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Damon Salvatore is one of the two main male protagonists of The Vampire Diaries. Damon is a 177-year-old vampire and distant descendant of Silas. He was a major antagonist in the first part of Season One. He is the older brother of Stefan Salvatore. He was born during the 1800s and lived in the colonial town of Mystic Falls with his brother Stefan, his father, Giuseppe Salvatore, and also with his mother Lillian Salvatore until her death in 1858. He became a vampire in 1864. At the time of his return to Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan hadn't seen each other in fifteen years due to their bitter and violent relationship.
In the 1950's, Damon was captured and tortured by the Augustine society, led by the Whitmore family, who experimented on vampires for a "bigger purpose". During his five years of captivity, he meets another prisoner, Enzo, with whom he became best friends with. Eventually, the plan the two made failed at a critical moment and thinking Enzo "died" because of him, Damon turned off his humanity to suppress the guilt and sadness. He sought revenge, an act of hunting down every member over generations which he finally ends with Aaron Whitmore's death.
Damon's sole purpose in coming back to Mystic Falls was to free Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned him and who he deeply loved. After realizing that Katherine never loved him, his love for her faded as his friendship with Elena, Katherine's descendant and doppelgänger, grows. Due to her impact on him and the strengthening relationship with his brother, they begin working together to protect Elena, along with her friends and family. Before his death, and at the beginning of Season Five, he lived with his brother, girlfriend, Elena (when she wasn't away at college), and her brother, Jeremy Gilbert in the Salvatore Boarding House.
In the Season Three, Damon filled the role as a deuteragonist in the first half of the season due to Stefan falling prey to Klaus.
Throughout the series, his bond with Elena continuously grows and they eventually fall in love with each other. Shortly after her death and subsequent transition into a vampire, Elena's feelings for Damon are heightened which makes her admit her love for him and they start a romantic relationship in Season Four.
In Season Five, he discovers Enzo's undead status and they become friends once again however once "Elena" breaks up with him, he puts an end to his diabolical plan against the Whitmore Family and is then injected with a dangerous compound by Wes Maxfield, causing him to become an Augustine Vampire and the only one in existence. He was later cured, thanks to Enzo, Stefan, and Caroline's actions. Due to the Other Side collapsing, Damon gave up his life to save his loved ones and this particularly caused Elena, Stefan, and Alaric much grief.
In Season Six, Damon discovers that him and Bonnie are trapped in a 1994 Prison World, and they work together to find a way back to Mystic Falls. They also form an alliance to take down Kai. During this time, he is able to form a healthy friendship with Bonnie, and they are able to move on from their past and become friends. After returning home, he learns that Elena has erased all her memories of their relationship and he attempts to win her back. Damon soon learns of Liz's sickness and soon after, she passes away in the hospital in front of him, leaving him devastated and is soon reunited with Bonnie who made it out of the prison world and shows him a video of a mysterious lady, who turns out to be his mother. He manages to bring her back with the help of Kai. He had the cure for vampirism which was given to him by Bonnie for informing her about magic in Nova Scotia from Qetsiyah's tombstone for Silas through an atlas, as he wanted it for Elena. He then gave Elena The Cure.
His best friends are Elena Gilbert, Alaric Saltzman and Bonnie Bennett. He was close friends with Elizabeth Forbes until her death. He is also formerly best friends with Enzo, with whom he is currently enemies with.
Damon Salvatore was born June 18, 1839 to Giuseppe Salvatore and Lillian Salvatore in what would eventually become the town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. He is the oldest and first born child of Giuseppe and Lillian. During his human years, Damon was seen and described to be rebellious, carefree, emotional, independent, troubled, insecure, misunderstood, principled, impulsive, competitive, and irresponsible and seemed to lack a general sense of direction. People of the town of Mystic Falls even described Damon to be irresponsible and cowardly, including his own father Giuseppe. The reason for this is because Damon rebelled against the town's and his own father's wish, by leaving the Confederacy on his own terms during the time of the Civil War. However, the reasons for Damon leaving the Confederacy is unknown. In his human years, when it came to love, Damon was always seen to be the chaser and the pursuer, the opposite of Stefan, who appeared to be harder to get and challenging with women, especially in regards to Katherine. Damon during his human years, also displayed womanizing tendencies with the opposite sex. Damon and his father, Giuseppe, never got along or had a good, close relationship and Giuseppe frequently expressed extreme disappointment and resentment in the elder Salvatore. Despite his very strained relationship with Giuseppe during his human life, Damon was very close to his younger brother Stefan and they shared a very close relationship and bond. Damon described Stefan as his best friend or companion and the person who trusted the most. However, the brothers eventually became strained after Katherine Pierce came into their lives and both brothers started to compete fiercely for Katherine's affections, with both of the brothers not being aware of Katherine playing them against one another. He was turned into a vampire in 1864, when he was 25 years old, after he drank Katherine Pierce's blood willingly and was shot by his father, Giuseppe, after attempting to save Katherine from being buried in the tomb.
When he was 12 years old, his father was very abusive towards him, burning him with a cigarret at a thanksgiving dinner. In his father eyes it was a lesson for his elder son, as he thought that Damon had stole his money. Damon, over a 150 years later, learned that it was his mother who stole Giuseppe's money in order to run from her abusive husband, and that she planned on taking Stefan and Damon with her, but the plan failed, as Giuseppe found out about it.
In late May, at the age of 17, his mother died of consumption (he later learns in 2013 this was not the case). Damon had promised Stefan that he would write his mother's eulogy and say it at his mother's funeral. Just before the funeral, Damon comes to Stefan and helps him get dressed. Stefan says that father told him not to cry. Damon replies with that he is a child and that if he feels the need to cry that he is allowed. Saying all of this, Damon doesn't even go to the funeral. Instead he got wasted, returned to his younger brother who was angry with him for not showing up.
As a young man, Damon joined the Confederate Army on his father's order, to defend the South during the American Civil War. However, Damon secretly hated everything the South stood for, and had been planning to desert for sometime before his squad joined the army at Gettysburg. The only thing stopping Damon was fear of Giuseppe's disapproval. Eventually, he met a man named Oscar who convinced him to follow his own beliefs rather than his father's. That night, Damon deserted while his squad was decimated during the following battle.
Damon was born to Giuseppe Salvatore and Lillian Salvatore on June 18, 1839 in the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. His younger brother Stefan Salvatore is eight years younger than him, and the two were very close when they were human. He joined the Confederate Army at some point, coming back when he was on leave to spend time at the Salvatore Estate.
However, Damon secretly hated everything
It is uncertain how or when Damon found out that Katherine was a vampire, but unlike Stefan, he did not fear or reject her, and willingly drank her blood. She once demonstrated to him one of her tricks for securing victims, which was lying in the middle of a road to stop any travelers that may come to pass. Though he showed an initial hesitance, Damon even kissed her while a victim's blood still stained her lips.
Damon wanted to give up his human life and spend an eternity with Katherine, and he begged Stefan to keep the secret from their father, who was a member of the Town Council and a vampire-hater. When Stefan inadvertently revealed that Katherine was a vampire, she was taken away by the townspeople. Their father was furious and scolded Damon for trying to conceal her secret and protect her. Damon was furious with Stefan, but Stefan agreed to work with him to rescue her. In the midst of their daring plan, they were both shot and killed by Giuseppe, who was ashamed of his sons for sympathizing with and loving a vampire. They both died with Katherine's blood in their systems, but Damon awakened first and witnessed the burning of Fell's Church, where the townspeople had imprisoned the vampires, including Katherine.
When Stefan awoke the next morning, Damon told him that Katherine's death meant his reason for living was gone, and he wouldn't complete his transition into a vampire. Later that day, when Stefan returned after being unable to resist feeding on his own father, and inadvertently completing the transition, he forced Damon to drink from a young woman's neck, causing Damon to also complete his transition. He promised Stefan an eternity of misery, not for making him turn but for the fact that Katherine had turned Stefan as well, instead of just Damon. At some point Damon received a daylight ring from Emily Bennett. She told Damon that she had spared the vampires in the church, which Damon kept secret from Stefan until 145 years later, when he would be able to free Katherine from the church.
Damon saw Stefan in 1912 for the first time in 48 years since they transitioned; both had returned to Mystic Falls for their nephew's funeral. After an initial hesitance, Damon agreed to have a drink with Stefan and catch up. When he was feeding on a human alone, the vampire Sage found him and commented on his lack of enjoyment for the feed. Damon seemed content to feed just enough to survive, but Sage encouraged him to enjoy it, to take pleasure in being a vampire. Once he was persuaded, he tried to get Stefan to enjoy the feed, and talked him into feeding on human blood again. Stefan fed so hard on his victim that he tore her head off, shocking both brothers. Furious with Damon for making him drink human blood, he ran off and Damon did not pursue him.
Damon was living in New Orleans with a vampire he had turned named Charlotte. Damon soon noticed a pattern of strange behavior from the woman, in that every order he gave her, even seemingly innocuous ones, she followed with frightening enthusiasm. He sought guidance from the witch Valerie LaMarche to break the Sire Bond between him and Charlotte, and the witch told him she needed a human sacrifice of 12 people to do the spell. Damon killed the 12 people, but could not find Val to perform the spell he needed. He ended up ordering Charlotte to count every brick on every building in New Orleans and meet him at the corner of Bourbon and Dumaine. He left New Orleans soon after...
Stefan and Lexi found Damon while he was in New Orleans. At Lexi's insistence, Stefan sought to make peace with his brother before shipping out to the North African front of the war. After an initial hesitance, Damon seemed happy to reunite with his brother after thirty years apart, and the two spent the evening talking. Damon even suggested he might join Stefan and leave for war with him, but Lexi made it clear she did not approve of the idea. Her concerns seemed warranted especially after Charlotte brought a bleeding victim to the bar where they were talking and Stefan started to lose it at the sight and smell of human blood. Later, Damon was all ready to ship out with Stefan when Lexi talked him out of it, citing his profligate lifestyle and how Damon's behavior would not be good for Stefan's rehabilitation. Realizing she might be right, Damon decided not to go, and he left the train station without explaining to Stefan.
