Alaric J. "Ric" Saltzman was a vampire hunter, Enhanced Original Vampire and a history teacher at Mystic Falls High School. He serves as one of the main antagonists in season 3. He originally came to Mystic Falls to find that Damon Salvatore killed his wife Isobel Flemming, but learned that she voluntarily became a vampire and left him. He also learned that Isobel had a child when she was in her teens, a daughter named Elena Gilbert, his student. Alaric began a relationship with her adoptive aunt Jenna Sommers. Ironically, he was technically Elena's step-father due to his marriage to Isobel. Following Jenna's tragic death, he seemed to step into his step-father role to Elena and a father figure to her brother Jeremy. He was also Damon's best friend. He was played by Matthew Davis.
He becomes an Original Vampire. at the End of the Season 3 Finale, he dies by Elena Gilbert and he appears as a ghost.