I was afraid of being strong. I thought being strong meant hurting Lizzie. Or being like Kai. I told myself that being powerful meant being evil. [...] But it doesn't. Hope is strong. And she's good. You made a story... I made a story... where I was powerless. But that's not true. Because I can change this story. [...] I'm not afraid of you anymore.
Josie about herself in Facing Darkness is Kinda My Thing

Josette "Josie" Saltzman is a major recurring character on The Vampire Diaries, a guest character on The Originals, and a main character on Legacies. She is one of the twin daughters of Alaric Saltzman and Josette Laughlin, the other being Lizzie Saltzman. Due to Josette's death, she was carried via surrogacy by Caroline Forbes. Her existence was revealed in Let Her Go by Kai, the babies' uncle. However, in I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime, Kai stabs Jo in the abdomen multiple times, killing her and supposedly killing the twins. However, in Best Served Cold, it was revealed that the Gemini Coven transferred the twins into Caroline's womb. Since then, she has been raised by both Alaric and Caroline.

Josie Saltzman is a member of the Saltzman Family and the Parker Family and a member of the Forbes Family, due to being Caroline's surrogate daughter.

Early History

Josie was born on March 15, 2014 as a set of twins with her sister, Lizzie. She is the daughter of Alaric and Jo, and the surrogate daughter to Caroline.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series

In Let Her Go, while Jo was thinking she was sick from food poisoning it was revealed by her brother that she's pregnant, after she gives him her power in order for him to survive the consequences of the jacked merging ritual he performed with his brother, Luke, instead of Jo.

In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Jo and Alaric began to pick out names for the baby.

In I Never Could Love Like That, Elena finds out about Jo's pregnancy when she tells her that Kai had been imprisoned in the 1903 prison world.


In I'd Leave My Happy Home For You, Jo and Bonnie are attacked by Lily during Jo's bachelorette party. As she is about to feed on Jo, Lily hears the babies' heartbeats and tells her that she is expecting twins. Later, Jo tells Alaric that they will be having twins and that the Gemini Coven will want to get their hands on them to strip Kai of power by performing another twin merge.

In I'm Thinking Of You All The While, Damon reveals that Jo is dead after Kai stabbed her in the abdomen and believed the twins were killed too.

In Best Served Cold, it is revealed by Valerie Tulle that the twins actually survived Kai's attack on Jo, due to the fact that the Gemini Coven performed a spell to transfer the twins into another body. It was also revealed that Caroline Forbes is currently pregnant with the twins.

In Postcards from the Edge, it was revealed that she and her sister had siphoned a bits of magic from Caroline's body for a long time, but as they grew in her womb, they siphoned out more and more magic out of her system, until Caroline began to desiccate.

In This Woman's Work, before she was born with her twin, they used telekinesis to keep from being born because they were attached to the magic in Caroline's body. Bonnie and Valerie finished the job by drawing magic out of Caroline's body as the doctors perform a C-section, allowing her and her sister to finally be born. They're also seen with Caroline in the ending flash-forward scene.

In Moonlight on the Bayou, Alaric, the twins, and Caroline head to Dallas as he wants to keep his promise to Jo. While at a diner, the twins begin to cry and Caroline is having a hard time putting Josie to sleep. After talking to Klaus for a few minutes, Josie is silently sleeping and Klaus mentions they shouldn't wake her up, and he proceeds to hang up. In a flash-forward, Caroline is seen with the twins in New Orleans at St. James Infirmary looking for Klaus. The bartender tells Caroline that Klaus hasn't been seen or heard from in 3 years, which leaves Caroline puzzled.

In Requiem for a Dream, Josie, along with her sister and her father, call Caroline before they go to bed. Josie along with her sister appears to miss Caroline being she has been on the run with Stefan Salvatore trying to get away from Bonnie. Before they go to bed, they say their good-nights to Caroline before Alaric takes the phone from them to talk to Caroline alone.

In Gods and Monsters, Alaric and Caroline both decide to use Josie, along with her twin sister Lizzie, to siphon Bonnie's spell over the Armory as Bonnie was suffering for the effects of Rayna's poisonous blood. Josie, along with Lizzie, was successful in opening the Armory doors and she embraces her father in triumph, while Caroline hugs Lizzie.

In Hello, Brother, Josie and her sister, Lizzie, are seen video calling Alaric until he asked for Seline. Seline tells them to go put on their swimsuits while they chat. Later, the girls visit Caroline at work; Seline leaves to go have a salad for lunch and leaves the girls with Caroline. While she left, Caroline mentions that Seline probably loves kale, which makes Lizzie ask her what is kale; Caroline responds with you don't want to know. The video, that is given to her by Seline from Pete, that Caroline is attempting to watch gets to a certain point and the sound messes up to which Lizzie tells her mommy that it is too loud. Later that evening, Virginia breaks into the house, attacks Seline and tries to kill the girls for opening the armory. Virginia stalks through the house where she comes to the girls' room. When inside, she hears laughing come from the closet and proceeds though before she is able to approach is knocked out by Caroline. Caroline checks the closet and finds the girls, Lizzie saying hi to her mommy, to which Caroline tells the girls don't move while she goes to handle Virginia.

In You Decided That I Was Worth Saving, Josie and Lizzie are first seen fighting over the tuning fork, to which Alaric tells Lizzie to put the fork down immediately. She tells her dad she had it first, which prompts Alaric to yell at Lizzie to drop it. Lizzie drops the fork and she and Josie begin to scream over the vibrations the tuning fork makes. Alaric picks up the fork to stop the vibrations and proceeds to comfort the girls.

In An Eternity of Misery, Josie and Lizzie are getting ready for bed. Lizzie asks Seline for a bedtime story, which Josie answers nothing sad. Seline then tells them "The Legend of Arcadius".

In Coming Home Was a Mistake, Seline takes Josie and Lizzie to the local carnival where the sisters have fun playing games and won a goldfish. However, it's dead and Seline explains that the deceased need to be treated with dignity so that they can find peace in death. She also explains to them about how their souls are taken by Cade and that they can show him what they've done. She teaches the twins the Incendia spell and sets a pile of wood, albeit hiding a corpse underneath, on fire.

In Detoured On Some Random Backwoods Path to Hell, Caroline and Alaric issue an Amber Alert for her and Lizzie as Seline has kidnapped them. She and Lizzie are taken to a diner and then to a motel, where Seline offers them to Arcadius, who Seline and Sybil have called out to. In order to spare the twins the same fate as the sirens, Stefan offers himself to be Arcadius' servant; an offer which Cade accepts.

In The Next Time I Hurt Somebody, It Could Be You, Josie and Lizzie visit Caroline for Christmas since they haven't been with her since their dad took both to a safe location.


In The Lies Will Catch Up To You, Alaric brings the girls back to Mystic Falls and takes them to the Armory. He calls Caroline wanting to bring the girls over admits that he needs good parenting advice as unbeknownst to her, they've been acting up and their siphoning and magic are growing unstable. As he checks in on the girls, they continue coloring as levitating crayons above their heads.

