|“||The only way that this city will be safe for Hope's return is if you have unified your people, and I have unified my own. Do what you need to bring your daughter home. This is my wish for you.||”|
Elijah Mikaelson is the deuteragonist of The Originals. He was formerly a major recurring character in The Vampire Diaries, serving initially as an antagonist in the second season and eventually becoming a protagonist in the third season and fourth season. Elijah is an Original Vampire.
Elijah is the son of Mikael and Esther. He is the younger brother of Freya Mikaelson and Finn Mikaelson, and the older brother of Kol Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson and Henrik Mikaelson. Elijah is also the half-brother of Niklaus Mikaelson and the uncle of Klaus's child with Hayley Marshall; Hope Mikaelson.
Throughout his long life, Elijah has had a few romantic relationships. In the 10th century, Elijah and Klaus were both in love with a Petrova Doppelgänger named Tatia. Upon their transformations into vampires, Elijah accidentally killed her, greatly shaking him. After seeing him kill the woman he loved, 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 Celeste 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 has the closest relationship with Klaus, who he wishes to maintain a good relationship with. The two live and work together to defeat their enemies in New Orleans. In the second season of The Originals, Elijah continues to work with Klaus in effort to stop Esther, a revived Finn and a revived Mikael. He has also taken Gia, one of Marcel's vampires as his protégé.
Elijah is a member of the Mikaelson Family.
10th Century to 13th Century
Mystic Falls, The Middle Ages, 10th Century, c. 980 A.D.Elijah Mikaelson was the third-born of Mikael and Esther's children, born in an area of the New World that would come to be known as Mystic Falls, Virginia. Elijah had five siblings while living in the new world. Finn, Niklaus, Kol, Rebekah and Henrik.
It is presumed that Elijah had a very strict and disciplined upbringing, mainly due to his father's influence.
Once, as kids, Elijah takes Niklaus into the woods, to teach him how to hunt. Elijah encourages his brother stating that his aim has been improving, when he misses a shot. But, Mikael intervenes and scolds Elijah for encouraging his brother and snatches the bow from Niklaus stating that he wasn't man enough to hold a weapon. Niklaus tries to apologize, but Mikael sees him as a weakling and starts beating him. Elijah then tries to stop his father from hurting his brother but is scared off, by Mikael stating that if Elijah intervened he would be next. Elijah is also shown playing along with all his siblings in the woods showing that they were happy and loved each other dearly.They lived among the 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, Elijah and Niklaus both fell in love with a woman named Tatia who lived in their village. All the villagers wanted to be her suitors including Klaus and Elijah, both of them during their time with her, argued with each other and fought each other because they both wanted her for themselves. Tatia chose Elijah to be her next husband when the time came.
When Mikael found Klaus making chess toys with his hunting knife, he whipped and beat Klaus so bad that his siblings feared for his life. Elijah tried to stop his father, but he pushed Elijah away and continued to punish Klaus until Rebekah came in with his sword and wanted his abuse of Klaus to end. Mikael got furious at his children for choosing Klaus over their father and then grabbed his sword and left the three of them. One night Rebekah had enough of Mikael's abuse towards Klaus, so she took her father's knife and intended to use it on him and kill him, but Elijah came and took it from her and sent her away and looked at his father before going to sleep himself.
One morning after a full moon, Klaus 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 Tatia's blood. Then he stabbed Elijah and his siblings through their hearts 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. Klaus went on a rampage in wolf form. When he awoke the following morning he was tended to by Elijah unbeknownst to them Tatia had followed them to see what happened. Seeing all the carnage created by Klaus she ran from them in fear and was pursued by Elijah. She had tripped and fell while trying to flee and cut her hand. The blood made Elijah lose control and attack her. She tried to defend herself but was no match and was killed. Elijah brought her corpse to a shocked Esther who used her blood as part of the spell used to bind Klaus's werewolf side, which resulted in Klaus's werewolf gene being dormant. Mikael also made Elijah help him in tying up Klaus so that his mother could do the spell. Elijah supressed the memory of how Tatia actually died believing he had compelled not killed her in the woods and that Esther killed her when performing the hybrid curse.
