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The dating vampire

Some of the characters appeared in the spin-off series, The Originals.The focal points of the show are a love triangle – involving Elena Gilbert and vampire brothers Stefan and Damon Salvatore – and the town's supernatural history, involving Elena's friends and relatives.

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Elena's friends trap Katherine when they realize this.It is later revealed that he is a 162-year-old vampire.Stefan's brother, Damon, also begins falling for Elena.Stefan stabbed her with the Traveler dagger, but ghost Katherine reveals to Bonnie, shortly before trying to cross into the Other Side, that she had injected Dr.Maxfield's enhanced ripper-werewolf virus into Elena's body, infecting her.She has a younger adoptive brother named Jeremy Gilbert, who is later revealed to be her biological cousin.

She has an adoptive aunt named Jenna Sommers who serves as her and Jeremy's legal guardian in the first two seasons of the series.

In season three, Elena does everything in her power to make Stefan regain his humanity, which he switched off to satisfy, and tolerate, Klaus.

She grows closer to Damon while working together to save Stefan and try to defeat Klaus, eventually sharing a kiss.

Elena's friends are eventually able to find an antidote.

She loses trust in Damon, partly because he killed her friend Aaron, so they break up, but soon get back together.

He says that she was adopted and is actually a descendant of Katherine, and that he saved her the night of her parents' deaths.