|“||I'm a danger to my family. ... You see, Marcel, my disease has always been this blind devotion to my brother. A thousand years, whenever he has needed me, I have been there. And no matter what I do, I'm at the complete mercy of that devotion. I can't do that anymore.||”|
Elijah Mikaelson (Elder Futhark: ᛖᛚᛇᚨᚺ ᛗᛁᚲᚨᛖᛚᛋᛟᚾ) is the deuteragonist of The Originals. He was formerly a major recurring character in The Vampire Diaries, serving initially as an antagonist in the second season and eventually becoming a supporting character and protagonist in the third season and fourth seasons. Elijah is an Original Vampire.
Elijah is the third child and second son of Mikael and Esther. He is the younger brother of Freya Mikaelson and Finn Mikaelson, and the older brother of Kol Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson and Henrik Mikaelson. Elijah is also the older half-brother of Niklaus Mikaelson, and the uncle of an Unnamed Nephew, and Hope Mikaelson, Klaus' daughter with Hayley Marshall.
Throughout his long life, Elijah had several romantic relationships. In the early 11th century, Elijah and Klaus were both in love with a Petrova Doppelgänger named Tatia. Elijah accidentally killed Tatia after he became a vampire and was traumatized and horrified by the violence of his actions towards her. Elijah's mother, told him to seal the event behind a "red door" and to clean himself up. As long as he was clean, nothing of what happened behind the red door could hurt him. As such, this became Elijah's defense mechanism to cope with the horrors of his vampirism for the next thousand years.
In the 15th century, Elijah was romantically involved with another Petrova Doppelgänger, a young girl from Bulgaria, named Katerina Petrova. In the 19th century, Elijah was romantically involved with a witch named Céleste Dubois, whose death was later caused by his half-brother Klaus. In the 21st century, Elijah rekindled his relationship with Katerina Petrova aka Katherine Pierce, before ending it to go to New Orleans to help Klaus. In New Orleans, Elijah has developed feelings for Hayley Marshall, after he promised to protect her and the child she was carrying. Elijah respectfully kept his distance while she was married to Jackson Kenner.
In the second season of The Originals, he and Klaus continued to work in a combined effort to stop Esther, Finn and a resurrected Mikael, while struggling with reawakened sins from his past. He also took Gia, one of Marcel's vampires as his protégé, and eventually began a romantic relationship with until Klaus killed her.
In the third season, he made it his mission to prevent a prophecy depicting his family's downfall from coming to pass, even taking on his first sired vampire to do it. However, unknowingly, Elijah completed the prophecy himself, by killing Marcel Gerard. After the latter came back to life as the Beast from the prophecy, he bit Elijah and his younger brother Kol, knowing his bite would kill them both. He then banished the Mikaelsons from New Orleans. However, unknown to Marcel, Elijah's older sister Freya linked him and all their siblings to Klaus's life force, giving Hayley time to find cures for them all.
In the fourth season, The Hollow used the magic from Elijah's sireline to resurrect herself. Before his death, Freya was able to transfer his soul into a pendant. Elijah was later on restored to his body. However, every vampire in his sireline remained dead.
ItalyElijah was in Italy along with his siblings Rebekah and Klaus, where he worried that Klaus and Kol's violent behavior was spreading word of the Original vampires and drawing too much attention. They came across a vampire hunter named Alexander who was part of a group called the Brotherhood of the Five, where he publicly executed vampires in presentations on how to kill the "demons". Their sister, however, had fallen in love with Alexander so Elijah and Klaus took advantage of the affair as an opportunity to get closer to the hunter and find out his secrets. One day, the siblings were invited to a party at Alexander's home where they were ambushed and neutralized for the first time by White Oak Ash Daggers. Klaus was unaffected by the dagger thanks to his werewolf lineage and undaggered Elijah and the rest of his siblings except Finn.
Elijah founded the ancient vampire society, The Strix together with his lover Aya, after he turned her. They founded The Strix in hopes of bringing like-minded individuals together to create a new, better world. However, not long after, his father found him, started destroying the society he had built, and Elijah was forced to flee with siblings. Elijah had to abandon The Strix to save his family from Mikael but asked Aya to come with him. She refused, staying behind while Elijah fled and Mikael slaughtered The Strix members. By the time Elijah returned, it was too late; Tristan de Martel -together with Aya- took control over the organization. Aya never forgave Elijah for abandoning the group and The Strix were slowly corrupted by Tristan into a more savage, ego-maniacal force than Elijah had ever intended it to be.
According to Elijah's Journal, he had begun noticing Rebekah and Klaus losing their humanity. However, Elijah hoped as their older brother he could lead them down the right path to reclaiming their humanity and carry on the family legacy. But he believed if he fails, their family legacy would fall in ruins.
