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You feel like you could do anything. Be anyone. Beautiful things are more beautiful. Everything's heightened, you know, just live more intensely, love more powerfully. Anger becomes rage. When you're sad, you're in despair. Grief. Loss. It can cripple you. That's why so many of us turn our emotions off. It just becomes...too overwhelming.
Stefan Salvatore to Elena Gilbert about being a vampire, best and worst parts.

Vampires are supernaturally reanimated corpses, inhabited by the spirit of the deceased, that feed and survive on the blood of the living, especially on human blood . Vampires are one of the many known supernatural species in The Vampire Diaries, and The Originals Universe.

Creation

Caroline in her transfomation

Caroline Forbes during the transition.

Humans who have consumed vampire blood and died with it in their system will rise undead. The nature of the human's death is irrelevant, however the body must be intact and able to function. Furthermore, the physiological trauma must be sufficient enough for the recipient to actually pass out, since the vampire blood in their system will only heal any non-fatal wounds or injuries that the victim sustained prior to dying. Upon mortal death, the undead body will awaken in a state of transition. In order to complete the transition, within the next 24 hours the person must consume an exceptional amount of human blood or else they will die. Vampires can only feed on human blood to complete the process.

It is known that humans can be changed into vampires, and werewolves can be changed into hybrids. Witches can be turned into vampires, but the combined entity will be a normal vampire, since vampires cannot practice magic.

History

The Original Family

During the early Middle Ages of Europe, an old world family abandoned their homeland (the Old World/Europe), soon after a severe virus, known as the plague, spread throughout their village. With the help of a powerful witch named Ayana, the family traveled to America where they settled in a beautiful unnamed hamlet. However, after the untimely death of Esther’s youngest child Henrik, Esther was later convinced by her husband to preform the imortallity spell on their family and turn them into the first known vampires. The spell worked, but the spirits were furius that six new imortal beings had been created  after (Silas and Amara) so for each strength they made a weakness one being sunlight and the worst of them all the hunger for blood.

They, just like Ayana had foretold, started a "plague" by creating more vampires(albeit much weaker then themselves) birthing what is considered the modern vampires.

The Kingdom of Marcel

During the 18th century, the Original Family came to what would become New Orleans and begun the process of building an unknown penal colony into one of the major cities of the future United States. During their time in New Orleans, the Originals turned several vampires, including the slave Marcel, who became the adopted son of Niklaus Mikaelson, more commonly known as Klaus. Although the vampires managed to establish their own community in New Orleans, several communities cohabited in the town, including the werewolves and the witches, who were, according to Klaus, a 'force to be reckoned with.' Alongside all these factions was a human faction, created by Klaus and composed of pirates and dirty politicians. For centuries, the Faction would ensure the safety of New Orleans's population from the vampires and deal with the various supernatural events of the community's life. Eventually, however, the various factions of New Orleans finally came together when Klaus and his brother Elijah came up with a plan to have all of them work together in order to avoid Prohibition which was about to be voted into law. As this new law would mean an increase in federal presence which could expose the supernatural community, the Mikaelsons proposed that the werewolves crime families could smuggle their alcohol into the city via the ports that Klaus and Elijah owned in order to have the town benefit from the business. However, in 1911, the Originals' father, Mikael, tracked his children down to New Orleans and, in his quest to kill his step-son Klaus, killed several of the turned vampires. The Originals managed to flee, as well as Marcel.

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Marcel, the self-appointed king of the French Quarter's vampire as well as witch population.

At some point after the massacre, Marcel returned to New Orleans where he became hellbent on reestablishing the vampire community, this time as with them in a dominant position this time. At some point, he got rid of the werewolves, forcing most of them out of town and into exile in the Bayou while he forced a witch to reverse the curse and turn them into wolves full time except on the full moon. He then taught the humans how to look the other way as to the supernatural events in town and formed an alliance with Father Kieran, the leader of the Faction. Under Marcel's leadership, New Orleans became a major supernatural melting pot where vampires came to have a good time, no longer forced to live in the shadows or hide from the humans. Marcel also established a hierarchy where a few vampires enjoyed the privilege of walking in the daylight while the majority were forced to remain as, what he calls, nightwalkers. However, as the vampire population began to grow and their influence started to spread, the vampires found themselves in a state of cold war with the New Orleans witches, despite Father Kieran's attempts to keep the peace between them.

This tension eventually led to the witches' decision to go along with the Harvest ritual, which would give them more power. When Father Kieran found out that the ritual demanded the sacrifice of four girls, he tried to oppose it. However, the witch Elder Agnes put a hex on his nephew Sean O'Connell making him go mad, which led to his massacre of his fellow students and his own suicide. Kieran left town but went to Marcel and told him to stop the Harvest. After three girls were killed by the witches, Marcel attacked the gathered coven and killed all those present and saving the last sacrifice, Davina Claire. As a result of the massacre, Davina had amassed the power of the three sacrificed witches and was now able to sense when another witch was doing magic. Partly to protect her and partly to benefit from this, Marcel used Davina's hatred of the witches to use her so that he could know when a witch was using magic in the Quarter. With this advantage, Marcel banned the use of magic and made any breach of this law punishable by death. Using this advantage, the vampires became the uncontested superior faction in New Orleans and Marcel self-proclaimed himself to be the King of the City.

