leaving Katherine screaming and crying in the tomb.


Katherine with Damon in his bed.

In The Dinner Party, Damon brought Katherine blood and clean clothes. The episode ended with Katherine waiting for Damon under his shower, not surprised to see him alive.


Damon pushes Katherine against the wall

In The House Guest, Katherine, posing as Elena, greeted Damon with morning. Not falling for her, he pushed her to the wall but she continued playing along. In the next scene, she revealed herself.


Katherine gives Damon the cure

In As I Lay Dying, Damon has been bitten by a werewolf and is slowly dying something that Katherine finds upsetting and says to Damon, "145 last goodbye?" showing that she did care for Damon which was already evident since her original plan was to turn both Damon and Stefan so they could all be together. Damon remarks that she didn't get a goodbye and to 'enjoy eternity alone'. Later, Klaus gives the cure to Katherine to give to Damon. She arrives in time to give it to him and tells him that she owed him and then, turns to Elena and tells her, "it's okay to love them both. I did" This shows that Katherine really loved both Stefan and Damon.

In The End of the Affair, Katherine calls Damon and says she knows where Stefan is and it turns out she was right.

In Disturbing Behavior, she returns to Mystic Falls and poses as Elena without anyone knowing, She knocks on Damon's door making him thinks it's Elena coming to apologize until he realizes it's Katherine . She asks him if he wants to go leave town with her temporarily on a road trip and he says yes.


During the road trip, in The Reckoning, Katherine starts to interrogate Damon about his and Elena's relationship where they eventually make out but Damon stops her by saying that Katherine just doesn't do it for him anymore. Later, Damon discovers that Katherine has kidnapped Jeremy so she can use him to track down Mikael. Damon asks Katherine for his phone, who somehow stole it from him, and finds out Klaus is back in Mystic Falls and gets back in his car to travel back to Mystic Falls. Katherine tries to him by saying that the Damon she knew wouldn't be so stupid, Damon replies that he wouldn't have done it for her which upsets her. While Damon is back in Mystic Falls, Katherine with Jeremy's help discovers the resting place of Mikael.

In Smells Like Teen Spirit, Katherine is still trying to wake Mikael where Damon calls her, telling her to speed up the awakening process. In the end, Katherine is attacked by Mikael as he starts to feed on her.

In Homecoming, Katherine returns to town posing as Elena again to help Damon and Elena take down Klaus, but the plan is failed when Stefan shows up to save Klaus. However, in the end, it was reveled that Katherine planned for Stefan to save Damon because Damon would have die along with Klaus. She also confesses to Stefan that she'd loved him, but also loved Damon . Katherine's quote from this scene was "I loved you. I've loved Damon too. Humanity is a vampire's greatest matter how easy it is to turn it off- it just keeps trying to fight it's way back in. Sometimes i let it..."

They were reunited in American Gothic. When Damon and Stefan met Katherine with Rebekah at the restaurant, Stefan finds out that Katherine was using Elijah, Damon gave her kind of sad look. After this scene, we see Katherine in her house together with Damon and Rebekah, to gave them the cure, which was fake. After Rebekah goes upstairs, Damon and Katherine remain alone. We even see Katherine smile at Damon's jokes. When her ex-lover puts his hand in tank full of vervain water, we see fear in Katherine's eyes. But right after that she shoves his head in the very same tank, grabbed the fake cure and went on the run from Rebekah. In the next scene with Katherine, she's trying to convince Elijah into doing a deal with Klaus. After her miserable fail to convince him, she manipulates him with her charm. The one we saw her use on Mason Lockwood. As for Damon, he didn't mention Katherine in this episode after their last scene together.

In The Originals, Katherine came happy to Salvatore boarding house and told them that Klaus is gone. But she looked too happy for someone who lost the love of her life.

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Katherine sits in Damon's lap

In She's Come Undone, we found out that she still has her emotions turned on. She gets angry at Elena, because she turned Elijah against her (he didn't make the deal with Klaus). After that she lets her cell doors open, so her doppelgänger could escape, kill people and then fell guiltiness, after she turns her emotions back on. In the next Damon and Katherine scene, the two are in the library and taunt each other with boyfriend/girlfriend problems. Katherine sits in Damon's lap In the very same scene, Katherine sits in Damon's lap, plays with his hair and uses her sexy voice to talk to him. Before anything else could happen, Stefan interrupted them and she told Damon, that she left Elena out.

In Graduation, Katherine tried to kill Elena, but the last one used the Cure on her. In her defense of wanting to kill her, Katherine said that it was because Bonnie didn't make her immortal like Silas was and because Elena had a better life. But that was right after Elena chose Damon and we don't know where Katherine was at that moment. Referring to Elena having a better life, may be that Elena got to be happy with Damon, while Damon insisted that he despised Katherine. We don't know yet if one of the reasons for wanting to kill Elena, was jealousy.

