|Born||10th century (Age Unknown/1,000+)|
|Species|| Werewolf (formerly)
Original Vampire (formerly)
|Occupation|| Nobleman (1200-1400's; formerly)
Co-Vampire King of New Orleans (formerly)
|Family|| Unnamed father †
Esther Mikaelson (mother)
Unnamed paternal half-sibling(s) † Unnamed niece(s) or nephew(s) † Unnamed maternal older half-brother †
Finn Mikaelson (maternal older half-brother)
Elijah Mikaelson (maternal older half-brother)
Hope Mikaelson (daughter)
Marcel Gerard (adopted son)
|Relatives||Cary (paternal relative)|
|Portrayer|| Joseph Morgan
Aiden Flowers (Young Klaus)
|First Appearance||Always and Forever|
|Last Appearance||From a Cradle to a Grave|
Niklaus "Klaus" Mikaelson is the main male protagonist of The Originals. Klaus is also the son of an unnamed werewolf and Esther Mikaelson, the maternal younger half-brother of a deceased unnamed older half-brother, Finn Mikaelson, and Elijah Mikaelson, the maternal older half-brother of Kol Mikaelson, Rebekah Mikaelson, and Henrik Mikaelson, the step-son of Mikael, the father of Hope Mikaelson, his daughter with the newly transformed hybrid and former Werewolf, Hayley Marshall, and a distant relative of Cary. After discovering that someone's conspiring against him, Klaus returns to New Orleans to discover that a werewolf by the name of Hayley is pregnant with his daughter. Initially reluctant to accept his child, Klaus eventually decides that he needs an heir if he is to retake New Orleans for his family from his best friend/adopted son Marcel Gerard.
While he was still an untriggered werewolf, Klaus had a complicated life. He was close with his half-brothers Elijah and Henrik and his half-sister Rebekah, whom he affectionately called "Bekah". However, he had a bad relationship with his overbearing step-father Mikael who was harder on him than any of his half-siblings. He was a victim of his step-father's physical and verbal abuses since childhood. Klaus even admitted to Rebekah that Mikael frightened him which made him constantly seek his approval without ever finding it. His mother Esther often tried to calm Mikael when he became angry with Klaus, but she never tried to stop him from humiliating or from physically/emotionally abusing her son. This led him to resent both his parents and possibly to be jealous of his siblings for having their approval. Elijah pointed out that as a human, Klaus was so full of love and life, and that all he ever wanted was to be loved in return, especially by his step-father. This belief that no one loved him and that he was doomed to be alone forever was the main factor that changed Klaus's personality.
Klaus is continuously described as being cruel, sadistic, careless, paranoid, impulsive, emotional, short tempered, volatile, narcissistic, manipulative, jealous, obsessive and competitive. Unlike his half-brother Elijah, Klaus has little to no regard for human life in general, he has guilt and remorse for his actions, but he does not show it. Despite his negative traits, Klaus has shown to be very protective of his younger half-sister Rebekah, who stayed by his side for centuries, and he is not pure evil (he is just sadistic). Unbeknownst to any, Klaus was not the son of Mikael, but the son of a werewolf in another village which made Klaus both aggressive and angry. When he became a vampire, all these emotions were heightened and Klaus' temper became worse than ever. Years of humiliation and physically/mentally abuses. at Mikael's hands and Esther's indifference, coupled with her rejection of him as her son, led Klaus to kill his own mother in revenge and for betraying him. After this, Klaus shut off his humanity to any but his family, killing any who crossed his path. Vengeful and power-hungry, he will stop at nothing to achieve his ends and remove those who stand in his way. However, Klaus does not believe that death is a punishment as seen when he denies Katherine death, instead keeping her alive so that she will suffer for having betrayed him. He will also place usefulness before pleasure and keeps people alive when it suits his needs. He has also shown a penchant for working with witches.
Klaus also has a sense of honor and will not go back on his word although, like his half-brother Elijah, he will always look for loopholes in the deals he makes.