In England, Elijah and Klaus were noblemen in the late 15th century. In the year 1492 Elijah met Katerina Petrova, who was the Doppelgänger of Tatia and moments later, showed her to his younger brother Niklaus. Katerina was the key to breaking Klaus' Hybrid Curse through sacrifice. While Elijah was helping Klaus achieve his goal, he started to fall in love with Katerina. And one day Elijah saw Katerina bored, he took her outside to have fun and then they sat at a bench and talked about love. Elijah confessed to her that he didn't believe in love, but Katerina didn't believe him, saying that without love, they wouldn't have a reason to live at all. Klaus then came and interrupted, taking Katerina with him and away from Elijah. Elijah then tried to persuade Klaus to spare her life, but Klaus told him not to bother and that the ritual would go on as planned. On the night of the full moon, Katerina took the moonstone and fled with the help of Trevor. Klaus assumed Elijah helped her because of their discussion the night before about sparing her life. Elijah promised him that he would find her and Klaus responded with a promise of his own; if he did not find Katerina, he would be killed. Elijah attempted to track down Katerina, but failed.
In 1702, Kol's violence in Cádiz, Spain drew too much attention and brought Mikael, straight to the family, burning the country in his wake. While the flames drew closer, Elijah and Klaus searched for Kol while Rebekah brought the daggered Finn onboard a ship to flee from Europe. They found him in a tavern where he drank and feasted on humans carelessly. Despite their warnings of Mikael's arrival, he refused to flee. When Klaus and Elijah insisted, Kol attempted to resist them but was subdued by Elijah as Klaus pulled out one of the white oak ash daggers and successfully daggered and neutralized Kol.
1700'sIn 1713, having fled Europe from Mikael, Elijah, along with Klaus and Rebekah, and their two daggered brothers, sailed across the world, through the Mississippi River and arrived in the French colony of Louisiana, off the shores of a town they have named New Orleans, 300 years from the present. Upon arriving off the coast of New Orleans, they slaughtered all the men who boarded their ship, but left one alive to question and carry their luggage, including the two coffins of their neutralized brothers, Kol and Finn.
In the year 1821, Elijah had grown close to Klaus' ward, Marcellus, encouraging and teaching him. The growing bond between Marcellus and Elijah made Klaus extremely jealous since he had been hoping to be Marcellus' mentor. Angrily declaring that he needed someone to spend time with, Klaus revealed to Elijah that he had undaggered their younger brother, Kol. Elijah was shocked and horrified by his youngest brother's awakening, rushing down to the coffins to find that Kol had already killed a number of people. Elijah could only grudgingly watch things play out as Klaus and Kol joyfully spread violence throughout the city, even slaughtering an entire tenement building for fun. Elijah tried to remind them that it was careless and destructive behavior that had cost them homes in the past.
Later, Elijah found Kol tormenting Marcellus, feeding him vampire blood and threatening to turn him, believing in his own twisted mind that it was what Elijah and Klaus wanted. Elijah defended Marcellus from Kol's sadism, grabbing his brother by the neck, only being stopped by Klaus who proceeded to dagger Kol again, recognizing that he was too wild. Elijah later confessed to Kol's daggered body that though he didn't like the daggerings, it was for the best since Kol was a bad influence on Klaus. He also admitted that he'd have to isolate himself from Marcellus to allow Klaus to grow closer to the boy since it would make him a better person. Elijah solemnly sacrificed a close and friendly relationship with Marcellus for Klaus' benefit, treating Marcellus with indifference from that point on.
In the year 1887, 52 years after being daggered by Klaus, Rebekah had finally been undaggered by him. Elijah had helped her reintegrate herself into New Orleans' society and they went to the opera house together. It was a moment that only Elijah and Rebekah shared together.
In the year 1914, Elijah attended his family's Christmas party with his siblings. During the party, Klaus gave a toast to the party-goers, revealing that he knew of betrayal planned by their brother Kol, who had been conspiring with witches against him. Elijah, seemingly having also been informed of his younger brother's treachery, stopped Kol as he tried to flee, holding him down while Klaus daggered him.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In 500 Years of Solitude, when Katherine is dying in bed, Damon messes with her mind and creates hallucinations of Jenna Sommers, John Gilbert and then makes a hallucination of Elijah. She sees Elijah and thinks it is real, she says his name and he comes to her bed and she is glad to see him. He says "Katerina". She lays her hand on him, and says "You're here". Then she realized it was just Damon playing with her mind and told her no one is coming for her as no one cares. Elijah is in fact still living in New Orleans.
It is possible that Elijah did not know Katherine was dying because Klaus probably didn't tell him as Klaus wanted to return to Mystic Falls to gloat over Katherine's corpse and see Caroline otherwise Elijah would have stopped him.
In The Devil Inside, Elijah's voice was heard when he was introducing Klaus to Katherine in the 15th century, as part of Katherine's memories.
Throughout The Originals Series
In Gather Up the Killers, after spending five years asleep and linked to Klaus, Elijah was awoken after Hayley found the cure to Marcel's bite. After awaking, he immediately went to Hayley's aid, who was holding off many vampires under the leadership of Alistair Duquesne. Reunited, the two kissed and warmly embraced each other. Hayley saw that Elijah's infection was gone and he thanked her for saving not just him, but the whole family. He inquired about Hope and how she was before deciding with Hayley that there was only one person in the family left to save; they prepared to rescue Klaus from Marcel.