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Damon feeding Katherine to Silas

In Season Five, Katherine seeks protection from Damon knowing he still has at least has some feelings hidden deep down inside, but he sells her out to Silas who drains her of the cure.


(Katherine wakes up trapped in the Tomb)
Damon: "Hello, Katherine."
Katherine: "Where am I?"
Damon: "Where you should've been all along. I thought you would've learned your lesson by now, messing with a Bennett witch."
Katherine: "You should've killed me."
Damon: "Death would've been too kind."
Katherine: "No. Damon, don't. Damon, don't. You need me. Elena's in danger."
Damon: "From who? You're lying. You're always lying."
Katherine: "Why do you think I haven't killed her? Because she's the doppelgänger. She needs to be protected."
Damon: "Then I'll protect her, while you rot in hell."
-- Masquerade

Damon: You're interrupting my drink.
Katherine: You miss me?
Damon: Katherine. Where are you?
Katherine: Lurking outside your window, pining away.
Damon: What do you want?
Katherine: I'm homesick. What have I missed?
Damon: Well, Stefan's still Klaus' little prisoner and Elena still thinks she can save him and no one's thought about you since you left.
Katherine: And what about you? I'm sure now that you've given up on your brother, you're plotting some sort of way of moving in on his girlfriend.
Damon:I didn't give up on him. I just don't know where he is.
Katherine: Hmm.
Damon: But you do. Are you trailing them?
Katherine: A hybrid who wants me dead and his sidekick who's off the rails? I couldn't be further away.
Damon: Which means you know exactly where they are.
Katherine: All I know is that Klaus pitched a fit once his hybrids didn't work. Now he's looking for some answers.
Damon: How do you know that?
Katherine: Spend 500 years running, and there will be a few people along the way that are looking out for you.
Damon: Is that what you're doing? Looking out for my brother?
Katherine: Maybe, maybe not. I'm conflicted.
Damon: Where are they?
The End of the Affair

Damon: I'll accept written apologies only.
Katherine: Are you two lovebirds fighting already?
Damon: Katherine. Wonderful. What do you want?
Katherine: I'm just a girl looking for a partner in crime. Feel like hitting the road? Getting the hell out of dodge?
Damon: Impeccable timing. I was told I need to take a beat.
Katherine: Is that a yes? I'll drive.
Damon: Why not? Walls are starting to close in on me around here. Where are we going?
Katherine: Away from here. That's all I'm going to give you for right now. But believe me... It's good.
Disturbing Behavior

Katherine: Are you hungry? Let's stop for a bite. A truck stop. Or a trucker.
Damon: Oh, stop being cute.
Katherine: It's not possible.
Damon: We've been driving around aimlessly for hours. Where are we going?
Katherine: Far enough away so that you can't go running back.
Damon: Not to worry. Mystic Falls and I are on a bit of a break.
Katherine: You and Mystic Falls, or you and Elena?
Damon: Let's just say Elena and I are having a bit of difference of opinion on how I should behave.
Katherine: Ooh. Let me guess... Elena wants you to be the hero, and you don't like playing pretend.
Damon: Something like that.
Katherine: Her loss.
(They kiss but Damon pushes her away)
Katherine: What are you doing?
Damon: I thought I'd give it a shot. Truth is, you just don't do it for me anymore.
Katherine: Why are we stopping?
Damon: I thought we might want to stretch our legs. Take a break from the sexual tension. I'm tired of driving. It's your turn.
Katherine: Fine.
Katherine: Hey! I...
Damon: We're not going anywhere until you spill your guts.
Katherine: Fine.
Katherine: Do you recognize this, hmm? A little birdy told me that Klaus wants to get his hands on it.
Damon: Why would Klaus want Elena's necklace?
Katherine: Does it matter? He wants it, and I have it. It's leverage, Damon. Always stay one step ahead of your enemy.
Damon: I'll keep that in mind.
Katherine: But more importantly, when I stole the necklace from Bonnie, I found out something else... Something better.
Damon: Oh, yeah? What's that?
Katherine: Are you willing to do whatever it takes to stop Klaus? No turning back?
Damon: I'm not turning back.
Katherine: Good. Because this isn't going to win you any points at home.
Damon: Jeremy? Really?
Damon: I'm listening.
Katherine: What if I told you there was a way to kill Klaus? And not Dagger dead. Dead dead.
Damon: I'd say you were desperate and lying. Or drunk. Or desperate, lying and drunk.
Katherine: Do you remember my friend Pearl?
Damon: Vividly.
Katherine: Centuries ago, she told me about a vampire who knew how to kill Klaus. Then she wouldn't tell me any more.
Damon: Well, why not?
Katherine: Because it was her leverage. She knew it was valuable information, and wouldn't share it with me.
Damon: Well, this is all great... But she's dead.
Katherine: Which is why I never brought it up. Because she only ever told one other person.
Damon: Who?
Katherine: Her daughter. Anna.
Damon: Also dead.
Katherine: Which brings us right back around to...
Jeremy: To me. Back around to me.
Damon: Don't fall asleep, Jer. You might have a concussion.
Jeremy: Thanks for the concern, dick.
Katherine: Oh, stop pouting. He took one for the team. Everyone back home will thank you once Klaus is dead.
Damon: Where's my phone?
Katherine: Do you need to check in with Elena? Make sure it's ok you pummeled her little baby bro?
Damon: You know you have it.
Katherine: What can I say? I needed you present here and now.
Damon: Katherine, phone, now.
Damon: Bonnie's been texting me.
Jeremy: What is it?
Damon: It's Klaus.
Katherine: No turning back, Damon.
Damon: Shut up, Katherine.
Katherine: Hey, look at the big picture. The best shot at taking out Klaus is by finding Mikael.
Damon: Stay with her so Anna can guide you. I'm going back.
Katherine: You're going to get yourself killed. The Damon I remember wouldn't have been that stupid.
Damon: I wouldn't have done it for you.
The Reckoning

