|“||Forgive me, my brother. There's no power in love. Mercy makes you weak. Family makes you weak. If I'm going to win this war, I have to do it alone.||”|
Klaus was born to Esther and an unknown man, in a small village that would eventually become known as Mystic Falls. Klaus has six half-siblings and a step-father named Mikael, a wealthy landowner who moved with his wifeEsther to the New World after their home village was devastated by a plague. Klaus was close to his family with the exception of Mikael, who was inordinately hard on Klaus.
Many years before, his mother had had an affair with a man from the neighboring village, whose inhabitants were known to be werewolves.When Klaus' brother Henrik was killed by a werewolf, Esther performed a spell (called The Immortality Spell) which transformed Klaus, his siblings and his step-father into vampires. When Klaus made his first human kill, his werewolf gene was activated, thus revealing Esther's infidelity. Mikael then hunted down and killed Klaus' father and his entire family, not realizing that doing so would ignite a war between vampires and werewolves that has been perpetuated across the ages. Soon after turning her children into vampires, Esther placed a curse on Klaus which forced his werewolf side to lie dormant, and then rejected and abandoned him. In retaliation, Klaus murdered his mother, and framed Mikael for the act.
Season OneEditIn Always and Forever, Klaus is first seen during a flashback to the early 18th century, a crew search through an "abandoned" ship and see the two coffins containing Klaus' neutralized brothers, Finn and Kol. Elijah and Rebekah appear, the latter having fed on and killed members of the crew, before introducing themselves.Klaus in the 1700's Klaus, suddenly appearing at the top of the stairs with a dead body in his arms and blood on his mouth, laughs with Rebekah about "leaving the best til last", in regards to introducing them, Rebekah retorts by calling him a beast as Klaus tosses the corpse down the stairs.
In the present, Elijah arrives in New Orleans in an attempt to find his brother, and he heads into the bar, Rousseau's in which he strikes up conversation with the human barmaid. He tells her about his brother's paranoia that people are conspiring against him, and asks if she knows ofJane-Anne Deveraux. Elijah, after finding out about Jane-Anne's execution, he demands to know what she wanted with Niklaus from her sister; Sophie.
As Sophie tells her of Niklaus' predicament, he soon meets Hayley and he uses his tactile telepathy in order to show her memories of his human days. He shows her the night that Henrik died, how Klaus carried his body back to the village. He also shows her after their transition, he, Niklaus and their father; Mikael were in the woods when Klaus suddenly drops, screaming in agony as he begins to transform into a wolf, indicating he had recently made his first kill. Later flashbacks show Mikael and Elijah tying Klaus to a wooden pole as their mother; Esther casts a spell to suppress Klaus' werewolf side. Klaus quietly begged Elijah to help him, however Elijah followed his father's wishes.
Klaus is first seen in the present standing upon a balcony as Elijah appears behind him, telling him he has found out who is conspiring against him. As Klaus is told of Hayley's pregnancy, he is outraged, believing Hayley to have slept with somebody else and doesn't believe what they are saying is the truth. As he leaves, he snarls for them to kill Hayley and the baby. Elijah follows him outside in order to get him to change his mind. Elijah's words don't pacify him and he continues to deny the pregnancy and that it will not give him power, and he isn't willing to be manipulated by the witches.
Klaus is then later seen with Marcel, observing the courtyard, the vampire's and loud music. He converses with Marcel over trivial matters however begins to grow increasingly annoyed with the younger vampire when he calls New Orleans "my town". Klaus huffs that before he left 100 years ago, Marcel was a "pathetic little scrapper still trembling from the lashes of the whips" of those who brought him down as a child. Marcel knows he is jealous and snarls that it is his town, that he is the king. Klaus stands for afew moments, the music quietening down as people observe the scene, including Eiljah from afar. Klaus smirks before quickly turning and biting one of Marcel's closestvampires, infecting them with his bite. He says to Marcel that he broke one of his rules.. yet he is immortal and cannot die, walking away saying "who has the power now, friend?"
The witches have told Elijah, that Klaus had until midnight to change his mind about the child and Hayley's life before they die- as Jane-Anne's spell linked Sophie and Hayley together. As Klaus is heavily drinking around a back lot in the quarter, he smashes a bottle upon the floor, knowing Elijah is behind him. Klaus tells him to stop harping on about the baby, and Elijah vamp-speeds towards him, determined to knock some sense into him. The two begin scrapping, and Klaus knocks Elijah off him before the latter returns, saying he will belt him like "their father used to", in order for him to regain his humanity. Klaus calls him pathetic, and a "sentimental fool" as Elijah tries to mention family once more. Elijah walks off leaving Klaus to ponder the events.
Klaus is later sitting upon a bench, seemingly haven thought about things, when Elijah sits down next to him. Klaus solemnly reveals that the town was his home once, and he wants it back, that he wants to be king again. Elijah asks if that is all the child means to him, before saying the child could change him, giving him something he never had; unconditional love of family. Klaus then looks at him and tells him to tell Sophie that they have a deal. The next day, Elijah is helping Hayley unpack things in their new house, which was co-incidentally their old house when they lived there, and he tells her he would always protect her. Klaus appears, taunting "noble Elijah, keeping his word", he tells Elijah he healed Thierry and Marcel thinks he is on his side again.
Elijah and Klaus are talking in another room, taking sheets off their old belongings. Klaus says that they can destroy Marcel's army from the inside. Elijah asks about Rebekah. Klaus knows that Rebekah doesn't care and that he "shoved her in a box once too many times", the elder brother says she will hopefully come around. Klaus, reaching down beside an object says he hopes Rebekah stays far away as there is a weakness in Rebekah that Marcel would exploit. Elijah asks what that is. Klaus simply looks at him and says "you", before quickly shoving a dagger into his chest. As Elijah desiccates, Klaus says family is a weakness and that if he is to win this war, he has to do it alone.