However, threats to Marcel rule begin to appear in 2011 when his former mentor, Klaus, returns to New Orleans. Having received word that a witch named Jane-Anne Deveraux was plotting against him. However, Marcel kills her before he can question her. Suspicious of Marcel's motives for killing Jane-Anne, Klaus follows a trail that leads him to Jane-Anne's sister, Sophie. Along with his older brother, Elijah, Klaus discovers that the witches, led by Jane-Anne and Sophie, are planning an uprising against Marcel and need Klaus' help to get close to him and bring him down. Using the fact that he had impregnated a werewolf woman named Hayley, they threatened to kill his child if he refused to help them bring down Marcel. Secretly, the witches wanted to find Davina so that they could complete the Harvest. Indeed, the witches' magic was growing weaker over time due to their use of Ancestral Magic which relied mainly on the channeling of their dead ancestors. If Davina did not die and renew the link with their ancestors by releasing her power into the earth, the witches would lose all their powers. At the same time, the witches were convinced that the four sacrificed girls could return to life once the Harvest was complete. As her niece and Jane-Anne's daughter, Monique Deveraux, had been one of these girls, Sophie was willing to do anything it took to accomplish her goal. 

Having witnessed that Marcel (whom he thought had died during the vampire massacre of 1919) had survived without letting him know and that he had taken what was his as his own, Klaus became determined to reclaim his city. To that end, he decide to help the witches in their planned uprising while hoping that he would become the new leader of the vampire community after the war. To that end, he joined Marcel as a guest for a period of time and slowly begun to plan his downfall by undermining his rule by implanting his own followers into their ranks. 

Physiology

Blood is the main component of a vampire's diet; be it Human, animal or Vampire blood. According to Rebekah, the reason why Vampires crave blood more than anything else was due to the Immortality Spell used by Esther to create the Original Vampires. Esther used the blood of a doppleganger as the catalyst for the immortalization of her family via transition from death, which awakened the Mikaelson's into their new lives as Originals. If a vampire fails to drink blood, their body will become severely weak, and will ultimately desiccate into mummification. Blood (especially human blood) will not only satisfy a vampire’s thirst, but will also increase their supernatural abilities. The longer a vampire abstains from blood, the more likely the vampire will becoming increasingly feral. Eventually they will lose all sense of their humanity and rationality until they finally give into their bloodlust. Due to their acute senses, a vampire can detect whether or not a human has recently consumed alcohol or drugs, because their blood tastes unclean and can leave a vampire with a nasty aftertaste.

Nature

"She is a different person. She's a vampire. We're a predatory species. We enjoy the hunt, the feed, and the kill. When the guilt gets too bad, we switch off our humanity and we revel in it."
Damon Salvatore
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Stefan as a Ripper

Vampires are extremely feral, predatory creatures, and far more beast-like and savage than their human appearance suggests. They growl, hiss, snarl, and curl their lips back baring their fangs as signs of aggression when provoked.

The bite of a vampire can sever the limbs of both animals and humans, as vampires are known for having extremely sharp and strong teeth. Despite their nature, vampires are also capable of human emotions - such as compassion, love, and self-control. However the emotions of vampires are far more intense than the emotions of humans; anger, happiness, hate, love, etc. Whenever a vampire is faced with a powerful feeling (such as hunger, anger, happiness, love etc.) their faces pale and blood rushes into the veins surrounding their eyes. Their canine teeth will lengthen into fangs, giving them a more predatory look to scare off or threaten their prey.

Being  intensely emotional, it is not uncommon for Vampires wishing to maintain self-control to document their lives after transition in journals,; and though they have consistently shown considerable powers in recollection, Vampires still need to peruse in order to reflect the occurences of their lives.

Society and Culture

Attitudes Toward Humans

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Megan, a human, killed by a vampire.

Vampires coexist with humans. Humans are mostly oblivious to the existence of vampires, which makes it easier for vampires to commingle. Attitudes of vampires towards humans vary from individual to individual. Some see humans as food, servants, and entertainment, while others feel compassion for humans.

Human Awareness of Vampires

Only a handful of humans are aware of the existence of literal vampires. Among the greater masses of the 21st Century, vampires are regarded as superstition, fiction, and myth.

Powers and Abilities

The supernatural forces that sustain vampires also endow them with superhuman physical abilities as well as powers of mind control. Their physical abilities such as strength, speed, agility, durability, healing and senses all grow stronger with age and the consumpion of human blood. Vampires who feed on animal blood will not be as powerful as those who feed on buman blood.

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    Stefan using his super strength.

