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A vampire king in Los Angeles, and the first major villain Buffy faced. He is responsible for the death of Merrick, Buffy's first Watcher, and was killed during a school dance; this led to Buffy eventually moving to Sunnydale.
- Badass: When Merrick tries to stake him, he turns the tables and impales Merrick with the same stake. This happens in the movie, which means it's non-canon for the series, but still respectable.
- Big Bad: Of the movie and The Origin.
- Blond Guys Are Evil: In the movie, he is played by Rutger Hauer.
- Canon Discontinuity: The movie's depiction.
- Child Hater: With the exception of Merrick, Lothos and his minions are never shown attacking anyone over the age of 18.
- The Dreaded: Lothos is famous for killing many past Slayers. Consider that Spike was considered a Badass Nonhuman for killing two.
- Expy: One for Dracula because of his pale skin, style of clothing, aristocratic background and vampirism.
- The Ghost: Series-wise, he and his minions are vaguely referenced in the first episode.
- Katanas Are Just Better: In the movie only.
Oh, good. The feeble banter portion of the fight.
"Some claim that death is our art. I say to them—well, I don't say anything to them because I killed them."
An ancient vampire who spent most of Season 1 trapped in the Hellmouth. Got out at the end after temporarily killing Buffy, and was killed by Buffy shortly thereafter. The Big Bad
for Season 1.
- Age Without Youth: He's so old that he's lost the ability to assume human form.
- Back from the Dead: At least four times. In an early comic (he tries possessing Xander); in the Xbox game (he possesses Angel); in the book Portal Through Time (really briefly due to a minion monkeying around with time); and the Season 8 comics (the Seed of Wonder brings him back so he can act as its protector).
- Badass: Killed Buffy twice, once in the Wishverse and once in reality. Not defeated, not forced into a Heroic Sacrifice, but killed her flat out. Even after she returns, it takes a truly Rasputinian Death before he's done, and he still returns in Season 8 after she kills him, something that, to date, a Physical God and an Eldritch Abomination have been unable to do. Background info reveals he's killed a Slayer besides Buffy and forcibly sired another.
- Bad Boss: See Eye Scream. That was not an isolated incident.
- The Bad Guy Wins: Right before the Reset Button is pushed, the version of him seen in "The Wish" manages to kill Wishverse!Buffy.
- Bald of Evil: Has no hair.
- The Beast Master: He is the original boss of the Hellmouth demon.
- Big Bad: Of Season 1.
- Big "NO!": Gets a beauty when Buffy stops him from escaping his prison—the first time.
- Blood Bath: The pilot has him hanging out in a pool of blood while fully dressed.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: It took him a few seconds to kill Wishverse!Buffy.
- Dark Is Evil: Wears a black leather bodysuit.
- Dark Messiah: In his followers' eyes. Not too far off, as him being successfully released from his prison would have had the effect of opening the Hellmouth, causing widespread catastrophe.
- Deader than Dead: When he was staked, his bones were left behind. To make absolutely sure he's gone, Buffy smashes them to dust with a sledgehammer (but as the very first trope in this section shows, it didn't work). Counting Expanded Universe, he's had his soul destroyed twice.
- Mysterious Past: The first Big Bad, one of the oldest vampires in existence, and a guy who figures prominently in the past of several other characters, and yet we never learn that much about him.
- No Ontological Inertia: His death causes the recently-released Eldritch Abomination that dwells in the Hellmouth to retreat.
Mayor Richard Wilkins III (Harry Groener)
"Now, Faith, I don't find that sort of thing amusing. I'm a family man. Now, let's kill your little friend!"
The Mayor and founder of Sunnydale, Richard Wilkins is a sorcerer who planned to undergo Ascension, becoming a pure demon named Olvikan. The Big Bad
for Season 3.
- Affably Evil: Best summarized by the scene in "Choices" when he gives Angel and Buffy honest and intelligent, if somewhat harsh, relationship advice and does so in a way that shows he really means it and would never want anyone to endure the same fate he did with his wife. At one point in Season 6, Xander laments that the Mayor isn't around anymore, because yeah, the man might have been an Evil Sorcerer with dark ambitions to become a demon, but the city's zoning and permitting board was so much more efficient under the man's administration, and he made sure all the potholes got filled in a timely manner too. Word of God is that none of the affability is faked; he's honestly a Nice Guy who just happens to also be an evil monster who wants to rule the world.
- Groener ad-libbed a bit after a group of cub scouts leave the Mayor's office following a photo-op, saying how annoying they were. Joss jumped in and said, (paraphrased), "No, he genuinely likes the boy scouts and thinks involved, social kids like that are the future of the country!"
- In the Spanish dub, the mayor is unfailingly polite, using Usted/Ustedes (as opposed to the informal Tú/Vosotros) and their verb conjugations whenever he's speaking with someone he isn't personally close to (in other words, when he's talking to anyone other than Faith).
- Back from the Dead: One comic story had him briefly return as a wayward spirit capable of Demonic Possession.
- Badass: Yes, really. While not what most people might traditionally think as Badass, this man was constantly three or four steps ahead of Buffy and the gang, and the only reason for his death was that Buffy smashed his Berserk Button.
- Benevolent Boss: He treats his subordinates (both human and vampire) in a friendly and patient way, and is really upset by his deputy's death.
- Berserk Button: Anything that might hurt Faith.
- Beware the Nice Ones: Does it even need to be said?
- Big Bad: Of Season 3.
- Bread, Eggs, Milk, Squick: Is quite prone to this.
- Celibate Villain: Probably related to his Mayfly-December Romance.
- Complete Immortality: During the 100 days before the Ascension.
- Corrupt Politician: How corrupt? He sold his soul and created a town for demons to feed so he could become an immortal Old One. How exactly does he keep getting elected, year after year? On the other hand, once you get over the demonic stuff, he is a fairly good mayor.
- Dangerously Genre Savvy: Made himself invulnerable before enacting his Evil Plan.
- Dead Man Writing: The Mayor's video for Faith.
- Deal with the Devil: Several, one of which included selling his soul.
- The Dreaded: Perhaps not to the same extent as Angelus or The First, but it is worth noting that he was able to freak out both Mr. Trick and Deputy Mayor Alan Finch, and had control over his own personal army of vampires before he became invulnerable. Hell, he even freaked out the Scooby Gang when he casually walked into the library.
- Eldritch Abomination: Planned to become one.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Faith and his late wife Edna May.
- Even Evil Has Standards: "Gingerbread" has him genuinely horrified at the child murders, though it's also entirely possible he was just doing what the townspeople expected of him. The fact he looks worried when the dark forces of the town are brought up only muddles things further. The Mayor does love kids, so he probably doesn't like seeing them get killed if he's not the one eating them himself. He's also a big believer in keeping his word and doesn't like when he is made to look dishonest. In fact, the only time we see say or do anything that might be considered threatening to his henchmen is when Mr. Trick says he did him a favor by accidentally getting Lurconis, the demon the Mayor had pledged a sacrifice too, killed by the gang. He tells him that he should be very careful what favors he does for him in the future.
- Evil Counterpart: To Giles, due to his paternal relationship with Faith. He also likes his scotch.
- Gosh Dang It to Heck!: He'll rip your heart out and force feed it to a baby, but he won't stand any naughty language. Heck, his Famous Last Words even portrayed this: "Well, gosh."
- Healing Factor: What his invulnerability manifests as.
- Hostage for MacGuffin: He kidnaps Willow and forces the Scooby Gang to hand over the Box of Gavrok, an artifact he needed to complete his Ascension. Unlike most examples, he has no intention of going back on his word and lets Willow go with no strings attached.
- I Gave My Word: He doesn't like others accusing him of dishonesty. See Hostage for MacGuffin above.
- Immortality: His main power.
