|“||The road to redemption is long and winding, but worthy.||”|
Elijah Mikaelson (Elder Futhark: ᛖᛚᛇᚨᚺ ᛗᛁᚲᚨᛖᛚᛋᛟᚾ) was 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 was an Original Vampire.
Elijah was the third child and second son of Mikael and Esther. He was the younger brother of Freya Mikaelson and Finn Mikaelson, and the older brother of Kol Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson and Henrik Mikaelson. Elijah was 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.
Copenhagen, Denmark, 1500s
Cádiz, Spain, 1700s
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.
In 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.
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 Where You Left Your Heart, eight years after being compelled to forget his past, Elijah had set up his new life in Manosque, France and taken a job as a club musician, playing the piano. He's visited by a man, unknown to him as Kluas. They talk and the effects of the Dark Magic that reside in both himself and Klaus begin to manifest, such as the roses in the bar wilting and the water in glasses turning to blood. Sometime later, he's visited by a woman, unknown to him as Rebekah. They speak for a bit, but the effects of their encounter countinue to ripple outward in New Orleans. Elijah remained unaware that both visitors were his siblings from his previous life.
In Ne Me Quitte Pas, it was revealed how Elijah had ended up in Maonsque. Years prior, after Marcel had compelled his memories away, Elijah wandered with no knowledge of who he was. However, due to his hunger and instinctive need for human blood, he quickly discovered that he was a vampire. Elijah believed he was completely alone until he went to New York and bumped into another vampire, Antoinette Sienna. He asked for her help in explaining what they were. Antoinette explained the ins and outs of being a vampire, and he told her how he didn't remember anything about who he was and the farthest back he could remember was that he just woke up starving on a bus six days prior, with nothing but a vague memory of a man, his daylight ring, cufflinks with the letter E engraved on them, and a mysterious note that said "don't look back".
For weeks, Antoinette helped Elijah re-learn how to be a vampire. However, she was upset when Elijah brought her to a group feed with other vampires he had discovered, explaining that because she was a nightwalker who preferred not to wear a daylight ring and didn't enjoy violently feeding like others, she was a pariah among other vampire groups. They walked in Central Park and Antoinette explained her past, and that taking off the daylight ring allowed her to embrace that she had become an undead creature of the night, wanting to be reminded that she wasn't human and had died before. Elijah was suddenly ambushed by Marcel, who was in New York with Rebekah, and wanted to keep the siblings separated to keep the dark magic at bay. Marcel told Elijah to leave the city, even using his real name, and threatened to kill him and Antoinette if he didn't leave. Elijah recognized Marcel as the face in his memories.
Elijah wanted to pursue Marcel so he could find out who he really was. Antoinette, recognizing the danger of Elijah's pursuit for answers, decided to leave him, not wanting to live her life that way. Elijah searched desperately for answers but was unsuccessful. In his confusion and anger, he slaughtered a night club full of vampires and people until Marcel returned. Elijah continued to demand answers but Marcel told him to stop trying to uncover his past, assuring Elijah that Elijah got rid of his own memories for someone, a little girl, and that if he kept digging up his past, she would get hurt. He left after telling Elijah to trust his own decision, and to make a life somewhere else.
Elijah went to France and found Antoinette and the two spent the next seven years together, enjoying their life as musicians in a club. Elijah proposed to her but their night was interrupted by Klaus, having come to take Elijah back to New Orleans due to a family crisis. Klaus demanded Elijah return home with him, despite his lost memories, willingly or otherwise. Elijah refused and the two engaged in a fight, as the dark magic within them manifested due to their proximity to one another. Antoinette staked Klaus and she and Elijah tried to run. Klaus quickly recovered and cornered them, telling Elijah his family needed him. Elijah countered by revealing that he had learned who he was some time ago and hated everything he learned about his former life and who he had been. Without the personal memories, he still had knew all about the Mikaelson family, and wanted nothing to do with any of them. Elijah saw his old self as miserable, and refused to be that again. Klaus tried one last time to remind Elijah that they were kings that stood shoulder to shoulder throughout the ages, but Elijah proclaimed that Elijah Mikaelson was dead and snapped Klaus's neck.