    Super Strength - Vampires are noticeably much stronger than average adult humans and slowly grow stronger with time. They always have the advantage of superior strength in direct combat with a human. Even new vampires who are still in transition can toss an average size fully grown human across a room with great speed and force. Their other feats include single-handedly lifting grown men high off the ground by the throat and snapping their necks, ripping people apart, and ripping out internal organs such as hearts with little to no effort. Their strength is also more powerful than that of werewolves that are not in wolf form. Their strength allows them to jump higher and further than any natural creature. Vampires who feed on humans are stronger than those who feed on animal blood. In Fifty Shades of Grayson, Damon, a vampire roughly 170 years of age, is seen smashing his hand continuously into a stone wall, causing a large portion to chip off. However, newbie vampires may have difficulties while dealing with truly heavy objects, such as when Caroline couldn't move the safe by herself in The Cell and asked for Stefan's help.
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    Katherine using her super strength and speed.

    Super Speed - Vampires are much faster than humans and werewolves in human form and can possibly out run a werewolf even in wolf form. Vampires can accelerate their movements to cover short distances in an instant, faster than the human eye can see. When running across long distances, they appear as vibrating blurs of motion. Their reflexes are similarly heightened. Like their strength, their speed increases with age.
  • Super Agility - Vampires possess superhuman agility. They have shown that they can move, jump very high, climb, and run incredibly fast without difficulty or exhaustion. Vampires can jump with their super speed too. Vampires that feed on human blood can jump much higher than vampires that feed on animal blood. These abilities increase with age.
  • Enhanced Emotions- Vampires experience emotions more powerfully than humans. Emotions like love, joy, and happiness are intensified for vampires allowing them to live life more intensly. This ability allows vampires to feel emotions at their peak regardless of their age. Original Vampires have been shown experiencng emotions as powerfully today as they did 1,000 years ago. Conversely sadness, depression, guilt, fear and anger are also amplified causeing most vampires to "turn off" their emotions.
  • Emotional Control - Vampires have the supernatural ability to remove or dull their emotions. They can "switch off" their ability to feel emotions such as fear and guilt allowing them to kill without remorse, go against any opponent without fear and relieve themselves of depression and sadness. A vampire without there emotions is far more calculating and direct than one who keeps them on. However, the vampire will become a remorseless killer almost unrecognizable from the person they truly are. This ability fades with time and vampires who are over 500 years old are said to loose it altogether.
  •  Dream Manipulation - Vampires can control dreams and the subconscious.They have the ability to produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares and lucid dreaming, distort peoples perception of reality and trap someone in their dreams. Vampires can manipulate and enter the subconsious of other vampires and even an Original Vampire if they are weak enough.
  • Super Senses -  Vampires have extremely keen senses of hearing, sight and smell that far exceed those of humans and werewolves. They can hear whispered conversations, even ones in far of buildings and on phones, smell blood from several meters away, and see in total darkness. These senses improve and grow stronger with time.
  • Compulsion

    Damon compels Elena.

    Mind Compulsion - Vampires have the ability to influence and control thoughts,emotions and behavior and alter or erase memories. Normal vampires cannot "compel" other supernatural creatures whereas Original Vampires can compel other vampires and vampire/werewolf hybrids.
  • Immortality - A vampire stops aging once turned. Upon their transformation vampires become immune to all conventional illness, diseases, viruses and infections.
  • Healing Factor - Vampires heal extremely quickly, but still feel the pain of a wound before it heals. Vampires can snap their bones back into place after being broken and have been seen to fully recover from gunshots, stab wounds, and torso impalement. The only injury that cannot be healed on its own is a werewolf bite.
  • Super Durability - Vampires can take a great amount of physical damage without being slowed down. Even vampires who have been shot with wooden bullets have been seen to continue fighting, as long as they were not shot in the heart, or the head.
  • Fangs - Vampires can grow a pair of fangs from their K-9 teeth, which they use to feed. Their fangs will occasionally come out and extend when they feed, are aroused by the scent of blood, or feeling intensely threatened or angered, especially if they are new vampires who have yet to gain complete control over their bloodlust. Vampire's teeth and fangs are much stronger than human teeth allowing them to tear into and rip the limbs off their prey.
  • Sire Bond - Although rare among them, Sire Bonds can be formed when a human is turned with the blood of the vampire whom they had strong human feelings for.
  • Telepathy- An advanced form of mind control that allows vampires to mentally communicate over a vast distance. Damon and Elijah have been shown to mentally communicate with others from a distance sending distress calls and mental images. Klause has also been shown sharing his memories with others.
  • Illusions - As seen with Lexi, vampires have the power to create illusions and trick the minds of others into seeing/feeling things.

Former Powers and Abilities

Originally, vampires had additional powers in the early episodes of show, but these powers were later written out of the show by the writers. These powers displayed were:

  • Weather Manipulation - Damon Salvatore was able to create fog, haze, and mist from nothing, and then return the weather to normal later. (In the novels, Klaus, Katherine and Damon use this power.)
  • Compelling Animals - Damon was able to compel a crow to spy on Elena, and go through the window in Stefan's room. (In the novels, Damon was able to transform into a crow.)

