|“||For one hundred and fifty years, Mystic Falls has been the kind of town that everybody wants to call home, safe, prospers, welcoming.||”|
— Richard in Founder's Day
Mayor Richard Lockwood was the former Mayor of Mystic Falls, Virginia and a carrier of the werewolf gene. He married a human named Carol and they had a son together, Tyler. During Founder's Day, he was affected by the device, leading others to believe he was a vampire and killing him because of it.
Mayor Lockwood had a strained relationship with his son Tyler, and when Tyler got into a fist-fight with Matt Donovan at a party, he told Tyler that he would never embarrass his family again. Even though he was married, he was attracted to Pearl.
Richard was a member of the Town Council. In the season finale, during Founder's Day, John Gilbert persuades Richard into sanctioning a strike against the tomb vampires using Johnathan Gilbert's Device. Richard and John knew that the Sheriff Forbes would never approve their plan, so they staged a coup against her.
Richard rallied her deputies to their cause while John knocked her out and cuffed her in her office. Shortly before it began, he found his son and told him to go home, showing genuine care for Tyler for the first time.
Richard and Tyler were both affected by the device though, and when Richard was injected with vervain by the deputies, it did not affect him. When Damon told him in the burning basement that he was a vampire Richard was agast, and staggered backward into a vampire who snapped his neck and then killed him.
Richard had a bad-temper, possibly due to his werewolf gene. Richard also loved the town and held many festivities and fund-raisers for charity. He had a hatred for vampires, possibly due to his werewolf aspect. He, along with the Town Council, vowed to destroy any that came to town.
In The Turning Point, he also was shown to be violent, and a bully, when he tried to force Tyler and Jeremy to fight. he takes them outside, and tells them to fight, rather than talk to solve their problems, This probably is the reason why Tyler, is violent, and a bully, as well. Alaric once called him a "douche" and Tyler once called him a "dick", Carol once called him a "jerk". he also flirts with Pearl. although he seems kind and amicable to the outside world, he was actually quite selfish, for when Mr. Tanner dies, he was shown to be more concerned with how his death would affect the football team, and finding a replacement, he was also extremely arrogant, and a control freak, and the night they were going to round up all the tomb vampires, he was willing to put innocent peoples lives in danger, just to make sure that they capture the tomb vampires, he helps John Gilbert execute his plan to kill the tomb vampires, however it backfires when he is also affected by the device, that neutralizes the vampires, because he carries the werewolf gene, with him, and the deputies think he was a vampire too, and lock him up in the basement, where he was killed by one of the tomb vampires.
- Family Ties
- Lost Girls
- The Turning Point
- Let The Right One In
- Under Control
- Miss Mystic Falls
- Founder's Day
- Masquerade (photo)
- Richard appears once in a photograph in season 2.
- In Family Ties, when Carol Lockwood talks to him, she calls him Charles. This may be his middle name.
- He is the only werewolf shown that has never triggered their werewolf curse.