This article is about the real Sarah Salvatore. You may be looking for the pretender, Monique, or Sarah.

Or, you could give me the choice you never had. Look, you said it yourself-- you do this, you're only making it worse.

Sarah Nelson (born Sarah Salvatore) was the daughter of Zach Salvatore and Gail. Her birth was kept a secret by Stefan, who made sure that she was adopted by a good family. She used to study as an art major at Duke University, and once met Monique at summer camp.

She was later stabbed by Sybil in Today Will Be Different, resulting in her death.

Sarah was a member of the Salvatore Family.

Early life

She was born prematurely as her mother was dead on arrival at the Hospital. Dr. Grayson Gilbert delivered her via C-section and was kept in an incubator for the first 3 months of her life. Once she was out Stefan handled her adoption as he felt she would be safer with another family. It's presumed she knew she was adopted, but didn't bother looking for her biological family as she was completely happy with her adopted one. At a summer camp she attended as a kid she met a girl named Monique who was in the foster system and it could be assumed they were friends as Monique knew her enough to take on her identity. Stefan mentioned that he has kept tabs on Sarah through the years and that she's an Art Major at Duke University. At some point in her early life, Sarah is compelled to lose all interest in anything to do with Vampires. Caroline claims that its to keep her out of trouble.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series

Season Six

In Woke Up With a Monster, Sarah makes her first appearance. She appears talking about her photos' exhibition to visitors. While there, Stefan was watching her. However, Enzo interrupts and Stefan reveals to him that she is the 'real' Sarah Salvatore. Later on, in the episode, Sarah is seen looking at her pictures and then leaving.

In The Day I Tried To Live, Sarah interacts with Matt, something that happens due to Enzo's plan to see what kind of person she is. At first, Enzo and Matt watch her taking photos from far while being in Enzo's car. Later, Matt is seen standing and watching Sarah from afar, and when she approaches, she tries to throw a plastic bottle of water inside the bin from a distance, however, she fails both times she attempts to. The second time, Matt grabs the chance to talk to her and he throws the bottle into the bin eventually. Then, he asks her what kind of camera she's using, pretending that photography is one of his hobbies, and she responds as of how a good camera has to be for people to use as a hobby with photography details, but Matt shows that he did not understand anything. Trying to get a few more moments with her, she responds negatively and says clearly that she's not in the mood of being with someone at that moment. Afterwards, Enzo tells Matt to give him his jacket, inside the pockets of which, his phone and wallet were. Then, he shows up sitting on a mantel, where the school bus station was, near Sarah, pretending he's been robbed. Eventually, after she meets him again and asking where he wants to go with the bus and explaining him that this was the school bus, she helps him to go to a real bus station and offers to pay for it as well.

In Stay, Sarah enters the grill with Enzo claiming that she got a call from the "manager" and got asked to take pictures of the place, she thinks it's all thanks to Matt. Sarah is later led by Matt to a tunnel. Based on her surroundings, she says that she doesn't have a boyfriend. Matt phone goes off and he answers it and stands in the middle of the road, just before getting hit by a car and going over the windscreen. Sarah runs over to help. Sarah waits for the ambulance to arrive with Matt telling her that she should just leave him. Enzo wonders in claiming that he was in the area. Enzo gets down on the floor and tells Sarah not to be scared. He then bites his arm and feeds Matt his blood while Sarah steps back because she is afraid of Enzo and what he might do to her. Enzo, then vamp runs off.

In The Downward Spiral, Sarah is first seen at skull bar, taking pictures of Enzo as he was drinking tea on the upper level. He makes his veins in his eyes appear which makes her jump. She quickly looks at her taken photos to see if she was imagining things. After she finds the photo of Enzo, he creeps up behind her and asks her why she was admiring him and if he knows her. She responds with that he helped her friend, Matt, by feeding him his blood. He plays dumb at first, but then claims that he remembers. He sits down and starts showing her what he can do. Sarah waves the memory card for her camera around saying that she's got photos of him. He grabs it off her ans snaps it with ease and says that he is very rich. Eventually, Enzo tells Sarah that he is a vampire. She looks at him with total and utter disinterest and responds with is that it? Caroline walks past holding a drink in her hand and asks what Enzo is up to. She adds up all of the dots and works out who Sarah is, but just before she can say it out loud, Enzo compels her to go and get a drink from the bar. After Caroline steals Enzo's phone, she texts Sarah claiming to be Enzo, wanting to meet up at the Grill. She turns and sees Caroline sat on the bar on the phone. She is then abducted and taken to Whitmore Hospital where she is strapped to an operating table where Liam is compelled to do whatever Caroline says. Over the phone, Caroline tells Liam to first take out her spleen, she then changes her mind and tells him to take out her heart. Luckily, Elena found where Sarah was being operated on, only to see that Liam was about to put his hands inside of her to remove her heart. Elena snaps his hands to stop him from pulling out her heart. Elena then helps Sarah out.

In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, Sarah wakes up in a hospital bed, where Jo tells her that she got drunk and passed out in the quad after the rave. Sarah looks surprised. Alaric tells Jo to keep her in until the vampire blood is out of her system. Later, Enzo visits her in hospital finally telling her that she was a pawn in a game that he has lost interest in playing. He then calls her by her birth name, Sarah Salvatore.

In I Never Could Love Like That, Enzo drives her to the Salvatore Boarding House where he intends to introduce her to her family. Enzo knocks on the door when their mother, Lily answers the door, not remembering who Enzo is. He quickly tells Sarah to get back in the car and drives off. During the car journey, Sarah questions what just happened. Enzo tells her that that was the most dreadful, most hateful person he's ever met. Enzo explains what happened in before he was turned and that he died. He tries to compel her to forget everything about the Salvatore's, but fails because Matt got her on vervain. She then jabs Enzo with a needle full of vervain, making him weak. Enzo wakes up on Sarah's couch with his hands tied behind his back. Enzo later, continues telling Sarah about how he was turned, saying that once he awoke, he was craving blood and was surrounded by corpses. Enzo unties his hands and explains that he was going to do what Lily did to him. (turn her into a vampire). Sarah, eventually convinces Enzo to let her go.