Weaknesses

  • Decapitation - Dismembering or removing the head of a vampire will result in permanent death.
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    Fire and Sunlight - Sunlight and U.V. rays burn vampires on contact and prolonged exposure will cause them to combust and die. vampires are also sensitive to fire and will die if they are not extinguished in time.
  • Wood - Wounding a vampire with a wooden weapon such as wooden bullets will incapacitate them. Stabbing a vampire through the heart with a wooden stake will result in permanent death. Its revealed that because Enzo was experimented on for many years, he built a resistance to being hurt by wood. Its possible this applies for vervain and other weaknesses as well.
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    Katherine is burned by vervain

    Vervain - Exposure to or ingestion of vervain causes a vampire to become severely feverish and weak. Also, physical contact with vervain will burn a vampire's skin. Vampires cannot compel anyone who has ingested vervain or has it on their person.
  • Heart Extraction - Removing the heart of a vampire will result in permanent death.
  • Invitation - Vampires cannot enter a home without an invitation by the owner. When Elijah awakened inside Elena's home without an invitation after having the White Oak Dagger removed he began to suffocate painfully and presumably would have desiccated.
  • Magic - Vampires are susceptible to the powers of witchcraft - including spells, potions, rituals and harmful magical objects.
  • Desiccation - Vampires who abstain from blood for extended amounts of time will eventually desiccate and mummify. Witches can also use magic o desiccate vampire.
  • Vampire Bloodline - If an Original vampire dies, all vampires descended from their bloodline will slowly perish.
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    Katherine after being bitten by Klaus.

    Werewolf Bite - The bite of a werewolf and the poison is extremely lethal to vampires. It will cause them to hallucinate, grow severely weak and go rabid until it kills them. Klaus' hybrid blood can cure the bite. Vampires suffering from the bite seem to always hallucinate moments from their past.
  • Broken Neck - Breaking a vampire's neck will not kill it, but it will render it unconscious for few minutes. It was shown when Alaric snaps Stefan and Damon's neck they recover quickly.
  • Hunter's Curse - If a vampire kills a member of The Brotherhood of the Five, they will be tormented by visions until they kill themselves or if the hunter is replaced.
  • The Cure - If a vampire takes the cure it will become human again. The blood of last doppelgangers can be used to undo the magic of vampirism, which revert the vampires to the state of death before their transition.
  • White Oak Ash Dagger - Its rumored If a vampire daggers an original, they will die when the original is neutralised.
  • Gilbert Device - Invented by Johnathan Gilbert (Enchanted by Emily Bennett), the Device was a weapon designed to emit a high-frequency noise that could only be heard by vampires and werewolves.
  • Doppelganger Blood Magic - If a doppelgangers blood is used in the Magic Purification Spell, all vampires' abilities will be stripped from them little by little and then they will be brought back to the last stage of their human life: Death. They will then relive the way they died when they transitioned into vampirism.

Myths

  • Garlic - The vampire's supposed repulsion towards garlic may have been a fabricated lie, similar to how Werewolves really react to silver. This myth was presumably started to hide the fact that vampires are actually vulnerable to vervain.
  • Holy Items - The myth that vampires could be harmed using holy artifacts like crosses, blessed ground, and holy water may have circulated from the belief that they are unholy creatures originating from Hell and in league with the Devil.
  • Mirrors - The myth that vampires did not cast a reflection may have come from the belief that vampires had no souls.
  • Shapeshifting - The origin of the myth that vampires had the power to morph into a bat, wolf, rat, or a cloud of mist is unknown. It may be the result of a mistake of perception between vampires and werewolves. Or it may even be related to Silas, who has to ability to cast psychic illusions to appear as anyone he chooses.
  • Souless - The belief that vampires are souless beings may have stemmed from their ability to shut down their emotions, causing them to behave without remorse or regret, and giving off the impression that they have no conscience and by extension, also lacks souls.
  • Death - Contrary to popular belief, vampires have beating hearts and they cannot function without oxygen.