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Alaric soon arrives at Caroline's later that night with Josie and Lizzie in tow. Both are thrilled to see their mother and embrace her in warms hugs, commenting about how big they've grown seen she last saw them. They sit down as a family to get dinner and Lizzie accidentally siphons Caroline as she wants to use her sister's cup, the pink one. Josie sits by as she watches Alaric scold her sister and sees that she hurt their mom. Josie is visibly upset at her sister and attempts the Incendia spell on Lizzie but the spell failed without any magic to draw from. Nevertheless, Alaric and Caroline intervene grabbing the two girls; Caroline scolding Josie that those words could seriously hurt her sister. Alaric and Caroline look on, worried about their wild and troubling behavior.

In It's Been a Hell of a Ride, she and her sister hide under their bed when Kai breaks free from his cell in the Armory. After he's subdued by Alaric and Caroline, she and Lizzie, with Bonnie's guidance, lock him away in a new prison world, ensuring their safety.

In We're Planning a June Wedding, she and her sister are the flower girls for Stefan and Caroline's wedding. Later that night, during the reception she, Lizzie and Bonnie are caught in the crossfire when Kelly Donovan made the Lockwood Mansion exploded although, with Bonnie's guidance, she teaches them the spell that they need to survive, ultimately, Bonnie removes all the fire from the building and leads them to safety.

In I Was Feeling Epic, Bonnie leads Josie and Lizzie out of the charred building. Alaric and Caroline are overwhelmed with joy as Bonnie saved them. They soon learn that they are not out of danger and they all leave Mystic Falls, stopping briefly at the Armory. They are seen later playing outside the Salvatore Boarding House as Alaric unpacks the newly designed Salvatore Boarding School sign, established for supernatural kids. Josie and Lizzie, as well as Alaric, are last seen being watched over by their mother, Jo's spirit, who had found peace.

Throughout The Originals Series

Season Five


In The Tale of Two Wolves, she and Lizzie are first seen waving at Caroline as she gives a tour. Later, she and Lizzie are talking to their mother about having them siphon The Hollow out of Hope to save her life, but also bargain with her. They want phones and Josie wants to get rid of the skirts due to it being against feminist values. Before they can talk to Klaus, Alaric shoots an arrow through his chest and they look at him. At night, they begin the spell to siphon and once it's out of Hope and into Klaus, Alaric takes his daughters away.

Throughout Legacies Series


This is the Part Where You Run, Josie is seen alongside her twin sister, Lizzie, as they welcome Rafael Waithe, a newly turned werewolf and the latest new student, to the Salvatore School. Later she is seen with her best friend MG, a newly turned vampire; together they discuss her and Lizzie's shared crush on Rafael. As they speak they witness Lizzie humiliate herself and she notifies her father of her twin's breakdown. At the after-school party, Josie uses a summoning spell to bring Landon, Rafael's best friend and foster brother, to the festivity. She is upset after seeing MG kissing her ex-girlfriend, Penelope Park. In the end, she secretly and reluctantly helps Hope use dark magic to locate Landon after he stole the knife.


In Some People Just Want To Watch The World Burn, Josie and her sister prepare for a football game; she is irritated after encountering Penelope and both twins become upset when they are told that their father won't be attending the game. The team initially pretend to lose to preserve the School's secret but after the involvement of Penelope and the other team testing Lizzie's temper, they decide to use their powers to win, with Josie being the only one to protest. After everyone agrees to win without magic Josie tackles a player going after her sister but keeps her promise to her father by using magic to sabotage her own team. In the end, the twins and their father, Alaric, discuss the day's events.


In We're Being Punked, Pedro, as punishment for using magic during the game and the fight after it, she and the rest of the team are forced to pick up garbage in the town. Due to the tensions between her and Lizzie, she partners up with Hope, during this time she questions her on the mission to retrieve Landon and Rafael's disappearance. This leads to an argument about their rivalry which ends in laughter. After helping Hope with a spell she senses her sister's distress and the two head for the school. They find Alaric and successfully face down the Gargoyle. Afterward, she criticizes her father for putting himself in harm's way. She is later seen relaxing with Lizzie and is joined by MG.


In Hope is Not the Goal, Josie is secretly working on offensive magic, despite the school's policy against it. As her sister, Hope, MG, Kaleb, and Landon investigate the disappearance of two local high school girls, Josie spends the day with Rafael, the latter doing so despite the disapproval of the school's werewolf pack. Later she finds Rafael being attacked by the pack and uses magic to fend them off, as she approaches her friend he angrily tells her to leave him alone and runs off. She finds a rage-bent Rafael trying to work off his anger in the Old Mill, he tries to get her to leave but she manages to calm him down. The two discover Sasha, one of missing girls, trapped in a massive web and become trapped themselves. As the Arachne Josie siphons Rafael's werewolf magic by kissing him to fend off the monster until the others arrive. She, Lizzie and Hope successfully work together to destroy the monster. Afterward, she helps Rafael integrate into the pack. Later she argues with her father to allows the school to teach offensive magic at the school, ending with him saying he'll think about it.


In Malivore, Josie catches Penelope telling a group of witch students not to vote for Lizzie Saltzman in the honor council. Josie confronts her asking if she is running for honor council to spite Lizzie; Penelope releases the group before talking to Josie alone. Josie tells Penelope that it's low for her to do that to Lizzie, but Penelope just responded by joking about their former sex life by saying that Josie liked it when she went "low." This slightly embarrasses but angers Josie more, but she continues to argue with Penelope and threatens to crush her if she doesn't bow out of the election. However, Penelope only responds saying that Josie, in fact, crushes on her and that Josie knows she is right about Lizzie being unfit for office. Later when voting is taking place, Penelope casts her vote and she sits down behind Josie, while pointing and winking to her.


In Mombie Dearest, Josie just turned sixteen and she was supposed to have a birthday party with her sister Lizzie. Later at the Salvatore school, Josie, with Lizzie, saw her mother Josette Laughlin after they opened their father's office doors by siphoning the spell that locked it, as her mother was brought back from the dead. They reunite, and Josie feels ecstatic, trusting her. Someone later realized as the Necromancer possessed her mother making her bury Josie alive in the cemetery. Hope, MG, and Penelope help rescue Josie. When she returns back to the school, her mother wants her and Lizzie to siphon her magic away so she can not hurt anyone else. Josie is sad about losing her mother again even if she knows that it was for the best. Later, Josie and Penelope share a kiss.

In There's a World Where Your Dreams Came True, Josie returns home and unlike Lizzie, she's not upset at her father for not picking them up from the airport, having missed getting the updated itinerary. Lizzie, however, is fuming, expressing how since they were welcomed at the airport, they were forced to take a three-hour shuttle ride. Ultimately, she blamed Hope. Josie, however, brushed it off as Lizzie stormed from Alaric's office.