In No Quarter, Elijah and his awoken siblings fed on a bus of prisoners and corrections officers to regain their full strength after their long slumber. They then decided how to proceed in freeing Klaus and while Kol suggested that they lure Marcel out of the city before trying anything, Elijah was adamant that they rescue Klaus as soon as possible. Elijah and Rebekah went to Josh, wanting to use him to get to Marcel. However, Rebekah came up with a plan to speak to Marcel herself since she believed he wouldn't hurt her. Elijah tried to convince her otherwise, knowing it would be too dangerous but Rebekah ignored his wishes. While Rebekah distracted Marcel, Elijah led the rest of the family to try and save Klaus.
Using a series of tunnels that led to the dungeon Klaus was restrained in beneath the compound, Elijah was gravely concerned when he saw the state his brother was in. While Freya tried to break the magical barrier around Klaus, Elijah kept watch, eventually going up to the compound to try and hold off Marcel while they broke Klaus free. Elijah bravely confronted Marcel even knowing he was outmatched by Marcel's power. Marcel chastised Elijah for coming back to New Orleans even after he barely managed to survive his bite. Elijah told him he was there for Klaus, only infuriating Marcel further, prompting to viciously attack Elijah. While Elijah could hold his own, he was being overwhelmed by Marcel's assault until Hayley arrived to help him. Even together, the two were no match for Marcel, trying to convince him that enough bloodshed had been spilled and they just wanted Klaus back. Marcel remained steadfast in his refusal, preparing to kill them when a freed Klaus arrived, stabbing Marcel with Papa Tunde's blade. Elijah, Hayley, and Klaus took the opportunity to flee.
Elijah helped Klaus get to the family's meeting point where Kol and Rebekah were waiting and they all embraced. However, Marcel caught up, threatening to kill them all but Klaus managed to convince him to let them live on the condition that they wouldn't return to New Orleans. Surprised Marcel agreed to the terms, Elijah and the others left New Orleans behind, travelling to Hayley's house. Klaus thanked his family again for not abandoning him to rot before they all proceeded to enter the house.
In Haunter of Ruins, Elijah listened as Kol and Freya tried to convince them all to leave Hayley's house as soon as possible to get as far away from Marcel as they could. Elijah wasn't in a hurry, agreeing that Klaus should be able to spend some time with his daughter before uprooting Hope's life. He, along with his siblings, was met by his now seven year old niece. While Klaus bonded with Hope, Rebekah asked him what he was going to do with his immortality now that Klaus had found some peace and redemption with his daughter. Elijah pondered her question and decided he'd have to find his own happiness now, re-affirming his love for Hayley before sleeping together. After Hayley wanted Freya to release Keelin, the werewolf whose venom was used to cure them, Elijah agreed and demanded that Freya let Keelin go. Later, when Hope was feeling unwell, they received a message from Vincent saying he knew what was wrong with her and to come to New Orleans. While Elijah wanted Klaus to stay behind, they all agreed that they would all return to the city for Hope's sake.
In Keepers of the House, the Mikaelsons brought Hope to the compound to have Vincent heal her from whatever magical affliction was harming her. Vincent seemed to be successful in curing her, telling the Mikaelsons the best way to thank him was to leave New Orleans. When birds began falling from the sky, forming a symbol around Hope, Elijah watched as she warned them that The Hollow was coming. Elijah went to the church where Vincent was warning the witches about The Hollow and Elijah interrupted the meeting to propose an alliance between he and Vincent to exterminate The Hollow. When Vincent resisted the idea due to Elijah's role in Davina's death, Elijah told him that he would do anything under the sun if it meant rescuing his niece and that Vincent was better off having at least one of the two evils he was up against by his side.
Now aligned for the purpose of saving the children The Hollow had abducted, Vincent explained to Elijah that The Hollow could take control of peoples' minds to do its bidding but that he could use the ashes from one of its followers he had encountered to help track it. When Elijah brought up that The Hollow's history with Eva Sinclair, Vincent made it clear that The Hollow could take whatever darkness people kept buried and used it to control them just like it had done to he and his wife, and it could do the same thing to Elijah if given the chance; possibly making him a risk to his own niece. When Vincent discovered that his friend, Will Kinney was serving The Hollow, they confronted him only to find that Will was too devoted to the evil spirit. He tried to murder Vincent but Elijah got in the way and intercepted the bullet before throwing Kinney to the floor. Elijah commented on the monster lurking inside Will, asking him if he wanted to see his own monster within. Elijah tried to use his powers to breach Kinney's mind and find the children but someone had made his mind impenetrable to vampires. When Elijah considered torturing him physically instead, Vincent refused as Will was still his friend and he could break through with his magic if given time. Will broke free and used a talisman to knock away both Elijah and Vincent before escaping, but not before Vincent had tagged him with magic so they could trace him.