Known Vampires

Vampire Description Status Age
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Mikael
Mikael was one of the Original vampires and a vampire hunter. He was the husband of the Original witch Esther, father of the Original Vampires and the step-father of Niklaus. He is later brought back to life by Davina. He was once again killed by Klaus. Deceased 1,060+
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Finn Mikaelson
Finn Mikaelson was one of the Original Vampires and the second-born child of Mikael and Esther. He was killed by the human Matt Donovan. He was the brother that was possessing Vincent. He was resurrected as an original vampire by unknown means, however died again after being bitten by Lucien Castle. Deceased 1,039+
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Elijah Mikaelson
Elijah Mikaelson was one of the Original Vampires, and the third-born child of Mikael and Esther. He was bitten by Marcel Gerard but Freya Mikaelson linked his life to Niklaus Mikaelson's so he slumbered until Hayley Marshall-Kenner found a cure for the bite. He was willingly killed by his brother Klaus a few years later in order to be with him - even in death. Deceased 1,035+
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Kol Mikaelson
Kol Mikaelson is one of the Original Vampires, and the fifth-born child of Mikael and Esther. He was killed by hunter Jeremy Gilbert. He is the brother that was possessing Kaleb. He was killed by Finn. He was then resurrected in his Original Vampire body by Davina Claire. He was bitten by Marcel Gerard but Freya Mikaelson linked his life to Niklaus Mikaelson's so he'd slumber until Hayley Marshall-Kenner would find a cure for the bite. Undead 1,000+
TO-S4-RebekahRebekah Mikaelson Rebekah Mikaelson is one of the Original Vampires, and the sixth-born child of Mikael and Esther. She was daggered with a Cursed Stake and as result of that has been hexed but Freya Mikaelson linked her life to Niklaus Mikaelson's so she'd slumber until Hayley Marshall-Kenner would find a cure for her. Undead 1,000+
Lucien 3x18 ProfileLucien Castle Lucien was the first vampire ever turned by Klaus, and the first sired vampire overall. He was a member of the Trinity. He was killed by Klaus. Deceased 1,000+
Aurora on 3x13Aurora de Martel Aurora is the sister of Tristan, and is the first vampire ever turned by Rebekah, and is a member of the Trinity. Undead (Slumbering) 1,000+
Tristan3x03Tristan de Martel Tristan was the brother of Aurora, and the first vampire ever turned by Elijah, and was a member of the Trinity. Deceased 1,000+
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Mohinder
Mohinder was a vampire who had mentored Aya, and was one of the few vampires who drank vampire blood. He was killed by Tristan de Martel. Deceased 1,000+
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Sage
Sage was the former lover of Finn Mikaelson. Sage died as a result of Finn's murder, due to the fact that she was a member of his bloodline. Deceased 900+
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Aya Al-Rashid
Aya was a vampire turned by Elijah and a member of The Strix. She has been staked by Hayley Marshall-Kenner who took revenge for her husband's death which Aya was responsible for. Deceased 900+
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Shen Min
Shen Min was a vampire and a member of The Strix, who was sired by a member of Elijah Mikaelson's sireline, and killed himself, after refusing to hand over secret information about The Strix's plan to the original vampires, and their allies. Shen was one of few non-original vampires that even the Original Vampires were wary of. Deceased 800+
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Mary Porter
Mary Porter was a vampire who turned Rose back in the 15th century. She was staked by Kol in an attempt to keep Damon from figuring out where his bloodline originated. It has been confirmed that she was part of Niklaus' bloodline. Deceased 600 — 800 years
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Pearl
Pearl was one of the tomb vampires and was staked by John Gilbert. Deceased 550+
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Rose-Marie
Rose was a lover of Damon Salvatore, and an ally to him and his friends. She was staked by Damon as a means of ending her misery after being bitten by Jules, after saving Damon from it. Deceased 560
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Annabelle
Anna was a vampire whose goal was to open the tomb and free her mother and the other vampires. She fell in love with Jeremy Gilbert but was staked by his uncle John. Deceased 550+
Trevor
Trevor
Trevor was a vampire turned by Rose. He and Rose had been running from the Originals ever since they helped Katerina Petrova escape. Rose was very loyal to him, up until he was killed by Elijah as his punishment for trusting and helping Katerina escape. Deceased 550+
Fre-people-vegan-leather-metallics-jacket-and-the-vampire-diaries-gallery Nadia Petrova Nadia Petrova was the daughter of Katerina Petrova. For an unknown amount of time she was a member of The Travelers. She died as result of a werewolf bite from Tyler Lockwood. Deceased 522
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Sofya Voronova
A vampire that works for Lucien Castle and is a hired gun. She now works for Marcel Gerard. Undead 500+
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Sebastian
Sebastian is an ancient vampire who arrives in Mystic Falls. He has lived through the 'golden age' of vampirism. Undead 500+
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Julian
Julian was a vampire who was turned on the early 1500's, and has been the lover of Lillian Salvatore for over a century and a half. Julian was killed by Rayna Cruz in 1903, and his soul was sealed in the Phoenix Stone. He was later brought back to life by the Heretics. He has been killed by Stefan Salvatore with the help of Valerie to avenge Lillian's death. Deceased 475+
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Gaspar Cortez
Gaspar was a vampire of Klaus' sireline and was a former warlord back in the 1600s with his father and 5 unnamed brothers. He was killed by Niklaus Mikaelson. Deceased 400+
