|“||You're a leader who cares for her people. I get it! Right now, you're a leader at war-- now, you can either be their friend, or their queen, but you can't be both. Alright? These wolves, Jackson? They'd die for you. Question is, are you going to let them? If the answer's "yes," then you gotta live with that.||”|
Marcellus "Marcel" Gerard is a main character on The Originals. He was initially made out to be the antagonist and big bad of the series during the early episodes of the first season before it was revealed that he is actual a moral vampire simply trying to protect Davina, a young witch he took in and uses ruthless methods to accomplish this. Marcel is the adoptive son and former protégé of Niklaus Mikaelson, who turned him into a vampire, the adoptive brother of Hope Mikaelson and the adoptive father of Davina Claire. He is also the biological son of the former Governor of Louisiana as well as one of his slaves and the half-brother of Emil.
He was born in 1810 of a female slave and her master the Governor of Louisiana. Despite being the Governor's son he was a slave until he met Niklaus Mikaelson who decided to take him into his family and named him "Marcellus" which was later shortened in "Marcel". From this moment he lived with the Mikaelson Family until they left after Mikael's coming. Marcel then became the New Orleans King until they returned.
During Marcel's rule, he enforced a system of rules of his creation within the French Quarter, which all supernatural residents must abide by. At the beginning of the series, Marcel found himself at war with Klaus, who was trying to reclaim the French Quarter. He was trying to maintain order within the city, which meant dealing with the witches who continued their pursuit of Davina. He also began to rekindle his romance with Rebekah. Marcel and Rebekah sided together to take down Klaus once and for all so that they could finally be together, but their plan failed. Klaus killed many of Marcel's minions and Marcel chose to step down from the throne in order to save his people. Soon after, Klaus asked Marcel to join him in ruling New Orleans and Marcel agrees to become the Co-Vampire King of New Orleans. Rebekah ended their relationship and continued her pursuit to defeat Klaus. Later, Davina learned of the secrets Marcel had been keeping from her and lost her trust in him. Davina's powers began to grow out of control and potentially endangered the people of New Orleans, meaning that she had to be sacrificed before that could happen. Marcel went to desperate lengths to protect her as he loves her like his own daughter. But the event could not be avoided and Davina agreed to go along with it. She was thankful that she had Marcel in her life, and it is clear that Marcel would do anything for her. Davina was then killed by Sophie Deveraux, but Davina and the other three witches of the ritual were not resurrected, causing Marcel great anguish. Marcel deeply grieved Davina's death and avoided ruling the French Quarter for some time .
Camille came back into the picture after he avoided pursuing a relationship with her due to Father Kieran telling him to stay away from her. They grew closer as he told her of his dark past and provided her comfort as her Uncle Kieran was cursed with a hex. Marcel was also banished from the French Quarter by Elijah due to Rebekah and his great betrayal from 1919. Marcel also left Davina in Genevieve's care in order to protect her. Marcel had began his plan to reclaim the French Quater with Thierry, Diego, and many other vampires by his side leading to an all out war: Marcel's Army vs. Klaus and Elijah. The war was interrupted due to Hayley being kidnapped by the witches and them taking the child but also Francesca Correa and her people revealing their true identities as werewolves, biting Marcel's Army. Marcel was also bitten himself by Klaus and was running out of time. He saved his adoptive sister and hoped to use her to bargain with Klaus for his blood to heal his people however he was too late. Klaus forgave Marcel for his actions due to him saving Hope and healed Marcel with his blood.
It had been revealed in the series that Marcel is the one who drove the werewolves out of the French Quarter. He also knew Hayley as a baby then took her in when her parents died and he got her out of town with Father Kieran's help. He could've of kept her for his own purposes, to rule the werewolves but he didn't. Afterwards, in order to make sure the werewolves wouldn't attack, Marcel formed a vampire army made up of Thierry Vanchure, Diego and many others. When Mikael was resurrected by Davina in From a Cradle to a Grave, all of Marcel's army was killed, except Joshua Rosza. In the second season, the two of them begin forming a new vampire army, their first recruit being Gia.
Marcel currently works closely with Klaus and Elijah in effort to defeat Esther Mikaelson, a revived Finn Mikaelson, Mikael and any other threats that may arise. He has a close relationship with Klaus. Marcel has had a few romantic relationships throughout the series, the most notable one being with Rebekah Mikaelson. He also was briefly in a relationship with Camille O'Connell, pleased with the fact that she wasn't part of the supernatural world.
Marcel was a slave of and the second born son of the Governor. In 1820, during the Governor's first son Emil's funeral, Klaus sees him being whipped. After Marcel throws an apple back at the man whipping him, showing his bravery, Klaus kills the man before he can retaliate. When Klaus asks the boy his name, he tells him that his mother wouldn't give him one until he turned 10 years old out of fear of him dying of fever; but his mother died before she could name him. Klaus names the boy Marcellus, meaning little warrior. Klaus then took in Marcel and raised him like a son. After being attracted to Rebekah since childhood and finally falling under his feelings, Klaus gave him a choice: to undagger Rebekah and live out their days together until Marcel grows old or be turned into a vampire. He chooses to become a vampire like he always wanted, though he never stopped loving Rebekah and Klaus' actions later caused Marcel to turn against him.