In 1953, Joseph Salvatore lured Damon to Mystic Falls in order to hand him over to Dr. Whitmore. After Joseph injected Damon with vervain, Damon killed him, but Dr. Whitmore entered the room shortly after and injected Damon with another dose of vervain. When he woke up he was strapped to a table and Dr. Whitmore cut one of his eyes out, in order to experiment and study vampire healing abilities. Damon was brought to a cell and in the cell next to him was another vampire named Enzo. The two vampires bonded and it was Enzo's friendship that allowed Damon to hold on to his humanity. Dr. Whitmore continued to torture and perform experiments on him and he called him 21051.
Every year Whitmore would show the rest of Augustine Damon and Enzo and demonstrate his research on the annual New Years Party. Enzo then came up with a plan for one of them two would drink the others blood ration in order to build up his strength until the coming New Years Eve. Damon was the lucky one and when the next New Years Eve Party came he broke free from his chains and he slaughtered every member of Augustine while the building set ablaze. Enzo was still trapped in his cage and Damon tried to free him, but the cage bars were soaked with vervain and couldn't get him out. Damon knew that if he was going to save himself he had to stop caring about Enzo so he turned his humanity switch of. Now not caring he left Enzo to burn alive. After finally being free from five years of torture, Damon kept the promise he made to Enzo to kill every member in the Whitmore family, but one and let that person have a family and kill them to but one and to the same thing again and again. Damon did exactly that and among the ones he killed was Aaron Whitmore's parents and Aaron was among the ones that he kept alive.
It had been two years since Damon escaped the Augustine cell, and he still had his humanity switched off. On November 8, 1960, during Election night, a lady asked Damon for a interview. She asked him questions related to the terrible fire at Whitmore House and then tried to attack him with a vervain injection, but Damon easily stopped her. When he found out that she was an Augustine member he ripped her head off. Decades later Damon finds out that the girl he killed was actually Enzo's one true love, Maggie James.
Damon lived in New York City during the 70's, where he maintained a wild life full of parties and feeding off of people. At the time, he still had his humanity switch off and he killed locals of New York; a soon to be fed upon victim asked if he was the Son of Sam, to which Damon replied, "Son of Giuseppe, but close enough". Damon was friends with Will, another vampire, who ran a bar and let Damon feed on the people there, while in exchange, Damon stole his victim's ID's for him.
Lexi had eventually found Damon and told him that she and Stefan had heard all about Damon's current life and that Stefan was worried for him. Lexi tried to help Damon get his humanity back, but Damon rejected her offer. However, Lexi was stubborn and she stuck with Damon for the following six months. She had gotten Damon to talk about Katherine Pierce, thinking that if he talks about her, his switch will flip on. Damon tricks Lexi into thinking that his humanity was back and the two have a night full of wild sex.
The next morning, Lexi woke up on a roof because the sunlight was burning her skin. She tried to escape by opening the door to get into Billy's, but it was locked. Then she found out the truth: Damon had tricked her. Damon told her that it was his way of getting back at her for annoying him for the past six months. He ditched Lexi on the roof thereafter, leaving her trapped until nightfall. It was revealed in The Cell, that Damon turned off his humanity in the 1950's because he couldn't deal with the pain of leaving Enzo behind while escaping from the Augustine Society.
In April 1994 (after Kurt Cobain died) , Damon with his humanity still off, shows up on Stefan's doorstep, wanting to make amends. Zach Salvatore, the owner of the house and their nephew, allows Damon in on Stefan's promise that he'll keep him in line. Zach has been living with Gail who is pregnant with his child. Stefan warns Damon to stay away from them claiming that both of them are on vervain.
One day, at a party, Damon flirts with a young Liz Forbes. Stefan takes a picture of Zach and Gail and notices bite marks on Gail's wrist. He then confronts Damon about feeding on Gail and after Damon compels Liz to forget ever meeting him, Damon breezily confesses that he swapped out Zach and Gail's vervained coffee for a little in-house feeding. An angry Stefan reminds Damon that these people trust them and then snaps his neck.
Damon wakes up in the shed without his daylight ring. Stefan wants to know what Damon's really doing there, and Damon says he wanted to feel a connection to his humanity again. He tries to convince Stefan to go on a road trip with him. Instead, Stefan reminds Damon of all the times he's ruined his life and how he can't seem to help doing it. Damon gets it that its a no for a road trip then.
On May 10, 1994, Stefan and Zach hear screams and rush to the library to find bodies everywhere and Damon covered in blood, holding Gail hostage. He demands his daylight ring back from Stefan, who returns it, realizing he'll never be rid of Damon. Damon gives his own version of their past. Damon says, "In 1912, I showed you who you were, Stefan. In 1942 I gave you your freedom and in 1977 I almost killed your best friend because it should have been you there to help me. You owe me. It'll take you an eternity to pay me back.". Then he kills Gail by attacking her and leaves.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
Damon and Elena have spent all summer being together. While Elena was heading to Whitmore College, Damon promises her he will take care of Jeremy. When Katherine shows up and begs him to protect her as she feels someone is after her. When she picks up the phone and pretends to be Elena, she tells Damon Jeremy's issues at school. Luckily for Jeremy, Damon is able to compel the principal to lower the charges to a three-day suspension. Unfortunately for them they soon realize they have bigger problems.
Silas walks into the bar as Stefan and greets Damon. He sits and talks but is only there to read Damon's mind. After getting the information he wants, he says bye to Damon, pats Jeremy on the back, and then heads to Salvatore Boarding House. Jeremy and Damon arrive just in time and Damon instructs Jeremy to take Katherine somewhere and not tell him. This leaves Silas to give Damon a crash course on why he looks like Stefan and to tell Damon what he did with Stefan. This leads Damon to call Jeremy and explain he's had a change of heart. Later, Jeremy is on the precipice of death. Damon finds is able to get to him in time, feed him vampire blood and hold him until he comes back to life. And Damon doesn't tell Elena anything that happened.
In True Lies, Damon is trying to find Stefan with the help of Sheriff Forbes. Later he is talking to Elena on phone when she sees Silas (who she thinks is Stefan) on campus. Damon tries to tell Elena that it isn't Stefan but she is compelled to hang up by Silas. Damon quickly hurries to Whitmore and visits Caroline and tells her that Silas is with Elena posing as Stefan, Caroline tells him about the nagging pit that Elena has about Stefan and he tells her that they have to go look for Elena.
Elena and Jesse are talking when Damon arrives and knocks out Jesse. Elena takes him to her dorm room, seduced him in order to tie him to a chair and ready for the kill but Damon figured out that Silas used his mind control power over Elena so he tried his best to make Elena resist the "rage" by thinking about her worries of Stefan. Later, Damon showed her that he'd snagged Stefan's daylight ring back from Silas the day before. And then Damon said he's secure enough in their relationship that her having psychic dreams about her ex-boyfriend doesn't bother him, but it still sucks. They kissed, and Elena told Damon they were going to save Stefan and she would still love him. Then they passionately kissed.
In Original Sin, Damon and Elena along with Katherine go in search for Stefan when Elena and Katherine both have a same nightmare about him. While traveling Katherine taunts Elena and Damon about their relationship,annoying them both. After reaching Jo's bar,the place which appeared in their dream, Elena and Damon happily leave a sleeping Katherine in the car.
In the bar, they find Jo whom has a bandage around her neck. Damon compels her to tell him what happened and she reveals about Stefan attacking her and then him burning before Qetsiyah threw him into a truck. She mentions how she knows who's truck it was and directs them to the hut.Before though she offers Damon a drink and he accepts until he realizes it is filled with vervain. Nadia comes in telling them that she threatened Jo's life if she didn't do it. After a violent confrontation with Nadia, Elena decides to save Katherine from Nadia while Damon goes to find Stefan. Before parting ways Damon tells Elena not to risk her life in saving Katherine as she is not even worth a hair on Elena's head and then they kiss.
Damon finally reaches the hut and finds Stefan tied up in veins on a chair. He tries to free him but can't. Stefan mentions how Qetsiyah is back. Qetsiyah reappears and tells them that she is going to create a link between Stefan and Silas so that she can disable Silas' mental powers. Despite Damon's reservations, Stefan agrees to it.She does the spell in which she begins to fry Silas' brain. Stefan falls unconscious. Damon tries to wake him but it doesn't work. Qetsiyah reveals that he will wake up in time and then mentions to Damon how his relationship with Elena is doomed. She reveals how every incarnation of the doppelgängers, always meets and falls in love and conquers all, saying it is the doing of the universe. She mentions to Damon, that he can leave Stefan with her so that he can continue his relationship with Elena with no interference. But Damon decides to kill Qetsiyah, but she is able to knock him out. Qetsiyah leaves and Elena arrives and goes strait to Stefan not even noticing Damon. Damon is clearly hurt by this.
Back at the Salvatore house, Stefan is still unconscious while Elena appreciates Damon for being a good brother but he doesn't say anything. Elena asks what Qetsiyah said to him back at the cabin. Damon tells her about how she explained that the universe is working against them to bring Stefan and Elena together and so they don't stand a chance. Elena responds by saying that Qetsiyah is crazy and she won't let Silas' 2,000-year-old ex-girlfriend screw things up between them. Damon emotionally tells her how he won't let a stupid idea of destiny stop him from loving Elena or being with her or building a future with her because she is his life. Elena, touched deeply by his words, leans in to kiss him but they are interrupted by Stefan who wakes up and tell them he has no idea who Elena and Damon are.
In For Whom the Bell Tolls, Damon is helping Stefan remember his past.While enjoying a ride together Stefan assumes that Damon is the safe brother while Stefan is the fun one which amuses Damon. Then Damon flips the car and Stefan realizes Damon is actually the fun one. The next day in the grill, Elena visits them and she and Damon discusses about how to deal with Stefan. At the Salvatore mausoleum, Damon is honoring their dead family members by ringing the bell when he gets a text from Jeremy for meeting him alone and so Damon leaves.
Back at the house Jeremy is trying to tell Damon about Bonnie's death. He starts of by telling him that no one can be brought back from the dead without consequences and Damon starts to realize what he is hinting at. Damon begs Jeremy not to say it but Jeremy finally confesses that Bonnie is dead. Damon is furious and starts to walk towards Jeremy angrily looking like he is about to hit him but instead he hugs him.
