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Damon and Elena
General Information

Delena, DE, Dex

Intimacy Levels

Elena saw Damon as her Soulmate before she lost her memories of him, They see a future together, Were truly in love before she lost her memories of him, Passionate feelings, Made love, Protective of each other, Can't live without each other.

First Met

May 23, 2009 (before Pilot)

Started Dating

November 29, 2010 (My Brother's Keeper)
Relationship Confirmed: May 2011 (Graduation)


In Love (Damon's side being she lost her memories of loving him/Elena has feelings for him), Dated, Best Friends.

"I've never felt more alive."
Elena while looking at Damon in Woke Up With a Monster

The relationship between vampiresElena Gilbert and Damon Salvatore, is a greatly complicated, but popular powerful romantic pairing, and a significant relationship in the series.

Though initially started on antagonistic terms, their relationship develops throughout the series. He was the narcissistic evil vampire, who came to town to seek revenge on his younger brother, who Elena happened to develop an interest in. When everyone had written Damon off as a bad guy who couldn't be redeemed, Elena, who was unafraid of him and willing to call him on his crap, saw something in him that hinted he wasn't entirely evil. And so there marked the start of a tentative yet beautiful friendship. Over the seasons, their bond continues to grow, from becoming allies to friends to best friends and ultimately lovers. He’s always saving her from danger and she’s saving him from his dark self.

They both love each other with a passion that consumes them. For him, she is the best thing that has ever happened to him, his life. For her, he is the one defines her, her soul mate.

They are known as "Delena" by fans.


"Because of Damon's feelings for Elena, thinking that, for the very first time in his life that he has a home, Elena is the one who helped Damon find his home and his home is Elena."
Kevin Williamson
"The one thing I do want to see filmed and I'll say it because it hasn't happened yet and it may never happen, but I do want to see and I will go on the record to every Stelena fan in the world, I do want to see Damon and Elena get it on."
Kevin Williamson
"That's the journey, I don't just want to throw them together tomorrow. I'd be sad. I want to see the kiss, I want to see the sweaty palms, I want to see it all go down."
Kevin Williamson
"Even before anything happened in our series, Elena had been touched in her soul by this man."
Julie Plec
"This year, she's had a very traumatic roller coaster of life experience and it's changed her irrevocably—and at the center of it all was the die hard belief that she loved Damon, that she loved him more than she'd ever loved anyone."
Julie Plec
"I think that's what makes them as a couple so powerful. Even if the story line is them not dating, it's still a love story."
Caroline Dries
"It was going to be something beautiful and epic, so the rain was a way of us [honoring] this group of fans who spent five years begging for this one thing. … I think it’s because of The Notebook … oh, and Spider-Man. Basically, there’s something about people coming together in the rain that’s the ultimate expression of love in the minds of most audiences."
Julie Plec
"The show was so Delena-heavy. And their love was such an epic love and such a big story point for so many years that it's a strange dynamic now to have all that gone. Which is kind of what makes it interesting, because it's an Elena we've never seen before.""
Nina Dobrev
"At the end of the day, it is for love and he's going to try everything he can to get her back and win her back."
Ian Somerhalder
"They’ve been through a lot. Love trumps all. So when you see, you want it to win."
Ian Somerhalder

Damon came back to Mystic Falls with the sole purpose of bringing back Katherine Pierce, the vampire with whom he had fallen in love as a human in 1864. However, after realizing that Katherine had secretly escaped the tomb but hadn't cared enough about him to find him, he resented her. He begins to fall for his younger brother Stefan's girlfriend, also Katherine's doppelgänger, Elena. His love for Elena makes him want to protect his birthtown instead of destroying it, as was his original purpose when he arrived. They form a rocky friendship.

Elena constantly forgives Damon from doing horrible things to her, such as killing her younger brother Jeremy (although he came back to life) or feeding her vampire blood (essentially ending her human life). Elena has admitted she sees the good in Damon and believes he's worth saving. Elena begins to reciprocate Damon's feelings for her, though continues to love Stefan.

Their friendship deepens, leading to them becoming best friends. Elena cares whether Damon lives or dies, and even when she chooses Stefan over him, Damon continues to still be there for her when she needs somebody and feels she can't turn to Stefan about it. Damon has never lied to her and would always tell her the truth, although he has admitted that he will lie to her if it saves her life.

After becoming a vampire, Elena breaks up with Stefan as her feelings for Damon had become too strong for her to ignore. Elena and Damon sleep together after she admits to her feelings. It's discovered that because Elena had feelings for Damon when she was human and it was his blood which turned her, a sire bond has been created between them. Damon begins to doubt her feelings for him and believes they are solely built on the sire bond. After being compelled by Rebekah to tell the truth, Elena reveals that she is no longer in love with Stefan and is instead in love with Damon. She later confesses this to him, stating that it's the most real thing she's ever felt. After Jeremy dies, Damon uses the sire bond to get Elena to turn her emotions off, knowing that the pain would be too much for her. She loses all feelings she has for him as a result, but continues a relationship with him solely for manipulation, later telling him her feelings were all due to the sire bond. Damon's willing to do anything to get her emotions back, including torturing her and killing Matt (although he was brought back to life), which eventually proved successful.

Elena later chooses between Damon and Stefan for the second time, this time choosing Damon, since she had fallen out of love with Stefan. She confirms her love for Damon during a heartfelt confession from them both, and they kiss. Damon's later proud as he says to Alaric, "I got the girl."

Their relationship lasts the whole summer and briefly becomes long distance when she begins attending college. After realizing how he's changing her, he decides to break up with her, causing her great heartbreak. Stefan makes Damon realize how stupid he was acting and he decides to try and win her back. However, when he finally tells her, he's unaware that Katherine has taken over Elena's body when she rejects him. This sends him off the deep end and he becomes guilty when he finds out the truth. After he tells her the truth, they mutually decide to end their relationship as they realize they have too much control over each other. However they end up sleeping together. But after that, Elena tells Damon that he has to let her go until they can figure things out.

As Markos, the Travelers' leader finally makes his appearance, Elena and Stefan begin to have visions of a life that they would never have. Damon is hurt by this but Elena lets him know that the universe doesn't control anything and that her and Damon are real, not those visions. She tries to be friends with him but he refuses and they try to avoid one another which turns out to be impossible. After getting kidnapped by Markos, nearly dying and with a little encouragement from Stefan she tells Damon that she thought she would never see him again and couldn't think of a worse way to die and so they both rekindle their relationship. In the finale of Season Five, in order to bring Stefan back from the Other Side, Damon and Elena go on a suicide mission. However, when the resurrection spell starts, Damon is unable to come back from the Other Side. Knowing that the Other Side is disintegrating and there is no other way for Damon to return, Elena breaks down completely. A ghost Damon confesses to her that she is the greatest thing that ever happened to him and the fact that he will die knowing he was loved by Elena Gilbert is the epitome of a fulfilled life. Damon says I love you and leaves while Elena continues to cry and pleas with him to return to her.

Months after Damon's death, Elena desperately mourns him. During that time, Elena had been using a witch drug that allowed her to hallucinate Damon as she does not want to believe that he's dead. Unable to go on with the memory of Damon, Elena has Alaric erase every good memory she has of him and doesn't remember loving him until she finally learns the truth from Stefan. After Damon's return from death, Elena tries to avoid him but changes her mind and decides that she wants her memories of him back. However, Alaric becomes human because of crossing the anti magic border and is unable to give Elena her memories. At first, Elena tries to move on but then realizes she can't seem to shake her feelings for Damon. They both decide to make new memories and start their relationship anew.

Early History

"You want a love that consumes you. You want passion and adventure, and even a little danger...I want you to get everything you're looking for."
—Damon to Elena

Elena meets Damon

Damon first met Elena the night her parents died. She met Damon in the middle of the road, and at first, he mistook her for Katherine. They started talking and even flirted a little. He told her that she wanted a love that consumed her, a love that was passionate, and a love that was a little dangerous. And then he told her that he wanted her to have everything she wanted. After their moonlit conversation, Elena's parents had arrived and Damon compelled her to forget it ever happened. They were later reunited in The Night of the Comet, but she didn't remember him. This also explains the reason how Damon knew who Elena was when they met in the Salvatore Boarding House. Elena admitted in The Departed, that if she had met Damon first, things might have gone different between them and she would have chosen him over Stefan. This memory resurfaces after Elena has transitioned into a vampire in Growing Pains.

Throughout the Vampire Diaries Series

The Story Behind the Rain Kiss

Ever since their rain scene in Let The Right One In, fans of the couple have been wanting to see them kiss in the rain. Over the years, there have been numerous worldwide twitter trends requesting this scene. The writers agreed and the rain kiss happened in Season Six episode, Do You Remember the First Time?.

The following are the extracts from an interview in which Julie Plec shares her experience of the rain kiss.

Julie Plec explained that as the years have gone by, the idea of having a Damon and Elena kiss in the rain grew in the writers' room, but they knew that shooting the scene would come with many difficulties. "It's been sort of a frustrating request to fulfill because it's just so awful to shoot," she said.

But all hesitations and reservations were cast aside once the writers knew Damon needed to reference a hugely romantic moment, in hopes of triggering Elena's lost memories of their relationship.

"We were writing the story, and we were thinking, 'Okay, what could that memory be?' Plec recalled. "What was that summer that we skipped between season four and five where they had the summer of their lives?"

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A meteor shower, a nearby waterfall and many more swoon-worthy ideas were thrown together in a brainstorm blender, before coming up with the perfect setting. "We were just pitching all of these ideas, and then all of a sudden — I don’t even know who it was, maybe it was me, maybe it was somebody else — [said] 'What if they kissed in the rain?'" she revealed.

The EP continued, "Then we laughed because we were like, 'Ohh the director is going to get killed by the people who hate Delena!' And the writers will get killed, but the people who love Delena are going to be so happy."

Plec believes that The Notebook was the spark that caused audiences to become so fixated on the idea of a couple kissing in the rain. "There's something about two people coming together in the rain that is the ultimate expression of love in the minds of most audiences, I guess," she shared.

The showrunner was thrilled with the way everything came together and described the final Delena rain kiss scene as both "beautiful and epic," before adding that it was also a way for the writers to pay tribute to such a devoted fandom.

