Damon's sole purpose in coming back to Mystic Falls was to free Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned him and the woman he deeply loved. After realizing that Katherine never loved him, Damon started working with Stefan and Katherine's descendant and doppelgänger, Elena Gilbert, whom he eventually falls in love and begins a romantic relationship with. He currently lives with his girlfriend, Elena (when she isn't away at college), and her brother, Jeremy Gilbert in the Salvatore Boarding House. For the majority of the first season, Damon was the main antagonist but began to change because of Elena and sometimes his brother.
Because of the impact Elena has had on him, he protects her, her family, and frequently her friends. Damon has been helping Elena with her new found vampirism.
His best friend is Elena Gilbert. After Alaric's death,
he continues to think of him as his best friend, "brother", and drinking buddy.
As the bad boy of the show, he goes by this motto: "If you're gonna be bad, be bad with a purpose. Otherwise, you're just not worth forgiving."
Damon was born to Giuseppe Salvatore and an unnamed mother on June 28, 1840 in the small town of Mystic Falls, Virginia. His younger brother Stefan Salvatore is six years younger than him, and the two were very close. He joined the Confederate Army at some point, coming back when he was on leave to spend time at the Salvatore Estate. It is unclear when Damon first met Katherine Pierce, but he left the Confederacy and returned to Mystic Falls to spend more time with her. His father disapproved of what he considered Damon's poor sense of duty.
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: 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 also completed 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 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 Damon was taken prisoner by Augustine. They preformed experiments on him and they called him 21051.
Damon lived in New York City during the 70s, where he maintained a wild life full of parties and feeding off of people. At the time, he 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.
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 Jer 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 travelling Katherine is taunting Elena and Damon about their relationship making both of them annoyed. 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 wingman -- "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, 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.
You know, I used to miss being human. Now I can't think of anything more miserable on earth.
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.
And you know what makes me able to drink my fill and leave someone breathing and not rip their head off like my brother; is that I can revel in it. I can make it fun.
After he became a vampire, he left Stefan's side, wanting no part in the life of the man who betrayed him. He selfishly kept the fact that Katherine was still alive from Stefan, jealous that his brother had also been turned by their shared lover. By the time he appears in season one, he's been away from Stefan for at least eighty years (including the meeting in 1912), and he immediately begins taunting his brother, as a colder, more calloused version of his human self.
Throughout season one, Damon acts arrogant and sarcastic, showing little to no regard for human life and using whatever people he can get his hands on as his personal playthings. He shows pity to neither Caroline Forbes nor Vicki Donovan, even going so far as to kill Stefan's football coach to "prove" that he has no humanity left. He is also portrayed as a very impulsive vampire, known for his self-destructive behavior and his devious, sadistic mind. Despite this, he stays focused on his only goal: getting Katherine out of the tomb. This shows his ability for planning and forethought, and certainly the patience to wait one hundred and forty-five years for the necessary comet to return.
After Katherine is discovered to have been alive the entire time, and his reason for doing the things he has been doing shattered, Damon becomes more dangerous because he drinks alcohol constantly, bonding with others at the bar. He destructively taunts Alaric Saltzman about being the one to kill his wife, Isobel Flemming, but is confused when he finds that Isobel is Elena's birth mother. He tempts his brother with human blood, though he knows exactly what Stefan used to be, and when Stefan goes off the deep end, Damon helps Elena detox him. He also genuinely thanks Bonnie Bennett for disabling the device that could kill him, surprising her with his sincerity.
Every time his brother is put in a situation that endangers his life, Damon protects him, but he's not afraid to cause Stefan non-lethal harm. Despite his anger with Stefan for his actions in the past, he hangs around, protecting him and working with him, sometimes destroying the good in his life. Their perplexing relationship seems to center around Elena, who anchors them to Mystic Falls.
Elena is the oddity of Damon's behavior, the anomaly that makes his personality far from psychopathic. In the beginning of the first season, Stefan is prepared to give up on his brother, believing him to be an irreparable monster, but Damon displays true feeling for Elena. Elena Gilbert is physically identical to Katherine, the woman who turned him into a vampire, making her not only a constant reminder of what happened to him and Stefan, but a temptation to let history repeat itself. When Katherine reveals that she never loved him (in the beginning of season two), Damon reacts by trying to get Elena to admit that she loves him, and when she tells him that she loves Stefan, he reacts impulsively, set off by both Katherine and Elena choosing his brother instead of him. He kills Elena's brother, spending many weeks afterwards trying to make it up to Elena, showing true regret for his actions. Their relationship began with taunting and cruelty, but she became what he clings to for humanity; he became her occasional protector, a guardian of sorts. His impulsive actions often drive her away but she refuses to let him die, and he does the same for her.
With Elena influencing him throughout the second and third seasons, Damon becomes slightly kinder, if only for the fact that he no longer mindlessly kills and torments humans without good reason, and he controls himself to be strong for Elena's sake. He proves that he is capable of love, nobility, loyalty, and selflessness, masking the most intense of his emotions to spare himself from seeming weak, but expressing just enough to draw in a very small circle of friends (which he later drives away). He continues to claim that his emotions can be turned off, but several older vampires reveal that this is a lie; after a certain amount of time, a vampire has to pretend they can't feel. The only time Damon had ever admitted his pain was when Elena told him that she would never kiss him back, to which he responded, “Now I'm hurt.”
About halfway through the third season, Damon believes that Elena is trying to turn him into Stefan by constantly telling him to be the 'better man.' Others continue to underestimate him and, to display that he doesn't care at all, he kills Alaric, with whom he'd developed a strong friendship. He also spends time trying to make it up to Alaric after his ring brings him back to life, treating him like a friend even though Alaric is extremely angry with him. He also snaps and feeds from Caroline's father, and, after a very violent fight with Caroline, he is confronted by Elena. He's even cruel to her, accusing her of trying to make him into something he's not. His inner turmoil continues when Katherine reappears, and he recklessly takes her offer of a 'road trip,' leaving Elena defenseless only because he is mad at her. When he returns, he displays genuine regret and, in one of his most tell-all, modest moments of the show, he tells her that he will never leave her again, showing his extreme love and devotion to Elena, and his regret for making another impulsive decision.
