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You're wrong Julian, I can choose them both.

Lillian "Lily" Salvatore was a vampire and a major recurring character and antagonist in the sixth and seventh seasons of The Vampire Diaries. She was the mother of Stefan and Damon Salvatore and the widow of the late Giuseppe Salvatore. She supposedly died at some point in 1858. It has been suggested that she was a lot kinder than her husband, Giuseppe. In the books that are based on the history of the television series, she is a Frenchwoman.

Lillian was born on February 27, 1820, presumably in the United States. She was turned in 1858 and she faked her death. When Lily was very sick with consumption, she was sent away by Giuseppe. An unknown nurse (who was assumed to have been a vampire) had fed her vampire blood while she was held in the TB ward. Lily did end up dying of consumption, triggering her transformation into a vampire. Realizing that she was a vampire and a creature of the night, Lily then faked her death and abandoned her family, feeling like she had posed a significant threat to her family as a vampire. When she fled to Europe, she succumbed to her bloodlust and became a Ripper vampire, a vampire that slaughters their victims for blood in the most gruesome ways. Lily, as a Ripper, tore through an entire city and left trails of dead corpses and drained them of their blood (much like her younger son Stefan did in 1917 as the Ripper of Monterrey). She moved on from city to city, killing many people and gaining a high body count, until eventually, she was encountered by the Gemini Coven in Manhattan, New York. As a punishment for her crimes as a Ripper for killing so many people, they trapped her in a prison world on October 31, 1903 and she has been stuck there for over a century.

In early 2013, Lily was finally freed from her prison world by Damon, Elena, and Bonnie, and made her first modern day appearance in Let Her Go.

After reuniting with her "family", she plans to resurrect her lover, Julian from the Phoenix Stone. She succeeds with this plan and she finds out that he had killed her unborn grandchild, and plans on killing him with the help of her sons and Valerie. Unfortunately, when Julian tries to see the one side she would choose, she tells him she can choose both and stakes herself, thinking they were still linked to each other. She begins to die and has final words with her adoptive family and her sons, but is put down by Damon, who is still hurt by what she had done, leaving her to shed a tear as she died.

Lily was a member of the Salvatore Family.

Early life[]

While Lily was still human, she bought tickets to go to New York with her sons to get away from Giuseppe. While Damon got the blame for it, Giuseppe confronted her and told her that he would make sure that she would never see their sons again.

Lily had consumption and became very sick, causing Giuseppe to send her away. While at a hospital, an unknown nurse gave her vampire blood and Lily eventually died of consumption and completed her transition. She then came back to Mystic Falls to see her sons and, when she was with Stefan, she felt her bloodlust come and, afraid she would hurt her sons, she left. She then went to Europe and met each of the Heretics at different times and turned them. She considered them family and they stuck with each other over the years.

Lily, wanting to check in on her sons, sent some of her "family" across the ocean to check on them. She sent Julian and Valerie to see Stefan in Mystic Falls and Oscar to see Damon while he was serving the Confederate Army.

In 1903, Lillian helped a man named Enzo who was dying from consumption and who was refused passage on the boat because of his condition. She helped Enzo up and offered him a ride with her on the boat. Lily and her companions boarded the boat. After Enzo woke up, Lily explained to him why she was immune to consumption and that she had already had the disease and died from it. Later, in her cabin, she compelled a doctor to give her his honest opinion of Enzo's condition. After that, Lily considered whether or not to turn Enzo into a vampire. She cut her hand with a scalpel and caught her blood in a glass before giving it to Enzo to drink, also revealing that Enzo must have been about to die since vampire blood normally leaves the system in about a day. Lily and her companions killed everyone on board and drained them. She spared a man and compelled him to enter Enzo's cabin and offer himself to him as a blood bag. At this point, Lily was nowhere to be seen, indicating that the Gemini Coven had ambushed them on the docks and imprisoned them in a prison world, where she remained for over a century.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series[]

In Blood Brothers, Mrs. Salvatore was mentioned in passing by her husband, Giuseppe, during a flashback. Stefan visited his father after he woke up in transition, and planned on dying instead of becoming a vampire. His father was horrified, and told Stefan that he was thankful that Stefan and Damon's mother didn't live long enough to see her sons become demons.

In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Damon took Stefan to the Salvatore crypt for Remembrance Day to try to jog Stefan's memory, and revealed that their mother had died of tuberculosis, which was then referred to as consumption.

In Prayer For the Dying, Stefan mentions his mother to Caroline when he finds her planning Liz's memorial. He tells her of how his mother became ill, and how Stefan would arrange her favorite flowers as an excuse to not have to see his dying mother.

In Stay, Damon tells Liz that he puts flowers annually on her grave on the date of her death assuming his humanity is switched on. He also explained that when she died he bailed out on giving the eulogy when he didn't attend the funeral. Liz then asks him to do it for her funeral which he agrees to.

In Let Her Go, Kai's magic-induced sickness (as a result of the Merge with his brother Luke) causes the prison worlds constructed by the Gemini Coven to start collapsing and intertwining. As a result, Bonnie Bennett (imprisoned in a world meant for Kai during the 1994 eclipse) enters another prison world set in 1903 and built by channeling the power of an aurora. As she is escaping the two intertwining worlds using the power of both the eclipse and the Aurora, Lily approaches her and asks her who she is just as the spell is completed and she is allowed to escape. After reuniting with Damon, Bonnie shows him a recording she had unknowingly been doing and which caught Lily's face on camera. Damon is shocked to recognize his mother.

In The Downward Spiral, it is revealed by Kai that Lily faked her death after turning into a vampire. She migrated to Europe where she went of the wagon and became a ripper much like her youngest son, Stefan. She had an estimated body count of 3,000. The Gemini Coven sought to take immediate action and trapped her on a ship bound for Manhattan. She has been stuck in a prison world since 1903.