"When you have a group of people who, for five years, have been begging for one little thing, and you find the perfect way to give it to them, that's called honoring your fans," Plec said. "And I believe [in] that so strongly."[1]

Recurring Themes and Symbolism

  • The Crow:
Bonnie: That was weird. When I touched you, I saw a crow.
Elena: What?
Bonnie: A crow. There was fog, a man.
  • These were Bonnie's words to Elena on the Pilot. When Bonnie and Elena are in the car, and Bonnie is telling Elena she's psychic, Elena challenges her to "Predict something about me." Bonnie says: "I see..." (A crow hits the windshield.). At the cemetery while Elena writes in her journal by her parent's gravesite she is bothered by black crow she tries to scare him away but he resurfaces behind her and we see the fog and a mysterious figure standing far ahead. Later after Vicki Donovan's attack she tells Elena that she saw a crow when she touched her and tells her that it's just the beginning. It's later revealed in the same episode that the crow was being influenced by Damon and it later resurfaces at the Salvatore Boarding House as Damon and Elena "meet" for the second time in The Night of the Comet. In the book series the crow holds an even deeper meaning to Damon and Elena's relationship, especially regarding Damon's character as he is able to shape-shift into the crow.
  • The Delena Road-trips: Damon and Elena have been on several road-trips throughout their burgeoning friendship. It all started in season 1 after Damon saved Elena from her car crash in Bloodlines. It was the first time they truly bonded and fans got to see another side to Damon and Elena's dynamic and how great they could be togtherr. Damon and Elena continued going through many roadtripss, most of these times when on a mission or adventures to get some sort of information or finding and rescuing someone they care about, they constantly bicker and tease each other most of the time allowing the fans to see what a great dynamic duo they make. These times inclide; Bad Moon Rising, The End of the Affair, Heart of Darkness, The Five, Bring It On, Because the Night and Original Sin. It can also be noted that Elena is the only character aside from Damon to drive his car, she is the only female character to have driven his car.
  • Salvatore Boarding House Fire Place: Many of Damon and Elena's most meaningful moments have been centered around the fireplace at the Salvatore Boarding House; quaking recognitions, gentle touch, hot embraces, long awaited meeting and heavy farewell, hearfeltt love declarations...etc Many fans see the fire as symbol of their relationship, of they're ever growing passion, love and the strong bond that unifies them. Many of their fireplace scenes were in Homecoming, where Elena told him that they would "always survive" which sort of became the epitome of their relationship as they survived the countless obstacles and complication thrown in their relationship, other scenes include; the first time they made love in My Brother’s Keeper, their warm embrace as they reunited in A View To A Kill, Their love declaration and Elena finally choosing Damon in Graduation, Damon's epic "You are my life" declaration in Original Sin, their 'quiet, peaceful' time on the couch by the fire in Handle with Care, their breakup in Fifty Shades of Grayson, when they once again try to end things and realize they can't stop loving each other in While You Were Sleeping, Damon finally lets her go in Rescue Me. The fire metaphor could also be attributed to Damon's words to Elena about a love that consumed her; passion, adventure and danger as all these elements can be attributed to fire and the strenght and power of their passion.
  • Dances-"The Simple Intimacy of a Near Touch": Damon and Elena shared their first dance at the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant and according to Elena it was the first time she truly felt attracted to him as well as one of their most popular moments. It's speculated as the first time Elena saw Damon with different eyes and the first time he truly let her in. The couple continued sharing many dance scenes in The Last Dance, Dangerous Liaisons, The Five, My Brother’s Keeper, Monster's Ball and Do You Remember the First Time? but none would ever compare to the first. Their dances have always been kind of a tradition as Elena says it in Dangerous Liaisons. During the second Mystic Falls Pageant, Elena for the first time confesses her feelings for Damon and while the participants dances, they both gaze at each other as they remember their first dance. Later, at night, Elena admits she wanted to dance with Damon, so he takes her hand and they start slow dancing which ultimately leads to them making love for the first time.
  • Bed Scenes: Before initiating a romantic relationship Damon and Elena have shared the same bed in multiple occasions; As I Lay Dying, The End of the Affair, Ordinary People and Heart of Darkness. In these scenes we got to see them talk, share heart to heart moments and the obvious sexual tension between the two. While dating also they both have talked and share stuff while laying beside each other in We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, O Come, All Ye Faithful, Original Sin and Rescue Me. The special thing about their bed scenes is that they always lay on their fixed sides. Elena always stays on the right side while Damon stays on the left. ('As I Lay Dying' is the exception to this, for in this scene, Damon is on the right side and Elena occupies the left)
  • Iconic Rain Scene: The Delena Rain Kiss wish was inspired by a moment shared between Damon and Elena in Season 1 of the show, "when Stefan got kidnapped ... and Damon and Elena -- who heretofore hadn't worked together much -- had to go and rescue Stefan from the vampire house, from Fredrick in Let The Right One In. It was raining, and they're standing there talking to each other about rescuing Stefan, and it's one of those canon moments where people who started connecting with Damon and Elena as a potential couple always called out that moment as like, 'Oh God, one day! One day they'll be in the rain and they'll kiss,'. "And yet here we were this season when Damon was trying to win Elena back with saying, 'We loved each other' and her saying, 'Tell me a memory that mattered to you. I want to remember something.' We were writing the story and we were thinking, 'What could that memory be?'" And that's the moment they decided to go with rain kiss as a flashback to the summer of their lives, Damon's favorite memory that he relived in the past four months and the one memory Elena remembers bits and pieces of. It was the perfect moment for the scene. It was the story of this memory they share, and it was going to be something beautiful and epic. The rain kiss in Do You Remember the First Time?, was a way of honoring the fans that have spent five years begging for this one thing.
  • Elena's Necklace: Even though Stefan gave Elena her necklace to protect her against Damon (the power of compulsion, specifically) it became more of a symbol of Damon and Elena's relationship. The first time we see this is at the end of Rose when Damon returns it to Elena after Elijah had ripped it from her neck. Damon then reveals that he loves her, but that it's selfish of him to say it as he doesn't deserve her. Damon then compels Elena to forget what he had revealed and returns her necklace. (Elena does remember this however in Growing Pains due to her transition into a vampire). For Elena's 18th birthday (The Birthday) Damon gives Elena her necklace back as a present. Elena was overjoyed as the necklace represented hope for her and Stefan- However Elena was also warmed by Damon's selflessness, that in that moment, she realized she loved him. The final time we see Damon retrieve Elena's necklace is from Katherine, during The Reckoning. As a gesture of comfort, Damon presents the necklace to her, hoping that it would cheer her up. Unfortunately the necklace only serves as a reminder that Stefan is gone.
  • Hand Holding: Holding each other's hand has always been their way of comforting each other. It started when Damon takes her hand in Founder's Day and caresses it and then informs Stefan and her about the impending attack on Mystic Falls. After this, during several occasions they hold each other's hands, in The Last Day, Elena holds his hand after he expresses his sadness over her potential death and she tells him he won't lose her, in As I Lay Dying, Elena holds his hands while he is dying due to the werewolf bite, in Heart of Darkness, Damon holds her hand after they share a moment, in We All Go a Little Mad Sometimes, they hold hands after Elena thanks him for saving her life, in The Cell, Damon holds her hands after he promises her that he will get her out of the cell, in Home, they hold hands as they commit suicide to save Stefan, in I'll Remember, a hallucinated Damon comforts Elena by holding her hand and in Fade Into You, Elena holds Damon's hand as she asks him to bring her best friend back.


  • Temptation - Moby (Damon caresses Elena while she sleeps, Friday Night Bites)
  • The Weight of Us - Sanders Bohlke (Damon offers to take away Jeremy's bad memories of Vickie, Haunted)
  • Cosmic Love – Florence + The Machine (Elena wakes up after her car crash and finds herself with Damon, heading to Georgia, Bloodlines)
  • All I Need - Within Temptation (Damon and Elena's first dance at the Miss Mystic Falls Pageant, Miss Mystic Falls)
  • It Is What it Is - Lifehouse (Elena tells Damon to not make her regret their friendship, Founder's Day)
  • Bloodstream - Stateless (Damon kisses Katherine, thinking it's Elena, Founder's Day)

  • Come Home - One Republic feat. Sara Bareillies (Elena rejects Damon The Return)
  • Ashes And Wine - A Fine Frenzy (Elena tells Damon he has lost her forever Bad Moon Rising)
  • I Was Wrong - Sleepstar (Damon tells Elena he loves her for the first time and compels her to forget. Rose)
  • No Way Out - Rie Sinclair and Mike Suby (Damon stops Elena from entering the Tomb, The Sacrifice)
  • Last kiss - Trent Dabbs (Damon & Elena dance at the 60's Decade Dance The Last Dance)
  • I Should Go - Levi Kreis (Elena says 'goodbye' to Damon as he's dying, As I Lay Dying)

  • Make It Without You - Andrew Belle (Damon presents Elena with her vervain necklace on her 18th birthday, The Birthday)
  • I Just Came to Say Hello - Martin Solveig & Dragonette (Damoon escorts Elena through her party The Birthday)
  • Distance - Christina Perri (Elena wakes up with Damon in her bed. The End Of The Affair)
  • We Don't Eat - James Vincent McMorrow (Damon & Elena bed scene Ordinary People)
  • Echo - Jason Walker (Damon wants Elena to remember the feelings she's beginning to develop once Stefan is back, The Hybrid)
  • Torch Song – Shady Band(Damon takes Elena from the hospital and carries her home, The Reckoning)
  • Holding On Letting Go Ross Copperman (Their first real kiss, on her porch, The New Deal)
  • Punching In A Dream - The Naked and Famous (The morning after their first kiss, Our Town)
  • Devotion - Hurts (Damon see's Elena entering The Mikaelson's Ball, Dangerous Liaisons)
  • Give Me Love - Ed Sheeran (Damon and Elena share a dance at the Mikaelson Ball, Dangerous Liaisons)
  • Poison & Wine - The Civil Wars (Damon ignores Elena's call and her apology, All My Children)
  • Never Let Me Go - Florence & The Machine (What happens in Denver, Stays in Denver!

