Elizabeth "Liz" Forbes is a major recurring character of The Vampire Diaries until she was turning into a vampire in Season Six. Liz is the sheriff of Mystic Falls and a member of the Founder's Council. She is the ex-wife of late fellow Founder's Council member Bill Forbes, who came out as being gay, and mother of Caroline. She initially struggled to accept Caroline's identity as a vampire given her prejudices, but in time she learned to love her daughter for who she is.

Liz is a relative to the Forbes Family and a member of the Town Council.