In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Lily is visited by two guests, one being her son, Damon. She makes them some tea and explains how she was turned and how she got imprisoned in the Prison World. She is now a reformed ripper and survives on two drops a week of blood to keep her going as she had consumed all of the blood that she could find. Lily shows them to a special place where six other companions were help up, desiccated, she then states that she wasn't alone and if it wasn't for them, she would still be a ripper now. Due to the fact that Bonnie had taken care of Kai, there was a limit of people that she could bring back, so they stated that they would have to come back for her friends, she at first, refuses but with the help of Damon, Elena and Bonnie, she comes back to Mystic Falls.

In I Never Could Love Like That, at breakfast, Lily kept making jokes about being human and how she felt about being a vampire, suggesting that she heard Damon's conversation with Bonnie the previous night. While re-adjusting back to life in the present day, Lily still pesters Damon about gong back to get her friends, however Damon delays the inevitable. Damon then asks her to come with him to get Stefan to turn his humanity back on and at first she is afraid that Stefan won't remember her. He tells her to channel whatever she was feeling when she was coming back to get them and she is puzzled, then Damon figures out she never was coming back to get them. He tells her all she has to do is try and she tells him that she has been since she had laid eyes on him the day before. She tells him that she was trying to connect with all her heart to the woman she was and after she was turned, she felt longing and she felt for them, but she felt the fear of if she did, so she stayed away. She had to find others who could help her find her way back to herself and they did, but by the time the new family did, everything she felt for her old one was gone. Damon is visibly hurt by this and Lily's eyes are filled with tears, and she then walks off.

Damon then goes after her after getting off the phone with Elena and tells her to pull the biggest lie of her life and sound convincing so Stefan can turn his humanity back on. She is worried she won't be able to pull it off and Damon tells her exactly what to say. She and Damon then walk in on Tyler, Matt, Stefan and Caroline and Stefan notices right away who she is. Lily then kneels down in front of Stefan and pulls the stake out of his back from where Caroline placed it. Lily knows that he has many questions and she reveals to him that she's a ripper and he inherited it from her. She tells him she was so new to the bloodlust and that she was afraid that she was going to hurt him or Damon. She said the last time she saw them was on the day of her funeral and he wasn't imagining her. She says she wished to could've been there for them because of their father, but she was so ashamed of what she done and had become, and by the time she got her appetite under control to back for them, she was banished to the prison world by the Gemini Coven. She tells Stefan that his angel has come back for him and will never leave again, Stefan closes his eyes and his humanity is back on.

In Because, Lily is at the grill waiting on Bonnie and Enzo arrives telling Matt that he is owed some answers. Lily sees him and stands up and tells him she knows him as he came to her house a few days ago. She stares at his face for a long moment before she recognizes him and smiles, saying Lorenzo and touches his face affectionately, but he pulls away quickly. Matt asks them if they know each other and she says it's a small world. She tells him that her lunch companion has yet to arrive and asks him if he could join her for a drink. She and Enzo are seated at a table and the waitress comes by with two menus. Enzo is confused as to why this is Lily's first time ordering and she tells him she was imprisoned for 100 years. She tells him she and her friends were captured by the Gemini Coven and that she didn't abandon him. She asks him not bring up headless corpses and he makes a crack over how she and Stefan can bond over it, but she looks down. She tells him it wasn't their fault as it was directed towards something very dark in her life. She tells him loyalty is never a chore and she tells him Bonnie was the one she was going to meet as she had offered to get her friends out, which leaves Enzo intrigued.

Lily and Enzo then arrive at the boarding house and they walk inside, to which Bonnie leaves before she is caught. She tells him that Damon assured her all will be well, but Enzo tells her Damon isn't the most trustworthy and leaves her concerned. She becomes furious as the Ascendant isn't in the drawer anymore and asks Enzo if it is entertaining that the Ascendant is gone and that it was the only thing that could rescue her family. Enzo tells her that her real family is in the house, but angrily tells him to get out and when he tells her to calm down, she vamps out and he then leaves. She is talking to Damon on the phone and asks where the Ascendant is. He tells her and he tells her he doesn't have it. She thinks he is lying and she promises that she can easily destroy something of great significance to him. She then reveals that she has the cure and he says she wouldn't do it. She threateningly tells him to bring her the Ascendant or she will crush the cure with her own hand. She is seen standing in front of the fireplace with the cure in one hand and a poker to stoke the fire. Damon arrives and she asks if he has the Ascendant. He tells he doesn't because he doesn't have it and she tells him that he understands what's going to happen next. She drops the box into the fire and Damon walks toward her with wide eyes surprised at what she did. She tells him she did him a favor and the sense of relief that he feels right now means Elena will never leave him. She tells him that he made Elena's choice for her and as long as he's happy, she never needs to know. She then puts the poker in the fire and opens the box revealing the cure isn't inside it. She says that making Elena his forever is exactly what he wants and that isn't a punishment.

Elena walks into the room and Lily answers for Damon saying that what she has right now is the cure for vampirism and she left it out for her as Damon was never going to offer it to her. Elena is hurt and confused, and Damon tells her he can explain, to which Lily says it looks like they have a lot to talk about. Enzo arrives to see Lily and she tells him she went out for a walk to clear her head and reveals that she had walked in front of a car without realizing it. She apologized to the driver and when she heard his heartbeat, she fed on him and ripped his head clean off. Enzo looks at her and sees she has a bloody handkerchief and she is all bloody as well. She tells him her ripper side got the best of her and cries "What have I done?!" and he hugs her tightly and soothingly tells her it's okay.