Marcellus had grown closer to the kinder Elijah who was teaching him to play the piano. Elijah also taught Marcellus to read, using Shakespeare as practice. Marcellus idolized Elijah, however, Klaus feeling jealous, undaggered Kol Mikaelson, a vicious Original whose bloodthirsty appetites exceeded Klaus' and frightened Marcellus with his antics. One night, Marcel was forced to watch as Kol compelled people to act out Hamlet, even making them kill each other for real. Kol even went so far as to feed Marcel his blood, happily saying that he'd turn him since that's what his brothers really wanted. Klaus, realizing how dangerous Kol was to Marcel after he was scared by the "act", daggered Kol once again. Marcellus later spoke to Elijah about his progress on a book only for Elijah to shun him, the latter saying he was bored of him and called him a scavenger to Klaus, in reality Elijah only said these things to allow Klaus and Marcel to once again bond, but Marcel not knowing this took a dislike to Elijah and has never liked him since.
Marcel had grown close to Rebekah over the years, training in the art of fencing with her since he was a boy. Finally able to best her in a duel, Marcel began romantically pursuing Rebekah and she seemed to be reciprocating his feelings. However, despite Marcel's pleas to let him and Rebekah be together, Klaus did not approve of the relationship and forbid it. Marcel was persistent though and tried again, kissing Rebekah who shared his feelings. Klaus suddenly interrupted, furious and seeing their relationship as a betrayal. To punish them, Klaus daggered Rebekah in front of Marcel.
Later that year, Marcel was shot by the governor, his own father, while trying to free some slaves. The dying Marcel asked Klaus to turn him and against Klaus's wishes, he did so. Later, in a deleted scene of Season One, Marcel then compelled his father to carve out his own heart with a knife even though Klaus warned that this would not bring him peace from his father's abuse of him.
After Rebekah had been daggered for 52 years, Klaus removed it from her heart. Awakened, Rebekah asked for Marcel, worried for him and Klaus sadistically revealed that he had given Marcel the choice between a human life with Rebekah or a vampire life that didn't include her. Much to Rebekah's horror, she learned of Marcel's choice to become a vampire instead of have a life with her. Marcel entered the room, seemingly cold and unfeeling toward her revival.
After a series of thefts throughout New Orleans during the holiday season, the mayor asked Klaus to get to the bottom of it. Klaus had Marcel dig further into it and Marcel believed that Kol was responsible. He and Klaus tracked Kol to the Dowager Folean's cottage where Kol was in the middle of stealing a rare paragon diamond. Marcel and Klaus forced Kol to turn the diamond over to them and with one of Klaus's witches, trapped Kol's allies in the house. Later, Marcel attended the Originals' Christmas party with Rebekah and after Klaus learned of Kol's treacherous intentions to steal the diamond back, Marcel witnessed Klaus dagger Kol as Rebekah betrayed Kol, despite promising not to tell Klaus what Kol was up to when catching him searching for the diamond in Klaus's room.
1918Marcel enlisted to fight in World War I much to Klaus's anger, believing Marcel was spiting him for not letting him be with Rebekah. Marcel refused to listen to Klaus's claims that he had more of a duty to his family than his country and departed, fighting in France. While in the trenches, Marcel grew as a leader of his regiment, a group nicknamed "The Brotherhood of the Damned". Klaus arrived, trying to entice Marcel to come back home by trying to appease his vampire nature. Marcel continued to refuse him, believing he needed to be there for his men. Klaus scoffed at him, not seeing him as the leader he was turning into. When his friend Joe Dalton was wounded in battle, he asked Marcel to turn him into a vampire along with all the squad, so they'd have enough strength to defeat their enemies. Marcel did so, leading his vampire troops to victory.
Marcel returned home to New Orleans after fighting in World War I. He was welcomed back with open arms by Klaus, but was treated more coldly by Rebekah due to their past. Shortly after he returned home, he aided Klaus in the conflict between Klaus and the new leader of the New Orleans witch coven, Papa Tunde. However, when Marcel and Rebekah grew closer again, unable to deny their feelings for each other, they desperately searched for a way to be free to do as they wished, without Klaus trying to control them. They decided that they would scare Klaus away using the Originals' father, Mikael, who had been hunting Klaus for nearly a millennium. With the help of the a witch, Genevieve, Marcel and Rebekah summoned Mikael.
Months later, though, he still hadn't shown himself. Klaus, meanwhile, great more comfortable with their relationship and actually publicly declared his newfound approval of it. Marcel and Rebekah were delighted by his change of heart. However, things soon took a turn for the worse when Mikael finally arrived in New Orleans. Mikael brutally beat Marcel and crucified him to a post in a play, as a message to Klaus. Rebekah and Klaus tried to rescue Marcel from Mikael's violence but were unsuccessful as they were forced to flee, leaving Marcel behind. The Originals believed that Marcel had been killed in Mikael's purge of New Orleans but Marcel had survived Mikael's massacre and slowly established a leadership role in the French Quarter, using the skills and lessons that Klaus had taught him.
He mentions in The Originals that he studied law in the 1950's.
Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series
In The Originals, when Klaus arrives in New Orleans, he presents himself to Marcel, who used to be his fun-loving, charming protégé. Even though Klaus built the town, his father, Mikael, ran him out of it over a hundred years ago and now Marcel rules it. He's persuaded the humans to look the other way, chased away the werewolves and locked down the witches with some kind of secret. Later, he kills Jane-Anne for performing magic without his permission.
As Klaus goes to meet Sophie, Jane-Anne's sister, she tells Klaus if she talks, she’ll be killed like her sister. Unbeknownst to Klaus, Marcel has some of his men follow Klaus to find out what he’s planning.
Meanwhile, Klaus is roaming the New Orleans streets and back alley bars when he sees one of Marcel's day walkers. He asks the day walker where Marcel is. When he refuses to say, Klaus threatens to feed on him.
