|“||This isn't goodbye. This is... until we find a way. We're immortal, remember? We will find a way.||”|
He is the son of Richard Lockwood and Carol Lockwood, and the nephew of Mason Lockwood who was a werewolf. He was initially portrayed to be arrogant, selfish and a bully. But after triggering the family curse that turned him into a werewolf, he has learned to tone his behavior down.
Before this revelation, he was referred to many times as a "dick," by both Matt Donovan and Jeremy Gilbert. He is shown to have an athletic build, and great strength as a human. He also has a short temper and becomes angry very easily. He didn't understand why he behaved the way he did, until Mason came to visit after Richard Lockwood's death.
Tyler is a member of the Lockwood Family.
After discovering that the werewolf gene runs through his family, Tyler was scared to become a werewolf himself and his fears became true when he accidentally killed Sarah and triggered the curse. Caroline Forbes, a vampire who wasn't his friend, offered her support to him, helping him through his first transformation and preparation for his new life. Tyler eventually fell for Caroline, but questioned their relationship when Jules, another werewolf and Mason's friend, told him that Caroline and two other vampires, Stefan and Damon Salvatore, killed Mason. Finding out that this was true, Tyler felt betrayed and leaned towards the werewolf brethren. He hesitated to help Caroline when she and the Salvatore's were at the brink of death, which hurt her, causing her cut off their friendship. He was the one who revealed Mason's plan to break the curse to Jules and her boyfriend Brady. He then helps them find the moonstone and the doppelgänger. Stefan reveals to Tyler that Jules and Brady had lied to him and that Elena would die in the ritual to break the curse. He releases Stefan who kills Brady before he can capture Elena during which time the rest of the pack is killed by Elijah. He then decides to leave town with Jules, the only survivor, with a promise that she wouldn't lie to him anymore. After receiving a phone call from his mother telling him that she had an accident and was in the hospital, Tyler and Jules returned to Mystic Falls. They were both captured by Maddox and Greta Martin, witches working for Klaus, and were to be used in the sacrifice that would make Klaus a vampire/werewolf hybrid. Tyler and Caroline, who had also been captured for the sacrifice ritual, were rescued by Damon, who was later bitten by Tyler during his transformation. Tyler and Caroline eventually start a relationship, which becomes rocky when he becomes Klaus's first successful hybrid. His life made much easier with the transformation and Tyler becomes very respectful of Klaus, trying to sabotage his friends' plots against him.
Season One through Four
Tyler was Vicki Donovan's ex-boyfriend. He didn't treat her well, and he seemed to feel bad about it, especially since he can never make it up to her now that she's dead. He had a rivalry with Jeremy Gilbert because of Vicki, but they have gotten over their differences and currently don't hate each other.
He was friends with Matt Donovan, but it wasn't a close friendship and now Matt hates Tyler because of what happened between him and Matt's mom. At the Founder's Day Kick-Off Party, Tyler met Matt's mother, Kelly Donovan, and they started talking and made out. When Matt saw this, he was furious and Matt and Tyler got into a fist-fight. His father was also very angry and told him that he'll never disgrace his family again. However, in season two, Tyler and Matt are shown to have became friends again.
Before Founder's Day, the existence of werewolves and him being one was unknown, although there were small hints to him being a werewolf. His werewolf eyes were first seen in this episode. He was driving with Matt, taking Caroline home. When the strange device that hurts vampires was activated he started to drive recklessly and crashed his dad's car. His eyes turn yellow when he was getting checked and were only seen by the paramedic when Tyler was unconscious. Afterwards someone found Caroline unconscious from the injuries and she was taken to the hospital, where both Matt and Tyler were waiting to find out the results of her surgery. Her mother Elizabeth Forbes came and asked him to call his mother, then informed him that his father was dead.
The death of his father was hard for Tyler to handle. He and his mother Carol Lockwood remained at their house to greet and accept the condolences of the townspeople. Tyler was the first to meet his uncle, Mason Lockwood. He was in his father's study drinking alcohol his father kept in his desk when Jeremy found him. Jeremy left when Mason arrived, but Mason didn't disapprove of Tyler's drinking and they share the alcohol. While greeting the guests, Tyler accidentally invited Katherine Pierce into his home, believing she was Elena.
He threw a tantrum that frightened his mother that night, and revealed to her that he hated his father. It took Mason a while to get him to calm down. Tyler was confused about why he behaved the way he did, and Mason told him it was the Lockwood curse.
Tyler hand-wrestled with Mason and lost. He watched on as Stefan and several other lost as well with good humor. Damon, wanting to find out what the Lockwoods were, compelled a worker named Carter to pick a fight with Tyler which he did and Mason ran in to break it up. Tyler witness unusual jumping from his uncle, including the change of color in his eyes, and continued to question what was going on.
Tyler and Jeremy seem to find some common ground between them, even after it is revealed that Jeremy knows the Lockwood's secret. Tyler violently confronts Jeremy about this, but later cools off and explains what he knows about his uncle and the legends about the moonstone. He believes his supernatural family secret is ridiculous. Tyler finally gives the moonstone to Mason and tells him that he never wants to unleash what's inside of him. But later he does unleash the beast.
