|“||My mom's in there sitting with my dad. And I don't think they've been in the same room this long since I was ten years old.||”|
The Forbes Family is one of the main Founding Families in The Vampire Diaries. As for their history, it seems that the family members have a tendency of being the local Sheriff. This family has been committed to protecting the town from vampires for almost 150 years.
- William Forbes: William was the sheriff of Mystic Falls during the 1860s, and signed the registry of Founding Family members at the Lockwood Mansion at the First Founders' Party.
- Margaret Forbes: She is a member of the Forbes family. Nothing is known about her character or background. She was first mentioned by Stefan Salvatore in Dead Man on Campus.
- Gerald Forbes: Gerald was the sheriff of Mystic Falls during 1912, and was a founding member.
- Bill Forbes: Bill was a former resident of Mystic Falls, and the father of Caroline Forbes. He returned to the town after being informed by Carol Lockwood that there was a vampire situation with which she needed his help. It's said that he and Caroline used to have a close relationship, and he would later use that reason to justify his attempts to help her retain her humanity as a vampire. He was once married to Elizabeth Forbes and left her after confessing he was gay. Bill was killed by Alaric Saltzman, who stabbed him to death after he was injected with vampire blood to heal his wounds after being attacked by Tyler Lockwood in werewolf form. He woke up in transition, but chose not to feed on human blood to complete his transformation into a vampire. He eventually died as a result.
- Elizabeth Forbes: She was the sheriff of Mystic Falls and the mother of Caroline Forbes. She and her husband were divorced but she still kept his surname. She seems to have a strained relationship with her daughter, Caroline, which became worse when she first found out she was a vampire. However, she eventually realized that Caroline was still her daughter, and as a result they became significantly closer. She was a member of the Founder's Council; an organization which secretly protects the town of Mystic Falls from vampires. She died in Stay after being diagnosed with terminal brain cancer.
- Caroline Forbes: She was born on October 10, 1992 in Mystic Falls, Virginia. She is a vampire and the best friend of Bonnie Bennett, Elena Gilbert, and Stefan Salvatore. Despite her bright, upbeat, outgoing and cheerful personality, Caroline is commonly known for her insecurities, which cause her to become excessively competitive, especially towards Elena. She is later turned into a vampire after being fed Damon's blood to heal her injuries after a car accident and subsequently being smothered to death by Katherine. She seems to have a girly and cheerful personality and she wears bright and girly clothes, but she becomes more neutral, dark, and mature than before her transformation. She moved out of town to help Alaric care for his twin daughters in Dallas Texas before moving back to her hometown, to the Salvatore Boarding House allowing Ric and their daughters to live in her childhood house. Caroline is the last remaining member of the Forbes family and the bloodline will end with her, given that she is a vampire and Josie and Lizzie are not biologically her children.
William Forbes †
|Margaret Forbes †|
Gerald Forbes †
Bill Forbes †
Elizabeth Forbes †
|Parker Family||Saltzman Family||Salvatore Family|
Josette Laughlin †
Stefan Salvatore †
- Note: Dashed lines denote 'unofficial' marriage and/or familial status; speciffically through Alaric and Caroline the the latter's surrogacy after Josette's death.
- Forbes is a surname of Scottish origin, first commonly found in Aberdeenshire. The meaning of the name is "from the field".
- In the novels, Caroline has a brother named Daniel, but in the show she is an only child.
- This Founding Family is the only known family to have a gay member (Bill).
- In The Walking Dead, it is revealed that Caroline has an Uncle Bob and Aunt Mary, but it is unknown to which side of the family they belong.
- Margaret Forbes was mentioned by Stefan in Dead Man on Campus.
- Technically, there are no living members of the family. However, Caroline, as an undead vampire, was the last "living" member of the family, or at least the last one resided in Mystic Falls.