|“||She sacrificed everything for us, over and over again. And then we were supposed to be there for her. She's all alone.||”|
Bonnie Sheila Bennett is a witch and one of the main female characters of The Vampire Diaries. She was, until recently, the Anchor to The Other Side. While she filled the role of counselor and confidante to all of her friends, Bonnie is also a feisty yet empathetic witch, who discovered her powers just in time to help out her family and friends. At the beginning before Bonnie discovered her true heritage as a witch, Bonnie had self described herself as a psychic.
Bonnie is noted for having many heroine tendencies. She is seen to be very compassionate, empathetic, helpful, very selfless (to the point of being martyring) and self-sacrificing. Bonnie is repeatedly ready to sacrifice herself for her family and friends without any hesitation or without a second thought. As her powers have increased, Bonnie stepped up at every opportunity to trade her life for those of her friends. Luckily, when Bonnie was alive and well, her spell-casting abilities most definitely came in handy when the Originals came to Mystic Falls.
Since gaining the power of Expression, which is considered to be a form of Dark or Black Magic, later on in the series, Bonnie had become one of the most powerful characters in the series universe. She was able to take down two members of the Original family with much ease. Bonnie was also powerful and strong enough to take down the very first immortal being in the world, Silas.
Bonnie attempted to use spirit, Expression, and dark magic all at once to bring Jeremy back from the dead. Her Grams warned her that no magic was strong enough to challenge the will of Nature, but Bonnie refused to listen. It was too much for her and while she managed to bring Jeremy back it killed her in the process.
Qetsiyah, her very ancient and powerful ancestor, transferred the status of Anchor to the Other Side from Amara to Bonnie, allowing her to exist on both sides of the living and the dead. However, Bonnie was forced to feel the pain of every supernatural death, and no longer had access to the powerful magic she once had.
After Markos violently tore his way out of The Other Side with the help of the Travelers, it began falling apart as his unnatural resurrection dis-balanced it. The blood of the last living doppelgangers of Silas and Amara (Stefan and Elena) used in the spell also reversed the magic that was holding the Other Side together, which then began imploding on itself. This threatened Bonnie with permanent death seeing as she was The Anchor to this supernatural purgatory.
Despite great effort on both her and her friend's part to save the Other Side, it finally destroyed itself completely, and with it, Bonnie, together with Damon, also died together on the same day. Both of them were the last people left on the Other Side as it fell down around them. Bonnie spent her last moments with him and finally, their deaths were marked by a white light that surrounded and engulfed them.
Bonnie and Damon found themselves living through the same day (May 10, 1994) for the past four months. Though Damon retained his vampiric abilities, Bonnie wasn't able to do magic in this unknown dimension that they were trapped in. Certain clues began to arise that suggested that the two were not alone, which culminated in the appearance of Kai, a very powerful witch who was a member of the Gemini Coven and was imprisoned back in 1994, for the heinous crimes that he committed against his own family. When Kai was about to kill Damon by attempting to stake him, Bonnie arrived just in time and regained her magic at the prospect of losing the only friend, companion and loved one she had with her, entrapping Kai within walls of fire and giving Damon the opening to take Kai down himself. Upon capturing Kai, he revealed that Bonnie's magic is the key to escaping wherever the three have found themselves in.
Later on, Bonnie and Damon gain the key to what they need to get back home, which is an artifact that is called the Ascendant. Bonnie and Damon attempt to finalyl go home and escape the dimension without Kai, however, Kai interferes with Damon and Bonnie's plan to go home. Kai ends up shooting Bonnie in the stomach with an arrow, mortally wounding her. Kai then threatens Damon with an ultimatum: either he takes the Ascendant, goes home and leaves without Bonnie forever or he chooses to save Bonnie, leaving the chances of him and Bonnie going home lost forever. Damon chooses the latter and decides to save a mortally wounded Bonnie with the use of his vampire blood. However, Kai then interferes again and Kai stabs Damon with an arrow. While Damon is distracted with Kai as Kai is holding him down, Damon begs for Bonnie to get out of the dimension herself without him and Kai while she has the chance. However, Bonnie chooses to use her magic to get Kai off of Damon, then throws the Ascendant into Damon's hands, forcing him to go home without her. An upset and distraught Damon ends up looking on at Bonnie in horror at the thought of leaving her behind with Kai. Bonnie sacrifices herself once again and chooses to get Damon back home, saving him from Kai as she is left behind.
As of now, Bonnie is still stuck in the prison world. At first, she was stuck there with just Kai and during that time, Kai spent his time emotionally, mentally and physically torturing Bonnie. Kai ended up regaining magic through his sister's blade, in which she had hidden her magic all the way back in 1994. And Kai, also ended up getting a Bennett witch's blood after stabbing Bonnie with the same blade. As of now, Kai has escaped his prison after 18 years. Bonnie, sadly, is still stuck there all alone and Damon and the rest of the Mystic Falls gang are on an urgent mission to release Bonnie from the dimension and bring her home.
Bonnie is a member of the Bennett Family.
Bonnie was born on February 22, 1992 to Rudy Hopkins and Abby Bennett in Mystic Falls, Virginia. Some time when Bonnie was a young child, her mother had abandoned her, after taking down the Original Vampire, Mikael and losing all of her powers, in order to protect her best friend Miranda Sommers-Gilbert's adoptive daughter Elena, who is a Petrova doppelgänger needed to break Klaus' Hybrid curse. Because of her mother abandoning her and her father almost never being a part of her life, Bonnie experienced severe parental abandonment. It could be assumed that since her mother abandoned her, that it was her Grams that had raised Bonnie for most of her life. Even though it isn't implied, it appears that her father, Rudy, gave Bonnie Abby's maiden name "Bennett", although the reasons for this are unknown. During Bonnie's early childhood, Bonnie became best friends with both Caroline Forbes and Elena. When Bonnie was nine years old, she lost her favorite teddy, Ms. Cuddles.
