|“||I have to admit there is a certain amount of peace knowing I'll be one of the only people in Mystic Falls to die an ordinary death. I'm exceptionally ordinary. I'm okay with that. Caroline is anything but. She was meant to be extraordinary. She needs to know how proud I am of her.||”|
Elizabeth "Liz" Forbes was a major recurring character of The Vampire Diaries until her death in Season Six. She was the sheriff of Mystic Falls and a member of the Founder's Council, ex-wife of late fellow Founder's Council member Bill Forbes, who came out as being gay, and mother of Caroline. She initially struggled to accept Caroline's identity as a vampire given her prejudices, but in time she learned to love her daughter for who she was.
Liz Forbes was born and raised in Mystic Falls as a member of a founding family. She went to high school with Miranda Sommers-Gilbert, Abby Bennett Wilson and Kelly Donovan, who she never liked. She also first met Logan Fell since he was six. She, along with the members of the other Founding Families, were raised with the knowledge that vampires existed and that they could return to Mystic Falls any day. Liz was raised to hate vampires, believing they were monsters and that they didn't have any good in them, that all vampires are pure evil. This was proven later on that not all vampires are evil, that some of them still have humanity left in them.
In May 1994 she met both Damon and Stefan Salvatore at the Salvatore Boarding House for the solar eclipse viewing party being held. Damon was hitting on her even while she was showing him a photo of her baby daughter Caroline. She even asked if he would like to come over to her house to have dinner with her and her husband Bill. When Stefan confronted him, he compelled Liz to leave and forget that she ever meet them.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
Her priority is enforcing the laws of Mystic Falls However, she is oblivious of the other supernatural threats to the town. She had no remorse in torturing Damon when she discovered he was a vampire. She was shocked and recoiled when discovering her daughter was a vampire, and did not want to talk to her until Caroline forced her, but faced with the situation she showed motherly compassion. She has an exact opposite, if not worse, reaction the second time she discovers Stefan, Damon and Caroline's secret and probably planned to kill them. She was shocked to learn about the existence of werewolves and feels conflicted by her duty to the town and the love she has for her daughter. She learns the truth about everything and finally accepts her daughter as a vampire after learning more about the supernatural.
Attitude Toward Vampires
As a member of the Council she is oblivious of the other supernatural threats on the town, she was shocked to learn about the existence of werewolves and feels conflicted by her duty to the town and the love she has for her daughter. She learns the truth about everything and finally accepts her daughter as a vampire after learning more about the supernatural. She also becomes Damon's best friend.
- "Ok, go! Before I change my mind and make you stay."
- —Liz to Caroline in I Know What You Did Last Summer
The relationship of Caroline and Liz is not the typical mother-daughter relationship. Caroline has always been distanced from her mother, both before and after becoming a vampire. At first when Caroline became a vampire, Liz rejected her due to her vampire prejudice, but then ended up accepting her, dismissing what she was except for the fact that she was her daughter. Despite not spending much time together, Liz deeply cares for her and keeps everything in control so that other people wouldn't find out about vampires, especially her daughter. Caroline cares about her mother and it has been suggested that her mother is the most important to her. Their relationship had improved a lot since. After it was revealed that she had cancer, Caroline tried anything to help her mother, even getting her mother to drink her blood in order to turn into a vampire. The plan didn't work out, and Liz decided to make the most of the rest of her life and spend time with Caroline. Her death in Stay leaves Caroline devastated, to the point where she turns her humanity off. In Because Caroline finds out that Liz left her a letter to read, but she has Stefan burn it since her humanity was off. Stefan shows Caroline a memory he had with Liz that forces Caroline's humanity back on.
- Main article: Damon and Elizabeth
The relationship between Damon and Sheriff Forbes is friendly. Damon gains Liz's trust during Season 1 and part of Season 2. He pretends to help her track down and kill the vampires in Mystic Fall to cover up his tracks and make sure they don't suspect that he and his brother are vampires. Damon and Liz became good friends and Liz has even called Damon her "closest ally". Liz has come to terms with Damon's vampire nature and accepts him, although she's still not too keen on vampires as a whole. She trusts him and he is always there to help her. In Season 6, she calls Damon her best friend.
- Liz and Bill (Ex-Spouses/Friends/Former Allies)
- Liz and Stefan (Friends/Former Allies/Former Enemies)
- Liz and Carol (Former Allies)
- Liz and Matt (Former Allies)
- Liz and Tyler (Former Allies)
- Liz is commonly used as a nickname for persons named Elizabeth. "Elizabeth" is a biblical name, the cousin of Mary and mother of John the Baptist. From the Hebrew אֱלִישֶׁבַע (Elisheva) "God is my oath". The name became very popular in English languages after Elizabeth I, Queen of England. The name "Isobel" is a Latin variation of this name.
- Forbes is a Gaelic name and means "wealthy" or "stubborn". In Scottish, it means "field"; "headstrong".
- Liz: "Just get on with it, Kai. Listening to you talk makes me wanna die."
- --- Prayer For the Dying
|Elizabeth Forbes has a photo gallery.|