Heart of Darkness)

  • When The Light Dies Out – Christel Alsos (Rose talks to Jeremy about Damon and Elena, Heart of Darkness)

  • Unbelievers - Vampire Weekend (An overview of Damon and Elena's passionate summer together, I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Royals - Lorde (Elena gives Damon a goodbye kiss as she leaves for College in I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Run Away - Cary Brothers (Elena calls Damon, I Know What You Did Last Summer)
  • Don't Deserve You - Plumb (Elena promises to always love Damon, True Lies)
  • Satellite Call - Sarah Bareilles (Damon declares that Elena is his life, Original Sin)
  • Love Don't Die - The Fray (Damon and Elena's post break-up blues 500 Years of Solitude)
  • Fire Breather - Laurel (Damon and Elena break up then sleep together, While You Were Sleeping)
  • Do I Wanna Know? - Artic Moneys (Damon & Elena walk through the high school hallway, Rescue Me)
  • Far from Yesterday - Amy Stroup (Damon lets Elena go back to Whitmore, Rescue Me)
  • Outro - M83 ( Damon tells Elena that he can't be her friend, Resident Evil)
  • Chemical - Kerli (Damon kisses Elena, What Lies Beneath)
  • Love Is Just a Way to Die - I Am Strikes (Damon promises to make it back to Elena, Home)
  • Be Alright - Lucy Rose (Damon says goodbye to Elena as she begs him to come back to her, Home)
  • Wings - Birdy (Elena and the others watch as Jeremy screams for Bonnie, Damon and Bonnie fade away into the mysterious white light, Home)

  • Light A Fire - Rachel Taylor (Elena tries to let go of Damon, I'll Remember)
  • Salvation - Gabrielle Aplin (Elena packs all her memories of Damon in a box, Yellow Ledbetter)
  • Sleeping At Last - All Through The Night (Elena reveals the moment that she fell in love with Damon, Yellow Ledbetter)
  • The Power of Love - Gabrielle Aplin (Elena opens her Damon "memory box" and reads her journal where she learns of her feelings for him before her memories were erased, Black Hole Sun)
  • Unbreakable - Jamie Scott (Damon and Elena see each other for the first time since Damon's death, The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get)
  • Belong - The Cary Brothers (Damon and Elena dance at the Whitmore Homecoming Ball as he tries to make her remember, Do You Remember the First Time?)
  • The Hardest Part - Nina Nesbitt (Elena & Damon stand at the edge of Mystic Falls in the hope of triggering her memories, Do You Remember the First Time?)
  • Concrete Angel - Christina Novelli (Damon lets Elena go, Do You Remember the First Time?)
  • Another Love - Tom Odell (The iconic rain kiss, Do You Remember the First Time?)
  • When You Fall in Love - Andrew Ripp (Elena hold's Damon's hand as she asks him to help her bring Bonnie back, Fade Into You)
  • Compass - Zella Day (Damon and Elena decide to make new memories, I Alone)
  • This Good Night Is Still Everywhere - Dustin Kensrue (Elena watches Damon sleep Christmas Through Your Eyes)


Bonnie: That was weird. When I touched you, I saw a crow.
Elena: What?
Bonnie: A crow. There was fog, a man.
-- Pilot

Damon: I'm Damon,Stefan's brother.
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Elena: He didn't tell me he had a brother.
Damon: Well, Stefan's not one to brag.
Damon: 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.
Elena: You say it like every relationship is doomed to end.
Damon: I'm a fatalist.
Damon: (whistles) Great gal, she's got spunk.
-- The Night of the Comet

Damon: 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.
Elena: Earlier, did you mean... Katherine?
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Damon: Mm-hmm.
Elena: How did she die?
Damon: In a fire. Tragic fire.
Elena: Recently?
Damon: It seems like it was yesterday.
Elena: What was she like?
Damon: 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.
Elena: So which one of you dated her first?
Damon: Nicely deduced. Ask Stefan. I'm sure his answer differs from mine. I'd quit cheerleading if I were you.
Elena: Why do you say that?
Damon: Oh, I saw you at practice. You looked miserable.
Elena: You saw that?
Damon: Am I wrong?
Elena: I used to love it. It was fun. Things are different this year. Everything that used to matter doesn't anymore.
Damon: So don't let it. Quit, move on. Problem solved. Ta-da.
Elena: Some things could matter again.
Damon: Maybe. But... seems a little unrealistic to me.
Elena: I'm sorry. About Katherine. You lost her, too.
-- Friday Night Bites

Elena: Is that "Damon Salvatore" and "Stefan Salvatore"?
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Damon: The original Salvatore brothers. Our ancestors. Tragic story actually.
Damon: I want to apologize to you for being such a world class jerk the other night when I tried to kiss you. There's no excuse. My therapist says I'm acting out, trying to punish Stefan.
Damon: Let's just say that the men in the Salvatore family have been cursed with sibling rivalry.
Damon: The Salvatore name was practically Royalty in this town, until the war. There was a battle here.
Elena: The Battle of Willow Creek.
Damon: Right.
Damon: Stefan and Damon had someone they loved very much in that church.
Elena: Who was in the church that they wanted to save?
Damon: A woman, I guess. Doesn't it always come down to the love of a woman?
Elena: Look, I'm sorry you and Stefan have this thing between you. But I can't get in the middle of it, Damon. I just, I hope you two can work it out.
Damon: I hope so too.
-- Family Ties

Elena: Is Stefan here?
Damon: Yep!
Elena: Where is he?
Damon: And good morning to you, little miss “ I'm on a mission”.
Elena: How can you be so arrogant and glib after everything that you've done?
Damon: And how can you be so brave and stupid to call a vampire arrogant and glib?
Elena: If you wanted me dead, I'd be dead.
Damon: Yes, you would.
Elena: But I'm not.
Damon: Yet.
-- Haunted

Elena: So, why did you bring me with you?
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Damon: Well, you're not the worst company in the world, Elena. You should give yourself more credit!
Elena: Seriously?
Damon: 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.
Elena: I used to be more fun.
Damon: You did okay.
Elena: I saved your life!
Damon: I know.
Elena: And don't you forget it!
-- Bloodlines

Damon: I'm gonna have to change the locks. Stage a jailbreak?
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Elena: Stefan.
Damon: Ahh, brother. Ever the white knight.
Elena: I convinced Bonnie to help you.
Damon: I doubt that.
Elena: I'm not gonna say that I'm sorry we got the Grimoire without you last night, because... I'm not, really.
Damon: Well, at least you're honest.
Elena: I was protecting the people I love, Damon. But so were you, in your own twisted way. And as hard as it is to figure, we're all on the same side, after the same thing.
Damon: Not interested.
Elena: Yes you are, because you were willing to work with us yesterday.
Damon: Fool me once, shame on you.
Elena: Okay, when we were in Atlanta, why didn't you use your compulsion on me?
Damon: Who's to say I didn't?
Elena: (pauses and stutters) You didn't. I know you didn't, but you could have. You and I, we have some something.
(Damon swallows nervously.)
Elena: An understanding. And I know that my betrayal hurt you, different from how it is with you and Stefan, but I'm promising you this now, I will help you get Katherine back.
Damon: I wish I could believe you.
Elena: Ask me if I'm lying now. (Takes off her necklace)
Damon: You know Anna won't stop by the way, no matter what I do.
Elena: Then we'll deal with it.
Damon: I didn't compel you in Atlanta because we were having fun. (Puts her necklace back on her) I wanted it to be real. I'm trusting you, don't make me regret it.
-- Fool Me Once

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Elena: But you took a risk with Damon. How did you know that he was gonna give it to me?
Isobel: Because he's in love with you.
Damon: Oh and when you do tell Elena and she needs a friend to talk to about anything, I’m here for her.
-- Isobel

Why is it such a surprise that I would try and kiss you?
Elena: That's... not a surprise.
(Damon looks at her questioningly.)
Elena: I'm surprised you thought I'd kiss you back.
Damon: ...Now I'm hurt. (Walks off)
Damon: You're surprised that I thought you'd kiss me back; you can't imagine that I'd believe that you'd want to.
Elena: Damon...
Damon: Yet, 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. And you're lying to me, and you're lying to Stefan but worst of all you're lying to yourself. I can prove it.
(Damon kisses Elena.)
Elena: Damon don't! What is wrong with you?
Damon: Lie about this.
Elena: Stop it! You're better than this. Come on!
Damon: That's where you're wrong.
Elena: No, no, no, I care about you! Listen to me! I care about you! I do, but I love Stefan, it's always going to be Stefan.
-- The Return

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?
Elena: Thank you for the book, Damon.
Damon: Road trips work well for us.
Elena: This doesn’t mean that things are back to the way they used to be, Damon.
Damon: Oh come on! You know I chipped a little bit off of your wall of hatred.
Elena: I need to know the truth. When you broke Jeremy’s neck, did you know that he was wearing the ring?
Damon: No. No, I didn’t. Katherine really pissed me off and I snapped and… I got lucky with the ring. I don’t know what I would done of he wasn’t wearing it. Elena, I’m sorry.
Elena: Thank you for being honest with me and the answer to your question, about our friendship is yes. You have lost me forever.
Damon: But you knew that already, didn’t you? You used me today.
Elena: You had information about Katherine that I needed to know.
Damon: I thought friends don’t manipulate friends. You and Katherine have a lot more in common than just your looks.
-- Bad Moon Rising

Damon: Elena... I riled Katherine up, I... I wasn't thinking, I didn't think.
Elena: It doesn't matter Damon. She won... Katherine won.
-- Plan B

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Elena: I'm tired Damon.
Damon: Brought you this. (holding Elena's necklace)
Elena: I thought that was gone. Thank you... (reaches for it, and Damon pulls it back) please give it back...
Damon: I just have to say something.
Elena: Why do you have to say it with my necklace?
Damon: Because what I'm about to say is...probably the most selfish thing I've ever said in my life.
Elena: Damon, don't go there.
Damon: No. I 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, and why you can't know this. I don't deserve you, but my brother does. (Kisses Elena on the forehead) God, I wish you didn't have to forget this. But you do. (sheds a tear, compels Elena to forget his confession and leaves. Elena blinks, and when she opens her eyes, Damon is gone, and she's wearing her necklace).
-- Rose

The descent
You were supposed to leave.
Elena: I did but then I came back to make sure that you’re okay.
Damon: I appreciate the gesture. I’m just glad it’s over.
Elena: You know I don’t believe that.
Damon: Go home, Elena. Get some rest. It’s a whole new day tomorrow.
Elena: Damon, I’m your friend.
Damon: I’m well aware of that.
Elena: And a friend usually knows when their friend is hurting.
Damon: What do you want to hear? That I cared about Rose? That I’m upset? Well I didn't and I’m not.
Elena: There you go, pretending to turn it off, pretending not to feel. Damon, you’re so close, don’t give up.
Damon: I feel Elena, okay? And it sucks! What sucks even more is that it was supposed to be me. Jules was coming after me.
Elena: You feel guilty.
Damon: That would be human of me, wouldn't it Elena? And I’m not human. You want to talk about giving up? That's all you've done is given up! Go home. It’s been enough doom, gloom and personal growth for one night.
Elena: Okay, I will. (She embraces him) Good night Damon.
-- The Descent

