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

Mr. William 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.


He is young but looks old due to his receding hairline.


Considering his young age, he didn't have much experience dealing with high school students. He loved to humiliate the students he taught and was condescending of the ones that got an answer wrong.

The Original Series

The Awakening

It had been stated that Mr. Tanner had recently come to the school as the history teacher. He is shown to be condescending and humiliated the students he taught in class. He is later put in place when Stefan stands up for Bonnie and answers the question Tanner had asked beforehand.

He stepped into the role of the Druid sacrifice for the Halloween Fundraiser as Coach Lyman was ill. 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 dead.

After the police are called, but haven't arrived, Tyler Smallwood starts to rally up a group of people to find Stefan, believing 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.


  • William is from Old German origin and means "will helmet" or "protection".
  • Tanner comes from an English origin and means "worker in leather".

The Vampire Diaries

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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