At the Masquerade Ball, Tyler parties with Matt and Sarah, when Matt starts attacking Tyler (Because of Katherine's compulsion). Caroline rushes in and breaks up the fight, but Matt struggles to get out of Caroline's clutches and says that he needs to finish it. Caroline punches him unconscious. Tyler is shocked about what just happened. From behind Sarah grabs a letter-opener from the desk and says "Matt failed. If Matt fails, I can't" and stabs Tyler in the shoulder, and Tyler pushes her away with great force and she hits her head on the edge of the desk and lands on the floor. Tyler runs to her and shakes her and yells that she needs to open her eyes and that "this can't be happening!". He runs to the other side of the room in panic. Caroline checks her pulse and by the look on her face, Sarah
is dead. Tyler start screaming and turn into a werewolf. Caroline wonders about what is happening but Tyler yells that she needs to get away. He then shows his face, and his eyes turns yellow.
Tyler starts to suspect something is different about Caroline, being the first to notice that the injuries he sustained from Sarah already healed before he noticed it himself. The first time he confronts her, she takes him down easily and at first he thinks she's a werewolf too. However, on the second confrontation, Caroline reveals to him that she is a vampire. Tyler is shocked at first and asks her if there were more, but she denied, keeping Damon and Stefan's true identities secret. After learning each others secret, Caroling decided to stay with Tyler through his transformation. They viewed a video of Mason through his first transformation and Tyler freaks out, believing he could never go through this, but Caroline comforts him.
Together, Tyler and Caroline prepare for Tyler's first full moon. Tyler chains himself up in the ruins of the old Lockwood Estate and forces Wolfsbane from a drink down his throat. He gags and sprawls forward, coughing. His transformation starts and he screams of in horrific pain ans his joints and bones made terrifying cracks and snaps, tearing as his chains. Finally, Caroline is forced to leave when Tyler becomes wolfish and stays outside worrying. When it all stops, Caroline finds Tyler still chained but frightened and hugs him, holding Tyler as he cries from shock.
Tyler develops feelings for Caroline. He believes that Caroline feels the same way about him after she confesses that one bite from a werewolf can kill a vampire and even though she knew that, Caroline stayed with him through his painful ordeal. Tyler waited for Caroline to come home and confronted her about how he felt and that she might feel the same way. Caroline became angry that Tyler suggested that they were more than friends since she wanted to simply help but then Tyler kissed her. Caroline returned the kiss but then she stopped surprised by her response and ran into the house slamming the door in his face. Tyler went to the Mystic Grill to meet Jules, an old friend of Mason's from Florida who reveals that she is a werewolf as well. She tells Tyler all about what she knows about Caroline and that there are other vampires in town. Tyler does not believe her, being protective of Caroline after all she had helped him with. Then Jules told Tyler that Mason was killed by vampire`s and Caroline was on it.
The next day Tyler confronts Caroline and asks her if it's true that Damon and Stefan are vampires and if they killed Mason. Caroline tells him the truth which angers him and he pushes Caroline against her car, and says that he trusted her and she betrayed him before he walks away. Later he and Jules have conversation where Jules wants him to go with her Tyler says he can't. Then he finds Stefan in he`s house. Stefan talks to Tyler, trying to prevent a war between werewolves and vampires, but during the conversation Tyler receives a phone call from Jules, he quickly answer the phone screaming for help. Jules calls back after she and Brady kidnap Caroline and offers Stefan a trade:Tyler for Caroline. Stefan and Damon then take Tyler to Jules, Tyler runs into the trailer where Caroline was being held hostage. Tyler hesitates before helping her out of the cage and Caroline is shocked, hen they leave Jules puts a gun to Caroline's head and Tyler doesn't try to help. Stefan and Damon fight off the werewolves before Jonas Martin shows up, Jonas gives Tyler a message for the wolves: "get the hell out of Mystic Falls." Later Tyler visits Caroline and tells her he had 'no idea they would come for her' and he's sorry. Caroline tells him it's too late, he should have done something to help her before and their friendship is over. Then he goes to Jules and Brady and the other Werewolves and tells him he's sorry for the werewolves that have died. They ask way Mason came to Mystic Falls in the first place, Tyler says he was looking for the Moonstone and he found it. Brady ask if he knows where it is and Tyler tells him he doesn't.
The next day the Tyler and werewolves search for the moonstone and the Petrova Doppelgänger. When shown a picture of Katherine, Tyler immediately recognizes it as Elena. Tyler goes to see Caroline, and she tells him to stay away from her. He steals her phone and texts Elena to find out where she is. Tyler and Brady then go to the Gilbert lake house. Brady fights Stefan and tells Tyler to guard him and kill him if he has to. Tyler says that he can't let Stefan break the curse, because he can't remain a werewolf but Stefan tells him they don't want to break the curse, as it means Elena has to die. Overcome with guilt, he lets Stefan go and tells Elena he is sorry, she forgives him and hugs him. He then leaves a card for his mother and goes to the Grill to talk to Matt. He tells Matt he fell for Caroline, because she was there for him and helped him, but also says he doesn't deserve her and that Matt does. He then goes to Caroline's house, but just catches a glimpse of her before leaving Mystic Falls with Jules.
Tyler returns in The Last Day. Tyler returns to Mystic Falls after receiving a message that his mother was injured and was in the hospital. He visits his mother at the hospital to find out she's okay. It is also leaned he arrived with Jules although she told him not to go. When leaving the hospital with Jules Tyler runs into Caroline and Jules leaves him so they can talk for a minute. Shortly after discussing where he's been and why he left Caroline and Tyler are both attacked by a witch and a warlock (that work for Klaus). The two later wake up in the tomb both chained to the wall across from one another. Caroline had been injected with Vervain to weaken her and after an attempt to break the chains she fails. Tyler claims that he already tried and failed as well. Caroline asks why he just left her and he says it was because she deserved better. He said that she would be better without him in her life and also said she was mad at him anyways. But she then tells him she felt betrayed and hurt but never hated him. Tyler is confused as to why they have been captured but Caroline tells him Klaus plans on killing them, and the then tells him about the whole situation about the curse not being real. She then tells him that he should have never returned. After that Damon comes in and frees Caroline prepares to leave but Caroline doesn't want to leave him alone being she knows they will most likely be killed. The full moon is near and after Caroline convinces Damon to free Tyler he does, after telling him she will help Tyler get to his family's cellar to chain himself up.