In December 22, 2007, Bonnie is fifteen years old and a freshman at Mystic Falls High School and is also helping her town prepare for the Mystic Falls Lighting of the Tree Ceremony. Bonnie threw a snowball at Elena and also revealed that her father is taking her on a trip and that she'd miss Christmas with her friends, so Elena revealed that she was going to convince her parents to let Bonnie stay for the holidays as they've never spent an holiday apart from each other.
In December 22, 2008, Bonnie is a sophomore at Mystic Falls High School, at this point.
Her maternal grandmother Sheila Bennett at one point tried to explain to Bonnie about her witch heritage, although Bonnie dismissed this because she thought that her grandmother was drunk and before the beginning of the series, she tried to explain to Bonnie about her witch heritage again (even though Bonnie said that she was psychic).Unseen, during the events of Season One and December 22, 2011, by this time Bonnie would have told Elena about her heritage. Bonnie and Elena watched Elizabeth Forbes' speech during the Tree Lighting Ceremony and also Bonnie and her friends did secret Santa and Stefan Salvatore gave Caroline a keyring snow globe of Mystic Falls, which disappointed her and she also gave Bonnie a gift.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In Yellow Ledbetter, Bonnie is first seen with Damon as we are shown flashbacks of what happened upon the other side's collapse. They both appear in the cemetery again, only without anyone of their friends and family around them. Bonnie immediately wonders about where they are and runs off with Damon following her. Later on, they walk trough the empty Mystic Falls wondering where everyone is.
They are later seen walking down the road, only to discover that Elena's burned house is still there. Damon then quickly grabs a newsletter and the two of them are shocked when they see the date - May 10th, 1994. Both are suddenly even more surprised by the eclipse that follows. They then sit down on Elena's porch with Damon on the swing chair and Bonnie on the stairs. After a little bickering and a few jokes in-between, Bonnie explains how Grams made a sacrifice for her and that they should use magic to get back home. Much to their dismay, Bonnie is still powerless after trying to light a candle on the table. It's later been a day since they arrived in this dimension and Bonnie first appears at the Salvatore's Boarding House in the morning with her childhood teddy bear which she lost when she was 9, and with her Grams' grimoire. Damon meanwhile is drinking under the belief that they're stuck in hell. Bonnie believes she can teach herself magic again and after a little yelling at each other, she starts eating the pancakes he made and doing crossword puzzles in the newspaper. Soon, an eclipse follows yet again and Bonnie and Damon discover that the date is still May 10th, 1994 much to their shock. That is when they figure out that they're constantly reliving the same day.
Two months have since passed and Damon and Bonnie have developed a routine where he makes pancakes every morning for breakfast. Bonnie however is still trying to solve one word in the crossword puzzle she's never managed to solve, much to her annoyance. Damon on the other hand is annoyed because she still hasn't regained her magic. After calling her useless, they fight and Bonnie storms off. Later, Bonnie makes dinner as Damon comes downstairs. They eat together and Bonnie comforts Damon, claiming she misses their friends and family too. Damon gives her a smile and compliments her on solving the puzzle. Much to both her and his shock, it turns out neither of them solved it and they figure out that someone else is stuck with them in this dimension.
In Welcome To Paradise, Bonnie is first seen with Damon in store in the Other Dimension. Bonnie tells Damon that they need "strawberries, eggs, milk and - ooh, candles" and Damon asks her what makes her think she can do magic again and Bonnie answers that when "this all started, you couldn't make pancakes" and that they're now edible. She also mentions that she has hope because there's someone else in town. Damon reveals that he truly has lost hope before a toddler-ferry starts playing outside. When they see it moving, Bonnie says that's the sound of hope, implying that someone turned it on on purpose. Damon refuses, saying it must have something to do with the wiring, but Bonnie argues that someone put a quarter in it. Damon tries to be reasonable; even if someone is there, that doesn't guarantee a way out. But Bonnie says that he calls the dimension "his hell", but if there's someone else, then its not, and if its not and her Grams put them there, that means there's a way out. Bonnie asks what's the first thing Damon will say to Elena when they get out, to which Damon answers, "Sorry I killed Bonnie" and that she was useless and couldn't do magic. Bonnie then shows him his Mustang in the parking-lot and asks if he still thinks she's "useless". Damon then starts making car-engine sounds as he is excited to have his car back. Then Bonnie notices a shadow move nearby and asks Damon if he saw it and Damon admits it and they go check it out to no avail. When they return, Damon's car's gone and the fair starts to play again, this time with Damon and Bonnie there as witnesses and Damon loses his new-found hope and says there's no hope. Bonnie — pushed to the limit of Damon's hopelessness — tells Damon to give her his Daylight Ring and tries to force it off as Damon refuses and Bonnie says that all Damon ever says is that it is his hell and if its so bad why doesn't he just end it, then, after being pushes away by Damon "Hope is the only thing that keeps me going, Damon. So if you're really done, if you have none, then BE done ..." and leaves Damon alone in the parking-lot.