Tracking Will into the woods, Elijah and Vincent met up with Klaus, Hayley, and a reluctant Marcel. They found The Hollow's servants in the middle of their ritual with the captive children, using the spell to claim more power for themselves. Elijah joined his family and allies in attacking the witches and trying to rescue the kids from the ritual. However, Klaus and Marcel were trapped by The Hollow and Elijah was unable to break through the barrier they were within. Vincent realized that The Hollow wanted them to come, needing an anchor to the living world. The only way they would be able to stop the spell and free Klaus and Marcel was to kill one of the children that was being used in the ritual. Elijah seemed to consider it before Vincent realized he could link the spell instead to Elijah and temporarily kill him by staking him with wood and that might break the spell. Elijah agreed to the plan and let Vincent link him to the spell before Hayley staked him in the heart with a tree branch. The plan worked, freeing Klaus and Marcel, and seemingly defeating The Hollow. Back a the compound, Hayley confronted Elijah about if he had really considered murdering a child if it meant saving his family. When it was clear he had, she told him they had to be better and had to stop putting their family first above everything else all the time.
In I Hear You Knocking, Elijah was entrusted to protect Hope on a journey to the bayou with Hayley while Klaus tried to make sure the threat of the Hollow was really over. While walking to Mary's, Elijah and Hayley discussed building a life together and Elijah was hopeful they could live a happy life together, possibly even in the bayou if he exchanged his suits for jean shorts. When they arrived at Mary's, the elder werewolf wasn't happy to see Elijah, reminding Hayley that vampires weren't welcome in her home. Elijah obeyed Mary's wishes and stayed outside. Later, after Mary gave Hayley her husband's journal, she showed Elijah and they discovered he was connected to the Hollow, possibly confirming that the Hollow may have forced him to kill Hayley's parents.
While promising Hayley he wouldn't let anything happen to her like it did her parents, Elijah got a call from Freya telling him he needed to get back to the city or Marcel was going to kill Klaus. As the Hollow and its influence kept both Klaus and Marcel trapped in a house trying to kill one another, Freya tried to break in but only could with Elijah allowing her to channel him. When they broke through, Elijah interrupted Marcel and Klaus's fight but Marcel quickly overpowered him. Though Klaus almost listened to the Hollow's orders to kill Marcel, he freed Elijah by just snapping Marcel's neck. Together, Klaus, Freya, and Elijah all saw the Hollow manifest itself before disappearing. When Elijah questioned why Klaus spared Marcel even with a blade that could kill him, Klaus explained that killing Marcel would have given the Hollow what it wanted.
They trapped Marcel in the same dungeon he had kept Klaus in for five years. Elijah visited him and explained why he killed Marcel five years ago, comparing it to Klaus sparing him now. He admitted that for a time, he believed Marcel was the key to Klaus's redemption but it's been made clear to him that Hope was actually the only one who really could help redeem him; making Marcel obsolete and no longer welcome in their family. Elijah swore that if Marcel continued to get in the way of his little brother's redemption, he would deliver on him another kind of nightmare. Elijah then left Marcel trapped in the dungeon.
In Bag of Cobras, Elijah went to Vincent and made him aware that he had Marcel detained until they could be sure he was free of the Hollow's influence. Vincent hesitantly invited Elijah inside his home to tell him more about the Hollow, and how it had haunted the city for a very long time, always trying to reach out to the living world in violent patterns of four. Elijah suspected that a servant of the Hollow would come to a party at the compound if he threw one, counting on that to root them out. Elijah returned home to help prepare for the party with Klaus, but reminding Klaus not to shed blood as it would only make their situation worse. Elijah urged Klaus to let him handle it, as Klaus had to protected his own image for his daughter's sake, telling Klaus that if anyone should disrupt their kingdom, to have them answer to Elijah alone.
That night, once the party had begun, Elijah addressed the attendants, telling them that the party was to celebrate an alliance between the Mikaelsons and Marcel; despite having Marcel captive. Klaus joined him in his speech, telling the crowd that they should put aside any past grievances since the Mikaelsons would only be staying in New Orleans briefly. With the festivities underway, Klaus spoke with Elijah about Vincent helping them expose any potential followers of the Hollow at the party. Once Vincent tracked down the witch Dominic, Elijah reminded Klaus to let him handle Dominic.
Elijah requested a private audience with Dominic but Dominic brought two of his allies with him. Vincent joined them but when things between him and Dominic grew too hostile, Elijah snapped the necks of Dominic's allies before telling the enraged Vincent to leave them. Speaking with Dominic alone, the witch told Elijah about the sacrifices and that the children were just the start; the Hollow really needed the power of someone ancient, imbued with magic such as him or the other Original Vampires, settling for Marcel whose power would work just as well. Dominic demanded Elijah hand over Marcel and that he would also take Vincent just as a show of good faith. Elijah knew better than to betray Vincent as it would start a war with the covens. Dominic promised that if Elijah handed over Vincent and Marcel, the Mikaelsons would be spared. Dominic explained that the Hollow wanted to be made flesh again and would not be stopped in getting what it wanted. Elijah turned down Dominic's proposal and attacked him, holding him on the balcony in display of the whole party. He announced that the Originals would remove the Hollow and its disciples from New Orleans; tearing out Dominic's heart and publicly executing him.
