She is compassionate and kind with a smart wit and timeless beauty. 17 years old, fresh-faced, with lovely features, she once swept through life with the ease of a popular, well-adjusted pretty girl, until she suffered a tragedy: her parents were killed in a car crash four months ago, and now she and her younger brother Jeremy live with their Aunt Jenna. Most of the time, Elena simply tries to get through the day with the support of her friends Bonnie and Caroline and her ex-boyfriend Matt, whom she’s known since she was a little kid. Elena’s life is brightened with the arrival of Stefan, the mysterious, polite and gorgeous new guy at school whose past and identity are shrouded in mystery.
A “gloriously, amazingly, epic-ly beautiful young man, elegant and ageless,” he appears to be 17 or 18, but he’s really a 200-year-old vampire who has come to Mystic Falls in search of Elena. Stefan is poised, polite and reserved but easy to talk to, and intense sparks fly between him and Elena, who share the experience of having lost their parents.
Early to mid 20s. Stefan’s brother, he’s a darkly handsome, strong, charming and smug vampire who can go from casual and playful to pure evil in less than a heartbeat. Damon’s interest in Elena unnerves Stefan. Though Damon hates small towns and considers them dull, it’s clear that he’s come to wreak havoc. Unlike Stefan, Damon has no qualms about killing humans.
Jeremy Gilbert played by Steven R. McQueen
15 years old, he is Elena’s troubled but fundamentally decent little brother who has an “outcast cute, grunge punk” look. He’s good looking and a heartthrob waiting to happen. Over the summer, he started sleeping with an older girl, Vicki, and he’d like to continue their relationship now that school’s in session, but she ignores him in front of her jock boyfriend, Tyler. She’s perfectly happy to buy drugs off him, however. Jeremy is smoking a lot of pot and drinking too much in an effort to cope with the death of his parents four months ago, and he doesn’t take seriously his Aunt Jenna’s attempts to rein him in.
17 years old, bubbly, adorable, loyal and bighearted, she is Elena’s best friend who is developing her psychic abilities and senses that Stefan is dangerous. She also “sees” the black crow of death that seems to be following Elena.
29 years old, Elena and Jeremy’s aunt who took them in after the death of their parents, she is a brainy/sexy grad student who looks good in sweats and is hard at work on her thesis. She’s used to being the fun, cool aunt, and finds the transition to sudden parenting a bit daunting. Instead of packing school lunches, she hands her charges power bars and coffee. Jenna is trying hard and genuinely wants to be a good caretaker.
17 years old, he’s a handsome, all-American jock (Jeremy calls him a “golden retriever”) and Vicki’s brother. He has known Elena her whole life and used to be her boyfriend. He’d like to get back together, but he knows she needs time after the death of her parents and he’s gentle and thoughtful about giving her space. However, he can’t help but feel worried that the new guy, Stefan, is going to sweep Elena off her feet before he can re-establish his relationship with her.
17 years old, a beautiful but slightly manufactured-looking queen bee type, she is friends — and rivals — with Elena. Though she does care about Elena, Caroline is resentful of her relationship with Stefan. When Caroline gets tipsy at a party and throws herself at him, he inadvertently humiliates and angers her with a polite but firm rejection.
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.
18 years old, trashy-hot, with low self-esteem, she is Matt’s sister who works as a waitress at the Mystic Grill and enjoys popping pills and smoking pot. She hooked up repeatedly with lowerclassman Jeremy over the summer, but now she pointedly ignores him whenever her boyfriend, Tyler, is around. Vicki doesn’t believe any guy wants her for anything other than her body, or even that they should, but her relationship with Jeremy seems to go deeper than that.