Damon enters the store once more to get a drink and hears chips crunching somewhere, Damon follows his ears to a guy sitting on a chair inside the store, eating Pork Rinds. He introduces himself as "Kai". Kai tells him that his "bickering" with Bonnie's boring and reveals that he's been following them and he's seen Damon drive Bonnie away 13 times in an argument. After a couple of typical threats and sarcasm, Damon takes a drink out of a bottle of bourbon from one of the shelves and finds himself swallowing vervain. Kai intends on killing Damon. Meanwhile, Bonnie cools down and goes looking for Damon at the store and intervenes before Kai can kill him, saying "stay away from him!" and Kai simply says, "the useless one is here. I've watched you try to do magic for months now. What're you gonna do? - Fail at me? It's embarrassing, I'm embarrassed for you." Bonnie then stares at a couple of candles on a shelf after being encouraged by a look from Damon, she shocks herself by lighting the candle with her magic. She then smiles at Damon and tells him to "Run". He obliges and she chants a spell - "Phesmatos-Incendia" and the floors ignite into flames that Bonnie manipulates to encircle Kai. He raises his hands in surrender and Bonnie says, "Giving up so soon? I'm embarrassed for you?" Damon then knocks Kai out from behind, saying that he's sorry for calling her the most annoying person in the world because she isn't, Kai is.
When Kai awakens tied up, he says he is on the same side as them, but Bonnie says that is doubtful as allies don't kill each other. He says the only important thing is that Bonnie has her magic back and that he wouldn't try to kill Damon as that would be killing one third (1/3) of the population of the Unknown Dimension. Kai claims that he knew Bonnie would come back as she always does "all thirteen times" and that he knew with the right motivation Bonnie would be able to reactivate her magic powers, though he admits that he did worry that Damon had pushed her too far this time round, but he guesses that's how Bonnie and Damon show their love. Kai tells her that her magic is the key to getting out of the dimension.
In Black Hole Sun, Bonnie appears just in time to stop Kai and Damon's bickering when she brings all of the stuff Kai's asked for her to get.After more pointless arguing between the two men,Kai finally reveals that the spell to get them out requires a mystical relic called the Ascendant.He gives some of his blood to Bonnie and she starts working on a locator spell.After some disencouraging words from Damon,Kai,after some mild flirting with Bonnie convinces her to just tune Damon out and concetrate.The spell eventually succeeds with Bonnie figuring out that Kai has had the Ascendant all along.He then says they're ready to go home,but after finding out that Kai is a mass murderer who slaughtered his entire family and in fact a witch who has been trapped in this dimension by the Gemini Coven, Bonnie refuses to do the spell.When Kai is about to grab her,Damon attacks him.Later on,while Damon starts plotting with Bonnie to get out of the dimension without Kai,he shows up and claims that despite them believing he is powerless,that his one power is to drain the power of other witches,as he then demonstrates upon grabbing Bonnie and draining her power by giving Damon an aneurism.He then says that he'll either kill them both or that they can all go back as friends.
In The World Has Turned and Left Me Here, Bonnie and Damon are seen walking trough the woods to meet up with Kai,with Bonnie still skeptical about their return due to Kai's refusal to show her the spell.He after appearing suddenly still refuses to do so and storms off,saying that he's going to get some important supplies while ordering Damon to start digging a hole in the ground.After Damon digs up a hole and breaks into a cave,Kai comes back and it turns out the important supplies he needed to get was majorly a bunch of stuff from 1994 that he wants to take with him to the present.Bonnie however refuses to do the spell until Kai shows it to her.He however refuses to show her the spell which pushes her to challenge him to take all of her magic and do the spell himself.He,feeling challenged grabs Bonnie and starts draining her magic in front of Damon while she tries to fight back.After finally releasing her,Bonnie figures out that he doesn't know the spell otherwise he would have killed her,so she figures that they don't need him and uses her magic to kill him by shoving a pick axe into his chest,much to Damon's dismay.She later figures out that Kai didn't want to kill her because she was a Bennett witch.As it turns out,a Bennett created the place in which Kai was trapped,so that means only a Bennett can cast the spell to get out.Bonnie and Damon then proceed to set everything up,and just when Bonnie performs the spell,the two get separated when she gets shot by an arrow.Turns out that Kai is infact alive as the prison they're trapped in doesn't allow death to stick.Damon tries to heal Bonnie but then tries to stop Kai from getting to the Ascendant.After a bit of a fight between the two,Bonnie uses her magic to seperate the two by throwing Kai off of Damon and pushing Damon towards the eclipse's light.She gives him the Ascendant,claiming it's already too late for her.As Damon is while figting back taken into the light,Bonnie sacrifices her chance of getting back for him.She then cries,happy for Damon but sad for herself and then passes out from the wound,onto the ground,seemingly dying.