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See, that's why I didn't tell you. 'Cause you would have never been able to do it. Don't get me wrong, Stefan. I don't mind being the bad guy. I'll make all the life and death decisions while you're busy worrying about collateral damage. I'll even let her hate me for it. But at the end of the day, I'll be the one to keep her alive.
Damon: Ugh. Look. Klaus had to think she was dead. Your reaction had to be real.
Elena: I understand why you did what you did. Klaus was fooled, and Bonnie's alive.
Damon: Here's to duplicity.
Elena: But let's get one thing straight, Damon. Bonnie will not die for me, I will not let that happen.
Damon: We need to kill Klaus, Elena. Real Klaus. Who will probably be coming to pay you a visit soon now that he knows that Bonnie is dead. She's the only one who can do it.
Elena: We'll find another way.
Damon: I hope so.
Elena: Look, I shouldn't have hit you.
Damon: Apology accepted. Let me be clear about something. If it comes down to you and the witch again, I will gladly let Bonnie die. I will always...
(She doesn’t say anything for a moment)
Elena: Goodnight, Damon.
Damon: Goodnight.
(She looks at him and leaves.)
-- The Last Dance

Damon: I can't lose you.
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Elena: You won't.
-- The Last Day

Damon:If you come back as a vampire, I'll stake you myself. Because I can't stand the idea of you hating me forever.
-- The Sun Also Rises

Damon: That'll get easier. But you knew that.
Elena: What do you want?
Damon: I want to apologize.
Elena: Damon…
Damon: Please. Elena, feeding you my blood, I was wrong.
Elena: Yes, you were.
Damon: And I know I don't deserve your forgiveness, but... I need it.
Elena: And I need some time, maybe a lot of time.
Damon: Sure. Of course, take all the time you need.
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Elena: It's okay, Damon. I'm right here.
Damon: Elena, get out of here. I could hurt you.
Elena: No. You won't. I'm here until the very end. I'm not leaving you.
Damon: Get out of here.
Elena: Hey, hey, hey, hey. Hang on. Shh. It's okay. It's okay. It's okay.
Damon: It's not okay. It's not okay. All those years, I've blamed Stefan. No one forced me to love her. It was my own choice.
Elena: Shh.
Damon: I made the wrong choice. You tell Stefan I'm sorry. Okay?
Elena: I will.
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This is even more pitiful than I thought.
Elena: There’s still hope.
Damon: I have made a lot of choices that have gotten me here. I deserve this. I deserve to die.
Elena: No, (lays beside Damon) you don’t.
Damon: I do, Elena. It’s okay, ‘Cause if I had chosen differently, I couldn’t have met you. I’m so sorry. I have done so many things to hurt you.
Elena: It’s okay. I forgive you.
Damon: I know you love Stefan, and it will always be Stefan. But Elena, I love you. (Elena starts crying) You should know that.
Elena: I do.
Damon: You should have met me in 1864. Maybe you would have liked me...
Elena: I like you now… just the way you are. (Elena kisses Damon)
Damon: Thanks.
Elena: You’re welcome.
-- As I Lay Dying

Damon: I was wrong.
Elena: ...Are you drunk?
Damon: No. I thought Stefan was gone but I was wrong.
Elena: You saw him out there? Damon, is he okay?
Damon: No, he's not okay, Elena. He's an insufferable martyr who needs his ass kicked. But he can be saved.
Elena: What happened out there? What changed your mind?
Damon: I changed my mind because even in his darkest place, my brother still can't let me die. So I figure I owe him the same in return. I'll help you bring him back.
Elena: Thank you.
Damon: But before I do, I need you to answer one question. What made you change your mind?
Elena: What do you mean?
Damon: You were so hellbent on staying on that mountain, then you just gave up. So what changed your mind?
Elena: We were under attack, Damon.
Damon: You had a bag full of weapons and a teacher with an eternity ring. You could have kept going.
Elena: It was too dangerous.
Damon: It was too dangerous going out there to begin with, so what was it?
Elena: Why are you being like this?
Damon: What changed your mind, Elena?
Elena: I didn't want to see you get hurt, okay? I was...I was worried about you.
Damon: Thanks.
(He begins to leave.)
Elena: Yes, I worry about you. Why do you even have to hear me say it?
(Turns around, walks to her, and touches her face)
Damon: Because when I drag my brother from the edge and deliver him back to you, I want you to remember the things you felt while he was gone. Goodnight, Elena.
-- The Hybrid

Elena: He's really gone this time. I watched it happen. After everything we went through to help him now he's just...gone. Where were you, Damon?
Damon: I shouldn't of left, I promise you I will never leave you again.
-- The Reckoning

Elena: You played your part of the plan really well tonight.
Damon: Oh, yeah?
Elena: You had Rebekah drooling all over you and your marshmallows.
Damon: Yeah, before she skewered me. I thought you were too drunk to notice.
Elena: I was faking most of it.
Damon: So was I.
-- Smells Like Teen Spirit

Damon: Do you trust me?
Elena: Yes.
Damon: Then you have nothing to worry about.
Elena: How did this happen?
Damon: We thought of everything, Elena! Klaus having hybrids. Mikael turning on us. We brought in Katherine so you weren`t in danger. Anything that could have gone wrong we were prepared!
Elena: I don`t understand. Stefan wanted Klaus dead. More than anything. That`s what we were counting on.
Damon: We blew it.
Elena: Where`s Katherine?
Damon: She ran for the hills like usual, the minute things got bad! And who blames her?! Klaus would`ve crushed her. I had him, Elena. I had Klaus! This could have all been over!!!
Elena: Hey. Damon... Hey! Hey, listen to me! We`ll survive this. We always survive. Trust me.
Damon: We`re never getting Stefan back. You know that, don`t you?
Elena: Then we`ll let him go. Okay? We`ll have to let him go.
-- Homecoming

Elena: I feel like a horrible person.
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Damon: You just saved his life, Elena. Take it from me, strange is bad, dead is worse.
Elena: I just can't stop thinking about what happened the last time I asked you to compel him.
Damon: He found out. And he got over it. Again: not dead, Elena! He's so lucky to have you for his sister.
Elena: Thank you.
Damon: No problem.
Elena: Not just for this, Damon. For everything...I don't know what I would do if you weren't here.
Damon: You should know this, Elena. Stefan didn't screw us over. He screwed us over but he had a good reason.
Elena: What?
Damon: He saved Klaus to save me. Then he stole the coffins to get even.
Elena: What? Damon, if he did it to protect you then...Why would he even do that? What is it even mean?
Damon: What's it even mean?.....Means I'm an idiot. 'Cause I thought for one second that I wouldn't have to feel guilty anymore.
Elena: What? What are you talking about? Guilty for what?
Damon: For wanting what I want.
Elena: Damon...
Damon: I know. Believe me, I get it...Brother's girl and all.No,no, you know what? If I'm gonna feel guilty about something, I'm gonna feel guilty about this. (walks up to and kisses Elena)
-- The New Deal

Elena: You can't kiss me again.
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Damon: I know.
Elena: I can't. It's not right.
Damon: It's right. Just not right now.
-- Our Town

Damon: No, I'm mad at you because I love you!
-- Dangerous Liaisons

Elena: Damon just sort of snuck up on me. He got under my skin and no matter what I do I just – I can’t shake him.
Matt: Once you fall in love with someone, I don’t know if – I don’t know if you can ever shake them.
-- 1912

Elena: Why don't you let people see the good in you?
Damon: Because when people see good, they expect good. And I don't want to have to live up to someone's expectations.
Rose: It’s not just that she makes him a better person, she does, but he changes her too. Damon challenges her, surprises her, he makes her question her life, beliefs. Stefan is different, his love is pure, he’ll always be good for her. Damon is either the best thing for her or the worst.
-- Heart of Darkness

Elena: When I’m with him (Damon), he just consumes me.
Damon: Katherine.
Elena: No – um – I I’m Elena.
Damon: Oh, you – you just look… I’m sorry, you just really remind me of someone. I’m Damon.
Elena: Not to be rude or anything, Damon, but it’s kind of creepy that you’re out here in the middle of nowhere.
Damon: You’re one to talk. You’re out here all by yourself.
Elena: It’s Mystic Falls. Nothing bad ever happens here. Got into a fight with my boyfriend.
Damon: About what? May I ask.
Elena: Life, future, he’s got it all mapped out.
Damon: And you don’t want it?
Elena: I don’t know what I want.
Damon: Well, that’s not true. You want what everybody wants.
Elena: What? Mysterious stranger who has all the answers?
Damon: Hmm, well, let’s just say I’ve been around a long time. I’ve learned a few things.
Elena: So, Damon, tell me. What is it that I want?
Damon: You want a love that consumes you. You want passion, an adventure, and even a little danger.
Elena: So, what do you want? It’s my parents.
Damon: I want you to get everything that you’re looking for, but right now I want you to forget that this happened. Can’t have people knowing that I’m in town yet. Goodnight, Elena. (Compels her to forget)
-- The Departed

Elena: I remember everything. One of the highlights of my transition, remembering everything you compelled me to forget. Like how you and I met first. You were a stranger that told me you wanted me to get everything I wanted from life. Damon, why didn’t you tell me?
Damon: Would it have made a difference? … I didn’t think so.
Elena: If it were you at the bridge last night and not Stefan, and I begged you to save Matt...
Damon: I would have saved you, in a heartbeat. No question!
Elena: So I thought. And Matt would be dead, cause you couldn't let go. Matt would be dead!
Damon: But you wouldn't be! And you would have gotten to grow up and had the life that you wanted, the life that you deserved. And I know I didn't used to get that but I do now. And I wanted that for you, Elena, and I would have gladly given it to you and let Matt die because I AM that selfish. But you knew that already. The first night we met is not all that you remember.
--- Growing Pains

Elena: Why am I thinking about you?
Damon: Because you're a vampire now. And part of you knows that you're more like me than you are like him.
--- The Rager