Unknown to Josie and everyone else, the next creature from Malivore had already arrived and set it's eyes upon Lizzie and granted her wish that Hope had never come to the Salvatore Boarding School. In this new alternate reality, Josie is completely unaware of Lizzie's action and wake to a new day of fight training with Alaric. Lizzie and Alaric join Josie down at the dock and while sparring, they gain the upper hand over Alaric. Josie goes low and Lizzie goes high, taking Alaric to the ground - years of training having paid off. With training complete, Alaric sends them off to give a tour to a new recruit, Jed. Josie's optimistic that they'll reel him in. Once the recruit arrives, Josie and Lizzie gives Jed a tour of the school, which to Lizzie is in very poor condition. With the tour complete, Josie wonders if Jed will stay. Lizzie comes to the conclusion that they're poor to which Josie reiterates just how expensive it is to run the school and how hard it is to get benefactors. She leaves her sister to go make sure that their father eats.

Later, Lizzie joins Alaric and Josie who are using newspaper clipping to find potential new recruits. Josie muses that Lizzie's being weird but Lizzie announces that she's found a way to help the school. She's spelled a globe to light up when a new supernatural being has awakened their power. Alaric and Josie are amazed and immediately find a bright light in New Orleans. They immediately travel and come to find Hope Mikaelson - a tribid and bring her back to the school. While Alaric spars with the newly recruited Hope, Josie expresses her happiness and that they're in the "game" for real now. Unaware to Josie and everyone else, however, Lizzie wishes that there was never a Salvatore School to begin with.

In the new alternate reality, Josie and Lizzie attend public school; Mystic Falls High School. Josie flourishes and, unlike Lizzie, is the popular girl and cheerleader captain; she's even has a boyfriend, Connor. As the day progresses, Josie confesses that she wants to take thing to the next level with Connor, to show him that she's a witch and as well as to have sex with him. When Lizzie confesses that Dana and Connor were secretly seeing each other, Josie defends Connor and ignores her accusation. Josie, angry with Lizzie, goes off on her revealing that Alaric hates his job and only works to keep an eye on Lizzie and that she's done making excuses for her sister and she's done letting her control her happiness. She demands for Lizzie to hand over the watch but Lizzie siphons the magic from it before handing it over. Fed up with Lizzie, Josie, flatly, tells her that she hates her and walks off. Lizzie overcome with her own pain and inability to get Josie to stop, exposes her magic inadvertently when she loses control. However, Hope, Kaleb, Jed, and Pedro arrive from the Mikaelson Boarding School to contain the situation, to set up a perimeter and compel the students to forget. They take them to the boarding school to offer Alaric a new position as headmaster. While Josie and Hope converse, laughing together, Lizzie meets again with Ablah and wishes that Hope was never born.

The resulting wish results in an apocalyptic alternate reality where supernaturals are hunted by Triad Industries. In this reality, Lizzie returns to the boarding house and though Penelope welcomes in Kaleb and Jed to the resistance, she wishes it was under better circumstances. Lizzie learns from Alaric that when the Salvatore Boarding House was turned into a rescue operation, one of the witches who was passing through told Lizzie of the story of the Gemini. Lizzie had one of her episodes and went dark, paranoid, and Josie became her biggest threat. Lizzie became obsessed with winning and when she lost control, she killed Josie.

Realizing the gravity of her mistake, Lizzie recalls her wishes by wishing that Ablah never met the creature that sent her to Malivore. Ablah grants her wish and effectively restores reality to where she and Lizzie never met and Josie never died by Lizzie's hand. With no memory of what happened with Ablah, Lizzie returns to the moment before her first wish. Josie meets Lizzie in their room and asks her not to be mad at dad. Lizzie immediately gives into her urge to hug her sister, but Josie, questions why she's suffocating her. Lizzie's clueless but Josie accepts it nonetheless.

In We're Gonna Need A Spotlight, Josie along with most of the school is infected with mind controlling slugs while preparations are being made for the school talent show. Earlier in the day, Penelope gives her a letter which Josie says that she won't read. Later, under the influence of the slug, she sneaks off with Penelope and kisses her. Though tells her that they're never getting back together. They also attempt to steal the urn, but are stopped by Hope and Lizzie. After all the slugs are dead and the talent show is back on, Josie sings a song she wrote on stage while the other witches dance.

In There's a Mummy on Main Street, Josie tags along with Lizzie, Hope, Kaleb, Alaric, Dorian, and Emma to Maple Hollows. While traveling in a minivan, the trip begins with Lizzie and Hope arguing, though Josie is happy to ignore it by listening to music. This only frustrates Lizzie further because she's left her alone in the conversation. Over the course of the six hour drive, Josie gets car sick and sings with everyone to pass the time.

Once they arrive in Maple Hollows Josie and the other, minus Dorian, check out the town. Alaric assigns the girls to check out the fountain. They turn up with no new information, though Lizzie continues to passive-aggressively bring up a fire that ruined their spring break three years prior. Josie tries to sway the conversation, that it's ancient history, but is stung by a hornet and immediately develops a large welt. Hornets descend upon Maple Hollows and Josie agrees with Hope that it's a plague. Josie, Lizzie and Hope take shelter in a restaurant while Lizzie and Hope continue to argue. Josie's welt develops further into a boil that makes her nauseous. While walking the streets, they find medical personnel in hazmat suits rounding up other people who have also been stung by the hornets. They reconvene with Alaric, Emma, and Kaleb at the FEMA Recovery Center and pose as a family. The girls are Alaric's daughters, from his first marriage, Emma is his wife, and Kaleb is both Josie and Lizzie's boyfriend.

At the recovery center, Hope recognizes Ryan Clarke. Josie inquires about him and Hope tells her that she and Alaric meet him in Kansas when they were traveling in Europe. Lizzie however continues to argue with Hope with Josie literally caught in the middle. She attempts to defuse the argument but Hope admits that she was jealous and would have liked a simple day with her family, but the fire in her room caused her to lose half of her stuff including a painting that she did with her father. Josie keeps quiet.

Emma gives Josie and Lizzie a crash course in offensive magic and they, Hope and Alaric walk down main street to confront the mummy, the monster who's to take the second key to Malivore. As they search for the mummy, Lizzie wants Hope to clear her conscience. Josie tells them that now is not the time, but Lizzie tells her that there is always time for the truth and wonders if she didn't start the fire, why was she so mean afterwards, if not for a guilty conscience. They continue to argue and both Josie and Alaric tells them to hush. Josie, however, spots the mummy walking straight for them.

Lizzie questions if they should rush it but Josie wants him to get behind them. Contemplating, Alaric agrees and gets behind the girls. Josie questions what could a mummy do to them but Hope doesn't know and that she thinks they're about to find out. The mummy unleashes more hornets but Josie and Lizzie take Hope's hand, siphoning magic, and casts a barrier spell to protect them; the hornets are repelled and the mummy relents. Lizzie wants to rush it but Hope wants to wait. However, the mummy attacks first, causing both Hope and Lizzie to vomit up beetles. Josie is quick to respond and casts a spell to protect herself from the mummy's curse. With Hope and Lizzie incapacitated, Josie attacks the mummy head-on using a projectile fire spell, incinerating the mummy on contact.