In Fade Into You,
In I Alone,
At the beginning of the series, Bonnie is seen to be a good-hearted, bubbly, sweet, fun-loving, spirited and optimistic individual. She is seen to have a happy disposition and an optimistic attitude. Personality wise, Bonnie is described to be kind, warm, sympathetic, caring, compassionate, empathetic, selfless, and self sacrificing. Bonnie has shown that she makes a very loving, devoted, loyal and caring friend. Bonnie could be considered to be a very spiriutal person and she originally identifies herself as a psychic before discovering her identity as a witch as well as her witch heritage. Bonnie displays many traits and qualities of a true heroine. She is willing to put the needs of her friends and her loved ones before her own, even at the cost of her own personal well being and happiness. She believes to see the good in people as much as possible and believes that people are capable of doing good or making the right choices if they choose to do so. Bonnie could be seen as the moral compass of the series as she serves as a moral conscience for many of the other supernatural characters in the series. Bonnie has shown that she is very insightful, intelligent and intuitive; she seems to have a sixth sense and is a very good judge of character. She has shown that she is extremely useful and beneficial during missions and plans and that she can also be rather smart and strategic when she needs to be. Bonnie is seen to hate discord and violence of any kind and it seems that any kind of violence that is unneeded or unnecessary upsets her emotional well being. Bonnie has also shown that she can be rather opinionated, spunky, feisty and passionate, and she has shown that she had a dislike for vampires in the beginning (mostly due to the fact that vampires hurt and kill innocent people and also the fact that witches and vampires are natural enemies). However, she eventually overcomes her dislike of vampires and even starts to help them whenever they need help or befriend them (her best friends Elena and Caroline become vampires and Bonnie still remains friends with both of them regardless). Bonnie also hates to see people suffer and she does not like to see innocent people get hurt. Bonnie tends to hide her emotional sensitivity and vulnerability with either a facade of sarcasm, courage or sophistication. Bonnie seems to have very strong empathy and compassion, not just for her friends and loved ones, but for innocent people as well. Bonnie also seems to feel and understand the pain and suffering of other people rather easily and she has shown that deep down, she can be rather emotional, easily hurt, and sensitive. Bonnie has also shown that while she is not incredibly boy crazy, she is rather flirtatious and enjoys the opposite sex. She has also shown that she is very romantic and she has displayed this in her relationship with Jeremy. Although she does not show it, it seems that Bonnie does crave love from a significant other deep down and even likes to be protected by her romantic suitor. Bonnie has shown that she can be rather dependent emotionally on a romantic suitor (such as seen with Jeremy in season two; after Jeremy died, she went to extremes to bring him back from the dead even at a cost and in season four, Bonnie became very depressed and lost when Jeremy died for the second time). However, Bonnie has also shown that she is willing to put her love or romantic life on hold to be a devoted and loyal friend. She has shown that she can be very emotionally dependent on her friends, hence why she always goes to extremes or out of her way to protect them and constantly save them or sacrifice herself for them as much as possible. Although Bonnie has shown that she is very powerful, she seems to be a better follower than a leader. She has seen to be very submissive in regards to people she loves and she will do whatever they ask of her without a second thought. Bonnie is most vulnerable when it comes to the people she loves and cares about being danger, that she will do anything and everything, no matter what it is, to protect them and keep them safe. Because of her constant need to prevent the people she loves from suffering or getting hurt, Bonnie ends up suffering the most herself. Not only does Bonnie end up harbouring the pain and suffering of her friends and loved ones, but she also harbours her own personal pain and suffering.
In the beginning, Bonnie was an optimistic person who always chose to see the positive in things. However, as the series goes on and Bonnie begins to suffer immense grief, loss, pain and tragedy as well as the losses of people close to her (most notably, her Grams and Jeremy), she begins to become a much more serious and even depressive person. Although she has shown that she is generally a positive and optimistic person, she has also shown that she is capable of being depressive, withdrawn, martyring, and apathetic. After her Grams dies in season one, she starts to become more depressive and withdrawn; distancing herself from Elena and her friends in Mystic Falls. Her grief was shown to be so bad that Bonnie had even left town for a few weeks in order to escape. Despite all the pain, loss and suffering that she has endured, Bonnie still remains rather strong, especially in the face of danger and adversity. She has shown that she is willing to put her own personal pain on the back burner in order to pay attention to the needs of her loved ones. It could be argued that Bonnie is much too emotionally invested or involved in the lives of her friends and this is probably the reason why Bonnie never seems to find a long period of contentment or happiness. Bonnie remains the person who is deeply loyal to her friends even through all of the challenges that they have faced. While Bonnie has become friends with and likes Stefan, she remains cordial with his older brother, Damon, despite Damon's actions that have affected deeply including turning her mother into a vampire. Bonnie also sees the good in Damon and believes that he has the potential to be a good person and that there is hope for him if he makes the right choices. Bonnie's most defining trait, as well as her greatest weakness, is her compassion, her selflessness, and her undying devotion and loyalty to her friends and her willingness to constantly sacrifice or martyr herself for them and for the greater good. Multiple times throughout the series, Bonnie uses her powers and abilities as a witch to save the people she cares for as well as innocents, despite knowing the consequences. Although every single member of her family has warned her about the consequences of some of the spells that she has performed, Bonnie's belief is that it is her duty to protect, save and help her friends at all costs. Despite her strength in the face of loss, all of the tragic events that have happened to her and her friends has taken their emotional, mental and spiritual toll on her, particularly with Jeremy's death. Although Bonnie puts on a facade of strength and courage, she has proven that deep down, she is very emotionally vulnerable and she is in need of love, comfort and support. Bonnie's grief over the loss of Jeremy allowed her to be manipulated by Silas into agreeing to destroy the Veil between the realm of the living and the supernatural purgatory (the Other Side) just to bring Jeremy back knowing that it would also bring back every dead supernatural being.