In I'd Leave My Happy Home For You, Lily is sitting at the bar and is nervously tapping her fingers and goes after a busboy when she hears his heartbeat and sees his artery. Before she lunges at him, Stefan blocks her and they return back into the grill. Lily is in denial about becoming a Ripper again and Stefan doesn't believe her. Stefan reveals that Enzo told him that after losing all of hope of seeing her friends again, she went off the deep end and ripped somebody's head off. She tells him it was a momentary lapse and he begins telling her about salivating in the back of the mouth and the itching in his veins and the hunger consuming him. Lily begins tapping more frantically and Stefan places his hand on top of hers to stop her and he smiles amusingly and says that she doesn't have that problem. Lily tries to drink some liquor to sustain her hunger and grimaces at the taste of it. She thinks Stefan is mocking her and tells her it's either the liquor or animal blood. She tells him to let her grieve as her friends are gone and he tells her he's trying to save their relationship. She tells him that the woman he and Damon knew she was old, weak and died. She says a new Lily was born and that she took what she wanted and found a family that embraced her. She says when she looks at him, it's not that she doesn't love him, it's because she's reminded of the pathetic woman she once was. Lily then senses Stefan is up to something and tells him that he never could look her in the eyes when he was lying. She grabs a fork and stabs Stefan's hand and feeds on a nearby patron until she drops her body on the floor. She tells him sorry about the mess and vamp speeds out of the grill.

Lily walks into the diner where Jo and Bonnie are and tells Bonnie that she ruined her life. She tells Jo that Bonnie destroyed something very dear to her and all she feels now is insatiable hunger. Bonnie tells her she didn't do it to spite her and Lily asks if there's another way to rescue her friends, to which Bonnie tells her that even if there was another way, she wouldn't help. Lily gets really upset and lunges at Bonnie, and when Lily is incapacitated for a minute, she throws a piece of tableware at Bonnie, which embeds in her neck. She then vamp speeds towards Jo and puts her in a choke hold and is about to feed on her before Jo tells her she's pregnant. Lily listens and hears two distinct fetal heartbeats and looks disgusted about what she was about to do. She tells Jo she is having twins and tells her good luck and vamp speeds out of the diner. Lily snaps Damon's neck and tells his unconscious body that she won't be imprisoned again. She then turns to Elena and says she didn't have to be this person, but her sons ruined everything. Elena tells her they were trying to help, but she says they weren't and then notices Elena has blood on her finger and that she is human again. She then looks at Elena hungrily and tells her she does want to feed on her. Before Lily can bite her, Elena stabs her in the eye with her bachelorette pin and runs away. Lily pulls the pin out of her eye and it heals quickly. She goes into the grill and yells Elena's name and makes her way through the restaurant to the kitchen and listens for any indication of Elena. She hears her and she pushes the doors open with her strength and once she makes it into the kitchen, Elena is nowhere in sight, which leaves Lily furious.

Lily is in the grill crying desperately and she tells him that she's a mess. She then breaks a piece of wood off of the wall and points it at her chest, preparing to kill herself. Stefan tells her not to and to stay alive for her sons. She then comments that he is looking into her eyes and that he always had such pretty eyes. She vamp speeds at him and tries to stake him, and he struggles to hold her back. Damon comes from behind and injects her with vervain and she passes out. After awhile, she awakens and sees that Enzo is there. Lily tries to convince him to let her out, but Stefan tells her that isn't going to happen and that he has it now. He tells her that she has plenty of time and she'll always be his mother. She tells him that he has no idea what devastation feels like, but he will and that she will find a way to get her people back, no matter what it takes.

In I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime, Bonnie goes to the basement cell to give Lily the iPod from Enzo and hears her babbling about all she wanted was her family back. Bonnie doesn't see and when she turns around, Lily grabs her by the throat and tries to strangle her, but she breaks free and they look at each other angrily. Lily goes to the Mystic Grill and surprises Enzo as she is out of the basement cell and she thanks for giving her the iPod player. Enzo wonders if he should be worried about an imminent Ripper binge and she tells him no as she went on because she didn't have her family, but today she is getting them back. Lily and Enzo are at the warehouses and is looking through them, but can't find her friends and Enzo tells her maybe they gave her the wrong address. Lily tells him that they didn't give it to her, which leaves Enzo wondering who did.

In I'm Thinking Of You All The While, Lily is at the warehouses looking for her companions as Kai had told her where to find him and she had given him his blood. She and Stefan talk, to which she says that they made her feel more welcome and that they understand her more. Afterwards, Kai's cloaking spell wears off when he dies and it reveals another warehouse. Lily and Enzo go in and she sees her "family" and runs towards one and hugs her.

In Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take, Lillian is shown to be helping her fellow Heretic members adjust to the modern world. Lily visits Enzo in New York and asks about a stone. When the Heretics cause chaos at the deputy graduation, Lily arrives and is angered for what both parties have done. After the events at the deputy graduation, Stefan and Lily broker a deal, which is any person who comes into Mystic Falls are the Heretics. When Malcolm is killed, Valerie, Nora, Mary Louise and Beau don't want to tell her, but she sees his corpse and starts to cry. She asks who is responsible angrily and she lets them retaliate once again, which is by taking Caroline.

In Never Let Me Go, Lily confronts Stefan with Beau and tells him about Malcolm's death. When she realizes he doesn't know anything about it, she tells him that she's not here to blame him, but so he would understand what they had to do. Lily is then met at the door by Damon and he asks for a switch with him and Caroline. She tells him that Malcolm was a powerful Heretic and has a hard time believing he acted alone, and Damon says he's just awesome. She tells him she and the others don't think he is, and when he tries to stop her from closing the door on him again, he sees that he can't walk into his house. She coldly tells him it's because it isn't his house and she tells him she has go bury her son. She walks into the room where Enzo and is wondering why he isn't watching her. He tells her she temporarily escaped and now Nora and Mary Louise have taken over. She pauses for a moment and tells him that she and the others are leaving for the cemetery, and she needs him to stay at the house. Lily and the others at the Salvatore Crypt and she tells them to put Elena's coffin in the river. When Damon gets angry that Elena is gone, Lily remarks that he always had the worst tantrums. She mocks him saying that's the beauty of cloaking spells, she could be next to him or a million miles away and only she would know where she is. She calmly asks if he remembers what he did to her grandmother's vase and how she took is toy soldiers away, he tells her Elena isn't a toy soldier, but she remarks that Malcolm wasn't a vase. She tells him that Malcolm was a vital part of the family and the other Heretics are seen behind her. She says that Malcolm was her sounding board, her confidante and her eldest son. Damon then makes a deal with her to get out of Mystic Falls. She and the others arrive back at the house and asks Enzo if he wanted her to talk to the girls about letting Caroline stay with him. He tells her Caroline made her own bed and he tells her that he chose her. After Enzo brushes a lock of her hair and tells her which bedroom he is taking, Lily looks visibly affected by Enzo's confession.