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Raphael
Raphael was a painter in Florence during the 1600's and was turned by Julian. Undead 400+
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Dirty Robin
Dirty Robin was a nun in a convent who was turned by Julian in 1802. Undead 200+
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Marcel Gerard
Marcel is Klaus's progeny. Marcel has ruled NOLA since the originals run from the city in 1919. Klaus has taken control of the city after he returned, but a while later, he gave it back to Marcel. After the death of the witch Davina Claire by the hands of the Mikaelsons, Marcel swore vengeance against Klaus, turned into The Beast after his death by Elijah, and banished the Mikaelsons from the city. Undead 209
Lillian Salvatore
Lillian Salvatore
Lillian "Lily" was the mother of Damon and Stefan Salvatore, and was the one who turned the Heretics and Lorenzo into vampires. She killed herself in a failed attempt to kill Julian, so that she could save Damon and Valerie's lives. Deceased 193
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Seth
Seth was turned by Julian during the Gold Rush in California between 1848-1855. Deceased 180+
Noah
Noah
Noah was a vampire who became obsessed with Elena, due to her being physically identical to Katherine Pierce. He unsuccessfully attacked Elena on several occasions. He was staked by Stefan Salvatore. Deceased 160+
BethanneBethanne Bethanne was one of the 26 vampires trapped in the tomb, also she was Frederick's girlfriend. She was staked by Stefan Salvatore. Deceased 160+
150px-222Henry Wattles Henry was a tomb vampire and the friend of Katherine Pierce. He also served with Damon Salvatore in the army. He was staked by Alaric Saltzman. Deceased 160+
116HausderVampireCharakterFrederickFrederick Frederick was one of the vampires who was trapped in the table with Anna's mother, Pearl. He was also Bethanne's lover, the one responsible for turning her. He was staked by Stefan Salvatore. Deceased 160+
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Billy
Billy was a tomb vampire. He was killed by Alaric. Deceased 160+
Vamp3Jacob Jacob was a tomb vampire who was killed by Damon. Deceased 160+
CharilevampireCharlie He was the leader of the tomb vampires after Frederick died. He was presumably killed in the fire caused by John Gilbert. Deceased 160+
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Harper
Harper was a vampire who fought in the Civil War. He was turned by Pearl in 1864 but was stake by John Gilbert in 2010. Deceased 160+
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Lorenzo St. John
Lorenzo "Enzo" was a vampire who was turned by Lillian Salvatore on November 1, 1903. Later he was found by the Whitmore family after he left his post in Eastern Europe during WWII. He was imprisoned by Dr. Whitmore and forced to endure his torture for decades. In the 21st century, Enzo along with Elena were prisoners of Wes Maxfield. He purposely kills himself by Stefan's hand, but is later resurrected. Only to be killed 5 years later by Stefan. Deceased 140
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Alistair Duquesne
Alistair was a vampire from Klaus' line, who came to New Orleans to see Klaus suffer, after the latter compelled him to kill his wife and child so he could escape Mikael. He was later killed by Klaus himself as part of Marcel's plan. Deceased 100+
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Joe Dalton
Joe was a vampire friend of Marcel from World War I, who owned a record shop in New Orleans. He was killed by the werewolves. Deceased 100+
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Poppy
Poppy was one of New Orleans vampires, who was accidentally killed by Hope's new hybrid, Henry Benoit. Deceased 100+
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August Müller
August was a purist vampire who lived in Germany in the 1930's. Killed by Klaus. Deceased 93+
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Greta Sienna
Greta was the wife of the late August Müller, and the adopted mother of A and Roman. She was killed by Hayley. Deceased 93+
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Antoinette Sienna
Antoinette is the adopted daughter of Greta and August, and the fiancee of Elijah Mikaelson. Undead 93+
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Roman Sienna
Roman is the adopted son of Greta and August, and was a friend of Hope Mikaelson, and a student at the Salvatore Boarding School. Undead 93+
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Thierry Vanchure
Thierry Vanchure was dying of a war wound in the 1940's, Marcel Gerard found him and turned him into a vampire. Deceased 70+
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Charlotte
Charlotte is a vampire who was turned by Damon in the 1940s. Charlotte was also sired to Damon, until he set her free, breaking the sire bond between them. Undead 70+
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Will
Will was a vampire who knew Damon back in the 1970s and owned a bar. He was killed by Damon because he was suffering from a hybrid bite. Deceased 70+
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Slater
Slater was a vampire who was a friend of Rose and also Alice's boyfriend. He was compelled by Elijah to kill himself. Deceased 50+
TO-S2-LenoreLenore Lenore was a powerful witch who was owned by Esther and turned into a vampire by Rebekah. She was killed by Freya. Deceased 50+
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Abby Bennett Wilson
Abby Bennett Wilson is the daughter of Sheila Bennett and mother of Bonnie Bennett. Abby was once a witch, but when she abandoned Bonnie, her magic was weakened to the point where she could not use it. She is now a vampire, after being turned by Damon Salvatore. Undead 41
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Kieran O'Connell
Kieran was a priest who became hexed and turned into a vampire. He was killed by Klaus. Deceased 40+
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Tripp Cooke