Marcel appears and tells him in no uncertain terms that nobody, and he means nobody, especially Klaus, hurts his men. He demands to know why Marcel was having him followed and also wants to know what he’s been up to in his, Klaus’, town. In response to Klaus’ question, Marcel takes him up on a balcony and shows him the view of New Orleans. He says the town is growing and he has complete control over all the witches. Klaus, seeing the power that Marcel wields, wants to know how he’s doing it. Marcel refuses to tell him. As Klaus and Marcel look on, Marcel sees a girl, the bartender from one of the bars. Marcel jumps to the ground to greet her and begins flirting with her.
Klaus confronts Marcel and demands to know what the deal is with the witches. Marcel says it’s his secret and HIS town, so he won’t tell him. Basically it’s none of Klaus’ business, which obviously Klaus doesn't agree with. Klaus tells Marcel that New Orleans WAS his town. Marcel mocks Klaus, asking him if he’s jealous. He reminds Klaus that he ran from the town, then he comes back and brags about how the vampires rule and how he controls all the witches. Marcel tells him that he’ll let him stay in HIS town, as long as he understands that Marcel is the King. So Klaus better show him some respect. Marcel does not seem concerned that Klaus is an Original. The other vampires gather and surround Marcel. Klaus flashes over to one of Marcel's many vampires and bites him in the neck. Then Klaus, his mouth dripping with blood, tells him that his vampire friend will die before the weekend is over. After all, a werewolf bite is death to a vampire. Klaus informs Marcel that he’s broken one of HIS rules and he can’t be killed. “I’m immortal. Who has the power now, friend?” asks Klaus.
Later, Klaus goes to see Marcel and tells him that he’s really not his enemy. Klaus, as a peace offering, gives Marcel some of his blood so Marcel can give it to the man he bit. Klaus’ blood will heal him and it will be “as though it never happened.” Klaus says the French Quarter is Marcel's home and if he is welcome, he would like to stay for awhile.
Throughout The Originals Series
In Always and Forever, Elijah had been watching Marcel, who had become vampire king of New Orleans in Klaus' absence. Elijah is appalled by how Marcel's crew kills people in public. He is also mystified by Marcel's mysterious control over the town's witches, who aren't allowed to practice magic under penalty of death. When Sophie, Jane-Anne’s sister, comes to collect her body and put it in a cemetery so she can be at peace, Marcel takes it away from her and says that Sophie must cooperate in order to put her sister to rest.
In a meeting between Marcel and Klaus, Marcel says that New Orleans is his town, which sets Klaus off. He goes on a rant about how he made him the man he is, but Marcel explains that when Klaus ran away, he took over.
When Marcel says he knows how to deal with Klaus, Elijah comes in to talk to him. Marcel won’t explain how he controls the witches, but Elijah explains that the blood of a hybrid will cure the fatality of a werewolf bite. He bargains that Marcel needs to let the witches bury Jane-Anne and gets her body for the witches to prove his loyalty to them and the agreement he has made with them.In House of the Rising Son, 3 months later, Marcel only lets a selected few of his vampires wear daylight rings. The rest are night-walkers and they like to host a huge party at Marcel's place every night, invite the tourists and feed on them at midnight. But the tourists get healed, compelled and sent on their way. One of Marcel's followers comes to give him news of some killings of the local vampires. There was no evidence of who. The next day, Marcel and Klaus are in a bar. Camille is studying and Marcel is “pining” over her. Camille is going to leave when Klaus stops her. She’s taking abnormal psychology in college. Klaus brings her over to their table and kind of flirts, but still tries to help Marcel win points with her. He says that his friend has been depressed because he can’t keep his mind off a girl. Klaus’ “friend” thinks this girl is a queen. Klaus of course thinks he should “cut his losses”, but he needs Camille's opinion. She thinks that if he’s a nice guy that maybe one day he’d get a chance. Marcel, being bold, asks her out for 9 o’clock that evening. She says she’d think about it, then leaves. Klaus says that either he’s lost his touch, or maybe Marcel had.
Marcel and Klaus go to take care of a human/newbie vampire problem. They arrive to a parking garage to find a man and a woman in the back of a van. He tells them about wanting blood and becoming a vampire, but only one of them gets to live. He tosses a coin and which ever one gets it, gets to live. The girl grabs the coin and at first Marcel acts smug, but then snaps the girls neck. He says to let her die in the cold because he doesn't have a thing for people who betray their friends. Then he leaves. Marcel finds Rebekah on the balcony and greets her. Marcel recalls the last time he saw her (when Mikael was burning the city down and they fled). She left without even looking for him. He seems bitter and hurt by it. Rebekah says she thought he was dead and accuses Marcel of being afraid of Klaus. Marcel denies it and says that he's not afraid of anything. Rebekah tells him that if she finds out he knew about Elijah's disappearance, she would kill him herself.
Klaus is at the bar drinking when Marcel comes in with a sour look. Klaus teases that he knows that face; woman problems. Marcel calls Klaus a dick for not telling him Rebekah was in town. Klaus says he thought it would be more fun this way. Marcel gets a call about the wolf and orders it to be killed. Marcel and Camille are on a date at the bar. Rebekah comes barging in, demanding to know where Elijah is. Marcel knows that Rebekah won't kill him, but she will kill Camille. Marcel caves and takes Rebekah to see Elijah. He has him hidden in Davina's attic. Davina throws Rebekah against the walls with her magic and out the window. Marcel has Rebekah in her old room. He lets Rebekah know he’s in charge and everything in New Orleans is his. He also warns her to not ever touch “Cami” again. Marcel goes to talk to Davina who seems upset and is drawing. Marcel tells her that the Mikaelsons are in New Orleans to stay. She doesn't like that and he asks her for a favor. he wants her to find out how to kill an Original.