After the party, when Vincent spoke with Elijah about the show he put on, Elijah reminded him that an alliance between he and Vincent was essential in stopping the Hollow. He then spoke with Klaus, asking him if he had retrieved all of the weapons of the Hollow. Elijah told him about the Hollow's plans for rebirth and with Hayley's help, they learned that the Hollow was searching for its own remains. Elijah realized Dominic had taken Papa Tunde's blade, which turned out to be one of the Hollow's bones; understanding that if the Hollow's followers got to the rest of the bones before they did, they would raise the Hollow who would come for the Mikaelsons.
In High Water and a Devil's Daughter, Elijah planned on having Freya cast a barrier spell around the compound to protect his family from the Hollow while he would venture outside to further investigated it, much to Klaus's annoyance. He went to Vincent to discuss a new strategy to keep the Hollow at bay since the Ancestors could no longer hold the force back. Vincent explained that the Ancestors were not gone, just the link to communicating with them was gone. Elijah wanted to re-establish the link but Vincent assured him they could only reconnect with them using The Harvest ritual that Elijah was familiar with. Vincent shot down Elijah's plan but Elijah remained undeterred. He killed four French Quarter witches on consecrated ground with the ceremonial blade, beginning the Harvest despite Vincent's protests, in a desperate move to reconnect with the Ancestors to help defeat the Hollow.
Vincent tried to perform the Harvest for Elijah but Elijah's makeshift and rushed set up of the ritual made it difficult. The Ancestors wouldn't accept the attempted offering, making Vincent and Elijah's eyes bleed before magically snapping Elijah's neck. When Elijah woke, he found Vincent using Davina's skull to connect to her spirit, hoping she'd accept the sacrifice and restore the link to the Ancestors. Elijah watched as their Harvest sacrifice was accepted and the new Harvest girls were revived. Vincent criticized Elijah for killing four innocent girls just to get the connection the Ancestors back. Elijah defended his actions, citing that they now had a new ally against the Hollow. Vincent coldly told him that he had no virtue and was a soulless infection to anyone around him, saddened that Hope had to be raised in a family he was part of. Elijah returned home and told Freya that Vincent had restored the link to the Ancestors, hoping that meant they could put the Hollow back in its cage. Freya wasn't as hopeful, having learned that the guardians of the Hollow's bones was a werewolf family and the last member of that family had died: Tyler Lockwood. Elijah, somewhat amused by the circumstances, realized that meant that some of the Hollow's bones were in Mystic Falls.
In Voodoo in My Blood, while Elijah prepared to meet Alaric Saltzman, who was bringing some of the Hollow's bones from Virginia, Hayley questioned him on his actions in recreating the Harvest ritual. Elijah reminded her that they were at war with a creature they barely understood and extreme measures had to be taken. Klaus then instructed Elijah to work together with Marcel to find the remaining bones before the Hollow did, much to Elijah's surprise, but Klaus told him to start mending bridges instead of throwing people off of them. Elijah made an uneasy alliance with Marcel, proposing to hand over the only weapon capable of killing him. As Elijah and Marcel waited for Alaric to bring the bones at the decided meeting point, they spoke about their rough past and Marcel believed Elijah only brought him along to make sure his power didn't fall into the Hollow's hands. Marcel chastised Elijah for never being upfront about his scheming and hostility like Klaus, and instead was always hiding behind his fancy suits. Elijah assured Marcel that he had never completely forgiven himself for tearing Marcel's heart out five years prior.
They found Alaric on the road, discovering that he had been attacked by the Hollow. When they realized the Hollow was possessing Sofya, Elijah was quick to suggest killing her to neutralize the threat, much to Marcel's chagrin. Instead, Alaric told them about another werewolf family line, where supposedly one of the members was buried with another of the Hollow's bones. Elijah and Marcel went to the tomb where the body lay and found the bone buried with the corpse. Elijah demanded Marcel hand over the bone but Marcel resisted, wanting Elijah to trust him but Elijah threatened him with the knife that Freya had made. Elijah listened as Marcel told him his true colors were showing and that he'd always be a poster boy for believing violence was always the best solution. Hearing this, Elijah lowered the blade and turned to find the Hollow enter the tomb, possessing Sofya's body. The Hollow easily overpowered them, wanting the bone but Hayley intervened. Despite Hayley using her own Labonair blood against the Hollow, the Hollow managed to incapacitate her and take the bone, leaving Elijah, Marcel, and Hayley defeated.
