10. She starts training to fight (3.06)
After one too many near death encounters and after Klaus discovers she is, in fact, alive and compels Stefan to turn his humanity off and in turn attack her, which puts her in the hospital – shoutout to Damon for saving her – Elena is done living in fear and feeling helpless. She may not have supernatural strength – but she’s going to learn to fight back and protect herself, and she enlists the best trainer she can think of – Alaric.
It wasn’t even. Stefan is gone – at least, humanity on Stefan – and she has gone from fairly safe to extremely unsafe in the span of a couple days. She’s been attacked and almost killed one too many times in the past year, and she’s done not having control over the situation. You can see it in her eyes – it’s a fire, and a determination, that is so Elena Gilbert I could cry. She never wanted anyone to have to fight for her – and now, she’s fighting for herself.
She is woman, hear her roar.
"“But you think that I’m crazy, to think that I can protect myself from a vampire whose flipped the switch on his humanity.” “I think you found a way to get out of bed this morning, and that makes you the strongest person I know. I think that you can do…pretty much anything.”"