18. Thinking She Could Be A Vampire Without Hurting Anyone
Sure, a bunch of vampires on the show drink from blood bags or animals instead of harming humans. There’s not a vampire alive who hasn’t hurt or destroyed people, no matter how much they value human life. It goes against everything in Elena’s nature to do this, but she didn’t really have a choice. Even Stefan went through a ripper phase.
When Elena turns off her humanity, it gets even worse and she begins to take human lives without second thought. As much as everyone was trying to preserve Elena’s innocence, Damon realized she couldn’t get away with being the same type of person as a vampire.