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 Brotherhood of 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 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'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 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 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.
Cadiz, Spain, 1702
In 1702, Kol's violence in Cadiz, 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.
New Orleans, 18th century - 20th century
1700'sHaving 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. Elijah requested that man to find more help with the luggage.
1800'sIn 1820, Elijah, Klaus 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 upstairs with the Governor's son who she wanted to turn. Elijah was seen kissing a women and 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 an 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 whipped and threw an apple at the man and made him stop whipping the boy. Klaus then came to the boy, named him Marcellus and brought him to the family, Elijah saw this and told his sister: "Perhaps there 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 her. He's seeing it as perfection. Celeste then mentions that his brother, Niklaus, is again up to no good. He's challenging the gentry to duels as though they have any chance of a fair fight. They talk about Niklaus and kiss before Elijah goes to meet his brother.Klaus is seen challenging a man in a duel in which Klaus is left standing as the victor and the other man is shot to the head. Elijah then becomes a little worriedand asks him if it is not enough that he has slaughtered dozens in past several weeks, and explains that words of a city littered with bodies will surely travel the oceans and asks him if he wants to bring their father upon them. Klaus tells Elijah to relax because he has sent rumors that the bodies are result of the witches seeking blood sacrifices for their rituals. Elijah is shocked by this and asks Klaus if he has forgotten that Celeste is one of those witches that he recklessly pointed his finger at. Klaus then asks, who Celeste even is. Elijah then gives him a meaningful look and Klaus remembers that Celeste is the witch Elijah has been knocking around with. Elijah takes a revolver and shoots Klaus, who groans in pain. Klaus sees that Elijah cares about Celeste and warns him that they're rounding up the town's 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 the year 1821, Elijah had grown close to Klaus's ward, Marcellus, encouraging and teaching him. The growing bond between Marcellus and Elijah made Klaus extremely jealous since he had been hoping to be Marcellus's mentor. Angrily declaring that he needed someone to spend time with, Klaus revealed to Elijah that he had undaggered their younger brother, Kol. Elijah was shocked and horrified by his youngest brother's awakening, rushing down to the coffins to find that Kol had already killed a number of people. Elijah could only grudgingly watch things play out as Klaus and Kol joyfully spread violence throughout the city, even slaughtering an entire tenement building for fun. Elijah tried to remind them that it was careless and destructive behavior that had cost them homes in the past.
Later, Elijah found Kol tormenting Marcellus, feeding him vampire blood and threatening to turn him, believing in his own twisted mind that it was what Elijah and Klaus wanted. Elijah defended Marcellus from Kol's sadism, grabbing his brother by the neck, only being stopped by Klaus who proceeded to dagger Kol again, recognizing that he was too wild. Elijah later confessed to Kol's daggered body that though he didn't like the daggerings, it was for the best since Kol was a bad influence on Klaus. He also admitted that he'd have to isolate himself from Marcellus to allow Klaus to grow closer to the boy since it would make him a better person. Elijah solemnly sacrificed a close and friendly relationship with Marcellus for Klaus's benefit, treating Marcellus with indifference from that point on.
In the year 1887, 52 years after being daggered by Klaus, Rebekah had finally been undaggered by him. Elijah had helped her reintegrate herself into New Orleans' society and they went to the opera house together. It was a moment that only Elijah and Rebekah shared together.
