Esther discounts people’s individuality for the “greater good,” in her attempts to murder her own children. She judges them from a position of objectivity, seeing the hell they have wrought upon humanity and wants to correct her mistake. In the process, she shows very little concern for their feelings on the matter; they merely become an enemy for her to “put down,” and she feels it is her right, because she created them. Her motivation is driven out of “love” for her children, and concern for their inhumanity (callously murdering people to achieve their own ends). Esther is emotionally invested in her children, and berates them for their cruel behavior, but also uses her ability to gain their trust, empathize with them, and understand their emotional weaknesses to exploit them. Early after her resurrection, she pretends to forgive Klaus in order to gain their trust; she laments to Finn she has doubts about killing Elijah with the rest because he is “so moral.” She has long term “plans” for her children. She transformed them into vampires hoping to grant them immortality, and has spent her life (and death) ever since trying to undo centuries of bloodshed. She instinctively knows each of her children, and particularly sculpts experiences calculated to break every single one of them and turn them toward her vision of their future – either in death or in transferring their spirits into lesser bodies. Her desire to correct them and bring about her ideal family is so strong that it overrules any compassion she has for them, in her attempts to “break” them. Her magic is born of the earth; she is a natural witch, who rather enjoys “body hopping” and can revise her plans as necessary as opportunities arise. She is not overly materialistic but does focus some of her energy on appearances. Esther gathers information at a steady pace and is rarely impulsive. She moves forward with her plans grateful for Finn’s support. But she spends zero time analyzing her own negative behaviors, or considering the impact her actions may have on innocent bystanders (in killing her children, she will terminate all vampires’ lives, forever, some of them “innocents”).

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There are two sides to Esther. The loving and protective mother, who turns her children into vampires to protect them, and the manipulative and wrathful woman who sets out to destroy them, out of her own perceived lack of concern for their survival. She deems them as having harmed innocents, so they must die – she must sacrifice them all, and anyone else who stands in her way, to end them, because they are evil creatures. She crippled Klaus by giving him a spelled necklace, which made him vulnerable to his father’s assaults. Out of fear of losing Mikael’s love, she refused to defend Klaus or any of her children from their father’s ruthless temperament. She is somewhat arrogant, believing herself to be doing the right thing for her family members. Esther is aggressive when threatened, turning to violence and angry retaliations. She isn’t healthy, in that she is manipulative and amoral. She feels justified in helping herself to the bodies of others and using them according to her designs, seeing herself as ‘superior’ to them. Though she insists she’s doing good for greater humanity, she uses humans just as much as her children do, just for more nefarious purposes than bloodletting.