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This article is about Vicki Donovan from the TV series. You may be looking for Vickie Bennett from the novel series.

It's depressing as hell. Tell Matty I love him. [...] Tell him that I watch over him and no more knocking around with that blonde Original chick who almost got him killed.
Vicki to Bonnie regarding her brother in 500 Years of Solitude

Victoria "Vicki" Donovan was a main character during the first season of The Vampire Diaries. She was Matt's older sister and was Jeremy and Tyler's love interest. She was turned by Damon Salvatore, and was later staked by Stefan because she couldn't control her hunger. She periodically returns as a ghost until she was dragged to Hell in Resident Evil. In We're Planning a June Wedding, Vicki returns to Mystic Falls as a corporeal spirit to ring the Maxwell Bell in order for Katherine Pierce to destroy the town.

Vicki was a member of the Donovan Family.

Early History

Vicki was born on August 20, 1991 to Peter Maxwell and Kelly Donovan, and was the older sister of Matt. The rest of her background is vague, but she mentioned that her father was never around and wasn't worth knowing. At some point, she began taking drugs to escape her domestic problems.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series

Vicki with Jeremy at the Mystic Grill.

In Pilot, it's the beginning of the school year and Vicki's working as a waitress at the Mystic Grill and had to deal with the problems occasioned to her by Jeremy Gilbert. A shared interest in sex and drugs led Vicki to maintain a sexual relationship with Jeremy during the summer, but this ended when Jeremy developed genuine feelings for her. She tried to avoid him as much as possible and later began dating her former boyfriend Tyler. Jeremy became angry with her because he was convinced that Tyler only wanted her for sex, and didn't really love her like he did.

After Tyler forced himself on her during a party, he and Jeremy have a very bitter encounter. Vicki takes a walk in the woods, and is attacked by Damon and her body was found by Jeremy and Elena. This is the beginning of a long term argument between Jeremy and Tyler.

Vicki tells Matt that a "vampire" attacked her.

Vicki survived the attack and while recovering in the hospital, she claimed that a "vampire" attacked her. Stefan used his compulsion to erase her attacker from her memory, but later that night, as a way to torment Stefan, Damon plays with Vicki's memories to make her believe that Stefan bit her. Ultimately, Damon wiped her memories of that event and his attack on her, leaving her relatively unscathed. Vicki blamed the incident on an animal attack and hallucinations from the pills she received from Jeremy.

Vicki being tormented by Damon.

After that, Vicki asked Tyler to take her to the town's annual Founders Party, and Jeremy reminded her that Tyler treated her like trash. Tyler wouldn't introduce her to his family and kept her away from the party, she was disappointed and broke up with him. She returned to Jeremy and resumed their former relationship.

In You're Undead to Me, after living at the Gilbert House with Jeremy for over three days, Vicki stole Elena's pain pills that she received from the car accident and began to crush them up. Jeremy started to feel that all they were ever doing was getting high and then she told him that he had better not be like those guys that, after they're together, tried to change everything about her.

Vicki confronts Jeremy.

Vicki introduced Jeremy to druggies that she hung around with in the graveyard and when Jeremy tried to get her to stop, she argued with him, saying that Jeremy was only going through a tough period in his life due to his parents' death and he'll eventually get over it. Jeremy left her and Vicki stayed in the cemetery with her drugged pals. That night, she was unfortunate to find Damon again, who attacked her, then her friends, killing them. Vicki proved to be quite stubborn, and determined to cling to life, so Damon took her back to the boarding house with him.

Damon kills Vicki.

In Lost Girls Damon feeds Vicki some of his blood in order to help her heal and to have some good times with her. Vicki found the high from Damon's blood was as addictive as drugs and then they feed off of each others blood. Vicki revealed a lot of her woes and insecurities to Damon. He decided that the best thing for solving her poor self esteem issues would be to become a vampire so he snapped her neck. She awoke very ravenous and sought help at Jeremy's home, where Stefan realized that she was in transition to become a vampire. Stefan tried to help her but Vicki completed the transition to vampire by feeding on Logan Fell after Damon attacked him.

Vicki loses control of her bloodlust.

In Haunted, after becoming a vampire, Vicki struggled to follow the same moral path as Stefan, especially when Damon tried to coax her into using her powers to kill and feed from humans or at least feed and erase memories. She began to behave in a volatile manner, going as far as to attack and threaten Elena. When Damon taught her to use vampire speed, Vicki fled from the Salvatore brothers and went back to her own home. She tried to get into the house but being uninvited, she couldn't enter. Her brother Matt was relieved to see her and invited her in. Stefan showed up but when Vicki said he was bothering her, Matt told him to go away.

Vicki killed for the second time by Stefan.