In Tangled Up In Blue, Marcel is getting fitted for a tux, suit. There are now ten dead vampires. Klaus walks in while Marcel and Thierry are talking about who might have done it. Klaus asks for Elijah back and Marcel asks Klaus to take a walk with him. Marcel is having a party and he isn't willing to give Elijah back just yet, just to show who has the power. Klaus and Marcel are listening to Thierry play the saxophone. Marcel thinks nothing is going to mess with his town. Klaus gets into Marcel's head about traps and thinks that he should rile the witches up.
At the ball, Marcel sees that Rebekah has invited Cami. Marcel goes to Cami, apologizing for not inviting her himself. Then he says he's not going to leave her all by herself, looking so beautiful. Marcel and Cami almost kiss when Diego interrupts to tell him about what happened with Thierry. Marcel grabs Thierry by the throat, but his men calm him down and remind him where they are. Marcel sentences Thierry to 100 years in The Garden. Katie is walking up the street. she’s trying to save Thierry. Katie is hurting Marcel and Davina is helping him through magic. Klaus then steps in to help and snaps Katie’s neck. Marcel thanks him.
Marcel is torturing Thierry and leaves him to rot in the Garden. Klaus and Marcel are on a bench talking about Camille. Klaus apologizes for Thierry's disloyalty. Marcel agrees to give Elijah back to Klaus. Marcel goes to the tower and Davina is happy to see him, but she doesn't want to give Elijah back. Marcel is shocked by this. Rebekah is walking down the street, but Marcel stops her. He kind of threatens her and let’s her know he's not happy about the Cami stunt.
In Girl in New Orleans, Davina asks him for the night out and after reminding her that she's to be up in the attic for her safety, she shows him she can take care of herself by boiling his blood to which he expresses pride in her and tells her she has to be with Cami who's his friend. He tells his nightwalkers to watch over those two from respected posts. Later, he shows concern when Davina is missing and Cami tells him she snuck out to meet a guy. He shows up at the church, unaware that Klaus paid Davina a visit and asks her what happened when he sees the broken glass everywhere. Davina doesn't tell him about Klaus and reminds him that she lives in the church.
In Sinners and Saints, Marcel is told by Kieran that he has to move Davina because he's concerned the witches will eventually catch up with her. It is revealed that 8 months ago, prior to the series events, Marcel has been friends with benefits with Sophie and learned about the Harvest from her. He shows up with his army at the cemetery where the ritual takes place and kills all guilty witches, noticing that Davina is the only survivor of the four sacrificed witches and takes her away to safety, which is how their relationship began. In the present, Marcel is concerned about Davina, who feigns a panic attack about "something bad coming" at Elijah's instructions. She then faints and Marcel carries her up to her room. He's later confronted by Klaus who he distracted by dead witches in the bayou and is surprised to see Elijah who's undaggered.
In Fruit of the Poisoned Tree, Marcel grows suspicious of Klaus and discovers he lied about where he lives. After a conversation with Josh, he goes to Thierry in the Garden because Thierry is the only one he trusts. Marcel listens as Thierry tells him that he believes Klaus drained the nightwalker's blood to compel him. Also, he tells Marcel that Klaus has to have a inside man. After hooking up with Rebekah, Marcel realizes that the Originals. are staying at his old plantation. He presumably kidnaps Hayley at the end of the episode, as he is last seen facing Hayley at the door before she disappears.
In Bloodletting, Marcel holds a fight club for his nightwalkers to impress him to get a daylight ring early seeing there's a waiting list. After one nightwalker wins, Klaus speeds in and breaks her neck which gets Marcel's attention. Angered, he asks Klaus what his problem is and Klaus accuses him of kidnapping Hayley. Marcel tells him he didn't and detects she's someone special to Klaus. He lets Sabine use her magic to track Hayley which she does to the bayou. Marcel then gets his nightwalkers inside, and inside the nightwalker bar he confronts Josh about being a spy for Klaus. He sacks him and takes him to Davina to get the compulsion wipe. At the end of the episode, he meets up with Tyler who gives him useful information on Klaus.
In The River in Reverse, Marcel meets with Tyler and his lair. Marcel tells his walkers that if they stay around they are signing up for battle. Tyler is filling the Vampires in on Klaus past of becoming a hybrid. Rebekah walks in and interrupts them. She finishes the story for Tyler. Rebekah agrees with Tyler and doesn't want the baby to be born. She is on team Marcel. She snaps Tyler's neck, turns out Rebekah doesn't want to hurt the baby, just Klaus. Marcel and Rebekah take Tyler to their dungeon. Rebekah asks where they are putting Klaus and Marcel has him a spot all by himself. He plans on keeping Klaus in there for 52 years. Rebekah is planning everything out but she feels a little guilty I think, but she says she regrets not doing this sooner.
In the city, Klaus goes to Marcel's. It’s empty but then Marcel shows up. Klaus gets to the point and tells Marcel that he wants his dagger back, then Rebekah shows up. Marcel whistles for his boys and then they become surround. Klaus is very cocky and starting to get pissed. Now Klaus gets the point and is getting ready to fight. He first makes a speech, trying to get an ally. Klaus throws a coin saying whoever gets the coin will live, no one goes for it. Klaus is on his own and the battle begins. They chain his arms and they all start ganging up on him. Rebekah watches as they all beat and stab Klaus. Klaus goes into Hybrid mode just as Rebekah was going to stab him with the dagger. He takes them all out after that. Rebekah stops Marcel from fighting and tells him to pick up the coin so that Klaus doesn't kill him. Marcel yells and stops the fight, he then picks up Klaus’ coin. Marcel pledges his allegiance to Klaus and tells him that he can have his kingdom.