When Elijah learned Klaus was being held captive by the ancestral spirit of Davina Claire, trying to sacrifice him to defeat the Hollow, Elijah offered himself up in his brother's stead. The encounter was interrupted by Hope who used her magic to send Davina away and free her father. Hayley criticized Elijah offering to sacrifice himself, telling him that she and Hope needed him but Elijah reiterated the Hope needed her father more than she needed him. Elijah promised to make all of the chaos around them right, and Hayley asked him to start by giving the knife to Marcel as a show of peace. Elijah went to Marcel's to hand over the weapon but was met by the Hollow who stabbed him from behind with part of an enchanted rose bush created from Marcel's blood, its thorns laced with poison that could slowly kill an Original. The Hollow stood over Elijah, telling him that his death would be used to bring her back to life.
In Queen Death, Elijah was held captive by the Hollow, with the branch of the rose bush still embedded in his back and it poison from the enchanted thorns slowly killing him. The Hollow told him that she planned on using the death of him, and by extension his sireline, as a sacrifice to bring her back to life, more powerful than ever before. She explained that all she needed were the rest of her body's bones and she would get those, despite his family's attempts to stop her, assuring him that his family would watch him finally die. As Elijah's conditioned worsened, the Hollow threatened to kill Hope, since she was part of her bloodline and potentially capable of destroying her, much to Elijah's fury.
After the Hollow left Elijah to be guarded by some of her followers, Elijah's guards were killed by Hayley and Freya. As they tried to free him from the barrier he was trapped within as well as bringing a cure for the thorn's poisons, their efforts were in vain as the Hollow's spirit arrived and began her spell, now that she had collected all of her bones. As she began to sacrifice the dying Elijah, Freya tried to pull his soul into her pendant like she had done with Finn's. Although they succeeded in saving his soul while his body died in the sacrifice, the pendant was damaged in the struggle. Elijah's soul was fractured but still preserved in the pendant, nearly impossible to make contact with. The result of his body and sireline dying allowed the Hollow to resurrect in her physical form.
In Phantomesque, Elijah's consciousness remained fractured inside of the damaged pendant and his mind hid itself behind the Red Door that he put all of his most horrific deeds behind. While Freya and Hayley mounted a desperate search for Elijah inside of the pendant, through thousands of years of Elijah's memories, Hayley eventually found him behind the Red Door; though he was lost within the memory of his early days as a violent, almost savage vampire. He nearly harmed Hayley before his mind was brought back together with Hope's help. He spoke to Hayley and Hope, apologizing for his actions before they left him alone in the pendant, his consciousness and spirit no longer shattered. However, they were unable to bring him back to his original body without a sacrifice to power the resurrection, which they hoped could be achieved by killing the Hollow.
In A Spirit Here That Won't Be Broken, Freya was able to free Elijah from the pendant.
In Voodoo Child, Elijah mourned the loss of his relationship with Hayley. Meanwhile, the Mikaelsons discovered that the Hollow was possessing Hope, and were unable to expel it. When Elijah tried to talk to Hayley, she rebuffed him.
In The Feast of All Sinners, Vincent released the Hollow from Hope's body, but was forced to send it into Klaus, Rebekah, Kol, and Elijah. Elijah had Marcel compel him (with Vincent's help) to stay away from his siblings. He then went to France and became a piano player, wearing casual clothes.
- "In the beginning, our family was human, A thousand years ago, now. Although our mother dabbled in the dark arts, we were actually just a family trying to survive in a time when it was quite difficult to do so. And, for better or worse, we were happy."
- —Elijah to Hayley in Always and Forever
Elijah is a very attractive, positive, quirky and upbeat person. He always tries to see the good in people and tries to be a friend to everyone. He lives by a code of honor and morality that has been with him since he was a witch. As he told Elena in All My Children, he valued qualities such as compassion, honor and virtue long before his mother turned him into a vampire. Having learned to take care of his family over the years and being naturally responsible, Elijah had developed into a very free-spirited, mature and independent person. Elijah was close with his half-brother Klaus and his sister Rebekah, he was also a little close with his youngest brother Henrik and he was devastated after he was killed by werewolves.
- Main article: Elijah Mikaelson/Appearance
Elijah is a handsome man who stands about 5'11" in height, and has a thin but muscular body. He has short brown hair which appeared to have darkened slightly in the fourth season, with hazel brown eyes. His facial features are angular - high cheekbones, a strong jawline, and a straight nose. Despite being centuries old, he appears to be 23 or 24 years old. He is older than his half brother Niklaus, but is younger than his brother Finn and his sister Freya, making him the third oldest sibling of the family. Elijah is similar to his younger brother Kol in facial features, but resembles all of his siblings in a more general way.
Elijah in the present day is consistently well-dressed. His wardrobe typically consists of a dress jacket, dress shoes, dress pants, shirt and sometimes a tie. This continues his trend of dressing well throughout the centuries. As a human, he wore more simplistic clothing, along with the other males in his family. But ever since he and his family journeyed to Europe, it seems he upgraded his attire to clothing indicative of a nobleman. Elijah has also worn different hairstyles in keeping with the times. It was revealed that Esther placed in his mind the idea of remaining clean and forgetting about his victims to save him from the guilt of it.
