|“||The best people are black sheep.||”|
Kol Mikaelson (Elder Futhark: ᚲᛟᛚ ᛗᛁᚲᚨᛖᛚᛋᛟᚾ) is a major recurring character on The Originals. He also had a recurring role in the third, fourth and fifth season of The Vampire Diaries, where he served as an antagonist and anti-hero. Kol is also the main protagonist of the short web series The Originals: The Awakening.
Kol is the third son of Mikael and Esther, and their youngest living son after Henrik's death. He is the younger brother of Freya Mikaelson, Finn Mikaelson, Elijah Mikaelson and older brother of Rebekah Mikaelson and Henrik Mikaelson. Kol is the younger half-brother of Niklaus Mikaelson and the uncle of Hope Mikaelson and an unnamed nephew.
Throughout his life, Kol struggled emotionally with his status as the black sheep of the family, and the belief that his siblings considered him to be more of a nuisance than their own brother. He was shown to be rather spiteful and jealous over Marcel Gerard, whom he perceived was treated more like family than he ever was. As a result of this insecurity, Kol often lashed out violently which earned him a dangerous reputation and on occasion, the ire of his siblings. In reality, his bad behavior is revealed to be simple cries for attention.
During the fourth season of The Vampire Diaries, Kol feared the return of Silas and was adamant about stopping him. He antagonized the Mystic Falls Gang and at one point Elena Gilbert proposed a truce between them. However, the truce was really a setup to kill Kol and it ultimately led to his demise at the hands of Jeremy Gilbert in A View to a Kill. In the fifth season, Kol was seen on the Other Side as it was slowly collapsing due to Markos' emergence. He encountered Matt Donovan and expressed fear for himself and the other supernatural beings on the Other Side. Kol told Matt to warn everybody who was alive.
Kol escaped the destruction of The Other Side as seen in the second season of The Originals. His mother, Esther managed to resurrect him and place him into the body of a young witch named Kaleb Westphall. He temporarily aided his mother and his recently resurrected brother, Finn, but quickly followed his own agenda. He ended up pursuing a relationship with the young witch Davina Claire, and joined his brothers Klaus and Elijah, where he ultimately helped them defeat Esther and their father Mikael, once and for all. However, in retaliation for assisting his brothers in stopping their mother by turning her into a vampire, Finn hexed Kol with a deadly spell in Sanctuary. He consequently died for the second time in I Love You, Goodbye, surrounded by his family and girlfriend. Moments before Kol's death, Rebekah promised to bring Kol back.
While looking for ways to bring back Kol in Wild at Heart, Davina casted a suspension spell and poisoned herself in order to access the Ancestral Plane to see Kol and confirm if a spell The Strix gave her could actually resurrect him. Although the spell is an effective one, Kol tried to lie and say it wasn't because he was worried about the consequences of using it. As Davina is discovered and flees from the Ancestors' realm, she realizes Kol's attempt at deception for her protection. Kol holds the Ancestors off long enough for his girlfriend to escape.
In Heart Shaped Box, Davina uses a Hand of Glory to bring Kol forth from the Ancestral Plane in order to figure out the missing ingredient for the Sireline Unlinking Spell. He attempts to lie to her by saying that the spell is impossible to break, but she uses her intuition and logic to figure out that the missing ingredient is an unsired heart which Kol devastatingly confirms. After Kol draws magic from the Hand of Glory to knock her out in order to effectively put down the rest of the Sisters that were attempting to extract Hayley's heart, Davina wakes up a few hours later. She looks at the Hand of Glory and becomes upset that they have wasted so much time. She tearfully tells him that she loves him and shares a goodbye kiss with him before the candle blows out and Kol is sent back to the Ancestral Plane.
In A Streetcar Named Desire, Kol is successfully resurrected in his true form as an Original Vampire by Davina. In An Old Friend Calls, Kol tells Davina her spell brought him back how he was when he died in the body she resurrected, his true body, which was an Original Vampire. After she made him a daylight ring, Kol is reunited with all of his siblings and received a warm welcome from all his siblings except for his murderous brother Finn and Rebekah who was daggered for her own safety after being afflicted by the Cursed Stake.
In Behind the Black Horizon, it was revealed by Davina that the Ancestors had corrupted the spell that brought him back to life, causing him to want to rip out Davina's throat, making him slowly become more feral and to give in to his heightened bloodlust until he does. The more he resists killing Davina, the more Kol becomes savage and thirsty for blood to the point he was a mindless animal looking only to feed, beyond thought or reason. It was only after he killed Davina that a horrified Kol was released from the curse, and he was devastated for having unknowingly killed the love of his life.
In The Bloody Crown, after Marcel completed his transition into an Upgraded Original Vampire, he used his toxic werewolf bite on both Kol and Elijah as revenge for Davina's death from Elijah's betrayal, and for Kol having unwillingly killed Davina due to the Ancestors. A poisoned Freya saves Kol, Elijah, Rebekah, and herself by using the spell Dahlia cast to survive a thousand years, to put them all in a slumber in stasis to prevent the poisons from killing them until Hayley can find cures for them. They are linked to a neutralized Klaus' lifeforce, while their minds are in a Chambre de Chasse, to be with each other in peace until they awake.
In the fourth season, he is cured from the bite and heads to France with Rebekah. They return back to New Orleans after Elijah's temporary death and he finds that The Hollow has brought Davina back to life. When The Hollow possesses Hope, he and his siblings use themselves to separate the Hollow's spirit and he leaves for San Francisco. Seven years later, it is also revealed that he and Davina are now married.
Mystic Falls, The Middle Ages, 10th Century
During the Middle Ages, Kol was born in a small village, now known as Mystic Falls. He lived with his family as a human, up until his younger brother, Henrik, was killed by werewolves. It was because of this tragedy that his mother, Esther (who is the Original Witch), and his father, Mikael, decided to take action to protect the rest of their family. Esther performed the Immortality Spell at Mikael's request. She then gave her children wine laced with Tatia's blood and then had Mikael kill their children. Later, Mikael forced them to feed on human blood, thus turning them into the Original Vampires. After the death of Esther, the various members of the Original Family all went different ways and it can be assumed that Kol made his way to Europe around this time.