Since finding herself in a "pocket reality" or an otherworldly dimension with Damon after seemingly being destroyed along with the imploding Other Side, Bonnie has been trying her best to keep it together despite the stress and frustration of having to live through the same day over and over again with the one person she is fond of the least (or so she says), believing that her Grams made sure that she would find her way back to the physical plane. However, despite having to deal with that and Damon's sarcastic quips, she continues to stand tall in the face of adversity, managing to regain her magic at the possibility of the one companion or friend (and someone she cares for much deeper than she realizes) she had with her. Bonnie had no qualms when she telekinetically drove a pick axe through Kai's heart, knowing that he is of no use to her and Damon and also knowing that Kai is a psychotic murderer who has no moral or guilty conscience. However, Bonnie played the hero yet again when she sacrificed her chance to come back and let Damon go home instead, ensuring that Kai doesn't get to come back either.
Unfortunately, Kai's return to the real world set off a chain of events that put Bonnie in a most unbearable predicament - she is now stuck in the prison world meant for Kai and can only rely on her friends to get her back since she relinquished her magic and placed it in her teddy bear, which is also in the real world. Bonnie fell into a morose state as she tried to recreate a holiday tradition all by herself. She did her best to keep her spirits up but she ended up setting the Christmas tree she put up alight, showing that she is losing hope that she'll ever get out.
As the anchor to the Other Side, Bonnie seemed to have lost her abilities as a witch. Bonnie would experience pain of a dead supernatural being passing through her. She would try to keep her pain of being the anchor a secret from everyone so that they would not have to worry about her. In the beginning, Bonnie suffered that pain without anyone being aware but Jeremy discovered it when Jesse passed through Bonnie. Unlike the previous Anchor who was Amara, Bonnie had the support of her friends and beings on the Other Side. If Bonnie did not have her friends to help her through the experience, it is mostly likely that Bonnie would have lost her sanity and had gone crazy just like Amara. As the anchor, Bonnie has the ability to exist in both the physical world and on the Other Side, giving her insight on things that not every living or undead friend/ally of hers may know of. Bonnie's fate is tied to the existence of the Other Side. When Markos was brought back by The Travellers from the Other Side, it started to collapse and fall apart. The fate of the beings on the Other Side were tied into some being sucked away to a Dark Dimension (also known as being sucked into oblivion) like Silas and Katherine, while others including Grams and Lexi found true peace. The destruction of the Other Side was sped up with Bonnie helping her friends (such as Stefan, Alaric, Damon, Elena, etc) and others escape before it completely collapsed. In the end, Bonnie and Damon "died" together as they stared into a rising bright white light as the Other Side collapsed with Bonnie asking, "Do you think it will hurt?"
Powers and Abilities
Bonnie is among the most powerful witches in the TVD/TO universe as well as the most powerful of her family line. Having discovered her heritage in a relatively short time prior, her powers have developed exponentially throughout the series. Within the span of at least two years, she transformed from a simple novice in the art of witchcraft to a near unstoppable force capable of taking down the oldest and most powerful supernatural creatures as well as controlling nature to a great extent. This could be attributed to the fact that she descended from a line of witches that begun with Qetsiyah, an extremely powerful witch responsible for creating the Immortality Spell.
Early in her development as a witch, she could not do much with her powers. However, her first noteworthy spell was a success, when she saved Damon from dying in a fire by manipulating the intensity of the flames long enough for Stefan to rescue him. She could not cast spells consecutively without her nose bleeding or worse, fainting. But, she slowly grew in to her powers after gaining access to years worth of magical knowledge from the Martin family.
Within one of the family's grimoires was a spell that she used to access the power of the witches of Mystic Falls who have burned to death. Gaining this power allowed her to influence the weather almost instantaneously and effectively take down a vampire like Damon in one fell swoop. She was also capable of casting complex spells effortlessly, bringing herself back to life after facing a Klaus-possessed Alaric and binding John Gilbert's life to Elena, ensuring her survival after the sacrifice. At this point, her most note-worthy feat of magic was bringing Klaus Mikaelson to the brink of death, a feat not so easily accomplished.
Bonnie lost her favor with the Spirits after attempting to resurrect Jeremy Gilbert (who was only able to come back at the intervention of Emily Bennett). Despite this, her powers continued to grow, being able to banish a ghost, reveal veiled matter to the entire town, and breaking the Original Witch's hold over Mystic Falls by nullifying the magic of Elena's necklace. Bonnie and her mother, Abby, also unsealed the coffin of the ancient witch, Esther. She was even able to break the link that bound the Originals by herself.
Bonnie first experienced using Dark Magic when she, along with Stefan, Damon, and Klaus, attempted to desiccate Alaric. She was able to do so, except she cast the spell on Klaus instead of Alaric. This spell changed Bonnie, making her less inhibited with regards to the dark arts. She didn't hesitate on casting a spell to transport Klaus' soul into Tyler Lockwood's body. Soon after, she attempted to help Elena by killing herself to cross over to the Other Side and bring Elena back from the brink of transition. She was unsuccessful, though. But soon she had her hands full when Klaus (in Tyler's body) forced her to restore his original body and return his soul to it, which brought about severe consequences.
Bonnie couldn't cast a simple nature spell without reliving how the Spirits took out their anger on her Grams. However, she met Professor Atticus Shane, an occult professor who has taken an interest in Bonnie. He helped her learn a new form of magic that, according to him, is not monitored by the Spirits and is practically limitless. This magic is known as Expression. Bonnie couldn't believe what she had gotten herself into, but she grew into this magic after a few slip-ups.
