Original Vampires (The Vampire Diaries)

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In the fictional universe of the TV series The Vampire Diaries and The Originals, original vampires are a family of vampires from which all current vampires descend, as well as being the most powerful and indestructible. In the series mythology, they were created in ancient times through an occult blood ritual performed by the powerful witch, Esther, after the death of her youngest son Henrik at the hands of werewolves. In order to protect them, she turned her husband, Mikael, and her five surviving children, from oldest to youngest (Finn, Elijah, Niklaus, Kol, and Rebekah) into vampires.

Family history[edit]

The family comes from 10th century Viking-era[1] Europe, from the Kingdom of Norway where a young witch named Esther turned her back on her magical heritage to marry Mikael, a wealthy landowner and powerful Viking warrior. However, Esther was barren and their desire for children ended in failure. Desperate, Esther turned to her sister Dahlia, a powerful witch, for help. Dahlia performed the ritual at a high price and Esther became fertile. She gave birth to a daughter named Freya who was quickly followed by a boy named Finn. By the time they left the Old World for the New World, Esther was pregnant with their third child, a boy named Elijah. Mikael was a good husband and a doting father, who adored both his children but especially loved his daughter Freya. However, during Esther's third pregnancy, while Mikael was away, Dahlia came to collect her price: the first child of the first generation, just as Esther had promised. She had also promised that she would give up every first child for every generation to come. Dahlia took Freya and Esther lied to Mikael, telling him their daughter died of the plague and she had to burn the body.

Not wanting to loose any other children to the plague (and possibly to escape Dahlia), Mikael and Esther, along with Finn, the unborn Elijah, and Esther's friend and mentor Ayana, left Europe for the Americas where several Viking colonies already existed. There, they settled in a village on the location of the futur town of Mystic Falls in Virginia. Their neighbours were powerful werewolf warriors and they quickly became a part of the society. Mikael became a fierce warrior who helped the werewolves in battle while Ayana became the village healer and taught Esther how to user her magic. Esther quickly became a very powerful witch, even considered by some as being the most powerful of her time. However, the loss of Freya had badly hurt Mikael and he grew distant from his wife. Eventually, Esther took a liking to the young werewolf leader of the village, Ansel. The two begun an affair as Mikael still neglected Esther. Esther eventually became pregnant with Ansel's child and, realizing what Mikael would do to them if he ever found out, she returned to her husband. When she gave birth to a fourth boy, Niklaus, it renued his hope for a family. Three more children would be born to Mikael and Esther: two sons, Kol and Henrik, and a daughter, Rebekah. However, Mikael had become harder as a result of Freya's loss and, while he loved his children, he wanted them to be fierce warriors and all his children feared him. In order to prevent Mikael from finding out her bastard son's nature, Esther gave Niklaus a cursed pendant which weakened him and prevented him from triggering his curse. This led him to be viewed badly by Mikael and he suffered the brunt of his violence. Esther also forbade Ansel from seeing their son but the werewolf remained close, knowing that Niklaus would one day trigger his curse and need him. Regardless of Mikael's contempt for Niklaus, the family was a close one.

However, the family's happiness came to an end when Niklaus and Henrik, fascinated by the werewolves, snuck out of the caves to see them turn on the full moon, which was forbidden by their village's laws. Henrik was killed by the turned wolves. Desperate to protect their remaining children but refusing to run again, Mikael and Esther planned to use magic to prevent them from being hurt. Esther called on the power of the sun and the ancient white oak tree to make her children stronger and immortal while also using the blood of a doppleganger to allow them to be reborn. Mikael and his five remaining children turned while Esther remained a witch. However, for every new strength, a weakness plagued them and the worst of them was the terrible hunger for blood (as the thing that had made them vampires, it was the thing they craved above all else). They had become the first of the vampires. In their hunger, they massacred half of their village. When Niklaus made his first human kill, he triggered his werewolf curse, revealing his mother's infidelity. In his rage, Mikael slaughtered half the village before killing Ansel himself. He then forced his wife to suppress Niklaus's werewolf side by using the blood of the doppleganger. Furious at his mother's betrayal, Niklaus killed her and blamed his father for her death. Mikael fled from their village in his rage, followed by Finn and Kol. After burying their mother, Elijah, Niklaus and Rebekah also left their hometown.