Elena calls Damon to help him find Stefan while he is trying to tell her about Bonnie's death. They finally find Stefan back at the house but he is still upset with them as they didn't tell him about them being together and leaves the house. Elena tells Damon that they need Bonnie to fix Stefan's memory and Damon finally tells her about Bonnie's death which shocks her. Later, Elena is freaking out as she can't find a dress for Bonnie's funeral and breaks down into tears telling Damon how she can't do this again. Damon hugs her affectionately and tries to calm her down. At Bonnie's funeral Damon consoles Elena as they both mourn Bonnie's death.
In Monster's Ball, Damon showed at Elena's school as she has been avoiding him to accept her invitation to the Whitmore Historical Ball. It's the one time of year that the college's entire collection of artifacts is put on display and people dress up as historical figures. Back in Mystic Falls, Damon told Jeremy that he wants to work with Silas. Since Silas wants to die to reunite with his own true love, why not use his death to reunite Bonnie with Elena. Nature loves a balance. When Silas takes the cure and becomes a witch, he might be able to do a spell that swaps his life for Bonnie's. Silas can't be trusted, and there are consequences when you abuse magic (especially when you're resurrecting someone). She said not to do this, but Jeremy told Damon that she was in.
During Damon's conversation with Silas, we learned that Silas saw Qetsiyah buying a Cleopatra costume, so she'd be at the costume ball as well. And Silas needed Damon to kill Stefan. At the costume ball, Elena and Damon were dressed as Anne Boleyn and and Henry VIII. Damon wanted to dance but Elena wasn't in the mood. She said it's not her fault that Bonnie died but it is her fault that she didn't figure it out sooner. She's not gonna let Megan's death fall through the cracks, too. Qetsiyah approached Stefan at the bar and wanted to buy him an "I'm sorry" drink. It would take a keg, Damon said, and led Stefan away. Stefan critiqued Damon as a wing man -- "Trust me, the last guy to hit on her is still paying for it," Damon responded -- and then Silas was there. "Hello, me." Damon snapped Stefan's neck. When Stefan is "dead," the link between them is gone and Silas has his psychic powers back. Silas was going to pose as Stefan.
Later, Stefan came to. He was pumped with vervain, so Damon could easily snap his neck again after he explained he was doing this to get Bonnie back for Elena. When Silas had a headache again, Stefan tricked Damon and snapped his neck. "How's it feel, brother?" Damon and Elena found Silas. Elena thought it was good that Silas is out of commission. But Damon knew it wasn't. Because they needed him to get Bonnie back.
Back at Salvatore Mansion, a desiccated Silas was on the couch as Elena and Damon talked. The only way for Silas to trade his life for Bonnie's is if he's a witch. The only way to become a witch is to have the cure. Someone was knocking on the door and it turned out to be Katherine. Katherine thought she was there so they could show her that she'd eluded death yet again. They finally did something right for once. How did it feel? "Thrilling," Damon said. And she figured it out. Damon bit her neck and she begged him: She said Silas would need all of her blood and she didn't want to die. "Goodbye, Katherine," he said, and he held her head down to Silas' mouth. Silas' hand came up to her head. Katherine dropped to the floor. But then Damon heard something. Her heartbeat. She awoke. "Am I in hell?" she asked.
In Handle with Care, when Damon and Elena are snuggling on the couch and having a sweet moment, Silas comes in ruins their blissful moment to discuss their plans for his death. Elena is having trouble trusting Silas' word that he will bring Bonnie back before he departs the mortal world for good, so he snarkily offers to pinky swear. Everyone is looking for the anchor now. Silas wants to die and find peace. Silas then refuses to allow Elena to come along when she looks like his true love and doesn't want to stare at her all day. As Elena gets annoyed, Silas uses his magic to shoot the crossbow at Elena's leg. This upsets Damon and he hurries to help her.
Damon, Silas, and Jeremy take a road trip to New Jersey only to end up at a huge warehouse full of junk that holds the anchor, so they begin the search for the anchor. When Tessa lures Elena to the cabin in order to use her as leverage against Damon. She wants Damon to kill Silas before the sun sets, or she will kill Elena. Damon tells Jeremy that the deal is off and Bonnie isn't returning because he has to kill Silas to save Elena. Damon walks back into the warehouse and is greeted by a Traveler speaking a foreign language, and is soon ganged up on. They manage to neutralize his daylight ring (reminiscent of the witches in Mystic Falls), and say that they don't want Silas dead yet...right before Damon kills them both. At the warehouse, Amara is stumbling around murmuring to herself, “leave me alone.” Damon finds her.Damon and Jeremy are throwing a pity party for themselves due to their failure to bring Bonnie back. They let Elena in on the big twist for the episode though, and Damon introduces Elena to Amara.
In Death and the Maiden, after Silas is no longer interested to bring Bonnie back, Damon turns to Qetsiyah for help.He asks Qetsiyah to perform a spell which can make Bonnie the new anchor to the other side.She agrees to help them since with that switch, Amara will die and the Other Side will remain existent so she can be there with Silas for the rest of time. To perform the spell she needs blood from all three doppelgängers, Elena, Katherine and Amara to which Damon sarcastically replies "You want Doppelgänger blood? I've got Doppelgängers coming out of my ears."During the spell, Silas intervenes and tries to stop it. The power goes out and in the chaos, Stefan who just wants revenge against Silas after what he has done to him kidnaps Amara while Silas and Qetsiyah start fighting. Damon comes in and catches up with Elena on where is Amara gone and she tells him to go find Stefan because he wasn't thinking right. Silas might have put him in that safe but they were the ones who were supposed to get him out of it. Damon reaches the scene and finds Amara dying. He does everything he can to keep her alive for a few more minutes so that Qetsiyah is able to complete the spell. They are finally successful as Qetsiyah completes the spell in time and Bonnie becomes the new anchor. At the end of the episode, Stefan admits to Damon and Elena that he wanted it to be them who would find him and get him out of that safe.
In Dead Man on Campus, Elena calls Damon to invite him to her party and also suggests to invite Stefan. Then Damon tries to talk to Stefan, but he's freaking out, reliving his repeated drowning. Damon can tell something is wrong, but Stefan won't tell him.Later, at Elena's request, Damon decides to get answers from Dr. Maxwell. In Maxfield's lab, Damon pokes through his lab samples. He explains to Maxfield that he's going to inject him with a disease and he'll heal him with his vampire blood if Maxfield talks.Damon thinks that it’s sick that Dr. Maxwell turns innocent kids into vampires just for an experiment. Damon gets another tube of some kind of virus, it’s “rabies” into Maxwell. Then Maxfield explains he was trying to create a new kind of vampire that doesn't feed on human blood but instead he feeds on vampire blood. Damon tells Elena about Jesse feeding on vampires, and she makes him promise not to kill Maxfield. In the lab, Damon slices his wrist to heal Maxfield of the various diseases he's injected him with, but Jesse storms in, wanting answers from Maxfield. He sees Damon's bleeding wrist and attacks him. Damon isn't worried, since he's a much older vampire than Jesse, but he soon finds out the usual strength-age rules don't apply. Jesse tackles him out a door and into the hallway.Jesse overpowers Damon and begins to feed on him when Elena finds them. With Jesse attached to his neck, Damon tells her Jesse's about to rip his head off. Elena grabs a shard of the broken door and stakes Jesse, killing him, just as Caroline runs up in time to see it. Elena feels awful, but Damon tells Caroline she had no choice and leaves to deal with Maxfield. Back in the lab, Damon cleans up as Maxfield secretly works his way free from his restraints. Damon plans to compel the whole thing out of Maxfield's head. When he sees a bag of labeled blood in the fridge, the number jars his memory. Damon remembers his own number from trials 60 years ago. Maxfield realizes Damon was an Augustine vampire, too. Maxfield breaks free and Damon is unconcerned as he runs to the opposite side of the lab. But then Maxfield hits his "emergency procedures" button and atomized vervain fills the room, dropping Damon. Damon wakes up in a cell that is hauntingly familiar. His initials are scratched into the wall and memories of his time in captivity, being tortured, come rushing back. In The Cell, Damon wakes up in a cell with Wes Maxfield injecting him with vervain. He tells Damon that because he killed their test subject last night (Jesse), Damon's going to take his place. Maxfield tells Damon that after training Jesse to crave vampire blood, he's ready to take his research to the next level. Later Wes captures Elena too in a cell next to Damon. She wakes up and Damon confesses he's been there before and tells her about Whitmore's torture, including cutting up pieces of them every day. He was there for about five years. He made a friend, Enzo, a soldier in Europe during WWII, who was also a vampire. Elena tells Damon that her dad worked with Whitmore and was an Augustine. She doesn't want to believe he'd be part of a place that would cut Damon's eyes out and breaks down. Damon confronts her and promises her that he'll get her out of there. Damon continues to tell her about his past and also tells Elena that Enzo's friendship is what kept him alive and holding onto his humanity. But the craziest part is that he also reveals he never told anyone, including Stefan, what happened during his Augustine imprisonment, so Stefan won't know where to look for them if he even notices that they're both missing. Damon explains how he escaped. They let the vampires out once a year for the Augustine's New Year's Eve party to show them off. They were weak from vervain and captivity. Whitmore demonstrates vampire blood's healing powers, using Mrs. Fell as a volunteer. She drinks vampire blood to heal her hand after he cuts it. Enzo comes up with a plan, suggesting one of them drink both of their daily rations of blood for a year so that when they're let out next New Year's Eve, one of them will have the strength to fight. They play rock paper scissors and Damon wins. Elena wants to know what happened, but Damon is not forthcoming with the details, saying only that it wasn't pretty. Elena convinces him to tell her by saying that she loves him and doesn't care what he did to escape. Damon finally tells Elena his shameful secret: he left Enzo to die during his escape. After massacring the party on New Years Eve and knocking over a candle, he tried to break the cage to free Enzo but the bars were vervained and he couldn't get him out. Damon flipped his humanity switch so he would stop caring about Enzo, and left him to die in the ensuing fire. Elena was horrified that Damon left Enzo.</p>
Aaron comes down to the cells in the basement with his gun. He accuses Elena of killing Megan and possibly of killing his parents. Damon stops him, and says it was him. Damon explains that with Enzo dead, he had to carry out his revenge plan himself. He planned to kill all the Whitmores in a generation, except one, then let him grow up and start a family, and then kill all of them except one, and so on. Elena is disgusted and asks when the last one was. A few months ago, Sarah in Charleston. It was a weekend trip. Elena realizes they were together then. Aaron shoots Damon leaving Elena upset. When Damon wakes up, he finds Elena's cell empty realizing that Wes has taken her.