Out side of the tomb everyone finds Matt unconscious on the floor after being knocked out by Damon being he threatened him. Damon, Caroline, Matt and Tyler don't get very far until the effects of the moon begin to kick in. Tyler begins to feel his bones cracking and he feels his body getting ready to shift telling the group he can't hold it any more. Caroline tries comforting Tyler but he then springs and tries to attack her, his eyes now glowing and fangs bared. Damon manages to tackle Tyler down before he can hurt Caroline but Tyler then pins Damon down. But Damon then manages to kick Tyler off. Tyler then warns everyone to run and Damon gives Matt back his wooden bullets for his rifle and tells Caroline and Matt to go. Tyler is now fully shifting and Damon goes in one direction and Caroline and Matt go in the other. While Caroline and Matt are running they begin to hear the howls of the wolf and make it to the Lockwood cellar.
Caroline and Matt quickly go downstairs into the cellar and Caroline begins closing and locking all the doors behind her as they go deeper into the cellar. They reach the last cell and Caroline attempts to lock the chains but Tyler in his wolf form then makes it and Caroline has no choice but to now hold the chains herself to keep the gate locked. Caroline tries talking to Tyler but he then leaps towards the door and everything goes black...
In The Sun Also Rises, Tyler is almost close to breaking down the door that keeps Matt and Caroline safe. But Matt quickly attacks and shoots Tyler, wounding him. Caroline and Matt leave and head for safety.
The next time we see Tyler is when he is back human and back home outside the door. Caroline covers him with Matt's jacket.
When Tyler wakes up a few hours later, Caroline reveals that Matt broke up with her, leaving her heart broken. As Tyler says he should have never came back, Caroline forces him to not leave and to thank her for looking after him. As Tyler comforts Caroline as she cries, he thanks her for taking care of him.
In The Birthday it had gone two months since season 2. He attended Elena's birthday party and brought Sofie as his date. When he and Sofie was dancing the came over to Caroline and she compelled Sofie to go home. Tyler later argued with Caroline about bringing a date and he says he won't date anyone if she tells not to, Caroline then kisses him and they go back to his place and have sex. After he falls asleep Caroline sneaks, but she is knocked out by Carol with vervain darts before she can leave.
In The Hybrid when Caroline is no where to be found, he confronts his mother after she spiked his tea with vervain. She reveals that she turned Caroline in. When Carol tells Tyler to stay away from Caroline because she is a monster, he decides to show and tell his mother his secret by letting her see him transform. Carol appears to be horrified by what her son has become, but agrees to help him deal with it.
In The End of The Affair, Tyler goes to Sheriff Forbes for help when he has not heard from Caroline. He later saves her but carrying her out of the dungeon where she was tortured by her father from the sunlight. At the end of the episode Tyler is seen giving Caroline comfort after she breaks down about her father hating her. Later after returning from football, he is greeted by Caroline in his room where they make out until she gets a call from Elena and leaves.
In The Reckoning, Tyler helps out with Senior Prank Night, but later on, Klaus feeds him his blood and kills him, turning him into a transitioning hybrid. Klaus, upon realizing that Elena's blood was needed to complete the transformation, fed Tyler Elena's blood, and Tyler fully transitioned into a hybrid since he has been a hybrid he keeps insisting that Klaus gave him a gift as he never has to turn again.
In Smells Like Teen Spirit, it turns out Rebekah's been supplying him with blood bags, having stayed in Mystic Falls to keep an eye on her brother's progeny. Tyler is pulled over and given a lecture about discreteness by Caroline and Elena, after he appears at school wearing a blood-stained t-shirt. The young hybrid doesn't hold back from using his new powers for his own gain, and compels Coach Lyman to end the football practice earlier. When he protests against the group's plan of capturing Stefan (fearing it may affect Klaus' plans) and refuses to supply them with vervain, Damon concludes Tyler's been sired, and shoots him. When he wakes up, Caroline notes that he changed since his transformation, going back to the "old Tyler" who she'd never be friends with. He promises he'll try to control his urges and they make up. After she leaves, however, Rebekah shows up with a girl, offering her to Tyler, for whom doesn't take long to give in and take a bite.In Homecoming, Tyler gets everyone to go to his house for the homecoming dance after the gym gets flooded. It is implied later on that he had something to do with it. It is revealed that he did all of this for Klaus, and that the party is not a homecoming dance so much as a wake for Mikael. After finding out that something big is going down between Damon and Klaus, Tyler tries to get Caroline out of it, but Damon interrupts him. They fight and Tyler nearly bites him, prompting Damon to try to use the white oak stake on him, but Bonnie stops the fight. Tyler injects Caroline with vervain, when she wakes up he asks her what is going on. She says that she doesn't know but if she did she wouldn't tell him do to his sire bond with Klaus. Caroline asks him why he willingly follows Klaus, as he doesn't have any free will when he does. Tyler responds that he never had free will, the full moon commanded him before, and Klaus saved him from that. the conversation ends with both parties angry at the other and the relationship in doubt. (Order of events may be wrong, but they all happened).