Before becoming a vampire, Kol practiced magic as a witch and was, according to him, very talented. He even described himself as something of a child prodigy. Kol was also the only one of his siblings to tap into his power and awaken his magic, and so, loved the rush and thrill it gave him. However, when he was turned into a vampire he lost his power and these thrills and was no doubt dismayed. In order to get a similar thrill to what magic once gave him, Kol, as a vampire, became a violent, formidable and feral force.
When Klaus told his siblings that Mikael had murdered their mother, they all ran from home together, fleeing in fear from their father.
Throughout this time, Kol was in eastern Europe, presumably making the Originals famous with his actions along with Klaus; killing and turning people indiscriminately. Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah had heard rumors of his actions from their own travels, as mentioned by Elijah. Kol would later join his family in Italy where he went to a party held at a vampire hunter named Alexander's home. He was later daggered in a surprise attack but revived by his brother Klaus (who was unaffected by the daggers thanks to his hybrid powers).
Kol spent much time traveling on his own, often with witches, hoping to reclaim a connection to the magic that he had lost when he became a vampire. He spent time with witches in Africa in the 14th century, Haiti in the 17th century. During his time in Africa, Kol learned about medicinal herbs and remedies from a shaman in Uganda. All the witches he traveled with told apocalyptic tales about the immortal Silas, and how he would bring about the end of time. In his travels, Kol came across a cult that worshiped Silas. Fearing that the stories he had been told might be true, Kol murdered the entire cult, prompting him to believe Silas would never rise. While in Arabia, Kol learned the practice of Kemiya, and became an expert in its craft, despite not being able to personally use it as a vampire.
In 1702, Kol's violence in Spain drew too much attention. This brought his father, Mikael, straight to the family, burning the country in his wake. While the flames drew closer and Mikael beheaded Klaus' horse, Elijah and Klaus searched for Kol while Rebekah brought the daggered Finn onboard a ship to flee from Europe. They found Kol in a tavern where he drank and feasted on humans carelessly. Despite their warnings of Mikael's impending arrival, Kol refused to flee, believing Mikael was only after Klaus and that they could just leave him and he'd be fine. When Klaus and Elijah insisted, Kol attempted to resist them but was subdued by Elijah, as Klaus pulled out a White Oak Ash Dagger. Kol struggled, panicked by the betrayal, and promised Klaus that a day would come when he would not be so easily subdued. He was then daggered and neutralized. Kol remained daggered when the family fled Europe and traveled to the New World. It was shown that Kol was actually neutralized at the time of the Original's arrival in New Orleans. The coffin that held his daggered body was brought to shore and kept in the Original's home until the 1800s.
In 1821, after Elijah seemed to be taking Klaus' own young ward, Marcellus Gerard, under his wing, Klaus felt he needed someone to have fun with. He undaggered Kol against Elijah's wishes. Elijah rushed to Kol's coffin to find him awakened and already feeding without discretion on humans that Klaus had offered to him as an apology for daggering him. Kol and Klaus began causing trouble together, killing what was reported to be forty-six people in a building. Kol mused that the body count was probably at least sixty, saying that the reports had probably forgotten the victims in the attic. Later, Kol showed Marcellus the theater by compelling a large number of people to perform Hamlet. By using compulsion, Kol ensured that all of the murders within the story were actually enacted, resulting in the real deaths of the actors. Kol forced Marcellus to watch it until Elijah showed up to stop him.
Kol revealed that he was just training Marcellus on how to be a vampire since he knew that Klaus eventually wanted Marcellus to transition. Kol revealed that he had already fed the boy his blood, and so he told Elijah that all he had to do was kill him. Furious, Elijah grabbed Kol and condemned him for his vile and sadistic imagination. Klaus intervened, telling Elijah to let Kol go. When Kol thanked Klaus, his half-brother daggered him yet again. Elijah stood over Kol's coffin, tidying up his body while apologizing for his daggering. He said that it was for Klaus' own benefit since Klaus needed Marcellus and it would be impossible for that relationship to blossom with Kol around, due to Kol's tendency to lash out and his "bad influence" over Klaus.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In Resident Evil, after Matt was temporarily killed by a Traveler, he went to the Other Side and discovered that other beings besides witches could see each other. Kol's ghost suddenly appeared, telling Matt that the Other Side had gone topsy turvy and that's why none of the residents were in complete solitude anymore. Kol noticed Matt was wearing the Gilbert Ring, knowing that it would allow him to be on the Other Side temporarily but would bring him back. Matt, happy to hear he could see other people on the Other Side, wanted to find his sister, Vicki Donovan, but Kol had never heard of her. Matt's mention of his sister caused Kol to look sad for a brief moment, possibly thinking of his own siblings. After Vicki got dragged away from the Other Side, Kol found a grieving Matt, telling him to stop grieving for someone who was already dead. Matt asked where she went but Kol didn't know and hoped he never would. He told Matt that the Other Side's depletion would take all of them if Matt didn't do something. He begged Matt to go back to his body and then tell everyone about what was happening on the Other Side because it would take every being that still resided there. This was the second time that Kol showed fear at something more powerful than he. When the Other Side collapsed, Kol was not seen.
Throughout The Originals Series
The first flashback scene consisted of their arrival in New Orleans in the 18th Century. Niklaus, Elijah and Rebekah lured a ship's crew onto their own, and while there, the crew discovered two coffins. It was then revealed that Kol was actually neutralized. After killing most of the crew, Elijah compelled the last crew member to ship their "luggage" to shore.
In Long Way Back From Hell, in flashbacks to the year 1919. Rebekah is surprised when her witch friend Genevieve tells her that she likes Klaus, saying that she had not expected Genevieve to want a 'bad boy.' She then says to Genevieve that if she likes bad boys, she would love her brother Kol. Rebekah then begins to tell her that Kol is not with them anymore after a family feud, possibly a reference to Kol's daggering early that century. Rebekah tells her that there is someone she wants to contact, who she has not seen in a long time. The nature of the conversation leads Genevieve to think that Rebekah wants her to contact Kol, but Rebekah tells her she thought of contacting her father Mikael.