Members of the Original Family[edit]

Mikael[edit]

Mikael was the patriarch of the Original Family. He is portrayed by Sebastian Roché.

Mikael was searching for Klaus and the rest of his family for a thousand years.[2] He desired to kill Klaus, in order to get revenge for the murder of his wife and him being framed for it. He always had a strained relationship with Klaus, caring enough to save him by turning him into a vampire but otherwise being hard on him when he was growing up. Unlike the rest of children who fell inline, Klaus was the black sheep of the family and acted differently, this was because he was the product of an affair Klaus' mother had with a werewolf. As such, Mikael was condescending, cold, and abusive towards Klaus, though Mikael tried to justify this by claiming he was trying to toughen Klaus up. This treatment contributed greatly to Klaus' narcissism, hunger for power, paranoia and psychosis.

Mikael was imprisoned in a coffin by Bonnie's mother Abby, when he came to Mystic Falls looking for Elena when she was a small child. He wanted to kill the Petrova doppelgänger in order to prevent Klaus from breaking the curse and creating a hybrid army. Katherine awoke him in order to get information on how to kill Klaus.

Klaus eventually killed Mikael in a bizarre series of events that were supposed to have resulted in the death of Klaus himself.

When the Originals throw a ball in order to introduce themselves to the Mystic Falls community, they use the last name "Mikaelson", as a tribute to the patriarch.[3] Ironically, Klaus also refers to himself as Mikaelson, despite his deep resentment of Mikael.

Mikael's ghost appears in New Orleans and convinces Davina to resurrect him, which is successful but found himself bound to Davina via a mystical bracelet,or at least until Kol Mikaelson released him while Davina was knocked out.

Esther[edit]

Esther was the matriarch of the Original Family. She is portrayed by British actress Alice Evans in The Vampire Diaries and Natalie Dreyfuss in The Originals while possessing Cassie's body.

She was not a vampire, but was a powerful witch. She was the apprentice of one of the world's most powerful witches, Ayanna, during her first years in America. Esther was responsible for turning her family into vampires. She did so by summoning life from the sun and immortality from a white oak tree, then making them drink the blood of Tatia Petrova, one of Amara's doppelgängers, before having Mikael kill them.

She was referred to as "The Original Witch",[4] though she was not the first witch in the world. This was a reference to the fact that she was the witch who was a part of the Original Family.

Esther was murdered by Klaus in the 10th century, because she used her powers, and those of some other fellow witches, to suppress his werewolf abilities and bind them to the moonstone through the use of a curse, and for making him the target of Mikael's hatred through her affair. Esther comes back to life during season 3 of the show, when she was awakened by Bonnie and Abby Bennett. Esther tries to kill all of her vampire children, whom she now believes to be abominations after seeing the violence that they embody. She obtains the help of her son Finn, who becomes willing to be sacrificed in order to end the pain that his siblings bring to the world. Esther also seeks the help of Bonnie Bennett and her mother Abby (descendants of the powerful ancient witch Ayanna) by channeling them and their blood line, in order to gain more power to perform the spell that will kill her children. However, Esther's son Elijah finds out about the plan, and teams up with his siblings to force the Salvatore brothers to prevent his mother from killing the family by kidnapping Elena and threatening to kill her if the Salvatores do not stop Esther's endeavors. Damon ends up turning Bonnie's mother into a vampire, which ends her witch abilities and thus destroys the spell. Esther then flees from Mystic Falls to avoid her family.

In the season three episode, "Heart of Darkness", Esther returns to Mystic Falls. She tells Rebekah that she was dying, and wanted to see her daughter one last time; however, she had ulterior motives for returning. She grabs Rebekah's hands, and performs a spell in order to switch bodies with Rebekah, using her as a cover for safety. Esther was desperate to stay safe from Klaus and her other Original Vampire children who want her dead after learning of her plans to kill them all and ending the vampire race. After she returns to her own body, she was killed by Alaric's normal self, but not before she successfully performs the ritual on his dark side, and her body was put back into its coffin by Klaus.

Esther's remains are consecrated in New Orleans and as a result, she becomes a New Orleans witch, a witch that has or can use the collective power of all the dead New Orleans witches. She eventually becomes the leader of the Ancestors, the spirits of the dead witches who give their power to the living witches.