He has also shown a sadistic side notably when he deals with humans or vampires who have crossed him. (His sadistic nature is often seen as psychotic). However, Klaus's hunger for power actually hides a deep fear of being alone which must stem from his step-father's treatment of him. He wants the hybrids so that he will not be the sole member of his race as Esther intended when she placed the curse on him. He also desires, beyond anything else, to be reunited with friends and family, as as shown by his desire to have his family back at his side. According to Elijah, Klaus also uses his cruelty to hide his fear of being alone. He has shown to have a softer side when he is around a member of his family, but rarely shows it around other people. Caroline brings out Klaus' humanity. He also holds grudges against the people who try to kill him, or members of his family, and rarely lets it go. Klaus is self-preservation whenever he is in a situation where he could be killed permanently, he reveals information that keeps him from being killed, like when he told Elijah that he didn't bury their family at sea.
Klaus rarely gets made a fool out of and also doesn't like to be made a fool out of either. He is rarely caught off guard. He is intelligent, calculating, thinks of contingencies, (Klaus admits he makes mistakes and learns from them as well), and he is always two steps ahead of his enemies. Klaus is not as forgiving as his half-brother Elijah; he rarely forgives people in general. Despite him being the world's most powerful immortal being, he often pretends to be arrogant to mask his fear of being alone, he is not completely fearless. He is afraid of the White Oak Stake, because it is the only physical weapon that can permanently kill him. Klaus has a sarcastic sense of humor and he is also sarcastic even towards members of his own family. Despite his lust for power, Klaus still cares about the remaining members of his family. Despite being manipulative, he does not like being lied to or manipulated. He does not take being betrayed very well, especially if it is from a member of his family. He is not tolerant of people who disappoint him in general. He has very little tolerance for disloyalty. If any of his friends or family have try to kill him, or betrayed him to his enemies who wants him dead, Klaus disowns them and no longer see them as his friends or family; like Esther, Finn, Rebekah and Marcel. Klaus is ruthless and brutal towards his enemies, and he rarely shows any of his enemies mercy. Also if anyone tries to hurt or kill a member of his family, they will not live to regret it. Klaus has morals, but he is not as moral as Elijah, he can sometimes be ill-mannered.
Klaus can sometimes be cold, he is not above killing children, if they are a threat to him or his family, despite this Klaus dislikes people in general, who mistreat or abuse their children; due to how he was mistreated and abuse by his step-father, Mikael.
During his time in New Orleans, Klaus has grown to genuinely care about his unborn child, and was deeply hurt when Elijah and Hayley falsely accused him of using her to sire more hybrids. Although, he does still maintain a twisted sense of humor about his child as he once referred to his child as "that" when discussion how to keep it and Hayley safe from Marcel. Klaus is also shown to be more mellow as he was shown to genuinely regret daggering Elijah and went out of his way to show how sorry he was, even going as far as to spare Agnes for trying to kill his unborn child just so Elijah could keep his word. It is possible that being in his former home, with his family, has caused his humanity to show more. Klaus has also shown to have matured greatly as he no longer uses the White Oak Dagger to put down his maternal half-siblings when he disagrees with them like before but instead settles things in a civil and sometimes violent matter.
As the baby's birth approached, Klaus became more and more protective of both her and Hayley. He even had a nursery built right next to Hayley's bedroom so she could be near her baby. His undying love for the child is evident as he willingly sent the child away from the chaos in New Orleans so that she could grow up properly in the loving arms of her aunt Rebekah.
Even if he is cruel, we can see he still has a part of humanity which is shown when he's about to cry when he sees his dead half-brother (Kol), when he admits Hayley is pregnant of their child and he's fighting for her safety. Unlike Elijah, Klaus is far less calm, composed, and strategic in battle. Despite his temper, Klaus is shown to be very keen as he was able to figure out Hope would be sacrificed at the cemetery because it was where the Harvest and the Reaping took place as well as the location of the ancestral witches' burial place.
Main article: Niklaus Mikaelson/Appearance
Klaus is an attractive man. His height is 5'11. Klaus possesses curled light-brown hair and light blue eyes that contrasts with his pearl-white skin. As a vampire and a warrior (10th century), he is well-built. Klaus possesses a delicate and yet masculine face, possibly due to the fact that he was once a nobleman in the 15th century.
