From new doppelgängers to variations of established characters, Paul Wesley
played several roles on The Vampire Diaries
. Based on L.J. Smith
's popular series of books, the supernatural drama was developed by Kevin Williamson
and Julie Plec
. Debuting in 2009 on The CW
, The Vampire Diaries
ultimately ran for eight seasons and spawned two direct spinoffs.
Set in the fictional town of Mystic Falls, The Vampire Diaries followed a group of friends as they dealt with frequent supernatural threats, age-old mystical secrets, and complicated love lives. The bulk of the latter centered on Elena Gilbert (Nina Dobrev) as she became embroiled with the vampire brothers Stefan (Wesley) and Damon Salvatore (Ian Somerhalder). Among others, the series also starred Candice King as the more recently-turned vampire Caroline Forbes, Michael Trevino as the werewolf Tyler Lockwood, and Kat Graham as the powerful witch Bonnie Bennett.
Though each character evolved across The Vampire Diaries' 8 seasons, the majority of the cast were tasked with bringing to life just one role. One of the show's central mysteries, however, was the doppelgänger curse - which both Elena and Stefan were entangled. As such, Wesley and Dobrev frequently stretched their acting muscles to several different characters. Here's a breakdown of everyone that Wesley played.