Freya Mikaelson[edit]

Mikael and Esther's firstborn child was a daughter. It was originally believed that she died in Eastern Europe at a very young age as the result of a plague that had struck their homeland. In reality, Esther's sister Dahlia took the child (and all firstborns from Esther's bloodline) as the price for the magic used to allow Esther to bear children. Esther lies to Mikael, and Freya's supposed death is what caused Mikael and Esther to move to a village in a "mystical land" far away in the New World, which was later called Mystic Falls. It is also where Mikael and Esther eventually had the rest of their children.

Finn Mikaelson[edit]

Is portrayed by Casper Zafer in The Vampire Diaries and Yusuf Gatewood The Originals

Finn is Mikael and Esther's second born child and the oldest of the living Mikaelson siblings (He is also the only person to know the truth of Freya's "death", as he was there). He is shown to be even more noble and moral than Elijah but is more distant to his siblings as he views them as monsters. Finn once had a loving relationship with his siblings, but that changed after they became vampires and after seeing how they acted, he emotionally distanced himself from his siblings. He still cared about them enough that he stayed with them but held a judgemental attitude towards them, especially Niklaus, whose relationship with Finn became hostile, which made Klaus to decided to leave the White Oak Ash Dagger in Finn after The Brotherhood of the Five attacked them. However 900 years later, after Elijah un-daggered him, he conspired with Esther to link all the remaining Original Vampires so they could all be killed.[1]

Finn was responsible for turning the 900-year-old vampire, Sage, with whom he is in love.[5] Sage and Finn reunite shortly before his death.

He is killed in the season 3 episode "The Murder of One", when Stefan, Elena and Matt kill him, thinking that it will kill all of the Originals due to their "linked" status.[6] However, Klaus manages to force Bonnie into unlinking the siblings moments before Finn is killed. It is revealed through Finn's death that when an Original dies, all vampires of his or her bloodline die as well.[6]

It was revealed in the season finale of The Originals, Finn returns along with his mother Esther and brother Kol in another body of a Warlock named Vincent.

Elijah Mikaelson[edit]

He is portrayed by Daniel Gillies.