Season Eight

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In Today Will Be Different, Damon and Enzo approached her in a public place. After walking into an empty parking garage, Sarah injected Damon with enough vervain to knock him out, which gave Enzo enough time to explain why they are there. Soon afterwards, she and Enzo went back to her apartment to find Stefan, Caroline and Bonnie were there waiting for her. She was preparing to run when Sybil arrived and stabbed her. As Stefan attempted to heal her with his blood, Sybil prevented Stefan doing so using her mind control. Moments later, she died due to blood loss.


Sarah seems to be a nice, young woman. She was willing to help Matt get back to Mystic Falls in The Day I Tried To Live. She also has a charismatic side and has a passion for the art of photography. Sarah also had an insatiable curiosity to discover the supernatural world around her, especially Enzo, who helped her with understanding who she is. In the end, Sarah rathered have her normal life with the adoptive family she loves over an exciting, yet dangerous life involving her biological relatives. She also shows a flirty side with Enzo before he promises not to compel Sarah to forget the supernatural world.

Physical Appearance

Sarah was a very beautiful young woman. She was of mixed heritage due to the fact that her father was Caucasian and her mother was African-American. Sarah had long black hair, brown eyes and a light brown complexion.



"You deserve better, Sarah Salvatore."
—Enzo to Sarah

Sarah and Enzo

Enzo first saw Sarah in Woke Up With a Monster, after he learned about the "secret" of Stefan. Enzo due to personal dislike of Stefan decides to find out who this Sarah is and Stefan tells him that Sarah is the daughter of his nephew Zach, that is distant niece of Stefan. Enzo decides to take revenge Stefan through Sarah, that is, use her, and then turn her into a monster. Lorenzo forced Matt to to wriggle Sarah's confidence to know about her, and soon is brought together enough information and act out scenes where he is like hero saves Matt in front of Sarah, he shows her his vampire-face. Enzo knew that she would look for him after that. Lorenzo was right, Sarah found him in a cafe when he drank tea, and she photographed him. Enzo noticed it and again showed his vampire-face. Then, he was behind her back and said that he other angles look much better. He slightly shocked Sarah his abrupt appearance. Sarah began to threaten Enzo that she has proof on a flash drive, about what he is. Then Enzo broke flash drive and told Sarah that he was too strong, fast and rich. The girl said that she wanted to know everything about him, as Enzo planned. Enzo, hoping to frighten Sarah revealed that he - a vampire. Sarah did not seem surprised that shocked Enzo. Later it turned out that Stefan compelled Sarah are not afraid of all that is associated with vampires. When Alaric said Enzo yesterday because of him innocent girl excised spleen, Enzo rethink his attitude toward Sarah and decided that this was a bad idea and that he better than this. He came to Sarah in the hospital and she was pretty happy to see him. She asked if she had called him last night, but Enzo said that to let her into his life was a mistake. Then, he said that she deserves better and left. Before that, he called her real name, making her to think. However, Enzo, because of his friendship with Damon, who also is a distant uncle of Sarah, who killed her mother, wanted to acquaint her with the Salvatore brothers. But the door to the house opened Lily, mother of Damon and Stefan, and Enzo terribly surprised and frightened when he saw her. He quickly said that wrong house, took Sarah and they got into the car and drove away. Sarah did not understand what was happening, and Enzo explained that he knew this woman. He said that she - the Ripper. Enzo realized he did not know what to do, and that idea with Sarah was initially unsuccessful. Enzo compelled Sarah forget everything that was, but it is on the vervain and inject a dose of Enzo him to tell her the whole story. Enzo woke up tied up in the house of Sarah, she said that Matt told her about the plan of Enzo and she seemed very angry and upset that have believed Enzo. Enzo told her that she was dragged from her dead mother, and that he really wanted to use her and changed his mind. Enzo said what exactly because of this Sarah attracts the darkness and she confirmed his words. Enzo was frank with her and talked about how he became a vampire and he wanted make with her the same. Sarah asked him about that he did not do it because she does not want to know any of the biological family. Enzo let go of her and wished her a good life. Sadly, Enzo, in order to protect Bonnie, allowed Sybil to enter his mind just enough to pull a name, hers. He'd hoped that while putting her in danger, he or the others could have saved her.

Other Relationships

  • Sarah and Stefan (Biological Family/Great Niece/Great Uncle)
  • Sarah and Matt (Distant Friends/Former Allies)
  • Sarah and Monique (Old Friends)


Season Six

Season Eight


  • Sarah means "princess" in Hebrew.
  • Nelson, in American, means "Son of Neil", while in Irish it means "son of the champion".
  • Sarah's birthname, Salvatore, means "savior" and is of Italian origin.


  • Sarah's birthday is May 10 and her astrological sign is Taurus.
  • Her distant great uncle Stefan has been watching over her and protecting her for her entire life.
  • Her distant great uncle Damon killed both of Sarah's parents (Zach and Gail).
  • Sarah and Nadia Petrova are the only characters to make an appearance as babies before appearing in present day.
  • She knows of the existence of vampires in The Downward Spiral and she almost died from Caroline compel Liam to do that, but Elena healed her with her blood and discovered of its existence.
  • In A Bird in a Gilded Cage, she now knows her birth name, which is revealed by Enzo.
  • Sarah is the first female Salvatore family member to appear on the show, followed by Lily.



See also

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