- Jerkass Has a Point: When he tells Angel how impractical his relationship with Buffy is and how it will only end badly, he's not only right but he's accepted in-universe as being correct.
- Mayor Pain: He provides the name for Type A.
- Morality Pet: Faith. Even when the deaths of close henchmen doesn't bother him too much, he is genuinely distraught about Faith.
- My Grandson Myself: He posed as his own son and grandson to hide his immortality.
- Mysterious Employer: Towards the end of Season 2 and the beginning of Season 3, he's foreshadowed as an unseen but feared superior of Principal Snyder and Sunnydale's Chief of Police.
- Office Golf: Often plays it while discussing his plans with Finch.
- Oh Crap: "Gingerbread." Blink and you'll miss Wilkins suddenly start looking rather uncomfortable when Joyce discusses the horrors that happen in Sunnydale. Also, his Famous Last Words are "Well, gosh."
- One-Winged Angel / Scaled Up: After his Ascension.
- OOC Is Serious Business: The only time we see him genuinely angry is after Buffy puts Faith in a coma. He personally attempts to smother an unconscious Buffy to death with his bare hands, and freaks out and calls her a "whore" in front of Angel. He quickly regains his usual demeanor after Angel flings him across the room.
- Papa Wolf: Harming Faith will bring out the worst of him, as Buffy and Angel almost found out.
- Parental Substitute: To Faith.
- Video Wills: Faith watches the tape in season 4.
- Villains Out Shopping: Many scenes have him playing miniature golf, discussing about his favorite comics or treating Faith like gold.
Adam (George Hertzberg)
"I have. I like 'Helter Skelter.'"
— Spike and Adam
Kinematically-redundant bio-mechanical demonoid. Inimical to all life, human and demon alike. The Big Bad
for Season 4.
- Dark Messiah: In a way, since he instilled loyalty and cooperation among demons and vampires. Some of his followers view him as this, with one even calling "the evil messiah guy."
- Enemy to All Living Things: Living, dead, undead.
- Evil Cannot Comprehend Good: He seriously thinks that setting off one spat between Buffy and her friends will split them up for good, and that contributes to his death.
- Mysterious Past: "Before Adam? Not a man among us can remember." One comic suggests that he was once a human member of the Initiative and Professor Walsh's favorite alongside Riley, and was used in the 314 Project after he was killed by a demon corpse possessed by the spirit of Mayor Wilkins.
- Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: A Frankenstein created from human and demon parts meshed together with cybernetics.
- Robotic Psychopath: Adam was built to be a weapon, and as such is incapable of caring about anyone.
- Self-Made Orphan: Murders his creator, Maggie Walsh, within moments of coming on-line.
- Shout-Out: His name is one to Frankenstein, where Word of God is that the creature's name is "Adam."
- Siblings in Crime: Views Riley as his brother (since they were both Professor Walsh's "favorites") and wants to be this with him.
- Soft-Spoken Sadist: Never ever loses his cool or faux affability, yet he kills a child for the hell of it in his first few minutes.
- Super Prototype: Compare his performance to Forrest's—though he purposely made Forrest "nearly as bad" as him.
- Super Soldier: Meant to be the first in a new line of Initiative Super Soldiers, combining the advancement of technology, the intelligence and adaptability of humans, and the superior strength and emotional detachment of demons in one big badass package.
- Take Over the World: Plans to re-populate Earth with an army of beings like himself.
- Tranquil Fury: Even at his most heinous or angry, he remains cool, calm and collected.
- Turned Against Their Masters: The very first thing he does upon activation is kill his creator.
- Two-Faced: Three, if you count that metal portion.
- Would Hurt a Child: Oh Adam, you get up to such shenanigans in your first few minutes of life.
Glorificus aka Glory (Clare Kramer)
"You can't go around hitting people. What, were you born in a barn?""
A hell-god trapped in the body of a human medical student in this dimension (shifted from her own appearance to his, seemingly at random). Living on a lower plane is making her mind deteriorate, and the only way she can maintain her semi-coherence is by draining sanity straight from humans' brains
. Plans to return to her own dimension by using the Key to break down the dimensional barriers; this will destroy the universe. The Big Bad
for Season 5.
- Alpha Bitch: She's basically an evil Cordelia.
- At Least I Admit It: During a motive rant to Dawn:
Glory: People. How do they function here like this in the world with all this bile running through them? Everyday, it's like whoo! You have no control. They're not even animals. There just these meat-baggy slaves to hormones and pheromones and their—their feelings. Hate 'em! I mean, really. Is this what the poets go on about? This? Call me crazy, but as hardcore drugs go, human emotion is just useless. People are puppets, everyone getting jerked around by what they're feelin'. Am I wrong? Really, I want to know. [...] So you're saying some people like this? Funny, 'cause I look around at this world you're so eager to a part of, and all I see are six billion lunatics looking for the fastest way out. Who's not crazy? Look around. Everyone's drinking, smoking, shooting up, shooting each other or just plain screwing their brains out 'cause they don't want 'em anymore. I'm crazy? Honey, I'm the original one-eyed chicklet in the kingdom of the blind. 'Cause at least I admit the world makes me nuts.
- Ax-Crazy: Juuuust a little bit.
- Bad Boss: Seriously, name an episode with her in it that doesn't depict her physically abusing her minions or insulting them to their faces.
- Becoming the Mask: Has taken on more and more human traits over the years, much to her annoyance.
- Beware the Silly Ones: You honestly wouldn't consider her a threat, at least a major one, if you weren't aware of her strength or that she is a God in Human Form.
- Big Bad: Of Season 5.
- Blondes are Evil: Glory has blond hair and is VERY bad news.
- The Brainless Beauty: The ditziest Big Bad ever. Not that it makes her any less terrifying or unstoppable. Actually lampshaded by Buffy after Glory decapitates the Buffybot and still assumes she was the real Buffy:
You're not the brightest God in the heavens, are you?
- Brought Down to Badass: It's been stated that she was considerably weakened upon being banished to Earth and trapped in human form, and she's still capable of curb-stomping Buffy and the Scoobies any day of the week.
- Bullying a Dragon: When Willow attacks her in revenge for what she did to Tara, Glory not only shrugs it off for the most part, but even takes the time to taunt Willow over brain-sucking Tara, declaring that it was "something to treasure."
- Cunning Linguist: Can speak any demon or human language.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: The result of almost all attempts at fighting her.
- Curse Cut Short:
(after being teleported miles above the city by Willow) Oh, sh—!
- Does This Remind You of Anything?: Glory looks like she's having an orgasm whenever she brain-sucks someone.
- Dumb Muscle: Constantly underestimates her opponents and acts without thinking. The only thing that makes her a threat is that she has a lot of muscle.
- Evil Counterpart: Like Dawn, Glory's an unimaginably powerful being stuck in a mortal body.
- Evil Is Petty: When she finds out that Buffy is the Slayer after their first fight, she is absolutely horrified and offended, describing such a face-off as "unbelievably common."
- Fantastic Racism: She doesn't even try to hide her revulsion for humans and human things, or vampires for that matter.
- Hypocrite: She constantly goes on about how much she hates being human and considers human things beneath her, and yet she adores silk and has quite the shoe collection.
- If I Wanted You Dead...: In "Checkpoint," she confronts Buffy in her own home to demand the Key. While she's going on, Buffy subtly takes a fireplace poker and prepares to attack Glory with it, but Glory takes it from her before she can even swing, telling her that if she was there to fight, Buffy would already be dead.
- Immune to Bullets: Or crossbow bolts, in this case.
- Implacable Goddess: She will stop at nothing to get the Key. In her very first appearance, she brings down an entire building on top of her while having a hissy fit, and even that doesn't slow her down for long.