His other shining moment is when he said this to Elena:
I just have to say it once; you just need to hear it. I love you, Elena... and it's because I love you that I can't be selfish with you. Why, you can't know this. I don't deserve you... but my brother does. God, I wish you didn't have to forget this... but you do..."
He compels her to forget that he said this (late in season two), because he believes it would be selfish to confuse Elena with his feelings. This is right after Stefan apologizes for making Damon turn in 1864, something that surprises Damon to the point of revelation: He realizes what he's been doing to his brother, all following one stupid mistake. In reality, what Damon said to Elena proves that she has been molding him into a better person, because before that moment, he never would've done something so selfless. Damon also admits to missing his human life before he drunkenly kills Jessica Cohen in the middle of the road; this secret is kept from everyone around him. He lets the girl go, but immediately chases her down and kills her anyway in an effort to prove that he doesn't really care. When his spirits are down, Damon solves his problems with alcohol (mostly bourbon), but he often uses violence and murder to console himself.
By his own testimony, Damon claims that the reason why he can control his vampiric urges is because he embraces what he is.
Damon is also very self-confident, given that he'll confront older, stronger vampires like: Lexi, Anna, Pearl, Elijah, Klaus, Rebekah, Kol, Katherine, Rose and Silas. Without hesitation, and without regard to manners, even when they themselves pose no signs of hostility towards him. He often taunts them, which results in him nearly being killed quite often as they are undeniably stronger than him; though of course, there were cases when he was able to best them on some occasions, as in the case of Kol and Silas. Further into season 4, Damon seems to have lost part of his authoritative and dominating personality, most likely because of Klaus, who is much stronger, older and more powerful than him.
Damon is very handsome, standing 5'9" in height with a well built, toned physique. His physical appearance is that of around a 22-25 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 darkened 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 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".
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.
"The Salvatore's may fight like dogs, but in the end they would die for each other."
—Rebekah to Klaus
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. 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 eachother 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 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.
"I'm not gonna let someone else's idea of destiny stop me from loving you, or being with you, or building future with you. Because... you are my life.."
—Damon to Elena
Elena Gilbert is Damon's new girlfriend and his best friend. As the series progressed, he fell in love with Elena. Damon is a 170 year old immortal who is described as seductive, handsome, hot, impulsive and charming. Elena first met Damon 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. Elena then met Damon again at the Salvatore Boarding House when she went to look for Stefan. After a while, she 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.
Alaric was 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 first real best friend since him and Stefan became vampires. But when Alaric appears as a ghost we learn that he will always be watching over Damon.
Jeremy is Damon's new roommate and his girlfriend's, Elena, 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.
Some of these powers are more potent when the vampire gets older and feeds on human blood.
Super Strength - Vampires are much stronger than humans and grow stronger with time. Even new vampires who are still in transition can toss a fully grown human across a room with great speed and force. Their strength is also more powerful than werewolves that are not in wolf form.
Super Agility - Damon used this power when he and a confused Vicky were dancing around the house and he jumped to the bannister at full speed.
Super Speed - Vampires can accelerate their movements to cover short distances in an instant, faster than the human eye can see. When running across long distances, they appear as vibrating blurs of motion.
Emotional Control - Like all vampires, Damon has the ability to switch off his humanity.
Dream Manipulation - Vampires can control dreams and subconscious. The vampires can produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares or lucid dreaming. Other effects of this ability is the distortion of reality and trapped in the dreams.
Heightened Senses - Vampires have extremely keen senses of hearing, sight and smell that far exceed those of humans and werewolves.
Mind Compulsion - Vampires have the ability to control minds, plague people's dreams, and alter/erase human memories.
Immortality - A vampire stops aging once turned. Upon their transformation, vampires then on become immune to all conventional illness, disease, virus and infection.
Healing Factor - Vampires heal extremely quickly, but still feel the pain of a wound before it heals. Vampires can snap their bones back into place after being broken and have been seen to fully recover from gunshots, stab wounds, and torso impalement.The only injury that cannot be healed on its own is a werewolf bite.
Lapis Lazuli - He possesses a Lapis Lazuli ring that enables him to walk in daylight without being harmed.
Sire Bond - Sire Bonds can be formed when a human is turned with the blood of the vampire whom they had strong human feelings for. Damon has sired two vampires; Charlotte and Elena Gilbert.
Former powers and abilities
Weather Manipulation- In the early episodes of Season 1, Damon was able to create fogs and change the weather. This power was later discarded because it was considered "too supernatural"
Compelling Animals- Also in the early episodes of Season 1, Damon was able compel a crow to spy on Elena and Stefan. He later killed the crow by feeding on it, and hasn't used this power since. Although the crow was seen as a sign Damon had arrived in a flashback in the episode "1912".
He has been Augustine vampire in the past. ( according to episode 5x8)
Decapitation: The act of dismembering or removing the head of a vampire will result in permanent death.
Fire or Sunlight: The act of exposing a vampire to fire or sunlight will result in permanent death.
Vervain: The act of exposing or ingesting a vampire with vervain causes a vampire to become severely feverish and weak. Also, If a vampire's skin is exposed to vervain, it can result in burning them. Also vampires can't compel anyone on vervain.
Wood: The act of wounding a vampire with wood will cause the vampire to become severely weak and if a vampire takes a wooden stake through its heart it will result in permanent death.
Heart Extraction: The act of extracting or removing the heart of a vampire will result in permanent death.
Invitation: Vampires cannot enter a home without an invitation by the owner.