In Age of Innocence, Lily is working on her driving and is confronted by Stefan. He tells her that she needs to tell her spoiled brats to stop torturing Caroline and she says she will if Damon would stop killing said spoiled brats. He puts up the ruse that he and Damon have concocted, and she reveals to Stefan that she sent Valerie to him so she would know that he and Damon were okay. She also reveals she had a vampire boyfriend named Julian and that he was a man you weren't supposed to fall for, but she did anyways. While they talk, Stefan teaches her how to drive and he tells her that he didn't forget her, but that they he found distractions. He later tells her that Valerie had sent him a telegram telling him that she would be coming back for him, to which Lily is shocked to hear. Lily then goes into the room where Caroline is and asks if Valerie is there. She tells her no and Lily says she heard about Caroline's mother dying, to which she asks her how to heal after such a loss. Caroline then tells her that love is different than any other kind of love and she says Stefan wrote about her a lot in his journal, handing it to her. She then yells to Nora to remove the barrier spell and that it is a reward for Stefan's honesty. When Caroline leaves, Lily continues to read Stefan's journal. She gets a call from Damon and he reveals to her that he has Damon and that he knew about Gettysburg of 1863. When Damon tells her to give him Elena back and he'll give Oscar back to her, which leaves Lily with a murderous look on her face after the call.

In I Carry Your Heart With Me, she is talking to Damon on the phone in the car and it is seen that she has Elena's coffin in the back. She tells him that even though she gives Elena back, she'll still be in a box and that he's actually being selfish about it. She tells him if he's harmed in any way, but he interrupts and says that this isn't his first hostage swap. Lily walks into the house alone and tells Enzo that she needs to speak to Valerie privately. She reveals that she knows and Stefan and Valerie's tryst back in 1863. She tells Valerie if she has anything to tell her now is the time and Valerie says she has nothing to hide. When changes the subject about looking for Oscar, Lily tells her it won't be necessary. Lily is sitting near the fireplace and she is asked by Enzo who Julian is. Before she answers about Julian being the love of her life, Damon sends her a selfie of him and Oscar, which immediately cheers her up. She quickly gets up and leaves to meet up with Damon. Lily is then horrified by what Oscar is doing with tourists and tells him enough. She asks what has gotten into him and he growls at her. Threatened by Oscar's glare, she trips and falls backward on the ground. Damon then appears and snaps his neck before he could harm her, which shocks her. He then asks where Elena is, which makes her frown. After Damon sets the tour bus on fire, Lily tells him she told Beau to take the cloaking spell off Elena's coffin and that it can be found in the ruins of the old Salvatore mansion. He tells her he's moving back to Mystic Falls and she says she and her family will take into consideration. He tells her that the people don't deserve to die by her children and she then gives him some advice. She tells him he's just putting himself and Elena's body in jeopardy. She gives him a statement on how there would no skin off her nose if he returns to Mystic Falls and he asks for one more favor.

In Live Through This, Lily comes into the room to see Oscar drinking many of the blood bags. She smiles at Enzo and tells him it was kind of him to sit with Oscar all night. She tells him that she's expecting Julian to be home if everything goes as planned. She hopes he can be happy for her and that there's no reason for them that they shouldn't get along. She asks Enzo if he could keep an eye on Oscar while she, Nora and Mary Louise go out, and he feigns being polite and happy to help. She also asks him if he hears from Valerie, to tell her to come home as there's no reason to sulk. Lily walks into the warehouse where Mary Louise and Nora has found Valerie trying to burn Julian's body. She tells Mary Louise and Nora that she'll meet with them in the car and confronts Valerie. She tells Lily he's a monster and she slaps Valerie across the face. She tells Damon and Stefan that Julian is the love of her life, and when the two refuse to stop Lily and Beau, Valerie reveals to Damon that Lily was the one who gave Kai the idea about the sleeping spell. He becomes furious, puts Lily in a choke hold and declares he'll kill her instead. Beau then magically flings Damon into one of the shelves of coffins and makes the coffins explode into a shower of wooden shards. Lily and Enzo are talking in Stefan's old bedroom, and he tells her Oscar died two nights ago. She reveals to him that a soul in the Phoenix Stone has to be reunited with its proper body. She asks him for the stone and she asks if he's wanting her to choose between him and Julian, to which he says yes. She caresses Enzo's face with tears in her eyes, and she asks him to understand, and Enzo leaves the room devastated. Lily is then seen standing around a table where Mary Louise, Nora and Beau complete the spell to bring Julian back into his body. Lily rushes over to him when he awakens and asks if it is him, which he confirms it is. They then embrace, laugh happily and then kiss passionately.