Later, Marcel is watching as the surviving vampires burn the dead fighters. Klaus comes and gloats a bit, but Marcel turns the tables. Klaus wants Marcel's house. Marcel tells him he can have it all but he will never have loyalty from anyone. Marcel tells him to enjoy his kingdom.
In Reigning Pain in New Orleans, Marcel and Rebekah made a deal to ”trick” Klaus into believing their loyalty. Rebekah wants Marcel to stay safe. Klaus makes a long speech as new king. He introduces Hayley to the Vampires, He warns them about protecting Hayley. He also tells them he isn't going to use the baby’s blood for hybrids. To prove his point, he wants the vampires to kill every werewolf in the French quarter. Marcel asks Klaus if he compelled her to date him, he doesn't deny it. Cami thinks that her feeling for Marcel were compelled as well but Klaus points out that whatever she felt was true, he had nothing to do with that. Cami shows Klaus what she’s been figuring out on her own and he compels Cami once again to forget about the vampires and she leaves.
Marcel and Klaus are still in Klaus’ new study, chatting about the “humans” while Klaus looks at the picture of he and Marcel from back in the day that Cami found. Marcel warns him about loyalty and the humans, he tells Klaus that it’s his show now but he just felt like he should warn him. Klaus tells Marcel about all of his indiscretions, Marcel takes everything in stride. Marcel thanks him for the honesty and tells Klaus that his meeting with the humans is in an hour. Meanwhile, at Camille's she has left post it notes all over her house reminding her not to trust Klaus. She even had a tape recorder in her purse to tape their conversations.
Marcel goes to tell Davina that she’s moving. He’s not mad at her, Klaus comes in and has a little chat with Davina. She’s not happy. Klaus leaves and tells Marcel that they have a meeting to go to down stairs. Father Kieran is waiting on them with the “humans”. The mayor steps up as well as the chief of police, they tell them they can co-exist peacefully as long as they listen to the humans. Klaus laughs at them and tells them that that’s not going to work for him. At the bar, Klaus and Marcel are having drinks until Klaus gets a call from the humans and they do not agree to his terms, then they get ambushed by wooden bullets and sunshine. Marcel is pissed that he lost more of his friends. Marcel wants Klaus to step up as a leader. Klaus is proud that Marcel finally said something. Klaus asks what he should do and Marcel wants to kill them all.
They call a meeting for Father Kieran and the other human then they start taking out the humans one by one. Father Kieran is the only one left and Klaus isn't sure what to do with him yet. Marcel stops him from doing anything rash so brings up Cami and uses that to save Father.While having a toast, Klaus calls Marcel out on his acting. Marcel tells him that he has to earn his friendship. Klaus tells Marcel that the main reason for this whole taking over New Orleans was mainly the witches idea, he doesn't want his baby to have a father like he had. Marcel isn't buying the story fully. Klaus admits that he was jealous, he saw what Marcel had built and he wanted it. Marcel tells him that he learned a lot from him and wants to know what now? Klaus tells Marcel that Marcel has the love of the people and that he can’t win over everyone without Marcel. He wants them to rule side by side as equals, as brothers. Marcel toast to it and Klaus seems quite pleased. Marcel and Rebekah meet in the The Garden and he tells her about Klaus wanting him to rule with him. Rebekah is pissed and hurt because he chose Klaus over her again. He has a pretty good reason, he wants to help the people. Rebekah warns him to remember how Klaus truly is.
In The Casket Girls, Marcel is first seen with Rebekah and he tries to speak with her, but she pushes him away saying that he doesn't have any right to touch her since he sided with Klaus. Then he gets a call from Klaus who informs him that Davina has escaped and he goes to him to find out what happened. When Elijah arrives, he asks him what did he told her in the attic and admits he is not sure that he didn't take her. When they start looking for Davina he makes deal with Elijah to ensure that Davina would be safe from Klaus once they find her. When Davina comes to Klaus and Marcel to get back Tim, she attacks him and blames him for betraying her. When Klaus poisons Davina it is revealed that Marcel made a deal with a Sabine to protect Davina. Rebekah brings Davina back and gives her to Marcel who takes care of her.In Après Moi, Le Déluge, Marcel tries to make peace with Davina but she is furious with him and doesn't want to see him. Davina attacks him but suddenly starts coughing out dirt, making him even more worried about her. When they try to figure out what is wrong with her Marcel continues to blame Klaus for hurting Davina and killing Tim. Once they learning that the only way to stop Davina from destroying the entire city, they must complete the harvest Marcel takes Davina with him and hides her. He still tries to make peace with her and explains that he cares about her and he was the one who asked the witch to protect her from death and if he would have known he would have saved Tim too. He apologizes for using Davina as tool but promises that now he just wants to keep her safe. When Rebekah tells him that it is hopeless to help Davina and Davina agrees to complete the Harvest. Marcel takes her to the harvest ritual. When the Harvest goes wrong and Davina doesn't come back to life, he is devastated and blames it on Klaus saying that he had everything under control until he came to the New Orleans. When Klaus tries to pull him out of his misery, Marcel says that he doesn't care about anything else and Klaus is just not able to understand his grief. Klaus says he does, because he mourned him for years after he escaped New Orleans and hugs him.