Magic: Vampires are susceptible to the powers of witchcraft including the creation of harmful magical objects.
Desiccation: Vampires who abstain from blood for extended amounts of time will eventually desiccate into mummification.
Vampire Bloodline: If an Original vampire dies, all vampires descended from their bloodline will slowly perish.
Werewolf Bite: The bite of a werewolf is extremely lethal to vampires. It will cause them to hallucinate, grow severely weak and go rabid until it kills them. Klaus' hybrid blood can cure the bite.
Broken Neck:Breaking a vampires neck is a common way to subdue one, it will not kill them but it will keep them unconscious for several hours and when they are still unconscious they won't have a pulse and appear to be dead.
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.
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".
According to Greek legend, Damon and Pythias were friends who lived on Syracuse in 4th century BC. When Pythias was sentenced to death, he was allowed to temporarily go free on the condition that Damon take his place in prison. Pythias returned just before Damon was executed in his place, and the king was so impressed with their loyalty to one another that he pardoned Pythias.
The name fits the character well, Damon, in a way, has been "tamed", and his bond of loyalty to Stefan is as strong as the legendary Greek Damon (they would promptly die for each other). The name also sounds a little bit like Demon, and this was used for effect in the first season, when Damon was the antagonist.
Other spellings of the name Damon include Daemen, Daemon, Damin, Damen, Daemond, Daman, Damonn, Damonia, Damontez, Damontis, Daymon, Daymond, Damyon, Damyen.
Damon's birthday is June 28.
Damon zodiac sign is Cancer.
Damon is extremely fond of dancing.
Damon occasionally smokes cigars.
Damon has a closet full of black leather jackets.
Damon's favorite swear word is "dick".
Damon doesn't like Taylor Swift but is willing to listen to her to impress girls.
Damon likes pickles.
Damon's favorite alcoholic beverage is Bourbon.
Damon's favorite clothing brand is John Varvatos.
Damon's favorite book is "Call of the Wild" by Jack London.
Damon read a bit of one of the Twilight books at Caroline's and hated it, while reminiscing Anne Rice's vampire novels. Also, he said Edward is whipped.
Damon is a descendant of Silas' Salvatore line.
Damon has read "Gone With The Wind," a classic romantic novel.
Damon mentioned that he attended college at one point.
The first powers Damon was seen using are no longer on the TV show because they were considered too supernatural. They were controlling fog, flight, and using a crow to spy on people. The crow died in the same episode as Zach, early on in season one.
Damon is starting to revert to his old devious ways by season two.
In the books, Damon is constantly shown as a very strong and powerful vampire. He has many powers and it is always noted that he really is an exceptionally powerful vampire. In the show, he is as strong as any average vampire of his age, but he is not compared to others like in the books. All of his unique powers are rarely shown in the show, nor is how he is naturally powerful compared to others.
In the books, Damon is considered by others as very dangerous, sadistic, and cruel. In the series, Damon is manipulative and cruel at first, but changes to help Elena in the search for information about Katherine and protects her from being taken by Klaus; he helps Stefan to protect Elena from constant hazards and makes a promise that will keep them safe and away from the tomb; Caroline as Damon gives his blood to her to prevent her death.
Damon, at one point, had sexual relationships with the three first characters to have an episode named after them:
Isobel Saltzman had an affair with him before and possibly after he turned her into a vampire. She begged him to turn her, and they seemed to revive their sexual relationship once she returned, but he was actually just playing her.
Rose slept with him after they both got drunk. He developed true feelings for her, but staked her to put her out of her suffering after Jules bit her.
Katherine Pierce had a sexual relationship with him in 1864. After her return, they nearly had sex but were interrupted when Katherine declared she never loved him. He believed he was in love with her, but has recently moved on.
In the books, Damon owns a black Ferrari but in the series he drives a blue Camaro convertible.
Damon shows friendship and loyalty to Elena and Stefan and others like Bonnie, Caroline, Alaric, and Jeremy.
Damon and Stefan are roughly 350 years younger than their novel counterparts.
Damon was the second vampire to be bitten by a werewolf after Rose and before Katherine, and the second to be cured, after Katherine.
Damon is comforted by Elena in his "final moments" similar to how Damon comforts Rose in hers, both because of werewolf bites.
In the books, Damon has the ability to shapeshift into a crow and wolf. In the series, Damon can control a crow and the mist but they were removed from the plot early on.
In the series, Damon shares one big difference with Damon from the books: Damon in the books, loves being a vampire and he tried to return to that state when he was accidentally turned into a human; Damon in the series seems to love his hedonist life style as a vampire but, as he said to Jessica, he misses being human beyond anything else.
Damon has kissed a Petrova Doppelgänger in three season finales. He kissed Katherine in the first season finale, and Elena in the second and fourth seasons finales.
Damon is the fourth character who kills Elijah, following Alaric, Elena, and Klaus.
Damon has become friends with every character he failed to kill except Klaus.
Damon's exact age has never been stated in the series but he tells Alaric he is in his 160s, making his age between 162 and 169.
Damon usually wears black.
Damon, Elena and Stefan are the only main characters who have appeared in all episodes.
He is connected by blood with both Petrova Doppelgängers: Elena and Katherine. He was turned into a vampire by Katherine's blood and Elena was turned into a vampire with Damon's blood.
Damon often makes references to the characteristics of other characters by nicknames.
Damon has turned three regulars into vampires with his blood, Vicki, Caroline and Elena. He also turned Isobel and Abby. This makes him the most used vampire in the show to be seen turning people into vampires, and all female.
Out of the three regulars that he turned, Vicki, Caroline and Elena respectively, he killed only Vicki. Caroline was suffocated by Katherine and Elena drowned, because of Rebekah.
He's the only known vampire that had other vampires sired to him.
Damon (to Elena) : "You must be Elena. I'm Damon, Stefan's brother."
