|“||I was surprised to have been selected since I'm not from one of the founding families.||”|
— Amber in Miss Mystic Falls
Amber Bradley is a guest character that was introduced in season one. She also was a candidate for the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, which took place in the Founder's Hall. It was speculated by Caroline that the only reason Amber was selected for the Miss Mystic Court was to ensure the citizens of Mystic Falls that the pageant didn't unfairly favor girls from the Founding Families as candidates.
Throughout The Vampire DiariesMiss Mystic Falls, Amber was one of five girls selected as the final candidates for the Miss Mystic Court, one of whom would gain the title of Miss Mystic Falls. Caroline, who was also chosen to be on the court, along with Elena, speculated that Amber was chosen solely so that no one would think that the pageant was only for those from the Founding Families. Elena found her in the dressing room, nervously pacing around before the pageant began. When Elena asked her if she was okay, Amber insisted that it was just that she suffers from stage fright and anxiety, and told her she needed to get some fresh air. Stefan, who had been recently struggling with his bloodlust, after feeding on human blood for the first time in centuries, found her and took her outside.
Stefan compelled Amber to not be afraid of him, and after a lot of hesitation, Stefan eventually succumbed to his hunger and fed on her. Amber was only slightly injured after he fed on her the first time, so when Stefan began to feel guilty for what he had done, he compelled her to run away. He changed his mind at the last minute and eventually caught up with her again, and fed on her for a second time. Stefan came very close to killing her, but Damon, Elena, and Bonnie found him. Bonnie saved Amber by casting a pain infliction spell on him, which hurt him enough to make him let her go. Amber was determined to be still alive, though severely wounded and having lost a significant amount of blood, and was sent to the hospital. She has not appeared in the series since this episode.
- Amber is an English name and the meaning comes from the jewel name that became popular in the 19th century.
- Bradley is an English surname derived from a place name meaning "broad wood" or "broad clearing" in Old English.