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Elijah Mikaelson is an Original Vampire who was born to Mikael and Esther in the 10th century. Elijah has six siblings, a deceased unnamed older brother, three younger brothers whom are now deceased (Finn, Kol, Henrik) and a younger sister named Rebekah. He also has a younger half-brother named Niklaus. Elijah is currently the eldest Original alive and the oldest immortal being in the world, now that Silas, Amara and Mikael are all deceased. Elijah is also the most powerful being, second only to his half-brother, Niklaus and this is only due to Klaus being a Hybrid. He was one of the major antagonists of Season Two. He was also a recurring character in Season Two, Season Three and Season Four. Elijah is one of the Five leads in The Originals. Elijah is now living in New Orleans in the French Quarter with Niklaus, Rebekah and Hayley first at The Mikaelson Mansion then they moved into the Abattoir. Elijah has currently taken control of the New Orleans vampires in his brother's absence.
Over the centuries, Elijah has been romantically involved with certain women while being with his siblings and running from his father. In the 10th century, while Elijah and his family were still human, both he and his brother Klaus were in love with Tatia, though it is unknown if she returned their affections. In the 15th century, Elijah was involved with Katerina Petrova, the doppelgänger of Tatia. In the 19th century, he was involved romantically with a witch named Celeste Marie Helene Dubois, who later died in a Witch hunt, caused by his brother. Now in the 20th century, Elijah rekindled his relationship with Katherine and they had a romantic relationship until he broke up with her and left with his brother to New Orleans. Once he got to New Orleans, he learned of a werewolf named Hayley and her child of whom Klaus is the father. Elijah promised her that he'll always protect her and four months later, after some time with Hayley, it seems like he is starting to develop feelings for her, but doesn't want to act on them.
Elijah is a member of the Mikaelson Family.
10th century - 13th century
The Middle Ages
Elijah Mikaelson was the first-born son to Mikael and Esther in an area in the New World that would come to be known as Mystic Falls. They lived among werewolves for about twenty years and during the full moon, the humans would simply hide in the underground caves while the werewolves turned. During Elijah's early life, he and Klaus both fell in love with a woman named Tatia.
One morning after a full moon, Niklaus came out of the woods, holding his dead little brother Henrik in his arms. Elijah came running to join his mother as she grieved Henrik's death.
To ensure that the rest of her family would survive, Esther used a spell (called The Immortality Spell). Mikael gave his children wine laced with blood from Tatia. Then he stabbed Elijah and his siblings through the heart and made them drink human blood. After becoming a vampire, Elijah, along with his family, made sure that the White Oak Tree, their one true weakness, would be destroyed.
Shortly after becoming a vampire, one night when Niklaus made his first human kill, it triggered his werewolf side. Elijah and his father ran to Klaus and discovered the truth about him.
Mikael and Elijah then shortly ran away before it got worse. Mikael then forced his wife to do a spell on Niklaus to make his werewolf side dormant. Mikael also made Elijah help him in tying up Klaus so that his mother could do the spell. Then one night, his mother was killed by "Mikael". After burying their mother, Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah promised that they would never turn their backs on each other and that they would stick together as one, always and forever.
Italy, 1114Elijah was in Italy along with his siblings Rebekah and Klaus. They came across a vampire hunter named Alexander who was part of a group called The Five. Rebekah fell in love with Alexander. Elijah and Klaus took advantage of this as an opportunity to get closer to Alexander and find out his secrets. One day, the siblings were invited to a party at Alexander's home where they were attacked by surprise and daggered. Klaus was again unaffected by the dagger thanks to his werewolf lineage and undaggered Elijah and the rest of his siblings except Finn.
14th century - 17th century
According to Elijah, 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. 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 when Elijah one day 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 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.
New Orleans, 18th century - 20th century
1700'sHaving fled the Old World for unknown reasons, possibly from Mikael, Elijah, along with Klaus and Rebekah, sailed across the world, through the Mississippi River and arrived in 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. Elijah requested that man to find more help with the luggage and told in a sarcastic way. "My sincere apologies."
1800'sIn 1820, Elijah, Niklaus and Rebekah were living in New Orleans at the Governor's mansion and paid him in gold to keep quiet about the existence of vampires. One day the Governor threw a party for the Mikaelsons. Rebekah went up stairs with the Governor's son who she wanted to turn. Elijah was seen kissing a women and was having fun when Rebekah came to him with the Governor's son and asked Elijah if she could turn him, to which Elijah suggested it would be a unwise move to turn the Governor's son into a vampire. Klaus told her no and told her that if she turned every boy she fell in love with, the humans would cease to exist. The boy then argued with Klaus and he threw him down the stairs while Elijah tried to stop it. While the siblings were going to attend the Governor's son funeral, Klaus saw a boy being wiped and threw an apple at the man and made him stop whipping him. Klaus then came to the boy, named him Marcellus and brought him to the family, Elijah saw this and told his sister: "Perhaps their is hope for our brother after all".
Later in 1820 Elijah is seen visiting the Witch, Celeste who is seen taking a bath and is looking at Elijah, he likes the view of hers he's seeing it's perfection. Celeste then mentions that his brother is again up to no good. He's challenging the gentry to duels as though they have any chance of a fair fight.
Elijah then responds and says. "I do grow weary of sacrificing my joy to temper my brother's mischief. Surely, you can cast a spell to put him in his place." But Celeste mentions it would take about a 100 Witches to put him in his place. Elijah then mentions that his brother certainly needs a little discipline. and jokes that maybe a Spanking of some kind is in order. And tells her that he thinks he shall need some rehearsal. They then both Kiss before he leaves to meet his brother.Elijah then is about to meet with his brother who is seen challenging a man in a duel in witch Klaus is left standing and the other man is shot to the head. Elijah then becomes a little worried, and says. "Brother! Please, this is high folly." He then asks Klaus if it is not enough, that he have slaughtered dozens in just these past several weeks? and explains a Word of a city littered with bodies will surely travel the oceans. And asks his brother if he wants to bring their father upon them? Klaus tells Elijah to Relax. And tells him he have sent rumor that the bodies are result of the witches seeking blood sacrifice for their rituals. Elijah then is a little shocked and says. "You did what?" He asks Klaus if he have forgotten, that Celeste is one of those that he recklessly point his finger at? Klaus then asks, who Celeste is? Elijah then gives Klaus a meaningful look. Klaus then remembers the witch Elijah has been knocking around with. Klaus then tells Elijah. "Well, fear not. Harlots are like rats in the quarter. You trip over one every step you take." Elijah then takes a revolver and shoots at Klaus, who groans with pain. Klaus sees that Elijah cares about Celeste and warns that they're rounding up the towns witches as they speak. Elijah then began to look for Celeste and found her lying in the bathtub, dead. Elijah touches her, lays his forehead on hers. He screams and blames himself for her death.