Powers and Abilities
Elijah has the typical weaknesses of an Original Vampire. Following the destruction of the White Oak Stake, it is presumed by all original vampires, that they cannot be killed, however, this seems to be untrue, following the prophecy, as the Beast can kill him.
- "Now we have fought together for centuries and once again to break your enemy you broke, your family."
- —Elijah to Klaus in Ashes to Ashes
- Main article: Elijah and Klaus
Unfortunately, Elijah's relationship with Klaus takes a turn for the worst, though it was not a very healthy one to begin with due to actions made constantly by Klaus, when Elijah chose to believe Tyler's lies over Klaus, that he is (supposedly) aware that his child's blood can make hybrids, and he plans to use his child's blood once she is born to make an army of hybrids, to take over New Orleans. He falsely accused Klaus of only caring about his unborn child, so he can use her to sire more hybrids, unfortunately, he finds out the hard way that he was wrong, and unintentionally damages his relationship with Klaus. Though Elijah was well within reason to believe so. Elijah repairs his relationship with Klaus when he apologizes to him for accusing him of only caring about his unborn child so he can used her to sire more hybrids, despite the fact that their relationship is now repaired, Elijah is barely on speaking terms with Klaus.
Unfortunately, their relationship becomes worse than ever, when Elijah daggered Klaus and allowed Hayley to try and take Hope away from him, in retaliation Klaus kills his girlfriend Gia, and daggered him with Papa Tunde's Blade, their relationship becomes estranged/broken after this, as they both want nothing to do with each other any more.
They reconcile by the end of the third season.
- "I only came to New Orleans to make sure you were safe. You are. I thought that I might be able to convince you to come with me, but here you are, rushing into whatever Klaus and Marcel and the witches have cooked up. And I finally get it. You'll never leave this city. You'll never leave Klaus."
- —Rebekah to Elijah in Fruit of the Poisoned Tree
- Main article: Elijah and Rebekah
Rebekah is Elijah's younger sister. His relationship with her has been very dysfunctional. Elijah is in the habit of being very critical towards Rebekah due to her actions. After she requests him to give her the cure for the vampirism, Elijah agrees, provided that she go a whole day without her vampire abilities. However, they were tricked by Silas with Klaus' help. After finding out that Klaus is going to be a father, Elijah asks her to follow Klaus and him to New Orleans. She refuses to follow Elijah and help him. Elijah is without a doubt the brother Rebekah respects most out of all her brothers. After 3 months of not hearing anything from Elijah she returns to New Orleans to find Elijah and make sure he's alright. Once she finds him, Elijah tells his sister to protect the wolf carrying Klaus' child, and once he gets home to the Mikaelson mansion he gets a warm welcome from Rebekah. But soon after she tells him that she is leaving town and would ask to come with her, she knows that Elijah would never leave town or Klaus. Unlike Rebekah, Elijah believes that his brother can be redeemed. Elijah also is shown to be very protective of Rebekah, not letting anyone physically harm her. When she is about to be stabbed with Papa Tunde's Blade, he stabs Klaus with it to save Rebekah. He also would not allow Klaus to stake her with the White Oak Stake or harm her in any way.
- "We've all done bad things. It's just, most people die before the list gets embarrassing. But, don't for a second compare yourself to Klaus."
- —Hayley to Elijah in Bloodletting
- Main article: Elijah and Hayley
Season 1: The relationship between Elijah and Hayley began once Elijah was made aware of Hayley's pregnancy with his brother's child. Elijah shows Hayley his family history, to explain how it is possible that she's carrying a Hybrid child. Elijah makes a promise to Hayley that he'll always protect her. A few days later Hayley is reading the journals of Elijah and learns more about him and how he feels about his siblings. When Klaus asks what it is about his brother that inspires admiration, Hayley responds that Elijah was kind to her. Once Elijah and Hayley are reunited, she slaps him and tells him not to make promises he can't keep. The day after when the witches are trying to kill her baby, Elijah tries to do everything he can to undo it and kills the witches who were responsible. One Hayley disappeared, Elijah and Klaus tough Marcel had kidnapped her, they then confronted about it. Elijah finally found Hayley and she tells him about her hybrid baby and what it can do. Elijah confront his brother about what Hayley had told him. It is clear they feel an attraction towards each other, however due to other factors, do not act upon them. After many attempts for them to have their first kiss, when Hayley was about to die because Mikael's threat, Elijah was very afraid of losing her and he decided to opened to her about what he felt, after hearing Elijah's words, Hayley decides to take the first step and kiss him.