In The New Deal, Tyler starts hanging out with Jeremy, shooting a crossbow at a pop can. Jeremy brings Tyler back to his place so Jeremy can get some things, but Elena stops him. Jeremy responds by inviting Tyler in the house. Once inside, Elena and Alaric basically interrogate him about his loyalty to Klaus. Just then, Jeremy gets a phone call, and then goes out and stands in front of a speeding truck driven by a hybrid named Tony. It is then revealed that Tyler was hanging out with Jeremy so he could get Jeremy's vervain bracelet off. After finding this out, Jeremy goes to see Tyler and shoots a crossbow arrow at him. Tyler catches it and seems stunned that Jeremy would do something like that. Jeremy then asks if getting the bracelet off was the only reason he was hanging out with him. Tyler states that Klaus asked him to and that he didn't know that he would try to kill Jeremy. Tyler then states that Klaus won't stop until he gets his coffins back, and that is all he wants. Jeremy responds by saying that whenever Klaus wants something, people wind up dying, and that he isn't a good person to fallow. These words seem to at least begin to break through Tyler's blind faith in Klaus as he stares shocked as Jeremy walks away.
In Our Town, Tyler was ordered to bite Caroline but he refuses. While Elena, Bonnie, Matt and Caroline were at the cemetery celebrating Caroline's 18th birthday, Tyler comes later. In the woods he talks with Caroline and accidentally bites her. He then goes to Klaus, who healed her.
In The Ties That Bind, Tyler called Bill Forbes to return to Mystic Falls, hoping he could help fighting off his sire bond to Klaus. He chains Tyler up and orders him to turn at will. Tyler refuses but then he tries to change. Because it hurts too much and he didn't want to continue, Bill threatens that he would decapitate Tyler right now if he didn't keep on. Later, Tyler lost control, broke out and attacked Bill, almost killing him. Tyler showed up at the Hospital and apologizes. Bill told him that he has to turn every day to fight the sire bond.
In Dangerous Liaisons he calls Caroline, telling her he will come back for her when he's fixed. He's also mentioned in a conversation between Klaus and Caroline, where she was telling Klaus to give Tyler his freedom back. During his time away from Mystic Falls, Tyler befriend Hayley , a werewolf who help him break the sire bond.
In Heart of Darkness, Tyler returns, having broken his sire bond by turning 100 times in the Appalachian mountains. He was shocked when Caroline told him that if the Originator of the Salvatore's bloodline is not Klaus, they would kill him,and this means Tyler would also die. Later, he finds one of Klaus's arts on Caroline's table, he gets furious and leaves her place.
In Do Not Go Gentle, Tyler shows up at the '20s decade dance, determined to show Caroline that he loves her. Initially, Caroline is reluctant, as she does not want Klaus to find out that Tyler has broken his sire bond, but she eventually begins to heartily dance with him. When Klaus shows up, he asks Tyler to step aside so he can dance with Caroline. Tyler pretends to still be under the influence of the sire bond and voluntarily steps aside, as neither he nor Caroline want Klaus to know that he has broken it. Klaus asks Caroline to leave with him, but she refuses. This angers Klaus, who leaves her promptly. Tyler is trapped along with the other vampires in the school due to Esther's containment spell. In the school gym, Stefan informs Caroline and Tyler that Esther is at the old cemetery and that Matt and Jeremy are headed there at that moment. Tyler confesses his anger in letting Caroline dance with Klaus, before Caroline tells him that she loves him. After Bonnie breaks the containment spell, Tyler, along with Caroline and everyone else, heads to the old cemetery to pays his respects to the dying Alaric.
In Before Sunset, he helps Damon and Stefan "temporarily" kill Klaus.In The Departed, Elizabeth and Carol tell Caroline and Tyler to leave the town, as Alaric told the council that they are supernatural creatures. Tyler promises Caroline that he will take care of her and later on, she rushes to the Lockwood cellar, crying because Klaus is assumed dead and Tyler will die as well, being sired to him. Unknown to her, Tyler has been possessed by Klaus because of Bonnie's spell.
In Growing Pains, Klaus is in possess of Tyler's body. Klaus had made a deal with Bonnie that he would jump into another body as soon as he could. Later, Klaus (in Tyler's body) starts threatening Bonnie to put him back to his own body, when Bonnie refuses, Klaus starts ripping Tyler's flesh through his claws, forcing Bonnie to do the spell. Tyler returned to his body.
In Memorial, Tyler is on his bed having sex with Caroline when someone rings the doorbell, he goes downstairs to find Connor Jordan talking to his mother. Interrupting them, Tyler asks him if he could help Connor, when they shake hands, Tyler starts screaming due to pain, because Connor had vervain laced gloves. Connor then shoots him with wooden bullets which were carved to kill vampires. Later Tyler is seen with Stefan, Stefan removes the bullets from Tyler's chest telling him that if he was a regular vampire, he would be dead. At Mystic Falls Church, Tyler is seated with Caroline when Stefan asks him what is he doing there, he replies he's showing respect for the Council Members who passed away and Caroline added that she would rip his head off if he hurt Tyler. Later, he interrupts the service saying that he would like to talk about Pastor Young, who showed him how to work as a team and stand for his team. Before he completes his sentence, Connor shoots him in the chest. Caroline takes the bullet off Tyler's chest and as he wakes up he says "I'm gonna kill that bastard."
In The Rager, Tyler is attacked by Connor while in the hospital and drained of some werewolf venom. When Tyler is released from the hospital he goes home to find that Klaus has ordered some of his hybrid's to protect Tyler at all costs. Tyler is surprisingly reunited with Hayley, who helped him break his sire bond. One of Klaus' hybrids knows Hayley and told her that he protecting someone named Tyler. Klaus assumes Tyler and Hayley slept together.