- Laser-Guided Amnesia: Regular humans instantly forget that she and Ben have a shared existence, though over time the spell weakened, and even from the beginning, it didn't work on non-humans such as Spike.
- Names to Run Away From Really Fast: She is known as "The Beast" and "The Abomination."
- Narcissist: To an utterly ludicrous degree. She even forces her minions to constantly come up with new ways of praising her.
- Nigh Invulnerable: Only way to kill her is to kill Ben.
- Omnicidal Maniac: Doesn't seem to care that the activation of the Key will irreversibly fuck up everything, possibly because she can survive (or thinks she can survive) the chaos that would descend upon all universes.
- Unskilled, but Strong: She's nowhere near as skilled as Buffy or Spike in a straight-up fight, but given her strength and Nigh-Invulnerability, she doesn't really need to be...until the finale, when Buffy gets a hold of a weapon that can actually hurt her.
- Villainous Breakdown: As their final showdown takes place and Buffy gets the advantage, Glory loses it, stating that Buffy couldn't understand her pain and, near the end, actually starts crying and begging Buffy to stop and leave her alone. Given all of the pain and bullshit Glory has put her through over the past year, Buffy couldn't care less about Glory's speech and simply beats her to a pulp.
- Villainous BSOD: After realizing how human she's been becoming.
- Villains Out Shopping: Literally. The first time the Scoobies meet Glory, she's casually buying some items at the Magic Box. Since only Buffy (who wasn't there) knew what she looks like, they were completely oblivious that they had just met The Beast.
Warren Mears (Adam Busch)
"Let's see how popular you are without a face."
A fellow student at Sunnydale High. Good with robots, but a misogynistic bastard. Leader of the Trio, before he cut them loose and killed Tara
. Is subsequently flayed alive by Dark Willow. The Big Bad
for season 6 until Dark Willow showed up
. He got better
in Season 8, where it is revealed Amy had kept him alive: but he is still skinless.
- Accidental Murder: Katrina, Tara. Not that he felt very bad about either one.
- Ain't Too Proud to Beg: During his death scene, Warren begins desperately trying to reason with Willow when it finally hits him that she really does intend to kill him. It doesn't work.
- Asshole Victim: Good God, did he have that coming.
- Bad Boss: As he gets darker, he dominates Andrew and Jonathan, reserves all of the gadgets and artifacts they steal and/or make for his use alone, and ultimately leaves them to take the fall.
- Big Bad: For Season 6—Dark Willow's more of a Final Boss than a schemer.
- Big Bad Triumvirate: Subverted. Theoretically, The Trio is a gathering of equals, but it's clear from early on that Warren is the nastiest of the three and the one who's really in control. After his Not-So-Harmless Villain moment below, he completely takes the center stage, with Jonathan and Andrew remaining unfortunate patsies and completely Harmless Villains.
- Body Horror: When he's brought back in Season 8, he's still without skin. It goes From Bad to Worse when Buffy destroys the Seed of Wonder, wiping out magic and negating the spells holding Warren together, causing him to collapse into a pile of gore.
- Card-Carrying Villain: He constantly goes on about being a supervillain.
- Chekhov's Gunman: Sort of. He only appeared in two episodes in late Season 5, which was supposed to be the last season. When the show was renewed on UPN, he was brought back as a major villain.
- The Chessmaster: Coldly manipulates Andrew and Jonathan for his own ends without batting an eye, is always several steps ahead of the Scoobies for a good long while and, save for Angelus, no other villain has screwed with Buffy on such a mental and emotional level. And he does it without sleeping with her.
- Chronic Backstabbing Disorder: Sold out his robot, his girlfriend and both his best friends.
- Co-Dragons: To Twilight with Amy and The General in Season 8.
- Cut Lex Luthor a Check: He's a brilliant technician, which is actually pretty tragic. He is a brilliant inventor who starts out as a kind of decent guy, and if he had moved on to be a productive member of society, he could have really improved the world. He creates a freeze ray, an invisibility gun and multiple robots that are capable of passing for human and possess superhuman levels of strength and endurance and can be programmed with memories and knowledge. If he wasn't so obsessed with power, he could have really helped society. Why he never thinks to sell his knowledge to the military and become obscenely wealthy (wealthy enough to get women) is not specified. Of course, it does fit his petty and immature character, and may have been a deliberate choice to emulate fictional villains.
- Empowered Badass Normal: When he gains the Orbs of Nezzla'Khan in Season 6.
- Evil Counterpart: Has been suggested he's basically what Xander could have become, if things went differently.
- Evil Is Petty: When he gains Super Strength, one of the first things he does is...beat up a jock who tormented him in high school and try to steal his girlfriend.
- Evil Plan: He goes through many elaborate plans, only for Buffy to foil every single one. After his final one is ruined, he jumps right to just gunning her down in her own backyard.
- Face-Heel Turn: In a way. In Season 5, he is clearly not malevolent in the least and tries to aid Buffy in stopping the rampage of his creation.
- Family-Unfriendly Death: He got flayed. Worse when he returns in the Season 8 comics as a body with no skin.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the battle in Sunnydale during the Twilight crisis, he and Amy escape Spike's airship and run away.
- Smug Snake: Brags to anyone who will listen when he thinks he has killed Buffy. The vampires around him are only too happy to wipe the smug grin off his face when they tell that not only will Buffy be alive and well very soon but he just killed one of her friends and pissed her off.
- Super Villain: Wants to be one.
- Super Villain Packing Heat: After his final scheme collapses, he elects to just shoot Buffy.
- To the Pain: Willow describes in detail the damage a bullet will do as it works its way through Warren's body in slow-motion.
- Unknown Rival: His need to be taken seriously as a Super Villain gets him killed.
- Villainous Breakdown: When he realizes that Willow cannot be reasoned with.
- What Measure Is a Non-Human?: To the end, Buffy flat-out refuses to take human law into her own hands and just kill Warren, preferring to simply turn him over to the police. The other Scoobies, however, are so disgusted with him that they rally behind Willow en masse when she goes out to kill him.
- Woobie, Destroyer of Worlds: Was on the receiving end of a lot of bullying growing up, mentioning how he used to cry himself to sleep.
Jonathan Levinson (Danny Strong)
"We're, like, supervillains."
Originally a background classmate at Sunnydale High, Jonathan is given a breakout performance in "Earshot" in which Buffy talks him out of committing suicide. He later becomes adept at magic, especially Shapeshifting
, and joins the humorously villainous Trio. He dies in Season 7 when Andrew is tricked into sacrificing him to open the Seal of Danzalthar.
- Ascended Extra: To the point that The First thought him important enough to be included in its evil plan.
- The Atoner: Tries, but he never gets the chance. Before that, he was perfectly willing to go to jail and accept responsibility for his crimes, only running out of fear of Willow.
- Butt Monkey: Early on, he became the show's go-to victim for anything non-lethal. As bad as high school was for everyone else at Sunnydale, Jonathan just got screwed.
- A Day in the Limelight: "Superstar"
- Even Evil Has Standards: It would be a real stretch to call him "evil" (at his worst, he's simply a source of annoyance), but he is visibly shaken and horrified by Warren's cold-hearted nature and monstrous sadism.
- Heel Face Door Slam: Jonathan was never that bad to begin with, and helps Buffy defeat Warren in their final confrontation, but Willow's subsequent rampage still sends him fleeing to Mexico with Andrew. However, when he begins to get prophetic dreams related to the First, he returns to Sunnydale, determined to redeem himself by helping Buffy stop it, and he has finally let go of all the hatred and depression that sprang from being isolated and picked on in high school. Andrew points out that nobody in Sunnydale cares about Jonathan, nobody has missed him while he was gone or will welcome him back, but Jonathan says he does not care, that he wants to help them anyway, even if they never know about it or accept him. Then Andrew, at the goading of the First, buries a ritual knife in his stomach.