Elena: So he didn't tell you why?
Damon: Nope. But I'm sure it has something to do with you acting weird so... why don't you tell me?
Elena: You.
Elena: Jeremy can't live with me, Stefan wants to fix me and Caroline flat out admitted that she doesn't like me this way. I think it's safe to say that I'm not so great at this vampire thing.
Damon: Wanna know what I think? I don't think I've ever seen you more alive.
Elena: That dance that they did today, kind of reminded me of..
Damon: When we danced together.
Elena: I wanted to dance with you today.
--- My Brother's Keeper

Elena: Hey.
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Damon: Hey back.
Elena: How was your night?
Damon: Awful. Yours?
Elena: Same.
Damon: Elena, um... we need to talk.
Elena: I know that I'm sired to you, Damon.Caroline told me. That's what you and Stefan were doing, isn't it? Is there a way to break it?
Damon: Not exactly. Which is why we need to talk.
Elena: Tyler told me the bond doesn't affect how I feel, just the way I act. My feelings for you haven't changed, Damon. Nothing has changed.
Damon: Everything has changed, Elena.
Elena: Okay, fine, yeah, I mean, I've changed. So have you, Damon. And I'm happy. Just like you were yesterday morning before we knew about any of this.
Damon: You know what would make me happy? To know that this entire time that I've been completely in love with you; that what you actually felt for me; was real.
Elena: It is real. I know that it is. Damon, I know what you're about to do. Please, don't do this to me.
Damon: I don't want to do this, Elena. I'm not the good guy, remember? I'm the selfish one. I take what I want. I do what I want. I lie to my brother, I fall in love with his girl, I don't do the right thing.But I have to do the right thing by you.
(Elena takes Damon's hand and places it against her heart.)
Elena: Does this feel wrong?
(Elena places one of her hands against Damon's cheek.)
Elena: Does this feel wrong?
--- We'll Always Have Bourbon Street

Damon: I told him I would set you free. Right after I didn't tell him that we slept together
Elena: So what do you wanna do?
Damon: I wanna throw you back in my bed and never let you leave.
Elena: So do it.
(Elena's phone is ringing)
Damon: Saved by the cell phone.
Elena: Last time I was here I was so completely in love with Stefan. Now that's barely a memory. Is that the sire bond or just that I'm so happy to be here with you?
Damon: I was supposed to do the right thing by you and the right thing by my brother. Which is what I'm gonna do right now. You're gonna go home.
Elena: What? No, Damon...
Damon: I'm gonna stay here with Jeremy. I'm gonna help him complete the mark. I'll teach him how to hunt. I'll protect him. And we'll kill vampires without you.
Elena: Damon, please...
Damon: I'm setting you free, Elena. This is what I want. This is what will make me happy.
--- O Come, All Ye Faithful

Elena: I didn't sleep with Damon because of the sire bond. I slept with Damon because I'm in love with him.
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Elena: Being with Damon makes me happy.When I'm with him... it feels unpredictable, like... like I'm free.
Elena: I realized something today....about you......about us....And you can say that it's the sire bond. You know what?....Maybe it is. BUT I'm telling you it's the most real thing..that I've ever felt in my entire life...I love you... Damon....... I love you.
Damon: Look...I'm gonna get this cure for you.........And I'm gonna have to do things that you are not going to like.
Elena: Damon.....
Damon: Listen carefully,....Get in your car, right now and COME TO ME.
Elena: I'll be there soon.
---- After School Special

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Elena: Because I love you. Because you love me. You'd do anything for me.
Damon: I'm sorry, Elena.
--- Catch Me If You Can

Elena: I'm just happy to see you.

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--- A View To A Kill

Elena: That’s what you do Damon, you think you don’t deserve something so you ruin it. I’m not gonna let you pull that this time! Take the cure with me! That’s how much I know this is real, that’s how certain I am that I’m gonna love you even after all this is over. Take the cure. Be human with me. We can be together, grow old together… this doesn’t have to be hard anymore.
Damon: You know, I used to miss being human. Now I can’t think of anything more miserable on earth.
--- Into the Wild

Elena: Be honest; you like me better like this.
--- Bring It On

Stefan: You, my friend, will be right by her side, ready to help her through it.
Elena: Damon, help me!
Damon: I got you.
--- Pictures of You

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Damon: I wanted to apologize.
Elena: Good.
Damon: Let me finish. I said I wanted to. And then I realized, I'm not sorry.
Elena: You would rather die than be human, and you expect me to be okay with that?
Damon: I didn't say you were supposed to be okay with it, I just said I'm not sorry. But you know what I really am? Selfish, because I make bad choices that hurt you. Yes, I would rather have died than be human. I'd rather die right now than spend a handful of years with you, only to lose you when I'm too old and sick and miserable and you're still you. I'd rather die right now than spend my last final years remembering how good I had it and how happy I was, because that's who I am, Elena, and I'm not gonna change. And there's no apology in the world that encompasses all the reasons that I'm wrong for you.
Elena: Fine, then I'm not sorry either. I'm not sorry that I met you. I'm not sorry that knowing you has made me question everything, that in death you're the one that made me feel most alive. You've been a terrible person, you've made all the wrong choices, and of all the choices that I've made this will prove to be the worst one. But I am not sorry that I'm in love with you. I love you, Damon. I love you.
Alaric: You got the girl, man.
--- Graduation (Episode)

Damon: You okay?
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Elena: Yeah, I've just got this feeling like something bad's about to happen.
Damon: Well, it is. You're leaving tomorrow. You're trading all this for communal showers and a meal plan.
Elena: Can't you just be a normal boyfriend and support me as I attempt to have a normal college experience?
Damon: I'd rather ply you with champagne, and spend the night convincing you to stay.
Elena: I love you.
Damon: I love you.
---I Know What You Did Last Summer

And, for the record, I am secure enough in our relationship that you having psychic dreams about your ex-boyfriend does not bother me (They kiss)...but it still sucks. (They kiss)
Elena: I love you. We're gonna save Stefan, and... I'm still gonna love you, okay? (They kiss)
---True Lies

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: Look. I know I spent the last couple days focusing on trying to find Stefan, but that has nothing to do with how I feel about you, and I'm not gonna let Silas' 2,000-year-old ex-girlfriend screw things up between us.
Damon: What, you think I am? I mean, no one tells me how I live my life, no one tells me who I love, especially not some vindictive prehistoric witch, and definitely not the universe. And I'm not gonna let someone else's idea of destiny stop me from loving you or being with you or building a future with you, because... You are my life.
---Original Sin

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: Damon, Wes knew my dad. They worked together. He said that my dad was an Augustine, too. I know that my dad was a vampire hunter, but he was also the town doctor. He was kind and gentle and loving. He wouldn't be part of a place that would cut your eyes out.
Damon: People are full of surprises. (Elena buries her head between her arms, laying face down on the floor.) Oh, hey. (He approaches the bars that separate them.) I am so, so sorry I got you caught up in this. (He reaches for her hand.) Hey. Look at me. Hey. (She looks up.) But I promise you I will get you out of here, okay? Okay? (She holds his hand with both of hers.) I'll get you out of here.
Elena: Wes is gonna come back down here, and we'll both be the newest Augustine experiment. You have to tell me how you got out of here, Damon.
Damon: You don't want to know, Elena.
Elena: Why? You think I'm gonna judge you? Damon, I love you. I love you, and these people tortured you for 5 years. Whatever you had to do, I don't care.
---The Cell

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A hundred pages of horrific torture, and you find the one happy passage.
Elena: My dad used his research to save people, Damon, children, families.
Damon: Yeah. And dissected vampires along the way. News flash, Elena. You are a vampire. I mean, do you honestly think that he would sit here and see you as anything more?
Elena: I don't know. He was my dad. I can't not defend him.
Damon: No. I know you can't because you do it for me all the time.
Elena: I'm not defending you. I'm not defending your decision to kill Aaron's entire family, to go out of town and kill the aunt while we were still together.
Damon: So why are you still here? I’m bad, Elena, I am bad for you, so why wouldn't you have run away from me as far as humanly possible?
Elena: Because I love you, Damon. Because I chose you, and because I stand by my choice.
Damon: Well, now I’m choosing, and I’m choosing to let you go.
Elena: What? No, Damon.
Damon: I am choosing to not have to think about how you must feel every time some ghost from my past comes into our life. I’m choosing to relieve you of having to defend me for every awful thing I have ever done.
Elena: Stop acting like I’m perfect. Damon, I've done horrible things, too. You think I’m gonna stand here and judge you after I find out that you have been tortured for 5 years?
Damon: Stop defending me! I won’t change who I am. I can’t. But I refuse to change you.
---Fifty Shades of Grayson

Stefan: You know, whatever's going on with you and Elena, you need to fix it. She's the best thing that ever happened to you.
Damon: You think I don't know that? I can't live without her, but when you think about it, I'm no better than Katherine. Elena will be happier without me.
---500 Years of Solitude

Damon: You are literally the best person I've ever known and for me to think I could change you gives me way too much credit; and you not nearly enough. You are the best influence on me. I need you. You are the good and I need a little good in my life. Because without it, there's an awful lot of darkness.
---Damon to Katherine impersonating Elena in The Devil Inside