Later, Elijah realized that Antoinette had known that he was Elijah Mikaelson the whole time. She admitted that she knew he was an Original Vampire and that his family was legendary, and had enemies everywhere, not wanting to say anything so he wouldn't be in danger. She then questioned why he didn't tell her that he learned about his past. He told her Mikaelsons relished in bloodshed and didn't want her to know that part of him. She told him that their pasts and their families don't define them. Antoinette wanted to leave, worried that Klaus would pursue them but Elijah wasn't worried, knowing that when he renounced Klaus, he had broken his brother. Elijah removed his daylight ring, proclaiming his love and devotion to Antoinette, wanting to show her that he was all in on their new life and was completely leaving his old one behind. He knew he couldn't die from sunlight but wanted her to see just how serious he was. He boxed up his old belongings, including his ring, and put them at his feet. He opened the curtains and let the sun set him on fire, saying goodbye to Elijah Mikaelson and burning what was left of his past away.
In Don't It Just Break Your Heart, Elijah told Antoinette how much he enjoyed the feeling of sundown without a daylight ring, and how liberating it was. The two then realized they were being followed. Initially believing it might be his family again, they soon discovered it was a strange taking pictures of Antoinette. Antoinette explained he had stalked her before, sometimes even brought her back to her family. She explained that she had met him before, decades ago, in the thirties, and didn't tell him because their families were enemies. Elijah was initially angry that she had lied to him but she explained that she didn't want him to hate her. Later, Antoinette and Elijah played piano together and she told him about their families' bloody history and how she had fallen in love with Elijah when she first met him back in 1933, when he had helped her escape her family. She apologized for lying but reiterated that she loved him and wanted to marry him and move on from their families together.
In What, Will, I, Have, Left, Elijah and Antoinette were visited by Antoinette's "mother", Greta Sienna. She discussed how she has had to wear a daylight ring to adapt to her surroundings, despite her and her followers' beliefs. Elijah agreed that most vampires probably didn't know the peace that came with abandoning daylight rings and returning to their more instinctual nature. Greta explained that she had come to ask for Elijah's help in helping her son and Antoinette's brother, Roman Sienna, who had become involved with Hope Mikaelson. She knew Elijah was the only one strong enough to stand against Klaus so asked for his help in keeping Klaus from harming Roman, leaving out that she had instructed Roman to abduct Hope. Antoinette didn't think Elijah should get involved with anything involving his family but Elijah swore he'd protect his new family, accepting the task of defending Roman from Klaus.
Elijah arrived at the location where Roman had taken Hope, and where, unknown to Elijah, Hayley was also being held captive. Klaus had gotten there first with Caroline Forbes but Elijah immediately snapped Caroline's neck and confronted his brother. Klaus told Elijah that Hope and Hayley were inside the house but Elijah didn't care, not remembering his connection to either of them. Instead, Elijah declared that he wasn't going to allow Klaus inside, since he had a new family to protect. The two fought and the effects of the dark magic within them became to manifest around them. Though Klaus seemed to gain the upper hand and advanced into the house, Elijah followed close behind him and staked him from behind. Hayley and Greta were fighting in front of him. Hayley called his name but Elijah only hesitated for a moment before he ignored her and checked on Roman instead. Hayley threw herself and Greta from the house, setting them both on fire in the sunlight and burning to death. Elijah watched Hayley's death with some indifference, not fully understanding the connection they once had.
In God's Gonna Trouble the Water, Elijah and Antoinette were invited to attend a celebration of Greta's life by Emmett and the Nightwalkers who all followed Greta's views of vampire purity. Emmett thanked Elijah for the role he played in Hayley's death, saying that he slayed a hybrid. Emmett told them about the group's hopes of putting the vampires back on top of the city. Elijah wasn't convinced, thinking they didn't have the numbers but was quickly proven wrong when far more Nightwalkers showed up. Elijah and Antoinette left, but were attacked by Klaus who bit Antoinette with his hybrid bite and shot Elijah up with vervain to weaken him, taking them captive.
Held prisoner at an abandoned train depot, Elijah discovered Antoinette's bite and her worsening condition. He spoke with Klaus on the phone, demanding that he cure her, or that he would never forgive him. When Klaus brushed off Elijah's threats, Elijah offered him a deal, telling him that he would offer to be restored to the brother he knew if he spared Antoinette's life. Klaus bitterly rejected his offer, considering his brother dead after what happened with Hayley. Elijah promised Antoinette he wouldn't let her die but she worried that regaining his memories would take him away from her, since their seven years together couldn't compare to the thousand with his family. He called Marcel to come and restore his memories. Marcel and Vincnet came and tried to undo his compulsion. However, Elijah was unable to open the red door in his mind that contained all of his past memories. To Marcel and Vincent's surprise, Elijah collapsed and didn't wake, like his mind had been taken elsewhere. Unknown to them, Elijah's consciousness had been pulled into a Chambre de Chasse, along with Klaus, much to the brothers' mutual agitation.