Damon (to Elena) : "Living room, parlor, Sotheby's auction. It's a little kitschy for my taste. I see why my brother's so smitten. It's about time. For a while there, I never thought he'd get over the last one. Nearly destroyed him."
Damon (to Elena) : "Yeah. Katherine, his girlfriend? Oh, you two haven't had the awkward exes conversation yet."
Damon (to Elena) : "Oops. Well, I'm sure it'll come up now. Or maybe he didn't want to tell you because he didn't want you to think he was on the rebound. We all know how those relationships end."
Damon (to Elena) : "I'm a fatalist."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Great gal. Whoo. She's got spunk. You, on the other hand, look pooped."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Were you worried, Stefan? Scared we may be doomed to repeat the past? Isn't that why you play your little game, "I'm a high school human"?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "That's for me to know and for you to. . .dot dot dot."
Damon (to Caroline) : "This could have gone a completely different way."
Damon (to Stefan) : "How were tryouts? Did you make the team? Very Emerson, the way you reveal your soul with so many... Adjectives."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I saw Elena today, BTW. That means "by the way." She was at cheer leading practice. She looked so perky in her little short shorts. Just... simmer down, I didn't even go near her. I've got my own cheerleader now. Ooh, that reminds me, I gotta run. I have a date. Sweaty palms. Wish me luck."
Damon (to Elena) : "I like you. You know how to laugh. And you make Stefan smile, which is something I haven't seen in a very long time."
Damon (to Elena) : "She was beautiful. A lot like you in that department. She was also very complicated and selfish and at times not very kind, but very sexy and seductive."
Damon (to Stefan) : "That's not a problem. Because I've been invited in, and I'll come back tomorrow night and the following night and I'll do with your little cheerleader whatever I want to do. Because that is what is normal to me."
Damon (to Elena) : "I get to you. You find yourself drawn to me. You think about me even when you don't want to think about me. I bet you even dreamed about me. And right now, You want to kiss me."
Damon (to Stefan) : " Nice trick with Elena. Let me guess, vervain in the necklace? I admit, I was a bit surprised. It's been a while since anyone could resist my compulsion."
Damon (to Stefan) : " Guess I could just seduce her the old-fashioned way. Or I could just eat her."
Damon (to Stefan) : " Bad dream? Do you know how easy it was to get into your head just now? You really need some human blood. It might even the playing field. Football reference. Too soon."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Well, the vervain keeps me out of her head. Maybe that's not my target. Believe it or not, Stefan, some girls don't need my persuasion. Some girls just can't resist my good looks, my style and my charm and my unflinching ability to listen to Taylor Swift."
Damon (to Stefan) : "This is John Varvatos, dude. Dick move."
Damon (to Caroline) : "What's so special about this Bella girl? Edward's so whipped."
Damon (to Caroline) : "Because I live in the real world, where vampires burn in the sun."
Damon (to Stefan) : "It's cool not growing old. I like being the eternal stud."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I admire your effort, Stefan. Pouring yourself a drink then spiking the bottle with vervain. I'm not some drunk sorority chick. You can't roofie me. But I can't help but feel a little used. I thought we were having a moment. I have to go to the party angry. Who knows what I'll do?"
Damon (to Elena) : "A woman, I guess. Doesn't it always come down to the love of a woman?"
Damon (to Stefan) : " I'm stronger than you think."
Damon (to Zach) : " I don't guess I could talk you into bringing me a rabbit or something? I'd settle for Stefan's diet at this point."
Damon (to Stefan) : "You won. You got the bad guy. Now nothing could come between you and Elena. Except the truth. The lies will catch up to you, Stefan. As long as you keep lying to yourself about what you are."
Damon (to Stefan): " I got the town off our back. It was for the greater good but I'm sorry. And to prove it, I'm not gonna feed on a human for at least a week. I'll adopt a Stefan diet, only nothing with feathers."
Damon (to Stefan) : "And I can go back to sulking and Elena-longing and forehead brooding. This is fun, I like this."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Yeah. I'm done. "That's just like you, Damon. Always have to have the last word." "
Damon (to Stefan) : "'I don't, Damon. I can't trust you to be a nice guy.You kill everybody,and you're so mean. You're so mean,and...You're really hard to imitate,and then I have to go to that lesser place."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I'm on edge.Crash diet,and I'm trying to keep a low profile."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I'm onto you. Reverse psychology. It's a little transparent, but I admire the effort."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I'm impressed Stefan. Fun with Booze and darts,sentimental with football,and now starry night. What do you want,Stefan?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "I could rip your heart out and not think twice about it."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I have a bigger surprise,Stefan. I'm gonna bring her back."
Damon (to Stefan) : "There's a tomb underneath the church.The spell sealed Katherine in that tomb,protecting her."
Damon (to Stefan) : "If that's what you wanna call it.She's been trapped in a mystical holding cell for the last century and a half, but you're an expert on starving a vampire,so how do you think she's doing, Stefan? Did you know that witches can use celestial events to draw energy into their magic? Me either.But in order to give the crystal its power, Emily used the comet that was passing overhead,and in order for that crystal to work again..."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Downside, Long time in between comets and a couple of hiccups along the way with the crystal but the comet passed,and I got the crystal. And then Caroline got the crystal, and now Bonnie has the crystal and here we are."
Damon (to Emily) : "I don't care about them.I just want Katherine."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Katherine never compelled me.I knew everything. Every step of the way. It was real for me. I'll leave now."
Damon (to Elena): "Oh you were so much more fun when you were asleep."
Damon (to Elena) : "Well, you're IN Georgia. Without your magical little necklace, I might add. I can very easily make you agreeable."
Damon (to Elena) : "A little place right outside of Atlanta. Oh, come on, Elena. You don't wanna go back right now. Do you? What's the rush? Time-out. Trust me. Your problems are still going to be there when you get home. Look. Step away from your life for 5 minutes. 5 minutes!"