In the year 1914, Elijah attended his family's Christmas party with his siblings. During the party, Klaus gave a toast to the party-goers, revealing that he knew of betrayal planned by their brother Kol, who had been conspiring with witches against him. Elijah, seemingly having also been informed of his younger brother's treachery, stopped Kol as he tried to flee, holding him down while Klaus daggered him.In the year 1919, Elijah is seen in a meeting room, meeting with members from the Guerrera Family, a family of thieves and butchers according to Klaus, who says that is noting compared to what they turn into on a full moon. Elijah told them that Mayor O'Connell was a little late but they should continue with business without him. Elijah assured them that they didn't need to be scared of Klaus as he made a promise they would 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 he said it was a meeting between kings and claimed he was also a king. 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 Marcel returns home from World War I, he's greeted by both Elijah and Klaus. Klaus tells Marcel, "The prodigal son has finally learned to hold his liquor." Marcel tells him being in the army does that to you. Elijah 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 that he and Elijah have had a little argument that Marcel might help with a rouge witch who wants a piece of the city they built. 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 should do after he saw the witch. Elijah tried to negotiate with him but after all his sacrifices Elijah decided to meet with him in a private room. However Klaus appeared instead as Elijah only comes when they deal and Klaus comes when the deal is closed.
Later that year, Elijah is seen by both Rebekah and Genevieve, Rebekah asks if she is interested in Elijah but she confirms she is interested in Klaus, Rebekah then begins to talk of her older brother Kol who is also a bad boy and she would like him to. At the bar Elijah meets with Clara Summerlin who was possessed by Celeste Dubois at that time. She had spilled her drink and Elijah gives her his tissue and leaves her with a smile.Six months later in 1919 Elijah and Klaus are seen with a werewolf named Lana who's the Werewolf Queen of the Crescent Wolf Clan. Klaus talked of how werewolves, vampires, witches and dirty-cops are happy as clams and drunk as stoast. They're celebrating to the new era-collaboration in the face of prohibition. Klaus told him they did it, Elijah said he helped build the city but it was all because of Klaus. Elijah and Klaus sat and drink, until they saw Marcel and Rebekah to come, Klaus knew they were a pair, but Elijah told him not to cause trouble. And to his surprise Klaus allowed them to be together and sat with Elijah minutes later. The next day Elijah enters Klaus' room and sees Lana and jokes of him sleeping with an enemy who is now their ally, Klaus tells Elijah they got tickets to The Opera House and asked him to tell Rebekah to bring Marcel with her. Elijah then left them. When Elijah was getting ready for The Opera, his father Mikael visited him and told Elijah he saw the "Le Grand Guignol" piece in Venice. Elijah is shocked seeing his father, Mikael assured him though, he only wished to talk. Elijah told him that he has hunted them for centuries and laid waste to half of Europe and wants to talk? Mikael corrected him that he only hunted Klaus and never his true children, he tells him he's his blood and he's proud to call him a son. Mikael then asks Elijah for his help to kill Klaus. Elijah attacked his father in rage, only to be thrown against the wall. Elijah tells his father that if he thinks he would betray Klaus for his own father, then he's a fool without equal. Mikael tells him that he'll forgive his sentimental affections for his brother, but says that Klaus is an abomination and that they must be erased from existence. Mikael then showed him The White Oak Stake, Elijah tried to stop him but Mikael forced him against the wall and told him, that either he stands with him or falls with Klaus and after Elijah chose Klaus, Mikael staked Elijah with a normal wooden stake. After Elijah woke up again he rushed to The Opera House and saw Mikael at the stage, as he was feeding from Marcel, Elijah urged his siblings to flee the scene. Mikael then burned down The Opera House and continued to hunt his children. Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah were only a few blocks away. Elijah told Klaus and Rebekah to flee while he delayed his father for a brief time. Klaus and Rebekah then left New Orleans.
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 Rebirth, Elijah is at some sort of building, trying to rescue a building so that the Guerrera Family doesn't get it for another casino. Back home, Klaus is furiously ripping up all of his paintings while listening to some classical music. Elijah comes to talk to him and tries to calm him down. Klaus is upset because he's still weak due to the moonlight rings taking his strength however, Elijah has located the last of the 12 rings that drain Klaus' power but have yet to find the White Oak Stake. Elijah is also worried about Hayley and wants Klaus to help her. Later, Cami arrives and Elijah isn't happy about her presence and tells her Klaus doesn't want to talk to her, reminding her that she's in danger coming there. She says Marcel can help them battle the Guerreras and tells him how bad it is in the Quarter and that Marcel didn't kill Klaus' baby and he should use Klaus against the wolves like the weapon he is.