- Heel Realization: Begins when he realizes the exact nature of a mind-controlled sex slave.
- I Just Want to Have Friends: Wonders in Season 7 if the Scoobies will let him and Andrew hang out at their house.
- Marty Stu: In-Universe in "Superstar," where Jonathan casts a reality-warping spell that makes him into a ridiculously multi-talented celebrity and hero. This episode even changes the Title Sequence, making it center on the newly Stu-ified Jonathan.
- Minion with an F in Evil: Jonathan was never as evil as the other two of the Trio, he joined them because...well, because what nerd has not dreamed about becoming an Evil Overlord and being the arch-nemesis of the beautiful Slayer? He is constantly objecting to their more needlessly cruel ideas and distracts them when they begin to get sidetracked into random violence, and, since Buffy had helped him and saved his ass on more than one occasion, he is not particularly willing to kill or hurt her. When Katrina explains that brainwashing a person for sex is rape, he is visibly disturbed, and when Andrew and Warren are happy that they have managed to get away with murder, he stares blankly forward and numbly mumbles agreement. At the end of their career, when he sees what power has revealed about Warren's true character, he actually turns on the Trio and tells Buffy how to defeat Warren. In Season 7, he makes a complete turn and comes back to Sunnydale, having let go of the anger and depression that sprang from his youth, and hopes to redeem himself by helping Buffy stop the First, even if nobody cares about him or what he has become. Unfortunately, Andrew has a few things to say about that.
- Promoted to Opening Titles: As part of "Superstar," due to being a Reality Warper that episode.
- Shadow Archetype: What Xander might have become if he made a few wrong turns.
- Smoke Out: "Life Serial" and "Gone."
- Squishy Wizard: Out the Trio, he is the most magically adept.
- Those Two Guys: Him and Andrew.
- What You Are in the Dark: It does not matter that they tormented him in high school or that they have forgotten about him in the years since then, Jonathan is going to step up and be the hero for the town of Sunnydale because it is the right thing to do.
Jonathan: I'm serious, I really miss [high school]. Time goes by and everything drops away; all the cruelty, all the pain, all the humiliation, it all washes away. I miss my friends. I miss my enemies. I miss the people I talked to every day, I miss the people who never knew I existed. I miss 'em all. I want to talk to them, y'know. I want to find out how they're doing, I want to know what's going on in their lives.
Andrew: You know what? They don't want to talk to you. All those people you just mentioned, not one of them is sitting around going "I wonder what Jonathan's up to right now?" Not one of them cares about you.
Jonathan: Well, I still care about them. That's why I'm here.
Andrew Wells (Tom Lenk)
"I admit I went over to the Dark Side, but only to pick up a few things."
Member of the Trio, and hopelessly nerdy. Skilled at summoning demons and making sci-fi references. Spends a few episodes in Season 7 as the Scoobies' prisoner before they start trusting him. Later becomes a Watcher in the Slayer Organization, running the Rome squad. After the destruction of the Seed of Wonder, he moves to San Francisco along with most of the other Scoobies.
- Altum Videtur: He displays a knowledge of Latin several times in the show and comics.
- Ambiguously Gay: The actor who plays him is quite openly gay, and Joss Whedon decided to toy with the notion. Lampshaded in "Life Serial."
Jonathan: All right, now you have to hold hands.
Andrew: With each other?
Warren: Well, you know what homophobia really means about you, don't you?
- Badass: By the end of Season 8, Andrew has earned this title.
- Sycophantic Servant: To Warren.
- Took A Level In Bad Ass: During the final battle of Season 8 in the hole in the ground formerly known as Sunnydale, Andrew is seen killing several demons. He takes another level when he drugs Buffy and puts her mind into a Buffybot he built so she can be protected. Naturally, Buffy and Spike give him hell for it.
- Unreliable Narrator: "Storyteller"
- What the Hell, Hero?: In Season 9, Buffy and Spike give him complete and total hell after he swaps Buffy's mind into a robot after roofieing her at a party, in order to protect her from an unknown Big Bad that is after her. Without telling anyone else what he did. This leads to Buffy thinking she is pregnant due to limitations of the robot body, but discovers that she is a robot when her arm gets chopped off. Spike even threatens to kill Andrew if he doesn't fix the situation.
- You Look Familiar: Tom Lenk appeared in "Real Me" as Cyrus, one of Harmony's minions. She had trouble remembering his name, too.
The First Evil
The source of all evil. Can take the appearance of anyone who has died, including Buffy and any vampire. Incorporeal, relying on manipulation to achieve its ends. The Big Bad
for Season 7.
- Assimilation Plot: One of the goals of the First is to be capable of possessing mankind en masse.
- Badass Boast: Buffy is not impressed.
The First: I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something you cannot even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin. Beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being. Every thought. Every drop of hate.
- Big Bad: Of Season 7. Worth noting that the First Evil can be described as The Big Bad.
- Breaking Speech: The other part of The First Evil's modus operandi—to torment his victims until they do its bidding, go mad or kill themselves. This bites it in the ass when it accidentally gives Buffy the idea to bestow the Slayer power to the Potentials.
- Chuck Cunningham Syndrome / Put on a Bus: It wasn't destroyed or trapped or anything like that, and is presumably still around, doing...whatever it does when it's not tormenting the good guys. Justified as it only had a very small window of becoming corporeal due to Buffy's resurrection and other events. It's alive but not as much of a (direct) threat.
- Continuity Cavalcade: A living one, as it assumes the form of each of the show's previous Big Bads.
- Double Vision: The First's favorite form towards the end is Buffy, resulting in multiple scenes where Sarah Michelle Gellar is doing just this. It also appeared a lot as Spike. Never did it as Giles, though.
- Intangible Man: Eventually lets slip that its real motivation is to assemble a flesh-and-blood body of its own.
- Irony: The First Evil is the last Big Bad of the (television) series.
- Mind Rape: It does this a lot, what with being incorporeal.
- Narcissist: "You think you can fight me? I'm not a demon, little girl. I am something that you can't even conceive. The First Evil. Beyond sin, beyond death. I am the thing the darkness fears. You'll never see me, but I am everywhere. Every being, every thought, every drop of hate—" Doesn't look like modesty is this thing's strength.
- Non-Action Big Bad: With being incorporeal and all, it must resort to Caleb and its Elite Mooks, the Harbingers, to get much of anything done.
- Oh Crap: When Buffy, who it was just taunting, gets up from a supposedly mortal wound during the Final Battle.
- Orcus on His Throne: For most of the season, it doesn't do much.
- Perception Filter: It can pick and choose who sees and hears it.
- Red Eyes, Take Warning: Possessed by its briefly-seen true form.
- Spell My Name with a "The": The First Evil.
- The Team: Assembles one (consisting of characters from its Wishverse-inspired "pet" universe) in the game Chaos Bleeds. Members include Adam, Kakistos, Ripper (Evil Giles), Anyanka and Vampire Tara.
- Voluntary Shapeshifting: In an interesting twist on this trope, The First implies that it doesn't merely make itself look like the person it impersonates, it actually becomes them, at least partially. (When it appears to Faith as Mayor Wilkins, it says something to the effect of "I am The First Evil, but I am also the man himself.")
"Look around you. The Queen is dead. Long live me."
A mysterious masked villain who leads an alliance of Buffy's old enemies and the US military against the new army of Slayers that Buffy created at the end of Season 7. He has Super Strength
, and can be summoned by anyone who is marked with his symbol. Turns out he's actually Angel, who took the Twilight identity to take command of those who would target the Slayers and manipulate them into keeping the body count as low as possible
However, Twilight also turned out to be the name of a sentient dimension that manipulated Angel into giving birth to itself with the help of Buffy, and attempts to steal the Seed of Wonder from underneath Sunnydale, which would end the Earth dimension and make Twilight the most powerful dimension
Tropes that apply to the person Twilight (a.k.a. Angel)
- Hypocrite: He is trying to bring about the end of magic, but employs several witches, wizards and demons alongside the military to do so. This is pointed out by one of the soldiers under his command. There is a reason for this. Angel is bringing all of the Slayer Organization's enemies together to slow them down and take them out.