At the Salvatore Boarding House, Vicki text messaged Jeremy to meet her at the Halloween Party at school and when they met, Vicki took him behind the school and they kissed passionately until she lost control of her vampire side and accidentally bit his lip, causing it to bleed. Elena stepped in, leading Vicki to attack her. Stefan told them to get back to the party while he tried to control her, but Vicki ran away from him. When Elena and Jeremy attempted to get back inside, Vicki knocked Jeremy aside and bit Elena, forcing Stefan to shove a broken board through her chest, killing her. This left both Elena and Jeremy grief-stricken.

Vicki after being staked

Damon erased Jeremy's memory of the incident at Elena's request, and making him believe that Vicki left town forever. Jeremy later read Elena's journal and was glad his memory of her as a vampire had been erased, because that was not how he wanted to remember her. Later Jeremy wanted Anna to change him into a vampire so he could find Vicki. When Vicki's body was accidentally discovered by Caroline when her car broke down during a storm, the news left Jeremy devastated, as well as Tyler, Matt and Kelly.

Vicki with Jeremy

In The Birthday, Vicki appeared briefly to Jeremy at the grill, followed closely by Anna. She later appeared to him in his car when he and Matt were about to drive home, and asked him for help, then disappeared. Anna appeared to Jeremy shortly after.

In The Hybrid, Jeremy tells Matt about his encounters with Vicki, and the two search through her things hoping to find something that will allow them to communicate with her. Matt finds a photo of Vicki and himself as children, gets emotional and places the photo face down. Matt expresses to Jeremy that the memories of his sister are too painful, and he is unsure about contacting her. After Jeremy leaves, the lights flicker and Matt sees the photo face up. Later, Matt met Jeremy who has brought over some beer as an apology. They start to share their feelings and the fact that they don't remember their last moments with her before she became a vampire.

Vicki with Matt

Vicki is saddened over Matt's confession, and calls out to him. Jeremy talks to her asking how he can help her and Vicki replies that she can come back but needs him to help her, and then vanishes, smashing a window. Anna appears straight after, telling Jeremy not to trust Vicki.

In The Reckoning, Pushing from the other side, Vicki is seen to be around Matt a lot even though he couldn't hear or see her, he could feel her presence. To communicate with her, Matt jumps in the pool with weights tied around his waist. Only when he is half dead and between the worlds, is he able to communicate with her. Vicki told Matt the solution to Klaus' hybrid problem. Bonnie revives Matt with CPR. At the end of the episode, Vicki appeared to Matt yet again, this time while he's alive. Vicki tricked her own brother so that she could use Esther's spell to come back to the physical world. She had made a deal with Esther to return under the condition that she would kill Elena so that no more hybrids could be made. She tried to kill her by drenching Alaric's SUV with gasoline and setting it on fire, but Bonnie and Matt used a spell to send her away back to The Other Side.

In 500 Years of Solitude, Vicki makes an appearance while everyone is waiting for Katherine's death, Bonnie answers to Matt's question that as the anchor to the other side she sees lots of people including Vicki. Vicki then appears and tells him via Bonnie that he loves him and always watching over him and to stop having sex with "that blonde Original chick". Vicki then is seen along with rest of the gang before Katherine refuses to die and makes her heart beat again.

Vicki warning Matt to go back

In Resident Evil, Matt is on the Other Side looking for Vicki. When they are finally reunited, Vicki warns Matt to go back to his body as something bad was happening on the Other Side. While running, Vicki falls and the wind is trying to pull her away. Matt tries to hold on to her to save her but Vicki tells Matt that she loves him, and she lets go of him and is taken away into the sky.

In Nostalgia's a Bitch, Vicki is in Damon's head as living her everyday life before being turned into a vampire. When questioned about Damon Salvatore by Bonnie it is shown that, in his head, Damon died as a human.

In We're Planning a June Wedding, it was revealed that Vicki came out of hell at the same time as Cade and Kai when Matt ringed the Maxwell bell. She is seen texting Kelly "Game on" to use as a distraction while she goes ring the bell for Katherine.

In I Was Feeling Epic, Vicki reunites with her estranged father and Matt telling them that she wants to cease to exist instead of going back to hell. Despite needing to ring the bell she gives them enough time to clear out Mystic Falls of the residents. At 10pm Vicki rings the bell one final time and the hellfire takes her out. However Vicki is somehow granted peace as she watches over Matt with Tyler.


Vicki had a very blunt personality and didn't care what people thought about her. She also told people like it is as she told Elena off about her with being Jeremy and dumping her brother. She did, however, show she cared about her younger brother as she was furious about what Elena did to him and saying he should stay away from Rebekah. Even if she was shown being self centered and selfish when Esther asked her to kill Elena, she was shown being able to sacrifice herself when she accepts to go to Hell to protect Matt.

