|“||It's time this entire town started telling the truth.||”|
— April in After School Special
April Young is the daughter of Pastor Young, a dangerous vampire hunter, who first appeared in Season Four of The Vampire Diaries. She spent her childhood in Mystic Falls, but after her mother's death, her father sent her to boarding school. Following her father's death in Growing Pains, April returned to Mystic Falls and re-enrolled at Mystic Falls High School. Upon her return, she was quickly thrown into the middle of a fight between a member of the Brotherhood of the Five and the town's vampires, leading her to eventually learn about the supernatural world.
In the years before April left for boarding school, she was regularly cared for by Elena Gilbert, who was April's babysitter and who often read April her own short stories, inspiring April to pursue writing as well. April was also close friends with Elena's brother, Jeremy, and was also friends with Matt Donovan through them. Her mother died of cancer when April was in her early teens, and her father sent her to boarding school soon after. It is suggested that while she was in school, she became quite fond of going to parties, as she claimed her father had caught her smelling of cigarette smoke on at least one occasion when she came home to visit. In 2011, April's father died in a gas explosion at their ranch, which led to April returning to Mystic Falls for his funeral.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In Growing Pains, Pastor Young mentioned April to Elena after he brought her to the ranch to use her as bait to catch her vampire friends. He reminded her that Elena used to babysit April, and pointed out that April still loves to write because of Elena's influence.
In Memorial, April returned to her hometown for her father's funeral. At the high school, she ran into Jeremy and Matt and informed them that she was there to enroll at Mystic Falls High School. They offered their condolences regarding the loss of her father, but she admitted that she still didn't know how to respond to everyone's sympathy. Later, at the funeral service, Elena saw April sitting in one of the pews and tried to console her as she struggled to write a eulogy for her father. Connor Jordan, a supernatural vampire hunter, found April alone in the balcony as she prepared for her speech and ended up stabbing her and tying her up in order to use her as bait to find more vampires at the service. Elena found April and tried to rescue her, but since she had only been a vampire for a few days, she didn't yet have control over her bloodlust and almost fed on April. Fortunately, Caroline Forbes found her and calmed her down enough to stop before she went to heal April with her blood. When April came to, she begged Caroline not to hurt her, and Caroline promised that they were only there to help. She then encouraged Elena to compel April herself so the girl wouldn't remember the traumatic events of the day.
In The Rager, April attended to Rebekah Mikaelson's party, where she once again bumped into Elena. The two caught up over several beers, during which time April admitted that she believed there was more to her father's death than the police were letting on. She recalled a time when her father caught her smelling of cigarette smoke when she came home for a visit and insisted that her father would not be able to miss a gas leak in the house. Rebekah interrupted their conversation and made a joke about the town being cursed before Elena sent April away to protect her from Rebekah.
The next morning, Rebekah, whose beer had unknowingly been poisoned with werewolf venom by Connor, awoke from a night of hallucinations to find April in her room, tidying up from the party. Rebekah asked her why she would stick around even after everyone had left, and April admitted that with everything that had been going on, she would rather help clean up than go back to her home. Rebekah was touched by April's kindness and offered to help her figure out the truth behind her father's death.
In The Five, April was sitting alone at a table at the Mystic Grill when Matt, who was working as a server, came over to see her. April, embarrassed about being all by herself, insisted that she was waiting for a friend just as Rebekah arrived and sat down next across from her. Matt was surprised at this sudden friendship, but left them in peace, and when Rebekah noticed April's interest in Matt, she told her that she called dibs on him first. Before they could talk any further, Stefan Salvatore crashed their lunch date and compelled April to forget their entire conversation before convincing Rebekah to come to dinner with him and Klaus.
In The Killer, April came to the Grill again and asked Matt if he knew where Rebekah was, not knowing that she had been daggered by Klaus in the previous episode. Just then, Matt, April, and Jeremy, who had just showed up for his shift at the restaurant, were taking hostage by Connor, who intended to use the three as bait to lure Elena, Damon, Stefan, Tyler, and Caroline to him. When she heard Connor talking to Jeremy and Matt about vampires, she began to think that Connor was just losing his mind, and Matt and Jeremy did their best to keep the truth to themselves for her own safety. Eventually, Matt and April made a plan to escape through the bricked-over exit to the underground tunnels, but Stefan saved them before they needed to use it. After Connor was taken care of by the vampires, Matt took April to Caroline's house, where she once again compelled her to forget everything that had happened that day; instead, she believed that there had been another gas leak at the Grill all day. When she ran into Jeremy in the Town Square, he realized she had been compelled, and felt guilty about everything that had happened to her. When he realized he had somehow become a supernatural hunter like Connor when a tattoo appeared on his hand, he decided to give April his vervain bracelet to protect her from future compulsion.
In We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes, April, Matt, and Jeremy attended the occult studies exhibit at the high school that was being held by Whitmore College professor Atticus Shane. When April first saw him, she mentioned that there was something familiar about him, but after they see his lecture on occult artifacts, she realized that it was because her father had guest lectured for one of his classes.
