|Born||July 5, 1490(age 18, 520)|
|Turned||* By Megan Salvatore in 1864|
|Status||* Undead (neutralized)|
|Occupation|| Senior Student
|Species||* Human (originally)|
|Family members|| |
|Played by||* Paul Wesley|
|First seen||* Pilot|
|Last seen||* Graduation|
Stefan Salvatore is the hero, a protagonist, and one of the male leads of The Vampire Diaries. He is a 500 plus year old Vampire. Stefan was born during the time of The Renaissance and currently resides at the Salvatore Boarding House. He is the youngest son of Giuseppe Salvatore and his unnamed mother. He has an older brother, Damon Salvatore, who is also a vampire and an unknown half-brother. Stefan has had a love-hate relationship with Damon since 1490, when they both fell in love with Katherine Pierce, the woman who turned them both into vampires. Stefan's best friend was Lexi Branson. In the 1920s, Stefan had a brotherly friendship with Klaus and is romantically involved with Rebekah Mikaelson. He is currently best friends with Caroline Forbes.
After many years away, Stefan returned to his hometown of Mystic Falls to visit his nephew Zach Salvatore. On May 23, 2009, Stefan saw Elena Gilbert for the first time while rescuing her after her parents' car drove off of Wickery Bridge. Although he managed to save Elena's life, he could not save Elena's parents in time. Stefan was initially shocked and suspicious about Elena's uncanny physical resemblance to Katherine Pierce, and decided to research Elena's background in order to make sure that she wasn't the woman he'd fallen for over a century ago. Eventually, after finding her personal records and observing her from afar, Stefan determined that Elena was definitely not Katherine. Still, he was intrigued by her and decided to get to know her, posing as a new student at Mystic Falls High School.
Since then, Stefan's life has been fraught with change and complications: from falling in love and being with Elena to mending his complicated relationship with Damon; from sacrificing his freedom for his brother's life to growing apart from Elena and suffering the guilt of her becoming a vampire. Again and again, outside forces threaten those he loves and the life he most desires to have: a normal, human one.