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Tropes are devices and conventions that a writer can reasonably rely on as being present in the audience members' minds and expectations.

If used correctly, they help move the narrative along, because the author has less to explain. Badly used and it can become a "Cliché".

For example, if you want to show your character is smart, show him playing chess. Everybody knows smart people play chess ! If you want to show that the next character that just entered is smarter than the one before, have her just glace over his shouder and solve the game he has been struggling with. This way you can show instead of tell , which always enhance the narrative.

Badly used it becomes a Cliché , an element that has been overused to the point of loosing it's original meaning or it's effect. In colloquial use, it refers to something that is expected or easily predicted. They are often used for comic effect.

Main Characters' Tropes

Protagonists

Katherine Pierce

  • A Day in the Limelight - has an episode named after her, plus frequent flashbacks into her origins.
  • Briarpatching - Katherine uses this technique on Damon when she tells him not to dagger Elijah as she would be stuck in the tomb forever.
  • Magnificant Bastard - "Plan B "
  • She fits the Light Feminine And Dark Feminine trope, especially with Elena. Elena and Katherine are both doppelgängers who share an uncanny physical appearance. Elena is the Light Feminine (good, moral) and Katherine is Dark Feminine (bad, immoral). This causes them to clash alot.
  • She went through an Adaptation Dye-job as in the books, Katherine is blonde.

Caroline Forbes

Bonnie Bennett

Matt Donovan

  • Elena's former boyfriend, hasn't given up hope yet - which makes him a Dogged Nice Guy .
  • He is pretty much a Generic Guy , with no special qualities - except being human .
  • Of course, he just wants his beloved to be happy , so he forgives Elena for ditching him and tries to be friends with Stefan.
  • His life sucks most of the times: We don't even know if he knew his father ; his mother is an Alcoholic who left him for a boyfriend in Florida; his sister Vicki was a drug addict who got turned into a Vampire by Damon because he was bored then staked by Stefan. Ah, and Vicki came back as a ghost. She was persuaded by Esther to try and kill Elena!
  • Like most of the main cast, he even died once, but he was revived.
  • By season 4 he is the only one in the cast member to remain human, so he is the Token Human , which in this case is also a Token Minority.
  • He's Rebekah's Morality Pet.
  • With April and Meredith he is part of Team Normal - the humans without powers that help the super-powered heroes.

Jenna Sommers

Tyler Lockwood

Jeremy Gilbert

Niklaus Mikaelson

Recurring Characters

Elijah Mikaelson

  • All Love is Unrequited - Tatia and Katerina (Katherine). This leads to him not believing in it.
  • A Day in the Limelight - frequent flashbacks that focus on his history and his family's.
  • Anti-Villain - Due to his high sense of morality, Elijah is very much the anti-villain during Season 2 and 3.
  • And I Must Scream - Shared with family. When an Original is daggered, it leads to immediate desiccation. Also when the daggers are removed, the awakening is rather painful as well.

Finn Mikaelson

  • And I Must Scream - Shared with family. When an Original is daggered, it leads to immediate desiccation. Also when the daggers are removed, the awakening is rather painful as well.

Kol Mikaelson

  • And I Must Scream - Shared with family. When an Original is daggered, it leads to immediate desiccation. Also when the daggers are removed, the awakening is rather painful as well.

Rebekah Mikaelson

  • Rebekah is a no holds barred Alpha Bitch !
  • Like Klaus, she is proof that Blonds are Evil : she is aggressive, spiteful and vindictive.
  • She is a Femme Fatale : beautiful, free spirited and manipulative.
  • I hate you, Vampire Dad  - With good reason: it was her own biological father who turned her into a Vampire... then decided it was an evil he had to eliminate from the surface of Earth.
  • Despite her youthful appearance, she is really 1000 years old .
  • Her own mother, Esther, possessed her body in Season 3.
  • Suffers from Chronic Backstabbing Disorder - on the receiving end. Both metaphorically and literally.
  • Although she looks like the Dumb Blond, she actually has Hidden Depths . Although externally she is an Alpha Bitch , she is deeply hurt by being betrayed so many times. Deep down she just wants to be a normal girl and go to a dance without being stabbed in the back or poisoned.
  • With all that has happened to her, it turns out she has a very good reason to destroy EVERYTHING !
  • To save herself, her brothers and the entire vampire race, she did what she had to do , and killed Elena.
  • A Day in the Limelight - frequent flashbacks that focus on her history and her family's.
  • And I Must Scream - Shared with family. When an Original is daggered, it leads to immediate desiccation. Also when the daggers are removed, the awakening is rather painful as well.

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