Damon (to Elena) : "If I've never met him, I wouldn't know him. I mean, it's not like we all hang out together at the Vamp Bar & Grill."
Damon (to Bree) : "I rocked your world."
Damon (to Elena) : "Vampires can't procreate. But we love to try."
Damon (to Elena) : "Come on, what? You don't like pickles? What's wrong with you?"
Damon (to Elena) : " Dead? It's not such a bad word. As long as I keep a healthy diet of blood in my system, my body functions pretty normally."
Damon (to Elena) : "Sorry I can't unhinge my jaw like a snake to consume alcohol."
Damon (to Bree) : "And I believe you. My dear, sweet Bree. That's why I'm almost sorry."
Damon (to Elena) : "Well, you're not the worst company in the world, Elena. You should give yourself more credit!"
Damon (to Elena) : "You were there in the road, all damsel-in-distress-like. And, I knew it would piss off Stefan. And... you're not the worst company in the world, Elena."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "Rise and shine, sleepyheads."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "Oh, stop being smutty."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "If I see something I haven't seen before, I'll throw a dollar at it."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "So, in order to open the tomb, we need to find the journal to get the grimoire to undo the spells. First things first-since you are Elena Gilbert, you're on journal duty."
Damon (to Giuseppe) : "Well, I never asked for your respect."
Damon (to Giuseppe) : "You're being cryptic now, father. Why don't you just say the word?"
Damon (to Jenna) : "My father never approved of anyone I dated, which only made me want them more. Of course. What about you?"
Damon (to Elena) : "Well, yeah, I was deliberately trying to get to the sink."
Damon (to Elena) : "There was a time when I trusted him more than anyone."
Damon (to Elena) : "I just want her back. I'm sure you can understand that."
Damon (to Elena) : "Then you understand what I will do if anyone gets in my way."
Damon (to Jeremy) : "I'm a fast learner. Quick reflexes."
Damon (to Jeremy) : "Hot trumps weird, trust me."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "This is an interesting turn of events."
Damon (to Stefan) : "So am I. For thinking for even a second that I could trust you."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "Of course I was going to do it by myself, because the only one I can count on is me! You made sure of that many years ago, Stefan. But you...You had me fooled."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Give me the book, Stefan, or I'm snapping her neck. And you and I will have a vampire girlfriend."
Damon (to a girl he is feeding on) : "Oh, so much better than your friends. But shh. Don't tell them. They might get jealous"
Damon (to Stefan) : "You're worried about me. That's nice. Don't be. There's no need. I'm fine. Why wouldn't I be? I spent the last 145 years with one goal: get in that tomb. I succeeded. Granted, Katherine wasn't in there to be rescued, but why dwell? You know, it's so liberating not having a master plan, because I can do whatever the hell I want."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Relax. I haven't killed anyone in too long."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Nothing is important, not anymore."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Great chat. I have to go and exploit some women in the name of grief, which I'm sure you understand."TTFN", said the Tri-Delt. Heh. "
Damon (to Alaric) : "Behold the teacher. Don't you have some papers to grade?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "Well, most things in life are. Sober's depressing."
Damon (to Alaric) : "You say that like you know me."
Damon (to Liz) : "Have you ever been so bent on someone, just to have your heart ripped out by them?"
Damon (to Liz) : "Is this what you do when there's no, um..Vampires? Organize bachelor raffles?"
Damon (to Liz) : "You know, a room full of women clamoring to win a date with me. Sounds tasty."
Damon (to Elena) : "No reason why. Do you know that I am one of Mystic Falls' most eligible bachelors?"
Damon (to Elena) : "What can I do for you? I'm a barrel of favors today. It's my new found purpose -- how can I help people?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Where'd our girlfriend go?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Hey, are you coming? The Real Housewives of Mystic Falls await."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Oh, yeah. L.A., New York. Couple of years ago, I was in North Carolina. Near the Duke campus, actually. I think—I think Alaric went to school there. Didn't you, Ric? Yeah, 'cause I-- I know your wife did. I had a drink with her once. She was—she was a great girl. I ever tell you that? Cause she was Delicious.Mmm.."
Damon (to Alaric) : "She came to me. All pathetic, looking for vampires. There was something about her, something I liked. There was something special."
Damon (to Alaric) : "No, I slept with her because I liked her. I turned her because she begged me to. Yeah. But you knew that, too, didn't you? Hmm. I guess she wasn't happy at home, wasn't happy with life in general, wasn't happy with you."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Ah, this is a shame. We're kindred spirits, abandoned by the women we love. Unrequited love sucks."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Sounds like I got a lung. Which means I get to sit here and watch you die."
Damon (to Pearl) : "What, are you crazy? It was 1864. Wake up woman. The world has moved on."
Damon (to Pearl) : "You wouldn't even know where she was. You've been under the ground for the last century and a half"
Damon (to Pearl) : "I no longer have any desire to see Katherine ever again. And there’s no way in hell I’m gonna play the role of your little minion."
Damon (to Kelly) : "On the contrary, I’m very old."
Damon (to Kelly and Jenna) : "You'd be surprised. My primary reason for existence has abandoned me and after today's events, the remains of the shakey ground that I walk on are about to go kaboom. Let's get hammered."
Damon (to Stefam) : "I say we go to Pearl's, bust down the door, and annihilate the idiot that attacked us last night."
Damon (to Stefan and Elena) : "It was more like a helpful exchange of information. And it's not like I had a choice. She's scary. Besides, she's gonna help me get Katherine back."
Damon (to Elena) : "How long are you going to blame me for turning your birth mother into a vampire?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "I've got 2 liters of soccer mom in the fridge. No?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "All right. Give my regards to the squirrels."
