Full Name: Damon Salvatore
Status: Vampire (Alive)
Born: June 18, 1840 in Mystic Falls.
Turned: January 23, 1864 by Katherine Pierce.
Eye Color: Blue
Hair Color: Brown
Portrayed By: Ian Somerhalder
History: Damon was born in Mystic Falls in 1840. When Katherine Pierce came to town, both he and his younger brother, Stefan Salvatore, fell in love with her. In 1864 he is turned into a vampire after being shot by his father with Katherine’s blood in his system. His transitioning was completed after Stefan, also now a vampire, convinced him to kill a woman. Damon, angry that Katherine had turned Stefan as well, vowed to make Stefan’s life miserable.
More than a hundred years later, Damon returns to Mystic Falls to free Katherine, who he believes is locked in a tomb there. Damon meets Elena Gilbert and, still hating his brother, decides to bring havoc to her relationship with Stefan. When he finds out that Katherine is not in the tomb and has been alive the entire time, he finds comfort in Elena. He then starts to fall in love with her. His relationship with Stefan also improves and it is shown that Damon actually does care about his brother.
In the beginning of the series, Damon kills people impulsively, but as the series progresses he starts to act more humane and stops killing people. He even starts friendships with others, such as Alaric Saltzman and Sheriff Forbes. When Katherine returns in season two and tells him that she has always loved Stefan and not him, his love for her vanishes and he starts to hate her. He becomes close to another vampire named Rose. When Rose is bitten by a werewolf, Damon is left with no other choice but to stake her and briefly falls back into his old ways, killing a young girl. Damon then starts a relationship with a reporter called Andie Star. He compels her to agree to him taking her blood and uses her to distract himself. However he later tells her to leave, for he is afraid that he won’t be able to control himself. Despite these relationships, Damon still loves Elena deeply.
When Damon is dying, due to a werewolf bite, Elena tells him that she forgives him and they share a kiss, however Damon is cured after drinking Klaus’ blood brought to him by Katherine.
“She did it for you. Which means that somewhere along the way, you decided I was worth saving. I wanted to thank you for that.” - 1×22, Founder’s Day.
“You brought back John Gilbert? That was your big “Save Elena” move?” - 2×13, Daddy Issues.
“There’s no such thing as bad ideas, only poorly executed awesome ones.” - 2×15, The Dinner Party.
“Katherine, there are six other bedrooms in this house. Go find one.” - 2×16, The House Guest.
“You see, that’s why I didn’t tell you. Cause you would have never been able to do it. Don’t get me wrong, Stefan. I don’t mind being a bad guy. I’ll make all the life and death desicions, while you’re busy worrying about collateral damage. I’ll even let her hate me for it. But at the end of the day, I’ll be the one to keep her alive.” - 2×18, The Last Dance.