Sometimes there's honor in revenge, Stefan. I won't fail you.

The relationship between the Original VampireElijah Mikaelson and the cured vampire/human doppelgänger, Stefan Salvatore. Stefan and Elijah first met in the Season Two, episode Rose, when Elena was kidnapped by Rose and Trevor so she could be handed over to Elijah in exchange for their freedom. However, they never really talked or interacted voluntarily until the episode Klaus. They are both similar people in that they both value honor and human life. Some characters consider both of them the "good" brothers of their families.

Throughout The Vampire Diaries Series


Season Two

Elijah: "Your release has been requested."
Stefan: "What? By who?"
Elijah: "The lovely Elena drives a hard bargain. However, we`ve reached a peaceful agreement, she and I."
Elijah: "Please. Come."
Stefan: "I can`t."
Elijah: "Yes, you can. I`ve had the spell lifted."
Elijah: "You`re free to go. Elena will explain the arrangement to you. If she keeps her word, I`ll keep mine."
-- By the Light of the Moon

Elijah: "You're very honorable."
Stefan: "Are you? Because this whole plan is, um, it's contingent upon your honor, Elijah."
Elijah: "I won't fail you."
Stefan: "Klaus is your brother. I know I've wanted to kill my brother a thousand times. I've never been able to."
Elijah: "Well, Klaus was not my only brother. I had siblings; parents. I had a family. Over the centuries, Klaus hunted them down one by one and he took them from me. He scattered them across the seas where their bodies could not be found."
Stefan: "You want revenge."
-- The Sun Also Rises

Season Three

Stefan: "Do whatever you want, I don't really care. Or you know what? Maybe I do. Maybe I care so much, that I'll drop Elijah in the Arctic."
Klaus: "Well, maybe I'll be willing to lose one brother if it meant killing yours."
-- Our Town

Damon: "If you didn't go postal on his hybrids, then maybe we'd have some options."
Stefan: "So you unleashed an Original to help him out?"
Damon: "Undaggering Elijah was smart, Stefan. Are you kidding me? After what Klaus did to him? He's in vengeance mode. It's perfect."
Stefan: "There's nothing smart about trusting Elijah, Damon. He screwed us over the last time he promised to help us kill Klaus."
-- Bringing Out The Dead

Season Four

Damon: "What about you over there, smiley? Do you know where she is?"
Katherine: "I can give you a hint. Start by looking at the town morgue. She's probably dead. [No one speaks, waiting for her to elaborate.] She went to meet up with a friend of mine. You may know him-an Original brother, impeccable taste."
Rebekah: "Elijah."
Damon: "Elijah's here?"
Stefan: "Well, you sort of have to question Elijah's impeccable taste if he's friends with you."
Katherine: "Oh, when I say friend, I mean friend."
-- American Gothic

Stefan: "I'll go talk to Elijah."
Rebekah: "You go deal with Elijah. Katherine will take us to the cure."
Katherine: "No, she won't. The cure is my one chance to win my freedom back from Klaus."
Damon: "You're gonna broker a deal with Klaus?"
Stefan: "No. She's gonna get Elijah to broker the deal for her. That's why you need your little friend, isn't it? Some things never change, Katherine."
-- American Gothic



  • Elijah and Stefan are partners in crime, just like Klaus and Damon.
  • Elijah and Stefan are quite similar, just as their brothers are like each other.
  • They both respect human lives.
  • Both of them has had an abusive father.
  • They have both been in love with Katherine.
  • They have both been in love with multiple doppelgängers (Elijah was in love with Tatia and Katherine, while Stefan was in love with Katherine and Elena.)
  • Stefan and Elijah first met each other in the episode Rose in season 2.
  • Stefan and Elijah both have similar roles in the way they have dealt with a love interests' transition into vampirism; Stefan tried to teach Elena to exercise extreme control in vampirism via a diet of animal or bagged blood, much in the same way that Elijah has encouraged Hayley to exercise control and restraint as a newly-transitioned hybrid. Conversely, both Damon and Klaus have encouraged Elena and Hayley, respectively, to embrace their vampirism and to revel in their cravings.

See also

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