Why We Love Alaric Saltzman

Alaric Saltzman … history teacher by day, vampire hunter by night.  Handsome.  Sense of humor.  Friend.  Guardian.  Caring.  Kind.  Loyal.  What’s not to like?

When Alaric first arrives in Mystic falls in search of answers about his wife’s disappearance, he has one goal – to track down the vampire who killed his wife.  Of course, that vampire is Damon Salvatore.  Alaric’s quest to unravel the mystery behind his wife’s disappearance brings on many discoveries, a guardianship to two teenagers, and a town full of supernatural friends.  And instead of killing Damon, they develop a unique friendship – with several twists and turns, but one that many fans enjoy.  Oddly enough, for a man with a loathing for vampires, Alaric never hesitates to risk his own hide in order to save his vampire friends from harm.

No wonder his several deaths had so many fans rattled.  Everyone thought the same thing … stop killing the nice guy.  And unfortunately, in the end, that’s exactly what happens.  In last week’s episode of TVD, Alaric not only dies – he’s turned into a powerful vampire hunter with a taste for vengeance, an itch to kill, and an indestructible weapon.


Much has been said about the constant stream of witty one-liners that come from Damon.  This sexy vamp may have some of the best lines in television, but Alaric Saltzman has had his own share of quick, zingy statements. Here are a few favorites:

“You know that your old teacher had a jackass file? It’s not a joke. It’s, uh, typed on a label. It has all the, uh, troublemakers in it. But really, it’s just an opus to you.”

“No, you look like a full-grown alpha male douche bag.”

“First person account of the Civil War? That’s like, uh, porn for a history teacher.”

“He murdered my wife or at the very least made a meal out of her.”

“(To Damon) Could we not kill anyone tonight?  Please.”

“Stefan has his humanity.  He’s a good guy. Hell, you’re a dick and you kill people ,but I still see something human in you.”

“Well… I`m naked. So I’m gonna go.”

“Hey, Damon.  The, uh, wolf is in the Grill.”

“Yeah, that Elijah’s one scary dude.  But with nice hair.”

“None for me thanks. Nine bottles of wine is my limit.”

“I’m sorry, you’ve reached somebody who’s currently not operating.”

“I am every parent’s worst nightmare.  I’m the chaperone teacher from hell.”

“Your fake, compelled girlfriend wants you to be a chivalrous boyfriend?”

“I’m not a role model, you know.  I drink too much. I say the wrong things. I encourage bad behavior.”

“Did you forget about the part where I checked out of all this?”

“Well, we aren’t exactly bird watching.”

“Yeah, well why don’t you save it (the ring) for future generations of stubborn, relentless baby Gilberts?”

“Let the vampires fight the Hybrid Zombie Mountain Men.  I’ll take care of keeping the humans safe.”

“Wow, are you a sucker for a lost cause or what?”

“Just ignore him (Damon).  That’s what I do.”

“I’m fine.  I’m fine. I think the ring, however, is running low on batteries.”

“Well, I’m surprised you have time to call, what with all this Original sex you’ve been having.”

“I mean, did you learn nothing from the moonstone in the soap dish?”

“You know, I’ll feel decidedly less pathetic if I don’t drink alone.”

“Who knows?  Maybe his alter ego is a pot smoking, hippie pacifist.”

“Here I am.  The failed hunter, slash drinking buddy of vampires.”

“Look at you, one of nature’s most hideous creatures and you can’t even get that right.”

“Taking care of you (Elena) and Jeremy has been the closest I’ve ever come to the life I always wanted.”

From a favorite character of Mystic Falls to a powerful and feared villain … it will be interesting to see what this history teacher is capable of and to what lengths he will go to rid the town of the one thing Evil Alaric loathes – vampires.


Take a bite out of a new episode of TVD tonight, 8/7c on The CW!



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