Klaus' clothing style is quite casual, usually seen wearing shirts, jeans and jackets, although he can also use a more classic and refined outfit if the situation requires it.
He uses accessories, such as leather bracelets or necklaces.
Powers and AbilitiesEdit
As an Original Vampire, and later the Original Hybrid, this makes Klaus possibly the strongest of the Original Vampires, however with Mikael now resurrected, he may be weaker, equal, or superior to him. His Werewolf side has given him additional powers and abilities the others do not possess, though most of his maternal half-siblings have been able to fight him on almost even terms (but not enough to defeat him) and he feared Mikael; while he had the White Oak Stake. His powers and abilities are improved with age, time, consumption of human or vampire blood, assuming his werewolf form or utilizing his lycanthropic enhancements and the full moon.
Even before Klaus became the Original Hybrid, he was a master swordsman, even though he rarely uses a sword, due to his supernatural powers and abilities, Klaus's swordsman skills have not diminished.
Klaus has shown to be an expert fighter even when unarmed; When Marcel's army took him on, despite being overwhelmed to begin with, he was able to fight them, almost evenly and overpower most of them, through his fighting skills and Original Hybrid powers and abilities. In that single fight, he killed roughly twenty four non-original vampires single-handedly, showing his skills as a combatant even further.
Elijah, Klaus and Rebekah promised to stick together as one, always and forever when they became vampires. But their relationship became strained when Klaus turned his back on them. Klaus is the first immortal character to have impregnated a woman. His relationship with the free-spirited werewolf Hayley began in Mystic Falls and develops in the The Originals, where they are waiting for their miracle baby to be born. His relationship with Marcellus Gerard, his former best friend and apprentice, has its ups and downs as Klaus has managed to steal New Orleans away from him and Marcel is currently trying to get it back. Klaus has began to repair his relationship with Elijah whom is trying to bring his family back together as one and has managed to repair his relationship with Rebekah by giving her the freedom she has always wanted.
Main article: Klaus and Hope
Hope is Klaus' only daughter and child with Hayley. He loves her more than anything and in order to protect her from the people that are trying to kill her, he and Hayley decided it was best to send her away. She currently lives with Rebekah, the only person he trusts with the live of his daughter. She will stay with her until it's safe for her to return to New Orleans.
Main article: Klaus and Marce
Marcel is Klaus's best friend and former student. It's complicated, but they respect each other. There's definitely a history between them. Also, Marcel is very much in favor of embracing his true nature as a vampire and that’s something he learned from Klaus and something they certainly have in common. When Klaus returns to New Orleans after 100 years, he finds that Marcel has taken control of the city. Seeing that his former student has used everything he's taught him and achieved glory, Klaus wants what he has, forming a rivalry between the two. But Klaus still sees Marcel as his old friend. After Marcel attempted to bury Klaus, he surrendered New Orleans to him and despite their still unresolved differences, Klaus asked Marcel to rule side by side with him. After finding out that Marcel conspired with Rebekah to bring Mikael back in order to get Klaus to run from New Orleans and for him and Rebekah to be together, Marcel was banished from New Orleans. His relationship with Klaus is currently broken as Marcel lives in exile and tries to find a way to get New Orleans back under his rule. After he helped save Klaus's child from being sacrificed, Klaus gave him some blood to cure the werewolf bite and they returned to being allies once more.
- Klaus, Elijah, and Rebekah (half-siblings, on Klaus's mother's side of the family/repaired relationship/allies)
- Klaus, Hayley, and Hope (father/mother/daughter)
- Camille and Klaus (friends/enemies)
- Tyler and Klaus (enemies)
- Klaus and Sophie (enemies/former allies)
- Klaus and Davina (enemies)
- Klaus and Kieran (allies/friends)
- Klaus and Lana (former lovers)
- Klaus and Genevieve (enemies/ex-lovers)
- Josh and Klaus (enemies)
- Like most of the characters on The Originals, Klaus originated on The Vampire Diaries first. He is based on Klaus from The Vampire Diaries book series, but unlike his TV counterpart, that Klaus is more evil and ruthless.