In My Brother's Keeper, April participated in the annual Miss Mystic Falls Pageant and asked Jeremy to be her escort. Before the pageant was set to begin, Elena and Caroline helped her get ready as she tried on both a red dress and a blue dress. The girls agreed that the blue dress was the safer option, but when Damon disagreed with them and insisted she wear the red one, Elena conceded that the red dress was also pretty, despite Caroline's protests for the blue one, and April ultimately chooses the former. Jeremy, who was overwhelmed by his newly-activated vampire-killing instincts as a member of the Five, failed to turn up to the pageant, so Matt stepped in to escort her at the last minute and they performed the traditional dance together. Jeremy later found April and apologized for missing the dance, and when April assumed that he had just blown her off, he assured her that he even practiced the dance steps beforehand so that it would be right. When he saw Shane nearby, he asked April why he was there, so April explained that he was one of the judges before admitting that since he had known her father, the two of them talked about him before the ceremony. Jeremy then gets another flare of vampire-hatred and stated that her father died a hero before leaving. That night, April was chosen as the new Miss Mystic Falls and was crowned by Caroline, the previous year's winner.
In O Come, All Ye Faithful, April was obligated to attend the Snowflake Ball as the year's Miss Mystic Falls. Later that night, April found Caroline laying unconscious on the bathroom floor, having just had her neck snapped by Hayley Marshall, but when she knelt beside her to feel her pulse, she began freaking out when she realized that she didn't have one. Just as April was about to seek help, Caroline woke up and stopped her, and was so flustered that she called Stefan to tell him about Hayley right in front of her. She also made a comment about Rebekah's body being in the Lockwood Cellar before she hung up and turned back to April to compel her to forget everything that she had just witnessed, not knowing that April was still wearing Jeremy's vervain bracelet. When Caroline went back to try to compel April again without the bracelet, she couldn't find her anywhere. April, having remembered Caroline's comment about Rebekah, went into the cellar and found her daggered body laying in her coffin. Though she was clearly confused and upset to see her friend this way, she still pulled out the dagger, reawakening her from her slumber.
In After School Special, Elena, who had arrived to the high school with Caroline to find and kill Rebekah, found April crying in the hallway and stopped to ask her what was wrong. However, it was actually a trap, and April informed Elena that she knew that she was a vampire, distracting her long enough for Rebekah to snap her neck. When Elena awakened in the library, she tried to convince April to leave with her, but Rebekah came in before they could and Elena compelled Elena to stay there.
April then sat in the library with Rebekah, Stefan, Caroline and Elena and observed them all while Rebekah compelled the group of vampires to truthfully answer all of her questions. When Rebekah sent April out for writing supplies, she ran into Bonnie in the science lab and revealed to her that she knew Bonnie was a witch. When the two realized that Rebekah and her brother Kol were torturing Shane for information, April helped Bonnie cast a protection spell with Expression magic and Qetsiyah's talisman; unfortunately for April, the spell had unintended side effects, and it was quickly revealed that April had been linked to Shane when Kol began drowning him and caused April to begin choking and sputtering up water in the lab. When Kol impaled Shane with a copper pipe, April began bleeding from the same spot, though Stefan and Elena ultimately healed her with their blood. After Bonnie took April away to safety, she met with Mayor Rudy Hopkins and Sheriff Forbes at the Grill, where she informed them that the details of her father's death didn't add up and demanded that they tell her the truth.
In Catch Me If You Can, Shane mentioned while he was being interrogated by Bonnie at the police station that it was April who had told Rudy and Liz about his involvement in the deaths of Pastor Young and his Town Council.
In Stand By Me, April called Elena at the Gilbert House and asked for Jeremy, whom she hadn't spoken to in in a while. Elena, having just then realized the gravity of Silas snapping Jeremy's neck on the island, coldly informed her that Jeremy was dead before hanging up on her.
In Pictures of You, April was involved in the dance committee's plans for Prom Night. At the dance, Rebekah and Elena (who had her humanity switch turned off following her brother's death) approached April at the front table, where Rebekah asked her if she would make her Prom Queen. However, April refused, and reminded them both that she was wearing vervain, so she couldn't be compelled to do what they wanted. However, after Rebekah left, Elena physically threatened April into making Rebekah Prom Queen anyway. That night, Bonnie was ultimately named Prom Queen, and when Elena's plan to kill Bonnie failed, Elena took out her frustration on April by slamming her head against the table and feeding on her before fleeing to find Bonnie again. Rebekah later found Matt cradling April's dying body in his arms and begged Rebekah to heal her with her blood, which she did, knowing that by doing so, she would be losing out on the cure per her brother Elijah's rules. Matt then took April home for her own safety.
At first, April appeared sweet, quirky and likable. In later episodes, after she discovers the supernatural world, she realized she had been compelled and lied to and felt personally invaded. This sparked a more antagonistic and rude attitude on her part towards her peers, with the exception of Rebekah, who she genuinely liked because she was the only one who offered her the truth. Despite the horrifying circumstances surrounding her, April kept a brave face. She was fed up with all the lies that everyone was telling her, and just wanted the truth from everyone.
April is described as being beautiful with long, dark, wavy brown hair and blue eyes. She has very high cheek bones and a fair complexion. She also has a very petite and curvy figure. When she was younger, she had an "emo pixie cut" hairdo and braces.
- Rebekah and April (Best Friends)
- Matt and April (Friends)
- Elena and April (Ex-Friends/Enemies)
- Jeremy and April (Friends)