Elijah is in his niece's nursery brooding. He is folding up the bedding when Hayley comes in and asks what he’s doing. He says the illusion needs to be flawless so they need to put things behind them. She asks what's next – should she and Klaus hold their heads up and say they’re ready to try again. She’s furious that Francesca is still breathing and tells him to leave Hope's Nursery alone.
Later, Klaus tells Elijah his plan but Elijah says they need to know where the stake is. Elijah says for this to work, Hayley and Klaus have to unite and work together. He tells her it's their fight and asks if she's ready for battle. She says as long as Francesca dies, she's in. He promises her the woman’s head on a silver platter. Elijah waits in Francesca's yard and her personal guards comes out. Francesca's door flies open and she sees Elijah standing outside. She tells the guards he can't come in and hells her monsters suffer from hubris. He reminds her of Al Capone's fate. He says the devil is in the details and tells her that her home is beautiful and he was glad the preservation society elected to protect it making it public domain so he can come in without invitation. He steps inside and gives her a tight little smile.
Back home, Klaus paints in his enemy's blood and asks his brother how many rings are missing. He says just one but tells him that her guard fought valiantly but then Francesca fled. Elijah asks if he let her get away and he says not exactly. He let Hayley have Francesca. Later, he finds Hayley tearing up Hope's Nursery. He asks what happened and she says she killed Francesca while she looked her in the eye and begged for her life while she tore her apart. She says she doesn't feel better and he says that’s natural. She says it’s not natural and she doesn’t want to live like this. He reminds her how much more intense it is to be a hybrid. She says she killed eight wolves before she got to Francesca – she says those were her own people and there was no nobility in that. She says everything has changed. She says she saw the way he used to look at her and the way he looks at her now. She says she was a mother and is now a monster. She cries and walks out past him. Klaus is full of remorse and says he should have accepted Hayley’s pregnancy and listened to Elijah. He says his greed cost him his daughter. Klaus tells Elijah that he chases his redemption like a man rolling a stone up a mountain. Elijah says mountains aren't endless, but some are steep. He burns the rings and tells Klaus he needs to go grieve with Hayley.
In Alive and Kicking, Elijah searched for the missing white oak stake with Marcel's help. After speaking with Davina, Elijah realized that she was in possession of the one weapon that could kill an Original and knowing her history with Klaus, he remained cautious. As he and Marcel worked together, he thought about how he once had to turn his back on Marcel so that Klaus and Marcel could develop a bond. When Elijah accused Davina of having the stake, Davina grew defensive and Elijah tracked her down to a bar where she was being attacked by his father, Mikael. Shocked by his father, no longer dead, standing before him, Elijah struggled to fight back while Mikael attacked him with the white oak stake. It was only when Davina put on a bracelet in her possession that she sent Mikael away, showing Elijah that she had brought back and was now in control of his father. Davina and Mikael fled while Elijah told Klaus of his father's return. Klaus also told Elijah of their mother's own resurrection that he had discovered. The two brothers wondered which revived parent would they have to kill first. Marcel then asked Elijah if he would mentor the first vampire of his new community, Gia, hoping that Elijah would do better with her than he had with him as a boy.
In Every Mother's Son, Elijah and Klaus received an invitation from their mother who requested to have dinner at the compound. A mysterious man arrived first as they were setting the table. While speaking with them and insulting them, Elijah remained bewildered by his identity, not believing that they'd met before. Klaus, however, realized it was their brother Finn, much to Elijah's surprise. Finn, in a new witch body and returned from the dead, sat down with them and began questioning them on why he was so badly treated in his centuries of life. He asked Elijah if he had allowed him to be daggered for 900 years because he was afraid of Klaus. Then, Finn claimed Elijah had always been jealous that Finn was the oldest and that Elijah had wanted the responsibilities of the eldest so he let Finn be neutralized so he could have them. Elijah grew angry with Finn's claims and told him that as a vampire, he was as self-loathing as their father but rather than be wrathful, he was simply tedious. Their mother arrived and after exchanging cruel words with Klaus, she left her new body and transferred to someone else's. Elijah was knocked out along with Klaus by Finn who departed the dinner. Elijah and Klaus tracked down a witch who had been helping Elijah, Lenore, who was now possessed by Esther and speaking to Hayley. She offered all of them new lives in new bodies, so they no longer had to be vampires. Then, their mother took her leave, knowing that they'd see things her way eventually.
