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|This article is about Giuseppe Conte di Salvatore from the novels. You may be looking for Giuseppe Salvatore, a character from the television series.|
Giuseppe Salvatore was Damon and Stefan Salvatore's father. Giuseppe is said to have been very harsh on his children and did not care for them much, based on what Stefan described in the book. In the book The Return: Midnight, it is revealed that Giuseppe constantly tried to blame Stefan for the death of his wife (it is explained that the brothers' mother never really recovered from Stefan's birth). However, Damon would "deliberately say something obnoxious" to his father so Damon would end up taking the beating for Stefan. In the first two books in the series, the impression is given that Giuseppe favored Stefan over Damon, as Damon lacked studying and was failing his classes at the unnamed university. Giuseppe believed Damon lacked any sense of direction and reason, another reason it seemed he favored Stefan. However, Giuseppe did try to stop Stefan and Damon from the fight that would end up costing both of their lives, showing he might have cared a little.
TV SeriesGiuseppe Salvatore is one of the founders of Mystic Falls, as well as one of the smartest strategists in the confrontation against the vampires. Unlike in the books, Mr.Salvatore is more friendly and closer to his sons. He tries to protect his family and people of any threats. Giuseppe was one of the instigators who caused hunting vampires in the town, after learning of the mysterious attacks that began with the arrival of Katherine Pierce.