In 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 they shared together.
1900'sIn the year 1919 Elijah is seen in a meeting room, meeting with members from the Guerrera crime family, a Werewolf crime family who were almost as the the monsters they turned into on a full moon according to Klaus. Elijah told them that Mayor O'connell were a little late but they should continue with business without him. Klaus then appeared and told his brother that he enjoys these illicit, little gatherings. Elijah assured the them that they didn't need to be scared of Klaus as Elijah made a promise they be safe and Klaus told them his brother always keeps his word. Then a Witch appeared, Elijah told him it was a private meeting. But the witch said it was a meeting between kings and said he was also a king, and he's having rules. He explains he talks for the Witches of the New Orleans Coven, he tells them his name. Alphonz Bellatunde Delgallo, he tells them the witches should get their fair share and leaves with a gift to Elijah and Klaus, the Mayor's head. Later When Marcellus Gerard returns home from World war I, he's greeted by both Elijah and Klaus. Elijah tells Marcel. "The prodigal son has finally learned to hold his liquor." Marcel tells him being in the army does that to you. He tells him, it's good to have him back, and tells him that, Niklaus was beside himself in Marcel's absence. Klaus then tells him the he and Elijah have had a little argument that Marcel might help with, a rouge Witch who wants a piece of the city they build. Klaus considered to kill him but Elijah meant that negotiation is their best recourse, as Elijah knows how fast news can travel, but also the very horrors of war itself. Klaus reveals that he invited the Witch and Elijah told Marcel he could choose what they do about after he saw the Witch. Elijah tried negotiation with him but after all his sacrifices Elijah decided to meet with him in a privat room. However Klaus appeared instead as Elijah only comes when they deal and Klaus comes when the deal is closed.
Elijah, Niklaus, Kol and Rebekah all lived in New Orleans. Elijah mentioned that he and his siblings had many fun times in New Orleans and didn't want to leave, however in the year 1919 after Mikael arrived, leaving countless bodies in his wake, they had no choice and were driven away. Kol was soon neutralized for unknown reasons by Niklaus, as Elijah and his siblings left New Orleans before their father could reach them. However, Elijah broke apart from Klaus and Rebekah for unknown reasons.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries TV Series500 Years of Solitude, when Katherine is dying in bed, Damon messes with her mind and creates hallucanions of Jenna Sommers, John Gilbert and then makes a hallucanion of Elijah Mikaelson. 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 relized it was just Damon playing with her 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 14th century, as part of Katherine's memories.
The Originals TV Series
In Always and Forever, Elijah is shown in a flashback 300 years ago. Having fled the Old World for unknown reasons, Elijah, along with Klaus and Rebekah, sailed across the world, through the Mississippi River and arrived in 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 present, Elijah is seen talking with the bartender, Camille O'Connell, about his brother. He tells her that his brother always seems to get into trouble and she suggests he is the one that is always helping him. Elijah then asks Camille if she can find someone who works at the bar by the name of Jane-Anne Deveraux. Camille tells him she doesn't know, but tells him the name of a tour guide who might know, Sabine. Elijah meets up with Sabine, who in reality is a witch and already knows about Elijah. He asks her to see the witch Jane-Anne, but Sabine tells him it is too late as the vampire, Marcel, had already killed her in public, which Elijah finds shocking. Elijah hides once Marcel appears - as Marcel would kill the witches if Elijah had been discovered with them. Elijah listens in on the conversation between Marcel and Sophie Deveraux, in which Marcel wants to know why Klaus has returned and was looking for Jane-Anne. Elijah then calls Rebekah and reveals to her that Klaus' former student, Marcel is still alive which Rebekah finds shocking. Elijah explains to his sister that the man who Klaus sired now rules New Orleans, with savage vampires and killing for any human to find. But when Rebekah hears him mention Niklaus, she begins back talking about him and says she wants take backs from the pact she made with Elijah and Niklaus.
Elijah reminds her she's taken take backs many times during the centuries and even when their father found them in New Orleans a hundred years ago and chased them from the city. Elijah then ends the conversation with saying he thinks his brother's in trouble, when the witches are brave enough to bring an Original back into town and he wants to know why. He then comes to the bar Rousseau where he saves Sophie and kills her attackers sent by Marcel. He asks her what business her family has with his brother and Sophie leads him to a cemetery and invites him in as no vampires are allowed to enter without invitation.
Sophie explains to Elijah that a werewolf named Hayley became pregnant during her encounters with Klaus. Hayley is then brought out by other witches and Elijah asks for a moment alone with her. Hayley doesn't know how it is possible for her to be pregnant and Elijah explains how it may be possible and shows her some parts of his family's past through his mind. He explains how they became vampires and for Niklaus, the very first Hybrid, resulting in the spell their mother cast on Klaus to suppress his werewolf side. After some talking with Sophie, Elijah meets up with his brother and guides him to the cemetery where Sophie and Elijah explain everything to Klaus. Klaus expresses disbelief and rejects the witches' offer. He tells the witches to kill both Hayley and the baby, claiming he doesn't care either way. Elijah tries to talk some sense into his brother but fails. Sophie further tries to blackmail Elijah and reveals that if Sophie dies, so do Hayley and her child.Elijah then finds his brother arguing with Marcel and it ends with Klaus biting one of Marcel's guys. Elijah then calls Rebekah again to update her on the recent events, also telling her that their brother is willingly to give up everything, he's lashing out in blind rage and the last time Elijah saw something like that, it lasted for 200 years. Elijah further explains that Klaus was so close to feel happiness when he heard the child's heartbeat for the first time, but now his temper has destroyed it. He then tells his sister he's almost out of time to get the girl to which Rebekah responds to get the girl before it's too late and Elijah swears to her he'll not let anything happen to the girl or her child. He then meets up with Marcel and tells him it's time for them to have a little chat. Elijah asks him of how he has control of the magic in the French Quarter, Marcel tells him it's his business. Elijah then makes a deal with Marcel, if the body of Jane-Anne is released to the witches, Klaus will cure the man he bit.