In Fifty Shades of Grayson, Damon uses the last of his remaining strength to punch at the stone wall until a chunk falls out. He reaches through the grate for the bullet Aaron dropped when he came down. Damon puts the bullet in the lock and bashes at it with the rock, then kicks the door until it opens.
Damon visits Stefan and tells him they have to go get Elena, but he doesn't know where she is, so they need leverage. Damon and Stefan find Aaron Whitmore and Damon tells Aaron to call his uncle to get Elena back, or Wes gets to try to reattach Aaron's arms. Aaron calls Wes and he agrees to meet them in his classroom. The Salvatores arrive with Aaron at Wes's classroom and find Enzo waiting for them. Damon tries to skip over introductions, but Enzo is eager to tell him how he survived the fire that Damon left him to die in. He reveals that one of the scientist spared him. Damon is ready to get on with killing Aaron, but Aaron mentions some files Wes gave him that are in his dorm room. Enzo tells Damon to stay with him as Stefan goes with Wes.
Back in the classroom, Damon continues refusing to react to Enzo's guilt trips. Enzo mentions that Wes poisoned him and he has to return for the antidote. Damon suggests they work together to save both Enzo and Elena. Instead, Enzo tells him that Wes said he couldn't return until Damon was dead. Then Enzo throws him out the window. Enzo keeps trying to come after Damon, but Damon refuses to fight him. Enzo is too weak from the poison to really attack. Damon tries to get him to tell him where Elena is, but Enzo desiccates before he can talk. Enzo wakes up in a lab. Damon tells him he injected him with everything labeled antidote. Damon reaches inside Enzo's chest and tells him he had to flip off his humanity to leave him. Enzo tells Damon that he was the most important person in his life and he ruined him and that he is just a monster and always will be.
Later at the Salvatore house, Damon finds Elena reading through her dad's journal. She found a reference to Megan in her dad's journal. He cured her from a congenital heart defect, which is why Megan had a picture of Grayson Gilbert in her phone. Damon isn't surprised that Elena is able to find the one positive thing out of all the torture. He doesn't understand how Elena can keep looking past all the terrible things that he has done. She says she loves him and accepts him and because she chose him. Damon replies that now he is choosing and he chooses to let her go. Elena begs him not to run away because she has done horrible things too and that she won't judge him after finding out that he was tortured for 5 years. He shouts at her to stop defending him. Damon confesses that he can't change who he is but he refuses to change Elena and leaves. Elena is devastated and starts crying.
In 500 Years of Solitude, Damon is having a tough time dealing with his break up. Jeremy and Matt find a drunk and depressed Damon at the Grill. Both are shocked as to why Damon would dump Elena. Later in the Boarding house, Damon pours Matt and Jeremy shots for all the horrible things Katherine has done to them through the years. Elena,Caroline and Bonnie also arrive and join the toast game. Stefan comes downstairs to tell everyone they're being insensitive, but Damon warns him not to let the fact she's an Elena lookalike could the fact she's a manipulative psycho. Stefan mentions her seducing both him and Damon, turning them into vampires and starting a war with the town that got them killed. But he goes on to say that before that she was just a frightened girl shunned by her family, and she became a survivor, so that's what he'll drink to. Damon mocks Stefan for being so easy on her after one night of passion. Their moment is interrupted by Nadia who explains she has found a way to save her mother. Damon forbids anyone to help, which Nadia expected, which is why she buried Matt in the safe somewhere on the property, without his ring.
When Elena & Stefan volunteer to save Katherine in exchange for Matt, Damon decides to spend his time torturing Katherine by controlling her mind. Damon picks up a pillow to smother an unconscious Katherine. But Liz Forbes comes in and stops him. "Every awful thing I've done is linked to her. She taught me how to kill, how to enjoy it. She ruined me and I can't take any of that back," he says. "Look at how much control she still has over you, Damon. Prove her wrong," Liz says. Damon continues to toy with Katherine but is stopped by Nadia by snapping his neck. Damon wakes up on the floor but stays still and listens as Katherine tells Nadia that she's been selfish her whole life and just wants to do the right thing for once. She asks Nadia to let her go. Damon is surprised by Katherine's act of selflessness.
After Stefan says his goodbye to Katherine he and Damon talk about their eventful days. Damon understands why Stefan was being nice to Katherine. She helped pull Stefan out of a dark place. Stefan tells him to fix whatever is going on with him and Elena. Stefan tells Damon that she is the best thing that has ever happened to him and Damon doesn't deny it and confesses that he can't live without her but he doesn't think he's any better than Katherine and Elena will be better off without him. He's trying to be selfless. Stefan gives him a look and convinces him to get her back. Damon jokes that when he gets Elena back and the whole universe freaks out for keeping the doppelgängers apart, Stefan should remember he's the one who talked Damon out of doing the right thing for all mankind.
Later, everyone gathers in front of the fire, going through bourbon. Jeremy hears Alaric. "Where the hell have you been? I thought you bailed on us to go find peace or something," Jeremy says. Alaric replies "Do you honestly think I'd leave Damon in charge and never look back?" Jeremy translates to Damon that Alaric says you are a dick. Damon's face lightens up as he realized Rick is here too and they toast.
In The Devil Inside, Damon has buried Katherine's body and won’t tell Stefan where. Nadia is also there telling the Salvatore brothers she wants her mother's corpse. Damon tells her she’s out of luck. Nadia gets mad and tries to make Damon give it to her but he quickly tells her no. At the grill, Stefan is trying to talk Damon into giving Katherine’s body to Nadia. Stefan is also giving him a pep talk about Elena. Caroline shows up, Damon starts calling her out on her hate for him.Enzo is waiting for Damon at the Salvatore mansion, with a huge body bag. Inside is Aaron - still alive. He did some research into Damon’s revenge plot and thought that he would want to finish it off. Damon is trying to mend his ways and get back with Elena, so when Aaron wakes up, Damon snaps Enzo's neck. “I didn’t see that one coming,” remarks Aaron. Damon rips off his vervain watch and compels Aaron to leave town immediately. Then he is off to the party. Elena makes it to the party and sees Damon and she falls into his arms, but Mia completes the ceremony, and in the comforting hug, Elena becomes Katherine for good. Damon makes an impassioned speech for them getting back together - that he knows he screwed up and gave himself too much credit for thinking he would change her and her not enough for thinking she couldn’t change him. Katherine is having none of that. “I’m glad that I make you a better person, but that is too much pressure. I can’t be the only thing you live for.” Damon is absolutely crushed when Katherine/Elena says goodbye.
Aaron is on his way out of town, just as Damon compelled him to do. He stops when he sees a man laying in the road, and gets out to help. The man sits up - it is Enzo. Damon appears behind Aaron and informs him that he is here because of Elena. “She thinks I am a monster. She’s right.” Then he brutally feasts on Aaron’s blood.
In Total Eclipse of the Heart, Damon is first seen in Salvatores living room, when he is sleeping on the couch. Stefan comes to him and asks about this mess he has done to the room and about Aaron's corpse in his car. Damon and Enzo are telling Stefan that they are going after whole Augustine institution, to get the full revenge on them. Stefan says to Damon that he is better than this, but Damon says that he is better like this.
Enzo and him have captured Diane, who works for the Augustine and compel her to talk all she knows about Wes Maxfield. When they get all the information from her they kill her and are trying to find Wes on their own. Damon then seeks out Bonnie and Jeremy, so Bonnie will find someone to do the locator spell or Enzo is going to kill Jeremy. While Jeremy says that Damon is not going to hurt him, because Elena would never forgive him, Damon proves him wrong and says that Elena has already given up on him and takes Jeremy hostage while Bonnie is trying to figure out how get some witch for locator spell to save Jeremy. When the witch seems to fail, he tells Enzo to give them more motivation when it is taking too long to find Wes. When Katherine and Stefan find Jeremy, Stefan and Enzo then fight each other. Damon then appears and tells Enzo he found Wes' location as Damon is about to walk away, Stefan tells Damon "Don't bother coming back" and Damon replies "I wasn't planning on it."
Damon leaves with Enzo to kill Wes, with Stefan looking upset about Damon's bad choice to leave with Enzo. But they then walk straight into a trap and are ambushed by travelers who are attacking them. While the Travellers are holding Damon and Enzo down, Wes infects Damon, turning him into an Augustine Vampire. Damon then tells Enzo that if what Wes injected him with what he thinks he did they're going to have a problem. At the end of the episode, Damon finds another test subject vampire who is bleeding and then begins to feel his body elevate at the smell and sight of his blood. Damon then violently feeds on the test subject to the point where Damon rips his head off. Damon then turns to a shocked Enzo seeing they have a problem then stares at Damon who stares menacingly back at him in shock of what has happened to him. The episode ends, with Damon looking at the camera with him covered in blood.
In No Exit, Enzo and Damon just got done killing a couple at a Farm house. Enzo is keeping tabs on Damon, tracking his eating habits. Enzo is making their victims into vampires so Damon can feed. The farmer tells them his wife left him for a pharmacist, then Damon kills him. The Travellers appear and trap the pair in the house. Wes is also there, he wants to run another test, trapping him in there with his only source of food, his best friend. Later, Damon and Enzo are still stuck in the farmhouse. Damon is getting antsy. Enzo tells him “calmer heads will always prevail”. He also tells them he should call one of the Mystic Falls gang for help. Damon tells him he won’t feed on him and he’ll find another way. Enzo ties him up. He tells Damon that Damon’s problem is that he runs. Enzo tells him that he’s calling for backup. Damon gets mad. Enzo calls Stefan’s phone and tells her what’s going on. Katherine tells him to text her the directions and they would be there soon. Wes shoots Enzo so Damon can smell his blood. Wes wants to know how strong and desperate Damon will get for blood. Damon starts feeding from Enzo whom is begging for him to stop. Damon starts choking. The Travellers did a spell to make Enzo's blood like acid. Wes tells Enzo he can come with them or stay with Damon. Damon tells him to go but Enzo is hesitant. He leaves with Wes.