Elijah first appears in episode eight of season two, entitled "Rose". Elijah is brought into the circle by two vampires named Rose and Trevor. They make a deal to be allowed immunity from Elijah and the Originals, if they hand over Elena Gilbert, the new Petrova doppelgänger. It is later revealed that Rose and Trevor were the vampires who failed to keep Katerina Petrova (Katherine Pierce) alive for Klaus to sacrifice in the ritual required to release his werewolf abilities to become a vampire/werewolf Hybrid. They were subsequently hunted by Klaus and Elijah for centuries. Elijah had feelings for Katerina in 1492 (perhaps due to her resemblance to Tatia, The Original Petrova, Amara's descendant and first doppelganger whom Nature based the Doppelgänger's off of, and she was used to bind the Hybrid Curse back in the 10th Century) and tried to save her from Klaus; however, she did not trust Elijah and chose to flee. Later, he would punish her for her betrayal by compelling her to stay in a tomb until he said otherwise. Elena is rescued by the Salvatore brothers not long after Elijah kills Trevor, who had betrayed Elijah in the past by helping Katerina escape. The Salvatores attack Elijah and succeed in staking him; however, he comes back to life at the end of the episode because he is an Original Vampire who can not be killed by any wooden stake. Only wood from the ancient White Oak Tree, that his family burned when they became vampires, can kill Originals. Elijah then works with a witch to locate Elena. The witch is able to locate her, so he goes to Mystic Falls to confront her, where he ends up saving her from a group of vampires who also wanted to take Elena. It is revealed that those vampires wanted to hand her over to Klaus. When Elijah discovers this, he makes peace with Elena and her friends, because he wants to use Elena as bait to draw out Klaus and kill him. He thus makes a deal with Elena that if she helps him kill Klaus, he will leave her family and her friends alone and keep them safe. However, he intends for Elena to be successfully sacrificed, as once Klaus breaks the curse and starts transforming, he will be left vulnerable enough to be killed. During a series of events, Elijah is temporarily "killed" when Elena stabs him with the mystical dagger that can kill an original when dipped in ash from the White Oak Tree. When Klaus comes to town, Elena un-daggers Elijah because she needs his help, and he then reveals to her his family's history, and the fact that Klaus killed the rest of his siblings. Elijah thus at first tries to help Elena and her friends kill Klaus, but ends up saving him instead in the Season 2 finale episode, because Klaus promises to take Elijah to their family (which Elijah had assumed Klaus had hid their "dead" bodies deep in the ocean) if Elijah spares him. In season two's finale however, it is revealed that Klaus double-crossed Elijah once again, and daggered him to keep him close to him, like the rest of his daggered siblings. Damon undaggers Elijah later in season three to help him find a way to kill Klaus. When Elijah awakes, he undaggers the rest of his siblings who were located in coffins like his in the same room. They begin to plot their revenge against Klaus; however, before they can make their move, their mother Esther, thought to be dead, reappears and convinces the siblings to be a family again [which later turns out to be a front for her true motives; she wants to link her children's lives together and kill one of them to kill the rest, rendering vampires extinct]. After Elijah foils his mother's plans to kill him and his siblings, he leaves Mystic Falls a tortured soul, ashamed of his own barbaric actions and those of his family's. He is shown to be one of the most sophisticated and peaceful of the Original siblings, alongside his older brother Finn. He is the most compromising regarding Elena and her friends. Elijah and Elena develop a sort of understanding during the series, and Elena comes to be fond of Elijah's company. She thus feels especially betrayed when earlier Elijah threatened to allow Rebekah to kill Elena if the Salvatore brothers are not able to stop Esther Mikaelson from killing the Original Family. However, in the 18th episode of season 3, Elena professes that she hopes that her vampire friends are descended from Elijah's bloodline, so that he can be spared. Elijah returns to town in the season three finale episode, "The Departed", in order to make a deal with Elena and her friends. Elijah proposes that he be allowed to take Klaus's desiccated (by witch Bonnie and help from the Salvatores and Tyler) body with him and his siblings and leave town, and in exchange, he would make sure that Klaus would not be resurrected within Elena's lifetime or even that of her children, stating: "perhaps that will teach him some manners". However, Klaus is staked, and Elijah and Rebekah believe him to be dead, even though Klaus actually possessed Tyler Lockwood's body and lives on. In season four, Elijah reappears as Katherine's lover, and is making a deal with Katherine to be granted her freedom from Klaus in exchange for the cure for immortality, which Klaus wants to give to Silas, the worlds first and most dangerous immortal being, to avoid Silas' psychic torture of his mind. Elijah refuses Klaus the cure for Rebekah to take before Silas re-claims it, denying Katherine's freedom. Elijah breaks up with Katherine when he learns Klaus has fathered a child and returns to New Orleans to keep Klaus' unborn baby safe and help his brother.

He follows his brother Klaus to New Orleans and finds out that Hayley is pregnant with Klaus' child.

Niklaus Mikaelson[edit]

Klaus is the most powerful character on The Vampire Diaries. He is shown to be sadistic and sociopathic. He is portrayed by British actor Joseph Morgan.

After the Original couple moved to the Americas, Klaus's mother had an affair with a member of the neighbouring werewolf tribe. Niklaus was born as a result. The mother's infidelity was later revealed.

When Esther turned the family into vampires, Klaus' blood-lust became particularly strong and he transitioned into a hybrid after his first kill, due to his werewolf gene. However, Esther later bound his werewolf powers to the moonstone, due to her believing that his hybrid status made him an "abomination". In order to obtain his werewolf abilities, Klaus had to perform a ritual in which a werewolf, a vampire and a Petrova doppelgänger had to be sacrificed. Klaus first hunted Katerina Petrova, later known as Katherine Pierce, who was from the line of supernatural Petrova doppelgängers. In order to avoid being sacrificed by Klaus and allowing him to gain infinite power, Katerina drinks the blood of a vampire and then kills herself in order to transform into a vampire. She then becomes useless to Klaus because his ritual requires a human doppelgänger. Katherine subsequently spends centuries on the run from Klaus, who is enraged at her actions. As a result, Klaus kills her entire family.

Continuing his quest to release his werewolf abilities, Klaus compels Isobel Saltzman to locate the latest Petrova doppelgänger, Elena Gilbert, her own daughter. Klaus is then able to perform the ritual. He sacrifices Tyler Lockwood's werewolf friend, Jules, and turns Jenna Sommers into a vampire before killing her. Finally, Klaus drains Elena of blood (though she lives thanks to a sacrifice made by her biological father, John Gilbert) and thus completes the ritual, becoming a fully functional vampire-werewolf hybrid.