In The Killer, Tyler is first seen with Damon and Elena talking about how to get into the Mystic Grill (Connor is holding Matt, April and Jeremy hostage there) and Tyler informs he called in other hybrids to help with the situation. Sometime later, Tyler is shown to be trying to convince Dean from following Klaus's orders. Dean says that if Tyler thinks he can stand up to Klaus, then he has to prove it. Tyler calls Klaus and says that he can do whatever he wants, as he is no longer sired to him. Klaus says he knows Tyler's little secret (Hayley) and says, "I’m sorry, mate. Are you going to answer or should I just assume you’re back to being… how did you phrase it? Ah, yes, my little bitch." Tyler hangs up, hands Dean back his phone and walks away. Later, Tyler and Hayley are shown to be upset over Dean's death. Hayley says they could have saved him. Caroline walks in, deeply angry and upset that Tyler lied to her. Caroline accuses Tyler of falling for Hayley, but Tyler says he never fell for her. "Then why would Klaus think that?" Caroline asks. Tyler replies, "Because I'd rather him think that then knowing the truth." Tyler then says that the other hybrids need to be set free, and that's what he and Hayley are trying to do, and if Klaus found out, he would kill them all.
In We All Go A Little Mad Sometimes, Tyler walks into a room to see Hayley being poured a shot. A hybrid Chris says that they are just paying their respects to Dean. Hayley pours a shot in Tyler's mouth and wipes her thumb across her bottom lip, sticking it in her mouth. Klaus walks into the room, remarking, "Well don't let me interrupt." Caroline then enters, saying she brought Tyler's stuff. Tyler says that it isn't a good time. Klaus soon leaves, and Caroline says, "Do you think he bought it?" Hayley says, "Hell, I bought it." Tyler says that Hayley and Caroline and good liars and kisses Caroline with Hayley looking on.
Tyler is later shown to be talking to Stefan, with Caroline with them. He explains to Stefan that Hayley helped him break his sire bond and he reveals that she has been helping Chris. "So you're telling me that Chris isn't sired anymore?" Caroline confirms that that is what Tyler is telling him.
Sometime later, Tyler and Hayley are saying goodbye to Chris, who is leaving town. Klaus enters, and grabs Chris' throat. Tyler intervenes and says that its not Chris' fault, but his for letting Elena out of his sight. Chris is let go by Klaus and attempts to leave, but is staked by Stefan. Chris falls to the floor and Jeremy enters with a cleaver in his hand and cuts Chris' head off.
Finally, Tyler is shown to be sitting on a couch with Hayley sleeping beside him. Caroline enters and Tyler says they were just paying their respects to Chris. Caroline says that they needed to help their friend. Tyler says that they helped their friend by handing over another. Caroline says that Chris wasn't their friend and Tyler says that Chris was a friend. He then asks how did she get Klaus to agree to give up one of his hybrids. Caroline reveals that she agreed to go on a date with him. Tyler gets up and angrily throws his glass against a wall behind her, causing Hayley to wake up. When Hayley asks what's going on, Tyler replies, "Nothing. Nothing at all. Just celebrating the life of a fallen hybrid friend."
In My Brother's Keeper, Tyler is with Hayley helping a hybrid named Kimberley break her sire bond. He states Caroline bought them another day and that he wants to go to the Miss Mystic Pageant with her. Hayley asks Tyler if the two are going, and Tyler doesn't want to go but finally agrees to.
Hayley and Tyler go to the pageant and sometime after their arrival, Damon asks Tyler how does Hayley know Professor Shane. Tyler thinks Damon is just being paranoid.
Hayley and Tyler later drink outside the Lockwood Mansion. Tyler asks Hayley about her parents and she says she never met them and once her adoptive parents found out about her wolf gene, they kicked her out. Tyler inquires Hayley on how she triggered her curse and Hayley replies that it was a boating accident and she thought she wasn't drunk. Tyler and Hayley catch sight of Klaus and Caroline walking across the lawn and he listens in on their conversation, which is if Klaus ever thought about being human again. Hayley asks Tyler on what they are saying and he is clearly jealous, stating that Klaus is saying a bunch of BS about being human again and when they get rid of him, the sooner the better.
Finally, at the abandoned barn, Kimberley is lying on the floor asking him if its over. Tyler says she successfully broke the sire bond and that they are one step closer from ending this.
In We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, Kimberley challenges Tyler as alpha of the pack. This is because of an earlier event, when Kimberley stopped another hybrid named Adrian from breaking his sire bond. Later, Hayley urged Tyler to take control back from Kimberley. However, this soon escalated into violence when Kimberley and Adrian kidnap and torture Caroline.
While searching for Caroline, Tyler informs Elena that the sire bond doesn't affect feelings, only how they act. The two find Kimberley with the other members of the pack and while fighting, Tyler threatens to rip Kimberley's heart out. Kimberley gives up and all the other members of the pack kneel to Tyler in respect.
In O Come, All Ye Faithful, Tyler and Hayley's plans for Klaus and the other hybrids commence. Hayley tells Tyler that she found a witch to help them preform the body jumping spell on Klaus. Tyler volunteers, much to Caroline's dismay and she tries to stop him. Eventually she comes up with the plan to put Klaus in Rebekah's body and bury the both of them.
Later, at the Winter Wonderland party, Hayley tells Tyler that she made a deal with someone who can help her find her real family and that she had no choice but to use the 12 hybrids for a sacrifice. Hayley also tells him that if he runs now, he can escape from Klaus's wrath. Tyler runs to the forest and looks around at all the dead bodies of the hybrids that Klaus had massacred. Meanwhile, Klaus has killed his mother, Carol.