Katherine shows up, Damon is begging her not to come in. Damon asks them to leave but Stefan tells him he’s not leaving. Stefan tells Damon he isn’t afraid of him when he goes to attack him. Katherine walks inside saying “neither am I” but then gets stuck in the house. Katherine even cuts her hand, Damon is trying so hard not to hurt her. Katherine keeps pushing him. Damon starts feeding from her and Stefan tries to get Damon to stop. Stefan picks up a piece of glass and cuts his arm. Damon goes to feed off Stefan then Stefan snaps his neck. Stefan is talking to Damon whom is strapped to a chair in the basement. Damon tells him one day he will kill him. Stefan tells Damon he isn’t going to give up on him and he never will. Damon brings up Elena, he knows that Elena has given up on him and that “she” wanted to kill him.
In Gone Girl, Stefan fills Damon in on Katherine is in Elena's body. "She's brilliant," is all Damon has to say. Stefan assures him to not to worry and that he has a plan. Later, Stefan feeds Damon 4 ounces of his blood, figuring that some every few hours will stave off his hunger. Stefan decides to call Katherine feeling that she won't say no to him like she has shrugged of everyone's attempt to meet her but Katherine instead calls Damon, wanting to talk. He invites her by the house. When she hangs up, Katherine assesses that Damon would never put Elena in harms way again after nearly killing her so he must have known that its Katherine. Stefan and Damon come to the same conclusion: Katherine knows that they know about her being inside Elena's body. Caroline and Stefan try to figure what to do next and then Damon suggests a locator spell.
Later, Tyler is guarding Damon and sits outside the cellar. Damon asks him what he's still doing in Mystic Falls with his whole family dead. He thinks Tyler is convinced there's still a chance with Caroline. Damon taunts him about Caroline until Tyler comes close enough and then Damon bites him and breaks free running to find Wes. Damon reaches Wes' lab and threatens him to make him a cure for the ripper virus but Wes refuses and Damon ends up killing him.
Damon reaches in time at the Salvatore house when everyone is planning to kill Katherine for good. Katherine taunts him by saying "But I never got to say what I needed to say to you. I’m sorry. You blame me for who you are, and I’m sorry. I’m sorry I turned you. I’m sorry I drove you to abandon the war. I'm sorry that you didn't get to die as a forgotten nobody on a bloody battlefield, that your father didn't get to live another day to be disgraced by you. Damon, I'm sorry that I gave your life passion, purpose, drive, desire. I'm sorry that you are who you are, because I'm the one who taught you how to love." Damon simply ignores her and adds ""I'll see you in hell, Katherine." Stefan then daggers Katherine with the Traveler's Blade killing her permanently.
Later, Damon along with Stefan is waiting for Elena to wake up. Damon tells Stefan that he plans on to tell Elena everything he did in her absence and is ready to face the consequences. He's determined not to be another Katherine and spend his whole life running. Elena then wakes up and Damon smiles at her. Elena greets Damon happily and assures him that its really her. It is then revealed that Katherine injected Elena's body with the enhanced Ripper Compound that Wes had made making Elena a vampire ripper just like Damon.
In While You Were Sleeping, Damon is being fed blood and watched by Jeremy and Matt. They taunt him about how Elena doesn't know Damon killed Aaron Whitmore but he warns them he will be the one to tell her. Elena is also locked in her dorm room because of the ripper virus and calls Damon after Stefan informs her of the ripper situation. They both are happy to hear each other. They are flirting when Elena asks him how Katherine broke his heart. He shrugs it off saying he doesn't remember. She then says "The last thing I remember I was running into your arms and I felt so safe," and he replies "It was all downhill from there." Elena then tells him how she wanted to fight for him and still want to, Damon joyfully replies "Oh Elena..the second we are cured of this and don't want to rip each other's heads off, I am going to hunt you down and give you the most mind-blowing night of your life." Elena excitedly says that she can schedule him in.
The werewolf venom insides Elena makes her hallucinate stuff which leaves her disturbed, she calls Damon again and ask him to distract her. He mischievously asks what is she wearing making Elena blush. He then tells her about Klaus and Caroline. Elena asks why they don't just hunt down Wes for the antidote and Damon confesses he killed him. Elena is upset saying that he was the only family that Aaron has. Elena's hallucinations start going worse and makes her believe she killed Aaron. Elena calls Damon in a panic, she can't tell what's real anymore. She tells Damon she thinks she killed Aaron. Damon promises to tell her everything, but says now isn't a good time. She freaks out, yelling that everyone is lying to her. Damon gets worried and manages to free himself from the cell while Elena threatens Liv to drop the seal and then goes out of the campus.
Damon finds a disturbed Elena and tries to help her. He gives her Stefan's blood to drink. "She won, Katherine won," Elena said. She rants about nearly killing Liv and killing Aaron Whitmore. Finally, Damon tells her she didn't kill Aaron but he did. Damon then reveals why he did, because the only person he believed could change him from being a cold blooded killer to a better person instead told him that he could never change. He waits for her to say something, but she sees Enzo there with the antidotes.
Back at the Salvatore Mansion, Damon offers Elena a drink to which she declines and then goes says how Damon should have noticed that it was Katherine not Elena. If he had, Aaron would still be alive, there'd be no virus. Damon points out she's blaming Katherine for his mistakes and making excuses for him. Damon says he killed Aaron because she broke his heart and this is how much control she has over him while Elena says that even after all this she is still here and this is how much control he has over her. He calls their relationship toxic and Elena confesses how she has to compromise her morals again to make excuses for him and she does it because she loves him. He tells her to stop loving him, but she yells that she can't. Damon replies that this is the problem and they mutually decide to end their relationship. However they both gaze at each other longingly and Damon then kisses Elena to which she reciprocates. They begin to make out and Elena rips his shirt. They are then in Damon's bed and end up having hot passionate break up sex.
In Rescue Me, Elena and Damon stay woken up for 3 hours without saying anything after their night together, post break up. Elena's phone buzzes to remind her to go to Jeremy's parent-teacher conference. She starts putting on her clothes while Damon greets her. Elena says they're still bad for each other and still broken up and last night was a mistake. "Maybe we should keep making mistakes," Damon replies. She leaves, despite his offer of a naked breakfast. Damon heads to the Grill to drown his morning sorrow in booze. He seeks relationship advice from Tyler and Matt and mentions that Caroline is off doing something with Stefan, although he taunts Tyler by assuring him they're just friends. Later he sees Bonnie's new witch friend Liv hanging with Jeremy.
Damon then visits Jeremy's school to attend his parent teacher conference and surprises Elena. Waiting for the teacher at school, Damon flirts with Elena, who tries to keep him on task. Damon mentions seeing Jeremy with Liv and a bottle of booze this morning at the Grill. Elena is sure Jeremy's not a cheater. Then the teacher comes in and complains about Jeremy saying "Jeremy's missed 11 days of school, he's started three fights and he's been caught cheating in math class twice." When the teacher realizes that Damon and Elena have broken up she tells them that Jeremy needs a stable living situation.
After talking with his teacher, Damon points out that Elena is making excuses for Jeremy, just like she always does with people she loves. She thinks he wants to talk about last night. He corners her near the locker and admits he doesn't know what to say, but just wants to take her into one of the classrooms and kiss every square inch of her body while people who drive minivans listen and wish they were them but then adds that it is probably a bad idea. Elena tries hard to breathe and with great difficulty whispers right. Damon leaves by saying see you in class while Elena is left completely shaken. Later in chemistry presentation, Damon wakes a lost Elena. Unknown to him she was daydreaming making out with him and frustrated with their sexual tension she leaves the class room. Damon then finds Elena with Liv who is about to kill her. Damon saves Elena and starts torturing Liv for information. Liv doesn't cooperate and he is about to kill her but Jeremy stops him. He convinces Damon and Elena that Liv will help them protect Elena from the travelers.
At the Salvatore house, Jeremy tells Elena and Damon that he has decided to live with Matt and Tyler leaving both of them upset. Later, Elena is packing her stuff and Damon asks her to not leave but she says that when they are together they do bad things for each other and she can't live with that. Damon offers to drive her to Whitmore but Elena confesses that if he does that then she won't be able to control herself around him and thus they are gonna end up back here. Damon then slowly walks up to Elena, then she believes he is going to kiss her. Instead Damon then shushes her and does the selfless/right thing, he takes his hands around her neck then slowly kisses her forehead and tells her Travel safe. Elena then seems shocked by Damon's act of selflessness as he walks away, she then seems upset that he finally let her go.
In Resident Evil, Damon is playing pool with Enzo to distract himself from Elena. Enzo tries to understand how things are going with Damon and Elena. Damon turns things around on Enzo and asks about his missing girlfriend, Maggie, who the Travelers were supposed to help him find before they all attempted suicide. They then get a call from Caroline who informs him about the weird visions Stefan and Elena are having about each other. He asks her to bring a witch and come to the house. When Caroline and Elena arrive at the house, Damon and Elena have an awkward post break up reunion. Caroline and Enzo leave them alone and eavesdrop their conversation from another room. Elena and Damon try to act normal but when she suggests to be friends, Damon cringes at the idea. Damon then changes the subject to her visions about Stefan. Soon they are interrupted by Liv's brother Luke who happens to be a witch as well.
Luke tells them about Travler's leader Markos and how he is back from the other side. He suggests the visions are the Travelers drawing Stefan and Elena to them, but they need more clues. Later that night, Damon drinks outside, "listening to the universe laugh at me," he tells Elena. "We were doomed from the beginning, Elena. We were always going to end up here." She assures him the universe doesn't control anything and the dreams are not real. She then has another vision in which she sees the house address and hence announces where to find Markos. Damon and Enzo go in search of Markos and he explains to them that the doppelgänger prophecy is not true and the reason why doppelgängers are drawn together is because of a spell that he casted 1500 years ago because travelers needed their blood.