With the power of Expression, she was capable of inflicting vast amounts of pain to even an Original. She was also able to instantaneously trap Klaus in a spell similar to the one in the tomb, only it wasn't as long-lasting. She could cast a locator spell by simply throwing a belonging of her target into the fire and allowing the flame to lead her to who she wanted to find. She even came to the point that she didn't even need something of her target to find them. She also cast a powerful protection spell fueled by the power of Qetsiyah's pendant that saved Shane's life but, in turn, endangered April Young's. She was also able to open the tomb that contained Silas (which is a feat only a witch of her lineage could do). She could even heal herself almost instantaneously, almost similar to that of a vampire.
She was also able to link herself to Katherine Pierce in a matter of seconds. She also channeled the energy from the three massacres that occurred around town and activated the Expression Triangle, drawing on its power to bring down the Other Side within the perimeter of the Triangle. Finally, she was able to bind Silas in a petrified state similar to desiccation, leaving him harmless.Bonnie's final acts as a witch were closing the Veil to the Other Side and Jeremy Gilbert's resurrection. With the latter, she combined the forces of the magic provided by the Spirits, the power of Expression, and the darkness within her to successfully bring her beloved back from the grave. This spell was cast at the cost of her life. However, she was still able to keep Kol from interfering in her plans and close the Veil before finally passing on to the Other Side.
Though Bonnie lost her powers since coming back to life as the Anchor to the Other Side, when she found herself in a "pocket reality" with Damon, it appeared as though Bonnie didn't retain her powers. However, when faced with the threat of losing Damon by Kai's hands, Bonnie's powers returned and she was able to trap Kai within walls of fire, similar to how her powers first manifested early on in the series.
She was later on able to successfully use Traditional Magic and open a Portal between the Otherworldly Time Dimension and the Mortal Plane, while drawing on a massive celestial event - the eclipse. She also showed great skill in telekinesis, seen when she stabbed Kai with a pick-axe with the speed of light. Later on, even while fatally wounded, she was able to blast Kai several yards away and control Damon's movement, despite him fighting back.
As a Bennett witch, a direct descendant of Qetsiyah and the member of an extremely powerful bloodline of witches, there are a few spells limited to her bloodline. Due to being related to Qetsiyah, the creator of the Other Side, only a Bennett Witch such as herself can drop the Veil to the Other Side. The same applied to the tomb in which Silas was buried, as only a Bennett witch could open it. Malakai's prison too was created by a Bennett witch, therefore, Bonnie was the only one who could give him an escape.
Later on, after Damon is successfully sent back to the mortal plane by Bonnie, she runs away but upon Kai finding her, Bonnie displays offensive power by causing all of the objects in the room to explode violently around him, as well as controlling the electricity and using it against him, though this only slows him down for a bit. Later on, she yet again performs the dimension-crossing spell under Kai's command, though she tricks him by sending her teddy bear home instead. She also successfully manages to imbue her teddy bear with all of her magic by binding her power to it. The only other witch who is known to have performed this spell is Jo Laughlin, Kai's only living sister who relinquished her magic and put it away somewhere.
Anchor to the Other Side
After returning from the Other Side with Qetsiyah's help, Bonnie had the ability to interact with those in the mortal plane and the supernatural purgatory. However, she was stuck with having to deal with the recently deceased supernatural creatures that have to pass through her to get to the Other Side. Through a powerful and complex spell, she was capable of bringing the denizens of the Other Side back into the mortal plane through physical contact. However, when the spell is interrupted and stopped entirely, she loses this ability.
- Main article: Bonnie Bennett/Appearance
In early Season One, her style was very much "normal", regular denim, blue jeans with colored t-shirts, however in later seasons, she began to wear a more "unique" style, with floral, flared cardigans, dark jackets and matching accessories such as long necklaces and pendants with small earrings, which Bonnie is regularly seen wearing. In season four, her style matured and she began to wear more somewhat darker clothing and shoes, such as dark greens and black. She regularly wears cardigans and tops with some type of floral pattern with jeans or leggings, and occasionally; such as for Graduation, wore a floral print dress with her trinkets underneath her red gown. In the early parts of season five, her appearance and outfit when she died remains unchanged. However, when she returned to the physical plane, she had her hair cut into a short bob. Her style is much more relaxed and she's seen in more sleeveless tops than she did before. Bonnie occasionally wears make-up, only usually for special occasions such as parties in which she will use accessories and makeup to compliment her choice of outfit, however daily, she wears little to no makeup and Bonnie is more of a natural beauty.
- Main article: Bonnie and Sheila
In the beginning we hear Bonnie mention numerous times that her Grams says she' a witch. At first she thinks her Grams is Crazy, but Bonnie then starts to experience unexplainable and supernatural things. She finally believes that she's a witch. When Bonnie was in the initial stages of learning magic, she would visit her grandmother on the weekends. When Bonnie didn't know what was happening with her abilities she went to her for help. Grams explained the Bennett family history and also taught her spells. When Bonnie and Elena were kidnapped, Grams got Stefan to save them both. Grams also helped open the tomb, so that Damon would leave town. After Grams and Bonnie opened the tomb, Grams lied down in exhaustion. However, the spell ended up being too much for her body to handle and she died. Bonnie was devastated and took a few weeks off from school after her funeral. Since then, Bonnie has taken witchcraft much more seriously. After the veil between the living and the dead is broken, a vast group of spirits return to Mystic Falls, including Sheila Bennett. After she reveals to Bonnie that the balance of Nature has been offset, together Bonnie and Sheila perform a spell that destroyed The Original Witch's Talisman. Before her departure, Sheila gives words of encouragement to Bonnie, reminding her of her strength, and how proud she is of how far Bonnie has come. When Elena was transitioning into a vampire, Bonnie tried to pull her human spirit from the Other Side but she was stopped by Sheila, who warned her of the dark magic she was using and to stop messing with Nature. When she continued to do so, Bonnie watched her grandmother die right in front of her. Now that Bonnie is also on the Other Side, they can now presumably stay together after she told Jeremy that she "has the witches" and she left holding Sheila's hand.