Season 2: After Hayley and Klaus had to give up to protect her, Elijah and Hayley become estranged. Hayley is upset and angry about Hope leaving and takes some of her angry out on him. In Rebirth, Hayley kills Francesca as a reaction for almost killing her baby. Elijah tries to comfort her and but Hayley starts screaming at him saying that every since she turned into a hybrid she felt extremely different. In the next couple of episodes Elijah tries to help Hayley through her transformation and how she grieves with losing her child. In Red Door, Elijah has a dream about a brunette girl running away from him. Elijah has blood all over himself and he looks like he wants to feed. When the brunette girl turns around you see that it's Hayley who is trying to run away from him. Elijah then feeds on Hayley, who is obviously not a hybrid. In the episodes after this Hayley worries about Elijah and his mental state. In The Map of Moments, Hayley and Elijah finally sleep together after Hayley tells Elijah that she's is going to marry Jackson in order to keep the wolves from turning and having to use the moon rings provided by the witches. Hayley says that she doesn't love Jackson but can't be involved with Elijah and be married to him. Elijah tells Hayley to marry Jackson but then pulls her close and starts to kiss her. In the next episode, Gonna Set Your Flag On Fire, their is a lot of sexual tension with Elijah and Hayley since it's the day after they had sex. In I Love You, Goodbye, it's the day of Hayley and Jackson's wedding day. Elijah wants to tell Hayley that she loves her but Hayley tells him not to, considering that it's her wedding and all.
- "It was more than a fantasy - it was our hope. It was our family's last hope, and now she's gone."
- —Elijah about losing Hope in From a Cradle to a Grave
- Main article: Elijah and Hope
Hope is Elijah's niece, and he loves her very much. Even before Hope was ready to be birthed, he was the first person to accept the baby. In Always and Forever, he is the one that wanted the baby to be alive and tried to convince Klaus to accept the child. He has sworn to protect her and love her. They have a strong relationship and he wants nothing more then to let her be safe. That is why he agreed to send her away to live with Rebekah until New Orleans is safe for her to return.
- "I meant what I said about my feelings for you. And I'd like to think that you feel something for me, too. I need you to trust me. I want you to trust me. Just like I'm trusting you. You don't owe me anything. I'm gonna let you decide where we go from here."
- —Katherine to Elijah in American Gothic
- Main article: Elijah and Katherine
In 1492, Elijah met a woman named Katerina Petrova who was the first doppelgänger of Tatia. Elijah and Katerina got to know each other before he introduced her to his younger brother Niklaus. Klaus wanted her to be sacrificed, but Elijah had started to have feelings for her. When Katerina escaped, Elijah felt betrayed by her and started hunting her down, but was mislead the other way thanks to a vampire named Trevor. 500 years later, Elijah finds her stuck inside the vampire tomb and compelled her to stay. Almost a year later, Katerina contacts Elijah and asks him to help her find the cure. During their search for the cure, their friendship grows to be very strong and eventually they fall deeply in love, therefore beginning a sexual relationship. After Elijah discovered that Katerina killed Jeremy Gilbert, he got mad at her lies. Elijah says that he doesn't know who she really is. Katerina then met with him again and handed him the cure, telling him she loves him and she wanted him to trust her, as she is trusting him. During the episode "The Originals", Katherine asks him to be with her, instead of heading to New Orleans for a life with Klaus. He doesn't say anything except goodbye, and leaves, after kissing her on the forehead. It is unclear whether their relationship will have a future. Even though he was a hallucination in 500 Years of Solitude, Katherine was happy to see him and had shown to have missed him. He presumably does not yet know that Katherine's dead.
Attitude Toward HumansElijah respects human life. He is shown to be generally gentle, kind, caring and considerate with humans, the opposite of his half-brother Klaus, who is shown to have little to no regard for human life. He has not been seen compelling a human except Elena as he needed information from her and Carol Lockwood (for a change of suit). As a vampire, he strongly dislikes the idea of feeding on humans and instead feeds from blood bags. Elijah gives Elena an elixir that has a chance to resurrect the person who drinks it. The elixir was meant for Katerina before she escaped, but now he proffered it to Elena, so she could have had a chance to survive after the sacrifice. Esther, Elijah's mother, however, mentions that he is no better than the others, causing him to reflect that he kills, tortures and manipulates others to get what he wants, mainly to protect his family. Esther says this to Elijah and his two brothers Kol and Niklaus, "For a thousand years, I've been forced to watch you. Felt the pain of every victim, suffered while you shed blood. Even you, Elijah, with your claim to nobility, you’re no better. All of you. You’re a curse on this earth. Stretched out over generations." When his brother was entombed, Elijah offered Elena a deal to hand Klaus back to him and, in exchange, no one will harm her. After the loss of his brother (Klaus), Elijah and Rebekah hugged for a few seconds.
Once Elijah comes to New Orleans, he goes to the bar at Rousseau's and talks with the bartender Camille, about his brother and his family history. Four months later, after being revived by Davina, a powerful witch, he confesses to her that he has a terrible hunger inside after being in the coffin for 4 months, but would not feed from a child. The day after he comes home, he is seen reading a book while an innocent girl is bleeding out, a peace offering from Klaus. Elijah mentions that his forgiveness cannot be bought and says not "this" when he mentions the dead girl.
- Elijah from the Hebrew אֱלִיָּהוּ (eliyyahu) meaning "YAWEH is my God". It's the name of a Prophet who was carried to the heavens in a chariot of fire. It was a popular name during the middle ages.
- Mikaelson is Scandinavian and means "Son of Mikael".
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