In Dance Back from the Grave, Marcel is still angered by Davina's sacrifice and failed resurrection. He initially refuses to help Klaus to investigate sacrificed vampires in the Cauldron. Marcel chooses to to drink and relive past memories with Camille. They are interrupted by Papa Tunde who attacks Marcel. Klaus arrives to help but is also overcome by Papa Tunde. Thanks to the actions of Elijah and Hayley, Papa Tunde is chased off.
In Long Way Back From Hell, a distraught Elijah turns to Marcel and Hayley for help when one of his decisions puts Klaus and Rebekah’s lives in danger.
In Le Grand Guignol, are a series of flashbacks to 1919. Klaus opens up to Camille and reveals details of the devastating secret Rebekah and Marcel were trying to keep from him.
In Farewell to Storyville, Marcel comforts Rebekah as Klaus tries to kill her. He tries to get Cami to help a resurrected Davina after the latter is suffering from PTSD. When Rebekah is freed he says he can't run from New Orleans as it is his home and Klaus and Elijah took it as if the owned him and he wants the city back, and the two say farewell on good terms. Marcel tries to confront Klaus and want's it over. Klaus does nothing but Elijah exiles Marcel from the French Quarter threatening him to never return.
In Moon Over Bourbon Street, Marcel is still in exile on the other side of New Orleans tries to enlist Thierry to take back the city. He then encourages Josh to get Davina to practice magic again for her own protection, which Josh does. He later sleeps with Cami after she was almost killed after Kieran had a psychotic episode and they had been drinking, with Marcel taking a dream web he realized a witch was using to spy on Cami. Thierry joins Marcel to retake the city.
In The Big Uneasy, Marcel and Thierry proceed with their plans despite failing to recruit Diego. At the witch's feast, he sends his gift in the form of compelled humans to slash their wrists to trick the vampires in to breaking their peace treaty, promising there will be no peace. In retaliation, Elijah attempts to kill Marcel despite the latters smug personality, and Elijah decides to rip Thierry's heart out and let Marcel live with the guilt as punishment. The vampires then decide to side with Marcel.In An Unblinking Death, Marcel wants to come help Cami with Father Kieran but she refuses as Klaus will kill him. He calls Klaus and asks him to help Cami since he cannot go to her. He is then confronted by Hayley for bombing her pack which he denies. He tells her that he knew her family and how they had many enemies, even among other werewolves. He says someone betrayed and killed her parents while they were laying low, and he arrived only to find a baby Hayley alive. He reveals he had Kieran get her out of town as she was an innocent baby, despite how she could have been useful leverage from being the last Labonair. He tries to get Hayley to leave town as he may have to become the bad guy to get Klaus out of town but she refuses. Klaus later calls to say he knew Marcel did not bomb the wolves, told him Kieran died, and he had 24 hours to come help Cami and to bury his friend until his exile is re-instated. He reveals he had Josh lift the key Kieran had to protect Cami as people would come for it.
In A Closer Walk With Thee, Marcel returns to the Quarter to bury Kieran and help Cami. She realizes he knew about the key and asks him to leave. Later he tells Cami the key leads to something that could be used against the supernaturals in New Orleans, and was trying to keep her safe. After Cami locates the box for the key, he assumes someone got to it as the box is empty. Cami reveals there was a secret code in the box her brother learned from Kieran as her brother was meant to take Kieran's place in the Faction one day before his death. She will not tell Marcel what it says as it is her responsibility now. After talking to Klaus about their past, he states he and his vampires will fight Klaus out of town until they are dead which Klaus acknowledges.
In The Battle of New Orleans, Marcel is seen interrogating Jackson and Oliver, asking them what Klaus is planning. They tell him and he gathers all the vampires in order to defeat Klaus and get the Originals out. He plans on luring Klaus out so Elijah will be alone in facing off against his army. Marcel succesfully lures Klaus out of the compound and they fight in the street, despite being weaker than an Original, Marcel initially has the upperhand though is soon overpowered and is bitten by Klaus. Marcel tells Klaus he got the explosives from Francesca. He later goes back to the compound and finds most of his vampires have been bitten by the Correas and sees Diego slowly dying.
In From a Cradle to a Grave, Marcel ends up breaking one of his rules by killing Monique Deveraux, though this was to save Hope Mikaelson. Marcel apologizes to Klaus for bringing Mikael to town all those years ago. Marcel allows Klaus to compel him to forget Hope is alive in exchange for vials of Klaus' blood, more valuable than ever due to the werewolves having full access to their powers which includes their lethal bite.
As a human, Marcel is shown to be very brave as he fought back against the slave owner who whipped him, a gesture that earned him Klaus' respect and ultimately saved his life. Marcel was very moral, as he tried to stop another slave getting beaten which then resulted in Marcel getting shot by his own father. Back in his youth, Marcel was shown to be innocent; he was greatly disturbed when Kol decided to "educate" him about vampirism at the cost of several innocent lives. Marcel's innocence and bravery are what made Klaus very fond of the boy. These traits, coupled with the fact that they were both bastards presumably led Klaus into seeing Marcel as someone that Klaus himself was and could still be, given the right circumstances. And when Marcel expressed a desire to be sired, Klaus was very reluctant, as he feared that Marcel becoming something similar to himself would deprive him of all that Klaus prized in Marcel.
- "You're the one who taught me that a man can't be defined by anyone but himself."