- Necessarily Evil: Everything he does is to distract and hold back all the forces planning to attack the Slayer Organization.
- We Have Reserves: When the three wrathful goddesses are unleashed by the Slayer army against Twilight's soldiers, the general immediately wants to retreat. Twilight tells him no, since he wants to see what the goddesses will do to the soldiers.
Tropes that apply to the sentient dimension Twilight
- Arc Words: First appears in winged lion form in Buffy's nightmares, saying "The Queen is Dead, Long Live the Queen." It first seems to mean Genevieve Savidge's attempt to replace Buffy as lead Slayer, but is actually referring to Twilight replacing the current universe.
- Big Bad: Of Season 8.
- Parental Abandonment: Twilight is a bit upset by the fact that Angel and Buffy abandoned it to return to their own dimension.
"Come back?! Haven't you heard? We're the bad guys now. People think vamps are cool and Slayers are the threat. Difference between you and me? I am a threat."
A rogue Slayer who broke off from Buffy's organization and started her own, believing that Slayers are better than other humans and that they should rule over them, no matter the cost. She also really likes guns. Simone wages a campaign against Buffy in San Francisco, blaming her for the hundreds of Slayers killed during the Twilight crisis and for not attempting to secure domination over humans—before teaming up with Severin.
Tropes that apply to Simone Doffler
- Ax-Crazy: Partially because she is psychotically obsessed with killing Buffy. Remember when Faith was like that? Simone's worse.
- Badass: She can go toe-to-toe with Buffy, quick to use guns when she won't, and manipulative enough to make Xander betray Buffy to try and save Dawn.
- Beware The Slayer: Or rather, Vampire Slayer, as in Slaypire, her goal was to turn Slayers into vampires.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Severin in Season 9.
- Blood Knight: When she didn't like the stance against guns, she starts by going rogue, arming up and developing an obsession with killing Buffy, and she gets worse from there.
- The Chessmaster: Has shades of this in Season 9, as she acts against Buffy through Unwitting Pawns she manages to twist around.
- Curb-Stomp Battle: After becoming a Slaypire, she pounds Buffy in a straight-up fight.
- For the Evulz: After Slayers are outed and vilified by Harmony, Simone thrives on the fear and hate she gets from ordinary humans, and proceeds to commit crimes and acts of terrorism that only further cement Buffy and her crew's bad image.
- Homage: Visually strongly based on Tank Girl. This may be a conscious in-canon fashion influence on her part.
- Hypocrite: She blames Buffy for all the Slayers killed during the Twilight crisis, but is feeding her own loyal Slayers to Zompires, trying to find a way for them to be turned but still have their mind so she can become one and kill Buffy.
- Kick the Dog: Beats up an old woman who had given her food and shelter when she protested Simone and her gang taking over her hometown.
- Kick the Son of a Bitch: Her killing of the General. Kinda hard to feel sympathetic for a guy who just spent the series trying to wipe out the Slayer army.
- Killed Off for Real: After she becomes a Slaypire, Buffy graphically stakes her with the Scythe. She will not be missed.
- Manipulative Bitch: She is first seen in Season 9 driving a van loaded with guns, before the focus shifts to a former Vampire Vannabe who had been killing vamps then sets his sights on Buffy because of her Nice Job Breaking It, Hero actions. To cut a very long story short: the police shoot him, he turns out to have survived in the hospital where we discover Simone had sent him. She manipulates the AI personality Andrew placed into the real Buffy's body into fighting the real Buffy, who was in a robot body, and she manipulates Xander into helping her to save Dawn's life.
- More Dakka: She constantly wants bigger and better weapons.
- Oh Crap: When Buffy shoots the lock on the Ragna Demon's cage, and locks her and her gang in a room with it.
- Reassignment Backfire: Rona thought transferring Simone from Chicago to Rome would soften her up. Instead, Andrew annoyed her so much she went rogue.
- Surprisingly Sudden Death: A villain-on-villain example, when she kills The General.
- Take Over the World: Her stated goal to Buffy. Started by taking over an island near Italy and kicking everyone off of it, beating up an old woman who had given her food and shelter while doing so.
- Vampire Vannabe: A big part of her plan is to become a vampire with Slayer powers to kill Buffy.
- Villain Has a Point: The Scoobies really have no actual response as to why Slayers shouldn't use guns. Part of her plot was to restore the Seed of Wonder. She kinda succeeds, accomplishing what Willow set out to do. And saving Dawn in the process.
A mysterious young man and vampire hunter, Severin is a figure in prophecy known as the Siphon. As a result, he wields the power to drain the mystical energy and powers of any supernatural being he touches, either bringing them down to normal
or killing them outright.
- Heroic Sacrifice: In the final issues of Season 9, he sacrifices himself to help create a new Seed of Wonder and restore magic to Earth.
- Sliding Scale of Anti-Villains: Severin is a Type II. He wants to take Buffy's power, blaming her for newly-turned vampires becoming zompires (specifically his girlfriend) after the Seed of Wonder was broken.
- Well-Intentioned Extremist: He plans to use the Time Travel powers he Mega-Manned from Illyria to go back in time and stop the Twilight crisis from ever happening, thus stopping the rise of zompires and the end of magic. The problem is, doing so would cause an instability in space-time that would rip reality itself apart.
"You ripped my jacket... Kill him a lot."
One of Lothos's minions. Since he appears in the movie and origin comic, he isn't the most famous vampire in the bunch.
"So many body parts, so few bullets. Let's begin with the kneecaps. No fun dancing without them."
The vampire who sired Angel. Was killed by him in Buffy
Season 1 before re-appearing on Angel
Harmony Kendall (Mercedes McNab)
"Harmony, when you tried to be head cheerleader, you were bad. When you tried to chair the Homecoming Committee, you were really bad. But when you try to be bad...you suck."
A member of Cordelia's high-school posse, Harmony is turned into a vampire after graduation. Upon moving to LA, she seeks out Cordelia once more, but her vampire instincts means it's not long before she tries to kill Cordelia and the rest of the Angel Investigations crew. At some point after this, she gets a job at Wolfram & Hart, and when Angel takes over the firm, she's picked as his secretary. She's still evil, but thankfully, she's very bad at it.
- All Girls Like Ponies: As a vampire, her passion for unicorn figurines has not diminished.
- Alpha Bitch: Attempted to takeover Cordelia's position as this. It didn't really work out.
- Ascended Extra: Harmony was never popular enough in either series to be an Ensemble Darkhorse, but she was eventually promoted to title credits in the fifth season. Mercedes McNab as Harmony had the longest run of any actor in the Buffy/Angel series, having appeared in both the original, unaired pilot episode for Buffy (which didn't include Angel), and the final Angel episode.
- Blondes are Evil: Harmony is a blonde villainess.
- Lower Deck Episode: "Harm's Way"
- Mandatory Line: Usually by highlighting her total stupidity.
- Meaningful Name: Subverted the second she starts singing; Lorne actually takes to calling her "my little cacophony" for a while, considering it more appropriate. Though Wesley does note her nickname "Harm" to be pretty fitting.
- Mistaken for Gay: She was actually trying to explain that she had become a vampire. Cordelia got confused.
- Not Helping Your Case: Harmony fails a blood screening in "Harm's Way" and dumps half the company in a maintenance closet as she tries to clear her name.