Elijah then brought the body of Jane-Anne to the witches so that they could bring her to rest. Elijah tells them Klaus will agree to their terms, he only needs more time. Elijah then finds Klaus and this time, holds Klaus by the throat and tells him that he'll not walk away from this and threatens Klaus that he'll never let go of his brother, even if he has to beat some humanity into him like their father used to do. After their short fight, Klaus tells him he hasn't cared about anything for centuries and asks why Elijah does, who explains to his brother because he failed him once and says he should have killed his own father the second he laid a hand on Klaus and says "Family above all". Later, Klaus and Elijah sit on a bench and discuss what his child could offer him. Klaus then tells Elijah to tell Sophie that they've adeal. The next day, Elijah moves Hayley to the Originals old sanctuary and tells her that she's now the most important person in the family, promising her that he'll always protect her. Klaus and Elijah then go to talk in private and discuss if and when Rebekah would join them. Klaus starts to doubt Elijah's value in his mission to reclaim his throne from Marcel so he stabs him with the White Oak Ash Dagger, neutralizing him. He then tells his brother: "There's no power in love. Mercy makes you weak. Family makes you weak."
In House of the Rising Son, 3 months later without any calls from her big brother Elijah, Rebekah is determined to go back to their old stumping ground. Once she arrives at the Mikaelson Mansion, she learns from Hayley that Elijah is nowhere to be found. When she confronts Klaus, she flashes back to 1820, New Orleans, when her family was happy, even Elijah who was seen kissing a woman named Celeste. Elijah then saw Rebekah and told her she couldn't turn the Governors son. Klaus then killed the boy. Back in the present, Rebekah, with Hayley's help, discovers that Elijah's coffin is not at their house. Rebekah then visits the witch Sophie and tells her of how Klaus met Marcel. Back in 1820, the Governor was going to bury his only son, but it seemed he had another son, who was being whipped. Elijah and Rebekah saw this and saw how Klaus brought that boy into to their family and then thought their might be hope for his brother after all. Back in the present, Rebekah tells Sophie that without Elijah between Klaus and Marcel, who knows what will happen.
Klaus later reveals to Rebekah that he neutralized Elijah and brought him to Marcel for peace keeping. Rebekah then makes Marcel lead her to Elijah after she threatened Camille. Marcel leads Rebekah to a room where she needs to be invited in by a girl named Davina who is a powerful witch. Rebekah goes to Elijah's coffin and tries to pull the dagger out of him, but Davina pulls it back and throws Rebekah out of her room, using her powers. Rebekah later tells Klaus about this, stating that because of Klaus' actions, Elijah is now in danger. They both agree that they won't stop looking for him until they've found him.
In Tangled Up In Blue, Hayley is seen reading Elijah's journals of his life as a vampire and how he felt about his siblings stepping away from the humanity they once possessed. Marcel promises Klaus he'll hand Elijah back to him after being saved by Klaus' hand from Katie. Little does Marcel know the attack on his life did go out from Klaus who pulled Katie into the whirlwind of events that eventually led to her demise. Back in Davina's attic, Davina is seen watching over Elijah's corpse, as she hears a person walk into the room she ruses up. Sure of his friends loyalty, Marcel storms into Davina's room and happily proclaims that he's willing to release the vampire, but Davina denies Marcel's wish. Her plan and mission to kill an original vampire hasn't been completed yet so she holds on to the body and reveals that she has more power over Marcel than originally thought. Marcel leaves without Elijah, who remains in Davina's custody. Back at the Mikaelson mansion, Klaus asks Hayley what it is about his brother that always inspires admiration in people, showing jealousy of his older brother. Hayley simply says: "He was kind to me."
In the opening of Girl in New Orleans, Davina is seen pulling the dagger out of Elijah's chest, but shoving it back in the moment Marcel enters the room, demonstrating that she is still searching for a way to destroy the Original.
After a conversation with Diego, Rebekah finds the church Marcel keeps Elijah's coffin hidden, but is unable to enter the room his coffin is kept due to being uninvited. As Rebekah glares into the room, she spies her sleeping brother who, to Rebekah's surprise, opens his eyes and stares at her. Rebekah finds herself in a dream-like state in front of a carriage. Elijah reveals himself behind her and tells her that he sent her into a memory only the two of them share to properly communicate with each other and to make sure Davina was not playing mind games with him. In her memory, the two of them visiting an opera house shortly after Rebekah's undaggering, Elijah tells Rebekah that due to Davina's removal of the dagger, the weapon lost its effect (it needs to be dipped in white oak ash to keep him down) on him and his body is slowly restoring. But instead of taking his sisters offer to help him flee Davina's attic, he proposes to try and talk to the young witch and win her for his side. In the meantime, Elijah wishes Rebekah and Niklaus to look after Hayley and her unborn baby. After making Rebekah swear to keep this promise, he sends her out of the mind induced dream state. Rebekah leaves the attic afterwards.After being confronted with Klaus in the church and having to say goodbye forever to Tim, Davina flees into her room and wants to be by herself. As she stares with sadness at Tim's broken violin, she makes her wind chimes play by her magic, but her sentimental mood comes to a sudden stop as the lid of Elijah's coffin closes. As she slowly walks towards the coffin, she hears a sound behind her and turns around. She spies Elijah slowly returning to normal, standing behind her, telling her not to be afraid and claiming not to wish her any harm. In a calm voice, the Old One lets the girl know that the two of them are in a dire need of a conversation. Both exchange a long look at each other.