A major plot line of the show is Klaus' quest to create a hybrid army. Klaus can only sire other hybrids by using the blood of the supernatural Petrova doppelgänger, Elena Gilbert. Thus, he is often a threat to Elena and is a major kill target for the Salvatore brothers.

At one point, Klaus blackmails Stefan into helping him create more hybrids, by threatening to kill his brother Damon. Klaus forces Stefan to return to his old, deadly ways, and returns Stefan to the Salvatore's former sociopathic persona, known as "The Ripper".[7] When Klaus discovers that he needs Elena's blood to create his hybrid army, he sends Stefan back to Mystic Falls to keep an eye on her, but also forces Stefan to turn off his humanity (an ability that vampires have on the show). Tyler Lockwood ends up becoming Klaus' first hybridized victim.

It is also revealed that Klaus murdered his own mother, because she suppressed his werewolf powers through a curse, and because he blames her for making him the target of Mikael's hatred by her conception of him through an affair. When his sister Rebekah learns of this, she initially disowns him. However, when Elena's friends release Klaus' family from their coffins, Rebekah forgives him, though only after their mother convinces them that she wants them to reunite as a family.

Klaus' humanity is shown very rarely. His affection for Caroline Forbes represents a more human side to Klaus, such as when he invites her to his family's ball, sending her a gown to wear. Glimpses of his humanity can also be seen in regard to his siblings, such as when he saves his little sister's life when Kol was about to stab her with the white oak stake, in spite of the fact that he had previously disowned her and the two were at odds, or when he became infuriated over his brother Kol's death. There are also small instances when it's revealed how deeply he cares for his unborn child, and even the child's mother Hayley.

In the season three episode, "Before Sunset", Klaus is temporarily "killed" by the Salvatores and Tyler Lockwood.[8] He tries to kill Elena by draining her of all her blood in order to kill two birds with one stone: (1) have a supply of her blood with which to create a hybrid army, (2) kill the vampire form of the vampire-hating Alaric Saltzman, who desires to kill Klaus and all other vampires and whose life is tied to Elena's by the witch Esther. Subsequently, Elena's friends neutralize Klaus in order to protect her. Instead of staking him, which could potentially kill them all (see "Mythology" section), the Salavatore brothers use Bonnie's magic and a dark spell to stop Klaus' heart, which "desiccates"[8] him and leaves him immobile and starved of blood, and thus in a seemingly "dead" state. A similar spell was performed on Klaus' father, Mikael, by Bonnie's mother, Abby Bennett.[8] In the season three finale episode "The Departed", Klaus is staked in his coffin by the vampire form of Alaric Saltzman, and subsequently, his body burns to ashes, (see "Mythology" section). However, Klaus lives on by switching bodies with Tyler Lockwood, through a spell which Bonnie Bennett performs.[9] In "Bring It On" Klaus sleeps with Hayley Marshall and provides her with information in regards to her family, because he noticed a crescent moon shaped birthmark on her shoulder. In "The Originals" the backdoor pilot for the spinoff show, Klaus is told that Hayley is carrying his child, by a group of witches which blackmail him in helping them or they will kill the child and Hayley. Klaus decides he wants this child. So he vows to protect Hayley and their Unborn child, whatever it takes.

In "500 Years of Solitude", Klaus returns to Mystic Falls when he hears that Katerina Petrova is on her death bed. At first, he came back to gloat over her corpse, but when Caroline asks him not to, he obeys. Later, he asks Caroline for her confession about her feelings for him, and the two have a one-night stand in the forest, only after he promises to leave and never return. Caroline does not come back until late at night..

Kol Mikaelson[edit]

Kol is the youngest surviving son of the Original Family, since the death of his younger brother Henrik and the second youngest child still living, being older than Rebekah. He is portrayed by Australian actor Nathaniel Buzolic and Daniel Sharman in season two of The Originals.