Tripp was a vampire hunter who was turned into a vampire by Enzo and then killed by crossing the barrier. Deceased 40+
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Joshua Rosza
Joshua "Josh" Rosza is a vampire living in New Orleans. He served as a spy for Klaus, until his compulsion was rid of by Davina. He later turned to Marcel's second in command, when most of the NOLA vampires died from the wolves, or fled the city. Deceased 35
Caroline-S8
Caroline Forbes
Caroline is a vampire, and the best friend of Elena Gilbert and Bonnie Bennett. Damon Salvatore feeds Caroline his blood to heal her after she suffers from internal bleeding. Caroline is smothered to death with a pillow by Katherine Pierce who found out that Damon gave her some of his blood; so she can use her as leverage in her plan to break free of Klaus. She is the former fiancée of Alaric Saltzman, and the surrogate mother of Lizzie and Josie Saltzman - being the only known pregnant vampire. Undead 33
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Isobel Flemming
Isobel Flemming was the wife of Alaric Saltzman and the biological mother of Elena Gilbert. She was turned by Damon Salvatore by request. She was later compelled by Klaus to committed suicide by walking into the sun. Deceased 32
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Farmer John
Farmer John was a vampire made by Enzo used for Damon to feed and kill. Deceased 30+
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Logan Fell
Logan Fell was a news reporter at WPKW9 in Mystic Falls and Jenna Sommers' ex-boyfriend. Logan was later turned into a vampire by Anna, who compelled him to drink her blood, but he was killed by Damon Salvatore after Logan attempted to kill him. Deceased 30+
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Jenna Sommers
Jenna Sommers was Elena and Jeremy's aunt, who became their legal guardian after their parents were killed in a car crash. She was turned by Klaus and sacrificed in a ritual to make Klaus a Hybrid. Deceased 30
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Camille O'Connell
Cami was a psychology student who moved to New Orleans to find out the truth about the death of her brother, Sean O'Connell. She was compelled by Aurora de Martel to kill herself with Aurora's blood in her system. Not long afterward she was killed by Lucien Castle. Deceased 25
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Jesse
Jesse was a college student that was fed blood by Caroline Forbes to heal his injuries, and was killed by Wes Maxfield. He was later killed by Elena Gilbert. Deceased 22
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Gia
Gia was a vampire who was turned by Marcel. She becomes Elijah's protégé, and later his lover. She was killed by Klaus. Deceased 20
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Joey
Joey was an Augustine vampire who was killed by Damon. Deceased 20+
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Xi Nguyen
Xi was a vampire recently turned by Julian in Portland. Undead 20+
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Krystal
Krystal was a vampire turned by Julian and was killed by Rayna Cruz. Deceased 20+
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Ivy
Ivy was Stefan's girlfriend that was turned by Enzo. She was killed by Tripp. Deceased 20+
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Ben McKittrick
Ben was a football player that went to school with Elena and her friends. He was turned by Anna and killed by Stefan. Deceased 19
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Vicki Donovan
Victoria "Vicki" Donovan was Matt's sister and the first character that becomes a vampire since the Salvatore brothers returned to Mystic Falls. She was also Jeremy and Tyler's love interest. Damon Salvatore turned her, and Stefan later staked her. Deceased 18
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Violet Fell
Violet was a high school student at Mystic Falls, who were turned by Stefan, and was later killed by him, as an offering to Cade. Deceased 16
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Anton
Anton was a vampire, and a friend of Lucien Castle, who came to the city as a favor to Lucien, and was staked not long after by Niklaus Mikaelson. Deceased Unknown
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Troy
Troy was a progeny of Sage. He was indirectly killed by Matt. Deceased Unknown
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Lee
Lee is a vampire who was turned by Lexi, his late girlfriend, many years ago so they could be together forever. He attempted to kill Damon as revenge for him killing Lexi. Undead Unknown
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Diego
Diego was a vampire that was turned by Marcel. He was killed by either Mikael or the werewolf bite. Deceased Unknown
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Cody Webber
Cody Webber was a vampire who was in contact with Slater. Shortly after showing up to find Elena, he was killed by Elijah who ripped his heart out of his chest. Deceased Unknown
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Ashlynn
Ashlynn was a vampire from the Phoenix Stone, and was killed by one of the members of The Armory. Deceased Unknown
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Emmett
Emmett is one of the purist vampires who lives in New Orleans. Undead Unknown
Gregory Gregory is Former Navy SEAL. Lucien Castle turned him personally, so he can be the head of his security team. Undead Unknown
Max Max was a vampire turned by Marcel, who was killed by Thierry. Deceased Unknown
Felicia Felicia was part of Marcel's Army. She participated in the Fight Night. Deceased Unknown
Otto Otto was part of Marcel's Army. He participated in the Fight Night. Deceased Unknown
Tomas Tomas was Marcel's informant. Deceased Unknown
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Kaleb
Kaleb is a student at the Salvatore Boarding School. Undead Unknown
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Milton Greasley
Milton "MG" Greasley is a student at the Salvatore Boarding School. He is also a ripper. Undead Unknown