In Farewell to Storyville, Kol was seen in a flashback where he and his siblings played, running and jumping on Finn, showing that they were happy. Klaus later mentions that he was the only one who was a victim of Mikael's abuse, while Finn, Elijah, and Kol were not. Klaus also mentions that he loved all of his siblings, even Kol who he was at odds with sometimes over the centuries.
In Where You Left Your Heart, Kol and Hope spoke to each other on the phone, and she confided some of the struggles she was having to him. When he learned she was grounded, he scoffed at the idea, saying that no one could ground a witch. To comfort his niece, he told her not to worry too much since the best people were black sheep, referring to himself. Hope asked if Kol had been in contact with her father but Kol told her thankfully he and Klaus hadn't seen each other since it would only strengthen their contained portions of the Hollow if they had. He reassured her that some crisis would come to New Orleans and bring Klaus and the family back together at some point.
In The Kindness of Strangers, Kol was pulled into a Chambre de Chasse while he was naked, and waiting for Davina to come home, and was reunited with his siblings inside of the astral recreation of the Mikaelson compound. Annoyed at once again being forced out of contentment and into their family drama, Kol questioned if Klaus had pissed off any witches lately. Freya determined that Vincent Griffith must be responsible, and would most likely be shipping the Mikaelsons' bodies to the far corners of the world while their minds remained in the astral world.
A door appeared, and Kol determined that it was representational magic that could only be unlocked by keys that were connected to each of them. Kol decided to look for his with the amnesiac Elijah, to keep him separated from Klaus. As they searched, Kol showed Elijah a trunk Elijah kept of his personal possessions, hoping it could help Elijah remember his lost memories. Elijah questioned why Kol had never visited him at his bar in France, while Klaus and Rebekah had. Kol told him that they had never had much in common besides their looks, and then went on to inform him that Elijah's role in Davina's death may have played a part. Elijah asked if he had ever apologized for that and Kol said that he had, in his own way, and all that mattered now was that Davina was back.
After finding his key, Kol realized that there was a room in the Chambre De Chasse that hadn't existed in the real world for a century, so Hope couldn't know about it and have recreated it, meaning she wasn't working alone. Kol confronted Freya, reminding her that he had shown her that room at the Christmas party in 1914. Freya revealed she helped Hope distract the siblings so Hope could remove the Hollow's dark magic from them, and finally allow the family to be reunited. Hope's plan worked, as the Mikaelson siblings felt the dark magic being drawn from them, causing them an incredible amount of pain, but successfully removing the remnants of the Hollow from them, and transferring it to Hope.
When they all found their keys and opened the door to escape, they found themselves in Elijah's psyche, a hallway of doors, and each had a door to leave. Kol was quick to open his door and get back to reality and his wife. He emerged in the physical world inside the church, his siblings' unconscious bodies surrounding him. When his siblings all came through their own doors, Elijah had regained his memories and Kol watched somberly, barely holding back tears, as his brother took in all of the pain and anguish that plagued him, including the recent death of Hayley Marshall-Kenner.
In Til the Day I Die, Kol answered a knock on his door to find Klaus. Surprised by his brother's visit, Klaus revealed that he was actually looking for Davina, who he believed could help Hope, whose condition had grown worse since transferring the Hollow's dark magic to herself. Davina tried to help their niece, by concocting a spell that Kol didn't recognize, despite his vast magical knowledge. She explained it was a transcription spell, along with Esther's grimoire to hopefully find an antidote for Hope. Kol, impressed as ever by her, asked her to remind him never to piss her off. However, the spell failed, destroying their plan to help Hope.
As Freya and Keelin's wedding approached, Kol agreed to conduct the ceremony. He explained that he had been ordained by a monk in the 13th century as well as on the internet hours before the wedding just to be safe. He spoke during the ceremony about how happy he was for his sister, and how Mikaelson events sometimes meant dinner and sometimes meant daggers, and he was happy this would be a more peaceful occasion. He proclaimed Freya and Keelin as married and celebrated with his family afterward, dancing with Davina.
In When The Saints Go Marching In, Kol came to his family's aid after Klaus transferred the dark magic killing Hope into himself. However, Kol was annoyed by Klaus' unilateral decision, seeing it as just more of Klaus's melodrama. Rebekah argued that their brother's death was not melodrama but Kol was unconvinced, reminding them of how many times Klaus had avoided his end. Kol joked that Klaus was a cockroach that would outlive them all, even though they were immortal. Kol, not thinking Klaus would care if he was there to see his death, left to go back home. As he drove away from New Orleans, he was stopped by Rebekah standing in the middle of the road. They got into an argument, with Rebekah claiming Kol was running like a rodent when his family needed him. Kol countered that she was unable to accept happiness and moving on, too caught up in the toxicity of their family. He reminded her that Klaus had daggered them countless times and maybe they should be celebrating if he was really going to be gone. Despite Rebekah's protests, Kol told her that he never bought into "always and forever" and she furiously stormed away, ashamed of how her brother was acting.
However, as Klaus prepared to end his life with a white oak stake to destroy the dark magic inside him, the Mikaelsons planned a final meal together to celebrate Klaus's life. Kol had a change of heart and returned for Klaus's last supper, much to his siblings' surprise. Kol said he didn't want to dishonor Klaus's sacrifice, despite Klaus always having been an ass. Klaus appeared behind him and embraced him, telling Kol that he always secretly adored his youngest brother. Kol enjoyed the dinner with his family and then Klaus told them all how honored he was to have had them all, despite how he had tormented them in the past. Klaus left to die on his own terms, and once he was gone, Elijah told Kol and the others that he planned to die alongside Klaus, having fulfilled his life's ambition of Klaus's redemption. Kol hugged Elijah, stunned and saddened to be losing both of his older brothers. Elijah told Kol that if he didn't keep an eye on Hope, he would come back to haunt him.