Lucy seemed to be Katherine's friend. She appeared in Masquerade. She is a witch and also Bonnie's cousin. She performed a spell that linked Elena to Katherine, in order to protect her. After Bonnie learned that she can trust Lucy, she handed over the moonstone. Lucy suffocated Katherine and afterwards gave Bonnie the moonstone and left town. However, before she left she told Bonnie that she was a good witch and that she needed to continue to fight. She also reassured Bonnie that she would see her again however this has yet to be seen on-screen.
- Main article: Caroline and Bonnie
The friendship between Bonnie and Caroline is one that has become stronger after Bonnie honed her witchcraft and Caroline became a vampire. Before they were cheerleaders in high school and they were also best friends with Elena Gilbert. Caroline was a shallow girl who envied Elena and usually talked to Bonnie about it. After Caroline transitioned into a vampire, Bonnie was angry over this and lashed out at Damon but eventually Bonnie's love for her friend overcame her natural dislike for vampires and the two were best friends again. After the Salvatore brothers killed Bonnie's mother, she kept the body at Caroline's house and it was Caroline who explained to Elena the strain it put on Bonnie being Elena's friend.
- Main article: Elena and Bonnie
Elena is one of Bonnie's best friend since childhood. She is the first person that Bonnie tells she is a witch. Bonnie has said that she "loves Elena like a sister" and has said that she would "die for her." They are very close and would do anything for each other. After Elena and the Salvatore brothers indirectly cause Sheila Bennett's death, their friendship goes through a temporary rough patch. Their friendship is later rekindled, and they remained best friends. After Jeremy's death, Elena turns off her humanity, and later attacks Bonnie at prom in an attempt to kill her, causing another strain on their friendship. After Elena turns her humanity back on, they make amends and Elena apologizes for her actions, to which Bonnie replies, "You weren't you. I know what that's like. I wasn't me for a long time," in reference to [expression] having an effect on her mind.
- Main article: Jeremy and Bonnie
Jeremy was the first to develop romantic feelings for Bonnie and the first to express desire for a more romantic relationship between the two of them. However, Bonnie was reluctant, thinking of him as Elena's 'kid brother', but eventually gave into her feelings for him. Jeremy and Bonnie then started a relationship after they got Elena's blessing to go ahead. Jeremy is overprotective of Bonnie; probably because he doesn't want to lose her like his past two girlfriends. Bonnie has proven her love for Jeremy when she willing brought him back to life, no matter the consequence. However, after Bonnie brought him back to life he started seeing and talking to the ghost of his ex-girlfriend, much to Bonnie's displeasure. Elena caught Jeremy kissing Anna, she then informed Caroline who in turn relayed this information to Bonnie. A heartbroken Bonnie then ends their relationship. In Death and the Maiden, they confess their love for each other and kiss. In Home, Bonnie gets trapped on the other side with Damon, thus ending their relationship.
- Main article: Matt and Bonnie
Matt and Bonnie are great friends that have been close since childhood. In the pilot Bonnie is seen talking and trying to comfort him about Elena. In season 3, Matt mentioned he and Bonnie were lifeguards last summer. Matt also has a lot of trust in Bonnie that he trust her with his life in The Reckoning. Even though Matt is feeling lonely, Bonnie reassures Matt: "You’re the only one of us who actually gets to live their life like a normal person, no matter how lost you feel. Don’t forget that."
- Main article: Bonnie McCullough
- Bonnie is a feminine first name of Scottish or Scots-Irish origin which means "pretty", "beautiful", "charming" or "attractive". It is pronounced BAHN-ee or BON-ee.
- Other spellings and variations of Bonnie include Bonea, Bonee, Boney, Boni, Bonia, Boniah, Bonie, Bonne, Bonnea, Bonnee, Bonnell, Bonney, Bonni, Bonnia, Bonniah, Bonnin, Bonnie-Bell, Bonnie-Belle, Bonnebell, Bonnebelle, Bonnibela, Bonnibelah, Bonnibele, Bonnibell, Bonnibella, Bonnibellah, Bonnibelle, Bonniebell, Bonniebelle, Bonnybell, Bonnybelle, Bonita, Bonesha, Bonetta, Bonitah, Bonitta, Bonittah, Bonnetta, Bonnita, Bonnitah, Bonnitta, Bonnyta, Bonnytta, Bonyta, Bonytta.
- Sheila is a feminine anglicized form the Irish name Síle. It is an English version of the name and the Irish form of Cecilia. The name means "blind" "one who is blind" or sixth". It is pronounced SHEE-la.
- Other spellings and variations of Sheila include Sheilah, Sheelagh, Shelagh, Shiela, Shyla, Selia, Sighle, Sheiletta, Sheilette, Sheilett, Sheileta, Sheyla, Sheala, Sheela, Sheelah, Sheilagh, Sheileen, Sheilia, Sheillia, Sheilliah, Sheillynn, Sheilya, Shela, Shelah, Shiela, Shielah.
- Bennett is an uncommon unisex name, whcih could be Latin or Hebrew in origin. The meaning of the name is "blessed".
