My favorite TV show at the moment is Vampire Diaries. Now, I know it’s not a typical adult male show. I also know that it’s frequently compared to Twilight. This show, however, has real teeth (pun intended and apologized for). For those of you brave enough to try it out, though, you may feel lost in the sea of characters and how they relate. To help you out, I decided to explain who all the main characters are and what motivates them.
Damon and Stephan Salvatore
First off, we have Damon and Stefan Salvatore. The two male leads are brother vampires. Damon is the “bad boy” of the bunch, and at the beginning of the show, I was convinced he was the villain. He is not afraid to chew on local, unsuspecting people. He’s murdered several people, including his “uncle,” and I wonder if this will ever be dealt with. Recently, he even attempted to murder Elana’s (the leading lady) younger brother. But, at times, he shows a much “softer” side for a vampire. In the recent episode, he decided to not kill the town sheriff, even though she was torturing him and his brother. He also convinced Elana to trust Stefan, even though Damon loves her and has attempted in the past to try and steal her away from Stefan.
Stefan is the younger brother. He is the “good” vampire, if you can call a blood-sucking dead man a good guy. He feeds on forest creatures, and attempts to atone for his brother’s indiscretions. He genuinely loves Elana, and is very protective. Unfortunately, he, like all vampires, craves human blood. Last season, he became a “junkie” briefly after enjoying some “soccer mom,” which sounds much different from what it really means. He overcame this addiction, and returned to drinking the blood of poor woodland creatures and loving on Elana. Still, even this victory came with a cost. He needs strength now because the head honcho evil vampire has come to town, so he has decided to try and drink just enough human blood to “man” up. Time will tell how this plays out.
Elana Gilbert is the main character of the show. She is the typical, small town pretty girl. Her parents are dead (until you learn later that they may not have been her parents in the first place). She had recently broken up with the town jock, when suddenly Stefan moved to town. After a quick courtship, they fell in love and she discovered the truth why he was always leering at her neck. Now, she has been sucked (terrible, I know) into a world she can’t comprehend. Meanwhile, she has to figure out what to feel about Damon, the older bad boy brother. Love triangle, check!
Katherine Pierce aka The Bad Girl Vampire
The final main character is Elana’s ancestor Katherine. She is the ultimate evil vampire. Years before, she dated both Salvatore brothers and is responsible for their transformation into vampires. She was supposed to have been trapped years before, but recently has reappeared. Since her return, she has been causing trouble for the brothers and Elana. Probably the worst thing she has done was to tell Damon she never loved him, but was in love with Stefan. How this will push Stefan further into the dark side hasn’t been showed yet. To increase the tension, though, she looks just like her young descendent Elana. It causes much concern as she pretends to be Elana in several different scenes.
There are many other characters to discuss. I will be writing about the witch, werewolves, and other Vampires soon. There are also a few vampire hunters in the story for good measure, and the random completely clueless and normal aunt, who doesn’t realize everyone she cares about is involved in the stuff of nightmares. Check back soon.