Next to nothing is known of Kol's personality when he was a human for the first time, before Esther turned her children into vampires. However, it was shown that he was close to his family, and this is reaffirmed by Kol's sadness at the disintegrating relationships between his siblings over a thousand years later. Kol loved being a witch, being something of a prodigy with magic, and out of his siblings was one of the only ones to actually tap into his power aside from his oldest sister Freya. He specifically loved the power that magic gave him and hated having to lose it when he was turned into a vampire. According to Rebekah, even as a child, Kol would not continue to lie once he has been caught on the act.
Kol is menacing, unpredictable, dangerous, wicked, cheeky, somewhat unreasonable and cocky to a fault. He can quickly go from being a respectful gentleman to direct and aggressive. When Kol is presented to Carol Lockwood, he greets her with dignity and charm, but when Damon Salvatore is introduced to Kol, he speaks to him very condescendingly. Kol patronizes his siblings often, challenging them with snark and contempt, especially Rebekah and Klaus, demonstrating his clear irreverence. He enjoys breaking the rules, and is naturally very defiant; Finn even aptly describes him as being the wildest one in the family. Kol is also not short on ego, a fact Klaus has remarked on and considers himself to be "handsome". Additionally, Kol comes across as a playboy and hedonist, seemingly taking great pleasure in his vampire nature. One of Kol's defining characteristics is his vindictiveness. Much like Klaus, Kol does not hesitate to get retribution on those who have caused him harm; plotting for decades against both Klaus and Rebekah for sleights that caused him pain. Kol does not forgive easily, though may pretend to further his goals of vengeance.
As a vampire, Kol finds child-like enjoyment in his acts of violence, sometimes comparing them to games like hide-and-seek and believing that there is always time for games when he is told to take a situation seriously. A sadistic facet to Kol's character has also been shown such as when he compelled an acting troupe to murder each other while performing Hamlet just for his own entertainment. This example also illustrates his dark sense of humor, resulting in Elijah to opine that his brother has a "vile imagination". Later, in 1914, Kol callously slaughtered half a church parish, including a young altar boy, just to kill one woman whose house he needed to be able to enter. Kol had no regrets about the massacre, happily going to a family dinner soon after.
However, part of Kol missed being a witch. He missed the power that magic had given him and to make up for it, he turned to violence and mayhem, embracing his vampire nature. Kol's longing for his magic drove him to spend a lot of time over the centuries with witches, teaching them his extensive knowledge of spells and magic. Having his witch colleagues use a distinct form of magic, they were able to create curse objects, allowing him to, in a way, wield magic while being a vampire. It was later revealed that Kol hated being a vampire due to the blood lust and heightened emotions, and preferred being a witch because he finally got to be himself.
Despite his flaws, he is shown to truly care for his family. However, due to not being included in the "always and forever" pact made by Klaus, Rebekah, and Elijah, Kol has always felt excluded and isolated from his siblings. His extremely violent and aggressive antics are a result of wanting attention from them. Once Marcel joined the family, Kol's jealousy and bitterness grew worse since Marcel seemed to take his spot in the family. When threatened by Rebekah, he was even shown to be ashamed of what his family had become, and was saddened that Elijah was so disgusted by their fighting. He also was upset by how quickly Rebekah seemed to move on from his death when he returned from the Other Side. He has also stated his appreciation of witches, holding them in high esteem. He seems closest to Rebekah and Klaus, though he has stated he views some of Klaus' actions as "horrors". He along with the rest of his siblings (excluding Finn) seemed to look up to Elijah, seeing him as the noble one. However, Kol's violent, reckless, and impulsive nature often clashed with his family, despite really caring for them beneath his vain personality.
Like Klaus, Kol has a sense of honor as he will not go back on his word, however, like his half-brother, he will always look for loopholes in the deals he makes. Despite being intelligent and calculating, he is known to draw unwanted attention to himself.
Kol is shown to be genuinely intimidated and fearful of Silas. This stems from stories he used to be told when he was young about Silas and believes fully that Silas can't be stopped if he's unleashed. He would do anything to ensure that Silas would not come back, including disobeying Klaus' order to leave Jeremy Gilbert alone and even threatening his sister with the White Oak Stake. This seemingly irrational behavior over a legend made his siblings think his fear of Silas had driven him to paranoia and insanity. During a conversation with Elena, Kol further elaborated on his feelings about Silas. He said that he had faith in the immortal's existence unlike the rest of the world, which had lost faith in such things, now not knowing who they should fear.
Essentially nothing has changed the personality of the Original Vampire Kol, however, his idea on the Other Side has changed dramatically, as after having been there for a long time, at the "hell", as he calls it, Kol becomes eager to drop the veil and to bring back himself, and consequently all other dead supernatural beings, back to life. He also explained his joy of being able to connect with someone again, since, on the Other Side, it was complete isolation. In that isolation, though, he had thought of countless ways to make Elena suffer for her part in his death, apparently having manifested as a ghost towards her so he could recount his various ways for revenge. Although he hated the Other Side, he seemed to value his survival because he feared to disappear into the darkness as Vicki Donovan had. Luckily, his spirit was brought back by Esther before the collapse of the Other Side, and placed into the body of a witch.
Kol returned to being a ghost after the death of his spirit's vessel, Kaleb Westphall, and his personality was slightly changed from his experience as a witch again, most notably that he had since grown feelings for Davina Claire. Due to Kol being in the body of a consecrated witch when he died, his spirit was able to stay in the Ancestral Plane of New Orleans witches. On The Ancestral Plane, unlike his mother who was revered by the Ancestors, he wasn't, which lead to him being tormented by them as he had no power to literally protect himself. He was noticeably selfless with his interactions with Davina who saw him twice as a corporeal spirit not wanting her to be under The Strix influence and offering himself up as bait so she would have time to escape The Ancestors. His concern for Davina was such that he didn't want to be resurrected if the means to do it hurt her in any way. Eventually, Davina managed to revive him back into his original body as a vampire.
