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Compulsion (The Vampire Diaries)

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Elijah's eye, upon compelling Slater

The term compulsion refers to the ability possessed by vampires, in the fiction show The Vampire Diaries. This ability allows the user to control the mind of a human, through eye contact. This ability can be used by Vampires, Originals and Hybrids. Although vampires and hybrids can only compel humans, originals can compel vampires,[1] humans and hybrids due to them being the first vampires ever created.


Elijah Mikaelson
Rebekah Mikaelson
Klaus Mikaelson
Kol Mikaelson
Damon Salvatore

Due to Damons age and practice, unlike his brother Stefan, Damon has become rather good at compulsion. Damon has been seen to be one of the more experienced vampires to use this ability. Damon has used this ability for bad more times than good, some of his more noticeable examples are compelling people to not scream while he feeds on them. Damon has also been seen to use this ability to help people, like Elena.[2]

Stefan Salvatore

Unlike his brother Damon, Stefan is not as specialized in compulsion and frequently fails at the task, this is due to his lack of blood consumption. Stefan has also been seen to use compulsion for bad reasons, when he could complete this task. Stefan has gotten better at compulsion throughout his 160+ years, and doesn't have to rely on his brother.

Katherine Pierce

Katherine is one of the most skilled of vampires shown to compel, besides the originals. Katherine has been shown to compel for bad reasons only, Katherine uses this ability to her advantage, to get tasks done, that she could not do herself.

Elena Gilbert

Due to Elena's blood consumption she has become rather good at compulsion, better than Stefan. She has been seen compelling people to not scream while she feeds on them.


Vervain, can be used to prevent compulsion, if the user has it in their system,[3][4] or on them somewhere.[5] The first user of this plant, was used by Alaric to stop compulsion.


  1. Elijah compels Slater to drive a stake through his own heart, committing suicide, "Katerina"
  2. Elena asked Damon to compel Jeremy for her
  3. Katherine stated she's been putting vervain in her coffee
  4. Damon sneaked Katherine vervain when Klaus came to town, to stop his compulsion
  5. Stefan gave The original locket to Elena with vervain in to stop Damon compelling her

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