In The Kindness of Strangers, Elijah discovered that every exit out of the chambre de chasse was sealed. Klaus explained the environment they were in and also questioned why Elijah was still without his memories. Elijah replied that he wasn't sure and that Marcel had failed to undo the compulsion. Despite their hostility, Klaus grudgingly told him that they were square since Elijah got Hayley killed and now Antoinette was going to die because of Klaus's bite. However, Klaus told Elijah that he was going to find his own way out and Elijah was on his own. Soon after Elijah discovered that the remainder of his forgotten siblings, Rebekah, Kol, and Freya were also inside the chambre de chasse with him and Klaus. A door appeared containing a lock for each of them. They each spread out to find the corresponding keys.
Elijah searched with Kol, who tried to jog Elijah's memories with his old belongings during their search. Elijah asked Kol why he had never come to visit him in France when Klaus and Rebekah had. Kol explained that the two of them had never had much in common besides their looks, and went on to tell him that Elijah had helped murder his wife. Elijah tried to apologize, and questioned if he ever had. Kol told him that he had in his own particular way but luckily, Davina had come back, while most people weren't so lucky. Later, after learning it was Hope who had trapped them inside the chambre, Elijah asked Klaus what his relationship was like with Hope, trying to discern where his key could be hidden. Klaus told Elijah that he had given Hope her name.
Marcel questioned Elijah on why his memories were still gone and Elijah countered that Marcel may have fried his brain with his tinkering or Vincent wasn't a very good witch. Marcel brought up their past together, the good and the bad, but Elijah remained ignorant to it all. Klaus confronted Elijah, accusing him of repressing his memories on purpose. He asked what Elijah remembered when Marcel tried to give him his memories back and he explained that he had tried to open a red door but had been unable to. His entire family questioned why he could so easily forsake them, memory or not, as well as forget about Hayley. Elijah wondered aloud if any of those past feelings had just been a product of being entangled in their vow of always and forever. Klaus argued that this new Elijah had killed his brother, the best friend that had been at his side for a thousand years. Their argument was interrupted as the portions of the dark magic kept within each of them were removed from them and taken back into Hope.
While they all reeled from having the Hollow's magic removed, Marcel showed that he had found Elijah's key in a coffin in the basement, recognizing that Hope viewed Eljah as death now after what happened to Hayley. They unlocked the door with their respective keys and found themselves in Elijah's mental maze of doorways. While most left through their own doors, Elijah still couldn't open the red door. Klaus stayed behind to help his brother and the two broke through it together, unlocking Elijah's past and restoring his memories. Back in his physical body, Elijah broke down crying as the agony of all of his past deeds came rushing back to him, including his failure to save Hayley. Elijah broke down in front of his siblings. Later, Klaus gave Elijah the cure to save Antoinette, and though Elijah gave it to her, he apologized to her and left, now knowing who he really was. He dressed himself in his old far more sophisticated attire and went to the bayou, to mourn Hayley alone.
In We Have Not Long To Love, Elijah struggled with his returned memories and the guilt he felt over his part in Hayley's death. After Hope refused to speak to him, he went to Rousseau's and spoke with Declan, knowing that he was dating Hayley at the time of her death. Declan, however, was unaware that the man he was speaking to was Hayley's ex. Wanting to ease his own pain, Elijah listened to Declan talk about the loss of Hayley and over the course of the conversation, Declan realized that Elijah was the man that had broken Hayley's heart in the past. Declan asked Elijah what he was doing there and Elijah told him that he wanted to know what Hayley's life had been like while he was away.
Hope arrived, in pain from the dark magic she had taken from them that now swelled inside her. It heightened her aggression and she lashed out at Elijah with fury. She used her magic to swipe at him, slashing him repeatedly. Elijah tried to explain that he didn't know who Hayley was when it happened but Hope didn't care, knowing that if Elijah hadn't intervened in Hayley's rescue, she would still be alive. Elijah told his niece that he hated himself now, just as much as she hated him. Klaus intervened, saving Elijah from further injury. Declan questioned what had happened and Elijah told him the truth about the monsters in the city before compelling him to forget everything that had happened, and to know that Hayley was at peace.
In There in the Disappearing Light, Elijah went to Vincent to ask his help in curing Hope of the dark magic inside her. Vincent reminded him that Hope had barely survived having that power as a child and now as a budding adult, one human kill away from triggering here werewolf side, it would be even more difficult. Vincent then left Elijah, too busy with witch matters to be able to assist him. Antoinette asked for Elijah's help in talking to Klaus, who had taken Roman to give to Hope, as a way of appeasing the violent power in her. Elijah tried to convince Klaus that letting Hope torture Roman for his crimes against her wasn't going to fix her. Klaus ignored him, believing his loyalty was still with Antoinette rather than the family.