Kol became a witch when he was brought back from the other side to possess Kaleb. His personality seems to be quite similar to how he acted previously, though less directly hostile, a combination of being not as invincible and powerful, as well as no longer having that part of him heightened by vampirism. He remains cheeky and even a little bit self-absorbed - as when he mocked Davina's music taste before crediting himself with being able to help her improve it. He also showed previously known traits when he says that he loves his new body, demonstrating his vanity while sucking up to his mother at the same time. However, Kol quickly showed disdain for no longer being indestructible, hating that he could get hurt and that his wounds wouldn't heal quickly, saying that it had been a thousand years since he had received a scar. He also continued to demonstrate a love for culture that was only previously hinted at, hanging out at the record store and once again mentioning his love for modern music. Kol's previous interest in magic was even more prominent, now that he could practice it personally again as a witch. Due to being more vulnerable and in a weaker witch body, Kol had to rely on cunning deception to win his battles.
Having been revived in his original body by Davina, Kol was once again an Original Vampire, though he had changed as a person from the experience of his two deaths and his time possessing a witch. No longer wanting to relish in his violent nature as a vampire, Kol recognized how he had been perceived the first time he was a vampire and wished to change that, wanting to better himself from the chaotic and violent Original Vampire to someone Davina could still love. Kol believed that he would be able to better control himself from his bloodlust due to now having Davina this time; taking measures to improve himself by no longer feeding on fresh blood. Despite his hopes and attempts, Kol's bloodlust remained powerful and intoxicating and Kol soon fell back into feeding on humans, though this time, seemed visibly guilty for his actions.
With the return of his brother and murderer, Finn, Kol's rage became almost impossible to control. Elijah and Davina both came to realize that Kol was physically incapable of controlling himself. Kol could easily snap into fits of anger that frightened even himself. It was soon after revealed that magic was causing his heightened aggression, caused by The Ancestors, who sabotaged his revival as a way to get back at Davina, which they eventually succeeded in. The magical influence the Ancestors had over Kol ended when he was made to kill Davina, his unnaturally heightened aggression turning to remorse for the actions he was forced to commit against his lover.
After Davina's death and the role he was forced to play in it, Kol fell back to some of his more hostile tendencies. He murdered Van despite being told that Davina wouldn't have wanted him to. Pained by the memories of the time he had spent with Davina, he grew a severe disdain for New Orleans, only returning to save Klaus but anxious to leave the entire time. Kol had no qualms of draining and killing numerous humans to bring himself to full strength. When fighting a vampire in front of Davina's grave, an enraged Kol brutally punched the vampire repeatedly even after he was unconscious, only stopping after Rebekah convinced him to.
- Main article: Kol Mikaelson/Appearance
Kol is marked by his brown hair and dark brown eyes. Despite being over a 1000-years old, he appears to be in his late teens, somewhere about 17-18. He is approximately 6'1" in height, very handsome and with a lean and athletic build. As shown while preparing for the Ball, Kol is very proud of his appearance, bordering on arrogance.
When he was first undaggered from his coffin, he was dressed in what he was wearing in the early twentieth century; a collared shirt with a vest, and dress pants. Kol shares a similar fashion sense to the rest of his family, dressing in a very high-class manner, but with a casual edge similar to his brother Klaus's attire, that is more prominent in modern times. Kol tends to dress in darker colors, wearing casual-button down shirts, both short and long-sleeved. He also wears henleys and occasionally t-shirts. He also wears stylish jackets most of the time, wearing coats and simple jackets. The colors Kol wears range from gray to navy blue to black to brown. As a ghost, whether it was on The Other Side, within the Expression Triangle, or in the Ancestral Plane, he was stuck wearing the same clothing he had died in.
Kol's hair had also been subject to change, and he has had many styles over the centuries. In 1702, like his brother's, he had long hair but had pulled it back rather than letting it out. His hair was slicked up when he first woke up in the 21st century, but he eventually lessened the gel as he adjusted to modern times, letting his bangs fall over his face. While a ghost, his hair took on a more general style that he seems to favor, like the one in Season 3, with a hint of stubble appearing on his face in Season 5.
After returning from The Other Side, he possesses the body of a witch named Kaleb, taking his physical traits as his own. Even in a new body, Kol retained his fashion sense. Kol comments on loving his new body, his arrogance coming out once again when it becomes clear that he appreciates the physical attractiveness but not so much the vulnerability. Kol stated that his mother picked a body that would allow him to easily follow Davina, believing she would find it attractive.
Powers and Abilities
Kol possesses all the standard powers and abilities of an Original Vampire. As an Original Vampire, Kol is stronger and faster than any non-original vampires, he is one of the most powerful supernatural beings in the TVD/TO universe, with the exception that Klaus is stronger and faster due to his werewolf side. However his powers had never been seen to be used against his family until recently, before then only Elijah had been seen fighting with Klaus almost evenly and Rebekah has been easily subdued and she fears Klaus, Kol doesn't fear Klaus and is not afraid to get in a confrontation with him, as shown many times, it may be possible that he too can fight almost evenly with Klaus as Elijah does, he just hasn't shown it yet. He was also able to kill twelve vampires single-handedly and without getting injured, although the vampires he killed were newborn and didn't know how to use their powers effectively. Like his brothers, he was trained from a young age by his father Mikael who taught him how to fight with swords and bows, and how to protect himself. Although rarely seen, Kol was seen to be able to match the speed and strength of fellow Original Vampire Finn Mikaelson in an almost even fight over Davina Claire, he displayed greater fighting skills than his brother which would be logical considering that Finn spent most of his life "daggered" in a coffin while Kol experienced the world alongside his other siblings. Kol has recently shown that he is capable of fighting almost evenly with Klaus, being able to trade punches, grapple, and counter fairly well, however, unlike his brother Elijah, Kol was unable to reach a stalemate as Klaus showed greater skill as well as strength and ultimately defeated Kol and held him at dagger point.
Since Rebirth, Kol has lost all his Original Vampire powers and abilities, due to taking over the body of Kaleb and taking all of Kaleb's witchcraft powers abilities as his own. Esther intentionally put Kol into a weaker witch's body to keep him under control and not allow him to utilize all of his magical knowledge. It is yet unknown how powerful Kol was as a witch in his own body, but it was said he was considered a "child prodigy".