In Live and Let Die, Elijah trained Gia before participating in an effort to save a group of young untriggered werewolves from being forced to activate their werewolf side by Finn. Concocting a plan with Hayley, Aiden, Josh, and Oliver, Elijah served as a distraction for the wolves under Finn's control to attack. He and Oliver fought the wolves together, slaughtering most of them. When Finn arrived, he used his magic to hurt Elijah and knock out Oliver. Elijah quickly recovered, attacking Finn and prepared to kill him, telling his brother that he hoped his next life would be longer. Suddenly, Elijah was impaled through the back by a large piece of wood. Esther had arrived, saving Finn and incapacitating Elijah. His brother and mother took him prisoner, bringing him to the cemetery and chaining him up.
In Red Door, with Elijah still as her captive, Esther used her magic to make Elijah relive memories from his past that he had long since buried. She forced him to remember what really happened to the doppleganger, Tatia, a woman in his village he had loved around the time he was turned into a vampire. He was forced to see that he had actually killed her due to his bloodlust as a newly turned vampire. Esther explained that the reason he kept himself so tidy and well-dressed was to try and hide the blood that was on his hands throughout history. Esther than made him see visions of being freed by Hayley, giving him hope when there really was none. She continued this to try and get him to turn away from his immortal life as a vampire and accept her offer to be placed into a new body.
In The Wheel Inside the Wheel, Esther continued to torment and torture Elijah, slitting his throat with a mysterious blade. Later, Klaus refused Esther's offers while searching for Elijah, eventually finding where she had him chained up. After attacking Esther for going after his daughter Hope, Klaus rescued Elijah and brought him back to the compound where he was incapacitated in an almost coma-like state, suffering from Esther's torture.
In Chasing the Devil's Tail, while Elijah suffered from what Esther had done to him, he envisioned his darker more violent and savage vampire side trying to overpower the innocent part of him, in the form of himself as a child. Klaus and Hayley tried to figure out how they could help him and Klaus learned that there was a plant in the forest he could use to help his brother. Eventually finding it, he used the herb and got inside of his brother's head, helping him through the ordeal. Elijah awoke from his state, though still seeming to suffer a little from Esther's efforts. Klaus showed his brother that they had managed to capture Finn and Kol.
In The Brothers That Care Forgot, Elijah and Klaus tried to turn their brothers against their mother. When Finn brought up Rebekah and explained that Esther had been looking for her since she returned, Elijah grew worried for his sister and for the secret of Hope's survival. Elijah viciously and uncharacteristically attacked Finn, biting him. Klaus managed to pry Elijah away, noting that it was strange for Elijah to not show some restraint. When Rebekah called, believing Esther had found her and the baby, Klaus insisted that Elijah go to their aid. Elijah initially wanted Klaus to go as Hope needed her father but Klaus didn't trust Elijah to be left with their brothers. Elijah left Klaus to deal with interrogating their brothers. While waiting to meet with Rebekah at a quiet diner, a waitress accidentally spilled some coffee on Elijah's suit. Suddenly, he was plagued by visions of his mother's torture, including how she had ingrained his brain to keep himself clean so no one could see his violent vampire nature. Elijah tried to ignore the stain on his suit but his mother's visions overtook his mind. He slaughtered the entire kitchen staff of the diner before Rebekah arrived and either pretended he hadn't or was possibly unaware of his actions, reuniting happily with Hope.