Damon (to Pearl) : "Pearl! Open this door. I swear to God I'll bust through and rip your head off."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Let me recap, You tried to kill me. I defended myself. You died. Then according to my brother, your ring brought you back to life. Am I leaving anything out?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "Am I? Why don't you ask her for yourself? Coward."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Teacher by day, vampire hunter by night."
Damon (to Elena) : "Oh, I understand. I understand. He's the reason you live. His love lifts you up where you belong. I get it."
Damon (to Elena) : "I can't protect you, Elena. I don't know how many vampires there are in there. That's how long it takes you to get your head ripped off. I have to be able to get in and get out. I can't be distracted with your safety. Or this will end up a bloodbath that none of us walk away from including Stefan. I know. I get it. I understand."
Damon (to Elena) : "Are you insane?"
Damon (to Pearl) : "Your merry little band of vampires spent the day torturing my brother."
Damon (to Alaric) : "That was fun. Oh, don't look at me like that. I know you hate me. Guess what? Everyone hates me. But you can't deny it. We were bad ass."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Oh come on. Just drink already. Come on, this self-detox is not natural."
Damon (to Stefan) : "How long did it take you to wean yourself of it the last time you indulged?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "I don’t get it; you know, you don’t have to kill to survive. That’s what blood banks are for. I haven’t hunted in a human in...God way too long"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Well, what are those holier than thou reasons? You know, we never actually discussed this. You know, I'd- I'd love to hear this story."
Damon (to Stefan) : "You do? Well, then you should just carry on, making the rest of us vampires look bad."
Damon (to Elena) : "You ask I come. I’m easy like that."
Damon (to Elena) : "No Elena, I will not go to your bedroom with you."
Damon (to Elena) : "It is what it is Elena. The Stefan you know was “good behavior Stefan”, ‘reign it in Stefan”, “fight against his nature into an annoying excessive level Stefan” but if you think there isn't another part to this then you have not been paying attention."
Damon (to Elena) : "Well, he doesn't want to be me. That doesn't mean that deep down that he’s not."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Come on, don’t be a downer, it’s a party for the founding families! That would be us. That would be rude to skip it"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Oh I still do. I just love that they love me."
Damon (to Elena) : "Have I entered an alternate universe where Stefan is fun?"
Damon (to Liz) : "You know I love a woman in uniform but I have to side with this one. You look...you look smashing"
Damon (to Elena) : "Really? “Oh but sheriff, someone buried her. Who would do that?” I know I know! Me! I mean I could compel him but he’s wearing vervain"
Damon (to John) : "You know that I could rip your throat out before anyone would notice?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "You want to hear the bad news or the really bad news?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "Yeah, and that would be a big coincidence if he didn’t just came back from the death 5 minutes ago. Where the hell did you get that ring?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "We have a problem Stefan and when I say problem I mean global crisis."
Damon (to John) : "How lucky for us, we have John."
Damon (to John) : "John, whatever I can do to help keep this town safe; even if it means spending time with you"
Damon (to Anna) : "I suppose I should be grateful, you learned how to use the bell"
Damon (to Anna) : "You’re playing house with half of a tomb of really pissed off vampires. What do you think was going to happen?"
Damon (to Anna) : "Well, it’s a coincidence, ‘cause I don’t do forgiveness. Just run along. And if you’re going continue playing house with these little vampires pets, you might wanna stop robbing the blood bank dry because they’re onto it."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I don’t want to brag but I would definitely take responsibility for this new and improved you."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Fine, whatever man, drink up. Just remember, we're trying to keep a low profile. Why don't you just walk up to Sheriff Forbes and ask her to tap a vein?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Who do you think you’re talking to? I know what it’s like. That Jekyll and Hyde feeling, that switch, sometimes it goes off and you snap. Right now is not a good time for me to be worried about you snapping."
Damon (to John) : "Go for it! I'll kill every last one of them. Then I'll sever your hand, pull your ring off, and I'll kill you too. Do you understand that?"
Damon (to Anna) : "Ah, nostalgia’s a bitch."
Damon (to Stefan) : "I was just filling Elena on your extra-curricular activities."
Damon (to Elena) : "He's just back to boring, straight-laced, off the junk. You've successfully cured him of anything that was interesting about his personality."
Damon (to Alaric) : "Did words completely escape you?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "I’m not going to kill her in a crowd restaurant"
Damon (to Alaric) : "You can turn it off, like a button you can press. I mean, Stefan's different. He wants the whole human experience. He wants to feel every episode of How I Met Your Mother, so he shuts his feelings out. The problem is, as a vampire, your instinct is not to feel. Isobel chose the easier road — no guilt, no shame, no regret. I mean, come on, if you could turn it off, wouldn't you?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "Of course I have Rick. It’s why I'm so fun to be around."
Damon (to Cherie) : "Oh Oh Cherie, you won again. I hope I’m wearing my good underwear"
Damon (to Isobel) : "Well you caused quite a stir, you blew into town. Saw everyone except for the man who made you. I'm a little hurt. "
Damon (to Isobel) : "Now that I have your attention, listen up. You do not come into my town; threaten the people I care about. Going after Elena? Bad move. You leave her alone or I will rip you to bits because I do believe in killing the messenger. You know why? Because it sends a message. Katherine wants something from me? You tell that little bitch to come get it herself."
Damon (to Elena) : "I’m not gonna give the device to Isobel so she could give it to John who is going to turn it to kill me. I like being a living dead person."
Damon (to Bonnie): "I don’t trust you, I tried to kill you."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Would you like one? Say it, whatever it is, purge, get it out."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Same here, Elena is a very good friend. Actually, she might qualify as my only… friend. Is that a problem?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "I don’t need any proof, that’s a DNA test for John, Elena and Maury Povich to deal with but I know how well you deal with these bombs so… Sleep tight."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Oh and when you do tell Elena and she needs a friend to talk to about anything, I’m here for her."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Why wouldn't I be here? Bonnie deactivated the Gilbert invention, Isobel is gone and it's Founder's Day! I'm here to eat cotton candy and steal your girl."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Oh, you started this Stefan with that whole "I'm insecure, leave Elena alone" speech. I'm enjoying that."