In Best Served Cold, Lily arrives into the room where Beau and Julian are fencing, and tells them to take it outside. She tells them they have enemies in Mystic Falls and when he thinks it's Valerie, she tells him it's her sons. Julian is shocked that her sons are alive and she nods in confirmation that he has a lot of catching up to do. She sends them an invitation that requires their presence and they realize Julian has been resurrected. Lily opens the door to see Stefan and she tells them she had Lucy sign the house over to them. She tells him that she wants to him that her family is civilized and nobody is in danger. She then greets Enzo and Bonnie at the door, and she hopes she and Bonnie could start fresh. Bonnie tells her that Lily is the reason she won't be able to see Elena again. She then stops the jazz singer and asks if in time that everyone can accept each other, restore the town and live in a state of peace with the residents. Lily then sees Bonnie fixing Enzo's tie and is visibly a little jealous. After Stefan attempts to kill Julian, Lily walks in wondering what is going on. She asks him what she has done wrong and before he answers, Damon walks in. Julian has Damon and Stefan sit down, and then tells them about his personal hell in the Phoenix Stone. He reveals to them how he had to relive the day over about killing Lily. When Julian throws a knife at them, Lily yells at him and before he does harm to Damon anymore, she pulls him away. Before he strikes Lily, he realizes what he has done and tells her sons to get out. She asks about what happened in his blind rage and tells him she was trying to end the feud, not start a new one. She tells him she has no desire to see her children and if he has a problem with that, then they have a problem. When he tells her that he thinks that hell he has gone through isn't gone yet, she softens and tells him that they'll fix it, but he needs to promise her the events that happened wouldn't occur again. When he tells her he needs to feel safe as he knows that her sons will strike again, Lily tells him that what he wants will take the cooperation of the entire family.

In Mommie Dearest, Lily arrives at the Lockwood Mansion with cranberries for Thanksgiving. Stefan tells her he invited her over so they can start over. He tells her he wants to convince her of all the reasons they need to get rid of Julian. He tells her how he got Valerie pregnant and how Julian killed the child. She says that Valerie had lied for all those years and Stefan fakes that he shouldn't have believed Valerie either. He pours them glasses of bourbon and when she drinks it all, her mouth begins to sizzle and burn, to which Stefan reveals to her it's concentrated vervain. She then collapses on the floor and the boys tie her up in a chair. He tells her that she has fallen back into a pattern with terrible men, from their father to Julian, and they're going to convince her to come to light about him. Stefan then brings up a memory about what happened back on Thanksgiving in 1851 and how Damon got blamed for taking some money. Lily tells them that she tried everything for them, but before she could finish, she cuts a cut on her neck and tells them that she and Julian's life are linked, so if he dies, so does she. She reveals to Stefan that she took the money since Giuseppe never let her have anything or access to funds. She then tells him that she was going to take him and Damon away from their father, but even drunk, Giuseppe was a step ahead. She tells her that she wasn't blind to what Giuseppe was doing and that she was doing it all for her, Damon and Stefan.

Her knees then buckle and more wounds begin to be inflicted on her because of linkage to Julian. She and Stefan then arrive at the cemetery to stop Julian from killing Damon. When Julian tells her that drove a sword into his chest to kill him, Lily tells Julian to take her home while still looking at Damon. She asks what Julian was doing with Lorenzo in the woods and he tells her that he doesn't resist a sword fight, but Lily says her life was tied to his and they both could've been easily killed. When she asks if he knew about Valerie being pregnant, he plays dumb and says he didn't. He notices the conversation isn't going anywhere and asks if she would forgive him for acting as though the day's events were nothing. She answers, unsmiling, "Of course", and when he hugs her, the look on her face is shown that she realizes what kind of man Julian really is. Lily then goes to the Lockwood Mansion and asks Damon if she can come in. She tells them that they were right about Julian and that she's not going to let him hurt them any longer, as she has a plan.

In Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, after entering the kitchen and asking what the fuss was about, it is revealed that is is Nora and Mary Louise's Anniversary today. Lily tries to hide the fact that she has forgotten, aided by Julian who tells the girls that Lily has planned something special. While searching through the various shelves of books, Enzo walks in the room he confesses he loves her. When she tells him that she can't abandon her sons and their plan to kill Julian, he kisses her and he gives her good luck as she's going to need it. When she walks into the party room, she reminds them that they only feed on trespassers and she then backtracks, telling them that they can make an exception as it's their day. While the others feed on the party guests, Lily texts Stefan the location of where the party is. While taking Nora aside in the backyard, she gives her the anniversary gift of the book she read in the Prison World. Julian comes behind her and he asks her to dance with him. She tells him she doesn't know how to dance the music playing, an old song comes on instead and Julian asks if she recognizes the vocals. She remembers that it's Beau singing before he lost his voice, and Julian then tells her to feed on one of the guests. He then mentions the friction that's happening because she's holding onto the fact that she thinks Stefan and Damon will join their family. He shows her a guest with a bloody bite and she begins to vamp out and feed on her. Damon then arrives and looks at her in disgust, which causes Lily to quickly pull away and licks the blood off her lips. She then chases after Damon and tells him she had to convince them that she's on their side. She tells him that the plan must go forward as she doesn't want to be around Julian anymore. When Damon goes too far, she slaps him across the face and says she's his mother, and she asks why he's cavalier about her life. He tells her she's dead to him and that if he had to do it all over again, he would leave her in the Prison World so that he wouldn't have to see her face. After he leaves, she looks visibly hurt and worried.