Back at the recovery center, Alaric predicts that the mummy isn't defeated so they wait around for its resurrection. Alaric predicts that the mummy is bound by the scarab in its chest. He wants Josie and Lizzie to siphon the scarab and the curse will be lifted and the mummy will be dead. Josie poses that they could just give the mummy the urn but Hope points out that the monsters that were release weren't exactly happy and balanced. As Alaric predicted the mummy resurrected and begins another rampage. Kaleb rushes the mummy and steals the scarab from his chest. He tosses it to Lizzie and they siphon the curse as the mummy unleashes more hornets. Hope protects them with another barrier spell, but the curse is finally lifted and the mummy dies. They bid Ryan farewell and leave back to Mystic Falls.

On the silent car rid back home, Hope reconciles with Lizzie, that if she believed Hope said all those mean things, then she hating her made sense. Hope questions who she had heard it from and Lizzie tells her it was Josie. Josie remains silent and looks away. Back at the boarding school, Lizzie asks why she drove a wedge between her and Hope. Josie admits that she didn't just lie, she was the one that started the fire. She confesses that Lizzie made a remark about her being obsessed with Hope. To conceal her truth, she lied and made those mean things up because she had a crush on Hope. She had slipped a note into her room but immediately regretted it. To hide what she had done, she cast a fire spell, only aiming for the note, but it went awry. Lizzie questions why that it mattered if she knew or not. Josie admits that any time she ever liked anyone, Lizzie would go for them and she'd always win.

In Let's Just Finish the Dance, Josie is helping preparations for Miss Mystic Falls. When Lizzie steps down from the competition, she hopes that her sister will choose her to run, but is disappointed when her sister chooses Hope instead. During dance rehearsal, when Josie attempts to trip and fall, Penelope smoothly catches her. Josie is mad at her for ruining Lizzie's plan. Penelope asks her if she had wanted to win the title of Miss Mystic Falls, which Josie denies and says Lizzie planned for Hope to win. Ignoring how upset Penelope is, Josie continues to help Hope win.

And then when later when Penelope shows up to escort Josie down the stairs, she reveals that she's going to fall onto Hope's biggest rival like Lizzie planned. This upsets Penelope, and she tells Josie that she could win if she wanted to. That she believes in her. Although Josie almost goes through with going down the stairs without incident, she catches Lizzie's eye and trips as planned. Frustrated, Penelope offers no help and asks her what she would do if she was no longer there to fight for Josie. When she's confused, Penelope tells her to read the letter, which she does. In the letter, she finds out that Penelope is leaving Salvatore School. After reading it, Josie heads over to tell Lizzie, shocked that her twin already knew. Hurt, Josie asked if her twin even thought to tell her, only getting more upset when Lizzie insists that it's good news. She tells Lizzie that she never considers anyone's feelings but her own. And that it was bad enough that her sister thought she didn't want to enter, but even worse that she not a single part of her thought she could win. Josie asks Lizzie if she even knows how good it would feel to compete, and in their mother's dress. She also reveals that the dress came from Klaus Mikaelson, Hope's father.

After going to meet Penelope, Josie begs her to stay. Penelope says that she had been waiting weeks for Josie to give her one reason to stay, but instead she got a thousand reasons to leave. She says that her heart cannot take Josie always putting herself second. And that she does not want to watch and see what happens to Josie next. Josie is confused, so Penelope pulls out a big book from her handbag, that had recorded all the writing her spy pens had collected. She hands it to Josie and tells her to read what her dad wrote about The Merge. Though Penelope doesn't stay, they affirm that they still love each other with a tearful goodbye, and a kiss.

In I'll Tell You a Story, Josie is still upset with Lizzie and is even sleeping in Penelope's old room. She is also looking into The Merge, and is upset when Lizzie tries to help. She also expresses disinterest when Hope tells her that Lizzie is about to crash, and that it was inevitable. When a confrontation happens, Lizzie admits she’s just as codependent as Josie is. The two fight but Josie easily overpowers her sister. Eventually, Hope calls Alaric and forces him to tell the girls what The Merge is.

In There's Always a Loophole, Josie along with the rest of the school is faced with a Triad invasion, who believes that the third artifact is in the school. They discover that they are without their magic, and are left with no choice but to cooperate. Josie, along with Hope and Lizzie, go into Alaric's office to find a way to contact him. They're still fighting, having found out what The Merge is. When Lizzie says that they'll obviously lose because she's the "weak, broken one", Josie retorts with "and like clockwork -- victim". Hope interrupts, and they contact Alaric to tell them about Triad. While Alaric is on the way, Hope says that they will figure out a way to get their powers back and fight back. Unfortunately, a Triad soldier overhears and threatens them with a gun with bullets made from Malivore -- bullets capable of hurting supernaturals. When he goes to shoot Lizzie, Josie dives in front of her to take the bullet instead. Lizzie chastises her for it when the three are locked up in a cell. Fortunately, MG soon comes to the rescue and frees Hope so she can get the magic back on. When their father returns and helps, Lizzie attempts to siphon the magic that is killing Josie out, but it doesn't work. Instead, they go to help the rest of the students fight off Triad.

After the battle, a dying Josie waits for their father with Lizzie. He gives her Hope's blood which she drinks, and that saves her. Later, she's sitting with Lizzie and reveals that she stole the box their father was keeping hidden in his office. She sits with the rest of the students later as their father reveals that he was responsible for Triad getting in, a plan that was made in the event that the world would need protecting from the supernaturals in the school. He tells them to make the decision whether or not to keep him as their Headmaster. Unbeknownst to Josie and the rest of them, Hope was going to sacrifice herself to stop Malivore. Josie, along with everyone else, suddenly didn't remember Hope.

In I'll Never Give Up Hope, Josie talks to Lizzie about events unfolding at the Salvatore School, including how their father is coping after being voted out of his position by the Honor Council. She tells Lizzie that he isn't doing too good, but will be fine eventually. Lizzie then reveals that she has found out some information about the ascendant, a mysterious device they created with Bonnie when they were five. Lizzie admits that details are still vague at the moment, however.

Josie discusses Malivore with Alaric, who reveals that there were at least two people they have forgotten about. Josie admits that if it was someone they knew then there would be keepsakes, and asks Alaric about the ascendant, but he brushes her off in favor of talking with Landon.

Josie speaks briefly with Lizzie again and the two discuss Landon. Josie tells Lizzie that they are just friends but Lizzie finds this hard to believe and sarcastically remarks that somewhere Penelope Park's heart has just exploded. Lizzie begs Josie to join her and their mother on their trip to Rome, however Josie declines the offer.

Josie helps Landon with a locator spell to find Rafael, but leaves to speak with Alaric about the ascendant before the spell yields any results. When she returns to Landon, he shows her the map that indicates Rafael has left the woods. He is upset and Josie tries to comfort him, eventually leading to the two kissing. Josie reveals to Lizzie that Alaric told her about the ascendant and that they have an uncle who is trapped in a prison world. The two agree to leave the ascendant alone after Josie reveals to Lizzie that Kai killed Jo on her wedding day.

