- "It's a hunter's life for me."
- ― Lydia on enjoying her profession.
Lydia Saltzman is a vampire hunter and one of the female protagonists of The Vampire Diaries. She originally came to Mystic Falls for the funeral of her older brother, Alaric Saltzman, and later decided to stay and help Elena Gilbert in any way she could; she believed it is what Alaric would've done, were he still alive. After it became apparent that Jeremy Gilbert could see her Hunter's Mark, Lydia no longer decided to hide it.