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Damon: Hey you.
Elena: Hey you.
Damon: So eaten anyone yet?
Elena: Nope! So far, I am symptom free, although Stefan still has me on the, uhh, Damon diet. Just in case.
Damon: Ahhh. Yeah. It sucks. You're going to be craving carbs constantly, but hey, you know what? There's a plus side. You get to keep your girlish figure.
Elena: Hey, I'm calling you on a payphone.
Damon: Well, how retro of you! Does that mean you memorized my phone number?
Elena: Maybe... Katherine put a password on my cell, so I can't use it.
Damon: Ahhhhh! That would explain all those crazy instagram pics you've been uploading lately.
Elena: What?
Damon: Kidding! Kidding!
Elena: Damon! That's not funny! I have no idea what I've been doing for the last three weeks.
Damon: I know, I'm sorry. Well, what'd you want to know? I'll tell you.
Elena: How did she do it?
Damon: How did she do what?
Elena: Break your heart.
Damon: Oh that I don't know. It's not like it has been playing on a loop in my head over and over again. So, I don't really remember.
Elena: I'm so sorry. I really am. I mean the last thing I remember, I was running into your arms and—and I felt so safe.
Damon: Well, it was all downhill from there.
Elena: I wanted to fight for you. I still do.
Damon: Oh, Elena, the second we’re cured of this and we don’t wanna rip each other’s heads off, I am gonna hunt you down and give you the most mind-blowing night of your life.
Elena: I think I could schedule you in.
Damon: I should come over there.
Elena: You can't. We would tear each other apart, remember? Besides, I look gross.
Damon: Oh yeah? Well... never mind. That would be awful.
Elena: Distract me.
Damon: Alright. What are you wearing?
Elena: Damon... Come on.
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Elena: You should've noticed.
Damon: What?
Elena: That I was Katherine, Katherine was me. You should've been the one that noticed.
Damon: You don't think I know that?
Elena: If only you'd seen through her, Damon. There would be no vampire virus, Aaron would still be alive.
Damon: Katherine didn't do this. I did! I thought you broke my heart, so I ripped open Aaron's neck: THAT is how much control you have over me.
Elena: And I'm still here! That's how much control you have over me!
Damon: Listen to us! This is toxic! We are in a toxic relationship, Elena! I just killed your friend and you find someone else to blame!
Elena: You want me to blame you? Easy! Done! You screwed up, Damon. Again!
Damon: Thank you!
Elena: You put me in a position where I have to defend you—again. Where I have to bend my morals—again. Where I have to go against every single thing that I believe in—again—because I love you!
Damon: Then stop loving me!
Elena: I can’t!
Damon: Well, that’s the problem. We don’t work!
Elena: I know.
Damon: Then we agree. This has to end.
Elena: It just did. It’s over. We’re over.
(They stand there and stare into each other's eyes for a second until Damon kisses her and they end up having break up sex)
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Elena: Just because Jeremy's a bad student, it doesn't mean that he's cheating on Bonnie.
Damon: You're making excuses for someone you love. That's what you do. The worse the behavior, the more you try to defend it.
Elena: And you keep trying to make this about us.
Damon: Because you keep trying to make it about anything else!
Elena: You know what? Fine, but don't pretend you came here for Jeremy. If you wanna talk about last night, talk!
Damon: Here's the thing, Elena; I don't know what to say, or do, or think.. All I know is that right now... I want to rip your clothes off, right here in the middle of this hall and throw you into one of these classrooms and kiss every square inch of your body, while a bunch of people that drive mini-vans listen wishing they were us. That's probably a bad idea, right?
Elena (with quivering lips): Right.
Damon: Right. See you in class.
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Damon: Something tells me you're not packing for our honeymoon.
Elena: I'm going back to campus.
Damon: You realize that you leaving doesn't solve anything, right? I mean, especially now that Jeremy's free and clear of our horrible influence.
Elena: It's not about Jeremy. It's about us. It's not just that we're bad for each other. It's just that when we're together, we do bad things for each other. And I can't live like that.
Damon: I'll drive you to Whitmore.
Elena: If you do that, then I'm going to spend the whole car ride thinking about your hand next to mine and even though I'll try, I won't be able to stop myself from taking it. Or from letting you kiss me. And we're never going to get to where we need to go, we'll just end up back here, where we started. That's why I need you to let me go.
(Damon walks over to Elena and puts his hands on her face)
Elena: Damon...
(Instead of kissing her on the lips, he kisses her on the forehead and lets her go.)
Damon: Travel safe.
---Rescue Me

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Elena: What are you doing out here?
Damon: Ahh... you know. Looking at the stars, listening to the universe laugh at me.
Elena: Damon...
Damon: We were doomed from the beginning Elena. We were always gonna end up here.
Elena: Damon, they are just visions. As soon as we find Markos they will stop.
Damon: And then what? We are friends? Can't wait.
Elena: Look I know we are in a little bit of weird place right now. Hey look at me! The universe doesn't control anything. It's not real.
Damon: I think we need some rules here because If I am not allowed to drive you home then I definitely don't think you are allowed to ambush me in my bedroom.
Elena: I just... I just wanted to say thank you. Whatever you did it worked.
Damon: Oh, I'm sorry to tear you away from paradise.
Elena: It was paradise actually.
Damon: I told you I don't want to know.
Elena: But you need to know. I saw a perfect life. Stefan and I were married with kids. It was everything that we wanted.
Damon: Well we can always ask Markos to put it back.
Elena: But its not real. You and I, we are messy and complicated but we are real.
Damon: And really bad for each other. Did you forget that part?
Elena: Yeah but I still need you in my life.
Damon: As friends right? No Elena I can't be your friend. It's too damn hard.
Elena: Damon...
Damon: No! I'm serious Elena. I can't see you anymore. I don't wanna hear your voice, I don't wanna talk to you, I don't even wanna look at you. And I'm sure as hell don't wanna be your friend.
Elena: If that's what you want...
Damon: That's what I want.
Elena: Okay... yeah... Okay.
---Resident Evil

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Elena: Hey.
Damon: Hey. We're leaving. Pack your stuff.
Elena: I will. I just came out to see how you're doing.
Damon: I'm in a hurry. You should be, too. The Travelers can find us.
Elena: So that's it? We're not gonna talk about this?
Damon: What's there to talk about?
Elena: I'm sorry that I lied to you.
Damon: I don't care that you lied. Really.
Elena: Okay, I'm confused. Why are you being like this?
Damon: Because you were right, Elena. You wanted to protect me so I wouldn't spiral because if I spiraled then it would prove that we shouldn't be together... But I didn't spiral! Despite every nerve in my body wanting to break something or hurt someone or do all the wrong things for all the right reasons, I'm holding it together the best I can—for you.
Elena: But you're still mad at me?
Damon: Of course I'm still mad at you. Because being around you drives me nuts—and not being around you drives me nuts.
Elena: Okay. Now I'm really confused.
(After a long moment, Damon moves toward Elena and kisses her passionately.)
Elena: What was that for?
Damon: Because I've had a really crappy day, and I needed it.
---What Lies Beneath

(Elena kisses Damon)
Damon: What was that for?
Elena: I've had a really crappy day, and I needed it. I thought I was never gonna see you again... and I couldn't think of a worse way to die.
Damon: Oh. Well, I guess today's your lucky day.
---Promised Land

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Damon: Listen... I wanted to spare you the gory details, and then I figured, well, I'll be lying, and then the whole point of the universe would be moot because you'd be pissed. So here it is, project kaboom needs someone to trigger the explosion, so-to-speak.
Elena: Okay... Wait... You? No. Damon, no! Absolutely not.
Damon: Go with your first instinct, Damon, lesson learned.
Elena: Look at me, Damon.
(She grabs him by the face and forces him to look into her eyes)
Elena: Do you see a future with me? Because that's all I see.
Damon: Elena, I've seen it since the second I laid my eyes on you.
Elena: Then don't go on a suicide mission!
Damon: Listen... technically, it's only half a suicide mission because we're going to be bringing people back from the other side and I'm going to be with them.
Elena: Well, what if something goes wrong?
Damon: Alright... not to relive old fights, but—this is my choice. I need you to respect it.
Elena: That was a low blow...
Damon: I will make it back to you, I promise.
(Elena looks at him for a moment and then kisses him passionately)
Damon: I promise you.
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Elena: You lied to me.
(Damon goes over and stroke's Elena's hair and face. She feels it, but can not see his hand)
Damon: Even if I wanted to apologize, you couldn't hear me... so I won't.
Elena: Please don't leave me.
Damon: I don't have a choice, baby. You are, by far, the greatest thing that has ever happened to me in my 173 years on this Earth. The fact that I get to die knowing I was loved—not just by anyone—but by you, Elena Gilbert. It's the epitome of a fulfilled life. It’s never gonna get any better than this. I peaked.
(Damon wipes the tears from her face)
Damon: I love you, Elena
Elena: Please... please... come back to me.
Damon: Bye.

Elena: I tried to grieve him, Caroline. Trust me, I know grief. I've got grieving down to a science at this point, and I tried. But every time I let it sink in that I'm never gonna see him again, I feel like I'm gonna die.
Elena: I don't think I can live forever without him.
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Elena: You can't be here.You're not even real. It's just my subconscious making me see what I want to see.
Damon: One call from my brother and you're gonna throw all this away?
Elena: You know I want to see you, Damon. But it makes me reckless. I hurt people.
Damon: So, why am I here? Do you want to move on? Move on.
Elena: I never got to say thank you.
Damon: For what?
Elena: For saving Stefan and... For bringing back Alaric and Tyler. Thank you.
Damon: Elena...
Elena: No, I'm not done yet. I want to thank you for giving me everything I always wanted.A love that consumed me. And passion.Adventure. There's nothing more I could ever want other than for it to last forever, but...It can't. This is the last time I'm gonna see you. This is good-bye, Damon. I love you. I have to let go.
(Elena kisses Damon and expects him to be gone but he is still there.)
Damon: You're still holding on.
Elena: I... no. I...I said good-bye, Damon.
Damon: I don't blame you.You know what's waiting for you. How long before you go running back to Luke?
Elena: No. I told you. That was the last time, Damon, I'm done.
Damon: An eternity of torment, agony, and grief. And you feel it all.
Elena: Stop it, Damon. Stop it, stop it. You're getting in my head. Don't do this. Please.
Damon: You'll feel it forever.
Elena: No!
Alaric: Honestly, Elena...I hate everything about being a vampire.
Elena: Me, too. At least I did. Then one day, I discovered the good part. You know, the promise that love could be eternal .And I had that with Damon. Which means for the rest of eternity, I'm gonna have a hole in my heart where he's supposed to be.
---I'll Remember