Elijah eventually managed to convince Klaus to trust him and asked Antoinette to gather the Nightwalkers. Elijah and Antoinette spoke to the gathered Nightwalkers at the church where they talked about Greta's beliefs of purity but then Elijah told them that they would share Greta's fate. Emmett and the Nightwalkers realied they had been betrayed, but Elijah reminded him that he never said he agreed with Greta's beliefs. Klaus and Hope entered and Hope unleashed her power and killed all of the Nightwalkers, wiping out their enemy while also settling her urges. With the Nightwalkers taken care of and Roman freed, Antoinette decided to leave New Orleans. When Elijah asked where she would go, she reminded him that he'd told her Shanghai was a nice place back when they first met in 1933. They departed, with both hoping they would meet each other again.
In Til the Day I Die, Elijah went through old photographs of he and Hayley together and was reminded that he met a woman five years prior in France named Andrea, who he had since realized was Hayley. They shared a dance together and even in that short time when he didn't remember her, they shared a deep connection. Utterly distraught by his own guilt, Elijah decided that he was going to leave New Orleans, not being able to forgive himself, and not expecting his family to be able to forgive him. When he was leaving, he was stopped by Klaus. He told his brother that he had met Hayley five years prior and when he saw her in that farm house, moments before her death, he recognized her as the woman he spent an evening dancing with, but had thought in that moment that she had been some deception sent by Klaus, so had decided not to save her. He acknowledged that he could have and turned to leave. Klaus told him that Hope was dying from the power within her, stopping Elijah but he responded that he was the last person Hope wanted to be there, so could be of no help to her.
Prior to leaving, Freya had asked Elijah if he would give her away at her wedding to Keelin. Elijah, too caught up in his own grief, declined and told her that he was in no condition to be sharing in her happy day. However, a letter from "Andrea", that Hayley had written him when he was in France reminded him of his love for his own family and he attended the wedding, walking Freya down the aisle with Klaus. He thought about Hayley during the ceremony. He then joined in the celebration, enjoying a peaceful night of happiness with his family. After the wedding, in a moment alone together, Elijah asked Klaus if he had told Hope that she was dying. Klaus said he had tried and broke down. Elijah embraced his brother and the two hugged, worried for the future.
In The Tale of Two Wolves, Elijah was told by Marcel that despite Freya and Davina's best efforts, they couldn't find a way to help Hope and that with her first transformation into a werewolf approaching, Hope's condition would worsen and she would die. Klaus, refusing to accept it, brought Hope and Elijah to Mystic Falls believing Caroline's daughters could transfer the dark magic in Hope into him. He trusted Elijah to distract Hope while he carried out his plan. They went to the Salvatore Boarding School for the Young & Gifted and Hope and Elijah talked about Elijah's role as a villain to the people of Mystic Falls years prior. Elijah brushed off the remarks, believing that they were from bias perspectives. Elijah spent the day with Hope, bringing her to the Mystic Grill, and spending the day bonding with her.
Hope revealed that she knew she was dying and explained how she blamed herself for Hayley's death, even though she had tried to blame Elijah. She broke down, crying that she had broken the family and wanted her mom. The dark magic brewing in her made her collapsed and Elijah rushed her to Klaus. Later, after Hope had awoken, Elijah apologized that he always saw her as the savior of their family, now regretting putting that burden on her. Hope accepted it and told him that they were both born with responsibilities they didn't deserve. When Elijah happily told her that he saw so much of her mother in her, Hope told Elijah that she had seen Hayley's spirit and Hayley had told her that she was waiting for a dance Elijah had promised her. Though Hope thought it was her subconscious, Elijah knew it was true, since he had indeed promised her a dance.
After learning that Klaus planned on taking on the dark magic in Hope and then killing himself to destroy it and save his daughter, Elijah tried to stop his brother. Elijah wanted Caroline's daughters to transfer it to him instead, and then wanted Klaus to kill him, seeing himself as a better option to save both Hope and Klaus. Elijah proclaimed that Hope needed Klaus but Klaus refuted this plan, not wanting to kill Elijah. The two fought and Klaus broke Elijah's neck and tossed him aside. Elijah woke up in a cell and heard the ritual taking place. He rushed outside to find that Klaus had taken in all of the Hollow's magic. He turned the last remaining white oak stake on himself, despite Elijah telling him not to.