Markos then takes Damon to a walk and reveals the history of travelers that when Silas and Qetsiyah created the immortality spell, it created a schism in the Traveler community and gave rise to the witches, who tried to keep the Travelers scattered because they're more powerful together. The witches put a curse on them that kept them from settling down together as a tribe. Doppelgänger blood can fix it. He tells Damon they don't want to hurt him and he'll end the visions. Damon then watches several travelers coming forward who have passengered themselves inside residents of Mystic Falls. All the travelers together finish the spell and the visions stops.
Damon returns to his room and finds Elena waiting. She tells him that the visions were indeed a fantasy but they weren't real and even though Damon and her are messy and complicated they are real. But Damon replies they are still bad for each other. Elena says she still wants him in her life but Damon becomes flustered and tells Elena that he doesn't want anything to do with her as he can't be friends with her. Elena then leaves the room while trying to control her tears.
In Man on Fire, Damon is focusing on dealing with the Travelers situation. He drops in on Matt and Jeremy at Tyler's house to take the Traveler knife but unfortunately they can't find it and neither have they heard from Tyler. Damon becomes angry and calls Enzo asking him to go on field trip in search of the travelers but Enzo refuses as he has some other plans. However later he calls Damon and asks him to check Stefan's journals from November 8, 1960. Damon tells him Stefan burned them all. Enzo then reveals how he thinks Stefan is responsible for killing his one true love, Maggie and that he has Stefan and Elena captured for revenge. Damon leaves a message for Caroline while meeting with her mother to get the report on Maggie's death. Damon looks at the crime scene photos and recognizes it. "Stefan was right, he didn't kill Enzo's girl. I did," Damon tells Liz.
He then hurries to Whitmore and finds Enzo with Stefan and Elena tied with vervain ropes. He reveals to them that on November 8, 1960, he got a message at the house that a woman wanted to interview him. He didn't know she was Enzo's Maggie. She wanted revenge from him for leaving Enzo behind in the fire but she didn't stood a chance against Damon. Damon had killed her and made it look like Stefan did it because of his grudge of Stefan not coming to get him the five years he was in Augustine captivity. Damon asks Enzo to resolve this among themselves and not to include others. Enzo confesses he can't hate Damon because then he has nothing left. He realizes there is another option and switches off his humanity.
No humanity Enzo is in a joyful mood. Damon suggests Enzo to leave with him and slips Stefan a shard of glass to free himself. Enzo bites Liv and attacks Damon on his neck with a broken glass. Stefan breaks free and pulls Enzo off, but Enzo gets free and grabs Elena and runs. Stefan stays to feed his blood to mortally wounded Liv and Damon goes after Elena. He leaves Enzo a message begging him not to kill Elena. He then finds an unconscious Elena outside Whitmore College and carries her to her dorm room. He lays her on the bed and caresses her face. As she starts gaining conscious he vamps speed out before she can see him.
Later at the Salvatore house, Damon tells Stefan that he will find Enzo and fix all of this. Stefan hides the fact that Enzo is dead and tells him that what happened with Enzo wasn't his fault. Damon talks about how Enzo kept him sane in captivity, reminding him he was lucky to have any family at all. Every time Damon wanted to give up on Stefan, Enzo urged him not to lose faith in his brother and hence Damon owes him. Enzo's ghost watches over the brothers as they share a drink. "It's too late to make amends, Damon. You know me, never let go of a good vendetta. And this one is just getting started," Enzo says.
In What Lies Beneath, Damon is seeking Luke's help to track Enzo who is unable to find anything. Damon tells Stefan a vampire with his humanity switch flipped who wants him dead is worth finding, but Stefan suggests Enzo has a witch performing a cloaking spell on him and doesn't want to be found. Tyler comes in to announce the problem of the week. After some conferring, they expect the Travelers will be coming for Stefan and Elena today to break the witches' curse so they can settle in Mystic Falls. Damon orders Tyler to commune with the Traveler inside him to find Markos, he tells Luke to perform an anti-locator spell to hide doppelgängers Stefan and Elena from the Travelers and he tells Stefan that they're going to take their ex-girlfriend on a secret trip to keep her and Stefan safe.
Damon, Stefan, Elena and Caroline decide to hide in Caroline's father's remote cabin from the travelers. They take Luke along with them so that he is able to perform an anti-locator spell which will hide them from the travelers. While Elena is unpacking her stuff, Damon visits her and they talk about the cabin and Caroline's father. Damon then mentions how he should be avoiding her and Elena asks him if that is what he still wants. Damon replies "Yes. No. I don't know." Elena offers him an out and Damon asks if she is kicking him out. She repeats his words saying "Yes. No. I don't know." They share a flirtatious smile and the conversation soon becomes awkward when Damon mentions Enzo. Elena is feeling guilty about lying to Damon about Enzo's death by the hands of Stefan and leaves making an excuse.
Later, Damon preps cocktails while Caroline makes clues for charades. The theme is "secrets people think they're getting away with," and she thinks "Team Stelena" will do fine. He picks up on her "judgy little hinty voice." She thinks they're being secretive. Damon thinks she got cagey when he brought up Enzo, but Caroline thinks it's more about the two of them. In the evening, the gang is playing charade and there is still no sign of any secret. Then Damon suggests to play "Never have I ever." It goes around until Caroline says "Never have I ever kissed a Salvatore brother -- today." Then Damon says "Never have I lied about where Enzo is." Stefan and Elena are silent and the evening comes to a screeching halt. Elena gets up and leaves for bed.
While Elena is taking a bath, a ghost Enzo who now has the power of touching things in the real world tries to drown her for revenge. When she's able to come up for air, she screams for Damon. He comes to rescue her and wraps a towel around her. He tries to calm her down while Elena panics about what happened. Damon then wonders why a ghost would wanna attack Elena. She finally admits the truth about Enzo's death. Damon joins Stefan and Caroline and they figure out that drowning Elena was just a distraction, Enzo figured out a way to kill them all. He has taken Luke somewhere making it possible for the travelers to track them.
Damon asks Stefan what he thought he'd do when he found out Enzo was dead. "Hate me," Stefan says. Before Damon could answer him, they hear a voice from the shed and find a barely alive Luke inside. Damon spells the gas just before Enzo yanks down a light to ignite it. The cabin is quickly engulfed in flames. Enzo manages to trap both Stefan and Damon inside the shed by attacking them. Damon asks Stefan to run with Luke while he manages to convince Enzo to let go of his revenge by promising him that he will bring him back. Damon then runs away from the shed. Back at the Forbes cabin, Stefan starts to apologize to Damon, but Damon punches him. "I had to do that, for Enzo. But it's the last time you'll hear about it from me," Damon says.
Later, Damon is packing up the car in order to move to a new location when Elena approaches him. He tries to brush her off and warns her to hurry as the travelers must be coming. She apologizes for keeping Enzo's death a secret and he says he doesn't care about her lies. She is confused and asks him why is he behaving like this. He then confesses that he knew she lied because she was afraid that he will spiral out of control again but he didn't this time despite every nerve in his body wanting him to because for her. Elena smiles slightly to herself and playfully asks if he is still mad at her. He further confuses her when he says "Of course I'm still mad at you because being around you drives me nuts, and not being around you drives me nuts." They stare at each other for a while when Damon finally runs towards her and kisses her passionately. Elena whispers what was that for and he mentions how he had a really bad day and he needed it. He goes inside the cabin while Elena has a brief moment to enjoy the glow when suddenly the travelers arrive there paralyzing her brain and Markos grabs her from behind.
In Promised Land, it has been four days since the travelers took Stefan and Elena and Damon has been desperately searching for them. He is torturing a Traveler inside a guy named Sykes. He asks him where Markos is as the Travelers want to break the witch curse so they can settle, it also reverses the witch's spell that created vampires and they all die. Damon ungags the Traveler long enough for him to say there's nothing they can do to stop Markos. Later, he gets a call from Stefan who informs him that he and Elena have managed to free themselves from the travelers but don't know where they are. When Stefan tells him that he has Elena hunting squirrels, Damon jokes that Elena will shoot Stefan's eyes. Damon tells him that he will find and kill Markos and asks him to have both him and Elena return home safely.
Damon gets off the phone and gets a knife in the chest from ghost Enzo, reminding Damon to keep his promise to bring him back. Damon points out to Bonnie that he's busy with Markos, so he suggests she get Liv to include Enzo in her spell to save Bonnie from the collapse of the Other Side. Bonnie doesn't get a chance to tell her there is no such thing because Damon leaves with Jeremy to get the real bodies of the travelers which are lying inside the caves. He along with Matt and Jeremy return with the unconscious bodies of the travelers and start placing them around the boarding house. When Damon is dismissive of passengered Tyler, chained up in the basement, Caroline accuses him of just being grumpy over Elena. Caroline warns him to not to go against the passenger inside Tyler until she figures out how to save Tyler.
When Markos finds Damon's note in the caves telling to contact him for missing wannabee witches a.k.a the Travelers, he decides to visit Damon at the boarding house. At the house, Markos seems unconcerned about the fates of his people. He stabs one in the neck to prove his point, telling Damon he doesn't care if they never get back in their original bodies. He explains that Travelers are everywhere and are willing to die for a better life. Markos also tells that after they perform the spell and it's affects ripples out from Mystic Falls, only Traveler magic will remain all over world. While they are talking, Julian whispers to Damon from the basement that Markos doesn't know he's there and Damon should use that. Damon makes an excuse to go downstairs and slip Julian a key to free himself.
Julian finally manages to attack Markos but it's too late as the Travelers have already started the spell and hence his fangs start disappearing and Damon's ring stops working. As the spell is being performed, the travelers inside the Salvatore house start waking up. Damon suddenly gets a bullet wound in his chest, exactly similar to the one he got when he died as a human. Markos explains that as the spell will unravel spirit magic, vampires will continue to die as they were supposed to die as humans. Damon and Julian start running away to the door to run away from Mystic Falls. Before Damon leaves, he takes one last look at the place he has called home for over 100 years and is clearly upset. Damon makes it to the road, where Jeremy picks him up.