She and Valerie then go to talk to Mary Louise, Nora and Beau to get them to be on their side. Lily confirms Julian killed her grandchild and she says after what Valerie told her, she says that all the lights came on and that she decided that Julian needs to go. After Beau and Nora see the truth, they agree to help and Lily texts them that the Heretics are now on their side. While in the shed, she is visibly nervous and asks Beau to come over to her, as she is preparing for what's to come. While Stefan and Damon do their thing with Julian, Lily feels his pain and starts to bleed. After Julian is tied, she talks to Stefan and he reveals that Caroline is pregnant. She gives him some advice and he turns give her some about Damon. She smiles when she realizes she has reconnected with Stefan and when he tells her she needs to give Damon time to forgive her. Lily then walks into the room where Damon and Valerie are tied up, and is horrified to know what is going on. He tells her she has to choose who lives and who dies, and Lily is very conflicted. She then turns and faces Julian, and she then tells him that she can choose both. She then lifts the stake in the air and drives it into her own heart. Julian then reveals to her that he had them already unlinked and she starts to cry. Lily is lying down in the lounge and Nora says she can't get the splinters out. Stefan then tells Nora that it is time to say goodbye and Beau, Nora, Valerie and Stefan each say their goodbyes. Valerie tells Damon that Lily only has moments and he should make the most of them. Lily tells him that she's truly sorry and when he looks as though he's about to forgive her, he tells her that she made her bed and to have a nice nap. Lily then desiccates and dies, leaving a hurt and disappointed look in her face, with a single tear falling down.

In Cold as Ice, Damon, Stefan, Nora and Valerie bury Lily near the family plot. They each say their goodbyes, except for Damon who tells her she was a terrible mother alive and in death. When he leaves, Stefan tells her he'll make things right.

In Hell Is Other People, Lily appears as a hallucination to Damon in his personal hell. In the last hallucination he has, she is stuck underneath a wheel of cannon and asks why he is delighting in her pain. After many confessions of why he hates her, he finally tells her the truth that he hates that she never came back and after three times of losing her, he kept failing in telling her everything he wanted to say, and yet those three times he ruined it. She tells him that there's still time to say what he wants to say and he tells he's sorry and if she could give him the chance to make it right, to which he realizes she's dead.


Lily was a beautiful and strong woman and described as "articulate and caustic", she had a reputation for protecting the ones she loves at any cost.

Before she was turned and when she was a regular human, she was assumed to have been a kind and gentle human.

However, after she turned into a vampire, her personality changed for the worst. She was short tempered as she was terrifying when angered. As a Ripper, Lily was unpredictable, aggressive, violent and ruthless, traits that she unfortunately passed down to her youngest son Stefan. However, unlike Stefan, she has killed over 3000 people in Europe and unlike Damon, she is unwilling to kill a pregnant woman. This shows that Lily had some morals and moral lines that she was not willing to cross. Her personality seemed to be more in line with Stefan than with Damon.

She managed to keep her ripper side under control, upon meeting the Heretics and turning them into vampire-witch hybrids. Lily is also suicidal, as after she returned to the real world without the her "family", her ripper side started to take control of her. Lily was consumed with guilt because of what she had done and how much she had killed. She was unwilling to become that monster again so she tried to kill herself.

Powers and Abilities[]

Lily possessed all the standard powers and abilities of a non-Original vampire.


Lily had the typical weaknesses of a non-Original vampire.


Giuseppe Salvatore[]

At some point before the 1840s, she met and married Giuseppe and had two sons with him, Damon and Stefan. However, Lily actually despised her husband. The reason why Lily grew to despise Giuseppe is because he was abusive to her and her son Damon. Upon learning that Giuseppe was killed by her son Stefan, she found it very amusing and actually told Damon that it was good for Stefan to do what he did to his father.

Damon Salvatore[]

Main article: Damon and Lily

Damon is Lillian's first child and her oldest son with Giuseppe. Not much is known about Lily's relationship, background and history with the elder Salvatore but by the looks of their interactions in the episode of A Bird in a Gilded Cage where Damon is reunited with his mother for the first time in over a century, it seems as though Damon may have many deep rooted issues with Lillian. Much of the issues that Damon may have with Lillian could possibly have stemmed all the way back to his childhood. Lily and Damon's relationship might possibly be slightly strained as their interactions with each other so far have proven to be withdrawn, distant and somewhat cold in nature. Although, Damon could possibly be displaying cold behavior towards his mother because of the fact that she had abandoned her family and didn't say a word to them about her becoming a vampire. There are even moments where Damon comes off as downright hostile towards his mother and he obviously bears some degree of hostility and a bit of a grudge against her for abandoning her family.

It is also very evident that in terms of looks and physical appearance, Damon takes after his mother, as there is a very strong physical resemblance between the two. Damon also seems to have gotten his mother's wit and sense of sarcasm. Interestingly enough, Damon also had a rather strained and difficult relationship with his father Giuseppe and the two didn't get along at all, the complete opposite of Stefan, who did have a rather close relationship with Giuseppe. Going by even more recent interaction between the two, it is clear that Damon has abandonment issues with his mother and that their relationship is very distant in nature. According to Lillian herself, it is clear that Damon was emotionally and physically abused by both of his parents. Giuseppe had physically abused Damon but Lillian had emotionally abused Damon. According to Lillian, Damon always had a bad temper and threw many temper tantrums as a child. It's clear that Lillian had troubles with Damon since childhood and saw him as a "problem child" (this is clearly the opposite in the case of Stefan, as it seems that Lillian had a close bond and relationship with Stefan and Stefan did not seem to cause trouble for Lillian as well as Giuseppe).

Stefan Salvatore[]

Main article: Stefan and Lily

Stefan is Lillian's second child and her youngest son with Giuseppe. Not much is known about Lillian's relationship, background and history with the younger Salvatore, as they have not interacted together in the current times yet. However, according to Damon himself, Stefan was a "mama's boy", implying that Lillian and Stefan did share a very close bond and relationship during Stefan's childhood and also indicating that Stefan was possibly Lillian's favorite. Damon had even said that Stefan basically worshiped her and everything about her. Stefan has even referred to his mother as an "angel" simply because the last memory that he had of her was what Stefan assumed to be Lillian in angel form telling him that everything was going to be okay, despite the fact that she had "died" and was no longer with him and Damon.