Behind The Scenes
- The casting call was: Seventeen years old, bubbly, adorable, loyal and bighearted, she is Elena's best friend who is developing her psychic abilities and senses that Stefan is dangerous. She also "sees" the black crow of death that seems to be following Elena...
- Bonnie's birthday is February 22 and her astrological sign is Pisces.
- In Welcome To Paradise, it is revealed by Damon that she talks in her sleep.
- Bonnie apparently hates pancakes.
- Bonnie is one of the most powerful main characters and general character shown in the series. She succeeded in going against the will of Nature and revived Jeremy Gilbert from the dead.
- Bonnie is a very distant descendant of arguably one of the most powerful witches of all time, Qetsiyah.
- Bonnie is the only one that has handled the three talismans of the most powerful witches.
- In season one, Bonnie receives Emily's talisman from Caroline, who got it from Damon.
- In season three, Bonnie tries to destroy Esther's talisman to send the ghosts back to the Other Side and close the passage to it.
- In season four, Bonnie receives Qetsiyah's talisman from Professor Atticus Shane.
- Bonnie Bennett's character is loosely based off Bonnie McCullough from the novels.
- Bonnie stated she was a psychic in Pilot, and that she was a witch in 162 Candles.
- Bonnie is the first one to see Stefan Salvatore before Elena.
- Bonnie is the first witch to be seen in the series.
- Because of her powers, Bonnie is considered one of the most powerful main characters.
- Bonnie is the only witch to live the longest amount of time throughout the series.
- Bonnie has been possessed by her ancestor Emily twice.
- The Bennett line of witches has been in Mystic Falls dating all the way back to the Middle Ages with Ayana. However, Sheila tells Bonnie that their family was originally from Salem, Massachusetts and first came to Mystic Falls after the Salem witch trials, which hadn't taken place until the late 17th century.
- Along with Bonnie, all main female characters have died at some point, Bonnie's death occurring during the 60's dance which she managed to revive from later that night with a spell, Bonnie, Caroline, and Elena are the only ones to escape permanent death and Bonnie is the only one to retain her humanity.
- Bonnie's ancestors have been betrayed by Elena's ancestors.
- On the television show Heroes, a character named Claire Bennett went back in time and used the alias Bonnie to interact with her mom, also Claire Bennett's father Noah Bennett is played by Jack Coleman, the same actor who played Caroline's late father Bill Forbes.
- Bonnie, Alaric, Rebekah, Tyler and Elena, are the only characters who had their body used by another character. Bonnie was first who was possessed, and she was possessed by her ancestor Emily Bennett.
- Until Tyler during season two, Bonnie was the only main character who was absent for a period of four episodes in a row.
- Bonnie is the best friend of Elena, just like their mothers Abby (Bonnie's mother) and Miranda (Elena's adoptive mother).
- Her car is a blue ribbon metallic Toyota Prius registered JR7-5183.
- The Toyota Prius that Bonnie drives is also Katerina Graham's personal car.
- Bonnie is the only witch who has been possessed by another witch in the series.
- Bonnie is also the only witch who revived a human with no other human connect.
- Bonnie is the second witch to desiccate an Original: Klaus. The first was her mother, Abby.
- Bonnie once stated that she can't cook, like her friend Elena.
- Bonnie's house number is 2136.
- So far, Bonnie is the only supernatural that turned humans into mediums (Jeremy and Matt).
- Bonnie is the only character and witch shown using expression magic so far and on another character.
- Bonnie is the only witch that used three types of magic at the same time: Spirit Magic, Dark Magic, Expression Magic.
- Bonnie is the only character shown to actually use Expression on camera. Bonnie is also assumed to be the only witch who has ever been able to combine three kinds of magic, this making Bonnie one of the most powerful witches shown in the series.
- Bonnie is fifth main character who dies after Vicki, Jenna, Alaric and Jeremy (resurrected).
- Katherine and Matt sometimes call her Bon Bon. Damon also calls her Bon or Bon Bon.
- As the Anchor to the Other Side, Bonnie now existed on both sides and could have physical contact/interaction with the living and the dead. However, Bonnie found out that each time a supernatural creature dies, she felt the pain of their death as they passed through her to the Other Side.
- In the movie Honey 2 , Kat Graham played a character named Maria Bennett.
- Bonnie received her middle name "Sheila" comes from her grandmother, Sheila.
- Bonnie was the only immortal character like Silas and Amara as she couldn't be killed but unlike them she didn't drink blood.
- Bonnie was mentioned in The Originals episode A Closer Walk with Thee by Niklaus Mikaelson.
- Bonnie had the chance to save Silas in the finale, but chose not to. Thus getting her revenge for her father's death.
- Bonnie and Tyler are the only two main characters that Silas never disguised himself on the show.
- Bonnie is the only main character not to be killed by the known antagonists of the show: Damon, Katherine, Klaus, Silas and Markos.
- Bonnie as a witch has practiced four types of magic so far: Traditional Magic, Spirit Magic, Dark Magic and Expression.
- Bonnie went through an Adaptation Race Lift, as the character was Scottish in the books. To follow TV quotas she is the Token Minority and is Elena's African-American Best Friend.
- Like many characters in the show, she suffers from Parental Abandonment: her mother left home when she was just 5 years old and she was raised by a frequently absent father.
- I must Scream: Due to being the anchor to The Other Side, Bonnie must feel the death of every supernatural being. And since the majority of those deaths are violent, the process is extremely painful.