Physical Appearance

Vicki was a very beautiful young lady with long, brown wavy hair and green eyes. She was seen dressed in mostly dark colored clothes and some that were revealing. She wasn't entirely tall as Damon towered over her, and she is 5'4.

Powers and Abilities

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


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


Donovan Family, Mystic Falls Gang, Mystic Falls High School, Mystic Grill

Matt Donovan

Main article: Matt and Vicki

Vicki was always close to her younger brother, Matt. Growing up, both Vicki and Matt had to endure the hardship of an absentee father and a mother who rarely stepped into her role as a parent. Although Vicki was the eldest sibling, Matt often took an adult role in helping Vicki and himself. Matt often reprimanded Vicki for her consistent recklessness, which Vicki often did not listen to. However, when Vicki dies shortly after becoming a vampire, Matt believes that she skipped town. Matt is later heartbroken to learn the truth when it is revealed to him that Vicki has been dead. Despite her being dead, Vicki and Matt shared several scenes throughout the series while Vicki was on the Other Side. Season Eight was the last time Matt reunited with Vicki, but this was in order to stop her from ringing the bell to destroy Mystic Falls. However, she rung the bell anyway in an attempt to escape hell by erasing her existence, which worked in her favor; she was freed from hell and still existing afterwards. Vicki was last seen watching over Matt as a spirit as he rebuilt the town as a sheriff with their father, Peter Maxwell. After witnessing Matt's now-successful life, Vicki moves on with Tyler Lockwood into the afterlife.

Jeremy Gilbert

Main article: Jeremy and Vicki
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Vicki shared an on-and-off romantic relationship with, Jeremy Gilbert. Before the start of the series, Vicki dated Jeremy, but broke up around the time his parents were killed in a car accident. After school starts, Jeremy begins pining after Vicki. After Vicki is attacked by a vampire, Jeremy continues to help her despite not being in a relationship with her at the time. Jeremy was still in love with Vicki and he told her about his feelings, but she did not want to settle with Jeremy and she was also dating Tyler at the time before she was attacked by a vampire. However, after Vicki and Tyler break up, Jeremy and Vicki begin another brief relationship before she is staked due to her bloodlust. Jeremy was devastated by Vicki's death, but as the series progressed, Vicki's spirit started to cause trouble for Jeremy and his friends/allies in Mystic Falls. Jeremy effectively ended any sort of relationship or friendship he ever had with Vicki when he began silencing her spirit out.

Other Relationships


A Darker Truth

  • Part 1 (Archive Footage, Uncredited)
  • Part 3 (Archive Footage, Uncredited)

Season One

Season Two

Season Three

Season Four

Season Five

Season Seven

Season Eight


  • Vicki is a short form of Victoria. From the Latin and Spanish, meaning "victory".[1]
  • Donovan is an American name and means "strong fighter". For the Irish meaning of the name it's "brown-haired chieftain".[2]


  • Vicki was introduced as The Stoner - we are given the impression she is the one facilitating drugs to Jeremy in Season 1.
  • Vicki was killed in the seventh episode - a typical 7th Episode Twist! Whenever there is a new series, this is the point when the Exposition stops and the real plot begins. On later seasons, that is also a good point to introduce a plot twist, raise the stakes or change the game.
  • She was billed as a main character, yet she was Killed Off for Real.
  • This was important to show the audience that Anyone Can Die.
  • It is possible she was also a Sacrificial Lamb - a character created only to be killed soon, to make the point that Anyone Can Die.
  • We hardly knew her...


  • The character of Vicki Donovan is based on the book character Vickie Bennett and who is not Matt's sister. In the novel, Vicki has a personality disorder due to the constant attacks of the vampires and is eventually murdered by an Old One vampire (Klaus). In the series, Vicki is converted into a vampire by Damon and is staked by Stefan to save Jeremy and Elena.
  • According to executive producers Julie Plec and Kevin Williamson, episodes 1-7 were denominated "The Vicki Chapter".[3]
  • In Lost Girls, her driver's license showed that she was an organ donor. The license also contains a continuity error as it states that it was issued on August, 20th, 2000, though her date of birth is 1991, making her only nine years old.


Vicki (to Elena): "Let's get one thing straight, you perky little bitch. You had my brother whipped for 15 years-- fifteen years and then you dumped him. When I look at you, that is all I see, just so you know. And I'm gonna see Jeremy, whenever I wanna see Jeremy because I have some fun new toys to play with, and I won't think twice about ripping your little head off. Got it?"
Vicki (to Stefan): "I got to pee. Wait, why do I have to pee? I thought I was dead?"

Vicki (to Matt): "Matt, I love you...But I'm already dead."
--Resident Evil


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