Elena, Damon, Stefan, Bonnie and Caroline plan to meet in Whitmore and travel far away so that they are unaffected from the traveler's spell. When Damon reaches Whitmore, Elena rushes to him and kisses him passionately. When he asks what was that for, she repeats his words from their last kiss, "I had a really crappy day and I needed it". She also confesses that she thought she would never see him again and couldn't think of a worse way to die. They are both enjoying their little happiness when Stefan says that he will wait for Caroline and Bonnie. Damon and Elena then leave in the car together and Elena says her goodbye to Jeremy.
In Home, Damon and Elena find out about Stefan's death from Caroline. Damon knows that Bonnie has a plan to bring her and Enzo back and thus he is confident that they will bring Stefan back as well. When Bonnie reveals that the Traveler who knew the spell to get people back from the other side is sucked into darkness, Damon breaks down. He starts throwing things around as the realization of losing Stefan forever hits him. He even threatens Bonnie to do something. Enzo interrupts them and reveals he has found another Traveler. Damon then meets Matt and Jeremy at Whitmore to plan their Travelers massacre. Killing them all will overwhelm the anchor and with the help of a spell they will be able to bring people back from the other side.
Later, Damon tells Elena that Matt and Jeremy are going to blow up the Grill and then he tells her that someone has to set off the explosion. Elena says no and asks if he sees a future with her. He says it’s all he has seen since the moment he met her. She asks why then would he go on a suicide mission and he says it’s only half of one because if he dies, he will be brought back with the others. He tells her it’s his choice and she has to respect it. He promises her that he will make it back to her. Elena looks at him for a moment and then kisses him passionately. When they pull apart Damon says it again "I promise."
While waiting for the signal from Liz, Damon sits outside of the Town's city line and drinks a bottle of alcohol. When he gets the confirmation from Liz that the plan is on go, he sits in the driver's seat of his car and proceeds to drive into town, but Elena gets in the passenger seat besides him. Elena says, "You said to respect your choice. Now you can respect mine." Damon looks somewhat shocked that Elena would be willing to die with him so that they're together rather than let Damon die alone. Seconds later the car plows through the Mystic Grill filled with the Travelers, Damon and Elena give each other one last longing look. Elena is about to tell Damon that she loves him but he tells her he knows. They both die ending up on the Other Side.
Elena and Damon find Bonnie. She tells them to pass through her, find their bodies on the Other Side and come back quickly. They both nod and pass through Bonnie. Damon wakes up on the Other Side but sees Liz on the ground. He tries to help her but struggles. Alaric finds him and together they rescue Liz. He then says "Friendly advice, when you get the girl, don't blow her up." Damon laughs and says "Good to see you too, buddy." Later they both go to Bonnie to pass through her and return to the land of living. Alaric goes through Bonnie and Damon pauses to find out where Elena is. Bonnie assures him that she has returned and then Damon tries to pass through her but nothing happens. They realize that Liv who was performing the spell to bring them back has stopped it making Damon unable to return.
It is time for Damon to say goodbye to Elena. He finds her crying hysterically in the crypt and she says "You lied to me". A ghost Damon says "Even if I wanted to apologize, you couldn't hear me, so I won't." He strokes her face and she appears to feel his touch but can't see his hand. Damon then says to Elena, "You are by far the greatest thing that has ever happened to me...The fact that I got to die knowing I was loved... is the epitome of a fulfilled life...It is never going to get better than this. I peaked." Elena distraught with grief makes one small plea to Damon, "Please, please come back to me." Damon then says goodbye and disappears.
Later, Damon finds Bonnie and the ground begins to shake underneath them. "This place is going down isn't it?" Damon says. She knows there are a thousand other people they'd both rather be with, but they take each other's hand as the light gets brighter and they wait for whatever is coming. "Think it'll hurt?" Bonnie asks. "I don't know-" Damon says, and then he's cut off by the bright white light. The fates of Damon and Bonnie are left unknown at the end of the episode.
- "You know, I used to miss being human. Now I can't think of anything more miserable on earth."
- —Damon to Elena
Damon was originally a very free-spirited young man, who was best friends with his younger brother Stefan Salvatore, both of whom were instantly smitten with the vampire Katherine Pierce. He had a positive relationship with Stefan and he held his position as elder brother in high regard, being the one to teach Stefan how to fight when they were younger. As a human, Damon also held a sense of duty as he enrolled in the confederacy, however their father saw him as very irresponsible and reckless, proving he was very much a free spirit who did things on a whim, taking no mind to what people thought.
Damon could be considered much the opposite to his brother in many regards. Whilst they both were respectful and polite, Damon had a dark side which came to play when he fell in love with Katherine, whilst initially terrified at the prospect, his love for Katherine and dependency for her affections made the choice easy and he willingly drank her blood and conspired with her to kill innocent humans, a trait which passed on to his vampire lifestyle. Damon was very naive as a human, he loved Katherine deeply and recklessly, regardless of the consequences and not caring that his father was ashamed of him. His carefree life fell apart when Stefan betrayed Damon by alluding to their father that Katherine was a vampire; information that resulted in Katherine being trapped and taken to a church to be burned, also doing whatever he could to get her back, even if it resulted in his death.
When Damon fed on Joey in Total Eclipse of the Heart, he was shown to have no remorse or guilt over ripping the young vampire's head off.
- Main article: Damon Salvatore/Appearance
Damon is very handsome, standing 5'10" in height with a well built, toned physique. His physical appearance is that of around a 24-25 year old despite being over 170. Damon has a light complexion with olive undertones and has a strong bone structure with high cheeks bones and a solid jaw line. He possesses dark brown almost black hair which hangs just over his ears, usually styled in a casual disarray yet sometimes gelled for special occasions. With striking, intense light blue eyes contrasting wonderfully against darkened lashes and eyebrows, a "bad boy" smile, he can be described as relatively athletic, tall, strong, sexy and seductive. He also considers himself the "eternal stud".
Damon's clothing style has remained somewhat similar throughout the series, usually favoring darker clothing; black shirts, t-shirts and boots underneath darkened jeans and black trousers, although on occasion has been seen wearing lighter colors. Damon is rarely seen without his leather jackets and his favorite clothing designer is "John Varvatos". On special events, such as dances, he wears smart attire such as tuxedo's and dress shoes. As a vampire, he wears a large lapis lazuli daylight ring enchanted by Emily Bennett, as a means to walk around in the sunlight as a vampire. The ring has the Salvatore crest and an embedded "D" for his first name.
In flashbacks, as a human in the 1860's era, Damon generally wore the same attire as his younger brother; Stefan, including dress shirts with suspenders, waistcoats, dress coats, hats, cravats and leather laced boots as his usual style. His color scheme as a human was much lighter, Damon was seen wearing a red waistcoat, yet still formal, showing the Salvatore family's wealth. His hair was slightly longer in style, with slight curls, showing a much more youthful appearance.
Powers and Abilities
Damon possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a non-original vampire. He has shown himself to be an experienced fighter easily able to subdue his enemies. Being that Damon is over 170 years old, he is an old and powerful vampire.
Stefan has noted that when at full power and angry, Damon can be very dangerous. This is evidently shown in situations concerning Elena Gilbert. In Live Through This, Damon became emotionally distressed when he learned that it was Lily's idea to place the sleeping spell on Elena. This led Damon to become angry and lash out at his mother, strangling her.
In No Exit, Damon appears to have much increased strength when he feels the urge to feed on Vampire blood, he has all the abilities that a normal vampire would have except, enhanced to much more extreme levels making him much more powerful than vampires that are much older than him. For example Damon was able to break free from his chains in a matter of seconds when Enzo chained him up. Though this is something any-other vampire might not be able to do.
Damon has the typical weaknesses of a non-original vampire.
Giuseppe was Damon's father.
Not much is known about the relationship, however, based on flashbacks and what has been mentioned, Damon never had a good relationship with Giuseppe, because he was physically abusive towards his son for no apparent reason, as a child Damon was terrified of his father. When he was 12 years old, Giuseppe demanded to know who took his money from him, Damon took the blame (for something he didn't do) because he was afraid of what Giuseppe may do to Stefan, as a punishment for stealing his money, he burned Damon with a cigar, he presumably continue to abuse him until he was an adult.
As an adult, Damon was no longer terrified of father, to the point where he openly disrespected him, when he saw that his son Damon, along with Stefan were trying to rescue Katherine after she had been captured, he decided to shoot and kill them to spare himself the embarrassment of having vampire-sympathizer as sons, he had no guilt or remorse for this vile act of his, it can be assumed that Damon now despises Giuseppe for what he did to him, after learning that his own father was his killer, it is likely that he did not mourn or grieve over his death after Giuseppe was killed by Stefan.
In the present day, Damon rarely speaks about his father, when he does speak about him; it is in a negative way, and he (correctly) believes him to be nothing more than a monster.
- Main article: Stefan and Damon
- "You're my brother, I'm not going to give up on you. I never will."
- —Stefan to Damon in No Exit
Stefan is Damon's younger brother. When they were human they were very close, best friends up until the arrival of the beautiful Katherine Pierce. After Katherine's "death", Damon swore to make Stefan's life a misery, and succeeded in 1912 by making him loose control of himself, fifty years after their last meeting. In the 1940's, for the first time since their transition, Damon showed a rare selflessness by backing out of his plan to join Stefan in war, so that Stefan could try to control his urges, as Damon would've been a bad influence. Despite unknowing the truth of Damon's selfless act, Stefan still returned the favor to his brother in the 1970's, sending Lexi to help Damon turn on his humanity. From these glimpses of the past, it is shown that whilst they may outwardly despite the other, deep down they truly care. Before season one, the brothers hadn't seen each other since the early 1990's, their relationship having taken a steep turn for the worse, as their relationship was described as "violent and bitter". Due to Katherine's influence they became enemies, yet have recently began repairing their strained relationship due to Elena Gilbert, ironically Katherine's descendant and doppelgänger. Through the seasons, both fell in love with Elena and whilst she was the factor bringing them together, she is also the biggest strain in the brother's complex relationship. In the season four finale, although Stefan was heartbroken at Elena's choice, he admitted that he was happy for Damon. Through this, they have proven just how far their relationship has come from their violent past. Whilst their relationship will continue to be tested, through the highs and lows, it is clear that the two share a strong brotherly bond. In Season 5, they have some issues but appear to be getting along better as brothers and appear to show much more care and concern for one another, though their bond is tested through time. After Damon's sacrifice, Stefan breaks down over losing the only family he has left. Several months later, Damon returns to the living after several months, reuniting the brothers.