Alaric: Are you afraid?
Elena: More sad than afraid.
Alaric: Why sad?
Elena: Because I don't want to stop loving him.
Alaric: Who is Damon Salvatore?
Elena: He was my boyfriend, I loved him and he died.
Alaric: And when did you first meet him?
Elena: I was in high school.
Alaric: And what was he like?
Elena: There was something different about him, dangerous. But not in a way that scared me. He was exciting.
Alaric: And how did he make you feel?
Elena: Like anything was possible.
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Elena: It was the Miss Mystic Falls pageant. Stefan was supposed to be my escort but he bailed on me. Damon stepped in. He saved me from being embarrassed, in front of everyone. He took my arm, and led me out with the rest of the girls and all their dates and we danced. I remember that was the first time, I felt it.
Alaric: Felt what?
Elena: How sexy he was. I'd never let myself notice until then, I mean obviously I knew he was attractive but...I didn't want to see him that way.
Elena: Maybe it was when we spent the night at the motel together, I wasn't back together with Stefan yet and all I could think about was kissing him. I wanted to kiss him so badly.
Elena: It was my birthday. Damon and I spent the entire summer looking for Stefan. And I was trying to put on a good face because Caroline was throwing this party for me but I was just so sad. I was two seconds from deciding that I wasn't going to go, I wasn't going to leave the room. Until Damon walked in to give me my birthday gift. It was the necklace that Stefan had given me, I'd lost it. And Damon knew what the necklace meant to me. What it meant about my feelings for Stefan. Even though he loved me. He gave me the one thing that represented hope for me and his brother. I knew how much it hurt him. But he did it. It was the most selfless that he's ever been, and in that moment I loved him. I didn't want to, I mean, it terrified me but, for that moment I loved him.
---Yellow Ledbetter

Stefan: I'm sorry that I can't just forget him like you, Elena.
Elena: No one's forgetting him.
Stefan: You are. You erased him.
Elena: What are you talking about?
Stefan: You had Alaric compel you to forget every good thing that Damon ever did. You made him a monster in your own mind because you couldn't handle the grief of losing him.
Elena: I don't believe anything that you're saying. Why would I do that?
Stefan: Because you were in love with him and he was in love with you. And when Damon died, a part of you died too.
Elena: Wow. What? No. Stefan, how can I possibly love Damon?
Stefan: Believe me, I asked myself that for a very long time. And eventually I saw it. Damon inspired you. He pushed you to own the darkest parts of yourself. And when you died, he was the only one that could made you feel alive again. And you made him feel human. You loved Damon for the same reasons that I loved Damon. Because in spite of every single thing he did, we couldn't live without him. Now you don't have to - but I do. So, I do it my way. You do it yours.
Elena's diary: Dear me, if you're reading this than somebody spilled the beans about your selective memory loss. My mind is on Caroline. Yes, you loved Damon. You loved him with a passion that consumed you. And then when Damon died, the void you feeled was too deep, too dark. Facing an eternity without your soulmate you went of the deep end. You turned into someone that you weren't. A monster. Alaric will restore your last memories - all you have to do is ask. But I hope that you don't. I tried it the other way and I didn't see an end to the pain. I want you to rediscover yourself in absence of who defined you. If you feel any hope for the future at all, then you're already better off. You've been given a chance to start over. I want you to take it. I want you to be happy.
---Black Hole Sun

Damon: I just need to see her Stefan. Our eyes will meet, fireworks will go off, and the balance of nature will be restored. She loves me.
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(Elena hears a knock on her door.)
Elena: Who is it?
Damon: Hey, its me. I just wanted to talk.
Elena: I can't, not now.
Damon: Look I know why you did what you did. It's not real. You know what's real? The way you felt for me. You once told me it was the most real thing you ever felt in your life.
Elena: Those feelings are gone.
Damon: Oh, come on, Elena. You've compelled enough people to know it's just a way of covering the truth and no matter how badly you want it done, it doesn't make it any less of a lie, you know. (She slowly reaches for the door knob) oh, I hear you breathing (she gasps, pulling away) you have no idea how long I've wanted to hear you breathe. (She sighs and puts her hand on the door, from Damon's side he loops up and copies this motion putting his hand where her hand is) just open the door, Elena. Everything can go back to the way it was. Just open the door, Elena, please or at the very least, step aside because I'm gonna kick this door in.
(Elena unlocks the door but before Damon can see her she jumps out of the window using vampire speed.)
Damon: So you didn't forget my number. That's a good start.
Elena: Yeah I figured that I'd press the Damon button and see what happened.
Damon: And what is happening?
Elena: I don't know. I don't even know what I'm doing. I just--I'm thinking we should meet face to face. I can't run from you forever so come by my dorm?
Damon: yeah, yeah I'll be here--there, I'll be there, absolutely in a bit. See you in a little bit.
Elena: Okay
---The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get

(Elena and Damon are dancing.)
Elena: Why are you doing this?
Damon: Why? Well, because I'm an incredible dancer, and it would be a shame not to share my talent with the world. Oh. Don't worry. I didn't see you smile. Miss Mystic Falls. First time we ever danced. Stefan stood you up. Bloodlust issues, surprise, surprise. So I stepped in.
Elena: You're trying to stir up memories. This isn't a good idea.
Damon: I stepped in, sexy as hell, and saved you from complete and utter humiliation. Of course, you were just worried about Stefan, but there was this moment, this one moment, where everyone else fell away, and it was just the two of us.
Elena: Look. I'm here with someone, Damon. You can't just come unannounced and ruin my night.
Damon: Come unannounced? What are you talking about? I literally went through time and space to be with you.
Elena: I know, but look. Do you want me to feel guilty? Because trust me, Damon. I do, ok? I feel horrible, and I'm sorry, but I don't know what to tell you. What do you want me to say? I don't remember us.
Damon: I do, and no matter how much I missed you or how much pain I was in, I never would have erased everything we ever had. Even if I was drowning in grief, I'd rather hang on to every moment that I ever held you or every laugh that I ever heard, every shred of happiness that we ever had. I would rather spend every moment in agony than erase the memory of you.
Elena: I need some air.
Elena: I want to remember.
Damon: Well, you're a day late and a dollar short, honey?
Elena: I mean, I want to try. Knowing that there's this whole piece of my life missing, it's driving me crazy, ok? So I have to at least try to get it back.
Damon: Yeah. How are you supposed to do that?
Elena: I know there's nothing we can do about the compulsion, but maybe if we unwind the memories backwards, something might trigger something, and maybe they'll all come back, right?
Damon: Yeah. Sure. Tell me what you want me to do.
Elena: Take me to the last place I told you I loved you.
Elena: I don't remember being here with you that night.
Damon: Ok. What do you remember? How are you rewired?
Elena: I remember that we had to stop the travelers.
Damon: Yeah.
Elena: You had a plan, but you didn't tell anyone what you were doing, and the next thing I know, you're dead. I heard that you drove your car into the grill and then blew yourself up so that you could trigger some explosion.
Damon: There's just one little part of that story that you're missing. You got in the car with me.
Elena: What?
Damon: I was all ready to go, and the door opens, and you jump in the car and say, "we're in this together" and you weren't taking no for an answer. That was the moment I realized you were the perfect girl for me because you were just as crazy as I was.
Elena: Ok. Tell me more. Something happy?
Damon: Ok. Happy. Well, there is a motel ice machine in Denver that's got some stories.
Elena: What else?
Damon: Well, can't forget the night of your graduation.
Elena: Well, I did, so...
Damon: Shame. Probably one of your best speeches. You in your very passionate and adorable way told me you were in love with me, and hell if you were gonna apologize for it. My favorite memory of us, oh, one that I've relived a million times over the last 4 months is this summer night that we had before you went off to college. You wanted to show me this meteor shower, so we drove out in the middle of nowhere, and the moment those shooting stars started to fall, rain, lots of rain. You were so sure it would clear, and it was just easier to believe you, and I took your hand...
(Damon takes Elena's hand and puts it on his shoulder. Elena stares into his eyes, then blinks)
Elena: This isn't working. I'm sorry.
Damon: Hey. Maybe you just need to try a little harder.
Elena: I am trying! I get that we had an amazing life together, and I know that I loved the fact that you were reckless and probably made me feel very free, but now when I look into your eyes, I just...
Damon: What? What do you feel like?
Elena: I feel like I'm looking at a stranger because I'm never gonna be able to give you what you want, because I just can't remember.
Damon: Hey. There are things you can't erase, and you know that.
(He holds her face in his hands but Elena pulls his hands down and Damon backs off)
Damon: Sorry.
(Elena gets a determined look and starts walking away)
Damon: Where are you going? Elena! Hey!
(Elena crosses the Mystic Falls border and gets rapid flashbacks of all the memories of Damon that Elena was compelled to forget.)
Damon: Elena!
(Damon grabs Elena and pulls her back to safety; she gasps for air)
Damon: Hey! What the hell are you doing? Ninety more seconds, you'd be dead. Hey.
Elena: I'm trying to undo the compulsion. It's the only way.
Damon: No, no, no, no. Hey. Listen. I would give anything for you to remember, but I'm not gonna risk your life. It's the last thing I would ever do... Even if you don't remember that. Let's get you home.
Elena: I remembered something out there, just bits and pieces, but, um... There were these stars, and then it started to rain.
Damon: When you became a vampire, part of me was thrilled because suddenly there was this possibility I could have you in my life forever, but then the other part of me was devastated because I realized you'd lost the life that you wanted to have.
Elena: It started to rain, and then what happened, Damon?
Damon: And since I've been gone, you've gotten part of that life back. You're thriving, you're happy. Yeah, sure. Maybe you'd be happy if we gave it another chance, but the truth is is you're better off without me.
Elena: What are you talking about?
Damon: I died. You started over. I need you to live your life. Be happy. I love you, Elena. Enough to let you go.
Elena: It started to rain, and then what?
Damon: It got cold and muddy. You were miserable, so we got in the car and we drove home.
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(Damon and Elena are watching shooting stars when it starts to rain.)
Damon: Come on. It's time to abandon ship.
Elena: No, no, no, wait. Just give it a second. It'll clear up.
(It starts raining harder. Damon and Elena kiss)
Elena: Promise me this is forever.
Damon: I promise!
(they kiss in the rain.)
-- Do You Remember the First Time?