Kol has been shown to know how to use and control Kaleb's magic, although it is possible that this is influenced by Kol's amassed knowledge of magic. He is first shown to use his powers to prank people in Alive and Kicking, telekinetically making a table of apples fall and using aerokinesis powers to blow a woman's dress up.
It is unknown how powerful Kol is as a witch, having only been shown to use magic while possessing Kaleb and only having the extent of Kaleb's abilities at his disposal though he says he was quite gifted with magic in his true body before becoming a vampire. While in Kaleb's body he was able to perform spells but was shown to be far weaker than Finn while he inhabited Vincent Griffith. Kol tended to try and channel power through others such as Davina Claire and the paragon diamond. While channeling the power from the paragon diamond, his power was briefly amplified enough to be able to keep Klaus at bay for a few moments, though causing a great deal of stress to Kaleb's body.
Kol is also the mastermind behind the creation of almost all known Dark Objects from the The Originals Universe, such as the Rosary of Madness, the Bracelet of Obedience and the Devil's Star, Mary-Alice Claire being his apprentice along with her close friend Astrid. He has revealed to Davina that he has the ability to create a dark objective dagger that can neutralize Klaus like the silver ones do the other original vampires. Klaus has since enlisted his help to fight in the coming battle against Esther in order to save Rebekah and Camille from the Body Jumping Spell.
Kol has the typical weaknesses of an Original Vampire.
Klaus is Kol's maternal older half-brother. Kol and Klaus both have a short temper. It is known that Klaus daggered Kol over a century ago. Kol and Klaus seem to argue every time they talk to each other, Kol even joked to Klaus about his dagger threats showing he was not over being daggered for a century. Even though he had been daggered for a century, he quickly got with times as he was seeing playing a video game perfectly. Klaus and Kol both like to drink together and have a brotherly bond. Klaus cares deeply for Kol as he was rushing to his body when the Mystic Falls gang daggered Kol. Kol seems to ruin many of Klaus plans like finding the cure for vampirism, by killing Shane and the newly turned vampires. In Every Mother's Son Finn reveals to his brothers that Kol is alive, and Klaus expresses disbelief that Kol would have gone along with Esther, stating that the only thing Kol listens to is his ego, but Finn confirmed Kol's supposed loyalty, saying that their mother's proposition had brought even the wildest of Mikaelsons onto her side. Kol later switches loyalties over to Klaus and Elijah. Klaus and Kol have been seen getting along at time since then and fighting at others. They seem to banter often and in good fun. Klaus was furious with Kol for hiding where he hid Rebekah and threw him to hungry vampires in his anger. But Klaus forgave him when Kol was cursed by Finn. After all, everything Kol has ever wanted was his family to care about him. When Kol died from the curse, Klaus was there on his side, together with Rebekah and Elijah. Before Kol died he wanted Davina to leave him alone, but his three siblings came and Klaus said that Kol can´t just flee from "Always and Forever" He died in their arms, as a part of the family. Klaus and Kol were reunited in an An Old Friend Calls; with Klaus giving Kol a hug upon seeing his younger brother after his death a year before. Kol helps Klaus disappear from his sired enemies.
- "Kol, listen to me. You don't have long. You're going to die. But you will die a witch, and we will consecrate your body. You will join the Ancestors of the French Quarter and those spirits can be brought back. And I promise you, brother, I will not leave this body until I find a way to bring you home."
- —Rebekah to Kol.
Rebekah is Kol's younger sister, his partner in crime, and the only younger sibling after Henrik's death. They are the younger Mikaelson siblings and love doing evil together. Kol is the only member of the family who has, even though on personal differences, takes the side of Rebekah, as he has protected her from Klaus. Also, Kol dislikes her lovers. The same way seems of all the Mikaelson Siblings Rebekah knows Kol pretty well, she knows about his favorite holidays, and can usually tell when he's lying or telling the truth. When they are together on screen, Kol is her partner in crime and helped her whenever she needed him. Which she seemed to have taken advantage of, as she tends to use him a lot, getting upset if he doesn't do things the way she wants. She has rarely been seen interacting with him unless she got something out of it. He helped her gain information from Shane about the cure until he found out that it involved Silas. Kol refused to have a part in it and wanted everyone to stop looking for the cure. Then Rebekah tried to dagger Kol and threaten him, they both looked terribly upset, but obviously, her attempt angered Kol and he almost killed her, but Klaus saved her. Later on, he is killed by Jeremy and Elena. Rebekah mourns the loss of her brother briefly but still wants to find the cure. When Kol returns from The Other Side, he is not happy to see her as she did not get revenge for his death, which strains their relationship. When Kol possessed the body of Kaleb, and he finally saw Rebekah, they were really happy to see each other, even if it were on different sides. Rebekah said his name and told that she knew that smirk anywhere. Rebekah and Kol seem really close because no matter what they still love each other. Kol truly cares about her and protect her. After Rebekah escaped the Witch Mansion she forgave Kol, but Kol did not feel guilty, because he taught his younger sister a lesson for her betrayal. Rebekah confessed that she likes Kol's soft side and then he promised her that he will get her back to her body even if it's the last thing he would do, and Rebekah said that she is not going to let him die, whatever it takes. She wanted to help him, but there was nothing she could do. She promised Kol that she would not leave the witch body until she brought him back from the New Orleans Ancestors. He died in her arms. Later, when Rebekah became possible to go back to her body, she refused because she has vowed to return Kol to life and she intends to keep the promise to bring back her brother. In spite of everything, as well as her promise, Rebekah returned to her original body and helped Elijah replace Kol's ashes, thus leaving him dead. Rebekah however, said she doesn't want to do this, and she wants to get Kol back to her, and after Freya healed the body of Eva, Rebekah returned to it and went from New Orleans to find a way to bring him back. She eventually found the proper spell, but her siblings told her to return to New Orleans due to danger and said Kol would have to wait. She was the only one who put Kol first and went to find the spell, but was incapacitated by Aya with a cursed stake and wasn't able to resurrect him. When Elijah pulled it out, they realized that she was cursed. To stop her condition from getting worse and fulfill the family part of the prophecy, she asked him to dagger her. Later on, Davina succeeded in bringing back Kol and when he went to his family he asked about her whereabouts, and Freya told him that Rebekah kept her promise and fought for him. They're currently traveling together until they are forced to separate due to housing pieces of the Hollow's soul in their bodies.