In This Year Will Be Different, Josie and Lizzie speak about the Merge, having both agreed to leave the matter to their parents. Josie supports Lizzie when she reveals that she is going to have a year where she embraces opportunities.

While in class, she notices that Landon is getting attention from another witch, who is drawing a sketch of him, and Josie inflicts a spell on the girl, making her nose bleed. Josie and Landon agree to go on their first official date later that night. After the date, Josie feels awkward and pulls away from Landon, who asks her what is wrong. She admits that sometimes people have bad dates and it's alright everything will return to normal the next day. She leaves Landon in the Town Square upset and returns to her room on guise of illness. Landon later visits her room to apologize for the date, and Josie admits that she is allergic to sea weed but went along with the date because it is something he wanted to do. She confesses that she worries about their relationship, but the two seem to find comfort in one another and resolve their issues.

While in the kitchen making a sandwich, Vardemus approaches her and confronts her about inflicting the nosebleed spell earlier, and tells her to use "Chronolos" to delay the reaction of the spell next time. He reveals to her that through invite only, he's creating an advanced curriculum for advanced students and she's the first to be selected. He tells her that curfew is in three minutes, leaving Josie with a slight smile on her face.

In You Remind Me of Someone I Used to Know, Josie is present at an assembly where Vardemus announces that the students are allowed in moderation to using their abilities, which Josie fears it could cause exposure.

On the field, Josie tells Landon she will help him with the game, and casts a spell to improve his skills. She also notices that Landon is looking at Hope and asks if they know each other, and gets visibly jealous.

While taking a break, the team tries to find a replacement for Landon and eventually go back on the field. Vardemus hands Josie a spell and siphoning a little from Wade, she uses the spell, which snaps Ethan's arm. When this happens, Josie is visibly shocked and when Alaric comes to blows with Vardemus, the Stallions and Timberwolves begin fighting as well.

Later that night, Josie watches as Alaric leaves the Salvatore school grounds, and her nose begins to bleed, revealing the spell might have taken a toll on her.

In Since When Do You Speak Japanese?, Josie experiences difficulties with the adverse effects of using dark magic. Professor Vardemus enters her room offering her a solution to the problem, however she declines, reciting that her father was right to forbid dark magic. However Vardemus simply states that Alaric had a reason to suppress their full abilities, asking that Josie never limit herself or shy away from dark magic.


Josie translates Kurutta for Dorian.

Josie later becomes comfortable with Kurutta, and helps translate his history for Dorian. She takes Kurutta to Mystic Falls High School when they hear that the oni is trapped within Rafael. She makes a comment about Hope when she notices that her and Landon were together when they trapped Rafael. She later locks Landon in Alaric's office with Kurutta by placing a boundary spell on the room.

After Landon escapes following the one's possession, Josie is quick to blame Hope. The two agree to do a locator spell together, however tensions begin to rise when Hope opens a personal note between Josie and Landon. They eventually track down Landon, but when they arrive at the Town Square, they find Landon dead and Lizzie chained to a tree having taken in the oni. Josie watches as Lizzie explains Sebastian isn't real and further begs Josie to kill her with Kurutta's sword. However she refuses, instead siphoning the dark magic from the sword and using this to expel the oni.

Following this, Josie is overcome by the dark magic and goes to Professor Vardemus to accept his help. He reveals that he has in his possession a mora miserium, a dark object with the ability to negate the effects of dark magic. Vardemus warns Josie that the effects are permanent as long as the hourglass does not shatter.

Later, Josie and Landon begin making out, before Landon pulls away and tells her that it is too early in the relationship for the two to have sex.

In Screw Endgame, Josie talks with Landon as they set up for the 80s Decade Dance. She reveals that Alaric won't be in town later that night, hinting to the two having sex. Landon has difficulties coming to terms with this, and talks with Dorian about it.

Getting ready for the dance, Landon arrives to walk Josie down the stairs. Josie tells Landon — who is incredibly nervous — that the two do not have to dance. Landon is relieved, as he thinks this is a metaphor for having sex, however it is quickly made apparent that Josie literally means dance, not sex. At the dance, however, Landon suggests the two should take the "dancing" elsewhere, and they retreat to Josie's bedroom.

In the bedroom, the two begin making out, but Landon leaves to find a condom. He is gone a while, and Josie begins to hear Penelope Park's diary scratching. She reads the diary, and finds that Landon has written a song about Hope prior to forgetting her. This upsets Josie, and she asks if they can take things slow when Landon returns.

In That's Nothing I Had to Remember, Josie visits Freya Mikaelson in New Orleans. Freya questions what she is doing in New Orleans looking for her, and Josie reveals that she needs help with a dark magic spell. Freya tells her to go home, as she should not be touching that kind of thing, however Freya changes her mind when Josie reveals that she has forgotten someone.

The two work together to decipher a spell in one of Esther's grimoire's before Freya takes a phone call from Keelin. When she returns, she finds Josie looking at photographs of Hope on the wall at Rousseau's. Freya questions who they both have forgotten, but Josie blasts her back with dark magic and leaves. She calls Caroline from a payphone, revealing she has the ability to return everyone's memories, but doesn't know if she will.

Returning to Mystic Falls, she uses the dark magic to blast the croatoan, returning everyone's memories, including those Sebastian lost. Josie talks with Lizzie, questioning who she thinks Landon will pick, however Lizzie is unable to answer.

In It Will All Be Painfully Clear Soon Enough, Josie has an awkward encounter with Hope, who are both wondering who Landon will choose. Hope offers Josie Emma Tig's prism, which alleviates the tensions to a degree. She later uses the prism to talk with her subconscious, questioning if Landon will choose her of Hope, however he is unable to answer. From this, she gets the idea of creating a duplicate of Landon and throwing this into Malivore instead of Landon. It takes a conversation with Vardemus to convince him, but he eventually okays the plan.

Later in the day, Josie meets with Vardemus, and explains that she feels angry and a plethora of emotions over Landon — she questions if the mora miserium is broken, however it is revealed to be intact. Vardemus encourages her to channel her emotions and rage into the trident from earlier, which she does. As she does, however, Vardemus' disguise fails and it is revealed to Josie that he is Ryan Clarke. She passes out, however, before she can say anything.

Later, she talks with Hope, who tells her that she wants her to come back to the school and misses her. During the conversation, the two notice a scratching, which Josie reveals to be Penelope Park's diary. In it, they read as Landon writes a goodbye note. Josie welcomes Hope back to the school, citing that she belongs there, with or without Landon.

In This Christmas Was Surprisingly Violent, Josie is among those affected by the Christmas cheer, brought on by Santa Claus' presence. Later on, Landon returns to the Salvatore School, asking if the two can talk. He tells her that she is beautiful, and a wonderful woman, but that the two can not be together as he still loves Hope. Landon tells her that he doesn't regret any of the time the two spent together, but leaves her alone in her room crying. At the end of the day, she gives Alaric a plaque with his name and position as "Headmaster" on, welcoming him back to his position at the school.