Damon (to Stefan) : "You have no sense of humor, Stefan."
Damon (to Stefan) : " 'Damon humor'… Hey look, I get it, I get it. I'm the better, hotter, superior choice and you're scared, now that Katherine is out of the picture, that I'm gonna turn all my attention to Elena. But don't worry, Elena is not Katherine."
Damon (to Elena) : "I like you better like this. The period look, it… didn't suit you."
Damon (to Elena) : "Actually Elena, it is a compliment of the highest order."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Good cop, bad cop, I like it."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Oh, there’s only one “do gooder” role available. My bad. I’m sorry"
Damon (to Jeremy) : "What I did to Vicki was wrong. I'm sorry for my part."
Damon (to Jeremy) : "Life sucks either way, Jeremy. But, at least if you’re a vampire, you don’t have to feel bad about it if you don’t want to."
Damon (to Katherine): "You know, I came to this town wanting to destroy it. Tonight, I found myself wanting to protect it. How does that happen? I'm not a hero, Elena. I don't do good. It's not in me."
Damon (to Katherine) : "Because she did it for you. Which means that somewhere along the way, you decided that I was worth saving. And I wanted to thank you for that."
Damon (to Elena) : "I know this is probably the last thing you want to do right now but we should talk about what happened tonight."
Damon (to Elena) : "Really? Earlier, on the porch, we were talking, all cathartic, feelings exposed. Come on, we kissed, Elena."
Damon (to Elena) : "If you want to forget what happened fine but I can't."
Damon: (to Stefan) : "Woman certainly knows how to make an entrance."
Damon: (to Stefan) : "Katherine wants you dead; there's zero you can do about it; you would be dead but you're not. So clearly she has other plans."
Damon (to Stefan) : "She's Katherine. She loves to play games and you're fooling yourself if you think you're going to find out what she's been up to before she wants you to know."
Damon (to Elena) : "Yes Bonnie, I would love to know why a non-vampire was tortured by the vampire torture device that you let John Gilbert use against us. Speaking of your guilt, how's Caroline?"
Damon (to Elena) : "Great Elena. Walking on the sunshine, thanks for asking."
Damon (to Elena) : "I kissed you; I thought you kissed me back. Doppelgänger hijinks ensued. How do you think I'm doing?"
Damon (to Elena) : "No, I don't get hurt, Elena."
Damon (to Elena) : "You're scared. You think Katherine is gonna send me off the deep end, don't you? I don't need her for that."
Damon (to Elena) : "You know, why - why is it such a surprise that I would kiss you?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "Brother, don't you worry, our bond is unbreakable."
Damon (to Katherine) : "Don't pout. It's not attractive on a woman your age."
Damon (to Katherine) : "I have a question. Answer it and it's back to fireworks and rockets red glare. Answer it right and I'll forget the last one hundred and forty five years that I've spent missing you. I'll forget how much I loved you, I'll forget everything and we can start over. This could be our defining moment because we have the time. That's the beauty of eternity. I just need the truth, just once."
Damon (to Elena) : "That's me, your trusty bodyguard. Calm in crisis."
Damon (to Elena) : "No, I'm not upset. Upset is an emotion specific to those who care."
Damon (to Elena) : "You're surprised that I thought you would kiss me back? You can't imagine that I believed that you would want to?"
Damon (to Elena) : "That what we've been doing here means something? You're the liar, Elena. There is something going on between the two of us and you know it."
Damon (to Jeremy) : "You want to shut out the pain? It’s the easiest thing in the world. The part of you that cares just goes away, all you have to do is flip the switch and snap!"
Damon (to Alaric) : "I've been on this planet one hundred and sixty some odd years, never came across one. If werewolves exist, where the hell are they?"
Damon (to Alaric) : "Rick, we need to know what we are dealing with. If this wolf men thing is true, I've seen enough movies to know it’s not good. It means Mason Lockwood is a real life Lon Chaney and that little Tyler punk may just very well be Lon Chaney junior which means Bella Lugosi, meaning me, is totally screwed."
Damon (to Elena) : "How are you doing back there? You know, this whole pretending to hate me thing is getting a little silly."
Damon (to Elena) : "Elena, I saw the ring! It’s a big tacky thing, it’s hard to miss"
Damon (to Elena) : "Pull it out. I can’t reach it Elena. Just pull the damn thing out. It hurts.That bitch is dead."
Damon (to Elena and Vanessa) : "I'd be extra nice to me right now."
Damon (to Elena and Vanessa) : "You know, if you want to see me naked, all you have to do is ask."
Damon (to Elena) : "Ah, man, you know, it’s a bummer we’re not friends anymore because I could tell you what I know."
Damon (to Elena) : "You’re not gonna be able to hate me forever."
Damon (to Elena) : "You have every right to hate me, I understand but you hated me before and we became friends. It would suck if that was gone forever. So, is it? Have I lost you forever?"
Damon (to Elena) : "I thought friends don’t manipulate friends. You and Katherine have a lot more in common than just your looks."
Damon (to Jeremy) : "And you’re a Gilbert and you just can’t help yourself. Wow. Your search for life's purpose is as obvious as it is tragic."
Damon (to Alaric and Jeremy) : "If we start believing in some supernatural witchy-woo legend from a picture book, we’re idiots. "
Damon (to Alaric and Jeremy) : "It's the same book that says a werewolf bite kills a vampire. Ignoring it would make me an even bigger idiot. Let's go."
Damon (to Stefan) : "That's the beauty of Katherine; she’s always up to something."
Damon (to Stefan) : "He (Jeremy) is playing Indiana Jones. He involved himself."