Personality and temperament wise, Stefan seems to have taken after Lillian. Lillian and Stefan seem to be quite a bit alike in terms of their personality, as both Lillian and Stefan were kind, gentle humans who had become more immoral and out of control when they were both turned into vampires. In other words, Stefan is the epitome of his mother's son. Lillian and Stefan both share the trait of being a Ripper vampire, a vampire that cannot control their hunger and their blood lust and kills their victims in the most gruesome and brutal ways. In other words, Stefan inherited "the Ripper gene" from Lillian herself. Because of their past sins and crimes as Ripper's, both Lillian and Stefan harbor a lot of torment and guilt. Although the two have not interacted yet, Damon and Elena assume that Lillian coming back from the "dead" will help Stefan to regain his humanity and will prove to be an emotional trigger for him, mostly because Stefan was very fond of Lillian. It turns out that Lillian is Stefan's emotional trigger, as seeing her and bringing him down memory lane brought Stefan's humanity back.

Unlike Damon, Stefan was very happy and relieved to see his mother again after over a century, indicating that Stefan most likely had a closer relationship with Lillian than Damon did. Going by Lillian's interactions with Stefan in recent episodes, it is very apparent that Stefan is Lillian's favorite son (even Damon admits it himself). She is much nicer and kinder to Stefan than Damon and she does not have the same coldness and distance towards Stefan that she does with Damon. Lillian, unlike with Damon in comparison, seems to have had a much easier time in raising Stefan, who was most likely a very obedient, behaved child in comparison with Damon, whom Lillian has referred to as unruly, obnoxious and threw temper tantrums. Flashbacks of a young fifteen or sixteen year old Stefan show that he strongly loved Lillian and that he felt guilty about her "death" because he did not get back in time to give Lillian a remedy for her tuberculosis, a remedy that Giuseppe had sent Stefan to get for Lillian. Stefan harbored guilt over Lillian's death, feeling like he was responsible because he did not get back in time for his mother before she was sent to a TB ward, where she had "died". It's also shown that Stefan is Lillian's weak spot, as she was seen to show a glimpse of humanity, warmth and kindness after she had read Stefan's journal and read about the things that Stefan had wrote about her over the years. Unlike Damon, who has shown to have a very strong and deep anger and resentment towards Lillian, Stefan strongly believes that Lillian can find redemption and that the mother that he once knew and loved as a child is still there deep down.


Main article: Lily and Julian
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Lillian and Julian were together shortly after Lily was turned into a vampire. Julian treated her like gold, but he was truly a monster underneath. Lily found out in modern times, after resurrecting Julian from the Phoenix Stone, that he beat Valerie until she miscarried the unborn child. Lily also was heartbroken over this because that unborn child would have been her grandchild. Lily eventually sides with her biological sons to kill Julian. Unbeknownst to her, Lily attempts to kill herself and Julian because they were originally magically linked. However, Julian cradled her in his arms telling her that her death was foolish being they were no longer linked. Julian still mourns her death and has a revenge plot against the Salvatore brothers, with Mary Louise by his side.


Main article: Lily and Enzo

Lillian is the vampire who turned Enzo in 1903. While he was denied passage on a ship because of his sickness, Lily helped him get aboard the ship so he could see a doctor. As he calls her an angel, Lily nurtures him, doing her best to make him feel comfortable. Lily gives him her blood right before he dies so he could become a vampire and accompany her and become part of her family. But before Enzo wakes up, the Gemini Coven catches up with Lily and her traveling companions, locking them in a 1903 Prison World. Enzo is left alone, believing that Lily abandoned him.

In I Never Could Love Like That, Enzo comes face to face with Lily at the Salvatore's boarding house. He is stunned, barely able to give an answer as she asks him if they met before. He then tells Sarah that Lily is the most dreadful woman he's ever met. In Because, Enzo goes to Mystic Grill to see Lily, wanting answers. Lily finally recognizes him, showing him affection but cupping his face to which he pulls away quickly, uncomfortable and angry. She explains to him that she has been imprisoned for the last 100 years. She then understands by Enzo's surprised face that he truly thought that she left him alone as a monster back in 1903. She quickly apologizes and they continue chit-chatting. Later that night, she calls Enzo, scared of the fact she killed an innocent man. Enzo comforts her, as they hug. In I Never Could Love Like That, Enzo goes to Stefan for help, as he gets worried of Lily's strange behavior since her loss of the Ascendant. After Lily's captured and locked up in the Salvatore's boarding house, Enzo is there when she wakes up, claiming that he wanted to make sure that she was in good hands. But as Stefan urges him to leave, he worries about her state, saying that she is fragile and should be around someone she trusts, in other words, him. He finally leaves, when Stefan insists, and tells her that he'll come visit. However, Enzo could not contain his romantic feelings for her any longer. He even challenged Julian to a duel for Lily's affections. He even tried winning her over, but she rejected his advances shortly before she killed herself.

Other Relationships[]

  • The Heretics (Former Adoptive Family/Former Allies)
  • Kai and Lily (Former Allies)
  • Bonnie and Lily (Enemies)
  • Elena and Lily (Enemies)


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  • Lillian is a female given name and in Latin means "lilium".[2]
  • Salvatore is Italian and means "savior".[3]