In After School Special, Tyler had wallowed in grief, cutting himself off from Caroline and his friends. However, when Rebekah takes his friends hostage at the high school, she calls Tyler up and informs him of her deeds. Tyler goes to the school to rescue his friends but it's really a trap set by Rebekah who compels Tyler to turn into his wolf form, which would make him uncontrollably go after his friends. Tyler struggled during the transformation, trying to fight it but fully transformed, chasing his friends through the school. They managed to last long enough where he reverted back to his human form, lying naked in the gym where a tribute to his newly deceased mother was. Caroline found Tyler crying, saying that it was his fault that she had died due to his failed revolution against Klaus.
In Into the Wild, Tyler finds Klaus, who has been trapped by magical barriers Bonnie made, in the Gilbert house, where Elena and Jeremy had recently killed Klaus' brother, Kol. Tyler was gloating to Klaus about how his friends were going to find the cure and when they did, he'd turn Klaus mortal and figure out which way would be most fun to kill him. Klaus tried to plant the idea that if he is cured, his whole bloodline would be cured too, but Tyler disagreed. When Caroline came, Klaus took the opportunity to trick her into coming close before biting her with his hybrid bite. Caroline slowly began dying from the bite and Tyler was forced to beg Klaus to help her but Klaus refused, still upset with Tyler about his hybrid revolution. Tyler, knowing Klaus loved Caroline, left her on the floor in front of the Original, telling him that he could either save her or watch her die.In Down the Rabbit Hole, while Klaus is still trapped in the Gilbert's living room, Tyler and Caroline find the Sword of Alexander, knowing that it has inscriptions about the cure. They find it Klaus' home before bringing it to the Gilbert's. Klaus grudgingly helps them translate the message of the sword. Upon learning that there was only one dose of the cure, though, it became apparent that they would not be able to use it on Klaus, Tyler's plan to kill him falls apart and he decides it's best to flee and go into hiding while he still has a chance. He says goodbye to Caroline, telling her that they'll meet again someday and if they don't, to just forget about him and move on with their lives. Tyler and leaves and Klaus is freed from the trap, telling Caroline he'll give Tyler a headstart.
In Stand By Me, although Tyler isn't seen, Caroline called him several times to inform him of Jeremy's death however it is unknown as of yet whether he received those calls or voicemails.
In Bring It On, Caroline continues to leave him voicemails, stating that she hopes that if she leaves enough of them, when Tyler comes back he'll be all caught up, then it will be like he never left. However, at the end of the episode, Matt asks Caroline to come over to Tyler's house, and reveals that he left the deed to his house in Matt's name, in order to provide a safe haven for her that Klaus can't reach. Reading the letter Tyler left for her, Caroline realizes that he is not actually going to come back, and she begins to break down into tears.He appeared briefly in Pictures of You to Caroline, in which they shared a dance. As he was leaving, he was confronted by Klaus who asked if 'it was worth it to give Caroline a good prom night', before threatening him. As Klaus counts down, Tyler disappears from view, assumingly leaving Mystic Falls.
In the beginning of series, Tyler had a very aggressive, arrogant and selfish personality. He showed this many times for example when he had fights with Jeremy Gilbert over his girlfriend Vicki Donovan. Tyler behaved like this because of his werewolf gene. In Season 2, when his uncle Mason came to town, he learned how to control his anger and tone down his behavior. But after discovering that his family carried the werewolf gene, Tyler was scared to become a werewolf himself.
His fears came true when he accidentally killed Sarah and triggered the curse. Tyler felt guilty for killing Sarah and when he discovered Caroline Forbes is a vampire they became friends and she helped him get through with his first transformation but he almost killed her when he was a wolf but she came back when he was back in human form. After this she became his friend then girlfriend.
When Tyler became a hybrid he started being his old self and he became very loyal to Klaus because he took the pain of transformation. In season 4 we see a new Tyler, this Tyler puts his friends and family before himself and really cares about Caroline, in Memorial He showed great sacrifice and bravery in Pastor's funeral when he interrupted the chant and stood on the stage to get the hunter's attention and give his friends especially Elena a chance to escape from Connor's trap .
Tyler has tanned skin, short black hair and dark brown eyes. His height is about 5'7 to around 5'8. Tyler has a muscular and toned body. Like all werewolves, his eyes will turn yellow when he becomes very angry. In his werewolf form, Tyler's fur is black and his eyes are yellow. In human form, Tyler often wears black jeans with a t-shirt and a jacket. On special occasions, such as parties, he wears a black suit. In Season 2, he starts wearing leather jackets.
RelationshipsJeremy got into a fight at a Career Night at Mystic Falls High School, Richard and Alaric stopped it, and Richard brought the two of them outside. Tyler's dad tried to get the two of them to fight each other, even though they didn't want to fight anymore. Tyler's dad also had a talk to him when Tyler got into a fight with Matt and then pulled Tyler to the side and hit him and told Tyler That is the last time you ever embarrass this family again. On the Founder's Day, Richard is angry at Tyler for not going home when he was asked to. It was the night of rounding up the vampires and he didn't want Tyler to be in danger. or it could be he doesn't like it when his son disobeys him, and doesn't like it when he doesn't do what he says, and being controlling then he grabbed Tyler on the he`s arm, and says to his son if I tell you to do something you do it, then Tyler tells him to get off me, shows that he has finally stand up to his father, and that he finally has enough of his father`s controlling attitude. doing his father's funeral Jeremy Gilbert comes in Tyler`s father's study to comfort Tyler, saying that when my parents died everyone said my dad was a great guy, but Tyler said in your case that was true, your dad was a great guy, but my dad was a dick, shows that he wasn't above disrespecting his dead father at his funeral, and that he didn't have any respect for his father, after the funeral he revealed to his mother that he has always hated his father, for treating him badly, After Richard's death, Matt Donovan made fun of Tyler's dad and poured alcohol over his picture. Tyler gets mad or it could be that he believes that pouring alcohol on a dead person's picture is wrong. Tyler never talks about his father, because he doesn't want to be reminded, of what kind of person his father was, and once to forget about him completely.
