This article is about Mr. Tanner from the novel series. You may be looking for William Tanner from the TV series.


Mr. Tanner was a character of The Vampire Diaries novel series. He was a history teacher at Robert E. Lee High School. He is about 25 years old, even though he's balding. He loved to humiliate students, but he couldn't humiliate Stefan when the teacher tried and miserably failed.

The Original Series

The Awakening

Mr. Tanner had recently come to the school, a young 25 year old man, as the history teacher; what happened to the old teacher hasn't been said.

Mr. Tanner had to step in for Coach Lyman, the gym teacher at the school. He stepped into the role of the Druid sacrifice for the Halloween Fundraiser. In this role he is meant to sit up and scare everyone when someone came near him

When this didn't happen, Bonnie went to see if Mr. Tanner was okay and when he wouldn't respond, she shook him and realized he was killed.

After the police are called, but haven't arrived, Tyler Smallwood starts to rally up a group of people to find Stefan as he did it, but Stefan didn't, but Tyler hates him because he beat him up from trying to hurt Elena. It is then revealed that Mr. Tanner was killed by Stefan's brother, Damon.


  • Tanner comes from an English origin and means "worker in leather".

The Vampire Diaries

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Benjamin Ayres as William Tanner

Main article: William Tanner

Mr. Tanner appeared in TV series with the name William Tanner. He was also a history teacher. He was killed by Damon Salvatore. He was killed before the first football game of the season.


  • In both versions, Mr. Tanner likes to make students feel bad.
  • In both the series and the novel, Mr. Tanner is killed by Damon.

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