Katherine: What?
Damon: What? What do you mean, "what"? I've been calling you for 2 days.
Katherine: Odd, that's exactly how long I've been ignoring you.
Damon: Jeremy Gilbert told me that you found Mikael.
Katherine: Sort of. He's a little bit out of commission. He won't eat. And I've tried everything... Gravediggers, mourners, mice, rats, bats. He's just not interested.
Damon: Well, try harder. We need him to kill Klaus so I can de-rippefy Stefan before he destroys my house.
Katherine: Fine. I'll give it another shot.
Smells Like Teen Spirit

Damon: Not interested in the play by play of our failure right now, Katherine.
Katherine: I'm just calling to say goodbye. I don't know what to tell you. You had a good plan Damon. And that`s high praise coming from me.
Damon: That`s not very comforting at the moment. You`re going back into hiding?
Katherine: At least my life is not boring. Goodbye, Damon.
Damon: Take care of yourself, Katherine.
Katherine: If Klaus gets killed he is taking Damon down with him.
Stefan: So pull the plug on the plan.
Katherine: And face the wrath of Mikael? We'll all be dead! Okay look. I know that you've turned off your humanity and that you don't care, so there's only one Solution.
Stefan: What's that?
Katherine: Care, Stefan. Care enough to safe Damon's life. Because I am going back to that party and I'm seeing this plan through. Klaus will be killed. We'll have our freedom. But then Damon will be dead. Your brother will be dead, Stefan. Unless you care enough to do something about it.

Stefan: Ladies, playing nice.
Katherine: There goes the neighborhood.
Damon: I see you got Katherine already. You're losing your touch, evil one.
Stefan: Where's Elena?
Rebekah: So, let me get this straight. I tell you where Elena is, you shove the cure down her throat and then I end up in a box, right? I don't think so.
Damon: What about you over there, Smiley? You know where she is?
Katherine: I can give you a hint. Start by looking at the town morgue. She's probably dead. She went up to meet with a friend of mine. You may know him. An Original brother. Impeccable taste.
Damon: Elijah's here? 
Stefan: Well, you sort of have to question Elijah's impeccable taste if he's friends with you.
Katherine: Oh, when I say friend. I mean "friend".
Damon: Ugh!
Rebekah: Ugh!
Katherine: It probably took him about ten seconds to realize she wasn't me. At which point he probably yanked her heart right out of her chest.
Stefan: All right. Where are they? Rebekah, you do realize if something should happen to Elena, you have no chance of finding the cure, right?
Rebekah: Fine. They were supposed to meet in the Gazebo by the park.
Stefan: I'll go talk to Elijah.
Rebekah: You deal with Elijah. Katherine will take us to the cure.
Katherine: No, she won't. The cure is my one chance to win my freedom back from Klaus.
Damon: You're gonna broker a deal with Klaus?
Stefan: No, she's gonna Elijah to broker the deal for her. That's why you need your little friend, isn't it? Some things never change, Katherine.
Damon: Nope.
Katherine: Fine. move. You have to follow me.
Damon: No sudden moves. No tricks either. No Katherine-ing. Wow, a quilt and a fish aquarium. Who the hell are you?
Rebekah: A very old lady with dreadful taste.
Katherine: It's gone. The cure. It was in the safe but it's not there.
Damon: Ah! Not falling for it. Where is it, Auntie Katherine?
Katherine: I swear. It was in the safe.
Rebekah: What, just like Elijah's really your boyfriend and this is really your life? For all we know, this isn't even your house.
Damon: It doesn't look like the Katherine I know.
Katherine: Maybe, you don't know Katherine at all. Did it ever occur to you that you have no idea who I really am?
Damon: Did it ever occur to you that you're not that deep? This whole 'small-town girl' thing. We all know it's an act.
Rebekah: Where is the cure? 
Damon: Whoa, whoa, hang on. We need her alive. The cure is not here. You check upstairs, I'll check down. I got this. So, if I was a paranoid, distrustful sociopath, where would I keep my prized possession.
Katherine: This should be fun.
Damon: Because I'd want it to be close, but not on me. Accessible, but not obvious. I wanna keep it safe, but not so safe that I'd be too difficult to grab and run. Well, that is a fancy little treasure chest. In a tank with no fish. I think I'm gonna have to check that out. Aah! Gah! Vervain water. Looks like we have a winner.
-- American Gothic