Rebekah, unaware of Elijah's actions, was glad to be back with her brother as he explained their mother's plan to put them all into mortal bodies. Elijah seemed to even be supporting the idea of it, telling her how he'd been forced to see the actions of his past and had even considered excepting the offer. Rebekah soon discovered the dead bodies in the kitchen, shocked by Elijah's strange behavior. She pretended to act normally, noticing that Elijah's behavior was growing more and more suspicious. To protect Hope, Rebekah broke Elijah's neck, incapacitating him.
In The Map of Moments, Elijah was brought to their family's vacation house by Rebekah, confused as to why she had to knock him out to bring him there. She told him that he had been acting strange. He was happy to be spending the holidays with Rebekah and Hope as Hayley and Klaus arrived, reuniting with their child. Elijah continued to struggle with what Esther had done to him, being overcome with his violent vampire instincts anytime he became dirty, including when he was stacking logs. Later, Hayley told him about her plan to marry Jackson in a ritual that would give their pack hybrid-like abilities. Elijah was visibly shaken and distraught by the news, as was Hayley. In a moment of desperation and lust, they had sex for the first time.
- "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.
- "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, (However this is very unlikely, due to the fact that Mikael could never control his temper). 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. He also has no tolerance for those that disrespect him. He has been shown to go to great lengths to make those that disrespect him suffer, such as Damon, Thierry, and Marcel. When Marcel disobeyed and disrespected Elijah, he killed Marcel's best friend Thierry in front of him so Marcel would suffer that loss for eternity instead of killing Marcel.
Elijah is very knowledgeable and deceptive in many ways. This encompasses knowledge of how to fight, wield a sword and defend himself. He exhibits an open-minded and optimistic personality. When he meets Elena, he respects her for her bravery and willingness to put herself in harm's way to protect her loved ones, which is something that Elijah himself has done for his family many times.
Elijah in general is a very emotionally hardened character and has difficulty at times handling and accepting certain emotions. This is evident when after losing his family because of Klaus, he turns his sadness and pain into revenge against his brother. Elijah is also seen to be uncomfortable and has difficulty accepting romantic feelings, particularly towards Hayley.
He is far more forgiving then Klaus, he has morals, but when ever a member of his family is in danger of being killed, he is forced to commit immoral acts, something he doesn't like to do in the first place, like Klaus, he has a sense of honor.
Elijah can sometimes be self-righteous and a know it all; like after he found out from Hayley, who found out from Tyler, that Klaus 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, instead of giving his half-brother the benefit of the doubt, he chose to believe Tyler's lies about Klaus, when he falsely accused Klaus of only caring about his unborn child, so he can use her to sire more hybrids, Elijah not only found out the hard way that he was wrong, but he also unintentionally damaged his relationship with Klaus, despite this he is not above apologizing or admitting when he is wrong. Either way, Elijah is a good and honest person whose heart is most definitely in the right place.
Elijah is very good at keeping his vampire side at bay, rarely showing his fangs or vampire visage and not letting his blood lust overwhelm him. It is revealed that Esther had implanted a mental barrier, to which she called the "Red Door", to which the memory of all his human victims and murders were placed to spare him from the extreme guilt. She gave him the idea of remaining clean to help keep him from remembering his terrible acts, explaining why Elijah keeps so clean and tidy. Both of these mental alterations were removed by Esther in her quest to make her family mortals by convincing them of the need for it. Her removal of it caused Elijah to act out in blind violence when he got even a little bit dirty.
- 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 in his late twenties or early thirties, somewhere between 27 - 30. He is older than his half brother Niklaus, but is younger than his brother Finn, making him the second 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 forgeting about his victims to save him from the guilt of it.
Powers and Abilities
As the second oldest of his siblings, Elijah is the second eldest Original Vampire alive and the second oldest immortal being in the world, now that Silas, Amara and Finn (in his Original Vampire body, at least) are deceased, and Mikael is resurrected. As an Original Vampire, Elijah is stronger and faster than any non-original vampire, he is one of the most powerful supernatural beings in the TVD/TO universe, on par with his siblings, with the exception that Klaus is stronger and faster due to his werewolf side.