Former Vampire Description Status Age
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Katerina Petrova
Katerina Petrova (now known as Katherine Pierce) was a Petrova Doppelgänger until she was turned into a vampire by Rose. She was the sire of Stefan and Damon Salvatore. During her fight with Elena at Mystic Falls High School, she took the cure forcibly, meaning that she's human again. Deceased 538
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Damon Salvatore
Damon Salvatore was a vampire who was turned by Katherine Pierce on September 25th 1864. He is the son of Lillian and Giuseppe Salvatore, and the older brother of Stefan Salvatore. He is smart and witty, and not afraid of facing vampires centuries older than he is; even The Originals. He was the primary antagonist of Season One and has been a protagonist since then.

When trying to compel human Stefan that he should live instead of sacrificing himself to kill Katherine, Stefan injected Damon his blood making him human again. In a flash-forward, he's shown to have grown old in Mystic Falls with Elena.

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Stefan-S8Stefan Salvatore Stefan Salvatore was a vampire who was turned by Katherine Pierce on September 25th, 1864. He is the son of Giuseppe and Lillian Salvatore, and the younger brother of Damon Salvatore. He is known among the vampire race as the "Ripper of Monterrey" - for killing hundreds of humans there. He was an antagonist in Season Three when his humanity was shut off. Recently, he was injected with the cure by Bonnie Bennett, he is now a human doppelgänger again. He sacrificed himself so that Katherine could be dragged back to hell by hellfire. Deceased 171
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Alaric Saltzman
Alaric "Ric" Saltzman was a vampire hunter and a history teacher at Mystic Falls High School. He was made into an Enhanced Original Vampire by Esther but was later killed (indirectly) by Rebekah when she caused Matt and Elena drive off of Wickery Bridge. More recently, he managed to be resurrected only to have his vampirism stripped by the Magic Purification Spell, he is now a human again. Alive 41
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Sloan
Sloan was a witch of the Traveler coven and briefly made a vampire through Tyler Lockwood's blood. She was cured when she volunteered to test the spell which was a minor version of the Magic Purification Spell, dying from her injuries. Deceased 25+
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Elena Gilbert
Elena was the current Petrova Doppelganger until she became a vampire with the help of Damon's blood. More recently, she drank a copy of the cure from the 1994 prison world of her own accord, becoming human once again. However, she was spelled by Malachai Parker to be under an enchanted coma until Bonnie Bennett dies. After Bonnie's heart stopped for a second Elena woke up and grew old with Damon in Mystic Falls. Alive (Deceased in flash-forward) 25

Former Vampires

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    Katerina Petrovanow known as Katherine Pierce, was the third Petrova Doppelgänger until she was turned into a vampire by Rose. She was the sire of Stefan and Damon Salvatore. Katherine has lived as a vampire for over 500 years when she was fighting with her doppelganger, Elena Gilbert, at Mystic Falls High School, Elena shoved the cure in her mouth and squeezed her mouth which broke the glass seal. Katherine took the cure forcibly, turning her back into a witch again. Katherine was a vampire again for three weeks after being given full control of Elena's body in The Devil Inside. She was dispelled from Elena's body through the Traveller's Knife in Gone Girl and her spirit finally sent into oblivion presumably destroyed.

Trivia

  • The future of the vampire race is questionable if the Other Side is destroyed. As seen in Growing Pains, when in transition, the vampire's soul is on the Other Side until he/she drinks blood and completes the transition. With the Other Side gone, it might dramatically affect the vampire race forever.
  • In the books, the most important vampires are: Klaus, Katherine von Swartzschild, Damon Francesco Salvatore, Stefan Antonio Salvatore, and Sage.
  • It is shown that their fangs appear once they drink human blood.
  • As predators, vampires enjoy stalking and toying with their victims before biting and drinking their blood. Stefan Salvatore once explained to Elena how the hunt is often more enjoyable to vampires than the actual feeding.
  • Vampires are excellent predators, as they can hunt their victims while remaining unseen.
  • Vampires can suppress their bloodlust to a degree by consuming alcohol. They might consume coffee to keep their body warmer to avoid spooking humans when in a crowd. 
  • It is disputed whether removing non-vital organs will kill a vampire. When Damon's eyes were clawed out by Pearl, they later regenerated.
  • Professor Wes Maxfield has begun scientific evaluation of vampires.
  • In Handle with Care, vampires are shown to have an accelerated cellular growth rate due to their healing factor.
  • Vampires are infertile. They are unable to have children.
  • Although many refer to Silas as a vampire, he said himself that he doesn't ever want to be called a Vampire. This however is most likely due to his arrogance and sense of superiority, as he told Bonnie last season that he was in fact a Vampire. 
  • Vampires can't own property.
  • Although most vampires were born human, their souls still go to the Other Side when they die. This could mean that the transition from a human to a vampire changes the essence as well.
  • Damon and Elena are the only known Augustine Vampire's in existence, they feed on other vampires. The urge to feed is so strong that they becomes a Ripper simaliar to how Stefan was except Damon's urge to feed on vampires is hard-wired into his DNA and appears to be non-controlable. Elena later becomes an Augustine Vampire, only now Wes used werewolf venom to make her more enhanced and worse than Damon.
  • Elena's improved Ripper Virus was made with werewolf venom. Elena was the vampire cured of werewolf venom without the use of Klaus blood.

See also

  • List of Vampires - a complete list of all vampires that have appeared in the series.
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