Tyler seems to have grown up with a distant, but somewhat positive relationship with his mother. It is only after the death of his father that Carol began to have a closer relationship with her son. When Mason Lockwood disappeared once again, Carol informed Tyler that "I guess it's just you and me now." Although he doesn't show it very well, Tyler is clearly fond of his mother, even returning to town after her accident.
- Main article: Tyler and Caroline
When Tyler triggered his curse, Caroline Forbes wanted to help him. Though Damon demanded her not to be his friend, she did. Tyler once asked whether she is a werewolf, Caroline laughed and said she is a vampire after a skirmish. When the first Full Moon came, Caroline helps him through the first transformation and it seems they form a special bond. The two become closer and eventually began a romantic relationship. Due to Klaus falling in love with Caroline, their relationship has become strained.Klaus promised that he will kill Tyler and Caroline pleased Klaus to let him live.Klaus told her to tell Tyler to leave town and hide which after a painful goodbye he did. They leave each vowing that they will find a way to be together again.
- Tyler and Vicki (Ex-Girlfriend)
- Klaus, Caroline and Tyler (Former Love Triangle)
- Tyler and Matt (Friends)
- Jeremy and Tyler (Former Enemies/Friends)
- Tyler and Klaus (Enemies)
- Tyler and Hayley (Ex-Friends)
Powers and Abilities
- Transformation Control: Hybrids have the ability to transform at will and anytime that they desire. This makes them able to avoid obligatory turning during full moons. They can also perform partial transformations such as showing their wolf-eyes and teeth.
- Werewolf Bite: Due to their werewolf heritage, a hybrid has a bite which is fatal to vampires, but the hybrid bite takes effect quicker than a normal werewolf bite. Werewolf venom is always accessible to them as opposed to their werewolf counterparts who can use it only when transformed.
- Lycanthrope Enhancement: Hybrids are capable of using their wolf features to supplement their abilities.
- Hybrid Claws - Hybrids can grow claws from their nails, even well they are still in their human form, it is unknown how sharp a hybrid claws are, well klaus was still in tyler's body, it was shows that a hybrid's claws is sharp enough, to penetrate a hybrid's very durable skin, and is able to rip another hybrid's heart out.
- Dream Manipulation: Hybrids can control dreams and subconscious like vampires. They can produce and modify dreams, bestow nightmares or lucid dreaming. Other effects of this ability is the distortion of reality and trapping in dreams.
- Emotional Control: Due to their vampire heritage, hybrids are able to exert certain control over their own emotions. They can turn off their humanity.
- Immortality: Hybrids stop aging once turned. Upon their transformation, a hybrid becomes immune to all conventional illnesses, diseases, virus and infection and therefore will live forever unless they are killed due to a weapon, weakness or methods that might kill a normal vampire or werewolf.
- Healing Factor: Given their joint vampire and werewolf heritage, a hybrid's ability to recover from injury is far greater than those of either individual parent species.
- Super Speed: Hybrids are faster than any werewolf or some vampires. Hybrids can use this abilities in human and wolf form. This appears to be one of Tyler's more pronounced traits as a Hybrid, able to take advantage of Klaus' five second headstart.
- Super Strength: Hybrids are much stronger than werewolves or vampires, but because of their vampire heritage their abilities get stronger with age, just like vampires and werewolves. Their wolf form will boast their power due to the werewolf side. A newly turned hybrid can go toe-to-toe with a 165-170 year old vampire such as Damon, who was on the verge of dying at the hands of Ray Sutton until Stefan saved him.
- Super Agility: Hybrids possess superhuman agility. They can move, jump, climb, and run incredibly fast without difficulty or exhaustion.
- Daytime Walking - Since hybrids are capable of consuming food other than blood due to their werewolf heritage, they do not have the weaknesses regarding sunlight nature caused vampires to suffer from. They can move around during the day and in the sun without the use a day walking ring.
- Immunity to Silver - Due to their werewolf heritage, magic bonded to silver doesn't affect a hybrid. Weapons made of silver might wound them, but the wound heals at super-normal rates than regular wounds.
- Gilbert Device: A hybrid can be affected by the Gilbert device.
- Vervain: Hybrids are affected by vervain like their vampire counterparts.
- Wolfsbane: Hybrids are affected to wolfsbane like their werewolf counterparts.
- Uninvited Invitation: Due to their vampire heritage, hybrids are unable to enter a home without an invitation.
- Magic: Witches are able to give supernatural aneurysms that cause the blood vessels of non-original hybrids to explode.
- Decapitation: The act of dismembering or removing the head of a hybrid will result in death.
- Heart Extraction: The act of removing a hybrid's heart will result in death.
- Hybrid Bloodline: Hybrids who were turned by Klaus who turned others will die if Klaus is staked with the White Oak Stake.
- Hunter's Curse: If a hybrid kills a member of The Brotherhood of the Five then they will be tormented by the hunter until they kill themselves or if the hunter is replaced then they will be free of torment.