In When The Saints Go Marching In, Elijah told Klaus to put the stake down. Hope woke up, and realized that the magic had been transferred from herself to her father. Elijah begged Klaus to come back to New Orleans so they could find another way. Klaus refused and prepared to kill himself but Hope knocked him out with magic. They brought him back to New Orleans where Elijah chained him up, and summoned Rebekah and Kol, to tell them about Klaus's condition. Klaus broke out of his imprisonment and Elijah and Freya tried to track him down. Elijah regretted not taking the dark magic himself while he had the chance. Elijah acknowledged that he only ever wanted to ease Klaus's torment and didn't want him to die in a destructive manner, which he would if he wasn't caught. They tracked him down in the French Quarter. Elijah snapped his neck and brought him home.
Elijah had Freya temporarily channel some of the dark energy into him and out of Klaus so it could clear his mind. Klaus demanded the stake back but Elijah told him not yet, reminding him that he owed it to his family, and especially to Hope, to at least say goodbye. Klaus thanked Elijah for always trying to make him a better man but wanted to do it his way. While Klaus left, Elijah and the rest of the family gathered to celebrate Klaus's life. Klaus himself showed up, having had a change of heart. They all shared in old stories from throughout the millennia. The whole family wrote wishes for one another and then burned them and Klaus told them all how much he loved them, despite all of the misery he'd brought them throughout the centuries. He said goodbye and left them, to go die his way. Once Klaus was gone, Elijah told them that there was something else they needed to discuss, and told them that he was going to die with Klaus, having fulfilled his life's goal of redeeming his brother.
Elijah went with Klaus and Rebekah to the bench he and Klaus had sat on when they discussed the future of the Mikaelsons after Hayley had become pregnant. Elijah watched as Klaus told Rebekah that he and Caroline had the cure for vampirism waiting for her in Mystic Falls and wanted her to live the life she'd always wanted. Rebekah thanked him and hugged him, before hugging Elijah, knowing this would be the last time she saw her brothers. Elijah remained, despite Klaus not wanting his last memory of him to be his death. He didn't want to say goodbye and Elijah agreed, pulling out the white oak stake and snapping it in half. Klaus scoffed, thinking it was a vain attempt to stop the white oak from working but Elijah told him he was aware that the stake would be just as effective. He sat down beside Klaus and told him that he planned to die by his side.
Elijah explained that he'd always desired Klaus's redemption, ever since their lives were stolen by Esther and Mikael when they'd been turned into vampires and declared that he was taking their lives back. He went on, telling him that when the family were all celebrating, he saw a future for everyone there except for himself and had realized his sole purpose of his long life was to save Klaus from himself, and now believed he had achieved that. Klaus asked if Elijah really believed that he was redeemed and Elijah assured him that he did. Elijah told him that he had already told the rest of the family that he would follow Klaus into whatever adventure lied beyond. They talked about Hope and how she had the rest of the family looking after her, and acknowledged that she was the very best of Klaus.
Elijah handed Klaus his half of the stake. Klaus asked what if there was only darkness in death and Elijah assured him that they would face it together then, as always. Klaus told Elijah that he was grateful to him for always loving him despite not always deserving it. Elijah tearfully told him that it had been a glorious ride, and had been his greatest honor. The two stood in front of one another, and prepared their stakes. They hesitated a moment before nodding to one another, preparing themselves for their deaths. They drove the white oak into each other's hearts at the same moment, and both began to desiccate before flames danced across their faces and they burned to ash, ending their long lives together.
- "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.
Without his memories and thus free from his burden of "always and forever", Elijah had a more laid back personality, being far less formal and pompous, as well as being more capable of being happy, as he is enjoying his new life with Antoinette after choosing to leave the past behind. Elijah also began to dress more casually, wearing leather jackets and t-shirts instead of expensive suits. Despite holding on to some of his morals, as he was disgusted by his act of killing to feed, he continues to drain his victims despite learning that he can compel them to forget. Elijah also slaughtered everyone in a nightclub when he was searching for answers. The amnesiac Elijah also has a strong dislike for the life he previous had as he tells Klaus that "Elijah Mikaelson" wasted his life trying to redeem Klaus and lacked any lasting happiness. Elijah effectively renounces his former life and familial ties, choosing to live with Antoinette and celebrates the occasion by removing his daylight ring and allowing himself to burn.
- 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 he 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 Humans
Elijah 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.
After Elijah discovered that he was a vampire after losing his memories, he no longer respected human life. Elijah had no problem feeding off of random humans to keep himself fed and satisfied. After Elijah met his then-fiancée Antoinette, he adopted her beliefs when it came to feeding off humans. Like Antoinette, Elijah now feeds and drains his victims of their blood.
- In Season Five, Elijah doesn't appear in two episodes:
- 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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