Caroline Forbes began her character arc on The Vampire Diaries as seemingly nothing more than the Mystic Falls mean girl. She embodied all the worst stereotypes of teenage girls, and while there were flashes of something deeper beneath the surface from the start, she wasn’t exactly a natural charmer.
However, as time went on, Caroline’s character developed more and she was forced to evolve, adapt, and mature. And to everyone’s surprise, she actually did so more successfully than nearly any other character on TVD. But when did Caroline really demonstrate wisdom beyond her years, and when did she truly prove that she was still a teenager at heart?
At the start of The Vampire Diaries, Caroline was the quintessential popular teenage girl in all the worst ways. Although Bonnie and Elena seemed to tolerate her, they barely seemed to like her, and it’s not hard to understand why.
She was a bit of a control freak, she was rude, and she seemed to be almost entirely inconsiderate of her friends’ feelings. She really seemed to be all about the high school drama.
Caroline was always a character who was desperate for everyone else’s approval, and she was exceptionally needy when it came to the approval and interest of boys. And even putting that aside, her feelings for Matt were incredibly genuine, and seemingly for the first time in her life, entirely reciprocated.
So when Caroline realized that she was a danger to Matt because of her new vampire status, it was actually incredibly mature of her to break up with him for his own safety.
Caroline obviously paid dearly for this mistake, as Damon used her and abused her at his own convenience, but Caroline’s initial determination to snag Stefan’s super hot older brother was an incredibly childish way to act.
Caroline was interested in Stefan from the minute that he got to town, and she was openly jealous when Elena caught his eye. She tried to one-up Elena by going after Damon, and it wasn’t a good look for her.