|Relationships:||Liz Forbes (mother), Bill Forbes (father)|
|Fandom:||The Vampire Diaries (TV)|
|Other:||Played by Candice Accola|
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Caroline Forbes is a series regular and a popular character on The Vampire Diaries. She was introduced in the pilot of the series, but due to the plot development and the direction the writers took, she was often kept in the dark regarding the plot and the existence of the supernatural world. She was portrayed as insecure, controlling and desperate for attention and affection.
Her popularity in fandom skyrocketed when she was turned into a vampire at the beginning of season 2 (Katherine turned her into a vampire to send a message to the Salvatore brothers and to create a vampire needed for the Sun and Moon ritual). Her season two storyline with Tyler Lockwood (Tyler's change into a werewolf and his struggles for control) was widely considered and one of the show's most compelling plotlines, quickly landing Caroline as one of fan-favorites.
In seasons 3 and 4 she often served as a Blonde Distraction, when the show's then-villain Klaus developed as obsession with her.
Caroline's popularity exploded in season two, after she was turned into a vampire.
Despite the fact that in canon, she dated Matt Donovan, there is little to no fandom interest in that pairing. Caroline/Damon on the other hand is portrayed in fanworks almost always as abusive and/or toxic and if included; it is always a past relationship that Caroline overcomes.
Common Fanon and Tropes in Fanworks
Riffing off of canon material, fanfic authors often show Caroline traveling (in canon, she has never left the town of Mystic Falls, until she went to college), often with a character writers ship her with. Most common destinations include Europe (especially Rome and Paris). It's a very popular trope in Klaroline fanfics, as Klaus promised to show her the world in one of their scenes, mentioning Paris, Rome and Tokyo specifically. As a variation of this, Caroline often travels to New Orleans to join Klaus.
In some AU fics that play on the Role Reversal trope, Caroline is portrayed as an Original Vampire either instead of Klaus or along side him, especially in Time Travel fics that are very popular in Klaroline fandom.
A lot of fans also try to address the complex and (for the most part) canonically ignored relationship Caroline had with Damon Salvatore, where he compelled her to make her his "own personal blood bag" in season 1. Some ignore it and make Damon and Caroline friends, but some fans (particularly in All Human AUs) translate the compulsion into a toxic relationship, sometimes involving rape.
There are some works that thrive to give Caroline special abilities, making her more of a Mary Sue, but they are not common.
- Caroline and season 3; character analysis and speculation by swirlsofblue, This is a discussion of where Caroline's character could go in season 3, in addition to discussion of aspects of her season 1 & 2 character.
- How Out of Her Element is Caroline? by a Klaroline fan Audra, accessed November 22, 2014
- What I’ve Learnt From Caroline Forbes by Rebekah, accessed November 22, 2014
- Caroline Forbes and the art of manipulation by candyumbrella, accessed December 12, 2014
- Team Forbes by nrgburst - meta about the relationship between Caroline and her mom
- My Mind Is Not A Bed, To Be Made And Remade . . . A Caroline Meta - meta concentrating on Caroline in season two.
- Carol(ine), Archived version - meta regarding Caroline's relationship with Carol Lockwood in contrast with her interactions with Liz Forbes
- Timeless by Hybridlovelies, a Klaus/Caroline fic and a very popular example of a "Caroline time travels" trope
- Sinners Like Us by ravenclawslibrary, a Klaus/Caroline fic
- Everything Changes by FandomLocked, an eventual Klaus/Caroline/Damon pairing
- Seven Dates by LovelyVero, a Klaus/Caroline fic
- No Matter Above or Below by eena, a crossover fic with Supernatural
- I belong with you, you belong with me (You're my sweetheart) a Caroline/Elijah fic
- .Caroline Forbes. by xXHannahSalvatoreXx on DeviantART
- Candice Accola/Caroline Forbes by MarvellousKaty
- Caroline Forbes - Princess of darkness by SandraKlaroline
- Klaroline Fan Art by aranelb.tumblr.com
- Caroline Forbes by Mim78
- Caroline Forbes by vicktori01
- Best of Season 5 by Steroccola
- Timber by httpspauly
- Supernatural by xMysticFlame
- Sweet Caroline by KristinaOrtutova
- in for the kill, a Caroline fanmix by wesleywyndamnpryce
- can't be tamed, a Caroline fanmix by scisaacmartinski
- bright lights, a Caroline fanmix by townsendtaylor