In I Couldn't Have Done This Without You, Josie attempts to fix the rapidly-degrading mora miserium. She is unable to do so, however, but finds herself stuck in a dream-like vision of what the future holds if the sand clock smashes. The vision shows total devastation at the Salvatore School and Josie is overrun with dark magic. The vision unsettles her, however and she is brought back to present events. She uses this as an excuse to research the mora miserium, but finds little to help her. She is confronted by Dorian who asks what she is doing, but manages to pass it off as an assignment from Professor Vardemus. Hope interjects when Josie is talking with Dorian and offers to help her with the spell.

Hope shows her a spell they can use to slow down the degradation and tells her that she has heard quite a few things surrounding mora miseriums from a fellow witch and old friend. She helps Josie with the spell but reminds her that if the sand clock breaks, the magic will infect her. Josie struggles with the entire situation and asks Hope why Clarke chose her. Hope replies that she is stronger than she thinks, and tries to make her feel better by explaining her first moments when she escaped Malivore.

In This is Why We Don't Entrust Plans to Muppet Babies, Josie, Alaric and Lizzie attempt to fix the mora miserium using magic, but are unable to do so and all efforts fail. Lizzie suggests sending the mora miserium to a Prison World, however Alaric refuses and Josie tells Lizzie that Alaric will not let them anywhere near their crazy uncle. They accept Alaric's decision, but continue to look at ways of slowing down the mora miserium from breaking.

Later, Alaric realizes that he should trust his children more, and agrees to allow the twins to create a new Prison World for the sand clock. They enlist the help of the coven and are successfully able to send the sand clock to a 2028 Prison World. Unbeknownst to them, Alyssa Chang has also cast a spell of her own, and sends Josie, Lizzie and Alaric to the 2018 Prison World.

In Kai Parker Screwed Us, when realizing that they have been transported to a dangerous and unlikely place, Alaric rushes Josie to retrieve the mora miserium and bring it back to the Salvatore Boarding House. Josie questions why they're rushing and alert, given that Kai is dessicated after years of hunger.

When she returns with the sand clock, she is shocked to find an old friend, Jade in the Prison World. Josie is confused, and asks what Jade is doing in the Prison World, however Jade is rude and only wants to feed on Josie. Josie is saved, however, by a mysterious figure she eventually realizes to be her uncle, Malachai Parker. Kai takes her to the Old Mill, where he has been hiding out, and tells Josie that the students — whom all formerly attended the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted — run the Prison World and hunt him down each day, killing him for sport. Josie reveals the situation surrounding the mora miserium and its degradation and how she came to be in the Prison World due to Alyssa Chang.

Despite fierce opposition from her father, Josie is keen to trust and work with Kai to escape the Prison World. This leads her to the rash decision of chaining Alaric up, similar to how Kai was chained up by Bonnie Bennett ten years prior. Kai tells Josie what they need to perform the ritual, but is surprised when Josie reveals that she didn't bring Bennett blood; Kai reveals that there is blood at the hospital, and after the two agree to trust one another, they head to Mystic Falls Hospital.

When they arrive at the hospital, they are surprised to find Jade, who has drank all of the blood in the storage room, thus leaving them with no access to Bennett blood, and therefore no way to power the ascendant. Nevertheless, Josie reveals that she has a vial of Bennett blood, and pulls it from her pocket. It is eventually revealed that Kai is the master behind the Prison World and is actually working with Jade. He takes the blood from Josie after immobilizing her, and flees to power the ascendant. Jade takes her to the bar Alaric is trapped in, and she is privy to Jade allowing Alaric 24 hours before Josie is killed.

Shortly after, Josie receives a call from Kai, who is furious to have found out that the blood was actually an illusion, and a small bottle of vodka. He tells her that her mother, Josette too thought she was smarter than him but ended up dead. It is revealed that Kai is about to jump into the Malivore portal in order to escape the Prison World. Kai gives Josie one last piece of advice, that she needs to break the sand clock and become a monster to escape; he warns her to be quick, as when he jumps into the pit, she will forget the conversation ever happened.

In You Can't Save Them All, Josie is more powerful than ever due to the breaking of the mora miserium. She uses the dark magic to force Jade's humanity back on, and Alaric questions what she has done, realising that Josie is somehow different. Josie remarks that she has "fixed" Jade.


Sebastian becomes the anchor.

Later, when Josie helps save Lizzie's life, she realizes that something is missing from her memory, and therefore must mean that someone has been consumed by Malivore. They are next seen at the Salvatore Boarding House and Josie reveals that the Prison World is made of magic, therefore can be siphoned in order to allow them a way out; she formalizes a plan that allows her family and friends to escape, whilst she remains behind. When it comes to finally performing the spell to allow her family to escape, she is successful in allowing Alaric, Lizzie, Jade and Wendy return to Mystic Falls, but is approached by Sebastian before the spell is finished. Sebastian tells Josie to tell Lizzie something a better man would say, and then touches her, becoming the anchor to the spell and allowing Josie to return home. When she returns home, it appears that the dark magic has been left behind and Josie has returned to her former self.

In There's A Place Where The Lost Things Go, Josie participates in Emma's simulation; in the simulation, she is Lizzie's assistant. After the murders begin, Josie is accused by Jade of ordering the poisoned champagne—a clear attempt on her life�—to gauge the interest of the press onto Lizzie; this failed, however, and Emma died within the simulation.

It quickly becomes apparent that Josie is willing to take the blame for the murders to protect Lizzie, but she is eventually murdered herself by the unknown assailant. It is later revealed that Josie has been overcome by the darker version of herself, who tries to kill Lizzie once and for all within the simulation that she has taken control of. Hope helps Lizzie defeat Josie, however Josie does not awaken from the simulation. When she eventually does, she is trapped within the werewolf transition space, but escapes confidently by blowing a hole in the roof and setting a large portion of the school on fire; this is presumably fixed by the students afterwards.

In Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself, Josie returns to the Salvatore School to plan her birthday party. She comes armed with minions and, when MG tries to console her, she acts out of character and begins to siphon him.

Hope and Lizzie later talk but are interrupted by Josie, who reveals that she and Lizzie will Merge later that night; if Lizzie does not show, Josie will begin killing those closest to her. Hope and Lizzie formulate a plan to deal with Josie, however this relies on Lizzie winning the Merge. Lizzie believes she cannot win the Merge and leaves the Salvatore School out of fear.

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Josie and Hope fight.

Meanwhile, at the arranged time, Hope arrives to take Lizzie's place and fight with Josie until MG is able to convince Lizzie to return. The two brawl and Josie is able to get the upper hand before being interrupted by Lizzie, who saves Hope. Josie and Lizzie begin the Merge and—as she predicted�—Lizzie loses and all hope appears lost. Unbeknownst to Josie, Landon and Hope have formulated a plan-b and were aware that the possibility of Lizzie losing the Merge was high; Hope has placed herself within Josie's subconscious when she was asleep in a bid to find the real Josie.