In Sinners and Saints, Elijah confronts Davina as his body re-awakened from the daggering. He explains that they could stop a war between the witches and vampires before it even started if they would just hear each other out. Davina then gives him a drop of her blood to rejuvenate him. Elijah asked her if she played the violin, but she said it wasn't hers, then Marcel comes and tells Davina that she is getting moved tonight which Davina was pleased for. Marcel then leaves and Elijah asks Davina why she didn't reveal that he was there, to which she replies that they are not done talking. Davina begins to tell Elijah the story of how she gained so much power from a ritual sacrifice called The Harvest. Davina reveals to Elijah that she was chosen for The Harvest along with 3 other girls, including her best friend, and that she would have had to die to complete The Harvest. Elijah then asks her what that means and Davina explains that she has to die and at the reaping, she will be reborn and all the power will come back to all the witches. If she isn't killed before the reaping, the witches will loose all their powers.
Elijah then asks her of her friends. Davina tells him of her friend Tim whose violin he is repairing and of her best friend, Monique Deveraux. Elijah then looks a little surprised about this. Davina continues to tell her story of The Harvest and explains that she was the only survivor of it and that she got all her powers from the 3 dead girls. She also explains that Marcel rescued her from the sacrifice which is why she allied with him. Elijah appeals to her caring side, telling her that he'd help her control the magic that is consuming her life, promising that if she works with him, he would let her see his mother's book of spells. Davina agrees to the terms, but asks him why he's still trying to protect Klaus after what he did to him. Elijah tells her he has given up on giving up and says. "I'll fight for my family. Until my last breath". Davina then also tells Elijah that she will fight the witches until her last breath.Then Elijah leaves to find Marcel and Klaus in an argument. Elijah knocks Marcel down and reminds him that the only one allowed to harm his brother is him. Klaus and Elijah go back to the Mikaelson Mansion to a warm welcome from Rebekah and a surprisingly warm one from Hayley, who simply tells Elijah to not make promises that he can't keep. Elijah then tells his siblings and Hayley that everything they were told by Sophie and the witches was a lie. The war between the witches and the vampires for control is in fact about family. Sophie wants to resurrect her niece by killing Davina and that makes her their most dangerous enemy.
In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Elijah is looking through his mothers grimoire and tells his sister the dead girl in front of him is about forgiveness which can not be bought and that's what Klaus was trying at. Elijah then sees Hayley and follows her to the kitchen, where she is making breakfast and tells her good morning. Hayley tells him and Rebekah if it would kill them to buy some milk in the house to which Elijah responds he hopes his siblings were hospitable towards Hayley in his absence. Hayley addresses his absence and all the trouble that has happened since. Elijah then brings a bowl, a spoon and a bag of cereal to the counter and smiles sympathetically as he pulls orange juice and milk out of the fridge, pours Hayley a bowl of cereal and then fills it with milk. She tells him that his siblings have been weirdly protective of her and she has Elijah to thank for that. Elijah tells her he's just glad she is in one piece and talks about the witches and that it is time both Hayley and Sophie are unlinked. Rebekah then comes in and drags the dead girl behind, asking who they have to kill. Elijah responds: "Probably no one. Alright, potentially everyone". Elijah then takes charge of the operation to put an end to the war between the witches and vampires. In his attempt, the witch Agnes takes Sophie hostage and uses the link between her and Hayley to put a curse on Hayley. While Elijah and Klaus are going to pay Davina a visit, Elijah tells Rebekah to babysit Hayley. The spell was going to kill the unborn child inside Hayley by raising her body temperature. Elijah went to Davina and gave her the first of the pages she was to receive from his mother's book and promised her if she could complete the spell, she would receive another page of her choosing. Elijah and Klaus later find Sabine and demand to know where Agnes is. She tells them they don't care about the witches, but she wouldn't say anything as she was the last of the elders. Elijah and Klaus then find Sophie and tell her that their deal is off, then brought Sophie to the Mikaelson Mansion. Elijah, with the help of Sophie, tries to keep Hayley's temperature down, until Davina had unlinked Hayley and Sophie.
Hayley was no longer under the spell that would've killed her child. Elijah sought vengeance against Agnes, though Klaus was already enacting his own brand of retribution. Sophie made Elijah promise that he wouldn't let Klaus kill Agnes and Elijah reluctantly agreed, promising to keep his word. Once Elijah had changed clothes and on his way out, Rebekah wanted to talk to him about leaving New Orleans with her, but come to realize that Elijah will never leave Klaus or the city, they both then say goodbye to each other. When Elijah arrived at the church where Klaus was mere moments away from killing Agnes, he pleaded with his younger brother that if he really wanted his forgiveness for sticking a dagger in his heart, he'd spare her. Klaus surprisingly released her, irritated that Elijah was ruining the fun. Elijah, however, had made no promise of keeping his own hands off Agnes. He hastily ripped out the hearts of some of the onlookers before snapping Agnes' neck, telling her that he kept his promise that he wouldn't let his brother harm her, he didn't promise that he wouldn't, and told her. "No one hurts my family and lives. No one". When he arrived back at the Mikaelson mansion, he discovered Hayley was gone and called Rebekah if Hayley was with her, Klaus then came and told him that Marcel had been here. Elijah then knew she had been abducted by Marcel.
In Bloodletting, Klaus and Elijah arrive in The Abattoir's courtyard witnessing the vampire's fighting each other in order to obtain a daylight ring. They quickly make their presence known when Klaus snaps the neck of a vampire named Felicity. Marcel demands to know what they think they are doing barging into his home to which Elijah responds by threatening them unless they tell him where Hayley is.
The brothers head outside the courtyard when Marcel approaches them, saying to Elijah he preferred him inside the box although he hands Sabine over to them, granting them one locator spell to find Hayley. When Sabine has a location, revealing she is in The Bayou, Klaus snorts to Elijah that if he's afraid to ruin his expensive shows, Elijah looks to him and changes his mind that he could do with a decent walk after being inside a coffin. They then set off towards the Bayou to search for her. Klaus begins to question Elijah about Hayley, about his admiring him, believing he "touched a nerve" when Elijah responds maybe he should wait inside the car.
