Fans have noted over the years that those individuals on “The Vampire Diaries” afflicted with the werewolf curse are nowhere near as strong as the vampires of the series. One Reddit discussion from 2020 kicked off with an image of a musclebound dog representing the vampires of “The Vampire Diaries” and a much smaller dog shedding a tear — who may not be spending as much time as lifting — representing the werewolves of the show.
Now, to be clear, there is one caveat, as Reddit fan u/Miss-Messy-In-Ayland pointed out, which is that werewolves are stronger than vampires on a full moon — when their curse takes control — and that seems to be the specific intention of the writers. Indeed, it’s worth noting that the original vampires were created by Esther Mikaelson (Alice Evans for the most part) to be more powerful than werewolves, something argued by u/TheStonedCelestial, who wrote: “The original vampires were literally created to be specifically superior to werewolves, it’s like the whole point of their existence.” Another viewer, u/sbagley01, pointed out that the human forms of the werewolves are so limited that they have to rely on human weaponry to even stand a chance against their blood-sucking foes.
Some users compared the overall weakness of the “Vampire Diaries” werewolves to other depictions in popular media. As posted by u/YanCoffee, “In [‘The Vampire Diaries’] they could take on a whole pack. At least the wolves were fearsome in [‘True Blood’].” As numerous fans have pointed out, werewolves are weaker not only because vampires were created to be superior, but the abilities of werewolves are not in effect until the full moon when they turn. That’s also when they deliver venomous bites to vampires. So, perhaps everything balances out for narrative reasons.