Katherine: All that pain and torture, I've worked up quite a thirst.
Damon: It didn't have anything to do with the fact that Elena called you out on your recent boy trouble, could it? Sorry, I couldn't help but overhear.
Katherine: Did you ever think Elena would've been better off if she'd never met you?
Damon: Are you trying to get a rise out of me? 'Cause my emotions are fine. I love Elena. I despise you.
Katherine: Mm, so romantic, so doomed to fail. You know, as soon as she goes back to her old self, she'll go straight to Stefan. That's the tragedy of you- you never get the girl.
Stefan: She's gone.
Damon: What?
Stefan: Elena's not in her cell. I'm gonna check the grounds. Find out what she did.
Katherine: Oops. Did I forget to lock her in? Let's just say I've lost interest in Elena's recovery. I'd rather watch her tear through an orphanage. Imagine trying to come back from a spiral like that.
-- She's Come Undone

(Damon is making Katherine relive the day she found her family slaughtered by Klaus)
Damon: "What a mess. "
Katherine: "Damon?"
Damon: "Okay, I'll say it. I miss Klaus. I mean, the way this guy used to torture you. Sword in the daddy. Nice touch."
Katherine: "Get out of my head!"
Damon: "Remind me how this slaughter went down again? Oh, right. Klaus was gonna kill you in a blood sacrifice. And you, being you, ran for the hills. Only to come back and find your entire family had been massacred. So if I'm adding this up right, your family's entire death was all your fault."
Katherine: "No! No! No! No!"
(cut back to the real world; Damon holds a pillow over Katherine's face while she sleeps)
Liz: "Put the pillow down, Damon."
Damon: "Liz."
Liz: "If you kill her, it's murder. I'm gonna have to bring you in, lock up. There's all that paperwork."
Damon: "Every awful thing I've ever done is linked to her. She taught me how to kill. How to enjoy it. She ruined me. And I can't take any of that back."
(Liz takes the pillow from Damon)
Liz: "Look at how much control she still has over you, Damon. Prove her wrong."
-- 500 Years of Solitude

Damon: "Uh-huh. She is brilliant."
Stefan: "We haven't noticed that Katherine's been inhabiting Elena's body for weeks and that's all you have to say?"
Damon: "Yep."
Stefan: "And you realize that it was Katherine who broke up with you? It wasn't, uh, Elena."
Damon: "Mm-hm."
Stefan: "Right. So your little murder spree with Enzo where you, uh, killed Aaron, you nearly killed Jeremy, you tried to kill Wes but you got infected with that ripper virus, that was all you reacting to Katherine."
Damon: "I'm trying to figure out why you decided to tell a starving, bloodthirsty, vampire-feeding ripper that his nemesis is still walking around alive and well while I'm stuck in this cell and can't do anything about it."
Stefan: "I have it under control."
Damon: "I'd love to hear this."
-- Gone Girl


  • While Damon claimed many times that his love for Katherine was real, it's unclear if it is true based on two main examples:
    • The fact that while Damon declared Katherine never compelled him, it proved to be false in a flashback.
    • Damon may have had a Sire Bond to her, which would explain his loyalty to her years after they departed. It could have been broken when he turned his humanity off during the 1970's. Julie Plec has said outright that Damon was not sired to Katherine, his devotion was simply love.
  • Katherine twice admitted that she loved both the Salvatore brothers:
  • The relationship between Damon and Katherine is actually the most tragic and most complicated relationship. From love to hate just in one second. Also, Katherine once said "Love, hate, such a fine line" referring to Stefan but actually it was more like her and Damon.



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