When Klaus stops suddenly, Elijah asks if he has her scent, but Klaus grows that it is the scent of someone he thought he was rid of- Tyler Lockwood. Elijah immediately questions why Tyler would come here. Klaus reveals that he turned Tyler into a hybrid, killed his pack mates and his mother, Elijah looks incredulous at his actions and he and Klaus begin to argue over Hayley, with Klaus telling him to "save her, and that he has sampled what she has to offer.", Elijah grows angry at him but Klaus leaves, telling him he will kill Tyler himself.After Elijah finds Hayley, he brings her to a shack deep into the Bayou where they meet with Klaus who shoves a dead hybrid away from him, professing her never sired him. He demands to know what happened and Hayley retaliates, walking forwards yelling "as if you didn't know." but Elijah holds her back. Hayley previously told him about her theory and Elijah retells it to Niklaus, clearly believing it himself. He tells Klaus, Tyler brought Hayley here to prove a theory, that the child's blood could be used to sire hybrids, and it was his intention to create a hybrid army.
Klaus is clearly hurt but angry at the accusation, especially because Elijah chose to believe her over him. Although he has picked up on Elijah's relationship with Hayley and says "how quickly you believe the worst, especially when it comes from her". Elijah is quick to defend them saying that Klaus has never demonstrated any kind of concern towards Hayley or the baby other than his own selfish desires, imitating his words "Every king needs an heir".
Klaus says that he isn't surprised Elijah doubts his intentions as standing next to the noble Elijah, he will always be "a liar, a manipulator, a bastard". telling him everyone including Rebekah and Hayley hangs onto his every word, and no doubt his child will too. Elijah attempts to talk, but Klaus interrupts him saying he will play the role given, confusing Hayley and Elijah for a moment. As he turns, he quickly turns back towards his brother and viciously bites him.
When Elijah and Hayley are inside the shack, Elijah tells her maybe he was too quick to condemn Klaus as they have all committed numerous terrible acts over the centuries.In The River in Reverse, In the Bayou Elijah is beginning to feel the affect of the Werewolf venom given to him by his brother and is laying on a bed in the hut Where she found the bible with family names. Hayley stand beside him. Hayley gives Elijah something to drink but, he just immediately starts to cough. He asks Hayley to forgive him, but she tells him it is okay and says he needs to remind her to to annihilate his brother once he's healthy. Elijah then tells her to remind him to remind her to get in line. She then say that it doesn't help that they've decided to shack up in a swamp either, she then goes outside. Elijah starts to cough. Hayley goes back inside to check on him. And asks him if he's alright, he tells her that he's fine. And tells she should just return to her reading. She tells him she went through the whole thing. and it's just a regular Bible. With an entry in a family tree, that may or may not be her, but she I've been a little busy worrying about Elijah. He tells Hayley, This fever will make him unstable. And once the hallucinations begin he'll start to see things and says she must leave him here but Hayley won't leave him like this. Outside, the werewolf Eve is lurking around.
Hayley is then outside the hut by a lake, Elijah is then groaning with pain, Hayley goes in and sits down on the bed and lays a hand on his forehead. Elijah then has a memory of A woman, Celeste, is sitting in a bathtub, Elijah enters the room. he says "Celeste?" Hayley looks irritated. Elijah suddenly realises it was just a memory, and told he thought she were someone else. Hayley says Celeste with a little jealousy. says "Whoever she was, she was smokin' hot.". He then knew he let her enter his thoughts and memories, then tells her, she should go. But Hayley tells him it's fine, and that she's taking care him while he's sick. He then sense they're being watched and tells Hayley, She then goes outside. Eve is standing near the hut. When she sees Hayley, she runs away. Elijah then has a another flashback memory of Celeste. Elijah is seen visiting Celeste who is a Witch and she tells him of his brothers behavior that he's challenging people to a dual witch they all die, Elijah tells her maybe she should put his brother in his place but she tells him it would take about a 100 witches to take him in his place, they then share a kiss.
Back in present time, he shivers and groans in pain, and explain to Hayley she has to leave. This fever, his mind is flooded with these torturous memories. She don't get why he won't except her help. But Elijah explains that, There are consequences for those that care. And tells her, he will not have her pay that price. But she tells him to Get over it, she's staying. Elijah then asked about the one who watched them. She didn't know but was guessing she left the bible and Would be nice if she'd stick around long enough to tell her why. He then tells her, she came here to gather an information about her family, and tells her to Learn what she can. But wouldn't, she want to stay with him. Elijah is breathing loudly. Hayley sits on the bed with her hand on his forehead. He then says "Celeste. Forgive me. I'm sorry". Elijah then has another memory of when he confronts Klaus of his challenges and tells him with this many murders in a couple of weeks would surely draw their father to New Orleans. Klaus then reveals to Elijah that he has spread word that all these deaths is of some blood ritual for the Witches. Elijah then becomes angry and mentions Celeste to him, then takes a revolver and shots him, before leaving.
Back in present time, Elijah startles up scared. He screams loudly, Hayley seems worried. Elijah hallucinates. He doesn't realize he's harming Hayley. He says "Niklaus! I'll kill you, you bastard." Elijah jumps up and put his hand around Hayley's neck. Hayley starts fighting for air. Suddenly someone stabs Elijah in the back. It's the werewolf Eve. Elijah then appears after being staked. He then tells to Hayley and Eve "Good evening". He then tells Eve, he might have something which belongs to her, he shows the stake Eve used to stake him with. Hayley asks if he' okay. he tells her, The wound is healed, the fever is broken but for some strange reason he have this sharp and lingering sensation in his back. Elijah then asked what had happened and she told him she just met part of her family. They both then drove back to the Mikaelson Mansion, Hayley then asked what had happened to Celeste and he showed her, what had happened. Celeste was laying dead in the bathtub underwater, he then mourned over her and screamed. Elijah told it was difficult time to be a witch and she died because of his brother, but also because of himself as he had abandoned his brother. Hayley didn't get it, and asked why he trying to fix his family when one part of it is broken, but Elijah tells her that the very definition of the word broken can suggest that something can be fixed. Hayley then reaches her hand to Elijah, but tells her no as he doesn't want her to be harmed and then leaves the house to join his siblings in the house.
Elijah enters the house as Klaus is about dagger Rebekah, he stops his brother. Klaus then says maybe Elijah should be daggered with every moment of affection he shows to Hayley and says that if continues his child will grow up to call him father. Rebekah says he pushes them away not the other way around. Klaus then tells Rebekah that every thing he has done is to take back their empire with was taken from them by Marcel. Klaus then says he ow has his empire and his new home and will live there while Rebekah and Elijah live in the Mikaelson Mansion and rot. Klaus then gives Elijah the White Oak Ash Dagger and leaves with Hayley.