Collin, The Anointed One (Andrew J. Ferchland)
A child turned into a vampire in Season 1. Originally planned as the Big Bad
for Season 2, but the actor's growth made it implausible for him to be ageless, and was killed off by Spike. And There Was Much Rejoicing
- Anti-Climax: Lots of build-up over the enigmatic Anointed One, his mysterious powers and his role in Buffy's battle with the Master. In the end, it basically boiled down to Collin escorting her to him. He's killed shortly afterward.
"We're going to destroy the world. Want to come?"
A creepy cockney vampire who sired Spike in 1880. Formerly a chaste Catholic girl, cursed with "the sight"—visions of the future. Spotted by Angelus during his heyday, he took a liking to her and set about tormenting her and killing her entire family. Then, on the day she was to become a nun, he slaughtered the convent and turned her into a vampire. Certifiably insane, Drusilla has an almost child-like demeanor, hiding how extremely dangerous she is.
- Adorkable: When happy or excited, which usually occurs when committing murder or torture.
- Being Tortured Makes You Evil: And very, very unhinged.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With Spike, then Angelus, and then Darla.
- Bi the Way: Is very strongly implied to have had a lesbian relationship with Darla. Also shows some Foe Yay towards both Kendra (the final dance between them was described "almost sexualized" and "a G-rated lesbian interlude") and Lilah Morgan.
- Blessed with Suck: Precognition sounds pretty cool, except it was what convinced Angelus that he wanted to torture and break her. It also results in stomach pains, fainting and knowing unpleasant things about the future that she can't change. It was actually a vision that Spike would fall in love with a Slayer which led her to become disenchanted with and leave him.
- Break the Cutie: Angelus' "finest work." This trope is pretty much taken Up to Eleven.
- Bored With Insanity: She's briefly cured of her lunacy in two separate occasions and even tries to do some good for people during the latter incident. However, due to Status Quo Is God, it doesn't last.
- Chronic Pet Killer: Frequently ends up fawning over dead pets in cages. As Drusilla doesn't need to eat, she has trouble wrapping her mind around the concept of pet food.
Spike: The bird's dead, Dru. You left it in a cage, and you didn't feed it, and now it's all dead, just like the other ones.
- Cloudcuckoolander: That's putting it very lightly.
- Cold-Blooded Torture: Is both on the giving and the receiving end of this.
- Create Your Own Villain: Angel visited upon her every mental torment he could devise, ending up with...well, a pretty deranged supervillainess, all told.
- Creepy Doll: Has a plethora of these. Her favorite doll is called Miss Edith. ("Miss Edith speaks out of turn. She's a bad example, and will have no cakes today.")
- Crouching Lunatic, Hidden Badass: She's usually very flighty and doesn't seem overly competent...but when she does something evil, she goes all out.
- Custom Uniform: Dru's (rarely seen) game face is more snake-like than other vampires in the Buffyverse.
- Cute and Psycho: And how.
- Daddy's Girl: Adores her sire Angelus, yet paradoxically blames all the bad things he did to her on the "Angel-beast."
- Daddy's Little Villain: Almost as evil as her beloved "Daddy." The two seem to have a lot in common, killing and making plans together, and in "Crush," Dru even shows Angelus' affinity for torture, while Spike prefers quick kills. Angelus even tells her "no one knows me like you do." Her betrayal of Spike for Angelus the moment he returns probably seals the deal. Of course, Dru and Angelus have been sleeping together since before Spike was born, but that's how vampire families seem to work.
- Depending on the Writer: There are several episodes which imply she isn't quite as insane as she's perceived, that at least some of her craziness is faked, and that she's actually much more lucid and cunning (in her own way intelligent) than she may appear. Most simply portray her as a unintelligible loon who can't see what's in front of her. It also varies whether she genuinely loves and cares about Spike, or if she simply sees him as a favored toy to manipulate and use. While the second half of Season 2, "Lie to Me" and "Lover's Walk" seem to support the latter theory, other episodes like "Crush," "School Hard," "Fool For Love" and pretty much all the comics write Drusilla as a heartbroken ex-lover who really does love Spike, albeit in her own, strange way.
- Dominatrix: Depending on the Writer, Drusilla can either be this or a submissive. On one hand, we see her begging Angel to spank her, sulking when Angelus and Darla "won't even hurt me just a little bit" and Spike seems to be under the impression that torturing her will make her fancy him again. On the other hand, she takes great glee in tying up and hurting Angel, seems to want to "punish" Spike in "Crush" and appears as the first to take (sensual) satisfaction in torturing him in Season 7. Granted, the first was simply imitating Drusilla, but is meant to have the key characteristics of the person they imitate.
- Driven to Madness: By Angelus.
- Eternal Love: Or at least 120 years worth before it all falls apart with Spike.
- Ill Girl: When she first appears, though she gets better.
- Ironic Echo: Repeats Spike's "I'll see that you get strong again" line when she gets her strength back, and effortlessly carries him to safety.
- Ironic Nursery Tune: Her theme music.
- Psychopathic Manchild: She loves flowers, puppies and squeals with childish delight at seeing people killed in horrible ways.
- Soap Opera Disease: In the comics, it was retroactively explained that Drusilla was tortured by an "Inquisitor" while in Prague, including the use of a magic torture chair, leaving her in a frail condition. Spike initially hopes the Hellmouth will restore her, but later learns that the blood of her sire (Angel) can cure her affliction.
- Would Hurt a Child: "What will your mummy sing when they find your body?"
- Yanking The Dogs Chain: In the comics. Congratulations on restoring your sanity, Drusilla. Wouldn't it be a shame if Angel came and took it away from you again?
- In "Crush," she appears to win back Spike's affections...until it turns out to be a ruse and she finds herself tasered, tied up and offered as a sacrifice to prove his love to Buffy.
- Siring Darla in Angel made her ecstatic as she claimed she wouldn't have to be lonely anymore. She enjoys the company of Darla for about three episodes before Angel sets them both on fire and Darla decides she wants nothing to do with her anymore.
- Your Cheating Heart: Cheats on Spike five times all in all, once with a chaos demon, another time with a fungus demon, once with Darla and the immortal and twice with Angel.
Kakistos (Jeremy Roberts)
- Beard of Evil: His goatee.
- The Brute: He comes more from the "Hulk Smash" school of approach.
- Cut His Heart Out with a Spoon: "I'm going to rip her spine from her body, and I'm going to eat her heart, and suck the marrow from her bones."
- The Dreaded: Faith is nine kinds of panicked when she sees Kakistos again, with Buffy even mentioning in Chaos Bleeds that he was the one thing Faith was ever truly terrified of. Furthermore, his reputation is such that Giles immediately recognizes his name when Buffy, being Buffy, misidentifies him as "Kissing Toast."
- Evil Makes You Monstrous: Like the Master before him, he has grown past the curse of human features. Unlike the Master, he has cloven hooves in place of hands and feet.
- Eye Scream: Faith blinded him in the right eye.
- Famous Last Words: "Looks like you need a bigger stake, Slayer!"
- Fate Worse than Death: One mention of Faith's Watcher stops her in her tracks. Buffy asks if Kakistos killed her. Faith just stares and says, "They don't have a word for what he did to her." According to the novel Go Ask Malice, he literally ripped Faith's Watcher in half while making her watch.
- Good Scars, Evil Scars: In return for killing her Watcher, Faith left Kakistos something to remember her by.
- Hopeless With Tech: He preferred lighting his lairs with candles rather than electric lights, and had little interest in modern comforts that would easily enable him to establish a power base. This is the main reason Mr. Trick pulled a Screw This, I'm Outta Here! when Buffy and Faith attacked.
- Roaring Rampage of Revenge: He chases Faith all the way to Sunnydale with the intent to kill her out of revenge for his eye.
- Sinister Silhouettes: Kakistos in his limousine.