- "You haven't aged a day."
- —Elijah to Kol
Elijah is Kol's older brother. Elijah and Kol's relationship has not been greatly explored, but Elijah was upset that Kol had been left in a coffin for over a century because of Klaus. He undaggered Kol in Bringing Out The Dead against Klaus' wishes, reuniting all of his siblings. Elijah and Kol did not have much interaction in the present day, but Kol later expressed his sadness that Elijah would not show his face, citing his bickering with Klaus and Rebekah as the reason. It is unknown what Elijah's reaction to Kol's death was when he found out, but he refused to allow Klaus to aid Silas in dropping the veil, even knowing that it would bring back both Kol and Finn. In Season 2 of The Originals, it was revealed that Elijah had helped Klaus dagger Kol all known times; once in Spain in 1702 when Kol drew the attention of Mikael with his antics and refused to flee with his siblings, again in 1821, when Kol grew too wild and threatened both Klaus' relationship with Marcel, and Marcel's human life. And finally in 1914 when Kol tried to build a dagger that would work on Klaus. Elijah became aware that Kol was alive in Every Mother's Son when informed by Finn, but he didn't first really interact with Kol until much later. Despite expressing discontent with some of Kol's actions, and being perfectly willing to torture him at times, Elijah rushed to his side along with Klaus and Rebekah when he found out that their brother was dying. Elijah remained by his side until Kol has succumbed to the hex. Elijah and Kol were reunited more than a year later in An Old Friend Calls. Glad to see each other and making fun together as they work to help their brother.
- "I love you, Kol Mikaelson."
- —Davina to Kol
Davina Claire was Kol's close friend, partner in crime and girlfriend. They first met in Rebirth and the pair grew close. Originally Davina was completely ignorant of Kaleb's real identity, but she eventually discovers the truth in Red Door, and despite being rightfully furious, the pair establish an alliance founded on the mutual goal of Niklaus' destruction. From there, Kol and Davina worked together attempting to fashion a dagger that would work on Klaus and during this time, their relationship, having been fed by Kol's tendency to flirt, their mutual love of magic and palpable chemistry, blossomed. Their relationship strengthened through the season and the pair shared their first kiss in the mid-series finale. While on a quest to rescue Josh and Marcel, Kol was hexed by his brother Finn, and after successfully creating a dagger to work on Klaus, which he gave to Davina for her own protection against Klaus, his condition quickly worsens. Despite Rebekah and Davina's attempts to save Kol, he dies with his family, Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah, and his girlfriend Davina by his side, leaving them all devastated, especially Davina. Since his death, Davina has been working restlessly to try and bring him back to life. In Night Has A Thousand Eyes, she makes a deal with Klaus, exchanging her help with Mikael and Klaus to kill Dahlia for the ashes of Kol's original body, so that she'll be able to use them to bring him back. When his siblings hijack the spell to bring back their mother Esther, as they needed her to kill Dahlia, Kol remained dead. After many failed attempts, Davina was finally able to bring Kol back to life in A Streetcar Named Desire, after the spell Davina used to unlink Klaus from his sireline created a Nexus Vorti, which she could channel for power such as when she resurrected Mikael when Hope's birth created one, and the two of them were thrilled to be reunited. They consummated their relationship in An Old Friend Calls. Davina tragically dies, leaving Kol devastated. However, the Hollow resurrects Davina to try and use her as leverage against Kol. After defeating the Hollow, Davina and Kol move away from New Orleans and Kol intended to propose to her. As of the season five premiere of The Originals, Kol and Davina are spouses.
- Kol is pronounced as "Cole ", old English word meaning "charcoal". It is an old Norse name, meaning 'Dark'. In Ancient Norse: ᚲᛟᛚ ᛗᛁᚲᚨᛖᛚᛋᛟᚾ.
- Mikaelson is Scandinavian and means "Son of Mikael".
- Kol has some similarities to Klaus from the novels:
- Both have mood changes from cheerful and amused to absolutely enraged in seconds and they are very unpredictable. Despite their seemingly erratic and scattered personalities, they seem to be patient and methodical killers capable of elaborate plans.
- Both have attacked members of the Bennett and Donovan families: Klaus attacked Vickie Bennett (in the book), Kol attacked Matt Donovan and Bonnie Bennett.
- He is the first character to have webisodes done to give more backstory on him.
- Out of all the Originals, Kol was considered the most unpredictable, the most unstable and also the wildest.
- Kol also suffers the most from bloodlust of all the Originals, and has numerous times brought Mikael to where his family was hiding due to his mass slaughters by feeding. Kol's feeding antics has exposed his family to Mikael and others while in France, Italy, Spain, and New Orleans.
- Both his first appearances on TVD (Bringing Out The Dead) and TO (Always and Forever) show him Daggered/Neutralized.
- Kol has a habit of using 'Darling' to refer to other characters.
- Besides Rebekah, Lucien, Aurora de Martel and Genevieve, he is the only character that refers to Klaus as "Nik".
- Kol has been neutralized six known times, however, he has implied this has happened more, leading him to seek to create a dagger that would work on Klaus, to punish his brother for the times he spent in a coffin:
- By The Five in the flashback to 1114, in The Five - To neutralize the Original siblings.
- By Klaus in the flashback to 1702 in Alive and Kicking - For drawing Mikael's attention to Spain.
- By Klaus in the flashback to 1821 in Alive and Kicking - For threatening Marcellus.
- By Klaus in the flashback to Christmas, 1914 in The Map of Moments - For plotting against Klaus.
- By Alaric Saltzman, in All My Children - To neutralize the Original siblings.
- By Davina Claire, in No More Heartbreaks - Willingly, to protect her from himself.
- Kol was the first Mikaelson to mention his full name in the series.
- Originally, it was planned that Kol would appear in the flashback in 1912 where it would reveal why Damon felt he had met Kol before in Dangerous Liaisons.
