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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.
Sarah was a member of the Salvatore Family.
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
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. Afterward, 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 to 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 and 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. Later, Enzo 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). Eventually, Sarah convinces Enzo to let her go.
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 afterward, 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.
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
Enzo first saw Sarah in Woke Up With a Monster, after he learned about Stefan's "secret". Due to his personal dislike of Stefan, Enzo decided to find out more about Sarah. Once Stefan told him that Sarah is a distant niece of him, being the daughter of his nephew Zach, Enzo decided to take revenge on Stefan through Sarah by turning her into a "monster"; a vampire. Lorenzo forced Matt to wriggle Sarah's confidence to know something more about her and once he brought together enough information, he acts out a scene where he pretends to save Matt in front of her, showing his vampire-face. Knowing she would look for him after that, Enzo continues his plan to lure her into his trap. When Sarah found him drinking tea in a cafe, she managed to photograph his vampire-face. With his super-speed, he was behind her back and said that the other angle looks much better. His abrupt appearance slightly shocked Sarah, who began to threaten Enzo claiming she has proof about what he is on a flash drive. Enzo, then, broke her flash drive and told her that he was too strong, fast, and rich. The girl said that she wanted to know everything about him, as Enzo planned. Hoping to frighten Sarah, he revealed to her that he's a vampire. However, Sarah didn't seem frightened, which surprised him. Later, it turned out that Sarah has been compelled by Stefan not to be afraid of anything associated with vampires. After Sarah's traumatic ordeal with a humanity-less Caroline, Enzo decided to make amends. He visited Sarah at the hospital and she was pretty happy to see him. She asked if she had called him last night, but Enzo replied that letting her into his life was a mistake and that she deserves better. Before leaving, he called her using her real name, leaving her with something to think about. However, because of his friendship with Damon, who also is a distant uncle of Sarah who killed her mother, Enzo wanted to acquaint her with the Salvatore brothers. But when he found Damon and Stefan's mother, Lily at the Salvatore house, Enzo was terribly surprised and frightened by her. He quickly said that they got the 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 the woman, referring to her as a ripper. Enzo realized he didn't know what to do since his initial plan proved unsuccessful. Enzo compelled Sarah to forget everything but since she was on vervain, she was able to inject him with the poisonous herb and knock him out. Enzo woke up tied up in Sarah's house, where she vented her frustration toward him, telling him how Matt revealed to her his whole plan, and now she wanted to know the entire story. Enzo told her that she was dragged from her dead mother and that he really wanted to use her but eventually changed his mind. Enzo claimed that this was the reason why Sarah was attracted to the darkness and she confirmed his words. Enzo was frank with her and talked about how he became a vampire and how he wanted to turn her into a vampire as well to spite Stefan. She replied she didn't want to have anything to do with her biological family. Enzo agreed and Enzo let her go, wishing her a good life. Sadly, in order to protect Bonnie, Enzo allowed Sybil to enter his mind just enough to pull Sarah's name. He'd hoped that while putting her in danger, he or the others could have saved her. This ultimately failed and she was murdered by Sybil.
- Sarah and Stefan (Biological Family/Great Niece/Great Uncle)
- Sarah and Matt (Distant Friends/Former Allies)
- Sarah and Monique (Old Friends)
- 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.
- 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. She almost died from Caroline compelling Liam to 'surgically' remove her heart, but Elena healed her with her blood and discovered their 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.