He tries to kill Matt Donovan for entertainment during the Originals' family ball, but is stopped by Damon Salvatore.[10]

In the season three episode, "Heart of Darkness", Kol appears in Denver, Colorado, where Elena and Damon had sent Jeremy, to get him away from Mystic Falls and protect his life. He threatens to hurt Jeremy, in order to prevent Elena and Damon from trying to find out the history of Damon's blood line, (if they managed to do so, they might find out that Elena's friends are not descended from Kol, which would allow them to kill him—see "Mythology" section). Damon drives a baseball bat through Kol's body in order to debilitate him so that he, Elena, and Jeremy can escape. Kol later appears at the house of Mary Porter, the vampire who sired Rose. Kol kills Mary, so that she is not able to tell Elena and Damon about the history of her bloodline, which could lead them to find out which Original vampire Damon, Stefan, Caroline and Abby Bennett are descended from; (Mary sired Rose, Katherine Pierce forced Rose to sire her, and Katherine later sired Damon and Stefan.

In season four, Kol returns to aid Rebekah in finding the rumoured "cure" for vampirism. He tortures Professor Shane, who supposedly knows how to get the cure. When Kol realizes that Shane plans to release Silas, the first and most dangerous immortal being of all time, Kol stabs Shane through the torso with a wooden object, killing him. However, Bonnie is able to save Shane's life through an "expression", or dark magic spell.

Kol compels Damon to kill Jeremy so that they cannot find Silas, but Stefan locks Damon away so that he cannot. Elena and Jeremy decide to try and kill Kol because he is trying to stop them from getting the cure. Since Jeremy needs to kill vampires to complete the map to the cure, they conclude that if they kill Kol, which also kills his whole line of vampires, the map will be complete.

Elena lures Kol into the house and waits for Jeremy to bring Bonnie, but he does not make it in time. Elena and Jeremy are talking later when Kol appears, storms into the house and tries to cut off Jeremy's hunting arm. Elena corners him and showers him in water mixed with vervain. Jeremy stabs Kol with the white oak stake and he dies. Meanwhile Klaus is watching furiously in the doorway, unable to help his brother because he has not been invited in. He vows to avenge his brother's death, swearing to kill Jeremy, Elena and anyone else involved.

Kol returned in the season four episode "The Walking Dead", along with several deceased characters as ghosts, longing for revenge against their killers and the residents of Mystic Falls. He clashes once more Matt Donovan, wounding him by throwing a glass bottle at his shoulder and taunting his sister, angered at her brief grieving period, before proceeding to attack Elena, grieving for her brother at his grave. His neck is snapped by Stefan before he managed to kill Elena, however appears in the next episode, "Graduation", threatening Bonnie into completely destroying the veil so he could return to life. Bonnie plays along with his plan, however deceives him by luring him into a trap, so he can't cause any more harm until the veil is returned.

Kol later appears to Matt Donovan while Matt is temporarily trapped on the Other Side. After Matt witnesses his sister Vicky being sucked into oblivion, Kol reveals that the Other Side is unraveling, slowly taking one spirit after the other. Soon, every spirit of the supernatural kind will be gone. Kol begs Matt for his help, before he, too, will be swept away. However, upon awaking, Matt doesn't remember. Soon, the Other Side completely disintegrates, and Kol's fate is left unknown.

Some time later, a young man named Kaleb appears in New Orleans, flirting with the young but powerful witch Davina Claire. He later meets up with Cassie and Vincent, two witches whose bodies have been taken over by Esther and Finn. It's revealed that Kaleb is actually Kol, having taken possession of a body as well.

Rebekah Mikaelson[edit]

Rebekah is the only daughter of the Original Family. She is currently the youngest member of the original family since Henrik died over a thousand years ago. She is portrayed by Australian actress Claire Holt.

She and her living siblings, Elijah, Finn, Klaus and Kol were turned into vampires by their parents, Esther and Mikael Mikaelson. Their father slipped human blood into their wine then stabbed them all. Then, their mother who is an original witch, performed a spell using white oak ash for eternal life. When they woke, their father forced them to drink human blood. The intention of turning them into vampires was so that they could survive in their village and be stronger and faster and even more vigilant than the werewolves, who killed their youngest son. However, the great hunger and lust for blood was a bad effect that their parents didn't plan on. Vervain, a plant by the white oak tree burned as did sunlight which caused them to be forced to wear daylight rings or necklaces. The only thing that can really kill an original is a white oak stake, while a dagger dipped in white oak ash can kill them until the dagger is pulled out and they come back.

Rebekah shares a deep bond with her brother Klaus, and was the only family member that remained loyal to him throughout his vicious behavior. Klaus thus kept her by his side, while he kept the rest of his family daggered and stored away in boxes for hundreds of years.