In Reigning Pain in New Orleans, people were already moving things out of the Mikaelson Family Mansion, Rebekah jokes about She paid for and Elijah responds with never paying for anything in her life. When Rebekah asks where Elijah is going, he tells her to make sure Hayley doesn't suffer for their mistakes. Niklaus is feeling vindictive, they cannot trust that she is safe. Elijah then comes to The Abattoir and knocks Diego out, he tells Hayley to come with him. Hayley tells them they, don't have to worry about her. She's fine. She's been deemed under protection by the almighty Klaus. It's the werewolves who need help. He ordered a wolf hunt as some jacked-up peace offering to Marcel's crew. Haley tells them they have to help them. Elijah agrees to help with Rebekah as his sidekick. In the bayou, Elijah and Rebekah find Diego and the boys stopping them from finding the wolves.
Elijah senses Eve and goes to her. Eve warns them that if the wolves don’t want to be found they won't. She tells them she has something to tell them. In the bayou, Rebekah and Elijah are still talking to Eve. She’s got a map showing them the swamp. She tells them about the new wolves that has came into town. She tells them that they are going to want to keep the wolves alive, Elijah asks why and she tells them to see for themselves. Rebekah and Elijah are still in the bayou, looking for wolves. Rebekah makes Elijah admit that he likes Hayley. They hear screaming and see a bunch of wolves running from Diego and some other Vampires. Deigo isn’t willing to go easily, but Elijah makes it clear that they need to leave or he will kill them.Back at the Mikaelson Mansion, Klaus is playing around on the piano when Rebekah and Elijah come in. He had been informed about their interfering. They found out that the “son” was a werewolf and a vampire, the bloodline of the new werewolf’s is Klaus’ bloodline of his real father. He tells them he’s had enough of family and leaves. Klaus leaves Rebekah and Elijah alone in the house. Elijah looks sad, defeated. Elijah then visits Hayley and tells her, that the werewolves are safe and then tells her to keep her wolf mark hidden and leaves. He then appears behind Klaus and appologizes for having accused him of having ulterior motives regarding the child, and tells him he was wrong. He then says. "I'm sorry." Elijah then tells him it is't always easy to love him, Klaus then tells him, he and Rebekah are welcome to join him as it is their family home. In The Casket Girls, Elijah is first seen with Hayley before Casket Girls Festival as she tries on the dress. Elijah asks her if she needs some help with the dress, Hayley responds with. "You might need to use all your vampire strength." Elijah says "Allow me." Elijah stands behind her and begins to fasten her zipper and buttons. Elijah then tells he thinks she looks lovley, He then touches her birth mark and she covers it with her hand. Elijah tells she should keep it covered even with his family's protection, she shouldn't take any chances. As Hayley is moody about her pregnancy Elijah offers to take her to the festival. Hayley refuses as she doesn't want to make Klaus upset about anymore than he already is and then asks him to help her out of her dress. Hayley motions to her zipper and Elijah steps forwards unbuttoning and unzipping her dress. He hesitates before smiling and leaving. When Klaus discovers that Davina is missing Elijah joins him to find her. When Marcel accuses him for taking Davina, he assures him that he has no desire to harm her in any way. To prove it he tells Marcel that he is worried about how Klaus will operate to get Davina back and they make alliance to work together. Later Marcel and Elijah is seen at the festival, Klaus then joined and later Rebekah trying to find Davina. Klaus assured them they would soon have her. Elijah recognized that tone of voice Klaus had and knew Klaus was planning something. Klaus then kidnaps Davina's friend he stays at his side, playing until Davina arrives. Elijah complains of the music Klaus makes Davina's friend played and Klaus agreed. Marcel then shows up and says When Davina shows up they need to let him do the talking. Davina then arrives and is angry against all of them and attacks them forcing Klaus to turn into his Wolf sape and makes Elijah choke out his blood from the victims he has fed on in his 1000 years as an Original Vampire. When Davina escapes with Rebekah while they are out Klaus was one step ahead and compelled Tim to poison Davina. Since this kind of behavior from Klaus was expected. Elijah stands before Marcel covered in his own blood, They both reveal to Klaus that they had a witch who had protected Davina with the spell so she survives. Klaus blames him for involving the witches ( their enemy) and sees it as threat to their family. Elijah protects himself saying that Davina is Marcel's family and tells Klaus to call Rebekah and inform her that Davina will be okay, but he feels sorry for Timothy who also took the poison. At the end of the episode Elijah is looking Davina's sketches which seem to suggest that something evil is coming. When he puts te pictures together it revales face of his former love, Celeste Marie Helene Duboi.
In Après Moi, Le Déluge, Elijah explains history of the Witches to Hayley as he is confused about Davina's drawings about Celeste. Klaus tells him why Witches do anything. He is still accusing Klaus for Tim's death. Klaus becomes irritated with Davina's behavior, Elijah then tells that killing her true love was not best idea. Klaus then asks him if it anymore deaths he would like to wave in his face, Elijah responds. "Give me a month. I'll get you a list." When Davina starts to loose control over her power Elijah wants to consult with Sophie. Before he leaves he meets Hayley who wants to tell him something. Hayley confesses to him that she helped Sophie to find out where to find Celeste's body in exchange for Sophie's story that she could help her with the cursed werewolf clan. This hurt Elijah, and says to Hayley. "She wanted to be left in peace. When a witch's remains are consecrated, that power fuels the rest of their community. Celeste did not want her remains to be found. She made me promise to bury her where she would not be found. You not only violated my privacy, You have broken my promise to her." Elijah sees that Hayley violated his privacy and broke his promise to Celeste for him. Eliajh leaves Haley, and goes to the Cemetery where Sophie is and tells her that cares that she has undog his former girlfriend, he is then asking her to come with him. Elijah asks
Sophie about the connection between Davina's drawings about Celeste and the fact that Sophie stole remains from the same person. They are interrupted by earthquake as Davina's power starts to take more serious effects. He and Klaus discuss Davina that she must be sacrificed, Marcel then comes and punches Klaus and tells him, he's not touching her. Elijah tries to calm down Marcel and tells him, he doesn't like to either but tells him that Davina will die either way. Klaus then tells him how New Orleans will soon be consumed by fire and tells him he won't let the town burn down a third time. Elijah asks him if he is a people's person, Elijah then tells Klaus he will go to pay his respect to Celeste as Sophie starts to take her power from her bones. When Rebekah calls him and informs him that Marcel took Davina. Elijah joins his family to help to get her back when locator spell doesn't work well and their attempt to get Celestes power fails.As they realize that the only way to protect them from greater harm is to complete the harvest Elijah comes up with plan on his own. He plans to make his mother Esther a New Orleans witch so they could use her power to complate The Harvest. With little arguing about his mad plan all the originals agree and bury their mother. After their plan has been completed, they are all awaiting Davina to be sacrificed and once she is The Harvest seems to have failed. he meets Hayley who asks him if has already forgiven her. Elijah asks her if she has any ideas how rare love is and tells her in his 1000 years life he' only found it twice and eacg time he has honored it. Hayley then tells him that she is sorry and asks him why would he choose dead over living. She apologizes and they almost kiss but Elijah turns his head away.