- Main article: Elena and Damon
- "Do you see a future with me? Because that's all I see."
- —Damon to Elena
Elena Gilbert is the love of Damon's life, girlfriend and best friend. As the series progressed, he fell in love with Elena. He first met Elena when he was in Mystic Falls looking for his object of obsession for over a century, Katherine Pierce. He then talked to Elena but afterwards, compelled her to forget their meeting. He then met Elena again at the Salvatore Boarding House when she was looking for Stefan. After a while, Elena started to view Damon as self-centered, violent, sociopathic and cruel, especially when she found out that he continuously abused and used her best friend, Caroline Forbes against her will. She was horrified to discover that Damon was also behind all of the murders and unusual "animal" attacks in Mystic Falls. Originally, Damon disliked Elena and was rather apathetic about whether Elena lived or died. Although, Damon was drawn to Elena, mostly due to the fact that Elena bears an uncanny resemblance to the object of his obsession for over a century, Katherine. Although Damon and Elena often bicker and don't get along, Elena began to slowly warm up to him as she got to know him, befriending him in the process. But she still kept her distance due to Damon's constant immoral and impulsive behavior. Damon and Elena's friendship deepens with time and the two become closer, with Damon haven fallen for Elena and Elena developing feelings for Damon. Damon has repeatedly admitted that he is in love with Elena, however, Elena has admitted that she loves him too. Damon once told Elena that he loved her, but that he didn't deserve her, but Stefan does. He then compelled her to forget his confession afterwards. As opposed to Stefan, Damon is seen to be extremely selfish when it comes to Elena, willing to put the life of Elena's before anyone else's, including Elena's loved ones. It has been a consistency throughout the series that even though Elena cares deeply about Damon and has feelings for him, she still strongly loves Stefan and has repeatedly chosen him over Damon much to Damon's disappointment. But Elena and Damon are still closer than ever, and the sexual tension between them has even increased as Elena's emotions were heightened. During Season 4, Stefan ends his relationship with Elena because of her no longer fighting the feelings she has for Damon. Elena admitted to Damon that he was the reason of her breakup with Stefan and with Jeremy trying to kill her, Elena had to move with Damon. Stefan moves out when she moves in because of the relationship between her and Damon. Damon and Elena also had sex for the first time and became a real couple the night she moves in with him. Despite being sired to him, her feelings for him are real and she loves him either way. She will not be giving up on him. He may be selfish with his feelings but he doesn't regret it – when push comes to shove, he'll always put her first and it's for that same reason that he's always saving her when she needs him. Damon brings out a side of Elena that none of her past loves have been able to and challenges her in a way that no one else can. He hasn't taken advantage of Elena when he's had the opportunity. He's usually played fair with her, and he's always saying that she's the one woman he has to do the right thing by. When Damon and Elena are in the same room together, the sexual tension between them crackles and pops like a sparkler. And even when they aren't saying anything, the pair can carry on entire conversations through eye contact and body language. Damon loves her unconditionally without expecting anything in return because that's who he is. He loves her either way, human or vampire. He is currently trying to find his identity without Elena in his life due to Kai Parker's spell-linking Elena's life to Bonnie Bennett's (Elena entered a deep slumber and will stay asleep until Bonnie dies a natural death). Due to Elena's wishes of keeping Bonnie alive and Damon's growing friendship with Bonnie, Elena chose to stay asleep and wished both Bonnie and Damon a happy life while she slept. Damon is currently waiting for the day that Elena awakens, so that they can share a human life together due to Elena's decision to taking the Cure to vampirism.
- Main article: Damon and Alaric
- "I miss you too, buddy."
- —Alaric to Damon in Memorial
Alaric is Damon's best friend. It started out antagonistic towards each other since Alaric knew that it had been Damon who had killed his wife but it later turned out that she wasn't dead and that she had in fact been turned into a vampire by Damon. From that point on, they have been shown as becoming closer and they often team up to fight the usual threats to the town. Alaric is the only one (other than Elena) to call Damon a friend. They are seen often drinking together; it's often seen that they do taunt each other as well though. Throughout the series, they become like brothers. Towards the end of Season 3, Alaric was turned into an Original Vampire by Esther and fed on Bonnie to complete his transition and then took the White Oak Stake from Bonnie. Alaric died in Damon's arms in season 3 finale, moments after Elena's death causing Damon to break down having lost his best friend. But when Alaric appears as a ghost we learn that he will always be watching over Damon. In the season 5 finale, Damon gives up his life to save their loved ones including Alaric whom were still on the Other Side, which causes Alaric much grief of losing his best friend. When Damon returns, he is kind of mad at Alaric for compelling away Elena's memories of them two being together. After a while, Damon sort of gets over it and forgives Alaric. Towards the end of Season 6, Alaric has Damon become his best man at his wedding.
- Main article: Damon and Bonnie
- "In the first second, I thought how amazing it would feel to have Elena in my arms again. By second number two, I kissed her. And by the third, I remembered you're my best friend and if anything ever happened to you, I would lose my mind."
- —Damon to Bonnie in Day One of Twenty-Two Thousand, Give or Take
Damon's relationship with Bonnie originally started out antagonistic, particularly from Bonnie. Bonnie would only save Damon for Elena's sake and the two were often forced to work together for the sake of their friends and loved ones. By Season 4, Damon seemed to actually care about Bonnie when she got lost on Novia Scotia and refused to leave without her. In Season 5, he was surprisingly upset at hearing of Bonnie's death and attended her funeral. In the Season finale, they got stuck on The Other Side and hold hands as it collapses. They end up trapped in a 1994 Prison World for four months. This time impacted their relationship significantly, working together to find a way out and bonding as much as they argued. Damon was shown to be protective of Bonnie by threatening Kai: "We may be having a bit of a disagreement, but don't ever lay a hand on her." Bonnie sacrificed herself to let Damon go home. In return, Damon worked to bring her back. They later reunited in Let Her Go and hugged. When Bonnie is magically linked to Elena put in a sleeping curse in the Season Six finale, Damon ultimately chose to save a dying Bonnie from Kai instead of letting her die to awaken Elena.
At the start of Season 7, Damon started to resent Bonnie living while Elena is cursed and hesitated once to save her life. Damon, however, acknowledged Bonnie as his "best friend" and that she's stuck with him until Elena wakes up. The two overcome this and grow closer than ever, protecting and looking out for each other. They band together against Rayna and the Heretics. After Bonnie nearly dies to protect him, Damon chooses to desiccate until Elena wakes up to stop himself from endangering her and his brother.
- Main article: Damon and Jeremy
- "I'm trying to keep you alive, dumb-ass."
- —Damon to Jeremy in Catch Me If You Can
Jeremy is Damon's new roommate and Elena's younger adoptive brother/biological cousin. Their relationship is similar to the relationship Damon has with Alaric. It's complicated between them but Damon is a father figure to Jeremy. Even though Damon goes about things the wrong way, Jeremy knows he means well and has good intentions in helping people and trying to do the right thing. There are times when Damon has treated Jeremy like a little brother and is a mentor to him. After Alaric's death, Damon trains Jeremy in how to fight and kill vampires. There are even times when they protect each other. Damon does his best to keep Jeremy alive for Elena's sake as he is the only family she has left and multiple times when Damon has told Jeremy to kill him but he refuses to do so, proving they do care about each other. Currently, they have reverted back to enemies due to Damon's uncaring persona and that he held him hostage and had a hand in his near-death. As of S6, Jeremy and Damon appear to mend cautious fences after his time of the deep end in S5. Damon gives Jeremy pot as a "going away" present when he supposedly leaves Mystic Falls to go to art school, but is in reality hunting vampires.
- Main article: Damon and Enzo
- "That's the problem, Damon. I don't wanna hate you. Because if I hate you then I have nothing left."
- —Enzo to Damon in Man on Fire
Enzo is Damon's best friend. They were cellmates in 1953 where both of them were captured and used to be tortured by the Augustine society for scientific purposes. They both became close as they spend more time together. Enzo got an idea to free them from Augustine, however on the night when they executed their plan, Damon accidentally started a fire and was unable to free him. Damon then decided to turn off his humanity to escape the pain of leaving Enzo behind. They both meet again in 2011 and rekindle their friendship. In Season Six, Enzo works with Caroline to try and find a lead of how to get Damon and Bonnie back. Eventually, Damon managed to return to the living due to Bonnie's sacrifice and the two were reunited.
Damon comes home from the Confederate Army where he served with "General Groom's boys". He drinks and gambles as a human. Damon is often criticized by his father, or by his father to Stefan. Even though he is the second one to see Katherine, he is the first of the brothers to be with her. He wants to die rather than become a vampire but Stefan brings back the barmaid, Alice, for him to feed on. When they first turn, Damon is weaker than Stefan because he refuses to feed often. Damon often points out to Stefan that the blood is a weakness to him because it consumes him and makes him a killer, because he can't control his urges. Damon is better at compulsion than Stefan and it is assumed that Katherine taught him how to compel people. He kills Callie Gallagher, the daughter of a vampire hunter who captured Damon and used him as a circus act, when trying to kill Stefan.
- Main article: Damon Salvatore (novel)
As with the series, he initially serves as the main antagonist until the third book, where he becomes an anti-hero. In the books, he is born in Florence, Italy and is described as arrogant, charming and seductive, but he is known to keep his word. Ian Somerhalder's television portrayal is faithful to the handsome, hedonist of L. J. Smith's creation. Damon loves the undead life and all that it entails, and no one's ever quite sure if they should love him or hate him. He leaves countless broken hearts in his wake, but the heart Damon desires the most is Elena's.
- Damon is a masculine name the Greek origin, from the Greek δαμαω (damao) meaning "to tame" or "subdue"
- The name Damon is a Greek baby name. In Greek the meaning of the name Damon is: Gentle. To tame. A. In Greek legend Damon was a loyal friend of Pythias. Famous bearer in modern times: American author Damon Runyon.
- Salvatore is of Italian origin and means "savior".
- Main article: Damon Salvatore/Tropes