She had a romantic interest in Stefan Salvatore during their encounters in the early 1920s.[11] During that time period, Klaus and Rebekah are once again forced to go on the run after the arrival of their vengeful father Mikael. Consequently, Rebekah professes an interest to stop running and desires to live a stable life with Stefan by her side. Klaus subsequently forces her to choose between himself and Stefan. She chooses the latter, leading Klaus to dagger her. He brings her back to life during the period in which the show takes place, in order to obtain her necklace (which is originally Esther's). The same necklace is gifted to Elena by Stefan during the series first season. Rebekah and Klaus thus head to Mystic Falls. Rebekah develops a deep hatred and envy of Elena, and continually tries to hurt, kill, and emotionally distress her, until her brother makes her stop. Later on, Rebekah tries to be Elena's friend and helps with her and her friends' plan to kill Klaus once she found out he killed her mother but is betrayed, once again daggered by Elena, to simplify the Salvatores' plans of killing Klaus. In season three, Klaus makes Elena reveal Rebekah's location, and takes her body with him. She is eventually un-daggered by Elijah.

During her time in Mystic Falls, Rebekah enrolls at the local high school, much to the disgust of Elena and her friends. There, she at first makes romantic advances towards Tyler Lockwood, Caroline Forbes' boyfriend. She later develops a fondness for Matt Donovan, and invites him to her family's ball.

Rebekah is shown to be lonely and insecure, though she hides this by being cruel and violent. This is demonstrated quite well through her sexual rendezvouses with Damon Salvatore, an enemy of her family, and the subsequent torture she makes him endure upon being betrayed and used by him.[6]

Her mother Esther comes back and tells Rebekah and her siblings she wants them to unite and become a family again. However, she really came to kill them all by linking them with a spell that would cause each sibling to die only by killing one of them. Klaus forces Bonnie to undo the spell but Elena and the Salvatores and others kill Finn, Rebekah's brother.

Rebekah's body is temporarily taken over by her witch mother, Esther, through a spell which Esther performs. She invades Rebekah's body in order to be able to go unnoticed while scheming to kill all of her Original children, (who are out for her blood, ever since they discovered that she tried to kill them by a blood-linking spell at the family ball). Esther later leaves Rebekah's body and stakes her; however, Klaus restores Rebekah by removing the stake.

Rebekah supposedly leaves Mystic Falls in the season three episode "Before Sunset", in order to avoid the vampiric version of Alaric Saltzman, who wants to kill her and all other vampires.[8] However, she then returns to Mystic Falls after witnessing the supposed "death" of her brother. Grief-stricken, she decides to kill Elena, therefore killing Alaric and taking away the last threat to her and her family therefore saving her family. She causes both Elena and Matt Donovan to drive off of the Wickery Bridge and into the lake to drown, and Elena dies, along with Alaric. However, Elena had vampire blood in her system, something Rebekah was unaware of.

In season four, Rebekah is yet again daggered by Klaus, after he believes she will be an obstacle in finding The Cure. However, she is then un-daggered by April Young, and sets upon finding it herself. After developing a 'no strings attached' relationship with Stefan, she reveals she wants to be human, feeling miserable as a vampire.

In season two of the originals,after Klaus's child is born she returns to New Orleans and is named the caretaker of Klaus's child.She promises to get a strong witch to protect her and her niece from Esther,who wants to kill the baby.

Henrik Mikaelson[edit]

He is portrayed by Devon Allowitz. Henrik was the child of Esther and Mikael. He was killed by werewolves a thousand years ago, before the family had been turned into vampires.[12] He is portrayed by Devon Allowitz in season three.

His death created a war between the werewolf clan and his own family, causing his mother to turn the family into vampires, so they could defend themselves against the lycanthropic beasts.

Hope Mikaelson[edit]

She is portrayed by Alexandria and Victoria Collins. Hope is the daughter of Klaus and the former-werewolf Hayley Marshall. Hope is the result of a one-night-stand between her parents and after she was born her family agreed to fake her death to protect her from all those who wish her harm. Klaus, after promising to get Hope back one day, gives her to the only person he can trust to protect and raise his daughter: his sister, Rebekah.