- —Marcel to Klaus
He takes his role as leader seriously and enforces the rules he made without fail, though he is not above getting carried away since he supposedly killed a witch in front of many viewers for this reason, though its revealed that said witch used magic and took part in the harvest ritual where she had her own daughter sent to her death. He also seems to genuinely care for his subordinates, having stayed at the side of one dying from Klaus' werewolf bite until the latter provided him with the cure. Marcel also seems to be understanding as shown in his quickness to forgive Klaus for biting his friend when Klaus gave him the cure and asked for forgiveness. He is also shown to be, unlike many people in positions of power and privilege, reasonable and approachable, willing to do favors for people. While not arrogant, he has displayed over-confidence when confronted by beings more powerful than him, such as when he spoke down to Klaus, disregarding that he would be nothing if it wasn't for Klaus, the Original Hybrid, much more powerful than any non-original vampire in his "army", though while Klaus did make him who he was, he also wasn't always benevolent, as he daggered Rebekah for getting too close to Marcel, this affected Marcel deeply and it caused him to resent Klaus as well as eventually turn against him.
Marcel is ruthless but not completely without mercy; best demonstrated by the fact that he prefers to kill his victims by snapping necks, as opposed to other Vampires, who use more inhumane methods like heart extraction, decapitation, and staking. In fact, Marcel has so far been seen to actually permanently kill someone only five times: One was with Jane-Anne, and the other was with Bastianna. The latter via decapitation, as he needed her death to resurrect Davina. The last witch he killed was Monique, as Marcel had to kill her in order to save Klaus' newborn child. The other two were Tina Josh's former friend and a werewolf who bit Gia
He likes to have fun and enjoys being a vampire. He takes pride in who he is. Also, he's intelligent, being able to run a city and maintain it, being much better at it than Klaus, as the latter's leadership was not popular or respected by any faction. He’s very competitive too. Like Klaus, Marcel likes to think up contingencies; he requested Davina to figure out the fatal weakness of the Original Vampires, not aware that the death of an Original Vampire would also mean the deaths of all other vampires sired from their bloodline, including himself. Indeed, one of his weaknesses is that being a recently-introduced character, Marcel knows little about the nature of the Original Vampires, such as Klaus' blood acting as a cure for a werewolf bite and that if one Original Vampire dies, all of their bloodline die too in matter of hours, however, not even the Originals themselves knew of the bloodline problem as it was only revealed with the death of Finn. As with Klaus, Marcel also has very little tolerance for disloyalty, having killed a transitioning vampire purely because she opted to save herself over her companion.
In Sinners and Saints, it was revealed that Marcel's cruelty was only to protect Davina, who was supposed to be used in a blood sacrifice so the witches in the French Quarter could keep their powers. It was also shown that Marcel planned to raid the ritual with the full intent of saving the four witches that were to be sacrificed, including Davina, but arrived too late and only managed to save Davina. Marcel's reasons for killing witches who practice magic was to keep them from killing Davina, as he himself had known what it felt like to be treated as a tool and not a human being. It was because of this that Marcel created a rule against people abusing children in the Quarters. Marcel's reason for hiding Davina was also revealed; to stall the witches until The Harvest was passed and the witches would lose their powers, enabling Davina to live a normal life as she always wanted ever since the Harvest. When Tyler told him of the existence of Klaus' unborn child, along with the potential danger it may pose to the vampire race, Marcel was visibly conflicted on what he should do next but chose not to harm the baby, possibly due to the fact that he doesn't hurt children, or possibly he did not want to risk Klaus' wrath on him, as he knows that Klaus cares about his family, and he will kill anyone who tries to hurt or kill a member of his family.
Marcel is also a hypocrite for claiming that he dislikes people who have betrayed their friends, when he himself has betrayed Klaus.
Because of his protectiveness towards Davina, Marcel doesn't hesitate to kill any witch that practices magic in the French Quarter to keep them from finding her. However, he is more merciful towards anyone who breaks his other laws, as shown by the countless vampires he kept locked in The Garden instead of killing them, which would take much less effort to do. He went out of his way to save the nightwalkers on his territory when the Faction incited an attack on them, and has yet to be seen dealing with other vampires in ways other than snapping their necks, implying that he really does care for his own kind.
In From a Cradle to a Grave, Marcel was forced to break one of his rules; against killing children, by killing Monique Deveraux, in order to save Hope Mikaelson. Previously, Marcel fought and managed to disarm Klaus to protect the newly resurrected Monique, though at this time Monique was a seemingly innocent witch who had not yet attempted to kill an innocent infant.
Physical AppearanceMarcel is described as hot, sexy, handsome and very attractive. He has dark skin, brown eyes, shaven hair and appears to physically be in his late 20's. Marcel's style is quite similar to Klaus'. He wears form fitting T-shirts usually dark-ish colors: black, grey and blue and dark jeans although has been seen to wear those of a lighter color. He will also be seen wearing necklaces and scarfs as accessories. Also, like Klaus is also fond of a leather jacket he sometimes wears.
He has also said that he looks good in a suit which he wears on special occasions, such as the Masquerade Ball he hosted to present himself as respectable.
Powers and Abilities
Marcel possesses all the standard powers and abilities of a non-original vampire but has an exceptional level of strength for a vampire his age which is best shown in his battles with Klaus. Marcel has been able to greatly stagger Klaus with a single punch, knocking him off balance (however, it should be noted that Klaus intentionally allowed Marcel to knock him off balance), in another episode he managed to disarm Klaus of Papa Tunde's dagger with only one hand and during the penultimate episode, he went toe-to-toe with Klaus and even if very briefly, dominated the fight (however, Klaus was intentionally holding back, before going full force), before inevitably being defeated by the Original Hybrid.
In Red Door, Marcel briefly faces Mikael and unleashes a combination of attacks that succesfully drive Mikael back but is very quickly brought down by Mikael who easily outmatches him.
