Did he try to put his hands on you again?
Katherine to Pearl about the Sheriff in Children of the Damned (flashback)

William Forbes was a character who was first mentioned in the fourth episode, but made his official appearance in the thirteenth episode of the first season in The Vampire Diaries. He was a human, co-founder and sheriff of Mystic Falls during the 1860s.

William Forbes was a member of the Forbes Family.

Early History

William was the sheriff during the 1860s, and was a founder of Mystic Falls. He attended the first Founder's Ball and signed the registry in the Lockwood Mansion.

One day, he visited the apothecary belonging to Pearl and bought large volumes of the vervain elixir which was given to her by Honoria Fell.

After Katherine bit Stefan Salvatore, who had been drugged with vervain by his father, Giuseppe Salvatore, he was ordered to alert William. Initially, he refused, but Giuseppe demanded he go, and he relented.


William seemed to like women as Pearl said that he keeps on trying to put his hands on her. He also showed that, like the rest of the Founders, that he hated vampires and wanted them to be gone from the town.

Physical Appearance

William dressed in a Southern 1860s manner and was a tall man, as he stood 5'9. He had brown hair with sideburns and a mustache. William also had dark, hazel eyes and was also seen wearing a top hat.


Season One

Season Eight


  • William is English and means "resolute protection".[1]
  • Forbes is a Gaelic name and means "wealthy or stubborn".[2]


  • With confirmation that human souls are found in the dimensions, he either found peace or went to Hell.


See also

Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.