Hayley Marshall[edit]

A werewolf and the last of the Labonair line of werewolves, she is the mother of Hope Mikaelson, her daughter by Klaus and has been, for all intents and purposes, made a part of the family by Klaus, Elijah and Rebekah. As a baby, she was smuggled out of New Orleans by Father Kieran and Marcel when her parents were killed during the war between the packs. Adopted into a family, they threw her out when she triggered her curse when she accidently killed someone while drunk. Growing up on the streets, Hayley became determined to find out who her biological parents were. During an attempt to find out her origins, she ended up having a one night stand with Klaus during which he saw her birthmark which he recognized as being that of the Crescents. She left for New Orleans so thereafter. Unbeknowest to either Hayley or Klaus, she had become pregnant with their child.

In New Orleans, Hayley was captured by the witches when they discovered that she was carrying Klaus's child and they used her to blackmail the Originals into helping them in their fight against Marcel and his vampires. Hayley also became a target of the witches as they believed that her child would one day bring death to all of them. During the birth, Hayley was killed by Monique Deveraux and her child was taken to be sacrificed. However, the baby's hybrid blood in her system turned her into a hybrid. Klaus, Elijah and Hayley then saved her daughter from the witches before faking her death and sending her away from New Orleans while they dealt with their enemies in the city, specifically the witches who still planned for the baby to die. Before separating from their daughter, Hayley and Klaus decided to call her Hope.

Mythology[edit]

Being the oldest and most powerful, Originals are stronger and faster than all normal vampires, though it is implied they do not get stronger with age like vampires do as Alaric was just as strong if not stronger than the other Originals despite being a day old. It is possible that the spell used to make an Original, gives them the peak powers of Vampirism. Also, werewolves prove little to no challenge for them, though they can be challenging in their wolf form (where they are at their strongest) as a pack of four can defeat an Original (Rebekah) and two human form werewolves with moonrings (which allows them to use the full power of their condition) overpowered Elijah. Also, Originals are somewhat immune to werewolf venom, which is fatal to normal vampires but it still effects Originals, though they only experience weakness and hallucinations. Originals have the power to "compel" or hypnotize ordinary vampires in addition to humans, though they cannot compel each other.[13]

Nothing can kill an Original Vampire, except for a heart-aimed stake made only of the ancient White Oak tree or the immense power of a very powerful Witch, though channeling that much power will also kill the Witch. If an Original is stabbed by a White-Oak stake, he or she will die and burn to ashes. Using a silver dagger dipped in the ashes of the White Oak tree will cause the Original to be neutralized as long as the dagger remains within them; however, that type of dagger would not work on Klaus due to his hybrid nature, and only a pure White Oak stake could kill him. Other stakes temporarily disable Originals, but they recuperate in moments. This was demonstrated when Elijah pulled out the wooden stake that Damon had plunged into his chest when attempting to rescue Elena from Rose and Trevor.[citation needed]

When an Original dies, all of the vampires from his or her blood line die as well.[6] This is demonstrated when Damon, Stefan, Elena and Matt kill Finn, resulting in the deaths of Sage and Troy, (Finn had sired Sage and Sage had sired Troy, thus creating a blood line).[6] Thus, if all Originals were to be killed, the entire vampire species would be rendered extinct, since all the vampires in the world are descended from the Originals.

However, it is necessary for the Original's spirit to cross the veil, in order for his or her bloodline to follow suit. In the season three finale episode "The Departed", Klaus manages to switch bodies with Tyler Lockwood before being staked and lives on; thus, even though his body supposedly burnt to ashes, none of his bloodline is affected.[9]

TV series[edit]

On January 11, 2013, it was announced that a back-door pilot focused on the Originals, starring Joseph Morgan as Klaus titled The Originals will air April 25 for a potential series pick-up for the 2013-2014 season.[14] This second spin-off attempt is carried out by Julie Plec. There is no involvement by Kevin Williamson.[15]

On February 2013, it was announced that Daniella Pineda was cast as the witch Sophie for episode 4x20 of The Vampire Diaries. This episode serves as a backdoor-pilot for the spin-off series, revolving around the Originals and taking place in the French Quarter of New Orleans. She was a regular cast member for first thirteen episodes of the series.

On February 11, 2013 it was announced that Leah Pipes was cast as the human Camille. Although there has been talk of a love triangle between Elijah and Klaus with this bartender/college student, there isn't any evidence to support this. However the character was in a small love triangle for couple episodes, but isn't anymore.

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