- "Tyler" comes from an English surname, meaning "tiler of roofs". As a first name, it became popular after the 1980s.
Behind the scenes
- The casting call was: "18 years old, athletic, cocky, attractive, and a bit of a jerk, he's an alpha male who demonstratively marks his territory (i.e. Vicki) every chance he gets, particularly in front of Jeremy. Tyler can't resist needling Matt about the fact that Elena seems to be falling for the new guy, Stefan...
In the books
- In the novels, Tyler's surname is "Smallwood" and he turns into a werewolf with the help of Klaus (Sue Carson is sacrificed in a ritual of blood). In the series, Tyler turns into a werewolf with the intervention of Katherine.
- Tyler Smallwood and Caroline were allied against Elena and Stefan. In the series, Tyler and Matt were allied against Stefan but then Matt learns to accept Stefan and approves of Stefan and his relationship with Elena. Caroline helps Tyler with the death of Sarah and the werewolf transformation.
- Tyler's family are direct descendants of the Smallwoods that were present at the founding of Fell's Church.
- Tyler Smallwood has jet black hair, pale skin, very dark eyes. He is described to be very tall (6'3"" to 6'7") with a broad, husky and muscular physique.
- Tyler Smallwood is much taller and and twice as broad then Stefan. On the show, Stefan is taller then Tyler.
- Stefan saves Elena from Tyler Smallwood sexually assaulting her. Tyler has been antagonistic towards Stefan and Elena ever since.
- One of Tyler's descendents was named Jacob Smallwood, Jacob was also a werewolf and passed on the werewolf gene after he was bitten by a wolf.
- Tyler has a cousin named Caleb Smallwood.
- Tyler Smallwood as two twins (werewolves) with Caroline, but in the series, Caroline is converted into a vampire by Damon and Katherine intervention. She was not related to Tyler until the episode Masquerade.
- Tyler is one of the two antagonists of "The Awakening" and "The Struggle", eventually becomes a recurring character in "The Fury" and finally a minor antagonist of "Dark Reunion".
- Tyler Smallwood does not appear in the trilogies "The Return Series" and "The Hunters Series".
- Out of all the main characters he has missed the most episodes the other being Jenna.
- Both in the books and series he has a relationship with Caroline.
- He didn't appear in five episodes in a row in season two, beating Bonnie, who missed four episodes in a row in season one.
- He's the only main character throughout the series as a whole, who misses the most episodes in large gaps and has the most absences, even Alaric who was introduced mid-way through season 1, has appeared in more episodes than Tyler.
- In the series, it was unknown that Lockwoods have werewolf gene until Bad Moon Rising. But it was hinted in The Turning Point. After the scene Tyler hit Jeremy, he asked him "What is your problem, man?" when a full moon can be seen in the sky, explaining his aggressive behaviors.
- Tyler has interacted with all the main characters, except Jenna.
- Tyler is the only living main characters who have never been bitten by a vampire.
- He was turned into a Hybrid in The Reckoning.
- Tyler is the first successfully created hybrid, due to drinking a sample of doppelgänger's blood during his transition.
- Before discovering the bloodline of the main characters, the only one of the protagonists who would have died if Klaus was destroyed, would be Tyler. In the books, after the Klaus' defeat, Tyler escapes and does not return to town.
- After Kimberley submitted to him, all hybrids present kneel to him, acknowledging him as their Alpha.
- After Carol's death, Tyler is the forth orphan shown in the series after Elena, Jeremy and April.
- Tyler is the only successful hybrid to be shown in wolf form, as seen in After School Special.
- Tyler has showed his wolf form more than any other werewolf/hybrid in the series.
- Tyler returns for the prom for Caroline (4x19)
- In Season 1 Tyler doesn't appear in 11 episodes: You're Undead to Me, Lost Girls, 162 Candles, History Repeating, Bloodlines, Unpleasantville, Children of the Damned, A Few Good Men, There Goes the Neighborhood, Miss Mystic Falls and Blood Brothers.
- In Season 2 Tyler doesn't appear in 7 episodes: Katerina, The Dinner Party, The House Guest, Know Thy Enemy, The Last Dance, Klaus and As I Lay Dying.
- In Season 3 Tyler doesn't appear in 7 episodes: Ghost World, Ordinary People, Bringing Out The Dead, All My Children, 1912, Break On Through and The Murder of One.
- In Season 4 Tyler doesn't appear in 10 episodes: The Five, Catch Me If You Can, A View To A Kill, Stand By Me, Because the Night, American Gothic, The Originals, She's Come Undone, The Walking Dead and Graduation....
- Abusive Parents - Richard Lockwood
- And I Must Scream - Before being turned into a hybrid by Klaus, Tyler had to change into a werewolf each full moon after triggering the curse. The process initially took hours to complete its excruciating transition. Also can be said for what he needed to do to break the sire bond to Klaus.
- He is introduced as a Jerk Jock, with a VERY short temper.
- Freudian Excuse: On season 1 we believe his behavior is due to his very aggressive father.
- But in season 2 we learn it's because of Lycantropy - He is a latent Werewolf.
- Like many Involuntary Shapeshifters , his transformation into werewolf are VERY PAINFUL.
- Mr Fanservice - winds up naked after transforming back from werewolf. Unlike Hulk he does not have Magic Pants.
- By the end of Season 2 he has morphed into a Jerk with a Heart of Gold.
- In We'll Always Have Bourbon Street, when all the hybrids submit to him as their Alpha, it was his Awesome Moment of Crowning.
- By coincidence, that was also his Crowning Moment of Awesome!