Damon (to Bonnie) : "How inconvenient. Although, let’s talk about that little witchy juju thing you do with me. You know, the fun one where my brain burst into flames? What is that?"
Damon (to Bonnie) : "Mason Lockwood’s a werewolf, Katherine’s evil. They’re the bad guys. Really? You’re gonna play morality police with me right now? Let me put it to you another way: they’re a threat to Elena. So you, witch, are gonna get over yourself and help us"
Damon (to Mason) : "You can hurt, good to know. I was afraid you were gonna be some beast mass with no affinity for pain.'"
Damon (to Mason) : "Now, now I get it. You’re just stupid. Katherine doesn't love you. She's using you, you moron."
Damon (to Mason) : "You know, I look at you I see myself. A less dashing, less intelligent version."
Damon (to Mason) : "Oh, I know! I've been where you are. But Katherine will only rip your heart out. Let me do it for her."
Damon (to Katherine) : "Aww, did I put a kink in your master plan? I’m so sorry."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Can we not do the whole road trip bonding thing? The cliche of it all makes me itch."
Damon (to Stefan) : "The elephant in the room lets out a mighty roar."
Damon (to Elena) : "Well, because what I’m about to say is… probably the most selfish thing I have ever said in my life."
Damon (to Elena) : "No, I just have to say it once. You just need to hear it. I love you, Elena and it’s because I love you that… I can’t be selfish with you. Why you can’t know this. I don’t deserve you but my brother does. God, I wish you didn't have to forget this but you do."
Damon (to Rose) : "You know, if you’re gonna be morn, I’m just gonna kill you myself just to put me out of your misery."
Damon (to Elena) : "Death happens. We come, we go. Sooner she dies the better. It’s gloomy as hell in here."
Damon (to Jules) : "You won’t live to see another full moon unless… unless you tell me how to cure a wolf bite and then I won’t kill you."
Damon (to Rose) : "I‘m not nice. I’m mean. I like it"
Damon (to Elena) : "What do you want to hear? That I cared about Rose? That I’m upset? Well I didn't and I’m not."
Damon (to Elena) : "I feel Elena, okay? And it sucks! What sucks even more is that it was supposed to be me. Jules was coming after me."
Damon (to Jessica) : "Hi Jessica. I have a secret, I have a big one and I never said it out loud. I mean, what’s the point? It’s not gonna change anything, it’s not gonna make me good, made me an adopt a puppy. I can’t be what other people want me to be, what she wants me to be. This is who I am, Jessica."
Damon (to Jessica) : "But I have to, Jessica because I’m not human and I miss it. I miss it more than anything in the world! That is my secret but there is only so much hurt a man can take."
Damon (to Stefan) : "You brought back John Gilbert? That was your big "Save Elena" move?"
Damon (to Stefan) : "We’re not that desperate, Stefan. The guy tried to barbecue me!"
Damon (to Stefan) : " I am still waiting for the part where John Gilbert is the answer."
Damon (to Stefan) : "Great work Stefan. Top notch. As if I didn't have enough problems."
Damon (to Setfan) : "It means I care, Stefan. It means I’m changing, evolving into a man capable of greatness. Better watch your back, because I may just have to go get a hero-hairdo of my own, and steal your thunder."
Damon (to Elena) : "I’m joking. Okay, I’m a little serious."
Damon (to Elena) : "I’m not gonna hurt him, Elena. I’m the good guy now, remember?"
Damon (to Elena) : "I’m gonna have a civil conversation with your father."
Damon (to Elena) : "Yeah, but stupid is so much more fun."
Damon (to John) : "It’s an acquired taste. I don’t see that magic little ring on your stitched finger, so if you know something about Klaus, you better start talking, or I will kill you in your sleep."
Damon (to Andie) : "My glass is all full, Andie. Thank you."
Damon (to Elena) : "I'm steering clear of all women at the moment."
Damon (to Elena) : "Trust me, it’s in the best interest of women everywhere."
Damon (to Elena) : "He’s a werewolf, he needs to die. I’m willing to kill him, it’s win-win."
Damon (to Elena) : "You need to stop doing that. Assuming that I’ll play the good guy because it's you who’s asking."
Damon (to John) : "First dad duty: ground your daughter. Keep her here."
Damon (to Jules) : "My brother the peacemaker. Since Stefan got here before me I’m gonna let him try it his way before I resort to my way, which is a little bloodier."
Damon (to Andie) : "I like a woman who knows what she wants."
Damon (to Andie) : "I’m not that tall. I need a distraction."
Damon (to Andie) : "You see, the thing is, Miss Sexy-Reporter-Girl, I have a problem I need help with. It’s really messing with my mind."
Damon (to Andie) : "I’m in love with a woman I can never have."
Damon (to Andie) : "Yeah. but that’s not the point. The point is, I’m in love with her, and that drives me crazy. I’m not in control."
Damon (to Andie) : "I don’t trust myself around anyone, Andie. I’m bad, Andie. I do things. I kill people."
Damon (to Andie) : "Because I like it. It’s in my nature, it’s who I am. But then, I have to stay together to protect her, and she wants me to be the better man, which means I can’t be who I am. Do you see the problem I’m having, Andie?"
Damon (to Andie) : "Just stop talking. Just kiss me, be my distraction."
Damon (to Alaric) : "My new girlfriend --Andie Star, action news."
Damon (to Alaric) : "I want to know his endgame before I kill him, but I do think it's time Elijah and I officially met."
Damon (to Elijah) : "You can't kill me, man. It's not part of the deal."
Damon (to Alaric) : "If I did, who would report her death?"
Damon (to Jules) : "Oh, if you only knew the irony of this moment right now. Let me tell you how this is gonna go. You're gonna torture me, I don't talk, someone loses a heart. Last time, it was your boy Mason."
Damon (to Jules) : "Get over it, honey. You're never gonna get it."