- Prior to his death, Kol had possession of the White Oak Stake and had stolen all but one of the daggers so he had nearly every weapon on the planet that could truly harm him. Ironically, it was his ownership of the white oak stake that led to his death.
- Kol had been good friends with witches throughout the centuries, stating how he respects them and holds them in high esteem. This stems from his love of being a witch before becoming a vampire. His interest in witchcraft and magic continued even as an Original and not being able to use it directly anymore.
- Having studied witchcraft with witches for centuries, Kol is quite knowledgeable in the arts of witchcraft and magic, even creating his own spells such as the spell he taught Freya in An Old Friend Calls.
- Elijah admitted that Kol was a master of his craft, despite his mischief.
- Davina once told him he had a "freaky witch encyclopedia brain" because of his vast knowledge.
- During the time he spent with witches in Africa in the 14th Century, Kol traveled in Uganda and gained a knowledge of medicinal herbs and remedies from a shaman.
- Kol's time with witches led to his fear of Silas, as the witches often told stories that Silas would return and bring the end of days.
- In his travels, Kol learned of a form of magic called Kemiya, which he taught to witches so that they could create his dark objects for him, which allowed him to utilize magic as a vampire. He later teaches this to Davina and practices it himself when he possesses Kaleb.
- The dark objects Kol was shown to be responsible for creating with his witches included The Devil's Star and the bracelet Davina used to make Mikael obedient to her. He had the witches create them so that he could use magic through the objects without being a witch himself, as they were designed so that anyone could wield them.
- Most of his dark objects have since fallen into the possession of the O'Connell family.
- Kol rarely displayed his vampire visage in The Vampire Diaries, only showing it three times. The first time was in A View to a Kill before he was murdered and the second time was in Graduation as a spirit, making him the first vampire-ghost to show his fangs.
- However, he often displays his vampire visage on The Originals due to the ancestors cursing him through the spell Davina used to bring him back, making him lose control.
- Kol and Elijah are the only people in the family that have pushed Klaus' buttons without fearing the consequences. Mikael didn't fear it either but he had the intent of killing Klaus, while his brothers only wanted to annoy him.
- Michael Narducci referred to Kol as "the Loki of the family" due to his mischievous nature and his uncertain allegiance to any particular side.
- Kol, while possessing the body of Kaleb, was often affectionately referred to as "Koleb" by fans, a combination of their two names.
- According to Rebekah, Kol's favorite part of holidays with his family was writing wishes for each other.
- Kol is quite fond of music.
- In Every Mother's Son, Finn described Kol as the 'wildest' one in the Mikaelson family.
- In The Devil is Damned, Kol found out that Hope was alive, finally being involved in the family secret.
- He admitted to Rebekah that after his death as an Original, and revival as a witch, he realized that he would have preferred to live as a witch and not a vampire.
- He stated preferred to be a witch so he didn't have to live with the blood lust and heightened emotions that came with being a vampire.
- Finn hexed Kol to die lonely, however, he died surrounded by the girl he liked and his family.
- Michael Narducci confirmed Kol was afraid of Mikael, this being the reason that he did not reveal himself to his father when Mikael attacked him.
- Though Finn, Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah, and Henrik all possibly had the potential to be witches, Kol (and Freya) were the only ones who actually tapped into their power while in their original bodies. Finn and Rebekah only used magic while possessing witches, tapping into their host bodies' powers. Kol also did this while possessing Kaleb, though his power was much more limited than when he was using his original body before becoming a vampire where he was said to be a "prodigy".
- If Davina had succeeded in bringing Kol back to life at the end of Season 2, with the power of the ancestors, by using the ashes of his true body, it is likely he would come back to life as an Original Vampire, as he died as a vampire, when he was killed by Jeremy Gilbert, who used the White Oak Stake to kill him.
- Kol was the first member of Mikaelson Family to meet their older sister Freya, after Dahlia took her. The second member of the family who met Freya is Rebekah, however, they both did not know her true identity as their long lost sister.
- The ingredients to bring Kol back from the dead involved his ashes and the blood of two siblings.
- Kol was the only Original vampire that had sires that were neither shown or named.
- However, there are many vampires who are in unknown sirelines, and some of them could be in his own line. But since he died on A View to a Kill, all the vampires that are known to be currently alive and have an unknown sireline are part of either Rebekah's or Klaus' bloodline. Elijah's bloodline was wiped out in Phantomesque.
- Kol is the second supernatural being who was a spirit on The Other Side, and an Ancestral Spirit after his mother Esther, and the first vampire to ever be among The Ancestors after he died and was consecrated as a witch (via possessing Kaleb).
- He was able to channel magic during his brief stay when Davina contacted his spirit in Heart Shaped Box, showing he can use magic as an Ancestral Spirit. It is likely the Ancestors can control how Kol is affected in the Ancestral Plane, as he was shown to have bruises and could not fight all of the Ancestors when helping Davina. It was hinted that the Ancestors were abusing Kol.
- He is the last Mikaelson (not counting Henrik) who made a modern day appearance on The Originals series in his own body in Wild at Heart as an Ancestral Spirit on the Ancestral Plane.
- In A Streetcar Named Desire, Kol was resurrected by Davina Claire as an Original Vampire. After Mikael and Esther, Kol is the third Mikaelson Davina has brought back to life, and the second Original Vampire she brought back with a Nexus Vorti.
- Kol is the third Original Vampire spirit brought back to life in his true body as an Original Vampire, not including his time as a possessing spirit, after Mikael, The Destroyer and an Original Vampire, and Alaric Saltzman, an Enhanced Original Vampire, were saved before the Other Side collapsed. However, Alaric survived having his vampirism stripped away with the aid of Jo.
- Kol, along with Klaus, Kai, and Katherine, are arguably the most popular villains in The Vampire Diaries. Ironically, all their names start with the letter "K". Fans have dubbed this group of villains Team K.
- According to what Klaus told Hope, Kol snores rather loudly.
- Kol is an ordained minister. First in the 13th century, and most recently, online.
- With the deaths of Elijah and Klaus, Kol is now the oldest living immortal being in the series.
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