Dance Back from the Grave, shows us flashback from Elijah's life when he lived in New Orleans with his little brother, Niklaus. They have a meeting with the Werewolves from The Guerrera Family a family of thieves and butchers acording to Klaus and tells them that is noting compared to what they turn into on a Full Moon. The broters wants to make deals with them about rules of the city and a war between them would not be good for them. Their meeting is then interruped by Papa Tunde who demands to know how will he benefit from this as he too is the King of the city. In presant time, Elijah meets Rebekah and sees that she is conspiring against Klaus and is very disappointed in her and tells he will never be againts Klaus or her and asks her if she cannot support him, he then asks do noting to offend him. Elijah is alerted by her theory that someone must have taken the power from the harvest ritual. When the vampires in the quarter start dying he with klaus invastigate who and what could have done a spell like this and recalled Papa Tunde who klaus killed. Elijah then wants to make sure that Hayley is safe and struggles to fight his feelings for her. Elijah appears in another flashback told by Marcel who was gretted by both Klaus and Elijah and they all discussed how to deal with Papa Tunde. When Rebekah doesn't answer his calls he begins worrying and is afraid that she might be involved with the deaths in the quarter. He sees Thierry and tells him his sister is fond of him and asks him to explain, Thierry awnsers him wrong and Elijah threatens him for answers and find out that Rebekah has been attacked by some powerful witch. He takes Hayley with him to where Thierry told them she was and they found Rebekah laying in circle spell, witch they could not enter. He calls Sophie from his phone and asks how they can enter, she gives some ideas and Elijah then figures out that he could use Klau's unborn child to break the spell. When Rebekah is free he breaks Thierry's neck and confronts her and blames her for conspiring against her own blood. Rebekah calls him hypocrite because he blames her for tearing their family apart, but his own feelings for Hayley are making much more damage to their family. Elijah is later seen a the mansion looking up towards Hayley.
In Crescent City, Elijah is first seen when he is investigating Papa Tundes body and tries to figure out what is up with the witches. When they realize that something bigger is about to happen Elijah asks Rebekah to take Hayley to the plantation house where she could be safe. Rebekah agrees because she hopes to end their quarrel. Elijah seeks out Sabine ( Celeste) hoping that she would help him so they could avoid unnecessary conflict between vampires and the witches. Celeste tells him that they might make a deal with Elijah, but there will never be any peace as long as Klaus is involved. Elijah asks her to take him on tour so they could talk and soon guesses that Sabine is Celeste. Elijah tells her how he has put the pices together which lead him to this notion. They kiss but Celeste poisons it, because she wants to teach him the error of his ways and break his loyalty to his family. Celeste weakened him and then makes him choose between his family and Hayley and tells him that he has power to save only one of them. Elijah chooses Hayley and saves her from burning house, but as Celeste promised he is not fast enough to find Rebekah in time. Once Hayley is safe he starts looking for his sister but finds only some bloody wolf bodies. Instead of finding Rebekah he encounters Celeste and other witches, Celeste takes great pleasure that he saved Hayley and left his family in danger. When he is free again he runs to Marcel and orders that every vampire is going to help him find Rebekah and Klaus, and then he plans to kill the witches.
In Long Way Back From Hell, Elijah interrupts Sophie's consecration. He questions Monique Deveraux for information on the location of his siblings. Monique responds by casting a spell that places names all over his body. Monique informs him the riddle is a message from Celeste. Elijah enlists the help of Hayley and Marcel to solve the riddle. Once the riddle is solved they are led to an abandoned sanatorium. Elijah and Marcel search the building for Klaus and Rebekah. Elijah finds Klaus preparing to stab Rebekah with Papa Tunde's Blade Elijah is forced to stab Klaus to prevent him from stabbing Rebekah.In Le Grand Guignol, Elijah enlists the help of Camille O'Connell to help a recovering Klaus. Elijah removes the blade embedded inside Klaus and leaves him in Camille's care. Elijah begins his search for a missing Hayley. He finds Hayley with Eve interrogating Celeste. Celeste has produced a remedy to the curse placed on Hayley's family. Believing the cure to be another trick by Celeste, Elijah takes Celeste and the cure from Hayley. Once he is sure the cure is safe he returns it to Hayley. Elijah and Hayley share a brief moment before she leaves with members of the crescent wolves. Elijah takes Celeste back to Lafayette Cemetery where he finds himself trapped by a boundary spell. Preparing to jump to a new body Celeste stabs herself in the neck. Monique appears, now convinced that Celeste was no friend to the witches,points Elijah to Celeste's new body. Celeste is trapped in her newly resurrected original body. Elijah stabs her with Papa Tunde's blade.
- "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 human. 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 brother Niklaus 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.
- "Mother made us vampires. She didn't make us monsters, we did that to ourselves."
- —Elijah to Rebekah in All My Children
He is known for speaking his mind and having a fierce temper, which he possibly inherited from his father. Elijah very rarely has tolerance for those who broke their words to him, shown when he killed Trevor for betraying him and imprisoned Katherine for her own betrayal.