Marcel has the typical weaknesses of an non-original vampire.
- "I had someone who fought for me from the moment you met me."
- —Davina to Marcel
Davina is Marcel's favorite witch. He took her in as family. She is important to him. He saw she was a fighter like himself and saved her life before she could be killed in The Harvest and has been taking care of her and protecting her ever since. Because of this, she is loyal towards him. As shown in The Casket Girls, Marcel loves Davina as a daughter and younger sister. He is afraid that she will never trust him again. When Davina's powers start to go out of control, Marcel is shown that he cares for Davina more than anything and is willing to always put her first. He was against to have her sacrificed and protected her from anyone that would come near her. After she chooses to give up her life, the Harvest fails and he is heartbroken and devastated at losing Davina. He continues to mourn her but will stop at nothing to find a way to bring her back. Managing to kill Bastianna, Davina came back to life but she was different. She was scared and lost, so Marcel decided to allow Genevieve to take Davina in her care. While Marcel was banished from the French Quarter, Marcel continued to watch Davina from afar and in a sense, she felt like he was there watching her. They were finally reunited in the season finale and amends were made.
- Main article: Klaus and Marcel
Marcel met Klaus in the 1800's in New Orleans, after being whipped and beaten on the side of the road, Klaus took him in, named and raised him as his son. They had a strong relationship however Marcel's love for Klaus' sister, Rebekah caused tension to which caused Klaus to give him an ultimatum, vampirism or Rebekah. In returning to New Orleans after a century, Klaus reunites with Marcel who has taken over his previous position as King. Klaus actively worked against Marcel, to retake the city and Marcel eventually gave up his role in order to protect his fellow vampires. After regaining his position, Klaus tells Marcel he wants to rule side by side with him. Their relationship crumbles after Klaus finds out, in the 20th century, it was Marcel and Rebekah who brought Mikael to New Orleans in order to kill him. In the finale, a peace of sorts it settled between them thanks to Marcel saving Klaus' daughter.
- Main article: Rebekah and Marcel
Marcel and Rebekah met in the 1800's and as Marcel grew up, he and Rebekah fell in love. As a child, he used to tell her he would "marry her one day". However, years later after their developed relationship and Klaus' interference, given the choice between Rebekah and immortality, he chose immortality over her but still had feelings for her. After their reunion, their relationship is frosty, the two flirt and it is clear Rebekah has unresolved feelings for him and that he still loves her. Their relationship had ended when Rebekah was exiled from New Orleans, never to return.
- Main article: Camille and Marcel
Cami represents an allure to Marcel and he is also protective of Cami. He likes that she is not a part of the supernatural world. Marcel stops interacting with Cami once her uncle warns him to stay away from her. Eventually Marcel finds out that Cami has discovered the supernatural world due to Klaus compelling her and using her for his plans to reclaim New Orleans. He also learns that Cami had actually developed feelings for him. After Davina's death, Marcel grows closer to Cami as he tells her of his dark past.
- Marcel and Hope (Adoptive older brother & little sister/Allies)
- Elijah and Marcel (Frenemies/Allies)
- Marcel and Josh (Allies)
- Marcel and Sophie (Enemies/Former Sexual Partners)
- Marcel and Thierry (Former best friends)
- Hayley and Marcel (Allies)
- Kol and Marcel (Antagonistic Allies/Family Acquaintances)
- Marcel and Kieran (Allies)
- Marcel and Diego (Former best friends)
- Marcel and Joe Dalton (Best friends)
- Marcel as a boy's name is pronounced mar-SELL. It is of French origin. Variant of Marcellus, "little warrior", from Marcus. (The source of these names is Mars, the Roman god of war.)
- Marcel is a vampire made 181 years ago by Klaus after he daggered Rebekah.
- When trying to help a slave, Marcel was shot by his own father in the chest. While dying, Marcel begged Klaus to turn him, after reminding him of their talk when he was just 10 years old.
- He studied law in the fifties which helps him in trial against Jane-Anne and others who have rebelled against the French Quarter rules, which he established.
- Marcel's first shown kill was Jane-Anne.
- Klaus gave him his name, Marcellus, when he was 10 years old, which he later shortened to Marcel.
- He was raised by Niklaus like a son and was considered family.
- Marcel sees Davina as a fighter and took her in, just as Klaus did with him.
- Marcel had plans to build a house for Rebekah.
- Marcel seems to play the overprotective father role in Davina's life.
- In Sinners and Saints, it is revealed that Marcel and Sophie were lovers before Sophie's niece was killed.
- His favorite fruit used to be an apple.
- Marcel fought in WWI and even came back a decorated hero.
- In Le Grand Guignol, Marcel seeks a cloaking spell to protect him and Rebekah from Klaus. The spell is planned to be performed by Davina, who is planned to be resurrected through the harvest witch deaths.
- In Le Grand Guignol, it is revealed that Mikael promised Marcel that he will permit him be with Rebekah and will make him a leader of the city (as thanks for calling him to New Orleans). It can mean that Mikael and Marcel simulated Marcel's death to horrify Klaus.
- Marcel's least favorite Original is Kol Mikaelson.
- In a deleted scene of A Closer Walk With Thee, Marcel tells Klaus that the first thing he did as a vampire was to compel his father to carve out his own heart with a knife.
- Marcel could visit Mystic Falls. 
- In Season Three, Marcel once again rules New Orleans after Klaus relinquishes his own rule of the city to raise his daughter. He has managed to establish a new status quo with Davina, who now rules over the witches.