In Facing Darkness is Kinda My Thing, while inside Josie's subconscious, Hope is told (by a pig) a story of how Josie cast a sleeping spell on herself in order to protect the world from the darkness within her. Hope is brought to a table where Josie is lying, but is unable to wake her and the pig jokes that Hope should try kissing her.

Shortly after a battle with the darkness, Josie is revealed to be the pig in disguise. Josie reveals that she thought she could trick the darkness and allow Hope to get to safety; this failed, however. After a brief conversation with Hope, the darkness attacks Josie. Josie cowers in a corner, but soon realizes that she can beat the darkness if she fights. She tells the darkness that she was afraid of being powerful because it meant hurting Josie, but now she realizes she can be both like Hope. Josie takes on the darkness head-on and is able to subdue her, before receiving warnings that she will always return.

Meanwhile, Lizzie extracts the darkness from Josie and transfers it into the Necromancer to honor his deal with Alaric. After Josie wakes, she transfers her magic into a coin—much like her mother and Bonnie Bennett did previously—until she is ready to use it again.


One-half of the powerful Gemini twins, Josie is level headed, borderline brilliant, and comfortable in her pansexuality. Though well-liked and her twin's social equal in every way, Josie is content to play second fiddle to her sister Lizzie. With Gemini's prone to bipolar behavior, the stable Josie is quick to protect Lizzie when her sister starts to go off the rails.

Having never known their biological mother, the twins were raised by Caroline Forbes. Now at this key time in their development, with their mother often absent, their need for their father's approval and love is heightened. Alaric's bond with Hope Mikaelson, and having to share his attention with the rest of the school, has led to each daughter alternately striving for perfection and acting out. In general, Josie is the calm to her sister Lizzie's storm.[2]

Josie, like her sister and ancestors, battles with an inner-darkness that she doesn't quite understand. Through this, she is susceptible to the use of dark magic and negative influences. The lack of her father's involvement in her life led Josie to rely on the than-believed Professor Vardemus, who used her yearning for magical knowledge and the ability to protect her loved ones, against her. When she broke the Mora Miserium containing all the dark magic she used while partnered with Vardemus, the darkness consumed her and she became someone devoid of rules, human-life, and boundaries. Out of fear, the real Josie hid in her subconscious to avoid confronting her dark side. She was afraid that being powerful also meant being Evil. When she realized she can be both strong and good she was able to embrace her full potential and rid herself of dark Josie.

Physical Appearance

Josie is a pretty young woman with brown hair and eyes. She also has an athletic build and light skin. Josie often wears her hair up, mostly in a simple, loose ponytail, but she once wore it in messy twin buns for a football game.

Powers and Abilities

Josie possessed all standard powers and abilities of a siphoner until she relinquished her siphon power into a coin, making her powerless.


Josie has the typical weaknesses of a siphoner.


Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes

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Josie with her parents and Lizzie.

Main article: Alaric, Caroline, Josie and Lizzie

Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes are Josie's biological and surrogate parents, respectively. Josie's ancestry is made up of bloodshed and a witch coven, which was decimated prior to Josie's birth. After Josie's biological mother, Jo Laughlin, was killed by her twin brother, the Gemini Coven placed Josie's fetus into Caroline, saving her life. After Alaric and Caroline found out about what truly happened, they agreed to raise Josie, and her twin sister, Lizzie, together. Today, Josie now lives in Mystic Falls and attends the Salvatore Boarding School, where she grew up. As a siphoner, Josie grew up with her parents running the school, while they raised her. Currently, Alaric is primarily raising Josie and Lizzie extensively due to Caroline's involvement in school-recruitment in Europe. Josie copes without her mother as her father is more involved with running the school. This, however, puts the burden of assisting Lizzie on Josie, though she's dutiful in this task so that they're both happy, even though their parents aren't as involved as either she or Lizzie would like. However, Josie still loves her parents and visits Caroline in Europe whenever she can.

Lizzie Saltzman

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Lizzie is Josie's twin sister, closest friend, and helps Lizzie to see reason whenever she goes off the rails. They have known each other for basically their whole lives and currently go to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted. Alaric Saltzman and Caroline Forbes are their father and mother, but Jo Laughlin was their biological mother. There is a dark history in which their biological mother, unfortunately, paid the price from her life. Also, both twins are descended from a dark history involving their magical lineage, which is partly due to their siphoner heritage. Despite this dark history, Josie is growing and learning to control her magical powers with Lizzie. Josie is also learning to become more comfortable with herself with Lizzie by her side though, between the two, Lizzie is more outspoken and demanding, so much so that Josie is content to play second fiddle. This is notable when Lizzie outright assumed that she'd be voted on to the school's honor council, without question from her sister. Josie implicitly helped Lizzie campaign and was forced to endure listening to Lizzie asking Rafael out as a deal if she voted with him to have Landon stay. However, Josie is surprised that she won over Lizzie, due to Penelope's influence. However, over the course of her friendship with Hope Mikaelson and reigniting her relationship with Penelope, Josie begins to stand up to her sister more and has opened up about how much her sister puts her through. Their relationship becomes strained when Penelope has to leave the school and Lizzie hid the fact from Josie. Angered by this and seeing her sister for the person that she is, Josie turns her back on Lizzie, even culminating in a magical fight between the two that Josie wins.

Penelope Park

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"I'm still nursing a wounded soul."
Josie about her former relationship with Penelope in This is the Part Where You Run.

Penelope is Josie's ex-girlfriend and frenemy. The history of their former romantic relationship isn’t known yet, but it has been stated several times that Penelope hurt Josie prior to their relationship ending. Josie despises Penelope and calls her "evil" every time she irks her. Josie is furious at both Penelope and MG when she catches them making out. As revenge, Josie sets Penelope on fire with a spell, burning her hair. Later, Penelope confronts Josie about burning her hair and states that she likes her new hairstyle, which further annoys Josie. Despite their cat-and-mouse game, Penelope, in her own way, still cares for Josie. Penelope believes they will never have a real relationship because she spends all of her energy taking care of Lizzie - a black hole of time and energy and love, just sucking it all up and never giving any of it back. Penelope resolves that if Josie won't stand up for herself, she'll burn Lizzie's world down around her. This proves that Penelope still cares about Josie. The feelings are also slightly mutual as Josie claimed to be "nursing a wounded soul," in reference to Penelope. Penelope helps rescue Josie after she was buried alive by a 'possessed' Jo. After the whole ordeal, Penelope reveals to Josie that she's selfish and wants Josie for herself. Josie then reciprocates and the two kiss. After this, things between Josie and Penelope are quite awkward due to Josie avoiding conversing with Penelope about their complicated relationship issues. They have awkward conversations here and there, as well as Penelope escorting Josie at the Miss Mystic Falls contest. However, Josie ticks Penelope off by purposefully losing the contest to follow her twin sister’s wishes, which Penelope has had enough of. Josie finally reconciles with Penelope when she finds out her ex-girlfriend is transferring schools overseas, partly due to her finding out about Josie and the Merge. They share a heartfelt and tearful good-bye.