  • In the books, she played a crucial and important role in the relationship between the Salvatore brothers. Her death caused Damon to hate Stefan, as he blamed Stefan for her untimely and unexpected death. After Stefan was born, their mother became ill and never recovered. She died a few years later when Damon was a small child and when Stefan was a toddler. There's also the fact that Damon did have a close relationship with his mother (being the first child) and that when Stefan was born, their mother and their father started to pay more attention to Stefan, with Stefan being the newest addition to the family and also being the youngest child who needed constant care and attention. Because of this, Damon ended up getting jealous of Stefan, feeling like Stefan robbed Damon of the attention and affections of their mother after he was born. Unlike Damon, however, Stefan has little to no memory of his mother as she died when Stefan was only a couple of years old.
  • Damon and Stefan's mother in the novels (her name is unknown) was said to have possessed a personality and temperament similar to Stefan: kind, compassionate, caring, nurturing, but very vulnerable and physically fragile. She was said to have been the opposite of Giuseppe in personality (according to the books, Damon seems to have inherited Giuseppe's personality and temperament, especially his hot headedness and his quick and short temper).
  • Lillian's birthday is February 27 and her astrological sign is Pisces.
  • It is revealed by Stefan Salvatore in Prayer For the Dying that his and Damon's mother was sent away by Giuseppe when she became severely ill with consumption.
  • Damon places flowers on her grave annually, this explains why he was in Mystic Falls in 2009.
    • This places her death around May, taking into account that Damon first met Elena on May 23.
  • Damon volunteered to write his mother's eulogy but never even went to the funeral.
  • Contrary to everyone's belief, Lily did not actually die. It was presumed she was dead but in fact she was stuck in 1903, in an alternate prison world to Malachai's.
  • She has pictures of her sons from 1864, as Damon is in his Confederate Army uniform.
  • According to Julie Plec, she may be evil.
  • According to Kai, she is a Ripper. Like her youngest son Stefan, she became addicted to blood and she had killed over 3,000 people after she was turned into a vampire. It is apparent that Stefan took after his mother after being turned.
    • Unlike her son, although killing more people than him, she did not earn a title such as 'the Ripper of Monterrey'.
      • However it is entirely possible that she received multiple tittles due to the number of kills she made while traveling in Europe. They simply haven't been revealed in the show yet.
  • Going by physical appearance, Lily's oldest son Damon takes after her as there is a strong physical resemblance between the two. Elena even comments that Damon has Lily's eyes.
    • Stefan, on the other hand, does not physically resemble either of his parents in Giuseppe or Lily, as Stefan is a doppelgänger or shadow self of Silas, who is an ancient and the oldest known ancestor (going back to 1st century B.C.) of the Salvatore family. Therefore, Stefan is physically identical to Silas in every way. It could be safe to say that physical appearance wise, Stefan took after Giuseppe's side, since the doppelgängers are presumably from the Salvatore side of the family.
  • Personality and temperament wise, it could be assumed that Stefan took after Lily, considering that after both were turned into vampires, they went from being kind and gentle humans to vampires who became blood addicts that did not know how to control their blood lust. Both Lily and Stefan became Rippers who ended up killing innocent humans in the most brutal and gruesome ways. It could be assumed that before Lily was turned, she had a kind and gentle personality similar to her youngest son, although vampirism brought out the bad and immoral side of her.
  • Lily reveals that she despised Giuseppe and actually told Damon that it was good for Stefan to do what he did to his father.
    • It is later revealed that Lillian despised Giuseppe because she disliked his personality and the fact that he was a harsh, stern man who had a terrible temper. It could also be because Giuseppe had abandoned her by sending her away from her family when she had become deathly ill.
    • It was mentioned by Lillian that Giuseppe was an abusive husband, which could explain her disdain for him. This was later confirmed in Mommie Dearest.
  • Lily has a group of vampires that accompanied her and they were the ones that helped her keep her Ripper tendencies at ease. They also were sent to the Prison World with her and they are now mummified corpses. She claims they are her family as well.
  • While in the prison world, Lillian has claimed that she lives on two drops of blood a day to survive and so she won't desiccate.
  • Lily revealed to Damon that the day of her funeral, she had visited Stefan to say goodbye (hence, why Stefan thought he saw his mother in angel form). She said that she had just wanted to see her boys one last time before she went away for good. But as she was saying goodbye to Stefan while he was asleep, she almost lost control of her blood lust and was tempted to feed from Stefan. This was the major reason why Lily said that she left in the first place, so that she could spare her sons the possible danger of her being in their lives as a dangerous vampire.
  • Lillian is presumed to have been born some time between 1810 and 1820. Her exact age is unknown.
  • It is assumed that Lillian is American and was born in the United States (like her portrayer, Annie Wersching was), although it has not been confirmed.
  • Lillian is assumed to be of French-American descent, as Stefan's Diaries seems to suggest (although "Stefan's Diaries" is not considered to be canon in terms of the show).
  • Lillian is Stefan's emotional trigger, as it was seeing her that caused Stefan to turn his humanity switch back on.
  • In 1903, She turned Enzo into a vampire to save him from Consumption.
  • Although a ripper with no regard for human life, Lily would not kill a pregnant woman unlike her son Damon.
  • Lillian is the second female Salvatore family member to appear on the show. Sarah was the first.
  • Lillian has never met Jeremy and Alaric.
  • Unlike most vampires on the show, it's unknown which of the Original Vampires bloodline she descended from.
  • According to Damon himself (or at least from his perspective), Stefan is Lillian's favorite son. Interestingly enough, Stefan was also Giuseppe's favorite son, if the flashbacks are anything to go by.
  • In Live Through This, Damon and Stefan find out that it was actually Lily's idea to to link Elena's life with Bonnie which was executed by Kai in I'll Wed You in the Golden Summertime.
  • Lily was blindly in love with Julian.
    • This changes when Lily realizes that Julian is dangerous and ruthless like Giuseppe, she agrees to take him down with the help of Stefan and Damon.
  • Lily linked her life to Julian's to protect him from her sons.
  • It is revealed in Mommie Dearest that in 1851, Lily stole money from Giuseppe's bureau so that she could buy tickets to escape with her sons.
  • In Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me, Kill Me, Lily and Enzo shared their first and only kiss
  • Enzo was interested in Lily romantically, although she didn't feel the same about him, rejecting him multiply times before dying.
  • Lily gave Nora a book with the poem named "The Nymph's Reply to the Shepherd" as her anniversary gift.
  • Lily staked herself to kill Julian without knowing the fact that Mary Louise already unlinked her from him.
  • With the Other Side's collapse and destruction of Hell, she either found peace or went to a dimension similar to Hell, if one exists.



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