- Stronger with Age: Kakistos is so old that the normal way to dispatch a vampire, a wooden stake to the heart, won't cut it with him. Faith actually has to impale him with a two-by-four to finish him off.
- World War I: According to the Angel comic Blood and Trenches, both Angel and Kakistos were involved in World War I, with Kakistos siding with Kaiser Wilhelm II and Angel forming an Enemy Mine with Geoffrey Wyndam-Pryce, a Watcher in the British Army, to take him down.
Mr. Trick (K. Todd Freeman)
"Sunnydale. Town's got quaint, and the people! He called me "sir", don't you just miss that? I mean, admittedly, it's not a haven for the brothers. You know, strictly the Caucasian persuasion here in the 'Dale. But you know, you just gotta stand up and salute that death rate. I ran a statistical analysis and, hello darkness! Makes D.C. look like Mayberry.
Tech-savvy vampire from early Season 3. Aided the Mayor before being killed and replaced by Faith.
- Disc One Final Boss: In Season 3.
- The Dragon: Trick goes solo for a while until the Mayor recruits him.
- Eviler than Thou: Comes to regard Kakistos as an old-fashioned fool, abandoning him to be killed by Faith and Buffy ("These vengeance crusades are out of style, it's the modern vampire who sees the big picture.")
- Famous Last Words: "Oh, this is no good. This is no good at all..."
- Fan Boy: Of Marmaduke. "Nobody can tell Marmaduke what to do. That's my kinda dog."
Vampire Willow (Alyson Hannigan)
If you're good boys and girls, we'll make you young and strong forever. And if not..." (kills a girl) "Questions? Comments?
Willow's doppelgänger from an alternate universe in which Buffy never moved to Sunnydale. With no one around to prevent the Master's return, the town was taken over by vampires, with Willow and Xander serving proudly as the Master's top lieutenants. Vampire Willow is staked by Oz, who shoves her into a broken wooden board. She is momentarily saved from death by a botched magic spell (courtesy of her non-vampire counterpart) which deposits her in the 'real' world. Disappointed by the mundane Sunnydale, Vampire Willow decides to recreate her own world by taking over the town.
- Dominatrix: "It was you. Except for the part about being a dominatrix." Thanks Buffy.
- Even Evil Has Loved Ones: Vampire Xander. When she runs into the real deal and mistakes him for her world's version, she hugs him and jubilantly exclaims, "Xander! You're alive!"
Vampire Xander (Nicholas Brendon)
Someone has to talk to her people. That name is striking fear in nobody's hearts.
Xander's doppelgänger from an alternate universe in which Buffy never moved to Sunnydale. With no one around to prevent the Master's return, the town was taken over by vampires, with Xander and Willow serving proudly as the Master's top lieutenants. Vampire Xander is killed by Wishverse Buffy.
What can you tell me about Dracula?
Dracula? [scoffs] Poncey bugger owes me £11, for one thing.
— Riley and SpikeDracula
. Does more need to be said?
Actually, for this version, it does. He is evil (kind of), politically incorrect and extremely powerful, having far more powers than a normal vampire. He is also best friends with Xander, and was taught how to ride a motorbike by him. Nobody really understands this relationship, and most are really confused by it. He's also not exactly well-liked among his own kind as it was him who gave Bram Stoker the inspiration for the book bearing his name, which first put vampires in the public eye (even though still fictional). As Spike puts it, they consider him a "sell out."
- Badass: What did you expect, it's Dracula.
- Badass Grandpa: Part of his speech to Toru when the other vampires mock him by calling him "Old Man" is basically bitch-slapping him and stating that Europe ran red with the blood of his enemies long before he became a vampire, so, really, it's the "Old Man" that he should be afraid of.
- Berserk Button: Don't steal from him. Seriously. Don't.
- Enemy Mine: "I loathe Buffy Summers, her whole army makes me want to retch, and I'd just as soon see them wiped off the map once and for all. However, nobody steals from Dracula."
- Game Face: He is the rare exception in that he doesn't have one.
- Odd Friendship: With Xander.
- Pet the Dog: He has genuine fondness for Xander and considers him to be one of his dearest friends, to the point that he is enraged on Xander's behalf after Renee's death and tears vampire chumps to pieces like wet paper.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: He is portrayed as simply politically incorrect, without malice behind it, his attitudes being mainly a result of extraordinary age.
- Resurrective Immortality: One of the things that make Dracula especially dangerous is the fact that even after getting dusted (regardless of which method), he can simply reform from the dust practically on the spot. Moreover, if he doesn't reform, he can still manipulate the dust into a mist and move that way. Simply put, he's the "most immortal" vampire in Buffyverse—well, second most if you count those wearing the Gem of Amara.
- Running Gag: The eleven pounds he owes Spike.
- Taken for Granite: In 1947 by Comte de Saint-Germain. He is freed by Spike inadvertently.
- This Is Not My Life to Take: Dracula cripples Toru, the leader of the vampire army who screams at Dracula to let him die with honor. Dracula tells the crippled vampire that he knows nothing of honor, and that he is not Dracula's to kill...after which he hands his sword to Xander, whose girlfriend, Renee, the vampire leader had murdered. Xander delivers the coup de grâce.
The leader of a large vampire gang based out of Tokyo, Toru tricks Dracula into giving his powers to Toru and all his men, steals the Scythe from Buffy's fortress, and plans to use it to depower
all of the Slayers in the world. In the process, he kills Renee, Xander's Love Interest. He is defeated by Dracula, who lets Xander kill him in revenge
- Evil Genius: Builds a device capable of projecting a hologram, a giant Mecha-Dawn, and a device capable of casting a spell worldwide to Depower the Slayers.
Toru's right-hand man, he is killed by Satsu right before he can bite Buffy.
- Badass: Takes out two Slayers even without the powers stolen from Dracula.
A Japanese vampire witch and follower of Toru, Kumiko was trained by the same demon guide as Willow.
- Badass: Almost kills Willow, who is only saved by the timely intervention of Buffy.
- What Happened to the Mouse?: Unless it's an art error, Buffy stabbed her with a knife, not a stake, which would not kill a vampire. Nonetheless, this is the last we see of Kumiko.
Demons and Monsters
D'Hoffryn (Andy Umberger)
Anya's old boss, and the one responsible for recruiting and training new vengeance demons.
- I Will Punish Your Friend for Your Failure: In "Selfless," Anya wants to undo a wish she granted that resulted in the deaths of a whole frat house. D'Hoffryn tells her the price is the life and soul of a vengeance demon, and she accepts, thinking he'll kill her. He instead kills Halfrek. "Never go for the kill when you can go for the pain."
- Playing with Fire: Poor Halfrek.
- Prop Recycling: D'Hoffryn was originally dubbed "Mr. Hodgepodge" by the makeup artists because they used pieces from The Judge, a demon of Jhe, and the Rage Monster (Pete) to make him.
- Sophisticated as Hell: Alternated between eloquent and crass English, even in ancient times.
Eyghon the Sleepwalker
A ancient demon who was worshipped by Giles and Ethan Rayne during their youth alongside several other magic users. He attempted to claim their souls in Sunnydale, but was defeated by Angel. He survived and bid his time building an undead army in London which he added the bodies of Giles and Ethan to
Veruca (Paige Moss)
A werewolf singer with an interest in Oz.
- Murder the Hypotenuse: Tries to kill Willow so she can have Oz to herself and make him embrace being a werewolf.
Halfrek/Cecily (Kali Rocha)
Anya's friend and fellow vengeance demon. Her specialty is answering wishes from children to punish bad parents and parental figures—which is bad when Dawn's issues reach boiling point.
- Affably Evil: Acts quite sweet, calls Willow "lemon drop," etc. Genuinely friendly to Anya, and is in fact her only real friend in demon-dom.