Rafael Waithe

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Josie "siphoning" from Rafael

As soon as Josie met Rafael, she and her twin sister, Lizzie, took an immediate liking to him. Josie and her sister gave a tour of the Salvatore Boarding School. Josie soon tells Lizzie she can go for a romantic relationship with Rafael, but this still disappoints Josie being she took a liking to Rafael too. Josie later met up with Rafael at a school party and they talk for a bit, which causes Josie to think about him after their conversation. Two episodes later, Josie rescues Rafael from a brutal werewolf fight in which he emotional excuses himself away from her afterwards. Soon after, Josie goes to look for Rafael and finds him in the nearly-burnt down house. He yells at her in anger and physical pain to leave him alone, but she doesn't and goes to comfort him. Josie then helps Rafael to calm down, in which he's grateful for afterwards and this bonds them further. Shortly after this, they discover an unconscious body of a teen girl who was abducted by a life sized spider-monster and they too become captured by spider webs. Rafael tells Josie to magically rescue them, but she explains that she can't without siphoning from a magical source. Impulsively, Josie kisses Rafael to siphon his werewolf magic, which she apologizes for, but he admits that he was fine with it. He also said that the kiss wasn't what he expected it to be. Their kiss helps Josie to receive the magic she needs to rescue them both. After their fight with the giant spider, Josie helps Rafael set his place amongst the main werewolf group of the school.

While Josie is helping Lizzie in campaigning for the student council, she awkwardly and jealously watches Lizzie ask Rafael to be her date to a party. She watches Rafael turn to her and hesitate before accepting Lizzie's request. However, Josie and Rafael are later elected into the student council. Josie later finds the decision hard to make about whether or not she should vote to keep Landon at their school. Rafael begs Josie to vote 'yes,' which only makes her decision harder. She gives her reasons to the council that Landon has put her family in danger, whether it be indirectly or directly, and she voted 'no.' This infuriates Rafael and he claims that he is done with her and the rest of the members of the council. Josie watches Rafael as he storms out of the council meeting.

Hope Mikaelson


Hope met Josie when she moved to Mystic Falls and for a decade their relationship was distant and cold, mostly because Hope used to distant herself from Josie. However, after Hope's parents died, they became closer and eventually became friends. Despite this, Josie harbored a secret crush on Hope, having once tried to tell her with a note but immediately regretted the decision due to Lizzie and her goals to go for whoever Josie liked. Josie attempted to burn the note with a fire spell to conceal her feelings, but set Hope's room on fire and convinced Lizzie that Hope said mean things about her "episode", leading to their mutual dislike for one another. Although Josie's involvement with Lizzie's and Hope's issues with one, Josie and Hope have developed a friendship. Hope tried to cover for Josie when they practiced dark magic together. Sometimes their friendship seems to make Lizzie (Josie's twin sister) jealous, mostly because of Lizzie's dislike towards Hope. On Josie's birthday, Hope leaves a note and a gift for Josie on her pillow. Hope wants Josie's wishes to come true. The gift is a necklace, charmed to "make quiet things heard", showing that Hope observes Josie holding herself back, and wants her to shine. Josie smiles and blushes as she puts on the necklace, admiring it and holding the pendant. Later, the necklace's magic helps save Josie's life. Hope is shown to care strongly about Josie and defend her.

Milton Greasley


MG and Josie are close friends and have been for some time. They are shown hanging out and talking often. However, Josie feels betrayed when MG hooks up with her ex-girlfriend, but MG sincerely apologizes and the two share a hug. When Josie's life is in danger on her birthday, MG is desperate to help her. They often confide in each other and are friends despite MG's mistake of hooking up with Josie's ex-girlfriend.

Landon Kirby


Josie and Landon kiss

When Landon first arrives at the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted, they have very little interaction as he's not deemed supernatural. This ultimately leads her during the Honor Council meeting to vote against him staying at the boarding school for his safety. However, with the revelation of his supernatural status as a phoenix she she welcomes his return, though not without Landon casually reminding her of her vote. When Hope is absorbed by Malivore, all memories of her were erased, and she and Landon began a friendship. With a rocky start of Josie witnessing him drown himself she confides in him that they should both stop worrying about dying, specifically her and Lizzie in regards to the Merge and they should just start living. As the semester comes to a close, they spend the summer of 2028 together off and on - Josie watching over Alaric as Landon took care of Rafael - and they became close friends. Their relationship eventually evolved into a romantic one where they shared their first kiss.

At summer's end and a new semester beginning, Landon finds himself to be the popular guy at the school for his role in "defeating Malivore". This leads to unwanted attention from other girls that spurs Josie's jealousy, so much so that she harmed another student. Despite this, they eventually go on their first date for sushi that ends awkwardly. Landon comes to find out that in order to not be a problem on their date she accepts even though she's allergic to seaweed. More so, she is worried about their relationship because of her codependency and her need to "fix" things and wondered where she fit in his life if she wasn't fixing problem. Landon notes that it could just be that she's never been in a relationship where what she wanted matters. The two then make up and kiss after Landon officially refers to himself as her boyfriend.

Things get turbulent with Hope returning and Josie performing a spell that returned everyone their memories of Hope. Ultimately, Landon chooses Hope, leaving Josie heartbroken. However, he wanted to remain friends.

Other Relationships

  • Josie and Elena (Family/Step-Sisters)
  • Josie and Jo (Biological Mother/Former Allies)
  • Josie and Jade (Former Frenemies)


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  • Josette is a French girl name. The meaning of the name is 'God Will Increase'.[3]
  • 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.[4][5]


  • If the Gemini Coven found out about the twins then they would have tried to take them from Jo and Alaric in order to strip Kai of his power as leader of the coven.
    • However since it was revealed that they were siphoners, the Gemini Coven would wait for another set of twins to lead them because of their own prejudice against siphoners.
  • She and her twin sister, Lizzie, are the first babies that are known to have been carried by a vampire.
  • She and her sister were the third on-screen birth after Nadia's birth in Katerina and Hope's birth in From a Cradle to a Grave.
    • However, she and Lizzie were the first to be born via C-section.
  • She is the first pansexual character to be featured in Legacies and the TVD Universe.[6][7]
  • In This Year Will Be Different, it is revealed she is allergic to seaweed yet still went on a date with Landon for sushi.
  • In Since When Do You Speak Japanese?, it is revealed that she can speak Japanese. 


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  1. Between When The Saints Go Marching In and This is the Part Where You Run, there has been a two-year time jump to 2028. Despite this time jump, Lizzie and Josie celebrate their sweet sixteen - having been born on March 14, 2014, in This Woman's Work, this is a timeline error. Without the timeline error, this would make them 14, not 16. As of Life Was So Much Easier When I Only Cared About Myself, the timeline error is continued with their 17th birthday.
  2. See her full psychological assessment.

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