Elena: You should have brought me with you. Well, first, you should have told me that Bonnie was alive, and then you should have brought me with you.
Damon: Well, Ric had more frequent flyer miles, and Ric didn't deliberately forget our entire relationship.
Elena: Yeah. I deserve that. So you and Bonnie spent the last 4 months together?
Damon: Yeah.
Elena: What did you do?
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Damon: Bicker, mostly. Cooked, ate. We went through a Tetris phase, but I beat it, and she got mad. We talked. A lot. Apparently there are a lot of words in the English language, and Bonnie knows just about all of them.
Elena: Yep. I know this is gonna sound pretty strange, but I'm really happy that the two of you had each other.
Damon: She sacrificed herself so I could come back. Wow. Because when she wasn't talking, she was listening. She listened for hours and hours and hours, so when the opportunity presented itself for me to come back, she made sure I took it.
Elena: What did you talk about?
Damon: What do you think?
(Elena realizes he meant her)
Elena: I broke up with Liam.
Damon: Dr. Future-Humanitarian-Award wasn't good enough? What went wrong?
Elena: What do you think? Look. I'm at a crossroads right now, where I could go live my life the way I think I probably should and be successful and safe and probably very happy, or I could risk all that for this tiny glimmer of a feeling inside that I just can't shake.
Damon: Well, Robert Frost, what's it gonna be?
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Elena: I don't know. But I do know someone who could give me some pretty sound advice.
(Elena takes Damon's hand on the bar and holds it.)
Elena: Any chance you'd be willing to help me bring my best friend Bonnie back? So, I could ask her?
Damon: Sure.
-- Fade Into You

Elena: Of course you compel your best friend. I mean, why would that be off limits?
Damon: Hey. I'm trying to get Bonnie back!
Elena: Oh, just, don't Damon, I want Bonnie back more than anything. She's my best friend, but to you, she's something else, isn't she? She's a chance for me to realize what a great guy you are so that I can fall in love with you all over again. It doesn't matter who gets hurt in the process as long as Damon gets what Damon wants.
Damon: May 10, 1994, I had a day. I was mad at Stefan for something. I don't even remember what it was, and in typical Damon fashion, I acted out. People died. A lot of them, and believe it or not, ever since that day, I've felt horribly guilty. So I thought that this was my hell, Elena. But you know who didn't? Bonnie. She had hope for both of us. She's the reason I survived, the reason I made it out. Who knew? Turns out you spend time with someone and don't kill them, you actually become friends. I'm doing this for Bonnie, Elena, not for you. And that's it.
(Elena smiles)
Elena: Damon and Bonnie. Who would have thought?
Damon: Don't make this any weirder than it needs to be.
Elena: She's probably passing Whitmore right now.
Damon: If she's not lost. She has a terrible sense of direction.
(Elena laughs and then touches the chains holding the swing bench)
Elena: You know, I could have sworn that this used to squeak.
Damon: It did. I fixed it. Bonnie and I came here every day. It was the closest thing I had to a picture of you, and I needed every reminder I could get.
Elena: It's funny. I used to have so many good memories of this house, and after just one bad one, I burned it down. I just couldn't bear to look at it again. I just can't believe it's gone.
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Damon: You want to go inside?
Elena: Yeah. Yeah, I do.
(They get up and go toward the front door; Elena pauses and turns to look at Damon)
Elena: I'm sorry I compelled away the memories. They were only half mine.
Damon: We'll make new ones.
(Damon smiles and touches her cheek)
-- I Alone

Dating Timeline

First Relationship

Post Break-Up Sex

  • Start Up: While You Were Sleeping (5x16)
  • Ended: Rescue Me (5x17)
    • Reason: Elena asks Damon to let her go because she believes that when they are together they do bad things for each other and that she can't control herself around him. Damon kisses her forehead and lets her go.

Second Relationship

  • Start Up: Promised Land (5x21)
  • Separated by Death: Home (5x22)
    • Reason: Damon died.
  • Reunited: The More You Ignore Me, The Closer I Get (6x06)
    • Elena does not remember him and must break the compulsion herself.
    • In Do You Remember the First Time?, Damon decides to let Elena go and live her new life without him, but not before telling her that he still loves her. He loves her enough to set her free.
    • In Fade Into You, Elena reveals beneath the surface of the compulsion there's a feeling for Damon that she can't explain and they hold hands.
    • In I Alone, they appear to be trying to start their relationship new.


  • Ironically, the actors who play Damon and Elena, Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev began dating in 2010 and moved in together. However, they broke up in 2013 after three years of dating.
  • They both know what its like to be the older sibling as they both have a younger brother (Jeremy and Stefan).
  • Damon taught Elena how to feed without losing control.
  • Their names are linked alphabetically, D and E.
  • Damon has never broken a promise to Elena, until Home when he promised to come back to her but died. He later fulfils his promise when he returns from the other dimension in The World Has Turned and Left Me Here.
  • To deal with Damon's death in Home Elena has started using a witch drug to hallucinate him and has started feeding on humans again.
  • Elena asks Alaric, since he was made a vampire with the Original Vampire Spell by Esther, to compel her to forget that she ever loved Damon so she move on with her life and eventually fall in love again.
  • Elena first realized she loved Damon on her 18th birthday when he did the selfless act of giving her the necklace Stefan gave her even though he loved her, knowing that it represented hope for her and Stefan.
  • Some of Elena and Damon's most popular moments include:
  • There's been something between them since their first meeting: “Even before anything happened in our series, Elena had been touched in her soul by this man," Julie says of their clandestine meeting. [2]
  • Damon originally had his own room until Elena moved in and they began to share a room. She briefly moved in with Rebekah when she lost her humanity.
  • Many cast and crew members have shown their love for the couple.
  • Elena and Damon have been on a lot of road trips.
  • Elena chose Damon over Stefan at the end of Season Four.
  • AlaricRose, Matt, Bonnie Bennett and Stefan support them.
  • Damon became an Augustine Vampire in Total Eclipse of the Heart, and Elena became an Augustine Vampire in Gone Girl, making them the only Augustine Vampires in existence. Though they're cured in While You Were Sleeping and reverted back to Vampires.
  • In the series, Damon is the oldest vampire as Katherine died and The Originals left the show while Elena is the youngest vampire.
  • Delena is the nickname of singers, Demi Lovato and Selena Gomez (Delena) who were best friends in real life.
  • Delena is the most trended TVD couple on Twitter.
  • Elena has talked about a future with Damon twice throughout the series.
    • First was in Into the Wild when she told him to take the cure with her, they can be together and grow old.
    • Second was in Home as she told him it was all she sees.
  • In episode 4x19 of The Good Wife, one of the characters reads a Delena fanfiction. [8]
  • Damon and Elena are endgame in the novel series (which was finished by a ghostwriter).
  • Damon loves Elena enough to let her her go in Do You Remember the First Time? to live the new life without her memories of loving him and be happy, he tells her this before leaving.
  • Damon has compelled Elena Twice.
    • He tried to compel her to kiss him in Friday Night Bites, but she was wearing her vervain necklace.
    • In Rose, he compelled her to forget his love confession claiming his brother deserves her and he doesn't.
    • In a flashback in The Departed, he compelled her to forget their first meeting.
  • Damon and Elena appear on the List of Wiki Super Couples of all time. [9]
  • They won the Vampire Diaries Wiki Award for Best Couple for seasons One, Two, Four and Five. They were nominated in season Three, but lost to Jeremy and Anna.
  • After getting to the Top 4 on the contest and getting many votes, they became the number 1 t.v. couple. [10]
  • They came 1st in the top 10 couples of 2010-2011. [11]
  • They came 2nd in the top 10 couples of 2011-2012. [12]
  • They came 3rd in the top 10 couples of 2012-2013. [13]
  • They won the poll for the hottest relationship on The Vampire Diaries. [14]
  • They won the Hollywood life poll of Fall TV’s 25 Hottest Couples. [15]
  • They won the Hollywood life Thanksgiving poll. [16]
  • They were crowned Prom King & Queen in iVillage'S Pop Culture Awards.[17]
  • They won the poll for the hottest sexual tension in 2010. [18]
  • They won the Alloy entertainment poll for favorite magazine cover. [19]
  • They won the poll for the cutest tv couple of 2012. [20]
  • They won the poll for tv's sexiest hookup. [21]
  • 2 times winner of tubey's Best Almost Romantic But Not Quite Relationship-2010&2011. [22][23]
  • Damon and Elena's sex scene is one of the hottest sex scenes in vampire history according to Hollywood Life. [24]
  • They won the title of the best byte of season 4:best couple in an official poll. [25]
  • In 2013, they won the E! Online tournament of the best tv couple of all time. [26]
  • Their 5X02 ending kiss scene was declared the scene of the week. [27]

Elena and Damon win PCA Best On Screen Chemistry 2014

  • Damon's epic "You are my life" confession to Elena in Original Sin was declared the scene of the week. [28]
  • Damon and Elena won Favorite On-Screen Chemistry at the People's Choice Awards 2014.
  • Winners of TV's best Teen couple poll. [29]
  • Their hug during Elena's last moments in 5X12 topped the scene of the week poll along with The Tomorrow People scene. [30]
  • They came 4th in the top 10 young ships of 2013-2014. [31]
  • Their 3X19 kiss was voted as the Steamiest Moment in E! Online's Golden Remote Awards 2012. [32]
  • In Zap2it's Crushworthy Polls, Elena and Damon has won Most Crushworthy Overall and Most Devastating Breakup. [33]
  • Elena and Damon's deathbed confession and kiss scene in As I Lay Dying won in EW's 2011 Season Finale Awards: Most Rewound Moment, Top Tissue Moment, Best Kiss, Best Romantic Cliff-hanger. [34]
  • Damon and Elena's break up and break up sex scene in While You Were Sleeping was declared the Scene of the Week. [35]
  • They won the poll for epic couple who epitomize true love. [36]
  • The scene in Rescue Me where Damon lets go Elena won the Scene of the Week poll. [37]
  • Elena and Damon's heartbreaking goodbye scene in Home won the Scene of the Week poll. [38]

Damon and Elena win MTV Ship Of The Year 2014

  • Elena and Damon won these awards in the EW's T.V. Season Finale Awards:
    • Damon's goodbye to Elena.
    • Unforgettable Line.
    • Best Use of Music.
    • Most Rewound Moment. [39]
  • They were crowned Alloy Entertainment's Prom King & Prom Queen 2014. [40]
  • In E! Online's Best Ever TV Awards 2014, Delena won:
    • Best Couple.
    • Best Kiss (Delena's goodbye kiss in Home).
    • Biggest Tearjerker (Delena's goodbye in Home). [41]
  • They won the Best Ship Poll in Telefilm Addicted Awards 2012. [42]
  • They won the E! Online's Tournament of Young TV Edition 2013. [43]
  • They won the MTV's Ship of the Year Award 2014. [44]
  • Their rain kiss flashback in Do You Remember the First Time?, won the scene of the week poll. [45]
  • Elena and Damon won the poll of Popsugar's Best TV Couple of 2014. [46]
  • Elena and Damon won the poll of Voice of TV's Best TV Couple of 2014 [47]
  • Ian Somerhalder and Nina Dobrev won People's Choice Favorite TV Duo at the 2015 People's Choice Awards. [48]