His supernatural attributes aside, Elijah's greatest asset is his sharp intellect. His penchant for strategies and forming contingencies way ahead of time easily surpasses Klaus'. Often, Elijah is able to discern a great deal of whatever or whoever presented to him after only a few keen observations. He was able to identify Elena masquerading as Katherine when they met at Pennsylvania after seeing her daylight ring and was also the first to discern that his former lover, Celeste, was in fact inhabiting the body of Sabine, and then later formulated a plan with Monique Deveraux to corner her the next time that Celeste jumps into another body.
Because he is much more calm, composed, and strategic in battle than Klaus, Elijah is able to fight Klaus almost evenly shortly after being undaggered by Damon despite losing most of his strength from months without blood. His composure also enabled to him to single handedly subdue Marcel's army without getting so much as a scratch on him, evidence by the lack of cuts on his clothes, something Klaus is unable to do, due to his lack of composure. Due to his long existence, Elijah has seen countless battles and is very experienced in battle. He is also very adaptable as seen in Diego's attempt to flank him, which apparently failed. It is presumed Diego also tried other tactics which also failed miserably against Elijah.
Elijah has the typical weaknesses of an Original Vampire.
- "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
Unfortunately, Elijah's relationship with Klaus takes a turn for the worst, when Elijah chose to believe Tyler's lies over his half-brother, that Klaus 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 used her to sire more hybrids, unfortunately, he finds out the hard way, he was wrong and unintentionally damages his relationship with Klaus, 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.
- "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 Elijah's younger. 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.
- "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.
- "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
- "It was more than a fantasy - it was our hope. It was our family's last hope, and now she's gone."
- —Elijah about loosing 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.
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 besides Kol of the Originals that has pushed Klaus' buttons without fearing the consequences.
- Elijah is the oldest remaining Original since the death of Mikael and the oldest immortal being in the world since the deaths of Silas and Amara. Although his human age is never stated, it appears that he was turned when he was in his mid-thirties.
- Mikael and Finn have since been resurrected, making them the oldest still living immortals and Elijah the third oldest.
- 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.
- Nadia follows the same pattern in Season 5.
- 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 seven 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 & Enzo who appeared in 12 episodes each 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 3 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 6 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, Klaus Elijah, Rose, Trevor and Nadia are the only ones who refer to or call her by her original name Katerina.
- Elijah is the first Original to be invited into the Gilbert House, followed by Kol and Klaus.
- Like Klaus, Elijah didn't want Rebekah to take the cure.
- Elijah believes Klaus and Hayley's child is the key to 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.
- 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/hybrid)
- In Long Way Back From Hell, Elijah stabs Klaus to save Rebekah from Klaus' wrath.
- In Le Grand Guignol, he 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, Elijah chooses to give Hayley the "cure" when faced with Celeste's ultimatum.
- In Le Grand Guignol, Elijah shows his full vampire face.
- In Moon Over Bourbon Street, Elijah brings all the factions together and they sign a peace treaty, however the treaty was only a ruse, as the human representative was not truly human, and the witch representative was given a mission by her superiors to kill Hope Mikaelson
- In The Battle of New Orleans, Elijah single handedly killed half of Marcel's army with no effort before a sneak attack from two werewolf bites knocked him unconscious temporarily.
- It was originally believed that Elijah was the eldest of the Original Vampire siblings, however, it is now known to be Finn, making Elijah the second oldest sibling, and the third oldest Original 
- Elijah's status as co-king of the New Orleans vampires, and leader of the faction are now defunct, due to the werewolves' massacre, and the other factions turning on the vampires.
- According to this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zhuv15PHI6w, Elijah hates vampires.
- Elijah is the only person to have kissed all 3 Petrova Doppelgängers (Tatia, Katherine and Elena).
- In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Elijah tells Agnes that no one harmed his family and lived. Yet, despite saying that, Elijah did nothing to avenge the deaths of his brothers Finn and Kol at the hands of Matt Donovan, Jeremy Gilbert, and Elena Gilbert (as an accessory) respectively.
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