- Bitch in Sheep's Clothing: Related to the above, being a seemingly sweet-natured guidance counselor who is really a vengeance demon. Also, her insinuations against Xander to Anya.
- Daddy Issues: According to Anya.
- Evil Counterpart: Has no empathy for her victims. She is essentially Anya before becoming human.
- Failed Attempt at Drama: In "Older And Far Away," she tries to teleport away dramatically (twice) but her own spell keeps her in the house.
- Famous Last Words: "Anya...?"
- Friendly Rival: To Anya.
- Pet the Dog: She seemed to genuinely care about Dawn's problems and thought she was doing the right thing.
- You Look Familiar: Kali Rocha played Cecily, the woman who spurned Spike when he was William the human poet. The inspiration for the famous "My heart expands, 'tis grown a bulge in it, inspired by your beauty, effulgent." Halfrek and Spike recognize each other, then embarrassedly deny knowing each other. Word of God confirms that Halfrek = Cecily. Although, when speaking to Anya, Halfrek mentioned "...that thing during the Crimean War. We laugh about it now." The Crimean War happened before Spike was turned, so either Cecily was already a vengeance demon in disguise or there's Time Travel involved.
"All my faces are there to see. But you humans...you have too many. I would be rid of your kind. I welcome this war. I know all you weaknesses. And soon all my brethren will as well."
A draconic-looking Old One, Sephrilian is one of the Demon elite who walk the line between the human reality and the others. He is approached by Buffy and Willow, who seek information on Twilight. Has four un-moving faces: happy, sad, angry and fearful.
- Bigger on the Inside: Its realm is inside a small one story house, which contains an endless staircase and Sephrilian himself.
A werewolf and former student of Oz and Bayarmaa who learned to control his transformation, but strayed off the path. Now heads a group of werewolves that share his way of thinking: the wolf is the best part of them, they should revel in it, and anyone thinking differently is to be eliminated.
- Disproportionate Retribution: He and his group slaughter an entire monastery worth of Buddhist monks because he disagrees with Oz and Bayarmaa's view on werewolves.
- Unexplained Recovery: He appears to have died after Bayarmaa rips his throat out, until he reappears two issues later. The editor even admitted they "went overboard with the blood." In the trade paperback, some dialogue is changed to make up for it, though it still doesn't explain exactly how he got better.
- Would Hurt a Child: He and his group have no qualms attacking Bayarmaa even though she is carrying an infant.
A group of demons that all resemble vampire cat dolls. The can possess people by crawling down their throats, and can join together to create a giant Vampy Cat.
- Bad Boss: They kill all of their human and demon minions.
- The Cameo: One makes a small appearance in a Hack Slash story written by Season 8 writer and editor Scott Allie.
Pearl and Nash
Half-demon/half-human twins raised by their human mother to usher in the next stage of human evolution. They work for Twilight to achieve this goal, until it is revealed that Angel is Twilight and is tricking them
. After that, they want revenge.
An old friend of Giles', and a chaos-worshipping sorcerer.
- Big Bad Duumvirate: With The First Evil in Chaos Bleeds; an odd example, as the Scoobies are technically working with him, as he chose them to be his competitors in a contest he challenged The First Evil to.
- Heroic Sacrifice: He knew he was going to die when he helped Buffy.
- Laughably Evil: When Ethan shows up, complete chaos ensues. Wacky, hilarious chaos. Even Spike can't help but be impressed by his antics.
Professor Maggie Walsh (Lindsay Crouse)
Almost time to wake up, Adam. And take your first look at the world.
Head of The Initiative and Buffy's psych professor.
- You Got Spunk: Her response to Buffy telling her off in "The Initiative" is "I like her."
Forrest Gates (Leonard Roberts)
We take care of our own.
Riley's best friend and second-in-command in the Initiative, who gets very jealous of Buffy's influence. Killed and re-animated by Adam near the end of the season.
Amy Madison (Elizabeth Anne Allen)
Fellow student at Sunnydale High, and a witch. Introduced in Season 1 when her mother switched bodies with her
to relive her glory days as a cheerleader. Thanks to Buffy's help, the spell was reversed and her mother got a spell rebounded on her that trapped her in a cheerleading trophy
. Amy continued her school life since then with occasional run-ins with the Scoobies. She turned herself into a rat in Season 3, and was turned back by Willow in Season 6. Notable for appearing in one episode per season of the first four seasons. Has an expanded role in the comics.
- And I Must Scream: Being stuck as a rat for several years. Despite how much that sucked, she kept the cage.
- Animorphism: Can turn people into rats. Including herself, which probably isn't the best idea as it takes years before anyone turns her back. In Season 8, she has gotten a lot better at controlling her magic and can become a cat, as well as cast spells while in animal form.
- Big "NO!": Combined with a rather twisted Aww, Look! They Really Do Love Each Other, Amy lets out one of these when the Seed of Wonder is destroyed and she loses her powers, causing Warren to fall apart in front of her eyes, since he had only been held together by her magic.
- Co-Dragons: To Twilight with Warren and The General in Season 8.
- De-power: With the destruction of the Seed of Wonder.
- Dr. Feelgood: The root of Willow's 'relapse' into her magic habit.
- Evil Counterpart: Mainly to Willow, but also to Tara; Tara advised Willow to slow down on the magic while Amy encouraged her addiction.
- Magitek: Provided by the Twilight Group to try and give Amy an advantage against Willow.
- Screw This, I'm Outta Here!: During the Battle in Sunnydale during the Twilight crisis, she and Warren escape Spike's airship and run away. She considers going back to help and see if they can fake a Heel-Face Turn, but Warren shoots down the idea since he knew Willow would never allow them to join.
Back before I met you, there was this choir girl in Knoxville I used to give singing lessons to. She even screamed on-key.
Former priest and physical vessel for The First Evil.
Ampata, ie, "Inca Mummy Girl"
A Season 2 villain. Her people sacrificed her to their heathen god but came back after one of Buffy's classmates broke the seal that kept her dead.
The original leader of the U.S. military forces aligned with Twilight.
A Irish warlock and a master of The Dark Arts
who joined Twilight's cause in an attempt to survive the end of magic, recruiting Genevieve Savidge to kill all the other Slayers.
The second leader of the US military forces working with Twilight against the Slayer Organization.
- Boom, Headshot: Via Simone.
- Co-Dragons: To Twilight with Amy and Warren in Season 8.
- Enemy Mine: Very reluctantly works with the Slayers to fight the invading demon armies.
- Irony: He ruined his career by going after and destroying the Slayer Organization, believing them to be a threat to world peace, but was killed by Simone Doffler, a rogue Slayer that he didn't go after who really is a threat to the world.
- Pet the Dog: Allowing Dawn to get medical treatment during the battle against the demons in the Sunnydale sinkhole.
"Buffy has forced our kind to be the serfs of this world, when we should have been lording over the masses."
A rich British Slayer and daughter of a powerful noble, she is recruited by Roden to kill Buffy and take over the Slayer Organization in order to impose their rule on the world. She is befriended by an undercover Faith
, who foils her attempt to kill Buffy and is then accidentally killed by Faith as she attempts to redeem her
- Big Bad Wannabe: She is a strong Slayer who puts together a credible plan to kill Buffy, but she is easily bested in battle by Buffy and was an Unwitting Pawn for Twilight in the first place.
- Dartboard of Hate: Has a picture of Buffy in a closet with several knives thrown into it.
- Driven by Envy: Genevieve can't believe Buffy, a colonial commoner, is the leader of the Slayers and wants to kill her to take over.
- Politically Incorrect Villain: Does not consider anyone who is not nobility to be worth her time, and considers anyone from the "colonies" to be worth even less.
- Prepare to Die: Says this in a really fancy way to Buffy.