|Turned||* By Megan Salvatore in 1864|
|Occupation|| * Confederate Soldier, American Civil War (1864)
|Species||* Human (originally)|
|Significant sires|| Megan Salvatore
|Played by||* Ian Somerhalder|
|First seen||* Pilot|
|Last seen||* Graduation day|
Damon Salvatore is the hero, a protagonist, and one of the male leads of The Vampire Diaries. He was the main antagonist in Season One. He is the elder brother of Stefan Salvatore. He was born in 1840 and lived in the colonial town of Mystic Falls with his brother Stefan and his father, Giuseppe Salvatore. He became a Vampire in 1864. At the time of his return to Mystic Falls, Damon and Stefan hadn't seen each other in fifteen years due to their bitter, violent relationship.
Damon’s sole purpose in coming back to Mystic Falls was to free Katherine Pierce, the vampire who turned him and the woman he deeply loved. After realizing that Katherine never loved him, Damon started working with Stefan and Katherine’s descendant and doppelgänger, Elena Gilbert,and with blair waldorf whom he eventually falls in love and begins a romantic relationship with. He currently lives with Jeremy ,Elena and Stefan, blair in the Salvatore Boarding House. For the majority of the Season One, Damon was the main antagonist but he cooperates with Stefan to protect Elena, her family, and frequently her friends.