Despite the fact that he always keeps his word, he is proficient at finding loopholes in the deals he makes and very careful with those that he proposed, making it clear that whenever he does something, he hasn't promised not to do it. Elijah's biggest defining trait, as well as his greatest weakness, is his love and loyalty to his family. He believes that it is his duty to preserve and protect them, despite knowing the consequences it would have on others and has shown remorse because of this. Elijah admits that during his early years as a vampire, he felt terrible hunger. Elijah also admits that he cares about redeeming his half-brother Klaus, because he failed as a older brother to Klaus when his father beat him up and that he made a promise to his half-brother. "Always and Forever. Family above all". Like his half-brother Klaus, Elijah does not like being lied to, or manipulated. Also if anyone tries to hurt or kill a member of his family, they will not live to regret it.
- Main article: Elijah Mikaelson/Appearance
Elijah is a attractive and very handsome man, 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 in his late twenties or early thirties, somewhere between 28 - 32. He is possibly older than his brother Finn, making him the 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.
Before Elijah and his siblings became vampires, the family was quite close. However, after Esther performed the immortality spell on her children, their transformation acted as a catalyst for the disintegration of most of the family relationships. After Klaus framed Mikael for their mother's murder, Elijah made a pact with his two younger siblings, Niklaus and Rebekah, that they would always stick together while his other brothers Kol and Finn fled.
- "My big brother, so, you doubt my intentions? Well, I can't say I'm surprised, standing next to the noble Elijah, how can I be anything but the lesser brother? A liar, a manipulator, a bastard."
- —Klaus to Elijah in Bloodletting
- Main article: Elijah and Klaus
- "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
Elijah is Rebekah's older brother. 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.
- "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
- "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.
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 Rosseau'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.
- Elijah is the only member of the Originals that has pushed Klaus' buttons without fearing the consequences.
- Elijah is the oldest remaining Original.
- Elijah is the first Original to appear in Season 2, with Klaus being the second.
- He is the second vampire shown compelling Elena and the first Original vampire to be neutralized by Elena.
- Elijah is the first Original vampire to be seen compelling other vampires (Slater and Katherine).
- Elijah does not appear in the books, but his appearance seems to be modeled after the Klaus of the books.
- Elijah presents himself to everyone under the guise of an historian by the name of Elijah Smith. This mirrors Damon in the novels when he presents himself to Elena's family as Damon Smith.
- Elijah is absent for only three of the fifteen episodes between his first appearance (Rose) and his last appearance (As I Lay Dying) of Season 2.
- Elijah and Rebekah are the only Originals who weren't hunted down by Klaus before being neutralized. Rebekah was neutralized by Klaus when she chose Stefan over him, and Elijah was neutralized because he tried to kill Klaus.
- Elijah, Rebekah and Klaus are the only characters who have met Tatia Petrova and her two Doppelgängers as humans.
- Elijah is one of only six recurring characters to appear in more than 10 episodes during their inaugural season. The others being Annabelle, who appeared in 11 episodes during Season One, Rebekah Mikaelson who appeared in 17 episodes during Season Three, Atticus Shane who appeared in 11 episodes during Season Four and Nadia Petrova & Wes Maxfield who appeared in 12 & 11 episodes respectively in Season Five.
- Elijah was the first member of the Original Family to make their first appearance in a present day episode.
- Elijah has been neutralized 4 times in Season 2, once in Season 3, once in a flashback and once in The Originals:
- Elijah and Alaric are the characters who have died most on the show. Elijah has died 7 times on the show and Alaric has died 8 times on the show.
- Both Elijah and Rebekah have been given an episode when they are just neutralized.
- Just like Elijah was neutralized 4 times in Season 2, so was Rebekah in Season 3.
- Elijah was sarcastically called "my favorite Original" by Damon in Bringing Out The Dead.
- Among of all the Originals, Elijah can be considered the most moral and honorable, though his sense of what's right and wrong is slightly twisted, as shown when he killed Slater in 2x10 or the hybrid in 3x12.
- Elijah and his Half-Brother both loved Tatia Petrova just like the Salvatore brothers loved her doppelgängers - Katherine Pierce and now Elena Gilbert.
- Elijah is always seen wearing different suits on the show in almost every episode he's in.
- Despite being a recurring character in Season Two and Season Three, Elijah had more screen time than any regular in the episodes Klaus (episode) and All My Children.
- Elijah has met/interacted with every one of the main characters except for Tyler, but he did mention him when he thought the hybrid had died in The Departed.
- Despite the fact that most people call Katherine with the Anglo version (Katherine) of her name, both Klaus and Elijah call her by her original name Katerina.
- Elijah is the last living true son of Mikael.
- Elijah is the first Original to be invited into the Gilbert House, followed by Kol and Klaus.
- Like Klaus, Elijah doesn't want Rebekah to take the cure.
- Elijah believes Klaus' child is the key in reuniting his family.
- It appears, as seen in Tangled Up In Blue, that Elijah has been keeping journals over the centuries.
- It also appears, as seen in Tangled Up In Blue, that Elijah is musical, as there is a violin and a piano in his house.
- In Sinners and Saints, after he has fully awakened, Elijah repairs Tim's violin.
- It is Elijah who returns Jane-Anne's body to the witches.
- Although Elijah is speculated to be older than Finn, it has never been confirmed.
- Elijah like his younger brother Kol, is believed to be famous amongst the Witches around the world.
- Though Klaus admitted he would never bite Rebekah, he seemed to have no problem biting Elijah.
- Elijah is the first Original to be bitten by a hybrid and the second to be affected by the venom of a werewolf/hybrid.
- In The River in Reverse, Elijah finally showed his bloody vampire eyes, although briefly.
- All the women who Elijah loved, were supernaturals (Tatia Petrova - doppelgänger, Katerina Petrova - doppelgänger/vampire/witch, Celeste DuBois - witch and Hayley Marshall - werewolf )
- In Long Way Back From Hell, Elijah stabs Klaus to save Rebekah from Klaus' wrath.
- In Le Grand Guignol shows his distaste for his father Mikael, to his face.
- In Le Grand Guignol he steals Celeste from the werewolf interrogation along with the "potion" needed to end the curse.
- In Le Grand Guignol chooses to give Hayley the "cure" when faced with Celeste's ultimatum.
- In Le Grand Guignol Elijah shows his full vampire face.